Xiaomi Robot Vacuum vs iRobot Roomba: Comparison, & Which To Get



Xiaomi and iRobot both have different models in their robotic vacuum ranges.

We take an interest in them, because they have a capacity to help clean up low volumes of pet hair in the house as well as general mess of course.

We’ve put together a Xiaomi vs iRobot Roomba Comparison Guide outlining the differences and similarities of their more popular or latest models.

You should be able to get a quick idea of which one is best for you based on your needs.

Let’s take a closer look at them!


(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)


Xiaomi Robot Vacuum vs iRobot Roomba: Comparison, & Which To Get

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* Note – this is not the full range of robo vacs from each brand. It is a selection of what we think are the most popular, latest or better models


Xiaomi vs iRobot Roomba: Which To Get


The 2nd Generation model is the upgraded model over the 1st generation model.

It is a 2 in 1 vacuum and mop, whereas the 1st generation is a vacuum only.

The 2nd generation has slightly better suction, navigation and cleaning technology over the 1st generation.

So, assuming the price is suitable for you, the 2nd generation model is for you if you want an upgraded model.

iRobot Roomba

In terms of the Roombas, In general, the 800 and 900 series Roombas are 5x more powerful, and in some cases up to 10x more powerful than the 600 and 700 series Roombas.

The 690 is the most basic model of them all – being app connected, and able to be used on floor surfaces of all types.

The next step up is the 890 with up to 5x the suction power (of the 600 and 700 series’), and it also comes with a high efficiency filter and tangle free brush rollers.

The next step up is the 960 which has up to 15 minutes more run time (75 minutes max), ability to do multi room cleaning, ability to recharge itself automatically and resume cleaning, provides a clean map report of areas cleaned, and provides a level of custom cleaning preferences.

The 980 is the most advanced model with a run time of up to 120 minutes, up to 10x the suction power (of the 600 and 700 series’), and the ability to increase power on deep and plush carpet surfaces.

So, generally – power, run time, and additional cleaning settings and features are added as you progress through the models. The 960 and 980 also have slightly larger dust container capacities as well as newer technology.


The iRobot Roombas are a good option for a higher quality robo vac.

But, it’s worth looking at other robo vac models as well.

You might like to read this guide which outlines some of the other top robot vacuum models for pet hair and general cleaning, as well as pet hair vacuum buyer’s tips.


Xiaomi vs iRobot Roomba: Differences


  • The 2nd generation is a 2 in 1 vacuum and mop, whereas the 1st generation is a vacuum only
  • The 2nd generation has division area cleaning, whereas the 1st generation doesn’t
  • The 2nd generation has carpet turbo charging
  • The 2nd generation has anti collision flexible glue
  • The 2nd generation has LDS(ultra long distance) recharge mode, and the 1st generation has Identification code (static distance)
  • The 2nd generation has a Double compass electronic compass, whereas the 1st generation has a Single compass electronic compass
  • The 2nd generation has 2000pa max suction, whereas the 1st generation has 1800pa max suction
  • The 2nd generation has a Washable filter, whereas the 1st generation has a standard filter
  • The 2nd generation has 2cm climbing ability (over floor rises), whereas the 1st generation has 1.5cm climbing ability

iRobot Roomba

  • Price – obviously prices can change, but from cheapest the most expensive, it goes 690, 890, 960, 980
  • Power – using the 690 as a base mark, the 890 and 960 have up to 5x more suction power, and the 980 up to 10x more suction power
  • Run Time – the 690 and 890 have up to 1 hour runtime, the 960 75 mins and the 980 120 minutes
  • Dirt Container Capacity – the 690 has a 0.6 liter capacity container, the 890 has a 0.62 liter capacity container, both have a .82 liter capacity container
  • High Efficiency Filters – the 690, 960 and 980 are the only vacs with higher efficiency filters for catching more dust/allergens
  • Tangle Free Rollers – the 690, 960 and 980 are the only vacs with Tangle Free brushes as opposed to the standard brushes
  • The 690 and 890 have iAdapt 1.0 Navigation
  • The 960 and 980 have iAdapt 2.0 Navigation + Visual Navigation for entire level coverage (the vac remembers different room patterns on one level of your house)
  • Multi-Room Cleaning – the 960 and 980 are the only vacs that have the ability to remember different rooms on one level of the house and clean them accordingly
  • Recharge and Resume – the 960 and 980 are the only vacs that have the ability to recharge, and then resume cleaning automatically until the cleaning is done
  • Clean Map Reports – the 960 and 980 are the only vacs that show reports on your app of what areas they have cleaned, number of passes and more cleaning related info
  • Custom Cleaning Preferences – the 960 and 980 are the only vacs that have custom cleaning preferences to choose from such as power settings, number of cleaning passes and more
  • Dual Mode Wall Barriers – all come with 1 x Dual Mode Wall Barriers, except the 980 which comes with 2 wall barriers
  • Deep Carpet Cleaning – the 980 is the only vac that automatically increases it’s power on thicker and deeper carpets


Xiaomi vs iRobot Roomba: Similarities

  • Each are robotic vacuums
  • Each automatically clean your house 
  • Each can be controlled remotely
  • Each can be used for all floor surfaces – carpet, and hard floors 
  • Each have a main sweeping brush
  • Each have an edge sweeping brush which sweeps debris away from edges and corners
  • Each have different cleaning modes
  • Each have cliff and object cleaning sensors
  • Each have rechargeable batteries
  • Each automatically re-dock and re-charge
  • Each use dust containers for cleaning debris
  • Each have dust filters
  • Each come with warranties


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