Compare Roomba Models – With a Roomba Comparison Chart

The iRobot Roomba is the best-recognized brand of robot vacuum, known for its high-quality reputation. Their range of robot vacuums offers a variety of features and prices to cater to different needs.

This Roomba comparison article has been written to help you make a purchasing decision.

The release of the Wi-Fi enabled 900 series in 2015 and the iRobot Home App began the process of making the Roomba a part of the smart home.

Since 2002 there has been a slew of Roomba devices released which has led to a cluster of endless options and model numbers. This reflects the many features which go into robot vacuum, from navigation to the cleaning system.

iRobot has been on top of frequently and incrementally upgrading their devices in every area of features which can create a little confusion. Many Roombas have been long discontinued, yet there are so many 600, 700, 800, 900, e5 and i7 series models with many subtle differences. 

We will make it easy for you with this Roomba model comparison. By the end of reading this page, you will have the information to understand the discrepancies between each model series and have an idea of which Roomba you should purchase.

This article will provide all the tools you need to compare Roomba models and make the right purchasing decision.

  • Roomba comparison chart
  • Explanation of the key features
  • Overview of Roomba models

Note: We have now added in the new and best Roomba i7+ to this article, as well as the i7 and e5 models!


How to find the right Roomba

There is no one size fits all approach to choosing the right Roomba. The characteristics of your home and your needs from your robot vacuum will determine which is the right one. For example, hard floors are easier to clean than carpets which mean a weaker motor will do. A larger home will benefit from the newest navigation technology as it will ensure the quickest cleaning time. 

Last but most importantly is your budget which is the most limiting or enabling factor. iRobots Roomba range is large and varied to cater for a wide range of budgets.

This comparison takes a look at smart home compatible options but will also look at some of the older options as they are generally more budget-friendly albeit less “smart”.

If you’re buying a Roomba for pet hair then check out this article, it follows a similar theme to this one but is slightly more geared for helping you decide based on your home.


Roomba Comparison Chart

This comparison chart lists our favorite models available at the moment, apart from the newest i7+, i7 and e5 models. As we are a smart home website we favor the newer WiFi-enabled devices which are all the models above excluding the Roomba 614 which is a relatively cheap budget option. As you can see from the chart, different budget and features make different models useful in certain circumstances.

Roomba comparison

It is easy just to say that model “x” is the best because it has the best features. We recognize that everyone has different needs and there is no one size fits all, so we factor this into our suggestions. 

Before the i7 was released, thet Roomba 960 and  Roomba 980 were the two best.

However, now the Roomba i7+ has been released, we can clearly see that it is the best Roomba! 

This is thanks to upgraded Navigation and Self-Dispoal technology. The Roomba i7 is the same device a the Roomba i7+. The difference is simply the i7+ has a Clean Base charging station which allows it to automatically self-dispose up to 30 cleans. 

If you look at the 900 series, the iRobot Roomba 980 vacuum cleaning robot was technically the best, but in practice, the differences are unlikely to make a major impact in your home cleaning compared to the 960.

Our smart home compatible budget pick is the iRobot Roomba 690, as it also has the functionality of the iRobot Home App just with the lowest grade vacuum motor for a cheaper price. iRobot Roomba 890 offers a middle ground between the 600 and 900 series models in regards to pricing and motor strength.

The Roomba e5 is a new robot vacuum that is similarly matched with the Roomba 890 with a few little upgrades.

Finally, we believe that the iRobot Roomba 614 vacuum cleaning robot is the best non-smart budget option as it is significantly cheaper than the other models.

It is clear that the Roombas price goes up with features. You pay for suction power and smart home compatibility and its related functions.

Roomba 960 Pack

Smart and Non-Smart Roombas

Below are two compiled lists which categorize Roombas by their smart home functionality. This distinction is the most important feature difference to be aware of when comparing Roomba models.

Smart Home Roombas

These models are connectable to WiFi and a smart home setup. They generally use newer and more complex technology.

Non-Smart Home Roombas

These are typically older Roombas which have the more basic technology and are not connectable to WiFi.

Roomba Features 

Some of the features in the comparison chart may not have made sense to you. Not to worry! This section will explain those features and other ones in detail in this section.

The iRobot Home App acts as the user interface for the Wi-Fi enabled and smart Roomba models. This is available on IOS and Android and provides the control panel for smart home functions. 

With the App, you get a much greater degree of control of your Roomba from your smartphone. If you want a smart device for your home then you should look no further than Roombas i7+, i7 960, 980, 690, 890 & e5. Quite a handful of devices to remember isn’t it!

Features included with the app are:

  • Start or pause cleaning
  • Schedule for any day of the week
  • Custom preferences
  • Monitor activity of Roomba
  • Clean Map reports of Roomba route
  • Statistics – cleaning time, charging time & coverage

irobot home app

If you are like us and want the smart home functions from the App, go no further than the top four choices as they are the only ones with the ability to connect to the App.

Other models do allow for scheduling via the robot directly, but with less customization and monitoring.

All models have the function of returning to the Home Base charger when detecting a low battery.

The Roomba i7+, i7 and 900 series models can self-autonomously restart cleaning after recharging. Very useful for if you leave your home for an extended period of time and want cleaning to continue.

Smart Mapping & vSLAM are technologies used by the Roomba i7+ and  900 series to map out your home to increase the efficiency of cleaning your home.

The other models use iAdapt Navigation 1.0 which is a relatively more standard form of navigating using sensors which result in more random routes being taken.

The Roomba i7+ and i7 use iAdapt 3.0 which has Smart Mapping technology but also Imprint Mapping. This allows it to distinguish your rooms and allows you to clean one individually.

Another key difference is the motor used in each model. More powerful motors do a better job on denser carpets and are activated when it is detected that it is needed. 

The starting number of the Roomba model name indicates which motor it uses. The 600 & 700 series and below use the basic 3 Stage Cleaning, the 800 series and the iRobot Roomba 960 uses the Aeroforce motor and the 980 uses the most powerful 3rd generation motor. The new Roomba i7+ also uses this most powerful motor.

The motor used is the most price determining factor, so it is improtant to ask yourself if you are willing to pay more for it for dense carpet cleaning.

  • All models return to charge when the battery is low
  • Roomba i7+, i7 960 & 980 will resume self- autonomously
  • Roomba i7+ will self autonomously empty the bin
  • Roomba i7+, i7 960 & 980 use Smart Mapping & vSLAM
  • All other models use sensor driven iAdapt Navigation 1.0
  • Roomba i7+, i7 & 980 uses Gen 3 Motor – 10x suction power & best on carpets
  • 960, 890, 890, e5 & 805 use Aeroforce 3 Stage Cleaning System – 5x suction power
  • All other models use the standard 3 Stage Cleaning Systemroomba 3 stage cleaning

As with any purchasing decision it comes down to budget, needs, and expectations. Price correlates primarily with motor power and suction with Smart Mapping features in the i7+ and 900 series also increasing price.

If you have thick and dense carpets you want a stronger motor or you may be frustrated with your results. If you’re just trying to pick up pet hair on hard tiles then a weaker one will likely do, removing the need to spend too much. 

When you compare Roomba models that have smart navigating features with those that don’t, the key difference will be more effective cleaning routes and less energy usage as a result.  

As this is a smart home blog not there is not much focus on the non-smart products. This is not to say they aren’t good!

  • Higher price gets you more powerful suction
  • Purchasing decision depends on your home – Carpets or hard floor? Pet hair or thick debris?

Overview of Smart Roombas

This section of the article will provide an overview of the smart home enabled Roombas features. The pros and cons of each device will also be highlighted.

Roomba i7+

The Roomba i7+ is a brand new robot vacuum from iRobot that tops their product line and offers the best on the market, thanks to some new and very impressive features.

The key difference is the new Automatic Dirt Disposal which holds up to 30 robot bins worth of rubbish. This eliminates the relatively frequently emptying of the bin that you saw with the previous Roombas.

This lets you disengage from your home vacuuming completely for weeks or months. This is the only Roomba that has this cutting-edge feature.

One issue with the Roomba i7+ self-emptying technology is the noise produced. This answer to deal with this issue is to keep the Clean Base in a side room and expect the odd bit of noise as a tradeoff for the ease of use.

The bin empties into is quite large too, although as you can see from the images of the Roomba i7+, it is as slick looking as it could be for a bin. In fact, it sort of looks like a good coffee machine!

The Roomba i7+ convenience factor of self-emptying is a big and exciting jump from the 900 series models. Once again, iRobot is pioneering the market.

Roomba i7+
Roomba i7+

Included: iRobot Roomba i7+, Clean base Automatic Dirt Disposal, 2 Dirt Disposal Bags, Line Cord,1 Dual-Mode Virtual Wall Barrier, 1 Extra Filter, Extra Side Brush

Features: Smart Mapping & vSLAM, iAdapt 3.0 Imprint Smart Mapping, Dirt Detect, Cliff Detect, iRobot Home App, Clean Map, Voice recognition, Schedule, Full bin alert, Recharge and Resume, Power-Lifting Suction, Edge-Sweeping Brush, Auto Disposal

The Roomba i7+ comes with an upgraded iAdapt 3.0 navigation with vSLAM. This is an improved Smart Mapping approach that the Roomba 900 series introduced. A  camera to build up a map of your home. Such a map is used by the Roomba to remember exactly where everything is in your home to enable efficient navigation.

The i7+ and i7 are the only Roombas that have iAdapt 3.0. Rather than remapping your home completely when anything is moved, this version can adjust any objects within an existing map.

The Roomba i7+ is also proclaimed by iRobot to be the best for pet hair.

The 3-Stage Cleaning System can suck the dirt and pet hair into the filters, as well as the invisible dust and allergens. It is tested to capture 99% of the mold, pollen, and other micro dust you see. The Dual Multi-Surface Rubber Brushes also help keep the i7+ tight to the floor to ensure all dust is collected. This is useful when the front of the Roomba is projected up when moving onto carpets

Imprint Smart Mapping allows the Roomba i7+ to know your different rooms. You can command it using Alexa or Google Assistant to clean one room without cleaning the others. 

Pros:

  • Best Roomba
  • Cutting edge Self Disposal
  • Best smart mapping technology
  • Autonomous recharge and resume
  • Home Apps Feature
  • 1 Virtual Wall Barrier included

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Self-Disposal is loud


Roomba i7

The Roomba i7 was released alongside the i7+ to offer all of the new technology other than the auto disposal. One key perk of s the lower price which will likely be far more appealing to many customers.

The Roomba i7 is, in fact, the exact same robot vacuum as the i7+, the difference is just the Clean Base.

With the i7 you get the fine-tuned features of the i7+ such as iAdapt 3.0, Imprint Mapping and a 0.7L dustbin.

Included: iRobot Roomba i7 robot vacuum, Home Base Charging Station, Line Cord,1 Dual-Mode Virtual Wall Barrier, 1 Extra Filter, Extra Side Brush

Features: Smart Mapping & vSLAM, iAdapt 3.0 Imprint Smart Mapping, Dirt Detect, Cliff Detect, iRobot Home App, Clean Map, Voice recognition, Schedule, Full bin alert, Recharge and Resume, Power-Lifting Suction, Edge-Sweeping Brush

iAdapt 3.0 Navigation and Imprint Smart Mapping are the main features that stick out with the Roomba i7.

One important thing to realize is that the Roomba i7 can be upgraded effortlessly to the Roomba i7+ as the robot vacuum is the same and you can purchase the self-disposal system is sold as a separate piece of kit. If you are unsure it would probably be best to go with the i7 over the i7+ as the flexibility is there.

The takeaway point with this Roomba is the offering of the newest features without the Auto Disposal System.

Pros:

  • Same robot vacuum as the i7+
  • Cheaper than the i7
  • Easy to upgrade to i7+
  • Best smart mapping technology
  • Autonomous recharge and resume
  • Home Apps Feature
  • 1 Virtual Wall Barrier included

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • No self-dispoal

Roomba 960

We consider the iRobot Roomba 960 robotic vacuum cleaner as the best-balanced product in this range.

When you compare the Roomba 960 with the 980, the latter does have slightly superior features and an extra Virtual Wall Barrier which. It will likely make a negligible difference when it comes to overall performance.

The Roomba 960 has a much more reasonable price tag with a $200 saving over the 980. When taking into account price, quality, and smart features, the Roomba 960 came out as a top contender.

Roomba 960
Roomba 960

Included: iRobot Roomba 960 robotic vacuum cleaner, Home Base Charging Station, Line Cord,1 Dual-Mode Virtual Wall Barrier, 1 Extra Filter, Extra Side Brush

Features: Smart Mapping, vSLAM, 75-minute battery life, Dirt Detect, Cliff Detect, iRobot Home App, Clean Map, Voice recognition, Schedule, Full bin alert, Recharge and Resume, Aeroforce 3-Stage Cleaning System, Edge-Sweeping Brush

Roomba 960 navigation

The iRobot Roomba 960 ahs the recharge and resume function. You don’t get the unique self-disposing system the Roomba i7+ has.

Critically with the iRobot Roomba 960, you still get access to the IOS and Android iRobotic Home App. This is optimal for smart home interests as the majority of Roombas (excluding the 900 series) do not have this feature although they still have scheduled cleaning features. The Aeroforce motor is not as good as the i7+ or 980, but will do as good of a job on hard floors.

Roomba 960 and accessories

Pros:

  • Features almost rival the more expensive 980 
  • Visual Mapping
  • Autonomous recharge and resume
  • Home Apps Feature
  • 1 Virtual Wall Barrier included

Cons:

  • Still quite expensive 


Roomba 980 

This is the objective second best after the Roomba i7+ as you get the best quality, motor and battery life come with this high-end model. However, the money is not worth it over the Roomba 960 and it is not as good as the i7+.

If you got the bucks and are willing to commit, this is one of the best on the robot vacuum market but is admittedly not that superior to the 960. 

Roomba 980
Roomba 980

Included: iRobot Roomba 980 Vacuum Cleaning Robot, Home Base Charging Station, Line Cord,2 Dual-Mode Virtual Wall Barrier, 1 Extra Filter, Extra Side Brush

Features: Smart Mapping, vSLAM, 120-minute battery life, Dirt Detect, Cliff Detect, iRobot Home App, Clean Map, Voice recognition, Schedule, Full bin alert, Recharge and Resume, Gen 3 motor, Edge-Sweeping Brush

Roomba 980 edge sweepThe iRobot Roomba 980 Vacuum Cleaning Robot takes the edge over the 960 by some subtle improvements which include; a better motor, 45 minutes more battery, a carpet boost function and by coming with two Virtual Wall Barriers instead of one. All of these features are better in terms of specifications, but whether this is necessary for practical living is a different matter.

This is a key consideration to take into account as the 960 model is a significant $200 less than the iRobot Roomba 980 and will likely get the job done. When you compare Roomba models, the Gen 3 motor is significantly more powerful on dense carpets. This is great, but only if the 960 won’t do the job when realistically it will be able to do the majority on all other surfaces and lighter carpets.

If you have high pile dense carpet then it might be a useful feature. The 2 Virtual all barriers allow you to control your iRobot Roomba 980 movement around your house, choosing where it can go. These are pretty useful but again not necessary and the 960 model comes with one.

The iRobot Roomba 980 is Wi-Fi enabled with the use of the iRobot Home App. For all you passionate smart homers we recommend either getting one of these models. If you want the convenience of scheduling, monitoring activity, pausing and playing your robot, viewing stats and many more functions from the ease of your phone then these models are for you.

If you use IFTTT you can programme for your iRobot Roomba 980 Vacuum Cleaning Robot (as well as other models) to vacuum when you leave the house via your Ring Video-Doorbell so you never have to deal with the sound. 

Roomba 980 accessoriesPros:

  • Most features
  • Visual Mapping
  • Autonomous recharge and resume
  • Home Apps Feature
  • 2 Virtual Wall Barrier included

Cons:

  • Features marginally better than 960 model


Roomba 690 

The iRobot Roomba 690 robot vacuum is a capable piece of equipment for a much more realistic price tag for most people. It was released in 2017 to fill in a gap in the iRobot product line, a mid-range smart robot vacuum cleaner.

While the 900 series models are the highest quality, they are also much more expensive and for some slightly more modest features, you can still get the job of cleaning your home done.

When you compare Roomba models 690 with the 900 series, the major difference comes from motor power and smart mapping. For less than half the price of 980, the iRobot Roomba 690 robot vacuum can still connect via Wi-Fi to the Home app and is our top budget smart pick in this series.

Accordingly, this is potentially the most popular choice due to its lower price balanced with some of the newest features.

Roomba 690
Roomba 690

Included: iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum, Charging Station, Line Cord, 1 Virtual Wall Barrier, 1 Extra Filter, 1 Flat Cleaning Tool, Manual

Features: iAdapt Navigation, Dirt Detect sensors, Stair fall prevention, Amazon Alexa & Google Assistant compatible, iRobot Home App, Scheduling, Carpets & Floors, Stats, Recharge, 3.6 inches high, 3-Stage Cleaning System, Dual Multi-Surface Brushes, Filters

Roomba 690 hardfloor and carpetsThe iRobot Roomba 690 features are practically the same as the classic 650, just with Wi-Fi connectivity and access to the Home app.

The cleaning motor is therefore slightly weaker compared to the 900 series and may struggle with high pile rugs and carpets. It will be suitable for lower carpet pile, as you can see here!

The iRobot Roomba 690 just uses dirt detection lacking Smart Mapping and VSLAM so cleaning routes will not be as efficient.

It has a 1 hour battery life but can take up to three to charge, so relying on dirt detection only with one hour each round may not be enough if you have a large house.

This model also has the potential to use voice recognition assistants Amazon Alexa & Google Home, a much sought after feature. If you compare Roomba models 690 with the other smart feature Roombas, it is a more realistic option for many purchasers due to the price.

Pros:

  • Wi-Fi & iRobot Home App enabled
  • Voice recognition
  • Comes with virtual wall barrier
  • Manual docking and recharging

Cons:

  • No Smart Mapping and vSLAM
  • Weaker motor – may struggle with high pile carpet on occasion


Roomba 890 

The iRobot Roomba 890 Robot Vacuum offers a smart home compatible vacuum which is a middle ground between the 690 and 980 in terms of price and motor power.  Most of the mind power and functions of Roombas come from the iRobot Home App which is equal to any model that can connect it.

If you want better home mapping and motor power go for a higher end 900 model and if you would sacrifice motor power for a lower price go for the 690. If you want a balance then look no further than the iRobot Roomba 890.

Roomba 980
Roomba 980

Included: iRobot Roomba 890 Robot Vacuum, Charging Station, Line Cord, 1 Virtual Wall Barrier, 1 Extra Filter, 1 Flat Cleaning Tool, Manual

Features:iAdapt Navigation, Dirt Detect sensors, Stair fall prevention, Amazon Alexa & Google Assistant compatible, iRobot Home App, Scheduling, Carpets & Floors, Stats, Recharge (No resume), 3.6 inches high, Aeroforce 3-Stage Cleaning System, Dual Multi-Surface Brushes, Filters

Roomba 890 height

The iRobot Roomba 890 features and functions offer a middle ground between the 980 and 690. The main difference is the motor power when you compare Roomba models in the 800, 900 and 600 series.

The iRobot Roomba 890 motor uses the Aeroforce 3-Stage Cleaning system, about half the power of the 980’s max output and five times the 690 ‘s output.

The critical difference here will be how effective the robot vacuum is with dealing with carpet mess, higher carpet pile or the density of fibers.

The iRobot Roomba 890 can return to Home Base to charge but it will not resume on its own like the 980 or 960.

The smart home side of features are enabled with the iRobot Home App, so all of the standard perks apply. 

Pros:

  • Wi-Fi & iRobot Home App enabled
  • Voice recognition
  • Comes with virtual wall barrier
  • Manual docking and recharging

Cons:

  • No Smart Mapping and vSLAM
  • Weaker motor – may struggle with carpet on occasion
  • No resume after recharging


Roomba e5

The Roomba e5 is a new mid-range Roomba that fits in somewhere around the level of the Roomba 890. 

It shares many of the same features with some subtle improvements, such as having a slightly larger battery life and a larger and washable dustbin.

The Romba e5 was released alongside the Roomba i7 and i7+ models but it is not on the same level and unfortunately misses the best features. It doesn’t have any form of smart mapping technology which is a shame as the older Roomba 900 series models even have this.

Included: iRobot Roomba e5,  Home Base Charging Station, Line Cord, 1 Virtual Wall Barrier, Manual

Features:iAdapt Navigation, Dirt Detect sensors, Stair fall prevention, Amazon Alexa & Google Assistant compatible, iRobot Home App, Scheduling, Carpets & Floors, Stats, Recharge (No resume), 3.6 inches high, Aeroforce 3-Stage Cleaning System, Dual Multi-Surface Brushes, Filters

The Roomba e5 is on a very similar level to the Roomba 890, so much so that it is hard to distinguish the differences. The main technologies such as the navigation technology and motor used are the same. they are also both Wi-Fi enabled with connectivity to the iRobot Home app.

The subtle differences are the battery life and the dustbin size. With the Roomba e5 you get an extra 15 minutes of clean time which totals 90 minutes. The battery life does have some benefit here as there is no resume cleaning after recharging as seen with the newer models.

The dustbin is also a little larger and washable.

Pros:

  • Longer battery life and larger washable dustbin than 890
  • Good value
  • Wi-Fi & iRobot Home App enabled
  • Voice recognition
  • Comes with virtual wall barrier
  • Manual docking and recharging

Cons:

  • No Smart Mapping and vSLAM
  • Weaker motor – may struggle with carpet on occasion
  • No resume after recharging

Non-Smart iRobot Roomba Comparison 

Roomba 614 

The iRobot Roomba 614 vacuum cleaning robot is a cheap and cheerful robot vacuum relative to the other products explored here. If you compare Roomba Models 614 and 980, you have opposite ends of the spectrum within the product range in terms of price, functionality, and features.

At a price under a third of the top of the range Roomba 980, the iRobot Roomba 614 vacuum cleaning robot is certainly a much more comforting purchase decision compared to the other models. If you are buying a robot vacuum for pet hair without being fussed about smart home compatibility, the iRobot Roomba 614 is your best option!

Roomba 614
Roomba 614

Included: iRobot Roomba 614 vacuum cleaning robot, Charging Station, Line Cord, 1 Extra Filter, 1 Flat Cleaning Tool, Manual

Features: iAdapt Navigation, Dirt Detect sensors, Stair fall prevention, 3.6 inches high, 3-Stage Cleaning System, Dual Multi-Surface Brushes, Filters

Roomba 614 clean methodThe iRobot Roomba 614 vacuum cleaning robot is, in essence, the same as the 690 with no smart home features.

It shares the same motor, edge sweeping brushes, automatic recharging, the navigation method, and dirt detect technology.

What you can’t do is schedule cleans, connect to the iRobot Home App and therefore voice recognition.

A simple click of the “Clean” button on the iRobot Roomba 690 gets it going.  As a smart home blog we recommend getting a model which can connect to the Smart Home App, but still, consider this choice the right decision for someone just looking for a simple robot vacuum. Due to its price, we believe the 614 is one of the top choices.

Pros:

  • Cheapest Roomba 
  • Same cleaning technology as 690
  • Good for pet hair

Cons:

  • No Smart Mapping and vSLAM
  • Weaker motor – may struggle with carpet on occasion
  • No resume after recharging
  • Can’t connect to smart home


Roomba 650 

The iRobot Roomba 650 robotic vacuum cleaner is the best-known model of robot vacuum there is and quite possibly the best selling. Having first been announced in 2012, this model is slightly outdated with new models outshining it with their cleaning and technological ability. The reliable and sturdy iRobot Roomba 650 robotic vacuum cleaner is still a great choice for a tidy price compared to its older siblings and a great choice if you want something to get the job done. If you compare Roomba models 650 and 690, the difference is just the smart technology. One distinct disadvantage of the iRobot Roomba 650 robotic vacuum cleaner is the lack of Wi-Fi connection and therefore lack of access to the Home App, making this model less efficient than the 690. When you compare Roomba model 650 with the latest release by iRobot there is quite a difference. Now it would be much wiser to go for one of the newer models. But please, stand with us in recognizing the other model’s heritage found with this absolute classic, the iRobot Roomba 650.

iRobot Roomba 650 Vacuum Cleaning Robot
iRobot Roomba 650 – The classic Roomba

Pros:

  • Classic product
  • Good enough for easy cleaning
  • Cheaper Option

Cons:

  • Not connectable to smart home
  • Not controllable by the functional iRobot Home app
  • Not as good as new models


Roomba 880 

The iRobot Roomba 880 robotic vacuum cleaner has been replaced by the 890 that adds the smart features. It has been discontinued by iRobot although still available on Amazon used. When we compare Roomba models 880 and the 890 the $120 difference is justified in the long run. The ease of use and control that comes with iRobot Home App makes it a worthwhile purchase. On that basis, we probably wouldn’t suggest buying this model over the others Roombas.

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Included: iRobot Roomba 880 robotic vacuum cleaner, Charging Station, Line Cord, 1 Extra Filter, 1 Flat Cleaning Tool, Manual

Features: iAdapt Navigation, Dirt Detect sensors, Stair fall prevention, Recharge (No resume), 3.6 inches high, Aeroforce 3-Stage Cleaning System, Dual Multi-Surface Brushes, Filters

The iRobot Roomba 880 is the older and non-smart version of the 890. Features shared are pretty identical in regards to cleaning ability and navigation. The fundamental difference is a lack of the Wi-Fi connection and associated app functions.

Pros:

  • Cheap

Cons:

  • Discontinued
  • No Smart Mapping and vSLAM
  • Weaker motor – may struggle with carpet on occasion
  • No resume after recharging


Roomba 770 

The iRobot Roomba 770 robotic vacuum cleaner is probably not the best model of Roomba to purchase. The reason being is that it is a very expensive model, typically being $979.99, but it doesn’t come smart home enabled as it can not connect to the iRobot Home App. Not using a smart mapping programme as offered by the higher end model can increase electricity costs due to inefficient cleaning routes and hitting the same spots too many times. The iRobot Roomba 770 also shares the same motor as the 600 series products so it doesn’t outshine the performance of the 800 and 900 motors. When you compare Roomba models 770 and 980 incredibly similar price tags on Amazon, the iRobot Roomba 770 robotic vacuum cleaner doesn’t even come close. We highly recommend you go for one of the newer vacuums.

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Roomba 761 

When you compare the 761 with the 770, there is a negligible difference. The iRobot Roomba 761 robotic vacuum cleaner is identical to the 770 but it doesn’t have a notification when the bin is full. The price is usually $399 so it is a much more reasonable price than the 770, but still not as much of a recommended purchase as the smart models at the top of the page. The iRobot website does not advertise any of the 700 series models which sort of backs up this idea that they aren’t up to scratch with other models. 

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Roomba 665 

The iRobot Roomba 665 vacuum cleaning robot is really twin product of the 650 as it shares the same cleaning motor, uses iAdapt navigation and can schedule up to 7 days a week. The only difference when you compare Roomba models 650 and 665, is that the iRobot Roomba 665 vacuum cleaning robot is compatible with virtual wall barriers, allowing greater control over managing where your robot vacuum operates. When you Compare Roomba Models 665 and 650 there is little difference and for that reason, we recommend buying one of the newer series.

iRobot Roomba 665 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner
iRobot Roomba 665 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner


Roomba 805 

As an 800 series product, the iRobot Roomba 805 vacuum cleaning robot comes equipped with the slightly more powerful Aeroforce Cleaning System. It is usually priced around the $450 dollar mark, a price which isn’t probably worth it compared to the other smart home enabled options. If you’re not fussed about integrating your vacuum with your smart home but still want better suction force for dense carpet then the iRobot Roomba iRobot Roomba 805 vacuum cleaning robot is a potential option. One issue is the lack of smart mapping is not the most efficient so this model could likely wind up larger electricity bills in contrast to it smart counterparts. When you compare Roomba models that are smart with non-smart, we believe the money is much more worth being spent on smart features.

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Final Word

The Roomba product range offers enough variety to make it attractive to quite a range of customers. When you compare the Roomba i7+960, 980 with all the other models on show, they are a clear cut above the rest.

The i7+ is without a doubt the best in every aspect, and it has a unique disposal system as well as iAdapt 3.0 Navigation. However, it is expensive and another Roomba may suit you better because of the price aspect.

There is an inevitable feature and price trade-off applies which in the case of robot vacuums is to be much more considered. This is because they can be very expensive.

Thank you for reading our Roomba model comparison!


Roomba Model Comparison Chart

Here is a final Roomba model comparison chart to fill you in on the key specs!

Compare Roomba Models Table

  RatingCommentNavigationMotorMotor RatingBattery Life (mins)Voice RecognitionSelf-rechargeSelf-resumeValue
Roomba 960
iRobot Roomba 960
100Best overall including valueSmart Mapping
& VSLAM
Aeroforce 3-Stage
Cleaning System
875✔️ ✔️ ✔️ 9
Roomba 980
iRobot Roomba 980
98Best overall but expensiveSmart Mapping
& VSLAM
Gen 3 Motor10120✔️ ✔️ ✔️ 6
Roomba 690iRobot Roomba 690 Review95Budget smart home optioniAdapt
Navigation
3-Stage Cleaning
System
660✔️ ✔️ 8
Roomba 890iRobot Roomba 890 Review94Smart home mid-range option
iAdapt
Navigation
Aeroforce 3-Stage
Cleaning System
860✔️ ✔️ 8
Roomba 614Best Roomba 61489Budget non-smart optioniAdapt
Navigation
3-Stage Cleaning
System
660✔️ 10

FAQ

Which Model of iRobot is the best?

There is no one size fits all approach to choosing the best Roomba model. The Roomba i7+ has the best features objectively, but it also the most expensive. A cheaper Roomba will be perfectly adequate for a smaller home with hard floors. It all depends on your personal situation.

Which robot vacuum is best?

The iRobot Roomba is the most solid brand of robot vacuum and the Roomba i7+ is leading the market at the moment. There are other brands such as Dyson, iLife, Neato and Bobsweep which provide robot vacuums, although they are not as well reviewed as Roombas.

Is a Roomba good for hardwood floors?

Hard floors present an easy task for a Roomba. All models will have no problem cleaning up dirt and debris on harder surfaces, even the cheaper ones such as the 614.

Which robot vacuum is best for pet hair?

This article reflects the best robot vacuums for pet hair. All Roombas are designed to capable at cleaning up pet hair. Inevitably the newest and best Roombas will be the most consistent for picking up fur. Read this article for more information on Roombas and pet hair.

Can Roomba clean entire house?

This depends on the size of your home, which Roomba you have and how many floors their in your home. In general, the newer models with better mapping technology will be able too.

Are Roombas expensive?

Roombas come in old and new versions, as well as varying in tech features. Their range is typically priced between $200-$900.

Can you use Roomba without WIFI?

The smart home enabled Roombas; i7+, 960, 980, 890 and 690 all connect to WiFi but can be used without it. The older Roombas can only work without WiFi.

How long is a Roomba cleaning cycle?

This depends on the cleaning job size. Typically you can expect it to last around 60 – 120 minutes.

How long do Roomba batteries last?

This depends on the Roomba model, anywhere from 45 – 120 minutes.

What kind of battery does a Roomba use?

Various rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.

What is a Virtual Wall for Roomba?

An accessory which the Roomba interprets to be a wall and therefore not clean past. This prevents the Roomba going in any room you don’t want it too.

Are robot vacuums worth it?

In our opinion, absolutely! yes


Roomba Model Comparison Chart

This is the final Roomba model comparison chart to remind you of key features and help you make your decision.

 NavigationMotorBattery Life (mins)Voice RecognitionSelf-rechargeSelf-resume
Roomba 960Smart Mapping
& VSLAM
Aeroforce 3-Stage
Cleaning System
75✔️ ✔️ ✔️ 
Roomba 980Smart Mapping
& VSLAM
Gen 3 Motor120✔️ ✔️ ✔️ 
Roomba 690iAdapt
Navigation
3-Stage Cleaning
System
60✔️ ✔️ 
Roomba 890iAdapt
Navigation
Aeroforce 3-Stage
Cleaning System
60✔️ ✔️ 
Roomba 614iAdapt
Navigation
3-Stage Cleaning
System
60✔️ 

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