I recently reviewed iRobot Roomba 671. I found it to be a very competent and convenient vacuum cleaner. But I wished it could clean itself too. Well, my wish got fulfilled sooner then I imagined. On 21st February 2019, Puresight Systems launched iRobot Roomba i7 and i7+ in India. Both these Roomba vacuum cleaners can empty their dustbins. And unlike other Roomba robots, they have rubber brushes instead of bristle brushes. Cleaning bristle brushes is a hassle as hair gets tangled in them. But cleaning the rubber brushes should be easier.
Anyway, in this post, let’s check out the highlights of iRobot flagship Roomba i7+. Roomba i7 has similar features too. It can also clean its dustbin into the Clean Base. But this system needs to be purchased separately for i7. Whereas i7+ comes with it.
Imprint™ Smart Mapping:
Roomba i7+ can recognize upto 10 floor plans. This means that that it remembers the walls of the rooms. If you place it in a room, it can recognize it by analyzing the wall plan. The floor plan it saves does not include the furniture or other stuff in the room. So, users can move the furniture as they want. The floor plans can also be erased and re-registered to accommodate any major changes in the room. As the Roomba can recognize the rooms, users can give different names to different rooms. Using these names, they can easily command Roomba to clean particular room through apps or virtual assistants like Alexa. For example, a user can say, ‘Alexa, tell Roomba to clean the kitchen.’ When Roomba receives Alexa’s command, it will know where the kitchen is. It will navigate itself to the kitchen and clean it.
Empties its dustbin automatically:
Roomba i7+ comes with Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal system. (This can be purchased separately for Roomba i7.) The Clean Base also works at Roomba’s charging dock. When Roomba has finished cleaning or needs to recharge itself, it goes back to this Clean Base. The Clean Base charges the Roomba and also sucks in the debris from its dustbin. It can collect upto 30 bins of debris. When its bag gets full, it notifies the user. Then the user can throw away the sealed garbage bag and fit another disposable bag into the Clean Base. Because the bag to be disposed off is sealed, it prevents any dust from blowing out. This is good for people with Asthma or other dust allergies. These garbage bags are not reusable. Once the bag is full, it is to be disposed off and the new bag is to be fit in its place. That makes this self-self cleaning feature a bit expensive.
iAdapt® 3.0 Navigation with vSLAM® Technology:
This helps Roomba i7+ to navigate around the home and keep track of where it has cleaned and the area that still remains to be cleaned. Roomba i7+ can also adapt as per the changing home environment to deliver better cleaning.
The Cleaning Performance:
iRobot Roomba i7 and i7+ have two Multi-Surface Rubber brushes. As there are no bristles in these brushes, they are easier to clean. They have been designed to deliver effective cleaning on carpet and floors. Roomba i7+ robot can adjust the height of its cleaning head to make the two brushes engage better with the floor. One brush is designed to loosen and agitate dirt. The second brush extracts and pulls dirt which is then sucked up by the vacuuming system. Compared to the bristle brushes, the flexible rubber brushes perform better at picking up small particles like dust and dirt, and also hair and large debris.
The low-profile design of Roomba robots helps them to go under furniture and clean otherwise hard to reach areas. iRobot claims that the High-Efficiency Filter of Roomba i7+ can capture 99% of pollen, mold, dust mites, and cat and dog allergens.
The Dirt Detect™ Technology of Roomba robots is designed to detect high-dirt areas. When Roomba finds such an area, it cleans the dirty area more thoroughly by performing a Spot cleaning.
Roomba i7+ is compatible with iRobot HOME app and can also be controlled using virtual assistants like Alexa. Using the app, users can schedule cleaning cycles and also remotely monitor the cleaning progress. The app allows users to set different cleaning schedules for different days.
Pricing and Availability:
- iRobot i7 is priced at Rs 69,900.
- The Roomba i7+ (with the Clean Base) is priced at Rs. 89,900.
- The Clean Base™ Automatic Dirt Disposal is also available separately. It is priced at Rs.37, 900.
- Additional Dirt Disposal Bags can be purchased from iRobot India’s website. They are priced at Rs.1, 690 for a pack of three bags.
As you can see, the convenience of self-cleaning robotic vacuum cleaners does not come cheap. But they can prove very helpful for employed professionals who are always short of time. These are efficient cleaning devices that take away the hard work from vacuuming.
As Colin Angle, chairman and CEO of iRobot, said at the launch of i7 and i7+, “With the ability to learn, adapt to and remember a home’s floor plan, and the introduction of automatic dirt disposal, the iRobot Roomba i7+ represents the most advanced robotic vacuum ever built. This robot delivers on the original vision we had when we embarked on the journey to build a vacuuming robot almost 20 years ago.”