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Shark ION Robot vs. Roomba

By Derek Hales | Updated April 18, 2018

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The Shark Ion vs. Roomba are two robot vacuums that come from a strong lineage of quality vacuum cleaners.

While Roomba primarily focuses on robot vacuums, Shark has vacuum history across the board, producing uprights, stick, canister, and handheld models as well.

Which is the better robot vacuum? Find out now!

Shark vs Roomba robot vacuum comparison

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Shark ION Robot Vacuums

Shark offers a wide selection of vacuum types, ranging from uprights and stick vacuums to portable handhelds and tag-along canisters. To keep up with the ever changing vacuum market, they also now manufacture robot vacuums. Their main fighter in the robot vacuum battles is the Shark ION, which includes the 720 and 750 model.

Shark Ion 750 robot vacuum

Roomba Robot Vacuums

iRobot is the company behind the Roomba name. iRobot specializes in robots, including three models for residential use: Roomba (for dry vacuuming), Braava (for wet mopping), and Mirra (for submerged pool cleaning).

irobot roomba 690 battery

In the battle against the Shark ION, Roomba will be the main contender.

In the table below you’ll find a high-level feature comparison of the most popular Roomba models (980, 960, 890, 690, and 614) vs. the most popular Shark ION robot models (720 and 750).

 Shark ION 750Shark ION 720Roomba 614Roomba 690Roomba 890Roomba 960Roomba 980
Shark ION Robot 750 vacuumShark ION Robot 720 vacuumRoomba 614 robot vacuum reviewRoomba 690 robot vacuum reviewRoomba 890 robot vacuum reviewRoomba 960 robot vacuum reviewRoomba 980 review
Floor TypesAllAllAllAllAllAllAll
Battery 2,600 mAh2,600 mAh1,800 mAh1,800 mAh1,800 mAh2,600 mAh3,300 mAh
Run Time ~60 min.~60 min.~60 min.~60 min.~60 min.~75 min.~120 min.
Dust Bin CapacityUnknownUnknown0.3 L0.3 L0.3 L0.3 L0.3 L
Diameter12.6"12.6"13.9"13"13.9"13.8"13.9"
Height2.6"2.6"3.6"3.6"3.6"3.6"3.6"
Weight5.5 lbs.5.5 lbs.7.9 lbs.7.8 lbs.8.4 lbs.8.6 lbs.8.7 lbs.
Spinning Side Brush 2211111
Brushroll Basic BristleBasic BristleBasic BristleBasic BristleAdvanced RubberizedAdvanced RubberizedAdvanced Rubberized
Maintenance Costs$115 / year$115 / year$30 / year$32 / year$34 / year$35 / year$37 / year
Self-Charging
Scheduling
HEPA Filter
Full Bin Indicator
Recharge & Resume
Cleaning Reports
Wireless ControlWifi-EnabledRemote ControlNoneWifi-EnabledWifi-EnabledWifi-EnabledWifi-Enabled
BoundariesBoundary Strips (9')Boundary Strips (9')NoneVirtual Barrier (1)Virtual Barrier (1)Virtual Barrier (1)Virtual Barrier (2)
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Shark ION 750

Dimensions

12.6″ dia. x 2.6″H

Run Time

~60 minute

Maintenance

~$115 / year

Weight

5.5 pounds

The Shark ION 750 robot vacuum is self-charging and comes with Wifi-connectivity—allowing you to start, stop, or schedule a cleaning cycle remotely from your smartphone at any time. The wifi signal also allows for voice control via Amazon Alexa. The Shark ION 750 and 720 use the same battery and both offer a 60-minute run time.

Shark Ion 750 robot vacuum

Shark Ion 750 robot vacuum

Pros

  • Lightweight body is about 40% lighter than the Roomba models.
  • Lower price tag, under $400 makes it more affordable than some of the higher-end models.
  • The 60-minute run time provides sufficient time for cleaning most areas.

Cons

  • The “BotBoundary” strips are more difficult to use than Roomba’s virtual wall barrier.
  • Significantly higher annual maintenance costs compared to the Roomba.

Shark ION 720

Dimensions

12.6″ dia. x 2.6″H

Run Time

~60 minute

Maintenance

~$115 / year

Weight

5.5 pounds

The Shark Ion 720 robot vacuum is the younger sibling to the ION 750 model. Similar to the 750, the ION 720 also is self-charging, can run scheduled cleanings, and includes a HEPA filter. It also cleans with a single central brushroll and two spinning side brushes.

The main difference between these two model is that the ION 720 does not have wifi-connectivity. Instead of controlling it with your smartphone, the 720 comes with a remote control for wireless control.

Shark Ion 720 robot vacuum

Shark ION 720 robot vacuum

Pros

  • Lower price tag than the ION 750, without sacrificing run time.
  • Includes remote for wireless control.
  • Lightweight body style with low profile.

Cons

  • Does not include wifi-connectivity or a pairing app on your smartphone.
  • High annual maintenance costs cost offset the lower initial costs.

If you’d like to see a deep dive on all of the vacuums shark offers see our complete Shark vacuum reviews guide here.

Roomba 980

Dimensions

13.9″ dia. x 3.6″H

Run Time

~120 minute

Maintenance

~$37 / year

Weight

8.7 pounds

The Roomba 980 is the most advanced Roomba robot vacuum to date, offering exceptional cleaning performance and a 120-minute run time, the longest of any of the models in this Shark ION vs. Roomba comparison. The 980 offers wifi-connectivity, HEPA filtration, and includes two virtual wall barriers.

Unlike the Shark ION “BotBoundaries”, the Roomba virtual wall barriers can protect up to 10′ linear path (like a doorway or hall) as well as a 4′ diameter around a sensitive area (like sensitive electronics or a pet feeding area).

Roomba 980

Roomba 980

Pros

  • Extended run time is twice that of the Shark ION 720 or 750 models.
  • Wifi-connectivity offers control with your smartphone or voice control with Amazon Alexa.
  • Excellent cleaning performance on all floor types.

Cons

  • With the impressive features also comes a higher price tag, compared to other models.
  • During our cleaning test, this vacuum was a bit loud on low carpet and hardwoods.

Roomba 960

Dimensions

13.8″ dia. x 3.6″H

Run Time

~120 minute

Maintenance

~$35 / year

Weight

8.6 pounds

The Roomba 960 robot vacuum is one step down from the Roomba 980 model. It includes many of the same features like wifi-connectivity, scheduled cleanings, HEPA filtration, and the advanced brushroll which is better at preventing tangles than the older style brushroll.

The 960 models also has the ability to generate wireless cleaning reports, available on your smartphone via the iRobot Home app. One difference between the Roomba 960 vs. the 980 is the power boost bonus that the 980 model has. This allows the 980 to offer better cleaning performance on thick carpets.

That said, the difference during our cleaning tests was not dramatic on high pile carpet. See our Roomba 960 vs. 980 review for more

Roomba 960

Roomba 960

Pros

  • Extended 75-minute run time is sufficient for most cleaning cycles.
  • Recharge and Resume technology allows Roomba to keep cleaning until the job is done.
  • Low annual maintenance costs help to offset the relatively high initial cost.

Cons

  • Much more expensive than the Shark robot vacuums, but also comes with more features.
  • Does not include the “Power Boost” for cleaning high-pile carpet, like the Roomba 980 model.

Roomba 890

Dimensions

13.9″ dia. x 3.6″H

Run Time

~60 minute

Maintenance

~$34 / year

Weight

8.4 pounds

The Roomba 890 robot vacuum, has the same run time as the Shark ION 750 and 720 models (60 minutes). It features a centrally located “Clean” button on the face of the vacuum with a handle, and dust bin release latch. On the underside the 890 uses one spinning side brush for cleaning corners and tight spots, along with dual rubberized brushrolls for collecting debris, without the tangles.

The 890 has wifi connectivity which allows this vacuum to be controlled with your smartphone. You can start, stop, or schedule cleaning for up to a week. This model includes one virtual barrier.

Roomba 890

Roomba 890

Pros

  • Lower price tag compared to the 900 series Roomba models.
  • Wifi connectivity makes it easy to stop, start, or schedule cleaning cycles.
  • Dual brushrolls prevent more tangles over the 600 series Roombas.

Cons

  • More expensive than the Shark ION series robot vacuums.
  • Struggles a bit with fine debris on high pile carpet.

If you’re interested in how Roomba compares to other Roombas check out some of our comparisons, including Roomba 690 vs. 890, Roomba 650 vs. 690, and Roomba 890 vs. 960.

Roomba 690

Dimensions

13″ dia. x 3.6″H

Run Time

~60 minute

Maintenance

~$32 / year

Weight

7.8 pounds

The Roomba 690 robot vacuum comes in just below the Shark ION Robot 750 model in price (generally right around $300) while offering many of the same features. The 690 has wifi connectivity, allowing you to start, stop, or schedule cleaning cycles from your smartphone.

For navigation, it uses infrared light to detect dirt and obstacles as it cleans. Unlike the Roomba 900 series, the 690 does not have memory mapping.

The 690 also does not have a HEPA filter, but it does have a fine-particulate filter. The 690 models also uses a bristle-style brushroll, similar to the Shark ION series.

Roomba 690 - best robot vacuum value

Roomba 690 robot vacuum

Pros

  • Lower price tag than the Shark ION Robot series.
  • Wifi-connectivity allows you to control the vacuum with your smartphone or voice control.
  • Long 60-minute run time, considering the lower price.

Cons

  • Lacks the advanced HEPA filtration of newer model Roombas.
  • Older bristle-style brushroll is prone to tangle more.

Roomba 614

Dimensions

13.4″ dia. x 3.7″H

Run Time

~60 minute

Maintenance

~$30 / year

Weight

7.5 pounds

The Roomba 614 is the most basic vacuum model that is currently offered by Roomba. Coming in under $300, this model has a simple design for easy usability and no-fuss add-ons. It still has a run time of 60 minutes, like the 690 and 890 Roomba models.

What it lacks is the advanced HEPA filtration like the 980 as well as wifi-connectivity, which all of the later flagship models have. That being said, for an inexpensive Roomba that cleans where it is put, the 614 may still be a great option.

Roomba 614 robot vacuum

Roomba 614 robot vacuum

Pros

  • Lower price tag than the Shark ION Robot series.
  • Wifi-connectivity allows you to control the vacuum with your smartphone or voice control.
  • Long 60-minute run time, considering the lower price.

Cons

  • Lacks the advanced HEPA filtration of newer model Roombas.
  • Older bristle-style brushroll is prone to tangle more.

Wonder how Roomba compares to other robot vacuums on the market? Check out our Neato vs. Roomba, iLife vs. Roomba, and Bobsweep vs. Roomba comparison battles.

Shark ION 750 vs. Roomba 690

If you’re looking for a robot vacuum under $400, the Shark ION 750 vs. Roomba 690 is a fair match. Both vacuums are wifi-enabled, can partner with an accessory app developed from each brand, and feature a 60 minute run time.

So where are the differences?

Shark Ion 750
Shark ION Robot 750 vacuum
Roomba 690
Roomba 690 robot vacuum review
2,600 mAhBattery1,800 mAh
~60 minutesRun time~60 minutes
UnknownDust bin capacity0.3L
12.6" dia. x 2.6"Dimensions13" dia. x 3.6"
5.5 lbs.Weight7.8 lbs.
$115 / yearMaintenance $32 / year
Wifi-EnabledWireless ControlWifi-Enabled
Boundary Strips (9')BoundariesVirtual Barrier (1)
Single, bristleBrushrollSingle, bristle
Self-Charging
Scheduling
HEPA Filter
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Shark ION 750 vs. Roomba 690 Differences

HEPA Filtration

The Shark ION 750 has a HEPA filter that captures finer particulate than the AeroVac filter on the Roomba 690. To get a high-efficiency filter on a Roomba, you’ll need the get the Roomba 890 or a 900 Series Roomba.

Maintenance Costs

Although the initial price for these robot vacuums is pretty similar, the real difference comes in annual maintenance costs. The Roomba costs about $32 / year to maintain, while the Shark ION 750 is over $100 / year… $115 to be exact. This is in accordance to each company’s recommended maintenance schedule. The big reason why Roomba is cheaper is because there are many 3rd parties making inexpensive replacement parts.

Boundaries

The Shark ION series uses physical boundary strips called “BotBoundaries” to block off areas for the vacuum. The ION 750 comes with a 9′ strip and two connectors so it can be cut and assembled in different ways.

On the other hand, the Roomba 690 uses an infrared virtual barrier, which emits a light that can only be seen by the Roomba, invisible to the naked eye. This boundary can block off an area up to 10′ long and can be turned on/off without having the move the barrier. You can also use the Roomba barrier in “Halo” mode which blocks off an area up to 4′ in diameter, for sensitive electronics or pet areas.

Shark ION 720 vs. Roomba 614

If you’re wanting a more basic robot vacuum and don’t necessarily care about the wifi-connectivity, the Shark ION 720 vs. Roomba 614 may be a better fit. This pair-up is slightly less expensive than the ION 750 vs. Roomba 690.

Both vacuums still use infrared navigation and have a central “Clean” button on the face of the vacuum for easy and intuitive cleaning cycles. So let’s dive in and see where the differences are.

Shark Ion 720
Shark ION Robot 720 vacuum review
Roomba 614
Roomba 614 robot vacuum review
2,600 mAhBattery1,800 mAh
~60 minutesRun time~60 minutes
UnknownDust bin capacity0.3L
12.6" dia. x 2.6"Dimensions13" dia. x 3.6"
5.5 lbs.Weight7.8 lbs.
$115 / yearMaintenance $32 / year
Remote ControlWireless ControlNone
Boundary Strips (9')BoundariesNone
Single, bristleBrushrollSingle, bristle
Self-Charging
Scheduling
HEPA Filter
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Shark ION 720 vs. Roomba 614 Differences

Boundaries

Although not perfect, the Shark ION 720 does include 9′ of their “BotBoundary” strips which are used for blocking of certain areas where you don’t want the vacuum to go. The Roomba 614, on the other hand is not compatible with any of Roomba’s virtual wall barriers.

Maintenance Costs

Again, Shark gets hit with higher than usual annual maintenance costs. With the Roomba 614, you can expect to spend about $30 / year vs. Shark ION 720, which is over $100 / year (if you follow the maintenance schedule recommended by Shark.)

Scheduled Cleanings

Another big difference is scheduled cleanings. The Shark ION 720 allows scheduled cleanings via the remote control, while the Roomba 614 does not have any scheduled cleaning options. You simply turn it on and let it clean.

Shark ION 750 vs. Roomba 980

Of course, no brand-to-brand vacuum comparison would be complete without providing each manufacturer the opportunity to put their best fighter in the ring. In the case of Shark vs. Roomba, that would be the Shark ION 750 vs. the Roomba 980.

These models embody the best features in a robot vacuum that each manufacturer currently offers, providing a fair assessment. So let’s get to cleaning and see how each of these models compare.

Shark Ion 750
Shark ION Robot 750 vacuum
Roomba 980
Roomba 980 review
2,600 mAhBattery3,300 mAh
~60 minutesRun time~120 minutes
UnknownDust bin capacity0.3L
12.6" dia. x 2.6"Dimensions13.9" dia. x 3.6"
5.5 lbs.Weight8.7 lbs.
$115 / yearMaintenance $37 / year
Wifi-EnabledWireless ControlWifi-Enabled
Boundary Strips (9')BoundariesVirtual Barrier (2)
Single, bristleBrushrollDual, rubber
Self-Charging
Scheduling
HEPA Filter
Recharge & Resume
Cleaning Reports
Increased Suction for Carpet
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Shark ION 750 vs. Roomba 980 Differences

Ok, let’s be honest. Considering the huge jump in price differences, this is not much of a fair fight. But one thing that is for certain, if you’re got the funds, Roomba certainly offers greater performance when compared to the Shark ION 750.

Self-Sufficiency

The Shark ION 750 will return itself to the charger when the power gets low and you can schedule cleanings, but overall this model does need a little more babysitting than the Roomba 980.

The Roomba 980 is equipped with these features as well as three new features—Recharge & Resume, Digital Cleaning Reports. and Memory Mapping.

These features combine to make the Roomba 980 its own boss. When the battery gets low, it will automatically return to the charger, but thanks to Memory Mapping, if the Roomba didn’t get the job done it will juice up and then get back to cleaning wherever it left off.

When the entire area is clean, you can use your smartphone to check out the Digital Cleaning Report which will digitally show you exactly where the Roomba was cleaning while you were out.

Run Time

The Recharge & Resume is certainly a nice feature, but for smaller homes, you likely won’t even need it thanks to the 120 minute run time on the Roomba 980. This is twice the run time that the Shark ION 750 offers.

Price

Obviously, with power comes price. With the added featured, improved navigation, and sheer power, the Roomba 980 is going to cost you about $500 more than the list price on the Shark ION 750. If you’re just looking for the best performance period, go Roomba 980. But for some the better value of the Shark ION 750 may be a better way to go.

What to Buy? Shark ION Robot or Roomba?

While Roomba definitely has a wider selection of robot vacuums, that is not to say that the Shark ION is anything to scoff at.

Both of these manufacturers produce a quality robot vacuum and depending what your needs on, they may be met by any one of these models listed above.

The best way to choose between Shark vs. Roomba is to ask yourself a series of questions about your needs and desires.

First things first, what is your budget?

All of the current Shark ION robot vacuums easily fall under $400. This includes the:

If you want a Roomba robot vacuum under $400, you’ll need to stick to their earlier models, like the:

If you’ve got a higher budget to play with, you can look into the more advanced later model Roombas, like the:

Second, what features are most important to you?

Are you looking for a robot vacuum that you can control with your smartphone, or voice control via AIs like Amazon Alexa? You’ll want to check out the following models:

Is simplicity and the best value most important to you? You won’t want to miss these models:

Are you looking for the smartest robot vacuums on the market? Something you can set up and then forget about, with the confidence to know that it will be able to navigate, clean, and dock by itself?

If this sounds like you, it’s hard to beat the 900 Series Roombas. With added features like Recharge & Resume, Digital Cleaning Reports, and Memory Mapping, these models are top-of-the-line for high-end robot vacuums:

That’s a Wrap Folks!

Well, that’s it for this Shark ION vs. Roomba review. We hope you found it helpful!

If you’re still having trouble deciding the robot vacuum that’s best for you see our full list of robot vacuum reviews here or check out some of the best cheap robot vacuums.

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