The iRobot Roomba lineup represents the gold standard of robot vacuum cleaners, but the most advanced features are typically only present in flagship models. The downside to this, of course, is the high price point; for example, the Roomba i7 Plus with automatic dirt disposal is a cool $800, while the s9 Plus is a staggering $1,100.
iRobot has launched a robot vacuum that puts its products’ most premium perks within reach of modest budgets. The Roomba i3+, available now, comes with the company’s innovative self-emptying dock, intelligent navigation, and iRobot Genius Home Intelligence for just $599. The vacuum is also being sold as the i3 without the cleaning dock for $399.
iRobot says the Roomba i3 is equipped with a pair of multi-surface rubber brushes and a specially designed edge-sweeping brush. The company boasts it has 10 times the suction power of the Roomba 600 series. It uses iRobot’s Dirt Detect technology to identify areas of built-up dirt that need extra attention. Its high-efficiency filter captures 99 percent of pollen, mold, dust mites, and cat and dog allergens, according to iRobot.
The Roomba i3+ adds the Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal, essentially a combination charging dock and trash receptacle that automatically sucks the dirt from the vacuum’s dustbin each time it re-docks. The self-emptying innovation was first introduced with the Roomba s9+.
Before the Roomba i3 Plus, auto dirt disposal was restricted to the i7 Plus and the s9 Plus. Lower-priced Roombas lacked advanced features such as high-level artificial intelligence and performance; in fact, many of them had lower overall suction and cleaning power. The Roomba i3 Plus represents a totally new direction for iRobot devices that pits it against other robot vacuums like the popular Shark Robot Vac.
If you frequently ask it to clean at a certain time of day, it will eventually begin to suggest that you clean during that time. Your Roomba will suggest automatic routines you can enable to ensure your home is cleaned at the same time each day. Furthermore, it will also suggest more frequent cleaning cycles during times of the year when allergens may be more prevalent, such as during allergy season or when pets begin to shed.
The Roomba i3+ is controlled with the recently redesigned iRobot app powered by iRobot Genius Home Intelligence. This AI-driven platform enables the robot to learn your cleaning habits and recommend schedules based on past cleaning jobs or make cleaning suggestions based on pet shedding and allergy seasons. The i3+ also supports location-based cleaning when you pair it with a service like Life360 or the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock, and voice control when you connect it to a Google Home or Amazon Echo smart speaker.