This is our verdict of the iRobot Roomba i7+ based on several hours of research of reviews from both experts and users.
The Roomba i7+ is one of the top-of-the-line products of iRobot. It supports various innovative features that make the robot vacuum fully automated and enables you to go for weeks without thinking of cleaning your floors. However, it also comes with a price. It is expensive, but that’s the price of convenience.
The Roomba i7+ boasts its self-emptying dust bin, which iRobot calls the Clean Base. The Clean Base works as advertised and is both a charging dock and a self-empty dust bin. It can store up to 60 days worth of dirt, depending on how frequently you use it and how dirty your home is.
The robot vacuum returns to the Clean Base whenever it detects that the bin is full or when the battery is low even in the midst of cleaning. It might often return to the base because it has a relatively small dust bin and an average battery life of up to 75 minutes. Because of its smart navigation system, it remembers where it left so that it can resume its cleaning cycle instead of restarting again.
The Roomba i7+ has a smart navigation system that enables the robot vacuum to know which areas it already cleaned and hasn’t cleaned yet. Because of its mapping capability, the created map in the app features a lot of customization to better suit your cleaning needs. You can choose whether to clean the whole floor or specific rooms only. It also allows you to name particular rooms, which can come in handy if you use voice integrations such as Alexa or Google Assistant. For instance, you can command it to clean the kitchen or any room you like using your voice, unlike other robot vacuums that only use voice integration for basic commands.
iRobot calls the navigation system of the Roomba i7+ as Imprint Smart Mapping. It can save up to 10-floor maps which is impressive since most robot vacuums can only save up to 4 maps. Another thing that makes it stand out from most robot vacuums is that it can remember the layout of your home. If you move it to other floor levels without the Clean Base or start it to any starting point, it can still recognize which floor map it will follow. Other robot vacuums need to start at the same spot as the docking station to recognize the floor level and won’t create a new floor map.
The Roomba i7+ uses a camera-based navigation system that allows it to navigate better. However, the drawback of using a camera is that it cannot operate well without enough light. So, it is not a great choice if you use it at night when you are asleep. Moreover, it takes a few runs before it can create an accurate map, unlike the Roborock S4 Max that can instantly create a precise map after its first run.
The Roomba i7+ utilizes a dual rubberized main brush that is only seen in iRobot Roomba products. Unlike other robot vacuum brushes, it is resistant to hair tangles which makes it easier to maintain. It also has 10x the suction power of the 600 series of Roomba that allows it to have a great pick-up ability.
Overall, the Roomba i7+ is an impressive robot vacuum only if you not are tight on your budget. It has an excellent vacuuming ability that can pick up fine to large debris. It also supports a lot of features that make the robot vacuum fully automated. So, with its impressive cleaning performance and advanced features, it is worth the investment.