If you are going to survey pet owners what are the hardest jobs for them to do, then pet hair handling should be at the top of the list.
As this blogger pointed out, even with the regular brushing of pet hair it is still ubiquitous in his home.
Everything on the floor, on the couch, everywhere.
The worst part is getting pet hair all over his suit.
Vacuuming is a lot when you have pets in the house, not only on the upholstery but on the floors as well.
While you can’t vacuum upholstery, there is one tool that can help you deal with pet hair on floors.
Let me introduce you to the Roomba Pet Series robotic vacuum cleaner designed for pets
Unlike a regular Roomba broom, this broom has a larger dirt container. According to Tim Hornyak of Cnet, the Pet Series has a container three and a half times larger than the regular Roomba.
Unfortunately, iRobot has discontinued both the 655 and 595 models. The Roomba 650 is very close to this alternative in terms of features and will work just as well.
If you can’t afford the top of the line Roomba 980, 880, or even 780, this is a viable and cheaper alternative that still does the job but there are some limitations you have to live with.
Quick look at the features
- Equipped with “Aerovac” technology that helps it catch pet hair from carpets and exposed floors
- It has a three-stage cleaning system that starts with a side brush, two counterspin brushes, and a convenient vacuum cleaner that pulls all the debris into the trash
- The 655 comes with NiCad XLife software that will last 2 times (in terms of charge and discharge cycles) compared to the Roomba 650
- Equipped with a brush with stiffer bristles designed to capture pet hair better
- It has a larger enclosure (I mentioned earlier that Tim Hornyak from Cnet says it was three and a half times larger)
- Has automatic scheduling (up to 7 times a week or once a day)
- You will not fall off stairs thanks to the cliff detection sensors
- 1 year warranty on the robot and 6 months on the battery (largely standard on all Roomba products)
- It is intended to clean pet hair from carpets and bare floors
- Has a large container (at least for Roomba 655)
- The XLife battery lasts twice as long as the Roomba 650 or earlier
- You can program it to clean your house by itself once a day, 7 days a week
- A cheaper option than the Roomba 780, 880 and 980 if you’re just looking for a pet hair cleaner without the bells and whistles
- Old Roombas like this use a random cleaning pattern which means it will take longer to clean the room
- Very annoying
- A bristle brush requires a lot of maintenance
- Won’t work on high pile carpet
What do you expect from this pet hair sniffing robot?
Pet owners, iRobot backs you up with these two variables. Models 655 and 595 come with stiffer mats designed for better movement on carpets.
The Model 655 according to a CNet review has a larger container than other Roomba vacuums (at least earlier models).
Being more specific is 3-1/2 times bigger. Now, I’m not sure if it’s larger than the current variants like the 700 series, 880 or 980 but when you compare it to the older 500 series, it has a larger enclosure.
This translates to greater cleaning capacity and less time emptying the dirt bin.
If you’re buying from Amazon, the 655 will come with one virtual wall, one bristle brush, one mop brush, one side brush, and two Type C batteries (for the virtual wall).
The 595 also comes with the same accessories as the 655, with only one virtual wall which explains why it’s more expensive.
This is what you get out of the box…
The video also shows how well it cleans on carpets and wood floors. You will also see how he navigates in a small part of the house.
Roomba 595 vs 655 – What are the differences?
Under the hood, both machines have the same engine, the same cleaning brush (a combination of mop-type and bristle brush), and they have the same navigation system.
The first difference between them is the battery.
According to product-reviews.net, the 595 comes with the yellow Advanced Power System battery that, when compared to the Xlife 655’s long-life battery – will last longer.
The 595 doesn’t have the carrying handle that the 655 has. Although the 595 is more expensive (ie on Amazon), it does come with more accessories that include two virtual walls (655 comes with only one).
All older versions of Roomba pretty much use a random pattern when cleaning. It basically looks like this…
While it generally works, it seems to be missing a few places here and there. When compared to the Neato’s cleaning style, it is less efficient and will take longer to clean the room.
Because of the robot’s shape (which is round) it will have a more difficult time cleaning along the edges of walls but in terms of picking up debris it will do the job well.
Here’s how to navigate a relatively small room…
Note that the homeowner did a good job removing any stray wires and rugs, which made the cleaning process more efficient.
One of the most difficult areas to clean, even with a vacuum cleaner like the Dyson wand, is under the furniture. Look how low the clearance was, and the Roomba was able to go all the way down and pick up dirt and debris.
595 interval navigation…
These two robots will have no problem cleaning exposed surfaces such as tiles or hardwood floors. The biggest problem is its impact on this surface.
A coarse brush worries me a bit because it’s stiffer and there is a risk of scratching hard floors.
If you scratch hardwood easily, you may want to choose the less bristled version of the Roomba such as the 880 or the 980.
These are more expensive but have bristle-free whisker bars that will save you money in terms of not having to polish, repair or replace damaged hardwood.
This is where a stiffer brush will do its job. Since it is stiffer, it will be able to provide more excitement compared to the bristle-free version but at a cost of maintenance.
A bristle brush is more prone to attracting pet hair and dusting rabbits, which requires more cleaning with the cleaner that comes with it.
Not good on a plush rug
Brian North says this won’t do a good job on a velvet rug or area rug because it doesn’t have the power or excitement to clean those types of surfaces.
If you have a rug or rug at home, don’t throw away your vertical vacuum cleaner.
But on a carpet with underpile, this robot should have no trouble cleaning up dog hair, cat hair, or any pet hair scattered on the floor.
Remember that this machine will not have the same cleaning power as a corded or vacuum cleaner, so you should still use these tools for deep cleaning weekly or monthly.
Carpet cleaning shouldn’t be a problem as long as it doesn’t have any tassels. These loose pieces of string can wrap around the side brush and stop this robot in its tracks.
Yes, even with the anti-tangle feature, it would be best to remove the patterned carpet and clean it separately with a vacuum cleaner or place the robot directly on top of the carpet.
This is a common problem with all side brush robot cleaners.
There may be another struggle over the plush rugs because this one doesn’t have enough power or excitement to even move on it. Again, if you have a plush rug, it’s best to keep a wired vacuum cleaner for the job.
Pet hair removal
iRobot designed these two to clean pet hair. Both have stiffer brushes and larger dirt bins (at least 655).
This translates to better picking up of pet hair on the floor and carpet.
While this robot won’t match the rumble of a straight shaft, it does the cleaning for you independently which means you don’t need to drag around the vacuum cleaner, it does the job for you.
The cleaning pattern is not perfect although you will need to clean the rooms of any wires or chairs to maximize the cleaning capabilities of this machine but the effort will be worth it when removing the trash.
There is a downside with bristle brushing and that’s the biggest headache ever…
Although it comes with a cleaning brush, cleaning up this mess will take time. If you don’t want that headache, go for newer Roombs like the 780 or 880 but that cost at least a hundred dollars more.
Are you going to clean the stairs?
no. No automated vacuum is capable of this.
All Roomba robotic vacuums allow you to schedule automatic cleaning once per day for 7 days per week.
For first use, iRobot recommends charging Roomba overnight. However, the manufacturer does not specify official recharge times in its manual.
iRobot recommends keeping this robot connected unless you have been using it for a long time.
Failure to do so may shorten the life of NiCad batteries.
Robot cleaning and maintenance
To keep this appliance in peak condition, you will need to clean the following regularly – (1) whisk rod and bristle brush, (2) sensors (shelf sensors included), (3) side brush and (4) wheels.
Here’s another video for your reference (the Roomba in the video is the 650).
the show length
iRobot didn’t say how long this would take, but if I base it on my review of the Roomba 650, it will have a runtime of about 60 to 90 minutes.
If you are concerned about the longevity of NiCad batteries, Amazon sells lithium-ion batteries that are compatible with the 500 and 600 series and will not void the warranty.
iRobot backs this up with a one-year warranty on the robot and 6 months of the battery, which are pretty much standard across its line of products. Make sure you buy this from a reputable seller so you don’t have any issues with warranty claims or returns.
|charger type||charging station||charging station|
|Shipping time||3 hours (approx.)||3 hours (approx.)|
|the show length||60-90 minutes
based on reviews
based on reviews
|net weight (with battery)||7.9 EGP||7.9 EGP|
|Purchase weight||12 pounds||12 pounds|
|Diameter||13.39 inches||13.39 inches|
|Height||3.62 inches||3.62 inches|
|bin full indicator||
|Cleaning sessions per week||7||7|
|Extra filter||not available||not available|
|containment||1 virtual wall||2 virtual walls|
|brush cleaning tools||1||1|
|Accessories included||1 automatic virtual wall
1 pcs air filter
1 bristle brush
1 whisking brush
1 edge cleaning brush
2 cleaning tools
2 c . batteries
2 virtual walls
1 bristle brush
1 mop-type brush
1 extra AeroVac filter
1 brush cleaning tool
|Voltage||110 volts||110 volts|
|Guarantee||1 year on Android
6 months on battery
|1 year on Android
6 months on battery
Amazon consumers rated this highly because it helped them keep their homes clean. Someone even compared the cost of hiring a domestic worker to manually clean their house. Guess who won? Well at Roomba ofcourse. At $40 per cleaning session, it would cost more than $1,000 a year to rent a home!
Buying a robot vacuum cleaner like this is a one-time investment. You can play it as often as you want and it won’t complain.
Navigation is far from perfect, but if you set up your home, it will do a pretty decent job of cleaning up pet hair, dust rabbits, pet litter, and other debris.
Most of the consumers that bought this had pets and loved how it picks up pet hair on the floor, rugs, and carpets.
Moving from bare floor to carpet is not a problem, but it can be difficult to get past an obstacle more than half an inch high.
Navigation seems ok but far from perfect while being able to clean rooms it is missing places here and there.
Another issue would be navigation. All pre-900 series room chambers use infrared sensors that result in a random cleaning pattern. It does a thorough cleaning but is not very effective compared to Neato.
It’s not really a big deal if you clear loose obstacles out of the way.
You will have to do your due diligence and remove any stray socks, toys, and wires to maximize the effectiveness of this device.
Even with all the issues, consumers love performance. They say it has helped them rid their homes of stubborn pet hair. You will need a vertical vacuum cleaner for deep cleaning.
The bottom line is this robot’s benefit is in preventing pet hair from accumulating to unhealthy levels.
Where can I buy this?
If you look at the iRobot website, you won’t see these variants anymore because they are out of production. A quick look at Amazon reveals that most of the robots sold there are from third-party sellers. If you buy from them, the warranty may be an issue.
iRobot sells the Roomba 650 which is very close to both. It has the same dual brush system and the performance will be almost the same.
The newer Roomba 980 with rubber extractors is another option to consider because it has rubber extractors that work well at picking up pet hair.
The Roomba 980 and 650 are both available on Amazon. The former is the newer and more expensive alternative while the latter will still provide decent performance at a much cheaper price and in a less efficient manner.
It has the latest iRobot navigation system that is more efficient and reinforced for carpets which helps it perform better on carpets.
This robotic vacuum cleaner is great for people who are specifically looking to clean pet hair from their homes or mobile platforms. It’s not as expensive as the Roomba 880 or the 980. But it’ll still be about the same performance as these two more expensive options.
Why is this a good option?
iRobot has outfitted these robots with a stiffer brush for better agitation and a larger container to hold more debris (at least for the 655).
When you buy the 655, you get one virtual wall (you get two when you buy the 595 from Amazon), which acts as a wall to block out areas you don’t want it to go into.
Some potential issues
Maintenance can be a problem down the road because pet hair will coat these bars. I showed you photos of it, and if you don’t like it, choose the bristle versions – 860 or 880.
Don’t expect this to do anything much on a plush rug even though it lacks strength or excitement.
At over $400 for the 655 and $500 for the 595, it’s hard to recommend this to you because of the high cost.
I recommend that you go with the Roomba 650 which basically has the same features but costs just over $300. You can save money and still get the same job.