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iRobot Roomba 692 Vacuum Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Updated Jan 19, 2022 at 03:10 pm
iRobot Roomba 692 Picture
7.1
Bare Floor
6.1
Low-Pile Carpet
6.0
High-Pile Carpet
4.4
Pets
5.7
Stairs
4.6
Cars
4.3
Workshop
Vacuum Type
Robot
Bagless
Yes
Cordless
Yes
Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
No
Wet Compatible
No

The iRobot Roomba 692 is a basic robot vacuum and one of the entry-level models in iRobot's product lineup. It feels well-built, has a fairly long battery life, and does a decent job of maneuvering itself. It also offers good performance on bare floors. Unfortunately, it struggles to effectively clean debris from carpeted surfaces, especially small, fine material. Pet hair also tends to get stuck in its brushrolls instead of being sucked up.

Our Verdict

7.1 Bare Floor

The iRobot Roomba 692 is a satisfactory option for bare floors. While pet hair can get caught in its brushrolls, it does a good job sucking up bulky and small debris on this surface type. However, it does have many parts that need regular cleaning, and it incurs high recurring costs, but thankfully it feels impressively well-built.

Pros
  • Impressive build quality.
  • Good overall performance on bare floors.
  • Outstanding battery life.
  • Quiet suction motor.
Cons
  • Pet hair gets caught in its brushroll.
  • High recurring costs.
  • Many parts need periodic cleaning.
6.1 Low-Pile Carpet

The iRobot Roomba 692 is a passable choice for cleaning low-pile carpet. It has a very hard time dealing with fine debris, while pet hair tends to get stuck on its brushroll instead of being sucked into its dustbin. However, it performs better when it comes to clearing larger debris. While it's well-built, it has many parts that need regular cleaning or replacing, so recurring costs are high.

Pros
  • Impressive build quality.
  • Outstanding battery life.
  • Quiet suction motor.
Cons
  • Pet hair gets caught in its brushroll.
  • Struggles with fine debris on carpeted surfaces.
  • High recurring costs.
  • Many parts need periodic cleaning.
6.0 High-Pile Carpet

The iRobot Roomba 692 is a passable option for vacuuming high-pile carpet. While it does have a surface detection feature that enables it to automatically increase its suction power on carpets, it has a hard time clearing fine material and pet hair, which gets stuck in its brushrolls. That said, it sucks up a reasonable amount of larger debris. It also maneuvers decently well and has fantastic overall battery life.

Pros
  • Impressive build quality.
  • Outstanding battery life.
  • Quiet suction motor.
Cons
  • Pet hair gets caught in its brushroll.
  • Struggles with fine debris on carpeted surfaces.
  • High recurring costs.
  • Many parts need periodic cleaning.
4.4 Pets

The iRobot Roomba 692 is terrible for cleaning up pet hair. Pet hair frequently gets stuck in its brushrolls instead of being sucked into its dustbin, and it doesn't have an allergen-trapping HEPA filter. While it feels premium, it has many parts that need regular servicing or replacing, so recurring costs are high.

Pros
  • Impressive build quality.
  • Quiet suction motor.
Cons
  • Pet hair gets caught in its brushroll.
  • High recurring costs.
  • Many parts need periodic cleaning.
  • No HEPA filter.
5.7 Stairs

The iRobot Roomba 692 is a robot vacuum and isn't designed to clean stairs.

4.6 Cars

The iRobot Roomba 692 is a robot vacuum and isn't designed to clean car interiors.

4.3 Workshop

The iRobot Roomba 692 is a robot vacuum and isn't meant for workshop cleaning.

  • 7.1 Bare Floor
  • 6.1 Low-Pile Carpet
  • 6.0 High-Pile Carpet
  • 4.4 Pets
  • 5.7 Stairs
  • 4.6 Cars
  • 4.3 Workshop
  1. Updated Sep 23, 2022: We've lowered the scores for the 'Recurring Cost' and 'User Maintenance' sections to maintain consistency with similarly-designed iRobot models.
  2. Updated Aug 03, 2022: We've updated this review to Test Bench 1.1, which involves reevaluating the vacuum's 'Dirt Compartment' score along a new curve and changing the scoring criteria for the 'Workshop' usage section.
  3. Updated Aug 03, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.1.
  4. Updated Jul 27, 2022: We've retested this vacuum's large debris pickup performance in the 'High-Pile Carpet Performance' section. The score and all relevant text has been updated.
  5. Updated Jul 25, 2022: We've updated this review to Test Bench 1.0, which includes a broad range of new testing procedures to measure stain and water-clearing performance, suction power, crevice-cleaning performance, noise levels, and air filtration performance. We've also updated our debris and pet hair-pickup performance tests and our method of scoring user maintenance requirements and recurring costs.
  6. Updated May 06, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  7. Updated Jan 19, 2022: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  8. Updated Jan 13, 2021: Review published.
  9. Updated Jan 11, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
8.0
Design
Build Quality

The iRobot Roomba 692 is well-built. It's made of hard, dense plastic, though its drive and swivel wheels are rubber. While its matte plastic dustbin is somewhat fragile, this component still feels sturdier than the dustbins of comparable robot vacuums, like the Shark ION Robot 2020.

Setting it up is quite easy and doesn't involve any assembly, requiring only that you plug in its dock station.

4.5
Design
User Maintenance

The iRobot Roomba 692 has many parts that need periodic cleaning.

  • Dustbin: The dustbin can be removed by pressing the release button. Be warned that its door opens toward the user, so be careful when emptying it to avoid spilling any debris over yourself. You should empty it over a trash bin after every use.
  • Brushrolls: You can access the bristle and beater brushrolls by removing the brushroll compartment door under the vacuum. You should clean the brushes and their bearings once or twice a week, depending on whether or not you have pets. They tend to collect quite a bit of pet hair, so you'll need to clean them pretty often.
  • Filter: The filter is inside the dustbin, and you can pull it out via release tabs. You should clean it once or twice a week, depending on if you have pets, by tapping it against the edge of a garbage can to dislodge any stuck-on debris. Make sure to remove it and clean it before emptying the dustbin.
  • Side brush: You need to unscrew the side brush from the bottom of the vacuum to remove it. You should clear it of stuck-on debris and hair once a month.
  • Front wheel: While you can pull the wheel out of its socket by hand, this can be a little difficult, and you might find this process easier by using a tool to gain a little more leverage. You should clean it of any stuck-on debris every two weeks. Also, make sure to remove any stuck-on debris from its socket to allow it to spin freely.
  • Sensors/Charging pads: You should wipe down the sensors and charging pads on the vacuum and dock station with a clean dry cloth once a month.

5.0
Design
Recurring Cost
Bag Part Number No bag
Filter Part Number 4636450
HEPA Filter Part Number No HEPA Filter

The iRobot Roomba 692 Robot Vacuum incurs high recurring costs.

  • Filter: You should replace the filter every two months.
  • Brushrolls: You should replace the brushrolls every six to 12 months.
  • Front wheel: You should replace the front wheel every 12 months.

All these components can be purchased individually or as a single "Replenishment Kit" from iRobot's website.

9.0
Design
Storing
Height
3.94" (10.0 cm)
Width
13.39" (34.0 cm)
Depth
15.35" (39.0 cm)
Cord Storing
Not Needed
On-Board Tool Storage
Not needed
Vacuum Rack/Station
Yes

The iRobot Roomba 692 is fantastically easy to store. It has a compact body, and its charging station takes up very little room.

6.4
Design
Dirt Compartment
Volume
0.09 gal (0.35 L)
Full Indicator
No
Bag Included
No Bag Needed

The iRobot Roomba 692's dirt compartment is reasonably sized. While it's larger than the one found in the iRobot Roomba 675, it doesn't have a max fill sensor to let you know once it's reached max capacity.

Design
In The Box

  • iRobot Roomba 692 Robot Vacuum
  • AeroVac dustbin
  • 1x AeroVac filter
  • 1x Side brush (attached to vacuum)
  • Beater brush
  • Bristle brush
  • Charging dock
  • Charging cable
  • User guide

10
Design
Range
Cord Length
N/A
Hose Length
N/A
Minimum Wand Length
N/A
Maximum Wand Length
N/A
Total Range
N/A

This vacuum's range is limited only by its remaining battery life and the room left in its dustbin. It also can't climb or descend stairs.

8.0
Design
Portability
Total Weight
7.54 lbs (3.42 kg)
Weight In Hand
0.00 lbs (0.00 kg)
Carrying handle
No

The iRobot Roomba 692 is quite portable. It's not very heavy, but unlike the iRobot Roomba 614, it doesn't have a carrying handle to help you move it from room to room.

9.4
Design
Battery
Minimum Battery Life
117 min
Maximum Battery Life
117 min
Recharge Time
110 min
Recharge Dock
Yes
Battery Life Indicator
Yes
Removable Batteries
Yes

The iRobot Roomba 692 has fantastic battery performance. It doesn't have any distinct power mode presets, but instead, it adjusts its suction level automatically based on current cleaning conditions. Depending on your home's mix of floor types, you can expect roughly 120 minutes of runtime on a single charge. You can monitor its remaining charge through the iRobot Home companion app. The battery indicator light on top of the vacuum will provide a rough estimate of the battery's charge level while it's docked. It turns from solid amber to solid green once it's fully charged. For a similar robot vacuum with even longer battery life, check out the iRobot Roomba 694.

Design
Quality Of Life Features
Rotating Head
No
Power Adjustment
No
Self-Propelled
Yes
Headlights
No
Easy On/Off
Yes
Head Surface Type Adjustment
Only Automatic

The iRobot Roomba 692 has a couple of quality-of-life features. It has an onboard surface sensor that lets it automatically adjust its height to suit different surface types, from carpets to hardwood floors. While you can't select its power setting manually, the vacuum can automatically increase its suction power. It can also detect areas with higher concentrations of dirt and clean them more thoroughly.

Design
Tools And Brushes
Brushroll
Yes
Brushroll On/Off
No
Removable Brushroll
Yes
Turbo Brush
No
Crevice Tool
No
Upholstery Tool
No
Soft Bristle Brush
No
Hard Bristle Brush
No
Extension Wand
No
Ceiling Fan Tool
No
Pet Grooming Tool
No

The iRobot Roomba 692 robot comes with a couple of tools and accessories. Its twin-brushroll design works by having the beater brush crush debris so its bristle brush can pick up smaller debris fragments more easily. Its side brush pushes debris from the edges of the vacuum towards its main cleaning path.

Design
Alternative Configuration
Blower Mode
No
Performance
8.6
Performance
Bare Floor Performance (Hardwood, Laminate, Tiles)
Setting Used "Clean"
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L) 97%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 63%
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L) N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L) N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L) N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L) 99%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 96%
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L) N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L) N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L) N/A

The iRobot Roomba 692 does an excellent job of cleaning bare floors. It clears away small debris like rice and bulkier material like cereal without much difficulty. That said, suction performance does drop by a noticeable degree as its dustbin fills up, especially when dealing with heavier debris.

4.8
Performance
Low-Pile Carpet Performance
Setting Used "Clean"
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L) 69%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 61%
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L) N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L) N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L) N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L) 14%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 13%
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L) N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L) N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L) N/A

The iRobot Roomba 692 performs poorly on low-pile carpet. It sucks up most large debris like sand but struggles quite a bit when dealing with finer material like baking soda.

6.3
Performance
High-Pile Carpet Performance
Setting Used "Clean"
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L) 58%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 50%
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L) N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L) N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L) N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L) 21%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) 16%
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L) N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L) N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L) N/A

The iRobot Roomba 692's performance on high-pile carpet is passable. Like its performance on low-pile carpet, it's effective at dealing with large debris like sand, though it may take an extra pass to clear it all. Unfortunately, it has a hard time with finer materials like baking soda. If you're looking for a cheap robot vacuum that performs better on this surface type, consider the yeedi K650.

6.5
Performance
Pet Hair Floor Performance
Bare Floor
79%
Low-Pile Carpet
73%
High-Pile Carpet
65%

The iRobot Roomba 692 does an alright job of handling pet hair. It'll probably require more than one pass to fully clear away this kind of debris on bare floors and low and high-pile carpet.

0
Performance
Suction
Maximum Suction
0.0 inHโ‚‚O (0.01 kPa)
Setting Used For Maximum "Clean"
Normal Suction
0.0 inHโ‚‚O (0.01 kPa)
Setting Used For Normal "Clean"
Hose Diameter
N/A

The iRobot Roomba 692's real-world suction performance isn't especially strong compared to most conventional manually-operated vacuums. Like most robot vacuums, its suction inlet is positioned too high above the contact surface to generate a tight seal on bare surfaces.

9.1
Performance
Noise
Bare Floor
64.1 dBA
Low-Pile Carpet
63.7 dBA

The iRobot Roomba 692 is very quiet. You can hear what people nearby are saying even when the vacuum is running in the same room as you.

7.0
Performance
Maneuverability

This vacuum has decent maneuverability. While it uses random instead of smart pathing to plot routes and therefore can't generate permanent maps of its coverage area, it still does a good job of cleaning most parts of a room. Unfortunately, it has some trouble cleaning spots close to obstacles like furniture. Its automatic head height adjustment feature helps clean uneven surfaces like rugs, though it can occasionally get stuck on rug tassels. It can navigate under furniture like tables or couches thanks to its compact size, and it won't get stuck on low-lying obstructions like electrical cords, though it can push and drag them around.

0
Performance
Pet Hair Furniture Performance
Sofa Pickup Post Test
Performance
Air Quality

The iRobot Roomba 692 does a terrible job of sealing in fine particles. It doesn't have a HEPA filter, and allergens can blow out of its exhaust port.

5.5
Performance
Cracks
Wood Cracks Post Test

The iRobot Roomba 692 has poor crack-cleaning performance compared to manually-operated vacuums, but it's pretty effective for a robot vacuum. Its side brush helps dislodge debris in cracks, and its side brushes don't throw debris everywhere as it cleans. Still, you're better off cleaning crevices with a conventional vacuum, as it struggles to lift debris in all but the shallowest cracks.

1.0
Performance
Stains
Stain Pickup Post Test

The iRobot Roomba 692 does a terrible job of handling stains. It lacks any mopping attachment that would help scrub away dried-on messes.

0
Performance
Water
Water Pickup Post Test
Automation
6.5
Automation
Physical Automation
Automatic Recharging
Yes
Automatic Bag Emptying
No
Pathing Algorithm
Random
Physical Boundary Markers
No
Scheduled Start Buttons
No
Cycle Control Buttons
Onboard Only
Navigation Control Buttons
Return to Base Only

The iRobot Roomba 692 has an okay range of physical automation features. It doesn't require an internet connection to work, as there are dedicated buttons on top of its body to have it clean, return to its dock, or spot clean a small area. It's fully compatible with physical boundary strips to prevent it from entering certain areas, but they aren't bundled with the vacuum.

7.5
Automation
Companion App Automation
App Name
iRobot HOME
iOS Availability
Yes
Android Availability
Yes
Software Boundary Markers (No Go Zones)
No
App Scheduled Start
Yes
App Cycle Control
Yes
Navigation Control within App
No

The iRobot HOME companion app is good. It lets you check cleaning history and battery life, schedule cleaning jobs, and receive push notifications. You can also use it to command the vacuum to return to its charging dock and to set up voice commands with Amazon Alexa or Google Home devices. Since this vacuum doesn't generate a permanent map of its coverage area, you can't schedule cleaning sessions for specific rooms or create virtual boundary markers through the app. That said, you can purchase physical boundary markers from the manufacturer, which you can use to prevent the vacuum from entering certain areas. If you want a vacuum with more advanced automation features, including the ability to set virtual boundaries, you may prefer the Wyze Robot Vacuum.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The iRobot Roomba 692 is only available in one color variant: 'Charcoal Grey', and you can see its label here.

If you come across a different variant, let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Vacuums

The iRobot Roomba 692 is a basic robot vacuum. It's effectively a re-branded version of the entry-level iRobot Roomba 694 and delivers similar overall performance. In terms of performance and autonomous capability, it lags far behind newer robot vacuums within the same price bracket, like the Wyze Robot Vacuum.

If you're looking for other alternatives, take a look at our list of recommendations of the best robot vacuums for hardwood floors, the best budget robot vacuum cleaners, and the best robot vacuums for carpet.

iRobot Roomba i3+ EVO

The iRobot Roomba i3+ EVO is a better vacuum than the iRobot Roomba 692. The i3+ has a better performance on all surface types, an automatic dirt disposal feature, and has an allergen-trapping HEPA filter. Nevertheless, the 692 has a longer battery life and fewer recurring costs since it doesn't use a dirtbag.

iRobot Roomba 675

The iRobot Roomba 675 and iRobot Roomba 692 each have their own advantages, and one may suit you better depending on your needs. The 675 is slightly easier to maintain, performs better on low-pile carpet, and struggles less with pet hair on all surface types. Conversely, the 692 performs better on bare floors and high-pile carpet and has a broader range of automation features.

Roborock E4

The Roborock E4 is better than the iRobot Roomba 692. The Roborock is slightly less demanding in terms of regular maintenance, has a manually adjustable suction power adjustment feature, and has a smart-pathing navigational system that allows it to maneuver far more effectively. It also delivers better cleaning performance on all surface types, especially carpets, and has a longer maximum runtime, though it does take substantially longer to recharge than the iRobot. 

iRobot Roomba 694

The iRobot Roomba 694 and iRobot Roomba 692 are fundamentally identical vacuums and vary only in terms of regional branding.

iRobot Roomba i7+

The iRobot Roomba i7+ is better than the iRobot Roomba 692. The i7+ has a self-emptying feature that enables it to dump any accumulated debris from its internal dustbin into an external dirt compartment on its charging dock. It has a wider array of other automation features too, as the i7+ stores a permanent map of its coverage area that enables you to set up virtual boundary lines or schedule cleaning jobs for specific rooms. The i7+ also has an onboard HEPA filter and delivers better performance on low and high-pile carpet. Conversely, the 692 incurs lower recurring costs and clears more debris on bare floors.

Roborock S7

The Roborock S7 is better than the iRobot Roomba 692. The Roborock has more sophisticated automation features, with a LIDAR mapping system that yields superior maneuverability and allows you to set up virtual boundary lines or schedule cleaning jobs for specific rooms.  The Roborock also has an allergen-trapping HEPA filter and a mopping attachment to deal with messes on bare floors, and it delivers better performance on all floor types. However, the iRobot does charge faster, though it has a shorter battery life than the Roborock.

eufy RoboVac 11S

The eufy RoboVac 11S is a more versatile all-around vacuum than the iRobot Roomba 692. The eufy has a bigger dirt compartment and significantly better performance on low and high-pile carpet, especially in regards to pet hair and small, fine debris. Meanwhile, the iRobot feels better-built, has a longer battery life and a shorter charging time, maneuvers more effectively, and does a better job of cleaning bare floors. It's also a little less demanding in terms of maintenance.

eufy RoboVac 30C

The iRobot Roomba 692 is a better fit for more use cases than the eufy RoboVac 30C. The iRobot is better-built, less demanding in terms of maintenance, incurs fewer recurring costs, charges substantially faster, and does a better job of cleaning bare floors and high-pile carpet. The iRobot's self-adjusting head also enables it to climb over obstructions like electrical cords more easily. Meanwhile, the eufy comes with a set of boundary markers that prevent the vacuum from entering certain areas. You can also use it without an internet connection thanks to the included remote control.

iRobot Roomba 614

The iRobot Roomba 692 is a better vacuum than the iRobot Roomba 614 for most uses. The 692 has a better performance on low-pile carpets, is much more effective on bare floors, and has significantly better automation features. Nevertheless, the 614 picks up more pet hair from high-pile carpets and has a carrying handle that makes it more portable.

iRobot Roomba S9

The iRobot Roomba S9 is a much better robot vacuum than the iRobot Roomba 692. The S9 feels better-built, has an allergen-trapping HEPA filter, is fitted with a bigger dustbin, lasts longer on a single charge, and clears more debris on bare floors as well as low and high-pile carpet. Its iAdapt 3.0 navigation system is far more advanced, resulting in better overall maneuverability and allowing you to set up virtual boundary lines or schedule cleaning jobs for specific rooms. However, the 692 does incur lower recurring costs.

iRobot Roomba E5

The iRobot Roomba E5 and iRobot Roomba 692 each have their own advantages, and one may suit you better than the other depending on your needs. The E5 is easier to maintain, comes equipped with an allergen-trapping HEPA filter, struggles much less with pet hair on all surface types, and cleans low and high-pile carpets more effectively. Conversely, the 692 has lower recurring costs, a slightly longer battery life, and does a much better job of dealing with bulky debris like cereal.

eufy RoboVac 15C

The iRobot Roomba 692 is better than the eufy RoboVac 15C. The iRobot feels better-built, incurs lower recurring costs, maneuvers itself more effectively, charges much faster while offering similar battery life, and performs better on bare floors. Meanwhile, the eufy cleans more debris on carpets and comes with a remote control for use without an internet connection.

eufy RoboVac G30 Edge

The iRobot Roomba 692 and the eufy RoboVac G30 Edge each have their own advantages, so you may prefer one over the other depending on your needs. The iRobot is better-built, incurs fewer recurring costs, has a larger dustbin, and struggles far less with bulky material, such as cereal, on bare floors. It also recharges a lot faster despite offering a similar max runtime to the eufy. Conversely, the eufy outperforms the iRobot on low-pile carpet and comes with a much wider suite of automation features, including a set of physical boundary strips that can be used to prevent the vacuum from entering certain areas.

iRobot Roomba i4

The iRobot Roomba i4 is a better robot vacuum for more use cases than the iRobot Roomba 692. The i4 recharges slightly faster, clears pet hair far more effectively on all surface types, and sucks up a greater amount of small and large debris like baking soda or sand. It also has a HEPA filter to trap allergens as it cleans. That said, the 692 incurs fewer recurring costs.

ILIFE A4s Pro

The iRobot Roomba 692 is a better overall vacuum than the ILIFE A4s Pro. The iRobot is better-built, easier to maintain, incurs fewer recurring costs, is more maneuverable, and performs better on bare floors. It also has longer battery life while taking much less time to recharge. That said, the ILIFE has a bigger dirt compartment and slightly better performance on low and high-pile carpet, especially in regards to pet hair and fine debris.

Shark ION Robot 2020

The iRobot Roomba 692 and Shark ION Robot 2020 each have advantages, so one may suit you better than the other depending on your needs. The iRobot is better-made, easier to maintain, incurs fewer recurring costs, and charges much faster. Both vacuums deliver good performance on bare floors, though the iRobot is also a little more maneuverable. That said, the Shark struggles much less on carpeted surfaces and clears significantly more pet hair. It also has longer overall battery life, not to mention a bigger dirt compartment.

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