Roomba 690 vs 890 (Reviews & Comparison) Best iRobot Roomba
Robot vacuum cleaners have become a favorite purchase nowadays. This is because they will help you keep an area clean without you doing much.
The thing is, there are many models out there, so it could be a bit difficult to determine which model best suits your needs.
Because of that, we took 2 of the most popular robot vacuums in the market, the Roomba 690 and the Roomba 890, and we put each one of these models to the test.
As you will see, each model has many features that one can find interesting. But at the end of the day, there can only be one winner! Right?
To begin with, we will give you a small review on each of the models, so you have a better idea of what we are working with.
Irobot Roomba 690 vs 890 Comparison
Roomba 690 vs 890 Reviews
#1. iRobot Roomba 690 Review
#2. Roomba 890 Review
For starters, we have the Roomba 690. This has become a favourite among many customers – thanks to its price range.
It is not only wallet-friendly, but it is also one of the best models you can get in that price range.
It may not have any features the advanced models have but still has some interesting features.
To begin with, we should talk about controls and manoeuvrability. It uses the iAdapt 1.0 navigation technology to move around a certain space.
Additionally, it includes a virtual wall barrier to limit or expand the cleaning space. Although it may not have a memory feature, you can still program it via Wi-Fi.
This model possesses a simple but useful bristle style brush roll. You may be familiar with this brush since it is the same one most Roombas have.
This brush is easy to clean and will pick up almost every particle that crosses its path.
This particular model has an AeroVac filtration system. It is bigger, which means that takes more space in the dustbin, making it fill faster than usual.
But this also means that it can filtrate for a longer time, and you don’t need to change as regularly as you would typically do.
Things We Liked
Things We Didn’t Like
Roomba 690 Design
The first thing that you can notice when you look at the 690 is the light green accent on top of it.
This accent matches perfectly with the grey and black colour scheme of the whole Roomba.
You can also see a glimpse of the light green accent near the dustbin release button.
The whole model has four main buttons that you can find either on top of it or the sides of the model.
Its central button is located just in the centre, which is used to trigger the auto-clean cycle.
This centre button is surrounded by another two smaller buttons which are used to configure the cleaning pattern.
How Roomba 690 Cleans
When you are looking for a Roomba, you want it to have the best cleaning technology there is.
The cleaning technique varies between Roombas, which makes you choose a model depending on your needs.
In this occasion, we can see that the 690 brandishes a bristle brush roll. There is no rocket science behind these spinning bristle brush rolls.
The side brushes guide the debris to the main bristle brush roll, which gathers the same trash and allows the vacuum to take it into the dustbin.
These brush rolls are not expensive, and you will spend less than two minutes replacing them.
Since this model does not have an advanced cleaning feature, it counts with a dirt detection system which directs the model where the debris is.
If the sensors detect an area that is dirtier than usual, they make the model spend more time on this specific area.
Accessories & Parts of Roomba 690
This model comes with a few accessories that are worth mentioning. You will notice that these are the same accessories that come with almost any Roomba model on the market.
Roomba 690 Usability
The Wi-Fi connectivity that is included in this model makes it much easier to use. It saves you some time since you can configure it through your phone.
You can also set it manually, but the app is much easier to use. Once you put it all together, you can have this model running in a few minutes.
Once you are finished with the configuration, you can launch the Roomba through the app or manually by pressing the “Clean” button which is at the centre of the model.
Just make sure that you check on the model regularly since it may get stuck.
Roomba 690 Maintenance
When comparing the two models, it is evident that the 690 will need a bit more maintenance, but it may be a bit cheaper.
The bristle brush roll is more likely to get stuck with hairs, so after a few rounds, you may have to clean it by hand. The good thing is, these brush rolls are cheap to replace.
Additionally, you may have to change the filters a few times a year. It is not a HEPA filter, which makes it a tad more budget-friendly. Yeah, it may be a bit larger than average, but for a great price, you get a decent filtration.
|On the other side, we have the Roomba 890. Although a bit more expensive, the different features of this model will ensure a more thorough cleaning.
Since it is more expensive, you should expect a few features that you won’t usually see on other Roombas.
This type of model is better for you if you are trying to clean a large room or many rooms.
This model offers a few features that we did not see on the 690. For example, this model does offer Wi-Fi connectivity, and voice controls.
But additionally, it provides a memory mapping feature which ensures that every single corner space is cleaned.
As you can surely remember, the last model had standard bristle brushes. These tend to get stuck on hairs, and even if they are easy to clean its not a fun task.
This model, on the other hand, has advanced dual brush rolls. These are less likely to get stuck, and they provide a more thorough cleaning.
Finally, the filtration system. This model can brag a HEPA Filtration system which is attached to an AeroForce filter.
This filter is smaller than usual, but this allows the bin to fill up with more debris before you need to clean it up.
You may have to change it more constantly, but the bin will not fill up as fast.
Things We Liked
Things We Didn’t Like
Roomba 890 Design
When you compare both models, you will notice that there is not a significant difference in the design.
As a matter a fact, other than the colour scheme, they are the same.
The 890 has a darker colour scheme which makes look a bit more elegant. Also, you can notice that there is no light-coloured accent anywhere on the model.
The button configuration is the same as well. For example, the central button is also in the centre and is still surrounded by the configuration buttons.
You will notice that this design is widespread among several Roomba models.
How Roomba 890 Cleans
Again, the Roomba 890 has a design that resembles that of the 690. It still counts with the same steps for picking up debris, except for the dual brush rolls instead of the bristle brush rolls.
And the main difference of these brush rolls is that they are less likely to get tangled.
Dual brush rolls are a bit more on the expensive side, but they are easy to clean and to change as well.
This model has a greater vacuuming power, meaning that it will gather more debris in fewer laps. This makes the higher price on the model worthwhile.
Additionally, since it also has a memory-mapping system, you can be sure that every corner of the room is cleaned up.
This system will also guarantee that the Roomba will not fall off starts or bump into any obstacles.
Accessories & Parts of Roomba 890
As we mentioned earlier, most Roombas come with the same accessories, but the 890 might be an exception. It lacks the brush roll cleaning tool, which can be a good sign.
Maybe this is a way of letting you know that the advanced dual brush rolls are so good, you won’t need cleaning tool to release any stuck debris.
Roomba 890 Usability
Again, we can see some traits of the 690 usabilities on the 890. To begin with, it possesses the same Wi-Fi connectivity.
Still, you just need to register the model, and in a few minutes, you can have it running. The app is simple to use, so you can be sure you won’t have any problem with it.
The controls are pretty intuitive. They don’t have any complicated instructions, and basically, anyone can set it up, even without the app. Plus, you don’t need to babysit this model since its advanced manoeuvrability keeps it from bumping into furniture.
Roomba 890 Maintenance
The 890 on the other hand, needs less maintenance, but it will be a bit more expensive. This is because the advanced dual brush rolls are less likely to get stuck with pet hairs, but they are considerably costlier.
This model also has a HEPA filtration system. Since the model uses an AeroForce system instead of an AeroVac system (which can be found on the 690), the filters are a bit smaller.
Because of this, there is a chance that you will spend more money on the overall maintenance.
Which One is Better?
To determine the final winner, we had to compare each model side by side and see in which categories each one shines.
We chose the categories based on what a user would like to have (a better manoeuvrability, better cleaning, better design etc.).
Roomba 690 vs 890 – Which Should You Buy?
As you may already know, these models can be great for different scenarios. But at the end of the day, there can only be one definite winner. And for general household use, we found that the Roomba 890 is the best choice.
Although this model is a bit more expensive than the 690, you won’t regret purchasing it. This model has an advanced mapping system, which ensures a thorough cleaning.
Plus, it is less likely to get stuck, which means that you don’t have to clean the brush roll every time it cleans a room.
The most important thing is that you get the model you need. If you are looking for a wallet-friendly model that can clean any room, the 690 is the best option for you.
In case you are looking for a more efficient model regardless of the price, then the 890 is the definite winner.
Just make sure that you consider every aspect of a robot vacuum before you purchase it since this will determine if you are going to use it or it will just gather dust on the back of a closet.
So, tell me which Roomba model did you like the best?
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