Robot Wars: Anker RoboVac 10 Vs Roomba - Who Wins?
Since my latest update on how my Anker Robovac is getting on and the recent debate as to whether to get the Roomba 860 or 880 - I’ve had some awesome feedback and questions, so thank you very much for that. But, there is a question that keeps popping over and over again…
“Should I go for the Anker RoboVac 10 or a Roomba?”
Specifically the Roomba 650 is the one that gets mentioned most - which makes sense given they are in the most familiar price bracket (especially if you are willing to consider a reconditioned Roomba model) and the 650 is the no.1 best selling robot vacuum . That’s why I thought it would be pretty neat to answer this in a breakdown post comparing the advantages and disadvantages of both.
And hope to help you decide ultimately which one you should go for? In short, it’s a tough call (especially without actually having the Roomba 650 to hand) - even that said though, I would go with the Anker 10 RoboVac.
Summary of Key Differences
- Roomba 650 offers you the virtual wall whereas the Anker doesn’t offer any guidance mechanisms.
- Anker Robovac 10 has a slimme 3 inch profile than the Roomba.
- Roomba 650 provides what is known as the “concentrated clean” for the particularly dirty areas.
- The Anker comes with a slightly more advanced filtration system (HEPA).
- Robovac 10 offers at least 50% more cleaning time than the 650. (90 mins + versus 60 mins).
Both pretty much take on the typical shape of most robot vacuum cleaners, they are circular (in fact I think it is only the Neato and the new Dyson 360 eye that is due to be released that don’t really take on this shape) - which I can see could cause some doubt on their ability to vacuum up along edges and we’ll get to that in the moment (spoiler: they do it perfectly fine with edge cleaning brushes). As far as I can see the 650 only comes in black but the Anker has the option of either black (well all black) and then white with black aspects.
They both are quite slim - this helps them to get under beds, furniture (e.g. sofas and the like), you know the stuff you have to end up moving when you are vacuuming by hand. That said, the Robovac 10 is actually slightly slimmer at just 3 inches hide with a diameter of 12 inch the 650 on the other hand is 3.6 inches altogether. Not much, but it’s the difference between having to move your furniture out the way to let it do it’s thing and not.
Although both claim to use “intelligent” navigation systems, even with the Roomba 880 - after watching it for a while, I still can’t really work out a pattern to it. What I have noticed though is that the Anker seems a little more aggressive, it’s willing to slightly bump into things to make sure it gets right into the areas that need cleaning (personally I like that about it, but I can see how it might be a problem for others).
The Roomba uses the classic iNavigation as well as Pet Detect series (using acoustic sensors) to identify particularly dirty patches on the floor and then will initialize what is known as “persistent pass” which is basically a concentrated clean to make sure it picks it up. Basically like you would with a standard upright vacuum cleaner. Anker doesn’t however have such a feature.
Like most Robot vacuum cleaners, both have the “self docking feature” (hence they both come with charging stations) - where they detect when they are about to run out of power and then they will take themselves back to get recharged and carry on. They won’t however, resume on with the cleaning - in fact that’s really only a feature of the more advanced models such as the 980.
Moreover, the Anker Robovac has actually been designed to “take on” and “climb over certain objects” that it faces in its path such as a slight raised carpet and rugs (quoted as up to 15 mm high), the 650 doesn’t state that it can’t clear it but I’d doubt it considered this this a specifically designed aspect the Anker has integrated.
Cleaning System & Performance
They are actually quite similar in this regard, both the models work from a three point cleaning system, made up of a suction point, roller and cleaning brush. Although, I haven’t actually seen the 650 “in action per se”, my friend does have one and claims it “does a good job”.
What I will say about the Anker though is that it does an excellent job. In fact, I think you will be quite surprised just how good the Anker is compared to what you were expecting. I was thinking I’d have to do a lot of ‘topping up’ with my new Dyson V8, but actually it’s been really impressive. In many ways, just as good as my Roomba 880 that is fitted with more ‘iRobot’ advanced technology than the 650.
With regards to scheduling both are programmable on a seven day basis, so you can literally have it going every single day to ensure that your vacuum is more than on top of ‘at least’ some of the household work any how.
One feature that the Roomba 650 does offer that the Anker doesn’t it the virtual wall feature. This basically allows you to contain the robot vacuum within a certain area to clean without the presence of actual physical walls - basically it prevents the vacuum from entering other rooms.
This is where the Anker robovac 10 really excels itself. It uses a 2600mAh li-ion battery that ensures you have over 90 minutes of “fade free power” from a single ‘full’ charge - myself and other owners have actually found it hits closer to two hours.
With the Roomba 650 however it is fitted with an older style battery and only offers a 1 hour cleaning cycle in a single run. So there’s quite a significant difference there between the Anker and Roomba 650.
The Roomba 650 is fitted with the original Aerovac series 1 filter that does an ‘ok’ job of preventing allergens and dust particles from being expelled into the air. Whereas the Anker robot vacuum is fitted with a more sophisticated “HEPA-like” filter that means it should be able to pick up even the smallest of particles (it can be as small as 0.3 microns, but I haven’t found any exact specifications to compare it against the Aerovac series).
In all, we should find that the Anker will capture more of the dust mites, mold spores and so on - leaving you with a cleaner and safer household. As said though, I haven’t managed to get hold of the specific details around these filters - however you will see with the more advanced Roomba models that they start to use HEPA like filters too - that the Anker has integrated.
With the Robovac 10 you actually get a remote control with it, which with the Roomba vacuum models you won’t get until you start looking at the more advanced models (al(although you do need to supply 2 of your own AA batteries which is always a slightly annoying).
Which to go for, the Roomba 650 or Anker Robovac?
Both have their plus points and let’s face it they are two cracking little robot vacuums anyway, so you won’t be disappointed by either.
But as I said above, for me it’s the Robovac 10 (I think I prefer the all black look too). But, hey since I own one I might be a little bias.
But my thinking comes down o the main benefits that it offers and that’s simply that it gets the core basics right: offers an awesome cleaning performance and a battery that seems to go on and on - and quite frankly there really isn’t much that the Roomba 650 does offer that Anker doesn’t have apart from the virtual wall feature.
Plus, thee Roomba 65o0 is quite a dated model now particularly compared with the Anker Robovac 10 - so will have more up to date technology overall and I think just makes for a better robotic vacuum. Let me know what you think, which will you go for?