Today we’re going to be reviewing the iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum, one of the latest iRobot vacuums to be released this year. A lot of people like to be able to use their smart phones to control items they have purchased and in the area of robot vacuums it’s just the same.
If you usually carry your phone with you at all times it’s much easier to set things up and control them with an app rather than have to find another remote control out of many whenever you want to use your products.
One of the newest trends is voice control through Alexa and people want their products to be able to sync with this technology. iRobot has taken that into account when upgrading their popular product the iRobot Roomba 650 to be controlled by an app on your phone.
iRobot Roomba 690 Review
When you’re looking at a iRobot vacuum review, it’s important to take into account things that may impact the cleaning ability of your vacuum, for instance if you have to vacuum up after pets when they produce a lot of hair and dander, if you have carpets to vacuum or hardwood floors to keep clean, whether you work and need to be able to schedule your robot to run when you are out. It might even be that you need all of that in the cheapest robot vacuum you can find. Let’s review the features of the 690 and we can discuss how they may help or hinder you.
Features of the Roomba 690
- Clean and schedule from anywhere with the iRobot HOME App; compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant
- 3-stage cleaning system loosens, lifts, & suctions dirt
- Navigates under furniture and around clutter
- Built on the proven Roomba 650 robot platform, now with Wi-Fi connectivity and an updated design
- Cleans all floor types; includes 1 Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barrier to manage where your robot cleans
The main new thing about this Roomba 690 robot vacuum is the fact that it can be controlled by your smart phone via an app called the iRobot HOME App. It’s very easy to sync to your wi-fi and it allows you to schedule your robot to clean once a day up to 7 days, you can set the time to suit when you’re in or out and the app will let you know if the job has been completed, if it has stopped for any reason and it will keep you updated on when regular maintenance is required. It’s definitely a bit easier to set up than the Roomba 650 in that respect.
The good thing about a roomba vacuum including the 690 is the fact that it can clean on all floor types, so if you have a hardwood floor, carpets or a mixture this machine can handle the transitions between each type. It can have problems on dark floors and on rugs with black lines as it senses them as an edge so won’t pass. Worth noting before you buy one, if it doesn’t work on your rug you may have to lift it. On the underneath of the vacuum there is the 3-stage cleaning system, there is a rotary bristle brush and a rotary rubber brush to cope with loosening and lifting all types of dirt,debris and pet hair into the suction. There is also a side brush that can get at the dirt along the walls and in the corners that a circular unit might have had problems with.
At only 3.6 inches in height this vacuums has a low enough profile to fit under different furniture, this is so much easier than having to move your large pieces to vacuum under them especially your bed if it has a big enough gap. It is clever enough to manoeuvre around the legs and other obstacles in it’s path and it will clean all the floor that it has access to.
Although the programming and sensors stop it from falling down stairs and bumping into objects it doesn’t clean in a linear manner, the mapping sends the robot in a random pattern usually changing direction when encountering an object, it may do some areas a bit more than others as it works around the room, but eventually it will cover most if not all of your floor that needs cleaning.
If you want to divide your room because it is large or there is an area that you do not want the Roomba 690 to clean, in the box is a dual mode virtual wall that can help you solve this problem. The wall can be set up in 2 ways, either you set it up in a straight line wall mode so you can stop it from moving through a doorway if you need to leave the door open for pets for example, or if you want to protect certain pieces of furniture or objects that are on the floor you can set it in halo mode next to the object and it will keep the robot away from it.
The iRobot Roomba 690 wi-fi connected robot vacuum cleaner can run for up to 60 minutes on one charge and will continue working until the battery runs down or it has finished the area it is cleaning, it will also return to the docking unit to re-charge by itself. Charging itself between cleans means that it is always ready to clean, especially if you have a spill and need to use the spot clean function. It has a large dust collector which also houses the filters, these need to be emptied and cleaned after each use to keep the suction on your vacuum at its most efficient.
Most people are pleasantly surprised at how well a robot vacuum cleans and how much dirt it can collect from a visibly clean floor.
Customers are happy that the app can let them know how much battery life is left while the robot is cleaning so they can send it back to re-charge if they want.
The roomba keeps pet hair at bay and the floors clean.
Negatives are some people find the random pattern that the vacuum uses didn’t clean sufficiently and some people found that the robot didn’t get back to the dock to re-charge. Others have found it didn’t work on their dark rugs due to the drop sensor. Another robot vacuum provides a stick on cover for the drop sensor for this problem and it may be a solution here, of course if you do that you are responsible for making sure it can’t go over any real steps.
This Roomba 690 is an upgraded version of the roomba 650 and in our opinion they have managed to make it current with the app while still keeping the functionality of the original. If you are looking for a cheaper iRobot version which you can sync with voice control then this vacuum should work well for you.