Roomba 600 series is considered as one of the most successful lines manufactured by iRobot. Till today, Roomba 650 is the best-selling robotic vacuum ever released on the market and can also be called the most reliable one.
Like Roomba 650, the 620 model is quite good and has thousands of satisfied customers. The interesting question is how these two models compare and which of them is a superior smart floor cleaner.
It’s true that there are several key factors that measure the functionality, reliability and durability of a robotic vacuum. In order to find out if Roomba 620 and 650 meet the minimum requirements of a so-called ‘well functioning’ smart floor cleaner, we’ll evaluate, compare and review the most important aspects of these robotic vacuums.
Table of Contets
- 1 Roomba 620 vs 650: Pros & Cons and Verdict
- 1.1 1. Setup Process
- 1.2 2. Design
- 1.3 3. Performance
- 1.4 4. Features
- 1.5 5. Cleaning Capabilities
- 1.6 6. Advantages and Disadvantages
- 1.7 7. Support
- 1.8 8. Comparison Chart: Roomba 620 vs 650
- 1.9 The Bottom Line
Roomba 620 vs 650: Pros & Cons and Verdict
Before we start reviewing these two smart floor cleaners, let’s say a few words about smart floor cleaners and how they can benefit any house owner. To begin with, everyone hates vacuuming and it’s even more annoying if it needs to be done every once in a while.
It’s a time-consuming work that takes a lot of energy that is meant to be spent on different things. So some geniuses came up with a great idea and created smart floor cleaners that could get the job done for us.
There are lots of robotic vacuums on the market and dozens of manufacturers are promising buyers that they have the most complete and intelligent products. Sadly, not all those manufacturers can be trusted and people have often been misguided by those statements.
The good thing is that iRobot is the largest, most trusted and reliable manufacturer. Their robotic vacuums are simply outstanding. If you don’t know yet, Roomba 620 and 650 belong to iRobot.
So let’s move on to the important stuff and discuss some cool things about these smart floor cleaners. We’ll talk about various topics including design, installation, features, pros and cons, cleaning abilities, etc.
1. Setup Process
Let’s not waste time on this simple task and cover this topic a bit lightly. One thing I’d like to say is that setting up Roomba 620 and 650 are quite easy. It’s a simple, intuitive process that can be completed by a novice user.
I won’t explain the process in detail since iRobot has uploaded a wonderful guide that perfectly explains how the Roomba 600-series should be set up. In order to find out more about this topic, follow this link.
If this isn’t enough and you’ll still have some questions about the setup process, you can always reach out to the support team at iRobot’s website. Those guys are superb. They reply fast and give professional answers and tips.
Plus, you can always surf the vids on YouTube. There are some nice guides uploaded there.
So the next topic we should discuss is the designs of Roomba 620 and 650. There are a few reasons for this and I’ll write about them below:
- Today, every homeowner wants to purchase a smart gadget that looks attractive. Since everyone strives to build a modern smart home, it’s essential for the gadgets to look modern and ‘alienish’
- Knowing the dimensions of these robotic vacuums is another important thing because if it’s either, too big or small, they’ll have trouble reaching certain places of your home
So given the information above, let’s write more about Roomba 620 and 650’s designs and find out if the existing owners are satisfied with what they’ve got.
The dimensions of Roomba 620 is 17 x 18 x 5 inches and it weights 7.9 pounds. I personally consider Roomba 620 as one of the most original looking robotic vacuums on the market. Compared to other popular Roomba devices that are only available in black, Roomba 620 offers users something different and unique.
When you first encounter the Roomba 620, it’ll instantly catch your eye. Navigating this smart floor cleaner is pretty easy since it only has three buttons that can be pressed.
Unlike the other Roomba models that glow in green, Roomba 620 is more yellowish. I personally know a few people who own the Roomba 620 and every time I visit them, if Roomba was active, it caught the eyes of everyone.
As for the actual cleaning process, Roomba 620 can fit anywhere and it perfectly cleans even the most unreachable places in the room.
The popular and best-selling Roomba 650 is considered as one of the most beautifully designed smart floor cleaners available. It’s dark, it’s attractive and minimalistic. The dimensions of Roomba 650 is 13.4 x 3.6 x 13.4 inches and it weights 7.9 pounds.
It’s widely known that iRobot loves the minimalist design and always tries to make their robotic vacuums look as minimalistic as possible. They didn’t fail to design the Roomba 650 since it played a significant role in the success of this model.
Roomba 650 can easily reach the hardest parts of your house. It can easily crawl under your beds, sofas, tables, etc. If you take a closer look at the Roomba 650, you’ll see that it’s quite different from models like Roomba 770 and 880. The 650 model is darker, it’s shinier and the green colour around the ‘CLEAN’ button makes it even more attractive.
Frankly, Roomba 650 definitely is one of the most good-looking smart floor cleaners on the market. It’s so well-made that I’ve rarely seen someone complaining about the looks of this robotic vacuum.
The next topic we need to discuss is the performance rates of Roomba 620 and 650. Both of these robotic vacuums are low priced compared to other successful models like Roomba 960 and 980 and it’s essential to know if these two can perform at an acceptable level.
If Roomba 620 and 650 can’t complete the simplest tasks and aren’t able to meet the minimum requirements we have, there’s no use of investing in these smart floor cleaners.
Roomba 620 is a robotic vacuum that has average abilities and can deliver a satisfying job. It’s far from perfect but it can easily complete some of the most boring tasks. There are several factors that need to be considered before purchasing the Roomba 620.
It’s not as functional as other, more advanced robotic vacuums. Roomba 620 has a weak navigation system and it’s a random cleaning robotic vacuum.
In other words, Roomba 620 has a hard time understanding its surroundings and it can’t determine which spots require extra or less cleaning. So Roomba 620 requires some babysitting and a little bit of a manual cleaning in case it leaves some spots untouched.
Roomba 620 has the 3-Stage Cleaning System making the smart floor cleaner equally happy cleaning carpets, tiles, laminate and hardwood flooring. One of the best additions Roomba 620 has is the ‘Dirt Detection’ mode that makes the device find places that are dirtier and require extra cleaning.
If this mode is activated, it’ll miss fewer spots and you’ll have to do less to none manual cleaning. When we’ve tested Roomba 620’s cleaning abilities (we’ll write about it a lot more in an upcoming subtopic), it handled the job pretty good and missed 3-5 spots.
In order to make the most out of this robotic vacuum, purchasing Virtual Walls is a must. If you’re planning on sparing some money on it, don’t. Virtual Walls make everything easier and the Roomba 620 will instantly become more organised and focused.
Tip: When you first start your Roomba 620, don’t try to analyse its movements. You’ll end up staring at it for hours. As we’ve already said, Roomba 620 is a random cleaning robotic vacuum and its second move cannot be predicted.
All-time best-selling robotic vacuum, Roomba 650, is an amazing, affordable and durable smart floor cleaner that is widely regarded as the ‘best option’ to buy.
If we directly compare Roomba 650 to 620, there are some noticeable differences that should be noted. To begin with, Roomba 650 offers its owner a convenient feature called ‘Scheduling’ that allows you to schedule up to 7x per week. It’s an amazing thing that saves the owner a lot of time.
If we take this further, Roomba 650 will surprise you even more. For instance, it automatically docks and recharges. In other words, when Roomba 650 will finish its cleaning process, it’ll automatically return to its docking station and get a full recharge.
The biggest drawback of Roomba 650 that messes with its performance rate is the random cleaning process (the same goes for the Roomba 620). When a robotic vacuum isn’t smart enough to determine its whereabouts and can’t figure which spots need extra or less cleaning, take much longer to finish vacuuming. On top of this, they regularly miss spots and even clean the same place over and over that consumes battery life and decreases the performance rate.
So it’s highly possible that after Roomba 650 will finish vacuuming, you’ll have to manually interfere and clean up the mess it left behind.
Fortunately, chances of this can be minimised by placing the Virtual Walls that’ll help the smart floor cleaner navigate itself more effectively.
Roomba 650 Automatically adjusts to all floor types so you’ll have zero problems with carpet, tile, hardwood, laminate, etc.
When we tested Roomba 650 on all of those surfaces, its dustbin always got full and it rarely left dirt behind.
Note: We tested the Roomba 650 with the Virtual Walls. Results may differ if they aren’t present.
Now, it’s time to write about the features of Roomba 620 and 650. It’s important to know what these robotic vacuums have to offer and if there are some unique features they carry. In order to do so, we’ve created a lovely chart that’ll list features of both models.
As you see from the chart above, there’s a huge difference between Roomba 620 and 650. There are several important features Roomba 650 offers us that cannot be found in the 620 model.
Knowing that Roomba 650 is the most successful robotic vacuum ever released, it’s highly unlikely for a novice smart floor cleaner like the Roomba 620 to outperform it.
The primary reason why people should prioritise with the Roomba 650 is the scheduling feature it offers. It’s something that gives unbelievable comfort and makes everything easier for the owner. In addition, Roomba 650 has a wonderful feature called ‘auto docking’ that automates the boring process of manual charging and docking.
5. Cleaning Capabilities
What we need to write about now is the cleaning capabilities of these two robotic vacuums. We’ve already discussed their features, talked about the performance rates and rated the designs of Roomba 620 and 650.
Now it’s time to know how well Roomba 620 and 650 can clean. If they can’t meet the standards of the buyer, well, it’ll be smart to start searching for alternatives.
When your Roomba 620 is activated, it’ll have problems detecting some tiny objects. When we tested Roomba 620 in a kitchen room, it easily detected things like the refrigerator and the walls but it had trouble seeing legs of the chairs and tables.
Roomba 620 regularly collides with similar objects and if it happens at high speed, Roomba 620 might knock things off or scratch furniture. If you leave Roomba 620 on its own without any supervision, it might get stuck during the cleaning process and freeze until you manually take it out.
To make things smoother, it’s important for you to invest in Virtual Walls. Those things will help your Roomba 620 navigate itself more effectively and see obstacles more clearly.
The random cleaning style makes such robotic vacuums less effective and iRobot did some serious thinking about this topic and introduced a new feature called ‘Dirt Detection’ that helps random cleaner smart floor cleaners detect areas that need extra or less cleaning.
This way, robotic vacuums save up energy and deliver sharper results and require less to none manual cleaning. When we tested Roomba 620 against dust, fur, pet hair, fibers and seeds, it did a wonderful job and every time we checked the dustbin, it was full of dirt.
Note: You have to regularly check the dustbin because if it gets full, Roomba 620 won’t be picking up any dirt. You should also know that Roomba 620 doesn’t have a full bin indicator so it won’t notify when the dustbin gets full.
Roomba 620 doesn’t have the multi-room navigation system so don’t expect it to navigate itself throughout your house. The most it can do is cleaning a single room. The effectiveness of Roomba 620 increases if you remove obstacles from the room that might cause some trouble.
Frankly, Roomba 620 is a nice robotic vacuum that delivers sharp cleaning experience. But it’s still important to keep an eye on the smart floor cleaner so that things don’t run out of hands.
Now, the popular, well-known Roomba 650 has its own pros and cons like the 620 model. Roomba 650 is also a random cleaning robotic vacuum that has trouble detecting certain types of obstacles. I can say that it’s way better than the Roomba 620 but I’ve had weird scenarios when Roomba 650 fell down the stairs. The most unexpected case was when Roomba 650 locked itself in the bathroom (I still can’t figure how it managed it).
So, yes, Roomba 650 requires a babysitter too. It’s important for the owner to keep an eye on the smart floor cleaner so that it doesn’t crash into something and break things. For instance, if Roomba 650 will collide with stands or tables and if there are some fragile obstacles placed, they might fall down (Virtual Walls will help here too).
As for the cleaning process of Roomba 650, it’s amazing. It cleans up the mess perfectly and easily deals with fur, hair, dust and fibers. If we compare the cleaning abilities of Roomba 650 and 620, I’d say that Roomba 650 is 2x more powerful.
The auto-docking feature makes Roomba 650 more independent than the 620 model since it can be trusted more. If during the cleaning process the battery runs low, Roomba 650 will automatically return to its docking station to get a full recharge.
Roomba 650 has a small dustbin that gets filled pretty soon and the lack of full bin indicator obliges the owner to check it regularly. Like the case of the 620 model, if the dustbin gets full, Roomba won’t be able to pick up any dirt until the dustbin gets cleaned.
The way Roomba 650 is built makes it exceptionally good for the elimination of pet hair, dust and small bits of debris. Compared to other Roombas, the 650 model reached corners more effectively and takes out 3-4x more dirt.
Shortly, Roomba 650 is perfect for picking up pet hair, dust and debris. It’s way more reliable, effective and independent. Compared to Roomba 620, the 650 model delivers 2x better results.
6. Advantages and Disadvantages
As we slowly move to the last parts of our comparison article, we should write about a few more important topics. One of those are the pros and cons of Roomba 620 and 650. Besides knowing their capabilities and performance scores, advantages and disadvantages of these smart floor cleaners should be listed.
For this sole purpose, we’ve created a detailed chart that shows the pros and cons of both robotic vacuums.
|iAdapt Navigation||Weak AI|
|3-Stage Cleaning System||Weak Navigation System|
|Simple to Use||No Scheduling|
|Dirt Detection||No Auto-Docking|
|Virtual Wall System|
|iAdapt Navigation||Weak AI|
|3-Stage Cleaning System||Weak User Experience|
|Simple to Use|
|Virtual Wall System|
|Works With All Floor Types|
If we judge based on the charts above, the superiority of Roomba 650 is obvious. There are some similarities but these two smart floor cleaners differ in the most important aspects. Roomba 650 offers its owners more comfort and flexibility and that’s something everyone is looking for.
It’s highly possible for someone who has just purchased their robotic vacuum to not understand certain processes. So it’s important for them to find answers to the questions they have. There are three ways to find what we’re looking for:
- User’s Manual
- Support Team
Fortunately, we don’t need to search dozens of threads on forums and reading the manual takes a lot of time too (plus, it’s filled with general, useless information). iRobot has an amazing support team that can be reached via mail, phone or live chat.
They communicate perfectly and always give professional answers and tips. I’ve talked with them a few times and I was never disappointed.
8. Comparison Chart: Roomba 620 vs 650
Before we conclude our article, there’s one more thing we should discuss. Besides the important topics we’ve talked about, we haven’t compared Roomba 620 and 650 directly. This way, we can know for sure what features these smart floor cleaners have or lack.
We’ve created a detailed chart where we’ll compare the most important aspects of Roomba 620 and 650.
The chart clearly shows the superiority of Roomba 650. It has better features, performs on a higher scale, offers more flexibility and freedom, it’s more reliable and can take out a lot more dirt.
The Bottom Line
If I had to choose between Roomba 620 and 650, I’d definitely go for the 650 model since it’s more complete, functional and durable. Roomba 650 has thousands of satisfied customers and has been proven to be very, very helpful.
These two smart floor cleaners have similar features and capabilities but Roomba 650 offers extra comfort that changes everything. Roomba 620 and 650 are in the same price range and there’s not a single factor where Roomba 620 exceeds the 650 model.
Shortly, purchasing Roomba 650 is a more thoughtful, prominent and beneficial move. Having the scheduling feature, auto-docking and recharge & resume makes the Roomba 650 a desirable model. If you’re still having any second thoughts, make sure to read other reviews written by other buyers at Amazon.
|Robotic Vacuum Name||Roomba 620||Roomba 650|