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Roomba 675/985

Postby mofan » August 17th, 2018, 6:51 am

Two new Roombas were introduced this week. Roomba 675 and 985. The 675 is on Irobot's website for $299, but I cannot for the life of me see the difference between the 675 and the 690. It appears to me that the 675 is simply meant to be the lower cost replacement for the 690, but if anyone can see a difference between the two I am happy to be corrected. Strangely, both models are available on Irobot's website.

The 985 appears to be the newest Costco model, and it is identical to the top of the line 980 except for having only a single virtual wall instead of two. This thing is an incredible deal at only $500 for what is essentially the same hardware as the $900 980. Given that the 985 is priced like a mid-range Roomba, it is quite clear that the rumored next gen Roomba is now imminent.

http://store.irobot.com/default/roomba-vacuuming-robot-vacuum-irobot-roomba-675/R675020.html

https://www.costco.com/iRobot-Roomba-985-Wi-Fi-Connected-Robot-Vacuum.product.100428595.html
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Re: Roomba 675/985

Postby mofan » August 17th, 2018, 6:55 am

Forgot to mention that you can only see the price of the 985 on Costco's website if you have a membership, but on the Slickdeals website there are wide reports that the 985 is available in store at some locations.
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Re: Roomba 675/985

Postby Gigi » August 28th, 2018, 9:17 pm

Bought the Roomba 985 at my local Costco today. This is my first Roomba in years. Am I reading there is a newer version that came out this week? If so, can someone tell me the difference before I use this one? Thanks
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Re: Roomba 675/985

Postby ps0001 » August 28th, 2018, 10:25 pm

Gigi wrote:Bought the Roomba 985 at my local Costco today. This is my first Roomba in years. Am I reading there is a newer version that came out this week? If so, can someone tell me the difference before I use this one? Thanks

If you're talking about the e5 and e6, they don't really have any that your 985 doesn't have, except for a washable filter. It's kind of a neat feature, but I'd rather have everything else that the 9xx series comes with.
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Re: Roomba 675/985

Postby robotreviews » August 29th, 2018, 7:13 am

Gigi wrote:Bought the Roomba 985 at my local Costco today. This is my first Roomba in years. Am I reading there is a newer version that came out this week? If so, can someone tell me the difference before I use this one? Thanks


As ps0001 mentioned, the recent price drops seem to point to a new higher end model being released soon, but nothing has been announced yet. As it stands the Roomba 985 is still the top of the line Roomba, albeit with only one virtual wall in the box instead of 2, but other than that is identical to the $700 Roomba 980 which was only just recently reduced from the normal $900 price.

I would imagine if and when a new high end model is released it will cost substantially more than $500. So for now and for the foreseeable future, the Roomba 985 will probably be the best value you can get when buying a new Roomba.
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Re: Roomba 675/985

Postby mofan » August 31st, 2018, 2:17 pm

$500 is an amazing deal for a 985. The new roomba must be a large step up in performance or I doubt the 985 would be so cheap. Neato now allows zone cleaning of identified rooms so roomba has a bit of catching up to do.
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Re: Roomba 675/985

Postby ps0001 » August 31st, 2018, 9:43 pm

mofan wrote:$500 is an amazing deal for a 985. The new roomba must be a large step up in performance or I doubt the 985 would be so cheap. Neato now allows zone cleaning of identified rooms so roomba has a bit of catching up to do.

That's such a game changer in my opinion. I know the 9xx Roomba's are physically capable of such a thing, but I can't figure out why iRobot won't release new firmware to support it already. It seems like they've been aggressively defending their IP, and otherwise resting on their laurels for too long.
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