What Is the Best Roomba To Buy In 2018: Model Comparison Chart
Mar 18, 2018 13 min read
Table of Contents (Jump to)
- iRobot Roomba comparison chart
- Roomba 614 - Super Basic
- Roomba 650 - Reasonable Price
- The Roomba 690 - Affordable Robot with Virtual Wall Barrier
- Roomba 860 - Powerful Budget Robovac
- The Roomba 890 - App-Based Robot With Tangle-Free Rollers
- The Roomba 960 - Editor's Choice
- The Roomba 980 - Top Level Vacuum Cleaner With The Best Cleaning Performance
iRobot offers a lot of robot vacuum cleaners, so it becomes a challenge which model to buy in 2018. The next generation is better than the previous one, so you might have a difficult time deciding what Roomba to get. We decided to review one of the most popular Roomba cleaners on Amazon such as the 614, 650, 690, 860, 890, 960, 980. All these devices have high user rating and thousands of reviews. Let's dive in deep and see what makes every Roomba so special to help you to figure out which home assistant to pick.
iRobot Roomba comparison chart
|Features||Roomba 614||Roomba 650||Roomba 690||Roomba 860||Roomba 890||Roomba 960||Roomba 980|
|3-Stage Cleaning||-||-||-||5x the air power||5x the air power||5x the air power||10x the air power|
|Run Time (min)||60||60||60||60||60||75||120|
|Navigation Technology||iAdapt||iAdapt||iAdapt||iAdapt||iAdapt||iAdapt 2.0 + Mapping feature||iAdapt 2.0 + Mapping feature|
|Amazon Alexa & Google Assistant||no||no||yes||no||yes||yes||yes|
|Recharge and Resume||no||no||no||no||no||yes||yes|
|Deeper Carpet Cleaning||no||no||no||no||no||no||yes|
|Full Bin Indicator||no||no||no||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Dimensions (dxh)||13.4x3.7in / 34.03x9.39cm||13.3x3.6in / 33.78x9.14cm cm||13x3.7in / 33.78x9.39cm||13.9x3.6in / 35.05x9.14cm||13.8x3.6in / 35.05x9.14cm||13.9x3.6in / 35.05x9.14cm||13.8x3.6in / 35.05x9.14cm|
|Weight (lbs/kg)||7.5 / 3.4||7.9 / 3.58||7.8 / 3.53||8.4 / 3.8||8.4 / 3.8||8.5 / 3.8||8.7 / 3.9|
|Warranty||12 months||12 months||12 months||12 months||12 months||12 months||12 months|
|What is the best for?||the cheapest||basic features with a virtual wall barrier||budget Roomba that supports virtual assistants||powerful motor, new rubber brushes and affordable price||supports virtual assistants, powerful motor||mapping feature, good for pet hair, works on all floor types, longer run time||the most powerful motor, carpet detection, mapping function, good for bigger houses, perfect for pet owners and mostly carpeting households|
|Amazon price||Check price||Check price||Check price||Check price||Check price||Check price||Check price|
All the Roomba robots have anti-collision and anti-drop sensors so we won't dwell on this. Just remember that Roomba avoids anything in its way such as chair legs and doesn't drop when it “sees” stairs. All the robots we are going to talk about have an auto-recharging function. When the battery runs low, the vacuum cleaner automatically returns to its base.
Spot Clean Mode
In Spot Clean, the robot cleans in a spiral ensuring intense coverage. All the cleaners come with this feature.
Full Bin Indicator
The newest Roomba machines have a Full Bin Indicator that notifies you when the bin is full. The 960 and 980 models have two options: “Finish Job” and “Pause immediately” so you can manage it from the iRobot Home app. The first one ends cleaning immediately while the Pause feature stops cleaning. Once you empty the bin, the Roomba will continue.
The devices on our list except Roomba 614 have a scheduling feature. You can program your assistant to work in a specific time up to 7 times per week using a remote controller or the iRobot Home app.
What technology does the Roomba use to navigate the Robots? iAdapt Cleaning Technology & Navigation.
iAdapt Navigation is a set of sensors that helps find dirt and clean in a back-and-forth pattern, prevent it from falling down. Roomba prevents hitting walls and other solid barriers by using Light-Touch bumper technology.
However, Roomba 960 and 980 use the upgraded version of iAdapt - iAdapt 2.0. iRobot upgraded its navigation pattern and added a Visual Localization, a system that uses cameras for mapping and tracking its location while cleaning.
What is the AeroForce Cleaning System?
All Roomba robots use the AeroForce cleaning system. How does it work? Dual counter-rotating tangle-free brushes grab dirt and debris from carpets and hard floors. The airflow accelerator boosts suction power to catch dirt, debris, and allergens, transferring it into the filtered, high-capacity bin. The latest models use a more powerful vacuuming system that increases air power up to 5 and 10 (Room 980) times. The side spin brush cleans corners and wedges, transferring dirt to the dustbin. The anti-tangle system will not allow the robot to get stuck between cords, carpet fringe ,or tassels. If it does, the system stops the side and main brushes of the vacuum to try to escape. Aside from the AeroForce cleaning system, the Roomba 980 has the Carpet Boost feature that increases suction power up to 10 times.
Edge Cleaning Mode
All the 900s models come with Edge Cleaning Mode. While all previous robots from iRobot only used a side, brush the newest ones can clean tight edges after they finish the job on the floor. This feature is always on default, but if you want your Roomba to finish working quicker, you can switch it off on your smartphone.
Recharge and Resume
All Roomba robots clean while the battery is full. Once it runs low, the cleaner returns to the charging dock. The newest 960 and 980 Roombas come with a recharge and resume feature. When the cleaner has a low charge but didn't finish its job, the device will recharge and then return to the place where it left off.
Rotating Double Brushes
Two brushes located on the bottom rotate in the opposite direction to grab and break down dirt and debris, preventing hair tangling. This technology was upgraded in the 800 and 900 series with rubber instead of bristle brushes.
Why you might want to buy the Roomba with rubber brushes
For sure, the first thing you should think about is what you are ready to spend on a Roomba. If you have the budget, you might look at the latest robot vacuum cleaner, so from here you should know the differences between bristle and rubber rollers and why they matter. It is not a big deal to clean a bristle brush from tangled hair, but it can be annoying at times. I have the iLIFE V7S myself and face the issue of wrapped hair after every cleaning. My wife has long hair which means that the brush needs to be cleaned after every session. By contrast, rubber rollers are tangle-free. Just my opinion, but you might be want to know this before buying a robot vacuum.
How to control Roomba?
There are three modes available: app, a remote controller, and voice commands. The robot vacuum cleaners that support Wi-Fi usually can be controlled via the iRobot Home app. The previous models work with a physical remote controller. Some of the latest cleaners (usually the same Wi-Fi enabled) support Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant and can be controlled by voice commands.
What you can do with the iRobot Home app
The app helps you control your Roomba, set a cleaning schedule directly from the phone or switch between cleaning modes. The app also alerts you when the dust bin is full and needs emptying.
If you are a happy owner of the latest robots that have a mapping feature, you can track how many square meters the Roomba vacuums, the number of times it cleans, and the amount of time it spends vacuuming in total.
Needless to say that you also can start and stop your robot anytime just using your mobile device.
Virtual Wall is an another device that helps navigate the Roomba. Only very basic budget models come without it. It helps you control where you want the robot to go. You just need to place it somewhere in the room and your home assistant won't cross it.
Roomba 614 - Super Basic
The Roomba 614 is the very basic budget robot vacuum cleaner you can find for the best price - about 270 dollars on Amazon.
It is the same Roomba you know and love but without all the features you might want. For example, this is the only model that doesn't have a scheduling feature which is quite disappointing. It will randomly navigate around your house absorbing dust and dirt on its way.
- Doesn't support Wi-Fi
- Doesn't have a scheduling feature
In the box with Roomba 614
Roomba 614, home base charging station, 1 extra filter, manufacturer's warranty, owner's guide and documentation package.
To buy or not to buy
If you are looking for a robot vacuum cleaner with very basic features that will clean your floor from time to time and you're on a low budget, you might have a look at this one. But with its price and cleaning performance, you would do better to consider buying one of the newest ILIFE V8S or A6 equipped with all the options the Roomba 614 is missing.
Roomba 650 - Reasonable Price
At the price of $270, the Roomba 650 offers all the basic options of the 614 with the addition of a single Virtual Wall. Even though it is not one of the worst on the market, the vacuum gets old. It uses bristle cleaning brushes that become a headache when it comes to untangling hair. It has a larger dustbin than the previous series however. The Roomba 650 works on tile, hardwood, and linoleum flooring as well as on any type of carpeting surface except thick carpets/rugs.
What comes in the box with the Roomba 650
Roomba 650, home base charging station, Virtual Wall Barrier, 1 extra filter, cleaning tool, manufacturer's warranty, owner's guide and documentation package.
- Virtual Wall Included
- Reasonable price
- The old type of cleaning brushes
The Roomba 650: Conclusion
Roomba 650 was rated highly a few years ago but times changed. There are a bunch of other cool robots that offer better cleaning performance with the same price tag: (the (ILIFE V5S Pro, the Ecovac Deepbot N79 or the Eufy Robovac 11+). But if you are a big fan of iRobot cleaners and don't want to spend tons of money on expensive models, go with the Roomba 650.
The Roomba 690 - Affordable Robot with Virtual Wall Barrier
The Roomba 690 is the first robot vacuum on our list that supports Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Also, the robot can be managed by iRobot Home app. These things and a slightly upgraded Virtual Wall accessory make Roomba 690 different from 650. Still the same cleaning brushes that are not too easy to maintenance. Once you get a robot vacuum cleaner with rubber brushes you will understand why we do not recommend the bristle brush. It cost a little bit over 300 dollars offering not that much but it is still better than 614 and 650 (sorry Roomba).
What’s in the box
Roomba 690, home base charging station, Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barrier with two AA batteries, line cord, extra AeroVac filter, cleaning tool, user guide.
What is good about the Roomba 690
- Upgraded Virtual Wall
- Compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant
- Comes with iRobot Home app
- Reasonable Price
- Still the same old brushes
The Roomba 690 is finally Wi-Fi enabled which means that the robo has entered the 21st century and you can manage it through your smartphone. iRobot offers enough features, making the 690 cost twice or even three times less than its newest models. If you are ready for bristle brushes, which means you need to get rid of tangled hair after every session, have a look at the Roomba 690.
Roomba 860 - Powerful Budget Robovac
What makes us love the Roomba 860 more than anything else? Its rubber rollers! The rollers vibrate on the floor shaking dirt and debris into the dustbin. The brushes are perfect for pet owners. They clean pet hair with ease, and the best thing is that the hair won't get tangled, so you don't need to unwrap it that often.
With the AeroForce Cleaning System, the Roomba 860 delivers up to 5x the air power which means the 860 is better for carpeted surfaces more than any model we've talked about before. It includes the Virtual Wall Barrier accessory.
What you get in the box with the Roomba 860
iRobot Roomba 860, home base charging station, Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barrier (batteries included), Extra AeroForce High-Efficiency filter, 1-year manufacturer's limited warranty on robot, 12-month manufacturer's limited warranty on battery.
What makes the Roomba 860 better than previous models
- New design rubber debris extractors
- Virtual Wall Barrier
- 5 times more vacuuming power making it good for carpets
- Still less expensive than iRobot's latest devices
- no Wi-Fi provided
Is the Roomba 860 something you might need?
Along with the new rubber brushes and no Wi-Fi provided, the Roomba 860 doesn't look that attractive. But there are a lot of people who don't care about Wi-Fi or the app. Along with no Wi-Fi enabled, the Roomba 860 has these new amazing brushless rollers and a powerful motor that catches dust, dirt, pet hair, and allergens. With a cost of about $400, you get a good robot vacuum cleaner with decent cleaning performance, and if you okay with no Wi-Fi - go with the Roomba 860.
The Roomba 890 - App-Based Robot With Tangle-Free Rollers
The Roomba 890 is basically the same 860 but with the Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barrier and Wi-Fi enabled. It is compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant and has the iRobot Home app. You can control the 890 using your mobile device or voice commands. You get the same rubber brushes that prevent hair tangling and a powerful motor perfect for carpets or hard surfaces.
What comes in the box with the Roomba 890
iRobot Roomba 890, home base charging station, line cord, Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barrier (2AA Batteries included), 1 extra filter, owner's guide and documentation package.
- Rubber rollers
- Wi-Fi enabled
- Voice-Activated Control
- Powerful motor
- Quite expensive
- No mapping function
What makes the Roomba 890 work well on carpets or a hardwood floor? The rubber rollers along with a powerful motor is a combo that provides thoughtful cleaning. Also, the robovac can be managed via the app or by voice commands which makes it more fun to clean with the Roomba. Amazon offers a good deal selling the Roomba 890 for $500, making it super attractive to get even in 2018. It is a good vacuum cleaner with decent cleaning performance that supports Alexa, which is great, right?
The Roomba 960 - Editor's Choice
We are getting to the robot that is one of the latest that iRobot produces. It's got the upgraded iAdapt 2.0 navigation system that along with a set of sensors has the local visualization to help the robot create an internal map of your house using your furniture and walls as landmarks. Previous Roombas use a random navigation system that means the appliance is just running around vacuuming until the battery runs low; but with the new camera sensor, the Roomba 960 is more accurate.
It also has a battery that lasts up to 75 minutes in one charge, and what's more important - the new “Recharge and Resume” feature. Only the latest Roomba 960 and 980 have it. While all the previous models work until the battery runs out and then return to the charging dock, the Roomba 960 gets back to recharge and resumes vacuuming from the place it left off. There is also a new option where the full bin indicator alerts you when the dust box is ready to clean so you can pause it or finish the job just using your mobile device. Needless to say, this device supports Wi-Fi and is compatible with the iRobot Home app and Amazon Alexa/Google Assistant. With the multi-surface rubber rollers and 5x the power-lifting suction, the Roomba 960 is perfect to use on carpets and hardwood floors. In addition, this machine perfectly handles pet hair and long human hair. Along with the app, the 960 can be navigated by the Virtual Wall Barrier.
What’s in the box
iRobot Roomba 960, home base charging station, line cord, Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barrier with 2 AA batteries included, 1 extra filter, extra side brush.
- Better cleaning performance
- The upgraded navigation system provides more accurate cleaning
- Powerful robovac good for pet owners
- Compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant
- Virtual Wall Barrier included in the box
- New Edge Cleaning Mode
- Short cleaning time considering its price
Why you should buy the Roomba 960
The Roomba 960 is one of the best robot vacuum cleaners among all the models iRobot produces. It cleans longer than previous robovacs and has the newest navigation system that ensures better cleaning performance. Do not forget about its rubber rollers perfect for any surface and 5x the air power suction. You can control your device by voice commands using Amazon Alexa, or just using your device to set cleaning modes and also see the map it has built and other things iRobot Home has.
The tangle-free design makes the Roomba 960 perfect for pet owners. Maybe 75 minutes is not too much time for cleaning the whole area, but the Recharge and Resume feature makes it easier for the device to finish its job when the battery is running low. One of the most important things to remember is the fact that you can control the whole process just using your smartphone while you are out. Just press Start and the Roomba 960 will clean everything by the time arrive. Considering the price, the Roomba 960 is one of our favorite robot vacuums to get in 2018, since it has everything you need if you want the best combination of price and features.
The Roomba 980 - Top Level Vacuum Cleaner With The Best Cleaning Performance
The Roomba 980 is the latest top robot vacuum cleaner from iRobot. It is the best Roomba device we recommend to buy even though it is quite expensive. The Roomba 980 is the best in cleaning since it has an advanced Gen 3 motor inside that gives 10x more air suction power in Performance Mode or when the robot detects a carpet. The Carpet Boost Mode is a very new feature found only in the the Roomba 980. The powerful motor and rubber rollers capture 99% of dust, mites, and allergens as small as 10 microns. Also, it works up to 120 minutes on one charge instead of 75 or even 60 minutes offered by previous models. With iRobot’s newest feature, the device will get back to its charge station and then go finish its job. Does the increased time even matter? If you are not home, who cares if it takes a break after 75 or 120 minutes to recharge? For people with a big household, it makes sense to spend money on the Roomba 980, since it will recharge once to clean the whole area while the Roomba 960 has to recharge two or more times. With local visualization you can track your Roomba in real-time even if you aren't home. It is also equipped with two Virtual Wall Barrier accessories instead of just one. This vacuum cleaner offers a few ways to control. It supports Wi-Fi, has the iRobot Home app, and is compatible with Alexa or Google Assistant.
What you get in the box with the Roomba 980
iRobot Roomba 980, home base charging station, line cord, Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barriers (batteries included), extra filter, extra side brush.
What is good about the Roomba 980
- Carpet Boost Mode
- Dual Virtual Wall Barriers
- Increased cleaning time up to 120 minutes
- Compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant
- Powerful motor that provides deeper cleaning
- Wi-Fi enabled
- Mapping function
- The newest iAdapt 2.0 navigation system
- Edge Cleaning Mode allows Roomba to clean tight edges
- The price is high
Why you need to buy the Roomba 980
This is the latest and the most expensive robot vacuum from iRobot. However, for its price, the manufacturer offers the best value. With its high-efficient filters, the Roomba 980 is perfect when it comes to catching allergens and picking up pet hair. In addition, it features great cleaning performance on carpeted surfaces thanks to the newest Carpet Boost Mode found only in this model. The increased cleaning time makes it ideal for people who own a big house because it can recharge and resume until the whole household is clean. You can control it when not at home, which is great when you have guests coming but your floors are not as clean as you'd like. If you have some extra money to spend on something that will make your life easier, especially when it comes to cleaning floors, the top-level Roomba 980 is the robot you need.
Even though iRobot does everything for you to make floor cleaning easier than ever before, you still need to do some maintenance to make your Roomba work longer. Clean the dustbin from all the dirt and dust collected. Try to do it after every cleaning or as often as possible if you want your machine to last. The most important point is to remove all the hair from the bristle brushes (hello to the newest rubber ones), especially if there is a pet running around your home or someone with long hair. This is pretty much it. Not much effort to spend on, huh?
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