Everyone has heard of the Roomba 690 and Roomba 960 but it always been hard to understand what's different between the two. Let us guide you through everything you need to know about each of the Roomba before you decide which one suits you better.
|Model / Feature||Roomba 690||Roomba 960|
|Battery life||90 min||75 min|
|Dustbox size||600 ml||600 ml|
|Noise level||68 dB||65 dB|
|Barrier-cross Height||0.63 in / 16 mm||0.79 in / 20 mm|
|Power consumtion||33 W||30 W|
|Full bin alert||no||yes|
|Edge cleaning mode||no||yes|
|Alexa/Google Home support||yes||yes|
|Virtual wall barrier||2||2|
|Warranty||12 months||12 months|
How does a Roomba work?
Both Roombas work the same. The robot has a side sweeper that catches dirt from corners, the main roller agitated dust from the floor channeling it to the suction path where it gets sucked up into the dustbox.
Dirt detect & spot cleaning
Dirt detect is a system that is able to identify the most high-traffic areas to provide deeper cleaning on those spots.
Spot cleaning is ensuring deeper cleaning on a specific zone. The dirt detect identifies dirty spots automatically, while for spot cleaning you need to manually place the Roomba to the area you want it to clean.
Each of the Roombas supports Wi-Fi to schedule the robot, switch between cleaning modes, start/stop cleaning.
With the Roomba 960, you can also see cleaning history and track where the dustbin gets full.
Alexa-enabled & Google Home support
Both Roombas are integrated with Amazon Alexa and Google Home so you can control it by using your voice if you need any of these devices.
Virtual wall barrier
Both models come with the Virtual Wall Barriers for area control.
The Roomba 690 is one of the most popular budget robot vacuums in the model line. It comes with an app, dirt detect, virtual walls, and excellent cleaning performance.
The Roomba 690 has random navigation, it runs around your room until the battery runs out of energy. The vacuum does not remember your home layout which means it can go over the same spots a few times missing other areas. You can decrease the number of missing zones by running the Roomba more often. The Roomba 690 automatically gets back to the charging dock when its battery needs recharging.
The Roomba 690 works good on bare floor and thin carpets. It is not able to go over carpets that are higher than 15 mm. Suitable for homes with a mixed surface and some area rugs.
The Roomba 960 runs a little bit less than the Roomba 690 but it is equipped with Recharge&Resume, the vacuum docks itself, recharges and continue cleaning from the spot it left off.
The Roomba 960 is equipped with a camera sensor on top. It scans the surrounding and creates a map of the house. Thanks to the plan, the Roomba knows where it needs to resume after recharging. Also, the robot knows where it has cleaned. Thanks to the created map, the cleaner never misses a spot.
Advanced navigation helps the robot to clean more efficiently. It moves back-and-forth in straight lines until completes the room.
The Roomba 960 is equipped with two brushless rollers that are ideal for pet hair. These rollers are effortless and do not require any maintenance. Although the rollers work seamless on bare floor, the lack of bristles makes cleaning on carpets less efficient.
The Roomba 960 does not save a created map, it disappears after every cleaning, and you can only see where your robot has cleaned in the cleaning history. You can not interact with the plan as well.
The Roomba 960 is ideal for small and average homes with pets. It performs excellently on bare floor and carpets (except shaggy ones) though struggles with smaller debris like sugar on carpeting surface. The Roomba 960 is suitable for a mixed surface.
What makes the Roomba 690 different from the Roomba 960?
- The 690 model has a micro-filtration AeroVac filter. The 960 uses the anti-allergen HEPA filtration
- The 690 uses bristle extractors; the 960 has silicone brush-less rollers that are better for pet hair removing
- The Roomba 960 comes with a full bin indicator
- Battery life. The Roomba 960 runs less yet it has recharge&resume which means it automatically continue cleaning after recharging. The Roomba 690 needs to start again manually
- Recharge & resume allows the Roomba 960 to finish the whole house in case the battery got out of charge before the cleaning was not complete
- While the 690 does have side brushes to clean edges and corners, the 960 has Edge Cleaning mode that will concentrate on the hard to reach edges separately. You can turn it off in the app to make the robot finish cleaning faster
- The Roomba 960 has a camera on top to create maps so the vacuum will remember your floor plan
- Navigation. The Roomba 690 randomly runs around before it needs to recharge. The Roomba 960 has a persistent pattern thanks to mapping technology. It covers the whole cleaning area without missing a spot
- Price. The Roomba 960 is twice more expensive than the Roomba 690.
Price & purchase details
Get the Roomba 690 on Amazon for $300.
The Roomba 960 is available to buy on Amazon for around $550.
Can the Roomba 690 beat the Roomba 960?
When it comes to cleaning performance, both Roombas work about the same on thin carpets and bare floors. The Roomba 960 handles thicker carpets up to 20 mm height.
The Roomba 960 is much better for pet owners. If you own an average-size home, the Roomba 960 will be more efficient in terms of cleaning time it would spend to cover the whole area.
We would recommend getting the Roomba 960 because of mapping that makes it more efficient.
If you are tight on budget, have a small house with mostly bare floor - the Roomba 690 would be an excellent choice to go with.