Last Updated on December 17, 2020
Both the Roomba e5 and e6 are terrific buys, but you might be torn between the two and not sure which one you should get.
Although they are both high quality vacuums, they do have features that make them unique in their own ways. Let’s talk more about these two vacuums.
Roomba E5 vs. E6: A Quick Comparison
- Both vacuums are not equipped with digital mapping. However, the e6 model has virtual walls, which means it will not go into specific areas of your home. You are not able to create virtual walls with the e5.
- The vacuums can run for 90 minutes straight before any charging is required.
- Color might not be a big deal to some people, but the e6 is only available in a tan hybrid color, while the e5 is available in all-black.
- The e5 doesn’t come with an extra filter, but the e6 does.
- The e6 costs less than the e5, but you can only buy it from select retailers.
- Both vacuums charge automatically, but they’ll take three hours to completely charge.
- You can use an app on your phone to control the e5. The same goes for the e6.
Roomba E5: The Advantages
One of the best things about the e5 is its filtration system. It offers high-efficiency filtration, and it is capable of removing allergens from the surface of the floors.
At the same time, it prevents those allergens getting released back into the home. The filtration system is that good that it can remove 99 percent of mildew, mold, pet dander and pollen.
If you don’t think you need virtual walls or you have virtual walls, then you can purchase the e5 at a price that’s lower than the Roomba e6.
If you don’t care much for extra features, then you’ll love the e5 because it does just as good of a cleaning job as the e6.
Although the e5 doesn’t have virtual walls, it does have sensors. These sensors are used to locate dirt and they stop the vacuum from going down your stairs.
The e5 can sense surroundings, and when it’s necessary it will adjust its height.
Roomba E5: The Disadvantages
There’s No Virtual Walls
The Roomba e5 doesn’t have virtual walls. If there are areas of the house you don’t want the Roomba to enter, then you have to manually set up the boundaries.
You might have to purchase the towers. On that note, it’s worth pointing out that the e6 is equipped with the virtual walls feature.
Both Roombas do need their filters changed from time to time, which means spending money.
However, the e6 comes with an extra filter, while the e5 does not. You need to be prepared to buy filters a lot sooner with the e5 than you would with the e6.
The e6 can pair with various tech, such as Alexa. Unfortunately, the e5 isn’t capable of being paired with Alexa or similar technology.
Instead, you have to give your vacuum commands via the app on your phone or press the vacuum’s physical buttons.
Roomba E6: The Advantages
The Virtual Walls
With the e6, you have two virtual walls you can start using. Your vacuum won’t run over carpets that will cause it to get stuck, nor will it bump into walls.
It’s completely up to you how you want to use the virtual walls and which areas you don’t want the Roomba to go to. There’s “Halo Mode”, which means a four-foot diameter will cover a targeted area.
This feature allows you to protect things like your plants or pet bowls.
An Additional Filter
When you buy the e6, then you’ll have a second filter you can use. When you own either Roomba model, you’ll eventually have to buy new filters.
Having a second filter already on hand can make all the difference in the world in terms of cost. This is because you will likely not have to buy another filter for at least a whole year.
The e6 has sensors that locate dirt and debris. It won’t fall down the stairs either, nor will it run into your walls. Your Roomba e6 can easily operate and clean without you having to worry about it.
Roomba e6: The Disadvantages
Although the e6 and e5 are very similar, the e6 will set you back by around $100 more. It doesn’t make much sense to buy the e6 if you don’t care for the second filter or you don’t really care for the virtual walls.
Both vacuums have filters, do a good job at cleaning and only require a few hours to completely charge.
Similar To The Roomba E5
By now you can see that the e5 and e6 are similar. This may be considered a disadvantage if you are willing to spend more cash to get a vacuum that is of high quality.
The e6 vacuum is only available in one color, and that’s tan. If you decide to go with the e5, then you can get it in black. If you’re fussy about color, then this might be an issue.
The Winner: Although both vacuums are excellent products, the e6 is the winner.
E6 & E5: What’s The Difference Between The Two
Some of the Roomba models are very different from one another, while other models bear striking similarities. Right now, we are talking about the e5 and e6 model, which are some of the newer vacuums from Roomba.
We’ll cover the top features that any automatic vacuum should have. Then, we’ll see how the e5 and e6 compares to one another.
First, both the e5 and e6 are well-designed. They both have a sleek look and their shape is round. This isn’t surprising because round is the shape of choice for most Roomba vacuums.
There’s only one noticeable design feature that makes the two different, and that’s the color. The e6 comes in black, and it features a silver trim and accents. The e5 on the other hand has a completely black outer shell.
Depending on the retailer, you might find the e6 in pale gold. If you’re fussy about the overall look of your vacuum, then don’t worry because the e6 is available in more options than the Roomba e5 vacuum.
Some people don’t care about the color. However, if you do care about it, then you’ll want to consider the design and the fixed colors for the e5 and e6.
If it wasn’t for the color, the chances are you wouldn’t be able to tell the models apart just by looking at them. Both vacuums have a “clean”, “home”, and “spot” bottom located on the top.
Final Verdict: The e6 offers you more options, which is good if you care about the color of your vacuum. Other than that, when it comes to their looks they don’t have any major differences.
Both the e5 and e6 work extremely well on carpets and hardwood floors. Not only that, but you can use both on tile flooring and other types of hard floors.
Some people think the e5’s dust bin is smaller than the e6’s dust bin. However, when it comes down to it, the truth is that’s not much of a difference, but you will end up needing to empty the e5 more frequently than you would with the e6.
The e6 and e5 have washable filters, which saves you time and money. Not only that, but when the washable filters eventually wear out, then you can order more.
As for mapping and navigation, both vacuums have nearly the same abilities. Both the e6 and e5 are equipped with smart navigation. In fact, when Roomba’s earlier models came out, they didn’t have good navigation systems.
The older models seemed like they would just go to random places or start randomly going in circles. Both vacuums have technology that can detect dirt, which means both are capable of finding problem areas.
Besides that, they won’t go off any ledges or steps, which can lead to them becoming damaged. This is good news because Roomba vacuums are an investment and you want to make sure they are protected.
Cliff detection technology is what both models use to prevent them from falling down the stairs or going over a ledge. However, the e5 doesn’t’ have virtual walls, while the e6 does.
The e5 and the e6 are pretty much equal when it comes to battery power. With both models, you can expect them to go for a total of 90 minutes before they need to be recharged.
Furthermore, the vacuums have brushes that are designed to clean edges, which means they won’t miss any spots. This is regardless if it’s the framing or the floors.
Final Verdict: When it comes to mapping, navigation and mapping, these two vacuums are very similar. The e5 is equipped with a smaller bin, which means you’ll have to empty it more frequently.
Furthermore, the e5 doesn’t have virtual walls, but the e6 does. This is why the e6 comes out on top.
Effectiveness At Cleaning
The most important thing to look for in a vacuum, regardless if it’s automatic or not, is how well it can clean. The suction alone isn’t that much of a concern.
However, what you should be concerned about is what areas the vacuum can get to in order to clean.
Generally speaking, Roomba vacuums have a low profile and they are very slim. This means they can get into areas such as under furniture, bedding and so forth. Both the e5 and the e6 models are no exception, so expect them to clean tough to reach areas.
These two vacuums might look a lot alike, but the e6 does weigh a little bit more than the e5. The good news is you don’t have to carry the vacuum around, so this isn’t really a big deal.
What’s more important than the weight is how well these two vacuums can clean around edges and corners. One of the best things about these vacuums is they have sweeping brushes designed to clean edges and corners.
These brushes are built in. Also, the vacuums do a good job at picking up hair on carpets because they have rubber brushes. If you suffer with allergies or if anyone in your home does, then both these vacuums will do.
The e5 and the e6 have a filtration system that allows them to remove allergens and dust. Even the smallest particles will be removed by the vacuums. This is a major benefit for those who also owns pets.
By now you might wonder which vacuum has the more powerful suction power. The truth is when they both have equal suction power when they are used in regular modes.
However, it’s worth mentioning that not only is the suction power good on both vacuums, but the messes they pick up won’t easily escape. In fact, there’s a good chance none of the mess will get out of the vacuums’ containers.
Final Verdict: It’s a draw
The e5 and e6 have smart navigation. This feature is exactly what it sounds like, it allows the vacuums to go around objects. The sensors let the vacuums know when there’s an object that they should go around.
Once the vacuums have finished cleaning or have ran out of battery life, then they’ll find their way back to the docking base.
Besides that, the vacuums have cliff detection, which many previous models didn’t have. This prevents them from going down the stairs or going off a ledge.
Furthermore, the two E models won’t miss any spots or waste battery by aimlessly spinning around, and this is thanks to their dirt detection technology.
Final Verdict: It’s a tie
One of the key differences between the two vacuums is the accessories that they come with. The e5 can be programmed with virtual walls, but these are not included. In fact, the vacuum doesn’t come with additional accessories.
The e6 on the other hand comes with virtual walls. However, you’ll have to purchase additional towers if the two virtual walls that the vacuum comes with isn’t enough. Simply setup the virtual walls in the areas you don’t want the vacuum to enter.
Final Verdict: With the e6, you get an extra filter and two virtual walls are included.
Value For Your Money
When it comes to buying any appliance, then you want to buy something that gives you a lo of value for your money. With that said, the biggest thing that stands out between the e5 and e6 is the cost.
There are only a handful of differences between the e5 and e6, which is why some people might wonder why there is a big price difference between the two. Well, you have to consider the fact that one comes with more accessories than the other.
With the e5, you get a washable/reusable filter, but you will have to buy extra ones. The e6 has a higher price tag, but it comes with an additional filter and virtual walls.
If you buy the e6, then you can purchase extra filters, as well as virtual walls. However, buying these accessories separately could mean spending even more cash than you had anticipated.
Final Verdict: When it comes to value for your money, the e6 is the clear winner. However, if you don’t have unrestricted areas and your home is only one level, then the e5 should be good enough.
The e6 is what you want if you want to block off the Roomba from going to certain parts of your home.
We took a look at both models to compare how user-friendly they are in terms of the technology they use. In short, both vacuums feature similar tech and they do a great job at cleaning, which means they provide similar results.
The e5 and the e6 offers hands-free operation and they both offer wireless connection. Both models can be programmed with Roomba’s iRobot App, which allows charging and scheduling.
It also allows mapping and provides you with maintenance info.
Final Verdict: When it comes to connectivity and technology, the e5 and e6 are tied. They are both user-friendly and you can control each vacuum with the iRobot App that can be downloaded right to your phone.
As previously mentioned, both of these Roomba vacuums are good buys. Either one will do a good job at cleaning your home, and they both are packed with great features.
However, the e6 is the better of the two. It has everything that the e5 has, but it comes with additional accessories. If you don’t mind spending a little more money, then consider getting the e6.
If you have an issue with the price or your budget doesn’t allow you to buy the e6, then by all means get the e5. The e5 offers you a lot for your money, and it will quickly remove dirt and debris throughout your home.