Robotic vacuum cleaners have taken away much of the stress that’s associated with maintaining clean floors. The biggest challenge isn’t using one but rather finding the right robot. Here, we’re going to compare the GOOVI D380 and the iRobot Roomba 675 to see which of the two reigns supreme. Hold onto your hats—these affordable, entry-level robots exceed expectations!
1,600-Pa Cleaning Power
Near-perfect cleaning performance on bare floors and low-pile carpeting is practically guaranteed with the GOOVI. With a suction-pressure rating of 1,600 Pa, this unit is designed to remove large debris and fine dust particles from any floor surface type in just one or two passes. And for any pet owners out there, the high-power GOOVI is a reliable hair-picker-upper.
120-minute Battery Life
Each full-charge of the 2,600-mAh battery provides enough power for the GOOVI to clean for up to 120 minutes straight. The maximum runtime per charge depends on which mode is currently active—MAX power will drain the battery twice as quickly than standard mode. As soon as the GOOVI’s battery begins to run low, it’ll make a beeline for its charging dock to refuel (no auto-resume function).
Not only are there multiple cleaning modes, but the GOOVI also has several pre-set cleaning times that send the robot on its way when you’re not there to send instructions. By activating one of these time presets, the robot will commence its cleaning cycle until its battery runs low and needs to recharge. Considering this is not a Wi-Fi compatible robot, any programmed-in convenience-adding feature is more than welcome here.
The GOOVI finds its way around by randomly navigating your floors. This means it will make repeated passes over the same area from time to time, but the good news is that it transitions easily from carpets to bare floors and back without the slightest hitch. Its tiny 2.85-inch profile also allows it to move effortless beneath furniture.
No Boundary Strips
The GOOVI D380 kit does not include boundary strips though it is compatible. Boundary strips create no-go zones which causes the robot to do a complete 180° and continue cleaning in the opposite direction. To make use of this function, you’ll have to purchase boundary strips separately.
iRobot Roomba 675
600-Pa with 3-Point Cleaning System
Now onto the more well-known of the two. The Roomba’s suction power is nowhere near as powerful as the GOOVI’s. Rated at 600 Pa, it cleans bare floors perfectly, though it does struggle at lifting away debris and pet hair from carpeted surfaces.
Dirt Detect Technology
Even though the Roomba also relies on random movement across floors, it also comes with a series of sensors that are constantly on the lookout for concentrated piles of dirt. With Dirt Detection Technology, the Roomba will focus more of its energy on cleaning heavy foot-traffic areas like living rooms. It doesn’t work 100% of the time, especially on dark surfaces.
Self-Adjusting Cleaning Head
This is a fancy feature that we weren’t expecting to find in an entry-level robot. A self-adjusting cleaning head keeps the brush as close to the floor’s surface as possible in an attempt to dislodge and lift embedded debris and hair from carpet fibers. However, with its lackluster suction performance, it will take numerous passes for the Roomba to pick everything up.
The Roomba’s battery is tinier than the GOOVI’s and thus provides a limited amount of runtime per full-charge. With 90 minutes of cleaning, the Roomba can get a lot of work done, though it will need to charge more frequently. And just like the GOOVI, it can auto-recharge but does not auto-resume when its battery is at max capacity.
Instead of coming with a remote control like the GOOVI, the Roomba takes it a step further by connecting to your home’s Wi-Fi and receiving commands via the downloadable smartphone app. Using the phone, you can make certain that the Roomba has completed its cleaning cycle by the time you get back home from work. And if you have an Alexa device at home, she can relay your voice commands to the Roomba without needing to whip your phone out.
GOOVI vs. Roomba: Which Should I Get?
Here, we have two very different robots. The GOOVI is the more powerful option but cannot be controlled from a distance, whereas the Roomba’s 600-Pa suction can prove to be insufficient for carpeting but has Wi-Fi compatibility. In the end, you need to decide whether cleaning efficiency is better than convenience. But one thing is for certain: both of these entry-level, user-friendly robots will not disappoint!