Which Roomba Models have Wi-Fi? (All Models Compared)

Last updated on April 11th, 2024

Earlier, you could control Roombas only with the physical buttons on them. But with the introduction of Wi-Fi connectivity in new models, you can control them remotely. In this article, we will shed light on models with Wi-Fi connectivity so you can make a smart choice for your home.

Which Roomba models have Wi-Fi?

All Roomba models released after 2017 and a few released after 2015 have Wi-Fi connectivity. Some of the popular models with this connectivity are the i3, s9, j7, e5, 980, 890, and 690. None of the models released before the mentioned period have this connectivity.

Which Roomba models have Wi-Fi?
Which Roomba models have Wi-Fi?

Roomba models with Wi-Fi

In 2015, iRobot released the first Roomba that had Wi-Fi connectivity. It was the 980. None of the models released before the 980 had this connectivity.

After this release, the next significant launch was that of the 690 and 890 in 2017. After that, all the models started to have this connectivity.

Below is a list of some of the popular Roomba models that have Wi-Fi.

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Roombas with Wi-Fi

From the table, it is evident that the Wi-Fi feature is available in a number of models from various Roomba series. The 600 and 900 series were released long before the release of the 980 and 690.

However, iRobot made significant changes to a few of the newer models from the 600 series, 800 series, and 900 series, to introduce this connectivity. On the other side, all the models in the e, i, j, and s series have this connectivity.

Note: Most models connect to 2.4 GHz network. Some latest models, like the s9, i7, i8, and j7, can also connect to a 5 GHz network.

Roomba models without Wi-Fi

Roomba models not having the Wi-Fi
Roomba models that do not have Wi-Fi

The first, second, and third generations of iRobots did not have any Wi-Fi features. They were operated only by buttons on the top of the vacuum. Even some of the fourth, fifth, and sixth-generation models do not have thus connectivity.

iRobot started rolling out this feature in all models only after 2017. Almost all models released before did not have this feature.

The following is a list of some of the popular models that do not have Wi-Fi connectivity:

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Roombas without Wi-Fi

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How Wi-Fi connectivity increased ease of use in Roombas

In the older times, when Roombas didn’t have Wi-Fi, the only way to use them was through the buttons on their body. The accessibility options were limited to physical control. A few exceptions, like 760 and 770, had IR remote controls. The 790 took it a step further with its wireless RF-based command center. But still, the options were limited.

However, the introduction of this connectivity opened new doors for the smart vacuum. Below are some of the improvements that came along with this update.

Remote control and monitoring

Wi-Fi connectivity enables users to control their vacuum from anywhere in the world. You could start a cleaning cycle, set up daily and weekly schedules on the vacuum, and charge your robot anytime you want.

Smart home integration

The ability to connect with a remote network allowed the integration of iRobots with smart home devices. With IFTTT devices, the vacuum can sense you are away from home and start cleaning. Cleaning would stop when you come back.

Software updates and improvements

With the Wi-Fi, you can use the iRobot Home app, which is full of great features that update from time to time. The app gives you a better view of your home’s cleaning requirements, like which areas need more frequent cleaning and how much time is spent on vacuuming.

Cloud-based mapping and navigation

The data collected by the onboard sensors on the vacuum is shared with the cloud, all thanks to Wi-Fi. There, the data is analyzed using modern algorithms, even machine learning.

Integration with virtual assistants

Wi-Fi also lets you connect your vacuum to virtual assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Home. Just like any other smart device, you can command your vacuum to do certain tasks.

Can I use Roomba without Wi-Fi?

Yes, of course, you can use Roombas without Wi-Fi. Older models don’t even have this feature, so there’s no question about them. But the new models with this tech can also be used without the internet. You can simply control them the old-school way – with the buttons on the bot.

So, if you don’t have a local network or it is temporarily down, you can still clean your home with the robot vacuum. But, you cannot use any of the advanced features of the iRobot Home app. So features like scheduling, viewing robot status, editing home layout, and remote control are inaccessible.

So even if you can use your Roomba without Wi-Fi, you cannot enjoy its full suite of features. That’s why we recommend getting a network setup before you get a new vacuum.

Conclusion

As discussed in this article, all Roombas manufactured after 2017 have Wi-Fi. The connectivity has made them easy to use. The most important benefit is remote access. We highly suggest that you get a vacuum with Wi-Fi. To make sure the model you buy has the connectivity, refer to this article.

FAQs

Does Roomba i3 have Wi-Fi?

Yes, the Roomba i3 is a Wi-Fi-connected vacuum robot.

Do all robot vacuums need Wi-Fi?

No, not all vacuums need Wi-Fi. You can clean most of the vacuums without a local network.

Should I get a vacuum with Wi-Fi?

Yes, you should get a vacuum with Wi-Fi as it will allow you to control your vacuum remotely and also some excellent app features.

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Mark Thompson

Hi I am Mark, the founder of Smart Home Bulls. Having spent 5 years immersed in the intricacies of smart home gadgets at a leading tech company, I decided to chart my own course side by side along with the job. Enter Smart Home Bulls – the result of my desire to simplify the smart living experience.

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