The robot vacuum cleaner market is moving forward at the speed of light and, to date, there are many innovations that have been integrated into the new top-of-the-range models. An example is theiRobot Roomba i7 +, which has the particularity of owning a automatic emptying station that will save us from carrying out a very boring operation: cleaning the inside of the robot!
But how did he behave during our tests? We just have to find out in the full review!
IRobot Roomba i7 + review
Unboxing - iRobot Roomba i7 +
The sales package is made of hardcover and inside there is the following equipment:
- iRobot Roomba i7 +;
- self-emptying charging base;
- 2 power cables with European and Italian socket;
- 2 bags for emptying;
- an additional filter;
- an additional side brush;
- a Dual Mode Virtual Wall barrier;
Design and construction
Il design dell 'iRobot Roomba i7 + It results to be elegance e modern, but with different details compared to the other models in circulation, as the U shape on the front allows us to distinguish it from the crowd and make it recognizable even at first sight.
The construction is made with great care, as we find a very sturdy and solid structure, in fact the robot is made of well-made plastic, which alternates between two finishes: one matte and one smooth.
Overall we have an extremely product curate e refined, also thanks to the absence of the usual laser turrets for Lidar navigation which increase the overall dimensions on the upper part, which has been replaced in favor of a camera.
Speaking of size, theiRobot Roomba i7 + measure 33.88 x 9.22 centimeters for a weight of 3.37 kilograms. As you can guess, therefore, the device will move easily between all the rooms of your apartment, managing to reach even the spaces just below the raised furniture.
On the top of the robot we can see the RCON sensor and the light touch sensor, in addition to the camera to map the house and the Clean, Home and SPOT cleaning buttons. Let's not forget that on the back we also find the dirt tank and the button to unlock the aforementioned.
Below are the height sensors, the multi-surface brushes, the cushioned wheels, the directional wheel, the side brush and the floor recognition sensor.
Suction power and self-emptying
L'iRobot Roomba i7 + uses a suction system from 1700 Pa, who is perfectly capable of cleaning and tidying an apartment on a daily basis. In fact, when you start cleaning you can only do it in Automatic mode but, thanks to its sensors, the robot will recognize the type of floor (and its conditions) and will autonomously adapt the suction power.
Excellent work therefore on carpets, but also on smooth surfaces where it manages to pick up even the most difficult dirt such as coffee, sugar and crumbs of various sizes. This is also due to the double rubber brush, as well as the Dirt Detect technology.
Once the robot has finished cleaning and is positioned on the station, the automatic emptying process, which will take place thanks to the suction channel that will convey the contents into a bag positioned inside the central structure.
This bag can hold up to 30 times the contents of the tank. However, the process will barely last a few seconds and, although it is a little bit Noisy, it is a very convenient function because it will save us from carrying out one of the most boring operations of having a robot: that is, its cleaning.
In any case if you want to do it by hand, you can unhook the container from the back of the Roomba and empty it into the trash by removing the flap.
Mapping and navigation
As mentioned above, theiRobot Roomba i7 + does not have a laser turret for the mapping of the house, but uses a navigation system that is based on the tracking of spaces through the camera placed on the top, as well as with the partial help of RCON sensor Front.
To get the best out of this robot, therefore, it will be necessary at least 3/4 initial cleaning to familiarize yourself with the environment and memorize it in detail, even better if you do it with one good light. In fact, in complete darkness the device could miss a few strokes and make a few more passes than normal.
However, thanks also to navigation iAdapt 3.0, initially on Roomba i7 + it will move in parallel straight lines in the central part and then focus on cleaning the edges.
Therefore, the recognition of obstacles and the division of environments into rooms are very good, an operation that will allow us, through the proprietary app, to program cleaning at different times of the week based on certain areas.
Finally, in the package there is a small turret that will allow you to activate a virtual barrier, beyond which the device will not have access.
Through the proprietary app "iRobot”You will be able to perform various functions including scheduling retail cleaning, dividing work areas, viewing the cleaning history or apartment map.
Thanks to its simple and intuitive interface it will be possible to carry out all the operations in the blink of an eye, moreover there are also several guides that will help us in better understanding all the potential of the robot, as well as contacting assistance for any problems.
Finally, we have compatibility with both applications such as IFTTT than with voice assistants like Alexa e Google Assistant. If we have already divided the apartment into zones, in fact, it will be possible to ask the robot in which room to intervene.
THEiRobot Roomba i7 + he has one very good autonomy, but obviously varies according to the flooring you have in the house or the level of dirt. In fact, as previously mentioned, the robot will start in automatic mode and will adjust the power based on various factors. So if you have a lot of rugs, or carpets, it means that all of them will be used 1700 Pa with a consequent decrease in autonomy.
Despite all the average autonomy has been around 75 minutes and covering around 150 m² surface without too many problems.
Once the battery runs out, the robot will automatically return to the base and take approx 90 minutes to reach the 100%.
2 minute review - iRobot Roomba i7 +
THEiRobot Roomba i7 + it's a smart robot to all intents and purposes, through the app we can program cleaning based on the time and areas of the house, while with the voice assistants of Google e The Amazon we can start it. In addition to all this, its distinctive feature is that, thanks to the turret integrated into the charging base, the robot will be able to self-emptying, avoiding us a decidedly boring practice.
Map house with the camera instead of the laser turret and this is the main change from most models on the market. So make sure you do the first mapping in moments of optimal brightness, so as not to miss a beat.
We come to conclusions and talk about price. In fact, theiRobot Roomba i7 + it is sold in offering both The Amazon that on Official site a 699 €, or 300 euro less compared to the list price.
We are clearly talking about an important figure, but we are still faced with a top of the range of an international brand that has a decidedly innovative function.
Throughout the testing period the Roomba it behaved very well thanks to an effective cleaning and reliable navigation, making me feel the real advantage of not having to empty it after 2/3 cleaning. While it sounds silly, avoiding this boredom saves us more time and less thought.
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