An isometric illustration of Roomba 677.

Roomba 677 Review – How Does this Budget Vacuum Hold Up?

When you talk about vacuum robots, the iRobot’s Roomba vacuum robots are always included in the list. iRobot Roomba vacuum robots are among the best in the market and people know that. This brand has always been on top of the game and they offer different types of vacuum robots–from entry level models to more advanced units. The iRobot Roomba 677 is an entry level vacuum robot,  perfect for small to medium-sized houses.

The Roomba 677 is one of the units from the Roomba 600 Series. It is an affordable vacuum robot that’s equipped with smart features. It uses the same 3-stage cleaning system of more advanced Roomba units and it has wireless connection. It cleans dirt, dust, and hair on hardwoods, carpets, rugs, tiles, and linoleum. It also supports smart home integration via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

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Design and Dimensions

All the Roomba units are round and look like a big cd player and the Roomba 677 is not an exception. It has a round, black body with a touch of greyish silver on top of the device. It does not have complicated control buttons. A big CLEAN button, which serves as the power button,  is located on the center of the device along with  Spot and Dock buttons. The iRobot logo is also located on the bottom part of the device. This vacuum robot does not have any fancy design. It does not even have an LED/LCD display.

The Roomba 677 is 3.6 inches tall and weighs 6.77 lbs.

Performance and Technology

The Roomba 677 has  a 3-stage cleaning system. It has a duo brush design and a vacuum suction to loosen, lift, and draw dust, dirt, and hair from your hardwood, tile, linoleum, or carpet flooring. Aside from the vacuum suction it uses Dual Multi-Surface Brushes that grab dust, dirt, and large debris, and Edge-Sweeping Brush that sweeps the debris away from edges and corners. The Roomba 677 also has an AeroVac filter to collect fine dust and debris that the brushes and vacuum can’t filter.

While the Roomba 677 has very impressive cleaning ability, it does not stop there. It is also fitted with state-of-the-art technologies that more expensive Roomba units use. To thoroughly clean the area the device uses iRobot’s patented Dirt Detect Technology, which detects which areas are dirty and cleans that area thoroughly by going back and forth until it is dirt free. You also do not have to worry about your device falling down the stairs or bumping to a wall because it has iAdapt Technology that prevents it from falling or bumping by using sensors. Cords and tassels are also recognized by those sensors so the vacuum suction of the Roomba 677 won’t suck them.

The Roomba 677 also has a technology called the Virtual Wall Barrier that creates an invisible barrier that the device won’t cross making it easy for you to control the device to a particular area.

Power

The Roomba 677 can run up to 90 minutes or 1 hour and 30 minutes; and uses lithium ion batteries, the same batteries that other Roomba units from the 600 Series use.  This vacuum robot also automatically docks and recharges itself when the battery is low and it would take 2 to 3 hours before it gets fully charged. The battery life of Roomba 677 is better compared with expensive Roomba units that use  nickel-metal hydride batteries because they run out of power faster.

Navigation and Connectivity

Expensive Roomba units use smart navigation and have Imprint Smart Mapping Technology, a technology that allows the device to remember the layout of your home. Some even have cameras that map your home. The Roomba 677, apparently, does not have smart navigation and uses random navigation instead which means that it  pinballs randomly as it cleans.

The Roomba 677 does not use smart navigation but at least it supports wireless connectivity which is a really big deal. Having WiFi connectivity allows the device to connect to the iRobot Home App which will allow you to schedule and monitor cleaning sessions. Your device will also be able to recognize voice commands via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. The WiFi access allows more hands-free control since the Roomba 677 does not have a remote control accessory.

Features

Roomba 677
3-Stage Cleaning Yes
Brushes Dual Multi-Surface Brushes, Edge-Sweeping Brush
Vacuum Suction Yes
Multi-Surface Cleaning with Auto-Adjust Cleaning Head Yes
Automatically recharges itself Yes
Automatically resumes cleaning No
iAdapt Navigation with full suite of sensors Yes
Dirt Detect Technology Yes
Virtual Wall Technology Yes
Filter AeroVac filter
Scheduling Yes
Wireless Connectivity Yes
Remote Control Accessory No
Smart Home Integration Yes
Intelligent Navigation  Yes
Multi-Surface Rubber Brushes No
Entire Level Cleaning No
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Alternatives

Roborock E4 Robot Vacuum

The Roborock E4 Robot Vacuum is a good alternative for the Roomba 677. It uses intelligent navigation and has a Z-shaped route compared to the Roomba 677’s random navigation. It also has a large dustbin and is WiFi-enabled which means you can set schedules for cleaning sessions, monitor the device through the Mi Home App, and recognizes voice commands through Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. However, it does not have the Dirt Detect Technology and the iAdapt Technology that the Roomba 677 have.

Trifo Max Robot Vacuum Cleaner

This vacuum robot is more expensive than the Roomba 677 and is more advanced in terms of smart features. It has a Real-Time Video Surveillance and a Smart Home Navigation System that the Roomba 677 does  not have. It also recognizes voice commands using Amazon Alexa. But just like the Roborock E4 Robot Vacuum, the Trifo Max Robot is not equipped with technologies that the Roomba 677 has. It does not have Dirt Detect Technology and iAdapt Technology.

Yeedi K700 Robot Vacuum and Mop Cleaner

The Yeedi K700 Robot Vacuum is very different from the Roomba 677. Although they are vacuum robots, the Yeedi K700 has a Smart Sterilization System and a mop while the Roomba 677 does not. It also has three layers of air filters that block 99% of allergens compared to the AeroVac filter of the Roomba 677. The Yeedi K700 has a glass cover which is scratch resistant as well.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Q. Can the Roomba 677 mop the floor?

A. No, the Roomba 677 only has a vacuum feature.

Q. Is the Roomba 677 compatible with Amazon Alexa?

A. Yes, the Roomba 677 is compatible with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

Q. How long is the running time of the Roomba 677?

A. The Roomba 677 can run up to 90 minutes or 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Q. Does it have WiFi?

A. Yes, the Roomba 677 is WiFi-enabled.

Q. How do I schedule cleaning sessions?

A. You may schedule cleaning sessions through the iRobot Home App.

Q. Does it have a Virtual Wall?

A. Yes,  the Roomba 677 has a Virtual Wall.

Q. Will the Roomba 677 still work even without WiFi?

A. Yes, you can still use the Roomba 677 even without WiFi. You may use the control buttons on the device itself to operate it.

Q. Does it have smart navigation?

A. No, the Roomba 677 use random navigation and pinballs randomly around the room as it cleans.

Q. Does it automatically return to its base to charge?

A. Yes, the Roomba 677 automatically docks and recharges itself when the battery is low.

Q. Will the Roomba i7 Clean Base work on the Roomba 677?

A. No, the Roomba i7 Clean Base will only work for both the Roomba i7 and Roomba i7+.

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What I like about the Roomba 677

  • Cleans everywhere, even under the furniture.
  • Effectively cleans pet hair.
  • Patented 3-stage cleaning system: loosens, lifts, and suctions.
  • Has duo brush design: Edge-Sweeping brush and Dual Multi-Surface Brushes.
  • Uses vacuum suction.
  • iAdapt technology to keep the device from falling off the stairs.
  • Equipped with Dirt Detect technology.
  • Has lithium ion batteries that can run up to 90 minutes.
  • Supports WiFi connectivity.
  • You can use the iRobot Home App to schedule and monitor cleaning sessions.
  • Compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
  • Has anti-tangle sensors.

What I don’t like about the Roomba 677

  • Does not have a HEPA filter.
  • Does not come with a remote control.
  • Does not have Smart Navigation.
  • Does not have a mop feature.
  • Has a small bin.
  • It’s loud.
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Verdict

The Roomba 677 is a good vacuum robot to start with especially if you are looking for a budget-friendly vacuum robot. It is an entry level vacuum robot that is ideal for small to medium-sized houses. This vacuum robot is equipped with smart features like the Dirt Detect technology and the iAdapt technology. It also has a Virtual Wall technology.

Its cleaning abilities are also top-notch because it uses a unique 3-stage cleaning system. It has Dual Multi-Surface Brushes, Edge-Sweeping Brush, and a vacuum suction. Aside from that, it also has an AeroVac filter. It would be better if iRobot used a HEPA filter but I guess for its price, the AeroVac filter is okay and is decent enough. I also wish that there was a remote control accessory for the device but at least it has WiFi connectivity that lets you schedule and monitor cleaning sessions.

Having a Roomba 677 at home feels like having a housekeeper. It helps you clean the house and helps you do other tasks without thinking about doing the cleaning. The device looks very sturdy and it has good battery life as well. If you want more advanced features you should probably check out other more expensive Roomba units but overall, the Roomba 677 is a great device and I would highly recommend it to people looking for a cheap Roomba.

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