Robot vacuums are the ultimate in luxury nowadays. To be honest, any piece of equipment that cleans without having to manually moved is OK in our books, but there are so many choices out there it can be overwhelming to try and find the best fit for you and your needs.
We’re here to help, and today we’re taking special interest in the iRobot Roomba 675 vs the iRobot Roomba E5, finding their similarities and differences, and helping you to decide which one is the best for you.
What should I expect from these two vacuums?
Where similarities are concerned, there are a few that make both the e5 and the 675 fantastic cleaning companions.
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For instance, you’ll find that both are able to be connected to the Wi-Fi, and can also be connected to an app that helps take all of the hard work out of cleaning. With such smart vacuums, it’s easy to forget about the mess and concentrate on more important matters.
One downside that both of these Roombas share is the lack of house mapping in their system. This means that they cannot read the room or be programmed to clean certain routes without manual input from you. Although this is a drawback, the e5 has the edge here as it does include an on board navigation system, which means that it can be given a route to work from.
With a runtime of 90 minutes in each vacuum, you’ll greatly appreciate the long distances that they will go to get your floors cleaned.
They are both equipped to work fantastically on any floor surface, so whether your home is full of carpets or hard floors, or a mixture of both, you’ll never have to worry about anything being left behind.
Unfortunately, whilst they share some similarities, you’ll also find each of these vacuums to be quite different in some cases.
The Roomba E5 is a standard sized vacuum, and weighs in at a little more than 7lbs. It has a round, 13.3inch diameter and is 3.6 inches tall.
In comparison, the 675 weighs in at almost 12lbs, making it the heavier of the two vacuums by a considerable amount. It has a diameter of 13.4 inches and stands at 3.5 inches tall, meaning that not only is it heavier, but smaller too.
You should keep this in mind if you find it difficult to lift heavier objects, and also depending on the area you wish to clean, as the smaller the device, the less debris it will be able to pick up.
Keeping cleaning on a tight schedule
When it comes to scheduling your robot vacuum to clean, the e5 reigns supreme. Not only can you set up daily, weekly or a one-time schedule, but you can calculate it down to the time you want it to clean.
On the other hand, whilst you’re able to schedule the 675’s cleaning schedule, you can only do this for a weekly basis, meaning that it isn’t quite as good as the e5.
So what are the real differences that matter?
Navigation and the virtual wall
There are a few other main differences between the two Roombas that could make all the difference to your cleaning experience.
First of all, you’ll find that the Roomba E5 is equipped with an on board navigation system. In its place on the 675, you’ll find a strong bumper, which, whilst not invaluable, really makes a difference in terms of its usability.
Coupled with its navigation system, the E5 comes equipped with a ‘virtual wall’. It sees where it’s headed, and cleverly misses the wall, meaning no bumps and scrapes on your wallpaper or paint.
In opposition to this, you’ll find that you need to manually input obstacles in the way of the 675, which to us, makes it much less hands free, and gives you a little more to think about when programming its route.
That’s not all though, because the E5 also comes as standard with a rubber brushroll. Instead, on the 675, you’ll find a bristle brushroll, which means a stark difference in terms of the clean each vacuum can deliver.
With a rubber brushroll, you get more runtime for your money, as these need to be replaced seldom, whereas a bristle brushroll will need replacing as soon as the bristles start to wear down.
Both brushrolls give a great cleaning finish, however, even though the 675 can probably pick up bigger particles from medium pile carpets than its rubber brushrolled counterpart, you’ll certainly find it more difficult to untangle pet hairs from a bristle brushroll, so if you’ve got pets, keep this in mind.
So there you have it: the main differences between the iRobot Roomba E5 and its counterpart, the 675.
Whilst both vacuums are clearly fantastic value for money and offer so much, it’s the e5 that takes the edge today. This is mainly due to its ‘virtual wall’, which is a fabulous extra that the 675 fails to have.
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Another downsize for us was the brushroll, of the Roomba 675, which, whilst still a great version to have, definitely has more downsides for pet owners than the e5 with its rubber brushroll.
When it comes down to it, only you can decide the best fit for you, but for us, the iRobot Roomba e5 definitely wins today’s round.