iRobot® Roomba® 655 Pet Series Vacuum Cleaning Robot Review -  Is It Really A Boon For Pet Owners?

Many people agree that out of all house hold chores, house cleaning is the toughest. This is the reason why many futuristic companies have come up with the idea of developing robotic vacuum cleaners. And out of many such companies, iRobot is considered to be one of the best, and iRobot Roomba 655 Pet Series Vacuum Cleaning Robot is their front runner in its own league.

What is iRobot® Roomba® 655 Pet Series Vacuum Cleaning Robot?

After 620, and 650, iRobot Roomba 655 is the third in the series of robotic vacuum cleaners developed by the Roomba. The unit is mainly designed to help pet owners keep their floors clean.

Design, Features and Functions

Roomba 655 uses the patented technology   of iRobot, known as “3-stage cleaning system,” famous for cleaning the floors rigorously. The unit comes with a NiCad battery, which is very powerful and helps Roomba in cleaning even large floor areas at a single go. The only downside to the 655 model is that it doesn’t support Wi-Fi. However, for an entry level robot vacuum cleaner, selling at such an economical price, Roomba 655 offers a great value for money. For people, who are low on budget, but are on the lookout for a vacuum cleaner with some great features, iRobot Roomba 655 could be the perfect fit.

As far as functionality is concerned, Roomba is second to none. From stylish sleek design to powerful suction capacity, from robust 3 stage cleaning system to latest iAdapt navigation technology, it has all the smart features incorporated into it, except for Wi-Fi and app integration. But, for the price tag it comes at, can we ask for more?

Pros and Cons of iRobot® Roomba® 655 Pet Series Vacuum Cleaning Robot


  • Comes with sensors capable of detecting the dirt efficiently
  • Unlike other models, it comes with NiCad battery, which gives it extra run time
  • Capable of charging by itself via auto docking technology
  • Easy to operate and schedule cleaning timings
  • Extra brushes for effective cleaning
  • Excellent iAdapt Navigation
  • Compatibility to create virtual walls
  • Rigorous 3-stage cleaning system


  • Bin is small considering its run time
  • No Wi-Fi or App integration
  • AI is not efficient
  • Offers less control

Specifications of iRobot® Roomba® 655 Pet Series Vacuum Cleaning Robot




Roomba 655 Robot Vacuum



Run time

60 minutes maximum

Charge time

180 minutes

Auto Docking



7.9 Pounds


3.62 inches



HEPA Filters


Floor Type

All Floors

Wet and Dry Usage




Washable Filters


Suction Power





One Virtual wall


1 year on robot and 6 months on battery


Who Should Buy iRobot® Roomba® 655 Pet Series Vacuum Cleaning Robot?

Roomba 655 for Pet Owners: As the name suggests, if you are an owner of furry pet(s) roaming all around your home and shredding a lot of hair and fur on your carpet and floor, there is no other vacuum cleaner better than iRobot® Roomba® 655 to clean the mess up. It is because Roomba 655 comes with hard bristled brushes that can easily pick-up the hair from your carpet no matter how rigidly they are stuck. Even in the reviews on you will find that most people love 655 because of the way it cleans up the pet hair.

People who are not technically savvy: If you fall into this category, you will be happy with Roomba 655 as it doesn’t need a smart phone or Wi-Fi to get going. All you need to do is take the unit out of the box and press a few buttons as indicated in the manual and your robot vacuum is all set to clean your home.

Review of iRobot® Roomba® 655 Pet Series Vacuum Cleaning Robot

In this section we will discuss about the various special features and functionalities of Roomba 655.

Less Weight

If you are having a home with staircases, you need to shift Roomba from one floor to another to get the entire home cleaned. This task becomes easy if the vacuum cleaner is of lighter weight. Since Roomba weighs only 7.9 Pounds, you can easily carry it from one place to another. Other models in the same category weigh as much as 15 pounds making it difficult to carry.

Longer Battery Life

Roomba 655 comes with a NiCad battery which has a longer life compared to other models. So, there is no need for you to worry about replacing the battery any time soon.

Unparalleled Carpet Cleaning

Backed with iRobot®’s 3-stage cleaning system, and brushes having rigid bristles, Roomba 655 is capable of even picking the pet hair and fur that are stubbornly stuck to the carpet. If you feel that your carpet still has some hair on it, increase the suction power, and you will be surprised to see your how clean your carpet gets.

Convenient Scheduling

Roomba 655 comes with scheduling feature. If you think that Roomba makes too much noise, like many other people, you can schedule it to clean at a time when you are not at home. That way, by the time you return, your home will be clean.

Excellent at Uncovered Floor Cleaning

As far as cleaning bare floors is concerned, Roomba 655 robot vacuum excels. Its powerful motor and adjustable suction vacuum in all the dirt and pet hair with ease. You will be surprised to see how much dirt it has picked-up while emptying its bin.

Charging and Run Time

If you are using Roomba 655 for the first time, I will recommend you to charge it for the whole night. It helps in extending the battery life. After the first use, Roomba needs 180 minutes for every recharge. Once it is fully charged, it will run up to 60 minutes.

Compact Size

Roomba is very compact in size, which enables it to clean even the hard to reach places, like underneath the sofas, TV stands, beds, etc.

3 – Stage Cleaning System

And finally, Roomba comes with iRobot’s patented 3-stage cleaning system, which includes dual brushes to clean multi surfaces, a sweeping brush to clean up the edges and a suction power that can be adjusted depending on the cleaning task. Such cleaning system ensures that even the tiniest particles of dirt are picked up efficiently.

Comparison chart of iRobot® Roomba® 655 Pet Series Vacuum Cleaning Robot Vs. Roomba 650 Vs. Roomba 620






Roomba 620

Roomba 650

Roomba 655

Vacuum for pet hair




Brushes Type

Two Multi-purpose brushes

Two Multi-purpose, and edge-sweeping brushes

Two Multi-purpose, and rubberized edge sweeping brushes

Navigation Type




Dirt Detection Feature





12.79 pounds

7.0 pounds

7.9 pounds


17.7 x 16.9 x 4.7

13.4 x 13.4 x 3.6

18.8 x 17 x 5

3-stage cleaning system




Virtual wall control





1 year

1 year

1 year






Questions About iRobot® Roomba® 655 Pet Series Vacuum Cleaning Robot

  1. Is iRobot® Roomba® 655 mobile compatible?

Roomba 655 doesn’t support app integration, so it can’t be controlled with your mobile. The unit also doesn’t support Wi-Fi, you will have to operate it manually. Having said that, for an entry level robotic pet friendly vacuum cleaner, what Roomba offers is considerable.

  1. Is there a way to know if iRobot® Roomba® 655 is charging?

Yes, the color of the battery shaped logo on the top will let you know the actual state of your Roomba battery. If the battery is pulsing in Amber color, the unit is charging. If you see the green color, the unit is fully charged and finally, if you observe red color, your Roomba is out of the battery.

  1. How many and what kind of sensors does Roomba 655 have?

 Roomba 655 as 4 infrared sensors to help it recognize obstacles or stairs to avoid drop off. They are all located on the front side of the unit.

  1. How do I know if my iRobot 655’s bin is full?

There is no special indication for this model to let you know when the bin is full. You will have to check it manually after every few cycles.

  1. I have two pets in my home. So, I want to know how long will the filters on Roomba 655 last?

Depending on the amount of dirt and pet hair in your home, it is good if you care for your filters twice a week. And since you have pets, it is advised that you change the filters once in every 2 months.

  1. Can I wash and use the filters of Roomba again?

Yes, you can. However, please keep in mind that you shouldn’t put them back until they totally dry up. If you put wet filters back, you may end up permanently damaging the robot.

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