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iRobot Roomba 690 Vacuum Review

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Written by zeeshan

We’re starting our series on low and mid-level robot vacuums with the iRobot Roomba 690 we put it through a lot of tests and this video will be the results and our review we have six more robot vacuums in this price range to test after this one so be sure to subscribe links in the description for current prices and reviews on the 690 and let’s get started so the Roomba 690 is the cheapest Roomba from I Robot it’s based on the old 650 design which was probably the best-selling robot vacuum of all time but the 690 is updated in the sense that they added Wi-Fi capability and app controls it’s not a smart navigation robot you have to upgrade all the way to the 960 if you want it to clean and straight efficient lines so the 690 like many cheaper robot vacuums just randomly bounces around until it cleans the house it’s fairly efficient for a random navigation bot though and though it did miss a spot in one of our tests in general it did what it was supposed to do even when a lot of obstacles were introduced I tested the air flow on the 690 s single power setting and was surprised to measure only 7 CFM which is the lowest I’ve ever seen on a robot vacuum for comparison we measured the higher-end rumbas like the 980 and the i7 at around 17 CFM on high and in the case of the 980 which has two power settings 12 CFM on low power and even though the lack of air flow on the 690 does show up in a few ways.


iRobot Roomba 690 Vacuum

As we’ll see it’s not a total deal-breaker because the 690 has decent cleaning mechanics for example on our carpet pickup tests that did excellent picking up all the debris in the tests including fine debris pet hair and large to extra large debris though it did kick around and blow around pet hair with its exhaust quite a bit but not as bad as it did on hard floors on hard floors it again was able to pick up all the types and sizes of debris including pet hair but it did struggle a little bit with fine debris due to its low airflow it did pick it up eventually but it took a few passes in general though it was very messy kicking around debris with its fast side brush and blowing around debris with its exhaust this is typical for even high-end room as though which tend to be more messy than other robots but it did seem a little worse with the 690 with deep cleaning we rubbed one grams of sand into a medium pile test carpet and weighed the bins before and after the 690 picked up 62% of the embedded sand because I’m trying a new system with deep clean tests I only have one other vacuum to compare it to right now which is the Robo rock e 25 which scored 74% in general robot vacuums are not all that great with deep cleaning carpet but I suspect that the 690 will end up being one of the worst when we complete this series it’s edge cleaning was also pretty bad in fact I can’t remember seeing a worse performance on this test the same with a crevice pickup test where again robot vacuums tend to struggle with anyway but the 690 really didn’t seem to pick up anything at all it did have great battery life though iRobot says the 690 can get an hour and a half or 90 minutes on one charge and this was the first robot we’ve tested that actually outperformed the specs getting about 99 minutes on one charge but the downside is that because of the random navigation it really needs that extra time since it’s far less efficient than a smart navigation bot with a more systematic cleaning process it wasn’t too loud about 72 decibels which isn’t as bad as the more powerful Roomba 980 but it’s not exactly whisper quiet either the dustbin is really small even for a Roomba at point three litres which we measured at about one drei Cup compare that to the Roomba 980 at one in three quarter cups or the neato d7 or d3 at two and a half cups the bin is easy to remove and not terribly difficult to empty but you need to be very careful when picking up the robot since if you tilt it the wrong way it will spill out due to the design of the dustbin it does come with one virtual wall barrier which can be set to a circular perimeter or a straight line to prevent the robot from going where you don’t want it to go and the app is good for basic tasks like scheduling cleanings getting status alerts and starting and stopping cleanings but it doesn’t have a mapping feature like you get with the smart navigation rumbas so I would say that while the 650 and its successor the Roomba 690 were amazing feats of achievement back when there wasn’t that much competition these days with even cheaper robot vacuums getting more powerful and having smart navigation.

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