iRobot Roomba 650
iRobot Roomba 650

Roomba 650 Review: Combining Efficiency With Affordability

By now, you’ve probably heard of the Roomba. It’s a hands-free vacuum that cleans… well, it cleans virtually everything. There are more then twelve models of the Roomba. The 650 is towards the lower end of the spectrum, but it’s not the absolute cheapest one. We think that’s perfect. You get all of the necessary features without the unnecessary bells and whistles that will cost you an arm and a leg. What it does + specs behind it Let’s start with the basics - the Roomba 650 is a little bit larger than a dinner plate, and it’s not just…

Review Overview

Operating Time (hours)
Cleaning Capabilities
Dimensions
Features
Warranty and Support

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Summary : We’ll give this model a firm 80/100. It lost two points because of the last bullet on that summary list, but if you don’t mind doing that (or you have a smaller house where it will be an infrequent occurrence), then this model is perfect for you.

User Rating: 4.33 ( 11 votes)
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By now, you’ve probably heard of the Roomba. It’s a hands-free vacuum that cleans… well, it cleans virtually everything.

There are more then twelve models of the Roomba. The 650 is towards the lower end of the spectrum, but it’s not the absolute cheapest one. We think that’s perfect. You get all of the necessary features without the unnecessary bells and whistles that will cost you an arm and a leg.

What it does + specs behind it

Let’s start with the basics – the Roomba 650 is a little bit larger than a dinner plate, and it’s not just a standard vacuum. One of the reasons why Roomba is so popular is because of its 3-stage cleaning process.

The 3-stage cleaning process works like this:

  1. A spinning brush comes out and cleans along any walls
  2. The Roomba then acts as a sort of “dustpan”, sweeping all of the hair, dirt, and general grime of an area into a neat pile
  3. Roomba’s AeroVac sucks in all of the debris in one swift motion
    iRobot Roomba 650

    iRobot Roomba 650

As far as battery life, you don’t have to worry too much – unless you live in a massive mansion with 10+ rooms to clean at a time, a single charge will get you through a single cleaning. Then, it docks itself until the next cleaning, where it recharges fully. Even if it doesn’t get through the entire house on one charge, it detects the low battery, moves to the charging station, recharges itself, and then resumes the cleaning process. Easy.

Reviewers on Amazon attest to the fact that the battery life does not diminish over time. A single charge lasts around an hour, but again, this isn’t a big deal because of how it recharges itself on low battery.

We know what you’re thinking. Some of the rooms in your house are probably far from spotless. The Roomba 650 can cover “weird” floors (explained further down the page), but it can’t handle an all-out mess.

No problem. You just close certain doors to restrict the Roomba from them. You also get one free “virtual wall” with each purchase of the 650, which can divide a single room into two rooms in the eyes of the Roomba.

This is incredibly handy if you’re a bit of a slob – you can toss all of your junk in one part of the room, let the Roomba loose on the clean part, then redistribute your mess later.

Yeah, it’ll still be messy, but at least it won’t be dirty.

Addressing the common concerns

What about slamming into walls?

Especially if you’re renting, marks on the walls can be a big deal. We’ve all heard the horror stories about tenants not getting security deposits back because of minor markups. On top of that, a bunch of scuffs and scrapes just don’t look good aesthetically.

iRobot Roomba 650

iRobot Roomba 650

No worries – the Roomba 650 will successfully avoid walls on each clean. If it detects dirt near a wall, it uses step 1 of 3 in the 3-step cleaning process to move it to where the AeroVac can pick it up.

What about rugs and such?

This is a big concern for many homeowners – if you’re dropping money on a Roomba, you likely don’t have a tiny studio apartment with bare floors. You probably have a somewhat large house with a few rugs, different floor materials that are all slightly misaligned, etc.

You don’t want to be holding the Roomba 650’s hand as it cleans… that defeats the whole purpose. Luckily, you don’t have to. The Roomba 650 navigates somewhat rocky terrain with ease. The only thing it can’t do is get through big obstacles… like a pile of clothing in your bedroom, for example.

Two more reasons it’s really worth it

Scheduling makes it a virtual housekeeper

The 650 is the cheapest Roomba that includes scheduling.

Here’s what happens: you set the Roomba up in terms of where it should clean. Then, you configure it to run at a certain time every day – you can choose the same time each day, or you can align it with your schedule. Either works.

iRobot Roomba 650

iRobot Roomba 650

It’ll go without any help from you. When it’s done cleaning, it will dock itself in the charging station, so you don’t even have to worry about the charging process. All you’ll have to do is change the bag (where the dirt is collected into) somewhat regularly.

Pets are a non-issue

Many of the reviewers on Amazon mention the fact that they have pets – one even has six housecats. It can handle that many cats with ease. So if you have a golden retriever… or heck, even three golden retrievers… the Roomba 650 will still be able to take care of cleaning your house.

The warranty is pretty good

Roomba 650 Review Summary

  • Out of six Roomba models, the 650 is the second to cheapest one (click here to see price)
  • Can navigate bumpy terrain easily
  • It’s “set and forget” – once you do the initial configuration, you can schedule specific times for it to run on every day of the week
  • The only downside is that you have to manually check and clean the bag where the debris from your house gets vacuumed into

We’ll give this model a firm 8/10. It lost two points because of the last bullet on that summary list, but if you don’t mind doing that (or you have a smaller house where it will be an infrequent occurrence), then this model is perfect for you.