One of the newer robots available from iRobot is the Roomba 675. This robot vacuum offers wifi connectivity but remains an inexpensive model for those looking to get their feet wet in the smart vacuum market. You won’t get any fancy features or bells or whistles with the Roomba 675, however, with the ability to connect to wifi, you’ll get a few more options from your robot vacuum.
If you like the idea of having a robot vacuum with wifi capabilities, but don’t want to spend a lot of money on one, you might find that the Roomba 675 is the right choice for you.
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Almost immediately you will notice that the Roomba 675 looks and feels familiar to other robot vacuums produced by iRobot. It offers the same round shape, however instead of black on silver, Roomba chose to go with a flat black and matte black color pattern.
On the top center of the 675, you’ll notice the Clean button. This simple button provides easy to use controls for the unit. Additionally, you’ll discover a lift-up handle located on the top that lets you carry the Roomba from one point to another if need be.
The front half of the robot vacuum is protected with a soft bumper which also serves to protect your furniture from getting any dings. These may occur as your 675 inadvertently bumps into furniture and obstacles as it navigates its way through your home.
You can access the dustbin from the side of the unit. The device has a latch in place that opens so you can quickly dump out any collected dirt and debris, as well as change the filter when it gets dirty.
On the bottom of your robot vacuum, you’ll discover the same parts and setup as on past Roomba models. The 675 employes a bristle-style brush roll that resides in the center of the unit, as well as three rubberized navigational wheels, and a spinning side brush which helps gather dirt from edges and corners.
Size and Dimensions
The size and shape of the Roomba 675 are again exactly what you would expect with a robot vacuum from iRobot. Roomba devices typically fall between 13-14 inches in diameter and 3-4 inches tall. The 675 is no exception as it checks in at 13.4” and sits 3.5” tall. It also weighs a sturdy 11.8 pounds and can easily maneuver throughout your home avoiding most obstacles as it goes.
Parts and Accessories
Roomba provides all the parts and accessories you need for your 675 to function properly. Included with the unit are a charging station, flat cleaning tool, extra filter, a line cord, and the owner’s guide.
Unfortunately, the Roomba 675 does not include a virtual barrier with the unit. These barriers are handy as they have the ability to create virtual walls. With these virtual walls, you can mark off areas you don’t want your device to clean and the 675 won’t access them.
The Roomba 675 employs a brush roll bristle, basic navigation and dirt detection, and an AeroVac filter. It also offers advanced suction capabilities that give it the ability to provide a complete and thorough clean of the floors in your home.
The bristle style brush roll the Roomba 675 uses is great at cleaning up dirt and debris, however, it is adept at picking up hair that gets tangled into the fibers of your carpet. No matter the flooring type, you’re sure to get a good clean by using the Roomba 675 robot vacuum.
Using the Roomba 675 is easy and simple. It’s unboxing and set up are straightforward as is the iRobot mobile application.
Setting up the Roomba 675 is consistent with other Roomba models. To get going all you have to do is take everything out of the box, plug the base station into the nearest outlet, then let the 675 charge up. It might take a few hours for the unit to fully charge, but once it does, you can hit the Clean button on top of the device and watch it get busy cleaning. It’s that simple.
To connect your 675 with your wifi network, you’ll have to install the iRobot mobile application. It’s available for download on both the iOS and Android marketplaces. Once you have it installed, just follow the onscreen guide to get your device connected. The whole process will take between five and ten minutes depending on your familiarity with technology.
Through the mobile application, you can control your robot vacuum with your smartphone or tablet. You can start a cleaning cycle, stop the device, see its cleaning history, or schedule cleanings with the mobile application. Additionally, you can choose to receive push notifications, so you can always be aware of the status of your robot vacuum.
You can also schedule cleanings with the app. You can either schedule a one-time cleaning that you set up so you don’t forget, or you can create a daily or weekly schedule that occurs automatically so you can just set it and forget about whether or not the vacuuming is getting done. For an entry-level robot vacuum such as the Roomba 675, having wifi connectivity is definitely a significant bonus.
If you have an Amazon Alexa device or a Google Home, you might be happy to know that the Roomba 675 is compatible with both. Once you pair your unit with your smart assistant, you have the ability to control the device via voice commands. Just tell the device that you want it to start a cleaning or stop one. Additionally, you can have the 675 return to its charger just by using the dock command.
Another important factor with usability is the ability of the device to easily maneuver around without problems. With the Roomba 675, you’re getting a great degree of maneuverability. Like many other Roombas, the device has a low profile, which means it easily make tight turns.
While the Roomba 675 doesn’t boast the advanced navigation capabilities that other robot vacuums have, it does have the ability to use the “bump and continue” method. Basically, the unit moves along the floor until it bumps into an obstruction, then changes direction and continues on its merry way.
If you live in a smaller home or an apartment, this might be sufficient. Why spend extra money on advanced navigation features when the device won’t spend much time vacuuming. Additionally, the 675 provides a clean almost as good as some of the more advanced Roomba models.
Maintenance and Battery
Like some of the other entry-level robot vacuums that Roomba offers, the 675 does not offer advanced camera navigation. That doesn’t mean the device is of poor quality. The features you do get are just as good, if not better than the ones you might expect from other Roomba robots.
To ensure that your 675 is running at optimal performance, Roomba suggests that you regularly check the filter and make sure the dustbin is cleaned after every cycle. Performing regular maintenance on your robot vacuum helps keep your unit running at its best.
In addition to maintenance, your 675 won’t run at peak performance if your battery is not high-quality. Fortunately, Roomba has included a solid battery on this unit, which means you can expect to get an hour and a half of runtime out of each cleaning cycle. The 1,800 mAh battery takes roughly two or three hours to charge up, but once it does your robot will last plenty long enough to thoroughly vacuum your home.
Pros and Cons
Here are some of the Pros and Cons of the iRobot Roomba 675 robot vacuum.
- Affordable for most consumers
- Wifi connectivity
- Mobile app available on iOS and Android
- Voice control capability with Amazon Alexa or Google Home
- Easy to set up and use
- Basic dirt detection and filtration
- Performance isn’t as strong as more advanced models
Here’s a quick rundown of some high-level features and specifications that the Roomba 675 robot vacuum has to offer.
|Floor Type||All (Indoor flooring)|
|Smart assistant integration||Amazon Alexa and Google Home|
|Charge time||2-3 hours|
The Roomba 675 robot vacuum is a model that shows up in Roomba’s budget tier of devices. Even though it doesn’t boast all the fancy features some of the more advanced units offers, the 675 does include wifi connectivity. This is a budget-friendly unit that will provide solid performance with a reliable device.
If you’re looking for a robot vacuum that is low-cost but still has the Roomba label, you might want to consider giving the 675 a try. With wifi connectivity, voice command capability, and a user-friendly mobile application, this easy to use robot vacuum will leave your floors clean and you feeling satisfied.
For more information on other Roomba Models, read here:
- Roomba 980