The Best iRobot Roomba Robot Vacuums for 2021 [Reviews, Comparisons, Tips & Buyer’s Guide]

Sam Harris
written by Sam Harris
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created on November 22, 2020
updated on November 22, 2020

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iRobot is a brand specialized in the manufacturing and sales of floor robots. Their robot vacuums are popularly known as the Roomba. iRobot Roomba robotic cleaners excel in cleaning ability, hardware, software, design, and navigation.

Thankfully you’re in the right place if you want to know the best iRobot Roomba robot vacuum cleaners available right now and their offerings.

Other information you’ll find in today’s update include best deals and offers on Roomba bots, purchase links to authentic parts, comparisons between popular Roomba models, and insights into some capable and affordable alternatives from competitors. Let’s get started.

Alert: long post ahead! Use the Table of Content below to skip to sections of interest!

Three of the best iRobot robot vacuum cleaners to buy in 2021

More than twenty Roomba robot vacuums have been released to date. To keep things simple, ONLY three of those will be reviewed. They’re the Roomba i7(+), Roomba i3(+), and Roomba e5. These three iRobot floor robots have been selected based on their value for money, usability, and vacuuming abilities.

With that said, here are the top three Roomba robot vacuums worth the money. 

iRobot Roomba i7 self-emptying robot vacuum review

Roomba i7 controls and settings

So while you can use the button on the i7 to perform basic functions like start, stop, and dock–the bulk of the controls and settings are in the iRobotHome App. Roomba i7 also connects to Amazon Alexa and Google Home. 

From the iRobotHome App, you can see the floor maps created, including rooms, walls, and obstacles. You can label the rooms and direct the i7 to clean select room(s), aka sectional cleaning, or schedule room(s) for cleaning. Another option is letting the robot run multiple passes on spots within the house (the kitchen, for instance).

Rectangles can be drawn on the floor map where you don’t want the bot to enter, such as under a dining table.

Further, the i7 displays its path on the App so you can monitor its activities in real-time. It’ll even make announcements on your phone, such as the dustbin being full, or returning to dock.

Most importantly, the Roomba i7 has a setting where it’ll use a lower suction on a hard floor and immediately go to max suction when it senses carpet.

Key features/ accessories/operational methodology of the Roomba i7 robot vacuum

All automatic floor robots have onboard dustbins where collected debris is stored. These dirt containers aren’t very spacious, so fill quickly, thereby necessitating frequent manual emptying. With the i7, however, there’s an option to automate evacuation which is facilitated by its Clean Base (available separately or as a bundle). Clean Base is just a fancy name for a device that has strong suction and dirtbag for automatic evacuation and storage of debris. Here’s what the Clean Base of the Roomba i7 looks like: 

Two dirtbags if it helps to mention come with a unit of the i7 Plus, each estimated to hold up to thirty runs of dirt. Even so, the Clean Base of the i7 smart vacuum is a bagged system. Unlike the bagless system of the Shark that’ll save you money but may not be ideal if you’re allergic. The bagged system of the i7 Plus, while not cost-effective (ongoing expenses on dirtbags) but with its HEPA filter, can provide fresh breathable air.

Besides the self-cleaning function, there’s Interlinking. This is a smart way to get the Braava Jet m6 (iRobot’s flagship robotic mop) to work in tandem with the Roomba i- and s-series. In other words, the Braava m6 once programmed will leave its charging base to mop the parts of the house the i7 or s9 just cleaned.

Another important feature worth mentioning is the navigation of the Roomba i7 Plus. The top-mounted software-powered camera (VSLAM) enables intelligent mobility. This nav system lets the i7 know where it is, where it is going, and how to get there using less power while cleaning with the utmost efficiency. Better put, the iRobot i7 Plus gives better coverage since it cleans in a back and forth pattern, one room after the other. It doesn’t jam nearly as much as the bump-and-run robots (you can also set no-go zones in the app) and is better at getting itself out of difficult situations. Remember the i7 Plus may tangle stray cord, socks, or run over a pile of turd from your pet since it currently doesn’t support the advanced obstacle recognition and avoidance feature of the Deebot t8+ or Roborock s6 maxv. Also, the i7 may get confused if moved mid-session or used under low light conditions.

Also, the Roomba i7 supports smart mapping. Mapping is a function in a self-driving cleaning robot that lets it run the layout of a house while displaying the floor plan in a chart-like graph called maps. The time it would take the i7 Plus to complete a map varies depending on home size and layout. This typically takes a couple of runs plus the generated map is pretty accurate. The map is saved automatically and is adjustable as you can name rooms, select rooms for cleaning, or set keep out zones. What’s more, the iRobot i7 Plus supports up to ten-floor maps which makes it ideal for multi-level homeowners.

Other key highlights of the Roomba i7 Plus robot vacuum include

  • 1700 Pa suction for deeper brush penetration and better agitation on carpets
  • 15cfm max airflow for improved pickup performance
  • 400ml dustbin (not a lot but the self-emptying tower more than makeup)
  • 68dB noise level supports nondisruptive conversations during the day
  • 0.79in max barrier cross height for increased reach and full floor coverage
  • Automatic Recharge & Resume, Dirt Detect & Full Bin Indicator for uninterrupted cleaning
  • Carpet Boost for battery efficiency and better carpet cleaning
  • Brushless rollers for reduced upkeep
  • App and voice control for increased customization and control

Roomba i7 cleaning ability

The Roomba i7 does a great job picking fine sand, dust bunnies, dirt particles, and other debris off of hardwood, vinyl, tile, laminate, carpet, and other similar surfaces.

Advertised at 10× more suction than the 600 models, carpet cleaning on the i7 is quite impressive. Low through medium pile carpet, though.

Its versatile brush design notwithstanding, hair may get caught up after a cleaning session, especially if you have lots of pets and have gone days without vacuuming. The good news follows: the extractor of the Roomba i7 is easy to clean as the side tips are removable, plus this is recommended to discourage hair build-up and to maintain peak performance.

Also, with the i7, there’s something called Smart Top-up. Especially useful in large homes, what the Smart Top-up function does is to ensure the i7 charges for only the time required to finish the cleaning job vs. charging to full capacity. Essentially, the Smart Recharging and Resuming function of the i7 makes cleaning FASTER in ample spaces.

Watch this video from Vacuum Wars for better insight into the vacuuming ability of the Roomba i7:

Roomba i7 hardware, software, and design

Dark (with grey finish) and round-shaped with a top-mounted camera. See:

Flipping the i7 Plus over reveals different sensors, the front caster,  two adjustable side wheels, one side brush, brush guard, and two rubber rollers.

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Put it simply, the Roomba i7 Plus smart vacuum is visually pleasing and very well built.

Software is pretty stable overall. WiFi stays connected to the app. It doesn’t take forever to map a house, either. Maps are accurate and don’t disappear. Every robot is susceptible to quirks. As such the i7 Plus could occasionally error out. Historically there had been reports of docking and self-emptying problems. The good news is holding down the Clean button for 20 seconds will fix most of these issues. If it doesn’t, iRobot has plenty of helpful tutorials and guides which can be accessed with some Googling here and there. iRobot customer support is very responsive and helpful if it means your issue remains unsolved. Depending on their assessment of the situation they may send out replacement units or parts. 

Prices go up or down but currently around $800 on Amazon. And I think the Roomba i7+ self-emptying robot vacuum is worth it since you’ll be getting nice-looking and fresh floors with little or no effort on your part. Not to mention you’ll have more time to do more of the things you love doing. Still, the i7 Plus gives you peace of mind from knowing it receives timely updates for usability improvements and bug fixes, plus you can get support when you need one.

Get the Roomba i7 Plus vacuuming robot if you: 

  • Live in a multi-level home
  • Live in a large home of up to 2000sqft
  • Have hard floors or carpets (medium- and high-pile) with fewer obstacles
  • Have a pet or people with long hair
  • Want a robot that cleans in neat rows and is less hands-on

Pros

  • Smart
  • Quiet operation
  • Awesome design 
  • Solid hardware
  • Better refined (and constantly updated) software
  • Methodical, intensive cleaning
  • Enhanced usability
  • Simple upkeep

Cons

  • Pricey

iRobot Roomba i3 self-emptying robot vacuum review

Besides the i7+, the Roomba i3+ is another option to consider if you’re looking to choose from one of the best iRobot robot vacuums. 

One sticking point on the i3 Plus (i4 Plus is Costco’s variant) is its Gyro-based navigation. With it, the Roomba i3+ robot vacuum cleans in neat rows except it lacks memory of its own, as such gets confused if it’s moved mid-session. Plus, it lacks the floor mapping function which means you can’t use the app to send the robot to rooms/areas of choice, keep away from troubled spots, or execute room-specific cleaning/scheduling. 

Other than the missing interactive mapping function and design of the i3+, everything else (cleaning system, built quality, hardware, software, etc.) remains the same as in the i7+.

And typical of items from iRobot, WITHOUT a deal the i3+ is selling around $600 which is costlier compared to a certain Proscenic m7 Pro with the full floor mapping function selling at one hundred dollars less. 

Pricey, yes, but with that comes the peace of mind that you’re buying from an established brand. That makes a lot of sense, especially when you want to trigger your warranty, replace parts, or get support for your machine.

Get the Roomba i3 Plus vacuuming robot if you: 

  • Don’t live in a multi-level home
  • Aren’t interested in personalization
  • Live in a home of up to 2000sqft
  • Have hard floors or carpets (low- and medium-pile) with fewer obstacles
  • Have a pet or people with long hair
  • Want a robot that cleans in neat rows and is less hands-on

Pros

  • Smart 
  • Quiet operation
  • Awesome design 
  • Solid hardware
  • Methodical, intensive cleaning
  • Simple upkeep
  • Enhanced usability

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Limited controls/settings/personalization

iRobot Roomba e5 robot vacuum review

The iRobot e5 robot vacuum is the last item to be featured in this list of the best iRobot Roomba robot vacuums. A downgrade to the i3+ and i7+ in terms of navigation, cleaning, and usability. Interestingly, there are upsides and downsides to the no-frills offerings of the Roomba e5.

Starting off with the positives, the e5 doesn’t receive firmware updates. This explains its ability to avoid the much familiar situation (as evidenced on the i7+ and s9+) where an update fixes one bug while creating another usability problem that would have to be endured until the next update.

More so, the Roomba e5 doesn’t have a camera. This makes sense if you want to clean without having the lights on or if you’d rather not have a camera on wheels driving around your home.

Moving on, the side brush of the e5 does enough to reach and remove dirt wherever they might be hiding. That, plus its specially designed center brush, powerful suction, and airflow join forces for effective pick up of dust, sand, hair, etc. on a rug, hardwood, tile, laminate, or stone floor.

 And while not at room level, it’s actually possible to schedule cleaning jobs.

Other key highlights of the Roomba e5 include

  • Dirt Detect for improved pickup performance
  • Full bin indicator to prevent bin overflow
  • HEPA filter for improved air quality
  • 65dB max noise level supports nondisruptive conversations during the day
  • 0.71in max barrier cross height for increased reach
  • Brushless rollers for easier upkeep
  • App and voice control for increased control, customization, and flexibility

Talking about the negative consequences of the entry-level offerings of the e5. 

First off, the e5 is lacking the upgraded navigation of the i3+ and mapping system of the i7+. As a result, spots may be missed with rooms getting ignored or cleaning jobs getting abandoned. Baseboards and other objects on the floor can’t escape, and customized and/or systematic cleaning isn’t available for multi-story homeowners.

On low power settings, the e5 can run up to 90 minutes before needing to recharge. That number could drop to 45 – 60 minutes if run on high power.

And compatible with only 2.4 GHz frequency, Auto-resume isn’t available on the e5, either. Thus, cleaning may delay, plus vacuuming is best done if you’re home as this robot is a little more hands-on.

No Carpet Boost function, so no power savings on the hardwood.

Dustbin at 500ml–and without an auto empty base station–means you can’t have a busy house with kids & pets everywhere and still lack time to empty the dustbin and wipe the robot as much as necessary. 

Optical blocks are your best bet to condone the Roomba e5. Besides they’re less effective and convenient than the keep-out zones found in the i7+, they also don’t come with the package and are sold separately.

Bottom line, the Roomba e5 isn’t going to replace your upright or give you the convenience and personalization of the more pricey models. With some patience and a little time to spare, however, you can pay just under $300 for the e5 instead of $600, $800, and $1000 respectively for the i3+, i7+, and s9+. That’s savings of at least $300! And the e5, because it lets you go longer in between vacuuming, also rewards you with the free time you can spend with your kids or in doing other things of interest. 

Get the Roomba i3 Plus vacuuming robot if you: 

  • Live in a small house/an apartment
  • Have a less complicated layout and fewer obstacles
  • Have low- through medium-pile carpets and hard floors
  • Are on a budget 
  • Don’t live in a multi-level home
  • Don’t care too much about personalization
  • Have pets or people with long hair
  • Won’t be running unattended

Pros

  • Relatively affordable
  • Awesome design & solid hardware
  • Quiet operation
  • Impressive climbing ability & cleaning performance
  • Genuinely useful and usable features
  • Simple upkeep

Cons

  • Smaller dustbin
  • Random navigation
  • Limited controls/settings/personalization

Comparing some of the best iRobot Roomba robot vacuums

Because of the dozens of iRobot products in the market, it can be hard to know which one to choose especially when they share subtle differences like colors or have features you don’t need or that don’t improve cleaning or usability.

It turns out you’re in the right place if you want to make better decisions while maximizing value on your purchase of a Roomba as this section will do a straight-to-the-point comparison between popular Roomba models.

Roomba i7 vs. s9

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Roomba i7
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Roomba s9

The Roomba s9 was supposed to be an upgrade to the Roomba i7 and to some extent it is. However, it’s costly, but that would’ve counted for less if it worked consistently and had a more durable side brush. On the plus side, the Roomba s9 has a ton of suction and airflow which is very helpful if you have a lot of (thick) carpeted areas. Its D shape and wider brush design, similar to the Neato, also aid pickup in open areas, corners, and along walls.

Conversely, if you don’t have thick carpets, the Roomba i7 is probably the best choice considering it’s cheaper, has a more durable side brush and stable operation, and is the quieter of the two.

The i7 and s9 are advanced models. Meaning they plan their routing and clean systematically in a back and forth pattern. They have floor maps that can be saved and edited which allow for personalized vacuuming. Also, the i7 and s9 have specially designed rubber brushes, auto-recharge and resume (including Smart Top-up), and auto-dirt emptying functions (the i7+ and s9+ variants). “+” indicates the total package with the clean base. It’s also possible to buy the main units (i7 and s9) separately and later on add their clean bases. In any case, the center brushes and self-emptying docks of the i7+ aren’t compatible with the s9+ and vice versa. 

Conclusively, either of the i7 or s9 is ideal if you want the latest tech or a fully automatic floor robot; have carpets, pets, humans with long hair; or large or multi-level homes.

Product titlesProduct imagesPurchase links
iRobot s9 robot vacuum
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iRobot s9 robot vaacuum
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iRobot s9 Plus (total package)
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iRobot s9 self-emptying bin
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iRobot i7 robot vacuum
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iRobot i7 robot vacuum
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iRobot i7 self-emptying bin
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iRobot i7 Plus (total package)
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iRobot i7 Plus
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Roomba i7 vs. 980

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Roomba i7
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Roomba 980

Both the i7 and 980 clean in logical straight lines while automatically recharging and resuming missions. The iRobot i7 supports automatic dirt emptying, mapping/multi-floor mapping, and custom cleaning. The 980 supports prolonged cleaning given its 120 minutes run time and doesn’t receive firmware updates, so it’s more reliable.

Consider the Roomba 980 if want a floor robot that simply works in a single-story home/apartment with carpets (high-pile inclusive), hard floors, sand, dust, dirt, and one or two long-haired humans/shedding pets.

Consider the i7 if you don’t mind splurging; want something less hands-on; have complicated floor plans with lots of transitions; live in a large/multi-level home; want personalized cleaning; or have kids, pets, and long-haired humans.

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Roomba i3 vs. 960 vs. 980

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Roomba 960

The i3 (i4 is Costco’s variant), 960, and 980 Roombas are a considerable step up from the 800, 700, 600, and 500 generations in crucial areas of cleaning and operation. They clean in neat rows and when they’re low on battery power would return to their charging stations to charge up and resume missions where they left off. Expectedly they’re pricier but worth it, in my opinion, since they’re more effective at cleaning and less hands-on.

In a typical setup with moderate furniture and obstacles, the Roomba 960 suffices. Given its automated dirt disposal system, i3 (i3+ is the complete package including a clean base) makes sense for a busy household with plenty of foot traffic, kids, and pets. Get the 980 (with 120 minutes of run time, Carpet Boost, and increased suction power and airflow) if you have extended carpeted areas or particularly thicker rugs.

Product titlesProduct imagesPurchase links
iRobot Roomba i3 robot vacuum
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iRobot Roomba i3 robot vacuum
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iRobot Roomba i3 self-emptying bin
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iRobot Roomba i3 self-emptying bin
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iRobot Roomba i3 Plus (total package)
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iRobot Roomba i3 Plus self-emptying robot vacuum
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iRobot Roomba 980 robot vacuum
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iRobot Roomba 980 robot vacuum
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iRobot Roomba 960 robot vacuum
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iRobot Roomba 960 robot vacuum
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Roomba i7 vs. e5

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Roomba e5

Dual rubber brush design and app support are just about the similarities shared by the iRobot i7 and e5.

If pricing is such a big deal, the e5 typically sells around $300. For that price, you’re getting a robot that gets the job done in a small space albeit without rhyme or rhythm. It doesn’t offer Interactive Mapping either so you can’t switch it between floors and expect systematic cleaning. The tendency of the e5 missing spots or skipping rooms, failing to dock properly, or jamming, therefore, increases as much as the need to rescue or get it to do the right thing. You may also find the manual emptying of the small dustbin inconvenient especially when you have to do this frequently or if you’re allergic. Not to mention the Roomba e5 doesn’t automatically empty itself like the Roomba i7+.

The i7+, on the other hand, has the auto-dirt disposal system in addition to other useful and usable functions (upgraded processor, increased suction and airflow, Auto Recharge and Resume, Smart Top-up, Smart Interlinking, app-based barriers, Zone Cleaning, Room Cleaning, intelligent navigation, and mapping) for convenient and efficient vacuuming.

As you can guess, the Roomba i7+ isn’t cheap, but it’s worth it and can get you your weekend back. Highly recommended if you live in a multi-level home or homes up to 2000sqft; have hard floors or carpets (medium- and high-pile) with fewer obstacles and pets, kids, or people with long hair; or if you want a robot that cleans in neat rows, is less hands-on and allows enough personalization.

Product titlesProduct imagesPurchase links
iRobot Roomba e5 robot vacuum
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iRobot Roomba e5 robot vacuum
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iRobot i7 robot vacuum
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iRobot i7 robot vacuum
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iRobot i7 self-emptying bin
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iRobot i7 self-emptying bin
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iRobot i7 Plus (total package)
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iRobot i7 Plus
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Roomba 690 vs. 960

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Roomba 690
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Roomba 960

Besides hard floor cleaning performance, the Roomba 690 has nothing on the 960. Should I mention the two brushless center brushes of the 960 (the 690’s brush has bristles) that do better under hair vacuuming situations and as such easy to maintain? Or is it the increased suction and airflow, logical pathing, and auto top-feature that work together for improved coverage, pickup performance (particularly on medium and high-profile carpets), and usability? 

It turns out if you have mostly tiles, hardwoods, or laminates in an apartment and don’t mind babysitting a robot, then maybe get the Roomba 690. If you’d rather spend your time on something more rewarding, want to worry less about cleaning, yet want perpetually clean floors, then you want to check out the iRobot Roomba 960 robot vacuum. 

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Roomba 675 vs. e5 

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The Roomba 675 and e5 are reliable machines since they don’t receive firmware updates or use complex technologies. They’re cheaper too (with the 675 being the cheaper of the two). On top of that, you’ll be getting raw vacuuming power and well built & modular parts. 

The dual brush-less extractor of the e5 is the biggest upgrade over the 675. But it isn’t like it will not tangle hair except removing hair is a lot easier on the e5 than the 675.

The 690 if it helps to mention is the 675 with a virtual wall. Similarly, the e5 has a black color whereas the e6 is a combo of black and tan with extra filters and two virtual walls.

Bottom line, get the 675 if you have lots of carpets or a mix of carpets and tile or stone floors. Get the e5 if you have mostly hardwood floors, pets, or long human hair situations.

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Roomba 675 vs. 614 

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Roomba 675
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Roomba 614

Similar to the 675 vs. e5, the Roomba 614 and 675 have the advantage of the price (only relative to the mid and top-tier Roomba models though) and use persistence (as against intelligence) to achieve clean floors. And hard floors and low through medium pile carpets, if it helps to mention, given the 600Pa suction and multi-surface brush design which isn’t ideal for hair (human & animal) vacuuming situations. Multi-story homes with complicated layouts are also an exception considering the Roomba 614 and 675 lacks multi-level mapping support and keep-out zone functions.

90 minutes run time (no auto-resume), 300ml dustbin (no auto empty) and random navigation also make the 614 and 675 best suited for small apartments/homes (under 800ft²).

With app and voice control being the only difference between both models, get the Roomba 614 if you want to run on-demand. Get the Roomba 675 if you want to run your robot on a schedule.

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Top five iRobot competitors

What’s clear from the foregoing is that the Roomba perform better on carpets and with the pet and long human hair given their twin rubber brushes and the optional self-docking station. Whether you need those features are arguable. However, iRobot’s robovacs are pricier plus their navigation (which is the core of any robot) can use some improvements. 

It turns out though that products from Roborock are more precise in mobility and object detection and avoidance. And the best part is they’re cheaper. Unfortunately no self-emptying option in their lineup. 

To ensure you make the best possible choice, especially if you aren’t fixated on branding, below are competitors’ offerings and how they compare to the Roomba.

Roomba robot vacuums vs Shark 

Shark and iRobot sell budget and premium vacuuming robots (Shark AI can act as a 2-in-1 + Roomba have dedicated mops). They actively support their products via firmware updates. Not to mention their cheap and readily available parts. Their premium products (except for the Shark AI Vacmop) run on a camera navigation system (aka VSLAM) which paths logically albeit less accurately and tends to struggle under low light conditions. 

As for cleaning abilities, I’d say Shark when it works does just as good a job as any Roomba. Roomba has a more refined software and is more convenient/easy to use, though, with features to include a full bin indicator and a bagged auto-dirt emptying base.

Talking about features, Roomba wins as their premium robots spots 

  • Brushless extractor (for improved pickup performance on carpets and anti-hair tangle);
  • Multi-level mapping (supports up to ten-floor plans);
  • Keep out zones;
  • Smart Top-up.

If you’re trying to make sense of the Shark IQ and Roomba i7+ or want to see a showdown between the Shark r76 vs. Roomba 960–but seeing I only compared Shark and iRobot at the surface level–visit this page for a more granular and in-depth comparison of popular products from these two brands.

Roomba robot vacuums vs Roborock

Roomba and Roborock produce robots across the three categories of Beginner (Roborock e3 & Roomba e5), Intermediate (Roborock e4 & Roomba 960), and Advanced (Roomba s9+ & Roborock s6 maxv). 

Roomba manufactures dedicated vacuuming and mopping robots while Roborock maintains in their lineup the combo and standalone vacs

Roomba excels in cleaning power. Roborock aces navigation.

Both brands are tied on top-of-the-line features (multi-level mapping, room cleaning, no-go zones, auto top-up, etc.), hardware, design, software, product, and customer support. 

Talking about features, Roborock currently lacks the auto-dirt emptying function of the Roomba i7+ & s9+,  just as the Roomba is lacking the advanced object recognition and avoidance feature of the Roborock s6 maxv

Still, on the differences, all Roborock robot vacuums run on the superior LIDAR nav system (with the s6 maxv having a camera in addition) while Roomba robots are of the more future-proof VSLAM. 

If you’re trying to make sense of the Roborock s6 maxv and Roomba s9+ or want to see a showdown between the Roborock s4 vs. Roomba 675–but seeing I only compared Roborock and iRobot at the surface level–visit this page for a more granular and in-depth comparison of popular products from these two brands.

Roomba robot vacuums vs. Deebot

Roomba and Deebot produce robots across the three categories of Beginner (Deebot 500 & Roomba 675), Intermediate (Roomba 960), and Advanced (Roomba s9+ & Deebot t8+). 

Roomba manufactures dedicated vacuuming and mopping robots while Deebot maintains in their lineup the combo and standalone vacs. 

Both brands are tied on top-of-the-line features (multi-level mapping, room cleaning, no-go zones, auto top-up, etc.), hardware, and design.

Roomba has an edge in cleaning, especially carpet and pet hair given the brushless design of its extractor and the strong suction and airflow. Deebot aces navigation and pricing.

Additionally, Roomba is more user-friendly with a stable operation, app, and WiFi. They have responsive customer support plus parts are more readily available. iRobot products receive timely updates too. The advanced object recognition and avoidance feature of the Deebot is currently unavailable in the Roomba. 

Further, Deebot robot vacuums in the Advanced category run on the superior LIDAR nav system (with the t8+ having a front-facing AI-powered camera in addition) whereas Roomba robots are of the more future-proof VSLAM.

If you’re trying to make sense of the Deebot 950 and Roomba i7+ or want to see a showdown between the Deebot n79 vs. Roomba 690–but seeing I only compared Ecovacs and iRobot at the surface level–visit this page for a more granular and in-depth comparison of popular products from these two brands.

Roomba robot vacuums vs Proscenic

Roomba and Proscenic produce robots across the three categories of Beginner (Roomba 675), Intermediate (Roomba 960 & Proscenic 85T), and Advanced (Roomba s9+ & Proscenic m7 Pro). 

Roomba manufactures dedicated vacuuming and mopping robots while Proscenic maintains the combo vacs in their lineup. 

Both brands are tied on top-of-the-line features (multi-level mapping, room cleaning, no-go zones, auto-dirt emptying, etc.), hardware, and design.

Roomba has an edge in cleaning, especially carpet and pet hair given the brushless design of their extractor and the strong suction and airflow. Proscenic aces navigation (run on the superior LIDAR nav system) and pricing.

Additionally, Roomba is more user-friendly with a stable operation, app, and WiFi. They have responsive customer support plus parts are more readily available. iRobot products receive timely updates too.

If you’re trying to make sense of the Proscenic m7 Pro and Roomba i7 Plus–but seeing I only compared Proscenic and iRobot at the surface level–visit this page for a more granular and in-depth comparison of popular products from these two brands.

Roomba robot vacuums vs. Neato

While Roomba produces robots across the three categories of Beginner (Roomba 675), Intermediate (Roomba 960), and Advanced categories (Roomba s9+), Neato produces units for the Intermediate and Advanced categories only.

Both brands manufacture dedicated vacuuming robots and are tied on top-of-the-line features (multi-level mapping, room cleaning, no-go zones, etc.), cleaning ability, hardware, and design (Neato is D-shaped while Roomba is round-shaped).

Roomba has an edge in pet hair vacuuming given the brushless design of their extractor and the strong suction and airflow. Neato aces navigation (LIDAR-based) and pricing.

Additionally, Roomba is more user-friendly with a stable operation, app, and WiFi. They have responsive customer support plus parts are more readily available. iRobot products receive timely updates too.

If you’re trying to make sense of the Neato d7 and Roomba i7 or Neato d6 vs Roomba 960–but seeing I only compared Neato and iRobot at the surface level–visit this page for a more granular and in-depth comparison of popular products from these two brands.

Roomba robot vacuums vs. Samsung

While Roomba produces robots across the three categories of Beginner (Roomba 675), Intermediate (Roomba 960), and Advanced categories (Roomba s9+), Samsung only produces units for the Advanced category only.

Both brands are pricey; manufacture vacuuming robots that use a camera for navigation; and are tied on top-of-the-line features (multi-level mapping, room cleaning, no-go zones, etc.), cleaning ability, hardware, and design.

Roomba seems to have an edge on the carpet and in pet hair vacuuming given the brushless design of their extractor and the strong suction and airflow.

Additionally, Roomba is more user-friendly with a stable operation, app, and WiFi. They have responsive customer support plus parts are more readily available. iRobot products receive timely updates too.

If you’re trying to make sense of the Samsung r9350 and Roomba i7+ or Samsung r7070 vs Roomba 980–but seeing I only compared Samsung and iRobot at the surface level–visit this page for a more granular and in-depth comparison of popular products from these two brands.

Two safest places to buy authentic Roomba robot vacuum parts and accessories

Authentic Roomba robot vacuum parts and accessories are available on the iRobot website and their store on Amazon. You’ll receive notifications via the app on when and what parts need to be changed.

Six benefits of buying a Roomba

There’s more to a robot vacuum than merely meeting your needs. Having highlighted the best use cases for the top three iRobot vacuum cleaners, here are additional perks you can expect from buying a Roomba.

  1. Top-tier Roombas are less hands-on. The i7+ and s9 are smart with stable and better-refined software that gets timely updates. Reduced incidences of jamming and error codes that turn out to be. This means you’ll be saving time and energy without losing your sanity troubleshooting or going back and forth with CS. Roomba’s reputation for solid hardware could also potentially save you some cash that would’ve otherwise go into shipping back defective units, for example, or buying new parts earlier than planned or necessary.
  2. Roomba’s sophisticated cleaning system ensures you can go longer in between vacuuming while relishing freshly-looking and clean floors and as such, improved air quality, which is a bonus for people with allergies.
  1. Another reason to buy a Roomba is that parts and accessories are readily available and relatively affordable. iRobot has also been in business for more than two decades for what it’s worth.
  2. Roomba is feature-rich and always at the forefront of new tech. Their low-tier models like the e5 and 890 have the patented dual brushless rollers, for example, that do enough resisting hair tangles, therefore, keeping upkeeps down. Their high-end models to include the i7+ and s9+ can save up to ten-floor plans–ideal for multi-level homeowners who don’t have the budget for two or more robots or who can’t be bothered with lugging the bulky external bin up and down their floors. Additionally, the i7+ and s9+ Roomba series have the Smart Top-up function appropriate for on-demand vacuuming. 
  3. If you’re worried about who handles your data, iRobot like Shark is an American brand.
  4. Lastly, consider buying a Roomba if you care about warranty/customer support. iRobot during their open hours (9:00 AM to 9:00 PM EST weekdays; 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM EST weekends) respond to queries/complaints ASAP (877-855-8593) plus their support persons are quite technically sound. Depending on the assessment of the product having spoken to customer service and where it was purchased, iRobot may send out replacement units and/or parts at no cost. iRobot provides enough detailed tutorials and guides that you can access with a few simple searches on Google for basic troubleshooting. Not to mention millions of helpful contents by Youtubers/other publishers being a popular item. You may also check out this community of Roomba users on Reddit.

Two major limitations of a Roomba

  1. iRobot robotic cleaners are typically pricier. For what the S9+ offers at over a thousand dollars, a certain Ecovacs t8+ offers exactly the same (and some more!) at half the price (with a weekend deal at a place like Best Buy, for example) or for some 200 – 300 dollars less (if buying at retail price without a deal).
  2. And as earlier mentioned of their brushless roller design and auto clean base, iRobot has an edge in tech and innovation. Except that’s fast becoming history. Given the subpar navigation of iRobot’s vacuums (their flagship models in particular) one would think if a new device with advanced obstacle recognition and avoidance is farfetched (the Deebot t8+ and the Roborock s6 maxv already have this feature though) then a switch to Lidar (like Shark recently did with their latest release the AI Vacmop) wouldn’t be a bad option. Instead, iRobot launched the i3 Plus–a downgrade of their flagship i7 Plus and yet another unit on VSLAM. The Lidar navigation–as seen in Roborock, Ecovacs, and a few other competitor items–is more precise in mobility and mapping with flawless performance under low light conditions.

Top deals on iRobot Roomba robotic vacuum cleaners

As previously mentioned in the early part of this guide, Roomba models in particular the i7+ and s9+ are pretty expensive as such may be out of the reach of many homeowners. Or even if you could afford their retail price you sure wouldn’t mind some savings, huh?

The good news is you can save money on some of your favorite Roomba robot vacuums. Right now there are no Roomba robots selling with discounts. This section of the guide will however be updated regularly with new deals so you want to keep an eye out or visit this page for deals from other brands. Alternatively, you can use the form below to subscribe for price alerts.


Conclusion

Roomba bots are a complete set of intelligence, cleaning power, and solid hardware. Add that to their nice quality look and feel, precise and gentle mobility, and improved software and usability. Roomba floor robots support most cleaning requirements and user types. Keep in mind their prices and limitations of the camera-based navigation. 

Barring defective units, the battery life on any Roomba is as advertised if it’s being used on anything but the highest suction. With medium pile carpets, a battery life of 45 – 60 minutes is typical. Resistance is created by rug materials, which forces the robot’s motor to try to work harder, leading to increased noise and battery consumption. Pre-900 series Roomba will return to the docking station when their battery drops to 20-25%. 900 series Roomba and up will automatically resume cleaning where they left off when their battery charges up to 75%. Additionally, the i- and s-series Roombas have the Smart Top-up function where they charge enough to finish the job vs full charge.

As to which Roomba is better or worth it, I’d think this will depend on what’s IMPORTANT to you. Under the Review section, each product’s strong points were clearly highlighted while associating the same to suitable use cases/user types. The Roomba i7 Plus if it helps to mention is my favorite given its intelligent and advanced features, upgraded navigation, built quality, and enhanced usability. 

Regardless of which model you choose, though, there are upkeep/ongoing expenses on parts. You’d have to clean the main and side brush, wheels, filters, etc. (maybe more frequently if you have messy pets or long hair. In which case you should schedule multiple daily or weekly runs) and empty out the small bin (if you own the Roomba e5 or similar items in its category to include the 675 and 890).

Parts as earlier mentioned are available on iRobot’s Amazon store and website. I’d advise getting your robots from there too. This is because iRobot’s warranties ONLY apply to products purchased from authorized sellers.