For a ground-breaking application of artificial intelligence, the Roomba has a winding history. The company behind this AI-powered vacuum cleaning robot began in the 1990s but did not go public until 2005. In that time, iRobot proved that artificial intelligence algorithms could help a robot vacuum your home as well as, if not better than, any human. The company launched the Roomba in 2002, then quickly followed with the Roomba 400 series. Almost two decades later, the company has sold millions of Roombas, with iterations on the Roomba now covering over six major releases.
iRobot Roomba 690
The Roomba 690 is an entry-level robotic vacuum cleaner with the ability to clean both hard floors and carpets. This is the Roomba you want if your budget is below $300. The 690 costs $290. For this, you get the Roomba cleaning essentials, including an edge-sweeping brush, WiFi connectivity, and a cleaning head that automatically adjusts to the surface. The Roomba 690 has dirt-detection sensors which allow it to zero in on areas with more dirt and spend more time working on them.
Roomba E5 - Best For Hard Floors
If you are cleaning primarily hard floors such as wood floors, tiles, or stone floors, you will want the iRobot Roomba E5. The E5 is a mid-level budget device, costing around $450 from iRobot. Its high-efficiency filter, combined with powerful suction and tough rubber brushes make it an effective cleaning machine. Among the E5’s impressive capabilities is its intelligent navigation system. This allows it to get around corners, furniture, and other obstacles. You can use this device with the iRobot Home App.
Roomba 960 - Best for Carpet Cleaning
For those with a lot of carpets to clean, the Roomba 960 is a good option. It has been optimized to thoroughly clean carpets and its technology makes it a fit for homes where pets shed their fur frequently. You will appreciate the 960’s power-lifting suction, which enables it to pick up dirt more effectively. The Roomba 960’s design, at just 3.6 inches height, allows it to navigate around and under chairs, tables, and a good many other furniture types. You can buy this model for around $550.
Roomba i7 - Best for Large Homes
If you have a large home to clean, you might want the full capabilities of the high-end iRobot Roomba i7. The i7 is a multipurpose robotic vacuum cleaner that can handle hard floors, carpets, and other floor types. It has dual multi-surface brushes, along with dirt detection technology to make sure the dirty spots get extra attention. Its advanced technology includes self-charging technology, which means it docks itself when necessary to make sure it is always ready to clean. The i7 costs $799.
To Consider Before Your Purchase
The latest iterations of iRobot’s products come with Alexa support and app support via the iRobot Home App. Using the app, you can not only control cleaning settings, but set schedules for regular cleanings using supported Roombas.
- Roomba 690: It has cliff detection sensors to prevent the 690 from falling downstairs.
- Roomba E5: Has a runtime of up to 90 minutes, then it needs recharging.
- Roomba 960: After a clean, you can review where it cleaned using the Clean Map Reports from the iRobot Home App.
- Roomba i7: You can program the i7 with custom cleaning preferences such as number of passes for each clean. Its scheduling also allows custom cleaning schedules for each room in the house.
What Do They Say on Other Sites
“This robot vac is awesome. It sucks up everything in its path, navigates obstacles with ease, and returns to its base to charge with no problems. In a carpeted room, you can see just how perfectly it passes over each portion of the carpet. The end result is nothing but perfect vacuum lines.” (FRCP on Amazon)
“I am disappointed to find out that one of the best features of Roomba, ie unattended scheduled cleanings, doesn't work unless the user and his or her smartphone is connect to Wifi at the scheduled time.” (Michael H. on Amazon)
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