Cleaning the floor is such a chore that most floor owners prefer someone else to do it -- Mom, roommates, the maid, or a robot, the latter of which could be considered an amalgamation of the first three without all the whining. Which is why it's hoped by manufacturers everywhere that the day will come when all floor-abiding citizens in rich countries will own one, or better still, two. Because there is such a market glut of robotic floor cleaners, that day is coming sooner rather than later as prices keep decreasing. Meanwhile, technology in this field will continue to boggle the mind as these robots get smarter and, hopefully, homes get cleaner.
While they didn't invent the floorbot, iRobot helped sell enough of them that their product is a household name, especially around the Roomba residence. However, despite their best efforts, they aren't the only game in town, and there are plenty of other robovacs to prove it. For instance, the Ecovacs Deebot D45 is a very basic floorbot that can be pressed into light mopping duties. The highly anticipated Neato Botvac D5 Connected is an ultra-performing, Wi-Fi-enabled vacuum that will tackle floors of up to 4500 square feet. Neither Ecovacs nor Neato are strangers to robots, and both might make iRobot nervous with such formidable offerings.
The Roomba 650 comes from a long line of cleaners. It's as if iRobot churns one of these out every week, there are so many. The 650 presumably predates the iRobot Roomba 760, but unlike many of its siblings, it's still listed on iRobot's site. This is probably because it's one of their bestsellers, despite the fact that it doesn't have the bells and whistles of later series. Like the 760, its features include a 3-stage cleaning process and a scheduling function. It also has cliff detection, obstacle avoidance, and auto-recharge. It's best used on hardwood floors and for gobbling up pet hair, and it comes with a battery charger, an extra AeroVac filter, and a virtual wall.
I've owned this for 2 years now and I love the quality of the cleaning it does, but ... I found the sensors don't work well anymore...
Should Roomba die after the end of the warranty period, we would buy one again. I would be disappointed, but we could not live without it.
Love it...wish I hadn't waited so long to get one.
If you learn how to use the Roomba you'll love it!
This little vacuum does an impressive job. Mine already has some white paint on it from getting under bathroom cabinets but everywhere it goes is CLEAN afterwards!
The 650 has some operational quirks and you'll probably want a traditional vacuum available for certain things, but it's an effective and entertaining floor cleaning option.
Excellent robot for cleaning your house while you sit back and relax.