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Shark ION Robot vs. Roomba

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

Shark vs Roomba robot vacuum comparisons

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!

Roomba 675
  • Dimensions: 13.4″ x 3.5″
  • Run Time: ~90 mins.
  • Dust Bin: 0.3 L
  • Boundary: None
  • Wifi Enabled Yes
Shark R75
  • Dimensions: 12.6″ x 2.6″
  • Run Time: ~60 mins.
  • Dust Bin: 0.4 L
  • Boundary: Physical strip
  • Wifi Enabled Yes
Roomba 690
  • Dimensions: 13″ x 3.6″
  • Run Time: ~90 mins.
  • Dust Bin: 0.3 L
  • Boundary: Virtual wall
  • Wifi Enabled Yes
Shark R85
  • Dimensions: 12.8″ x 3.5″
  • Run Time: ~90 mins.
  • Dust Bin: 0.6 L
  • Boundary: Physical strip
  • Wifi Enabled Yes

Table of Contents

  1. Overview
  2. Comparison Chart
  3. Shark R85 vs. Roomba i7+
  4. Shark R85 vs. Roomba 690
  5. Shark R75 vs. Roomba 675
  6. Shark R75 vs. Roomba 980
  7. Shark R72 vs. Roomba 614
  8. Which is best?

Shark ION robot vs. Roomba, which is best?

iRobot Roomba is far more established as a robot vacuum manufacturer vs. Shark. Shark’s ION robot series offers more basic robot vacuums compared to Roomba’s full model lineup. That said, Shark’s R75 and R85 are on par with the popularRoomba 690 and Roomba 675

Comparing Shark to Roomba’s higher end models there is a more significant difference. The Roomba 980960i7+, and other high end models offer more features, longer run times, and better cleaning performance.

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.

Shark R85 Robot Vacuum Usability

The current lineup of robot vacuums in the Shark ION series includes:

There have been quite a few changes to the naming styles of these vacuums and for the sake of simplicity, I’ve listed out some of the other names that these models go by.

Shark R85

aka: Shark RV850

Shark R75

aka: Shark RV750

aka: Shark ION 750

Shark R72

aka: Shark RV720

aka: Shark ION 720

There are few noticeable differences between the sub-names of each model. From what we can tell, Shark updated the name nearly every time they introduced a new model to the collection.

A bit confusing in my opinion, but hopefully this naming guide helps to clear up the fact that these sub-names are basically the same vacuum as the name highlighted in blue above.

Roomba Robot Vacuums

iRobot is the company behind the Roomba name. iRobot specializes in robots, including the:

  • Roomba – for dry vacuuming
  • Braava – for wet mopping
  • Mirra – for submerged pool cleaning
The Roomba e5 will drive itself onto the charging base when it needs to be refueled

In the battle vs. Shark robot vacuums, Roomba will be the main contender.

Roomba robot vacuums come in a wide variety of series types and models, but for the sake of this review, we will primarily be looking at the following:

Shark vs. Roomba Comparison Chart

PRODUCTDETAILS

BEST SHARK

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Shark R85
  • Run Time: 60 mins.
  • Dust Bin: 0.6 L
  • Cleaning: 94%
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Shark R75
  • Run Time: 60 mins.
  • Dust Bin: 0.4 L
  • Cleaning: No Data
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moderncastle-table-__imageShark R72
  • Run Time: 60 mins.
  • Dust Bin: Unknown
  • Cleaning: No Data
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BEST VALUE

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Roomba 675
  • Run Time: 90 mins.
  • Dust Bin: 0.3 L
  • Cleaning: 94%
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moderncastle-table-__imageRoomba 690
  • Run Time: 90 mins.
  • Dust Bin: 0.3 L
  • Cleaning: 94%
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moderncastle-table-__imageRoomba 960
  • Run Time: 75 mins.
  • Dust Bin: 0.3 L
  • Cleaning: 92%
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BEST BIG HOME

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Roomba 980
  • Run Time: 120 mins.
  • Dust Bin: 0.3 L
  • Cleaning: 95%
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moderncastle-table-__imageRoomba 890
  • Run Time: 60 mins.
  • Dust Bin: 0.3 L
  • Cleaning: 92%
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BEST ROOMBA

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Roomba i7+
  • Run Time: 90 mins.
  • Dust Bin: 0.5 L
  • Cleaning: 99%
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moderncastle-table-__imageRoomba e5
  • Run Time: 90 mins.
  • Dust Bin: 0.5 L
  • Cleaning: 99%
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BEST BUDGET

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Roomba 614
  • Run Time: 60 mins.
  • Dust Bin: 0.3 L
  • Cleaning: No Data
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In the table below you’ll find more detailed specs and features on the most popular Roomba models vs. the most popular Shark ION robot models.

 Shark R85Shark ION R75Shark ION R72Roomba 675Roomba 690Roomba 890Roomba 960Roomba 980Roomba i7Roomba e5Roomba 614
Shark R85 VacuumShark ION Robot 750 vacuumShark ION Robot 720 vacuumRoomba 675 robot vacuumRoomba 690 robot vacuum reviewRoomba 890 robot vacuum reviewRoomba 960 robot vacuum reviewRoomba 980 reviewRoomba i7 robot vacuumRoomba e5 robot vacuumRoomba 614 robot vacuum review
Battery Unknown2,600 mAh2,600 mAh1,800 mAh1,800 mAh1,800 mAh2,600 mAh3,300 mAh1,800 mAh1,800 mAh1,800 mAh
Run Time ~90 min.~60 min.~60 min.~90 min.~60 min.~60 min.~75 min.~120 min.~90 min.~90 min.~60 min.
Dust Bin Capacity0.6 L0.4 LUnknown0.3 L0.3 L0.3 L0.3 L0.3 L0.5 L0.5 L0.3 L
Diameter12.8"12.6"12.6"13.4"13"13.9"13.8"13.9"13.3"13.3"13.9"
Height3.6"2.6"2.6"3.6"3.6"3.6"3.6"3.6"3.6"3.6"3.6"
Weight5.5 lbs.5.5 lbs.5.5 lbs.7.8 lbs.7.8 lbs.8.4 lbs.8.6 lbs.8.7 lbs.7.4 lbs.7.2 lbs.7.9 lbs.
Spinning Side Brush 22201111111
Brushroll Single, BristleSingle, BristleSingle, BristleDual, Bristle + CompositeSingle, BristleDual, RubberizedDual, RubberizedDual, RubberizedDual, RubberizedDual, RubberizedSingle, Bristle
Cleaning Performance94%Not availableNot available94%94%92%92%95%99%99%Not available
Self-ChargingYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Scheduling YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNo
HEPA Filter YesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesNo
Full Bin Indicator YesNoNoNoNoYesYesYesYesYesNo
Recharge & Resume NoNoNoNoNoNoYesYesYesNoNo
Cleaning Reports NoNoNoNoNoNoYesYesYesNoNo
Wireless ControlWifi-EnabledWifi-EnabledRemote ControlWifi-EnabledWifi-EnabledWifi-EnabledWifi-EnabledWifi-EnabledWifi-EnabledWifi-EnabledNone
BoundariesBoundary Strips (9')Boundary Strips (9')Boundary Strips (9')NoneVirtual Barrier (1)Virtual Barrier (1)Virtual Barrier (1)Virtual Barrier (2)Digital Markers (in-app); Virtual Barrier (1)Virtual Barrier (1)None
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Shark ION R85 (RV850)

The Shark R85 robot vacuum is the newest model in the Shark ION series and offers the most features among Shark’s robot line.

Shark R85 Robot Vacuum

It has a 90-minute run time, up the 30 minutes longer than the run time on the ION R75.

Additionally, it creates 3 times the suction on Max mode (over the R75). The R85 offers scheduled cleaning cycles and voice control via Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant to help make it easier to start, stop, and schedule cleaning cycles.

  • Dimensions: 12.8″ diameter x. 3.4″ H
  • Run Time: ~90 minutes
  • Maintenance: ~$XX / year
  • Weight: 6.6 pounds

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Pros

  • Extra long 90-minute run time
  • Extra large dust bin capacity over the R85 (0.6 liters on the R85 — that’s 30% more than the 0.4L max capacity of the R75 and even about 15% more capacity over the Roomba e5 max capacity of 0.5L)
  • Comes with a handheld vacuum option, if you opt for the S87 model

Cons

  • Still no upgrade to boundary marker, which requires a physical strip be laid onto the floor
  • Struggled with thicker carpet and finer debris types during our cleaning tests

Additionally, Shark offers their S87 model, which takes an R85 and marries it with a charging base that has a standalone handheld vacuum. This is a nice extra and helps make the case for a robot as a total vacuum replacement.

Shark ION R85 + Handheld Vacuum Set

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Shark S87

The Shark S87 is a packaged set that includes the R85 as well as a handheld vacuum that is built into the charging station. This optional vacuum is a nice addition for quick messes or spot cleaning, while the R85 continues to provide whole-home cleaning. Check Price

Roomba 690

The Roomba 690 comes in just below the Shark ION Robot 750 model in price 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.

Roomba 690 - best robot vacuum value
Roomba 690 robot vacuum

The 690 also does not have a true 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.

  • Dimensions: 13″ diameter x 3.6 H
  • Run Time: ~90 minutes
  • Weight: 7.8 pounds

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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 90 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.

Shark ION R75 (RV750 or ION 750)

The Shark ION R75 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 R75 and Shark ION R72 use the same battery and both offer a 60-minute run time.

Shark Ion 750 robot vacuum
Shark R75 robot vacuum
  • Dimensions: 12.6″ diameter x. 2.6″ H
  • Run Time: ~60 minutes
  • Weight: 5.5 pounds

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Pros

  • Lightweight body is about 40% lighter than the Roomba models.
  • Lower price tag 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.
  • Not able to generate as much suction as the R85

Roomba 675

The Roomba 675 robot vacuum is almost identical to the Roomba 690 (listed above) besides the fact that it doesn’t include a virtual wall and is slightly larger, about .5″ wider and .1″ shorter.

Roomba 675 robot vacuum - underside
  • Dimensions: 13.4″ diameter x 3.5 H
  • Run Time: ~90 minutes
  • Weight: 7.8 pounds

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Pros

  • Does basically everything the Roomba 690 does, just doesn’t include the virtual wall barrier, but you save a few bucks because of that.
  • A great budget / value robot that still includes wifi connectivity for smartphone control
  • 90 minute run time

Cons

  • Like the Roomba 690, can struggle to remove fine debris from carpet.

Shark ION R72 (RV720 or ION 720)

The Shark ION R72 robot vacuum is the younger sibling to the ION R75 model. Similar to the R75, the ION R72 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.

Shark Ion 720 robot vacuum
Shark ION R72 robot vacuum

The main difference between these two model is that the ION R72 does not have wifi-connectivity. Instead of controlling it with your smartphone, the R72 comes with a remote control for wireless control.

  • Dimensions: 12.6″ diameter x 2.6″ H
  • Run Time: ~60 minutes
  • Weight: 5.5 pounds

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Pros

  • Lower price tag than the ION R75, 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.
  • In many cases seems to be more expensive than R75 and R85

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

Roomba 980

The Roomba 980 is one of the most advanced Roomba robot vacuums 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.

Roomba 980
Roomba 980

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).

  • Dimensions: 13.9″ diameter x 3.6″ H
  • Run Time: ~120 minutes
  • Weight: 8.7 pounds

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Pros

  • Extended run time is twice that of the Shark ION R72 or R75 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

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.

Roomba 960
Roomba 960

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

  • Dimensions: 13.8″ diameter x 3.6″ H
  • Run Time: ~120 minutes
  • Weight: 8.6 pounds

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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

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.

Roomba 890
Roomba 890

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.

  • Dimensions: 13.9″ diameter x 3.6 H
  • Run Time: ~60 minutes
  • Weight: 8.4 pounds

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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. 890Roomba 650 vs. 690, and Roomba 890 vs. 960.

Roomba i7+ / Roomba i7

The Roomba i7 is arguably one of the most advanced robot vacuums on the market today. It can easily connect to your smartphone for remote control and has the best cleaning performance in a robot vacuum that we’ve tested to date.

Roomba i7+ Robot Vacuum
Roomba i7 robot vacuum

For an added bonus, you can get the Roomba i7+ which includes a self-emptying dust bin that deposits up to 30 loads of debris into a bagged compartment of the charging station.

  • Dimensions: 13.3″ diameter x 3.6″ H
  • Run Time: ~90 minutes
  • Weight: 7.4 pounds

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Pros

  • Long run time and offers the Recharge and Resume feature for easy charging in the middle of a cleaning cycle
  • Self-emptying dustbin when you opt for the i7+ model
  • Extremely impressive cleaning performance on all floor types

Cons

  • Very expensive compared to other robot vacuums, especially the Shark lineup
  • The i7+ model will require replacement dust bags, which is an additional maintenance cost.

Interested in the self-emptying dust bin? The Roomba i7+ is the only robot we know of with this feature.

Most Advanced Robot We’ve Tested

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Roomba i7+

The Roomba i7+ robot vacuum is the first vacuum of its kind that features a self-emptying dustbin. No typo here. The Roomba i7+ has an advanced “home base” that doubles as a charging station and a self-emptying dustbin where it can store up to 30 loads of debris from the i7+ cleaning cycles. Additionally, its cleaning performance and usability (via app control and advanced mapping) easily make the i7+ one of the best robot vacuums on the market.Check Price

Roomba e5

The Roomba e5 is a part of the Roomba i Series, but offers a budget alternative to the Roomba i7 and i7+ models. This vacuum still has a long 90-minute run time, scheduled cleanings, wifi connectivity, and excellent cleaning performance.

Roomba e5 cleaning cereal on hardwood floor
Roomba e5 robot vacuum

The main things you’re giving up by going with the e5 over the i7 is the on-board camera and the ability to Recharge & Resume in the middle of a cleaning cycle. These features are not available on the Roomba e5 robot vacuum.

RELATED: Want to see how the e5 compares to the Roomba i7? See our full Roomba e5 vs. i7 vs i7+ here.

  • Dimensions: 13.3″ diameter x 3.6″ H
  • Run Time: ~90 minutes
  • Weight: 7.2 pounds
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Pros

  • Still has a long 90-minute run time
  • Excellent cleaning performance on all floor types
  • Wifi connectivity for easy scheduled cycles, voice control, or control while on-the-go

Cons

  • No on-board camera, which can mean less advanced navigation compared to the Roomba i7
  • No Recharge & Resume feature

Roomba 614

The Roomba 614 is the most basic vacuum model that is currently offered by Roomba. Coming in at an affordable price, this model has a simple design for easy usability and no-fuss add-ons. It still has a run time of 60 minutes.

Roomba 614 robot vacuum
Roomba 614 robot vacuum

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.

  • Dimensions: 13.4″ diameter x 3.7 H
  • Run Time: ~60 minutes
  • Weight: 7.5 pounds

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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. RoombaiLife vs. Roomba, and Bobsweep vs. Roomba comparison battles.

Shark ION R85 vs. Roomba i7+

If you’re looking for the best balance of performance and value, I’d recommend comparing the Shark ION R85 vs. Roomba i7. Both of these models are considered the “best of the brand” from each manufacturer.

While the Roomba i7 is significantly more expensive than the Shark ION R85, it felt necessary to point out the top features available from both Shark and Roomba robot vacuums.

So what are the differences?

Shark ION R85
Shark ION Robot 750 vacuum
Roomba i7+
Roomba i7+ robot vacuum
94%Cleaning Performance99%
UnknownBattery1,800 mAh
~60 minutesRun time~90 minutes
0.6LDust bin capacity0.5L
12.8" dia. x 3.4"Dimensions13.3" dia. x 3.6"
5.5 lbs.Weight7.4 lbs.
Wifi-EnabledWireless ControlWifi-Enabled
Boundary Strips (9')BoundariesDigital Markers (in-app), Virtual Barrier (1)
Single, bristleBrushrollDual, rubberized
YesSelf-ChargingYes
YesSchedulingYes
YesHEPA FilterYes
NoDigital MappingYes
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Shark ION R85 vs. Roomba i7+ Differences

  • Run Time: The Roomba i7 takes the cake on run time, offering 30 extra minutes over the Shark ION R85. (90 minutes for the Roomba i7 and 60 minutes for the Shark ION R85).
  • Recharge & Resume: Roomba i7 has the ability to recharge in the middle of a cleaning cycle. Once it’s all juiced up, it will refer to the digital map of the space and return back to the same spot in the floor plan where it last cleaned. The Shark ION R85 does not have this feature.
  • Cleaning Performance: For the best overall clean, the Roomba i7 is virtually flawless. While the Shark ION R85 did a nice job with most tests, it struggled with fine debris during our sugar test, only capturing about 2/3 of the debris on high or low pile carpet.
  • Self-Emptying Dust Bin: The Roomba i7+ has the added feature of a self-emptying dust bin. This is the only robot vacuum that we’ve tested to date which has this feature.

Shark ION R85 vs. Roomba 690

If you’re looking for the best options between Shark ION and Roomba that also fall at comparable price points, I’d recommend comparing the Shark ION R85 vs. Roomba 690.

So what are the differences?

Shark ION R85
Shark ION Robot 750 vacuum
Roomba 690
Roomba 690 robot vacuum review
UnknownBattery1,800 mAh
~60 minutesRun time~90 minutes
0.6LDust bin capacity0.3L
12.8" dia. x 3.5"Dimensions13" dia. x 3.6"
5.5 lbs.Weight7.8 lbs.
Wifi-EnabledWireless ControlWifi-Enabled
Boundary Strips (9')BoundariesVirtual Barrier (1)
Single, bristleBrushrollDual, bristle + composite
YesSelf-ChargingYes
YesSchedulingYes
YesHEPA FilterNo
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Shark ION R85 vs. Roomba 690 Differences

  • Brushrolls: The Shark ION R85 uses a single spiral bristle brushroll, while the Roomba 690 has two brushrolls. One is a straight bristle brushroll and the other is a spiral composite brushroll. These dual rolls spin in opposite directions of each other to help pull dirt and debris in without tangling.
  • Size: Compared the the Roomba 690, the Shark ION R85 is a little smaller and about 2 pounds lighter. If you’re concerned with carrying this vacuum around, this could be an important factor to you.

Shark ION R75 vs. Roomba 675

If you’re looking for a robot vacuum moderately priced, the Shark ION R75 vs. Roomba 675 is a fair match. Both vacuums are wifi-enabled, can partner with an accessory app developed from each brand, and feature solid run times.

So where are the differences?

Shark ION R75
Shark ION Robot 750 vacuum
Roomba 675
Roomba 675 robot vacuum
2,600 mAhBattery1,800 mAh
~60 minutesRun time~90 minutes
0.4LDust bin capacity0.3L
12.6" dia. x 2.6"Dimensions13.4" dia. x 3.5"
5.5 lbs.Weight7.8 lbs.
Wifi-EnabledWireless ControlWifi-Enabled
Boundary Strips (9')BoundariesNone
Single, bristleBrushrollDual, bristle + composite
YesSelf-ChargingYes
YesSchedulingYes
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Shark ION R75 vs. Roomba 675 Differences

  • HEPA Filtration: The Shark ION R75 has a HEPA filter that captures finer particulates than the AeroVac filter on the Roomba 675. To get a high-efficiency filter on a Roomba, you’ll need the get the Roomba 890, 960, 980, e5, or i7.
  • Run Time: The Roomba 675 provides 30 extra minutes of run time compared to the R75.
  • Boundaries: The Shark ION series uses physical boundary strips called “BotBoundaries” to block off areas for the vacuum. The ION R75 comes with a 9′ strip and two connectors so it can be cut and assembled in different ways. By comparison, the Roomba 675 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 R75 vs. Roomba 980

Lastly, we’ll take a look at another high-end comparision, comparing the Shark ION R85 to the Roomba 980

Shark ION R85
Shark ION Robot 750 vacuum
Roomba 980
Roomba 980 review
UnknownBattery3,300 mAh
~60 minutesRun time~120 minutes
0.6 LDust bin capacity0.3L
12.8" dia. x 3.5"Dimensions13.9" dia. x 3.6"
Wifi-EnabledWireless ControlWifi-Enabled
Boundary Strips (9')BoundariesVirtual Barrier (2)
Single, bristleBrushrollDual, rubber
YesSelf-ChargingYes
YesSchedulingYes
YesHEPA FilterYes
NoRecharge & ResumeYes
NoCleaning ReportsYes
NoIncreased Suction for CarpetYes
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Shark ION R75 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 R75.

  • 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 R75 offers.
  • Price: Obviously, with power comes price. With the added featured, improved navigation, and sheer power, the Roomba 980 is going to cost you a pretty penny more than the list price on the Shark ION R75. If you’re just looking for the best performance period, go Roomba 980. But for some the better value of the Shark ION R75 may be a better way to go.
  • Self-Sufficiency: The Shark ION R75 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 convenient 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.

Shark ION R72 vs. Roomba 614

If you’re wanting a more basic robot vacuum and don’t necessarily care about the wifi-connectivity, the Shark ION R72 vs. Roomba 614 may be a better fit. This pair-up is slightly less expensive than the ION R75 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.
Remote ControlWireless ControlNone
Boundary Strips (9')BoundariesNone
Single, bristleBrushrollSingle, bristle
YesSelf-ChargingYes
YesSchedulingNo
YesHEPA FilterNo
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Shark ION R72 vs. Roomba 614 Differences

  • Boundaries: Although not perfect, the Shark ION R72 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.
  • Scheduled Cleanings: Another big difference is scheduled cleanings. The Shark ION R72 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.
  • Prices: Shark ION 720 is generally more expensive than the Roomba 614. However, it’s also more expensive than the R75 and R85 in many cases. So make sure to double check the prices to make sure you’re getting a good deal. Otherwise, it might be best to just get the R75 or R85.

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 into the moderately priced category.

This includes the:

If you want a Roomba robot vacuum around the same price as the Shark ION robots, the best recently released model would be the Roomba 675. Or you could also check out earlier models in the 600 Series as well, 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:

If 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 i Series or 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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Update Log

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2 thoughts on “Shark ION Robot vs. Roomba”

  1. Thanks for this comprehensive and great review!!

    What about the other Shark Ion Robot Vacuum called S87 with Wi-Fi (RV851WV)? How does that compare with the Roomba model comparable to S87 vacuum?

    • Great question! That’s actually something we’re testing now.

      We have the new R85 (which I believe is the same vacuum that is included with the S87 package). We should have that up up within the next few days.

      So stay tuned.

      Update for anyone reading these comments, you can see our R85 review here – https://moderncastle.com/shark-ion-r85-review/ (note that the R85 is the robot that’s included with the S87)

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