iRobot Roomba E5 (5150) Robot Vacuum
iRobot Roomba E5 Model 5150 is mid-tier, relatively simple to use, WiFi enabled robot vacuum cleaner featuring strong suction, dual multi-surface rubber brushes, compact design, good air filtration etc.
iRobot Roomba E5 support Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant and is best controlled using iRobot HOME App - it doesn't feature IR (Infra Red) remote control.
Published: January 13, 2020.
iRobot Roomba E5, Model 5150 - Features and Specifications
iRobot Roomba E5 Model 5150 features rather compact design, with diameter of 13.3 inches (33.8 cm) and height of 3.6 inches (9.2 cm) - such dimensions in combination with the onboard sensors allow the unit to freely clean floors even under and around common floor objects and obstacles like sofas, beds, furniture, walls, stairs and similar.
Unit weighs 7.2 pounds (3.26 kg) and if it gets stuck, it can be easily carried away by the user.
iRobot Roomba E5 comes with iRobot iAdapt Navigation System, allowing the unit to clean large floor areas and to return to the charging station when the cleaning task is over or when the battery charge drops below certain level.
However, iAdapt Navigation System doesn't allow 'Automatic Recharge and Resume' (only 'Automatic Recharge') - when the iRobot Roomba E5 recharges, it waits next scheduled cleaning task or it starts cleaning when instructed by the user.
When positioning charging station, it is important to leave some space around it free, to help the unit locate and dock its charging station.
iRobot Roomba E5 is WiFi enabled robot vacuum cleaner. It doesn't support the use of classic IR (Infra Red) remote control, but it can be controlled using onboard controls (limited control) or using iRobot HOME App (full control over the unit).
Also, it support the use of Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
iRobot Roomba E5 uses so-called 3 Stage Cleaning System, consisting of one side-brush, dual multi-surface rubber brushes, combined with 1700 Pa suction - according the tests, iRobot Roomba E5 features 5X the air power of improved pick up performance when compared to the Roomba models of the 600 Series.
iRobot Roomba E5 features maximum climbing height of 0.71 inches (18 mm), allowing the unit to traverse and efficiently clean various floor types, including low- and medium-high pile carpets and bare floors like hardwood, vinyl, marble, tiles, laminate, linoleum etc.
While single side brush is intended for cleaning along the wall edges, or in the corners, dual rubber brushes are designed to flex and adjust and stay in contact with the floor under the robot, increasing the cleaning effect, especially when vacuuming pet and human hair, lint and similar debris.
Also, dual rubber brushes are designed to decrease hair tangles, decreasing maintenance tasks, saving both required time and effort.
Note: iRobot Roomba is typical robot vacuum, easy to use and maintain. However, just in case, when the unit arrives, be sure to read the manual.
Operating time of the iRobot Roomba E5 on the single battery charge is ~90 minutes, when vacuuming bare floors only. When vacuuming mixed floors or carpets only, operating time is shorter.
Charging time of the iRobot Roomba E5 depends on the state of the battery, but generally it is around 2-3 hours, after which the battery is fully charged and the unit is ready for another cleaning cycle.
Dirt cup capacity is 500 ml and is similar in size to the dirt cups of other robot vacuums in this class.
Since iRobot Roomba E5 doesn't support automatic dirt disposal, it is up to the user to remove the dirt when the dirt cup is full or periodically.
Air filtration is labeled as HEPA air filtration and is able to filter out 99% of small dust and other particles.
While dirt cup is washable, air filter is not - it is recommended to tap the air filter on the hard inner surface of the trashcan to clean it from small dust particles.
After some time, air filter should be replaced with the new one - on average, replace the air filter every 2-3 months.
While iRobot Roomba E5 doesn't support mapping feature, in order to prevent the unit from entering certain areas, Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barriers are used.
Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barriers may be used in 'Virtual Wall Mode' and in 'Halo Mode'.
In 'Virtual Wall Mode' Dual Mode Wall Barriers emit the linear barrier to block openings up to 10 feet (3 meters) in length.
In 'Halo Mode', Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barriers create circular barrier some 2 feet (60 cm) in diameter from the center of device.
If required, Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barriers may be ordered later, when and if required.
iRobot Roomba E5 also features cliff/drop sensors that prevent the unit from falling of the stairs and collision sensors that prevent the unit from bumping into the walls, furniture and similar.
Also, iRobot Roomba E5 comes with Dirt Detect Sensors, allowing the unit to detect areas with larger amount of dirt and to clean such areas more thoroughly.
iRobot Roomba E5 Maintenance Procedures
In order for iRobot Roomba E5 to operate with no issues, some maintenance is required, including:
- dirt bin: it should be emptied after each use,
- air filter: it should be replaced after 2-3 months,
- sensors and charging contacts: they should be cleaned every month,
- edge cleaning brush and multi-surface brushes: they should be cleaned every 1-2 weeks and replaced after 12 months or after being worn out.
- front caster wheel: clean it 1-2 per week and replace it after 12 months.
For exact maintenance procedures, check the manual.
iRobot Roomba E5 vs iRobot Roomba i7
Physically, these two units are very similar, but 'under the hood' the difference is large.
iRobot Roomba i7 is much more advanced unit than iRobot Roomba E5, featuring:
- 10x better cleaning than Roomba 600 series (Roomba 5E features 5x better cleaning than Roomba 600 series),
- iRobot Roomba E5 uses iAdapt Navigation System, while iRobot Roomba i7 comes with iAdapt 3.0 Navigation with Visual Localization, and support Recharge and Resume, Imprint Smart Mapping, Multi Room Cleaning, Clean Map Reports, Custom Cleaning Preferences and in combination with Automatic Dirt Disposal System, iRobot Roomba i7 can empty its dirt bin automatically (iRobot Roomba i7+ model).
- iRobot Roomba E5 features larger dirt bin (500 ml vs ~400 ml) iRobot Roomba i7 and longer operating time (90 minutes vs 75 minutes), measured on the bare floors.
Both units are WiFi enabled robot vacuums, supporting the use of Amazon Alexa and Google Home Assistant, iRobot HOME App, and both having 12-months warranty.
Long Story Short: iRobot Roomba E5 is very popular robot vacuum cleaner, being able to clean floors up to 120-150 m2 on the single battery charge.
With scheduled cleaning, good suction, one side and two rubber main brushes, set of onboard tools etc. iRobot Roomba E5 is capable of helping the user keep the home cleaner and safer to live in.
Although it doesn't support the use of IR remote control, iRobot Roomba E5 is easily set and controlled using iRobot HOME App, with Amazon Alexa and Google Home Assistant also being supported.
iRobot Roomba i7 and iRobot Roomba i7+ models introduce advanced navigation system and, if the user wishes, automatic dirt disposal (i7+ model). But, these models also cost more than iRobot Roomba E5 robot vacuum cleaner.