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Roomba 614 vs 675: Side-By-Side Comparison

Derek Hales

Written By: Derek Hales

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The Roomba 614 vs. 675 represents two value-priced robot vacuums with good features, but also a modest price tag. These lack modern conveniences like digital mapping, rubberized brushroll, and zoned cleanings, but still gets the job done in most cases.

Roomba 675 (right) vs. 614 (left)
Roomba 675 (right) vs. 614 (left)

So what details and features set the Roomba 614 vs. 675 apart? Continue below to find out.

Roomba 614
  • Cleaning: 94% debris cleaned
  • Run time: 60 mins.
  • Scheduling: No
  • Digital Mapping: No
  • App Connectivity: No
Roomba 675
  • Cleaning: 95% debris cleaned
  • Run time: 90 mins.
  • Scheduling: Yes
  • Digital Mapping: No
  • App Connectivity: Yes

If you would rather watch a video than read we’ve got our full 614 vs. 675 video review here:

Roomba 614 & 675 Differences

The biggest difference is the Roomba 675 can connect to the iRobot app for control, scheduling, and other features. In addition, the 675 runs for 90 minutes, while the 614 runs for only 60 minutes. Beyond that, the 614 and 675 are mostly the same.

614 vs. 675 Comparison Chart

 Roomba 614Roomba 675
FilterAeroVacAeroVac
Dust Bin Capacity350 mL350 mL
SuctionBaselineBaseline
Battery1,800 mAh1,800 mAh
BrushrollSpiral BristleSpiral Bristle
NavigationiAdapt 1.0iAdapt 1.0
Run TimeUp to 60 minsUp to 90 mins
Cleaning Performance94%*95%
Digital MappingNoNo
Full Bin IndicatorNoNo
App ConnectivityNoYes
Scheduled CleaningsNoYes
Virtual Wall CompatibleYesYes
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*Roomba 600 Series is the suction power baseline for all subsequent models. As such, it is the lowest suction among any flagship models currently sold.

Cleaning Performance

In addition to the main differences above, cleaning performance is also vitally important to any robot vacuum. So how did the 614 and 675 compares?

Honestly, the race was basically even.

Roomba 614

94%*

Roomba 675

95%

While the 675 did remove slightly more debris, 1% isn’t enough of a difference to definitively say one is better or worse, in my view.

Given that the hardware and brushroll specs are essentially the same, there’s no reason to think either Roomba would massively outperform the other in most circumstances.

What do these numbers mean? These numbers are percentages of debris cleaned up based on the amount of debris scattered. Naturally, we want to see these numbers as close to 100% as possible.

How do we test?

To fairly test any robot vacuum, we put it through the same series of tests. We use a range of debris types including:

  • Cereal
  • Kitty litter
  • Rice
  • Sugar

And test the vacuum on three different flooring types:

  • Hardwoods
  • Low pile carpet
  • High pile carpet

The overall results are listed above, but here are the flooring type breakdowns for Roomba 614 vs. 675.

*Cleaning results are estimates based on the performance we saw with our 690, which is functionally nearly identical to the 614.

Hardwood Cleaning Tests

Roomba 614

98%

Roomba 675

99%

On hardwoods, the results were fantastic. Both of these Roombas easily picked up most of the debris and left the hardwoods clean—no complaints here.

irobot roomba 690 hardwood test
Roomba 690 hardwood cleaning tests / Comparable to the Roomba 614
Roomba 675 hardwood floor cleaning tests
Roomba 675 hardwood floor cleaning tests

Low Carpet Cleaning Tests

Roomba 614

93%

Roomba 675

95%

On low pile carpet, we started to see some slight performance dips from both Roombas, but considering they use the older style of brushroll and have less suction, this wasn’t too much of a shock.

They both still captured between 93-95% of debris and left the floor pretty clean. The biggest struggle for both of these Roombas was cleaning up sugar during our fine debris test.

irobot roomba 690 low carpet test
Roomba 690 low pile carpet cleaning tests / Comparable to the Roomba 614
Roomba 675 low pile carpet cleaning tests
Roomba 675 low pile carpet cleaning tests

High Carpet Cleaning Tests

Roomba 614

91%

Roomba 675

90%

On high pile carpet, the trend from the low pile carpet continues and we saw a bit more of a drop from both of these models. Again, the biggest struggle was sugar with kitty litter having a bit of trouble as well.

In general, it’s harder for the bristle style brushroll to capture ultra-fine debris compared to the rubberized brushroll we’ve seen on newer Roomba models.

Roomba 690 low pile carpet cleaning tests
Roomba 690 high pile carpet cleaning tests / Comparable to the Roomba 614
Roomba 675 high pile carpet cleaning tests
Roomba 675 high pile carpet cleaning tests

How does it clean?

The cleaning pattern for both the Roomba 614 and 675 relies on a simple method of “bump and continue”. It cannot intelligently navigate spaces and doesn’t offer any kind of zoned cleaning approach.

iRobot iAdapt 1.0 cleaning navigation paths
Roomba iAdapt 1.0 navigation path

It simply drives in a straight line until it hits an obstacle. When it does that, it will stop, change directions and continue forward.

This results in a zigzag (kind of star-shaped pattern) that feels random, but it does recognize when an entire area is clean. Despite the less advanced navigation, both Robots are still able to cover an area fairly well.

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RELATED: For a value-priced Roomba with digital mapping, check out the Roomba i3.

The Design

Considering aesthetics alone, the Roomba 614 and Roomba 675 are basically identical, although their parts on the inside provide some notable distinctions.

Roomba 614

Roomba 614

Roomba 675

Roomba 675

The controls for both the 614 and 675 are in the exact same location and have the same function. There are buttons for the following tasks:

  • Spot Clean
  • Auto Clean
  • Dock

At the front of the vacuum, there is a navigation sensor and flexible bumper to prevent damage to the vacuum or its surroundings.

At the bottom of the robots, there is a button that releases the dust bin and provides filter access for cleaning and replacement. (They both also use the same AeroVac filter).

The Underside

Both the 614 and 675 use the spiral bristle brushroll and have a 3-arm spinning brush on one side of the vacuum (for edge and corner cleaning).

These parts are consistent with the style of other Roombas in the 600 Series.

Newer models have a more advanced rubberized brushroll that tends to tangle less, but I was still pretty pleased with the performance of this more traditional spiral roller.

MORE: The Roomba 960 was one of the first Roombas to use the rubberized brushroll. You can read our full review here.

Roomba 675 underside
Roomba 675 brushroll and underside

The Filters

As mentioned above, the Roomba 614 and 675 use the same filter. It’s an older filter style and takes up a bit more space within the dust bin, but still does a nice job of filtering out the finite particles.

Dust Bin + Filter

Roomba 671 robot vaccum
AeroVac 1.0 filter fitted into the dust bin

AeroVac Filter

Roomba 675 filter
Roomba 600 series filter

RELATED: Looking for something more efficient? Check out the compact size of the filter used with the Roomba e5. It’s nearly 1/3 of the size and still high performing. The smaller size also means there is more room in the dust bin for actual debris.

Roomba e5 vs. 675 filter comparison
Roomba 675 filter (left) vs. Roomba e5 filter (right)

RELATED – More Roomba Reviews and comparisons here.

Size Comparison

When it comes to the size of these two Roombas, the 614 and 675 are extremely similar. The 614 is slightly wider (0.4″), while the 675 is slightly taller (0.1″) and slightly heavier as well (0.3 pounds).

Roomba 675 size
Roomba 675 size

Roomba 614

  • 13.4″ diameter
  • 3.6″ tall
  • 7.5 pounds

Roomba 675

  • 13″ diameter
  • 3.7″ tall
  • 7.8 pounds

The differences between these two models feels negligible so I would call this category a wash. Comparing Roomba 614 vs. 675, these models are essentially the same size.

Accessories & Parts

Wondering what comes in the box? Between the Roomba 614 and the Roomba 675, there is no difference between these models in terms of what is included.

They both come with:

  • Spiral brushroll
  • Spinning brush
  • AeroVac filter (x2)
  • Charging station
  • Battery
  • Cleaning tool
  • User guide

Neither of these Roombas come with virtual walls, but both are compatible with the infrared barriers. They are not compatible with in-app barriers or keep-out zones.

Roomba Usability

For usability, there are a number of different factors that I like to look at. Each of the factors listed below contribute to how easy the robot is to get going and use on a daily basis.

The four big usability factors include:

  1. Setup
  2. App control
  3. Run time
  4. Maintenance

#1. Setup

Right out of the box, the Roomba is easy to use. It comes basically 100% assembled. Just flip it over and snap in the spinning brush on the side, double check the brushroll, and you’re good to go.

Both of these models come with a bit of a charge so you can clean right away. But for the best performance, I always recommend charging for a few hours before letting it loose.

To start a cleaning cycle…

  1. Press “CLEAN”. Right on the top of the vacuum there is a CLEAN button which starts an automated cycle. Neither of these Roombas have any mapping so it will just start off wherever you put it, navigating around, bumping into things, until it is finished. Once the cycle is done, it will return to the charging dock.
  2. Schedule a cleaning. The Roomba 675 offers scheduled cleaning cycles, but the Roomba 614 does not. With scheduling, you can select a specific day or time when you want the Roomba to run.
  3. Spot clean. Spot cleaning is a nice option for quick cleaning cycles of small areas. Both of these vacuums offer the mode, which sends the Roomba cleaning in a radial pattern wherever you place it. It will gradually work its way in an outward motion until the area is cleaned. At that point, it will simply turn off. The vacuum cannot return to the charging dock after finishing a Spot Clean cycle.

#2. App Control

The Roomba 675 offers app control using your smartphone, but the 614 does not.

With the app and the Roomba 675, you can:

  • Start or stop a cleaning cycle
  • Schedule a cleaning in the future
  • Turn on push notifications to receive real-time notifications
  • Receive automatic software updates
  • Change the spoken language of your robot vacuum
  • Name or register your vacuum

One note, although the Roomba 675 has app control, it does not have digital mapping.

#3. Run Time

Between the two, the Roomba 675 has a longer run time, by 30 additional minutes.

Roomba 614

60 mins

Roomba 675

90 mins.

Newer Roombas offer Recharge & Resume, a technology that allows the Roomba to charge in the middle of a cleaning cycle for extended run times. However, the 600 Series Roombas do not have this feature.

How does it clean?

As they’re cleaning, both the 614 and the 675 use a “bump and continue” approach.

This basically means that they will drive around a space in a somewhat sporadic pattern, gently bumping into walls or obstacles and redirecting as needed.

It’s not particularly efficient, but it is effective and we had good cleaning results from the somewhat random patterns generated by both of these Roombas.

#4. Maintenance

Taking care of general maintenance tasks can keep your Roomba running smoothly for longer.

Some of the most important jobs include:

  • Empty the dust bin as needed (both bins hold up to 350 mL)
  • Clean and / or replace the filter as needed
  • Clear any tangles or debris from the brushroll as needed
  • Charge and / or replace the battery as needed

Concerning maintenance tasks, there are no notable differences between the Roomba 614 and the Roomba 675.

Which is the Better Value?

Okay, so all things considered, which Roomba is the better value—Roomba 614 vs. 675?

Today’s winner has got to be the Roomba 675.

The Roomba 675 just continued to outedge the performance and specs of the Roomba 614 at nearly every junction.

Here are some of the advantages of the 675 over the 614:

  • Wifi connectivity
  • Smartphone control
  • Scheduled cleanings
  • Longer run time (90 mins vs. 60 mins)

Roomba 614 vs. 675 Specifications

Below you’ll find a complete comparison of important specifications on the Roomba 614 vs. Roomba 675.

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Check out the specifications here:

 Roomba 614Roomba 675
FilterAeroVacAeroVac
Dust Bin Capacity350 mL350 mL
SuctionBaselineBaseline
Battery1,800 mAh1,800 mAh
BrushrollSpiral BristleSpiral Bristle
NavigationiAdapt 1.0iAdapt 1.0
Run TimeUp to 60 minsUp to 90 mins
Cleaning Performance94%*95%
Digital MappingNoNo
Full Bin IndicatorNoNo
App ConnectivityNoYes
Scheduled CleaningsNoYes
Virtual Wall CompatibleYesYes
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Which Roomba Should You Buy?

So bottom line—when it’s time to make a final selection and bring one home, which Roomba is right for you?

There are advantages and disadvantages to each model, so let’s hit the highlights one more time.

Roomba 675 robot vacuum

I would recommend the Roomba 614 if you’re looking for:

  • Lower price: If you’re looking for the lowest sticker price and want to stick below $300, the Roomba 614 will get you a name brand Roomba, but without having to spend a fortune. It lacks the advanced features of newer models, but still has a lot to over and at a lower price.
  • Good cleaning performance: The cleaning performance is also still pretty impressive. It doesn’t use the advanced rubberized brushroll, not does it navigate in intelligent patterns, but it did do a really great job of cleaning the space.
  • People without pets: If you don’t have pets, chances are that you won’t miss the rubberized brushroll, which is fantastic on cleaning pet hair. The bristle style brushroll does tend to tangle so just be sure to consider this before making your final decision.
Roomba 675 cleaning
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I would recommend the Roomba 675 if you’re looking for:

  • Wifi connectivity: If smartphone control or app-based cleaning cycles are an important part of using your robot vacuum, I would strongly recommend the 675 over the 614. Wifi connectivity allows for scheduled cleaning cycles and other in-app settings that simply are not available with the Roomba 614.
  • Longer run time: The 675 can run up to 30 minutes longer than the Roomba 614. Since neither of these models have Recharge & Resume, it becomes even more critical to have a longer initial run time.
  • Good cleaning performance: Like the 614, the Roomba 675 had solid cleaning performance across the board, especially at this price range. While it’s not as good as the more advanced Roomba models, it’s more than serviceable for most homes.

ChangeLog

  • February 12, 2021 – Initial version of the comparison was published.

About Derek Hales

Derek HalesDerek Hales is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of ModernCastle.com. He has been featured in Fast Company, Reader's Digest, Business Insider, Realtor.com, She Knows, and other major publications. Derek has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Kansas State University. Hales has been testing and reviewing products for the home since 2014.

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