Roomba i7+

Last updated date: September 3, 2019

DWYM Score
8.6

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We looked at the top 1 Robotic Vacuums and dug through the reviews from 5 of the most popular review sites including New York Times Wirecutter, Digital Trends, Tech Radar, The Verge, TechHive and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Robotic Vacuum you should buy.

Overall Take

The powerful Roomba i7+ distances itself from other models by coming with an automatic dirt disposal base that holds up to 30 bins of dirt. Although you'll pay a premium price for this technology and the base takes up a bit of space, it's worth considering if you want the latest technology in a home cleaning robot. In our analysis of 113 expert reviews, the iRobot Roomba i7+ placed 4th when we looked at the top 15 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note August 1, 2019:
Checkout The Best Robotic Vacuum for a detailed review of all the top robotic vacuums.

Expert Summarized Score
9.0
5 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.2
189 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
This Roomba is the easiest to use of any robot vacuum.
- New York Times Wirecutter
November 9, 2018 | Full review
These new Roombas may look familiar but pack fully upgraded internals, delivering improved suction and pick-up, smarter mapping and, with the i7+, automatic dirt disposal.
- Digital Trends
September 26, 2018 | Full review
Roomba can start vacuuming your house with a brief utterance to your smart speaker, and it now even empties its dust bin into a larger, easily manageable dock that doubles as a trash can – automatically.
- Tech Radar
September 6, 2018 | Full review
The i7+ is the Cadillac of robot vacuums. It can map my entire house. It can be controlled by a voice assistant or from a smartphone app anywhere in the world. It can even empty its own bin.
- The Verge
November 20, 2018 | Full review
A robot vacuum that empties itself. Each time the Roomba i7+ docks with a full dustbin, it triggers the Clean Base to suction all the debris from the vacuum's dustbin. That perk doesn’t come cheap, but if you can afford it, you’ll find it worth every penny.
- TechHive
November 28, 2018 | Full review
What experts didn't like
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. The self-emptying dock is loud. And the flashy new nav system seemed a little buggy in our testing.
- New York Times Wirecutter
November 9, 2018 | Full review
One drawback of using the i7+’s large Clean Base is that it’s more difficult to hide the vacuum away when not in use. We find flatter charging stations often fit under cabinets, allowing robot vacuums to come and go as they please. With the i7+ that’s not possible, so if you wish to tuck the Roomba away, you may need to find a spacious utility room or large closet with a power outlet.
- Digital Trends
September 26, 2018 | Full review
It is a bit pricey
- Tech Radar
September 6, 2018 | Full review
The downside to this is that the base is much larger than a standard charging base, the bags are an added cost that you need to shoulder, and the process for sucking the dirt out of the vacuum is extremely loud.
- The Verge
November 20, 2018 | Full review
The Roomba i7+ does not display its maps in progress, like many other robot vacuums do, so you’ll need to wait until they’re complete to see them in the app.
- TechHive
November 28, 2018 | Full review

From The Manufacturer


Empties on its own - you dont have to think about vacuumingfor weeks at a time
Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal holds 30 bins of dirt, dust and hair
Power-Lifting Suction delivers 10X the air power* forimproved pick-up performance
Patented iAdapt 3.0 Navigation with vSLAM technology allows the robot to map its surroundings to clean an entire levelof your home
Ideal for homes with pets - Premium 3-Stage Cleaning System cleans the dirt and pet hair you see, and the allergens and dust you don't
Dual Multi-Surface Rubber Brushes instantly adjust and flex to stay in constant contact with floors
High-Efficiency Filter captures 99% of mold, pollen, dust mite, dog and cat allergens
Learns your home, remembers your rooms, and adapts to determine the best way to clean with Imprint Smart Mapping
Knows your kitchen from your living room choose which rooms are cleaned and when in the iRobot HOME App
Roomba, clean my kitchen - enjoy hands-free control with Alexa and the Google Assistant*
Prop 65: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov

Overall Product Rankings

1. Roomba 960
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 4
2. eufy RoboVac 11 / 11s
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 10
3. Neato Robot Vacuum for Pets and Allergies
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 12
4. Roomba i7+
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 5
5. EcoVACS DEEBOT N79S Cleaner
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 7
6. Neato Botvac Connected
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 11
7. Eufy RoboVac 30
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 5
8. iLife A4s
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 6
9. Roomba 690
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 8
10. iRobot Roomba 980 (Discontinued)
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 9
11. Roomba 675
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 2
12. EcoVACS DEEBOT Ozmo
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 6
13. Samsung POWERbot R7065
Overall Score: 7.6
Expert Reviews: 9
14. Shark ION
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 8
15. Dyson 360 Eye
Overall Score: 6.7
Expert Reviews: 6

An Overview On Robotic Vacuums

There’s never been a better time to buy a robotic vacuum. Robovacs have come a long way since iRobot debuted its first Roomba. More brands and models have made their way to the market, which means cheaper prices and improved features.

People are drawn to robotic vacuums for their timesaving capabilities and ease of use. In theory, a robovac owner should be able to start the vacuum before leaving the house and come home to perfectly vacuumed floors — all without having to lift a finger.

Suction power, programming capabilities, boundary-setting, noise level and battery life are just some of the factors to consider when deciding which robotic vacuum to buy.

One important feature in newer models is smart mapping, which uses the latest technology to create a map of your home. This then shows you the route the robovac will take, letting you make changes as you see fit. Not all vacuums offer this functionality.

This brings us to Wi-Fi connectivity. Roomba robotic vacuums connect to your home internet, letting you manage your cleaning using an app. Through this, you can create schedules and change the route your vacuum takes as it works. Wi-Fi also means you can start your vacuum through a command to your Alexa or Google Assistant.

It’s also important to pay attention to how your vacuum will handle obstacles. A robovac will inevitably encounter walls and furniture during its travels. Some vacuums are small enough to squeeze under your beds and end tables, while others will have to try to navigate around them. Some aren’t quite as good as others at sensing and moving around your furniture, which could lead to some awkward bumps along the way.

DYWM Fun Fact

While the iRobot Roomba is widely considered the first robotic vacuum to market,  Swedish vacuum giant Electrolux introduced a short-lived model in the mid-1990s called the Trilobite and Dyson developed one in the early 2000s that never made it to mass production. Today, there are several popular robotic vacuums on the market, but as technology advances, the competition becomes fierce. Wi-Fi connectivity has taken robotic vacuums to the next level, allowing you to control your vacuum when you aren’t even home. There are also robotic vacuum-inspired yard robots that can keep your grass mown, as long as you have a small area to maintain.

The Robotic Vacuum Buying Guide

  • Basic parts maintenance and regular filter cleaning will keep your robovac working effectively. Allergy sufferers, in particular, will want to stay on top of cleaning filters.
  • You’ll need to empty the robovac dustbin more often than you would for a standup vacuum due to the robotic vacuum’s small size.
  • If you want your robovac to clean under beds, couches and furniture, take note of the height of the robotic vacuum you plan to purchase. The Eufy RoboVac 11 is only 2.65 inches tall, making it the most likely to fit under all of your furniture. Compare this to the Roombas, which are both 13.8 inches tall.
  • Robovacs have come down in price since they were first introduced. Today, you can find a model that’s sure to fit within your budget.
  • If you plan to use your robotic vacuum near stairs, be sure to look for a model with a cliff sensor to avoid any tumbles.
  • Robovacs sometimes get stuck under low furniture and can get caught up in power cords, rugs and other loose items in their path. A model that has invisible walls or a programmable cleaning area can help corral the robovac to a certain area and avoid any pitfalls.
  • Homes today can vary in flooring types from hardwood to linoleum to carpet. It’s important to find a robotic vacuum that’s the best for your home, especially if you have multiple flooring types. The Roomba can move from one type of floor to another without missing a beat. The Eufy RoboVacs, though, use infrared sensors to clean, so it’s not the best robotic vacuum if you have dark floors or high carpets.
  • Pay attention to battery life. Most robotic vacuums can run continuously for at least 70 minutes. The Roomba 960 has a smaller lithium-ion battery, which means it can only go through a 75-minute cleaning session before needing a recharge. Time to recharge is also important to consider. The Eufy RoboVac takes as long as six hours to fully charge, so you may not be able to count on more than one or two cleanings a day.
  • Many robovacs will return to their charging base when the battery runs low. Be sure to position the charging dock in a flat, unobstructed location so the vacuum can successfully reconnect to the base.
  • High-tech models offer Wi-Fi connectivity so you can start your vacuum via your phone. Other models allow you to schedule cleaning times so that the robovac will run while you’re away. The Eufy RoboVacs have no Wi-Fi connectivity, but the Roombas do. One downside to this, though, is that you’ll need to start up the app if you want to control your Roomba 960’s movements or change the schedule. The Roomba i7+ comes with a remote, though, giving you the option of controlling your robovac without your phone.
  • Mapping is also important. The Eufy RoboVacs have no mapping, but you’ll get that feature with a Roomba. This means the vacuum will maneuver around your house and create a virtual map, which you can edit.
  • Eufy RoboVacs have no Wi-Fi connectivity, but the Roomba models do. One downside to this, though, is that you’ll need to start up the app if you want to control your Roomba 960’s movements or change the schedule. Some robovacs come with a remote, though, giving you the option of controlling your robovac without your phone.
  • The best thing about Wi-Fi connectivity is that it gives you the ability to control your robovac even when you’re away from home.
  • In addition to remote connectivity, Roomba also lets you control the 960 using scheduling. This means you can set a time each day for your vacuum to begin working. The Eufy doesn’t allow that.
  • As your vacuum collects dust and dirt, you’ll need to manually empty the bin on most models. However, some robovacs automatically dump dirt into a large bin, which can be fitted with disposable bags to make it like any other garbage can in your home. In fact, the bin even doubles as a trash can.
  • With the Eufy RoboVac 11, one downside is that there are no virtual walls to keep the vacuum from venturing into a certain area. However, the Eufy RoboVac 30 comes with a magnetic boundary strip that can be placed in areas you don’t want the robovac to cross.
  • Obviously, you don’t want your robovac to constantly bump into furniture and walls, but not all robotic vacuums are skilled in this area. The Eufy RoboVac 11 isn’t as good at avoiding obstacles as the Roomba vacuums due to there being no virtual walls in place to direct the unit away from them.
  • One feature growing in popularity among robotic vacuums is smart speaker compatibility. The Roomba vacuums can be activated through a command to Alexa or Google Assistant. The Eufy models lack that functionality.
  • Suction power is an essential feature in any vacuum, robotic or manual. The Eufy RoboVacs can stand up against their Roomba counterparts in this area. At a lower price point, the Eufy RoboVacs use Boost IQ to automatically increase suction when it’s necessary. The RoboVac 11 can up the suction all the way to 1300Pa. “Pa” is a unit of measurement applied to vacuums.
  • Chances are, your robovac will run while you’re home. The Eufy RoboVacs feature quiet operation that will avoid disrupting your day. With the Roomba, the self-emptying doc can be quite loud, so brace yourself for the occasional interruption.
  • If air purification is a priority, the Roomba vacuums have air filtration built in. They promise to block 99 percent of mold, pollen, and other allergens, including those that come from pets. Eufy RoboVac has a dual-layer filter and a high-performance filter to help keep the home clean.
  • Both the Eufy and Roomba vacuums automatically return to the charging station when they’re finished doing their work. This means you’ll never have to worry about charging them.
  • One negative of Eufy vacuums is that the company doesn’t make it easy to get replacement parts, including wheels and other major parts. Roomba sells official replacement parts and accessories on its website.
  • If you have an alarm system in your home that uses motion detection, make sure you do a test run with your robovac in motion before you set the alarm and leave for the day.