IRobot Roomba 675 Robot Vacuum
If you’re new to the world of robot vacuums, the $299.99 iRobot Roomba 675 is a good place to start. iRobot is one of the most respected names on the market, and the Roomba 675 is the company’s most affordable model with Wi-Fi connectivity. It automatically adjusts to different floor surfaces, rarely gets stuck, and works quickly. It lacks some features you get in pricier models like the ability to map your home and set up virtual boundaries, but it supports app and voice control and allows you to set cleaning schedules. It’s a terrific introduction to robot vacuums for the price, and our new Editors’ Choice for entry-level models.
Design and Setup
The Roomba 675 measures 13 inches in diameter and 3.7 inches high. It’s one of the taller robot vacuums we’ve tested, but it can still easily pass under most furniture. If you’re looking for a super-low-profile model, check out the 2.8-inch Eufy RoboVac 11s or the 2.9-inch Eufy RoboVac 30C.
On the bottom, it has two multi-surface brushes, the first of which loosens and lifts dirt and other debris, and a second that pulls it into the suction channel. It also features one edge-sweeping side brush for corners. Several cliff sensors on the bottom prevent it from falling down stairs or other edges.
Setting up the Roomba 675 is simple. You just need to plug the home base into the wall, remove the battery pull tab, and place it on the charger. iRobot recommends placing the base at least 1.5 feet away from objects on either side and 4 feet across from anything.
The robot comes partially charged, but iRobot recommends waiting three hours for it to top off. To check the status of the battery, just press the Clean button on the top and the battery indicator will illuminate. Amber means it’s still charging, and solid green means it’s fully charged.
While you’re waiting, you can download the iRobot Home app (available for Android and iOS) and create an account or sign in if you already have one. Once you do that, the app will populate a list of robots you can add; just select the Roomba 675, and follow the instructions to get it connected to your Wi-Fi network.
The vacuum doesn’t come with a remote, but you can control it using the app or with your voice via Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. To do the latter, select Smart Home in the iRobot app, choose Alexa or Google Assistant, and follow the instructions to link your accounts. After getting them connected, you can start and stop cleaning jobs with your voice.
The app is simple intuitive, with a big Clean button in the middle and tabs on the bottom for Schedule, History, Help, and Settings.
In Schedule, you can select which days of the week you want it to clean and at what time. I set it to run at 7 a.m. Monday through Friday, and at 9 a.m. on the weekends, and it worked without a hitch. You might want to set it for a time when you know you’ll be out of the house, because the Roomba 675 is pretty loud (more on this in a moment).
In the History section, you can see a list of the latest 30 jobs from the last 90 days. It also shows lifetime stats, including the total number of cleaning jobs, the total time it has spent cleaning, and the total number of times it activated Dirt Detect, a feature that allows it to focus its cleaning effort on heavily soiled areas. When it detects an unusually high concentration of dirt, it will work on that area until its sensors detect fewer particles.
If you have sensitive ears and want a quiet robot vacuum, the Roomba 675 isn’t for you. It’s louder than all of the other robot vacuums I’ve tested, as well as my Dyson V8 Animal+ stick. During one test run, I had to pause it while on a Zoom call because I could still hear it loud and clear in another room, even with my office door closed. It’s more like an old-school vacuum in that regard.
On the plus side, the Roomba 675 moves quickly, efficiently, and maneuvers around obstacles and traverses different types of flooring with ease. My dog Bradley tends to leave partially chewed beef hide bones all over the floor. I was impressed when I witnessed the Roomba 675 roll right over one without getting stuck. I also have long curtains in a couple of rooms that many other vacuums have gotten stuck on, but the Roomba 675 had no such issue. In addition, I have hard flooring, low- and medium-pile carpets, and tile in my home, and the vacuum had no trouble adjusting to the different surfaces.
The Roomba 675 rolled right over one of these bones without getting tripped up
It doesn’t map your home like the much pricier Roomba i7+ and S9+, so you can’t set up virtual boundaries in the app. iRobot, however, sells a physical Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barrier for $59.99 (or a two-pack for $99.99) that works with the Roomba 675, giving you more control over where it cleans.
As for battery life, the Roomba 675 ran for 104 minutes in testing, exceeding Roomba’s 90-minute estimate. That’s a solid result, just edging out the similarly priced Eufy RoboVac 30C (90 minutes) and iLife A9 (102 minutes).
The vacuum automatically docks itself in the base station when it is finished or the battery is running low, though it didn’t make it back there in one of three tests. Fortunately, it has a handle on top, so you can easily carry it back to the base if it fails to get there on its own.
The Roomba 675 has a handle on top, so you can easily carry it back to its base station if it doesn’t make it there on its own
After cleaning my floors for more than 100 minutes, the robot collected a good amount of dust, dog hair, and even a small portion of beef hide bone. My floors looked a lot cleaner, especially the hardwood, though I spotted a little debris left on the carpet.
To keep your Roomba 675 running optimally, iRobot recommends cleaning the bin after each use, the brushes and filter once a week (or twice a week in homes with pets), and the front caster wheel every two weeks. Once a month, you should also clean the side brush, cliff sensors, and charging contacts. There are cleaning instructions in the owner’s guide that comes with the robot.
Emptying the bin is easy; you just press the bin release button on the top of the machine and slide it out, then open the bin door, and empty the contents in the trash. From there, you can easily slide out the filter and tap it against your garbage can or the ground outside to clean it. iRobot says you should replace the filter every two months and the brushes every six to 12 months. The company sells replacement parts on its site, including a three-pack of filters for $24.99. You get two filters with the robot, so you should be good to go for at least four months.
Since I’m allergic to dust, I don’t love coming in contact with it when emptying the bin. This is a necessary evil of most vacuums, but if you’re seriously sensitive to dust, you might want to consider the i7+ or the s9+, both of which can empty their own dustbin.
Comparison and Conclusions
If you’re new to robot vacuums and you want one from one of the most trusted names in the space, the Roomba 675 is a solid option. iRobot also offers the Roomba 614 for $250, but without Wi-Fi connectivity, you miss out on many of the 675’s best features, like scheduling and voice control. In this price range, it’s also worth checking out the $280 Eufy RoboVac 30C and the $230 iLife A9, affordable models that also offer mobile app control and voice assistant compatibility. Both are quieter and more compact, but the Roomba 675’s ability to zip around a room without getting stuck makes it a better buy in our eyes, and our new Editors’ Choice.
iRobot Roomba 675 Specs
|Dimensions||13 by 13 by 3.7 inches|
|Battery Life (Tested)||104 minutes|
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