The Ultimate Solution to Effortless Cleaning: iRobot Roomba 694 Robot Vacuum Review

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    • Personalized cleaning recommendations based on habits and routines
    • 3-Stage Cleaning system for lifting dirt and debris from carpets and hard floors
    • Patented Dirt Detect Technology for thorough cleaning of dirtier areas
    • Controlled through the iRobot Home App or voice assistant
    • Advanced sensors for navigation and avoiding falls down stairs
    • Dual Multi-Surface Brushes that adjust to different floor types
    • Automatically recharges after 90 minutes of runtime
    • Auto-Adjust Cleaning Head for cleaning on multiple floor surfaces
    Last updated on July 13, 2024 6:23 am Details
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    iRobot Roomba 694 Robot Vacuum Review

    Overview

    I recently purchased the iRobot Roomba 694 Robot Vacuum and it has exceeded my expectations in terms of cleaning performance and convenience. With its advanced features and intelligent technology, this robot vacuum offers a hassle-free cleaning experience.

    Cleaning Power

    The Roomba 694 features a 3-Stage Cleaning system that effectively lifts dirt, dust, and debris from both carpets and hard floors. It also has an Edge-Sweeping brush that reaches corners and edges for thorough cleaning. I’ve noticed a significant reduction in pet hair on my floors, thanks to its powerful suction and pet hair resistance.

    Intelligent and Effortless Cleaning

    What sets the Roomba 694 apart is its personalized cleaning recommendations powered by the intelligent IRobot OS. It learns your habits and routines, making cleaning suggestions tailored to your specific needs. You can control the vacuum through the IRobot Home App or your voice assistant, making it easy to schedule cleanings even when you’re not at home. The Wi-Fi connectivity ensures a seamless connection to the app.

    Smart Navigation

    The Roomba 694’s advanced sensors enable it to navigate around furniture and avoid falling down stairs. While it doesn’t follow a grid pattern, its random cleaning pattern covers the entire floor and leaves no spot untouched. There is a slight learning curve for pets to adjust to its movement, but with time, they will become accustomed to it.

    Automatic Recharging and Multiple Floor Surfaces

    The Roomba 694 automatically recharges itself after running for up to 90 minutes, ensuring that it’s always ready to clean. It also adapts to multiple floor surfaces, including hardwood and carpet, thanks to its Auto-Adjust Cleaning Head. The brush adjusts its height to provide optimal cleaning on different types of flooring.

    User Feedback

    I took into account some user feedback before purchasing the Roomba 694, and although there were some minor drawbacks mentioned, the overall positive reviews outweighed the negatives. Some users mentioned that the vacuum can get stuck in tight spaces or struggle to return to its base, but this hasn’t been a major issue for me.

    Conclusion

    In conclusion, the iRobot Roomba 694 Robot Vacuum is a reliable and efficient cleaning companion. I highly recommend it for its personalized cleaning suggestions, powerful cleaning capabilities, and smart navigation. It has made my cleaning routine much easier and more convenient. If you’re looking for a hassle-free and efficient cleaning solution, the Roomba 694 is definitely worth considering.

    Additional information

    Brand

    iRobot

    Model Name

    iRobot Roomba 694 Robot Vacuum-Wi-Fi Connectivity, Works with Alexa, Good for Pet Hair, Carpets, Hard Floors, Self-Charging, Charcoal Grey

    Special Feature

    Cordless, Automatic Rechageable, Advanced Custom Cleaning

    Color

    Charcoal Grey

    Product Dimensions

    13.4"L x 13.4"W x 3.54"H

    Included Components

    1 Roomba® 694 Robot Vacuum, 1 Home Base® Charging Station, Extra Filter

    Filter Type

    Cartridge

    Battery Life

    90 minutes

    Power Source

    Battery Powered

    Are Batteries Included

    Yes

    Control Method

    Voice

    Compatible Devices

    Smartphones, Amazon Echo, Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Smartwatches

    Form Factor

    Robotic

    Item Weight

    6.77 pounds

    Manufacturer

    iRobot

    Item model number

    R694020

    Batteries

    1 Lithium Ion batteries required. (included)

    Is Discontinued By Manufacturer

    No

    Assembly required

    No

    Batteries required

    Yes

    9 thoughts on “The Ultimate Solution to Effortless Cleaning: iRobot Roomba 694 Robot Vacuum Review

    1. Our home was built pre-open floor design in1930 and the first floor is divided up into 6 different rooms. Unit has a hard time finding its was into them all and actually cleaning them. The three bigger rooms close to where the unit is parked it does pretty good in, I’d say it gets 95% of the floor space cleaned in those rooms. Our 2 yr old daughters bedroom and our master bedroom are on the first floor as well and the unit barely makes it into those, and when it does it seems to get turned around and heads right back out of the door and doesnt find its way back in again. I have “steered” it into those rooms before by tapping the sensors and kept turning it until it goes into them, but the problem with that is our daughter is terrified of it so we generally only run it when nobody is home during the day so thats rarely an option for us. It’s not overly loud by any means I don’t think she just isn’t a fan of any noise that isn’t a Shrek movie! It’s def not as loud as the corded Shark or the cordless Dyson we have and she is terrified of those as well. We also haveb2 boys and a 95 lb dog living here. So the main reason for buying it was so my gf didnt have to a vacuum 3 times a week and scare our daughter with them… A house with larger open rooms I’m sure it would work better for. The rooms it does stay in it does clean pretty good in. And the wifi feature is really nice to start it when we aren’t home.
      The other complaint I have is because of the amount of rooms and limited ways in and out of them the unit only finds its way back to the charger like maybe half the time before it dies. The other half we find it dead in a room someplace and have to carry it back to the docking station. Kind of minor but kind of annoying. It does run continuously for almost exactly an hour and a half before it runs out of juice so they are right on with that claim.
      Overall for the money it does clean really well and in general I’m happy with the purchase because it does do a pretty good job in the rooms where most of the foot and paw traffic is. If you have a house with a lot of rooms like ours though you might want to look into one that has mapping capabilities so it’s sure to clean each room and finds its way home when it needs to charge. If I had a house with only a couple large areas it needed to clean I would def have given this unit 4 stars, maybe even 5.

    2. It picks up a lot more stuff than I thought it would, it doesn’t map rooms so it’s movements are pretty sporadic and can’t get into the corners so I still need to sweep a bit. I find I have to dump it out about halfway through cleaning but it picks up a lot of stuff, for the amount I paid for it it works great.

    3. I decided to pick up a Roomba thinking it would save me time from vacuuming. Verdict – it sure did! And it picked up a lot more dirt, dust, and other “stuff” than i expected. Self-emptying, mopping, mapping are all nice to haves. But for a first time Roomba buyer, basic vacuuming is what i need. Great buy at a great price. And fast delivery too. I’m a very satisfied customer.

    4. The actual Roomba itself is a solid product. I had forgotten that iRobot started as more of a robotics company rather than focusing on appliances. The wheels on the Roomba are designed in a way that makes them resistant to pet hair, or incredibly easy to clean in the case of the front caster. Our dog is a rather large mix with Great Pyrenees, so the hair burden for the little Roomba is rather high. I generally open the roller unit and remove most of the hair after the Roomba has run, just to keep it maintained. For a 900 sq ft house, even just 15 minutes a day will keep hair largely under control, where the Roomba is able to reach. Additionally, Roomba designs the devices in a way that components that do fail are fairly easy to replace after removing 4 Phillips screws.

      The cons arrive when we examine the app, and how the Roomba interacts with it. Getting the Roomba to connect to the internet and stay connected to the internet was an hour long chore, even though the router was across the room from it. Additionally, instructions are often “creatively reinterpreted;” that is to say, completely ignored. I’ll request clean with no time limit, and the Roomba will get to exactly the minimum 15 minute time limit, announce that it is finished, and put itself away. I’ll request a 30 minute cleaning, the app will acknowledge that yes, it has been over 45 minutes, and the Roomba still has not even acknowledged that the time limit has arrived and passed, let alone entered “finishing up” mode or attempting to put itself away. Sometimes I’ll have to start a “New Job” two or three times before the Roomba acknowledges it without timing back out to “Ready to clean.”

      Basically, the appliance itself does pretty solid work, and ownership should actually be pleasant compared to today’s standards. The app has timers to track when you should be replacing consumables which I haven’t encountered yet, but I imagine the nagging will be an experience to remember. As for using that app to interact with the Roomba… be prepared to exercise patience and do a lot of thinking and supervising that you honestly shouldn’t have to.

    5. This thing is powerful, compact, charges fast , larger capacity for holding dirt and lasts a long time. This is the positive.

      The small turn wheel takes a half an hour to clean the edges out with tiny scissors each time I use it.
      As well there’s no lift handle.
      The reason I bought this was so that it could save me and my back from bending for the dustpan and the broom, or using the vacuum. The fact that it has to charge at floor level I have to put it down to charge it and bend to pick it up to clean it and then Bend to put it back on the charger if it doesn’t sit properly or if it gets bustled off the charger by a cat or a dog a toy or someone walking or a chair.

      I had one of the original roombas 15 years ago and it was fantastic. I was hoping this would be comparable. And in some ways it’s better but I just don’t know why they would take a carrying handle off and put that crappy Little guide/turn Wheel on.
      If you can find a model that fixes both these items I would grab that. It looks like my return window has closed. I didn’t even use this for 2 weeks due to being away on vacation and after a few runs this is quite aggravating. It takes a half an hour to clean after each use

    6. This is a very unique product. Having two huskies in the house , there is plenty of loose fur all over the floor. This vacuum seems to be keeping up with the task. Is this vacuum perfect? No. It will get stuck in the most random of places (under the dining room chair, between the area rug and the couch or against the sliding glass door). If you are looking for Rosie the Robot from the Jetsons, keep looking, however, if you can deal with a few quirks that this unit has, this is a great addition especially if you have a busy household and don’t have the ability to vacuum everyday (husky owners).
      This vacuum does not work in a grid pattern, and the pattern it does work in seems to be pretty random, which means my dogs think that this thing is viciously chasing and attacking them every morning when it starts its routine. It takes an adjustment period to get used to how this operates, and how the furry family members in your home adjust to the whirling circle monster that seems to chase them from room to room.
      For the sale price that I picked up this unit for I would certainly recommend.

    7. It seems to work pretty well. Don’t watch it unless you want to have an aneurysm. There appears to be zero logic on how it moves and where it goes. It often doesn’t make it back to it charging base, but we just made a game of find the vacuum.

    8. This little guy (we call him Dusty), has his pros and cons. It is easy to clean and does pick up a good amount of hair and dirt on his excursions. However, it does travel about very haphazardly and often does the same room/area several times. It doesn’t do a great job of corners so I do still vacuum manually on occasion, however on a daily basis this thing does help my chore list be just a little shorter each day.

    9. Got my roomba 3 days ago.
      For the price, this is well worth it. I have a very busy schedule with minimal time to clean when I am home. I’ve ran it 4 times and notice a huge difference in the cleanliness of my floors.

      This model does NOT have the mapping feature, so it just kind of aimlessly bounces around the house. Does seem to struggle and get stuck in tight spaces, and takes it a while to find its way out. Also struggles to get back to the base when it’s done with a full 90 minute clean, especially if it’s in a different room from the base at the end of the cycle.

      Knowing what I know now, I probably would have spent the extra $70-100 and got a model with mapping. But, for what it is, I am satisfied.

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