Vacuums

Roomba 614 vs 690: Do You Need A Virtual Wall & App Control?

Although there is increasing competition in the robot vacuum market, Roomba continues to reign supreme. The Roomba 614 and 690 are the two great models that we’ll be comparing in this article. Both are reasonably priced and feature-rich but we’re here to see which one can really get the job done and is worth your money.

Roomba 614 VS 690 Comparison Chart

ModelRoomba 614Roomba 690
iRobot Roomba 614 Robot Vacuum- Good for Pet Hair, Carpets, Hard Floors, Self-Charging iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum-Wi-Fi Connectivity, Works with Alexa, Good for Pet Hair, Carpets,... 
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Rating
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3-Stage CleaningYesYes
Virtual Wall BarrierNoYes
Wi-Fi ConnectivityNoYes
SchedulingNoYes
Height3 inches3 inches
Weight7.5 lbs7.8 lbs
Suction Power600 Pa600 Pa
Battery Capacity1,800 mAh 1,800 mAh
Runtime60 minutes60 minutes
Charging Time2 to 3 hours 2 to 3 hours

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Cleaning Process

The Roomba 690 and 614 use three-stage cleaning technology for loosening, lifting, and sucking up dirt.

Roomba 690 cleaning
The Roomba 690 and 614 use a 3-stage cleaning process for picking up dust and dirt

The cleaning process begins with two rolling brushes that loosen up dust and dirt. These same extractors lift up the debris when the vacuum drives over it. Finally, the suction path sucks up the mess and stores it in the dust container. The 614 and 690 both have a suction power of 600 Pa.

Virtual Wall Barrier

The Roomba 690 comes with a virtual wall barrier for blocking off areas you don’t want the vacuum to enter.

Roomba 690 virtual wall
The Roomba 690 is bundled with a virtual wall barrier for creating invisible walls around certain areas

The Roomba 614 is bundled with a cleaning tool, an extra filter, and a charging base but it doesn’t have a virtual wall barrier. This accessory emits an infrared beam to create an invisible wall that restricts the robot from crossing. If there are certain rooms or areas that you don’t want the Roomba to go, this feature can be quite useful.

Controls

The Roomba 690 features wireless connectivity so you can use your mobile phone to operate the robot.

Roomba 890 connectivity
Wireless connectivity means you can control the Roomba 690 through the mobile app

Unlike the Roomba 614, the 690 can be connected to a wireless network which provides you app control. The iRobot Home app has a user-friendly interface that enables you to turn on the robot, view the history of cleaning cycles, pause/resume a cycle in progress, and schedule a cleaning run. You’ll have to empty the dust container manually, however.

Scheduling

With the iRobot Home app, you can schedule cleaning runs with the Roomba 690.

As touched on in the previous point, the Roomba 690 can also be operated through the iRobot Home app apart from the controls on top of the vacuum itself. One of the key features of the app is that it allows you to schedule a cleaning run for certain times of the day up to 7 times a week. Unfortunately, the Roomba 614 does not have this ability even though many of the other models in the 600 series do.

Design

The Roomba 614 and 690 have an identical design although with different colors.

Roomba 614 design
The Roomba 614 is a mix of bronze and black

Roomba 690 color
The Roomba 690 has the traditional combination of gray and black

The Roomba 690 and 614 have a circular design and are capable of 360-degree rotation. Their height is at 3 inches, allowing them to maneuver under furniture and other hard-to-reach places with ease. The 690 is slightly heavier than the 614 but this has no effect on the cleaning performance whatsoever. The Roomba 690 comes in the traditional black and gray combination while the 614 has a touch of bronze.

Battery

The Roomba 690 and 614 carry the same 1,800 mAh Lithium-ion batteries.

Carrying 1,800 mAh batteries, these two models have a runtime of 60 minutes. They have a charging time of about 2 to 3 hours which is sadly longer that its cleaning time. Fortunately, it is possible to buy an alternative 3,500 mAh that fits both robots. This doubles the runtime to 120 minutes.

Verdict

Offering a virtual wall and premium app features, the Roomba 690 is great value for money.

Want to save money but want a robot that has similar capabilities to the 690? The Roomba 614 is still a worthwhile option. It may not have scheduled cleanings or a barrier but it can get the job done and you don’t have to dig deep into your pockets to buy one.

Last update on 2019-07-19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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