Choosing from the wide range of robot vacuum cleaners available in the market today is certainly not one of the easiest tasks. There are plenty of seemingly similar devices from different manufacturers, but each one always seems to have a unique feature that others don’t have.
If you are like most people, you can choose to go with a specific brand, e.g. iRobot’s Roomba to reduce the number of options available. This will help narrow down the search, but you will still have at least a dozen devices to choose from.
Today, we will be facing the dilemma that comes towards the end of the choosing process when you have narrowed down the search to two devices that are somewhat similar in price, features, and operation. We will be comparing the iRobot Roomba e5 and the Roomba e6 which are quite similar in many aspects.
Let’s start with the appearance, which is the first thing you will see when you face these robots. The Roomba e5 is round in shape just like most other Roombas, and it has the iRobot logo and three buttons on the top face. There’s also a helpful little handle that you can use to carry the Roomba back to its charging dock if it ever runs out of charge before it gets to the charging dock.
With a width of 13.3 inches and a height of only 3.6 inches, this robot will be able to fit in tight spaces around your home easily. It may not be as compact as the Eufy RoboVac 11S with a heigh of 2.85 inches, but it still does a decent job in most homes.
When you look at this vacuum from the top, it looks very similar to the design on the e5. The top face has the three familiar buttons and the iRobot logo just like it is in the e5. The biggest button will start a regular cleaning cycle, while the two smaller buttons are for spot cleaning and sending the Roomba back to the charging dock. Like the e5, it also has the handle for carrying the robot around when the need arises.
With a width of 13.4 inches and a height of 3.6 inches, this one is slightly wider than the e5, so it might have some trouble fitting through narrow gaps.
Navigation is an important aspect of a robot vacuum because you will not always be there to guide it towards the dirt or back to the charging dock after it has finished the cleaning job. This Roomba comes with a number of technologies that help it make way around your house.
First, there are the Dirt Detect sensors that help it to find the dirtiest areas that need a thorough cleaning. It also adjusts the height of the cleaning head to suit the particular floor type that it is cleaning. It also has cliff detect sensors that will prevent it from falling down the stairs and responsive navigation technology that helps it clean without missing a spot.
You can also use the included dual mode Virtual Wall barrier to tell the Roomba where it should not go as it cleans.
The e6 also has its own share of intelligent sensors that help in navigation. Like the e5, it also comes with iRobot’s Dirt Detect technology, Cliff Detect sensors and a range of intelligent sensors that feed data to the robot that helps it make more than 60 decisions per second to ensure that it thoroughly cleans your home.
You also get dual mode Virtual Wall barriers like in the e6, but this Roomba comes with two barriers instead of one. You can always purchase more if you need them, but this model gives you more freedom with an extra virtual wall barrier off the shelf.
Voice and Smartphone Control
Being a Wi-Fi enabled device, you get the power to extend the functionality of this Roomba to add some bit of convenience to your life. For starters, you can use the iRobot smartphone app to set cleaning schedules, view the battery level, get alerts when the bin is full and start cleaning runs remotely.
For more convenience, you can connect the Roomba with an Alexa or Google Home device to be able to give voice commands from the comfort of your couch.
Like the e5, the e6 also comes with Wi-Fi functionality so you will have plenty of extra functionalities when you want more than what is offered by the three buttons on the device. You can use the iRobot Home smartphone app to monitor, schedule and control cleaning operations. You can also view cleaning history and watch videos with maintenance tips.
If you have a Google Home or Amazon Alexa device installed in your home, you can also set this vacuum up to accept voice commands.
Another important feature of a robot vacuum is battery life. It determines how long it will be before the vacuum has to go back to the charging dock for a charge. Since both these vacuums will not resume a cleaning job that is interrupted by a low battery, you will need to be sure that you don’t leave them to clean a room that is too large to be cleaned in one run.
The battery on these vacuums will provide enough juice for 90 minutes before they have to return to the dock for a charge. What this means is that if you have large rooms, you will either have to use the virtual wall barriers to restrict the Roombas to clean in parts or you will need to get a different model.
Both these Roombas are very similar. As you can see from the attributes mentioned above, both devices can be used interchangeably with no major difference in performance. However, with that said, it’s important to note that the Roomba e6 will come with two Virtual Wall barriers while the Roomba e5 comes with only one. This makes the e6 a bit more superior because most of the other vital features are similar between these two vacuums.