The Roomba i7 vs. Shark IQ rv1001–want to know which you should buy, and why? You have come to the right place. Today’s update compares the features and functions of the Roomba i7 and Shark IQ floor robots. Let’s get started.
Roomba i7 vs. Shark IQ specs and features
Specs/features Accessories charging dock, self-cleaning brushroll, 2 x side brushes, BotBoundary strips north American line cord, dual mode virtual wall barrier, extra high-efficiency filter, extra side brushes
Suction power(Pa) - 1700
Amazon Alexa support yes yes
Anti-drop/cliff yes yes
App Shark IQ iRobot Home
Auto dirt disposal yes yes
Automatic recharge and resume yes yes
Bare floor types laminate, ceramic tile, marble tile, vinyl, linoleum, wood laminate, ceramic tile, marble tile, vinyl, linoleum, wood
Barrier-cross Height (in) 0.75 0.79
Carpet Boost no yes
Carpet types low-pile, medium-pile low-pile, medium-pile
Central cleaning brush type Single, brushless Dual, brushless
Digital blocked area no yes
Dirt detect no yes
Dust bin size (ml) 568 400
Full bin indicator no yes
Hepa filter no yes
Intelligent carpet detection yes yes
Maps allowed for saving 0 10
Navigation and mapping iAdapt 3.0 + VSLAM LDS + SLAM
Noise in max mode (dB) 70 68
Price history (retrieved from camelcamelcamel.com) $337.49 - $649.99 (click link to check current price on Amazon) $699 - $1099 (click link to check current price on Amazon)
Recommended cleaning area (sq ft) - Up to 10 rooms of about 2000 sq ft each
Recommended home size small, medium small, medium
Scheduling yes yes
Selected room cleaning no yes
Selected room scheduling no yes
Side brush (es) 2 1
Warranty 1 year 1 year
Hepa filter no yes
Wifi Frequency (GHz) 2.4 2.4/5
Wifi/App yes yes
Working time (min) 60 - 90 75 - 90
Zoned/custom area cleaning no yes
Google Assistant support yes yes
iRobot i7 vs. Shark IQ comparison
Similarly, both robot vacuums have a round shape, use camera navigation, and run for about 60 minutes.
Elsewhere, the r1001 has two side brushes while the i7 has only one. There are two brushless rollers on the i7 while the r1001 has one roller with some fin-like rubber thread and a handful of short bristles. That mentioned the extractor of the Shark does a better job resisting hair tangles.
Pricing, and the Shark IQ robot wins–it is about $200 (current price) less than the Roomba.
I’d tip the Roomba in terms of usability and software. The i7 maps quickly and can store up to ten floor maps (Shark currently can’t save floor maps), has a more refined app, and is better at negotiating around obstacles, climbing thresholds, and finding its docking station. Another thing, the Shark currently doesn’t have keep out zone function.
Cleaning results from both machines score above average. The i7 and the r1001 did an excellent job picking sand, dirt, dust, pet, and human hair off of carpets, hardwoods, tiles, vinyl, etc.
Here’s a video for more in-depth insight into the pickup ability of the two robots:
The self-emptying function of the Shark IQ robot works, plus the machine is cheaper. That mentioned, the r1001 is loud and has some unresolved software issues. Besides, Shark is lagging in product support. (No-go line and multi-floor saving functions remain elusive months after release).
The Roomba i7, on the other hand, excels in product support (it last received an update on 02/20/2020). It’s pricey, too. However, the i7 is quieter; maps and vacuums effectively; has an improved app and mobility; stays connected to wifi; and can store multiple floor plans (up to 10).