The iRobot Roomba 675 is a smart vacuum cleaner that lets you sit back and relax while it automatically cleans the home for you. While many other robot vacuums are fairly pricy, the 675 is a budget model that will satisfy most users’ needs. You can schedule it to clean your home when you’re away, detect walls, set up virtual walls so that it knows where to not trespass.
Costing less than $300, the iRobot Roomba 675 comes from one of the most respected brands in this domain. It’s their most affordable model that also features Wi-Fi connectivity and smart integration with digital assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Given these factors, you can probably tell that this iRobot Roomba 675 review is mostly going to be positive. However, don’t fret, because we will also tell you about the parts that could use some improvement.
iRobot Roomba 675 Review – The Basic Details
First and foremost, it is important to note that this is an entry-level smart robot vacuum cleaner. There are others on the market that offer more advanced features and powerful specs than this one. However, that doesn’t mean that this one is bad. It’s just something to keep in mind when purchasing it so that you won’t be disappointed by the lack of the newest technologies.
As you can tell by looking at the Roomba 675 user manual, this series’ bins and side brushes never require a replacement. If we’re talking about pure cleaning power, then there’s really nothing bad we can say about this little unit. Emptying the bin, scheduling the cleaning programs, and generally using your Roomba 675 is as easy as it gets, especially if you take the time to sift through their detailed manual.
As you can also probably see, the user reviews are generally favorable. The price to value ratio is great and it will satisfy many people’s needs. However, we need to look at the specs to get a better understanding of its power. This way we can see why almost every Roomba 675 review is favorable.
iRobot Roomba 675 Specs
What’s in the Box:
- iRobot® Roomba® 675
- Home Base® Charging Station
- Line Cord
- 1 Extra Filter
- 1 Flat Cleaning Tool
- Owner’s Guide and Documentation Package
- Noise: 62 dB
- Dimensions: 13.4 x 13.4 x 3.54 inches
- Weight: 6.77 pounds
- Specific Uses: Hard floor, Carpet, Dual action
- Warranty: One Year
Design & Features
- Wireless Charging
- Dustbin Capacity: 0.35 liters
- Bagless Dustbin
- Comes With a Dirt Sensor
- Charge Time: 2 Hours
- Operating Power Consumption: 33W
- Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery
- Run Time: 90 Minutes
- Auto-Off Feature Conserves Power When It’s Not In Use Or Charging
- Battery Power: 1800 mAh
- Battery Level Indicator
- Doesn’t get stuck
- Has voice prompts to let you know the battery level and other info
- Virtual barrier allows you to prevent the vacuum from entering a certain area
- Allows you to schedule the cleaning patterns at specific time frames
- Anti-fall sensor detects the edge of stairs and floor level changes
- Obstacle sensor sees an approaching obstacle, e.g. furniture or a vase, and slows down to prevent itself from bumping in it
- Auto-docking feature makes the vacuum return to its charging station once it’s done cleaning or if the battery is running low
- Allows you to use your smartphone as remote control via the app
- Voice commands give you extra convenience
iRobot Roomba 675 App Review
The app is simple to use and highly intuitive even for people who have never seen a robot vacuum smartphone app before. Right on the app’s home screen, you’ll see a big “clean” button right in the middle for easy access to the vacuum’s most important feature. On the bottom of the screen, you’ll see the tabs for every major category of settings and features: Schedule, History, Help, and Settings.
The other screen also offers a ton of useful information and options. For example, you can open the history tab to view all the times it has cleaned in the past 90 days. Here you can also access detailed information about each cleaning session, such as the duration, distance, and amount of dust that the vacuum has collected.
You can also schedule the cleaning sessions straight from the application so that you won’t have to fumble with the physical controls. Furthermore, the app contains most of the instructions in the user manual. As far as performance goes, the app works well. It will rarely, if ever, crash on you. The load times are fast and the time between input and execution is low.
iRobot Roomba 675 Performance Review
Well, we’ve covered all the noteworthy features that the Roomba 675 has. So let’s get to the actual performance of the machine and see how it stacks up compared to other Roomba models and other robot vacuum cleaners.
First and foremost, you need to be aware that this vacuum is pretty loud compared to other similar models. To give you an idea, it’s louder than any Dyson V series vacuum. Even so, it’s rated at only 62 decibels, so it isn’t all that bothersome. It’s basically about as loud as a cheap dishwasher. On the noise rating scale, it’s basically about as loud as a regular conversation or background music.
Even so, you’ll forget about it once you see how efficient it is at cleaning. The Roomba 675 moves quickly, efficiently, and maneuvers around obstacles, and traverses different types of flooring with ease. If you have pets, it will not only clean up the hair with ease, but it can also pick up bones and other food bits without getting stuck. And if you have long curtains, you need not worry. This vacuum is smart enough to detect them and avoid them altogether.
Sure, it might not have the ability to map your home like the more expensive iRobot models. However, you can use the app to set up virtual boundaries so it will remember where it’s not supposed to go. Furthermore, you can buy the Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barrier, which basically acts as a physical barrier so you don’t have to fiddle around with the app too much.
Maintenance for the Roomba 675
The people at iRobot recommend that you clean 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. You should also clean the side brush, stair sensors, and charging once every month to maintain their sensitivity and effectiveness.
Lucky you, performing these tasks is as simple as it gets with the Roomba 675. For example, emptying the bin is super easy. All you need to do is press the button on top of the machine, slide it out, then open the bin door and empty the contents. With the bin pulled out, you can access the filter easily. Just take it out and tap it against the garbage bin to make the dust fall off. Since we’re on this topic, don’t forget that the filter needs to be replaced every month or so – especially if you’ve got pets and you’re cleaning the house twice a week. Fortunately, you can find replacement kits for the Roomba 675 here.
As you might notice from the replacement parts link above, you can also get a specialized brush to clean the filter. This way, it will be more efficient because you don’t have to knock the dust off by force. Other than that, the unit itself doesn’t require any specific maintenance needs. Just make sure it stays away from water, as it is not specialized in cleaning that kind of a mess. Also, make sure not to drop any water on it, as it might break if any liquid gets inside its compartments.
Who Is the iRobot Roomba 675 Made For?
Given all of the factors that you’ve seen above, it’s pretty clear that this vacuum is for people who are looking to shop on a budget. While it’s not cheap like regular vacuums, it’s far more affordable than iRobot’s more premium models. Furthermore, it’s great for people who want convenience without extra features. Finally, if you don’t need virtual barriers or if you have a small home, this robot vacuum is great for your needs.
Now, after reading all of these facts, are you still interested in purchasing the iRobot Roomba 675? Or do you need a slightly more advanced model? If so, we recommend looking at Roomba’s 700 series or even 800 series. You can read more about their higher-end models in this article.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between the Roomba 675 and 690?
iRobot Roomba 675 and Roomba 690 are two practically the same units, differing only in color, few design details, and accessories that come with the purchase. The main difference between these two models is that iRobot Roomba 675 doesn’t include a virtual wall, while iRobot Roomba 690 does feature a virtual wall. In short, we recommend the 675 for slightly smaller houses with plenty of open spaces and places that you can allow the vacuum to enter. The 690 is for people who really need virtual barriers to prevent the vacuum from entering certain spaces.
Does the iRobot Roomba 675 require a Wi-Fi connection?
While the iRobot Roomba 675 can connect to a Wi-Fi network for added convenience and control through the smartphone app, it does not require one to function at all. Once you’ve got everything set up, you can simply press the “Clean” button found on the unit itself without having to connect it to the internet at all.
How does Roomba 675 know when it’s done?
All the Roomba vacuums have a dirt sensor and can feel how much they’ve been going around trying to clean everything up. Once a cleaning cycle is finished, the robot will automatically return to the docking station and begin to recharge. Similarly, if the battery is too low, it will stop the cleaning cycle and return to the docking station. Alternatively, you can press the “Clean” button on top of the unit while it is running to make it return to its docking station automatically.
How often should I run my Roomba?
If you don’t have any pets or kids, you can let your Roomba run just once per week. However, in ideal scenarios, you’ll want to use it twice a week, especially if you have cats and dogs around. All that pet hair affects your health so we don’t recommend leaving it lying around for too long.
How many square feet can a Roomba 675 clean?
If you want a different scenario, the average hard flooring coverage of the Roomba 675 is about 1200 square feet per charge. Full carpet homes will get about 900 to 1000 square feet.
What is the lifespan of a Roomba?
The usual life expectancy for any iRobot Roomba model varies from two to five years. Of course, the lifespan depends on how much you use it, how well you maintain it, and how much dirt it collects throughout its lifespan. If you take good care of your Roomba, it will probably be able to serve you even more than that.
Are Roomba filters washable?
Roomba filters are not designed to be washed or come in contact with liquid. Any contact with liquid will ruin the filter and could cause damage to the robot. To clean the filter, simply shake off the debris by tapping the filter against your trash to a container. Under no circumstance does the manufacturer recommend washing the filter, not even in an emergency. You’d be better off just reusing the filter as is than making it come into contact with any liquids.
The Bottom Line
The iRobot Roomba 675 is a great unit for those who want a smart vacuum cleaner on a budget. The Wi-Fi connectivity and smarts sensors really turn this unit into a convenience-providing machine. As long as you’re not bothered by the lack of factory-implemented virtual walls or the lack of ability to map your home automatically, then this smart vacuum is right for you. You can map your house’s layout from the app anyway, so with just a little extra work, you can practically make it as efficient as the more expensive iRobot Roomba models.
With a degree in engineering, Kathryn Hansen loves to write about how things work. Having her own dilemmas on how to pick the best vacuum cleaner for her large family (with a handful of furry four-legged members as well), Kathryn decided to help others in the same situation. After all, vacuum cleaners are critical to a healthy lifestyle and people have a hard time choosing the best one for their needs.