iRobot Roomba i7+ (7550) Robot Vacuum with Automatic Dirt Disposal - Empties Itself for up to 60 days, Wi-Fi Connected, Smart Mapping, Works with Alexa, Ideal for Pet Hair, Carpets, Hard Floors, Black
|Model Name||IRobot Roomba i7+ Wi-Fi Connected Robot Vacuum with Automatic Dirt Disposal (7550), Works with Alexa, Ideal for Pet Hair, Carpets, Hard Floors See more|
|Surface Recommendation||Carpets,Tile,Carpet,Hard Floors|
|Special Feature||10x Suction, Smart Mapping, Powerful Suction, Ideal for Pet Hair, Wi-Fi Connected, Works with Alexa, Carpets & Hard Floors, Recharges & Resumes See more|
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- 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..Runtime : 75 minutes
- 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.
- VACUUMS MESSES IN THE MOMENT - Cleaning crumbs is now as easy as “Roomba, clean under the kitchen table.” A simple request to your voice assistant* or via the iRobot Home app enables the i7 to clean messes for you, right when they happen.
- COMPLETE CONTROL OF YOUR CLEAN - With Smart Mapping, your robot knows your kitchen from your living room, so you can decide where it cleans and when. With Keep Out Zones, your robot knows to avoid sensitive areas like pet bowls or play areas.
- A CLEAN UNIQUE TO YOU - The Roomba i7 robot vacuum is smarter than ever, learning where and when you normally clean and suggesting personalized schedules so you can focus on everything else.
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Vacuuming that fits seamlessly into your life. The i7+ learns your home and navigates to where the messes are, right when they happen—so you can effortlessly keep your floors clean. Just say to Google Assistant or Alexa voice assistant, “Tell Roomba to clean under the kitchen table” and consider it done. After each cleaning, the i7+ empties itself into Disposal bags that hold up to 60 days of debris so you can forget about vacuuming for months. Personalized cleaning recommendations and seasonal suggestions help keep floors clean year-round, and 10x the Power-Lifting suction* paired with self-emptying convenience help make life a whole lot easier. *(compared to the Roomba 600 series cleaning system) *(Alexa and all related logos are trademarks of Amazon.com or its affiliates. Google is a trademark of Google LLC).
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Reviewed in the United States on March 17, 2019
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If you've done your homework, watched Vacuum Wars videos on YouTube and compared all available options right now, you may have landed on these 2 as your top contenders. The S9 looks nice but it's way too expensive and the reviews just aren't good enough. Roborock looks promising but their top end model is relatively expensive and doesn't have an auto-empty bin as of the date of this review. There is no "perfect" robot in existence right now, in my view. I'm a 5 year owner of a Roomba 960 that had to be returned 3 times initially and repaired once out of warranty before it reached a stable state for me. I figured it was time for an upgrade. I was not optimistic about the i7 at all due to previous 960 issues and for that reason purchased the Deebot first as an extremely impressive option full of advanced tech. I'll give you my experience with both and why, much to my surprise, I landed on the i7 as the robot I will keep.
First up, the N8 Pro+ which boasts variable suction levels that auto-switch depending on the floor type, low noise levels, laser 3D LiDAR tech for navigation, object avoidance camera, dual rotating brushes, built in mopping capability and a physically thinner footprint so it can get under my kitchen cabinets where my 960 gets stuck, daily. The functionality of the Ecovacs app is all there but my gripes are mainly around the layout, button naming and settings menus. I didn't find it very intuitive at all but all the key features are there: house mapping and virtual keep out zones being my top priorities. I did have some trouble with the initial configuration of the keep-out zones but got there eventually. The robot functions very well in general and is a very good vacuum, all told.
The downsides that I experienced, however, were enough for me to return it. The key cons here are battery life, recharge time, the auto-empty base and getting stuck. Your first step with the N8 is the initial mapping of your floorplan which must be completed fully before you can do anything, I mean anything. It runs the vacuum during this mapping so battery consumption will be high. The i7 by comparison can do mapping runs with the vacuum turned off making it a much more streamlined process. I found the battery life to be much lower than the advertised 110 minutes netting a maximum of 75 minutes. The bigger problem is that it takes HOURS to recharge, so depending on when you start your cleaning run, this thing could quite literally run all day. For example in my situation, 635 square feet cleaned took 110 minutes of total run time with a required charge in the middle. This netted a total of nearly 6 hours to complete! Unacceptable. Also important to note is that the N8 will want to recharge at 15% battery, so the most you ever really get out of this thing is 85%.
The next big problem for me was the design of the auto-empty base. They opted to use a dual port discharge method that sucks from 2 doors in the dust bin simultaneously. If you have pet hair to deal with, like I do, it was unable to suck out any of it, just leaving stranded clumps hanging from each port in the dust bin.
The final nail in the coffin was that despite all the advanced tech in the N8, cameras, lasers, etc, it STILL got stuck under the dining room table/ chairs just like my 960 does. Too many concessions so I sent it back and tried my luck with the i7+.
-Competitive price (usually on sale)
-Premium look and feel
-Advanced tech (cameras, lasers...)
-Powerful variable suction
-Systematic cleaning pattern
-Free in-box extras (bags, mop pads)
-Awesome low noise levels
-Lower physical profile so glides under kitchen cabinets
-Initial mapping will take a VERY long time and must be fully completed
-Even with Lidar, mapping, sensing etc it still gets stuck
-Battery life is terrible (more like 75 minutes at best) vs 110, charging time is worse (1 cleaning + charge cycle = 5 hours!)
-85% max usable battery is abysmal, Roomba will drain itself to nothing
-Dual port self-empty in the base creates problems, especially for pet hair
With the N8 returned I found the i7 on sale for the same price and pulled the trigger to give iRobot yet another chance. Much less advanced overall tech here, the same "crash into everything" sensor mode as the old Roomba models, no fancy lasers here but the camera does use iAdapt to map out objects. This camera needs light, mind you. Out of the box is a very simple setup just plug in the base, set the robot in it, add the robot to the app. I was prompted with a firmware update right away so let that run and waited until the next day to do the initial mapping run. Being able to just wander around without the vacuum running is such a simple but meaningful feature here. One battery charge and you should have a map of your floorplan, vs 2 runs + 1 charge on my N8. The completed map was excellent and they even attempt to add room dividers so you can partition areas of your house for more granularity. This is really cool and allows you to choose certain areas to clean on certain days or times if you want. No-go zones and room labels are also easily applied here. VERY intuitive app layout, button naming scheme, settings menus. You can tell iRobot put a lot of effort into this. So I did the mapping run then followed with a "vacuum everywhere" run, no virtual barriers yet. Not only was the robot able to navigate my entire floor cleaning everything, it didn't get stuck once, even under the kitchen cabinets or dining room chairs, truly impressive. It did need a charge in the middle but at an hour or so to top up, the cleaning process completes in a much more reasonable time period. The rubber brush rolls are great for hair of all kinds and manage to pass it to the dust bin without tangles. i7 triggers the auto-empty base which is LOUD like a jet taking off but wow is it effective, nothing left in the dust bin after, not a strand of long cat hair. iRobot used a single port suction method for the base which works much better than the dual port design the N8 uses, so no problem with stuck pet hair. For comparison, the i7 cleaned 658 sq ft in 133 mins of cleaning plus a 75 minute charge. Half the total time of the N8. Cool!
As for the downsides, there are a few but minor considering the system actually works well. First is the bump sensor design. I know the i7 first came out 3 years ago and once the robot learns your house it should be more gentle, as they claim, but this just feels like ancient tech at this point. Not only that, the RCON sensor, which is the protruding eye in the middle above the bumper, takes plenty of direct hits as it activates the bumper it sits on. This is the part I needed repaired on my 960 as one day it actually broke off due to years of repeated impact. iRobot should do like the others in this space and move it somewhere else safer! The unit itself is thicker than the N8 so doesn't glide under my cabinets but so far has managed to avoid getting stuck. The single rotating brush isn't as effective as the dual brushes on the N8 and you would need to buy a separate mopping robot, if you care about that. The other thing to keep in mind is that the Roomba can't see well in the dark, it needs light to do its thing.
Overall I'm very pleased with the i7 and intend to keep it. All the areas the N8 falls short work as intended or better on the i7, despite being lower tech. And this is after I was almost positive I wouldn't buy another Roomba!
-Premium look and feel
-Systematic cleaning pattern
-Free in-box extras (1 bag, filter, rotating brush)
-Excellent battery and charging performance
-Excellent auto-empty base
-ZERO issue with long pet hair
-Intuitive and granular control via the app (clean zones, no go zones, defined rooms that can be scheduled)
-Smart Maps works really well
-Old school vSLAM bump sensor tech that will mar the more stuff it bumps into
-RCON sensor sits in harms way atop the bumper
-Single rotating brush could be improved
-Room lighting is required, this thing doesn't do well in the dark
-No variable speed motor = higher noise, about the same as my 960
There was an error with the request and the action could not be completed." Then today I called in to tech support and was connected in a few minutes. Unfortunately the only solution suggested was to delete and redo the map. I'm not interested in doing that - too time consuming with no guarantee of success. We did a soft reboot and a battery removal reboot but that didn't solve the problem. I called back to get a second opinion and was told that my house was probably too large and I needed a second base so it wouldn't die before it got back to the main base. It has never died trying to get back so that didn't seem like a solution I wanted to pursue (at additional cost). It had been trying several times to go through a wall so they wanted a picture of the area it was getting stuck in while trying to return home. They said they would email me a link for submitting the photo. I haven't gotten the link yet.
The first rep I talked to told me I should move the base to a new location but that would require generating a new map. The second rep said that the bot would find the new base without having to make a new map; this rep was correct. I did move the base. It did not help with the problem but the bot did find the new location and the system did update the location on the map. I tried deleting the keep out zones but that didn't help either. I think I've invested enough time in this and it's time to return the system.
I was satisfied with the cleaning but the mapping took too long. There was considerable repetition in 80+% of the house before it finally stumbled onto the few outermost corners that had been missing from the map. Maybe I'll give them another try in a few years.
My rating hasn't changed yet but here is more information. I still have time on the return so I decided to delete the original map and start over. In a 6 hour period it created a partial map but it again includes errors. It still has a nonexistent pathway through a wall, has added a 30 ft path extending away from and outside the house and shows the base in the wrong room. I started a Clean Everywhere job this morning. I expect that to take all day. After the first segment (battery depleted) it has at least returned the base to the correct location. I still haven't gotten a response from my emails to customer support that started on 12/5/2020. I've had to add some physical barriers in front of several pieces of furniture and a treadmill to keep the roomba from getting underneath because it gets stuck about half of the time (those old college text books finally came in handy for something. I've also used a baseball bat and the old extension tubes for my central vac that I'm hoping I won't need again.).
Another observation is that it struggles on rugs with fringe; this is not a new issue but excludes some areas for me. I have beds with adjustable bases which means cords and transformers on the floor. It was spending so much time dithering around under the bed that I decided to physically exclude that area by attaching a slim rope two inches above the floor running around the outermost legs. That has worked well but leaves a home for dust bunnies.
I've increased my rating to 3 stars after a third call to customer support. On my third call, I spoke with a very helpful gentlemen. Although initially unable to find my account, he arranged to call me back later in the day to provide a solution. He requested that I send some screenshots of maps from my roomba for him to look at since he couldn't access them at the time. When he called back later he said he had been able to access my account and that based on the behavior seen in the maps and the problems I described in the emails, I needed to have my robot replaced. I submitted proof of purchase and he authorized a replacement to be sent UPS second day air. I should have it by 12/16/2020. Unfortunately, the map will have to be generated again (third time) but he assures me it will be a much smoother process this time. If so, I expect to give it 4 stars. It's not getting 5 stars until I can more easily generate a map and they can allow indefinite (or at least 24 hour) job delays so I can suspend cleaning overnight and have it pick up where it left off the next. So far cleaning has been adequate but could be better; I assume the "better" would come from the S9 with its greater suction.
The replacement arrived on time. The next day I started mapping runs. It took 3 five hour mapping sessions (including charging time) to generate a complete map so I don't consider the mapping to have been any smoother than the first two but at least this one appears to be accurate. I've started a couple of small cleaning jobs and the roomba seems to be performing as requested with one minor annoyance. The replacement was NOT configured for a clean base so the dust bin did not have a cleaning port. After the first cleaning job the app kept reporting a clog. After a couple of retries I realized it was the dust bin. Luckily I hadn't sent the old one back yet so I was able to swap the bins and get it working again.
iRobot email support is still deciding not to answer any of my questions simply because they have sent a replacement I7 and they apparently think that will resolve all of the issues. However, my emails included other issues. At this point I'm about 0 for 3 on email support and 1 for 3 on telephone support.
I'm upping my rating to 4 stars but that's it. I think the mapping process has too much repetition and could be optimized to complete faster. Cleaning is pretty good on tile but only adequate on thick pile carpet. The Clean Zone capability seems to work; haven't exercised the Keep Out Zone option yet.
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Setup was easy. It connected to our Wi-Fi no problem, and the Android app is really easy to set up and use. It's completed three cleaning cycles, and learned our entire main floor which is about 900 sqft total and 5 rooms.
We have a short-hair dog that sheds a lot, and it's cleaned up all the hair, even around chair legs and table legs. The first cleaning cycle took 7.5hrs and required the Roomba to go back to the base unit and empty the dust bin into the base unit three times. Subsequent cleanings took 3 hours, and 2 hours. It's smart enough to repeat some areas 2 or even 3 times when it senses dirtier areas like along baseboards or around where the dog sleeps. The vacuum bag in the base unit is still pretty far from needing to be emptied. A spare vacuum bag is included for when that time comes.
Smart Maps works well. After 3 cleaning cycles, I was able to divide the Roomba's map of my main floor into the 5 different areas we have: A foyer, office, dining room, family room, and kitchen. As far as I can tell, you can designate an almost unlimited number of areas, if you want that.
I haven't connected it to our Google Home yet, so not sure yet how well voice commands will work.
UPDATE: The Roomba is now connected to our Google Home. It was easy to set this up, and it works great. After we spilled some cereal in the kitchen, I said "Hey Google, tell Roomba to clean the kitchen". The Roomba started up, went to the kitchen, cleaned the whole kitchen and returned to the base.
The only downside so far has been that the Roomba sometimes gets stuck. It has trouble with some protruding floor vents, and it sometimes makes our thicker area rugs roll up and fold over instead of successfully navigating on top of them. This happens maybe once a cleaning cycle. This is balanced by the fact the Roomba prevents itself from getting stuck many many times on other potential obstacles.
The vacuuming power is really good. And the spinning edge brush reaches to the edges of walls and objects. Our floors were really clean from edge-to-edge after the first cleaning cycle, no leftover dust or dog fur anywhere. We were really impressed with this.
Bottom line, this has been everything we hoped for. Really clean floors despite a shedding dog, with virtually no effort from us. My wife likes the really clean floors with virtually no effort, I like that the technology works as advertised.
I'll come back and update this post if anything changes over time.
UPDATE: After one month, everything I wrote above is still true. Our floors and area rugs are very clean, we're very impressed with the job it does. The technology works as advertised. The Roomba successfully avoids getting stuck many many times, but will get stuck on protruding floor vents maybe once every 2nd or 3rd cleaning cycle.
Reviewed in Canada 🇨🇦 on April 10, 2021
Now however, after using the this Roomba for the past 10 months I can honestly say iRobot has created something that surpasses my Karcher in every way.
Cleans the room methodically.
Autonomously recharges as many times as it has to to complete the job.
Autonomously empties its own bin as many times as it has to to complete the job.
Cleans specific areas if requested, not just everything every time.
You can create as many timers as you need.
Each timer lets you specify which areas to clean and how thoroughly.
There are quite a few features built into the software. Too many to mention all of them here, but you get the idea.
iRobot has finally created a nearly autonomous vacuum system.
We got the vacuum yesterday and might have more comments later.
So far we LOVE this vacuum:
- It was super-easy to start cleaning (from button on the vacuum).
- The vacuum if quiet (to compare with Neato), our small dog is not afraid of it.
- Does good job going into corners and cleaning fur under the bed. But still left few pieces here and there.
- Understands layout very well - not bumping into furniture at all, finding exact spot from there it stopped cleaning to empty the bin.
- Does very good job going from carpet to wood and vs versa - overcome some significant bumps without issues.
-Received much quicker than estimated
- Very loud when empty the bin - feels like plane taking off, so can not be run if you sleep next door.
- The bag for bin looks smaller than expected - with all the fur my dog is loosing might fill up quickly.
- A bit too expensive (was considering to cancel the order but it got ship out quicker than expected:))
- Was not able to connect to WIFI from first try, we don't know what exactly is the issue, will try to connect today.
The automatic receptacle was worth every penny. You do not have to worry about emptying the robot because it returns to base and empties itself. I plan on using my central vacuum to clean out the receptacle allowing me to prolong the life of the vacuum bags.
The app is also easy to use. I can’t wait for the mapping to be complete.
I do not regret making this purchase at all. Worth every penny