Roombas are the vacuum cleaners that automate your home cleaning. They’re a 21st century phenomenon, with first Roomba sold in 2002.

They’re all made by one company, iRobot. There are some vacuum cleaning robots designed to be just like Roombas, by a separate company.

Ever since the first Roomba was released, these autonomous robots have gotten more advanced and feasible. They use sensors to detect areas to clean and obstacles in the way. They’re still not perfect, but they’ve come a long way.

If you want to automatic your vacuum cleaning, then getting a Roomba is a great way to do that. Not only does it do the cleaning for you, but it’s much quieter than a vacuum cleaner. It automatically cleans any dirty spot as long as it’s turned on.

Since most Roombas are made by the same company, there isn’t a of of variation between them, compared to other products. This is actually good, because it lets you razor focus your search for finding a good Romba

Here is a comparison table for the 4 best Roomba models:

iRobot 860

  • 1 Virtual Wall
  • Programmable Schedule
  • Multi-Room Navigation
  • Dirt Detection
  • 3-Stage Cleaning
  • No Carpet Boost
  • No Map Report
  • Automatic Recharge
  • 120 Minute Battery Life

iRobot 595

  • 2 Virtual Walls
  • Programmable Schedule
  • Limited To One Room
  • Dirt Detection
  • 3-Stage Cleaning
  • No Carpet Boost
  • No Map Report
  • Automatic Recharge
  • No Wifi/App Connectivity

iRobot 650

  • 1 Virtual Wall
  • Programmable Schedule
  • Multi-Room Navigation
  • Dirt Detection
  • 3-Stage Cleaning
  • No Carpet Boost
  • No Map Report
  • Automatic Recharge
  • No Wifi/App Connectivity

1. iRobot Roomba 980

Rating: (4.6/5)

iRobot 980 is a very advanced Roomba that leaves your room spotless. It uses smart technology to navigate nooks & corners, automatically recharge, boost its power on carpets, and prevent from falling down stairs. It allows real-time connectivity with its phone app.

Adaptive technology

Automatic carpet boost

Automatic recharge

Phone connectivity

Expensive

Has some flaws in its technology

Pros

iRobot roomba 980 featuresiRobot 980 uses smart technology that adapts to the setting of the room and the floor. When it’s on carpets, it automatically increases its power. Carpets require more cleaning power, because of their uneven surface. This Roomba works great on carpets, and cleans them almost as good as a manual vacuum cleaner.

All of the settings can be adjusted on the Roomba’s controls. You can also use its iRobot HOME app to control it with your smartphone. It lets you schedule cleaning and set preferences for the next cleaning. This is a really convenient app, because it lets you change your vacuum’s settings which sitting on the couch. Sometimes the Roomba is in the next room, so instead of having to go get it, you can adjust its settings from anywhere.

The accuracy of this Roomba is astounding. It navigates the nooks and corners effectively, and it doesn’t bump a lot. Many low-quality Roombas have the problem of “committing suicide” by plunging themselves down a set of stairs. This Roomba has better sensors and it avoids stairs.

The phone app gives you full connectivity with the Roomba in real-time. You can turn on notifications to get status updates on how the cleaning is coming along. Plus, you can even view a map to see where the Roomba has cleaned. It shows a full trajectory of its path.

Because Roombas are circular, you would think that they can’t clean corners of a room, because of their shape. The iRobot 980 a brush to sweep along edges and corners. Combined with its intelligent sensors, it gives you a wholesome clean of the entire room. It doesn’t miss a spot. It also has a low height of only 3.6 inches, which allows it to easily clean under tables, beds, etc.

Last, but not the least, this Roomba automatically recharges whenever it’s running low on battery. So it’s truly automated, because you can just schedule its cleaning, and it will do the work by itself, including charging. It runs for 2 hours per charge, so you’ll need to intelligently set up its schedules, in order to get a full clean.

Cons

One of the Cons is the price tag of around $900. This is significantly more expensive, about 3 times as much as the average Roomba. It also is more advanced with more features of course.

It still has some improvements that need to be made. Automated robotic vacuum cleaners have a way to go, before they can truly become independent vacuums. It hasn’t perfected its technology, with respect to picking up all the little things like pet hair, or not getting lost every now and then.

2. iRobot Roomba 860

Rating: (4.5/5)

iRobot Roomba 860 is one of the mid-range models and it’s a perfect option for people that want a compact Roomba.

It has a low height, only 3.6 inches. This allows it to clean better under furniture, beds, tables, and more. It’s designed to fit underneath furniture and get out easily after cleaning. Due to its compact size, it also covers less area than some other Roombas.

 

Great design

Low 3.6-inch profile

Quality battery

Comprehensive cleaning

 

Covers a small area

Technical issues

 

Pros

iRobot Roomba 860iRobot 860 has one of the coolest Roomba designs. It has a silver matallic finish, combined with a metallic black center and edges. It has a clean-cut design that looks great for the home. The colors match well against the typical household, and it doesn’t stand out too much or look out of place. You can just leave the Roomba on the floor (or near the charger) without having to hide it if there are guests. Just tell them it’s your shiny vacuum cleaner!

This Roomba helps solve a problem that many vacuum cleaners have. That is, getting pieces of hair or debris tangled and stuck in the vacuum. This is a major annoyance. These things are small so they can easily clog up the vacuum, making it not work properly. This Roomba uses tangle-free extractors that routinely make sure it doesn’t get clogged up. They’re fitted in the machine’s frame. It’s a great feature that the lower models don’t have, and it makes the vacuuming process more smooth.

It also has a great battery. Lithium-ion battery are the best kinds of rechargeable batteries, especially for home appliances. They have very low energy leakage and they’re efficient. They’re also cost effective. The lithium-ion battery works great with this Roomba because it gives it more power and energy. It also lasts longer; up to 2 times as long as a regular battery would. They’re also considered one of the safest batteries.

Roomba 860 gives one of the best results in cleaning and vacuuming. It has a height of just 3.6 inches, making it one of the most compact Roomba models. It can fit under most kinds of furniture, especially tables and beds. It’s also designed to clean optimally under furniture. It has a shape that doesn’t get stuck under a furniture, and can easily get out.

It uses sensors to detect any obstacles in the path, and these sensors are very accurate. Its known as iAdapt Response Navigation, and is a trademark of iRobot. They develop and trademark their own systems and forms of cleaning, so it’s easy to get tech support when you need it.

The Roomba conducts comprehensive cleaning with a 3 stage system – agitation, brushing, and suction. The sensor technology detects clutter in its path, as well as stairs, and avoids them. It cleans the whole floor really well, especially areas under furniture. It uses a spinning side brush to sweep across corners and edges. You get a full clean with this Roomba.

Cons

While it has an overall very positive rating, some of the negative reviews about this Roomba being difficult to use due to scheduling problems and not a good performance. It also is a pretty small vacuum, so it can’t pick up some of the larger pieces of trash that a regular vacuum can.

It also gets complaints for not being able to cover a wide area. It’s recommended to be used in an area that’s under 400 square feet. This isn’t as high as its competitors, which can cover areas up to 500 square feet and even more. It’s only usable for rooms in small to medium houses.

3. iRobot Roomba 595

Rating: (4.5/5)

Are you looking for an affordable Roomba? Don’t like the high costs of the 980 and 960 models? Then the 595 model might be the answer?

It costs much less, but doesn’t sacrifice key quality and features. It uses smart sensors to effectively clean the house. It can adapt to various obstacles and floors using virtual walls and sensors. It’s not as far-reaching as the more advanced models, but it gets the job done.

Cheap

Convenient

Smart sensors

Small canister

Covers small areas

Pros

iRobot Roomba 595iRobot Roomba 595 is one of the cheapest and best Roomba models. Compared to the 980 model, it costs nearly four times as less. It’s much cheaper than getting a housekeeper, so it saves you money. And it can perform the same tasks that a housekeeper can, when it comes to vacuuming and brooming the floor. Here’s a simple calculation to compare the money saved. The yearly cost of a housekeeper is, let’s say, $2000. Compare that to the $300 cost of this Roomba. That’s the overall cost; it will last more than a year.

Using the Roomba is very easy. After you’ve robot-proofed your house and set up any blockages or virtual walls, you just need to turn on the “Clean” button in order to get it started. It will automatically detect the areas that need to be cleaned and get to work. You can also set scheduling on your Roomba. This is convenient when you want to have your house cleaned frequently. The scheduling can be done at a maximum of 7 times per week.

It’s impressively automated for its price. It has 2 virtual walls that you can set up anywhere to keep the Roomba confined in one area. It also automatically recharges, so you have never to charge it yourself, and it won’t ever run out of battery. Once its battery is low, it will automatically go to its charging port and start charging. You need to make sure your charging port is set up and is always open for the Roomba.

It uses its sensors to detect the obstacles and floor so it can adapt and clean to its best ability. It picks up dirt, pet hair, dust, and debris from all kinds of floor types. It can clean under furniture and around the edges of walls. It also has cliff detection technology to prevent it from falling down a set of stairs.

Cons

This Roomba is better suited for cleaning small sections of the house at a time, rather than the entire house. It doesn’t have the capacity or power of an advanced Roomba. You can use virtual walls to cordon off an area, like the doorway. Or you can just use good old blockage. This reduces the area which the Roomba can travel, and lets it be more effective at cleaning. It’s going to take a while to clean the house though, since it can only work with one section at a time.

Another mild annoyance is that it has a small canister, so you need to empty it frequently. If it starts to get full, then it won’t work properly and may even stop working. So you need to be be on top of that. It will require some maintenance.

Some of the users have complained that this Roomba does not work well on very thick carpeting, because it’s not powerful enough.  However, most reviews praise its accuracy for picking up debris that you normally wouldn’t even notice or realize were there.

4. iRobot Roomba 650

Rating: (4.5/5)

One of the biggest vacuuming concerns of people is pet hair on the floor, especially cat hair. Pets leave a lot of hair on the floor and carpets, which is often hard to find and clean up. It’s daily work.

iRobot 761 is the best robotic vacuum for cleaning pet hair. It has a comprehensive and precise suction system that gets all the little bits of dust, debris, and hair. It’s compact enough to clean under most kinds of furniture and items.

Cheap

Great for cleaning pet hair

Compact

Comprehensive cleaning

 

Low battery life

Inefficient

Pros

iRobot Roomba 650iRobot 650 is very similar to the 595. See below to find the similarities between the two models.

One of the best features of this Roomba is that it has dual multi-surface brushes. These are two different kinds of brushes that work together to optimize the cleaning process. One of the brushes loosens the dirt, and the other one picks it up. These brushes work better than a single type of brush, because it leaves each one to specialize in its task. This shows how advanced the Roomba is.

The cleaning head automatically adjusts its height to make sure that the dual brushes are in contact with the floor. This is another advanced feature that makes cleaning much more effective. It can raise up and lower the Roomba’s height, because depending on the surface, the brushes needs to be adjusted. If you’re on a carpet, then you need to lower or increase its height. This lets the brushes clean the floor as a much closer level, thus more effectively.

This Roomba can be scheduled up to 5 times per week, making it really easy to write out the schedule for the week and just sit back while the Roomba does the work. Scheduling is an important feature for a vacuum to have, because it makes everything a lot more convenient.

It also automatically recharges whenever the battery runs low. This is a great feature in itself because it further automates the whole experience. You need to keep a dock where the Roomba can return to charge. It needs to be on the floor, where the Roomba can automatically reach.

Cons

This Roomba only has one Virtual Wall barrier, which doesn’t give you a lot of leeway to create a confined designated space for cleaning. One use for this wall is to put it on a doorway. But a better use it to use it to partition a room. You can divide a room and make the cleaning area smaller. This is not as effective as having 2 Virtual Walls.

It also lacks Wifi and App connectivity. These are necessary features for automation that some of the advanced models have. Without them, you don’t have as much control over the device whenever you need to check its status or change the settings.

5. iRobot Roomba 630

Rating: (4.4/5)

iRobot Roomba 630 is one of the best economic choices for an automated vacuum cleaner. It has an adaptive technology that allows it to fully clean your house. It adapts to be optimal on all kinds of floors. It has refined sensors to detect areas that need cleaning. It uses a spinning brush to clean edges and corners and an infrared wall to stay concentrated on one area.

Adaptive technology

Usable on all floor types

Reaches different areas

Virtual Wall

Only one virtual wall at a time

Small canister that needs to be emptied often

Might get stuck at first

Pros

iRobot Roomba 630This Roomba has a very simple 3-stage cleaning. The three stages are: agitation, brushing, and suction. It’s very simple to operate; all you have to do is press the “Clean” button and it will get to work.

It uses iAdapt navigation system to move through the house and take into account the different surfaces and obstacles. It can adjust to all floor types. Whether your floor is carpet or hardwood, it will be able to clean on it.

For cleaning the edges and corners, 630 uses a spinning side brush. It’s a brush that’s good for cleaning those areas which the Roomba couldn’t normally reach. These brushes are small, and they’re operated based on the sensors, which sense where the brush is required. It acts as a broom and dustpan, by sweeping up the dust and other debris from the floor.

It has a powerful suction mechanism that leaves the floor nearly spotless, including carpeted floor. Hair and dirt are some of the hardest things for an automated vacuum cleaner to get rid of. This has an AeroVac vacuum which, supplemented by its Dirt Detect, is able to clean up the areas that need it the most.

Any good Roomba must have some sort of height-detecting sensors that prevent it from tumbling down a height, such as a set of stairs. This one has a cliff-detecting technology that senses whenever its near stairs, and immediately backs away. This is really useful, and it’s an area where Rooombas have come a long way. Older Roombas models used to get complaints that they would keep falling down stairs.

You can even set up off-limit areas of the house; places where you don’t want the Roomba to enter. It uses a Virtual Walls feature, where an infrared beam sets up limits to where the Roomba should be confined. It’s a really useful feature when there are certain rooms that don’t need cleaning.

This is a great economic choice for people, because it gives you a full clean with good accuracy and doesn’t have a very high price. It can be used for all your vacuuming needs, because it covers areas of the house such as under the bed, under the dresser, the back of the closet, in the basement, and more.

Cons

While the Virtual Wall feature is great, it’s limited because it only allows you to set up one wall. That means it has to be in the door frame, or in the room. That doesn’t give you as much space to set up a cordoned area. The Roomba is only advanced enough for one wall of infrared light.

One of the user complaints is that it’s going to get stuck at first. You need to Roomba-proof your house before using it, by removing obstacles like curtains and rug tassels. This is a normal preparation for Roombas, although the advanced ones get stuck less.

Another complaint is it takes too long to sweep, compared to just using a broom if you need to get it done immediately. Also, it has a small canister so it needs to be emptied frequently.

6. iRobot Roomba 880

Rating: (4.4/5)

One of the biggest vacuuming concerns of people is pet hair on the floor, especially cat hair. Pets leave a lot of hair on the floor and carpets, which is often hard to find and clean up. It’s daily work.

iRobot 761 is the best robotic vacuum for cleaning pet hair. It has a comprehensive and precise suction system that gets all the little bits of dust, debris, and hair. It’s compact enough to clean under most kinds of furniture and items.

Cheap

Great for cleaning pet hair

Compact

Comprehensive cleaning

 

Low battery life

Inefficient

Pros

 

Cons

7. iRobot Roomba 870

Rating: (4.3/5)

One of the biggest vacuuming concerns of people is pet hair on the floor, especially cat hair. Pets leave a lot of hair on the floor and carpets, which is often hard to find and clean up. It’s daily work.

iRobot 761 is the best robotic vacuum for cleaning pet hair. It has a comprehensive and precise suction system that gets all the little bits of dust, debris, and hair. It’s compact enough to clean under most kinds of furniture and items.

Cheap

Great for cleaning pet hair

Compact

Comprehensive cleaning

 

Low battery life

Inefficient

Pros

 

Cons

8. iRobot Roomba 761

Rating: (4.3/5)

One of the biggest vacuuming concerns of people is pet hair on the floor, especially cat hair. Pets leave a lot of hair on the floor and carpets, which is often hard to find and clean up. It’s daily work.

iRobot 761 is the best robotic vacuum for cleaning pet hair. It has a comprehensive and precise suction system that gets all the little bits of dust, debris, and hair. It’s compact enough to clean under most kinds of furniture and items.

Cheap

Great for cleaning pet hair

Compact

Comprehensive cleaning

 

Low battery life

Inefficient

Pros

Roomba 761 is one of the best economic choices. It’s especially good at cleaning up pet hair. If you have a lot of pets at home, then this may be the best option to get. It gives a great level of attention to detail and it will pick up all kinds of small debris and dust that you didn’t know about before. Many positive reviews are about how this Roomba helped people clean up all their cat hair, no matter how much.

It also works really great as a compact vacuum cleaner. It has a height of only 4 inches. It can clean under all sorts of furniture and items, like beds, tables, fish tanks, shelves, and more. You do need to have those items at a height of more than 4 inches so the Roomba can comfortably fit underneath. The advantage of having a compact Roomba is that it cleans up areas which stay dirty for a long time. You either have to move your shelves or bed to thoroughly clean underneath. With this Roomba you don’t have to do that. It lets you clean those areas regularly. You’d be amazed at the kinds of junk that you’ll find under your bed.

It works very systematically and cleans every inch of the floor. It uses sensors to detect dirty parts of the floor and cleans up in those areas. Then, it goes back to its charger and starts charging. So the whole process is very automated. You don’t really have to do anything, except schedule its cleans. You also need to empty out the canister at the end of every day, otherwise it won’t work.

Customers give this a very positive review, and they describe that it cleans about 97-98% of the floor, which is very good. It’s one of the highest-rated Roombas on Amazon, and overall. These results are especially good when you consider the low cost of the product. You may need to touch up some areas, since it doesn’t clean 100% of the floor. But it saves a lot of time and effort, when it comes to cleaning. You no longer need to pay a maid or spend hours cleaning the whole house. This is what’s great about a robotic vacuum cleaner like this one.

Cons

This Roomba doesn’t have the greatest battery life. It lasts for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. That’s not enough to get a full clean, if you have a house with 3 rooms or more. You’re gonna have to wait until it recharges to complete the vacuuming of the rest of the house. This is where virtual walls and scheduling comes in handy.

Some customers also complain that it doesn’t use the battery efficiently. It wastes a lot of energy going back and forth between the same two points. This indicates that the vacuum suction is not very precise, since the Roomba needs to make a few back-and-forth trips to pick up all of the debris. For a low-priced one, you can’t expect the same results as an advanced Roomba would give.