iRobot Roomba i7+
Suggested Retail949,99 USD
DT Editor's Choice
"Roomba i7+ achieves a new standard of industry-leading comfort and performance that busy, affluent homeowners will love."
- Excellent cleaning ability
- Automatic dirt removal
- Continuous mapping over several floors
- Simple planning and cleaning of a single room
- Google Home/Amazon Alexa voice control
- Placing Bulky Clean Base can be tricky
- The dirt removal system is high
So far, the story of this year's robotic vacuuming market has been one of low-cost, high-performance devices bringing automated cleaning to more and more homes around the world. While we don't have the bells and whistles of the premium line, we're impressed by the solid performance of vacuum cleaners likeHello IONRobot 750,Ecovac Deebot 901IEufy Robovac11S.
- Redesigned, inside and out
- The thick, fine Clean Base is hard to put down
- Quiet and efficient cleaning
- Multi-floor mapping is a real convenience
- Smart voice control is not that smart
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But at the top end of the market, category leaders like iRobot continue to innovate. Take the new iRobot Roomba i7 and i7+, for example. Aiming at new levels of performance and comfort, these new Roombas may look familiar, but they have completely upgraded internals, with improved suction and collection, smarter mapping, and thanks to the i7+, automatic debris removal.
You no longer have to empty the small dust container after each cleaning - the i7+ does it for you. Once it's done cleaning, the i7+ goes back to its charging station, a new model with a large, hanging bin called the Clean Base. Dust and dirt are extracted by the Roomba and carefully stored in a sealed bag with enough capacity for up to 30 cleanings. This is just one of many improvements iRobot hopes to steer away from its low-cost competitors and convince you to invest in a more refined experience.
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Today we're looking at the $949 Roomba i7+, which includes an upgraded dock and an auto-trash feature. If you prefer a more traditional robot vacuum, the company's entry-level Roomba i7 costs $699. It offers all the features of the i7+ except for automatic dirt removal, but you can upgrade the internal canister and charging dock later on for $299.
At first glance, the Roomba i7+ looks like any robotic vacuum you've ever seen, but this new model has been redesigned inside and out. Under the hood is an improved and enlarged processorBaranunlocks new features, while the newly designed cleaning head with two rubber brushes for different surfaces and powerful suction promises ten times more air power and twice the cleaning performance compared to the previous Roomba flagship model.
Built-in cameras and sensors support Roomba's latest intelligent mapping features, which allow the robot to know the layout of every room on every floor of your home. While it's quite fun to clean anywhere, a quick tap on the iRobot HOME app allows you to select a specific room to clean or instruct an Amazon deviceAlexazAsystent Google.
At first glance, the Roomba i7+ looks like any robotic vacuum you've ever seen.
The robot learns about your home every time it cleans - a sensor on the bottom detects areas that attract more dirt (such as high-traffic corridors) and cleans those floors more thoroughly. The redesigned, washable dust bin can now be rinsed out to keep it clean, and even the i7's manual controls have changed from mechanical buttons to a new tactile feel.
Arriving in an impressively large box consisting of the robot, charging station and accessories (including an extra bag, front sweeping brush, filter and virtual wall barrier), Roomba i7+ takes little time to set up. It comes fully assembled and partially charged, but you'll need to find a suitable location for the high-charging station, then install and set up the iRobot Home app (iOS/Androidmaintained). iRobot recommends charging Roomba's lithium-ion battery for three hours before first use, after which the robot will automatically return to the charging dock when it needs to be recharged.
One downside to using the large Clean Base i7+ is that it's harder to hide the vacuum cleaner when not in use. We often see flat charging stations fit under cupboards, allowing robotic vacuum cleaners to come and go as they please. This is not possible with the i7+, so if you want to stow the Roomba you may need to find a spacious utility room or a large closet with an outlet.
The problem becomes even bigger when you realize how picky the Clean Base app is. iRobot recommends that the smart charging station has at least four feet of space in front and 15 feet on each side. Finding the right place in a home with an outlet can be a challenge, especially in smaller homes and apartments. With less space, you can accidentally create a "virtual wall" that prevents parts of your floor plan from being mapped - a problem we encountered several times during testing. This isn't the problem we've had with cheaper mapping robots, and we'd expect the thousand-dollar model to be more accommodating.
When you first start up the i7+, you will notice that the vacuum cleaner is quite quiet when cleaning. An integrated (rather primitive) speaker tells you the status of the Roomba, so you can monitor events without having to connect to the app, although iRobot recommends pausing for the first cleaning. A single edge-sweeping brush (rather than the two found on many competitors) means the vacuum has to attack the edges of the room in multiple directions, and we were a little surprised to see the device hitting table legs and other furniture more often. hit than expected when first cleaned. However, the robot was able to climb over carpets and cracks in the floor with relative ease, and when it got stuck in a corner of the carpet, it managed to free itself and continue cleaning.
Unlike some robot vacuum cleaners that initially display real-time floor plans when scanning, you have to wait for the i7 to finish its first run before you can see the results. We started our first run without fully charging the robot, so the i7 had to go back to the charging dock to finish. We were pleased to see that the iRobot Home App clearly indicates the charging time, and the dirt is automatically removed after each turn. The Clean Base is equipped with a very powerful vacuum cleaner that makes noise when ejected. While it is both effective and practical, you will definitely use it.
After three passes, your map will be created and Roomba will guess how the floor space is divided into different rooms. Adjusting the plan is easy: draw straight lines on the map to mark divisions, then press and mark each room. Now you can command Roomba i7 to clean specific rooms on an ad hoc basis or on a scheduled basis - both are easy to manage.
Persistent mapping - a feature that allows the i7 to store and recall multiple maps - seems like an obvious addition to a robot vacuum, but it's missing from many models. The inclusion here is a real bonus. Of course, you'll have to spend time mapping each floor of your house, but once you've done that, you can just move the i7 upstairs and run it.
The edge cleaning was much better than the cheap robotic vacuum cleaners we tested.
We liked the i7's cleaning performance, which was first class. The edge cleaning was much better than the cheap robotic vacuum cleaners we tested, and the automatic spot cleaning kicked in a few times when the robot detected an area that needed more attention.
Of course, with the arrival of the Clean Base i7+, owners will have to buy dirt cleaning bags on a semi-regular basis. At $15 for a three-pack, the bags are more expensive than we expected, but iRobot tells us that one pack lasts six months, so it shouldn't be a significant expense. If the thought of being attached to consumables gives you the shivers, the entry-level i7 model has a more traditional and larger bin that you empty after each cleaning.
Each bag features a plastic top panel that slides smoothly into the Clean Base for a precise fit. You'll be notified when it's time to change your bag, and when you've pulled out a full bag, a plastic panel slides over the opening, preventing dust from flying anywhere. It's a nice design.
Wanting to try Roomba Voice Control, we first linked our iRobot account with usGoogle Homeunit. Unfortunately, the Assistant repeatedly advised us - you guessed it - to link our account, even though it successfully linked it in the Google Home app when it tried to follow the command. After repeating these steps several times, we finally linked our accounts, only to be told that the Roomba is "not responding to commands at this time."
Fortunately, our experience with Alexa was much better as accounts connected quickly and the i7+ correctly responded to voice commands with near-instantaneous results. We will continue to experiment with the Google Assistant and update this review if and when we succeed.
It would be easy - albeit a little lazy - to call the Roomba i7+ the "iPhone of robotic vacuum cleaners" given its hefty price tag and premium features, but that certainly seems to be where the model comes in. At $949, the i7+ is very expensive, especially considering the sheer number of budget competitors hitting the market. But with this innovative robot vacuum, iRobot has set a new standard for industry-leading convenience and performance that busy, affluent homeowners will love.
That said, the i7+ still has room for improvement. The problems we encountered with Google Home can be solved programmatically, while the tricky space requirements around the Clean Base can be more difficult to solve. But overall, if you have the money, the Roomba i7+ is a great addition to your smart home.
iRobot Roomba i7+ comes with a one-year warranty. Considering the price, we wish iRobot would offer extended warranty options to protect your initial investment, but that's not possible at the moment.
Is there a better alternative?
While few, if any, competitors can match the Roomba i7+ in terms of features and performance, there are certainly cheaper units out there that better suit your budget. For $699, the entry-level Roomba i7 offers the same features as the top model except for automatic dirt removal. Otherwise, look at $300Ecovac Deebot 901. It only offers single floor mapping and doesn't clean as thoroughly as the Roomba i7, but voice control, virtual limits, and low price make it a great alternative.
How long will it be?
With a 25-year history in consumer robotics and a large number of devices deployed around the world, we don't have to worry too much about the iRobot's achievements. As with any robot vacuum cleaner, the i7+ will likely take some bumps and bumps when cleaning your home, and we'd feel more comfortable with a longer warranty period. To protect your investment, be sure to review the company's equipment maintenance guidelines, particularly regarding regular cleaning and replacement of consumables, all of which are available atiRobot website.
Should you buy it?
If you have deep pockets, a spacious home and are looking for the latest in cleaning technology, you'll love the practical, feature-packed Roomba i7+.
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The self-emptying base adds a fair amount of value and convenience to any compatible robot vacuum. It's especially valuable if you have individuals at home who are more sensitive to dust and allergens. You're less likely to reintroduce debris if you go with a self-emptying bot.Is self emptying worth it in robot vacuum? ›
The self-emptying base adds a fair amount of value and convenience to any compatible robot vacuum. It's especially valuable if you have individuals at home who are more sensitive to dust and allergens. You're less likely to reintroduce debris if you go with a self-emptying bot.Why robot vacuums are not worth it? ›
Con: They don't clean as well as other vacuum types
And whether or not a robot vacuum is suited to you will depend a lot on the type of floor you have and the layout of your home. Our rigorous lab tests have found robot vacs generally don't clean as well as traditional barrel or stick vacuums.
It's a basic and affordable vacuum with a slim profile, good suction and quiet operation, and should work well for anyone who wants to maintain their floors in between manual vacuuming. The Eufy does a superb job picking up dirt, excelling on hardwood floors, tile and low-pile carpets.Which is the best robotic vacuum cleaner? ›
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- iRobot. iRobot Roomba J7 Plus. Best poop-detecting robot vacuum. ...
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- Amazon. Eufy RoboVac 25C.
Robot vacuums can't completely replace their traditional counterparts, but they do have certain important strengths. Their ability to clean automatically on schedule, means having a home that is cleaner and more hygienic.What is the best robot vacuum avoids poop? ›
+. If you're in the market for a very high-end robot vacuum, we recommend the iRobot Roomba j7+. It's a little bit more affordable, offers better usability, and, as we can now confirm, it avoids poop like a pro.How many years do robot vacuums last? ›
If you get a more affordable model, like Roomba 675 you can expect a lifespan of up to two years. Go to the higher-end, like the iRobot j7+, and our research and testing suggest you can get five years plus of cleaning with proper maintenance.How much should you spend on robot vacuum? ›
Those looking to simply supplement their cleaning routine with a few hands-free vacuuming sessions each week may prefer more affordable robot vacuum models—these lower-end (but still effective) products typically cost between $200 and $400.Why do people buy robot vacuums? ›
You know how you're always adjusting your regular vacuum's settings as you move from room to room, encountering hard floors, low pile carpets, and thicker rugs? Robotic vacuums are designed to handle this on the fly with their sensors that detect changes in floor surfaces.
eufy RoboVac uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and the typical estimated lifespan of a lithium-ion battery is 300 to 500 charging cycles.How long should eufy robot vacuum last? ›
A full charge will last for 3 years when RoboVac is left in stand-by mode. However, to preserve the lifespan of the internal battery, be sure to use RoboVac at least once every 3 months.How long will eufy last? ›
In the most common usage scenarios, a fully charged camera can last for one year except eufyCam 2C and eufyCam 2C Pro. For eufyCam 2C and eufyCam 2C Pro, it can last for half-year. Battery life varies and depends on the number of times motion is detected, recording time duration, and environmental temperatures.What are some disadvantages of the Roomba? ›
- Short Battery Life.
- Inefficient Cleaning.
- Extremely Noisy.
- Frequent Emptying.
Ecovacs Deebot T9+ Robot Vacuum and Mop Combo
We found that the Ecovacs DeeBot T9+ Vacuum and Mop Combo was the best robot vacuum with mapping, as it easily navigated around obstacles during our real-world tests.
The Roomba Combo j7+ will be available at select retailers throughout North America beginning in October. It will also be available as part of the iRobot Select membership program in 2023.Do robot vacuums clean corners? ›
The Roomba® s Series Corner Brush is specially designed with five arms to grab dirt and debris from deep in corners and along walls, directing it into the robot's path to be vacuumed up.How often do you have to mop with a robot vacuum? ›
Vacuum moderately used areas 2-4 times per week. Mopping and cleaning of non-carpeted areas, as well as vacuuming, should be done at least once a week.Which robot vacuums are self emptying? ›
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 Omni Robot Vacuum and Mop
Snagging the top spot in our test of self-emptying robot vacuums is the Ecovacs Deebot X1 Omni.
Dogs have sensitive ears and traditional vacs are usually very loud. In fact, the noise levels they produce are as high as 80 decibels, which is almost the same as the engine of your car. So now you can understand why your dog hates even the mere sight of your vacuum cleaner.
What is the quietest robotic vacuum cleaner? The Zoozee Z70 Robot Vacuum and Mop is the quietest robotic vacuum cleaner thanks to its specialized, low-noise motor. It's designed to work at 47.8dB on low suction mode and a maximum of 62.2dB on high suction when measured from a distance of 1.64ft (500mm).Should I leave my robot vacuum plugged in all the time? ›
Keep your robot plugged in and charging on the Home Base® or Clean Base™ when not in use. If your robot will not be used for more than a few weeks, we recommend placing the robot in ship mode. and storing it in a cool, dry place.Do robot vacuums use a lot of electricity? ›
A traditional, standard vacuum uses around 1.4kWh of power per hour; the humble robot charges on about 60-90 watts (over three hours), with one charge fuelling roughly an hour of cleaning. It's a no brainer!Does Roomba get better over time? ›
"The beauty of iRobot Genius is that our robots get smarter over time and continuously provide customers with new ways to clean where, when and how they want," said Keith Hartsfield , chief product officer at iRobot.How much should a robot cost? ›
New robots equipped with controllers and teach pendants are usually priced in the range between $50,000 — $80,000. A popular 6‑axis model sells for about $60,000, but the customer must keep in mind that the actual robot is only a fraction of the cost for the complete system.How many square feet will a robotic vacuum clean? ›
Aside from our rigorous obstacle course, we also tested the i7+ in an open-floor setting. We made this Roomba clean over 5,000-square feet.Are robots becoming cheaper? ›
As robot production has increased, costs have gone down. Over the past 30 years, the average robot price has fallen by half in real terms, and even further relative to labor costs (Exhibit 1).Why are robot vacuums so expensive? ›
As models get more expensive, they offer more advanced features, like self-cleaning, AI and voice connection, automatic floor mapping capabilities, and dedicated apps. The cheapest models often lack suction power, especially for homes with high pet hair.Why are most robot vacuums round? ›
“The beauty of a round shape is that it makes things easy to navigate,” Hild says. “From a robot perspective, it's very difficult to navigate [tight spaces and corners], but a round robot can rotate 180 degrees and come out the way it went in.”Is a robot vacuum and mop worth it? ›
Hybrid robot mop-vacuums are worth it if you lack the space for both devices. All of these will work as typical robot vacuum cleaners, picking up pet hair from the floors and low pile carpeting, even under furniture, and will mop your hard floors as well, keeping the house tidy.
How much does eufy cost per month? eufy has the option of $0 per month with self-monitoring. However, for cloud video storage, the Basic Plan goes for $9.99 per month or $29.99 per year per camera. The Premier Plan costs $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year for up to 10 cameras.Does EUFY RoboVac map your house? ›
RoboVac L70 Hybrid will automatically save a map on the device after it completes its first full cleaning cycle of your home and returns to the charging base.What is the newest eufy model? ›
X9 adds self cleaning and drying
Not new technology by any means but the new eufy X9 Pro will also feature automated self-cleaning and mopping pad-drying abilities once the room cleanup is complete. This technology is used on bots like ECOVACS Deebot X1 Omni and Roborock S7 Max V Ultra.
Like most robotic vacuum cleaners, it's designed to bumble around your floor, cleaning automatically as it goes. It's circular in shape and has a low profile so it can fit under furniture and clean the carpet under your bed, and it will recharge itself at its base when it runs low on battery power.Why is my eufy battery draining so fast? ›
Customize Recording: Each video recording length can be customized up to 120 seconds. Doorbell automatically detects motion as frequently as possible, which may drain the battery quicker.What happens when eufy is full? ›
If RoboVac has finished a round of cleaning, it will empty its dust collector automatically by default when it returns to the auto-empty station. The emptying frequency can be adjusted in the eufy Clean app and RoboVac will automatically return to the auto-empty station to empty dust after it finishes cleaning.Can you leave eufy plugged in all the time? ›
Yes, you can leave the camera plugged in all the time. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us via email@example.com or call us at +1 (800) 988 7973.Do eufy still record if power goes out? ›
*Videos recorded in the period will be lost if the router or the HomeBase is restarted. Works normally if the camera is charged until the backup battery on the HomeBase is drained. *Videos recorded in the period will be lost if the router or the HomeBase is restarted.Why not to buy robot vacuum? ›
According to our expert Kim, robot vacs are more likely to go rogue and break down than traditional vacs, and despite their high price point, the warranties are usually limited to just one or two years. "As many robot vacuums cost $1000 or more, you'd expect to get many years of life out of them.Does Roomba memorize your house? ›
Roomba® can also learn your home as it cleans. It typically takes three (3) to five (5) cleaning missions or Mapping Runs to generate a fully developed Imprint™ Smart Map that you can then customize and use.
- The use of robots can create economic problems if they replace human jobs.
- Robots can only do what they are told to do – they can't improvise.
Hybrid robot mop-vacuums are worth it if you lack the space for both devices. All of these will work as typical robot vacuum cleaners, picking up pet hair from the floors and low pile carpeting, even under furniture, and will mop your hard floors as well, keeping the house tidy.How does self emptying robot vacuum work? ›
A self-emptying system offers a dock for the robot vacuum to rest in. It connects the robot to a series of vacuums that remove dirt and debris from the dustbin and place it in a much larger storage bin while also charging the machine. You can regard it as the vacuum cleaner's bag.Should I run my robot vacuum every day? ›
Most owners believe that running their robot vacuums four times per week is sufficient to keep the floors dust-free. However, if you have children or pets, you should use your robot vacuum more frequently. Daily vacuuming is recommended if you suffer from seasonal allergies.