Roomba i7 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner Review

Sam Harris
written by Sam Harris
created on August 22, 2019
updated on May 14, 2020

The Roomba i7 is currently above $500 at Amazon. Want to know if it’s worth it, and why? Here’s a review of the Roomba i7 robot vacuum cleaner. But first, a quick overview.

Roomba i7 (7150) robotic vacuum preview

Pros

  • Feature-rich
  • Smart & advanced functions
  • Awesome design & hardware
  • Lots of controls & customization options
  • Great product support

Cons

  • Software needs improvement

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Roomba i7 specs and features table

Specs/features
Roomba_i7_robot_vacuum
Roomba i7
Accessoriesnorth American line cord, dual mode virtual wall barrier, extra high-efficiency filter, extra side brushes
Suction power (Pa)1700
Amazon Alexa supportyes
Anti-drop/cliffyes
AppiRobot Home
Automatic dirt emptyingno (self-cleaning base can be purchased separately though)
Automatic recharge and resumeyes
Floor typesceramic tile, marble tile, vinyl, linoleum, wood, low- and medium-pile carpets
Barrier-cross Height (in)0.79
Carpet Boostyes
Central cleaning brush typeDual, brushless
Digital blocked areayes
Dirt detectyes
Dust bin size (ml)400
Full bin indicatoryes
Hepa filteryes
Intelligent carpet detectionyes
Maps allowed for saving10
Navigation and mappingiAdapt 3.0 + VSLAM
Noise in max mode (dB)68
Price history (retrieved from camelcamelcamel.com)$499 - $799 (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 sizesmall, medium
Scheduling yes
Selected room cleaning yes
Selected room schedulingyes
Side brush (es)1
Warranty1 year
Wifi Frequency (GHz)2.4/5
Wifi/Appyes
Working time (min)75 - 90
Zoned/custom area cleaningyes
Google Assistant supportyes

Roomba i7 robot vacuum review

Auto-dirt disposal system

Roomba i7+ is the Roomba i7 with an auto-dirt disposal system. The self-emptying base (usually sold separately from the main unit) is around the $200 price mark at Amazon.

Auto-dirt emptying is the i7’s ability to automatically dump its dustbin and resume vacuuming in as many times as required to complete the session.

The clean base of a robot vacuum often uses a bagged or a bagless system; both systems are estimated to hold up to thirty runs of dirt. 

The i7 uses a bagged system. Two dirtbags come with a unit of the i7. A clean bagless base such as the Shark’s will save you money but may not be ideal if you’re allergic. The bagged system is not cost-effective but will provide you with fresh, breathable air.

Controls and settings

While you can use the button on the i7 to perform essential functions like start, stop, and dock–the bulk of the controls and settings are in the iRobotHome App. Getting used to the App could take some time if it’s your first time with a robot vacuum, but the App is value-packed and user-friendly.

From the iRobotHome App, you can see the floor maps, including rooms, walls, and obstacles. You can label the rooms and direct the i7 to clean select room(s), aka sectional cleaning. Another option is letting the robot run multiple passes on spots within the house (the kitchen, for instance).

Rectangles can be created on the floor map where you don’t want the bot to enter, such as under a dining table.

Further, the i7 displays its path on the App so you can monitor its activities in real-time. It will even make announcements on your phone, such as the dustbin being full, or returning to dock.

Most importantly, the Roomba i7 has a setting where it will use a lower suction on a hard floor and immediately go to max suction when it senses carpet.

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Interlinking

Interlinking is a smart way to get the Braava m6 to work in tandem with the Roomba i and s series. In other words, the Braava m6 once programmed will leave its charging base to mop the parts of the house the i7 or s9 just cleaned.

Maintenance

To maintain peak performance, some effort, albeit minimal, is required on your part. Here’s how to clean the i7:

See how to empty the bin of the Roomba i7:

Navigation & mapping

Camera powers movement in the i7. This nav system lets the i7 know where it is, where it is going, and how to get there using less power while cleaning with the utmost efficiency.

The Roomba i7 supports smart mapping. Mapping is a function in a self-driving cleaning robot that lets it run the layout of a house while displaying the floor plan in a chart-like graph called maps. This unique functionality offers users tons of customization options. And if you live in a story house, the i7 supports up to 10-floor maps.

Pick-up performance/cleaning test

The Roomba i7 does a great job picking fine sand, dust, dirt particles, and other debris off of hardwood, vinyl, tile, laminate, carpet, and other similar surfaces.

Advertised at 10× more suction than previous models, carpet cleaning on the i7 is pretty decent. Low through medium pile carpet, though.

Another favorite thing about the i7 is its ability to sweep hair, both human and dog. As a result, the i7 is a perfect choice if the long hair of your wife or daughters bothers you.

Its versatile brush design notwithstanding, hair may get caught up after a cleaning session, especially if you have lots of pets and have gone days without vacuuming. The good news follows: the extractor of the Roomba i7 is easy to clean as the side tips are removable, plus this is recommended to discourage hair build-up and to maintain peak performance.

Also, with the i7, there’s something called Smart Top-up. Especially useful in large homes, what the Smart Top-up function does is to ensure the i7 charges for only the time required to finish the cleaning job vs. charging to full capacity, which, as you know, usually takes hours. Essentially, the Smart Recharging and Resuming function of the i7 makes cleaning FASTER in ample spaces.

Watch this video for better insight on the vacuuming abilities (start watching from 3:33) of the Roomba i7:

Pricing

The Roomba i7 without the base currently sells for $600 at Amazon. The Roomba i7 with the base (i7+) is around $800.

Parts & accessories

The side brush of the i7, soft, and sturdy, looks like it’s going to last for a long time. However, as with most things with mechanical parts, months, or years down the line, you may need to change/replace components to include extractors, filters, self-emptying dock, side brushes, docking stations, wheel modules, etc. Click this link to buy authentic Roomba i7 replacement parts.

Set up

Please refer to this guide to program the Roomba i7 or connect to wifi. This short video might also help:

Updates

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Conclusion

One cool way to see the offerings of the iRobot Roomba i7 is that you’ll no longer be exhausted from vacuuming and mopping for hours on weekends. So to all the busy working folks — this investment will give you your weekends back.

Or if you want, the i7, because it cleans better than your regular Dyson. Or if for no other reason than it will spend more time cleaning than you will, and it gets the hair that you and your Dyson miss. Indeed, you get to go longer in between vacuuming. I find it’s more efficient to schedule part of the house on different days, cutting cleaning time to a minimum.

That mentioned whether the Roomba i7 is worth the premium price is a question you’ll have to answer for your budget and cleaning requirement. As far as build quality, design, functionality is concerned, though, I think the price is justified.