Best Roomba Model 2017? – Top Models with Comparison Chart


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 at all an issue and looking for the 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

roomba 650Roomba 690Roomba 890Roomba 960Roomba 980
Battery Life (RunTime)60 Minutes60 Minutes60 Minutes75 Minutes120 Minutes
WI-FI & App ConnectivityYesYesYesYes
Best for Pet Hair CleaningYesYesYes
Recharge and ResumeYesYes
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
Current PriceCheck on AmazonCheck on AmazonCheck on AmazonCheck on AmazonCheck on Amazon
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 and at the same time 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).


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”

Released this year, Roomba 690 came up with an updated design with Wi-Fi connectivity option and with a few upgrades compared to its predecessor Roomba 650.

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. 


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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