Robotic Vacuums

Review iRobot Roomba 595 Vacuum Cleaning

Judy D. Evans
Written by Judy D. Evans

The iRobot Roomba 595 is one of the more affordable pet-oriented Roomba vacuum cleaners in the iRobot lineup. Although it’s no longer actively promoted on the iRobot website, the 595 remains a popular model, particularly among budget-conscious consumers.

This robot vacuum cleaner is designed to remove pet hair along with dirt and other debris through a three-stage cleaning system. As with other iRobot vacuum cleaners, it cleans surfaces from carpets to tile, hardwood, and linoleum floors. When it needs a recharge, the Roomba heads back to its charging station.

It’s not as robust or powerful as its bigger siblings, but the 595 has a lot to offer. Aside from having the ability to clean various floor surfaces, this Roomba avoids off-limit spaces thanks to handy features such as cliff-detection sensors and virtual walls.

An array of sensors allows the Roomba to successfully navigate throughout any room in your home, ensuring that the vac makes its way around furniture and tricky wall edges, where dust and dirt frequently collects.

The 595, part of the iRobot Roomba pet series, comes with a user-friendly design that many users praise.

Roomba just tried to suck up my sneaker. Fortunately, it didn’t get past the laces.

The Pet Series automatically cleans up to four rooms per charge and holds up to three and a half times more debris in its high-capacity sweeper bin than the regular vacuum bin. It’s designed to suck up more pet hair, dander and kibble than the other Roombas.

My sister’s Labrador, Chagall, seemed very comfortable with the interloping robot, giving it a sniff or two and then ignoring it completely. She even stepped on Roomba while bolting for a dog biscuit.

Part of the more rugged 500 series, the 562 (available from iRobot for $369) can take a few bites and scratches. It also handles terrain challenges with ease, transitioning from rug to hardwood without getting caught in the tassels. Roomba was also fine with the 1.5-inch differential, sloped over a threshold, between my kitchen and hallway.

iRobot marked its 20th anniversary the other day (see our photo gallery of its robots), notching more than 5 million home robots sold, and I celebrated by sicking one of the latest, the 562 Pet Series, on the dust bunnies under my bed.

It did an excellent job, devouring the bunnies and getting into other spots where a vacuum can’t go, like under the sofa. Unleashing it regularly made my 90-year-old apartment that much more livable.

Like all models in the Roomba line of home-cleaning robots, the 562 starts working at the touch of a button. In theory, you don’t have to worry about it at all after that, except for routine maintenance.

Product Specification:

  • Simple one-touch operation
  • Three-stage cleaning system for optimal use
  • Cliff detection sensor keeps it from falling down stairs
  • On-board scheduling
  • Comes pre-assembled and ready to use
  • Ideal for households with pets
  • Virtual walls block off-limit areas
  • Returns home to its base charging station when battery is low
  • User-friendly controls
  • Works well on a number of floor surfaces
  • iAdapt sensors keep it from bumping into objects as it makes its way around a room
  • Arrives with extra filters and brushes

What’s in the Box?

  • 1 AeroVac™ Bin
  • 1 Rechargeable battery
  • 1 Auto on Virtual Wall
  • 1 Compact, self charging Home Base™
  • 1 AeroVac™ extra filter
  • 1 Flat cleaning tool


The Roomba 595 has a lot going for it, especially when you consider all that it offers for the price. Let’s take a look at some of its pros.

Automatically recharges – Not only does this Roomba head out for a cleaning session on its own, but it will also return to its charging base when its battery is running low. All you need to do is set up the base on the floor so that the Roomba can find its way back.
Virtual walls – A valid concern among many potential consumers is that the Roomba will venture into off-limit areas when it’s going around the room. This could be everything from a closet full of shoes to a couch that’s just low enough so that the Roomba might get stuck underneath. Whether you want to keep your robot vacuum cleaner out of a particular place in the room or you want it to avoid a room altogether, iRobot’s virtual wall feature really comes in handy. Having these virtual walls in place gives you peace of mind knowing that you can schedule a cleaning even when you’re not home, and the vacuum cleaner will stay out of forbidden spaces.
Single-touch operation – Some robot vacuum cleaners require you to press a number of buttons or scroll through an array of options on a screen just to start a regular cleaning session. However, the 595 works a bit differently. A convenient one-touch operation makes it easy for you to get the vacuum going with just the push of a button. Having a single-touch operation gives you the freedom to take care of other chores as the 595 makes its way around the house, or start the vacuum in a room then clear furniture out of the way as needed to ensure that the Roomba has a clear path that enables it to pick up as much dirt, pet hair, and debris as possible.


While this iRobot Roomba vacuum cleaner is a pretty solid robot vacuum cleaner, it doesn’t come without a few drawbacks. Here are a few of its cons:

Confusing cliff detection technology – While the 595’s cliff detection technology is generally helpful, it can cause moments of confusion for this Roomba. For example, several owners complain that if they have dark carpet or a darker area of a room, the vacuum cleaner may very well end up avoiding it altogether, as it believes that it’s about to go over a cliff. Later models (600 series and up) fixed this issue.
Requires regular cleaning – The 595 will gladly run around one room after the next, but it does require routine cleaning to keep it running properly. This is due in part to the relatively small dust bin, which needs to be emptied frequently. Pet hair and lint tends to collect around the bases, an issue that’s especially concerning for pet owners who want to run the vacuum daily or several times per week. Some owners note that the bin may need to be cleaned after every cleaning cycle in really dirty homes.
Random cleaning plan – When it runs loose around the house, the 595 tends to clean in a rather sporadic pattern. Some competitor units map out a specific cleaning pattern before they begin, but the 595 does not. As a result, it may clean certain areas more than once while skipping others altogether.


In fact, most owners specifically purchase the vacuum to help clean up after their pets. The vacuum can pick up a surprising amount of dirt and pet hair in just one run.

Another big perk of this vacuum cleaner is that you can schedule it to automatically clean up to seven days per week. This gives you the freedom to set up cleanings even when you’re not home. If you want it to avoid certain areas, simply set up the virtual walls that come with the vacuum cleaner.

You can still find the iRobot Roomba 595 for sale, although iRobot is no longer promoting this particular model. This is great news for consumers who don’t really care about having the latest and greatest technology, and who don’t mind having an
older unit.

About the author

Judy D. Evans

Judy D. Evans

Spent 2001-2005 developing strategies for cleaning company formation in Tampa, FL. Spent college summers lecturing about marketing with no outside help. Spent childhood building my own cleaning company in Pensacola, FL.

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