What is the Roomba 675?
The iRobot Roomba 675 is one of the entry-level models that Roomba offers. It is a slightly updated version of the Roomba 665 which was one of the premiere Roomba models.
It’s a great option if you want to dip your feet into the smart vacuum world without having to shell out a ton of cash for a higher end model. It still has many of the great features like the 3-stage cleaning system and dirt detection systems which make the Roombas effective cleaning robots. We’ll go over this model and all of its features in this comprehensive iRobot Roomba 675 review.
What does the iRobot Roomba 675 do?
If you’re new to the whole Roomba thing, don’t worry, as these devices are made to automate cleaning and vacuuming. With the press of a button, the Roomba will make its way around your home, detecting any unwanted debris in the process.
It’ll then loosen the debris with the brushes and then lift them up. Finally, it’ll suction them into the waste container and move to a different area once this one is cleaned.
The device will also move to its dock and recharge itself once the 90 minutes of runtime is up. The only maintenance you’ll have to do is to empty the waste bin container.
The iRobot Roomba 675’s design is not much different from any of the other Roombas out on the market. The body is circular and slick, keeping its minimalist design from its previous models.
The device sports the classic “Clean” button in the middle with some extra options as well. On top of it there is the spot clean button and under it the dock button.
The handle is found on the top of the device for easy carrying. The front of the device is protected by a soft bumper which is clearly reinforced compared to the opposite end of the device. This is to protect it from any damage that it incurs from bumping into furniture or falling down stairs.
Although this doesn’t happen too often with Roomba’s, this particular device doesn’t have the virtual wall feature and it can happen more regularly because of this. If you’d like to have this feature, the Roomba 690 is one of the lower models that offer this.
Types of Floor Surfaces
Roombas rarely have trouble with hardwood floors and the Roomba 675 will have no trouble on this type of surface.
High Pile Carpet/Rugs
Although the Roomba 675 doesn’t offer deep cleaning of carpets like the Roomba 960, it can still do a well enough job to consider if you have carpets in your home.
It might have trouble picking up very fine debris such as sugar and the like. However, it’ll take care of everything else as well as pet hair/fur.
Not too much of an issue for any Roomba as this type of surface has similar efficiency to hardwood floors.
3 Stage Cleaning System: The 3-stage cleaning system was introduced in the very first models of the Roombas. It loosens the debris with the spinning brushes and then lifts them up before suctioning them into the waste bin container.
iRobot Home App: Just like with the Roomba 665, this model uses the iRobot Home App so that you can schedule cleans and start/stop individual ones. You can connect to it through wi-fi or even on the go.
Automatic Docking and Recharging: This model will run for approximately 90 minutes before docking and recharging itself. It’ll take 2-3 hours to fully charge but it won’t resume cleaning afterward like the higher end models.
Lithium-ion Battery: The lithium-ion battery allows the Roomba to clean for a full 90 minutes and will last for a long time. This means you won’t have to keep constantly replacing it down the road and it won’t deteriorate in its effectiveness.
Edge-sweeping Brush: The edge-sweeping brush is a small tool used to clean edges of the wall. It comes out at a 27-degree angle to reach the corners and walls of your home.
Intelligent Navigation: For an entry-level model, the 675 makes over 60 decisions per second to adapt to the layout of your home and thoroughly clean your floors. There are also cliff detection sensors so that it’ll avoid stairs and other drop-offs.
Lightweight and Sleek Design: This particular model is extremely light compared to other Roombas weighing in at 6.77 lbs. It is only 3.5 inches high off of the ground so that it can reach tough places that a regular vacuum cleaner might not.
Voice Control Capability: As long as you’re connected on wi-fi, you can enable the voice control capabilities by using Alexa or Google assistant. Start and stop cleans with voice commands easily without having to open an app.
Dirt Detection Technology: Dirt detect technology sounds fancy but it’s essentially just finding the places that have the most dirt in your home and spending the most time cleaning there.
One of the cons which we discussed already is that the Roomba 675 doesn’t have the wall sensor that comes with the later models. This might be an issue for you if you have a ton of furniture and rooms that will be cleaned.
This model also doesn’t have the camera mapping system which allows the robot to scan and learn your home so that it can optimize future cleanings and avoid obstacles better.
The device won’t resume after docking and recharging. Once it is fully recharged, you’ll have to activate a clean manually or wait for the next scheduled clean.
The Roomba 675 isn’t 100% efficient when it comes to high-pile carpet and rugs. It’ll get more than 85% but the truth is that if you want a really deep clean, you’ll have to shell out some bucks and get a more powerful model like the 960.
Setting up the Roomba 675
The setup for this device is simple. After unboxing, dock your device and let it charge for 2-3 hours. This is necessary to preserve the life of the lithium-ion battery.
After charging, you may want to connect it to wi-fi so that you can enable voice commands. You can also download the app to start to schedule your cleans in advance. We go into this further in a later section below.
How to use the iRobot Roomba 675
It is pretty straightforward and all you really have to do is press the middle CLEAN button. If you want to get fancy, you can click the CLEAN button on the iRobot Home App.
You can then sit back and watch the Roomba go to work. It’ll move around the house and look for spots with debris buildup. After 90 minutes it’ll return to the dock and recharge itself. That’s really all there is to it!
How to use the iRobot Roomba 675 App
You can download the iRobot Home app with an android or iPhone. The iPhone must have ios10 or better and the android should be running 5.0 or higher.
It is the same app across the board for any Roomba that is Wifi-compatible. The functionality is the same as well. You can schedule reoccurring cleans ahead of time so that the Roomba can work on its own without you having to keep activating it manually.
You will also be able to view past cleans and stats such as run-time and a mapped-out area of the house. It’ll also alert you when the bin is full so it will pause cleaning to allow you to empty it.
Although Roomba’s are a hand-off smart robot, they all come with minimal maintenance. The most occurring maintenance will be the time spent cleaning the brushes and emptying the container.
After cleaning for a month or so, dust will start to build upon the bushes and around the edges of the device. This’ll cause the Roomba to slow down a bit and you might be able to notice the difference. Cleaning the brushes is pretty quick and its generally just a wipe down.
The container gets full after 1+ months of cleaning and you won’t have to worry about emptying it too often.
The wheels sometimes get dust built up and you might have to wipe them so that they don’t get stuck down the road.