The iRobot Roomba 980 is the latest Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner whereas the 650 is old but a good selling model.
If you are deciding between these 2 robots, the info below might help you buy the right one that fits your needs.
Here are some key differences between iRobot Roomba 980 and Roomba 650.
Price – The Roomba 980 is much more expensive than the 650.
This is one of the major things you should consider while comparing these 2 Roomba models.
The 980 is near $900 whereas the Roomba 650 is a bit over $300 on some online shopping malls at this moment (2017-03-25).
As you can see, the fact is that the 980 is too expensive for many people, with a price tag of almost $900.
If you are in a tight budget, the 650 is a better choice.
This is a big difference between them.
The iRobot Roomba 650 uses a random cleaning pattern whereas the 980 cleans in a systematic way.
When cleaning in a random pattern, the Roomba might miss some spots, and meantime spend too much time vacuum some other spots. With the systematic method, the 980 can vacuum more efficiently.
Mapping, Navigation and Resume Cleaning
The 980 can resume cleaning and clean an entire level of your home.
The 650 features iAdapt Navigation that utilize sensors to navigate and adapt to your changing home.
Whereas the 980 features iAdapt 2.0 Navigation and Visual Localization, with new sensors and a camera, the 980 can continually build and update its map of the cleaning enireonment, and clean an entire level of your home.
When short of battery, the 980 automatically docks and recharges, and it knows where it cleaned and where it has not cleaned, after recharging, it resume cleaning. Whereas the 650 only automatically docks and recharges. It does not continue cleaning the places it did not vacuum.
The 980 supports Multi-Room Navigation while the 650 does not.
If you have large house, then the 980 fits your needs. If you just need one to clean small room, then the 650 is enough.
Main Brush System
Both of the 980 and 650 have 2 counter rotating beaters, however, the beaters are different. The 650 uses 1 bristle brush and 1 rubber brush while the 980 uses 2 brushless extractors. The brusless extractors does reduce hair tangles and brush maintenance.
Suction Power and Carpet Boost
The 980 uses a more powerful motor which provides greater suction power. It has a Carpet Boost function which automatically increase the suction power while vacuuming carpet and rugs, the 650 does not have this Carpet Boost.
The 980 supports the iRobot Home App.
Wi-Fi enabled, the iRobot Home App lets you control the Roomba 980 via your smart phone anytime, from anywhere. Whereas the 650 does not compatible with the Home App.
The 650 uses 3000mah NiMH battery whereas the 980 uses 3300mah lithium ion battery.
The 650 comes with a 110V Home Base while the 980 comes with the 100-240V/50HZ-60HZ Integrated Home Base.
The 650 uses AeroVac Filters whereas the 980 uses AeroForce High-Efficiency Filter which claimed to be able to capture 99% of allergens, pollen, and particles as small as 10 microns.
The 650 is smaller and lighter.
The 650 weighs 7.9 lbs versus 8.7 lbs on the 980.
The 650 has a diameter of 13.39 inches whereas the 980 diameter is 13.8 inches.
Full Bin Indicator
The 980 has a Full Bin Indicator that the 650 does not feature.
Overall, if you have small spaces or are in a budget, then you’d better buy Roomba 650. Otherwise, go with the 980.