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Roomba E5 Robot Review

Derek Hales

Written By: Derek Hales

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The Roomba E5 is one of the newest robots from It’s one of the most advanced robot vacuums we’ve tested to date.

But how did it perform on our cleaning tests? Let’s find out!

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Roomba E5

The Roomba e5 robot vacuum is one of the newest models introduced from iRobot. This robot vacuum offers a powerful performance, smart home capabilities, and a mid-range price tier. The Roomba e5 seems like an upgraded version of the Roomba 890 to us. Its specs, software, and price point are the similar to the 890, but the cleaning performance of the e5 was a dramatic improvement. The e5 is a great choice if you don’t need bleeding edge features, but still want exceptional cleaning performance.Buy on AmazonBuy at Other Retailers


  • Has WiFi connectivity, allowing users to control the vacuum from their phone or compatible voice device.
  • Offers a powerful cleaning performance and a mix of neat features.


  • Does not have an onboard camera that is used to map out your home.
  • The e5 does not have the ability to recharge and resume. After the battery is dead, the vacuum will charge and remain on the base.

Rather watch than read? Check out our Roomba e5 video review below:

Roomba e5 Design

The Roomba e5 carries a similar design to all Roomba robot vacuums. This model is built in a fashion similar to the Roomba 890, but does seem to be an upgrade overall.

First stop, the buttons on top:

As you first take a look at the top of the Roomba e5 robot vacuum, your eyes gravitate towards three buttons. All three of these buttons are located in the center of the vacuum. The main button is the “CLEAN” button, which acts as both a power button and an automated cleaning button.

Roomba e5 robot vacuum
Roomba e5 robot vacuum

The buttons on the left and right are the home and spot clean buttons.

  • Home button – By pressing this button, the e5 will return back to its home base and begin to charge.
  • Spot clean – The spot clean button places the Roomba in spot clean mode, as the name suggests. This means the Roomba e5 will travel in small circles over a particular space until it feels it has completed the cleaning cycle.
Buttons located on the top of the Roomba e5
Buttons located on the top of the Roomba e5

Brushrolls & Brushes

Once you turn the vacuum over, the bottom of the e5 is virtually identical to the new Roomba i7+. The only difference is the Roomba e5 does not contain an automated suction vent but the i7+ does. There are still two rubber brushrolls, three wheels, a spinning brush, dustbin, and battery.

The bottom of the e5 contains the rolling brushes, wheels, spinning brush, and dustbin
The bottom of the e5 contains the rolling brushes, wheels, spinning brush, and dustbin

As noted above, the e5 does not have an automated suction slot. The new Roomba i7+ robot vacuum has the ability to drive onto its charging base and empty its dustbin, hence the need for the vent.

On the other hand, the Roomba e5 utilizes a charging base similar to most other Roomba vacuums, therefore, there is no need for the vent on this robot vacuum.

RELATED – Want to see what else Roomba has to offer? Check out their robot vacuums here.

Size & Dimensions

With regard to the size of the Roomba e5, not much has changed. Roomba seems to stick closely to a particular shape and size.

How big is the vacuum?

The Roomba e5 is:

  • 13.3″ diameter
  • 3.6″ tall
  • 7.2 pounds

When compared to previous Roomba models and most other robot vacuums, this size is within the norm.

Size and dimensions of the Roomba e5

Accessories & Parts

The Roomba e5 includes the following parts and accessories:

  • Charging base
  • 1 Virtual wall (not all versions of the E5 include the wall, make sure you double check packaging)
Charger included with the Roomba e5 robot vacuum

CHARGING BASE | The Roomba e5 includes a standard charging base. Like all Roomba vacuums, when its battery gets low it will try to find the charging base and start charging itself automatically.

Wall barrier included with the Roomba i7+ robot vacuum

VIRTUAL WALL | A dual-mode virtual wall barrier is also included with the e5. This wall barrier helps to block the Roomba off from certain areas of your home by creating invisible linear and radial lines. The linear line extends up to 10′ ling while the radial line reaches 4′ in diameter.

12/27/2019 Update – Some commenters are reporting the the e5 5150 package does not include the virtual wall. It’s unclear if this is all packages or just at certain retailers. I would recommend double checking the box to make sure it includes all accessories you are expecting.

Alternatively, you can also purchase a virtual wall standalone here.

RELATED – Interesting in how the e5 compares to newer models? See our Roomba S9+ vs. S9 vs. i7+ vs. i7 vs. e5.


The Roomba e5 does not offer a ton of features, but there are a few that will be of use to most users.


Scheduling the Roomba e5 robot vacuum is one of the neatest features.

How does it work?

Let’s say you’re an extremely busy person who just doesn’t have time to deal with the robot vacuum at all. No problem. The e5 has your back.

iRobot Roomba scheduling setup
Interface to setup Roomba scheduling

With this robot vacuum, users can set a daily / weekly schedule, in addition to a one-time schedule.

  • Daily / weekly scheduling – This method of scheduling literally means you have the option of scheduling your Roomba e5 to vacuum your home at a specific time, every day of the week. Whether you are there or not, the Roomba will automatically take off to complete its cleaning cycle without you lifting a finger.
  • One-time scheduling – Unlike the daily / weekly scheduling, a one-time schedule is for when you need to have your floors vacuumed on a specific day and don’t want to forget. For example, you may have company coming over, therefore you set a one time schedule a week in advance in order to have the Roomba remember to vacuum your floors before your guests arrive.
iRobot Roomba app scheduling cleanings
iRobot Roomba app to schedule and monitor cleanings

App Control

Users do have the option of using the iRobot smartphone app as well. The app gives users the ability to set a schedule, send the e5 off on a one time clean, put it in spot cleaning mode, or send it back to its home charging base.

iRobot Roomba smartphone app
iRobot Roomba smartphone app

Cleaning Performance

The cleaning performance we saw from the Roomba e5 was extremely impressive. This robot vacuum was able to plow through all four of our debris types, on all three flooring types with ease.





Low Carpet


High Carpet


Hardwood Floor Cleaning

The hardwood floor tests were no match for the Roomba e5. This robot vacuum was able to dominate all four debris types with a score of 100%.



Kitty Litter






Although we do believe the e5 is the replacement for the 890, which seems to be getting phased out of iRobot’s Roomba line, the e5’s performance was shockingly better than the 890.

New brushrolls used on the e5 - one is used to lift while the other is used to loosen
New brushrolls used on the e5 – one is used to lift while the other is used to loosen

This may be largely in part due to the newer, more advanced brushrolls used in the e5.

Roomba 890 robot vacuum hardwood cleaning test

Additionally, the Roomba e5 was able to clean up each debris quite quickly. Although there was no method to the madness, the vacuum moved swiftly and cleaned efficiently.

While the e5 didn’t earn the #1 robot pick (that went to the Roomba S9+) on our best vacuum cleaner for wood floors battle, it’s still worthy of consideration if you have lots of hardwood floors.

Low Pile Carpet Cleaning

Performance on low pile carpet was almost identical to the hardwood floor.



Kitty Litter






So there were no issues on the low pile carpet?

The only debris that did not score a perfect 100% was the sugar. That said, the sugar was cleaned up to a level of 99%.

Roomba 890 robot vacuum low carpet cleaning test

While the sugar may not have hit the perfect 100% cleaned up mark, the remaining 1% was not visible to the eye. After running the test over the carpet one more time, the 1% of remaining sugar was no longer an issue.

High Pile Carpet Cleaning

Last but not least, the high pile carpet tests.

So, what’s the verdict?



Kitty Litter






Much to our surprise, the Roomba e5 dominated the high pile carpet tests. Once again, sugar was the only debris that was not cleaned up to a level of 100%. Yet, it did hit 98%, which is virtually flawless, in our eyes.

Roomba 890 robot vacuum high carpet cleaning test

Bottom line:

The Roomba e5 is one of the most impressive robot vacuums we have tested to date, with regard to cleaning performance. It is an absolute workhorse and was able to tackle the Modern Castle cleaning tests without blinking an eye….or losing a spinning brush!

The best sugar cleaning performance we’ve seen in a robot vacuum comes from iRobot’s Roomba i7+. See our performance tests here, or check out more of the best vacuums for carpets here.


While using a robot vacuum may sound complicated, most are not. The Roomba e5 certainly falls under the category of being easy to understand and use.

Using the Roomba e5 is as easy as pushing a button
Using the Roomba e5 is as easy as pushing a button

There are no complicated processes involved in using this robot vacuum. Simply press clean and let it run or download the iRobot app and do all of the not so hard work from your phone.

What about setup?

As crazy as it sounds, there is basically no set up required with the Roomba e5. Simply unbox everything, plug in the charging base, place the e5 on the charging base, and you’re good to go!

The Roomba will charge up and be ready to clean your home in a few hours.

Best way to manage the battery initially:

As with most Roombas, they come at least 50% charged, right out of the box. Therefore, you could technically put the vacuum to work right away. That said, Roomba does recommend that you charge the vacuum fully before using it for the first time.

This method will supply the battery with a strong start, allowing it to run for up to 90 minutes at a time.

The Roomba e5 will drive itself onto the charging base when it needs to be refueled
The Roomba e5 will drive itself onto the charging base when it needs to be refueled

In addition, you may want to go ahead and run the Roomba e5 for the full 90 minutes after it has reached a full charge. Fully using the battery and then fully re-charging helps break-in the battery, establishing good battery longevity.


Next up, press the cleaning button and set the Roomba e5 free. The robot is designed to drive around your home, detect dirt and debris, and vacuum it up. There is not much required out of the user with regard to actually using the Roomba e5 robot vacuum.

Roomba e5 cleaning cereal on hardwood floor
Roomba e5 cleaning cereal on hardwood floor

Keep in mind, you do have the option of using the iRobot smartphone app to control the e5 as well.

Using the App

Setting up the app is painless. It takes just a few minutes to connect to your phone, via wifi, and once it is set up you are able to control every aspect of your Roomba from your phone.

The home screen of the app resembles the main user interface of the actual robot vacuum, where there is a large “CLEAN” button housed in the middle of your screen. Once again, you can press this button to send the e5 off on a cleaning mission, or you can select to have the e5 return to its base or do a spot clean.

Is the Roomba e5 a Good Value?

When it comes to value, the Roomba e5 is hard to beat.

At half of the price from some of the newer Roomba vacuums, such as the i7 and i7+, the e5 still offers a good number of features, extremely strong cleaning performance, and a long run time.

Maintenance concerns:

Roomba e5 Robot Vacuum value

Maintenance is another area where the Roomba also excels. The only maintenance costs required are replacing the high efficiency filter, the spinning brush, rubber brushrolls, and battery.

Keep in mind, the filter is really the only piece that needs to be replaced frequently. All other parts are really dependent on the wear and tear of the vacuum.

Summing it up…

If you’re looking for a quality robot vacuum and don’t want to spend a ton of money, the iRobot Roomba e5 is a great addition to almost any home.

Roomba e5 Specifications

For a full list of the Roomba e5 specifications, check out the table below:

SpecificationsRoomba e5
ModelRoomba e5 (5150)
Weight7.2 lbs.
Floor TypeAll (indoor)
Battery1,800 mAh
Dust Bin Capacity~0.5 L
iAdapt NavigationYes
Imprint Smart MappingNo
Washable Dust Bin (on-board)Yes
Includes Virtual WallYes; One
ReturnsYes (usually), Varies by retailer
Warranty1-Year limited
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Who Should Buy the Roomba e5?

If you’re in the market for a well-rounded robot vacuum that strikes a nice balance between excellent feature set / performance and price, the Roomba e5 is a great choice.

I would recommend the Roomba e5 if you’re looking for the following features in a robot vacuum: 

  • Want a versatile robot vacuum: The Roomba e5 has the ability to travel between hardwoods, tile, carpets, and rugs with ease because of its powerful wheels. If you have home with several changes in floor material, the e5 could be a nice addition.
  • Want the ability to set a cleaning schedule: If you’re a fan of schedules, this robot vacuum may be a good fit. The e5 can be scheduled daily, weekly, or just one single time.
  • Want strong cleaning performance: This robot vacuum is expected to perform quite well on all indoor floor types.
  • Want a newer, less expensive Roomba robot vacuum: Although this is one of Roomba’s newest additions to their robot vacuum line, it is also one of the less expensive models. The relative performance for the price makes the e5 is a solid value overall.

For more information on the Roomba e5 see here.

Why did the Roomba e5 robot vacuum score the way it did?

  • Design – Durable body, good size, brushes work well in corners, and rubberized brushrolls all work together beautifully. Not bleeding edge, but better than most others in the market.
  • Performance – Cleaning performance was nearly flawless. This robot vacuum was able to navigate through our cleaning tests with ease.
  • Quality – Brings expected Roomba quality (which is good!)
  • Usability – Intuitive button layout on top is a plus, as is the iRobot app, which is incredibly easy to use and powerful.
  • Value – Not a cheap robot, but not over priced other. Strikes a really nice balance between performance and costs.
iRobot's New Mid-Range Robot
  • Design - 95%
  • Performance - 99%
  • Quality - 93%
  • Usability - 93%
  • Value - 95%


The Roomba e5 is a robot vacuum loaded with advanced technology, cool features, and a strong cleaning performance. This robot vacuum is a less expensive model than some of Roomba’s newer vacuums, such as their brand new i7 and i7+. With the less expensive model does come fewer bells and whistles, but in the end the Roomba e5 is still one of the most impressive robot vacuums we have seen to date.

About Derek Hales

Derek HalesDerek Hales is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of He has been featured in Fast Company, Reader's Digest, Business Insider,, 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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88 Comments on “Roomba E5 Robot Review”

  1. I bought the E5 a year ago and it won’t charge on the charger. I bought an expensive replacement charger and it didn’t work either. I’m at a loss. My iRobot won’t work. It was great when it was wirking

    • Did you reach out to iRobot support? This sounds like something that should have been covered by their warranty.

  2. Hi, I recently purchased the Roomba E5 – I don’t need to schedule cleaning times, but set it for a 30minute clean – I assumed it would stop cleaning and automatically return home after 30 minutes but it just keeps on going. No good if I want to leave the house, it does go home by voice command or by using the app. What am I doing wrong.

    • I don’t believe there is any way to set an “end” time like you are describing. Roomba wants to keep cleaning until it has finished the job.

      Sorry I don’t have a better answer for you.

  3. I would like to ask your help with the following. In your opinión, leaving a side the fact of the 90 min run time, Does the navegation of the e5 have problems to go to every room of the house and clean them completely ?

    • During our tests we found the e5 to be a perfectly fine navigator. It’s not quite as efficient as some of the more advanced Roomba and other robot vacuums with cameras and LIDAR sensors, but it still had no issues making it to every room.

  4. I just purchased the e5 and am using it on hardwood floors. I thought it would run quietly. Is there something wrong with the robot or is it really supposed to be so noisey?

  5. Thanks Derek for the review. I just saw the video. Please correct me if I am wrong…. The app will let me know that the robot got stuck, but not in which room of the flat, a sound emitted by the robot will orientate me to know in which room is?

  6. Hello! I am thinking about purchasing Roomba e5 and I wonder if it performs on dark floors. I have read that some robot vacuum cleaners do not work on dark floor or carpet.

    • In our tests, we did not experience any issues with the e5 on dark floors. We were able to clean a solid black mat without issue.

      However, I have heard of these issues also. Honestly, it’s unclear to me what dark floors / carpets are problematic. Some dark floors have zero issues, while others are significant. This seems to be the case with many different robot brands.

  7. I bought E5 wifi vac cleaner Sep 2019, changed filter once. Since changing filter , it is circulating only vacuuming 1yard by 1 yard for about less than 5 minutes then stop vacuuming and does not go back to home base. when restarting, find doing same over and over again.I’M DESPERATE TO KNOW WHY. Thank you.

    • It’s hard to imagine that has anything to do with the filter.

      Your vacuum is still under warranty. I would highly suggest you reach out to iRobot support for a warranty claim.

  8. Hi,
    Having been shown the Roomba 671, I am considering buying an e5 as I have read they are suitable for pet hair. However looking on Amazon and in local electrical dealer there seems to be a number of different variants. I regularly see the 5158 and 5154, but what’s the difference except case colour? I don’t seem to be able to find specific specifications to compare, so assume it is only related to case colour.
    Is the e5 still the one of the best performing vacuums around the £300 mark, or have newer machines now overtaken it relating to performance and features?

    • From what I can tell there is no difference except for the color. Roomba is in the habit of create special SKUs / models for retailers, usually so they can offer them at a slightly lower price. Usually this just means they have slightly different accessories or a different aesthetic, but functionally they are the same.

      I think that’s probably what’s happening here between the 5158 and 5154.

      As far as price and value, I would agree, the e5 continues to be one of the best budget friendly options at this price point. Roborock’s S4 would also be a worthy contender at this price point if it’s available in your region. See that review here –

  9. I have the e5 but am thinking about upgrading to i7 due to the e5 not transitioning from my hardwood floors to bedroom carpet. It does it but rarely able to leave and go back up while I’m not around. Is there a way to adjust this to be able to perform?

    • Unfortunately, there is not. And I am not sure the i7+ would be much better at making that transition.

      e5 and i7 are built on the same basic robot frame

      How tall is the transition?

    • It’s not a huge transition as it does it hit and miss sometimes, its maybe a quarter inch up maybe?any suggestions?

    • Your options are unfortunately limited.

      You could put a thin rug over the top of it so it can more easily clear the gap.

      Or you could upgrade to a robot vacuum with uses a digital map of your home (i7, S9, any Roborock vacuum, etc.), and allows you to block off that area. That would at least prevent it from getting stuck. Though you would still need to physically place it on the other side of the gap to continue cleaning that side.

  10. hi
    thank you very much for your clear review.
    i had negative experience with the 900 series of ecovacs deebot cleaner it got lost and skipped areas, the mooping wasnt good at all. i replaced it and the second one wasnt better. i dont want to pay a lot for a roobot i am wondering if the E5 will do a better job. please note i dont need the app and all tech stuff. i need it to clean all places and not get lost in the middle. what other model will do the same? please reply if its cheeper.
    thanks again

    • I’ve not tested the 900 series Ecovacs, so I cannot say with 100% certainty how it would compare. However, in general, I have found the Roomba E5 to be a solid robot.

      That said, arguably its weakest point is its navigation. It’s not a bad navigator, but it doesn’t digitally map your home, no LIDAR sensors, and no camera sensors. The absence of these can mean if you have a challenging floor plan it can have a hard time.

      What it lacks in navigation it makes up for in suction power, but it sounds like a better navigator is a stronger priority for you.

      I would suggest you consider the Roborock S4 – – see our review here –

      It’s within your price range, has excellent navigation (due to LIDAR and other sensors), and is a very solid cleaner overall. In terms of cleaning performance, it lags a bit behind the E5, but compared to a larger range of robot vacuums it is well above average.

  11. I removed my brush rollers for cleaning and now I can not get them seated again enough to close the brush frame release. Is there something I’m missing?

  12. I’ve used my E5 several times since purchasing it. Each time it returned to its home base to recharge after completely exhausting the battery (90 min). Today, however, it just died and did not attempt to go back to home base. Is this normal? Is there something to do so as to avoid this? Thanks.

    • That can happen from time to time. Sometimes it just gets lost on its way back or it took more battery to finish the job than it usually does.

      The best thing you can do to help avoid that would be remove stuff the e5 is likely to get stuck on or result in it taking longer to clean / navigate. Anything that’s outside of its expected cleaning route could cause it to get stuck / delayed / lost and then not make it back to the charger.

  13. I purchased a Roomba E5, arrived yesterday and used it today. It was easy to start and go. It kept cleaning the same area of our 3 bed flat for over 95 minutes till it ran out of charge. Cleaned 2 rooms and bathroom only, never entered the rest of the area. I did not use the virtual wall. Our flat is new build and rectangular shape, very easy layout. Unsure why this is so? Please could you help?

    • I’d suggest just keep charging it up and letting it clean different areas. It could be detecting a large amount of dirt / debris in those areas, which is why it doesn’t want to leave until they are fully cleaned. Or it could just be confused.

      Try putting it in a different location in your home for a few cycles. Usually Roomba can work its way out after fully learning the space.

  14. I purchased a iRobot series e 5150. I received it 2 days ago and fully charged it. While it’s cleaning and needs to recharge it will not return to the base to recharge before it finishes up. I was on hold 35 minutes and another half hour on the phone with tech support from iRobot. It still will not work correctly. Would you PLEASE help me? They also told me on the app I could click on return for charging but it’s not on the app unless I’m missing it.

    • The e5 does not have the recharge and resume feature. Once it finishes or once it’s out of battery, it will go back to the docking station and end the job.

      While the e5 is cleaning, there is a button below the big CLEAN button the app. Click that, that will allow you send it back to the charge, end a cleaning session, or pause a cleaning session.

  15. Can the drop sensor be disabled? Our Roomba will absolutly not pass over the black stripes on our rug. It senses them as drop offs. Please advise.. machine is practilly useless due to this option.

    • I don’t think you can disable it via the app, however, you might be able to physically cover it with a sticker or piece of tape.

  16. I just purchased the iRobot Roomba e5 5176 Series WiFi Robotic Vacuum with Virtual Wall. I have hardwood floors with area rugs. The only problem I have is, it won’t it vacuum my DARK colored area rug….
    Please help.

    • Unfortunately, Roomba (and most robot vacuums) can see some very dark / black rugs as a drop off point. As a result, they may not clean it.

      I would suggest placing the robot directly on top of the rug and see if it will recognize it as a cleanable surface.

  17. We have two floors to do, each with a different layout. Will it remember one and not do such a good job on the second?

    • On the back side (opposite of the bumper side). It’s black and has a little grey picture of a trash can.

      Just push that in. It then releases from the side.

    • Since we initially published this review it seems that Roomba may have changed to the 5150 package to no longer include the virtual wall.

      If you want the virtual wall you’ll need to buy one here –

  18. I bought the e5 5150 from Amazon…it did not include a virtual wall.

    Your comments and review are very helpful. Thank you!

    Does the e5 “learn” our layout as it does not spend a lot of time in two of our rooms. (I have only turned it loose once in our house so far).

    Thanks again.

    • Hi Dean,

      Sorry about the virtual wall. It seems that the 5150 package my have been updated since our initial review. I’ll make an note up above.

      The e5 will definitely learn (albeit, not as great as the higher end Roomba). The more it’s able to vacuum your home the better it will get.

  19. We have the e5 (my spouse has named it, and refers to it as, Liam!) She loves “him”!

    She wants an additional two (2), preferably three (3), additional virtual walls PLUS additional dirt filters for the dirt bin, several of the three small brush propellers/ wheels, at least one replacement set of the two dust pickup rollers and whatever else would be suggested in the way of normal operation replacement parts. I am on the Internet and at the”Amazon” web page. But I cannot find any location where replacement parts and such are available from that location.

    Could you, please, direct me to such a location on the “Amazon” web page, or on the iRobot web page?

    Thank you for your kind attention

    N. Wilson.

  20. I just purchased the Roomba E5 5150 and the light on the docking station will not stay on. I thought maybe my outlet wasn’t working so I moved it to a different outlet and the light will come on for about 30 seconds and then turns off. Is this normal or do you think there is something wrong with it? I don’t know if its charging because the light won’t stay on.

    • That’s normal behavior. It surprised me a bit at first when it happened, but even if the light is off it’s still charging.

  21. I just purchased the E5150 from target. It does not have the virtual barrier. Also, on one of the reviews I read it says that the scheduling section allows you a lot of versatility as far as room cleaning and different areas. When I open the app for my unit, all I was able to do is pick the time and dates. There is nothing about room areas. What’s going on with the app in the barrier?

    • Hi Greg,

      It looks like Roomba has rolled out different retail packaging versions of the E5 since our initial review. Thanks for bringing that to our attention. We have updated our review above to make this more clear.

      For anyone else reading this…make sure to double check the packaging to see if that version includes a virtual wall or not.

      Regarding the room by room scheduling, was that our review (I don’t see it above)? In any case, that was an error. The E5 cannot do room by room cleaning because it doesn’t have the more advanced digital mapping that’s required for the feature (the 900, i, and s series have the digital mapping).

  22. I just purchased my Roomba E5

    The first few times, it picked up everything (mainly dog hair) we would empty the Bin before each use. Now it seems to start running and does not pick up anything until we clean the rollers each time. Is this normal or should we return it?

    • If there are obstructions on the brushroll the performance is definitely going to be negatively impacted.

      This is the same with any robot vacuum.

      I would describe it as normal behavior.

      Once your E5 has removed the bulk of excess debris you should experience these obstructions less frequently.

    • Hrm…that’s very strange, none of those issues should prevent the E5 from cleaning that area.

      Try moving your docking station temporarily over there. Let the E5 clean a few times from that position and then you can try moving it back to your ideal placement. See if that helps it to discover that area.

  23. just purchased a iroomba 5e 5134 it cleans my hardwood floors well but it does not have any pattern to the vacuuming it will leave a room before it is clean eventually it goes back ; it seems to go to the same areas over and over is this normal?

    • It’s certainly not uncommon, depending on your layout and dirt levels. While the iRobot learns your floor plan it’s more likely to need to make passes over the same area. But typically as it figures it out it will do it less and less and move into other areas.

    • Hi Doris, I’m having the same issue. I’m relieved to know others have the same issue (and I guess it stems from no camera/smart mapping). It just seems to go through the same places over and over.

  24. Hi there, My house has two large tall rugs in the middle of the wooden floor, does the e5 robot cleans the rugs as well? Or will it stop and only deal with the wooden floor?

    • Shag rugs or rugs with loose fibers it may struggle with (every robot vacuum we’ve tested struggles with these types of rugs). All other rugs I’ve thrown at it its been fine with though.

  25. I need answer fast I am about to go by. Is it really good on pet hair and does it get everywhere because it says no mapping

    • Yes, the e5 does a fine job at removing pet and human hair.

      And yes, despite the lack of mapping it’s navigation is still more than sufficient for more homes.

      It’s not quite as good as the Roomba that have mapping and camera navigation, but considering the price point I think it does a great job.

  26. Do the virtual barriers work with all versions of the Roomba? We have barriers that come on when we open the battery area and reshut but it won’t stay on so the Roomba goes right past. Any suggestions?

    • I believe they do, Robert (except in the case of the very old barriers).

      It sounds like you may have a defective unit.

      You may consider a replacement if you continue to have problems with it. You can find replacement virtual walls here -

  27. The iRobot Roomba E5 purchased from Sam’s Club DOES NOT include a virtual wall as shown in your review. Apparently there are different series within Models.

    • Yes, that’s correct.

      To clarify, the Roomba e5 5150 is the top version and includes the virtual wall.

      The Roomba e5 5134 available at Sam’s club and does not include the virtual wall.

    • Why does the I-Robot Roomba E5 purchased from Sam’s not have a virtual wall?
      And is that something that can be purchased separately?
      If so, where can you buy 1 and the price

    • Because specific retailers get iRobot to make them special versions / packages of the e5, usually so that they can offer a special price. In this case, they don’t include the virtual wall so they can have a lower price.

      And yes, you can purchase it separate here –