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Amazon early Black Friday deal knocks iRobot's Roomba 694 down to a record low of $159

That’s $115 off, representing a savings of over 40 percent.

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iRobot’s Roomba 694 isn’t the most feature-rich robot vacuum on the block, but it certainly gets the job done. Now, it can get that job done for cheaper, as the Roomba 694 is on sale for $159 as part of an early Black Friday deal on Amazon. This is a record-low price for the gadget, with the discount slashing $115 off the MSRP. That’s more than 40 percent off the usual price of $275.

If you've been curious about hiring a robot helper to sweep the floors, but were waiting for a good deal, now might be a great time to jump on board. After all, the Roomba 694 sits at the top of our list of the best budget robot vacuums in the world. This little jobby might be low in price, but it's high in functionality.

This is a great deal for a well-regarded robot vacuum.

$259 at Amazon

The cleaning power is on point and the affiliated mobile app is both useful and easy to operate. The 694 boasts a sleek all-black design, giving it an aesthetic similar to its more expensive siblings. It can spot clean or do more intensive jobs throughout the home. The app lets you control the vacuum manually or set cleaning schedules. Amazon now owns Roomba, so you can even use that famous wisecracker Alexa to set up cleaning times.

The vacuum includes an edge-sweeping brush for corners and adaptive navigation capabilities, so it won’t careen down the stairs like a little kid on Christmas morning. These navigation sensors also allow the vacuum to clean under furniture. You don’t get any replacement brushes or filters with this unit, so you’ll have to buy those on your own when the time comes.

It cleans for 90 minutes before requiring a charge, but it’ll automatically head to the dock when the power’s running low, which is a staple of most modern robo-vacs. The Roomba 694 features a three-stage cleaning system that excels on both carpets and hard floors, but you won’t be able to use this little bot to mop. That’s a feature reserved for the pricier models.

Speaking of pricier vacuums, Roomba is running a sale on multiple models right now. You can snag the flagship J9+ for $600 instead of $1,000, or the J7+ vacuum/mop hybrid for $700 instead of $1,000. Even the mop-focused Braava Jet M6 is on sale for $300. In other words, it’s a mighty good day to be very, very lazy.

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