iRobot builds robots. It’s in the title and one robot they are perfecting is the Roomba® vacuum cleaner. This little house pet that helps keep your daily vacuuming chores to a minimum. In the article, we will compare the Roomba 600 series and 800 series, and focus on the model 675, 690, 805, and 890.
Maybe you also heard of other models from Roomba 600 series and 800 series. Such as models of 600 series: Roomba 630, Roomba 635, Roomba 650, Roomba 675 and Roomba 690. The 630 and 635 are a little older, they even don’t support Scheduling Cleaning feature. The Roomba 690 model is built on the tech platform of 650, more important, the 690 is cheaper and WiFi-Connectivity. Through “iRobot Roomba 630 vs 635 vs 690” to get more differences detail information. Roomba 800 series has: 805, 860, 870, 880 and 890. These models are similar, main differences are accessories come with the box. Through “Roomba 800 Series Comparison (Roomba 860 vs. 870 vs. 880 vs. 890)” to get more detail.
All models of the Roomba® Series have one clear purpose in mind – to automatically vacuum your home, but it is the way in which they do it and the amount of interaction from the user that differs considerably.
Like all things, if price is your motivator you can pick up the more than able Roomba® 675 (Also WiFi Connectivity) and have your automatic pet clean your home on a daily schedule and your desires would be met. Like the Roomba 690 and 890, 675 could run 90 minutes. But if you are more interested in what a few more dollars can get you and make your life that little bit easier, a consideration of further models will be in order.
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Features and Specs Comparison
There are certainly many similarities between the 675, 690, 805 and 890 models. Let’s look at the side by side comparisons.
Roomba 675 VS the 805
The Roomba 675 and the Roomba 805 automatic vacuum cleaners both offer great cleaning options. They are also priced affordably to meet a budget buyer who is aiming for their first foray into using a robot in their homes or for a home requiring a constant clean.
The Roomba 600 series should be noted for its ability to pick up pet hair very well. With its Dual Multi-Surface Brushes, it sweeps the hair into the bin with little hassle and many owners report that the efficiency of the Dual Multi-Surface Brushes is highly effective. There is one complaint that many users note, and that is the inability of the 675 to be able to untangle itself sufficiently.
The Roomba 805, using the AeroForce Tangle-Free Rollers are able to untangle itself by moving back and forth and even reversing the rollers to free itself from any cords or hair. This mean less maintenance for you and more vacuuming for your robot.
The impact from a 675 is enough to rock and possibly dislodge some of your precious items from furniture. It is not a gentle robot, choosing to rather explore with zest than to bump softly against your walls and furniture as the 805 does. Both have iAdapt Technology, utilizing over 40 sensors to monitor the cleaning area over 60 times per second.
Although the Roomba 675 is low-end models of 600 series, but it released recently, and it provide WiFi features, so it is voice control, and supports Amazon Alexa and Google assistant.
The Roomba 675 has the AeroVac Technology filters and although these are sufficient to clean much of the particles for the air that is pulled through the vacuum, the Roomba 805, utilizes the AeroForce High Efficiency Filter to remove up to 99% of pollen, dust and mites from the air, producing a higher quality clean. The Roomba 805 has over 5X more suction than that of the 675, sucking up more dirt and debris and depositing into its bin.
The bin size also differs here. The Roomba 805 has a bin which can hold 60% more dirt than the 675, meaning it can clean for longer before it returns to base and waits for you to empty the bin.
The 675 use Ni-MH battery, the same as 805, but because the 675 use GEN 1 motor, so it could run longer than 805. Tested on iRobot lab hard floors, Roomba 675 could run 90 minutes and Roomba 805 could run 60 minutes. The Li-Ion battery is a little more reliable for homes which experience variances in temperature, and holds more power within its battery to run the motor more effectively.
Roomba 690 VS the 890
Here our comparisons really do get very close to either model. The latest offerings from iRobot are the 890 and the 690. The major improvement in both these models is the WiFI Connect which enables both robots to become Alexa and Google assistant compatible.
Both models are also compatible with the Roomba App, giving each the ability to be controlled remotely via your phone, even when you are not at home. The app also gives live feedback and will alert you to any issues that may have occurred while you were away.
The app makes scheduling easier too, by being able to interact with a touch screen rather than by pushing buttons on top of the Roomba. This allows you to quickly set your seven-day schedule and your Roomba will get to work.
The differences though are really about cleaning ability. Can the 690 clean as effectively as the 890?
The 690 utilizes an older version of AeroVac Dual Multi-Surface Brush technology where it has a large and a small brush, with bristles that allow it to collect and deposit debris into the bin. These are both effective at removing pet hair and debris between edges, such as where a rug and carpet meet, but they are prone to getting tangled.
The 890 utilizes the AeroForce Tangle-Free Rollers, which use a specialized rubber that brings the particles of dirt and debris to the mouth of the vacuum and then, for the 5x stronger suction to deposit it into the 60% larger bin than the 690 has.
The air also leaves the 890 a lot cleaner as it passes through the AeroForce High Efficiency Filter, different to the 690 which still uses a filter but which is not as efficient at removing finer particles. The AeroForce High Efficiency Filter can remove particles to within 10 microns, creating a cleaner home for you and your family. So the air power of 890 is 5x times compared to 690.
The battery life on both shouldn’t differ too much as the Li-Ion batteries are designed with speed in charging and duration of clean.
What’s in Box?
From above table, you could know that, the big difference between Roomba 675 and 690 is there isn’t Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barrier comes with box. They also have the same cleaning performance, check the cleaning performance information from next section.
The accessories difference between Roomba 805 and 890 is the Roomba 805 comes with 1 more Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barrier in the box. About the cleaning performance, they are the same.
What’s the difference in Cleaning Performance?
The Roomba 675 and 690 will remove larger particles from the floor due to the Dual Multi-Surface Brushes being able to ‘sweep’, in the traditional sense, the dirt and debris into the vacuum bin. That is all well and good, but with less capacity on the bin side you are left with your Roomba returning to base far more regularly for emptying, and there is far more interaction from the user to keep the brushes clean.
The Roomba 805 and 890 use AeroForce Tangle-Free rollers and these are highly efficient. Married together with up to 5x more suction ability then the issue of hair and larger debris is not so much an issue anymore. It’s bin capacity is also larger, by a whopping 60%, meaning your Roomba 800 series will run for longer, cleaning your home.
Both use the iAdapt Technology too. The newer version, iAdapt 2.0 is only found on the 900 series and is far more advanced, but that is not to say the iAdapt technology is poor. Far from it! The Roomba 600 and 800 series can navigate around your rooms keeping them clean and will also be able to use its Dirt Detect mode to go over places where it senses more dirt in that area.
How do I choose between them?
For the tighter budget, then the Roomba 675 will cover all that you need. It can be scheduled and works to ensure your home is cleaned efficiently. If you have pets this may be even a better solution for you.
But if your house is bigger, you may need a Virtual Wall Barrier, then you could choose 690 which already includes 1 Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barrier in the box.
Just note that both these models, the 675 and 690, don’t have the AeroForce High-Efficiency Filters. They still remove the finer particles, but it is the 800 series which has a better quality of air and for allergy sufferers, that may be more important! You can of course purchase Hepa filters for your Roomba but be prepared for a loss of suction from your 805 or 890 as the filters are far more dense.
If you have pets with long hairs, you may think about 800 series, because the AeroForce Tangle-Free Extractors, this is Anti-tangle. Between the 805 and the 890 there really is no contest. The 890 is worth the extra money just for the ability to connect to WiFi Connect, voice command and app compatibility. The AeroForce Tangel-Free Extractors and AeroForce High Efficiency Filters are standard on both models, so there is only the gain of the WiFI that really makes all the difference.
If you are looking at deciding between the Roomba 675, 690, 805 and 890 models then it really is about pricing and WiFi. Go with the Roomba 690 and Roomba 690 and you will not be disappointed at the lower price bracket, but should you be able to afford it, the Roomba 890 model is indeed a very worthwhile cleaning companion to have in your home.