Ultimate Roomba Comparison and Buyer’s Guide


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The iRobot Roomba name has been the King of robot vacuum cleaners since 2002 and it’s no different this year. There are many vacuum brands out there now, but iRobot’s Roomba is often the first go-to smart device for those looking to build a smart home.

It’s hard to choose which Roomba models are best without a lot of research, and that’s why I’ve done a full comparison of the Best Roomba Models for you. 

This is a comparison of all the Roomba models that are currently out on the market now. Based on my experiences and extensive research, I’ll be comparing their features, specifications, runtime, navigation system, charging stations, floor types, dirt, debris, pet hair, and more. 

If you’re in a hurry, here’s the cheat sheet: 

  • Top of the Line – Roomba s9+, no other robot vacuum matches its cleaning performance
  • Best Overall – Roomba i7+ for the smart features and value for money 
  • Best Bang For Buck – Roomba i3+ for the best balance of features and money
  • Best Budget-Friendly – Roomba 675, is a great entry level, basic model

Overview – Best Roomba Model Comparison Chart

I always find it handy to start with a comparison chart for a quick glance at the different features that different models have. I’ll explore each of the models in more detail, along with Roomba features, buying guide, and answers to frequently asked questions. 

I’ll also mention some of the past models that I’ve compared before on the site because you’ll still be able to buy some of them on Amazon and elsewhere.

The ones not in the chart below are technically discontinued as iRobot won’t be making more of them in favor of these models. If you already have an older model Roomba, this will also help you with deciding whether or not to upgrade from previous Roombas. 

Life on AIRoomba s9+Roomba i7+Roomba i3+Roomba e5 (5150)Roomba 675Roomba 614 
Roomba ModelRoomba s9+Roomba i7+Roomba i3+Roomba e5 (5150)Roomba 675Roomba 614
Bottom-LineTop of the Line RoombaBest OverallBest Bang for Your BuckBest Budget-FriendlyBasic, No-FrillsBottom-Line
Wi-Fi and App ConnectivityWi-Fi and App Connectivity
Cleans Carpet & Hard FloorsCleans Carpet & Hard Floors
Suction Power (based off 600 series)40x10x10x5xSuction Power (based off 600 series)
Navigation MethodsVisual Nav + Smart MappingVisual Nav + Smart MappingVisual Nav + MappingRandomRandomRandomNavigation Methods
Ideal for Homes with PetsIdeal for Homes with Pets
Entire Level CleaningEntire Level Cleaning
Recharge and ResumeRecharge and Resume
Clean or Schedule by RoomClean or Schedule by Room
Keep Out ZonesKeep Out Zones
Clean Base + AllergenLock BagsClean Base + AllergenLock Bags
Self Emptying BinSelf Emptying Bin
Best Corner CleaningBest Corner Cleaning
Battery Life120 min.75 min. 75 min. 90 min.90 min.90 min.Battery Life
Bottom-LineTop of the Line RoombaBest Overall ValueBest Bang for Your BuckBest Budget-FriendlyBasic, No-FrillsBottom-Line
Roomba s9+Roomba i7+Roomba i3+Roomba e5Roomba 675Roomba 614
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Similarities of Roomba Models

Let’s go through the similarities and features that each of these robotic vacuums have to save me from writing (and you reading) the same thing again and again. I’ll also make note of some key differences here, so you can see them side-by-side like in the comparison chart. 

All Roomba vacuums have a premium 3-Stage Cleaning System that uses power lifting suction, dual multi-surface brushes, and an edge-sweeping side brush for a premium cleaning experience at home.

Powerful Suction for Cleaning

The power lifting suction is more powerful as you go up the Roomba lineup to more expensive models.

Starting with the 600 series, 614 and 675, is the baseline of suction power. The e5 and 960 are 5 times more powerful. The i3, i3+, i7, and i7+ are 10 times more powerful. The s9 and s9+ are a Hulk-like 40 times more powerful. 

The suction power becomes more evident when it comes to smooth floors like tile and hardwood flooring. That’s because vacuums rely more on suction to pick up dirt and debris on smooth surfaces.

The i and s series models’ suction across floor types will also vary automatically as it senses different needs.

In terms of cleaning performance, generally the higher the suction power, the better. The extra suction will also come in handy to get the dirt in the crevices of tiles and uneven floors.

Patented Dual Brush Design

They all have two brush rollers, while other brands might only have one brush. That design makes Roombas the best with carpeted floors. If you have carpeting all over your house, you’ll want to focus on Roomba vacuums. 

Most Roomba vacuums are great with pet hair due to their dual multi-surface rubber brushes. Animal hair is not a big issue with rubber rollers, because it’s easy to detangle the hair from rubber. So if you have pets at home, a Roomba will be a good option.

The 614 and 675 have the older style dual brush system, so one of the brushes is a bristle roller and the other brush is a rubber brush.

The bristle roller’s drawback appears when you, your family, and/or pets have long hair. Cleaning hair out of the bristles can be a pain and will test your patience (at least it tests my patience). 

The other Roomba models all have dual rubber brushes, so there’s less concern with cleaning hair off the brushes. 

Cheaper models from other manufacturers will sometimes be equipped with a pair of bristle brush rollers. I generally avoid those robot cleaners. There are better budget options.

Another great thing about the dual brushes is the adjustable cleaning head that will automatically adjust its height to stay in constant contact with floors.

For homes with different floor types and unevenness, these cleaning brushes are super helpful.

Dirt Detect Technology

All iRobot Roomba Vacuum Cleaners come with Dirt Detection sensors to keep clean floors in yoru home.

Dirt Detection is a standout feature that helps to avoid dirt buildup in certain spots you know to regularly have tracked-in dirt and messes.

When the Roomba goes over an area and detects that there’s a large amount of dirt there, it will go over that area again and again to pick up the remaining dirt on the ground. Once it senses a clean floor, it’ll move on to the next area.

This feature is great when you have dirt on tile grooves, because they’re recessed and at a lower level than the tile itself.

High-Efficiency Filters

All Roomba vacuums are equipped with High-Efficiency Filters that will block and trap 99% of the allergens in the air. These irritating allergens come from dirt, dust particles, dust mites, and pets who shed hair like dogs and cats.

These are quite able to match a HEPA filter that traps 99.7% of allergens, but they still do a great job.

If you or loved ones at home have allergies, even if just seasonal allergies, these filters standout from traditional vacuums that don’t have 99% high efficiency filters. Many owners with allergies like me are happy not having to come in contact with allergens.

If you do have seasonal allergies, the i3+, i7+, and s9+ will make personalized cleaning schedules for you based on when seasonal allergies arrive. Smart cleaning recommendations will be based on your local area and the environment. As long as it’s connected to the internet, it can help schedule cleaning sessions.

Size Dimensions

They’re all 3.6” in height, except for the s9/s9+ which are 3.5”. That means they’re all going to get into and under the same places.

There’s no advantage or disadvantage when it comes to size among the different models. When it comes to furniture height, you’ll want to watch out for chairs with bars on the legs, low tables, and any other furniture pieces around the house.

Cliff Detect Sensors

Have a multi-story home? Cliff detection is one of the essential features that all smart vacuums need.

When the Roomba comes close to the staircase, the cliff detection sensors will notice that there’s no more floor for the Roomba move to. So it will stop and change directions to keep it from falling down any stairs. 

Navigation System – iAdapt 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 

There are three main iAdapt Technology versions that have come out over the years.

  • iAdapt 1.0 Navigation: 614, 675, e5 (5150)
  • iAdapt 2.0 Navigation: 960, i3, i3+, i4
  • iAdapt 3.0 Navigation: i7, i7+, s9, s9+, i6+, i8+

iAdapt 1.0 – Random Navigation

The 614, 675, and e5 navigate in random cleaning paths, which means they’ll keep moving around your home until it bumps into a wall or obstacle. It’ll remember the obstacle and continue on in another direction until it encounters another obstacle. 

They’ll move in random cleaning paths until it gets low on battery power and needs to dock to recharge. It’ll look for the Home Base docking station’s Infra-red signal and go to dock. 

iAdapt 2.0 and 3.0 – Smart Navigation

The 960, i3, i3+, i4, i6+, i8+, i7, i7+, s9, and s9+ all have cameras and sensors that will map out your house and rooms using its vSLAM navigation technology. Combined with adaptive technology, it learns the layout of your home to know how to clean most efficiently each time.

You’ll notice these models will mostly move in straight lines, neat rows in a logical fashion, resulting in better cleaning patterns.

I like that it cleans in neat rows because it also gives me a better idea of the cleaning progress. Many Roomba owners also say they love the clean rows when cleaning on carpets.

Both iAdapt 2.0 and 3.0 will create Clean Map Reports after each clean, so you can use the mobile app to see where the Roomba has cleaned this time and on previous cleaning jobs.

The difference between iAdapt 2.0 vs 3.0 is that 2.0 will not remember the map for future cleaning sessions. Except for when it’s mid-way through a room and it gets low on battery, at which point it’ll engage the Recharge and Resume cleaning feature. It’ll recharge its battery and then pick up where it left off in the room.

iAdapt 3.0 has the Imprint Smart Mapping feature that allows Roomba to remember the rooms by names you create. That mapping technology allows you to tell Roomba what rooms to clean and not to clean.

What the s9 models will do is create a three-dimensional map of your house and with the map, you’ll be able to draw specific “Keep Out Zone” areas that you don’t want it to clean each time. 

These no-go zones you can create are great to keep any items safe.

Stays in bounds with Keep Out Zones | Roomba® s series| iRobot®

Battery Power

Each Roomba comes with a lithium-ion battery and iRobot doesn’t disappoint here with battery times ranging from 75 to 120 minutes.

Here are each Roomba model’s run time on a single charge: 

  • 120 minutes: s9, s9+
  • 90 minutes: 614, 675, e5, i4, i8+
  • 75 minutes: 960, i3, i3+, i6+, i7, i7+

You might be wondering why the smarter 960, i3, i3+, i7, and i7+ models have lower battery life. It’s because they have the Recharge and Resume Cleaning Feature.

The Recharge and Resume feature will send the vacuums back to the charging dock when it’s at low battery life, and after recharging, it’ll pick up cleaning from where it stopped.

Battery life is less important with those Roomba models because they’ll return to their charging stations to recharge and then resume cleaning again.

If you have carpet in many rooms of your home, battery juice may get drained quicker, because the suction power will be on high. So, you’ll want to get a Roomba with Recharge and Resume or you’ll need to manually restart cleaning yourself.

You won’t need to worry about them vacuuming over previously cleaned areas either, so they’re efficient with cleaning your home’s square footage.  

iRobot HOME App

The iRobot Home App received a major refresh update by powering it with iRobot Genius. The Home App looks at your cleaning habits and offers personalized cleaning schedule suggestions.

By integrating with other smart home devices like smart home hubs, smart thermostats, smart locks, and more, your cleaning really will be automated.

Imagine leaving your house, your smart lock automatically locks your door, and your Roomba starts cleaning. That’s what smart home systems and smart home integrations are all about.

With the exception of the 614, all the other models have Wi-Fi capabilities to take advantage of iRobot’s HOME App. The app is available on Android and iOS (iPhones) and allows you to: 

  • Start and stop cleaning jobs from anywhere
  • Schedule cleanings up to 7x per week. 
  • See your Roomba’s remaining battery power
  • See Clean Map Reports (below image) of where your robovac cleaned (only for 960, i3, i3+, i7, i7+, s9, s9+, i6+, i8+). 
  • Cleaning Reports will include areas that were extra dirty and the robots needed to go over again
  • Custom cleaning preferences with Keep Out Zones (more later in the s9 and i7 sections)
  • Issue voice commands through smart devices with voice assistants like Amazon Alexa (Amazon Echo smart speakers) and Google Assistant (Google Home speakers)
Roomba Clean Map Report

Dust Bin and Clean Base Unit

The dirt, dust, and hair have to go somewhere and they go right into the dust bin. Here’s how big each model’s bin is: 

  • 300 ml: 614, 675
  • 400 ml: s9, s9+
  • 500 ml: i7, i7+, e5, i3, i3+, i6+, i8+
  • 600 ml: 960

Are you wondering why the top-of-the-line s9 models have relatively small bins? That’s because there’s the “+” for the Clean Base Dirt Disposal units. The have self-emptying dust bins built-in when paired with the Clean Base dock.

The i3+, i6+, i7+, i8+, and s9+ models will self-empty their dustbins into the dirt disposal stations. You can now enjoy that extra time with family and friends, while Roomba vacuums. It’s as much of an independent vacuum as you can get.

In addition to the self-emptying feature, the Clean Base unit has anti-allergen technology that traps 99% of pollen and mold allergens. The Clean Base is also a good option for those who are more sensitive to dust allergies as it traps 99% of the allergens that’ll put your allergies into hyperdrive.

The unit’s bag will hold up to 30 days of dirt, dust, and hair, so you’d be able to go weeks without needing to empty it. But it’s still good to empty the dustbin regularly to keep your vacuum running smoothly longer. The good thing is the Plus models will do that.

There are some users who say they don’t like the loud cleaning base, but I can’t say that’s one of my biggest cleaning concerns. It can be loud because it’s using a power suction to suck the dirt and debris from the dustbin into the Clean Base disposal bag.

If you’re worried about it or want to save some money initially, you can always buy the i3, i7 or s9 first, and then purchase the Clean Base separately later.

From test results, there’s one advantage to the Clean Base. Floors are cleaner when the i3+, i7+ and s9+ are used in conjunction with the Clean Base.

They will self-empty the bins more regularly, which stops the bins from overflowing. That will help in air flow, especially when carpet cleaning.

Pair With iRobot Braava Jet m6 Robot Mop For Complete Cleanings

iRobot has a lineup of Braava robot mops that will spray and mop floors for the messes that vacuums can’t suck up.

The iRobot Braava Jet m6 (6110) Ultimate Robot Mop uses Imprint Link Technology to pair with the i7+ or s9+ to create a dream team of automated cleaning for you.

As the i7+ and s9+ cleans, the Braava m6 will follow up with spraying and mopping to ensure the floors are clean. That’s definitely helpful for those sticky areas caused by liquids that have dried up.

Now, let’s get into the major differences between each Roomba model and what makes each one special.

Individual Roomba Models

Roomba s9 and s9+ – Top Model in the Roomba Lineup

If you want the best of the best and you have a higher budget, the Roomba s9+ is the one for you. The s9+ is the most advanced in every way – smart technology, power, and cleaning ability.

The main difference between the s9 and s9+ is the s9+ comes with the Clean Base unit. 

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  • CLEANS UP AFTER YOU, AND ITSELF - Forget about vacuuming for months at a time with the CLEAN BASE Automatic Dirt Disposal that allows the s9+ to empty itself for up to 60 days.
  • OUR MOST ADVANCED CLEAN: You & your home deserve the best. With groundbreaking technology & a sophisticated design, the s9+ is our smartest, most powerful robot vacuum yet

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Double D: Deep Cleaning and D-Shape

iRobot got a tip from Neato and the s9+ has a D-shape versus the standard circular shape of all robotic vacuums for 18 years.

The D shape allows the s9+ to get closer to walls and with its Corner Brush, you won’t have dust bunnies hiding away in the corners. Many s9 owners say they love the corner cleaning due to the D shape.

The shape also allowed iRobot to install wider rollers for better cleanup coverage. The wider coverage area leads to more efficient cleaning.

s9 vs s7 dual brush rollers width comparison

The 40x suction power and the dual wide rollers will easily clear dirt off your smooth floors. Where a 614 or 675 might need additional runs over a heavily dirty area, the s9 would be able to do it in one go. 

Our Most Advanced Robot Vacuum Yet | Roomba® s series| iRobot®

The s9 / s9+ also has iAdapt 3.0 and Imprint Navigation Technology along with the Home app, so you’ll be able to draw Keep Out Zones that your Roomba should not go to.

Maybe you have something that’s breakable, will cause spills like pet food bowls, obstacles, or you know the Roomba will get stuck if it goes into that area. Whatever the possibility, you’ll be able to draw Keep Out Zones on the app. 

The s9+ comes in at a premium price, but you get an elite level of cleaning. Paired with its 120 minutes of run time and 40x suction power, it’ll usually clean entire levels in in one pass.

The s9 is the smartest and most powerful Roomba. Add the Clean Base unit with the Roomba s9+ and you’ve got yourself an automated cleaning service.

Roomba i7 and i7+ – Best Overall

The i7+ is the Best Overall Roomba for the smart features and a Clean Base unit similar to the s9+, while at a lower price point and providing much better value. 

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  • CLEANS UP AFTER YOU, AND ITSELF - Forget about vacuuming for months at a time with the Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal that allows the i7+ to empty itself for up to 60 days.
  • POWERFUL PERFORMANCE AND POWERFUL PICK-UP - Pulls in stubborn dirt and messes with a Premium 3-Stage Cleaning System and 10X the Power-Lifting Suction.* *(Compared to the Roomba 600 series cleaning system)

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The main features you’d be losing from the s9+ are: 

  • No D-Shape: The i7 and i7+ are in the traditional circular shape, but still has good coverage around the walls and corners. 
  • No 40x Suction Power: The i7 / i7+ comes with 10x suction power compared to the 600 series. The i7+ might need to go over an area 1-2 more times if there’s a lot of dirt, but that’s not a big deal.

The i7 / i7+ doesn’t have the Corner Brush that the D-shaped s9+ has, but it’s Edge-Sweeping Brush at a 27-degree angle still does a great job. 

The s9 offers the best cleaning results, but if you pair the i7 with the Clean Base, you’ll get similar enough cleaning results. If you compare the s9 vs i7+, the i7+ is much better valued at the lower price point. 

You may have seen the Roomba i6+ and Roomba i8+ series robot vacuums floating around. That’s because those two are made to sell exclusively to certain shops. The i6+ is on Amazon and the i8+ is at Costco. The technical specifications of those vacuums are the same as the i7+ though, so I’m adding them here.

If you want to learn more about the i6+ or i8+, check out the Roomba i6+ review and the Roomba i8+ review.

Roomba i3 and i3+ – Best Bang for Buck

iRobot has changed the rules of the smart robot vacuum game with their affordable, mid-range Roomba i3 and the self-emptying model, the Roomba i3+.

They’ve packed many of the i7+ features, cleaning performance, and suction power into an affordable robot vacuum that replaces the 960’s price point.

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  • CLEANS UP AFTER YOU, AND ITSELF - Forget about vacuuming for months at a time with the Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal that allows the i3+ to empty itself for up to 60 days.
  • POWERFUL PERFORMANCE AND POWERFUL PICK-UP - Pulls in stubborn dirt and messes with a Premium 3-Stage Cleaning System and 10X the Power-Lifting Suction.* Control how you clean with the iRobot HOME app or your voice assistant.

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The biggest benefit with this series is the i3 plus that comes with the same Clean Base docking station where the i3 can self-empty. It’ll hold up to 60 days of dirt and debris before you’ll need to self-empty.

As for suction power, the i3 and i3+ have the same power as the i7 and i7+. There’s no loss here for the i3/i3+.

The biggest drawback with the i3/i3+ is it doesn’t have the iAdapt 3.0 smart navigation and mapping features. There’s no memory of your home’s floor plan for future cleanings, nor the ability to carve out Keep Out Zones to prevent your Roomba from cleaning specific areas.

I use the smart mapping features all the time on my s9+, because I don’t want to have to move things around just for Roomba’s cleaning activity.

Bottom line, when it comes to the balance between price and features, the Roomba i3 and i3+ offer the best value for the money.

Read the full review of the Roomba i3+.

Roomba 960

The 960 was my previous choice for the best bang for your buck. It comes with the same, advanced camera sensors and vSLAM navigation technology of the i7 and s9 series to create a map of your home. 

But then the i3 and i3+ came along knocking it out of that top position and at the same mid-range price point.

iRobot Roomba 960 Robot Vacuum- Wi-Fi Connected Mapping, Works with Alexa,...
  • POWERFUL PERFORMANCE AND POWERFUL PICK-UP - Power-Lifting Suction delivers 5X the air power for improved pick-up performance.
  • IT WON'T STOP TILL THE JOB IS DONE - Intelligently maps & cleans an entire level of your home. Patented iAdapt technology with vSLAM navigation actively captures thousands of precise measurements each millisecond to optimize coverage.

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The 960 has the Recharge and Resume, so there’s no concern about losing efficiency when compared to the i7 and s9. While the 960 will remember where it left off in a room before recharging, it won’t remember the room maps for future cleaning cycles. 

Unlike the i7 and s9 models, you can’t draw Keep Out Zones nor can you designate rooms to tell the 960 to go clean. 

The 960 and other models use virtual wall barriers that are physical devices you place on your floors. The virtual wall accessory creates invisible barriers that only Roomba can see.

There are two modes: Virtual Wall and Halo modes. Virtual Wall mode acts like a wall and you’re able to put it down facing in one direction. Halo mode puts a halo wall about 24 in. from the device in all directions. 

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Halo Mode

The virtual wall barrier devices are sold separately or as part of a bundle that you can purchase, like this Roomba 960 with one Virtual Barrier bundle:

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  • Schedule & Set Custom Cleaning Preferences from your Smartphone with the iRobot HOME App
  • Roomba Navigates and Cleans an Entire Level of your Home with iAdapt 2.0 Navigation with Visual Localization

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There’s also no Clean Base unit that comes with the 960. At 5x the suction power of the 600 series, it’s still strong with suctioning.

You lose some of the cool, smart features of the higher-end models, but for advanced robot vacuums at this price point, it’s the best balance of features vs cost. 

iRobot Roomba e5 (5150)

The e5 is a good robot vacuum, but this is where you start stepping down with the smart features. The e4 replaces the Roomba 890 from the previous generation. 

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  • IDEAL FOR HOMES WITH PETS - Unique Dual Multi-Surface Rubber Brushes don't get tangled with pet hair. Brushes adjust and flex to stay in constant contact with carpets and hard floors. High-Efficiency Filter traps 99% of cat and dog dander allergens.

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There’re no camera and sensors, so you get random cleaning navigation with the e5 and the two in the 600 series. 

The e5 has a longer battery life of 90 minutes, but there’s no Recharge and Resume like the previous ones.

That means if it’s low on battery life, after it recharges, it will need to go over areas that it already went over. That’s not a big deal as those areas will be cleaner, but that’s a loss of efficiency. 

The e5 does have 5x the suction air power of the 614 and 675, so that’ll provide better cleaning if you have more smooth flooring surfaces. The e5 also has the dual rubber brushes that will save you from hair entanglements like you’d get with the 614 and 675. 

The little extra costs on the e5 vs 675 would be worth having less hassle. But if you’re able to take another step up in the budget, get the 960 with better smart features all around. 

Roomba 675 – Best Budget-Friendly

The 675 is the Best Budget-Friendly Roomba and it replaces the previous generation’s popular 690. It has the patented dual-brush system for deep cleaning with the ability to control it remotely due to its wireless connectivity. 

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  • CLEAN SMARTER - The 600 series is a great way to begin cleaning your home smarter. Just schedule it to clean up daily dirt, dust, and debris with the iRobot HOME app or your voice assistant. - for effortlessly clean floors.
  • LOOSENS, LIFTS, & SUCTIONS - The 3 Stage Cleaning system & Dual Multi-Surface brushes grab dirt from carpets & hard floors, an Edge-Sweeping brush takes care of corners & edges.

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When you compare the 675 vs 690, the 675 is virtually the same as the discontinued 690. They differ in color and the dual-mode virtual wall barrier that’s compatible with the 675. 

The 675’s suction power is the baseline, regular vacuum power for iRobot. But it still provides enough air power to effectively clean your floors and low-pile carpets of dirt and pet hair. 

The 675 has Roomba’s patented dual-brush system, but one of the brush rollers is a bristle type, while the other is rubber and brushless, like the more expensive models. When using this and the 614, you’ll need to regularly clean the bristle roller of stuck hair. 

If there are long-haired family members and/or pets, you might be cleaning more often. You may want to opt for the e5 in that case. You’ll save yourself from regular detangling, but also potentially the life of the 675 or 614 itself from breaking down.

The 675 is the last model to have wi-fi connectivity, so you’ll still be able to control the Roomba remotely and utilize the Home app. 

Roomba 614 – The Cheapest and “Dumbest” Roomba 

The Roomba 614 has many of the great Roomba features but doesn’t have the smart features of its older siblings. If your budget is tight and you’re ok with no frills, the 614 is a good option. 

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  • 3-Stage cleaning system loosens, lifts, and suctions dirt, dust, and hair from hard floors and carpet.
  • Dual Multi Surface Brushes work together to grab dust, dirt, and large debris; The Auto Adjust cleaning head automatically adapts its height to effectively clean both carpets and hard floors

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The 614 is basically the same as the 675, except that it doesn’t have any wireless or smart capabilities. There’s no wi-fi connectivity, app, remote controlling, nor scheduling, 

Like the 675, It will pick up human and pet hair, but if you or pets have long hair, this is one you’re going to need to clean out more often.

Just put the 614 down where you want it to clean and press the big button to turn it on. It will run until its low on battery life and look for the Home Base to charge. If it can’t find the Base’s infrared signal, it will try and return to its original starting location. 

The 614 is the cheapest one, but the upgrade to the 675 is the better option for its wireless capability that allows for remote control and scheduling. 

Final Thoughts on The Best Roomba Model 

There you have it, the best Roomba models out in the market now. They’re all great robot vacuums and you just need to think about your needs at home. Each household is different, so I hope that there’s enough information above to help you pick the right one for you. 

I will note one obvious downside to robovacs in multi-floor homes – they don’t clean stairs. Until they learn how to climb stairs, you may want to get a handheld or upright traditional vacuum.

There are many Roomba alternatives out there now from small and large companies like Samsung POWERbots, Xiaomi Roborock, eufy from Anker, Ecovacs Deebots, Neato, iLife, and more.

Roomba vacuum cleaners all have great features and aren’t always the flashiest ones out there. But Roomba is still the Standard with the highest marks for brand reputation and quality.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Which is the Best Roomba Model to Buy?

The Roomba s9+ is the best one out there. The s9+ is the smartest and most powerful while giving you the most automated hands-off experience. The price is high, but it will last you a long time and save you time from regularly cleaning out its dustbin. 

Which is the Best Roomba Model for Your Money?

The i7+ and i3+ give the best value at two different price points. The i7+ has smart features and deeper cleaning at a good price to feature ratio. The 960 is at a lower price point, but provides the best bang for your buck. If you have a higher budget or larger house, go with the i7+ and enjoy more automated cleaning. If you have a tighter budget or a smaller house, the 960 will get the job done.

What is the Newest Roomba Model?

The Roomba i3 and i3+ are the newest iRobot Roomba Models and both were released in September 2020.

Which is the Best Roomba for Hardwood Floors?

The i7 or i7+ is best with hardwood floors as it provides10 times the suction power of the 600 series. That’s enough power to clean floor surfaces like hardwood floors. They’re both the same vacuum and the ‘+’ in i7 Plus signifies that the Clean Base unit is part of the package.

Which is the Best Roomba for Tile Floors?

The i7 model is the best with tile floors with their 10x suction power. The extra suction power is useful because tiles are smooth, so it will rely more on suction power. Tile floors also have divots between the tiles that will need the extra suction.

Which is the Best Roomba for Carpet?

Which is the Best Roomba for Pets?

The s9+ will do the best job with pet hair all over your floors and carpet. You’ll be able to turn it on remotely and the s9+ will empty itself into the Clean Base unit. If there’s a lot of pet hair, you’re going to be thankful that the s9+ will clean its bin automatically. 

Are Roombas Worth the Money?

Yes, yes, and yes! When you think about the time that you spend vacuuming with upright vacuums, what else could you be doing with all that time? Roombas give you all that time back and iRobot is the leader in robot vacuums. 

Do Roombas Make Noise? 

All vacuums make noise, so yes, Roombas will make noise. But they’re not as loud as most upright vacuums. The suctioning of the Roomba is what makes all the noise. 

Which is the Most Powerful Roomba? 

The s9+ is the most powerful Roomba at 40x the suction power of the 600 series models. There is simply no comparison when it comes to the s9 series. In fact, it’s 4x the suction power of the next most powerful Roomba, the i7+.

What is the Best Roomba for a Large House? 

The s9+ is best for large houses because its smart mapping and navigation features are on full display when it needs to Resume and Recharge. You’ll want to get a Roomba that can recharge in the middle of cleanings without forgetting which areas have already been cleaned. 

What is the Best Roomba for a Small Apartment? 

The i3+ provides the best value for small apartments. It has the Resume and Recharge feature, but doesn’t need to map and remember your home’s floor plan because it’s not a large house. 

What is the Best Roomba for Multiple Floors? 

The s9+ will remember multiple floor plans and with its advanced camera sensors, the s9+ will know which floor it’s on. You don’t need to do anything other than the initial setup of marking Keep Out Zones and placing the Roomba on the floor.

What is the Best Roomba for Corners?

The s9’s D-shape and Corner Brush is the best for corners. The flat side allowed Roomba to place wider brushes closer to the edge of the Roomba, which allows for more suction power and better access to the corners. 

How to Tell Which Roomba Model You Have

Turn the Roomba over and look at the underbelly of the Roomba. Depending on your model, the model number will be in slightly different places. The model number will usually stand out with larger font and might have “Roomba” in front of the number.

If you have any of the latest models, look for (Roomba) 614, 675, e5, 960, i7, or s9.

What’s Better: Roomba i6+ vs i7+ vs i8+ Difference?

The Roomba i6+ and i8+ are the same as the i7+ in terms of the robot vacuum’s technical specifications and features. The main difference between the Roomba i6+ vs i7+ vs i8+ is where you can buy each one.

The Roomba i6+ is exclusive to Amazon. The i7+ is the base model that’s available in most locations online and offline. Costco sells the i8+ exclusively.

There’re also slight differences in the color and what comes in the package.