iRobot Roomba i7

CLEANS UP AFTER YOU, AND ITSELF - Forget about vacuuming for months at a time with the Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal that allows the i7 to empty itself for up to 60 days.
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iRobot Roomba i7

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iRobot Roomba i3

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iRobot Roomba i6

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iRobot Roomba 694

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THE BEST ROOMBAS OF 2021

When it comes to robot vacuums, iRobot is the juggernaut in the room. The company accounts for roughly half of the automated floor cleaners on the market. Based on our lab testing, one of the biggest reasons for this is the combination of convenience and quality that iRobot’s Roomba robot vacs supply. This is why Roombas dominate our vacuum buying guides, from pet hair to robot vacuums in general.

However, Roomba models also run the gamut from affordable to really expensive, so it can be difficult to figure out which one is right for you.

We lab tested a ton of Roombas on their cleaning ability, navigational performance, value, smart features, and ease of usability. After balancing those test scores out, we think the iRobot Roomba i7+ (available at Amazon for $799.00) is the best choice for most households.

iRobot Roomba i7+

  • CLEANS UP AFTER YOU, AND ITSELF – Forget about vacuuming for months at a time with the Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal that allows the i7 to empty itself for up to 60 days.
  • POWERFUL PERFORMANCE AND POWERFUL PICK-UP – Pulls in stubborn and messes with a Premium 3-Stage Cleaning System and 10X the Power-Lifting Suction. (Compared to the Roomba 600 series cleaning system)
  • GUIDED BY SERIOUS SMARTS – With vSLAM navigation, the i7 learns the layout of your home and builds personal Smart Maps, enabling it to expertly clean and navigate in neat, efficient rows.

The iRobot Roomba i7+ is the most successful robot vacuum cleaner that can empty itself and also has strong suction. A vacuum in the charging base suctions everything out of the bin into a sealable bag. This means you don’t have to see, touch, or smell what your robot vacuum picks up.

Also, for your convenience, the i7+ has a whole host of smart features, and it’s Alexa and Google Home compatible. The i7+ can even make virtual maps that can track cleaning cycles and keep it out of individual rooms.

Fancy tech aside, the i7+ can vacuum up quite a bit. On average, it picked up 10 grams of debris, which means that in a week, it can keep up with a mild manual cleaning on a variety of surfaces, including hardwood floors and carpet.

The i7+ is expensive, but every penny is accounted for in the large number of features and its excellent performance on a variety of floor types.

Pros

  • Can empty itself

  • App allows you to choose what rooms to clean

  • Powerful dirt pickup

Cons

  • Expensive

iRobot Roomba i3

  • CLEANS UP AFTER YOU, AND ITSELF – Forget about vacuuming for months at a time with the Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal that allows the i3 to empty itself for up to 60 days.
  • POWERFUL PERFORMANCE AND POWERFUL PICK-UP – Pulls in stubborn dirt and messes with a Premium 3-Stage Cleaning System and 10X the Power-Lifting Suction. Control how you clean with the iRobot HOME app or your voice assistant.
  • SMART NAVIGATION GETS THE JOB DONE – The i3 navigates and maps your home in neat rows using state-of-the-art floor tracking sensors to vacuum hardwood and carpet.

The iRobot Roomba i3+ provides the best bang for your buck. It’s the most affordable Roomba model you can get that has the self-emptying feature.

During our cleaning tests, the i3+ picked up an average of 11 grams of dirt per run. This puts it in the same league as the more expensive i7+. We also think the textured, gray top of the i3+ is a better design than the i7+. After a few weeks of cleaning, the i3+ looks much cleaner and less scuffed, whereas right out of the box, the i7+ and i6+ look very shiny and attractive, but over time they tend to get scratched and covered in dust.

People who are on the fence between splurging on the i7+ or looking to save with i3+ should know there are a few drawbacks to the latter. It comes with less stuff. The i7+ comes with five extra dirt disposal bags and an extra side brush.

Pros

  • Powerful suction

  • Self-emptying

Cons

  • Expensive, even as a best value

iRobot Roomba i6

  • UPGRADE TO A SMARTER CLEAN – The i6+ introduces an exclusive upgrade to Imprint Smart Mapping, giving you the same capabilities and experiences as the Roomba i7+. Roomba i6+ learns your home to clean and schedule by room, unleashing powerful cleaning.
  • CLEANS UP AFTER YOU, AND ITSELF – Forget about vacuuming for months at a time with the Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal that allows the i6+ to empty itself for up to 60 days.Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal: 12.2 W x 15.1 D x 19 H inches
  • POWERFUL PERFORMANCE and POWERFUL PICK-UP – Pulls in stubborn dirt and messes with a Premium 3-Stage Cleaning System and 10X the Power-Lifting Suction. Control how you clean with the iRobot HOME app or your voice assistant.

The iRobot Roomba i6+ and i8+ are retailer specific versions of the i7+, sold at Amazon and Costco respectively. They are more or less clones of the i7+, which means everything from dirt pickup performance to the installation are all the same.

The key difference is that the Roomba i6+ lacks a spare filter and extra bags.

The Roomba i8+ has a larger battery and comes with a virtual wall, which is a device that fires an infrared beam that the robot will not cross. Both these features are somewhat redundant, since we found during testing that the Roomba i7+ can already cover most homes in a single charge and the Genius Home Intelligence app can direct where you want your robot vacuum to go.

Both the i6+ and the i8+ are fine, especially if you are already an Amazon Prime or Costco member. However, we don’t see a major advantage in buying them over the i7+ unless they’re on sale.

Pros

  • Power suction

  • Self Emptying

  • Comprehensive App

Cons

  • Expensive

iRobot Roomba 694

  • CLEAN SMARTER – Sleek, premium design complements your home décor; The Roomba 694 is a great way to begin cleaning your home smarter. Just schedule it to clean up daily dirt, dust, and debris with the iRobot HOME app or your voice assistant. – for effortlessly clean floors.
  • LOOSENS, LIFTS, & SUCTIONS – The 3 Stage Cleaning system & Dual Multi-Surface brushes grab dirt from carpets & hard floors, an Edge-Sweeping brush takes care of corners & edges.
  • LEARNS YOUR LIFE LISTENS TO YOUR VOICE – Learns your cleaning habits to offer up personalized schedules, while Google Assistant & Alexa allow you to start cleaning with just the sound of your voice.

If you’re looking for the most affordable, the iRobot Roomba 694 is your best bet. During testing it picked up an average of 11 grams of testing debris. Anything above 10 grams per run gets our gold star of approval.

However, the great cleaning performance does come at a cost. We observed that the 694 is pretty aggressive when it comes to navigation, ramming into furniture. It never damaged any of our testing furniture, but it was enough to cause a racket.

While the 694 is compatible with iRobot Genius, you don’t need it. This is a simple robot vacuum. People looking for a robot vacuum to plug in and go need to check this one out.

Pros

  • Affordable

  • Good Cleaning

Cons

  • Loud

iRobot Roomba S9

  • CLEANS UP AFTER YOU, AND ITSELF – Forget about vacuuming for months at a time with the Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal that allows the s9 to empty itself for up to 60 days.
  • OUR MOST ADVANCED CLEAN – You—and your home—deserve the best. With groundbreaking technology and a sophisticated design, the s9 is our smartest, most powerful robot vacuum yet.
  • DEEPEST CLEAN – With 40x the suction power, the superior 3-Stage Cleaning System lifts, loosens, then eliminates debris and pet hair from deep within your carpets. Automatically increases suction to clean even deeper with power boost technology.
  • DETAILED POWERFUL CLEAN – PerfectEdge Technology with advanced sensors and a specially designed Corner Brush optimize cleaning deep into corners and along edges. Ideal for homes with pets. 30% wider Dual Rubber Brushes don’t get tangled with pet hair

The iRobot Roomba S9+ is unique amongst iRobot robot vacuums with D-shaped chassis—a style pioneered by Neato. The idea of a D-shape is that it can get flush with walls and corners, something that circular robot vacuums can have trouble doing. After spending a week with the S9+, we think that it’s a fine robot vacuum, but it’s too expensive for what you get.

In our cleaning tests, this robot vacuum picked up an average of eight grams per run, slightly lower than our standard of 10 grams.

The S9+ is gentle, only lightly nudging furniture and walls to find its way around. This behavior can be great, but it also means the S9+ avoids jamming its brushes into places to find dirt.

Pros

  • Powerful

  • Self-emptying

Cons

  • Expensive

HOW DOES A ROOMBA WORK?

A Roomba is a small computerized vacuum cleaner that has a disc-like shape. It automatically travels around your home, using spinning brushes to pick up dirt and debris as it glides over the floors.

Side brushes sweep the dirt underneath the Roomba, while counter-rotating brushes underneath it guide the debris toward the vacuum, which sucks it into a storage bin.

In order to move around your home automatically, the Roomba utilizes a group of preprogrammed instructions and onboard sensors that keep it from banging into walls and furniture.

A Roomba has a rechargeable battery that provides the power it needs to move throughout your home. It comes with a charging station, where you can keep the vacuum when it’s not in use so you know that it’s always ready to go when you want to clean.

3-stage cleaning

All Roomba models feature a patented 3-stage cleaning system. The vacuums loosen, lift, and suction dirt and debris to clean your floors effectively.

However, some models have increased air power to make the cleaning process even more effective – some Roombas have five to ten times the air power of lower end models, which allows them to more effectively remove embedded dirt.

For the most complete clean, you may want to opt for a higher end Roomba series.

Battery life

All Roomba vacuums operate on a battery, but not all batteries provide the same cleaning time. Your vacuum’s battery life will determine how long the Roomba can clean before it needs recharging, so it’s an important factor to consider when you’re shopping.

If you have a large home, you may want to invest in a model that has an extra long battery life.

Some Roombas are equipped with batteries that have 60 minutes of run time, while other mid-range models have a 75 minute battery life. For the longest running Roomba, look for a model with a battery life of about 120 minutes.

Self-charging capabilities

Every Roomba model has a self-charging feature, which means that they will automatically return to their docking station to charge when they’re running low on power.

They won’t go back to cleaning on their own, though, so you’ll need to set the vacuum back to cleaning again once it’s done charging.

However, some Roomba series have a Recharge and Resume feature as well. That allows the vacuum to return to the docking station when it needs to charge but immediately pick up the cleaning job where it left off once it’s fully charged.