iRobot Roomba 692 Vacuum Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Jan 13, 2021 at 09:51 am
iRobot Roomba 692 Picture
7.2
Bare Floor
5.0
Low-Pile Carpet
5.8
High-Pile Carpet
3.2
Pets
5.9
Stairs
5.4
Cars
Vacuum Type
Robot
Bagless
Yes
Cordless
Yes
Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
No

The iRobot Roomba 692 is a budget-priced robot vacuum. It's well-built, decently maneuverable, and does a good job of cleaning bare floors. It also has fairly long battery life. Unfortunately, it struggles to effectively clean debris from carpeted surfaces, especially small, fine material like baking soda. Pet hair also tends to get stuck in its brushrolls instead of being sucked up.

Our Verdict

7.2 Bare Floor

The iRobot Roomba 692 is decent for bare floors. It's quite well-made and feels fairly premium. While pet hair can get caught in its brushrolls, it does a good job of sucking up bulky and small debris, like cereal or rice. Unfortunately, many parts require routine maintenance, and recurring costs are quite high.

Pros
  • Impressive build quality.
  • Good overall performance on bare floors.
  • Outstanding battery life.
Cons
  • Pet hair gets caught in its brushroll.
  • High recurring costs.
  • Demanding maintenance requirements.
5.0 Low-Pile Carpet

The iRobot Roomba 692 is a poor option for low-pile carpet. It struggles to clean fine debris like baking soda from this surface, and pet hair gets caught in its brushrolls and pushed around instead of being sucked up. It picks up a fair amount of larger material like sand, though. While it's quite well-built, it's demanding in terms of maintenance and has many parts that need to be periodically replaced.

Pros
  • Impressive build quality.
  • Outstanding battery life.
Cons
  • Pet hair gets caught in its brushroll.
  • Struggles with fine debris on carpeted surfaces.
  • High recurring costs.
  • Demanding maintenance requirements.
5.8 High-Pile Carpet

The iRobot Roomba 692 is disappointing on high-pile carpet. It does an adequate job of sucking up large, sand-like debris, but struggles quite a bit with fine material such as baking soda. Pet hair also gets stuck in its brushrolls. Thankfully, it maneuvers decently well and has fantastic overall battery life.

Pros
  • Impressive build quality.
  • Outstanding battery life.
Cons
  • Pet hair gets caught in its brushroll.
  • Struggles with fine debris on carpeted surfaces.
  • High recurring costs.
  • Demanding maintenance requirements.
3.2 Pets

The iRobot Roomba 692 is terrible for cleaning up pet hair. Pet hair frequently gets stuck in its brushrolls instead of being sucked up, regardless of surface type, and it isn't equipped with a HEPA filter to trap allergens as it cleans. While it feels quite premium, it has many parts that need to be regularly serviced or replaced.

Pros
  • Impressive build quality.
Cons
  • Pet hair gets caught in its brushroll.
  • High recurring costs.
  • Demanding maintenance requirements.
  • No HEPA filter.
5.9 Stairs

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

5.4 Cars

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

  • 7.2 Bare Floor
  • 5.0 Low-Pile Carpet
  • 5.8 High-Pile Carpet
  • 3.2 Pets
  • 5.9 Stairs
  • 5.4 Cars

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. It looks and feels quite premium overall, and while its matte plastic dustbin feels a little flimsy, this component still feels sturdier than the dustbins of comparable robot vacuums, such as 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.

5.0
Design
User Maintenance

The iRobot Roomba 692 is a little tricky to maintain, as many parts require routine maintenance. Thankfully, they're easy to access.

  • Dustbin: The dustbin can be removed by pressing the release button. You should empty it over a trash bin after every use.
  • Brushrolls: The bristle and beater brushrolls can be accessed by removing the brushroll compartment door. The brushes and their bearings should be cleaned once or twice a week, depending on whether or not you have pets.
  • Filter: The filter is located inside the dustbin and can be pulled 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. 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, you may find it easier to use a tool to gain a little more leverage. It should be cleaned every two weeks. Also, make sure to remove any stuck-on debris from its socket to allow it to spin freely.
  • Sensors/Charging pads: The sensors and charging pads on the vacuum and dock station should be wiped down 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 has high recurring costs.

  • Filter: The filter should be replaced every two months.
  • Brushrolls: The brushrolls should be replaced every six to 12 months.
  • Front wheel: The front wheel should be replaced every 12 months.

All of these components can be purchased individually or together 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/Management
Not Needed
On-Board Tool Storage
Not needed
Vacuum Rack/Station
Yes

The iRobot Roomba 692 has superb storing capabilities. It has a compact body and comes with a charging station that takes up very little room.

6.1
Design
Dirt Compartment
Dirt Compartment Volume
0.09 gal (0.35 L)
Full Dirt Compartment Indicator
No
Bag Included
No Bag Needed

The iRobot Roomba 692 has a passably spacious dirt compartment. It has a larger capacity than the one found in the iRobot Roomba 675 but still doesn't have a max fill sensor to let you know once it's full.

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

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.

7.9
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 it doesn't have a carrying handle to help make moving it from room to room an easier process.

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. It provides just under two hours of continuous runtime, though that can vary under real-world circumstances. You can keep an eye on its current charge level through its companion app. The battery indicator light on top of the vacuum should also 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 an 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
Surface Type Adjustment
Automatic

The iRobot Roomba 692 has a couple of quality of life features. Its cleaning head changes 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 also can detect areas with higher concentrations of dirt and cleans 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

This is a robot vacuum with no alternative configurations.

Performance
7.7
Performance
Bare Floor (Hardwood, Laminate, Tiles)
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
21%
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
97%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
79%
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
Setting Used "Clean"

The iRobot Roomba 692 has good performance on bare floors. While it struggles with pet hair, which can get caught in its brushrolls, it clears small debris like rice as well as bulkier material such as cereal without too much difficulty. That said, its performance in regards to sucking up larger debris can decrease noticeably if its dustbin fills up.

3.6
Performance
Low-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
19%
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
71%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
77%
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)
4%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
6%
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
Setting Used "Clean"

The iRobot Roomba 692 performs badly on low-pile carpet. It clears a fair amount of larger sand-like debris but picks up very little fine material like baking soda. Pet hair can get caught in its brushrolls, too.

5.4
Performance
High-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
25%
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
50%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
49%
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)
12%
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
Setting Used "Clean"

The iRobot Roomba 692's performance on high-pile carpet is disappointing. Similar to its performance on low-pile carpet, it can suck up a reasonable amount of coarse, sand-like debris, though it may take an extra pass to clear it all. Unfortunately, it has a hard time with pet hair, which can get caught in its brushrolls, and finer material like baking soda. If you're looking for a comparable vacuum with a better performance on high-pile carpets, take a look at the Yeedi K650.

7.0
Performance
Maneuverability
Under The Couch
Good
Under Low Table
Good
On Furniture
Not Possible
Rug With Tassel
Ok
Electric Cord
Ok

This vacuum has decent maneuverability. While it uses random instead of smart pathing to plot routes, it still has good overall coverage, though it can have some issues cleaning around obstacles. Its automatically height-adjusting head helps it 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 shouldn't get stuck on low-lying obstructions like electrical cords, though it can push and drag them around.

Automation
6.7
Automation
Automation (Robot Vacuum)
Remote Controller
Yes (App only)
Automatic Bag Emptying
No
Automatic Recharging
Yes
Schedule Programming
Yes
Boundary Markers
No
Random Pathing
Yes
Smart Pathing
No
App Name
iRobot HOME

The iRobot Roomba 692 has an okay range of automation features. Its iRobot Home companion app lets you check cleaning history, scheduled cleaning times, battery life, and 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. You can't create virtual boundary markers through the app, but physical boundary markers can be purchased from the manufacturer, which can be used 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.

This vacuum 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.

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 so we can update our review.

Compared To Other Vacuums

The iRobot Roomba 692 is a simple robot vacuum. It looks and feels quite premium and does a good overall job on bare floors. That said, it has poor performance on carpeted surfaces and really struggles with pet hair. Also, like many robot vacuums, it has high recurring costs and is fairly demanding in terms of maintenance. If you're considering an alternative, 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 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 type, 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 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.

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.

iRobot Roomba 694

The iRobot Roomba 694 is a better vacuum than the iRobot Roomba 692. Although they share a lot of the same features, the 694 has a better cleaning performance on all surface types. It can especially pick up pet hair more easily, while the 692 struggles to clean pet hair on bare floors and low and high-pile carpet. The 694's battery also lasts slightly longer, which is nice.

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 i3+

The iRobot Roomba i3+ 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 is equipped with an allergen-trapping HEPA filter. Nevertheless, the 692 has a longer battery life and fewer recurring costs since it doesn't use a dirtbag.

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 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. Meanwhile, the 692 incurs fewer recurring costs.

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. 

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 floor. 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 enetering certain areas.

Shark ION Robot 2020

The iRobot Roomba 692 and Shark ION Robot 2020 each have their own 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.

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.

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