You heard someone say they loved their robot vacuum, and now you are wondering: Are iRobot Roombas worth it?
Well, if you read my post: I May Be Frugal, But These Things Were Worth The Splurge, you know that I splurged on a Roomba around Black Friday time in 2017.
So while that spoils the secret, I absolutely think it was worth it, there are definitely some people who it would NOT be good for.
So in this iRobot Roomba review, you will learn:
- Who robot vacuums are good for — and who they are not
- What you need to know before you buy a Roomba
- Where to find the best deals on Robot Vacuums
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iRobot Roomba Pros
- Cleans hardwood, vinyl, and carpet floors
- Transitions seamlessly from one flooring type to the next
- You can push the button and it will clean your floors while you go do something more fun or more important.
- Newer models are compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant
- You can clean and schedule it from anywhere with the iRobot Home App
- It’s much cheaper in the long run than hiring a cleaning service
- Little kids can be amused for hours watching it and chasing it (while not important to cleaning, this has been useful as a busy work-at-home mom)
iRobot Roomba Cons
- You have to have the floor space picked up or the vacuum will get tangled in stuff like clothes
- It doesn’t work on long, shaggy carpet
- It is loud enough that you can’t watch tv if it’s running near you
- My docking station can be glitchy and I sometimes need to prop the station at a different angle for it to charge correctly
You can see my iRobot Roomba in action in the video below. I show the docking station, the virtual wall, and how it cleans the hardwood floors in my kitchen.
The Robot Vacuum I Bought – iRobot Roomba 650
After moving to a bigger house with double the floor space to enjoy–and clean–I heard a friend who said she loved her Roomba. At first, I thought really?! I thought those were kind of ridiculous, but alas, after 6 months in our new house, I was tired of sweeping and vacuuming the floors.
So I did my Google research thing, read lots of robot vacuum reviews, and ultimately purchased the iRobot Roomba 650. It’s an older model without a remote or wi-fi capability. Most of the models for sale now include both. You can see how the Roomba did in my kitchen at the end of the second video below.
Since the 650 is no longer widely available, you’re probably wondering which is the best Roomba to buy now.
Roomba With Wi-Fi and Great Reviews – iRobot Roomba 690
iRobot Roomba 690 – If you want Wi-Fi so your Roomba can be compatible with Alexa or Google Assistant, then the Roomba 690 is the way to go.
With personal recommendations from my friends and readers, plus over 2,000 reviews with an average of 4.1 out of 5 stars on Amazon, the 690 will be a great fit in your home.
The Roomba 690 has wi-fi, a virtual wall, and at the time of this writing is 20% off on Amazon.
Roomba Without Wi-Fi and Great Reviews – iRobot Roomba 640
iRobot Roomba 640 – If you do not care about Wi-Fi capability or connecting your vacuum to Alexa or Google Assistant, then the Roomba 640 is the way to go.
This robot vacuum has over 1,000 reviews and an average 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon. You get 1 Virtual Wall with this Roomba as well.
See The iRobot Roomba In Action
One year after buying the iRobot Roomba, my first robot vacuum, hear what I’ve learned, what I wish I knew, and if the rug in my kitchen actually got clean.
Who is an iRobot Roomba Good For
An iRobot Roomba is good for you if:
- You are ok with your floors being good, not perfect
- You have other things you’d rather do than clean the floors
- You have bigger open floor areas
- You have hard floors and normal-medium length carpets
So far, I’ve only heard great things from those who end up buying a Roomba. However, they are not for everyone.
A Roomba is NOT for You if:
- You have long, shaggy carpet
- You are a control freak or need your floors cleaned perfectly
- You have lots of furniture, toys, or clothes covering your floors
- You regularly have things like messy food, kid slime, or animal poop on the floor (a robot vacuum will just make a bigger mess out of these…no fun)
So if you’ve determined a Roomba might be a good fit for you based on the above criteria, here are a few more things you need to know before you buy a Roomba:
What You Need to Know Before Buying a Robot Vacuum
Here are the top 3 things you need to know before you buy your Roomba:
- You need to pick up the area for the robot vacuum to clean without getting stuck (ex. clothes and cords)
- You need to put something in front of stairways (ex. if you have an opening to stairs that go down, the robot vacuum can fall down the stairs). A vacuum that comes with a “wall” works great, as can a tote or box.
- You will use it and love it so much, it will be like a pet in your family and you will name it
In Summary, Are iRobot Roombas Worth It?
Personally, I love my iRobot Roomba. I bought the iRobot Roomba 650 last year on Amazon during Black Friday and it is a purchase I would make again in a heartbeat.
My favorite features of the Roomba vacuum are:
- I get to push a button, walk away, and do something much more enjoyable (usually it’s going for a walk with my kids or doing some virtual assistant work)
- It cleans all my hardwood, carpet, and vinyl floors really well (everything except long, shaggy carpet)
- It doesn’t involve hard labor or messing with cords
- The virtual wall gives you more control for what vacuuming will work best in your home layout
- Bonus: Kids get a kick out of it
If you’re not a complete control freak, you have hardwood, vinyl, and average (not shaggy) carpet, and you want to save time doing housework, a Roomba vacuum would be worth it for you too.
The ones I recommend are:
- iRobot Roomba 640 if you don’t care about having wi-fi
- iRobot Roomba 690 if you’d like the wi-fi capability
Do you have a robot vacuum and was it worth it? Bonus…Does your robot vacuum have a name?
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