With the digital age came a plethora of digital products, sort of like an evolutionary boom where all of a sudden thousands of different devices came into existence only because the digital age gave them life.
iRobot’s rise to fame came when it produced one of the world’s first viable robotic vacuum cleaning units, and since that fateful day, they have constantly developed and produced newer models. Among their many models is the Roomba category.
The Roomba models come in a variety of sizes and configurations, and they are all focused on a different niche in the market, where the budget is the key to unlocking better performance features.
On a related note, there are also plenty of robotic lawn mowers on the market, including the Flymo 1200R which I have previously reviewed.
Let’s take a look at some of the Roomba models and their market price…
There are currently 6 models being marketed by iRobot, and these have replaced all the older models, I will not review the older models, but concentrate on these 6 latest iRobot Roomba devices.
Here is a list of the 6 models and approximate UK prices:
- Roomba® 675 Robot Vacuum £220
- Roomba® 690 Robot Vacuum £270
- Roomba® e5 Robot Vacuum £370
- Roomba® 960 Robot Vacuum £620
- Roomba® i7 Robot Vacuum £570
- Roomba® i7+ Robot Vacuum £800
Now let’s take a look at each model to focus and application, take heed that all models automatically return to the Home Base® charging station to recharge at the end of a cleaning cycle or when the battery is running low.
Roomba® 675 Robot Vacuum
This is the most basic model today and is a Wi-Fi® connected robot vacuum that uses a patented 3-Stage Cleaning System with Dual Multi-Surface Brushes.
This model, even when being basic comes with an Edge-Sweeping Brush, and vacuum suction that sucks up small particles and large debris off smooth surfaces.
Roomba® 690 Robot Vacuum
This is the slightly heavier model than the 675 and has the same suction power than the basic model. As such, this is the budget-friendly option that has one extra feature that is not in the 675, that is the Dual Mode Virtual Wall® Barriers which allows you to create geo-ences with this model.
Roomba® e5 Robot Vacuum
The i5 comes with 5x suction power, as such, it outperforms the 675 and 690 and is suitable for working on carpeting even with pet hairs. This model is an excellent middle range unit and is great for most households that need a carpet cleaning robotic vacuum.
Roomba® 960 Robot Vacuum
The Roomba® 960 robot vacuum or Roomba 805 vacuum cleaner gives you similar properties to the i5 with 5x suction power and versatility over carpets, it also goes a few steps further and cleans an entire level of your home, as well as produces cleaning reports with coverage maps.
It also recharges and resumes cleaning, however, it doesn’t have a washable bin, which is why it is no longer the king of the robots.
Roomba® i7 Robot Vacuum and i7+
Both Roomba® i7 and i7+ robots vacuum to perfection and are the top of the line of the Roomba collection.
The only difference between the two is that the i7 does not give you an automated bin disposal as the i7+, and for those extra £250 you get a fully automated system that also disposes of the contents of the bin into a central bin that holds up to 30 bin disposals, which is actually worth the expense if you can afford it.