If you’re looking for a Roomba, you will quickly realize there are quite a few to choose from. They all have a similar, circular shape, but don’t let the similarities fool you. These units have quite a bit of diversity to them. There’s a vacuum for every budget and need.
So in this article, we’re looking at some Roombas for every need, and helping you determine which one is the best for you.
Before we get started, I wanted to mention that QVC has a special payment plan for Roombas here, and HSN has a great payment plan here. When you split your purchase over 3 months, it makes it so much easier to get that perfect model!
With that out of the way, let’s get started.
Table of Contents
- Our Top Picks for the Best Roomba of 2020
- #1: iRobot Roomba S9+ Robot Vacuum (best overall)
- #2. iRobot Roomba 675 Wi-Fi Connected Vacuuming Robot (best for budget)
- #3. iRobot Roomba E5 Robot Vacuum (best for pet hair)
- #4. iRobot Roomba 890 Wi-Fi Connected (best for hardwood floors)
- #5: iRobot Roomba 960 (best for carpets)
- #6: iRobot Braava M6 Advanced Robot Mop (best for mopping)
- How Does Roomba Compare to Other Brands?
- How Does The Roomba Work?
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Summary – Which Roomba YOU Should Choose
Our Top Picks for the Best Roomba of 2020
#1: iRobot Roomba S9+ Robot Vacuum (best overall)
If you have a budget built for cleaning your home, or you just want to splurge on a the best robot vacuum on the market today, the Roomba s9+ is going to be your choice. It doesn’t come cheap; the average retail price is about $1,400! However, if you can afford it, you’re in for a treat.
Here are some of it’s features:
With most Roomba models, you have to clean it out yourself. Emptying the dust, dirt, hair, and other pollutants can be a hassle. You have to snap off its waste disposal, empty it out, and sometimes, it spills! Then you have to clean it up all over again.
The s9+ has its own disposal in the charging station, which the Roomba empties into. The dirt goes into bags that trap everything, keeping your home clean.
It’s a Deep Clean
Do you have some deep carpets? Many Roombas aren’t meant for deep carpets, and you’ll have to have a regular vacuum. However, the s9+ has some amazing suction. It cleans over 40 times deeper than the 600 models, which is quite amazing.
Also, they don’t clean corners well. This Roomba? It doesn’t cut corners… literally! It has some powerful side brushes to make sure your corners are nice and clean.
Cheaper Roombas go in random directions, and while that does work, they don’t learn your house. This Roomba does. Not only can it see obstacles far ahead, but it will map out your house. In addition, you can control which rooms it goes into, and which obstacles to stay away from.
The battery lasts about 2 hours, which should cover most homes quite well. It takes about four hours to charge, which is a tad long, but a small price to pay.
The Deepest Clean
Some people write off Roombas as a novelty item that cleans up your floor a bit, but it isn’t a replacement for an actual vacuum. The S9+ offers an amazing clean that competes with the top vacuum cleaners. It’s actually quite impressive.
No more having to empty out your Roomba. It does all the cleaning for you, and you just have to take the bag out of its charging station and empty it. No having to worry about the Roomba stopping because it’s full of debris. The s9+ does all the work for you.
The s9+ can map out your house to give you the best clean and make sure it avoids obstacles, or rooms it shouldn’t enter. Few Roombas have this technology yet. Since the software is always updating, you’ll be able to have even smarter capabilities in the future.
Perhaps the biggest con of the s9+ is the price tag. Few people, unless they’re rich, can justify over a grand for a vacuum cleaner. If you want the best the Roomba world has to offer, it should be worth it, but those on a budget should be satisfied with the more affordable models out there.
With that said, you can always look for Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals, or see if you can find a good refurbished model for cheaper. Just make sure you have protection.
Also, remember that with time, this will go down. Soon, a Roomba that has all of these features may be on the budget side.
Long Charge Time
Four hours to charge can turn some users off. Cheaper Roombas tend to have less of a charging time, but because the s9+ is so powerful, you’ll have to expect longer charge times. Luckily, the battery life is long. As long as you keep it charged, and don’t leave it off its deck overnight, you should be good.
There have been some complaints
Most people love their s9+, but on Amazon, it has a bit more of a mixed reception. Some users have complained about the unit not mapping out their house, getting stuck, and being too noisy. Of course, this may just be a vocal minority. It would be wise to make sure you can return the Roomba if you’re not satisfied, because it’s a huge investment.
For the S9+, the standout feature is that it’s self-cleaning. Roombas do not have the biggest dust storage bins, so always having to empty it out can be a hassle. The S9+’s ability to dump its waste into a bigger storage bin will save you some trips in regards to emptying the bin.
In addition, it has deep cleaning that tops the other models. Robot vacuums are known for not cleaning deep enough, but the S9 and S9+’s cleaning manages to go deeper, almost making it the perfect substitution for a vacuum.
#2. iRobot Roomba 675 Wi-Fi Connected Vacuuming Robot (best for budget)
If you can’t afford the S9+, I recommend you check out the Roomba 675.
Robot vacuums used to be a luxury item, particularly the Roomba line. However, there’s a Roomba for every budget, and the 675 is no different. It’s cheaper, but it does get the job done. Depending on where you look, it can go for about $219-$199, making it a good entry for those who are entering the world of vacuums. Here are some of its features.
One neat little trick that Roombas have is that they know if an area has more dirt than usual. When the Roomba spots a location in your home that has a high concentration of dirt, it goes into overdrive and works harder than usual. This helps to clean up the higher traffic areas of your home much better. For example, your Roomba will work harder in your living room than it would in a guest room.
When smartphones were newer, a robot vacuum that had app compatibility was found in the higher budgeted units. Nowadays, any Roomba has connectivity to an app, even the cheapies. While not as advanced as the more expensive units, this Roomba allows you to schedule cleanings from anywhere, and you can use Alexa or Google Assistant to voice command it. In addition, you can monitor the cleanings while they’re going on.
Decent Battery Life
With some budget robot vacuums, you are lucky to get an hour. However, this one goes up to 90 minutes. When it’s low on power, it will automatically return to its dock, a feature that’s important for any Roomba. Who wants to find a dead Roomba and bring it back to its cradle? No one.
3 Stage Cleaning
This is your typical Roomba cleaning cycle, and it works well enough. It loosens the dirt from the ground, lifts it, and sucks it up. It cleans both hardwood and carpeted surfaces using its dual multi surface brushes. These brushes grab the debris with ease, and its cleaning head will adjust in height to clean surfaces better. We recognize not all surfaces are entirely flat.
These sensors help clean underneath couches, tables, and other areas that may be a bit problematic for some robot vacuums.
Optional Virtual Barriers
You do have to pay extra, but you can buy this Roomba with virtual barriers. If there’s a part of the house that you don’t want your Roomba entering, simply use these virtual barriers and they will prevent the robot from going in. No having to close any doors or move around chairs to block the Roomba. You can pick between one and two barriers. You can also buy the 675 with other accessories too, such as more brushes.
Intuitive Smart Features
Downloading the app, connecting the Roomba through Wifi, and using the app are all quite easy. Few people should have any problems with scheduling the Roomba and using voice control. As we said, some of the more expensive Roombas have more advanced smartphone features, such as floor mapping, but the 675 is useful too.
Great for General Use
If your house doesn’t have a special need, this Roomba is for you. Great for houses with small pets, somewhat messy kids, or for general maintenance of your floor. If your house is dirtier than most, or you have a specific need, then you may need to purchase a more expensive unit. However, we do think this one does suffice.
As we said, this Roomba is cheap. It only goes for a couple hundred bucks. Even if you buy the extra features, such as the barriers, it’s still relatively inexpensive. This is before any sales, such as Black Friday, too. You don’t need to wait until the holidays to get a cheap Roomba.
The Direction It Moves in Isn’t Intelligent
With robot vacuums, you have two options in regards to how it cleans. More expensive units use room mapping. The vacuum learns the layout of your house and moves around using its knowledge.
However, older and more budget Roombas use random directions. It moves in a straight direction until it collides with an object, then it changes directions. While it can prioritize dirtier spots, the Roomba still has problems with missing some areas. This can especially happen if you have a wider room.
You Have to Do Some Prep Work
One disadvantage of a cheaper Roomba is the fact that they can get stuck or suck up cords. You may have to move around furniture, clean some cords, and prepare the house in order for the Roomba to have its best session possible.
For some, this kills the convenience aspect. The goal of a Roomba is to automate the vacuuming process, but if you have to do so much preparation, is it really that automated? Now, depending on your house, you may need little preparation, but if you have a lot of stuff in your house, it may be confused. Sometimes, that prep work can involve putting the Roomba back in its dock because it forgot where it is.
Also, because it can get stuck, this also defeats the purpose of an app that lets you schedule cleanings when you’re not home. Someone has to get that Roomba unstuck!
Maybe Not the Best for Super Dirty Homes
If your house is prone to messes (especially if you have toddlers or super hairy dogs,) the 675 may not be the best one for the job. You may need something a little more powerful.
The 675 is a little lacking, but it’s great for those on a budget. For those new to the Roomba world, it may be a good first unit to try. If you’re satisfied with it, then great. If you wish it could be a little smarter with how it maps the house, you may want to upgrade.
So, what does this product have that the others don’t? Since it’s a cheaper model, nothing really. Its most standout feature is the price. It goes for much less than other Roomba models. If you want a Roomba but you don’t have much money to burn, you should try this one out.
#3. iRobot Roomba E5 Robot Vacuum (best for pet hair)
We all love our loyal dogs and our cuddly kitties, but unless you have a hairless pet, those animals shed. Hair, pet dander, litter tracking, the list goes on. You have to clean up daily to keep up, and you need to have a Roomba that can handle pet hair and play nice with your pets.
Every Roomba is decent at cleaning pet hair, but some models work better for others. The 675, for example, is good for short-haired animals, but shaggy dogs and long-haired cats need not apply. Also, every Roomba may freak out your pet at first, but they’ll get used to it.
Any of the expensive Roomba models will work for pets, but if you want a good model that’s well-priced, we think the E5 will work for you. This model goes for around $350, and it’s great for pets. Let’s look at some of the features.
While not the deepest clean around, the E5 has some powerful suction with a 3-stage Cleaning System attached to it. Pet hair and dander is no match for this Roomba’s cleaning. It’s great for pet hair and pollutants on both hardwood and carpets, making it great for a wandering pet.
A Filter Meant for Pets
It has a nice filter, which eliminates 99 percent of allergens from pets. If you have someone in your home who is allergic, that person and your pets may be able to exist in perfect harmony. Or at least, somewhat harmonious.
Good for Under Furniture
This Roomba also uses some sensors to move underneath furniture, allowing for an even deeper clean. If you have cats or small dogs who love to get under your couch, this Roomba has you covered.
Decent Battery Life
This Roomba can last for up to 90 minutes. Once again, this is perfect for most households.
It’s Great for Pets
As mentioned before, its powerful brushes, access to the tight spots in your home, and its ability to suck up pet hair from both hardwood and carpets make this Roomba awesome for pet hair and dander.
This isn’t the best value around, but the e5 is still quite affordable. It goes for around $300, making it quite cheap.
It Does Lack Some Features
Being a cheaper Roomba, it has some nice features, such as smartphone connectivity, but it doesn’t map out your room like the more expensive models do, and it can’t resume cleaning when it has to charge.
The standout feature of the E5 is that is has all the cleaning features needed for a home with a pet. These features are typically found by default in more expensive models, but the budget-friendly E5 manages to have them all. These include power lifting suction, which can clean messes much better than the 600 lineup, as well as a high-efficiency filter.
The high-efficiency filter traps even the smallest allergens. If you have someone in your house whose eyes water when exposed to pet hair and dander, the E5 works hard to clean it up.
#4. iRobot Roomba 890 Wi-Fi Connected (best for hardwood floors)
Many people are switching to hardwood floors. While a shaggy carpet is nice to sit on, the dirt and pet hair that gets stuck in it has made some people switch over. A hardwood floor can be much easier to maintain, but it still requires a special vacuum. Dirt and debris can slide around on a hardwood floor, making it much more annoying to clean.
One Roomba that works well for hardwood floors is the 890 model. Let’s take a look at some of its features.
Picks Up Well
If you’re the owner of a hardwood floor, you want something that picks up the debris with ease. The 890 may be your ticket to success, as it picks up incredibly well. The 890 uses Power-Lifting Suction, a feature that cleans hardwood floors even better. It can take dirt on the ground, loosen it up, and then pick it up with ease. In addition, it has a cleaning head designed to work with hardwood as well as carpets.
It’s Smart Compatible
Just like all the Roombas on this list, this model is compatible with your smart devices. Being able to control your Roomba through your smart device is so convenient, we’re going to mention it quite a few times.
Average Battery Life
Just like most Roombas on this list, it has a battery life of about 90 minutes. Again, that does work for most homes, and if you have a bigger home, you can probably afford a higher end model.
It’s Good With Objects
Many Roombas have a hard time with objects on the ground. When a lower-end Roomba detects an object, for example, it ends up bumping into it and possibly causing a spill. The 890 isn’t like that. While it doesn’t have the smart mapping system other Roombas have, it does have some object detection so that if you’re moving some furniture, it will notice.
The price of this Roomba can vary depending on where you get it from, but we’ve seen models floating for around $300-$400, depending on where you look. It’s overall a mid-range Roomba. It isn’t extremely expensive, but it’s not the most budget-friendly model, either.
It’s Just Decent at Cleaning
While the 890 works best for hardwood floors, if you have some carpet, it cleans that well enough as well. It’s best for a hardwood-dominant floor, however. Floors that have more carpet may need another Roomba.
Dustbin Could Use Some Work
With that said, its dustbin isn’t the best one out there. If you try to remove it, it may spill. It’s a little bit annoying trying to remove the dustbin. Plus, said dustbin is a bit small. You may need to empty it out at least once if your house is particularly dirty, or if you have a bigger house.
It Could Transition from Hardwood to Carpet a Little Better
As we said, this Roomba is primarily meant for hardwood floors. However, if you have a bit of carpet, this Roomba cleans decently, but it doesn’t detect any carpet. That means you won’t get as much suction as you would with some better models.
The standout feature of this model is its dirt detection. Certain models, especially more expensive Roombas, have it. If you have hardwood floors, you know not all messes are created equal. A few crumbs on the ground is a little different from a dirty shoe print, for example. That’s why the 890 puts more effort in one and not the other, saving you battery life and helping you to clean your hardwood floors.Click here to see today's price for the Roomba 890 on Amazon
#5: iRobot Roomba 960 (best for carpets)
Vacuuming carpets with a robot vacuum can be a little tricky. While the cheaper models can clean the carpets a little bit, they only go surface deep and are best for low pile carpets. If you want a deep cleaning, which you should expect from a vacuum, you usually need something more powerful. Most people will suck it up and go with a traditional vacuum, but there are some robot vacuums that clean the carpet.
Meet the 960. Here are the features.
Power Lifting Suction
This is perhaps the most standout feature of the 960. It’s about five times as powerful as the 600 lineup. This means that it’s more efficient with cleaning dirty spots, or deeper carpets.
Mapping and Smartphone Features
This Roomba has intelligent mapping. While some models go in a random direction, this one maps out a floor of your home and cleans it according to how your house is laid out. This means fewer chances of a spot missed.
When you’re purchasing Roombas, you need to pay attention to the filters. Some are more efficient than others. A high-efficiency filter can catch pollutants in the air as tiny as 10 microns. A micron is one-millionth of a meter. That’s pretty tiny. If someone in your home has allergies, this filter can help out a lot.
Not all brushes are created equal, either. Some of them can adjust according to the shape of the floor. The 960’s rubber brushes are easily adjustable in that regard. Not much to say besides that.
Continues the Job if It Needs Charging
All Roomba models have the ability to return to its charging station when they’re low on battery. However, the cheaper models will not continue to the job, and instead start from square one. You will probably have to move the Roomba to an uncleaned area. The best way to avoid this is to make sure that the Roomba is fully charged before a job, but sometimes you have a big space, or the Roomba has to put more energy in to clean the mess.
Units like the 960 will continue from where they left off, automating the cleaning process even more.
A Much Deeper Clean
While it’s not going to be as powerful as a vacuum of that price, this Roomba is still quite a good clean, putting in equal effort between carpets and hardwood floors.
Mapping Can Save You Plenty of Grief
A Roomba that moves around in random directions is frustrating. While there is a little method to the madness of random directions, it can still miss a few spots. Having a device that can map out your home is always convenient.
Great for Shaggy Pets
Most Roomba models are good if you have a couple short-haired cats or dogs of small to medium build, but if you have a bigger, shaggier pet, then this Roomba can clean up its messes much better than your average unit.
Currently, this model is going for about $399. It used to be that if you wanted a Roomba that had mapping and all of the other advanced features, you’d usually have to pay double that price.
Battery Could Be Better
With Roombas, you usually expect up to 90 or 120 minutes on them. This one is a little less, going for up to 75 minutes. For some, those 15 minutes won’t matter, but there you may have a household where 15 minutes is the difference between fully clean and the Roomba having to take a break.
It Could Be More Powerful
While it’s a stronger model, it’s not going to be a full replacement for a regular carpet vacuum. Robot vacuums have gone along way in the past couple decades, but they’re not quite there yet in regards to replacing traditional vacuums. These work great for general maintenance of your carpets, but you will still need more vacuums ready for deeper cleanings.
This Roomba stands out because it has some more advanced features for a mid-ranged price. A couple years ago, there was no way you’d find a Roomba under $400 that mapped out your home, resumed the job after recharge, and offered deeper carpet clean. Now, it’s a lot easier to find one, and the 960 offers that in spades.
#6: iRobot Braava M6 Advanced Robot Mop (best for mopping)
For hardwood floor owners, you also have to mop them in addition to vacuuming. No matter how good your mop is, it can be a hassle to clean it yourself. Don’t you wish you had something like a Roomba, but for mops?
Well, iRobot’s Braava lineup does just that. Some robot vacuums can mop, which we’ll talk about later, but for iRobot, you need to purchase the Braava. There are a few models available, but we believe that the M6 is the best choice for your mopping needs. Let’s explain.
Precise With Cleaning
If you’ve mopped the house, you know there are a few problem spots that can take a little more work. Every time your child throws some food on the ground, that food doesn’t want to leave its new home. The Braava has Pecision Jet Spray, which can clean off most stubborn messes caused by grease, grime, or sticky foods.
Also, the Braava dry sweeps as well, cleaning up any messes that your Roomba may have missed. This is a convenient little feature that most people will love.
With messes, the more immediately you clean them, the easier they are to remove. The Braava will listen to your voice, using Alexa or Google Assistant, to clean up a mess should you need it.
Also, it can map out your home. Cheaper robo-mops will clean in a random direction, which can have its share of problems. You don’t want the robo-mop to avoid certain stains while putting others in a higher priority. That’s why the Braava is so useful in that regard.
Edged Out to Clean
One feature of the Braava is the Maximized Edge Design, which can clean up corners and edges better. Some models have a harder time cleaning up edges, so you may see a spotless floor until you look at the corners! Also, it goes under furniture as well.
It Can Work in Harmony With Your Roomba
One feature this Braava has is Imprint Link Technology. This is when you can sync it up to a Roomba that has it, and both machines can work together. The Roomba will vacuum first, then the Braava will do some floor mopping. We can’t stress how useful this feature can be!
You Don’t Have to Use Their Floor Cleaner
While the Braava comes with its own unique floor cleaner, you can use other cleaners as well. With that said, you can’t use every floor cleaner. Visit iRobot’s website to see which cleaners are approved for use on the Braava.
Great for Various Surfaces
The Braava works well for stone, tile, and of course, hardwood. Obviously, it’s not meant for carpets, so if you have a home that’s all or mostly carpets, avoid buying this.
Strong Battery Life
The Braava goes up to 160 minutes, which is quite impressive. With almost three hours to play with, the M6 should satisfy most households.
Smart Features Are Convenient
While we don’t have robo-maids like in the Jetsons yet, the Braava comes close. You can call it when you make a mess, and it will clean it up. Quite convenient, huh? Also, it being able to map out your house or you being able to tell the Braava where to clean and where to avoid is always convenient.
Not a Total Substitution
Just like the Roomba, this won’t make you throw away your traditional mop just yet. There are times where you may have an extreme stain that you’ll have to do yourself, or you’ll want to deep clean certain areas on your own. The Braava is just good for normal maintenance.
Some People Have Reported it Leaves Tire Marks
This is something that many reviewers have been divided on. Obviously, a cleaning machine that leaves tire tracks is counterproductive. Some people say it left marks, while others say it doesn’t and it may have been an early defect. We say to try it out and see what it does. If it leaves marks, return it and see if you can get a better one.
The standout feature of the Braava M6 is obviously the fact that it can mop your house. The M6’s feature, in particular, is that is has mapping, making the mopping process even more automated than ever.
How Does Roomba Compare to Other Brands?
Roomba isn’t the only vacuum brand that creates robot vacuums; brands that are known for traditional cleaners are stepping into the arena with their own take on the robot vacuum. Let’s take a look at a few vacuum brands and see how they compare.
Roomba vs Dyson
Dyson tends to be a heavy competitor in the vacuum world, and they’ve recently created their own line of robot vacuums to compete with Roomba. Let’s take a look at some of the differences between Dyson and Roomba models.
- The Dyson is much bigger, being an inch more than most Roomba models. Size is something that a person may or may not care about. Someone may like a more compact robot, or want something bigger to clean their floor.
- The way they vacuum is different. The Roomba tends to go in a straight line, moving when it hits an object. Meanwhile, the Dyson uses a grid pattern to move around.
- The Dyson tends to have a smaller dustbin. If having to empty out a dustbin more is a dealbreaker, you may not want the Dyson.
- The Dyson’s battery life is much poorer. A Dyson tends to run around 45 minutes before needing a charge, while the Roomba lasts much longer. If you have a smaller home, this may not matter, but for some, it’s a dealbreaker.
- Higher-end Roomba models do adapt to carpets, using more power. The Dyson uses high power all the time, which may not be good if you’re trying to conserve energy.
- They move differently. The Dyson has treads, allowing it to move around like a tank. Meanwhile, the Roomba uses wheels.
- The Dyson is a lot less loved by reviewers than the Roomba models. The Dyson 360 has a mere 2.5 stars on Amazon, while most Roombas tend to have at least 4 stars. Of course, with electronics, the negative reviews tend to be a more vocal minority.
The Dyson does have some unique features, but when comparing them, we have to go with the Roomba. It offers more for the price. Here is hoping Dyson can catch up.
Roomba vs Eufy
Do you want a robo-vac on a budget? Eufy offers robo-vacs for under $200. If you’re someone who is pinching pennies, but you want a robot, Eufy may be a good brand to look at. Here are some features of Eufy vacuums, particularly its RoboVac 11+ lineup.
- The Eufy doesn’t have smart device control. That’s a little less convenient, but people on a budget may not have a problem with its lack of smart features. The 15c model of Eufy does have a WiFi feature, though.
- The Eufy does have a longer battery life than many Roomba models, but the downside is that it doesn’t charge as fast. Both do automatically recharge.
- The Eufy is much lighter. The Roomba tends to be two extra pounds, which isn’t too much of a difference, but some may not like that.
- Eufy boosts its power when it encounters high-soiled areas. Of course, the Roomba is great with soiled parts as well.
Overall, we have to say that the Eufy has quite a bit going for it considering it’s a budget model. Try it out and see if it’s for you.
Roomba vs Xiaomi
Xiaomi, a Chinese smartphone maker, has come out with some cleaning robots that have been getting some rave reviews. These robots compare to higher end Roomba models, such as the Roomba 980. The difference is that the Xiaomi is a lot cheaper, going for a little under $300, while the 980 goes for three times as that. Is the Xiaomi a good rival to the Roomba, or a knockoff? Let’s contrast.
- The Roomba 980 uses a camera to map the room, while the Xiaomi uses a laser. The laser is better for darker areas. If it’s evening, and you scheduled a cleaning, the Roomba may not work as well in mapping out your home.
- The Roomba is better for carpets overall. The Xiaomi cleans up well, but the Roomba offers a smoother transition between hardwood floor and carpet.
- Both use an app, but the Xiaomi does have a live-view mode, allowing you to watch it clean your house when you’re gone.
We’re actually impressed with the Xiaomi. It’s a robot cleaner that may end up competing with the Roomba. It offers some great features for less money. If you find one, you might want to give it a try. Step up your game, Roomba.
Roomba vs Ecovacs Deebot
Deebot is another Chinese-based company that is offering some great robots for a fraction of the price. Some may want to support Roomba because they are an American company, but if the origin of the robot doesn’t matter to you, let’s compare Deebot and Roomba and see which is better.
- Both have many similarities. The higher end Roomba and Deebot do map out the floors in order to get the best clean. Both use side brushes as well.
- The Deebot does have more cleaning options, such as using either direct suction or having the main brush do the work. The main brush is great for carpets, while the suction is good for pet hairs. You can worry less about the pet hairs getting tangled in the brushes, which is always a hassle for the Roomba.
- Both have smart features to make everything much easier for you. You can schedule cleanings, control them remotely, and more.
- The Deebot does have mopping features as well, allowing your hardwood floor to get the best clean possible.
Overall, both are great robots, but we’re honestly impressed with what the Deebot has to offer. Compare models for yourself and see which comes out on top for you.
Roomba vs Neato
Neato sounds like a silly name for a vacuum brand, but don’t let that fool you; they have quite a bit of competition with Roomba, and it’s easy to see why. Neato has various robo-vacs in the market today, each with some unique features, just like the Roomba. Let’s compare some of the features of Roombas and Neatos and see which one comes out on top.
- There are more types of Roombas than there are Neato vacuums, which gives Roomba a bit of an upper hand, unless you’re someone who doesn’t like to choose between too many models.
- The Neato vacuums use a square head. This is useful for cleaning angled areas and walls. The Roomba works well with walls as well, but it feels like the Neato has the upper hand in this case.
- The Roomba is overall better with suction. The best Roomba models around offer some incredible suction power, but even the ones that are lower-end have some great filters to avoid any allergens. The Roomba is also easier to clean. If something is tangled in the brush, it’s easy to remove.
- Both Neato and Roomba use smart features. From smart device connectivity to Alexa, they have it. Both have invisible barriers and mapping features, which are available in higher models. The higher model Roomba does have that self-emptying feature, which is quite convenient, but it’s only available for expensive models. The future may change this.
- The Neato line of Botvacs has some different power saving modes. You can put your vacuum in eco mode, which sacrifices power for energy. This is good if you have light messes. You can switch it to turbo mode if there’s a large mess.
- Both types have spot modes, which clean off particularly messy spots.
- Both models have decent battery lives, and they do return to their charging station when the power is low.
- Roomba has a diverse series of models for every budget. From models that are only a couple hundred to over a grand, there’s a Roomba out there for everyone. Neato’s Botvac line focuses more on the mid-range aspect.
Both of them have their pros and cons. Botvacs are better for walls, but Roombas are better for every other part of the house. We recommend comparing some Botvacs to the Roombas on this list, and seeing which is the best fit for you.
Roomba vs Shark
Shark has been a name in reasonably-priced vacuums for a while. As of recently, they have dipped their toes in the robot vacuum world. Let’s take a look at what you can expect from a Shark robot, dubbed the Ion, when compared to a Roomba.
- The Roomba tends to be a bit bigger and heavier than the Ion. Depending on who you are, this can be a good thing or a bad thing. A heavier Roomba is less likely to fall over and can clean more, but a lighter robot is convenient as well.
- The Ion does have more side brushes, which are great for walls and angles.
- The Ion’s filters tend to be a little bit better, having a HEPA rating. HEPA, or High Efficiency Particulate Air, is a powerful filter that removes 99.97% or more of the particles. A particle that is as low as 0.3 microns will be no match. For reference, a micron is a millionth of a meter. That’s tiny! Of course, higher-end Roombas tend to use HEPA filters as well.
- Both use technology to adapt to your room, but both use different types. The Ion has Smart Sensor Navigation, while the Roomba tends to use iAdapt. Your results may vary.
- The Ion tends to have a slightly longer battery charge time, charging for about an hour more than the Roomba. If you have a big house, this can be frustrating.
- The Ion doesn’t tell you when the bin is full, while many Roomba models will indicate when your dustbin needs emptying.
- Both have similarities as well, using smart technology to allow for remote cleanings and scheduling.
Like the previous one, there is no clear winner. Both models have their pros and cons. Your best bet is to look at some Shark robots and compare them to the Roombas on this list. Chances are, you can find one that works for you.
Roomba vs ILife
Ilife has entered the ring as well, offering robots that go toe-to-toe with Roomba. What do Ilife models have? Let’s take a look.
- ILife robots are even more budget friendly than the Roomba. The Roomba does have budget models, but they are still $300. Meanwhile, the ILife tends to go much cheaper, with some models going in the $100 range.
- The Roomba uses more navigation technology, meaning it moves around the floor much better than the ILife can. The ILife does clean, but it takes more time due to hitting more obstacles. Of course, different models may have more technology.
- ILife’s robots tend to be smaller and lighter. As mentioned before, this is something that you may or may not want. It all depends on your needs.
- Both clean well, but the Roomba does it better. The newer Roomba models have debris extractors and clean much more powerfully. However, the ILife is still nothing to laugh at, having quite a bit of power as well.
- The ILife does have a better battery life. The higher-end models run for two and a half hours. Even the cheaper models go for up to 70 minutes, which is better than some models of a Roomba. Because the Roombas automatically recharge, battery life may not be a concern for you, but it’s understandable if it is. The ILife does recharge as well, but the V1 model doesn’t.
- The ILife does have a unique feature that the Roomba doesn’t, and that’s a wet mopping mode. Switch the dustbin with a water tank, attach the cleaning cloth, and the ILife can wet mop the floor. The V5 and X5 are a few models that offer this.
- Both the ILife and the Roomba use some powerful filters, making sure that you don’t run into any allergens.
- The ILife doesn’t have a full bin indicator, while newer Roombas do.
In conclusion, the ILife models tend to be slightly inferior to the Roomba, but do offer some advantages as well. The fact that there are more budget-friendly models available helps. So does the wet mopping feature. Once again, we can’t stress that you should compare models and make the decision.
How Does The Roomba Work?
The Roomba works in quite a few different ways, depending on which model you get. While we can’t describe the exact science, we can explain it in layman’s terms. Let’s look at how most models work: through randomness.
Most Roombas follow a technique known as the random bounce. This is where the Roomba goes forward in a direction, and then moves in another direction once it hits an object. In addition, the random bounce technique does employ some wall hugging as well. Using a side brush, it will stay across any walls so that it cleans the sides of your home to the best of its ability.
The Roomba isn’t entirely dependent on random movement. It also uses a sensor to help it find its way across the room. This sensor typically sees objects and slows down so it doesn’t get damaged, or knock the object over. This also helps the Roomba look out for stairs and other drops. Sometimes, the Roomba may have false positives on cliffs, stopping for a cliff even if there isn’t one, but that’s better than your Roomba jumping off your stairs like a Lemming.
In addition, the Roomba has a sensor that detects dirt. This is done through a piezoelectric sensor, which causes the Roomba to slowly clean the area and circle around it a few times. For dirty spots in your home, this is an awesome feature.
Another sensor is the virtual wall, which uses infrared lights to tell the Roomba not to clean in a certain area. Again, this is quite a convenient feature.
More expensive models, such as the s9+, can map out your house. They may use cameras to photograph your room, and this helps the Roomba build up a profile. They’ll avoid areas they already cleaned, and have a cleaning style that’s more like you with a vacuum, which is quite nice. It’s a feature still in its infancy, but one day, the Roomba may clean better than you can.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best Roomba in 2020?
Do you have a pet? We love this Roomba for pet hair! Or maybe you want a specific one for carpet or hardwood floor?
I’m sure you get the idea. Take a look at our picks for your particular scenario and THAT will be the best Roomba for you 🙂
Are Roombas Worth the Money?
The answer to this is going to be subjective. There are different Roombas for various budgets and needs, and some people may find more value out of it than others. Here are some ways that a Roomba may be worth it:
- You have hard-to-reach spots. A Roomba cleans underneath furniture and corners that a traditional vacuum may not be able to reach.
- You require daily maintenance. If you’re someone who has pets, or kids who make messes, the Roomba may be good for daily cleanings.
- You have lots of hardwood floors. The Roomba does have deeper carpet cleaning, but only for the expensive models. The cheaper ones are more suitable for hardwood.
Here are some reasons why a Roomba may not be worth it.
- If you’re someone who has lots of carpets, and doesn’t have the budget to afford a deeper cleaning model.
- You have lots of cords on the ground. The Roomba can make your life quite annoying if that’s the case.
- You’re looking for something to replace your old vacuum altogether. Most Roombas aren’t meant for a total vacuum replacement, especially for larger debris.
Do Roombas make noise?
Yes, they are a little noisy. With any vacuum, the cheaper models are going to have louder motors, while the more expensive models may be quieter. However, they’re all going to make some noise. They’re great for running when you’re out of your house, so that’s a plus. However, if you share a building with someone, you may not want to run it at midnight!
Can you wash the filter if it gets dirty?
According iRobot’s website, the filters are not designed to be washed. A filter is something most want to get the longest life of, as replacing them can be a little annoying. With the Roomba filter, you can tap it against a trash can to remove any excess debris.
Some websites say you can wash the filter, but you have to make sure it’s completely dry, or else you risk damaging your Roomba. If you want to be safe, washing it is something you may want to avoid.
How does the Roomba handle rugs and bumps?
Rugs can be the Roomba’s worst enemy if you are using a cheaper model. A cheap Roomba tends to have a difficult time transitioning from hardwood to rugs, or to another surface. It may get a little tangled, or think the rug is a cliff. Some Roombas go just fine on rugs, but it’s something you may want to test out. If your Roomba is having a tough time, you may want to remove the rug before cleaning.
As for other bumps, it all depends on what type of Roomba you have. Some Roombas handle them great, and others, not so much.
How does the Roomba handle cords?
A Roomba tends to love to suck in a cord, and it ends up tangled up in the brushes. Always put the cords out of harm’s way before you clean. More expensive models have a better time avoiding the cords and learning, but a cheap model may be your cords’ worst enemy.
Summary – Which Roomba YOU Should Choose
It’s been a long journey, and we hope you were entertained by this dive into Roombas, and other brands you may want to consider as well. Robot vacuums are growing more powerful by the year. While not a total replacement for a traditional vacuum, the latest robots deliver powerful suction, smart mapping, and a decent batter life. Let’s summarize each model again.
The best overall is the S9+. It has some of the smartest mapping in any robot vacuum, and so many convenient features. For example, it’s self-emptying, which helps automate the vacuum process more. Plus, it delivers some powerful suction. Many will not buy it because of its steep price tag, but if you have the money, try it out.
The best model for those on a budget is the 675. The 675 still has an impressive amount of features. It connects to your smartphone and has some decent cleaning to go along with it. While not as powerful as the pricier models, those who are on a budget should be satisfied with what the 675 has to offer.
Most Roombas will work well for pets, but the E5 is a great balance between quality and value. It uses a three-stage cleaning system to help remove pet hair and dander like never before. When you have pets, you always need regular maintenance of your home, and the E5 works.
If you have hardwood floors, the 890 does wonders. Its power-lifting features sucks out all the dirt and other pollutants left behind on your floor. It’s powerful, and it does wonders for your floor. What’s not to love?
The 960 is the best one for carpets without having to spend money on an S9+. What makes it awesome is that the 960 can easily transition from hardwood to carpet. Once on the carpet, it uses a power boost feature to suck up as much as it can from the carpet. While not a total replacement for a regular vacuum, it’s close.
If you want to mop your floors, the Braava M6 is for you. It’s not expensive, and it uses an attachable cloth and a container for cleaning fluid. While robo-mops are not a complete substitute for regular mopping, the Braava is great for small maintenance.
That’s it! We hope we cleaned up your burning questions about the iRobot Roombas and how they compare to other brands.