Compare iRobot Roomba 980 and 650: What Are the Main Differences?
Comparing the Roomba 980 and 650 Robots
Detailed Comparison of the Roomba 980 and 650 Robots
The (N.#) notation used in the table refers to the clarification notes provided following the table. Please read these notes carefully in order to understand better the features that come with each of these two Roomba.
The iAdapt responsive cleaning technology composed of sophisticated software and sensors allows Roomba robots to clean more thoroughly the room, making multiple passes, avoiding stairs, getting under and around furniture, and cleaning along wall edges and corners. The low profile design of these robots allows cleaning under most furniture. They also automatically adjust to all floor types - carpet, tile, hardwood, laminate and more.
Note that Roomba 650 is built with iRobot's original iAdapt technology, while Roomba 980 was designed with the more advanced iAdapt 2.0 technology. With Adapt 2.0, Roomba 980 features a visual localization camera used to map out your home in order to ensure complete coverage. It allows the robot to seamlessly and efficiently navigate an entire level of your home and keep track of its location. Roomba 980 uses a high-efficiency cleaning pattern and a full suite of sensors to adapt to real world clutter and furniture for thorough coverage.
An important aspect of iAdapt and iAdapt 2.0 technologies is Dirt Detection:
- Roomba 650 is equipped with acoustic sensors which allow them to find dirtier areas and spend more time cleaning them.
- Roomba 980 comes with more sophisticated dirt detection ability. It is equipped with both acoustic and optical sensors, and therefore it is more powerful and effective when looking for dirtier areas.
Finally, note that Roomba 650 uses Virtual Walls, while Roomba 980 uses Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barriers to be kept away from rooms or areas they are not supposed to enter. Please see the Roomba Navigation Control Section below for more detailed explanation of these stand alone little devices:
- Virtual Walls are tiny devices that emit an infra-red beam that the Roomba will not cross. It is used to stop the Roomba from entering areas not wanted to be cleaned. It can be set to block an area ranging from three to eight feet long.
- Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barriers, like Virtual Walls, can be used to block off an open doorway, but they can also be used as Virtual Wall Halos to protect some restricted area within the room, such as the area you where your dogs food is placed..
The following pictures illustrate Virtual Walls and Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barriers in action:
All Roomba robots use a 3-stage vacuuming system:
- Counter-rotating brushes or debris extractors (depending on the Roomba model) pick up dust, debris, dirt, pet hair from the floor.
- A spinning side brush cleans along wall edges.
- Finally, an efficient vacuum pulls dirt and hair off the brushes (or off the debris extractors) and directs it into the bin.
- AeroVac technology found in Roomba 650 allows for optimized airflow that pulls hair off the brushes and sends it into the bin. This allows the bin to fill more evenly requiring less frequent emptying of the bin.
- AeroForce technology found Roomba 980 comes with debris extractors and delivers an ideal balance of vacuum suction and debris extraction: Tangle free extractors grab and break down debris eliminating hair tangles and jams, and an airflow accelerator creates a sealed channel that concentrates the airflow, sucking in more debris. Thanks to the high efficiency vacuum, the air power is increased 5 times compared to Roomba 650. In addition, when the Carpet Boost feature found on Roomba 980 is activated, the air power is increased up to 10 times!
Roomba 650 robots need to be restarted by pressing the Clean button after it recharge itself at its Home Base (unless of course it has been previously scheduled to restart at a later time). On the other hand, Roomba 980 can resume automatically the cleaning job where it was interrupted before going to Home Base to recharge. It continues this way until the job is done and the entire level of your home is cleaned!
When Roomba 980 is connected via Wi-Fi to your smartphone, you can use the iRobot Home App for Android and iOS to invoke remotely operations (such as cleaning, scheduling, etc.) and to customize your cleaning preferences (such as number of cleaning passes to execute).
The AeroVac filters found in Roomba 650 handle quite adequately hair, pet fur, lint and carpet fuzz, but not as well as the HEPA filters do.
HEPA stands for "High Efficiency Particulate Air" and is a filter grade defined by the US Department of Energy which requires the filter to be able to remove more than 99.97% of allergens, pollen and particles as small as 0.3 micron.
Note that the Roomba 980 is equipped with an AeroForce HEPA filter which is even more efficient than the regular HEPA filters and can remove particles as small as 0.1 micron.
When on carpet, thanks to the Carpet Boost feature, Roomba 980 automatically increases its vacuum power to provide a deeper clean. Carpet Boost provides up to 10 times the air power by automatically increasing performance on carpet and rugs, where dust and dirt hide.
On hard surfaces, Roomba 980 reduces its vacuum power to decrease battery consumption while still delivering excellent cleaning performance. Carpet Boost feature is turned on by default and can be turned off from the App.
Both Roomba 980 and 650 robots are equipped with a side brush to clean wall edges. But Roomba 980 features special edge cleaning action to make sure that stubborn dirt and debris along wall edges are all removed. After the robot finishes cleaning the open areas of your floor, it uses the Edge Clean feature to ensure that it has cleaned along walls and around furniture legs. If you prefer a quicker clean, you can disable Edge Clean from the App. Edge Clean is turned on by default.
When the bin gets full, Roomba 980 provides you with two options regarding the action to be taken by the robot:
- Finish Job: Even if the bin is full, the robot will continue cleaning until it has covered the entire space. Once the bin is emptied, Roomba is ready for a new cleaning job. The full bin behavior is “Finish Job” by default.
- Pause Immediately: As soon as the bin is full, the robot will return to where it started and pause its cleaning job. Once the bin is emptied, you just need to press CLEAN to resume.
Roomba 980 is equipped with a visual localization camera that maps out more thoroughly your home in order to ensure complete coverage. It allows the robot to seamlessly and efficiently navigate an entire level of your home and keep track of its location. Note that for the camera functionality to work properly some light in the room where the robot will be vacuuming may be needed.
Tangle free extractors grab and break down debris, eliminating hair tangles and jams, and an airflow accelerator creates a sealed channel that concentrates airflow, sucking in more debris.
Scheduling can be pre-set up to 7 times per week. The robot starts vacuuming as soon as the scheduled time is reached.
Both robots can be scheduled.
In most cases, Roomba will remove dirt and debris with just one pass over each area of your home. With Roomba 980, two-pass cleaning can be requested and can be particularly helpful in homes with pets or for periodic deep cleaning. The number of cleaning passes is one by default. This feature can be invoked from the App.
When batteries run low, all Roomba robots return to their Home Base to dock and recharge.
Note that Roomba 650 needs to be restarted by pressing the CLEAN button after it recharges itself at its Home Base (unless of course it had been previously scheduled to restart at a later time). Roomba 980 is able to resume automatically the cleaning job where it was interrupted before going to Home Base to recharge. It continues this way until the job is done and the whole level of your home is cleaned.
Both robots are equipped with a Home button that can be pressed to send the robot to dock at its Home Base. Of course, the robot will also go automatically to its Home Base when battery runs low.
Both robots cab be asked to spot clean. When spot clean is invoked, the robot will spiral approximately 3 feet in diameter and then spiral back to where it started for an intense, localized clean for those quick fixes.
Roomba 650 has a Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) battery, while Roomba 980 has a Lithium-Ion battery.
Lithium-Ion batteries are designed to provide longer cleaning sessions and last longer before needing to be replaced.
Battery Run Times:
iRobot has specified the average battery run time for Roomba 980 robot as 120 minutes.
For Roomba 650, the average run time is about 60 minutes,.
Note that for both robots, run times can vary extensively depending on the amount of work the robot has to do to clean the floors. That is because different types of carpets, different floor plans and different amounts of dirt may require different amounts of effort from the robot and hence different amounts of ''juice'' from the battery.
For instance, if the area to be cleaned is very small, the robot will run a shorter amount of time sufficient to finish the job and will then go to recharge even if the battery is not completely emptied. On the other hand, if the floor plan is more complex, the carpet types harder to vacuum or if there is a lot of dirt, the robot may use more power and hence may also need to recharge sooner.
However, keep in mind that Lithium-Ion batteries are designed to provide longer cleaning sessions.
- Roomba 980 can be remotely controlled from your smartphone or tablet using the iRobot Home App. No explicit remote control device is provided.
- Roomba 650 can not be controlled from your smartphone and does not come with a remote-control device. But, if desired, an optionl remote-control device can be separately purchased (see below Amazon products section).
- Note that Roomba 980 is also compatible with Amazon Alexa, including Amazon Echo, Echo Dot and Amazon Tap.
The "d" in the dimensions refers to the diameter, and "h" to the height of the unit. All measurements are in inches.
The 1-year limited warranty is on the robot. There is also a 6-month warranty on the battery.
So which Roomba should you get?
As the above comparison table shows, Roomba 650 and 980 come with quite a few different features. So we suggest you carefully study the above table and clarification notes before you decide which Roomba will respond best to your needs. However, keep in mind the following important points before you make your selection:
If you wish to be able to control your Roomba from your smartphone, you should consider Roomba 980, which supports Wi-Fi communications. Roomba 980 also come with some additional neat features:
- It uses camera based visual localization which helps the robot seamlessly and efficiently navigate an entire level of your home and keep track of its location (note that for the camera functionality too work properly some light in the room where the robot will be vacuuming is needed).
- It uses a high-efficiency cleaning pattern and a full suite of sensors to adapt to real world clutter and furniture for thorough coverage.
- It has the capability, after it recharges itself at Home Base, to resume operation automatically where it had been interrupted. So, if you have large areas in your home that require the robot to recharge multiple times, and you don't want to bother with having to restart the robot after each recharge, you might want to consider Roomba 980, as it is capable of completing the job without human interference, except for emptying the bin when it gets full. And even if the bin gets full, and for some reason you aren't available to empty it, the robot will continue vacuuming until the entire space is covered and the job is finished, unless you have requested from the App to stop vacuuming at full bin.
- Roomba 980 has also the ability to boost the vacuuming intensity up to 10 times when carpets and rugs are detected. Note also that it can run for about 120 minutes before going back to Home Base to recharge, while Roomba 650 can run about 60 minutes before recharging.
Though the above listed Roomba 960 additional features can be quite useful in certain situations such as in large homes, for normal size homes, and unless you wish to use your smartphone to control the robot, you would probably be more than satisfied with the vacuuming results obtained with Roomba 650.
But remember that one of the main difference between them is the vacuuming technology used. Roomba 650 use the AeroVac technology, while Roomba 980 uses the AeroForce technology. As described above, AeroVac 2 provides powerful and efficient vacuuming that pulls hair and debris from brushes and sends it into the dirt bin. On the other hand, AeroForce delivers the ideal balance of vacuum suction and debris extraction by using debris extractors that grab and break down debris eliminating hair tangles and jams. In addition, with AeroForce, an airflow accelerator creates a sealed channel that concentrates the airflow, sucking in more debris. Thanks to the high efficiency vacuum of AeroForce, the air power is increased 5 times.
Another difference between Roomba 650 and 980 robots is that the former comes with a Virtual Wall, while others come with Dual Virtual Wall Barriers for navigation control (please see above N.1 above for an explanation of these).
If you must have a smartphone controllable robot, you could save some money by getting the recent Roomba 960 instead of the 980. Here are the few differences between these two robots:
- Roomba 980 has a more powerful motor and supports the Carpet Boost feature, while Roomba 960 does not.
- Roomba 980 can run for 120 minutes when the battery is fully recharged, while Roomba 960 can run for 75 minutes. But, this should not be a major issue, since both robots are able to automatically recharge and continue the vacuuming job until it's finished.
For a detailed comparison of Roomba 980 and Roomba 960, please click: Top Roomba Robots Comparison.
You will find in the Amazon products section that follows, the two Roomba robots compared above which you can click for exact price information or to purchase:
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Roomba Virtual Wall
Virtual Wall Bariers
Remote Control Device for Roomba 650
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