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iRobot Roomba 694 Review

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The iRobot Roomba 694 pleased reviewers with its outstanding battery performance and also delighted them with its companion app since it also allowed them to schedule cleaning sequences in advance.

However, its lack of a HEPA filter, high maintenance costs, and inability to pick up pet hair left them unenthusiastic.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The iRobot Roomba 694 is an entry-level robot vacuum launched into the market in 2021. It can keep running for up to 130 minutes and has a recharge time of 107 minutes.

Its 0.35-liter dirt compartment may not be as large as some of the best vacuum cleaners in the world, but it is good enough to hold dirt collected when cleaning up a small apartment.

Its noise output of 64.3 decibels is not as loud, and since it weighs only 7.43 pounds, it can be easily carried between rooms. Like most highly rated robot vacuum cleaners, the Roomba 694 has great build quality, and its low profile allows it to easily maneuver under furniture.

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Best For

  • Self Emptying

Consensus

our Verdict

The iRobot Roomba 694 was praised by experts for its impressive battery life. Reviewers from Rtings were pleased that the 694 could last 130 minutes, and after conducting their tests, they attributed its long runtime to its ability to automatically detect the surface being cleaned and adjust suction.

This is a feature that it shares with the iRobot Roomba 981. They also liked its performance on bare floors, as it picked up 99% and 100% of small and large debris.

The testing team at Modern Castle was also impressed with how the 694 cleared both dirt and debris from carpets (low and high piles) since, during their tests, it picked up 91.9% of kitty litter and 100% of cereal.

Unfortunately, the iRobot 694’s inability to pick up pet hair didn’t impress testers, and its lack of a HEPA filter meant that it couldn’t eliminate allergens.

They also didn’t like that the vacuum cleaner had high maintenance costs since most of its filters had to be replaced every two to twelve months.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Great battery life
  • Anti-collision sensors
  • App controlled
  • Short recharge time
  • Great for cleaning bare floors

Reason to Avoid

  • High maintenance costs
  • No HEPA filter
  • Not ideal for picking up pet hair

iRobot Roomba 694 Specs

Auto Docking & RechargingAuto Docking & RechargingYes
Bin CapacityBin Capacity0.1 gal
Carpet Height AdjustmentsCarpet Height AdjustmentsAutomatic
Cleaning Path WidthCleaning Path Width7"
Cliff SensorCliff SensorYes
Compatible Floor TypeCompatible Floor TypeAll floors
Filter TypeFilter TypeOther
HypoallergenicHypoallergenicYes
Mop FeatureMop Feature
PetPetYes
Product WeightProduct Weight6.7 lbs
Room-by-Room navigationRoom-by-Room navigationYes
Self-EmptyingSelf-EmptyingYes
Sensor TypeSensor TypeCliff
Smart AppSmart AppiRobot
Works WithWorks WithAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri

All Specs

Test Results

Bare Floor Performance (% of Debris Cleaned)93.4267
Carpet Performance (% of Debris Cleaned)72.6867
Pet Hair Performance (% of Debris Cleaned)67.33
Noise level (dB)64.95
Battery Life (Minutes)130

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iRobot Roomba 694 Review

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Market Context

The iRobot Roomba 694 is an entry-level robot vacuum launched into the market in 2021. It can keep running for up to 130 minutes and…

The iRobot Roomba 694 is an entry-level robot vacuum launched into the market in 2021. It can keep running for up to 130 minutes and has a recharge time of 107 minutes.

Its 0.35-liter dirt compartment may not be as large as some of the best vacuum cleaners in the world, but it is good enough to hold dirt collected when cleaning up a small apartment.

Its noise output of 64.3 decibels is not as loud, and since it weighs only 7.43 pounds, it can be easily carried between rooms. Like most highly rated robot vacuum cleaners, the Roomba 694 has great build quality, and its low profile allows it to easily maneuver under furniture.

The iRobot Roomba 694 has a slightly longer 130-minute battery life than the iRobot Roomba 692 since the 692 has a runtime of only 117…

The iRobot Roomba 694 has a slightly longer 130-minute battery life than the iRobot Roomba 692 since the 692 has a runtime of only 117 minutes. The 694 also does a better job picking up pet hair, but they both have a 0.09-liter dirt compartment.

The iRobot Roomba 694 has a slightly larger 0.09 dirt compartment compared to the Eufy RoboVac G30 Edge, which can hold up to 0.25-liters of…

The iRobot Roomba 694 has a slightly larger 0.09 dirt compartment compared to the Eufy RoboVac G30 Edge, which can hold up to 0.25-liters of debris. The 694 also has a longer battery life as it can keep running for up to 130 minutes, and this is slightly longer than the G30 Edge, which can go on for up to 114 minutes.

The iRobot Roomba 694 struggles to compare to the iRobot Roomba i3+ EVO since the EVO has a larger 2.65-liter dirt compartment compared to the…

The iRobot Roomba 694 struggles to compare to the iRobot Roomba i3+ EVO since the EVO has a larger 2.65-liter dirt compartment compared to the 694’s 0.35-liter dirt bin and a higher suction force of 0.03 kPa compared to the 694’s 0.01 kPa. However, the 694 offers a longer runtime of 130 minutes compared to the EVO, which can only last up to 87 minutes before it needs a recharge.

Auto Docking & Recharging

Yes

Yes

Yes

Bin Capacity

0.1 gal

0.35 L

0.25 L

Carpet Height Adjustments

Automatic

Automatic

No

Cleaning Path Width

7"

Unknown

6.4"

Cliff Sensor

Yes

Unknown

Unknown

Compatible Floor Type

All floors

All floors

All floors

Filter Type

Other

Other

Other

Hypoallergenic

Yes

No

No

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Expert Score

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Customer Score

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True Score

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Expert Scores

  • Rtings
    103

    Category Trust Rating

    53
    The iRobot 694 is a decent option for bare floors. It clears solid debris without… Read More

    By:

    Dagobiet Morales Alfaro
  • Best Cordless Vacuum Guide
    79.65

    Category Trust Rating

    92
    The Roomba 694 is a basic workhorse-like robot vacuum that does the job. But don’t… Read More

    By:

    Garrick Dee
  • Tom’s Guide
    92.31

    Category Trust Rating

    70
    The iRobot Roomba 694 is an upscale-looking robot vacuum, a solid cleaner and, thanks to… Read More

    By:

    Meghan McDonough
  • Techhive
    43.37

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    The Roomba 694 is a powerful, budget-priced robot vacuum well suited for users who want… Read More

    By:

    Michael Ansaldo

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