Roomba is one of the top robot vacuum companies, and their 614 and 690 are two of the more affordable, yet still impressive, models.
This week we will take a look at the Roomba 614 vs. 690 and see how they compare.
Is the Romba 690 worth the extra money or does the Roomba 614 get the job done?
Continue reading to find out!
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Roomba 614 vs. 690 Design Differences
Aesthetically speaking, both of these Roomba vacuums offer the same style design. Yet, the color scheme of the 614 is all black with a small bronze ring around the controls section of the vacuum, whereas the 690 offers Roomba’s more traditional gray and black color scheme.
Aside from these two models, iRobot does offer a multitude of other Roomba vacuums. Their most current models include:
- Roomba 890 – Wifi enabled unit with up to 60 minutes of run time and a full dust bin indicator.
- Roomba 960 – Wifi enabled robot vacuum with advanced cleaning technology, up to 75 minutes of run time, digital map reports, and a recharge & resume feature.
- Roomba 980 – Wifi enabled vacuum with all of the same functions as the 960, plus a power boost mode for even deeper cleaning. Additionally, this model has a run time of up to 120 minutes.
How Roomba 614 & 690 Clean
3-STAGE CLEANING | Both the Roomba 614 and 690 utilize iRobot’s three-stage cleaning process; loosen, lift, and suck. While driving around your home, these robot vacuums work to complete this three stage process on all indoor floor types.
Two debris extractors (rolling brushes) complete the loosen and lift portion of the cleaning cycle as the vacuum drives over dirt and debris. Next, the suction path crosses over the debris field and sucks up the mess, storing it in the dust bin.
DIRT DETECTION | A lot of mapping technology has entered the world of robot vacuums (most notably with the Roomba 980). That said, not all of these vacuums utilize this method when it comes to cleaning. The Roomba 614 and Roomba 690 both operate by a dirt detection system, which literally detects dirt and debris, drives to it, and cleans it up.
Comparatively speaking, Roomba’s higher end models have the ability to map out your home and memorize that map. Therefore, each time they clean they do so in a more efficient manner.
Size & Dimensions
The Roomba 614 and 690 share an almost identical size, totaling about 13″ in total diameter and 3.6″ in height.
The weight difference between the two is less than half of a pound, which does not change the way these robot vacuums operate.
Roomba 614 Size
Roomba 690 Size
|Accessory||Roomba 614||Roomba 690|
|Virtual wall barrier|
The virtual wall barrier is just what it sounds like; a beam shoots out from the block provided, creating an invisible wall that the Roomba cannot drive past. This is beneficial for those who need to stop the Roomba from going into certain rooms, or around certain areas of the home.
Charging base: All Roomba’s include a charging base. Once the unit is dead, it will return to its base to charge back up for its next cleaning cycle.
Virtual Wall Barrier: These barrier blocks shoot an invisible beam, creating a wall that prevents the Roomba from entering certain spaces.
Filter: One extra filter is included with each of these Roomba vacuums. You’ll want to clean the filter every couple of weeks and replacing every few months.
Cleaning Tool: A small protected blade cuts through hair and strings that could be wrapped around the brushroll on the 614 or 690.
The following vacuum cleaner tests are designed to show how the Roomba 614 and Roomba 690 perform on different surfaces, picking up a variety of debris types.
We test on three different floor types, including hardwood floors, low pile carpet, and high pile carpet.
Overall Cleaning Scores
- Roomba 614 93%
- Roomba 690 93%
Roomba 614 Cleaning
- Hardwood – Roomba 614 98%
- Low Carpet – Roomba 614 93%
- High Carpet – Roomba 614 91%
Cleaning results for the 614 are estimates based on our 690 tested results. We have not yet completed the 614 cleaning tests.
Hardwood Floor Cleaning
The performance of the Roomba 690 against hardwood floors was quite good. This robot vacuum was able to drive around and clean up at least 95% of each debris type.
Sugar, proved to be the most difficult for the 690 to handle, but being able to clean it up at 95% is still more than impressive.
Unfortunately, since we have not tested the Roomba 614, we do not have our exact testing data. That said, the similarities between the Roomba 614 and 690 lead us to believe that the cleaning performance between these two vacuums would be extremely similar.
The Roomba 690 drove around our testing lane fior about 15 minutes while cleaning up each debris types and shut itself off after it thought the job was done.
Low Pile Carpet Cleaning
As we moved onto the low pile carpet cleaning tests, the 690’s performance was consistent for the rice, kitty litter, and cereal. Yet, there was a decline in performance during the sugar test.
The suction power of the 690 was simply not strong enough to dig deeply into the pile of the carpet, which allowed 28% of the debris to remain within the carpet.
Although this Roomba was able to clean up 72% of the sugar from the low pile carpet, I would’ve like to see it make a few more passes over some of the remaining sugar before shutting itself off.
High Pile Carpet Cleaning
Once again, results on the high pile cleaning test were virtually identical to those of the low pile. The first three debris types posed no issues for the 690, but the sugar did.
Being a thicker carpet than the low pile, the sugar was able to fall even deeper into the pile, which meant the Roomba would have to work even harder to lift the sugar.
After final measurements, the Roomba 690 was able to remove 66% of the sugar from the high pile carpet.
Again, we would expect the Roomba 614 to offer substantially similar performance to the 690.
Using the Roomba 614 & 690
UNBOXING | Unboxing these vacuums is as easy as it gets (all Roomba unboxings we’ve done have been basically the same). Remove all parts from the packaging, charge the vacuum, and let it clean. There is no assembly required with either of these iRobot vacuums.
SETUP | After everything is charged up, you can setup these units by using the buttons on top of each unit. These buttons allow you to send the vacuum into an automatic cleaning cycle, back to the base, etc..
With the Roomba 690 having Wifi capabilities, users can also use their smartphone to setup and use the unit.
Setting up the iRobot app for the Roomba 690 was quite simple. It took less than 2 minutes and the instructions on the app were extremely clear every step of the way.
By setting up this app, users are able to turn the vacuum on / off, set a cleaning schedule, view past cleanings, pause / resume a cleaning in progress, and more.
EMPTYING THE DUST BIN | All of the Roomba robot vacuums use the same method when it comes to emptying the dust bin. Pull the dust bin away from the main base, squeeze the color indicted tabs, and dump the dirt / debris into the trash can.
Roomba 614 vs. 690 Maneuverability Differences
PORTABILITY | The 614 weighs 7.5 pounds compared to the 7.8 pound 690. This weight is not different enough to cause any damage (or really change how either clean), or show a different level of power when running into objects.
Corners are the one flaw associated with the maneuverability of these robot vacuums. The Roomba 614 and 690 both have a side brush that reaches into corners and crevices, but the brush does not always get the dirt and debris out of those areas.
Maintaining each of these vacuums is not a tough task, but certainly worth paying attention to. The most important areas to maintain are the emptying the dust bin, replacing the filter, clearing the brush rolls, replacing the side brush, and replacing the battery after it dies.
|Accessory / Part||Replacement Frequency||Roomba 614||Roomba 690|
|Filter||2 months||Check Price||Check Price|
|Spinning brush||6 months||Check Price||Check Price|
|Front wheel||12 months||Check Price||Check Price|
|Brushroll||12 months||Check Price||Check Price|
|Battery||18-36 months||Check Price||Check Price|
The filter should be replaced every 2 months.
The battery should last at least the life of the warranty, but will more than likely need to be replaced between months 18 and 36, depending on how often it is used. My first Roomba’s battery (the 870) lasted around two and a half years.
Both the Roomba 614 and 690 should cost around $32 / year to maintain.
Keep in mind, these replacement frequencies might not always apply to you. These are the time frames recommended by iRobot for their Roomba vacuums. Your replacement frequencies could vary, depending on how often you are using the vacuum cleaner.
Does 614 or 690 Have a Better Battery?
Based off of the research we have done, we believe that the battery in the 614 is identical to that of the 690. Both are lithium-ion batteries that offer 1,800 mAh and about 60 minutes of run time.
|Part||Roomba 614||Roomba 690|
|Capacity||1,800 mAh||1,800 mAh|
|Charging Time||2-3 hours||2-3 hours|
|Run Time||~60 minutes||~60 minutes|
|Replacement Cost||Check Price||Check Price|
Is Roomba 614 or 690 Quieter?
As we take a look at noise, the 690 came in around 68 dB. This is a measurement taken from about 3′ away in a carpeted room. Due to not physically testing the 614, we cannot give an exact number with regards to the amount of dB it produces.
But, being such a similar model to the 690, our estimated guess would be around 68 dB as well.
Noise also depends on the setup of your home, meaning it could vary from house to house.
Roomba 614 Value
Overall, the 614 seems to be a good value. The only major differences between this vacuum and the Roomba 690 is the Wifi connectivity and the scheduled cleanings. Although this model does not include those features, the lower price helps the 614 pickup notable value points.
- Warranty – 1 year
- Returns – 30 days via Amazon.com, other retailers may vary
- Check Price
Roomba 690 Value
All things considered, the value of the 690 is great. The extra features, solid cleaning performance, and small difference in price make this the better overall value, in my opinion.
If budget is an issue, saving some money and going with the 614 may be the better choice. Yet, if you like the idea of Wifi capabilities and scheduled cleaning sessions for just a bit more money, then the 690 is definitely worth the upgrade.
- Warranty – 1 year
- Returns – 30 days via Amazon.com, other retailers may vary
- Check Price
Other Value Vacuums
If you’d like to see how other vacuums compare please see our best cheap vacuum and best cheap robot vacuum primers. These guides look at a broader selection of brands and may be able to help you find a better vacuum for your needs.
|Specs||Roomba 614||Roomba 690|
|Weight||7.5 lbs.||7.8 lbs.|
|Floor Type||All (indoor)||All (indoor)|
|Dustbin Capacity||0.3 L||0.3 L|
|Returns||30 days via Amazon.com||30 days via Amazon.com|
|Warranty||1 Year limited||1 Year limited|
|Buy||Check Price||Check Price|
Summary of Major Differences
The Roomba 690 has Wifi connectivity and can be controlled through the iRobot app. The Roomba 614 does not have wifi connectivity and cannot be controlled via your smartphone.
The Roomba 690 has the ability to create scheduled cleaning sessions. The 614 can only run when manually turned on by the user.
The Roomba 690 includes a virtual wall barrier, which blocks off the vacuum from specific areas inside your home. The 614 is not compatible with the virtual wall barriers.
The Roomba 614 is currently the most inexpensive Roomba model, but the lower price point means you give up on a handful of notable features (virtual wall barriers, HEPA filter, smartphone control).
You should buy the Roomba 614 if you…
- Want a lower cost unit – The price difference between the 614 and 690 is typically feasible. While this is not a large difference, it can be important if you’re on a budget.
- Don’t need the WiFi – The 614 does not include WifI and therefore cannot be controlled with a smartphone. This Roomba has to be manually turned on in order to operate.
- Don’t need a virtual wall barrier – If you are not worried about the Roomba getting into certain areas of your home, the virtual wall barrier may not be necessary.
Should You Buy the Roomba 690?
The 690 offers everything the 614 does, plus a few extras. The addition of Wifi and a couple of other extras makes the value of this Roomba a touch better than that of the 614, in my opinion.
You should buy the Roomba 690 if you…
- Want Wifi connectivity – The 690 offers WifI connectivity, which allows users to control this Roomba vacuum through the iRobot app.
- Want to be able to schedule cleanings – Also included with this Roomba is the ability to schedule specific cleaning days and times. Therefore, the vacuum will take off and clean on its own, when instructed to do so.
- Need a virtual wall barrier – The 690 does include one virtual wall barrier, which allows users to block the 690 off from a specific area / room in their home.
Derek Hales is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of ModernCastle.com. He is a passionate perfectionist when it comes to testing and reviewing products for the home. When he is not testing new products, Derek enjoys golf, tennis, and PC gaming. Derek lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife, Samantha, and poodle, Tibbers.