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Roomba 675 Review

If you’re in the market for a low-cost robot vacuum, but don’t want to give up the Roomba name, your eyes may be drawn to Roomba’s newest budget cleaner, the Roomba 675.

The Roomba 675 robot vacuum comes in at the heels of the Roomba 614 and Roomba 690 era and brings a fresh look to a simple robot vacuum.

This vacuum review will touch on the similarities, the differences, and other points that make the iRobot Roomba 675 unique in the lineup.

Let’s get started and see if the Roomba 675 is right for you.

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Roomba 675

The Roomba 675 is a budget robot with enough power and the right features to make most users happy. It’s virtually identical to the more expensive Roomba 690, with the only difference being the lack of a virtual wall. Cleaning performance, run time, features, and wifi connectivity are all the same, resulting in arguably the best budget robot vacuum on the market today.Check Price

Pros

  • Comes in at a budget-tier price, making it more feasible for more consumers
  • Includes wifi-connectivity for control from your smartphone, tablet, or using Amazon Alexa (voice control)

Cons

  • Worse cleaning performance compared to more advanced models, like the 800 or 900 Series
  • Basic filtration and basic dirt detection technology

Table of Contents

Roomba 675 Design

Right out of the gate, you may notice that the design of the Roomba 675 feels familiar— and that’s because it is.

Roomba 675

It looks similar to older models, most notably the Roomba 614 robot vacuum. But the 614 is all but discontinued from the mainstream market, only really available through third party retailers (and not available on iRobot.com)

Roomba 675 underside

Cut scene—in rolls the Roomba 675, the successor of the Roomba 614, now with wifi connectivity, while still at an affordable price point.

What does the body of the 675 include?

It has the central “CLEAN” button at the center of the robot with minimalist controls for easy usability. There is a lift-up handle on the top that allows you to easily carry the Roomba to another location, when needed.

Roomba 675 buttons

A soft bumper covers the front half of the Roomba 675, protecting your furniture as well as the robot itself from knocking into obstacles around the house as it navigates.

Roomba 675 bumper

The side of the 675 still has the latch which allows access to the dust bin and filter for quick maintenance.

What’s does the bottom look like?

The underbelly of the Roomba 675 continues to strike a familiar chord, with many of the same parts as past models. It uses the same central bristle style brushroll as the preceding Roomba 614Roomba 650, and Roomba 690, as well as one spinning side brush, and three navigational wheels.

Roomba 675 cleaning rug

Roomba 675 Size & Dimensions

The size of the Roomba 675 is another area that is consistently “Roomba”. All Roomba models tend to fall between 13-14″ in diameter and 3-4″ tall. There is not much variation between other Roomba models, and the Roomba 675 is no different.

Roomba 675 size

So how big is this robot vacuum?

The Roomba 675 is 13.4″ in diameter and 3.5″ tall. It weighs 11.8 pounds and is relatively easy to maneuver around, as needed.

Roomba 675 size

Accessories & Parts Included with the 675

The Roomba 675 robot vacuum includes the following parts and accessories:

  • Charging Station
  • Line Cord
  • 1 Extra Filter
  • Owner’s Guide and Documentation Package
Roomba 675 accessories and parts
Roomba 675 accessories and parts

One drawback to the Roomba 675 is that it doesn’t include a virtual barrier. These barriers can be helpful in virtually marking off sensitive areas that you don’t want your Roomba to access.

iRobot Roomba virtual wall barrier block
Roomba’s virtual wall technology

In comparison to other models, the Roomba 675 does not come with any virtual barriers either, but the Roomba 690, 890, and 960 all come with one. The Roomba 980 is the only current Roomba model that comes with two barriers.

Roomba 675 Cleaning Performance

We recently bought a Roomba 675 and finalized our cleaning performance tests. As we had assumed based on our analysis of the hardware and specs, the performance is virtually identical to that of the Roomba 690.

Roomba 675 cleaning

The Roomba 675 and Roomba 690 are almost exactly the same. The only major difference being the inclusion of a virtual wall barrier on the 690.

See our complete performance testing and data below.

Overall

95%

Hardwood

99%

Low Carpet

95%

High Carpet

90%

Hardwood Floor Cleaning Tests

Cleaning performance on hardwood floors was excellent. The 675 was able to remove 99% of all debris we tested against.

The only remaining debris on the floor was a couple grains of rice that had been pushed into a corner.

Roomba 675 hardwood floor cleaning tests
Roomba 675 hardwood floor cleaning tests

Low Pile Carpet Cleaning

Low pile carpet was also excellent at 95%.

The Roomba 675 had a little more trouble on low pile carpet compared to hardwood floors. The most debris left behind was sugar. However, to score a 95% is still great.

Roomba 675 low pile carpet cleaning tests
Roomba 675 low pile carpet cleaning tests

High Pile Carpet Cleaning

High pile carpet was the most difficult for the Roomba 675, as expected. Nevertheless, it still removed 90% of all debris.

Just as with low pile carpet, the biggest miss on high pile carpet was the sugar.

That said, a budget robot vacuum scoring a 90% on high pile carpet is exceptionally good.

Roomba 675 high pile carpet cleaning tests
Roomba 675 high pile carpet cleaning tests

Roomba 675 Brushroll

How about the brushroll?

The Roomba 675 uses the bristle style brushroll, which is great at cleaning in general, but will be more prone at getting hair tangles (compared the rubber brushroll on the Roomba’s 800 and 900 series).

Roomba 675 brushroll

So is the 675 going to clean well?

We think for this price point the Roomba 675 cleans exceptionally well. It scored a 95% average across all of our tests.

True, it’s not perfect, however, to move from a 95-100% you are going to spend 2-4 times as much money to achieve that performance.

Roomba 675 spinning side brush

Roomba 675 Quality

The quality of the Roomba 675 robot vacuum is similar to the other 600 Series models. There is no advanced camera navigation, like on the 900 Series models, but the features that are included are built at the same quality that you can expect from other models in the lineup.

Roomba 675 wheels

Does it require a lot of maintenance?

The following table shows the main areas to focus on with regard to maintenance:

Accessory / PartReplacement FrequencyReplacement Cost
HEPA filter2 months Check Price
Spinning brush6 monthsCheck Price
Front wheel12 monthsCheck Price
Brushroll12 monthsCheck Price
Battery18-36 monthsCheck Price

To keep your Roomba 675 running at peak performance, it is recommended to regularly care for the filter and keep the dust bin emptied. Practicing regular maintenance tasks helps to keep your Roomba running the best that it can.

Based on the replacement cost and Roomba’s recommended replacement schedule, you can expect to pay around $33 / year on maintenance costs for the Roomba 675.

Battery…good or bad?

The battery also contributes to the overall quality of the Roomba 675. A weak battery tends to mean weak suction, poor cleaning performance, and / or a short run time.

Here are the details on the battery for the Roomba 675 battery:

BatteryDetails
Size1800 mAh
Charging Time2-3 hours
Run Time90 minutes
Replacement CostCheck Price

Is the Roomba 675 Easy to Use?

First, setup:

The setup of the Roomba 675 is also consistent with other wifi models in the 600 Series. For a simple clean, you can simply unbox the Roomba, charge it up, and hit clean.

Roomba 675 on docking station

It’s as easy as that.

If you’d like to utilize the wifi-connectivity, you’ll need to install the iRobot Home app and pair the robot vacuum to your wifi network. For an experienced tech user, this could be as quick as 5 minutes, but may take as long as 10 minutes if you’re unfamiliar with that kind of interface.

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Setting up the iRobot app

What can the Roomba app do?

Using the app, you can start or stop a cleaning, see cleaning history, and schedule future cleanings on a weekly basis. For a low-cost robot vacuum like the Roomba 675, this wifi connectivity is a real bonus.

iRobot Roomba App
iRobot Roomba App

Roomba 675 Maneuverability

The ability to maneuver around the space is another big factor in overall usability. The Roomba 675 has a nice degree of maneuverability. It is low profile, like many other Roombas and can turn on a dime.

It doesn’t have the advanced navigational sensors or on-board camera like the Roomba 900 Series, but it is the master of the “bump and continue” method. This means that it will scoot along, slightly bumping into obstacles, changing its route as needed, and move on.

RELATED: Looking for a robot vacuum with more advanced navigation? Check our reviews on the Roomba 980 or Xiaomi Mi robot vacuum.

No fancy bells and whistles here, but especially on hardwoods, it has nearly the same cleaning performance as more advanced models (see here for more of the best vacuums on hardwoods). For smaller homes or spaces with simple layouts, it may not be necessary to spend the extra on advanced navigation.

Is the Roomba 675 a Good Value?

So we’ve reviewed the specs, features, and other details about the Roomba 675. It’s time for the big question—is it a good value?

Roomba 675 robot vacuum

But what makes it so special?

The overall value of the Roomba 675 is great. It is arguably the best valued robot Roomba has ever made.

Considering its long run time, filtration, low-profile maneuverability, and powerful cleaning performance, it has many features that add to its value.

The biggest drawbacks to the Roomba 675 includes: no virtual walls, no rubberized brushroll, and basic navigation.

However, these drawbacks can be accepted, given the price point and overall cleaning performance.

Is there a warranty?

Roomba does offer a 1-year warranty, in addition to a standard 30-day return policy (via Amazon.com).

Roomba 675 Specifications

Below is a complete list of important specifications and features included on the Roomba 675 robot vacuum:

Specifications 
TypeRobot
ManufactureriRobot
ModelRoomba 675
Length13.4"
Width13.4"
Height3.5"
Weight7.8 lbs
Floor TypeAll (indoor)
Battery1,800 mAh
Dust Bin Capacity0.3 L
CordlessYes
BaglessYes
ReturnsVaries by retailer
Warranty1-Year limited
PriceCheck Price

Who Should Buy the Roomba 675?

Overall, the Roomba 675 robot vacuum is a great budget-friendly option that has a simple design of a base level model, but the added bonus feature of wifi connectivity.

I would recommend the Roomba 675 if you’re looking for the following features in a smart robot vacuum: 

  • Want wifi connectivity: Notably, one of the biggest advantages of the Roomba 675 versus other Roomba models in the 600 Series is the wifi connectivity. Wifi connectivity is one of the most desired features in advanced models and allows more hands-free controls, directly from your smartphone or tablet. The Roomba 675 is even compatible with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant for voice-activated cleaning cycles.
  • Want a great value: Considering price vs. features and cleaning performance, the Roomba 675 is simply a great value. If you need more advanced features, you can get those with more advanced models, like the Roomba 800 or Roomba 900 series, but like with anything else, it’s going to cost you.
  • Don’t need virtual barriers: With the 675, you get no virtual wall barriers. If you’re cleaning smaller areas, it’s possible that you don’t need virtual barriers. The Roomba 675 is perfect for smaller space like this. If you like the look and features of the Roomba 675, but DO need virtual walls, check out the Roomba 690 robot vacuum.

For more information on the Roomba 675, check it out here.

Scoring Details

Why did the Roomba 675 score the way it did?

  • Design – Overall design was impressive. Similar to other 600 series Roomba robot vacuums, the 675 has a sturdy build.
  • Performance – Although we have not tested this model, we would expect the performance to be virtually the same as the 690.
  • Quality – Looks well-built and tough. Not a whole lot to complain about with regard to the quality of the 675. Seems to follow standard Roomba designs.
  • Usability – The addition of wifi to a 600 series Roomba is impressive. Control it from your phone or the unit itself, either way, it is simple to use.
  • Value – Price compared to overall quality of this robot vacuum is hard to beat. Roomba knocked it out of the park with an affordable robot vacuum that also contains wifi connectivity.

Please note, we have not yet personally tested the Roomba 675. This review, and our scores, are based on previous Modern Castle tests of Roomba robots, as well as product specifics via iRobot.

Update Log

  • February 27, 2020 – Added our 675 testing data. Also updated and clarified a few points based on new and improved understandings of the 675 over time. Performance score improved from a 94% to 95%, based on our new testing data.
  • November 22, 2018 – Updated the top featured product section. Content slightly changed and visual layout changed.
  • August 28, 2018 – Initial version of the page published.
Excellent Value, Solid Performance
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94%

Summary

The Roomba 675 is one of the newer robot vacuums from iRobot. The 675 is similar to the Roomba 614 in many ways, but this model includes wifi connectivity. With their newest iteration, iRobot decided to create an inexpensive robot vacuum with wifi. There is no advanced navigation or extra bells and whistles, but the ability to connect the Roomba 675 to wifi is a game changer. Users who like the idea of wifi but want to avoid spending a ton of money will find the Roomba 675 an excellent balance.

Need Help? Ask Your Question Below

    • The older models can indeed have trouble finding the dock due to the more simple navigation.

      To the extent you can, keep the dock in a single location. As for the cord, use a twisty or Velcro tie to keep excess cord out of the way and tied up. Ideally, you want the cord to drop directly from above and then sort of store it behind the charger along the wall. I’ve found that works best to keep robots out of it (works for just about all robot charging bases).

  1. My 675 keeps cleaning the same 2 rooms and misses the rest of the house. Any tips to help it learn? I’d love for it to get each room.

    Reply
    • Put the charging station and 675 in the rooms / areas it misses the most. That way it can start in the hardest section for it to get to, but hopefully find its way to the other areas where it seems to have a better understanding of the layout.

  2. I have two small kids at home. Does it work well navigating around toys or will it just not vacuum in that area? Also wondering will it navigate around chairs or just not vacuum that area?

    Reply
    • It will vacuum as close to those toys and other objects as it can. As long as they are large enough it will simply vacuum up to them and then go elsewhere. If they are small toys, it will probably run them over (sucking up the very small ones).

      I would just suggest you pick up the very smallest of the toys to prevent that from happening.

  3. We have an area rug with dark red and black on edges and the Roomba will not advance over them. Is this normal or something to do with the stair or falling feature?

    Reply
    • I have heard some complain about this issue. However, in our tests and day to day usage I have never once experienced any issues on black rugs.

  4. My Roomba 675 has been running for over an hour cleaning. Is that normal? How long does it take to complete a cleaning cycle?

    Reply
    • It will keep cleaning as long as it’s finding new areas to clean and/or keeps detecting dirt. So a 1 hour run time can be very normal.

      In most cases, my 675 tends to run until it needs to be recharged.

  5. I’m buying the 675 over the 960 only because it’s cheaper and it’s my first robot vacuum, and also have a little place to clean. Would you recommend this over the 960 for a first-timer like me ? Also want to know if it comes with 110-220 W power supply? Thanks in advance, and sorry for my English.

    Reply
    • 675 is a great value robot. No question, it’s not as good as the Roomba 960. Even so, if you just want to save money or are unsure about a robot vacuum cleaner the 675 is a great place to start.

      The power supply is 100-240.

  6. Saludos, la roomba no puede pasar por agua en algun momento, pero por ejemplo si son residuos de agua por la humedad que deja un vaso cuando suda el frio en el piso. ¿Eso igual daña el equipo?

    Reply
    • No lo hemos probado de manera específica, pero me sorprendería mucho que la alta humedad produjera problemas con el Roomba.

    • Perhaps so…the Roomba 675 (and most robots in general) can be louder on hard surfaces, however, it’s still going to be quieter than any other vacuum cleaner you’ve used (especially on carpet).

      If it’s not, you might have an issue going on.

  7. Can I carry this model Roomba 675 on the plane overseas to Peru? Are there any restrictions because Roomba 675 uses a Lithium battery? Thank you

    Reply
  8. I’ve heard some robot vacs require several clear feet around their base. Is this the case? I have a pretty tight space to work in.

    Reply
    • That is correct. Roomba recommends around 18″ on each side and 4′ in front.

      Pretty much all robot vacuums need the same (or similar).

  9. Hi Derek,

    thanks for the very detailed review. just a quick question though. The only reason i consider this is because i have a heavy shedding dog. Should I go with the Roomba 675 or the Xiaomi Mi? (my budget is at that range)

    cheers

    Reply
    • Definitely go with the Roomba 675.

      It’s a bit cheaper, had better cleaning performance, and it’s easier to find replacement parts.

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