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Roomba 614 vs. 675: Face to Face Comparison

roomba 614 vs 675
This article is a faceoff between the Roomba 614 vs. 675.
Roomba has become synonymous with robot vacuums, and this is never more exemplified than in its flagship model, the iRobot Roomba s9+. But before iRobot developed self-emptying robots and such, the Roomba 614 was one of their best offerings.

At present, this fourth-generation Roomba is the cheapest you can find in the Roomba lineup. Then iRobot introduced the Roomba 675 a few years ago, which is kind of a vengeful comeback for those who frowned upon the 614. I should mention that the Roomba 675 has been one of the best-selling robot vacuums in the Cyber Monday sale last year.

If you want the automated help from a robot vacuum but you are afraid of breaking the bank, I guarantee that you will be happy with any of these Roombas.
So, what are the different aspects between the Roomba 614 vs. 675? Read on to see if these robot vacuums deserve a welcome party in your home.

Quick Summary

  • The Roomba 614 may not be the best option for the OCD folks among us. Don’t even watch this Roomba do its thing because it will probably take a lot longer than its 90-minute run-time to clean an entire level. On the bright side, you can guarantee you will wake up to clean floors each morning! This Roomba can tackle hard floors, low-, and medium-pile carpets. If you are intimidated by the notion of having a robot vacuum, the Roomba 614 is for you. You do not need computer know-how and whatnot to operate and maintain this little piece of wizardry.
  • To make the long story short, the Roomba 675 is the long, lost identical twin of the Roomba 614. This Roomba offers the same classic cleaning performance as its sibling. The only difference is that it has Wi-Fi connectivity. You can use the iRobot Home app to start a cleaning cycle or create schedules. Likewise, it has the added convenience of Smart Home integration. So, speak up and tell your robot what you want!

Main Differences

  • Control and Schedule Cleanings for the Roomba 675
    The biggest difference between the Roomba 614 vs. 675 is that the latter is compatible with the iRobot Home app. I can use the app as a remote control or create cleaning schedules for my robot vacuum. Likewise, I can monitor the progress of my robot and view the cleaning history on-the-go.
  • You Can Issue Voice Commands with the Roomba 675
    The Roomba 675 also works with Amazon Echo and Google Home devices.
  • The Roomba 675 is Compatible with Virtual Wall®
    Got potential robot death traps set by your naughty kid and pet? No problem! Virtual Wall got you covered.

Comparison Table

Model
Popular choice
iRobot Roomba 614 Robot Vacuum with Roomba 600 Series...
Budget-friendly
iRobot Roomba 675 Robot Vacuum with Roomba 600 Series...
Star Rating
Dimensions
13.39 in x 13.39 x 3.65 inches
13.39 x 3.58 x3.58 in
Weight
7.50 lbs
7.94 lbs
Navigation
Random
Random
Virtual Barriers
Filter
AeroVac Filter
AeroVac filter
Battery Capacity
1800 mAh
1800 mAh
Run-Time
90 min
90 min
Charging Time
120 min
120 min
Automatic Charging
Wi-Fi
Alexa & Google Assistant
Suction Power
600 Pa
600 Pa
Multi-Floor Cleaning
Bare floors to low-pile carpets
Bare floors to low-pile carpets
Scheduling
Full Bin Indicator
Check Price
Popular choice
Model
iRobot Roomba 614 Robot Vacuum with Roomba 600 Series...
Star Rating
Dimensions
13.39 in x 13.39 x 3.65 inches
Weight
7.50 lbs
Navigation
Random
Virtual Barriers
Filter
AeroVac Filter
Battery Capacity
1800 mAh
Run-Time
90 min
Charging Time
120 min
Automatic Charging
Wi-Fi
Alexa & Google Assistant
Suction Power
600 Pa
Multi-Floor Cleaning
Bare floors to low-pile carpets
Scheduling
Full Bin Indicator
Reviews
Check Price
Budget-friendly
Model
iRobot Roomba 675 Robot Vacuum with Roomba 600 Series...
Star Rating
Dimensions
13.39 x 3.58 x3.58 in
Weight
7.94 lbs
Navigation
Random
Virtual Barriers
Filter
AeroVac filter
Battery Capacity
1800 mAh
Run-Time
90 min
Charging Time
120 min
Automatic Charging
Wi-Fi
Alexa & Google Assistant
Suction Power
600 Pa
Multi-Floor Cleaning
Bare floors to low-pile carpets
Scheduling
Full Bin Indicator
Reviews
Check Price

Roomba 614

The Roomba 614 may not have a lot of flash, but it is for this reason that it remains a popular choice among consumers.

With a push of a button, you can start a cleaning cycle and walk away. This entry-level robot vacuum can get underneath furniture and right next to the wall so that every inch of the floor is spick and span.

But if your child or pet has a habit of leaving potential robot death traps, you want to make sure to pick those up before the robot cleans. This model does not support Virtual Wall barriers and Keep-Out Zones.

At the heart of the Roomba 614 is the patented AeroVac technology. As such, it features a three-stage cleaning system to provide for the greatest cleaning efficiency.

That being said, this model only has a suction power of 600 Pa, which isn’t much compared to top-of-the-line Roombas. Regardless, this Roomba is up to the challenge whether it is cleaning hard floors and carpeted surfaces.

But due to the lack of smart navigation and mapping, it will take some time for the Roomba 614 to finish its task. Still, you can guarantee that your floors will be guest-ready everyday.

Be warned that it does not offer HEPA filtration. Allergens that are 10 microns or less will likely escape. But if you don’t have asthma or sensitivities, the AeroVac filter will provide a decent job at keeping dust and fine debris from being recycled into the air.

Overall, I recommend the Roomba 614 if you are looking for a second Roomba to use on a different floor or as a backup. Given that it is a breeze to operate and maintain, it is also ideal for seniors who need the help of an automated cleaner at a price they can afford.

Pros

  • Cheapest Roomba
  • Automatically returns to the Home Base® when battery is low
  • Auto-Adjust Cleaning Head adapts its height so that the brushes remain in contact with the floors
  • 27-degree angle Edge-Sweeping Brush agitates dirt and debris from corners
  • Comes equipped with Cliff Detect sensors and Patented Dirt Detect™ sensors
  • Has an average 90-minute run-time on hard floors

Cons

  • Uses random navigation
  • Uses a rubber and bristle-style brush system
  • Human hair and pet fur get tangled up in the brushroll
  • Does not use High-Efficiency Filter
  • Does not support Virtual Wall® barriers
  • No Wi-Fi connectivity
  • No Smart Home integration

Roomba 675

If you want a budget-friendly robot vacuum, the Roomba 675 is an excellent product to try. This Roomba offers the classic cleaning capabilities of the Roomba 614. In fact, I would say this model is the reincarnation of the Roomba 614, but better!

The Roomba 675 supports the iRobot Home app and Smart Home integration, which is rare in budget-entry robot vacuums.

Those features aside, the Roomba 675 has all of the capabilities of the Roomba 614. This model also has 600 Pa suction, random navigation, and standard filter.

Let us be realistic. This robot vacuum is not perfect, and it will not pick up everything on its first pass. Well, that is to be expected. If that bothers you a lot, how about you run the robot vacuum again?

Pros

  • Control and schedule cleanings via the iRobot HOME App
  • Compatible on devices with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Automatically returns to the Home Base® when battery is low
  • Auto-Adjust Cleaning Head adapts its height so that the brushes remain in contact with the floors
  • 27-degree angle Edge-Sweeping Brush agitates dirt and debris from corners
  • Comes equipped with Cliff Detect sensors and Patented Dirt Detect™ sensors
  • Has an average 90-minute run-time on hard floors
  • Compatible with Virtual Wall® barriers

Cons

  • Uses random navigation
  • Uses a rubber and bristle-style brush system
  • Human hair and pet fur get tangled up in the brushroll
  • Does not use High-Efficiency Filter

Roomba 614vs. 615: Face to Face Comparison

Design

Roomba 614

roomba 614
Roombas tend to fall between 13 to 14 inches in diameter and 3 to 4 inches in height, and the Roomba 614 is no exception to this rule. The 614 can get up under the sleigh bed, does the area rug, and goes right under the coffee table.

At 7.9 pounds, this robot is lightweight to boot.

Roomba 675

roomba 675
One thing I noticed right off the bat is the design. The Roomba 675 looks similar to the 600 Series models, most notably the Roomba 614.

The Roomba 614 has the central “CLEAN” button at the center of the faceplate, along with a “SPOT” and “DOCK” button. There is an inconspicuous lift-up handle, as well.

This model measures 13 inches in diameter, which is a standard Roomba size. At 3.7 inches, this hardworking gizmo can clean underneath low-height furniture. Still, it also has earned some battle scars for attempting the impossible.


Navigation

Roomba 614

Roomba 614 navigation
Before the 7th generation models, Roombas do not map out the rooms they are cleaning. The Roomba 614 uses a technology called iAdapt Responsive Cleaning, relying on simple and limited algorithms. In layman’s terms, it is called random navigation.

iRobot CTO Rodney Brooks based this type of navigation on insects that have simple control mechanisms tuned to their environments. As a result, the robot vacuum would move in an identifiable pattern and bump into things.

Nevertheless, the Roomba 614 provides wall-to-wall coverage. As long as you have even surfaces, this robot vacuum can handle hard floors and low-pile carpets.

Roomba 675

Roomba 675 Navigation
The Roomba 675 also uses iAdapt Responsive Cleaning. This robot vacuum relies on a few simple algorithms such as Spiralling, Wall Following, and Random Walk Angle Changing. Regardless, this random algorithm has been shown to tackle rooms of various sizes.

Is the Roomba 675 an effective cleaner? Yes, it is. But due to its lack of smart navigation, it may cover some areas more than it should. The robot will start a cleaning cycle and continue to clean all the rooms on a single floor until it runs low in battery.

There is no way for me to control or limit the room access, which is a minor drawback. If there are places you do not want your robot to go, you should consider getting Virtual Wall® barriers.


Virtual Wall® and Keep-Out Zones

Roomba 614

Virtual Wall
The Roomba 614 does not support the Virtual Wall® feature. If you have an archway and you don’t want the robot to enter certain rooms, you have to put up a blockade.

Another negative I experienced with the Roomba 614 is that it does not go up onto dark rugs or mats with a dark border. The Cliff Detect sensors think the robot will fall. I tried putting a strip of Band-Aid over the sensors, and the problem was no more. Then again, you will have to babysit your robot, lest it will fall tumbling down the stairs.

Also, I needed to make sure I picked up phone cables and shoelaces before I run the robot because it eats them like spaghetti. As a result, the rollers get jammed.

Roomba 675

Roomba 675 Virtual Wall
The Roomba 675 does not come with laser barriers, but you can purchase as many Virtual Wall® devices as needed.

These barriers are handy in marking off delicate furniture and areas you don’t want your robot vacuum to enter.

However, the Roomba 614 is not compatible with Keep-Out Zones because it does not have Imprint™ Smart Maps that camera-based Roombas have.


Dirt Detection

Roomba 614

roomba-614-dirt-detection
One of the many things I love about Roomba is that they include Dirt Detect™ sensors even to their lower-tier robot vacuums.
However, don’t expect its dirt detection to be as sensitive as the more expensive Roombas.

Roomba 675

roomba-675-dirt-detection
The Roomba 675 comes equipped with Dirt Detect™ sensors, as well.
When the robot finds more dirt, it will circle around and spend extra time on those areas.


Dustbin and Filter System

Roomba 614

Roomba 675 AeroVac Filters
As with any Roomba from the 600 Series, it features the AeroVac™ cleaning technology. As such, it uses the AeroVac™ Filter, which captures dust and fine debris. Likewise, the Roomba 614 comes equipped with the 300-mL capacity AeroVac™ Bin.

This system is a far cry to the AeroForce™ cleaning technology that high-end Roombas have. But for the price you pay, I would not say this is a con. After all, this cleaning tech is the best during its time.

Another downside to the Roomba 614 is that it lacks a “Full Bin” indicator. I suggest that you empty the dustbin between cleanings. But if your floors are always dirty, you may need to empty more often.

Roomba 675

Roomba 675 AeroVac Filters
This 614 look-alike does not use a High-Efficiency Filter, but rather it uses the same filter and 300-mL dustbin as the Roomba 614.

After all, this model still uses the AeroForce™ cleaning technology. A good rule of thumb is to always empty the dustbin and clean the filter so that the robot vacuum keeps working at its best.


Connectivity

Roomba 614

Roomba 614
If you are a bit of a technophobe, you will be delighted to know that its operation is as easy as pie. The Roomba 614 lacks Wi-Fi connectivity, but for the savings, cheapskates like my mom are happy to push the button and walk away.

You will only need to turn the machine and press “CLEAN” to start a cleaning cycle or “SPOT” to clean a small area.

Roomba 675

Roomba 675 Connect
While you are waiting for your robot vacuum to complete a charge, you may download the iRobot Home app for your Android or iOS device. Create an account or sign in if you already have one. The app will come up with a list of robot vacuums you can add; select the Roomba 675. Follow the instructions to get the robot connected to your Wi-Fi network.

You may also issue simple voice commands by linking your account with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.

iRobot may boast of having the most intuitive and user-friendly app, but the skills are limited for the Roomba 675. Nevertheless, you can use the iRobot Home app as a remote control. There is a huge “Clean” button in the middle. Tabs to create schedules and view the cleaning history of your robot are also at the bottom.


Suction Power

Roomba 614

Roomba 675 Suction power
The suction power for the Roomba 614 is not as heavy-duty compared to more expensive Roombas. But at 600 Pa, it is sufficient for lifting dirt from thin rugs and low-pile carpets. The cleaning efficiency of the Roomba 614 also owes it to the patented AeroVac™ technology, which involves a three-stage cleaning process to ensure the dirt and debris gets vacuumed up.

Roomba 675

Roomba 675 Noise
The Roomba 675 delivers the same amount of suction power as the Roomba 614. While its suction power is so-so, it features the patented AeroVac™ 3-Stage Cleaning System, which sets it apart from other vacuums within its price range.

As with any Roomba, it comes equipped with counter-rotating brushes. These brushes agitate embedded dirt and debris, feeding it directly into the vacuum where it gets distributed evenly in the collection bin. As a result, it avoids clogging and premature loss of suction.


Run-Time

Roomba 614

Roomba 675 Run Time
The Roomba 614 has an average run-time of 90 minutes and will monitor its own battery. If the battery level drops about 15%, it will return to the Home Base to recharge. You may also push the “Dock” button. Recharging may take about three hours.

Roomba 675

Roomba 675 Run Time
The Roomba 675 has 90 minutes of battery life and requires two hours to complete a charge. To check the status of the battery, you can press the “Clean” button, and the battery indicator will glow. Solid green means it is fully charged, while amber means it is still charging.


Accessories

Roomba 614

roomba 614 Accessories
The Roomba 614 comes with its Home Base® charging station, power cord, an extra filter, one flat cleaning tool, and some paperwork.

Roomba 675

roomba 614 Accessories
The Roomba 675 comes with its Home Base® charging station, power cord, an extra filter, one flat cleaning tool, and some paperwork. You will have to purchase Virtual Wall® barriers separately if you want to make use of the said feature.


Cleaning Performance

I have a lazy teenager and a rambunctious dog at home. That means these robot vacuums have seen loose beads, glitter, fur, hair, dried mud, and grit, aside from the daily kitchen detritus. Now, Roomba 614 vs. 675: which is the better performer?

Hard Floors

I like that these bots are clever enough not to crash into things at full speed. Both the Roomba 614 and the Roomba 675 move at variable speeds, slowing down as they approach a wall or obstacle. What’s more, both models provided floor-to-wall coverage. Funny enough, these robots even moved around my dog when she was standing stationary.
roomba 600 series hard floor
But let’s be honest here. Cheaper robot vacuums, such as the Roomba 614 and 675 are a little bit below average when it comes to cleaning hard floors. Although both models picked up everything after the end of each run, it took more passes to collect all visible debris. Good thing both of these units have a long battery life, which makes up for their suction power and navigation.

Another thing to note is that the Edge-Spinning Brush tends to throw some of the debris, which further delays the completion.

Low-Pile and Medium- Pile Carpet

Surprisingly, the Roomba 614 and 675 delivered a better performance this time around.
The Roomba 614 and 675 transitioned from hard floors to carpet with ease. Both Roombas could climb thresholds measuring ¾ inches. There were no issues with area rugs or mats, either.
Medium- Pile Carpet for Roomba 614
Roombas are the Masters of Carpets. I guess that holds true even for their lower-tier models. Thanks to the patented dual counter-rotating brush system, these Roombas do not require much airflow to deal with low- and medium-pile carpets.

But if you have two carpeted rooms or more, it is worth the cost to opt for the more expensive models from the Roomba lineup. The ability of the Roomba 614 and 675 to deep-clean high-pile carpets is quite disappointing to boot.

Pet Hair

Roomba 675 pet hair
When it comes to human hair and pet fur pick-up, I have yet to look for a robot vacuum that is up to par with Roomba. However, the Roomba 614 and 615 does not have the Dual Multi-Surface Rubber Brushes that the top-of-the-line Roombas have. Instead of the tangle-free rubber extractors, these models use a rubber and bristle-style brush system.

I must be disappointed because I have seen many Roombas that did a better job. But when I think more about it, I realized that the tangles weren’t that much compared to other units within the same price point.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Roomba 675 have Wi-Fi?

The Roomba 675 does not require Wi-Fi to clean your home, but you can connect it to your Wi-Fi so that you can use the iRobot Home app to create daily schedules.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I set up my Roomba 614?

The Roomba 614 arrives at your doorstep partially charged. iRobot advises charging the robot vacuum to 100% before you use it. As soon as the robot is fully charged, you can press the “CLEAN” button to start a session.

Does the Roomba 675 have mapping?

The Roomba does not have intelligent mapping features. This model uses iAdapt Responsive Cleaning, which is an obsolete navigation system that relies on simple algorithms and infrared sensors.

How does the Roomba 675 know when it is done?

When you press the “CLEAN” button, the Roomba 675 sends out infrared signals and checks how long it will take to bounce back to the infrared receiver on its bumper. Once the robot establishes the size of the room, it knows how long it should spend cleaning it.

Conclusion

After testing the Roomba s9+ and i7+, I was uncertain how happy I would be with the Roomba 614 and 675. To my surprise, these robot vacuums can accomplish their task well for hard floors, as well as on low- to medium-pile carpets. The only caveat is that it will take several times longer for them to finish a cleaning cycle compared to their smarter siblings.

If I were you, I would go for the Roomba 675, which is basically the same robot with added Wi-Fi and app capability. The Roomba 614 has been phased out from the mainstream market, but you can still get this model through third-party retailers.

However, let’s be honest. A robot vacuum with low suction sucks, especially if you have a prolific shedder. So, you may want to consider a higher model to suck all that fur balls and dust bunnies lurking in your home.

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