The rise of home automation has made many everyday tasks easier for homeowners. From Nest thermostats to Philips Hue lightbulbs , it seems that most home appliances are getting smart.
For homeowners looking for a way to automate the mundane chore of vacuuming, iRobot’s line of Roomba vacuum cleaners provides some great options.
But, just how much is a Roomba vacuum going to cost you?
The good news is, these high-tech cleaning robots won’t always cost you as much as you might think.
In order to get a better idea of which Roomba is best for your budget, let’s jump into a comparison of iRobot’s offerings:
Roomba 614: An Affordable Option for Any Technology Enthusiast
One of the cheapest Roomba models is the Roomba 614.
It is an affordable option for those interested in exploring how automated cleaning robots can help you around the house.
With iRobot’s Patented 3-Stage Cleaning and the ability to clean any floor type, you can’t go wrong with this option.
While this model isn’t jam-packed with features like other options on this list, it does offer the best bang-for-your-buck when compared to pricier models.
Roomba 690: A Solid Mid-Tier Option for Hardwood Floors
Taking a step up in price, the Roomba 690 is a great choice for consumers looking for a truly high-tech cleaning experience.
Unlike the Roomba 614, this model has onboard wifi connectivity, allowing you to schedule when the unit cleans via the iRobot HOME app.
Despite its higher price tag, this unit offers the same cleaning time of up to 60 minutes as both the Roomba 614 and the all-new Roomba 690.
Due to this fact, those with large homes or flats might want to look towards iRobot’s more advanced offerings if they feel that they will need more cleaning time.
Additionally, while this unit is advertised to be suitable for all floor surfaces, user reviews seem to suggest that it is most effective on hardwood floors, as it seems to struggle on many types of carpet flooring.
Roomba 890: The “New Kid on the Block”
At the next price level, we see one of Roomba’s newest models.
This fills the middle ground between the entry level Roomba 614 and the luxury-minded Roomba 980.
As with all Roomba models, the 890 is able to clean around furniture or deep into the corners of a room.
With up to 5-times the suction power of the 690 and 614, this model is a great choice for those who have multiple pets or notoriously dirty floors.
In addition to all of the high-tech features packed into the Roomba 690, such as wi-fi connectivity and app integration, this model is also equipped with tangle-free rollers and a high-efficiency filter.
This ensures that your Roomba will continue to clean consistently without the need for time consuming or costly regular maintenance.
Roomba 960: Pricey, But Well Worth The Investment
On the next price level is the Roomba 960. Although this seems expensive when compared to many other Roomba models, this higher price translates into a number of extremely useful features not offered on lower-tier models.
With a run time of up to 75 minutes and the ability to automatically recharge itself and resume cleaning, this model may be the go-to choice with those living in a large flat or home.
In addition to these useful features, the Roomba 960 allows owners to set custom cleaning preferences.
In short, this means that anything from multiple daily cleanings to an extra cleaning round of the corners in a particular room can be easily programmed with iRobot’s free smartphone app.
Overall, this is the model that we suggest for those looking for a strong combination of features and value, as the offerings present with the Roomba 960 make it arguably the best value in iRobot’s product line.
Roomba 980: The Ferrari of Home Cleaning Robots
Sitting at the top of the price range is the Roomba 980.
Because of it’s price, it wouldn’t be much of a stretch to consider the Roomba 980 the cleaning robot equivalent of a fine-tuned sports coupe.
Such a high-end product should have an impressive number of features, and iRobot certainly doesn’t disappoint when it comes to the Roomba 980.
With a cleaning strength ten-times that of the Roomba 614, this model can clean up after the most stubborn of messes with ease. Combined with a cleaning time of up to two hours and the ability to really deep clean carpets, this model is the best option for those people who will stop at nothing to have cleanest house.
One of the most intriguing features of the Roomba 980 is its ability to create “Clean Map” reports, which allow you to see just where your Roomba has cleaned with details such as cleaning coverage and duration of completed jobs. Now, that is what I call “attention to detail”
While the Roomba 960 shares this feature with the 980 model, the combination of more accessible features and powerful cleaning capabilities, make the Roomba 960 the best robot vacuum available for those people who won’t settle for anything less than the very best.
The good news is that although Roomba vacuums are the biggest and most respected brand of robot vacuum cleaners, their comprehensive range caters for all types of budgets- from a couple of hundred dollars to nearly one thousand dollars.
So, how big is your budget?