Compare iRobot Roomba 860 and 650: What Are the Main Differences?
Roomba is a robotic vacuum cleaner manufactured by iRobot. It was first introduced in 2002, and since then several millions of units have been sold around the world, and many updated and improved versions have been released.
There are a number of Roomba models offered today. Some, like the Roomba 980 and 960 are very sophisticated and come with all the features you might ask for. They are of course the most expensive. Other models, like the 860 and 650, may not be as sophisticated, but they are still more than adequate for vacuuming needs of the average home. And they are of course more affordable than the more advanced models. If you don’t need features like remote control or automatic job resuming after auto-recharge of the battery, you will be quite happy with these less expensive robots.
This article will comapre Roomba 850 and 860. For a comparison of all major Roomba robots, please click the following article: Compare iRobot Roomba 900, 800 and 600 Series Robots.
Comparing the Roomba 860 and 650 Robots
Detailed Comparison of the Roomba 860 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 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.
Roomba robots feature Dirt Detection technology:
- Roomba 650 is equipped with acoustic sensors which allows the robot to find dirtier areas and spend more time cleaning them.
- Roomba 860 comes with more sophisticated dirt detection ability. It is equipped with both acoustic and optical sensors, and therefore it is more powerful and effective in finding dirtier areas.
Both Roomba 650 and 860 use a 3-stage vacuuming system:
- Counter-rotating dual multi-surface brushes (on Roomba 650) or counter-rotating dual multi-surface tangle-free brushes (on Roomba 860) pick up dust, debris, dirt, pet hair from the floor. Note that the tangle-free brushes are also known as debris extractors.
- 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 uses counter-rotating dual brushes and 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 in Roomba 860 uses counter-rotating dual tangle-free brushes (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 considerably in Roomba 860 compared to Roomba 650.
- The AeroVac filter found in Roomba 650 handles quite adequately hair, pet fur, lint and carpet fuzz, but not as well as AeroForce High Efficency filters do.
- Roomba 860 is equipped with an AeroForce High Efficency filter that can capture 99% of allergens, pollen, and particles as small as 10 microns.
The tangle-free brushes (also known as debris extractors) found on Roomba 860 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.
When batteries run low, all Roomba robots return to their Home Base to dock and recharge.
Note that both robots need to be restarted by pressing the CLEAN button after they recharge themselves at their Home Base (unless of course they had been previously scheduled to restart at a later time).
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 by itself automatically to its Home Base when battery runs low to recharge.
All Roomba 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.
Note that Roomba 650 is equipped with a Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) battery, while Roomba 860 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:
For both robots compared above, the average time is about 60 minutes, but note that 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.
However, keep in mind that Lithium-Ion batteries are designed to provide longer cleaning sessions.
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.
(*): Though both of these robots do not come with a remote-control device, if desired, an optional remote-control device can be separately purchased (see below Amazon products section).
Roomba Navigation Control 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.
So which of these two Roomba robots should you get?
As shown in the above comparison table, these two Roomba robots come with slightly 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 differences before you make your selection:
- Roomba 650 uses the AeroVac technology, while Roomba 860 uses the AeroForce technology. As described above, AeroVac 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. It uses tangle free debris extractors not found in the previous series robots 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 considerably when compared with AeroVac.
- Roomba 650 comes with a Virtual Wall, while Roomba 860 comes with a Dual Virtual Wall Barrier for navigation control (please see the Roomba Navigation Control Devices section above for exact Virtual Wall and Dual Virtual Wall Barrier definitions).
- Roomba 860 is equipped with a AeroForce High Efficiency filter, while Roomba 650 has a standard AeroVac filter.
- Roomba 860 is equipped with a full-bin indicator, while Roomba 650 is not.
You will find in the Amazon products section that follows, Amazon product links for both Roomba robots compared above, which you can click for exact price information or to purchase:
Roomba 860 and 650 Robots on Amazon
More recently Roomba 652 , which is almost identical to Roomba 650, was made available. Roomba 650 is equipped with an Ni-Mh battery while Roomba 652 carries a Lithium-Ion battery. Also no Virtual Wall device is included with Roomba 652. Otherwise, the two robots are identical. Note that, if needed, a Virtual Wall device can be optionally purchased (see below ).
For exact price info on Roomba 652 or to purchase, please click below:
Authentic Roomba Replenishment Kits on Amazon
Please click the images below to see price information or to purchase:
Roomba Virtual Wall and Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barrier on Amazon
Roomba Virtual Wall
Dual Virtual Wall Bariers
Optional Remote Control Device for Roomba
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