iRobot Roomba 690 review


Roomba 690

The Roomba 690 review is dedicated to the self-charging and Wi-Fi capable vac that features voice control and is designed to remove pet hair and dirt from either hard and textile floor coverings. It also comes with virtual walls to let the user restrict the unit’s access to certain areas.

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  • The robot comes with 13 inches across.
  • Its height is 3.7 inches, allowing it to slide under the furniture with about a 4-inch clearance.
  • Having 11.7 pounds of its weight, the vac can be carried around or, for example, from upstairs to downstairs and back again.
  • The dust container has enough volume (700 ml) not to interrupt the robot to empty the bin.


The iRobot Roomba 690 runs up to 120 minutes on a single battery charge. It picks up all sorts of the surface litter (cereal, rice, sand, and pet hair) from a low and medium-pile carpet. Although it’s necessary to clean the brushes and to empty the bin every time it runs, it only takes about 4 or 5 minutes.

One of the key Roomba 690 features is its ability to work in multiple rooms all throughout the house. Regardless of being not as powerful as other vacuums, it sucks the hair, fur, kitty litter, and other dirt easily if running every day or sometimes twice a day. It may fail at sucking a lot of litter at once. The robot goes around and around randomly until it covers every area.

It can pull itself over the thresholds but cannot collect debris completely along with the transition areas – for example, where the carpet ends and hardwood floor starts and vice versa. The unit just keeps rolling along and adapting to whatever surface it's on. Still, the device automatically detects stairs using its sensors.

Our Roomba 690 review cannot miss the fact that the vacuum does a decent job in the corners due to its protruding brush with 3 sections turning constantly. However, its circular shape doesn't allow cleaning the corners perfectly.

It pushes such small and lightweight objects as toys out of the way. However, socks or napkins might be sucked into the rollers and this issue needs the user’s intervention.

The robot works rather loudly, meaning that watching TV or going about regular life is not a problem, but it’s not comfortable to work or sleep while it’s running.

Now, let’s get the iRobot Roomba 690 review to its smart specs.

  • This model can be controlled via the app that is available from both iOS and Android devices. The app displays the cleaning history, the status of the robot, and the level of the battery’s charge.
  • It’s possible to set a custom cleaning schedule (up to once a day for 7 days/week).
  • One can program this vac to run while they are away and monitor progress.
  • It’s compatible with the Alexa voice control.
  • The vac can find its way to the docking station.

The iRobot Roomba 690 manual doesn’t recommend powering the vac in the corner but offers to place the docking station where at least free space of 1.5-feet on the sides and 4-feet in front is available.


This model is a circular-shaped device with ample plastic bumpers around the edge. There are three buttons the top – the large button for regular cleaning and doubling the power, the smaller home icon to send the vac to its base, and the icon to activate a spot mode.

The device goes with two large rubber wheels and a small roller-type wheel (center rubber brush), a side three-armed brush and a roller.

The Roomba 690’s battery is replaceable – 5 screws on the bottom uncover it with no difficulty.

The unit comes with a handle for easy carrying, but it lacks built-in cord storage.


To conclude the iRobot 690 review, let’s stress that this mid-level device features decent cleaning on different types of surfaces except for the high-pile rugs and the debris that stuck inside the rugs. Both manual and app controls leave more room for managing the vac. This model offers most of the iRobot techs but at an affordable price.

Common features


iRobot Roomba 690


Roomba 690




4.0 of 5






Battery Capacity

2600 mAH

Battery Life

120 Minutes

Auto Charging

Charging Time

4-5 hours

Cleaning features


1000 pa

Dust bin capacity

700 ml

Number of cleaning stages


Using area

1000 square feet

Noise level

Carpet cleaning

Air Filteration


Remote Control


Wi-Fi frequency requires

2.4 GHz


Drop Sensor Protection


Protective bumpers






Cleaning modes




Single room






Virtual Wall

Time scheduling function

Voice control


1 Year


Product Size

13 x 3.7 x 13 inches

Product Weight

11.7 pounds

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