Roomba e6 6198 at Costco

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Roomba e6 6198 at Costco

Postby Zzz » August 17th, 2018, 4:50 pm

Just noticed this new model at Costco: https://www.costco.com/iRobot-Roomba-e6-6198-Wi-Fi-Connected-Robot-Vacuum.product.100427291.html

Unlike previous Costco Roomba models, this one seems to have no equivalent on Roomba’s website. It features a totally different kind of dustbin that you can wash out with water. The rollers are green, it has 2 buttons to the side of the center button rather than above and below, and the dustbin has no button or other presence on the top face.

Does anyone know anything about this new model? I wonder if it’s the first in a new line. I also noticed that it’s listed on Walmart but out of stock.
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Re: Roomba e6 6198 at Costco

Postby ps0001 » August 17th, 2018, 5:16 pm

I think you're right. iRobot's CEO mentioned they'd be quietly launching a new model through selected retailers sometime in August. This must be it! He said there'd be no announcement, etc., but the new model should roll out to other retailers in the coming months.
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Re: Roomba e6 6198 at Costco

Postby Zzz » August 17th, 2018, 5:25 pm

That’s probably it. Now I’m debating whether to buy it now or wait for the inevitable Costco discount offer.
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Re: Roomba e6 6198 at Costco

Postby ps0001 » August 18th, 2018, 11:16 am

Small update: the new line of Roomba's is called the "eSeries". Costco is current selling the e6, but it looks like they also have an e5 planned for release soon.
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Re: Roomba e6 6198 at Costco

Postby Zzz » August 18th, 2018, 11:40 am

Any idea what the difference is between the e6 and e5?
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Re: Roomba e6 6198 at Costco

Postby ps0001 » August 18th, 2018, 5:13 pm

I have no idea. I can't find any retailers selling the e5 just yet. Curiously, someone in California sold one today on OfferUp:

https://offerup.com/item/detail/529119587/

It looks like they have another one up for sale too:

https://offerup.com/item/detail/529470972/

The pictures aren't clear enough to see details, though.
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Re: Roomba e6 6198 at Costco

Postby ps0001 » August 18th, 2018, 5:42 pm

I found the e5 listed on iRobot's Croatian website, of all places:

https://www.irobot.hr/robotski-usisavaci/e5154.html

Google does a poor translation of the page, unfortunately. I still can't tell how it's any different to the e6.
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Re: Roomba e6 6198 at Costco

Postby Zzz » August 18th, 2018, 11:26 pm

According to that Croation page, there’s only 1 virtual wall vs 2 for the e6. I wonder if that’s the only difference. That page also states that this series is an update of the 800 series.
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Re: Roomba e6 6198 at Costco

Postby ps0001 » August 19th, 2018, 12:02 am

Zzz wrote:That page also states that this series is an update of the 800 series.

I interpreted it to mean it's a new line that happens to have all the features of the 800 series. That'd be congruent with what the CEO said earlier too: he mentioned bringing the more advanced technology into the lower end models.
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Re: Roomba e6 6198 at Costco

Postby ps0001 » August 19th, 2018, 1:58 pm

This person selling the e5 on OfferUp keeps lowering the price--it's down to $125 now. Anyone feeling adventurous in the Sacramento area? I wonder if it was stolen, or something. Whoever's selling it seems desperate to unload it.
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Re: Roomba e6 6198 at Costco

Postby 1Regularguy » August 20th, 2018, 11:59 am

Have 690 and just got 960 from Bed Bath and Beyond with 20% coupon after the Costco 960 sold out. Was interested if this new e6 model had mapping and entire floor navigation, looks like it does not based on feature comparison chart. https://scontent.webcollage.net/apps/cs ... tabs=false
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Re: Roomba e6 6198 at Costco

Postby ps0001 » August 20th, 2018, 12:21 pm

Unless they developed an entirely new localization technique, I also doubt the eSeries has mapping. Both current models with this feature have cameras, and the e5 and e6 do not
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Re: Roomba e6 6198 at Costco

Postby bess » October 31st, 2018, 3:08 pm

1Regularguy wrote:Have 690 and just got 960 from Bed Bath and Beyond with 20% coupon after the Costco 960 sold out. Was interested if this new e6 model had mapping and entire floor navigation, looks like it does not based on feature comparison chart. https://scontent.webcollage.net/apps/cs ... tabs=false


how do the 690 and 6198 compare. I was looking at the 690 but if the 6198 is a later model, I may get the 6198.
Does the 690 model have mapping?
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Re: Roomba e6 6198 at Costco

Postby marquesalan » February 14th, 2019, 7:11 pm

I bought the e6 from Walmart and it's a waste of money. It bounces around randomly like the older models. It has a hard time returning home. No recharge and resume feature. Less suction than the i7. Do not buy a Roomba unless it has a camera. It's the only true way to make sure the floor all gets covered and no missed spots. I have the i7 now and there is a reason the price is double. You get what you pay for.
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Re: Roomba e6 6198 at Costco

Postby robott » February 14th, 2019, 9:00 pm

I don't think its a waste of money just because it has random navigation if it is a good upgrade over the 800 series. These kind of robots are decent for a small apartment.
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Re: Roomba e6 6198 at Costco

Postby Techsaavy » February 14th, 2019, 9:50 pm

Zzz wrote:Any idea what the difference is between the e6 and e5?

The e6 has a bin full indicator as opposed to the e5. Other than that they both come with the same features.
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Re: Roomba e6 6198 at Costco

Postby Brett » February 14th, 2019, 10:27 pm

marquesalan wrote:I bought the e6 from Walmart and it's a waste of money ...

I think you are silly for buying something that you had no idea what you were buying, and and making irrelevant comparisons based solely on your uninformed expectations!

There is no doubt the navigation tech is great and has advantages. I like it, but just because of your tone, I'll go in to bat for the non-nav machines:

> Cost difference is obvious - not everybody is in a position to choose.
> In smaller areas (even a part of a bigger house) you might argue that the many passes made in the random actions would result in a cleaner floor!
> Maybe a sub of the above point but specially on smooth floors the spining side brush (and also the air blowing out the back) can move stuff into areas already covered, so likely to be missed.
> If the navigation fails (it does - I have had a few through) then your machine is a brick. There are very few 'failures' that render the simple non-nav machines totally inoperative.

It's horses for courses - educate yourself and then make a wiser choice.
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Re: Roomba e6 6198 at Costco

Postby marquesalan » February 15th, 2019, 8:37 am

Relax! I have owned about 8 Roombas over the years starting with the 500 series. You are right about the size of the space and for apartments or smaller homes the "cheaper" machines will do a fine job. I own the i7+ and bought this second bot for another smaller home. I just didn't realize the world of a difference. In my opinion it does not have as good of suction and I can clearly see it's not as clean as when I use a robot with the iAdapt 3.0 system. My older robots used the lighthouses to keep it contained in one room before moving onto the next. This seemed more efficient. This unit just shoots from one room to another without any systematic formula. I can partition the rooms with virtual walls and clean some rooms on some days. I just expect any robotic vacuum at the $400 mark and higher to not require so much maintenance and babysitting. It's faster to just pull out my upright vacuum and clean it myself if it's that small of a space. What would be helpful is if on the box it had a square footage range so you know what to expect. I tried it and now it's going back to the store.
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