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Roomba vs. Dyson

By Derek Hales | Updated August 10, 2018
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Roomba vs. Dyson — whether you’re looking for a top-of-the-line automated vacuum or the cream-of-the-crop regarding handheld stick or upright vacuums, the Roomba vs. Dyson lineup represents a collection of extremely high quality vacuums.

Higher price, but also higher quality, is one of these impressive vacuums the one for you?

Read the full comparison below to find out.

Roomba vs Dyson

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Table of Contents

  1. Roomba vs. Dyson 360 Eye
  2. Roomba vs. Dyson V8
  3. Roomba vs. Dyson V6
  4. Roomba vs. Dyson Animal
  5. Roomba Models
  6. Dyson Models
  7. Roomba vs. Dyson, which is best for you?

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Both of these brands are big names in the vacuum market. But from the outside, it’s a bit like comparing apples and oranges. This guide is designed to help break down the similarities and differences of Roomba vs. Dyson. We’re going to kick-off with some head-to-head comparisons.

Roomba vs. Dyson: Robot Vacuum Comparisons

Right out of the gate, let’s take a look at the robot vacuum comparison between the Roomba army and Dyson’s 360 Eye. Roomba certainly has more models, but Dyson is built at a higher price point…so does that translate to better features, power, or performance?

Decide for yourself in the comparison below of Roomba vs. Dyson robot vacuums.

 Dyson 360 EyeRoomba 980Roomba 960Roomba 890Roomba 690Roomba 614
Dyson 360 eye robot vacuumRoomba 980 robot vacuum reviewRoomba 960 robot vacuum reviewRoomba 890 robot vacuum reviewRoomba 690 robot vacuum reviewRoomba 614 robot vacuum review
Price$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
Scheduling
Self-Charging
Full Bin Indicator
Digital Map Reports
Recharge & Resume
Roller BrushesSpiral Short BristleDual rubberizedDual rubberizedDual rubberizedLong BristleLong Bristle
Remote ControlDyson App, Amazon Alexa, Google AssistantiRobot HOME App, Amazon Alexa, Google AssistantiRobot HOME App, Amazon Alexa, Google AssistantiRobot HOME App, Amazon Alexa, Google AssistantiRobot HOME App, Amazon Alexa, Google AssistantNone
NavigationAdvancedAdvancedAdvancedBasicBasicBasic
Virtual Walls (included)021110
Score95%93%93%94%
BuyBuy NowBuy NowBuy NowBuy NowBuy NowBuy Now
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Roomba vs. Dyson 360 Eye

Dyson 360 eye robot vacuumSo head to head—Roomba vs. Dyson 360 Eye, which is better?

In short, I would have to give it to the Roomba lineup here. Dyson makes a fantastic vacuum, there’s no doubt about that, but it is possible that robot vacuums are simply outside of the Dyson wheelhouse.

The Dyson 360 Eye excelled in the important part that makes it a vacuum—notably great suction. The suction is so good, in fact, that it’s the same motor that is used in vacuums three times its size.

But the struggles come during navigation.

What’s great about a ROBOT vacuum…

Roomba 960 robot vacuum review

…is that it cleans exceptionally wells and is also autonomous. The Roomba 980 or Roomba 960 can tackle both of these jobs, making it an excellent pick for a top-dollar robot vacuum.

If Dyson reprograms the navigation system and irons out some of the controls issues, it is possible that it could become a real contender against Roombas someday.

360 Eye980960890690
Dyson 360 eye robot vacuumRoomba 980 reviewRoomba 960 robot vacuumRoomba 890Roomba 690 robot vacuum review
Battery6,450 mAh3,300 mAh2,600 mAh1,800 mAh1,800 mAh
Run Time~60 mins.~120 mins.~75 mins.~60 mins.~60 mins.
Recharge2-3 hours2-3 hours2-3 hours2-3 hours2-3 hours
Dustbin0.6 L0.3 L0.3 L0.3 L0.3 L
Weight5.4 lbs.8.7 lbs.8.4 lbs.8.4 lbs.7.8 lbs.
Noise70 dB65 dB68 dB68 dB
Cleaning96%93%93%94%
Maintenance$37 / year$35 / year$32 / year$32 / year
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Roomba vs. Dyson Stick Vacuums

Dyson V10 Animal cordless stick vacuumNow just because Dyson struggles a bit with their robot vacuum, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a competitive Dyson vacuum out there which can rival the Roomba name.

Dyson has their cordless vacuum line, called the V-Series. This series includes cordless stick vacuums, that also double as 2-in-1 handheld vacuums.

Although this started as a robot vs. robot comparison, it would feel almost wrong to not include some of Dyson’s best work in this comparison as well.

For complete reviews of the Dyson cordless stick vacuums in the V-Series, you can check those out here:

The table below outlines a full comparison between Roomba vs. Dyson cordless stick vacuums.

V10980V8960V7890V6690
Dyson V10 Absolute stick vacuum reviewRoomba 980 reviewDyson V8 Absolute reviewRoomba 960 robot vacuumDyson V7Roomba 890Dyson V6 Cord-Free stick vacuum reviewRoomba 690 robot vacuum review
Battery2,600 mAh3,300 mAh2,800 mAh2,600 mAh2,100 mAh1,800 mAh2,200 mAh1,800 mAh
Max Suction140 AWNot Listed115 AWNot Listed100 AWNot Listed100 AWNot Listed
Run Time~60 mins.~120 mins.~40 mins.~75 mins.~30 mins.~60 mins.~20 mins.~60 mins.
Recharge3.5 hours2-3 hours3.5 hours2-3 hours3.5 hours2-3 hours3.5 hours2-3 hours
Dustbin0.77 L0.3 L0.54 L0.3 L0.4 L0.3 L0.4 L0.3 L
Weight5.8 lbs8.7 lbs.5.75 lbs8.4 lbs.5.45 lbs8.4 lbs.5.1 lbs7.8 lbs.
Noise75 dB70 dB73 dB65 dB70 dB68 dB76 dB68 dB
Cleaning99%96%99%93%99%93%95%94%
Maintenance$0 / year$37 / year$32 / year$35 / year$17 / year$32 / year$18 / year$32 / year
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Roomba vs. Dyson V8

The Dyson V8 is stick vacuum that offers a 40 minute run time, doubles as a 2-in-1 (stick and handheld vacuum), and offers cordless convenience as you clean. It has a 0.54 L dust bin (about 40% larger than the Roomba dust bin) and weighs under 6 lbs.

Regarding cleaning performance, it captured 89% of debris from hardwoods, 99% from low pile carpet and 98% from high pile carpet.

In the table below, we’ve done a quick comparison of the Roomba 890 vs. Dyson V8, specifically looking at cleaning performance:

Roomba 890 vs Dyson V8 vacuum cleaning performance comparison

To clean, it uses a Direct Drive brushroll that is a spiral of a plastic composite and bristles. It also comes with a combination tool (crevice and dusting brush), crevice tool, dusting brush, and a motorized brush roll.

For cleaning hardwoods, Roomba is likely going to be your best bet, especially the Roomba 980 or Roomba 960 which both scored 100% but for carpeted floors, the Dyson V8 has a real advantage. The increased suction power allows the Dyson V8 to really dig deep into the carpet fibers and capture all of the debris.

Dyson V8 cordless vacuum

Dyson V8

That said, if you do have hard surf floors and opt for the Dyson V8, you’ll want to go with the V8 Absolute model. This one comes equipped with the soft roller head, which will yield near flawless cleaning results on hard surfaces.

Roomba vs. Dyson V6

Considering Roomba vs. Dyson V6?

The Dyson V6 is a few years older, but for cleans, it still does a fantastic job. Again, this is no robot vacuum.

It’s not autonomous and it only has a 20 minute runtime, but the amount of cleaning that this little vacuum can do in 20 minutes certainly makes it a contender when hunting for the best vacuum for your home.

In the table below, we’ve done a quick comparison of the Roomba 690 vs. Dyson V6, specifically looking at cleaning performance:

Roomba 690 vs Dyson V6 vacuum cleaning performance comparison

Like the Dyson V8, it also uses a Direct Drive brushroll and comes with the following accessories: a combination tool (crevice and dusting brush), crevice tool, dusting brush, and a motorized brush roll.

Regarding cleaning, the Dyson V6 had similar results to the Dyson V8—87% of debris captures on hardwood floors, 94% captured on low pile carpet, and 92% captured on high pile carpet.

For Roomba vs. Dyson, I would put the Roomba 690 or Roomba 650 about on par with the Dyson V6. These vacuums are ideal for small spaces or areas where expansive navigation is not really a concern.

Dyson V6 vs. V10 vacuum comparison review

Dyson V6 vs. V10 vacuum comparison review

Want a better Dyson?

If the V-Series is intriguing to you, you may want to check out our full Dyson V10 cordless stick vacuum review. It’s got more power than even the V8 and is the only Dyson which scored 100% on the hardwood cleaning test, similar to the Roomba 980 or Roomba 960 model.

Roomba vs. Dyson Animal

The Dyson Animal is probably the popular Dyson that is the least similar to the Roomba collection.

Dyson Animal Compact Upright Review

Dyson Animal Compact Upright Review

The Dyson Animal is a corded upright vacuum. This vacuum uses the same Dyson V2 motor that is used in the Dyson 360 Eye robot vacuum (This includes the DC56, DC44 Animal, and DC59 Animal, along with select other models). It has powerful suction with the never-fading, never needing charging, motor.

There are many different models of the Dyson Animal currently in production. The original DC50 Dyson Animal has since been renamed to the Dyson Small Ball (in 2015) and underwent some minor design changes.

Dyson Animal Compact Ball

Dyson Animal (side view)

For a full-size upright vacuum, they also have the Dyson Animal 2. This offers a larger dust bin capacity, more accessories, and stronger suction, but it’s a far cry from being like a robot vacuum.

Click here to read our full review of the Dyson Animal Compact upright vacuum.

Roomba Vacuums Overview

Before the launch of the iRobot Roomba, robot vacuums seemed like some kind of far-off dream, something that is only used in space-age homes of the future or in the homes of millionaires. It seemed simply unrealistic for robot vacuums to be in the homes of the middle-class.

Roomba 890 parts and accessories

1) virtual wall, 2), charger, 3) filter

The Roomba name changed that mentality. Roombas can range in price from $ low price to all the way to the top of $$$ high price tier. With the push of a button, Roombas can navigate around your home, autonomously identifying trouble or high traffic areas, spending extra time when needed, and then returning to the charging base when the battery gets low.

While they can’t empty their own dust bin into the trash can, the more advanced models that come out, continue to have more and more impressive features.

Dyson Vacuums Overview

Dyson also offers an autonomous robot vacuum, but there’s only one model—the Dyson 360 eye. This model is a high-end robot vacuum that offers many of the same features and stats of the Roomba line-up, but is quite a bit more expensive.

In addition the Dyson 360 eye, Dyson also offers an impressive collection of handheld, stick, upright, and canister models. Click here for a complete review of all Dyson vacuum reviews.

Dyson V8 cordless vacuum

Dyson V8 cordless stick vacuum

Dyson is possibly most noted for their line of cordless stick vacuums, the V-Series stick models including the V6, V7, V8, and V10. The Dyson V10 Absolute is the newest model to launch and does include a number of impressive features, but autonomous navigation and pre-programmed cleaning cycles are not among the list, like what you’ll find with a robot vacuum like Roomba.

Roomba 980

Dimensions

13.9″ diameter x 3.6″H

Run Time

~120 minute

Maintenance

~$37 / year

Weight

8.7 pounds

The Roomba 980 is the top-of-the-line Roomba model. It brings a litany of impressive features, but some of the most notable include:

  • advanced navigation
  • stronger motor
  • digital reports.
Roomba 980

Roomba 980 robot vacuum

DESIGN | The design of the Roomba 980 is not dissimilar to other Roomba. It has a classic round body with a dark aesthetic. Instead of a centrally located “CLEAN” button, the Roomba 900 Series does shift that button up slightly in order to make room for the onboard camera, a critical component to the advanced navigation in this model. Overall, the design is simple and very intuitive.

HOW IT CLEANS | The Roomba 980 cleans with a central dual-rubberized brushroll, spinning side brush, and three wheels for navigating uneven floor types. Contrary to Roomba models outside of the 900 Series, the Roomba 980 navigates each space methodically and with straighter paths, largely due to the advanced onboard camera.

The older “bump and continue” approach is replaced by meticulous scanning, reading, and analyzing the space. This allows it to drive in straighter lines for a more methodical approach and decreases the chance of it missing spaces altogether.

In addition to improved navigation, the Roomba 980 also features a stronger motor with a longer run time. It can clean for up to 120 minutes without having to return to the base for a charge.

The 900 Series also comes with a new feature called “Recharge and Resume” which allows the Roomba to charge up in the middle of a cycle and then return to the spot it left off. The Roomba 980 can do this feature twice in a row, allowing for up to 360 minutes of combined run time.

USABILITY | The Roomba 980 can be connected to a wifi network, allowing you to control the robot with your smartphone via the iRobot HOME app, or even with voice control when paired with a smart device, like Amazon Echo or the Amazon Dot.

Another feature that greatly contributes to the overall usability of the Roomba 980 is its ability to generate digital map reports. These reports are generated through your smartphone and communicate information about the cleaning cycle, like runtime and exact coverage. It creates a digital floor plan of your space so you can easily see if the robot is getting hung up somewhere and help eliminate trouble spots.

Roomba 980 hardwood cleaning tests

Roomba 980 hardwood cleaning tests

CLEANING PERFORMANCE | Overall, the cleaning performance of the Roomba 980 is excellent. On hardwoods, the performance is literally flawless, capturing 100% of debris during all of our cleaning tests. On our high and low pile cleaning tests, the performance continued to be exceptional for the rice, kitty litter, and cereal tests.

It did show a little trouble with the sugar tests, being that the sugar particles are ultra-fine and relatively heavy, but the performance was no worse than any other competitive robot vacuum. Sugar tests seem to be one area that robot vacuums consistently have trouble with.

Read the full review of the Roomba 980 robot vacuum here.

Pros

  • Includes an on-board camera for an advanced navigation system.
  • A stronger motor allows for longer run time and more coverage.
  • Digital map reports easily show coverage and performance.

Cons

  • More expensive than other comparable robot vacuum models.
  • Somewhat small dust bin capacity.

Dyson 360 Eye

Dimensions

9.4″ diameter x 4.7″H

Run Time

~75 minutes

Maintenance

Unknown

Weight

5.38 pounds

The Dyson 360 Eye is the only robot vacuum currently manufactured by Dyson. It uses the same Dyson patented cyclone system that is found in other Dyson vacuum cleaners, but in a more compact way.

Dyson 360 Eye robot vacuum

Dyson 360 Eye robot vacuum

DESIGN | The design of the Dyson 360 Eye is a round body, similar to other robot vacuum and uses a central brushroll to agitate and suck up the dirt, dust, and debris. There is a central “eye” on top of the vacuum as well as one button for simple controls like starting or stopping a cleaning cycle. Additional setting and controls can be accessed with your smartphone via the Dyson Link app.

HOW IT CLEANS | The Dyson 360 Eye has a full-width brushroll that spans the width of the vacuum, with two large wheels on tracks to help navigate flooring transitions or obstacles like cords or area rugs. The on-board cycles help to provide a powerful suction using the digital V2 Dyson motor. This is the same motor that is found in some of the older Dyson stick vacuums (including the DC35 Digital Slim, the DC44 Animal, or the DC59 Animal).

USABILITY | The 360 Eye is wifi-enabled, allowing you to pair it with your smartphone using the Dyson Link app or even use voice control with accessories like the Amazon Echo or the new Amazon Echo Plus with built-in hub. This robot vacuum allows you to schedule cleanings and maintenance, as well as document digital cleaning maps, a feature also on the Roomba 980 model.

CLEANING PERFORMANCE | While we can’t definitively draw any conclusions regarding the cleaning performance of the Dyson 360 Eye since we haven’t personally tested it, we can say that third-party reviewers aren’t loving this machine.

Reviews on most third-party sites like Consumer Reports and WireCutter point out numerous issues, including poor navigation and a difficult control system. On the upside, suction of this vacuum is superb, equally matched to that of a corded upright vacuum in many cases, but actually finding the mess seems to be another issue entirely.

Pros

  • Amazingly strong suction, comparable to many stick or even upright models
  • Slightly smaller diameter to comparable robot vacuum models

Cons

  • Reports of poor navigation and trouble navigating cross even simple spaces
  • Reports of a clunky control center, that lacks the same usability and intuitive nature of the Roomba 980
  • Very pricey, over 1/3 the cost of the Roomba 980 robot vacuum model

Roomba 960

Dimensions

13.8″ diameter x 3.6″H

Run Time

~75 minutes

Maintenance

~$35 / year

Weight

8.6 pounds

The Roomba 960 is the step below the Roomba 980, but still within iRobot’s 900 Series. It has the same advanced navigation, sleek design, and digital mapping reports, but lacks some other features like extended run time and Power Boost for cleaning carpeted floors.

Of course, without these bonus features, that also puts the price tag a little lower as well, which could be a deciding factor for you.

Roomba 960

Roomba 960 robot vacuum

DESIGN | The overall design of the Roomba 960 is basically identical to that of the Roomba 980. It has the same centrally located onboard camera and the same setting buttons. It has wifi-connectivity when paired with your smartphone or tablet and optional voice control, when paired with a voice device like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.

HOW IT CLEANS | The Roomba 960 also cleans in a way that is very similar to other Roomba models. It uses the centrally located dual rubberized brushrolls and side spinning brush to agitate and clean up dirt, dust, and debris from open areas as well as corners and edges.

The 960 uses the same motor that is found in the 800 Series Roombas, which gives it a slightly shorter run time and less power on carpet than then Roomba 980 model. If your house is primarily hardwoods, it is likely that you won’t notice the change in performance between the 960 and the 980, but for carpeted areas, this could be a different story.

USABILITY| The usability of the Roomba 960 is  similar to the 980 model. With the wifi-connectivity, you can control the robot vacuum directly from your smartphone or tablet, or use the enabled-voice control to pair up with a smart device and control simply with your voice.

Because of the advanced navigation, the Roomba 960 is also better at coordinating large or tricky spaces. Memory mapping allows the 960 to create a digital map of the area that needs to be cleaned. You are able to view the map on your smartphone which makes it each to know if it’s missing any spots.

Roomba 960 robot vacuum hardwood cleaning test

Roomba 960 hardwood cleaning tests

CLEANING PERFORMANCE | On hardwoods, the cleaning performance was literally flawless.

During all four of our tests, the Roomba 960 captured 100% of debris on the hardwood floor. The difference in cleaning performance between the 980 and 960 is more noticeable on the carpeted floors, where it only captured between 87-88% of the debris, on average.

Of course, I feel like the 960 also needs the disclaimer that the carpeted cleaning performance was brought down to such a low level based solely on its performance of cleaning granulated sugar from the carpet, which requires the most suction out of all of our debris types. Even on carpet, the 960 was able to capture 100% of the rice, kitty litter, and cereal for a perfect clean.

On the same tests, the Roomba 980 scored 97% for cleaning performance on low pile carpet, and an 85% for cleaning performance on high pile carpet.

Read the full review of the Roomba 960 robot vacuum here.

Pros

  • Less expensive than the Roomba 980 model
  • Flawless cleaning performance on hardwoods
  • Great usability with wifi-connectivity, digital map reports, and advanced navigation

Cons

  • Same motor as the 800 Series Roombas (less power than the Roomba 980)
  • Shorter run time than the Roomba 980 (120 minutes vs. 75 minutes)
  • Lacks Power Boost for better cleaning performance on high pile carpet

Roomba 890

Dimensions

13.9″ diameter x 3.6″H

Run Time

~60 minutes

Maintenance

~$34 / year

Weight

8.4 pounds

The Roomba 890 is the top model from the Roomba 800 Series.

The 800 Series is a nice option for slightly more budget-conscious users, but those who also want to retain a number of bells-and-whistles. This is certainly not a “stripped down” model, but is within the $$ price tier, making it a nice middle-of-the-road kind of a vacuum. As advancements over the Roomba 690, it has the upgraded dual rubberized brushrolls as well as a full bin indicator.

Roomba 890 squeezing under furniture

Roomba 890 robot vacuum

DESIGN | The design of the Roomba 890 is similar to other Roombas. It has a sleek black body with the central “CLEAN” button and similar layout and controls. The 890 has wifi-connectivity so you can pair it up with the iRobot HOME app and schedule cleanings or view other settings directly from your phone.

HOW IT CLEANS | The 890 cleans using central dual rubberized brushrolls to agitate and suck up debris, and a spinning side brush, which helps address the corners and edges. The motor in the Roomba 890 is the same motor that is in the Roomba 960. Also, the 890 has the same runtime as the Roomba 690 (approximately 60 minutes).

The 890 does have Memory Mapping, unlike the 690 model, which makes it a little more intelligent when navigating large or tricky spaces.

USABILITY | The usability of the Roomba 890 is pretty good, not much different than the Roomba 690, honestly. the Memory Mapping feature does help address tricky areas and help the Roomba from getting stuck there. As another bonus, the 890 model has a full bin indicator light which is something that the 690 does not have.

Roomba 890 robot vacuum hardwood cleaning test

Roomba 890 robot vacuum – hardwood cleaning test

CLEANING PERFORMANCE | The cleaning performance of the Roomba 890 is not that much different than the performance of the 690 or even 900 Series robot vacuums. On hardwoods, the 890 was able to capture about 98% of debris tested. On low pile carpet, the number drops slightly to around 92% and on high pile carpet, it drops a little more, closer to 88%.

As is the case with most Roomba, the rice, cereal and kitty litter tests rarely show a struggle, but the white granulated sugar is the main debris type that drags down the overall average of all of these cleaning tests.

Read the full review of the Roomba 890 robot vacuum here.

Pros

  • Includes an on-board camera for an advanced navigation system.
  • A stronger motor allows for longer run time and more coverage.
  • Digital map reports easily show coverage and performance.

Cons

  • More expensive than other comparable robot vacuum models.
  • Somewhat small dust bin capacity.

Roomba 690

Dimensions

13″ diameter x 3.6″H

Run Time

~60 minutes

Maintenance

~$32 / year

Weight

7.8 pounds

The Roomba 690 is an excellent option for budget consumers who are looking for an excellent value. At the crossroads between cleaning performance, features, and price sits the Roomba 690. This model is affordably priced and has some of the most desired Roomba features like wifi-connectivity and their patented “Dirt Detection” technology.

It’s a cleaning machine that will just keep going in a somewhat randomized pattern until the whole space is clean. While the lines may not be straight, there is something about the Roomba 690 that is just plain effective.

Roomba 690

Roomba 690 robot vacuum

DESIGN | The design of the Roomba 690 is a simpler style, compared to the 900 Series. The body itself looks much like the Roomba 890, the first noticeable difference being the black and silver aesthetic.

Comparably, the Roomba 890 has an all black body. Control wise, the design is basically the same. There is a central “CLEAN” button which can be used to start a cycle or schedule one from your smartphone, when paired with a wifi network.

HOW IT CLEANS | Unlike the 800 or 900 Series Roomba, the Roomba 690 uses a bristle-style brushroll, instead of the dual rubberized brushroll. It also uses the same spinning side brush that the Roombas are known for to help clean edges and corners.

The main difference between the rubberized brushroll and the bristle brushroll is maintenance. Especially if your pets (or people) with long hair in your household, the bristle brushroll tends to tangle more easily and require more frequent maintenance to make sure that isn’t clogging up and reducing overall performance.

The rubberized brushroll system uses two brushrolls that spin in alternate directions, helping to prevent tangles without preventing suction.

Roomba vacuum AeroVac system brushroll

Roomba 690 brush roll system

USABILITY | In terms of usability, the Roomba 690 is as usable as any Roomba. It has the same simple onboard interface and pairs up with the iRobot HOME app for easy scheduled cleanings and other features.

A couple of strikes against the 690 model, in terms of usability, includes the lack of Memory Mapping or Digital Cleaning reports.

What does that mean?

  • No Memory Mapping: Without memory mapping, the Roomba 690 tends to bump into more walls, furniture, and other obstacles as it’s scooting around the space. Granted, there is a bumper on the front of the vacuum preventing it from doing any real damage, but this could be something to consider if you’re looking for a model that can generate straight, methodical route.
  • No Digital Cleaning Reports: Digital cleaning reports are somewhat associated with memory mapping in that it’s related to the robot’s ability to navigate a space and know where it’s going. Memory mapping is internal, it’s a part of the robot’s “brain”. Digital cleaning reports are external. They are a visual representation of what exactly the robot sees. These reports can be viewed from your smartphone or tablet and look like a familiar floor plan, showing the areas of where the Roomba cleaned and areas that were skipped.

CLEANING PERFORMANCE | The cleaning performance of the Roomba 690 is pretty impressive considering its lower than average price tag. When cleaning hardwood floors, the 690 captured nearly 98% of debris. When cleaning low pile carpet it was around 93% and high pile carpet was just slightly less at 91%.

irobot roomba 690 hardwood test

Roomba 690 hardwood cleaning test

Comparing these numbers to that of newer models, even as new as the 900 Series may lead you to think that there’s not much difference in performance, and you’d be right.

This thing is downright efficient and even though it lacks the “brain” power to intelligently navigate unique spaces, it will simply keep on cleaning until the job is done, resulting in excellent performance for most debris types on any flooring type.

Although we didn’t have a test for it, pet hair would be the one debris it may struggle with, simply because it uses the bristle brushroll instead of the rubberized brushroll. This is just something you may want to keep in mind if you have long-haired pets (or humans) in your household.

Read the full review of the Roomba 690 robot vacuum here.

Pros

  • Low price tag puts, well within the $ (low) price tier for robot vacuums
  • Still has wifi-connectivity for better usability when connected to a tablet or smartphone
  • Great cleaning performance across all floor types and debris tests

Cons

  • Bristle-style brushroll may lead to more tangles
  • Shorter run time compared to the 800 or 900 Series Roombas

Roomba Robots vs. Dyson 360 Eye

30 second summary

Considering four of the most popular Roomba models vs. the Dyson 360 Eye, is there a winner?

In my book, I’d say yes.

Again, considering overall value and cleaning performance, I think that Roomba shows up time and time again, providing great cleaning performance at a variety of price points.

While the Dyson 360 Eye has fantastic suction, suction alone, cannot be the only thing driving the purchase of a product.

The iRobot Roomba lineup allows for variable price points and models with or without certain features to help users find a model that fits their budget and their needs in a robot vacuum.

Dyson V10

Dimensions

9.8 x 10.1 x 49.2

Run Time

~60 minute

Maintenance

~$0 / year

Weight

5.8 pounds

The Dyson V10 cordless stick vacuum is Dyson’s newest stick model to date. It features the highest level of suction and lowest maintenance costs of any of the Dyson V-Series stick vacuums.

Dyson V10 cordless vacuum

Dyson V10 cordless vacuum

DESIGN | The design is obviously quite different than any of the robot models, but I believe is still worth mentioning.

Like the Roombas, there is one simple button to start cleaning. In the case of the Dyson V10, this button is actually a trigger. When you hold it, the vacuum is running and when you let go, it stops.

This is a great way to save battery life so you don’t waste any time navigating areas that have already been cleaned or moving around obstacles.

HOW IT CLEANS | The Dyson V10 uses a central brushroll at the base and a new design that allows for better airflow up the stick of the vacuum. The dustbin takes on a new look, compared to older models, that allows for optimal airflow and stronger suction.

The Dyson V10 has a dust bin capacity of 0.76 L, over twice the capacity of the Roomba lineup.

USABILITY | Considering usability, it is hard for a stick vacuum to compare to the ease of a robot vacuum, but what it’s really got going for itself here is the fact that it requires no “babysitting”. It only uses up battery when you’re physically holding down the trigger, and easily navigates in and out of rooms with the ease of cordless navigation.

Dyson V10 hardwood floor cleaning tests

Dyson V10 hardwood floor cleaning tests

CLEANING PERFORMANCE | The cleaning performance of the Dyson V10 is nearly flawless in all categories, capturing an average of 99% of debris during our tests across all three flooring types. Unlike the robot vacuums, even granulated sugar proved to be no match for the Dyson V10.

Read the full review of the Dyson V10 cordless stick vacuum here. 

Pros

  • Extra long 60-minute run time
  • Newly designed dust bin makes emptying it out a cleaner process
  • Basically no annual maintenance costs, but to the lifetime battery and washable filter

Cons

  • Lacks the hands-free cleaning capabilities of a robot vacuum
  • No wifi-connectivity or advanced options from your tablet or smartphone

Dyson V8

Dimensions

9.8″ x 8.8″ x 49″

Run Time

~40 minute

Maintenance

~$32 / year

Weight

5.75 pounds

The Dyson V8 model is one step below the newest Dyson V10 stick vacuum. It has the older body style with dust bin that is perpendicular to the stick itself. The V8 still has a 40 minute run time and powerful suction.

Dyson V8 cordless vacuum

Dyson V8 cordless vacuum

DESIGN | The design of the Dyson V8 is most similar to that of the Dyson V6 or V7 (see our V8 vs. V6 and V8 vs. V7 comparison). It is a 2-in-1 vacuum that functions as a handheld or stick vacuum. It comes with a decent size dust bin, floor cleaning head, and a couple simple accessories.

HOW IT CLEANS | The cleaning process of the Dyson V8 is  similar to that of the V10, and well basically all of the V-Series Dyson stick vacuums. It has a floor motorized cleaning head, debris travels up the stick, and deposits into the dust bin.

To turn the vacuum on and off, you use a trigger. It only powers the vacuum when your finger is on the trigger and if you stop to move furniture or do something else, the vacuum immediately turns off. This helps to retain battery life.

USABILITY | The usability of the Dyson V8 is very good for a stick vacuum. It is simple and intuitive. Of course, it won’t vacuum your floors for you like a robot will, but with the simple trigger switch, you can use just the right amount of power you need for each job, saving battery life for the cleaning task.

Dyson V8 hardwood cleaning performance test

Dyson V8 performance on hardwoods

CLEANING PERFORMANCE | The cleaning performance of the Dyson V8 is also quite good. Where the V8 really excels over robot vacuums is on carpeted floors, where it captured 98-99% of debris during our cleaning tests. On hardwood, that performance dropped to 89%.

Read our complete Dyson V8 review here.

Pros

  • 40 minute run time is sufficient for most cleaning tasks
  • Less expensive than the top-rated Dyson V10 model as well as the Roomba 900 Series

Cons

  • Less impressive cleaning performance on hardwood floors, compared to Roomba

Dyson V7

Dimensions

9.8″ x 8.2″ x 49″

Run Time

~30 minute

Maintenance

~$17 / year

Weight

5.45 pounds

The Dyson V7 is one step above the base model (Dyson V6). The V7 features a 30-minute run time and is slightly less expensive than the Dyson V8 model.

Dyson V7 cordless vacuum

Dyson V7 cordless vacuum

DESIGN | Again, the design is pretty similar to the Dyson V8—same dust bin location (but slightly smaller— 0.54 L vs. 0.4 L), same cleaning head (direct drive), with slightly less suction (115 AW vs. 100 AW) and a shorter runtime ( 40 minutes vs. 30 minutes).

HOW IT CLEANS | The cleaning process for the V7 is the same as the process for the Dyson V8.

USABILITY | The usability is also basically the same. One could argue that the Dyson V7 is less usable than the D8 because it has a shorter run time and less suction, but for smaller homes or homes with hardwoods, this may not make a difference.

Dyson V7 stick vacuum hardwood cleaning performance test

Dyson V7 performance on hardwoods

CLEANING PERFORMANCE | The cleaning performance for the Dyson V7 was actually better than the V8 on carpet. On hardwoods, the Dyson V7 captured 89% of debris tested (same as the V8) and on both low and high carpet, it captured 100% of the debris tested (1-2% more than the V8).

While these results are minimally different and couple easily be due to testing variables beyond our control, it seemed like it was still worth noting, for comparison’s sake.

Read our complete Dyson V7 review here.

Pros

  • Fantastic cleaning performance on carpets, both high and low pile
  • Longer run time over the Dyson V6
  • Improved dust bin design over the V6 that makes it easier to empty

Cons

  • Had trouble with cleaning large debris types (like cereal) on hardwood floors
  • Shorter run time than all Roombas and shorter that the Dyson V8 or V10 as well

Dyson V6

Dimensions

9.8″ x 8.2″ x 47.5″

Run Time

~20 minute

Maintenance

~$32 / year

Weight

5.1 pounds

The Dyson V6 is the base level vacuum from the Dyson V-Series. The V6 comes with minimal accessories and has the shortest runtime, but it also has the lowest price tag, putting the Dyson name within reach for many average consumer households.

Dyson V6 vacuum

Dyson V6 vacuum

DESIGN | The design of the Dyson V6 certainly looks very similar to the Dyson V7 and V8 model, and it is.

The main difference to note here is the dust bin.

The way that the V6 dust bin empties can make it a little unhygienic since debris tends to get caught in the bin and needs to be drug out with your hand— makes you feel less than clean. The dust bit design of the V7, V8, or V10 gets increasing better as the models go up, pushing the debris out of the bin instead of relying solely on the debris falling out on its own.

HOW IT CLEANS | The V6 cleans in the same way as the newer models clean. There is no difference in the brushroll from the V6, V7, or V8 models (see our V6 vs. V7 vs. V8 vs. V10 here), unless you have the Absolute or Fluffy sub-models, which includes a soft roller cleaning head made specifically for cleaning large debris from hardwood floors.

USABILITY | The overall usability of the V6 is pretty good. Again, this has quite a few similarities to newer V-Series models. The biggest strike against good usability has got to be the 20 minute run time. For many homes, this may simply not be enough time to get the job done.

Dyson V6 stick vacuum hardwood cleaning test

Dyson V6 cleaning performance on hardwood

CLEANING PERFORMANCE | Oh hardwoods, the Dyson V6 cleaned up 87% of debris (which divided out into 100% for kitty litter and sugar, 99% for rice, and only 50% of cereal). From these findings, we can confidently say that the V6 is not designed for cleaning up large debris on hardwood floors.

Dyson has since released the “Fluffy” soft roller cleaning head which does a much better job of cleaning these particular messes. The soft roller head is included on any model that has the word “Absolute” or “Fluffy” after the model number.

Here are a couple Dyson V6 models with the Fluffy cleaning head:

When cleaning carpets, it captured 70-76% of large debris, so that was much better than it’s performance of cleaning large debris on hardwoods. Overall, the V6 collected 94% of debris on low pile carpet and 92% of debris on high pile carpet, averaging out all debris types tested.

Read our complete Dyson V6 review here.

Pros

  • One of the most affordable Dyson vacuums on the market
  • Convenience of cordless power
  • Great cleaning performance (with the exception of large debris types, like cereal)

Cons

  • Relatively short run time, only 20 minutes, is significantly less robot vacuums in general
  • Less suction power than the newer V8 or V10 models

Which is Best? Roomba or Dyson?

So Roomba vs. Dyson— which is better?

Honestly, there is no right answer here.

Both of these brands design exceptional vacuums, however they tend to serve some consumers better than others.

For the best robot vacuum, Roomba beats Dyson every time. But if you’re open to other styles besides robots, it really comes down to your floor types, home layout, and preferences regarding usability.

So how do you choose between Roomba vs. Dyson?

The best way to make the decision is to decide which features are most important to you. Ask yourself a series of questions about what you expect from the vacuum and the answer will likely come to you:

What type of floor and messes are you cleaning?

Do you have mostly hardwoods or tile? Mostly carpets and area rugs?

If you have mostly hardwoods…

Roomba is an excellent choice.

Both the Roomba 980 and Roomba 960 had perfect scores in cleaning up messes on hardwood floors. Also, hardwoods present less of an obstacle for robot vacuums. Simply turn it on and let it clean.

Roomba 980 hardwood cleaning tests

Roomba 980 hardwood cleaning tests

If you have mostly carpet…

Dyson tends to have the better suction required for a complete clean on carpeted floors.

The Dyson V7, V8, and V10 all captured between 98-100% of debris on average for the high and low pile carpet test.

Dyson V10 high carpet cleaning test

Dyson V10 carpet tests

While the Roombas aren’t bad on carpet by any stretch, the one area where they struggled was cleaning sugar. If you aren’t regularly spilling sugar into your carpet, it is likely that the Roomba lineup may still have the performance you need.

If you aren’t a fan of the Dyson stick vacuum line-up, there are plenty of Dyson uprights that are great choices as well. We really like the Dyson Ball 2 Multi Floor and Dyson Ball Multi Floor (gen. 1 model, less expensive).

Though the Dyson Ball Animal is great as well, especially if you have pets.

If you want maximum versatility…

If you’re looking for a vacuum that’s highly versatile and can do it all, a robot vacuum definitely isn’t going to cut it.

Your best options are going to be the Dyson V10 or one of Dyson’s upright models. 

The Dyson V10 can be a stick vacuum, a handheld vacuum, and includes a variety of attachments and tools that will allow you to clean virtually anything and everything.

Dyson Small Ball compact upright vacuum

Dyson Small Ball compact upright vacuum (image source: Dyson.com)

If you prefer the power (and not having to deal with a battery) of an upright, then Dyson Ball Animal and the Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 are both solid options. We go super in-depth in Dyson’s upright line in our Dyson vacuum review series.

Check that out for additional information.

What’s more important—quick or hands-free?

As mentioned above, a robot vacuum is not the same as a stick vacuum. While both will get your house clean, their cleaning approach is quite different.

If you’re looking for a quick clean…

I would recommend one of the Dyson V-Series stick vacuums.

Simply pull the trigger, vacuum the area you need, and move on. The trigger only powers the vacuum while your finger is holding it down.

The V Series vacuums can transform between stick vacuums to handheld units with the push of a button. When you’re done cleaning, all models come with a wall mount so you can plug it in and hang it on the wal

l, so it’s ready for the next clean.

The crevice tool on the V8 is attached by a quick release button

The crevice tool on the V8 is attached by a quick release button

If you’re looking for a hands-free clean…

I would recommend one of the Roomba models.

While it may take longer for the Roomba to find the mess, the best part is that you don’t have to be involved. Sit down and put your feet up or leave the house entirely. Most current Roombas (except for the Roomba 614) allow for scheduled cleanings, meaning less work for you.

iRobot Roomba App

iRobot Roomba App

Of course, models with the iAdapt 2.0 navigation (Roomba 980 or Roomba 960) do have a navigational advantage over the older models. These models come with an onboard camera and are less likely to get caught up in small areas of your home or skip spaces entirely.

If you want good navigation, but don’t want to pay the high-end price of the 900 Series Roombas, I would recommend the Roomba 890 next. The 890 has Memory Mapping that helps Roomba to remember where it has been and the route it’s been taking.

Roomba 890 squeezing under furniture

Roomba 890 – cleaning under furniture

Older models without Memory Mapping simply take a “bump and continue” approach, bumping into obstacles, changing direction, and continuing—definitely effective although likely not the intelligent robot vacuum you envisioned from the Jetson’s days.

What’s your budget?

Budget can also be a big factor when selecting your perfect vacuum. Both Roomba and Dyson are very high-end vacuums, compared to models from other companies on the market. But that being said, it doesn’t mean you can’t snag a deal here or there.

For vacuums within the $ low price tier, check out the:

For vacuums within the $$ moderate price tier, check out the:

For vacuums within the $$$ high price tier, check out the:

For vacuums within the $$$$ ultra price tier, check out the:

For more information on specific models and how to choose check out our Roomba vacuum reviews and or Dyson vacuum reviews.

Still can’t decide? Send us an email here. We’re happy to personally help you.

Last Updated - August 10, 2018

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Derek Hales

Derek Hales

Editor-in-Chief

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, son, and poodle, Tibbers.