iRobot Roomba 690 vs 890: Robot Vacuum Comparison

In the world of vacuum cleaners, robot vacuum cleaners are the latest entry. And, of course, they are taking the market by storm. It seems as if everyone wants to experience the convenience and feel of sophistication associated with them.

Of course, it makes you feel proud to have an automatic device cleaning the house as you catch up with friends.

If you are on the market looking for a decent machine, Roomba 690 and Roomba 890 are some of the top candidates. You may have come across them, and it has proven a bit difficult to choose between them. Admittedly, it can be a little difficult to tell them apart.

We took a step farther to sift through the features and determine which among them is worth gracing our home. Well, the 890 is more expensive than 690, but it is for a good reason. Regardless, is the extra cost worth it?

iRobot Roomba 690

Roomba 690 is for the technologically savvy individuals that value interconnectivity between devices. It is a versatile little device that boasts good connectivity to such technologies such as Alexa and Google Assistant. More importantly, its price is something that will excite even the unbelievers.

It is a budget roomba robotic vacuum cleaner that has basic features and goes further to demonstrate a high level of convenience. Some of the top features include the bristle type brush roll, Virtual wall barrier and adapt navigation technology.

But unlike some of the latest models, the 690 lacks the advanced brush roll.

Pros.
  • Reasonably priced and with basic features
  • Convenient to use
  • Improved interconnectivity for voice control
  • Compact and lightweight
Cons.
  • Does not have a memory and navigation may be a challenge
  • The bristle style brush roll can be difficult to maintain

iRobot Roomba 890

​On the other side of the price curve is Roomba 890. Undoubtedly, the 890 is more expensive than the Roomba 690. However, it comes with several bells and whistles to justify the premium price. And similar to its counterpart, the Roomba 890 has convenient voice control and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Furthermore, the 890 is more efficient when it comes to cleaning. In particular, it boasts advanced dual brush rolls, HEPA filtration, and memory mapping. 

Pros.
  • Advanced dual brush rolls for efficient cleaning
  • A HEPA filter to contain substances and other allergens 
  • Voice control and Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Improved action on pet hair and fluff 
Cons.
  • A bit pricey

The Comparison Between Roomba and 890 and 690

Design

The design of Roomba 890 and 690 is pretty basic. Both of them have the same types of buttons to control the device. However, at the center of 690 is a button that starts the auto-clean.

You can use the iRobot home app to program the cleaning schedule on 690. The four buttons on both devices include the auto clean/ settings, bumper, handle and finally, the bin release.

The usability of both vacuum cleaners is quite good. They both have Wi-Fi connectivity and IRobot home app.

Installing the brushes and using the devices for the first time is not difficult.

However, with 890, you may need to register the app and take a few minutes to install it. Installing the app in 690 is optional. You can just press the ‘clean' button, and the device starts cleaning right away.

Cleaning

The cleaning action between 690 and 890 is entirely different. In 690, the side brushes push the debris into the path of the central brush. In contrast, the 890 use dual brushes that prevent tangling.

The advanced brush roll on 890 is quite useful on dealing with pet hair. It prevents tangling and picks dog hair effortlessly. Head-to-head, 890 is far better than 690 when it comes to cleaning pet hair.

iRobot Roomba 690 Cleaning
iRobot Roomba 890 Cleaning

890 & 690

Despite the differences, the brush roll on 690 has the same lifespan as the dual brush rolls on 890. However, it is much cheaper than the dual brush roll.

Both robotic vacuum cleaners have side sensors. However, the 890 is more efficient in that regard. It uses memory in addition to the sensors to remember obstacles and clean efficiently. Unlike its counterpart the 690, the 890 does not keep bumping on obstacles. 

Filter

The 690 uses the AeroVac filter. This feature uses much more space in the dirt bin. In contrast, the 890 has a more efficient HEPA filter and makes use of the AeroForce system. It does not take much space in the bin.

The 890 has more area for dirt and debris. But that does not mean its filtration system is low performance. 

Roomba 890 ​Vs Roomba 690 ​Comparison

category

​Roomba 890

​Roomba 690

​Navigation

​iAdapt

​​iAdapt

​AeroForce ​Technology

​Yes

​No

​Wi-Fi ​Connectivity

​Yes

​Yes

​Scheduling

​Yes

​Yes

​Auto ​Recharge

​Yes

​Yes

​Running ​Times (minutes)

​60

​60

​Entire ​Level ​Cleaning

​No

​No

​AeroForce High Efficiency Filter

​Yes

​No

​Full ​Bin ​Indicator

​Yes

​No

​Cleaning ​Passes ​Control

​No

​No

​Debris ​Extractor

​Yes

​No

​Edge ​Cleaning

​No

​No

​Spot ​Cleaning

​Yes

​Yes

​Lithium-ion ​Battery

​Yes

​Yes

​Remote ​Control ​Using ​App

​Yes

​Yes

​Dimensions (d x h, inches)

​13.9 x 3.6

​13.0 x 3.7

​Weight (lbs.)

​8.4

​7.8

Conclusion

Both 690 and 890 are innovative vacuum cleaners. However, there are differences between the two. For example, the 890 is much more expensive than 690.

The difference in prices is in the features. For example, the 890 has a better cleaning action and uses memory. The 690 is affordable and comes with basic features. 

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