The best affordable robot vacuums of 2018

iRobot Roomba 690

The Roomba 690 replaces the 650 as the entry-level offering from iRobot, one of the best-known names in the world of home robotics. On sale for as low as $299, it adds Wi-Fi connectivity and remote control with a smartphone app. That means it’s the most affordable connected robot vac from a major manufacturer.

So why isn’t this superb cleaner our favorite? Well, it still has a few flaws. For instance, it’s based on the iRobot 650, which is rough on furniture, hitting table and chair legs with 3.3 pounds of force in our tests. That’s hard enough to knock an item off the edge of a table.

We’d also avoid the Roomba 614. It doesn’t just lack connectivity—it can’t be scheduled at all.

Read our full review of the Roomba 650

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