Vacuum Cleaner Reviews and Recommendations

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Information given here are personal opinions and they can vary - what is good for someone, don't have to be good at all for somebody else. Therefore, please read these reviews and recommendations having in mind your own personal needs and preferences and find out which vacuum cleaner is right for you.

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You can’t compare robot vacuums adequately without including an iRobot Roomba 690 review.

When iRobot’s Roomba robot vacuums transformed our idea of what a vacuum cleaner was back in 2002, they were one of the only kids on the block making affordable consumer robovacs. While they weren’t the first to market a robotic vacuum cleaner, iRobot was the first to make robot vacuums exciting and “sexy.”

Since then, Roomba has continued to dominate the robovac market. While it has some stiff competition from Eufy and Neato Robotics, iRobot still has the edge with its Roomba brand name.

The question then becomes, is iRobot just leveraging its brand name for sales, without putting efforts into making quality products that work for consumers? Or, are they (like some charge with Dyson), using their past glory to promote current mediocre products? In this review, we will discuss the Roomba 690. For comparison of all the previous Roomba iRobot models, see this post.

iRobot Roomba 690 Review of Features

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When putting together an iRobot Roomba 690 review, you have to look at a number of different variables, from price to power to reliability. Fortunately, the Roomba 690 vacuum cleaner provides an excellent value for what you get.

1. Value: The Roomba 609 is a Great Value

First, you should be aware (if you are new to the world of robot vacuums) that all robot vacuums, at least the good ones, are generally much more expensive than traditional vacuum cleaners.

High-end robot vacuums can run about $1,000.

This may seem a lot if you are used to picking up a cheap upright vacuum cleaner at Walmart for $50.

As with anything, generally speaking, the more money you spend, the more features you get. This is especially true of technological items such as automobiles and home appliances that tend to start with very basic versions that offer minimal functionality on the low end, then get more pricey as more features are added, all the way up to super high-end models that use the latest in gee-whiz technology along with all sorts of bells and whistles.

This is what makes the Roomba 690 robot vacuum so great. It is Roomba’s entry-level self-propelled vacuum, yet it has a lot of features that you would normally find on a high-end robot vacuum.

We will get to those features in a moment, but for now, just realize that at an MSRP (manufacturer’s suggested retail price) of $374.99, the Roomba 690 robovac is one of the most affordable robot vacuums.

For a truly entry-level vacuum cleaner that is more than $100 cheaper, you can try the Eufy RoboVac 11. But, as you will see, the Roomba 690 has more features.

2. Wi-Fi Connectivity

The future of robot vacuums is Wi-Fi connectivity, so you can control your robovac with your smartphone or tablet. It is actually somewhat surprising that in 2018, all new robot vacuums don’t come with this feature...but the fact is, they do not.

While you can expect Wi-Fi connectivity to be a standard feature for all new robovacs soon, for now, it is still a great add-on. Once you have it, you will not want to live without it.

Not only can the Roomba 690 connect with your smartphone app, it can also be controlled by Amazon’s Alexa with voice commands.

3. Dual-Mode Virtual Wall Beacon

Since a robot vacuum runs by itself, you need to set limits if you don’t want the vacuum cleaner to enter certain rooms or areas. Sometimes this can be done with a simple rubber bumper, but manipulating and moving a manual barrier can be a bit of a pain in the rear end.

The Roomba 690 has a great solution: a “virtual wall.” This is a small tower that runs on two AA batteries. It has two modes. When the tower is slid into the “up” position, it creates a 10-foot digital barrier that the Roomba will not pass. If you slide the tower down into the “down” position, it creates a “halo” barrier. This is a circular barrier with a diameter of four-feet and can be used to keep the Roomba away from items like pet’s water bowls.

4. Strong Battery Life

While it may not be the longest lasting battery on a robovac, the Roomba 690 is capable of running for 70 minutes, which can get a significant amount of cleaning done. The much more expensive Dyson 360 eye barely lasts 45 minutes on one battery charge.

The Roomba 690: Great Value for the Money

The bottom line in this Roomba 690 review is that the Roomba 690 offers great value for the money. For an entry-level robotic vacuum cleaner, it offers features you would usually find on more expensive models. These features include the ability to run the Roomba from your smartphone app, and an advanced virtual wall beacon. It is a really great machine for an affordable price.


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When you’re looking for a new vacuum cleaner, it’s important to read reviews to find the best options. You’re probably familiar with a lot of brands, like Hoover, Dyson, Bissell, and Black and Decker. You’ve used some of those brands, maybe even for years. We’ve got a series of vacuums we think you should consider, from one of those well-trusted brands: the Dyson V6.

A History of Dyson

In 1987, James Dyson founded Dyson Limited. Previously, he had noticed a problem with vacuum cleaners. They used messy bags that often impeded the suction function of the vacuum cleaners. Dissatisfied, the man looked for inspiration and a solution. He found this at a local sawmill, as he watched the sawdust removal system. This system removed the sawdust from the mill’s air through large, industrial cyclonic system.

This kind of technology had never been applied to vacuum cleaners before, but Dyson saw its use, tried it out at home by jerry-rigging together a cardboard cyclone, and found this simple fix far more productive than the typical bags in vacuum cleaners.

Dyson found little success with his technology to begin with, but as the years passed, his ideas were proven viable. And now, Dyson is one of the most well-known vacuum cleaner manufacturers in the world.

The Dyson V6 Series

One of our favorite vacuum series is the Dyson V6. The V6 is basically an updated version of the Dyson DC59 Animal. It’s a lower cost version, with fewer attachments, but most people say they’d rather have this new version, even with the fewer attachments.

Since the Dyson V6 series works beautifully, we’re good with the changes. We’ll take a look at four of our favorite V6 models, and give you the what’s what on each of them.

The Dyson V6 Absolute

This slim stick vacuum comes in the bright, almost heroic colors of red, blue and silver. It’s got two different heads, which feed that name, the Absolute. The two heads included are the soft roller, which is designed for hard surfaces like wood and linoleum, and the direct drive cleaner that goes after the carpet.

The awesome thing about the Dyson V6 Absolute is not only does it function like a stick vacuum, allowing you to suck up dirt and debris from carpet and wood, but it converts into a handheld for hard to reach places like corners, stairs, and behind furniture. It’s perfect for cleaning any surface, and we really mean that. Ceilings, walls, and drapes are as easy to clean as the floor.

The Dyson V6 Slim

This model is perfect for the smaller home, whether you’re in an apartment or small house. Its cordless feature makes it easier to maneuver in small spaces with fewer tripping hazards. Its shape and design make it easier for getting into those awkward places that only small homes have. It holds charge for about fifteen to twenty minutes, which is perfect for a small home.

The Dyson V6 HEPA

We love this model in particular. It’s got all the features of the other V6 models, but it’s got the added bonus of a HEPA filtration system. If you’ve got allergies or pets, the HEPA model is the way to go. Bonus, the filter is a lifetime filter that’s washable. Saving money is always good.

The Dyson V6 Animal

The Dyson V6 Animal is perfect for cleaning up messes left by your fur babies. Cat hair and dog hair are no challenge for the lightweight V6 Animal. Some customers have claimed that they’ve never had a better vacuum, and others rave about its power and its ability to keep the charge over a hefty length of time. For a cordless vacuum, that’s some pretty high praise.

The Dyson V6 Fluffy

The Dyson V6 Fluffy is especially great for hardwood, tile, and linoleum surfaces. It works on carpets, too, of course. But customers rate it most highly for use with hard surfaces when they’ve got pets that shed everywhere. Brooms just don’t do it, but the Fluffy does. It’s easy to clean, easy to empty, and because it’s light-weight, it’s easy to move around the house for getting those tough spots in the kitchen corners, bathrooms, and even the attic.

So, whether you’ve got a lot of drapes to clean, live in a small apartment, need a cordless vacuum for the car, or just like the convenience of a compact vacuum cleaner, the Dyson V6 series is worth considering as you shop for a new vacuum cleaner. The V6 series has several different models including the Animal and the Fluffy, which are both especially good for homes with pets. The V6 Slim is great for small homes, and the Dyson V6 HEPA is perfect for the family with allergies. Whichever model you go with, you’ll find a great clean for a minimal effort.

dyson v6 v7 v8 comparison mDyson vacuums V6, V7 and V8 share same design philosophy, but they also differ in many important details, including operating time, suction power, size, available cleaning attachments etc.

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Date: November 17, 2017.

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Date: November 14, 2017.

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Date: November 08, 2017.

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Date: November 07, 2017.

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Date: November 02, 2017.

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Date: October 31, 2017.

bissell 38b1 3 in 1 mBissell 38B1 3-in-1 Corded Lightweight Stick Vacuum is simple and affordable convertible vacuum cleaner. It can be used as floor vacuum, handheld vacuum and as multi-purpose vacuum cleaner. Lightweight design enables the unit to be easily carried around, while good suction helps the unit to be used as the second home vacuum cleaner at larger homes and apartments for emergencies and quick cleanups.

Date: October 30, 2017.

hoover uh71250 mHoover UH71250 WindTunnel 2 Whole House Rewind Bagless Upright Vacuum is affordable, corded, bagless, upright vacuum cleaner, suitable for cleaning whole house or apartment - hence the name. It combines convenient upright vacuum design and additional extension hose with several cleaning attachments, making it suitable for cleaning both various types of floors and elevated surfaces.

Date: October 23, 2017.

shark flex hv391 mshark flex hv391 m2SharkFLEX DuoClean Corded Ultra-Light Upright Vacuum is convertible, lightweight, bagless upright/handheld vacuum cleaner, with novel wand design and DuoClean cleaner head. Models HV390, HV391 and HV392 are basically the same vacuum cleaner, differing only in available attachments. These units can be used as the main vacuum cleaner in smaller (and not just smaller) homes and apartments.

Date: October 20. 2017.

electrolux el4021a mElectrolux EL4021A Black Silent Performer Cyclonic Bagless Canister Vacuum is compact, but powerful canister bagless vacuum cleaner. It comes with two floor cleaning heads, 3-in-1 cleaning attachment, very good air filtration and few more features making it very interesting choice for people who prefer low-maintenance, easy-to-use canister vacuums.

Date: October 16, 2017.

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Date: October 14, 2017.

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Date: October 13, 2017.

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