Updated July 2021
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Product Review: Roomba i7+ 

The iRobot Roomba i7+ is a premium robotic vacuum whose innovative design makes vacuuming easy. This robot vacuum was designed to learn your home’s layout to clean more efficiently.

Bottom Line

The iRobot Roomba i7+ is a cordless robotic vacuum with smart features like floorspace mapping and scheduling that take the hard work out of daily vacuuming.

Pros: Ten times more powerful than the Roomba 600. Voice-activated controls through Alexa and Google integration. Equipped with multi-surface rubber brushes that lift pet hair without getting tangled in it. Transitions smoothly between hard flooring and carpet.

 

Cons: May not clean efficiently in low-light conditions. Operates more slowly than other robotic vacuums, but this is often attributed to deeper cleaning. Depending on your home size, the device may need to charge mid-cleaning to cover all floors in a single cycle.

 

Who is Roomba i7+ for? Busy households where daily cleaning is a high priority. It’s ideal for households with work-from-home professionals and students, homes with pets, and offices, living rooms, and other small to medium-sized spaces.

 

What does it do? Offers a customized deep cleaning experience that picks up dirt, dog hair, crumbs, and everything in between. Gives users full control over their cleaning without requiring much more than setting up a cleaning cycle via app or voice command.

 

How much does it cost? Retails for $799.99. Continue reading for pricing and bundle breakdowns.


Shopping guide for Roomba i7+

Written by Sian Babish
Updated July 2021

The Roomba i7+ is a bundle that consists of the Roomba i7 robotic vacuum and a Clean Base. The difference between the original i7 robot vacuum and updated Roomba i7+ is that the newer model includes the convenient Clean Base dust bin.

 

The Roomba i7 features a 3-stage cleaning system. Cleaning cycles are customizable, and it is easy to initiate cleanings for accidental messes through the app or via voice command.

 

The Clean Base operates as both a dirt receptacle and a charging dock for the Roomba i7. Its automatic dirt disposal feature eliminates the need to empty the Roomba i7. Instead, you empty the spacious Clean Base dust bin every 60 days.

 

If you’re wondering if a Roomba i7+ is right for you, keep these key considerations in mind.

Size and weight

The Roomba i7+ robotic vacuum weighs 7.44 pounds and measures 13.34 x 3.63 inches. It’s capable of gliding beneath some low-clearance furniture, and if it can’t, the device simply cleans around it instead.

 

The Clean Base weighs 19.22 pounds and measures 19 x 12.2 x 15.1 inches. It must be mounted to a wall. Ideally, the Clean Base should be installed in a low-traffic area with unobstructed floor space away from stairs and doors.


Construction

The Roomba i7+ is made with high-density plastic components. It has rubber brushes as opposed to the bristle brushes seen on other robotic vacuums. The Roomba i7+ is powered by a lithium-ion battery which is expected to last approximately two years.

 

Like the Roomba robot itself, the Clean Base is made of high-density plastic. The bin holds the equivalent of 30 full Roomba i7 bins. It’s compatible with iRobot’s AllergenLock Dirt Disposal Bags. The Clean Base requires outlet access, and its power cord measures 68 inches.


Charge time and run time

The initial charge time for the Roomba i7+ is approximately two hours. On a full charge, the robotic vacuum has a runtime of approximately 70 to 90 minutes.
 

The amount of time it takes to clean an entire home varies depending on square footage, floor type, and mess size.
 

Consumers report that it takes an average of two hours for the Roomba i7+ to clean a home of 1,500 square feet. If you intend to use whole-house cleaning cycles, you should know it’s common for the Roomba i7+ to pause mid-cycle to charge itself enough to finish cleaning.


Technology

The Roomba i7+ is a Wi-Fi-enabled device that is controlled through the iRobot Home app. It integrates seamlessly with Amazon Alexa and Google Home for voice control.

 

It uses patented Imprint Smart Mapping Technology and vSLAM navigation to learn the layout of your home for efficient cleaning. The Roomba i7+ takes approximately two weeks of daily cleaning to fully map out a home.

 

Additionally, it can be programmed with customized cleaning cycles and schedules. There is also an option to create Keep Out Zones — designated areas from which the robotic vacuum steers clear.

 

The Roomba i7+ is equipped with a high-efficiency filter that catches 99% of common pet dander allergens, making it especially attractive for dog and cat owners.


Device compatibility

The Roomba i7+ is operated via the iRobot Home App, which is available for iOS and Android. It integrates seamlessly with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Google Home.


Warranty

When you purchase the Roomba i7+ through the iRobot store, it comes with a 60-day money-back guarantee. The robotic vacuum is also covered by a one-year limited warranty, provided it was purchased through iRobot or an authorized iRobot seller.

 

The limited warranty only covers defects in workmanship and materials. Components like brushes or filters are not covered under the warranty. See additional details and exclusions here.

 

For extended coverage, iRobot offers Protect + Plan warranties. The two-year plan costs $144.99, and the four-year plan costs $199.99. These cover accidental damage as well as robot and battery replacement. There is also on-demand support and free shipping and returns on all robotic vacuums. The only caveat to Protect+ Plan warranties is that they must be purchased within 30 days of your Roomba i7+ purchase. See full details here.


Limitations

  • Roomba i7+ is only designed for cleaning up dry messes, not wet ones.
  • Roomba i7+ may require assistance to traverse area rugs with fringes or tassels.
  • Roomba i7+ should not be operated by kids age eight and younger. Supervision is strongly recommended when the device is operating.
  • The iRobot Home app can only store 10 floor plans.
  • The Clean Base cannot be installed near stairs or behind doors.
  • The Clean Base bin is not dishwasher safe, but it can be rinsed.

How much does Roomba i7+ cost?

The Roomba i7+ retails for $799.99*, although it is often marked down during major shopping events. It is packaged with five AllegenLock Dirt Disposal bags, one extra high-efficiency filter, and one extra side brush. If ordered through iRobot, there are occasional offers for free ground shipping. The iRobot Home app is always free to use.

 

While more affordable robotic vacuum cleaners may be tempting, this model’s Power-Lifting Suction traps 10 times as much pet dander, dirt, and dust as the Roomba 600.

 

There are two bundle variations:

 

  • The Roomba i7 retails for $574.49*. It comes with the robotic vacuum, a Home Base charging station, one extra high-efficiency filter, and one extra side brush.
  • The Roomba i7+ Robot Vacuum & Braava Jet m6 Robot Mop bundle retails for $1,079.98*. It includes two robotic devices for wet and dry cleaning. It is packaged with everything in the Roomba i7+ bundle, plus it includes the Braava charging dock, two single-use wet mopping pads, two single-use dry sweeping pads, one washable wet mopping pad, and one 4-ounce bottle of cleaning solution.

 

If you prefer a payment plan, iRobot offers financing through Affirm. For eligible customers, plans are as low as $73 per month or 15% APR*. See additional details here.

 

*Pricing is subject to change. 

 

Where can I buy a Roomba i7+?

The Roomba i7+ is available directly from the iRobot store. It is sold by many other retailers; however, iRobot cautions to make sure you are buying only from authorized sellers. Roomba i7+ and other iRobot devices purchased through third-party sellers will not come with full product support or warranties.

 

Here are retailers that sell the Roomba i7+:

About iRobot

iRobot positions itself as a company whose intuitive products operate as the robotic helping hand consumers need. The company designs and builds home robots that empower users to leverage technology to improve their daily lives through customized convenience.

 

iRobot was established in 1990 by three MIT roboticists. The company’s product debut was Genghis, a robot designed for space exploration. By 2002, iRobot launched the first Roomba, a vacuuming robot, and in 2016, they launched the Braava Jet, their first mopping robot.

 

The company boasts a pioneering leadership team and research and development division. iRobot is considered a global leader in the consumer technology space for its intuitive and innovative products. To date, iRobot has sold over 30 million robots worldwide.

 

In addition, iRobot is committed to minimizing its environmental impact. This is achieved through sustainability initiatives and multi-level recycling programs, including iRobot’s award-winning battery recycling program. The company also earns praise for its corporate culture, which fosters innovation, independent thinking, and diversity.

 

The company’s philanthropic efforts include avid support for STEM education through outreach activities. iRobot also supports emerging companies with developing technologies that can integrate with the iRobot ecosystem and align with the company’s product vision.

 

Contacting iRobot customer service

If you need to get in touch with iRobot customer service, there’s more than one way to do so:

 

Roomba i7+ owner manual

Find an electronic copy of the Roomba i7 Owner Manual here at irobot.com.

 

How to set up your Roomba i7+

Ready to unbox and start cleaning with your Roomba i7+? Here’s a quick-start guide to walk you through setup, which is based on our own experience with the Roomba i7+.
 

For more detailed instructions, view the Owner Manual here or visit Find Answers at iRobot here.

 

1.  Determine where you can install the Clean Base.

     a.  Place an AllergenLock bag inside its bin.

     b.  Look for unobstructed floor and wall space away from stairs, doors, and pet beds.

     c.  Make sure the area is accessible to an outlet and plug it in.

     d.  Dock the Roomba i7+ to the Clean Base and let it charge.

2.  Make sure your WiFi signal is strong. Otherwise, you may experience difficulty using the iRobot Home app to control the Roomba i7+.

3.  Download the iRobot Home app and add the Roomba i7+ as a device.

     a.  Follow prompts in the app to identify the device, especially if you already have a different Roomba in your home.

     b.  Program your preferences and settings as well as your desired Keep Out Zones.

4.  Once the Roomba i7+ is fully charged, set up a mapping cycle so the Roomba i7+ can begin creating smart maps as it cleans specific rooms.

5.  After the Roomba i7+ completes its first cleaning, schedule upcoming cleaning and mapping cycles by pressing New Job+ in the app.

6.  Register your Roomba i7+ at iRobot. You’ll need the serial number and purchase information.

Ways to use your Roomba i7+

It comes as no surprise that Roomba i7+ is designed to clean your home. However, there are a few ways you can maximize its potential.

Voice command through Amazon Alexa or Google Home

The Roomba i7+ integrates with Alexa and Google Assistant. Instead of only using the iRobot Home app to control the robotic vacuum, you can simply say commands like, “Alexa, ask Roomba to start vacuuming,” or “Hey Google, tell Roomba to vacuum (room name).”

 

The list of Alexa commands is available here, and the list of Google commands is available here.


Use IFTTT

IFTTT is a service that links different apps and devices, including Roomba i7+, to create applet interactions. It allows you to trigger “this” to “that” reactions to streamline household cleaning, maintenance, or commands.

 

Visit the iRobot IFTTT page here to find the setup guide and a full list of applets.

 

Common concerns with Roomba i7+

The Roomba i7+ earns praise from consumers worldwide. As is the case with other electronic devices, there are common concerns or issues that consumers wonder about before (or after) they buy a Roomba i7+.


Ease of use

The Roomba i7+ has a user-friendly setup. The app is also easy to use, though there’s a bit of a learning curve when it comes to using the Roomba i7+ to its full potential. Trial and error are part and parcel of early use. Fortunately, the Roomba i7+ is unlikely to cause damage around the house while you’re learning to use it.

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WiFi connectivity

Wi-Fi connectivity in your home will make or break your Roomba i7+ experience. If your signal is weak, you may experience difficulty sending commands to the wi-fi connected robot vacuum. To remedy this, many users install Wi-Fi extenders around their home where signal is the weakest.

 

Clogging

Although the Roomba i7+ easily empties its contents into its own bin, some potential buyers may be concerned about potential clogging. As long as owners empty the Clean Base every 60 days and immediately tend to the Roomba i7+ if it displays a blinking red LED, clogs will rarely if ever occur.


Charge malfunction

A source of frustration for some Roomba owners is charge malfunction.

 

It’s important to note that the Roomba i7+’s powerful suction draws more power and may cause the device to clean more slowly than other robotic vacuums. It may require mid-cycle charging before completing a cleaning. This isn’t a charge malfunction by any means; it’s more of a design hang-up.

 

Charge malfunctions may occur toward the end of the lithium-ion battery life. On average, it lasts through 400 charges or a couple of years. Battery life deteriorates as the lithium-ion battery ages. As a result, you should be prepared to invest in a new one every few years.

 

There have been isolated incidents where the Roomba i7+ didn’t dock properly to the Clean Base for charging. This may be attributed to a number of variables, including damaged or blocked components. If this occurs with your Roomba i7+, contact iRobot Customer Support.


Pet friendliness

In the past, vacuums and pets haven’t had harmonious relationships. However, the Roomba i7+ is much quieter and less obtrusive than regular vacuum cleaners. Many pet owners report their pets simply ignore the Roomba i7+ and walk around it.

 

In terms of the Roomba i7+ hurting pets, we did not come across any incidents where this occurred. Regardless, if this is a concern, you could program a Keep Out Zone in your pet’s space. Or you could temporarily relocate your pet while the Roomba i7+ cleans their area.

 

Optional accessories for Roomba i7+

When you buy a Roomba i7+, it’s important to familiarize yourself with certain accessories. Some of these maximize the device’s potential while others are replacements for existing parts or accessories.


AllergenLock Dirt Disposal Bags

When it’s time to empty the Clean Base bin, all you need to do is remove and replace the AllergenLock Dirt Disposal Bag. This replacement set of three costs $19.99.


Replacement lithium-ion battery

The average lifespan of Roomba i7+’s lithium-ion battery is two years or 400 charges. The replacement retails for $89.99.


Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barrier

Some Roomba owners invest in the Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barrier. This device, which sells for $59.99, gives you more control over where the Roomba i7+ cleans. It’s equipped with a Halo Mode to keep the robotic vacuum away from valuables.


Amazon Echo

For hands-free operation of your Roomba i7+, invest in an Amazon Echo Show 8. This Alexa-enabled device makes it easy to manage your robotic vacuum and other smart devices.

 

How to find a Roomba i7+ on sale

The Roomba i7+ has a high sticker price, but that doesn’t mean it’s always outside of your budget. Sometimes, iRobot runs sales on the device. Follow them on social media or subscribe to their email to stay on top of promotions.

 

As far as other retailers go, pay close attention to major shopping events to get the best deal on a Roomba i7+. The lowest price we’ve seen for the Roomba i7+ is $599.99.

 

In addition to Black Friday and December sales, you’ll find deep discounts on the Roomba i7+during Amazon Prime Day, Back to School, Labor Day, and Presidents’ Day shopping events.

 

Similar products to Roomba i7+

If you’re still considering other robotic vacuums, here are a few worth your attention. For a full breakdown of the category, visit our pages on the best robotic vacuums and best Roombas.

 

The Roomba E5 is a popular entry-level Roomba with Wi-Fi capabilities and control through the iRobot Home app or Alexa. While it doesn’t have a Clean Base, its reliable performance makes it a popular purchase for homes with kids and pets.

 

The Shark IQ Robot XL Robotic Vacuum shares many of the Roomba i7+’s attributes, including a self-emptying base and Alexa integration. It costs a couple hundred dollars less, and many consumers think its mapping and methodical cleaning make it an above-average competitor.

 

The eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 15C MAX is a budget-friendly option that cleans hard floors to medium-pile carpets. Its efficient design offers quiet operation and nearly 100 minutes of powerful, continuous suction.