The iRobot Roomba i7 and i7+ are not cheap so it pays to get them on sale. Take a look at what I found today:
If you’re interested in a mop as well, you should consider getting a bundle at the iRobot store. These have discounts of over $200, and you can find them here:
There are budget Roomba models that go for half of that, while expensive models like the S9+ go for double. So what does it offer? Here are some of the features you can expect:
With the cheaper Roomba models, one downside is that they don’t actually know the layout of your house. This has been a drawback with robo-vacs in general since the first Roomba came out in 2002, but things are improving. Newer, mid-range and above Roomba models have mapping features, figuring out the layout of your home better than you do.
This Roomba figures out your layout, furniture, and other aspects of your floor plan, and then remembers it the next time. You can then view the map on an app, and ask the Roomba to clean only certain areas, which is always convenient.
Being able to view your house’s map on any device means that you can make any changes if needed, and then watch as your Roomba cleans up shop quite nicely.
Cheaper Roombas just go in one direction, then turn once they hit something. This does clean up the house fairly well, but they always end up missing a spot, and never learning not to run into certain things. Thanks to Smart Mapping, that is now going away, and most can celebrate at that idea.
Some Powerful Suction
The i7 isn’t the most powerful Roomba model available on the market, but it does have quite a bit of suction. It’s about 10 times stronger than the 600 series, guaranteeing a better cleanup than most models. It uses a 3-stage cleaning system. Those stages are:
- Corner cleaning. The Roomba uses an edge-sweeping brush to clean up any corners or other edges. Some Roombas clean the edges better than others, but the i7 has some quite decent cleaning to it.
- Picks up debris. This stage is done thanks to its dual counter-rotating brushes. They manage to pick up and take away any dirt or debris from the ground.
- Then, the dirt is sucked up and filtered to ensure the best clean possible. Even if you can’t see the dirt and allergens, your Roomba can, and will keep everything as clean and allergy-free as possible.
Let’s talk about the filter real fast. The i7, other higher end Roomba models, use a strong filter to trap over 99 percent of allergens. You may not need this for your average home, but if you have pets and pet allergies, the Roomba works to trap any allergens to keep your home as allergy-free as possible. Pets are lovely, but the allergies they bring are not.
Just Great for Pets in General
Don’t believe us when we say that the i7 is great for pets? Here’s another reason why the i7 rocks: it doesn’t get tangled with your pet’s hair. With cheaper models, the Roomba’s brushes can tangle up with your pet hair. This usually means that you have to take some scissors and snip it out yourself. It can be a pain. However, the i7’s multi-layered brushes prevents that.
A Great App
We can’t mention the app enough. This app is available for most Roomba models nowadays, even the cheaper ones. It uses your smartphone, Alexa, or other devices as its remote, but it does so much more. With the app, you can:
◦ Schedule cleanings. You can keep your home nice and clean while you’re gone, and you don’t have to deal with having to hear it while you’re gone.
◦ Program it to clean certain areas at certain times, thanks to its Smart Mapping technology.
◦ Receive any maintenance requests or errors, as well as read the log. If there’s anything that happens, the Roomba can tell you about it.
◦ Always receive updates with the latest features.
Smartphone integration is working wonders with your devices, and the Roomba is one of the best in that regard. While not the cleaning maid we envisioned back in the day, these are the future, and they’re something that will just get even better over time.
The i7 lasts for about two hours on a single charge, meaning that it works well for most homes. Of course, if the battery is low, the i7 will always go back to its charging station and recharge. Recharging time does take a little bit; about three hours, so make sure you charge before every use.
I7 vs. I7+
You may notice a Roomba with a similar name: the i7+. Kind of sounds like a phone, doesn’t it? The i7+ is the same as the i7, but it has the ability to self-empty. Its charging station has a bin where the Roomba empties everything into. This bin does use bags, which you will have to purchase down the road. However, if you really don’t like emptying the Roomba on your own, the i7+ may be a worthy investment. It is expensive, going for about $1,000.
Tips and Tricks
Here are some tips and tricks to make your i7 even better:
- Always use parts that are authentic. Go to iRobot’s website if you’re unsure if the parts you find are genuine or not. With a higher end model, buying the correct brushes and filters will get the most out of it. Third-party filters may not get the tiny allergens, while the cheaper brushes may not like pet hair as much.
- Map out your home before running it. The i7 should have a feature where it maps out your house before using its suction. This way, you can avoid any cords or furniture the first time.
- Remember that the Roomba is not a complete substitute for a traditional vacuum. Always give your house a deep cleaning every once in a while. With that said, the i7 can definitely reduce the need for that.
Black Friday Deals
The Roomba is no stranger to some good deals this savings season. You can find Roomba models up to 50 percent off this Black Friday. With a Roomba, it’s always smart to look on all avenues to find the best deal. Some online retailers may offer better or worse deals.
There are other products from iRobot on sale this year such as the Roomba s9+, the Roomba E5, the Roomba 980, the Roomba 960, and the Braava Jet. And of course Neato and other Robot Vacuums are on sale too.
Don’t count out the brick and mortar retailers. While it’s always a hassle to get up early and battle through the crowds, you can sometimes find some incredible deals. Do your research beforehand, and you may snag an i7 before anyone else does.
The i7 is a great mid-range model. If you’re wanting to upgrade your Roomba, or you want to start strong with your first robo-vacuum, the i7 is a great investment. Check out the latest deals and buy one.