The following description refers to a high-end robot vacuum with entirely automated management, even remotely. The Roomba i7 is designed with a 3-step cleaning system for carpet and bare floor cleaning. Still, its performance differs, depending on the surface. Let’s reveal the vacuum’s primary and behind-the-scenes details. Are they really worth the robot’s price?
The robot’s sizes are 13.3 inches in diameter and 3.6 inches in height, weighing 7.4 pounds, So, the device is relatively lightweight and compact to carry and store without an issue. However, the Roomba i7 can hardly slide under low-profile wardrobes and sofas. The dust container is only 0.4L that might have been a problem without its automatic emptying.
The robot sucks in pet hair, rice, and pieces of crackers, cat litter, and other medium-sized particles from the first attempt. It requires several passes to remove large debris or, on the contrary, flour and other finely milled substances. The battery capacity of 3,300 mAh allows the unit to work for 75 minutes without a break.
The i7 Roomba has modes to remove spots and dirt from edges, but it lacks the intensive mode to cope with the heavily polluted areas or thick carpets. Technically, the robot works on high-pile carpets, but it loses the charge in nearly 20 minutes and still leaves some pet hair and dust.
This model goes beyond just programmable vacuums. It features smart app control with multi-functional mapping. The latter means that the robot creates a detailed map of the space, and it really knows where the walls and the obstacles are located. This feature allows the robot to make purposeful passes in a row instead of chaotic overlapped movements.
One can create a particular schedule inside the mobile app to make the robot clean automatically whenever it’s required. It’s possible to set a single clean or weekly schedule. The robot is compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for voice control.
Set barriers through the app or use the included dual-mode virtual wall. It’s possible to place it near interior doors or at specific obstacles. One of the virtual wall’s modes creates a circular barrier of nearly 22 inches across around, for instance, the Christmas tree.
The most significant advancement of the Roomba i7 plus is its ability to empty itself. The docking station is made as a Clean Base that drains dust from the dustbin to a bag inside the base. Just open the lid and take the full bag away to clean it.
It has protective bumpers to avoid scratches once it touches the furniture. The single side brush at the bottom collects dirt, 2 main and 1 front plastic wheels let the robot move freely. The multi-surface rubber roller brush in the center has no bristles. The iRobot Roomba i7 is made with a washable dust container. Note that it’s also necessary to remove and wash the anti-allergic filter.
The vacuum’s Home button is on the top to send the unit to its docking station. It’s necessary to press this button and the Spot cleaning one simultaneously to pair the unit with Wi-Fi and the app.
Summing up the Roomba i7 review, I’d like to highlight its time-saving features thanks to smart mapping and remote management. The unit is also for those who like keeping rooms tidy day by day. It’s a win-win solution for pet owners or if people need to sweep up the kitchen every time after a meal.