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Wifi Proves Useful on a VacuumPosted
PERFORMANCE-- When you first turn on the Roomba and it starts the cleaning process, you'll likely notice that it kind of "ping pongs" around the room and vacuums at random. Yet, at the end of the job, you'll notice that most (if not all) of your floor has been cleaned. So while it may not look like it at first, there apparently is a method to its madness. The Roomba goes from my hardwood floors to my linoleum to my carpet without a hiccup. It just keeps rolling along and adapting to whatever surface it's on. It can sense most walls and furniture and it will slow it's approach until it's bumper touches, at which point it will either turn or it will continue vacuuming alongside the length of the obstruction. If it detects dirt (which is does by sensing the "rattling" sound), it will concentrate on that particular area by going around in circles. A "dirt" LED light will also illuminate on the Roomba when this happens, so you're not stuck wondering why it's spinning around. It also updates the stats in the iRobot app to show how many "dirt detection" events occurred. The side brush complements the Roomba's cleaning very well. It gets those dust particles that collect near the walls that even a traditional vacuum has trouble getting to. It also helps "pull in" other debris as it goes around it's normal route. However, the Roomba 690 is not perfect. It sometimes gets tangled on cords you forgot were on the floor and it can get stuck under furniture. For some reason, it does not seem to detect my TV stand and will run into it at full speed, which doesn't appear to damage the stand, but I'm starting to see some paint marks on the Roomba. But for a majority of vacuuming, the Roomba gets the job done. FEATURES-- The predominant feature with the 690 model is its Wifi connectivity and app. I thought this was somewhat gimmicky at first. I mean, do vacuums really need to connect to the internet? However, the app does prove to be useful in several scenarios: - You can start a cleaning task when you're away from home. With my last robotic vacuum, as soon as I would leave my house I would often think, "Darn, I should have started the vacuum before I left." Now, that's not an issue, as you simply open up the app and hit the big button labeled "Clean" when you're away from home. - You can check the status of the Roomba and receive a push notification when the Roomba is done or if an error occurs. - It provides instructional videos for cleaning the various parts of the Roomba. No more hunting for the manual. - It can help you locate the Roomba if it did not return to its charging station. - You can link the Roomba to Amazon Alexa and Google Home using the app. Now, I just need to say, "Alexa, ask Roomba to start cleaning" and the Roomba starts. The app gave me some trouble at first, claiming that I was not on the same network as the Roomba (I was). However, this may have been due the Roomba updating it's onboard software, as the issue cleared itself a few minutes later. The package includes one virtual wall that can be used to keep Roomba from crossing an invisible line into another room. It can also be setup as a "radius" barrier in order to prevent the Roomba from running into pet bowls or plants. EASE OF USE-- Assembling a robot to clean your home may sound like a daunting task, but I found the Roomba very easy to set-up. The included instructions are well illustrated and show you how to remove the packing material from the Roomba and prepare the home base. The iRobot App will guide you through linking the Roomba to your home Wifi. This does require you to temporarily remove your phone from your home's Wifi and connect to the Roomba's temporary Wifi broadcast. Many other connected-home items I've used in the past did not require this step as they can receive the Wifi information from your phone via Bluetooth, but it appears that Bluetooth is not available on the Roomba. I was displeased that I had to create an account and password just for the iRobot App (yet another password I'll never remember), but the process was straightforward. Ongoing maintenance is surprisingly easy: empty the bin, clean the filter and check the brushes and the front wheel for loose strings and debris. None of the steps are difficult nor very time consuming. Again, the app can guide you through these steps as well and allows you to order replacement parts. VALUE-- So is a robotic vacuum worth the investment? Despite my desire to have a smart home, I would often scuff at the idea of buying a robotic vacuum since I was perfectly capable of vacuuming myself. Then after I purchased my first one, I was hooked. Let's face it: none of us have a lot of free time. And when we do, we don't want to spend it doing something like vacuuming. But unless we want our houses to be featured on the next episode of Hoarders, vacuuming is a necessary evil. To me, a robotic vacuum is a worthwhile investment as a compliment to your regular vacuuming schedule and it frees up your time for other tasks. Unfortunately, the Roomba won't completely vacuum your entire house. They still haven't developed a model that can navigate stairs or move furniture, so you will still need to occasionally run the regular ol' vacuum. But for a majority of cleaning, the Roomba does a surprisingly thorough job. I purchased my previous Roomba model 1.5 years ago and it is still working very well, so it would appear that iRobot produces durable machines. Overall, the Roomba 690 is a good value with convenient app-controlled features, making it a worthy ally in maintaining your home.
I would recommend this to a friend
Really Impressed - Great Light Duty VacuumPosted
I'd never dealt with a Roomba or any other robotic vacuum before this one. I have to say I'm blown away by how well this little guy cleans and navigates, both on hardwood and carpet. It won't replace your normal vacuum, but it'll definitely keep the floors cleaner between normal vacuuming. Setting up the vacuum was a pretty simple process - you plug in the base station, charge the vacuum for a few hours, then connect it to WiFi via the app. Cleaning can be initiated via the button on the vacuum or the app. You can also enter a schedule for cleaning via the app. It’s also compatible with Google Home and Amazon Echo, so if you have one of those you can control it that way as well. Once the setup was done I ran it on the first floor of my house. I live in a two-story town home. My first floor is all laminate hardwood and consists of a hallway, kitchen, dining area, and living area. No doors separate these areas, but it is sort of an odd shape, so I was curious to see how the Roomba would handle this. I am pleased to say that it was able to navigate and clean the whole area in about 25-30 minutes. The pattern it follows seemed a little random, but the more I watched it and the adjustments it made the more impressed I was. It was able to drive itself under couches, tables, a kitchen island, and many other spaces that were hardly bigger than the vacuum itself. It go into corners and crevices I could never get to with my normal upright vacuum. Not only that, it was able to drive itself out of those spaces with no problem at all. In the time I have used it hasn't gotten itself stuck once. It picked up a ton of dust as well - about as much as I would get using my normal upright vacuum. It ended filling the whole dust bin in the vacuum. The dust bin seems to be on the small side in my opinion, but with the size of the vacuum there isn't a whole lot that can be done about that. Next I tried my second floor, which is carpet and consists of 3 bedrooms, a hallway, and 2 bathrooms. I started the Roomba in the hallway and it was able to navigate itself in and out of each room, albeit the process and progression from room to room took much longer. I also had to empty the dust-bin a few times along the way. I know there are higher-end Roomba models that are made specifically for multi-room navigation, but this one got the job done. The job the Roomba did downstairs was evident, but I wanted to see how much dust it had left behind in my carpet, so I ran my upright vacuum upstairs afterwards. My upright is Shark Rocket that I've been happy with for a while. It's a stick vacuum, so the canister is smaller than other regular vacuums. I normally fill my Shark 2-3 times vacuuming the second floor. Following the Roomba, I only had to empty the canister on my Shark one time, which I consider a win for the Roomba since it was able to pick up 60-70% of the dirt my normal vacuum could - far more than I was expecting considering its size. The runtime Roomba quotes for the 690 is 60 minutes, which in my use seemed about right. I think maybe I could get it to run a bit longer on hardwood where there isn’t as much resistance. As I understand the Roomba will navigate itself back to the dock when the battery gets low, but I always ended my cleaning jobs before that. Still, I have witnessed the Roomba make its way back to the dock a few times with no problem. Overall I’m extremely impressed with this vacuum. It’s not going to completely eliminate my Shark, but it does so much more than I ever expected it to. I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in a robotic vacuum.
I would recommend this to a friend
Our cats finally met their match!Posted
iRobot - Roomba 690 App-Controlled Robot Vacuum I live in a carpeted 900 square feet apartment with my wife, 8 years old son, and 2 cats. We have a shark for normal vacuuming and a Bissell wet vacuum which we use once a week and once a month respectively to keep the house clean and avoid allergies, and funny smells when we have guests coming. Which is OK if the both of us didn’t have full time jobs and so many sport practices and activities to take our son to. So here comes the Roomba and what is saved us in time and agony (and some time fights on who’s turn to vacuum is it today!). This little devil did way more than what was expected of it in terms of accuracy, cleaning, and cat hair removal. And we will be using it every day to keep the carpets clean, and our cats somewhat freaked out (No cats were harmed in this review). I will start with the cons because the only con I found is the price, but this is very normal considering the technology and if you want to be lazy, you have to pay up! The pros are: Very easy to get it to start, just pull out the battery isolator, plug the dock in electricity, place the Roomba on the doc, let it charge for a couple of ours, and while doing so, you can connect your new Roomba to your home network by downloading the app from the google or App store depending on the maker of your phone. Connecting to your home network is very easy, it took less than a minute, and that's including linking it to my Google home (it can be linked to google home, Alexa, google assistant on phones that support it. I can’t attest to Iphones since we do not own any). After a while on the charger, I had many options to start the Roomba, I could do it by pressing the clean button on the machine, or by using the provided Roomba app, or by telling my android phone with Google assistant: Ok Google..please ask Roomba to start cleaning (which I did). Roomba moved out of its dock, started a not so high vacuuming noise and found its way around my apartment, and boy it did clean (check the pictures, this was collected in 15 minutes only from a carpet that was vacuumed 3 days ago!). Roomba moved easily between my many pieces of furniture and never got stuck once, more over, it ran over a charging cable without eating it or shredding it to pieces. And its height of less than 4 inches gave it an advantage over my shark by going under furniture without the need to lift anything. Roomba left little track marks on the carpet unlike my Shark (some will say marks mean more cleaning power), but I liked that, because the pattern of Roomba is random. Roomba also comes with a little virtual barrier that you can turn on to create a virtual wall that Roomba can’t cross or set it up to make a halo to protect a small area of about 4 feet from being approached by Roomba (useful in case of pet food, drinking water). I asked Roomba to end cleaning using Google assistant so it stopped and asked me if I wanted it to go back to its charging base which I agreed to, and it's magic! Roomba went back to its dock and started charging again. I am super satisfied by this Roomba, and I can say it's a perfect addition to any small apartment with pets in it. The app can schedule Roomba to run different programs 7 days a week.
I would recommend this to a friend
One Of The Best Maids You Can BuyPosted
I would like to start off by saying that I own a top-of the line Roomba, so I was excited to test the Roomba 690 to see how it compared. Here is a little background information on the Roomba 690. It has a edge sweeping brushes that loosen, lift, and suction debris from all floor types. Roomba has sensors to automatically detect high dirt concentrations on your floors and then performs a detailed cleaning of that high grime area. It is amazing how this device can sense these "extra-dirty" areas and clean and re-clean that particular area. Amazing, but it really works. I personally can attest to the fact that the Roomba very efficiently cleans your floors and carpets. It always does a magnificent cleaning job in our home. Look at your floors for example, and what do you see? Clean, right? Unleash the Roomba and see what happens. Roomba makes it way into your bedrooms and starts cleaning underneath your beds, underneath your sofas, and everywhere it can reach. When was the last time you actually moved your beds or sofas and cleaned under there? Wait until Roomba finishes cleaning your home and you empty its debris container. I guarantee that it will be filled with lots of dirt, fuzz, food particles and whatever else was resting on your floors. That's when it will hit you, as to how dirty your floors really were. You won't see most of the dirt but Roomba will find the dirt! Roomba is not designed for wet floor use and is not going to clean mud or sticky messes on your floor. You will still have to mop your floors for that ultimate clean in your home. Roomba has sensors that allow the unit to wend its way through the obstacles in your home. We have lots of chairs in our kitchen, a bird cage, and a baby high chair. Roomba has never gotten stuck between the table or chair legs but has gotten stuck in other areas of our home. The Roomba did become lodged in my testing under some of the baseboards in our kitchen and also under our TV stand as these areas have irregular heights and our TV stand is warped. What actually happens is the Roomba initially has enough clearance to get under these particular areas, but becomes lodged when "topside" clearance narrows down and prevents it from properly maneuvering. I really don't feel that this is the fault of the unit, but is due to the unevenness of our TV stand and baseboards. There is a solution to this and it's called Virtual Wall Barrier which is included with the Roomba 690. A bit more about the Virtual Wall Barrier a little later on in the review. Roomba does really well as we have a sunken living room and has never fallen down over the step. It simply reverses course and continues its cleaning routine. It should work equally as well if you have a townhouse with stairs. What I did not test the Roomba on was shag carpet, or very thick carpets. My home is tiled, and has throw rugs or mats placed through our home. Roomba did not even blink an eye when switching from tiled floors to carpeting. The verdict on shag carpets is unknown. This unit comes with one Virtual Wall Barrier device, which electronically blocks your Roomba from entering a room, or passing a certain point of a room. All you do is activate and set the Virtual Wall barrier and the Roomba will not proceed past that "set-point". Virtual wall barriers can also be placed in strategic areas of a cleaned area, which will prevent the Roomba from entering those particular areas. Virtual wall barriers are ideal for areas in which it tends to become stuck (as mentioned in my earlier part of the review) such as kitchen base boards or under certain TV stands. A word on run times. Roomba 690 has an advertised run time of 60 minutes. I have a 1750 square foot home, so if I let the unit roam entirely by itself, it will clean my entire home. If you have very large homes or apartments, your Roomba will probably return to the base station for recharging before it finishes cleaning your entire home or apartment. When Roomba wears down its battery charge, it will "auto-doc" to the home station when it needs to be charged. No need to pick it up and hand-carry it. In my testing, Roomba always returned to the base station by itself when it needed to be charged. Roomba has Wi-Fi connectivity and is compatible with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant. It can be controlled through the iRobot Home application which means you are able to customize its cleaning schedule and check its cleaning status. You are also able to access customer support from any Android or IOS device. In closing, I have to admit the Roomba 690 performs as well as my top of the line Roomba unit. Roomba 690 does a magnificent job of capturing dirt, dust, fuzz, and anything else in its way. Run time was sufficient enough to clean my home without it having to auto-return to base for recharging. My top of the line Roomba unit has a run time of 120 minutes as compared to 60 minutes for the Roomba 690. It also managed to clean my area rugs from any loose debris. My only wish, is that the Roomba 690 be marketed with two Virtual Wall Barriers (instead of one) which are really handy items. Having a mechanical maid in your home is awesome. Roomba 690 is a winner and will pay for itself by not having to hire a maid.
I would recommend this to a friend
Loving my new robot!Posted
So this review is 3 months post purchase. I wanted to give the Roomba a chance to fail, to do something annoying, or worse, have my expensive toy break. This didnt happen. 1. Setup. Setup is fairly simple. Just plug in the charging station AGAINST A WALL (preferably in a corner or you'll likely have to anchor it down) and set the robot on top of the charger (wait for the charging light to show up to make sure its docked properly). While you're waiting for your roomba to charge, you can insert the AA batteries into the virtual wall if you choose to use the virtual wall to make the roomba stay in a certain area or to prohibit the roomba from going into a certain area (I recommend a wall near pet bowls) and download the app and begin setting up the wifi connection. Once the roomba is charged, connect the roomba to the app with a few strategic button presses. Setup for me was a breeze once I realized that there is a ring of buttons around the main Clean button. 2. Operation. I prefer to turn on the roomba from the app and let it zip around the house at will. I dont use the virtual walls because my home has a fairly open floorplan and nothing really for the roomba to disturb if it bumps into them. Just FYI, this model does NOT create a map of your home and it does NOT remember where its gone previously. It just bumps and bounces around finding walls and travelling down walls. It does "seem" to have a pretty good idea of where bedrooms are though and will be cleaning along a wall and then will dart into a bedroom. So there is "some" awareness there, but I dont believe this model does the house mapping. So dont get upset at the robot for not seeming to "remember" where your furniture is and it bumps up against your couch for the 300th time. This isnt that model of roomba. Does it clean? Yes! Does it do a good job? Yes! Are you going to have to babysit your roomba as it cleans your house? No! However, be aware that the roomba is small and it might not get your entire dwelling in its 1 hour charge. And it may go right back at an area that it just cleaned an hour ago. If it misses an area in 2 passes, I'd recommend picking up the roomba and helping it out a little bit and place it where its missed if you need a certain area done. Also it doesnt make nice vacu-tracks as I like to call them. You're not going to get nice parallel lines of vacutracks. You'll get diagonal lines and maybe a horizontal, and then a swirl when it finds a particular dirty area then another horizontal and a diagonal. How does this roomba deal with the transition from hardwood to carpeting? Perfectly. I have about a 50/50 split with area rugs and straight up carpeted areas and straight up hardwoods. It has no issue making the transition and cleaning both effortlessly. How does it deal with thresholds? Pretty well. The roomba has large tires (for a low profile vacuum) and it can lift itself slightly to get over a threshold (like a bathroom or a bedroom transition from hardwood to carpeting). In addition to thresholds, I have a nasty rug situation in one room with a huge wrinkle that I cant get out due to furniture. Roomba navigates the giant wrinkle fairly well. Sometimes it will bump along the wrinkle until it finds an easier way to traverse it, and sometimes it just goes all 4 wheel drive roomba and powers over it. Either way, it deals with the wrinkle and thresholds wihtout issue. How about pet hair (or shedding human hair)? So far so good. The aforementioned problem rug had a BUNCH of pet hair on it because my dyson couldnt navigate the wrinkle well and so I just let it go. I can say thanks to roomba, the pet hair is gone from the wrinkle and the carpet looks nearly new! This was the biggest challenge I think the roomba faced and not only did it take on the challenge, it exceeded my expectations. 3. Cleaning the unit. Ok so the dust cup is small compared to any upright vacuum. You WILL need to clean the dust cup after about 2 hours of cleaning. If you have a shedding long haired human or a longhair pet, you WILL be cleaning the brushes more frequently. You WILL pull hair out from the edging brushes weekly. I think this is a fair tradeoff for me not dragging out the heavy vacuum and pushing it around the house every week. Cleaning is fairly easy. I was able to dislodge wrapped up hair a lot easier than on my Dyson. And you're not fighting a 30lb vacuum in the process. 4. Power and noise. I gotta say I didnt think the roomba was going to be very powerful. Definitely didnt think it would be powerful enough to tackle pet hair. It did very well. Sometimes the side brush will kick around a larger object rather than running over it to suck it up, but for the most part, there hasnt been anything that the roomba has encountered that he hasnt wanted to suck up. Speaking of which. This is a robot. It doesnt know the difference between dangling cords and chargers from dirt on the floor. Get your charging cords up off of the floor before unleashing roomba on them or it will suck up the cable. Same with clothing/drapes/errant socks It will try to suck up the clutter. And the cutter may get stuck around a wheel or a brush. It will alert you and will also tell you where the jam is located and how to clear it. Just yesterday roomba found a dryer sheet I dropped and didnt realize it. Got stuck around a wheel. The app let me know there was a jam and directed me straight to a how to guide for disloging the jam. Very nice! Noisewise... its not silent. But its quieter than my dyson (especially dyson's ungodly shutdown sound). I can work while the roomba is zipping around the house and unless its right next to me, it doesnt disturb anything. Heck, my husband can sleep with it zooming under the bed. Not sure I could, but hey now I can vacuum the house without disturbing him! Or my neighbors! With hub working nightshift and me working day shift, it left very little time for cleaning, and now I have no issue running roomba around even at night. Value: You're paying for convenience here. How much is it worth to you to not vacuum your house? With roomba, I can vacuum every day if I want. If you want a deep spring cleaning style clean, you will still need to drag out your upright or canister. But bringing out the big vacuum every 4 months or so is worth it and I maintain this clean with roomba. Will this replace the big heavy upright or canister? If you're a neat freak like me, No. But its good for doing maintenance so your work during spring cleaning isnt so back breaking. If you are looking for presentable and not eat off of the floors clean,then roomba might be able to replace your upright (though I would keep a handheld just for the areas roomba cant get into) On hardwoods I still chase the swiffer around, but thanks to roomba, I do it monthly rather than weekly. So for me, this is a good value. In terms of replacement parts, yes, you will be replacing brushes (especially that side one if you're running roomba around daily) and the filter. BUT, in 3 months I havent encountered the need to replace parts yet. iRobot's website is great in terms of the variety of replacement parts they offer (and the price isnt too crazy either) In the end? I love my roomba. I anticipate a good long relationship with it as long as I clean out the dust cup and clean the brushes regularly. For my home's layout, it works great. But I dont have stairs in my house or any challenging furniture setups. So for my purpose, roomba is a perfect match.
I would recommend this to a friend
Excels at Vacuuming!Posted
This is my second Roomba. I owned an early model Roomba well over 10 years ago. While I remember being satisfied with the cleaning functionalities of my older Roomba, I'm even more impressed with this model. The unit is well made and built with strong/durable parts. Setup and installation was simple. And the unit easily connected with my home WiFi and to the iRobot app on my Android based phone. Simply put, the Roomba works well. Its vacuuming ability is strong, and the coverage on this unit is perfect for an apartment or small house. It covered my 800-square foot place on one charge. Even if you have a large house, this robot can cover two to three rooms on a single charge. The unit has a built-in handle that allows you to easily pick up the unit to move it to any location in your home. It also come with a "virtual wall"; it's a small rectangular tower, about 4 inches tall, that allows you to place it anywhere to create a boundary that prevents the unit from crossing. I haven't had a need to use the included "wall" because I simply let it clean my whole house. But others may not want it to enter certain rooms or areas, so the wall would be useful in those situations. The unit does a great job picking up dirt, hair, dust bunnies, and any debris along walls or in corners. The motor that powers the two main wheels under the unit are very powerful. It moves around the floor and carpet with ease. iRobot recommends that you dump the collection canister after every use, but I've managed to get a couple of vacuums in without dumping the canister. But I wouldn't push it further than that. The unit does an excellent job picking up dirt and debris that the canister gets quite full after a vacuum or two. The app also provides indicators that the bin, brushes, or other parts need attention or replacement. The app also lets your schedule a cleaning for each day of the week. It allows you to start a cleaning remotely at any time. You could be on your couch or at work; you simply press the large green Clean circle within the app and the unit undocks from its base and begins cleaning. If for any reason, you need to end the cleaning cycle and send the unit automatically back home to its base, this can be done by pressing the physical clean button on the unit, or within the app. In summary, being that this is currently iRobot's entry level vacuum cleaner, and it's WiFi enabled to boot, you won't be disappointed with this unit. If you're considering adventuring into the world of automated cleaning, or thinking of returning to iRobot's products, this model would be a wise choice.
I would recommend this to a friend
A product thats improved over timePosted
I had to look it up to verify, but I was surprised to see it's actually been 15 years since the first Roomba hit the market. We had one of those first Roombas, actually bought it as a Christmas present for my elderly live alone dad, as he was not big on vacuuming. The thrill didn't last long. It would get stuck, get clogged, fall down stairs, and when it did work, it didn't do much more than pick up visible crumbs on the floor. The $300 toy was relegated to the storage closet. Since then, I've pretty much ignored these devices thinking there wouldn't be much improvement in subsequent models. So now, 15 years later, you can buy one of the newer models at about the same price, considering inflation, I guess it's about 30% or so cheaper, and it's quite a different machine. I was pleasantly surprised at the improvements they've integrated. First thing i noticed is the power. I imagine that battery improvements over the years have made a lot of this possible, but it's much better at picking up embedded pet hair. It's not going to replace your canister or upright for deep cleanings, but it certainly reduces the need to use it as frequently. It's also able to swallow objects that the earlier models would choke on. Actually had to empty it when it went for an excursion under the bed! As far as cleaning the unit itself, that's much improved as well. It disassembles easily and logically, and comes with its own cleaning tool. Spare parts (brushes, filters, wheels, etc.) are readily available. Speaking of the wheels, that's another way the newer models are improved - there's enough clearance built in that transitioning from hardwood to rugs is handled easily - and it refuses to fall down stairs! The inclusion of an invisible gate is a nice feature. While it's mentioned to gate off a room or area you don't want it wandering into, I found it best used to avoid the tangle of wires underneath the computer desk. Or, if you're not a great wire bundler as i am not, you might choose to direct it away from under your tv/stereo equipment. While i'm not a big on wifi appliances (the thermostat is probably the most useful to me), it is useful to get a message that your Roomba is clogged because you forgot to empty it last time! I don't think i'll be using it because i just jetted off to Paris and want my condo vacuumed, but if that's your lifestyle, the feature is there. If i had to knock the Roomba, living in a bilevel, it would have been nice to have two charging stations, and at $59, the price of an additional charger is a bit high. But all in all, i think they've done a good job at improving this product over the years to the point where i wouldn't have any qualms about recommending it to a friend/relative.
I would recommend this to a friend
Design: The Roomba 690’s small size allows it to navigate seamlessly throughout our home. It is about 13 inches wide and almost 4 inches tall. The height is perfect for fitting under chairs, sofas, and other hard to reach areas. The Roomba can be activated by pressing the button on top of the machine or in the mobile app, and I have found both methods to be equally reliable. This is the same for returning the Roomba to its dock. A button is on the top of the Roomba and in the app. I like that the dock is small and does not take up much additional space when the Roomba is docked. Also, the cord for the dock is fairly long, so it gives you flexibility with your placement. Effectiveness: As a first-time Roomba owner, I am amazed by the technology and wish I owned one sooner! There are many angles and obstacles in our kitchen and living room, so I worried about how well the Roomba 690 would be able to navigate and clean effectively, but my worries quickly went away after watching it seamlessly navigate around our home for the first time. The fact that it also detects stairs is quite impressive. Not only can it navigate well, it picks up a lot more than I expected it would! I was also unsure how well the Roomba would perform on medium length, shag carpet but it had no issues. I had the Roomba clean for about 30 minutes the first time (although it can run for up to 60 minutes), and it was already full of pet hair, debris, and dirt. This Roomba will not necessarily replace a full-size vacuum, but it is great for surface level, light duty cleaning. Features: The Roomba 690 is truly an automated, convenient, and low maintenance robot. It is like having our own personal cleaning assistant at home! The iRobot Home App is easy to use and allows you to schedule cleaning times for the week as well as start a clean on demand from your phone. You can even start, stop, or return the Roomba 690 to its charging dock via voice command on Amazon Alexa or Google Home! This just goes to show that iRobot strives to deliver high-tech features and convenience with the Roomba 690, and I cannot think of any other features I wish it had! Verdict: Do not be fooled by its small size, the Roomba 690 is quite powerful and works effectively on hard floors or even carpet. In addition, it navigates seamlessly, despite a variety of obstacles in our home, and features such as scheduled cleaning and mobile app control are useful. The Roomba 690 will not completely replace our standard upright vacuum because the Roomba is not capable of matching its suction power, but the Roomba is perfect for light duty cleaning throughout the week. I continue to be impressed by how effective this Roomba is for its use, and it is nice to have its help with keeping our floors clean!
I would recommend this to a friend
Really does the vacuuming for youPosted
We have several vacuums at home: Cordless sticks, corded and cordless uprights, shop vacs and some in between. They're all great, but none of them does the work for you. This is our first, and likely not the last robo vac. The point of these is to help in daily cleaning (or every other day). With this model, every Roomba they sell can be optionally controlled via WiFi from a phone (or from Amazon Echo or Google assistant). This is the entry-level model, so the price is more accessible. Other models have better cleaning brushes/suction, bigger dust bins and the top models actually create a map of the house so it doesn't keep on bumping info furniture. Besides the top model, this works by navigating in seemingly random patterns, and has some sensors to either slow down or more or less gently tap furniture and turns away. The cleaning cycle takes one hour. At the end of the cycle, it eventually finds its way back into its charging base and goes back to charge on its own. Interesting to watch the first time. We live in a mid-size house and we used the vacuum in two levels. This vacuum will cover the whole level. The first time we let it loose in the bedrooms, it did a pretty good job at cleaning under the beds, which is always a pain with other vacuums, and went under other furniture without getting stuck. On the main level, it did pretty good also, but it doesn't sense chairs very well so it ends up gently bumping into them. It has not scratched anything (the bumper works very well), the bristles are very gentle on the hardwood floor and hasn't toppled anything. It comes with a 'virtual wall', which is a tiny plastic lighthouse that signals areas that are blocked to the vacuum (the vacuum won't cross that invisible line). The lighthouse can be set to either a line or a perimeter. We're using it to block a playroom, which always has little toys on the floor… Additional light walls or chargers can be purchased separately. It's very easy to clean but the dustbin is rather small, so keep in mind you'll end up emptying frequently. It also comes with an additional dust filter. Not sure how often to replace, they look like they can last a long time. Also, it works with both Amazon Echo (Alexa) and Google Home, to start or stop cleaning schedules. The phone app can be used to program weekly schedules, check on progress, etc. Note: This modes does not 'map' the house, so the app does not show a 'cleaning map'. Only the top models do that. Keep in mind, specially if you have kids or pets, to avoid leaving things like toys, papers, etc. on the floor, or limit the areas where it can wander to. In all, very happy with the new Roomba. We'll likely get another to have on each floor.
I would recommend this to a friend
The iRobot Roomba is a neat robotic vacuum that helps tidy up the floors in your house. We did some extensive testing and there are some pros and cons to having this device. Before considering this device, make sure that you have a smartphone. The only way to set it up and operate it is through the iRobot Home app. If you do not have a smartphone, this will not work for you. Setting up the Roomba is easy. You download the app and it has instructions that will guide through setup. It should only take you a few minutes at most to get this setup to your Wi-Fi network. Once it's setup, you register your email address to create an account. You use the app to start the cleaning sessions and it has some neat features such as setting up a cleaning schedule and a performance log. The schedule is nice because you can set it and forget it. The performance log shows the number of cleanings, total time Roomba has cleaned, and a dirt detect count. This is nice because you can see the number of dirt detection climb up while you're doing other stuff around the house. The app also has a Care section that shows you how full the dust bin is and the status of your rollers and brushes. There are some parts you will have to replace, which you can order from the app itself if you wish. The Roomba itself is a little taller than I expected, but that isn't too much of a problem. The only issue that we had, was when it cleaned underneath our kitchen cabinets. We have an older home, so Roomba will not fit all the way underneath. There are brushes that will move dirt to get in the hard to reach places though. The dust bin on this device is a decent size. If you have pets, it's recommended to empty it twice and it does pick up a lot of pet hair. We have 2 cats and a dog with hardwood floors, so having the Roomba on a schedule is nice. The bin comes out easily for emptying and placing it back in is smooth. This device comes with a Dual Mode Virtual Wall that runs on two AA batteries. The first mode creates a straight line across the area and the other mode creates a circle barrier which is good for things like pet food bowls. The only thing that I worry about with this virtual wall is knowing when the batteries need replaced. There is no indication of this on the app itself, so I worry that the Roomba will run while we are out and take a tumble down the stairs. We can close the basement door, but this would be nice to have on the app if possible (but I doubt it). The only issue we ran into with the Roomba was that it got stuck underneath our dining room table a few times, which required us to pick it up to move it. Depending on your furniture, this may or may not be an issue for you. Another thing to note, is that you might want to move any cables out of the way. My phone charger was on the floor and the Roomba sucked it up and we had to intervene. Not a huge complaint, but just a warning (as with any vacuum). Overall, I'd say that we are very happy with this product. It allows us some extra freedom while it's cleaning to do other things around the house when we may not have all the time in the world to clean. The weekly schedule is a huge pro for us since we run it twice a week to keep up with the amount of pet hair we have to deal with. I recommend it if you are looking for one.
I would recommend this to a friend
nice option to minimize manual vacuumingPosted
I had been considering purchasing one of these as my brother has had one for awhile and really likes his. So when an opportunity to test this model came up I had to try it and I have to say I am impressed. It was very easy to setup but has, to me anyway, a strange process to connect it to your wifi. Once that is done there is an app you can download which you can use to monitor the Roomba, set up the days/times you want it to run, etc. Its a pretty good app but it seems to only work when the device you donwloaded it to is connected to your wifi, You cant do it remotely, say from another town - at least that I could determine. It seems very well built with a lot of thought going into its design. We have a single level house with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, living, dining and family rooms with kitchen. These have 2 different tile patterns, low and mid length carpets with a few area and smaller rugs thrown in. The robot handled all of this with no issues. My wife and I are retired with no kids or pets living with us now - so our house probably isnt as active as some, and we like to think we keep it pretty clean. So we were really surprised at how much dirt it picked up the first few times we ran it. Our story is and we are sticking to it - it picked up most of the dirt from under the beds and furniture! It is interesting to watch how it weaves it way thru your house using its built in sensors and "bumpers". To me it seems rather random and I cant speak as to if it actually "learns" your houses layout. I did wind up picking it up a couple of times (it stops automatically) and moving it to another room - where you just press the clean button after setting it down and it is off again. To keep it out of rooms we just closed the door(s) but it does come with a "virtual barrier" that has 2 modes. One mode is the "wall" which electronically blocks your Roomba from entering a room, or passing a certain point of a room. The other mode is "halo" which sets up an area half moon shaped, to keep it out of a dogs food and water bowls, etc. This particular model runs about 60 minutes and it will dock itself before that time runs out (kind of neat to watch itself line up and "back" into its dock). We have been running it twice every day - manually starting it when we leave in the morning and then run it again about 4 hours later (seems to charge in about 2 hrs) with that time having been set using the app. We will probably wind up running it twice a day every few days or so - TBD. We are running it twice a day as to doesn't seem able to clean the whole house in 60 minutes. I have not noticed any marks on any of the trim, etc. but the unit itself does get a tad dusty and marked up. It does have suggested maintenance; 1) replace filter every 2 months (sure this depends on how much you run it). It does come with an extra. 2) replace Main Brush every 6 - 12 months. 3) front caster wheel every 6 - 12 months 4) replace side brush as needed These are not that expensive but something to be aware of. These can easily be ordered thru the website and/or the app. Overall very impressed and would definitely recommend. But I dont think it totally replaces the need to manually vacuum every once in awhile...
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LOVE IT!!! WOW!!!Posted
I never leave reviews, but had to for this. Wow, can I just say that again....WOW! I am in LOVE with a robot!!! (This was a Christmas present 2017...I had mentioned I wanted one, but knew it was a lot of money so I never expected it...from my amazing hubby!) You must have 2.5gh wifi (won't work with 5gh) and a smartphone with wifi access. We are a FOUR (3-large Dobermans, 1-min pin) dog household. We have hardwood floors, tile floors, and randomly placed, various sized carpets/runners. We have a pellet stove (makes a lot of dust). We have a pretty open floor plan but do have a lot of baby gates around the house for our dog with mobility issues. We have couches, chairs, stools, a chaise, etc. This robot (We named her "Rosie" after "The Jetson's" maid), has done an amazing job! I (43 yrs old) have OCD and "require" a very clean house; I have unrealistic standards for cleaning! :-) I can honestly say that I am very happy with her performance! She has not got stuck at all, and I've seen her clean around a stool and enter a room with a narrow opening! She maneuvers around all our random carpets and all the furniture with ease! She is kinda noisy and she sounds like a bumper car sometimes, BUT she is waaay quieter than I am (lol) using a regular upright vacuum and in general is quieter than ANY upright vacuum I've had. So that's NOT a complaint in my opinion. She hasn't marked up any furniture by bumping into it. She has bumped into our dogs and our feet quite a few times if we are in her way, and it doesn't hurt or bother the dogs or us. The dogs ignore her. I have three areas that are separated with baby gates. I have dog beds in two rooms. All I do is put the dog bed on the counter and pick her up and put her in the kitchen with the gates shut. When it's done it shuts off and notifies my phone. I pick her up and put her in the bathroom with the gate shut, etc. I also have to take her upstairs and lock her in the bedroom, lol. Again, when she's done she "texts" me thru the app. After she cleans those small sectioned off areas, I put her on the floor, hit the home button and she docks herself (funny to watch her try and find it - sometimes I wonder what it's "thinking" because she'll sometimes take a few minutes to get home. She then sits there and charges until 8-9p when she's scheduled to clean the largest area of the house. The living room area is where we spend 90% of our time. It comes with ONE little portable tower that beams a signal to not go past that imaginary line or circle that it "beams". It's battery operated (includes 2 AA batteries). Great for stairs and areas you don't want it to enter. I have an area that has a drop off of about two inches to the floor. If she fell off that she'd be ok, but she wouldn't be able to get back in that area. The tower is put there and she stays in that area! The app is simple to setup. Basic app with scheduling features and data about each job. I empty the bin after each job and make sure the filter is clean. I clean the people hair off the rollers every other day (easy to get to all the parts). I have NO complaints. I do wish it had the ability to control it like a remote-controlled car, lol. If I want it to do a specific rug only, I put my foot where I don't want it to go and control where it goes manually that way. As a clean-freak, I am relieved at how much time this saves me, even with having to pick her up and put her places. I love how clean the house is. I love that I can do other things while the house is being cleaned!
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Great for anyone who loves a clean home.Posted
I’ve been using the iRobot Roomba 690 for about a month now. This is my first experience with any robotic vacuum and so far, I’m happy with the results. I honestly didn’t think I would really need this sort of device. We have a pretty clean home with little clutter and a weekly cleaning person that comes to our house. Surprisingly the Roomba was able to always find a lot of dust, hair and other miscellaneous gunk. After receiving the Roomba, you must first charge your device for a couple hours. There is a battery icon that will turn green on the device when is fully charged. While the device was charging, I was able to pair it with my iPhone. Browsing through the app, I could see that you could schedule cleanings, put the device in lower power mode when idle, check job history, get tips and help, check firmware version. Roomba says the device will update its own firmware overnight while idle. The Roomba did in fact do that on my first night. Looking at the change log, it looks like they fixed some issues and improved the intelligence. I’d watch for that update before you start messing around too much with the device as tempting as it is. Once I finally was ready to go, I just let the Roomba go wherever it wanted on my first level. I really couldn’t figure out Roomba’s method to its madness. It seemed to travel all over the place without any particular pattern. I was really impressed with the Roombas ability to navigate through tough situations. It went under my dining table and never got stuck. While the Roomba traveled around my kitchen banging into everything, I noticed the side sweeper really getting into corners. Being a circle, this was a brilliant design to clean into squared corner areas. It was a lot of fun to watch but the Roomba was also smart enough not to fall down the stairs. The first couple of times that I ran the Roomba it ended up picking up quite a bit of dust. I think there are areas where no one tends to clean. This is where the Roomba can really shine. On subsequent cleanings, the Roomba wasn’t cleaning as massive amounts of dust like it did in previous trips. In general, the Roomba jobs last about an hour. I didn’t expect the battery to last so long and I honestly thought the Roomba would just give up after about twenty minutes. Not sure if it’s a bug or not, but my Roomba says it’s return to it’s base and really takes the long way home. It continues to drive around and around for another 15 minutes before it finds the dock. I’m not a huge fan of the dock design. The dock is very light and on my hardwood floors it doesn’t seem to stay put in some settings. Would be nice if they put a little more weight into it or maybe added the ability to put on suction cups on hardwood floors. If you are able to, the scheduling works well. I was even able to add Roomba to my Alexa as a skill from iRobot. One thing to remember is this vacuum does take some maintenance. While you run the scheduled jobs, you must clean the dust bin after each cleaning. The device will probably complain to you if it fills up with too much dirt. You also have to clean the filter and any hair that might get trapped in the wheels. Hopefully that doesn’t need to happen after every job at your home. The mobile phone app gives the ability to launch a job while you are away from home. After the first couple of times, I limited the Roomba’s ability to roam everywhere and I setup the virtual wall to keep the device in my kitchen/dining area. Overall, I would recommend this device to people who have a mostly clutter free home and just need a little extra detailing done. I can see this as a big advantage to people who own pets. It does a very good job cleaning and has a very strong battery life. I didn’t like how long the jobs last for and wish the base was a little better designed.
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Great addition to your vacuum collectionPosted
The iRobot - Roomba 690 App-Controlled Robot Vacuum Included- the iRobot Roomba, the Home Base charging unit with batteries, dual mode virtual wall barrier, 1 additional filter, cleaning brush, and a free app to download. The Roomba is packaged very nicely. It was well protected in the box. It was super easy to set up. You have to pull a yellow insert from the bottom and it's ready to go. It comes partially charged so you can use it right away. I chose to completely charge it (3hours) before trying it. Press the "Clean" button on the Roomba or in the app to start vacuuming. I've turned it on both ways and they both work nicely. In the app, you can set a schedule of what days and times you want the Roomba to vacuum. It also has helpful info, tips, and stats related to your Roomba. It comes partially charged so you can use it right away. I chose to completely charge it (3hours) before trying it. To store it, you have to find a place in your house where the home base and Roomba can be plugged in where it will rest and charge. There has to be enough clearance around it and have close access to an outlet. This vacuum won't be your primary and sole vacuum for your household needs but sure is a nice addition. It's very thorough so it takes a long time. If you're in a rush, you need to use your upright vacuum. But if you're not in any hurry and you don't want to take the time to do it yourself, this is great. I use this on my main floor. My house has an open floor plan with an office, family room, dining room and kitchen. It takes my Roomba over 1 hour to clean the whole floor. I have a 4000 sq ft house so there's no way I would bring it to the other levels and use it there. It would take 3-4 hours. I have 4 kids so it's great to clean up their crumbs and mess. It picks up most even without sweeping first. One downside is the noise It's not overly loud or annoying but it's still a vacuum. So it makes it harder to hear the TV or people talking. Another is the time it takes to vacuum, so I would recommend you do it while you're away or at night if the noise doesn't bother you. Lastly, though you might argue it's a positive, you have to pick up or move things around before it cleans. It will work around the furniture and things on the floor, but we can't leave things like Legos lying around so that it won't be sucked up. And my biggest mess is under the table because of the kids, so we have to pull out the chairs and allow room for the Roomba to get under there. The other thing to note is the care frequency and replacement frequency. I have not owned it long enough to cycle through all of their recommendations. But the replacements are quite often. So keep the maintenance in mind if that is something you're ok with. I don't exactly understand it's pattern of how it goes about vacuuming , but it does a great job. I love that I can get other things done while it goes. My kids find it amusing- we even named it. I highly recommend this iRobot Roomba.
I would recommend this to a friend