iRobot Roomba Robot Vacuum Reviews

Sam Harris
written by Sam Harris
created on January 27, 2020
updated on May 7, 2020

Roomba–generic name for robot vacuums from a company called iRobot–is a nifty autonomous cleaning tool. Roomba robot vacuums are well known for their superior build quality, ease of repairability, and cheap and readily available parts. 

It turns out you’re in the right place if you’re looking for in-depth, comprehensive Roomba reviews as after reading today’s guide, you’d understand your cleaning needs better and be able to identify suitable Roombas to match per your lifestyle, budget, or choice.

Reviews on Roomba: 6 Highest-rated iRobot robot vacuum cleaners

Roomba e5 review–Best Roomba for hardwood & pet hair.

Reviews on Roomba and appearing #1 is the iRobot Roomba e5.

Featured in the Roomba pet series and rightly so–considering some of its standout features to include an A-grade filter, strong suction and tangle-free brushes–the Roomba e5 is perfect for vacuuming dog hair on hardwood floors.

Features

  • iAdapt navigation
  • 3-stage cleaning system 
  • Dual multi-surface brushes
  • 1700pa suction
  • Dirt detect & cliff sensors
  • 0.5-liter dustbin size
  • 65 decibels (dB) noise level
  • 90 minutes of working time
  • Washable Hepa filter
  • WiFi, remote & Alexa compatibility

Likes

  • Affordable
  • Impressive pickup performance
  • Less hair tangling
  • Quick and easy emptying
  • Transitions well between floorings
  • Automatic recharging
  • Scheduled cleaning
  • Multiple control options–manual, remote (not provided), app, and voice controls (voice assistant not provided)
  • Restricted area cleaning via physical barriers
  • Remote cleaning–you can clean from anywhere, anytime

Dislikes

  • No full bin indicator
  • Random navigation–room-to-room navigation and mapping is not supported
  • Doesn’t automatically resume cleaning
  • Doesn’t support hands-free cleaning
  • Supports the use of virtual walls but doesn’t come with one
  • May not be ideal for pet hair on carpets

Verdict 

Priced under $300 on Amazon, the Roomba e5 is perfect for homeowners and pet owners who want to automate pet hair cleaning on their hardwood floors without spending a fortune.

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iRobot i7 review–Best smart Roomba for pet hair and hardwood floors

Appearing #2 in this review of the top Roombas is the iRobot i7 (i7+ is the same machine except with a self-emptying base, which can be purchased separately anyway).

Roomba i7 if it helps to mention spot some serious smarts for effortless and efficient vacuuming of pets hair on hardwood floors.

Features

  • iAdapt 3.0
  • VSLAM
  • 1700pa suction
  • Dual multi-surface brushes
  • Evacuate & resume
  • Smart recharge & resume (aka smart top-up)
  • 75 minutes run time
  • 0.39L dustbin size
  • 68 decibels (dB) noise level
  • Hepa filter
  • Bagged self-emptying base
  • WiFi & Alexa compatibility
  • Physical barrier (1 provided)

Likes

  • Intelligent navigation
  • Improved air quality
  • Reduced maintenance work
  • Customized cleaning
  • Scheduled cleaning
  • Uninterrupted cleaning
  • Effortless & efficient cleaning (less hair tangling and little or no jamming)
  • Multiple map creation & saving (up to 10 maps allowed)
  • Automatic recharging & resumption
  • Automatically empties its dustbin
  • Faster recharging and cleaning

Dislikes

  • Smallish dustbin
  • Shorter working time
  • Expensive
  • May not be ideal for vacuuming pet hair on carpets

Verdict

The i7 or i7+, both are expensive. You will, however, get your money’s worth in terms of convenience, saved time, and effective cleaning. The i7+ is strongly recommended if you have lots of pets and hardwood floors or if you are looking for a fully automatic Roomba.

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Roomba 690 review–Best budget Roomba

Number #3 Roomba to be reviewed is the very popular iRobot 690. Beyond its popularity, the Roomba 690 spot some nice features that make for a fair balance between price and performance.

Features

  • iAdapt navigation
  • Dirt detect and cliff sensors
  • 3-stage cleaning system 
  • 61 decibels (dB) noise level
  • 0.6-liter dustbin size
  • 90 minutes run time
  • Dual multi-surface brushes
  • WiFi, remote & Alexa compatibility

Likes

  • Can detect dirt and cliff 
  • Can avoid obstacles
  • Transitions well between different floorings
  • Automatic recharging
  • Scheduled cleaning
  • Multiple control options: manual, remote (not provided), app, and voice controls (voice assistants not offered)
  • Restricted area cleaning (virtual walls not provided)
  • Remote cleaning: cleaning can be initiated from anywhere, anytime

Dislikes

  • Random navigation: Room-to-room navigation and mapping is not supported
  • No full bin indicator
  • Doesn’t automatically resume cleaning
  • Doesn’t support hands-free cleaning

Verdict

The iRobot 690 is highly recommended for homeowners, pet owners, busy households, renters, college students who are looking for a capable and AFFORDABLE hard floor Roomba for use in their small apartment.

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Roomba 890 review–Best Roomba for hard floors

Still Roomba reviews and guess who’s at number #4… none else than the iRobot Roomba 890. As you’ll soon see, the Roomba 890 spot some hard-floor-friendly features. 

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Features

  • 1000Pa suction
  • 0.3-liter dustbin size
  • 68 decibels (dB)
  • 90 minutes run time
  • iAdapt navigation
  • Dirt detect technology
  • 3-stage cleaning system 
  • Dual multi-surface, tangle-free brushes
  • WiFi, remote & Alexa compatibility

Likes

  • Improved pickup performance
  • Full bin indicator
  • Spacious dust bin
  • Dirt and cliff detection
  • Obstacle negotiation
  • Effective transitioning between floorings
  • Automatic recharging
  • Scheduled cleaning
  • Multiple control options: manual, remote (not provided), app, and voice controls (voice assistants not provided)
  • Restricted area cleaning (virtual barriers not provided)
  • Remote cleaning (cleaning can be initiated from anywhere, anytime)

Dislikes

  • Loud
  • Random navigation: room-to-room navigation and mapping is not supported
  • Doesn’t automatically resume cleaning
  • Doesn’t support hands-free cleaning
  • May have trouble finding its charging dock

Verdict

The iRobot 890 is highly recommended for homeowners and busy households who are looking for a Roomba to maintain their tile, vinyl, marble, wood floors, and other hard flooring surfaces.

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Roomba 980 review–Overall best Roomba vacuuming robot

Number #5 Roomba to be reviewed is the iRobot Roomba 980. Just so you know, the Roomba 980 spot a hybrid of smart and must-have features. As a result, it is suitable for most cleaning needs.

Features

  • iAdapt technology 2.0 + VSLAM
  • 10× suction
  • Dual multi-surface tangle-free brushes
  • 120 minutes run time
  • 0.6L dustbin size
  • 70 decibels (dB) noise level
  • Hepa filter
  • Carpet boost
  • WiFi & Alexa compatibility
  • Virtual wall barrier (2)

Likes

  • Multi-room coverage
  • Smart navigation
  • Less hands-on
  • Support efficient & effortless cleaning (little or no jamming)
  • Support uninterrupted cleaning
  • Support scheduled cleaning
  • Support remote cleaning (i.e., you can clean from anywhere, anytime)

Dislikes

  • Loud
  • Expensive

Verdict

A versatile Roomba, iRobot 980 is strongly recommended if you live in a large house (2000+ sq ft) with lots of furry friends or persons with long hair, or if you have a combo of carpets and hard floors (wood, tile, laminate, vinyl, marble, stone, ceramic, etc.).

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Roomba 960 review–Best smart Roomba for hard floors and carpets

Coming in at number #6 and the last Roomba to be reviewed is the iRobot Roomba 960. As you’ll soon see, the Roomba 960 spot a hybrid of smart and cool features suitable for vacuuming hard floors and carpets. 

Features

  • iAdapt technology 2.0 + VSLAM
  • Dirt detect technology
  • 5× suction
  • Dual multi-surface brushes
  • Evacuate & resume
  • 75 minutes run time
  • 0.6L dustbin size
  • 65 decibels (dB)
  • Hepa filter
  • WiFi & Alexa compatibility
  • Virtual wall barrier (2)

Likes

  • Multi-room coverage
  • Smart navigation
  • Less hands-on
  • Support scheduled cleaning
  • Support efficient & effortless cleaning (little or no jamming)
  • Support uninterrupted cleaning

Dislikes

  • May scratch wood floors
  • Short working time

Verdict

Roomba 960 is a smart robovac that handles pets fur well, puts crisp, straight lines into carpets while making tile and marble floors GLOW. Highly recommended if you have hard floors with a mix of area rugs and carpets.

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Advantages of choosing a Roomba

Some exclusive benefits of the Roomba shall be discussed under this subtitle. Or better put, here are the five reasons to choose a Roomba over a Roborock, Eufy, iLife, Deebot, Samsung, or even Naeto.

Superior build quality

Roombas are usually made out of high-quality materials that ensure the machine works well and parts last longer. I’ve owned a Roomba for five years and know others who have had theirs for eight years and beyond. 

Cheap, readily available parts

More than 14 million units of the Roomba have been sold to date. That, plus there are a lot of them (more than 30 different models) in the robot vacuum market.

Roomba parts and accessories (wheel, battery, caster, brush roll, dock, barrier) as a result of their popularity are cheap and readily available.

Easily repairable

Poopocalypse which, as you know, necessitates disassembling and thorough wiping of the bot. Or maybe you missed the return window or can’t bring yourself to terms with shipping cost?

No problem since Roombas lends themselves to easy repair.

Again, the ease of serviceability of the Roomba can be traced to its popularity.

Helpful & responsive customer support

The customer support channels of most China-based robot vacuum companies (who represent about 50% of the robot vacuum market) are limited. On top of this, support persons are hardly ever helpful: apparently, people who don’t have an inkling of the operations of the product they are offering support for. I also noticed the support persons aren’t fluent in English. As a result, a lot of details are lost in communication. 

iRobot customer support, in contrast, has several support channels to include a website, social media (Twitter, Facebook), email, and phone number. Moreover, iRobot is a US-based company, plus support is handled, albeit by technically deficient persons, Native speakers nonetheless. 

Overall, I find the iRobot customer support to be responsive and helpful. I have had units replaced, and new parts shipped every other time.

A leader in tech, innovation & product support

iRobot (the company behind the Roomba) keeps working and rolling out new, cool features into their line of products. 

iRobot:

  • Is the first to release robot vacuums with rubber brush rolls (aka no-tangle brush roll) 
  • Is the first to release robot vacuums with dual brush rolls
  • Has the most commercially successful self-emptying robot vacuum–Roomba i7+
  • Is one of the early adopters of the SLAM technology
  • Is one of the early adopters of the room cleaning function
  • Is the first to release the smart top-up function followed by Roborock.
  • Currently has the smartest robot mop–Braava jet m6

Final thoughts

1. To date, iRobot has released more than thirty Roomba models. If you find a Roomba other than the ones listed in this article and are convinced with their offerings, feel free to make a purchase. iRobot support covers old, discontinued, as well as newer models. Moreso, parts are cheap and available from iRobot and Amazon.

2. Two Roombas may appear identical in looks or even performance. Some Roombas are ideal for specific situations. Pay attention to the highlighted cleaning needs/situations and suggested products.

3. A Roomba may have other applications besides those mentioned in this article. Use the comment box if you aren’t sure about the suitability of a Roomba or have additional cleaning needs not covered in this article. Alternatively, you can check with iRobot or ask the manufacturer or installer of your flooring.

4. Roombas may have trouble cleaning black surfaces or in darker environments. If you think this would be an issue for you, then you want to check out a Roborock or Naeto.

5. iRobot 980 was my choice for the overall best Roomba in the robot vacuum category. My choice was informed by the fact that the 980 lends itself to general floor cleaning needs–debris, pet hair, hardwood, carpet, long human hair, extensive area cleaning, etc. The i7[+] by contrast, which would’ve been my choice, in my opinion, is more skewed to homeowners with hard floors and pets.

6. Roomba is the umbrella name for all robot vacuums from iRobot. There is also the Braava (a generic name for robotic mops from iRobot). Follow this link if you’re interested in knowing one or two things about the Braava line of products.

7. Today’s article had been written with Roomba devotees in mind. Follow this link (but of course, that is if you don’t care for the brand) to find the perfect robot vacuum for your cleaning needs.

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