The iRobot Roomba i7 Plus is a Pain-free Robot Vacuum Cleaner

Sam Harris
written by Sam Harris
part of Robot Vacuums
created on March 18, 2019
updated on August 8, 2019

Manually emptying of the debris bin, your bot straying into unwanted spaces, but most importantly, a dumb clean bot that can’t avoid obstacles or learn your home are few annoying experiences that are making floor cleaning both tiring and exhaustive.

The good news, however, is that you can avoid these painful experiences by investing in a robot vacuum that can:

  • Automatically empty its debris bin
  • Utilize its in-built virtual barrier to stay off undesired spaces
  • Intelligently negotiate obstacles, self-learn and adjust to different floor plans.

Enter: iRobot Roomba i7 plus–the pain-free robotic vacuum cleaner.

Or maybe you don’t know, but by prioritizing your convenience and investing in a hassle-free robot vacuum, you’ll be improving the quality of your life.

Hopefully, at the end of today’s post, you’ll be able to identify key features that characterize a pain-free robot vacuum.

The Pain-Free Features of the iRobot Roomba i7 Plus Robot Vacuum Cleaner

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iRobot Roomba i7+ (7550) Robot Vacuum with Automatic Dirt Disposal- Wi-Fi Connected, Smart Mapping, Works with Alexa, Ideal for Pet Hair, Carpets, Hard Floors
  • Empties on its own you don't have to think about vacuuming for weeks at a time. Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal holds 30 bins of dirt, dust and hair
  • Power Lifting Suction delivers 10X the air power* for improved pick up performance. Ideal for homes with pets. Premium 3 Stage Cleaning System cleans the dirt and pet hair you see and the allergens and dust you don't. *(Compared to Roomba 600 Series and AeroVac System)
  • Patented iAdapt 3.0 Navigation with vSLAM technology allows the robot to seamlessly navigate and efficiently clean an entire level of your home
  • Imprint Smart Mapping enables the robot to learn, map and adapt to your home, allowing you to control which rooms are cleaned and when
  • High Efficiency Filter traps 99 percent of cat and dog allergens

iAdapt 3.0 Navigation

Do you own one of those clean bots that’ll just be dancing around without any specific cleaning pattern? Or one that would perform brilliantly on laminates but poorly on carpets and area rugs? Even worse, they’re poor at handling corners!

Also worthy of note is that a few of these non-i7 robot vacuums in their attempt to get recharged often die off midway. Midway sometimes could be under the kitchen cabinet. This means (perhaps when you arrive from work tired, already expecting a spick and span floor) you’ll instead be dedicating the next couple minutes trying to locate your clean bot. 

That goes to show the floor remain messy anyway. Worst yet, messier, if it actually meant that your robot died before finishing the job.

Or let’s say upon arriving home only to meet a terrible floor you remained resolute. Typically, the next best option would be to haul out your big, bulky Shark or Dyson and start dragging it around the rooms like a pregnant elephant.

Not a pleasant experience if you ask me since you’ll be churning out the little remainder energy which most homeowners often lack after work hours, or that they’d rather use to enjoy the rest of their day in peace.

With the iAdapt navigation feature of the i7 plus, however, movement is seamless plus cleaning is efficient. The movement of the i7 plus being seamless therefore means decreased possibility of getting stuck.

Double & Spot Clean

Recall the other time while I was discussing the inefficiency in cleaning often associated with a lot of the other non-i7 robotic vacuum models. There I told you that the iRobot doesn’t have this problem. Only, I forgot to tell you that the iRobot Roomba i7 plus has a feature that allows users to instruct their bot to pay special attention to certain spots more than the others, for whatever reason. This feature of the iRobot is called Spot Clean.

Further, there’s another feature of the Roomba that allows users to set their device to double clean an entire area. So a floor getting cleaned twice increases the user’s confidence that the room will be ready as at when needed. Besides the boost in confidence, there’s also some kind of a relief knowing fully well that the clean bot had done its job once and for all, therefore, no further action is required.

Dual Multi-Surface Rubber Brushes, High-Efficiency Filter & 3-Stage Cleaning

Having used your bot to clean the floor, if you’ve ever had to follow up with a quick vacuuming using your upright vacuum, then I think you’ll reason the 3-stage cleaning feature of the i7 plus.

It’s also important to know that the main brush of the i7 plus unlike those of other robotic cleaners (Neato D7 I know: the main brush usually has hair wrapped around it especially to the side, making it a nightmare to clean) tangle hair a lot less and is very easy to clean.

In short, multi-surface rubber brushes, a high-efficiency filter, and a 3-stage cleaning is the perfect combination for a hassle-free, yet effective cleaning.

Automatic Dirt Disposal

As with most of the preceding Roombas, while being a life-saver, emptying the dustbin multiple times in a single run means you can only run your clean bot when you’re at home. Plus, if you’re actually the person emptying the canister, you’ll notice things can quickly get messy (dust bunny everywhere!) and tiring. Not to mention you want to avoid this task if you’re allergic.

In a nutshell, having the i7 plus empty itself saves users from physically getting involved. Not only that, the auto dirt emptying feature precludes users from having interrupted cycles in between the period when iRobot does the emptying /clean up.

Recharge & Resume

If you’ve got one of those robot cleaning tools that struggle to make it to their charging base and, in addition, have difficulty identifying where it last cleaned–then I think you’d appreciate the Recharge and Resume feature of the iRobot Roomba i7 plus. Needless to mention that the iRobot Roomba i7 plus finds its docking station the majority of the time, plus it’s able to accurately pinpoint where to resume cleaning. 

App Integration

Using the app functionalities of the iRobot Roomba i7 plus gives the freedom and flexibility to have a custom cleaning that’s tailored to users lifestyle, choice, and needs.

Top in the ranks of these functionalities includes floor mapping, scheduled, and emergency cleaning.

(Keep in mind that the app of the iRobot i7 plus isn’t required to use it, only it’s necessary to access some key features).

iRobot’s User-Friendly App for Floor Mapping

The user-friendly app of the iRobot i7 plus will create a map of your house that you can see on the app so that you can select cleaning to be done only in the specified room. So assuming iRobot i7 plus is running in one of the rooms and you’ve got an emergency need for that room, all from within the app you can instruct the i7+ to stop cleaning and dock itself.

iRobot’s High-Performance App for Planned Cleaning

With the i7 plus it’s easy to schedule cleaning as desired: as per the time of the day, week, or after specific activity or event.

iRobot’s Versatile App for Emergency Cleaning

Personal experience anyway, I recall those times I’m out of the house and my buddy calls that he’ll be visiting. Knowing fully well my floors are in a pitiful condition, all I’ve got to do is to engage iRobot via the app wherever I might be. And, well, that’s how I’ll come home to treat myself and my visit to a sparkling, nice-looking floor.

This scenario would play out differently for everyone. Maybe in your own case, it’s your in-law who called in that she would be visiting.

Either way, it makes sense because, for one, you can get a clean floor whenever and wherever you’re at; most importantly though, the clean floor is as a result of you making a few gestures over the app.

iRobot’s Highly-Responsive App for Quick, Helpful Feedback

The app of the iRobot provides feedback indicating it has finished a cleaning session, gets stuck (this rarely happens with the  i7 plus though but just in case so that you can come for the rescue) or when it’s heading to its base for recharging.

Other than that, the app of the Roomba i7 plus has a “care and maintenance” tab that tells you when it’s time to clean the bin or dust extractors/robot, etc. This takes the guesswork out of knowing when things need to be done. It also has visual guides to walk you through all of the maintenance, making it very easy.

Virtual Barrier

The virtual barrier aka false wall of the iRobot Roomba i7+ is a small rectangular piece that functions by itself. And since the false wall is being included for free this means:

  • You’ll be saving money from buying false walls.
  • You can prevent your device from getting into unprepared rooms where it would otherwise choke on small objects like kids’ toys and socks.
  • You can finally stop worrying about your clean bot getting damaged due to potential injury from repeated failed trials to enter closed spaces.

It also helps given that the false wall is much smaller and easier to manage.

Ready?

A bot straying into unwanted spaces or a bot so dumb it can’t map or keep details of a room for subsequent cleaning is, well, useless. Then there’s one other thing that I really hate; manually emptying of the debris bin of a robot vacuum. Pretty much explains why items in this category are such a pain to use.

I, therefore, went on a hunt for alternatives for people whom the features on their devices aren’t (or weren’t meant to be) user-intended. The iRobot Roomba i7 plus turns out to be that alternative considering its convenience-inducing features, a few of which include an option to get it to self-clean; to recharge and resume; to schedule cleaning; not forgetting to mention the virtual barrier included in this model that keeps it totally off unwanted zones.

Go!

You’ve got two choices before you.

1. Make your life a lot easier, and better, by switching to a cleaning beast such as the iRobot i7 plus so that you can get free from doing soul-sucking, vitality-devouring tasks that your clean bot is constantly creating.

Or…

2. Keep to your old ways of vacuuming with that dumb and problematic robot vacuum so that you can at least stress out pretty quickly.

Should option 1 become your choice eventually, I’ve included a helpful link which leads to where you can get the iRobot Roomba i7 plus at current price and from an authorized seller.
On Sale −14%
iRobot Roomba i7+ (7550) Robot Vacuum with Automatic Dirt Disposal- Wi-Fi Connected, Smart Mapping, Works with Alexa, Ideal for Pet Hair, Carpets, Hard Floors
  • Empties on its own you don't have to think about vacuuming for weeks at a time. Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal holds 30 bins of dirt, dust and hair
  • Power Lifting Suction delivers 10X the air power* for improved pick up performance. Ideal for homes with pets. Premium 3 Stage Cleaning System cleans the dirt and pet hair you see and the allergens and dust you don't. *(Compared to Roomba 600 Series and AeroVac System)
  • Patented iAdapt 3.0 Navigation with vSLAM technology allows the robot to seamlessly navigate and efficiently clean an entire level of your home
  • Imprint Smart Mapping enables the robot to learn, map and adapt to your home, allowing you to control which rooms are cleaned and when
  • High Efficiency Filter traps 99 percent of cat and dog allergens