Irobot roomba 675 opiniones

Both of these robots are affordable, entry-level, but do have wifi-connectivity.

What sets the Roomba 675 vs. 690 apart? Continue below to find out.

Roomba 675

  • Dimensions: 13″ dia. X 3.7″ H
  • Runtime: 90 mins.
  • Scheduling: Yes
  • Filter: AeroVac, High Performance
  • Virtual Walls (included): 0

Roomba 690

  • Dimensions: 13″ dia. X 3.7″ H
  • Runtime: 90 mins.
  • Scheduling: Yes
  • Filter: AeroVac, High Performance
  • Virtual Walls (included): 1

Which is the better Roomba?

Roomba 675 vs. 690

Considering cleaning performance, features, and overall value, it’s hard to overlook the performance of the Roomba 675. Unless you specifically need the benefit of the virtual wall barrier, the Roomba 675 is mostly identical to the slightly more expensive 690 model. For a robot vacuum with great cleaning performance, long battery life, wifi connectivity, and voice control capability, the Roomba 675 is a great option.Check Price


The Differences

  • Price: The Roomba 690 is slightly more expensive under normal pricing conditions.
  • Virtual Walls: The Roomba 690 comes with a dual-mode virtual wall barrier, while the Roomba 675 does not.
  • Aesthetics: The Roomba 690 is a light silver color with black accents and the Roomba 675 is a dark gray color with black accents.

Prefer to watch rather than read? We’ve got our full Roomba 675 vs. 690 video comparison here:

Roomba 675 vs. 690 Design

The design of the Roomba 675 and Roomba 690 is basically identical, with only slight differences in the color. The Roomba 675 has an all black aesthetic, while the Roomba 690 uses a combination of black and light gray.

Roomba 675

The buttons are the same, including a central “CLEAN” button, a spot clean button, and a dock return button. Additional settings and features can be accessed through the iRobot app on your smartphone.

Roomba 690

In addition to the buttons on the top surface of the Roomba, both the 675 and 690 have the same release for the dust bin and filter as previous models.

RELATED – More Roomba Reviews and comparisons here.

Size Comparison

Considering size, both the Roomba 675 and Roomba 690 are identical in size. They are both:

  • 13″ diameter
  • 3.7″ tall
  • 7.8 pounds

Across the board of robot vacuums, this is a pretty average size, and does a nice job of maneuvering most areas. For more size comparisons and reviews, see our full list of robot vacuum reviews.

Both Roomba 690 and 675 are 13″ diameter and 3.7″ tall

Accessories & Parts

Included accessories is one area where there is a notable distinction between the Roomba 675 and the Roomba 690.

Both of these models include the following parts and accessories in the box:

  • Robot Vacuum
  • Charging Station
  • Battery
  • HEPA Filter (x2)
  • Cleaning Tool
  • Spinning Brush
  • User Guide

Roomba 675 accessories and parts Roomba 690 Accessories – 1) dual mode virtual wall barrier, 2) charging base, 3) HEPAfilter, and 4) cleaning tool

The accessory the separates these two models is the:

  • Virtual Barrier Wall (dual mode)

The virtual barrier wall is used to block off certain areas of a floor plan that you don’t want Roomba to access. This can be a useful tool when cleaning larger floor plans or complicated layouts with numerous obstacles.

VIRTUAL BARRIER | The dual-mode virtual barrier is capable of blocking off a linear path up to 10′ long or a radial area up to 4′ in circumference. This helps to protect a variety of areas including hallways, open concept wide spans, as well as sensitive areas around pet food areas or other furniture.

Roomba 675 vs. 690 Performance

So we’ve looking at the outside—now let’s dive into the inside and analyze cleaning performance.

Performance of each of these vacuums is based on a number of factors, including:

  • Brushroll style
  • Filtration system
  • Battery
  • Motor
  • Cleaning tests

Each of these factors work together to establish the overall cleaning performance.

MORE – Check out how Roomba compares to Dyson vacuums.

Brushroll Style

Both the Roomba 675 and 690 model uses a bristle style brushroll (compared to the rubberized brushroll in advanced models, like the Roomba 980 and i7+).

Roomba AeroVac bristle brush system


The bristle style does offer a lower price point, and cleans well on hardwoods, but tends to struggle with fine debris types on carpeted floors.

Filtration System

Both the Roomba 675 and Roomba 690 use the AeroVac filtration system.

AeroVac filter and dust bin

What is it?

This system is slightly less efficient than its successor, the AeroForce system. But that’s not to say that the AeroVac is bad by any measure. The AeroVac filter is still a HEPA filter.

Battery & Motor

The Roomba 675 and Roomba 690 come with the same 1,800 mAh battery and use the same motor (at least from what we can tell during our research).

Roomba 690 – docked at charging station

And the run time is?

Both Roombas have the same 90 minute run time.

Cleaning Performance

All of these details listed above help to determine the overall cleaning performance of each model.

Due to the striking similarities between the Roomba 675 and Roomba 690, we can assume that the cleaning performance would also be virtually the same. Below, we have pulled all of our cleaning testing data for the Roomba 690.

Which is?

A full cleaning performance test here at Modern Cycle consists of 12 different tests; that’s four different debris types (cereal, kitty litter, rice, and sugar) and on three difference flooring types (hardwood floor, low pile carpet, and high pile carpet).

RELATED – Also see Roomba 690 compares to 960

Hardwood Floor Cleaning Tests

Cleaning performance on hardwood floor was excellent. The Roomba 690 was able to remove 95%+ of all debris types.



Kitty Litter






Low Pile Carpet Cleaning Tests

Overall cleaning performance on low pile carpet was great as well, with 3 of the 4 tests scoring 98%+.

That said:



Kitty Litter






Cleaning performance on sugar wasn’t great, scoring a 72%. However, this is still a fairly good score for most robot vacuums. The ultra fine sugar particles are difficult for robovacs to remove.

In order for a robot to remove sugar particles in carpets you have to step up to a more expensive pricing tier.

High Pile Carpet Cleaning Tests

Lastly, cleaning performance on high pile carpet mirrored what we saw with low pile carpet cleaning tests.



Kitty Litter






Bottom line…

99%+ of debris was removed on 3 of our 4 cleaning tests. The one problem area again was the sugar tests, which only scored a 66%.

Again, this is still a pretty good score for a robot vacuum. Most robot vacuums really struggle with sugar on carpet.

Roomba Usability

The usability of the 675 and the 690 is another area that is hardly distinguishable. Both robots have identical physical buttons on the face of the robot as well as wireless connectivity.

How to get started?

Starting a cleaning is as easy pressing the “CLEAN” button on the vacuum itself, scheduling a cleaning on the app using your smartphone, or even simply saying “Roomba, clean” (provided you have Alexa or Google voice setup).

iRobot Roomba smartphone app

The Roomba 675 and 690 are compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for hands-free voice control (when paired with a voice control device like the Amazon Echo or Google Home.

Wifi Connectivity

Both the Roomba 675 and the Roomba 690 are able to connect fully to the iRobot Home app for full wireless controls. Using the app, you can start or stop a current cleaning, view cleaning history, or schedule a cleaning in the future.

Setup to the app is also easy. Below are some of the setting and control views on the iRobot app.

iRobot Roomba App

Psychical Controls

As mentioned above, the Roomba 675 and 690 model have the same physical buttons on the face of the vacuum. This includes:

  • “CLEAN”: Immediately begins a cleaning cycle
  • Spot Clean: Cleans in a circular pattern, growing increasing wider until the area has been sufficiently cleaned
  • Dock: Returns the Roomba to the charging station to juice up

Close up of the CLEAN and other control buttons


Since both the Roomba 675 and Roomba 690 are identical in size, maneuverability from that perspective is basically the same. The other factor that comes into play when considering maneuverability, is navigation technology.

What is iAdapt?

Both the Roomba 675 and the Roomba 690 operate with iAdapt 1.0 technology. Roombas in the 800 and 900 Series generally have the iAdapt 2.0 navigation technology while the newest Roomba i7 and Roomba i7+ employ the most advanced navigation, iAdapt 3.0.

Smart cleaning maps available with more advanced Roomba

What do you get with advanced navigation?

With advancements in navigation comes the ability the see obstacles before they hit them, advanced memory mapping, Imprint Smart Mapping, and the ability to remember digital maps of different floor plans. For more information on iAdapt 3.0 see our Roomba i7+ review.


The Roomba 675 and 690 is a more basic approach, basically “Bump and Continue”. Both models have edge sensors on the underside of the robot to prevent the robot from driving off of drop zones, like stairs or lofted space. But outside of these sensors, the cleaning pattern is sporadic, zig-zag, and a bit unpredictable.

Bottom Line…

Despite this random approach, the cleaning performance above shows these models with base level navigation still clean up an astounding amount of debris from the cleaning tests.

Which is the Better Value?

Both the Roomba 675 and Roomba 690 are excellent values. Depending on your needs, one model could be a better value than the other, seeing as they have slight differences.

What’s the difference?

The Roomba 690 is slightly more expensive, but includes the virtual barrier wall, an accessory that is not included with the Roomba 675 model.

That said, for smaller floor plans or simpler layouts, you may find that you don’t need a virtual barrier anyway. In these cases, it could be a better value to forgo the additional costs and enjoy the savings, without the virtual barrier.

But at the end of the day…

Keep in mind that if your environment changes, the Roomba 675 is compatible with dual mode virtual barrier walls if you ever decide to add them. No pressure to feel like you have to decide immediately.

Roomba 675 vs. 690 Specifications

Below you’ll find a complete comparison of important specifications on the Roomba 675 vs. Roomba 690.

Check it out here:

Roomba 675 Roomba 690
Size 13″ dia. x 3.7″ H 13″ dia. x 3.7″ H
Weight 7.8 lbs. 7.8 lbs.
Price $$ $$
Runtime ~90 mins ~90 mins
Scheduling Yes Yes
Self-Charging Yes Yes
Drop Detection Yes Yes
Full Bin Indicator No No
Dirt Detection Basic Basic
Navigation Basic Basic
Technology AeroVac AeroVac
Roller Brushes Bristle style Bristle style
Remote Control iRobot HOME App, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant iRobot HOME App, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Virtual Walls (included) 0 1
Score 94% 94%
Price Check Price Check Price
Review Read Review Read Review

Which Roomba is Right for You?

If you’re deciding between the Roomba 675 and Roomba 690, as mentioned above, the first thing you need to do is decide what is most important in a robot vacuum.

That said, if blocking off sensitive areas is important to you, the Roomba 690 is your best bet, as it already comes with a virtual barrier wall.

If you don’t care about the virtual wall you can save yourself a few bucks by going with the Roomba 675.

The following factors are identical with the Roomba 675 and Roomba 690:

  • Overall Design (slightly different colors)
  • Size & Dimensions
  • Physical Buttons
  • Navigation (iAdapt 1.0)
  • Battery / Run Time
  • Wifi Connectivity
  • Voice Control Capability

For more information on the Roomba 675 robot vacuum, check it out at

For more information on the Roomba 690 robot vacuum, check it out at

Update Log

  • March 31, 2019 – Overhauled the layout and design of the page.
  • November 22, 2018 – Fixed a couple of small formatting issues.
  • October 10, 2018 – Updated a re-designed comparison table and a few other small formatting changes.
  • September 19, 2018 – Initial version of the comparison was published.

The Roomba 980 remains to be iRobot’s top-of-the-line robot vacuum, with all the latest technologies that the company offers, including the ability to connect to your Wi-Fi network so you could use the iRobot Home app to control it from anywhere in the world.

However, with its hefty price tag, not a lot of people can afford it.

The good news is that for those who want to be able to remotely control their robot vacuum but do not have the budget for the Roomba 980, iRobot has the Roomba 690, which costs significantly less iRobot Roomba 690 Wi-Fi Connected Robotic Vacuum Cleaner– less than half of the 980’s price.

But what makes the Roomba 690 different from the Roomba 980?

Main Differences Between Roomba 980 vs Roomba 690

The Main Differences Between Roomba 980 vs Roomba 690 are:

  • Roomba 980 comes with an edge cleaning mode, whereas Roomba 690 is lighter.
  • Roomba 980 features the AeroForce Technology, whereas Roomba 690 features AeroVac Technology.
  • Roomba 980 comes with the best HEPA Filter, whereas Roomba 690 uses an AeroVac Filter.
  • Roomba 980 has debris extractor, whereas Roomba 690 is more affordable.

Bottom Line Up Front:

  • For Larger Floor Plans: If you have a home greater than 2500 square feet with multiple flooring types and rooms to cover, the Roomba 980 is worth the investment here. NOTE: It’s currently on sale for about $100 off at the listing referenced above.
  • For Everyone Else: The Roomba 690 available here will do just fine, with the added benefit of also having WiFi control.

Roomba 980: All the best features from iRobot in one robot vacuum

The Roomba 980 makes use of the iAdapt 2.0 technology, which uses a number of sensors and a very efficient cleaning pattern to ensure that the robot vacuum finds its way around your floor and delivers complete coverage. The Roomba 980 can either go around or go under furniture.

It also has a built-in camera that helps it map your floors using vSLAM technology. This helps the robot vacuum “see” things so that it always knows where it is and which sections of the floor it has already cleaned.

What’s more, the Roomba 980 can clean an entire level because it automatically recharges its battery and resumes cleaning where it left off.

The Roomba 980 is the only iRobot vacuum that has carpet boost technology, which delivers more suction power when it goes over carpeted floors and therefore gets rid of the dirt and dust hiding deep beneath the carpet fibers.

The Roomba 980 also features iRobot’s three-stage cleaning system, which agitates dust and dirt, extracts them from the debris extractor, and then sucks them in. Moreover, the Roomba 980 gives you several options for when it should start cleaning.

You can use the mobile app to either create cleaning schedules or to start the robot vacuum no matter where you are; you can press the big start button on the vacuum itself; or you can tell Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant to start the Roomba 980.

Furthermore, the Roomba 980 features all the little extras that make cleaning your home more convenient. While all Roombas have side brushes that clean wall edges, the 980 has a separate edge cleaning mode, wherein it pays special attention to wall edges and the edges of furniture legs.

After it has finished cleaning the entire floor, the Roomba 980 will start cleaning wall edges if you turn this mode on.

More than just having a full bin indicator that tells you when it is time to empty the dust bin, the Roomba 980 also allows you to specify if you want it to pause immediately or to continue cleaning when the dust bin is full.

You can also instruct the Roomba 980 to make two passes over the entire area if you want it thoroughly cleaned. The Roomba 980 is powered by a lithium ion battery.

Additionally, every Roomba comes with a mechanism that controls where the robot vacuum goes. For the Roomba 980, there is the double mode virtual wall barrier.

This navigation control device can be used to block off an entire doorway, and it can also be used as a halo to protect particular areas within the room.

For instance, if you do not want the Roomba 980 to get close to your priceless vase or your pet’s water and food bowls, you can use the double mode virtual wall lighthouse barrier to keep the robot vacuum out.

Read here my full review of the Roomba 980!

Wanna see how the Roomba 980 compares to other robotic vacuums? Read here!

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Roomba 690: Budget robot vacuum that you can control with a smartphone or with Amazon Alexa

The Roomba 690 gives you a capable robot vacuum cleaner that is Wi-Fi connected. (For the latest prices and discounts, check here)

This means that, just like with the flagship Roomba 980, you can control the 690 using the iRobot Home app or Google Assistant and you can set cleaning schedules using the mobile app.

The Roomba 690 also comes with a double mode virtual wall barrier and it is also powered by a lithium ion battery.

However, the similarities between the Roomba 690 and the Roomba 980 end there. If anything, the Roomba 690 has more similar features to the older Roomba 650. In fact, one could say that it is an improved release of Roomba 650. Some of the features of the Roomba 690 include:

iAdapt navigation technology. The Roomba 690 uses acoustic sensors and a very efficient cleaning pattern to clean your floors completely. These sensors also prevent your robot vacuum from falling off the stairs or any kind of platform.

Like all Roombas, the 690 can easily go under furniture or avoid obstacles. There is no onboard camera on the Roomba 690, though, which means that it does not feature the vSLAM mapping technology that the Roomba 980 has.

AeroVac technology. The Roomba 690 also features the three-stage cleaning system that all Roombas use in the 600 series. The Roomba 690 has counter-rotating brushes to agitate the dirt, side brushes to help clean wall edges, and enough suction power to clean your floors.

Lithium-ion battery. One of the improvements of the Roomba690 over the Roomba 650 is the use of lithium ion battery instead of nickel metal hydrite battery. This allows the Roomba 690 to clean longer than the 650.

When the battery runs low, the Roomba 690 can find its way back to the charging dock and recharge itself. However, unlike the Roomba 980 that can automatically resume cleaning after charging, the Roomba 690 needs to be manually restarted so that it could continue to clean.

A lot of features you see in the Roomba 980 have been omitted from the Roomba 690 – which is less expensive than the comparable 980 (For the latest prices and discounts, check here). However, does without the following features:

Entire-level cleaning. Because the Roomba 690 does not automatically resume cleaning after recharging itself, it does not deliver entire-level cleaning for bigger rooms and floor plans.

Carpet boost mode. The Roomba 690 uses an older motor that does not have the power to deliver the same suction power that the carpet boost mode does. The Roomba 980, on the other hand, uses iRobot’s Gen 3 motor and has the built in “carpet boost” mode.

Edge cleaning mode. The Roomba 690 has side brushes that can clean wall edges, but you cannot instruct it to clean wall edges more thoroughly after it finishes its regular cleaning run.

Full bin indicator and full bin action control. Like the Roomba 650, you will have no way of knowing for sure if the dustbin is full or not with the Roomba 690. You would just need to empty the bin every so often to make sure that it is not full. The Roomba 690 will continue to clean even when the bin is filled.

Debris extractor. The Roomba 690 uses counter-rotating brushes instead of the brushless debris extractor. This means that the Roomba 690 requires more cleaning and maintenance to ensure that its brushes are free from hair tangles.

Cleaning passes control. The Roomba 690 will only pass through the same area once for every cleaning run.

Read here my full review of the Roomba 690!

Wanna see how the Roomba 690 compares to other robotic vacuums? Read here!

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Does Roomba Learn the Floor Plan?

I often get asked this question about iRobot. Phrased differently, “Does Roomba Remember Room Layout”?

Up until recently: Quite simply, the answer is “NO”.

But here’s why.

Roomba uses relatively advanced room mapping technology called iAdapt. As you can see in the comparison chart below, the latest generations have an updated 2.0 version of this. The idea is that the technology is “adaptive” to a room.

For example, what if you change around the furniture or the kids move the toys?

It doesn’t really make sense for the Roomba to remember the floor plan in any kind of permanent way.

UPDATE October 2018: However, with the introduction of the NEXT generation of Roomba’s, the robot can LEARN the floor pattern and REMEMBER of to 10 layouts. This way, it remembers the most efficient way to most thoroughly clean each room.

To check out the latest generation:

  • Roomba i7+ Review
  • Roomba e5 Review

Side by side comparison: Roomba 980 vs 690

A side-by-side comparison of the features of Roomba 980 and Roomba 690

Roomba 690 Roomba 980
Navigation iAdapt iAdapt 2.0
Cleaning AeroVac technology AeroForce technology
Entire level cleaning N Y
Connects to your Wi-Fi network? Y Y
Filter used AeroVac HEPA
Carpet boost mode N Y
Edge cleaning mode N Y
Full bin indicator N Y
Full bin action control N Y
Built-in camera N Y
Debris extractor N Y
Scheduling Y Y
Cleaning passes control N Y
Auto recharge Y Y
Manual docking Y Y
Spot cleaning mode Y Y
Lithium ion battery Y Y
Remote control App-based App-based
Works with Amazon Alexa Y Y
Dimensions (d x h, inches) 13.0 x 3.7 13.8 x 3.6
Weight (lbs.) 7.8 8.7
Warranty 1 year 1 year

Frequently Asked Questions:

Does Roomba 980 Learn the floor plan?

The Roomba 980 along with other 900 series models, comes with advanced navigation technology, including the ability to learn the floor plan of your house by creating a map.

Does Roomba 690 stop when full?

The “Full Bin Indicator” features are not available for the Roomba 690. This technology only comes in the 700 series and more advanced models.

When did Roomba 980 come out?

Roomba came out with the 900 series on September 2015 featuring new mapping technologies, navigation systems and cleaning improvements.

Final word on the Roomba 980 and Roomba 690

The Roomba 690 and Roomba 980 give you the convenience of being able to operate your robot vacuum using voice commands or a mobile app. If you have a large home and do not mind paying top dollar for the best features, then you should definitely look at the Roomba 980.

Aside from very powerful cleaning technologies, the Roomba 980 is also equipped with a motor that can provide you with up to 10 times the power that the Roomba 650’s motor is capable of.

The Roomba 980 is iRobot’s best robot vacuum and guarantees cleaner carpets and even cleaner hardwood floors. This is true even for those with large homes; you can just schedule or start a Roomba 980 to clean, leave it alone, and it will continue cleaning until the job is done.

There are, however, situations when the Roomba 690 is more practical. Obviously, it is a good choice for those who have a tight budget but still wants the Wi-Fi connectivity and compatibility with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

Those who have small apartments and homes will also benefit from the Roomba 690 because they would probably not need the added features found on the Roomba 980.

Furthermore, there are people who use upright vacuum cleaners to clean their homes weekly and then rely on robot vacuums to make sure that their floors stay clean until the next vacuuming season.

iRobot Roomba® 696

¿Cómo funcionan los robots aspiradores Roomba®?
Para que un robot aspirador sea eficaz, no solo es necesario que limpie bien, sino que tenga la capacidad de desplazarse por hogares reales. Roomba® utiliza un juego completo de sensores y un avanzado sistema de navegación para detectar las áreas más sucias de sus suelos y dedicar más tiempo en limpiarlas.
¿Funcionará Roomba® 696 sin utilizar la aplicación iRobot HOME?
Sí, Roomba® 696 se puede utilizar sin la aplicación iRobot HOME, pero la aplicación le permite utilizar su dispositivo inteligente iOS o Android para sacar el máximo partido de Roomba® 696. Con la aplicación iRobot HOME, puede disfrutar de características exclusivas, como la limpieza mientras está fuera de casa, la gestión de los programas de limpieza de su robot, la personalización de sus preferencias de limpieza y mucho más.
¿Qué diferencias hay entre los robots aspiradores Roomba® y un aspirador vertical?
Roomba® puede acceder a lugares a los que su aspirador vertical no puede, como puede ser debajo de la mayoría de muebles para aspirar pelusas y pelo de animales. También puede programarse para limpiar diariamente y evitar así que se acumule la suciedad.
¿Los robots aspiradores Roomba® pueden ajustarse a diferentes superficies de suelo?
Sí. Roomba® se ajusta automáticamente para limpiar los suelos de moqueta, alfombra, cerámica, madera y laminados de todas las habitaciones de la casa.

A continuación vamos a desglosar todas las características que te ofrece el robot aspirador , aquí sabrás todo lo que te ofrece y lo que te vas a encontrar, con lo que si vas a comprar Roomba 696 no te lleves ninguna sorpresa y te puedas formar tu opinión conga 696 propia.

1. Tiene App gratuita ( iRobot HOME )

Es una de las características que muy pocos robots aspiradores de la serie 600 tiene, únicamente lo encontramos en el iRobot Roomba 671


Podrás controlar en todo momento tu robot aspirador iRobot 696desde tu smartphone.

  • programar tu robot cuando quieras desde el lugar donde estés
  • podrás ponerlo a trabajar de manera inmediata cuando lo necesites
  • sabrás en todo momento qué ha limpiado y el resultado de la limpieza
  • puedes contactar con el servicio técnico siempre que lo necesites


2. Con inteligencia iAdapt

Con la inteligencia iAdapt y su sistema de limpieza patentado, la óptima limpieza de tu hogar está garantizada

Si nunca has tenido un robot aspirador de iRobot, te va a sorprender, tanto por su eficacia como por su eficiencia.

Gracias a sus sensores y a su inteligencia iAdapt, el robot aspirador limpiará tu casa de manera ordenada, utilizando patrones de limpieza y llegando a todos los rincones. El resultado es una superficie limpia de suciedad, pelos y ácaros, incluyendo las alfombras.

Limpia por debajo de los muebles, no choca con objetos y no se cae por desniveles.

Además sube sin ayuda a las alfombras y limpia toda la suciedad de manera exhaustiva


3. iRobot utiliza un sistema patentado de limpieza

Todos los robots de iRobot utilizan un sistema patentado de limpieza en 3 fases, que optimiza los resultados.

  1. utiliza los cepillos laterales para recoger toda la suciedad más alejada y llegar a todos los rincones
  2. utiliza los cepillos centrales para desincrustar toda la suciedad más adherida, incluso los pelos de las mascotas
  3. con la escobilla central, succiona toda la suciedad, maximiza la potencia de succión y no deja ni rastro de polvo, pelos o suciedad


4. Viene con el sistema Dirt Detect

Es un sistema por el cual el propio robot detecta dónde hay mayor suciedad e incide en su limpieza.

No todos los rincones de tu hogar están igual de sucios, siempre hay lugares donde se concentra más la suciedad, con el sistema Dirt Detect el robot aspirador detectará dónde tiene que hacer mayor limpieza

Ésta es una característica que es está muy valorada en las opiniones Roomba 696 y que además es difícil de conseguir por el precio Roomba 696, que pertenece a la gama económica de Roomba

5. Incluye una Virtual Wall

Viene de serie, incluye una Virtual Wall, y te preguntarás qué es y para qué sirve;

La una pared virtual es un sensor muy pequeño que se coloca en el lugar de la casa que desees, ya que se utiliza para separar espacios que no quieres que sean limpiados por el robot aspirador.

Únicamente tendrás que colocarlo donde no desees que el robot pase y se activará una barrera virtual que el robot jamás traspasará.


Hay otras Roombas que no vienen de serie con ésta característica siendo más caras, así que por el precio Roomba 696 está muy bien que te la ofrezca

6. Autocarga

No tendrás que preocuparte de ponerla a cargar.

Cuando detecta que se va a quedar sin batería ella sola vuelve a la base de carga para auto-cargarse


7. Utiliza los mejores filtros del mercado

Utiliza el mejor sistema de filtros del mercado, los filtros HEPA, purifica el aire en un 99,9 %, retiene partículas microscópicas de polvo y alérgenos

Tu hogar jamás habrá estado tan limpio.

Es muy recomendable para personas alérgicas o con problemas respiratorios crónicos


8. Es programable

Máxima comodidad, únicamente tendrás que programar cuándo quieres que limpie tu casa; de lunes a domingo las 24 horas del día, siempre disponible.

De una manera sencilla podrás programar la limpieza y así tener un mantenimiento diario del suelo de tu hogar.

También programable desde la App de tu smartphone.

Review: Roomba 696, un robot aspirador cómodo y eficiente

Barrer la casa no suele resultar nada placentero, y muchas veces lo hacemos rápido y mal. Ahora vamos a presentarte una alternativa con la review de la Roomba 696, un interesante robot aspirador que barre y aspira tanto el suelo como las alfombras de forma autónoma. Podemos irnos a pasear o a trabajar, al volver la Roomba 696 habrá limpiado y estará en su base recargándose.

La limpieza de la Roomba 696 es más profunda y concienzuda que la que se consigue barriendo, e incluso aspirando. Si tenemos animales en casa, nos ahorrará mucho trabajo. Además, al mantener el suelo limpio, en los muebles se acumulará menos polvo. Es posible que a los alérgicos al polvo esto les facilite la vida.

Cabe destacar que la Roomba 696 de este análisis es uno de los modelos más sencillos de iRobot, así que prescinde de las funciones de guiado inteligente por la casa, y está más bien orientado a aspirar habitaciones individuales. Gracias a eso, cuesta la mitad que las Roomba de gama alta. Pero no le falta la conectividad WiFi, para controlarla de manera remota con nuestro móvil y, además programar las limpiezas.

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Realizar una review de un producto como la Roomba 696 es complicado. Una aspiradora robótica se trata de un dispositivo indudablemente útil, pero tiene que adaptarse a los distintos tipos de hogares. Así que vamos a conocer a fondo lo que nos propone. Debemos tener en cuenta que la Roomba 696 también se denomina Roomba 691 en algunas tiendas, pero es exactamente el mismo modelo.

Roomba 696, especificaciones

La marca Roomba se ha convertido en un sinónimo de robot aspirador, algo que pocas empresas consiguen en sus respectivos segmentos. Así que las especificaciones no suelen ser un aspecto en el que ponga mucho énfasis. De todas formas, vamos a echar un vistazo a los detalles de la ficha técnica de la Roomba 696 que son públicos:

  1. Cepillos: 2 principales de succión (cerdas + plástico) y 1 lateral giratorio
  2. Conectividad: WiFi 2,4 GHz
  3. Control: directo desde la unidad o mediante app móvil (Android e iPhone)
  4. Superficies: funciona en parqué, moqueta (o alfombras), cerámica y otros suelos
  5. Autonomía: 60 minutos – carga en 2 horas (vuelve a la base, pero no reanuda la limpieza)
  6. Accesorios: incluye 1 Virtual Wall (impide la entrada de la Roomba)
  7. Consumo: hasta 33 vatios (consumo máximo del cargador)
  8. Dimensiones y peso: 9,3 cm (altura) x 33,5 cm (diámetro) – 3,56 kg
  9. Precio: alrededor de 500 euros ( Amazon o eBay )

Un diseño que no podrás dejar de mirar

La Roomba 696 no nos parece especialmente bonita (tampoco fea), al fin y al cabo estamos ante una aspiradora. El motivo por el que no la dejarás de mirar es que resulta muy curioso ver cómo trabaja. No es necesario vigilarla, algo en lo que luego profundizaremos, pero sí bastante entretenido. Ver trabajar a otros, en general, nos gusta a todos.

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La Roomba 696 tiene forma circular, con un diámetro de 33,5 centímetros. No se puede decir que sea pequeña para meterse por todos los rincones, pero sí que logra limpiar entre las patas de las mesas y las sillas. Tampoco debemos exigir un tamaño muy pequeño: los elementos electrónicos ocupan muy poco espacio dentro de la Roomba 696 respecto a los mecánicos, y realmente es la electrónica la que ofrece más posibilidades de miniaturización según avanza la tecnología.

La altura de la Roomba 696 es de 9,3 cm, así que pasará perfectamente por debajo de las camas, pero con los sofás ya depende de cada caso. Se orienta a base de dar «toques» en las paredes, así que mejor mantenerla limpia exteriormente si nuestras paredes son blancas y no tienen zócalo. Por suerte, la Roomba 696 no se caerá por las escaleras, pues detecta las alturas excesivas y retrocede ante ellas.

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Por lo demás, la Roomba 696 ofrece un diseño correcto, con un aspecto tirando a futurista. Está fabricada en plástico de diversos tipos. Dado que no la vamos a tocar demasiado, y este tipo de robots suelen sufrir «accidentes», ha sido buena idea haber optado por el plástico, ligero y con diferentes niveles de flexibilidad.

Cómo limpia la Roomba 696

Si te planteas comprar la Roomba 696, debes tener en cuenta que incorpora lo que iRobot llama sistema iAdapt para guiarse por la casa. La Roomba 696 está pensada más bien para habitaciones individuales. Claro que la podemos dejar libre, aunque es posible que no vuelva a la base, y la tengamos que recoger cuando se le acabe la batería o dé su trabajo por finalizado. Nosotros lo hemos probado, y en ocasiones ha encontrado la base, mientras que en otras se detuvo en diferentes lugares.

El sistema iAdapt 2.0 queda reservado a los modelos de la gama 900, y es el que permite que el aspirador sea capaz de limpiar toda una casa sin perderse por las habitaciones. De hecho, estos modelos superiores vuelven a la base para recargarse, y después continúan limpiando hasta que consideran que han terminado.

La Roomba 696 incluye el accesorio Virtual Wall, para impedir que entre en lugares que no queramos. Usa las clásicas pilas AA y permite trazar una línea imaginaria que la Roomba 696 no traspasará, perfecta para las puertas, o definir un círculo de unos 1,2 m en el que no se adentrará, evitando que desordene determinadas partes de nuestro hogar. Podemos comprar más Virtual Wall si los necesitamos: un pack de dos cuesta 79,99 euros, y uno sale por 49,99 euros.

La Roomba 696 detecta las zonas más sucias e insiste en ellas. Eso sí, como la navegación no es especialmente directa, pasará varias veces por los mismos lugares, así que todo acabará muy limpio de todas maneras. Aunque iRobot no indica la potencia de succión, hemos visto que realmente atrapa todo tipo de basura de pequeño tamaño que haya por el suelo. El pequeño cepillo giratorio lateral permite un mejor acabado cerca de las paredes, aunque no llega a algunas esquinas.

Un aspecto clave que no hemos podido probar es cómo se comporta la Roomba 691 en un hogar con perros o gatos. En principio, es el tipo que casa en que más se utilizará. Además, la Roomba 696 lleva cepillos en la ranura de aspiración, uno de cerdas convencionales y otro de plástico, lo que evita que se atasque con los pelos. Tendremos que limpiar los cepillos de forma periódica (depende mucho de la raza de la mascota), pero al menos no sufrirá atascos.

Por último, hay que destacar que la Roomba 696 lleva un filtro para el polvo, para que no se levante mientras limpia. Las personas alérgicas quizá prefieran un modelo de serie 800 o serie 900, ya que el filtro resulta más eficaz, y captura hasta el polen.

WiFi y app móvil en la Roomba 696

La Roomba 696 dispone de WiFi, que se conecta a nuestro router para acceder a Internet. Lo hace en la banda de los 2,4 GHz, con mayor cobertura. A día de hoy, casi todo el mundo tiene activada la banda de 2,4 GHz junto a la de 5 GHz (sobre todo si le gusta la domótica), así que en eso no encontraremos problemas.

El objetivo del WiFi es controlar la Roomba 696 desde la app de Android e iOS. Se trata de un app correcta, sin alardes, pero no podemos negar que resulta mucho más cómoda que acercarse al robot para encenderlo. Además, la programación solo se pueden gestionar desde el móvil.

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La app de iRobot permite configurar nuestra Roomba para su primer uso, con un paso a paso (que incluye vídeos) hasta tenerla lista para comenzar a aspirar:

En el día a día, la aplicación hace posible iniciar y finalizar la limpieza de forma remota, incluso desde fuera de casa. Si la paramos, nos permite decidir si queremos dejar la Roomba 696 en donde esté para luego continuar, o mandarla a la base. Incluye un historial de limpiezas, además de indicar el nivel de batería y si la cubeta con los residuos está llena.

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Resulta muy práctico programar la limpieza en diferentes días de la semana a la hora que nos convenga. Además, nos llegarán notificaciones cuando el trabajo finalice con éxito o sufra algún incidente. Por ejemplo, si dejamos un calcetín en el suelo y la Roomba 696 se atasca con él, con la notificación sabremos que ha ocurrido algo, y podremos ir a quitarlo de los cepillos.

La app nos indica si es necesario cambiar los repuestos, con acceso a la tienda y al manual de instrucciones. También podremos hacer que la Roomba 696 emita un fuerte sonido, por si la hemos perdido debajo de una cama, si bien solo funciona cuando nuestro móvil y el robot se encuentren en la misma red WiFi.

Mantenimiento, ¿engorroso o sencillo?

Está claro que un robot limpiador nos facilita la vida, pero también requiere algo de esfuerzo por nuestra parte. Al terminar la limpieza, deberemos vaciar el depósito, algo poco agradable, pero que resulta bastante menos sucio de lo que esperábamos. El depósito no es demasiado grande, así que habrá que vaciarlo tras cada sesión. Quizá sea una buena idea echar un vistazo también a los cepillos y las ruedas, por si estuvieran atascados, algo que normalmente será culpa del pelo de nuestras mascotas.

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Una vez cada dos meses hay que cambiar el filtro de aire, un recambio que no es caro: 3 unidades cuestan 19,99 euros en la tienda oficial de iRobot. Se pueden encontrar más baratos, pero la marca aconseja evitar los recambios no oficiales y las falsificaciones. Los cepillos principales se renuevan cada 6 o 12 meses (depende del uso), y aquí surge un problema, ya que iRobot solo los vende dentro de un pack con diferentes recambios por 49,99 euros.

Aparte de eso, hay que sustituir una vez al año la rueda delantera, que cuesta apenas 2,99 euros. La idea de abrir nuestra Roomba 696 puede darnos respeto, pero todo es muy sencillo. Nos hace falta un destornillador para retirar la carcasa inferior, y luego todo se encuentra colocado de forma que es rápido de localizar, y los elementos se ajustan con un simple «clic», no hay pasos complicados que seguir.

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Una aspiradora robot de una marca conocida siempre supone garantía de conseguir los recambios que necesitamos con facilidad (los filtros son imprescindibles), así como otros elementos. Por ejemplo, iRobot vende las ruedas de la Roomba 696, por si las dañamos y las queremos cambiar. También ofrece baterías, pues es un elemento que con el paso del tiempo se degrada.

Roomba 696, limpieza eficiente, pero con un precio

La Roomba 696 es un robot aspirador que resulta muy útil. Es capaz de limpiar de forma profunda una, o incluso varias habitaciones, mientras nosotros trabajamos o realizamos otras tareas. Gracias a su WiFi se puede controlar y programar, y los rodillos que incluye recogen pelo de animales. Nosotros no analizamos la Roomba 696 en un hogar con mascotas, pero en general es uno de los entornos en los que mejor se aprovecha.

Ahora bien, la Roomba 696 tiene mucha competencia por parte de fabricantes con menos prestigio que iRobot, pero cuyos precios son inferiores. Este modelo marca un PVP oficial de 579,99 euros y, aunque se puede encontrar más barato en algunas tiendas, es raro que baje de los 450 euros. Además, el sistema de guiado de la Roomba 696 no es demasiado sofisticado, y eso hace complicado que pueda limpiar toda una casa sin que nosotros la cambiemos de habitación.

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La Roomba 696 nos ha parecido un buen robot aspirador, que además nos da la tranquilidad de una marca con soporte en España. Una vez nos acostumbremos a él, barrer la casa nos sonará a algo del pasado, y probablemente nos olvidaremos de que hemos pagado una cifra considerable por el dispositivo.

Los puntos fuertes de la Roomba 696 que hemos encontrado en nuestra review son:

  1. Buena capacidad de succión y cepillos anti enredos
  2. Conectividad WiFi que permite el control desde la app móvil
  3. Limpieza concienzuda y sencilla
  4. Facilidad para encontrar recambios y respuestos

Los puntos débiles de la Roomba 696 que hemos encontrado en nuestra review son:

  1. La navegación en el hogar no es demasiado inteligente
  2. Un precio elevado

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Opinión y análisis del robot aspirador iRobot Roomba 696

9.1 Punt. Total Puntuación

Estos son los aspectos a considerar de este producto.

Potencia 9.0 Diseño 9.3 Accesorios 9.1 Opiniones 9.0 Duración de la batería 9.1 PROS

  • Cepillos: Tiene 3 cepillos principales de succión (cerdas + plásticos).
  • WiFi: Tiene tecnología WiFi y el aparato se puede controlar con una app.
  • Adaptación: Funciona en moqueta, parqué, cerámica, y en otros suelos.
  • Pared virtual: Lleva una pared virtual para delimitar ciertos espacios.


  • No hay muchas opiniones de clientes para que valoremos el aparato.

No siempre tenemos el tiempo suficiente para barrer bien la casa, o no tenemos las ganas para hacerlo. Para solucionar este problema aparece en el mercado la Roomba 696, siendo un modelo capaz de barrer y aspirar (2 en 1) cualquier tipo de suelo, incluso hasta quita la suciedad de las alfombras de manera autónoma. También es una buena solución para recoger los pelos de los animales, o hasta la suciedad más delicada. ¿Te interesa? Sigue leyendo para descubrir las principales características de la Roomba 696.

Características del robot aspirador Roomba 696:

Potencia de aspiración

Lo cierto es que en la ficha técnica de este robot aspirador no se indica su potencia. En las opiniones de la Roomba 696 se indica que debe ser de 33W, como el resto de los modelos de la marca.

Duración de la batería

Su batería se carga en 2 horas y ofrece una autonomía de 60 minutos. Vuelve a la base automáticamente para recargarse.

Capacidad de retención de polvo

Tiene una buena capacidad de retención del polvo, mejorando la vida de los alérgicos.

Eficiencia de filtración

Lleva un filtro, pero no es HEPA cómo en los modelos de gamas superiores. Es AeroVac, aunque lo cierto es que funciona muy bien.

Peso y dimensiones

El peso del irobot Roomba 696 es de 3,56kg. El tamaño es exactamente de 33,5 cm x 33,5 cm x 9,3 cm.


En relación a sus accesorios tan sólo incluye la base de carga y una pared virtual. En el precio de la Roomba 696 no se incluye nada más.

Características especiales

La Roomba 696 lleva WiFi; a través de una app (compatible con Android e IOS), podemos controlar el aparato.

Usabilidad y algoritmo de limpieza

Utiliza algoritmo de navegación iAdapt, capaz de detectar las zonas más sucias e incidir en ellas.


La marca nos ofrece hasta 2 años de garantía.


Su precio es de 384€ aproximadamente.

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Ficha técnica




Roomba 696


Robots aspiradores

Potencia de Succión


Duración de la batería

1 hora



Capacidad del depósito


Tipo de filtro



33.5 x 33.5 x 9.3 cm


2 años

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Puntuación para cada una de las característica:

  • Potencia: 9 -> La potencia es, probablemente, de 33W.
  • Diseño: 9.3 -> Su diseño nos impresiona al combinar tonos negros con tonos blancos.
  • Accesorios: 9.1 -> No está mal los accesorios que incluye por lo que cuesta.
  • Opiniones: 9 -> Las opiniones sobre la Roomba 696 son buenas, aunque escasas.
  • Duración batería: 9.1 -> La duración de la batería es de 60 minutos.

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Robot aspirador Roomba 696: Precio y disponibilidad

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Preguntas y respuestas frecuentes de nuestros usuarios

¿Tiene capacidad para aspirar pelos de mascota?

Si, aspira pelos de mascotas cómo puede ser de un gato o de un perro.

¿Cómo funciona la pared virtual (virtue Wall)?

Simplemente introduces las pilas y la colocas en un lugar dónde no quieras que pase el robot.

¿Consume mucho?

Su nivel de eficiencia energética es de entre A++ to A+, lo que significa que su consumo es más bien reducido.

¿Se adapta a suelos duros?

Sí, incluso hasta a las alfombras.

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Robot aspirador Roomba 696: Opiniones de los consumidores

Cliente amazon ✩✩✩✩✩

Es un robot aspirador estético, útil y muy sencillo de usar. Es capaz de cubrir a la perfección toda la casa, aunque debe estar cargada por completo.

Cliente amazon ✩✩✩✩✩

Nos ha sorprendido lo bien que limpia. A través de su app podemos controlar su sistema de navegación para que no quede ninguna zona sin tratar.

Cliente amazon ✩✩✩✩✩

¡Ha sido una buena compra! Nunca imaginamos el trabajo que nos puede ahorrar el hecho de comprar una Roomba.

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Conclusión y despedida

La Roomba 696 te ayuda a tener tu hogar limpio sin que tengas que hacer casi nada.

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The word “Roomba” has pretty much become synonymous with robot vacuums, and for good reason. Even though we continue to see capable competitors arrive on the market at ever-decreasing prices, iRobot’s Roomba line remains the brand to beat.

We’ve reviewed dozens of Roomba models to find out which ones perform the best: Our current favorite is the Roomba S9+, which is about as close as it gets to perfect, but it’s also pricey. If you’re looking for something more affordable, we’ve included our favorite iRobot models at every price range. We’ve even included our favorite non-vacuum robots from iRobot!

iRobot Roomba S9+

The latest addition to the iRobot’s lineup, the Roomba S9+, builds on the innovations introduced in last year’s Roomba i7+. The S9+ received an Editor’s Choice Award from Digital Trends. Like the i7+, the S9 series is available with or without iRobot’s cool Clean Base charging station and self-emptying dust bin. There’s also a new, D-shaped body and an enhanced brush design that promises improved edge and corner cleaning, while suction is boosted forty times compared to the Roomba 600 series. You’ll also benefit from smart mapping, which allows you to select individual rooms for cleaning (as well as entire floors) and a unique anti-allergen system — a first for robot vacuums, according to iRobot — designed to trap dust and pollen.

iRobot Roomba 960

The Roomba 960 model hits the sweet spot between Roomba features and Roomba prices, allowing you to nab an intelligent cleaning bot at mid-tier prices (well, mid-tier for Roombas). The model includes iRobot’s three-stage suction and brush system, equipped with rubber brushes designed to clean both hard floors and low carpets. The brushes flex to make sure they are always at ground level, and the suction system is five times more powerful than older Roomba models. The filter, meanwhile, is rated to trap 99% of dust and allergens (although it’s smart to always have some replacement filters on hand if you run your Roomba frequently).

While the Roomba includes plenty of smart features to navigate, including auto-recharging for its 75-minute battery, it also comes with a virtual wall barrier that you can set up to partition specific spaces if there’s somewhere you don’t want the bot to go. Scheduling via the advanced Roomba app is excellent, but you can also choose to voice command your Roomba if you have an Echo device around the house.

iRobot Roomba i7+

2018’s Roomba i7+ won an Editor’s Choice award from Digital Trends, and remains an indulgent choice, despite the introduction of this year’s Roomba S9+. It was the first robot vacuum to introduce a self-emptying dust bin in addition to smart room mapping, a cutting-edge motor with enhanced suction, durable brushes, and an upgraded processor. Opt for the Clean Base charging station, and you’ll need to add iRobot’s replaceable dust bags to your shopping list every few months. But, the i7+ is a worthwhile investment for those who want to completely automate vacuuming.

iRobot Roomba 614

If you like the idea of Roomba scurrying around your home but don’t love the price of iRobot’s leading models, fear not — there’s a robot vacuum for you! The Roomba 614 is priced well under $300 and offers a solid suite of features. Keep an eye on the deals, and you may be able to pick it up for under $200. Of course, there are some compromises. Twin multi-surface brushes and sensor navigation help this good-value model to autonomously clean your home, but suction power is significantly reduced, meaning this bot may not be the best choice for thicker rugs or carpets. The entry-level vacuum also lacks app control and Alexa/Google Assistant integration.

iRobot Roomba 980

The Roomba 980 has been discontinued but, you may still be able to find in stock at select retailers. It’s a more advanced version of the 960, offering enhanced features. At launch, the price was significantly higher, but has dropped since our review. The extra-large battery in this model lasts for up to 120 minutes, making it well-suited for larger spaces, and the cleaning system has twice as much power compared to the 960 — ideal for cleaning up larger spills or messy pets. Otherwise, the model includes the top-line smart features you can expect from a Roomba bot, including voice detection, detailed app control, and dirt-detection technology that helps the Roomba spend more time in high-traffic areas.

iRobot Roomba e5

The Roomba e5 is a solid mid-range pick. It’s particularly good at picking up pet hair, with a combination of powerful suction and dual rubber brushes that can work equally well on carpet or hardwood floors. It’s equipped with a selection of innovative Roomba features, including automatic recharging, a full set of sensors, and compatibility with both Alexa and Google Assistant. This is all the more impressive when you consider that it’s very reasonably priced for a Roomba model. The battery lasts around 90 minutes on a hard surface. If you have pets and plenty of hardwood that you want to keep clean — and free of pet hair dust bunnies — this is a great and affordable model to use.

iRobot Braava Jet m6

The Braava 380t and entry-level Braava Jet 240 were iRobot’s first foray into autonomous floor-mopping and were positive additions, despite the need for regular fill-ups with cleaning solution and a little extra work to set up the accompanying NorthStar navigation cubes.

The Braava Jet m6 resolves some of the issues and inconveniences that held back those first-generation lines. There’s a fresh design, upgraded mapping, and navigation technology featuring individual room selection, plus improved edge and corner cleaning. The Braava Jet m6 also detects when its battery is depleted, heads back to its charger and then resumes mopping from the same point. App control and support for both Alexa and Google Assistant are also included in the update, and if you also own a Roomba i7 or S9, you can set your robot army to clean in sequence — vacuuming then mopping. While the new model supports both wet mopping and dry sweeping, you’ll still need to invest regularly in iRobot’s disposable cleaning pads for the best performance.

iRobot Terra Robot Mower

Although this guide primarily focuses on floor cleaning robots, we thought this robot mower by iRobot was worth a mention. The Terra Mower is easy to install and operate, using wireless beacons and Imprint Smart Mapping to learn your yard, and then cut your grass in an efficient back and forth pattern.

It can avoid obstacles, and you can create a boundary system without wires. This means you can tell the mower where to cut and where not to without digging up your yard to install wire or boundary line systems. The Terra Robot Mower was for sale as part of a beta program in 2019 in the U.S. and Germany, but you should (hopefully) be able to purchase the robot mower later this year.

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When you think of robot vacuums, chances are you think of iRobot’s Roomba line. And while the company’s high-end models are impressive, the entry-level Roomba 690 ($374.99) offers a lot of value for about half the price. Not only does it feature Wi-Fi connectivity and app control, it supports voice commands via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant as well. The $220 Eufy RoboVac 11 can’t be beat on price, and remains our Editors’ Choice for affordable robot vacuums. But if you’re looking to take the next step up, the Roomba 690 is a great choice.


Circular in shape, the Roomba 690 has a black-and-silver body that measures 13.0 inches wide and 3.7 inches tall. That’s just about the same size as the Bissell SmartClean 1974, which is just a little shorter at 3.4 inches. The RoboVac 11 is the shortest of the bunch, at 3.0 inches. The 690 should be able to clean under most furniture, though it might have trouble with very low-profile couches and cabinets. At 7.4 pounds, the vacuum is a bit hefty for its size—the SmartClean and RoboVac 11 are both lighter at 5.5 and 5.8 pounds, respectively—but you don’t have to lift it much.

On top of the vacuum, you’ll find a large silver Clean button that starts, pauses, and ends each session. Below that you’ll find a home icon that sends the robot back to its dock. Above it is a spot cleaning icon, and above that a backlit panel shows you errors, Wi-Fi connectivity, and battery status.

A removable dustbin is located in the back of the bot, while the front houses the RCON sensor (room confinement) and bumper. Underneath, you’ll find cliff sensors, charging contacts, a front roller, two main wheels, two roller brushes, and a side brush.

The Roomba 690 comes with a charging dock and a dual-mode virtual wall beacon (pictured). The virtual wall runs on two AA batteries, included in the box. Compared with the big block you get with the Bobsweep Pet Hair Plus, the Roomba’s virtual wall is smaller and much more intuitive to use. It’s a slim, squarish tower with a switch in the back that lets you toggle between two modes. If you slide it up, it emits a 10-foot digital barrier to keep the vacuum out of rooms and spaces you don’t want it to enter. If you slide it down, it creates a circular «halo» barrier with a four-foot diameter. This is handy for pet owners, as you can place it near food and water bowls to keep the Roomba from knocking them over as it cleans.

Setup and App

Getting the Roomba 690 ready is a piece of a cake. Once you’ve plugged in the dock, all you have to do is flip over the vacuum and pull out the yellow plastic tab sticking out from the battery. Then just stick the robot on the dock and let it charge until the battery is full—about three hours.

When that’s done, download the iRobot app from the Apple App Store or Google Play and follow the on-screen prompts to create an account and pair the robot over Wi-Fi (it only supports the 2.4GHz band).

The app itself is streamlined and intuitive. There’s only one button on the main screen: Clean. Pressing it will activate the Roomba, and you can do it even if you’re not on the same Wi-Fi network (so you can turn it on when you’re at work, for instance). In the top right corner, you can keep an eye on battery life. At the bottom of the screen, there are three other menus: Lifetime Performance Log, Weekly Schedule, and More.

Lifetime Performance Log is exactly what it sounds like—a record of all your Roomba’s cleanings. You can see stats like the number of jobs, total duration, and how many times it turned on its Dirt Detect feature. You can also look at the individual stats for each job. The Weekly Schedule tab is pretty self-explanatory and simple. You just select the days and time you want the Roomba to clean. The More tab is where you can find the Locate Roomba button. When pressed, the Roomba will play a little ditty to help you find it. It’s also where you’ll find care instructions, FAQs, videos, manuals, and settings.

Alexa, Start My Roomba

All you have to do is select the Connected Home menu in the app and the device of your choice to find simple instructions to enable voice control. I have an Amazon Echo Dot at home, so I tested the 690 using Alexa voice commands.

The process is simple. All you have to do is open the Amazon Alexa app, go to the Skills menu, select iRobot Home, and hit the Enable button. Once you’ve done that you can start or stop a clean, tell the Roomba to go back to its dock, ask for status updates, and ask the vacuum where it is, all through your Alexa device.

In practice, the voice commands are simple to use and for the most part work well. I only experienced snags if I tried to issue commands out of order. For instance, if I first asked the Roomba to dock and then asked it to stop, Alexa would tell me that the bot wasn’t running—even as I watched it navigate around my furniture trying to find the dock. That’s a normal and fairly common quirk of using Alexa to manage smart home gadgets, it just takes some getting used to.


I tested the 690 over a week at my apartment. Suction is quite powerful. After a 70-minute cleaning session, I was pleased to find the dustbin brimming to capacity. But while it sucked up a lot of dirt, dust, and hair, it had some trouble navigating around my living room rug. Sometimes it had difficulty getting on top of the rug, which was surprising since it’s a relatively low pile. But to the vacuum’s credit, if it was having trouble it sometimes turned around and reversed onto the rug instead.

However, I frequently received push notifications saying the Roomba was stuck by a cliff, when it was sitting safely on or near my flat rug. That might be because of my rug’s Georgia O’Keefe-inspired geometric patterns and black border. Robotic vacuums with infrared sensors commonly come with warnings that they might not work as well on dark flooring. According to iRobot, the 690’s cliff sensors can sometimes confuse dark colors as an edge or stair. There’s unfortunately not much you can do, other than move it to another location. I experienced the same issue while testing the Bissell SmartClean 1974 and the Bobsweep PetHair Plus.

While vacuums like the Eufy RoboVac 11 can safely trawl near or over cables without eating them up, that’s not the case with the Roomba. When I wasn’t looking, it sucked up two of the charging cords under my desk. This was the first time a robot vacuum managed to get into that area, so I hadn’t thought to clear it beforehand. Thankfully, removing the cables was easy—though I didn’t get a push notification from the robot telling me what happened.

In addition to eating up some of my cords (none of which were damaged), the vacuum has a tendency to push objects around. Some stray shoes and the occasional shopping bag ended up in different rooms because the Roomba brought them along for a ride. You can use the virtual wall to cordon off any problem areas, but you’ll still want to make sure the floor is relatively clear.

Battery life is decent. On a full charge, the Roomba 690 lasted about 70 minutes. That was enough to clean my living room, kitchen, hallway, and part of my bedroom. It’s much better than the 45 minutes you get with the Dyson 360 Eye on maximum power.

As for docking, the 690 isn’t the greatest at finding its way back. I tried telling it to dock three ways: with Alexa, with the button on the robot itself, and with the app. Each time, it wandered off in the exact opposite direction of the docking station. If I picked it up and placed it near the station, it managed to reorient itself and docked successfully. But without my guiding hand, the bot ended up going around in circles and bumping into walls looking for home.

That brings me to another small disappointment: the lack of app-based steering controls. I would’ve appreciated the ability to tell the Roomba where to go from my phone, as picking it up and placing it where it needs to go is a tad cumbersome.

Lastly, the Roomba 690 is noisy, though that’s pretty much the case with just about every robot vacuum on the market. You won’t want to take any phone calls while the bot is cleaning, but it’s no louder than a traditional standing vacuum.


If you want a Wi-Fi-connected vacuum you can control with your phone, the iRobot Roomba 690 is the best deal at less than $400. It has good suction power, an easy-to-use app, and voice control via Amazon or Google. Pricier models like the Roomba 890, 960, and 980 offer the same voice control and app options, but stronger navigation skills and carpeting cleaning, among other features. If app and voice control isn’t high on your list of priorities, it’s hard to beat the Eufy RoboVac 11. It’s $155 less than the Roomba 690, handles dark flooring well, and is the quietest vacuum we’ve tested.

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