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Roomba vs Deebot – What`s the Best Robot Vacuum Brand?

You will agree with me that even though iRobot is the most popular robot vacuum brand, Deebot is also a force to reckon for two reasons; versatility (vacuum and mop), and affordability.

Yes, Roomba offers everything you will ever want when it comes to floor, carpet, and pet hair vacuuming.

But again, even their most envied model, the 980 doesn’t have mopping function yet it retails at almost $1,000.

Important

With Deebot, most homeowners are attracted by the cheap price points of these robots. Pet lovers also like the dry and wet mopping functions because it cancels the need of investing in another robot for mopping; something Roomba owners, especially hardwood floor owners regret about.

On the other hand, Roomba remains a trusted brand when it comes to reliability. Right now, iRobot is the leader when it comes to innovation. Some of their industry-leading technologies have helped build an intelligent and reliable home helper.

All these factors put together to make it hard for many people to settle on one brand. For this reason, we decided to review these two brands to see who the winner is, all factors considered.

Why Roomba?

If you ask any Tom, Dick, and Harry, they will tell you that Roomba is a trusted brand so we have to look at what makes brands?

First, iRobot has years of experience and invests heavily in R&D. This gives an edge when it comes to the best cleaning technologies.

For example, Roomba is the best vacuum cleaner for carpets courtesy of iRobot’s Carpet Boost mode. It also has the best navigation system compared to the rest of the crowd. When it comes to boundary marking, it uses invisible lasers while the other competitor, Neato Robotics uses bulky physical magnetic tapes. These are only a few of the areas where it has been unanimously agreed that Roomba is the best vacuum cleaner.

On the downside, Roomba is pricey; their best selling model retails at $899, while other top brands can offer something that almost equals the Roomba 900 series at half that price.

Popular Roomba Models

In this section, we will now discuss a few of the most popular Roomba models in the market.
We will look at both low-budget Roombas and high-end masterpieces.

Budget choice
iRobot Roomba 690 Robot...
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iRobot Roomba 890 Robotic...
Clever choice
iRobot Roomba 960 Robot...
Best Choice
iRobot Roomba 980 Robot...
Star Rating
Runtime
60 minutes
60 minutes
75 minutes
120 minutes
Navigation
iAdapt 1.0
iAdapt 1.0
iAdapt 2.0 + Visual Navigation for entire level coverage
iAdapt 2.0 + Visual Navigation for entire level coverage
Filter
Extra Filter
High-efficiency
High-efficiency
High-efficiency
Dirt Detect Technology
Advanced Dirt Detect Technology
Advanced Dirt Detect Technology
Advanced Dirt Detect Technology
Scheduling
Wi-Fi
Smart Home Connected
Use with iRobot HOME App, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Use with iRobot HOME App, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Use with iRobot HOME App, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant + Clean Map reports
Use with iRobot HOME App, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant + Clean Map reports & advanced cleaning settings
Vacuum Suction
5x power
5x power
5x power
10x power
Carpet Boost
Prime Status
Budget choice
iRobot Roomba 690 Robot...
Star Rating
Runtime
60 minutes
Navigation
iAdapt 1.0
Filter
Extra Filter
Dirt Detect Technology
Scheduling
Wi-Fi
Smart Home Connected
Use with iRobot HOME App, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Vacuum Suction
5x power
Carpet Boost
Prime Status
Good choice
iRobot Roomba 890 Robotic...
Star Rating
Runtime
60 minutes
Navigation
iAdapt 1.0
Filter
High-efficiency
Dirt Detect Technology
Advanced Dirt Detect Technology
Scheduling
Wi-Fi
Smart Home Connected
Use with iRobot HOME App, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Vacuum Suction
5x power
Carpet Boost
Reviews
Prime Status
Price
Clever choice
iRobot Roomba 960 Robot...
Star Rating
Runtime
75 minutes
Navigation
iAdapt 2.0 + Visual Navigation for entire level coverage
Filter
High-efficiency
Dirt Detect Technology
Advanced Dirt Detect Technology
Scheduling
Wi-Fi
Smart Home Connected
Use with iRobot HOME App, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant + Clean Map reports
Vacuum Suction
5x power
Carpet Boost
Prime Status
Best Choice
iRobot Roomba 980 Robot...
Star Rating
Runtime
120 minutes
Navigation
iAdapt 2.0 + Visual Navigation for entire level coverage
Filter
High-efficiency
Dirt Detect Technology
Advanced Dirt Detect Technology
Scheduling
Wi-Fi
Smart Home Connected
Use with iRobot HOME App, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant + Clean Map reports & advanced cleaning settings
Vacuum Suction
10x power
Carpet Boost
Prime Status

Roomba 690 – Entry Level Wi-Fi Roomba

This is an upgrade to the previous model, the Roomba 650. One of the major additions to this robot is the Smart features; Wi-Fi and voice control.

It offers quite some commendable cleaning performance considering it’s an old model and the price is cheap too. You can have it as your little helper regardless of the floor type or carpet that you have.

This cleaner has a 3-stage AeroVac cleaning system that combines a dual multi-surface brush system and AeroVac filters. Even though it is not advanced as that of the Roomba 960 and 980, I would go for it anytime compared to what you get with other brands like ILIFE, Neato, Pyle, and so on.

It also allows you to set boundaries; areas where the Roomba should not reach. This technology uses invisible barrier technology which is a plus considering high-end vacs like Dyson lack boundary marking and the next brand that can give Roomba a run for its money uses magnetic tapes.

Important

If you have a carpet and pets, you’re on a budget and you just want Roomba, this will be a great buy for you considering the price comes down to $250 during sales. You can check the current price of the Roomba 690 here.

Attention

Unfortunately, there is still a lot to be desired with the Roomba 650. First, I find its battery runtime wanting now that after it recharges, it doesn’t resume cleaning. Also, its navigation is quite troubled especially in small rooms with many obstacles. One last thing, it tends to leave marks on the wall when it bumps on to them.

Roomba 890 – Great Value for Money

The 890 was released together with the Roomba 690. While the 690 was meant for those who liked the 650 but wanted Wi-Fi, the Roomba 890 targeted homeowners who wanted all features combined at a reduced cost.

I have this robot and I still keep it for a reason. It offers almost the same performance you get with the 900 series but at a very affordable price. First, the AeroForce cleaning system comes with a tangle-free brush system and has 5x more air power than your ordinary Roomba.

Also, while the 690 packs Dirt Detect series I, this one comes with Advanced Dirt Detect which is also in the 960 and 980. The only difference between this Roomba and the 960 is the navigation system whereby it has been equipped with iAdapt 1.0 and the later Roombas have iAdapt 2.0. Also, it lacks recharge and resume function just like all the other Roombas save for the 900 series.

If these additions are a no bother for you, I’d recommend you stick to the 890 and save around $400 if you were to go for the 980. It also comes with Wi-Fi and voice control which are among the most coveted features in this Smart Home era.

Important

If you look at the Roomba 800 series vs. 900 series comparison, you will realize that the 890 stands out both in terms of features and price. If you want affordability and performance, this is your Roomba. Check here the latest price of the Roomba 890 on Amazon.

Attention

However, there are a few things I feel iRobot could have improved. Still, this Roomba will encounter a few challenges when it comes to navigation. Even though it is better compared to previous models, it still got stuck in high-traffic rooms.

Roomba 960 – The Clever Choice

Personally, I think of the 960 as a clever choice if you don’t have a carpet. This Roomba is the little brother of the Roomba 980 and shares a lot on common with the latter. It comes with a new navigation system, iAdapt 2.0 that uses regular sensors and combines that data with real-time imaging to create an intelligent map of your home. Even though there have been concerns that iRobot is using these images to sell house floor plans to 3rd party companies, the company came out and cleared the air; it doesn’t store or share this data.

This model also delivers 5x more air power and uses High-efficiency AeroForce filters just like the 890 and 980.

Another thing I liked about this Roomba is the fact that it delivers great action on pet hair and carpets. Regarding Smart features, it packs Wi-Fi and voice control and a new feature called a Clean Map report that lets you see the areas the Roomba cleaned right from your Smartphone App. It has a runtime of around 75 minutes and is one of the only two Roombas with recharge and resume function. Even though it is not ultimately the best for this, the cleaning it offers is second to the 980’s only.

Attention

Unfortunately, this robot is very expensive and will cost you something in the region of $700. If you look at the features, it offers almost the same performance as the Roomba 890 that costs $200 lesser and that’s why the 890 always reigns over it.

Roomba 980 – The Ultimate All Round Robot Vacuum Cleaner

Everyone will tell you that the980 is the best Roomba and there is no doubt about this. It cleans all floor types and picks up all manner of pet messes; whether fur or dander that causes allergies.

One of the most talked about feature of this model is Carpet Boost mode that has been specially designed for carpets. The motor delivers 10x more air power to vacuum the deepest parts of any type of carpet. During one of my tests, I vacuumed my carpets with the 890 and after it had finished, the 980 cleaned it again and the results were amazing. I still found dirt in the 980’s bin.

Besides Carpet Boost, Roomba 980 also has a longer runtime. It averages 120 minutes when in normal mode and around 90 minutes in Carpet Boost. This is very impressive and together with auto-resume function, it is ideal for those with large apartments. You won’t have to worry about power or getting stuck as the iAdapt 2.0 is more accurate and precise.

Important

If you are looking for reliability and budget is not an issue, this is the ultimate Roomba that every homeowner should envy.

Attention

Unfortunately, this model is very expensive and that’s what puts off a lot of customers. But from the mantra of ‘what you pay for is what you get’ price shouldn’t be a major concern if you can afford it!

Ecovacs Deebot

It is after the rebranding of TEK Electrical Company in 2006 that ECOVACS Deebot was born. A year later, they released the first Deebot robot which is, in fact, their best selling product. It got a great reception in China and by 2014, the company had expanded its operations to the U.S definitely because of the popularity of robot vacuum cleaners in the U.S. Right now, it is in over 60 countries and has sold over 5 million units.

The Deebot is the most popular series in the ECOVACS product portfolio. Some of the popular robots in this series include Deebot N78, N79, M80, R95, among others. For ECOVACS, they entered the market just the other day and most of their technologies are just replicas of the existing robot vacuum technologies.

Why Deebot?

Though not a very popular brand, Deebot has taken center stage in the market. The company said that it aims at putting a robot cleaner in every household and one thing that proves their commitment is their prices. This is among the strengths of this robot cleaner. You can get a cheap Deebot robot cleaner like the Slim 2 for just $160. On average, a good Deebot with Wi-Fi, voice control like the N79 will cost you around $250 while a similar robot from Roomba will cost you an upwards of $350 when there is no sale.

Another top reason why you should choose Deebot is the versatility. While Roomba homeowners will require a Roomba for vacuuming floors and Braava for mopping, you can get a Deebot robot with both vacuum and mop functions. So, if mopping is your priority too, Deebot will be a clever buy.

On the downside, Deebot is a lesser known brand. Apart from this, it still has a lot to work on regarding cleaning performance and navigation.

Popular Deebot Models

Now that we know a few things about ECOVACS Deebot, it’s time we look at some of the popular models that have left a mark in the market.

Good Choice
ECOVACS DEEBOT N78 Robot...
Best Choice
ECOVACS DEEBOT N79...
Great Choice
ECOVACS DEEBOT M80 Pro...
Star Rating
Runtime
110 minutes
100 minutes
110 minutes
Navigation
Smart Motion navigation technology
Smart Motion navigation technology, 3 types of Anti-Drop Sensors
Smart Motion Navigation, including Anti-Fall & Anti-Collision Sensors
Filter
High efficiency filter
Air Filtration
High-performance filters
Scheduling
Wi-Fi
Smart Home Connected
Remote control
Apple & Android Compatible
Alexa Voice & Smart Phone App Control
Vacuum Suction
Powerful suction
1000-900 pa Suction Power
Max power suction
Mop feature
Wet mopping
Wet/dry mopping
Good Choice
ECOVACS DEEBOT N78 Robot...
Star Rating
Runtime
110 minutes
Navigation
Smart Motion navigation technology
Filter
High efficiency filter
Scheduling
Wi-Fi
Smart Home Connected
Remote control
Vacuum Suction
Powerful suction
Mop feature
Wet mopping
User reviews
Price
Best Choice
ECOVACS DEEBOT N79...
Star Rating
Runtime
100 minutes
Navigation
Smart Motion navigation technology, 3 types of Anti-Drop Sensors
Filter
Air Filtration
Scheduling
Wi-Fi
Smart Home Connected
Apple & Android Compatible
Vacuum Suction
1000-900 pa Suction Power
Mop feature
User reviews
Price
Great Choice
ECOVACS DEEBOT M80 Pro...
Star Rating
Runtime
110 minutes
Navigation
Smart Motion Navigation, including Anti-Fall & Anti-Collision Sensors
Filter
High-performance filters
Scheduling
Wi-Fi
Smart Home Connected
Alexa Voice & Smart Phone App Control
Vacuum Suction
Max power suction
Mop feature
Wet/dry mopping
User reviews
Price

ECOVACS Deebot N78 – Entry Level Model with Mop

I tend to equate this model to the Roomba 650; they only offer raw cleaning power – no Smart features whatsoever.

Deebot N78 is among the popular robot vacuum cleaners around and perhaps what gives it mileage is the cheap price and cleaning versatility. You can get it for just $250 and comes with an optional mop.

So, if you are on a budget and you want something that will vacuum and mop, this is a great option. The mop feature makes it quite similar to the iLIFE V5s but then it beats it from the fact that it has wet mopping. This is also a feature that should overturn your decision on any Roomba bearing in mind none of the Roombas will mop, leave alone wet mopping. Another thing that beats Roomba is the design. I once had problems with my TV stand. My 890, at 3.6-inches high, would not go under it. However, with Deebot, the 3-inches difference allows it to fit under most house fittings including sofas, beds, and kickstands.

Another thing we liked about the N78 is its runtime which is actually better than that of Roomba 960, Dyson 360 Eye and several other top models. It can run for a record 110 minutes, just 10 minutes short of what the 980 does.

Important

If you have pets and a hardwood floor, this should be a top consideration especially if you’re on a budget.

Attention

However, there are a few flaws with this robot. First, it is not intelligent enough when it comes to navigation. While other robots like Roomba, Dyson, Deebot R95 and the others use a methodical cleaning approach, this one cleans randomly making quite some stupid turns. It also gets stuck very often.

ECOVACS Deebot N79 – Entry Level Smart Deebot Vacuum

The Deebot N79 is a great robot vacuum cleaner that rivals some of the biggest names in the market including Roomba, iLIFE, Neato, Samsung and the rest. In fact, it is among Amazon’s choice for the best robot vacuum. Even though we expected it to have many similarities to the predecessor, the N78, the two are quite different when it comes to features. Generally, while Deebot N78 is targeted for those looking for a 2-in-1 cleaner with raw power, Deebot N79 lacks mopping but works well on carpets and has Wi-Fi.

So, if you are torn between what to go for between the two, just know it’s a matter of compromise; mopping function or Wi-Fi. One important feature of this model is its boosted suction power of up to 1000 Pa. It ensures the deepest parts of your carpet are vacuumed thoroughly.

One problem with the N78 was that on carpets, it delivered average performance and more so, it damaged the fabric. These are issues ECOVACS and that’s why it is among the best cheap robot vacuum cleaners for carpets. There’s also a remote control provided, and together with the Smartphone App, you have more ways to control your robot.

Important

If you have a carpet and pets, and you are on a budget, I would recommend it anytime.

Attention

Unfortunately, there are still a few things that ought to have been improved in this model. First, in as much as it is Wi-Fi connected, it doesn’t support Alexa. This is quite a blow considering Alexa has now grown into an integral part of the Smart Home. Besides this, it still gets stuck but at least, not as often as the previous model.

Deebot M80 Pro – Smart with Mopping Function

This model combines the key features that make both the N78 and N79 stand out; Wi-Fi and Mopping. The price is also amazing considering you will get all these features at a price in the region of $300. One thing I disliked in the N79 is the fact that it doesn’t support Alexa but the M80 Pro does. It allows for Smartphone App operation and a remote controller is included too.

Regarding cleaning, I must commend it as a versatile floor cleaner; from hardwood floors to tile and carpet, and even pet hair. Its carpet cleaning is excellent and I would have compared it to the Roomba 980 but then that’s a beast when it comes to suction power.

This model has a unique helix design brush-roll that lifts and separates fiber for a deeper clean. So, if you have a Polypropylene fiber carpet, cut carpet pile or Saxony cut pile, this is the perfect helper.

For pet owners, it is still a cleaner you have to consider; the 36% increased suction in Max Power and high-performance filters will pick all pet hair and dander and filter out all allergens. We had two dogs; Havanese and Komondor. With all the activity, it did exceptionally and even though there’s a large 0.5L bin, we had to be emptying it immediately because of the foul smell.

The M80 Pro notably has better navigation compared to the earlier two models. Together with the R95, these are the two Deebot models that I can recommend for those with high-traffic floors. The runtime is also excellent considering it does over 100 minutes even in Max Power mode while the Roomba 980 will average 90 minutes in Carpet Boost. The only Roomba that can match these features is the Roomba 890 but it is not as cheap as the M80 Pro.

Important

If you are looking for performance on a budget, the Deebot M80 Pro is the perfect landing spot.

Attention

On the downside, it has some maneuvering problems. As a top choice for carpet owners, it has problems transitioning between different floor types. Perhaps the wheels should have been made larger like the iLIFE RoadRover wheels.

Roomba Models vs. Deebot Models: How they Stack Up

In this segment, we are going to do a head-to-head analysis of some of the top models from these two brands. So, without further ado, let’s get straight to business.

Roomba 650 vs Deebot N78

Good Choice
iRobot Roomba 650 Robot...
Best Choice
ECOVACS DEEBOT N78 Robot...
Star Rating
Runtime
60 minutes
110 minutes
Filter
Extra Filter
High efficiency filter
Scheduling
Wi-Fi
Dirt Detect Technology
Virtual Walls
Navigation
iAdapt
Smart Motion navigation technology
Mop function
Good Choice
iRobot Roomba 650 Robot...
Star Rating
Runtime
60 minutes
Filter
Extra Filter
Scheduling
Wi-Fi
Dirt Detect Technology
Virtual Walls
Navigation
iAdapt
Mop function
Best Choice
ECOVACS DEEBOT N78 Robot...
Star Rating
Runtime
110 minutes
Filter
High efficiency filter
Scheduling
Wi-Fi
Dirt Detect Technology
Virtual Walls
Navigation
Smart Motion navigation technology
Mop function

These two robot vacuums are the most popular cheap models for each brand. Their price points are almost the same and are clustered together because they lack Wi-Fi; they only have raw cleaning power. Both vacuum cleaners can clean all floor types, pet hair and carpets even though they may not be offering the industry’s best cleaning results.

The Roomba is considered a top choice over N78 because it is a top brand and has some unique features like Virtual Walls, Dirt Detect, among others. Also, its navigation system is better than what you get in Deebot. However, Deebot has been able to rise up the ranks courtesy of the mop function. While a Roomba’s owner will have to get a Braava or any other robot mop for mopping floors, the Deebot N78 will do all that. So, besides being a little bit cheaper than the Roomba, it offers value for money!

Winner: Deebot N78 is the winner here because of the mop function. Even though it doesn’t perform as well as the Roomba, it is cheaper and puts something unique on the table; floor mopping. Besides, it runs for longer than the Roomba.

Roomba 690 vs. Deebot N79

Available choice
ECOVACS DEEBOT N79...
Best Choice
iRobot Roomba 690 Robot...
Star Rating
Runtime
100 minutes
60 minutes
Wi-Fi
Mop function
Dirt Detect Technology
Virtual Walls
Brushes
​Innovative helix design main-brush and dual wide-reach brushes
Dual Multi-Surface Brushes, Edge-Sweeping Brush
Voice-control
Navigation
Smart Motion navigation technology, 3 types of Anti-Drop Sensors
iAdapt
Available choice
ECOVACS DEEBOT N79...
Star Rating
Runtime
100 minutes
Wi-Fi
Mop function
Dirt Detect Technology
Virtual Walls
Brushes
​Innovative helix design main-brush and dual wide-reach brushes
Voice-control
Navigation
Smart Motion navigation technology, 3 types of Anti-Drop Sensors
Price
Best Choice
iRobot Roomba 690 Robot...
Star Rating
Runtime
60 minutes
Wi-Fi
Mop function
Dirt Detect Technology
Virtual Walls
Brushes
Dual Multi-Surface Brushes, Edge-Sweeping Brush
Voice-control
Navigation
iAdapt

This is another interesting battle that pits two entry-level Smart robots. It is a battle that also raises adrenaline considering Deebot doesn’t have the obvious advantage – the mop function. What makes them similar is the fact that they all have Wi-Fi.

Roomba 690 was released together with the 890 and the only new feature it brings on board is Wi-Fi. Considering its efficient and proven cleaning system, it is a top choice for homeowners. It offers great action for all floor types, pet hair and even carpets. Besides, features like Dirt Detect, Virtual Walls, and a dual multi-surface brush system obviously makes it a big deal compared to Deebot. On the other hand, Deebot N9 offers nothing new. Its only advantage is affordability – it is cheaper than Roomba by around $100. However, note that it doesn’t support voice-control so if you have a Smart Home, the cheap price should not mislead you.

Winner: Roomba wins the Deebot N79 vs. Roomba 690 battle for obvious reasons. Even though Deebot is cheaper, its performance can’t be matched with Roomba’s. The 690 also has some great and unique features that Deebot lacks!

Roomba 890 vs. Deebot R95

Good Choice
iRobot Roomba 890 Robot...
Best Choice
ECOVACS DEEBOT R95...
Star Rating
Run time
60 minutes
90 minutes
Navigation
iAdapt Navigation with full suite of sensors
Laser-Based Navigation scans and maps cleaning areas
Smart Home Connected
Use with iRobot HOME App, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Smartphone Control, Compatible with Alexa
Virtual Walls
Voice Reporting
Automatic Height Adjustment
Cleaning System
Patented 3-Stage Cleaning System
5-Stage Cleaning System
Filter
High-efficiency
High Efficiency
Good Choice
iRobot Roomba 890 Robot...
Star Rating
Run time
60 minutes
Navigation
iAdapt Navigation with full suite of sensors
Smart Home Connected
Use with iRobot HOME App, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Virtual Walls
Voice Reporting
Automatic Height Adjustment
Cleaning System
Patented 3-Stage Cleaning System
Filter
High-efficiency
Reviews
Price
Best Choice
ECOVACS DEEBOT R95...
Star Rating
Run time
90 minutes
Navigation
Laser-Based Navigation scans and maps cleaning areas
Smart Home Connected
Smartphone Control, Compatible with Alexa
Virtual Walls
Voice Reporting
Automatic Height Adjustment
Cleaning System
5-Stage Cleaning System
Filter
High Efficiency
Reviews
Price
These two models are well known in the market and surprisingly, they retail in the $400 region. The Roomba 890 is considered a great value Roomba while Deebot, in its ranks, is among the best robot vacuum cleaners from ECOVACS.

Deebot R95 is a serious deal if you are looking for an all-round robot cleaner on a budget. While the 890 is majorly concerned with offering a cheaper alternative to the Roomba 900 series, Deebot is all about conquering the world. It has an innovative Laser Scanning & Mapping navigation technology. We tested it together with the 890 in the same room and surprisingly, it performed fairly well even though iAdapt is still ahead. The cornerstone of the R95 is its cleaning performance. It can sweep, vacuum, mop and dry simultaneously. Even the Roomba 980 can’t do all these and considering it costs half the price, I dare you to go for this robot cleaner if you don’t want something that is in every other house like Roomba.

The only advantage of the Roomba over Deebot R95 is the navigation system. Deebot does fairly well but still, it gets stuck and misses some spots especially in high-traffic rooms. Otherwise, some of the features like Virtual Walls have been replicated in Deebot too.

Winner: Here, Deebot R95 is our top choice considering it brings something new. First, mopping gives it an edge because you won’t have to buy another robot for mopping. Another thing, it has the resume function that sends back the robot back to cleaning. This is such a plus considering only the two latest Roombas, the 960 and 980, have this feature.

Deebot R95 vs. Roomba 980

Great Choice
iRobot Roomba 980 Robot...
Best Choice
ECOVACS DEEBOT R95...
Star Rating
Run time
120 minutes
90 minutes
Navigation
iAdapt 2.0 + Visual Navigation for entire level coverage
Laser-Based Navigation scans and maps cleaning
Carpet Boost
Mop function
Compatible Floor Type
Cleans all floor types
Bare Floor/ Carpet
Recharge and Resume
Filter
High-efficiency
High Efficiency
Smart Home Connected
Use with iRobot HOME App, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant + Clean Map reports & advanced cleaning settings
Smartphone Control, Compatible with Alexa and Voice Reporting
Cleaning System
Patented 3-Stage Cleaning System
5-Stage Cleaning System
Automatic Height Adjustment
Great Choice
iRobot Roomba 980 Robot...
Star Rating
Run time
120 minutes
Navigation
iAdapt 2.0 + Visual Navigation for entire level coverage
Carpet Boost
Mop function
Compatible Floor Type
Cleans all floor types
Recharge and Resume
Filter
High-efficiency
Smart Home Connected
Use with iRobot HOME App, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant + Clean Map reports & advanced cleaning settings
Cleaning System
Patented 3-Stage Cleaning System
Automatic Height Adjustment
Best Choice
ECOVACS DEEBOT R95...
Star Rating
Run time
90 minutes
Navigation
Laser-Based Navigation scans and maps cleaning
Carpet Boost
Mop function
Compatible Floor Type
Bare Floor/ Carpet
Recharge and Resume
Filter
High Efficiency
Smart Home Connected
Smartphone Control, Compatible with Alexa and Voice Reporting
Cleaning System
5-Stage Cleaning System
Automatic Height Adjustment
Reviews
Price

I know you must be wondering why we are comparing the R95 with the 980 and not the Deebot R98. The answer is pretty simple. The R98’s only unique feature that would make a difference is the handheld vacuum that has been bundled with it. This doesn’t really add much value to a homeowner looking for a robot vacuum cleaner that will work without human intervention. And most probably, they already have handheld vacuum cleaners. For this reason, Deebot R95 remains a worthy competitor considering it’s cheaper too.

The Roomba 980 is known for its unique and exclusive features. It shares quite a lot with the Roomba 960 but for it, Carpet Boost and a longer runtime make it superior. Compared to what the market offers, its navigation system is what everyone would want to have. It combines sensor imaging and local visualization for a more accurate and precise navigation. If you have high-traffic rooms, then this is what you should get. It also has the auto-resume function which is only in the 900 series. Regarding cleaning, it is suitable for all floor types; hardwood, ceramic, tile, vinyl and so on. It also offers exceptional performance on carpets and pet messes. The only problem with this robot is the price; $899 is quite expensive for a robot vacuum with no mopping.

On the other hand, Deebot R95 tries as much as possible to match the Roomba 980. First, the navigation system is quite commendable. It makes quite some reasonable turns and generally, it uses a more methodical cleaning pattern compared to its earlier models. Even though this can’t match the intelligence of the 980, it is a great leap. In terms of cleaning, the 980 is ahead when it comes to carpets and pet hair but on other floor types, it is hard to call. Deebot, however, has an edge here with its mop function. iRobot has also excelled in robot mops with the Braava series but you see, the advantage here is Deebot will give you an All-in-One cleaner for half the price of Roomba 980.

Winner: This is a very close contest that will be determined by price and performance. If you want a top-class vacuum cleaner for pet hair and carpets, I will suggest you get the Roomba 980. It delivers high suction power and has HEPA filters that get rid of 99% of pet-related allergens. On the other hand, Carpet Boost mode ensures deep cleaning of carpets regardless of the fabric.

On the other hand, if you are on a budget, the Deebot R95 will still be a great choice considering it costs much less and will do the mopping. For this reason, If you have a hardwood floor that should be cleaned with minimal water, Deebot will be a great choice bearing in mind it mops and dries simultaneously meaning your floor will be exposed to minimal moisture. This is compared to using rugs and traditional mops that leave your floor very moist something that can damage it.

Roomba vs. Deebot – Our Recommendation

The Deebot vs Roomba battle is one that is hard to call. This is in light of the fact that each one of them has something unique to offer. While Roombas are known to be reliable when it comes to floor vacuuming, Deebot offers mopping which makes it an interesting robot cleaner that doubles up as a robot mop. Besides, it is relatively cheaper compared to the Roomba.

If you have pets, I suggest you get the Roomba. The 690 will be a top choice if you are on a budget as it retails just under $300. If you can step up your budget a little bit, I would recommend the Roomba 890 which offer just the same performance as the pricey 960. The 5x more air power and HEPA filters will pick up all the pet hairs, dander, and even allergens.

On the other hand, if you have carpet floors, the Roomba 980 is the ultimate vac for the job but then it costs very high. This makes the Deebot M80 Pro a great alternative as it retails for much lesser. It has been built to handle different types of fabric so unlike the Roomba 690, it won’t disregard some carpet fabrics.

For large apartments, the Roomba 960 and 980 will be a great deal only that they are expensive. If you can manage the budget without feeling a pinch, this is what you should go for. These two vacuum cleaners, besides the longer runtimes, have resume function that sends the ac back to cleaning immediately after recharging. The R95 is also another alternative, a cheaper one for that matter. It averages over 100 minutes and resumes after recharging so even if your apartment is very large, it will surely finish cleaning.

If you have a hardwood floor, I strongly recommend any of the Deebot models with mopping function. One of the major problems with hardwood floors is cleaning them. You may vacuum it with the best Roomba but the grimes and stains will still remain. In as much as you can mop this dirt with your rug and water, hardwood floors get damaged by water so a Deebot with mopping function will clean this floor with a little water and dry it immediately.

Wrap Up

It is clear that the mop function in Deebot and most importantly, the cheap price is a serious concern for Roomba. In as much as iRobot has been dominant, more Americans are now being inclined more to the affordability of Deebot than the reliability of Roomba. How things will shape up, it’s time that will tell but so far so good, we are likely to see ECOVACS taking a share of Roomba’s market.

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