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iRobot Roomba 690
Shark IQ R101AE (RV1001AE)
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iRobot Roomba 690 & 692 vs Shark IQ R10x (RV100x)

Analysis:

The iRobot Roomba 690 is widely considered to be a great Robot Vacuum at its $530 budget. The Shark IQ R101AE (RV1001AE), however, while also a good product at this price point, doesn't stack up against its competitors quite as well.

The iRobot Roomba 690 was loved by reviewers at Wirecutter (NYTimes), a highly trusted source that performs reliable in-depth testing. It did great in its "The Best Google Assistant–Compatible Smart-Home Devices for Google Home" roundup where it was named its "Best robot vacuums for Google Assistant", which, in itself, makes it a product worth considering.

Moving on to the Shark IQ R101AE (RV1001AE): it was unable to reach the very top of any roundups from sources that conduct reliable and unbiased testing. Nonetheless, it still managed to impress reviewers from a number of such sites, like Modern Castle, Rtings, Tom's Guide, Reviewed, and Smart Robot Reviews, enough for them to include them on those lists.

Our direct iRobot Roomba 690 vs. Shark IQ R101AE (RV1001AE) comparison of their review scores has shown that, out of sources that tested both Robot Vacuums, WIRED and Tom's Guide preferred the iRobot Roomba 690, whereas Modern Castle and Top Ten Reviews seemed to like both equally.

We also looked at which sources liked these products best and found that the iRobot Roomba 690 got its highest, 9.4, review score from Modern Castle, while the Shark IQ R101AE (RV1001AE) most impressed reviewers at Modern Castle, which gave it a score of 9.4.

Finally, we also compared their review scores to the rest of their competition - the iRobot Roomba 690 earned an average review score of 8.4 out of 10 points and the Shark IQ R101AE (RV1001AE) received an average of 7.7, compared to the 7.2 average of Robot Vacuums in general.

Comparison of expert ratings
Highly Recommended
Recommended
Mentioned
Not Mentioned
Wirecutter (NYTimes)
TechGearLab
PCmag
Tom's Guide
Rtings
Modern Castle
Smart Robot Reviews
Android Central
Reviewed
Gear Patrol
Tech. Specs Comparison
iRobot Roomba 690
$374
Shark IQ R101AE (RV1001AE)
$549
Boundary markers
No
Yes
D-shape
No
No
HEPA
No
No
Mapping
No
Yes
Mopping
-
No
Operating Time
90 (min)
90 (min)
Scheduling
Yes
Yes
UV sterilization
No
No
Higher than average expert review score
Has average expert review score
7.3
Overall Avg. for Robot Vacuums
7.7
Avg. Review Score
Score
Recommended by trusted experts
Wirecutter (NYTimes)
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best robot vacuums for Google Assistant
in “The Best Google Assistant–Compatible Smart-Home Devices for Google Home” 
Last updated: 20 Oct 2020
Modern Castle
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “Best Robot Vacuum for Hardwood Floors” 
Last updated: 3 Nov 2020
Reviewed
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #4 out of 8
in “The Best Affordable Robot Vacuums of 2021” 
Last updated: 9 Dec 2020
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Best Smart Home Tech For Christmas 2018” 
Last updated: 12 Dec 2018
Reviewed
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “The Best Vacuums Under $400 of 2021” 
Last updated: 11 Nov 2020
Recommended by trusted experts
Reviewed
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #5 out of 6
in “The Best Shark Vacuums of 2021” 
Last updated: 11 Nov 2020
Top Ten Reviews
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “Best robot vacuums 2021” 
Last updated: 23 days ago

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