iRobot Roomba 650 Vacuum Review


iRobot Roomba 650 Review 2016

The iRobot Roomba 650 robot vacuum has a good sized dirt bin for collecting debris, which is suitable for low-traffic homes and small areas. However, if the cleaning area is larger and has more debris to pick-up, you may need to empty it more often.

The run time of the unit is below average, at only 60 minutes, but this is still adequate for getting most jobs completed. It takes 180 minutes for the unit to re-charge after the battery runs low. Rubber bumpers all around ensure that Roomba 650 does not leave dents or scuff marks on furniture and floorboards.


A Dirt-Detect feature senses when the unit has encountered a heavily-soiled area, prompting it to spend extra time in getting the area clean. For carpet cleaning and pet hair removal, the iRobot Roomba 650 ranks among the highest of any other robot vacuum in its class, while hard surface cleaning is a bit lower, but still well above-average.

The airflow of iRobot Roomba 650 is powerful and uses straight suction to pick-up debris brush in from the side with separate brushes. It uses an AeroVac filter as opposed to a HEPA filter which would have been better for the removal of allergens while vacuuming.


A series of sensors and infrared light enables the iRobot Roomba 650 to navigate along walls, under obstacles and around furniture, while ensuring it will not cross into areas where it does not belong. The unit can usually free itself from cords and strings by reversing its brushes to get itself unstuck. If however it does get stuck, an audible sound will let you know that it needs help. Navigation of several rooms are easily possible and the on-board programming ( no remote ) is intuitive allowing one to easily setup 7 cleaning schedules for a week. One oddity and certainly a negative point, is that the iRobot Roomba 650 has a tendency to avoid dark-colored areas in a carpet, such as black or navy.

There is no battery meter on the unit to tell you when it needs to be charged. However, the iRobot Roomba 650 knows when it is running low and will navigate itself back to the charging base.

iRobot Roomba 650 – Review Summary

The iRobot name has been synonymous with robot vacuums since they were first introduced and the iRobot Roomba 650 continues the tradition of being a solid, dependable robot vacuum that picks up a lot of debris. You can program the unit to clean up to 7 times per week, even if you are away. Though it has no remote control, it is easily programmed on board. The customer support is top-notch, with telephone, email, and live-chat available. And if this is your first unit, there are plenty of tutorials and online manuals to walk you through use. Warranty is one-year. The iRobot Roomba 650 is good all-rounder in terms of cleaning ability, ease of use and value for money.

  • Height 3.63 inches
  • Width 13.5 inches
  • Depth 13.5 inches
  • Weight 7.9 pounds
  • Parts1 year limited, 6 months limited: battery
    Labor1 year limited