Best Roomba Model 2017 – Top Models with Comparison Chart

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best roomba models comparisonIn the class of Robot Vacuums, Irobot’s Roombas earned high marks for their build quality, efficient dirt cleaning ability, and the amazing equipped features (available at a fair price).

Most of the Roomba Owners say that “buying a Roomba” is one of the best decision that they have taken in their lives. And today it’s your time.

Well, there is only ONE problem, Irobot’s Roomba has a very strong lineup. Not all Roombas deserves your hard-earned money. With many models to choose from makes it a difficult job to find the best Roomba that suits your home and satisfies your needs.

That is why we have created this guide (in which the top Roomba models compared) which helps you find the best Roomba for YOU. But before that, let’s go for this big looking very simple question:

Which Roomba is Best for YOU?

To be honest, seriously honest, there is no such Roomba which works perfectly for everyone. The robot vacuum which works great on hardwood floors may not show its worth on Carpets. So, it all depends on the things you needed. That is why in order to help you till the end, (In this guide) we discussed how each Roomba shows its worthhow it compares to the others and What is the best Roomba for various situations (i.e. Carpets, Hardwood floors, for pet hair cleaning etc., and not to forget for your BUDGET).

Note: To keep this guide up to date and up to the BEST, We will talk only about the top-level Roombas and regularly remove all the old Roomba models (the models that are discontinued and doesn’t meet the today’s requirements).

In a HURRY? or don’t have the time to read the entire article, check out this bottom line:

  • One, If money is not an object or you’re tired of vacuuming and looking for the best Roomba with powerful suction ever, then don’t waste your time (even seconds), go for Roomba 980. Till now, till today, no other Robot Vacuum outperforms Roomba 980.
  • Second, If you are on the strict budget and at the same time looking for the full packed efficient Roomba then go for the Roomba 690. It is the ONLY Wi-fi Connected affordable Roomba  BUT HOLD ON, if it is okay to spend more (not more than 100 dollars compared to 690) for the best performance (five times more powerful) and for more top-notch features then we highly recommend Roomba 890.

 

Top Roomba Models (Most Recommended) – Comparison Chart

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Battery Life (RunTime)60 Minutes60 Minutes60 Minutes75 Minutes120 Minutes
WI-FI & App ConnectivityYesYesYesYes
Best for Pet Hair CleaningYesYesYes
Self-ChargingYesYesYesYesYes
Recharge and ResumeYesYes
Programmable
Schedule
YesYesYesYesYes
Carpet BoostYes
Dirt DetectionYesYesYes (Advanced)Yes (Advanced)Yes (Advanced)
Multi-Room CleaningYesYes
Alexa and Google Assistant CompatibleYesYesYesYes
HEPA FilterYesYesYes
Visual MappingYesYes
Included Accessories1 Virtual Wall Barrier1 Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barrier1 Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barrier1 Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barrier2 Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barriers
Our RecommendationsBest Budget RoombaBest Overall Roomba
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ModelRoomba 650Roomba 690Roomba 890Roomba 960Roomba 980

Roomba 650 – If You Are On Strict Budget (Doesn’t Want Any EXTRAS)

No doubt the more expensive the more powerful Roombas will be, BUT there are some affordable Roombas like Roomba 650 that can deliver a thorough cleaning. Until the mid of 2017, this is my favorite Roomba (not only for me, In fact for millions). And to say, those days, it is the top rated and the best selling robot vacuum on Amazon.

As it had the best overall price to performance ratio, it is also the most recommended one by us. But now as more and more newer models are knocking up we no longer recommend this Roomba (EXCEPT FOR SOME) as the best Roomba to buy. 

EXCEPT FOR SOME?. Yeah, still there are so many things with this Roomba that one will fall in love with it.

Roomba 650 is easy to use Roomba which easily picks up pet hair, dirt, and debris to the good extent and much quieter compared to a regular vacuum cleaner. It starts on a schedule, works for about an hour and goes back to its docking station for recharging. No supervision needed. With the 650, you will get a virtual wall barrier helps the Roomba to navigate (clean) the area only you want. And the spinning side brush cleans the corners and edges pretty well. Overall, a good performing effective Roomba with no added ***.

Now the reasons (why we no longer recommend this Roomba) :

  • Roomba 650 is not a Wi-Fi or App Compatible. We all know how a smart connected device saves our time and effort. So think about it. This is the major reason why 650 starts declining: On the release of Roomba 690, as it is the Wi-Fi connected Roomba with an affordable price tag, people are most likely shifting towards it.
  • Needs more maintenance. (The hair gets stuck in the rolling brushes, not an easy task to pluck those out).

Conclusion

ONLY, if the price is the most important factor to you, and doesn’t want any extra whistles and bells, then Roomba 650 will never disappoint you. Overall, if you are more irritated with your regular vacuum cleaner and want to make a start with Robot Vacuum or Roomba then Roomba 650 (the Budget-Friendly version) is the recommended choice for you. And if you have only 1-2 rooms need to be cleaned, don’t waste your money on higher models, go for Roomba 650. 


Roomba 690 – Roomba 650 + “Wi-Fi and App Connectivity feature”

These days people want to control everything from their mobile. So, there is nothing wrong to look out for a wifi enabled robot vacuum. But with an affordable price tag? Yeah. There is. It’s Roomba 690.

Released this year, Roomba 690 came up with an updated design with Wi-Fi connectivity option compared to its predecessor Roomba 650. All remaining is same with it. So, without any delay, to the conclusion:

Conclusion

If you want a WI-FI connected vacuum which you can control with your phone with the budget in mind, the Roomba 690 is the best deal for less than $400. And one more thing, If you are on the division wall between 650 and 690 (thinking……..?) then quickly jump to the 690 side.


Roomba 890

The Roomba 890 is the latest in the long line of Roomba models.


Roomba 960 – BEST for the MOST

Responding to the ever-waging price wars with competitors, Irobot released the Roomba 960 in August 2016. Even Roomba 960 retails at 200 dollars less (compared to 980), It looks and works nearly identical to its most expensive Roomba brother 980. That is the reason it became the best choice for the most.

The Roomba 960 features the same generation 2 motor as the Roomba 800 series, so the suction power will be the same compared to the Roomba 890. But what makes it the BEST? Let’s go in detail:

How is the Roomba 960 BETTER than 890? -Visual Mapping, Recharge and Resume, Brushless Rollers, Enhanced Irobot  App

Visual Mapping: Yeah. Roomba 960 came up with a camera and visual sensor which helps the robot to know exactly where it is in relation to the objects or other obstacles in the house which leads to the BETTER NAVIGATION. What it does it actually knows about your room and has a plan to clean it knowing where everything is in the room. The previous Roomba’s move like swirls and in different types of lines which makes the process more time taking and your carpet fibers more clumsy. But once this Roomba 960 understands your room it starts moving in straight lines.

What I like most about this Roomba 960 is that it can clean the whole floor. Even if it runs out of the battery, it gets back to the recharging station and recharges itself and heads back to the old place where it left off. This is what “Recharge and Resume” cleaning means. Great for Multi-floor Cleaning.

Roomba 960 and 980 are the only Roombas capable of Visual mapping, Recharge and Resume features.

And the major one to say, the Roomba 960 model doesn’t use brushes (like older versions) to grab than debris, it has rubber rollers which keeps less hair and other cables from getting tangled inside.

It’s a Wi-fi or App connected device so that you can manage it from your mobile device. This enhanced app tells you how much area, how long it took and how many pieces of dirt it finds. Simply it provides you the Clean Reports.

Conclusion

Most Recommended. If you are a carpet owner, it is better to go for Roomba 980. Otherwise, considering the price to performance ratio, Roomba 960 is the highly recommended one to opt for.

Roomba 980 – Expensive, but THE BEST ROBOT VACUUM on Market

“Great for Carpet Cleaning”

Roomba 980 is actually the highest end Roomba from Irobot. Even it looks (the design) pretty similar to other Roomba models there is a LOT LOT more to talk about it.

How is it BETTER than Roomba 960?

Roomba 980 came up with these three significant improvements compared to the Roomba model 960:

  • Longer Battery Life, Upgraded Motor (5x more powerful suction), Carpet Boost.

Speaking of the cleaning time or the battery life, Roomba 980 has 120 minutes a bit longer (approx. 45 minutes more) compared to the 960. However, those number can vary depending on whether they are cleaning Carpets or normal floors. But to note, I don’t think this as a useful improvement. As both 960 and 980 works in the same manner (i.e. When the battery gets low, they reach the dock station, recharges and resume cleaning where left off), the Roomba 980’s extra 45 minutes work span will not make that much difference.

The Second thing is the better motor the more powerful one (5x more compared to Roomba 960) which lets you clean not just floors but carpets as well to the great extent.

And the last but the most important is the Carpet Boost option. To say, this is a major improvement that makes the 980 new and more unique. Going into detail, Roomba 980 has sensors that are capable of detecting carpet floors, once it hits the carpet, it automatically kicks into higher power to get the dirt up out of those fibers. No doubt, Roomba 980 will be the better buy for folks with lots of carpets in their home.

And not to forget Roomba 980 does include one extra virtual wall barrier which makes the Roomba 980 much more worthy especially if you have a large home.

Conclusion

Even it is expensive, there is no denying that Roomba 980 is the best performing, smartest, easier to keep up, wi-fi enabled Robot vacuum ever with longer work span (battery life) and app connectivity. And needless to say, it’s the best robot vacuum for everything.
If you want the best performance ever and at the same time you don’t have any budget restriction, then we highly recommend Roomba 980.

9 thoughts on “Best Roomba Model 2017 – Top Models with Comparison Chart

  1. Faceithard it’s really awesome, great article with in-depth buying guide and perfectly written. At first, I was very indecisive about robot vacuums for pet hair removal. But Finally, I made a decision and ordered Roomba 650. And I am very happy with its cleaning ability, noise level, and navigation system.

    1. Yeah Mark, Just recently Irobot released the 690 which comes with Wifi Connectivity option compared to 650 and it is slightly more expensive than 650. All remaining is same. If you are okay with minor inconvenience, it is always the best to go for Roomba 650.

    1. Marrie, Roomba 980 is the one with powerful suction. Till now, no other robot vacuum outperforms 980. And speaking of Neato Botvac D5, it is a Wi-fi connected one and a bit pricey one compared to Neato D80. Okay with Budget and looking for a Wifi option, go for Botvac D5.

  2. Great work, the well-researched guide with in-depth content. You might have put a lot of effort to make this Best guide. Wish more reviews from your site in the future.

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