Robot Vacuum Battle: Roomba e5 vs. Roomba e6

Roomba e5 vs. Roomba e6 Robot Vacuum: Their Differences

Roomba by iRobot, a giant consumer robot company, is one of the most popular robot vacuum brands today, and rightly so. Two of the most famous robots in its e-series include Roomba e5 and Roomba e6. What’s the same and different between the two? Let’s find out.

The most apparent differences between the two are:

  1.  Color: The Roomba e5 is all black, while the Roomba e6 has both black and tan body. In terms of design, they look the same.
  2.  Tools: The Roomba e5 has only one filter, while the Roomba e6 has two filters.
  3.  Software: The Roomba e5 has no virtual wall, while the Roomba e6 comes with two virtual walls.

Aside from these minor differences, these two robot vacuums are nearly identical. They are similar in the following aspects:

  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Battery Capacity: 1,800 mAh
  • Navigation: iAdapt 1.0
  • Brushroll: Rubberized; dual
  • Size: 13.3″DIA x 3.4″H
  • Wi-Fi Connectivity: Yes


Both e5 and e6 have a round body style. There are three control buttons on top for:

Clean: starts and stops cleaning;

Home: sends the robot back to its charging station; and

Spot: cleans a smaller area in a circular motion.

Under these robot vacuums, everything looks the same. They have identical rubber brushrolls located at the center. The brushrolls are positioned between the two larger wheels, enabling them to capture dirt as the machine rolls over it.

At the side of the vacuum below the brushroll, there is the spinning side brush. This small tool’s function is to capture the dirt from the corners and edges that the brushroll can’t reach.

There are edge sensors at both models’ perimeter to keep the robots from falling from cliffs, stairs, and other risky platforms.

Wireless Control

Both models can access Wi-Fi. They can also be paired with the iRobot Home app, allowing you to program the machine from anywhere.
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