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Roomba 690 vs 890

Roomba 690 vs 890 – which model is a better choice

last update: 23rd October 2018


Roomba 690 is an improvement of Roomba 600s series to gain the market share of affordable robot vacuum cleaner. It is a sweet spot by having all of Roomba 600s series benefits plus wifi connection (Alexa Voice compatible too) so that you can order the robot Roomba 690 via a smartphone, that is what you can’t do with the Roomba 650 model (Roomba 650 has been discontinued since 2017).

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Roomba 890, on the contrary is a more expensive unit (which is about 500 range). You may wonder what benefits that you can gain by paying more to buy Roomba 890, or the 690 model is just too sufficient. Let’s discover the difference between them and have a better decision after all.

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Difference between Roomba 690 and Roomba 890

Different dust extractor

First, these two models use different brush roller (extractor),which results in cleaning efficiency when dealing with carpets.

Roomba 690 uses iRobot traditional brush roller (a bristle brush bar) to pick up debris and fine dust. The hard bristle brush bar is effective to pull out fine dust and pet hair out of carpets, however it is very easy to tangle if you have a lot of long hair, pet hair at home. Removing pet hair out of a bristle brush is a pain for a lot of users

roomba 690 brushroll
Roomba 600s series brush bar with bristle
roomba 890 extractor
Roomba 800s series with less tangling brush bar

Roomba 890 uses a new brush bar concept (called tangle-free debris extractor). It is a soft brushless roller bar to pick up debris and hair. This tangle-free brush bar is expected to be less tangle when dealing with hair. However, if you have a lot of pet hair and long hair at home, it is also tangled too (using scissors to remove the wrapping hair from this roller bar is easier compared with Roomba 690)

Second, filtration level

Roomba 690 uses Aerovac filtration, which is a foam layers filter to capture dust, allergen, pollen..

Roomba 890 uses HEPA filtration (the world standard filtration) to capture dust, allergen size down to 0.3 microns.

If you are having breathing issue, allergy issue, it is always recommended to choose a vacuum cleaner with HEPA filtration to ensure the air quality.

Third, on convenience side

Roomba 690 does not have sensors to tell if the dust bin is full, but the 890 model has.

Apart from these main difference, both models uses iRobot core technologies such as navigation technology, mapping technology, virtual wall, wifi connection, docking, automatic charging, voice control…

Roomba 690 and Roomba 890 – comparison chart

Roomba 690Roomba 690Roomba 890
Main benefitsaffordable price, wifi connection, efficient model from famous brandHEPA filtration, less tangle brushless bar, suitable for pet owner and allergy person
Run time60 minutes60 minutes
Charging time120 minutes120 minutes
Brush systemDual Multi-Surface Brushes, Edge-Sweeping BrushTangle-free Dual Multi-Surface Brushes, Edge-Sweeping Brush
Vacuum suctionx5x
WiFi connectedYesYes
Full Bin IndicatorNoYes
Automatic RechargeYesYes
Forced DockingYesYes
Remote Control iRobot HOME App, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant iRobot HOME App, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Voice ControlYesYes
Virtual Wall Barriers11
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Roomba 690 vs 890 - Which model is a better choice
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Roomba 690 vs 890 - Which model is a better choice
Roomba 690 belongs to the Roomba 600s series (iRobot original series) and Roomba 890 belongs to the 800s series. Despite there are a distance in features of two models, the Roomba 690 is still a very favorable unit. Let's discuss the benefits, pros and cons and compare the two units from iRobot
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