The Roomba 690 and 890 are mid to high-end Roombas which are equipped with smart home functionality, making them two of the best currently available. Before reading this article I highly recommend you take a look at our Roomba model comparison article, a this provides a detailed overview of the main smart home enabled Roombas, as well as older and cheaper models. Both the Roomba 690 and 890 lag behind the 900 series models, although marginally.
When comparing the Roomba 690 and 890, the key difference is in the motor power. Beyond that, they are very similar robot vacuums, at slightly different prices. It is worth noting that the Roomba 960 and 980 are superior to these two robot vacuums both due to the navigation technology they use and the motor power in the 980.
Roomba 690 is the cheapest smart home enabled robot vacuum that will do the trick with pet hair and on hard floored services. It is relatively cheap at just $350-$400.
Roomba 890 is very similar to the 690 but with a vacuum motor which is five times as powerful. This makes it more suitable for carpets, although it may not be as good as the 980 or a regular vacuum. It is usually around $500.
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iRobot Roomba 890 vs 690 Features
The Roomba 690 vs 890 features are very, very similar. Below is our Roomba feature table:
Both the Roomba 690 and 890 share all smart features but neither have Smart Mapping & vSLAM navigation technology like the 900 series models do. Instead, they use the old form of navigation; iAdapt. This is sensors driven navigation that ends up taking more random and less efficient routes than the Smart Mapping & VSLAM.
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Roomba 690 vs 890 Motors
When comparing the Roomba 690 vs 890 features, the main difference is the suction motor they use. The Roomba 690 uses the 3-Stage Cleaning System whilst the Roomba 890 uses the Aeroforce 3-Stage Cleaning System, which is fives time stronger. In reality, this means that the 890 does a partially better job on hard floors and a better job on carpets.
The Roomba 980 is highly recommended for anyone who wants to target carpets with their robot vacuum, as its motor is twice as a strong as the Roomba 890s. It is important to remember that robot vacuums are not as good as regular vacuums on thicker carpets in particular, and even the Roomba 980 will not do the full job.
Roomba 690 v 890 Price
The price of the Roomba 690 vs 890 has very little in it, around $100. The Roomba 690 is usually $400 and the Roomba 890 is around $500. If you want to clean carpets then you should go for the Roomba 890 as the 690 does not do the same quality of job on carpets. If your house has hard floors and the debris you wish to vacuum is light then the Roomba 690 will most likely do.
iRobot Roomba 690 vs 890 Final Word
The Roomba 690 vs 890 is the closest comparison of Roombas that we have done yet. All it comes down to between these two is motor power. Beyond that, there is very little to no difference and your purchasing decision should be based on whether you need that extra oomph for carpet debris. We haven't decided to give a definite winner because it is so tight.