In this comparison, we’ll be comparing two entry-level Roomba options – the 675 and E5.
These two options are similar and different in several critical areas, and we’ll go through them one by one in this article.
First, a quick look at the Roomba 675 vs. E5
- 1 Introduction to the Roomba 675 and E5
- 2 Similarities of the Roomba 675 and I5
- 3 Differences between the Roomba 675 and E5
- 4 How does the Roomba 675 and E5 navigate?
- 5 App features
- 6 How much power does the Roomba 675 and E5 have?
- 7 Cleaning performance
- 8 Dustbin comparison
- 9 Run time comparison
- 10 Maintenance
- 11 Availability of Parts
- 12 Other Roomba Comparisons
- 13 Product Specifications
- 14 Where can I buy these robots?
- 15 Which is better, Roomba 675 or E5?
- 16 The Verdict: Roomba E5 is the Better Option
Introduction to the Roomba 675 and E5
Differentiating between Roomba models can be confusing, but it’s not hard. iRobot categorizes its products in tiers. You have the entry-level options that include 600-series robots – 614, 675, and 690.
Next in line is the E-series, which has the same specifications as the 600-series, but with the same bin as the I-Series robots.
Roomba’s mid-priced options are the 960 and 980, followed by their high-end I and S-series robots.
We’ll be focusing on the Roomba 675 and E5.
Roomba 675: Possibly the Best Entry-Level Robot for Cleaning Carpets
One reason why Roomba robots are so popular despite the lack of bells-and-whistles is its ability to clean carpets well. The Roomba 675 is one of the best robots at doing so, thanks to the counter-rotating brushes and dirt detect.
This combo makes the 675 potent at cleaning dirt deep down carpet strands.
None of the other brands, no matter how attractive features are, can match it.
In deep cleaning tests, it picked up an average of 83%—one of the best at its price range at such.
Roomba E5: Better Brush Roll Than the 675
One issue with the 614, 675, and 690 models is the brush design. If you look closely, it’s a combination of a rubber blade and bristle brush. Despite what iRobot claims, it is a hair magnet – even shorter strands of hair will stick on it.
The Roomba E5 aims to address this issue without having to jack up the price too much.
Instead of using the traditional brush, it has rubber extractors, similar to the more expensive Roomba I6 and I7.
These new brushes don’t have bristles and will resist tangle from a pet and human hair better.
Similarities of the Roomba 675 and I5
These two robot vacuums are part of Roomba’s entry-level alternatives. The 675 is currently the less expensive option than the E5.
Both models have iRobot’s adaptive navigation system, which in layman means it’ll navigate randomly. None of these options can remember maps or save them.
Recharge and resume are non-existent. It will pinball around the area until the battery is low, then dock to recharge.
One plus with these robots is its ability to cover the whole area even with its randomness.
It will clean all the areas and with dirt detect will be very thorough. This feature is what separates Roomba from other brands.
Dirt detect is a patented technology that instructs the robot to focus more on dirtier zones.
2. Single side brush
Another similarity is the single side brush design. It’s a constant in all Roomba products, except for the S9.
One issue I have with it is how fast it spins. It tends to scatter large piles of debris. But it’s not an issue for daily cleanups as the robot will only have to deal with dust.
3. WIFI and Compatibility with iRobot Home App
Both options have WIFI and compatible with the iRobot Home App.
Even if the app features are quite bare, it’s better than having to bend down to push the robot’s clean button.
3. Round shape
Both robots retain the round shape found in most Roomba products. The only model with a different profile is the flagship S9 model.
One advantage a square front has it’s more efficient at cleaning edges thanks to the wider extractors and redesigned side brush.
Differences between the Roomba 675 and E5
Next, we’ll look at the differences between these two entry-level Roombas.
1. Brush roll
One of the most significant differences between the 675 and E5 is the brush roll design.
The E5 retains the same two-brush system found in all Roomba options, but it has the same rubber extractors as the I7.
In contrast, the 675 utilizes the older blade and bristle combo as the 690.
Between the two, I like the E5’s brushes better since it’s superior at resisting tangles, especially from human and pet hair.
Both of these options are better than the more expensive Roomba 690.
2. Dustbin size and design
Another upgrade with the E5 is the dust container, from a capacity and design standpoint.
The 675’s dustbin looks big, but it can only hold up to 300 ml of dry dirt – the smallest volume of all Roombas.
In contrast, the E5 has a larger, washable dustbin with a 500 ml capacity.
It’s washable because Roomba removed the motor from the dustbin. The filter also gets an upgrade from a standard to a HEPA.
If you look closely, you can see it has a lot of surface area with the folds, while the 675 filter has a thin sheet with inferior filtration.
Not only will the E5 hold more dirt, but it’ll also filter allergens better thanks to the HEPA filters.
The Roomba is the bigger robot measuring 13.3″ wide and 3.7″ tall versus the 675 that only measures 13″ wide and 3.6″ tall.
Having a narrower frame will help the 675 fit through tighter spaces and lower overhangs.
Lastly, in this section, we’ll look at the changes with the interface. The E5 implements the same button layout as the more expensive I7 with the clean button at the middle, flanked by home and spot buttons, respectively.
In contrast, the 675 retains the same layout as the Roomba 690 and 614. It has the large clean button at the center, with the spot and dock buttons on the top and bottom portions.
There’s no difference with regards to functionality. Just an aesthetic change to adapt to the newer Roomba designs.
iRobot says that these robots utilize adaptive navigation technology. In layman, this means it’ll traverse randomly.
The Roomba 675 traverses randomly like the 690, as you’ll see in the clip below.
Expect the same navigation from the E5 as it relies on various IR sensors around and underneath to avoid various obstacles.
It doesn’t have the floor tracking sensor found in the newer Roomba I3 or the Roborock E4, so it doesn’t have any way to track its location.
Hence, it doesn’t have the recharge and resume feature. It will run until the battery is low, then recharge, but won’t recommence cleaning afterward.
Both models are compatible with the iRobot Home app.
The main benefit of using the app is the ability to schedule and access the robot without being physically beside it.
Pairing the app and robot does require you to have a router at home. This device will act as a bridge between the robot and the app.
Once connected, the app is responsive and easy to use.
Unfortunately, it lacks the bells-and-whistles of a Xiaomi Home app.
For instance, you can only schedule the robot to clean once a day. After setting the time and day, the days already selected are disabled.
If iRobot tweaks the app and allows unlimited scheduling per day, I’m sure it would appeal to more consumers.
How much power does the Roomba 675 and E5 have?
Using an anemometer, the Roomba 675 and the 690 have almost equal airflow figures – 9 CFM and 8.2 CFM, respectively. Don’t pay much attention to the difference because it’s just minimal
iRobot says the E5 has five times more suction than the 600-series.
I have not tested the I series, but I’m working on purchasing a unit to get the actual airflow numbers.
In this section, we’ll look at how well the Roomba 690 and E5 clean floors.
I tested the 675 extensively, and it was very similar to the 690 when it comes to the results.
One gripe I have with it is the rapid spinning side brush. It’s an issue with the 600-series as with the E5.
Hard floor results
While the Roomba 675 scored high marks with cleaning hard floors, it was quite messy.
What I mean is, I had to clean the scattered debris around the edges of the test area.
However, if you’re only cleaning stuff like dust or the random strand on hair, it won’t be an issue.
But for cleaning a large pile of quaker oats or pet litter, it will be a concern.
Which is better for hard floors?
The higher suction of the E5 should translate to better performance on hard surfaces.
I’d choose this model if you need it to clean this surface over the 675 because it utilizes the newer rubber extractors.
It’s on this surface where the Roomba 675 and E5 shine. The counter-rotating brushes and dirt detect can pick up dirt deep down carpet. It won’t be as good as the higher-end Roomba 960 or 980, but it’s above average.
The dual brush design is a patented technology, so it’s a feature you’ll only see in iRobot. You won’t see this feature even with iRobot’s main competitor – Neato.
It’s a significant reason why iRobot products pick up dirt very well on carpet. Out of all the robot vacuums, Roomba ranks up there when it comes to cleaning carpet.
Deep cleaning results
The Roomba 675 was able to pick up 83% of embedded sand on mid pile carpet, which isn’t far off the 690 with an 85.16% score.
These variants won’t match the higher-end S9 or 980, but it’s some of the best performing robot vacuums on carpet, if you don’t mind the lack of a smart navigation feature.
The Roomba 675 dust bin looks spacious, but its capacity is limited because of the low profile door with a 0.3-liter capacity.
In comparison, The Roomba E5 has a larger dustbin with a 0.5-liter capacity, just 0.1-liters versus the Roomba 960 and 980 as the Roombas with the largest dirt volume.
Not only is the E5 dustbin larger, but it’s also washable with the motor relocated beside the dust bin.
Make sure to remove the filter because this part isn’t washable.
The Roomba 675 bin isn’t washable, as well as the filter.
Run time comparison
Both models are part of Roomba’s latest generation releases. It means it comes with a Li-ion battery with better longevity and isn’t prone to power fade.
The 675 and E5 use iRobot’s 1,800 Li-ion battery and will run for up to 90 minutes.
One way to ensure the longevity of these robots is regular upkeep. I’ll outline the things you need to clean or replace periodically.
- Primary and side brushes: These two parts take the most abuse as dirt and hair will accumulate. Not cleaning will result in premature wear of the motor and loss of airflow.
- Sensors: These robots rely on a bevy of sensors for navigation. The most critical is the bumper sensors in front of the robot and cliff sensors underneath. Wipe these areas with a clean, dry microfiber towel.
- Wheels: Another part that takes a beating is the wheel. Flip the robot over to see if there’s an accumulation of dirt on occasion. Make sure to clean the rubber and caster wheels. Roomba makes it easy to clean because of its modular design. Disassembling it won’t be difficult.
- Dustbin: Don’t forget to clean the dust container. Empty it after every run. You don’t want dust mites inside your robot!
- Filter: The filter in the Roborock 675 and E5 aren’t washable. Tap it on the trash container after every run to dislodge dirt stuck on it. A shop vac or handheld will be helpful to keep it clean. Remember, a clogged filter will hamper the robot’s performance, so it’s a good idea to keep it tidy.
Availability of Parts
One pro with owning Roomba products is the sheer availability of parts. Components like the battery, filter, and brushes for the 675 and E5 are available in online stores like Amazon. Even harder to find parts like the side brush motor or wheel assembly are available on Amazon. If not, you could try searching on eBay for these parts.
Replacing these modules will be easy with the modular design. Most of the parts are accessible by removing a few screwdrivers. All you need is a Philips screwdriver set.
Other Roomba Comparisons
I’ve published other Roomba comparisons. Please check the links below to read these articles.
- Roomba Comparison
- Roomba 614 vs. 675
- Roomba 675 vs. 690
- Roomba 690 vs. 960
- Roomba E5 vs. 960
- Roomba 960 vs. 980
- Roomba 960 vs. S9
- Roomba I7 vs. I7+ vs. E5
- Roomba I7 vs. 980
- Roomba I7 vs. S9
Comparing Roomba to other brands.
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Where can I buy these robots?
You can purchase the Roomba 675 and E5 from stores like Amazon and Walmart. Please check the links below for the latest pricing.
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Which is better, Roomba 675 or E5?
While there are many similarities between these two robots, I feel that the upgrades with the E5 make it a more compelling option than the 675.
A significant reason would be the price different – it isn’t that much.
The E5 has a larger dustbin with a HEPA filter so that allergens won’t leak through the exhaust.
Also, it has the upgraded rubber extractors, similar to the more expensive I-Series (I6, I7, and I8), which is better at resisting tangles.
3 Reasons to choose the Roomba 675
- Less expensive: The Roomba 675 is currently iRobot’s least costly option with WIFI and compatibility with the iRobot Home app.
- Excellent at cleaning carpet: It was able to pick up an average of 83% in deep cleaning tests.
- Thorough navigation: The random navigation and “dirt detect” make this robot very thorough.
Reasons to choose the Roomba E5
- Larger dustbin: The E5 has a bigger capacity dustbin of up to 500 ml – around a 50% increase over the 675’s 300 ml volume.
- Rubber extractors: I like these brushes over the 675’s more traditional design as it is better at resisting tangles while maintaining agitation.
- Washable dustbin: Keeping the dust container is easy because it’s washable.
- More power: The upgraded motor provides the E5 more power than the 675.
The Verdict: Roomba E5 is the Better Option
Even if the Roomba 675 is cheaper, my choice would be the E5 because the upgrades provide far better value than the cost overlap.
The price difference between the 675 and E5 isn’t that much. Considering the enhancements in the E5 will make your life much easier, it’s a no-brainer option for me.
The larger dustbin means it’ll cover a larger area before you have to empty it. Another bonus is it’s washable, so giving it a thorough clean will be more straightforward. With the rubber extractors, there’s less need for upkeep.