But wow, it demands a lot of your bank account. The Roomba i7+ sometimes costs more than our favorite washing machine. Despite that sky-high cost, the Roomba i7+ isn’t quite a magic machine. It can still get stuck on socks or charging cables like almost any other bot. The self-emptying dock is loud. And the flashy new nav system seemed a little buggy in our testing.
Personally though, if I had a pile of money to play around with, I would totally buy the Roomba i7+ before any other vacuum—robot, cordless, plug-in, whatever. The self-emptying feature and targeted cleaning options mark a new high point for low-effort cleaning.
iRobot Roomba i7+
The best robot vac money can buy
With a unique self-emptying dust bin and the rare ability to clean specific rooms on command, this Roomba is the easiest to use of any robot vacuum. But it’s not flawless, and you don’t have to pay such a high price to get a satisfying robot vac.
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A quick note: The Roomba i7 is the name of the actual robot (which you can buy on its own, if you want). The Roomba i7+ is the name of the package that includes the Roomba i7 plus the dock that enables the self-emptying feature, called Clean Base (also available for sale separately). One other minor difference: The dustbin on the standalone Roomba i7 has a slightly larger capacity because it doesn’t have the trap door that works with the Clean Base. If you buy a standalone Clean Base, the compatible dustbin is included (and it only fits into the i7, so no, you can’t modify another Roomba to work with the Clean Base).
We’re reviewing the package deal here, but if you’re curious about only the Roomba i7, you can just ignore everything about the self-emptying feature and the rest still applies.
Source: NY Times – Wirecutter