Which Roomba is Worth Buying in 2018: Model Comparison Chart
Aug 9, 2018 3 min read
We have already compared the most popular Roomba robots before. Here is another Roomba comparison that might help you to decide which Roomba to buy.
|Features||Roomba 630||Roomba 640||Roomba 652||Roomba 671||Roomba 877||Roomba 960||Roomba 980|
|3-Stage Cleaning||-||-||-||-||5x the air power||5x the air power||10x the air power|
|Run Time||90 min||60 min||60 min||90 min||60 min||75 min||120 min|
|Navigation Technology||iAdapt||iAdapt||iAdapt||iAdapt||iAdapt||iAdapt 2.0 + Mapping||iAdapt 2.0 + Mapping|
|Recharge & Resume||no||no||no||no||no||yes||yes|
|Amazon Alexa & Google Assistant||no||no||no||yes||no||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||no||yes||yes||yes|
|Warranty||12 months||12 months||12 months||12 months||12 months||12 months||12 months|
|Amazon links||Check the price||Check the price||Check the price||Check the price||Check the price||Check the price||Check the price|
Operation time means for how long a robot's battery lasts in one charge.
The Roomba 640, Roomba 652, and Roomba 877 are ideal for small homes.
The Roomba 630 and Roomba 671 are perfect to clean small and medium sized-houses.
Cliff & Anti-Collusion sensors
Every Roomba robot is equipped with a bunch of sensors that help it to navigate around without bumping into collisions and avoid drop-offs.
Dirt detect recognizes the dirtiest areas and provides deep cleaning.
Virtual Wall helps you to block some areas you don't want the Roomba to cross.
Every Roomba cleaner comes with the Virtual Wall Barrier except Roomba 652 and Roomba 671. However, you can buy it separately.
What is iAdapt & iAdapt 2.0
iAdapt Navigation is a set of sensors that help 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.
iAdapt 2.0 is the upgraded technology that uses a camera sensor for mapping your home layout making the Roomba 960 and 980 moving on purposeful, efficient cleaning pattern.
More about the mapping technology you can find in our latest review of robot vacuums with a mapping feature.
Auto-recharge & Recharge and Resume
Every Roomba robot is equipped with sensors that are able to recognize where its charging station is. The cleaner automatically docks itself when its battery runs out of energy.
High-end models such as Roomba 960 and Roomba 980 comes with the "Recharge & Resume". The robot remembers where it has already cleaned and resumes the session after recharging.
Scheduling allows programming Roomba to works at a specific time up to 7 times per week.
Unfortunately, the Roomba 630 and Roomba 640 don't have this option.
Wi-Fi support, App, Smart Voice Assistants Integration
Who would have thought that a robot vacuum cleaner would have Wi-Fi support? It helps to manage the cleaner when you are not home so by the time you get back your floors are clean. The app allows to schedule Roomba, manually manage its movements, switch between cleaning modes, track the robot's movements and check where it has already cleaned (only the Roomba 960 and Roomba 980 support this feature). Every Roomba cleaner that supports Wi-Fi is compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Home so you can control it by voice commands.
The Roomba 671, Roomba 960 and Roomba 980 can be controlled by the app and voice commands.
Other models are able to control by manually pressing the buttons on the lid.
Bristled & Tangle Free Brushes
Roomba is equipped with two types of brushes: bristled and silicone ones. Old Roomba robots have Multi-Surface Brushes with bristles, the newest 800s and 900s series - Multi-Surface Brushes that are made of silicone.
Bristled brushes work better on a carpeted surface but become a pain when it comes to wrapped hair untangling.
Silicone ones are the best at performing on bare floors and handling pet and long human hair. These rollers are much easier to clean that bristled ones.
Carpet boost automatically turns on suction to its maximum level once the robot's sensors recognize carpets or rugs. Only Roomba 980 has this option.
Full Bin Indicator
Full bin indicator shows when the dustbin needs to be emptied. Even though it's better to check the container after every cleaning, the indicator is great because you don't need to do it manually.
Roomba is known for its great performance on a carpeted surface. Strong suction power along with double-rotating rollers catch dirt, dust and pet hair providing deep cleaning.
As we mentioned before, silicone brushes are not as good at picking stuff from carpets, however, the newest Roomba cleaners are equipped with a powerful motor that ensures better pickup. The 800s and 900s series robots work better on bare floors thanks to the tangle-free rollers.
When it comes to pet hair, Roomba is one of the best at handling it. Old and modern models catch pet hair, the only difference is you have to clean tangle-free brushes modern Roombas come with less often.
Which Roomba is worth buying in 2018?
Every Roomba is designed for different things depending on your needs, surface, budget and much other stuff.
If you have a pet - consider going with the newest models that have silicone rollers to make sure you don't have to fight with tangled hair.
Which Roomba would you buy and why? Tell us in the comment section down below.