In this article, we’re going to be looking at two very popular robot vacuums, both of them manufactured by iRobot, arguably the most popular and successful robot vacuum manufacturer of all time. Both the iRobot Roomba E5 and the iRobot Roomba E6 are great vacuums. Since they are from iRobot, they each consist of many great advancements that showcase the possibilities of robot vacuum technology, they are convenient devices, and best of all, they are incredibly well-made vacuums that work wonderfully.
In this comparison, we’ll be looking at the features that each one brings to the table, and by reading this article and considering what your individual needs are, as well as your wants, you’ll have a good idea of whether you should go for the iRobot Roomba E5 or the iRobot Roomba E6.
iRobot Roomba E5
Just like every other model of Roomba, the iRobot Roomba E5 is a small, circular robot vacuum. It weighs around seven-pounds, and it is very easy to pick up and move around. Aesthetically, it is simple, with both black and gray being the primary colors, but it is also stylish, in a minimalist way. And, it goes with just about everything, due to the simple aesthetic.
On the top of the device, you have three buttons. The middle button is the largest, and it simply says “Clean”. Pressing this button turns the vacuum on, and it begins to clean the room that it is in.
You have a “Home” button that sends the Roomba back to the charging dock. On a single charge, the Roomba E5 5134 can last for ninety minutes. When using this button, though, press the “Clean” button to turn off the cleaning function, before sending it back to charge.
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Finally, you have a button with a small target on it. This is the “Spot Clean” button, and wherever this vacuum is, by pressing this button, you enable the vacuum to give extra time and attention to that particular spot. If certain parts of your home are especially dirty, this is a very useful feature.
You can use all of these features without those buttons, and instead, with your smartphone, Google Home, or Amazon Echo.
Regarding cleaning ability, there is an excellent 3-Stage Cleaning System that iRobot has patented, and it is especially effective for picking up dirt, debris, dust, and things of that nature. This is further enhanced by the Dual Multi-Surface Brushes, which help loosen those things, the Power-Lifting Suction which makes it easy to suck them up, and the High-Efficiency Filter, which is incredibly efficient in filtering anything that goes into the robot vacuum.
iRobot Roomba E6
Just like the iRobot Roomba E5, you have the same overall aesthetic on the E6, the same buttons, the same functionality when it comes to smartphone functionality and the use of Amazon Echo and Google Home, as well as the same type of cleaning functionality.
The cleaning performance has improved, however. While you still have the same basics, such as Power-Lifting Suction, the 3-Stage Cleaning System, High-Efficiency Filter, and the Dual Multi-Surface Brushes, you also have the addition of new sensors that make it a lot easier for the vacuum to navigate around furniture and other obstacles. It will also make the process of locating dirt a lot more efficient. All in all, the Roomba e6 is a more precise robot vacuum, in those aspects.
Now, even though those are notable additions to the product itself, there are two other things that help to separate this from the iRobot Roomba E5. The first thing is that this comes with an extra High-Efficiency Filter, so if the first one dies on you, you have a back-up. But, more importantly, the iRobot Roomba E6 6198 comes with two Dual-Mode Virtual Wall Barriers.
You take two of these little barriers – which are small sensors – and you place them around an area. For example, you place them in front of the kitchen door, which means that the vacuum can’t leave your kitchen, and this means that it will clean that particular area more thoroughly.
Other Roomba models have advanced sensors that allow for the entirety of your home to be mapped out, and for you to go onto your smartphone and simply press a button to choose a room to be cleaned. This is slightly more inconvenient – although far less costly – but it does the same thing, essentially. Enabling you to choose, with precision, which specific spaces and areas you want to be cleaned, rather than having the vacuum clean whatever is in its path, and direct itself seemingly at random.
Well, that’s it for this Roomba e5 vs. e6 Comparison. We hope you found it helpful!
If you’re still having trouble deciding the Robot Vacuum that’s best for you see our full guide on robot vacuums here.