The Roomba i6 robot vacuum unleashes powerful cleaning when, where, and how you want with a single command to your Google Assistant or Alexa voice assistant. When messes happen, just say, “Tell Roomba to clean under the kitchen table.” Smart navigation maps specific objects in your home, guiding it to the mess, right when the mess happens. With 10x the suction* and automatic, personalized schedules—even recommendations during pollen and pet-shedding seasons— its vacuuming that fits seamlessly into your life. *(compared to the Roomba® 600 series cleaning system) *(Alexa and all related logos are trademarks of Amazon.com or its affiliates. Google is a trademark of Google LLC)
I am a clean person and vacuum regularly. I upgraded vacuum recently and it pulled up more dirt than ever. This Irobot 6150 has serious suction power. I have 700 sq ft 1 bedroom and recommend a self empty base for larger places so it can clean longer. I love it and named him the Silver Surfer.Nov 02, 2021 15:59
Roombas are amazing, i run mine once a week and it takes care of my linoleum and carpet just fine. The area i have it clean is about 300sq ft and it can do it all in ~45 minutes.Oct 09, 2021 17:09
I love Rudy! He does a thorough job of cleaning the floors. He picks up all the dog hair and dust bunnies. He has made my life 100% easier! Our home is clean and beautiful!Nov 05, 2021 17:17
Neato D9's 200 minute runtime, covering 1,600 square feet on a single charge, makes it ideal for medium to larger-sized homes. You can't use circles to clean a square corner. That's why Neato's D-shape allows for a 70% larger brush than those found in round robots along with an industry-leading 0.70 liter dirt bin that holds more dirt between cleanings. Neato's D9 offers corner-to-corner and edge-to-edge cleaning in a short amount of time and its unique Helix multi-surface brush is now 50% quieter on hard surfaces. Neato's D9 also offers 40% greater dirt pickup than D3 & D5. The powerful performance combined with an easy-to-clean Ultra-Performance filter traps up to 99.5% of allergens and dust. Equipped with energy-saving Eco Mode for general vacuuming to high-performance Turbo Mode, Neato gets the job done. The Neato D9 uses LaserSmart powered by LIDAR, the same technology used in self-driving vehicles, to map and navigate your home with precision, leaving your carpets with those satisfying straight vacuum lines in no time. Because it uses lasers, not cameras, to navigate your home it works just as well in low light conditions like under furniture and never records images of you and your belongings. It also doesn't have microphones on board and features state-of-the-art encryption both on the robot and in the cloud. With regular software updates sent automatically, you can feel confident you're getting the latest features as soon as they're released. Get cleaning in minutes with Neato’s hassle-free setup using the MyNeato app. Create Zones to target trouble spots more often—like crumbs under the dining table. Create No-Go Zones to avoid spaces such as a pet dish or child’s play area. Clean where you want, when you want—on demand or scheduled in advance. Available in a premium, brushed black finish that fits in with any décor. Let Neato D9 take care of the dirty work. You've got better things to do. The Ultimate Cleaning Machine.
I decided to invest on this vacuum because I have a severe allergy to dust and I need a device that can seriously clean.
Not disappointed, the D9 is super powerful and even cleans corners as they claim. I had a Shark before and I always had to manually clean the spaces it couldn't reach.
The D9 gets all the dust and dirt. It works amazingly both on carpet and wood floors. I was actually very impressed on how well it cleaned my very old carpet.
My only complaint is that they are not offering a self-emptying base. However the tank capacity of the Neato is quite impressive. I haven't had to empty it yet and it's been a week.
All in all, very happy with the vacuum.Nov 11, 2021 23:35
The Shark IQ Robot Self-Empty XL combines convenience with intelligence and performance. After each cleaning session, your robot vacuum automatically empties the dust bin into the bagless base, which holds up to 30 days of dust and debris. With IQ Navigation, your robot cleans your home row by row to assure a whole-home clean. With Shark’s powerful suction, you get amazing cleaning performance.
Maintain your Roomba e, i, andj Series robot with this iRobot cleaning kit. It comes with High-Efficiency filters that capture 99% of cat and dog dander allergens, sweeping brushes and rubber brushes to keep your vacuum in tip-top shape.
I just needed the rollers, but since they were not available separate had to buy the pack . Wish the rollers bit more durable , they easily get torn by hair or threads if it gets entangled on the rollers.Sep 03, 2021 17:28
Always purchase original accessories for your roomba!Nov 05, 2021 20:14
Always better to buy OEM with your Roomba. Great quality. Works perfect! I'll definitely go with OEM next time too.Sep 26, 2021 14:39
It has everything you need to keep things running.Oct 30, 2021 08:19
This kit is necessary to keep your roomba running smoothly. Would recommend.Oct 18, 2021 07:38
I have 2 Roomba E5s and love them both! Every morning while Every morning when I'm in my home office I hear "The Butler" and "Cabana Boy" start cleaning their respective floors. Later when I return upstairs everything look great. I wanted a replenishment kit for both Roombas and caught the best sale I have found yet on the Best Buy site, better than Amazon, and better than buying direct from Roomba. It's nice to know that I can keep both Roombas in top form with the appropriate replenishment kits. Make sure you buy the genuine Roomba replenishment kit if you want to maintain your Roomba's warranty and have it electronically recognize the replacement parts.Apr 10, 2020 18:45
Exactly as described. Parts fit well in our current Roomba.Oct 15, 2021 17:23
This set is the brand name replacement for my Roomba. I love my roomba. This set updated it and set it back up good as new. The original set lasted a long time, but this set was needed after about 6 months of heavy use.Jun 26, 2021 20:36
The Shark AI Robot Self-Empty combines the latest innovations for a whole-home clean. Features include: Shark suction power; AI Laser Navigation for precision cleaning; and a HEPA 60-day capacity base for collecting and trapping dust and allergens.
After using the Shark AI self-empty robot vacuum for over a week, this review will address all you need to know to make an informed decision before purchasing this vacuum like setup, app, noise level, mapping capabilities, battery life, self-empty features and so on. I will also be comparing this with another major high end robot manufacturer product that I own that has all the capabilities without AI and self-empty feature. Let’s get started:
What’s in the box: Shark AI Robot, 2 brush attachment (snaps on, no screws), base dock aka self-empty charger, Quick start guide.
Setup: Setup is very easy. Just snap the two front brushes (single prong) in place. Connect the base to outlet and remove all the plastic wrap and charge the machine to 100% before first use (took around 4 hours as there was 40% charge when shipped). Download the Sharkclean app from iOS or google playstore, create a new account if you don’t have one to get started. Once account is verified, you need to just add the device and it quickly detects the machine and adds it. You can name your machine of your choice.
Initial Run: On the first run, machine explores and maps the entire home and does not clean during this process. It just wanders around in different directions in a quite volume. You cannot skip this step and would encourage to view the map on the app to be sure if its satisfactory. You can also redo this and create a new map if required and name various room on the map for spot cleaning.
Main pro on this machine is the low noise level, better precision mapping with option to on-demand deep clean room/ spot clean high traffic zones, HEPA filtration with 60 days of self-emptying XL base.
My old machine from major competitor which is only 2 years old and paid over $800 at the time of release is very loud compared to this Shark. Shark is very quiet, and you don’t need to turn your TV volume or interrupt your phone conversations. Mapping on this machine is more intuitive on the app where you can name your rooms and send the vacuum to clean only to that room on demand which is a cool feature.
Self-empty 60- day capacity base works well and when the setting of evacuate and resume is selected to on, it will empty its dustbin more frequently. You have the option to do extended clean where robot will clean until it must recharge. This self-empty bagless technology is a welcoming feature to leave the vacuum for over a month and half without cleaning or emptying. To empty just press the button and lift the release button to empty the bin. Vacuum makes a loud noise when emptying the dirt which is acceptable after the first time.
Scheduling: You can schedule the robot to clean on a schedule. With my old machine, this feature will not work if the dustbin is full and was little frustrating to find the home not cleaner upon return from work. But with this self-empty XL bin with the option to select on-demand cleaning makes it possible to set the schedule for high traffic areas.
Battery: Battery is good compared and has good 120 minutes cleaning before it needs recharging. My home is 3600 sqft with various flooring (Tile, hardwood, and carpet). Entire home takes 2 charges for deep cleaning and runs for over 2 hours.
App: SharkClean app is very intuitive and easy to use. You can view the history, schedule your runs, view your map, and modify various settings. It has a support option on the app where you find lot of information about the robot without the need to browse online manual. It has how to videos for easy setup, troubleshooting, errors & notifications, FAQ, Manual, Parts, voice control setup for Alexa, google etc. Didn’t crash once and its very stable and loving it.
Voice Control: Supports Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant and it can be easily setup. For Alexa you need to enable the shark skill on the Alexa skill store and discover the devices on Alexa app. Once done, just say “Alexa tell shark to start cleaning”. You can also Alexa to stop cleaning, find the robot. For Google assistant, you would open the Google home app and click the + sign and set up device-> works with google -> select shark clean or search shark clean and link your account. Works well with both smart home devices with no issues.
Pros: Low noise/Quiet operation, Precision Mapping, AI Laser Navigation with precise row by row cleaning, HEPA 60-day capacity base for dust collection, Self-emptying bagless base, On-demand Spot Cleaning, Extended cleaning time (around 2 hours), Longer battery life, scheduling capability, detecting, and avoiding objects in its path, Intuitive app with option to find all resources in one place, Voice control with Alexa/Google assistant, reasonable pricing.
Cons: Loud noise when emptying, Low suction on normal mode unless ultra-cleaning mode is activated
Overall, its worth the investment if you are in the market for an AI based self-empty robot at a reasonable price. Highly recommend to anyone for its AI and LIDAR technology with the option of no-go zones in the app and for it’s self-empty XL .Sep 13, 2021 13:53
The Shark AI vacuum is simple to use, set it up once and don't mess with it again. This Vacuum is very simple to set up. Download the app follow a few simple steps and that’s pretty much it. In the box you get the vacuum, the docking station, two brushes and some manuals. Once all setup and connected to the internet, you will start by creating a map of your house. Mine took approx 25 minutes for 1900SQF, and it did a really excellent job on the mapping. I was surprised how accurate it was that the mapping looked like the actual house floor plan.
I am always on top of the cleaning of my house and for the most part is always clean, so I thought. After giving this vac it’s first run I checked on the trash bin and to my surprise I found dirt and other debris. That being said, this vacuum does work and the best part, it does it on it’s own. Something that will differentiate this from other robot vacuums is the way it cleans. This thing is not just going around different places cleaning, it actually does it in a grid pattern meaning better coverage and more consistency cleaning than just random moving around. I noticed that after it cleaned the first zone of the house it went back to the dock, empty itself and then continued to the next zone skipping the previous one, that was pretty impressive.
When it is on it will make some noise of course is a vacuum but is not super loud just loud enough to be noticed. What made a loud noise that actually scared me the first time was the docking station when it does the dust suction from the vacuum. Vacuum seems to be nicely built of course pretty much is made of plastic but the technology behind it and the components inside this thing is what makes it worth. The app is very easy to use and pretty much self explanatory and is a must for the initial setup. For this vacuum to work on it’s own you have to create a schedule within the app. Also in the app you can see when, where and how long it took to clean your house. You can also see a map of the zones it previously cleaned. That feature was not working properly for me at the time of this review. I was able to see the time it took to clean throughout the day but not the actual map.
Another cool feature is that it will work with Alexa and Google Assistance. I tested that with my Google home and it worked like a charm. All I had to do was tell Google Assistant to start shark and that was it, and if you want to send it back to the dock, just say ‘send shark back home”. That was pretty cool, and it worked almost instantly. The dust tray is pretty big, in my opinion. For my home it will take weeks or maybe months to fill it up. I cannot say for others with high traffic and pets. Overall this Vacuum does work and it does it in a systematic way, and the best part is to set it up once don’t mess with it again.Sep 10, 2021 19:46
I have several indoor cats, so I'm always looking for a new vacuum that will help with the fur. This Shark AI Robot Vacuum with LIDAR Navigation does a great job, and since it empties itself, I can let it run unsupervised.
Unboxing and setup took about 15 minutes; the only real assembly was the attachment of the corner brushes. The vacuum and base station don't have an over large footprint so you can place the unit practically anywhere. The guide suggests 3ft of space on each side of the base station, but I tried a little less than 2ft and I haven't had any trouble with the vacuum being unable to get back to the station. Downloading and installing the app was quick and simple, and after the vacuum was fully charged, I started the mapping process. This vacuum mapped my downstairs area, which is about 1800 sq ft, in about 15-20 mins. I thought it would take longer, but when I saw the robot making its way back to the base, I checked the map on the app and was surprised to see an extremely accurate depiction of my first floor layout. Once the mapping was completed, I used the app to mark rooms and a few high traffic zones as well as a couple of no-go zones. The app allows you to clean the whole area or you can specify certain rooms/areas. So far I'm impressed with how the robot covers the areas it cleans as well as how well it cleans those areas. I have a mixture of flooring, thick carpet, area rugs, wood, marble, and tile, and the robot does a great job on all of them. I'm especially impressed with how well it cleans the grouts lines on the kitchen tile. As a test, I threw some fine dirt/dust and other debris that I had in a dustpan onto my kitchen floor making sure to spread it into the grout... the vacuum picked everything! The other thing I really like about his product is that it does a great job of avoiding obstacles; the LIDAR allows it to 'see' objects instead of having to bump into them. It still bumps things once in a while, but it doesn't run into them repeatedly. One big advantage of this vacuum is that when the dust-bin is full, it makes it's way back to the base station to empty itself. If I have the vacuum clean the entire first level, it usually makes it way back to the base station 2-3 times, although one of those visits is usually to recharge the battery. So as far as the vacuum goes, I think it's a great product, but I'm hoping they update the app to fix the problems I'm having with it. The problems are more annoyances than major issues. I've noticed that almost every time I start the app, it has trouble connecting to my account... at least that's what I assume the problem is. I have to exit the app a few times for it to finally reset and allow access to the cleaning menu. I've also never been able to have the vacuum return to the base by using the dock command from the app. When I initiate that function, it appears that the vacuum receives the command but it continues to clean. I've had to use the dock button on the robot itself to get it to dock. I haven't had time to contact support about this yet, so it could be that the fix is a simple reset of the unit.
Overall, I am very happy with this product. The pathing and coverage of areas to be cleaned is incredibly good, and the vacuum picks up almost everything from any surface. If you're looking for a product to help you keep up with cleaning the floors, you should try it.Sep 20, 2021 01:43
I currently own another self-emptying robot by another manufacturer and am very pleased with it, but wanted a second self-emptying robot for another floor. I have had many positive experiences with Shark products and was curious on how this Shark AI robot would compare.
The robot vacuum looks a lot like its competitor, but has a large, raised platform for laser guidance (LIDAR). What makes it most different from its competition is that it has a bagless self-emptying base, as well as a single modified roller for cleaning.
After charging the robot on the base overnight, I was able to easily follow the directions for setup. A voice projected from the unit, but I had a hard time understanding what it said. The initial run to create a map was surprisingly accurate and didn’t take long. I like how I can modify the map to create No-Go zones and permanently block rooms I do not want to include.
I was very impressed with how quickly this robot cleaned all the rooms. I set the cleaning power to “Max” and it seemed quieter than my other vacuum at medium power. The Shark robot seemed to cover all areas while avoiding the areas I requested.
LIDAR floor map accuracy
Virtual No-Go zones
Bagless self-emptying base
Taller profile than competitor
After using this AI robot vacuum for about a week, I can state it is very impressive. It has great cleaning power, is quiet, and has great app features, all the while being able to keep the cost low. I would highly recommend this robot vacuum.Sep 14, 2021 14:23
This is the third robot vacuum I have used over the years so I have quite a bit of experience when it comes to knowing what I like and what I don't like. This is my first Shark brand vacuum and it does some things better than others for sure.
- The self-emptying feature is really cool. You can run this thing for days without having to empty the debris basin as it empties out when it gets back to the dock. You can also use the app to manual empty if you need to. Just don't forget to clean the filter. Self-emptying is nice, but would love to see a self-filter cleaning model next!
- It can climb up onto secondary carpets well. Other robot vacuums sometimes struggle if you have a carpet on a carpet.
- Good battery life! We had this thing run for about an hour straight on the highest power setting.
- Adjustable suction power is nice. You can get more battery life if you run it on a lower power setting for lighter jobs. But I recommend always running on high as robot vacuums rarely clean anywhere near as well as traditional vacuums.
- AI navigation was great. During testing this model did not get lost or have trouble finding its dock. It also covered every inch of the rooms that I used it in, performing a very thorough job.
- This vacuum runs very quietly! Even at high power, you can watch TV in the background without much issue.
-Filters are not as easy to clean as other robot vacuum models. This filter style can be cleaned with a gentle brush, but isn't as easy as some foam type filters I have used before. I've even run some filters through the washer and dryer in the past but you can't do that with this one. I foresee having to buy a new filter every 6-12 months for this unit. It would be nice if this vacuum shipped with 1 extra filter.
- Suction power could be better. While it is not poor by any means, some vacuums have more juice and will clean more deeply. This is a not so bad trade-off for how quietly it runs, though.
Overall, this is a buy. It is a great set it and forget it vacuum that you can create a regular cleaning schedule for within the app and just pop in to clean the filters a couple times per month. Check it out if you are in the market for a robot vacuum!Sep 12, 2021 19:06
I've tried a lot of robot vacuums, probably 10-12 over the past 5 years. I have a multi-story split level home, to have a robot to clean each area without having to move them, I need 4. I have 2 areas with oriental rugs with fringe (still left on it), some robots I've used are unsuitable for rugs with fringe on them. So I first find out if a new robot is going to suck up the fringe and possibly eat it (bad robot). It's largely been hit an miss, but having learned my lesson, for me it has to be tested. So the Shark - AI Robot Vacuum, succeed in NOT eating the remaining fringe on the rug under my dining room table. This is my great room area, where I want to deploy the Shark - AI Robot vac.
This robot uses LIDAR (think low power laser object detection, it can tell how far away objects are at a distance (and how tall to some extent). This allows it to approach objects without needing to bump into them. IT WORKS (really well)! in doing so it maps out your floorplan showing where it can freely move and where furniture and chair legs might require some neavigation. You do this setup before using the robot the first time. The Shark App was very easy to set up and install, it walked me through the initial set-up process with ease. It then show me how to get more sophisticated naming areas and defining high trafic zones or areas to spot clean. Of course by default you can always have it programed to clean whole area on a scheduled basis. Having used the Shark app before, I must say it's greatly improved, specifically providing for improved functionality that still easy to understand.
The Shark has 3 suction levels, I found normal worked well, and I could easily watch TV while it was running. On high I think I'd have prefered to be out of the room. On any schedule this set up can be changed. If I had animals around the house I probably would have used the high setting. And you can also specify how often you want the unit to return to its base for evacuation (self emptying into the charging bases large bin, this is relatively loud for about 30s). Depending on how dusty your floors might be they claim the base might only need to be emptied every 6 months (I'd say for my space this would be accurate).
When it was cleaning I threw some obstacles in it's path, I moved a chair after mapping and put some salt on a carpet and on a hard floor. It normally moves in a very orderly back and forth overlapping path. As I put something "new" in its path it slowed it approach and moved completely around the object, barely touching it. It did a good job with the salt directly in its path, the salt off to the side got blown to the side a bit, but a subsequent pass cleaned it all up. It has two replaceable twirling whiskers, that should pull in dust just outside it's reach. To some extent these work well on hard floors, but they are much less effective on rugs that meet wall/corners.
Like I said this robot works better than any other I've tried some costing 2-3x. Shark has a great deal for you here. If you have room for it, the base is 13" wide and 14" tall, it should be placed against a wall with 6" to the right and left "empty", so you need at least 2', where 3' would be better (so the robot can clean adjacent to the base). I love the idea of not needing to empty the robot every time it's used, or finding it's stopped because it's full. That won't happen with the Shark - AI Robot Vacuum. It will return to its base to empty itself as often as necessary, then pick back up exactly where it was. It does clean well, and did not eat my fridge. It had no problem crawling up on with rugs on pads. It was thin enough to get under toe kicks (which the robots 5 years ago failed to do). On hard floors it did a great job of getting into almost all corners.
Vacuum robots have continued to improve, having a self emptying robot is a big advance, and Shark had done a great job making this AI robot really smart. Recommended!Sep 15, 2021 12:53
I owned the RV750 that retired already. The SW has been greatly improved and the app functionality, as well. The first set up to connect the WiFi took longer than older Shark robots. But once you’re connected, this is where the fun begins.
The robot starts with exploring your house first. It’s mapping the floorplan of your house, and it’s very very accurate. It recognizes our kitchen island, etc. Once your floorplan was mapped, you can designate the rooms and label them accordingly. Once you’re done, you can select which rooms you want to clean.
Just like that! It’s very impressive. Our house is always clutter. I hate having to do declutter the whole house first before letting the robot does its job. This way, I have better control on which room I want to clean.
I work for a robotic company, and I must say this robot maps and navigates very very well. The new roll brush is also a lot better in minimizing hair tangles. We have a Siberian Husky, so we use this robotic vacuum a lot! Highly recommended!Sep 18, 2021 22:32
The self emptying Shark AI Robot Vacuum is by far the best robotic cleaning appliance I've had the pleasure to use.
We use this upstairs, as nobody seems to have a model that will climb stairs yet and it cleans the space impeccably. The robot seamlessly navigates the complete floor and cleans in spots that admittedly probably haven't been cleaned in years (I.e. under the beds) with ease.
Navigation is superior - after the easy unboxing experience (5 minutes from opening the box to ready to go), the robot runs a cycle where it basically learns the area that it's going to be cleaning. The iOS app then displays a map of the area, where you can cordon off individual areas that can be used to send the robot to clean. If you simply want to clean the bedroom, you can send the robot to clean the bedroom and then come home, it does not have to clean the entire area in a single job.
Starting a cleaning job is fairly easy - you open the app and hit "clean" and select a cleaning level - low, medium, or high. The higher the cleaning level you select, it will supposedly clean deeper, but it will consume more battery which in turn requires more trips back to the base station to charge to complete the entire job. After the cleaning job, you can look in the app and see the areas that were cleaned and how well the coverage was. If the robot gets stuck or some other error occurs with the cleaning job, it will send a push notification to your app.
You can also set up a schedule in the app to have the robot start cleaning on whichever days of the week you want at any start time in 5 minute intervals (I.e. 9:00A, 9:05A, 9:10A, etc...)
Aside from fantastic navigation, the robot has gotten stuck only once and that is when it encountered the drying rack that my wife hangs clothes on and it vacuumed up a piece of clothing that was touching the floor. Otherwise, it does a fantastic job of object avoidance.
If you have been considering a self emptying robot vacuum, don't wait. I never realized how much of a game-changer feature this is. When the robot docks, the loudest noise it makes is when the dock sucks all of the debris from the robot into the base station collection area. A few seconds and the robot is ready to go. I can't tell you how many times I've gotten notes from my other robot vacuum that it can't start because the bin is full when I'm not home and it's on schedule. I have yet to be prompted to empty the base station - however this will all depend on how big of an area you are cleaning and how much debris it collects.
Out of all the positives I've listed so far, by far my favorite feature is how quiet this vacuum is. Operation isn't silent, but I can't imagine a vacuum operating any quieter than this one does.
I have also installed the Alexa skill which allows this robot to be controlled via the Alexa app or via voice controls. The voice control app is fairly straight forward and the prompts are descriptive without being too wordy. As of this writing, the Alexa app does not have any graphics for Echo Show devices.
Shark really hit a home run with this one. If you're considering a robot vacuum, you need to give this model strong consideration - this device provides top notch performance at a price that is less than other brands with similar features.Sep 21, 2021 22:18
Make tile, wood, linoleum and other surfaces shine with these iRobot Braava jet m Series washable wet mopping pads. The wicking fibers break down and pick up messes effectively. These iRobot Braava jet m Series washable wet mopping pads come in a pack of two, so keeping a spare on hand is simple.
Returned it after a week. Left streaks on my hardwoods regardless of if I used the cleaner or just distilled water. Unfortunately the technology just isn’t there yet. Love my iRobot vacuum but this misses the mark.Mar 12, 2021 20:02
We have used this product now for over a year. Works perfectly, cleans thoroughly and is an asset. A must buyNov 05, 2021 21:28
These do as good a job as the throwaway pads, and you can wash in the regular washing machine. (No machine drying.) Very soft on my recently refinished floors.Sep 18, 2021 14:08
Good product. I do not have any issues with the it.Sep 17, 2021 18:46
I like these washable reusable pads better than the sweeping only disposable ones.Aug 20, 2021 16:24
Re-useable pads. Used them over 10 times already and they still look fine. Wash them with warm water after every use.
Note: Get these pads compare to single use pads.Jan 24, 2021 04:15
My wife loves her Braava Jet. This is an excellent product to keep it working at its best level.Jul 09, 2021 17:22
Great product. It works very well. I would recommend this purchase to others.Jul 16, 2021 14:04
Clean floors fast with this two-pack of iRobot Braava m series washable pads. The dry sweeping pad uses microfiber for optimal removal of dust, and the wet mopping pad features wicking fibers for effective handling of spills. This two-pack of iRobot Braava m series washable pads is compatible with Braava jet robot mops for easy installation.
I Just got our Brava Jet and bought the extra pads to be prepared for when the original wears out. I figured the cloth reusable pads would be better than disposable ones. We have used the original pad 4-5 times and it work well. The quality seems to be good. Haven't used the disposable pad yet, but from watching YouTube videos, they work well also.
I rinse the pads out by hand in a white sink so I can see the dark water and flush the water out until it is clear. I am amazed by how much dirt comes off what we thought was our "Clean" floor.
Each time we rewash the floor the dirt seems less, so the floor is definitely cleaner.
One thing I have noticed (and it may be in the Manual I didn't read yet), is that if I don't remove the mop pad after cleaning moisture remains and also leaves the charging stand wet. After cleaning the pad, be sure to allow it to dry before replacing on Brava.
Very happy so far.Jan 08, 2021 16:46
I got these not only to save on money but to hopefully help the environment. I'd been using the ones that came with the m6 and thought these had to be better.
Firstly, they seem awful thin and don't do as did a job as the disposables at getting the floor clean and the disposables aren't that great.
Simple things like my sons boy tracks from coming inside remain on the hardwood floor. Im not sure if it's the pads or the cleaning solution as i have noticed a stickiness for several hours after the floor has dried and i am using less than the recommended about of their detergent.
Ii haven't had the issue of tie tracks unless i set the unit to deep clean.Oct 14, 2021 00:54
Best product ever . Was it as many times as you want.Nov 06, 2021 06:23
Nice alternative to disposable pads. We use the mop often so we had already gone through several boxes. The rinse of easilt in the sink and can air dry over night. Just make sure you get the right ones for your unit!Aug 20, 2021 19:02
I mistakenly bought these to go with my iRobot - Braava jet 240 Robot Mop. These pads are only for mSeries and will NOT fit the 240.Aug 11, 2021 10:40
I love that these pads do not leave standing solution in the grout like the disposable. This is simply a preference dependent on the individual. The solution will dry but not as fast if there is standing cleaning solution within the grout lines. If I want Braava to clean a certain area because of spill or expecting a guest, I’ll use washable. If I’m in no hurry, disposable it is!Jan 05, 2021 11:30
These are really good pads. The only negative is that I wanted to buy the mop pad only but you have to buy the mop and duster together.Aug 20, 2021 16:00
Mop came with this pad but wanted a extra that I could use when one is getting washed. Great pad.Jul 23, 2021 18:20
iRobot Roomba j7+ (7550) Wi-Fi Connected Self-Emptying Robot Vacuum
This review is for the iRobot Roomba j7+ Self-Emptying Robot Vacuum (7550). Let me begin by saying this is my third iRobot product. I have experienced their customer service on a couple of occasions and I will tell you there is none better. The main reason for my purchase is the fact that I have 2 German Shepards and the dog hair gets out of control quite quickly. With that said, let's move forward with the review.
The initial unboxing experience, was clean and simple. I will attach some photos to demonstrate. iRobot has simplified the entire process to a point that I actually overthought it. Basically, all you do is follow the 3 steps on the front of the "Getting Started" card, then turn the card over and follow 3 more steps on the back of the card. iRobot thought this out very carefully. They minimized the packaging and the steps you need to take. Its eco friendly and human friendly, you gotta like that!
The j7+ is a powerful cleaning machine, much more so than my previous models, and it has the one main feature that I have wanted from the beginning. It returns to its charging base and empties itself out. This is the real beauty of the new iRobot models. My home needs to be vacuumed at least 2 -3 times per week. Now the iRobot Roomba j7+ runs every day for me! And it does it without me lifting a finger.
Now for the good stuff - iRobot knocked it out of the park with their new app for the j7+. I know some reviewers had difficulty with it in the past. However, a lot bugs seem to have been fixed in this version. The only flaw I encountered was when trying to push buttons on the app to quickly. It may need a few seconds to respond. There are settings for almost anything you can think of, from mapping rooms, to specific cleaning areas and keep out zones, you will have a little fun just exploring all that this app has to offer.
The all new j7+ now has cameras that help it to navigate around your home and will take pictures of areas with obstacles for you to review within the app. The pictures the j7+ takes help it to learn the environment quicker and teaches the robot as time goes along. The pictures will not be shared with iRobot or anyone else unless you want them shared. That's a good security feature in my opinion.
I know some folks have tried old roombas before. And they have complaints such as the robot moves around in patterns that are not efficient. The j7+ doesn't do that strange circular pattern stuff, it moves about in a geometric pattern that anyone can recognize as a good cleaning pattern. You will even notice this when it finds a very dirty area and covers it more than one time. The other complaints could be the noise the old robots made. The j7+ is considerably quieter, especially on carpet surfaces. On hard floors any machine is going to make noise, but the level is bearable to watch tv over.
As a final note for the iRobot Roomba j7+ Self-Emptying Robot Vacuum (7550). I would absolutely recommend the j7+ to my friends and family and anyone with a fur-baby. My home is clean when i come home, and my dogs haven't tried to eat it... yet!Sep 25, 2021 14:59
Finally, finally, finally. It’s a Roomba that actually checks to see what is in front of it before it runs it over. I think every Roomba I’ve owned while caring for two cats have succumbed to the inevitable random hairball attacks in the wee hours of the night. This has traumatized me enough to stop running the automated schedule feature; I always have to do a sanity check before I run any Roomba nowadays. The j7+ hopefully solves this problem.
Having owned the i7+ for a few years now, it was easy to get to know the j7+. The “i” and “s” series of Roombas are smart enough to map your entire home’s floor plan so that you can decide what areas of home need cleaning, and the newest “j” series are no exception. Once your map has been created, you can take advantage of automated cleaning via schedules and the amount of passes for a particular room (maybe a high traffic area needs more than one pass). They all remain methodical in their cleaning paths, minimizing clean times and maximizing both square footage cleaned and battery life. That’s all there is to it. But let me tell you what the “j” offers that it’s siblings do not.
The j Series offers something called PrecisionVision Navigation, but I like to call it Obstacle Avoidance. Using cameras and some sleek software engineering, the j7 can identify obstacles and ask you if you think it should avoid the obstacle or area. With the magical powers of the internet and image databases, the j7 has tons of examples to reference when determining if something is out of place. Only two things come to mind: cords and pet waste.
Now, all this decision making happens from the iRobot app, so owning a Roomba like this is catered toward the tech-savvy. It has to be used in conjunction with the iRobot app (setting up WiFi, adding a Roomba product, etc). After each run, the app will give you statistics on it’s last run (sq cleaned, clean time, etc) as well as pictures of potential obstacles in its way during that run. You then have the ability to tell your own Roomba if it's (1) a temporary obstacle like a sock that never made it to the washing machine , (2) a permanent obstacle like a cluster of wires underneath a desk, or (3) not an obstacle at all. If you deem the observation either a temporary or permanent obstacle, you have the option of sharing your photo with Roomba to build their image database further to help other j7 and future models identify trouble. For me, that trouble is cat hairballs. Choosing permanent will mark the area on the map as a Do-Not-Clean area.
So essentially, Roomba is saying that I should not be afraid to start using the scheduling feature once again. They are so confident in their product that they are giving me the Pet Owner’s Official Promise (POOP). If my j7 decides to run over the nasty hairballs that may manifest itself in the middle of the night, Roomba will replace it for free. The promise is only valid to the original owner for up to one year from the purchase date. And so I now run the j7 every night, waiting for the hairballs to manifest themselves. So far, no hairballs, and no stinky j7. Summer is ending, and the hairballs are waning. Still waiting.
Let’s talk about the quirks with this machine. Allowing the j7 to learn your home’s floor plan can be a bit difficult, especially if you have small children or if you live a not-so-organized lifestyle. The j7 needs to run a few passes through your home to establish a map. These passes can be either a normal cleaning or a mapping run (no cleaning involved). If there is a slight change in the environment (like a chair is misplaced or toys are scattered), the j7 will think it’s a new floor plan and create a second map. Add another misplaced chair or clutter, and it might make a third! You’re going to have to be diligent for the first few runs, ensuring that it can establish a baseline for your home. This is key to getting all the other features of this unit to come alive. I was about ready to give up on this unit, but I realized that I may have made it difficult for the j7 to learn the floor plan. Another quirk that I’m kind of on the fence with is its flashlight. It now has a flashlight to illuminate its path and aid in picture taking. The thing is, at 1AM-2AM in the morning, it’s lighting up everything in a dark room. I don’t have blinds or window treatment on some windows, and it’s putting my goods on full display during the late hours of the night! One honorable mention is the very loud self-emptying bin. Up in our 2nd floor, we don’t hear it as loud when we’re asleep, but imagine it going off if you live in a studio or smaller apartment. Another honorable mention is the scratches and scrapes the Roomba inflicts on itself. After one run, it will look like it is 6 months old. Last quirk that still bothers me today is the “Vacuuming cancelled”, or Error 17. This does happen from time to time, and unfortunately the app doesn’t tell you exactly why Error 17 happened. What you will find is at least 9 different reasons why it may be happening and leaving it up to you to decide which one may be triggering it to happen. Yeah, no thanks.
Lastly, for those considering any Roomba vacuum cleaner, please remember that these units need general maintenance too. This includes removing hair and dust that might collect in the front wheel as well as the spin rollers. There is a small high-efficiency particulate filter that needs to be replaced every few months to keep the Roomba running at 100% suction. Eventually the spin rollers will become dull and worn and you’ll have to replace those too. These accessories will also add to the total cost of ownership down the line.Sep 27, 2021 01:09
I have a Roomba 960 I purchased 4 years ago that is going strong. I have been looking for a second one so I can cover both floors without having to reposition it upstairs. The Roomba j7+ meets that criteria and a whole lot more.
I was surprised there wasn’t a manual that came with the j7, but the setup process was a breeze. I remember with my older Roomba, I had to connect my phone to the 960’s wifi signal for the initial setup, but not with the j7. I just had to walk through the simple setup wizard in the iRobot app and I just needed to enter the password for my wifi network and somehow it was transferred to the j7.
Speaking of the app, it is easy to use and is easy to switch between the two Roombas. After the second cleaning of my first floor, the app let me know that it was ready for me to set up my map. The j7 had mapped out my first floor and set up dividers between the rooms. I was able to customize them a little bit to match them to the floor plan and label each room. When I want to start a job, I can choose to clean the whole floor or select a specific room to clean. When you choose a specific room, the j7 obeys the boundaries and just does that single room. Very Cool!
In addition to labeling rooms, you can label Keep Out zones or Clean zones. Keep Out zones are for places you don’t want the Roomba to go. I don’t have any at the moment, but I expect I’ll use it when I have a Christmas tree up, so that it doesn’t try to run over the tree skirt. The zones show up on the map and you specify the dimensions in feet, so you can measure the area you want to include or exclude and be pretty accurate about it. A Clean zone is just the opposite, where you want the Roomba to clean a specific area. I set one up for my front door, so I can tell the Roomba to just go clean the front door area.
The Roomba itself just has a single button on top, so there isn’t much to do with it. That’s why the first part of this review revolved around the app, because that’s where you interact with the j7. I like the simple clean design on top and I love the green color scheme on the rollers and the Edge-Sweeping brush. I like how the dust bin on the Roomba swings out. The Clean Base tower is sleek as well. I don’t love that it uses a bag for the tower. It would be better if it wasn’t a disposable bag, but a bin, both from a recurring purchase perspective and an environmental perspective. I always found the area beneath the 960 was dirty, but the docking area on the Clean Base has been clean every time.
After the first pass through the house, the j7 knows what the house looks like and started to determine the best direction to clean each room. My 960 will go all in one direction based on the orientation of the Roomba when it starts and will sometimes clean part of a room, then go to the next room for a little bit, and back. The j7 seems to want to focus on one room at a time, which seems more efficient.
After a job, the iRobot app may notify you that there we some obstacles it encountered and wants you to review to let it know if this was a temporary obstacle or if you want to add it to a Keep Out Zone. The j7 takes a picture of the obstacle. It often found cords, but I have most of my cords in a place where it shouldn’t be an issue so I haven’t told it to add them to a Keep Out Zone.
• Sleek design
• Cleans more intelligently than my Roomba 960
• I can clean a single room or area of the house without having to set up a physical or virtual battier
• I don’t have to set up a physical or virtual barrier for places I don’t want the j7 to clean
• I don’t have to empty the dust bin every time.
• The vacuum on the Clean Base tower is VERY loud, so don’t plan to run your j7 while you sleep.
• Bags in the Clean Base tower are less desirable than a reusable bin, like the bin in the j7 itself
I haven’t found anything I don’t like about the Roomba j7 itself. The Clean Base tower has the 2 negative qualities I noted, but that doesn’t change how I feel about the whole package of the j7+. I definitely recommend the j7+ to anyone looking for a cleaning robot. If you don’t need the Clean Base tower, you could get just the j7 and all the things I love about the j7.Sep 22, 2021 18:43
first I didn’t think i’d ever need one of these robot vacuum, but after I finally had the chance I love this little robot roaming around my house and collecting dust I didn’t think I had. unboxing experience was fairly simple it’s labeled by number to kinda of guide of what to open first, doesn’t have much, you will have the power cord and an extra small filter.
not sure if it’s just my packaging but the box came with two manuals but none of the paper came with instructions manual to tell me what’s in side of the device to give me an over view or to teach me of how to install or disassembled the roomba vacuum, no instructions to guide the user to download the app either, but those are some useful things that other people might not be aware of what to do
after finally decided that the box really didn’t come with some kind of instructions I just went ahead and downloaded the irobot app to setup the irobot j7+. the setup experience was also an issues, the app wasn’t recognizing the device or it will lose connection, I know it’s not my wifi I have great internet at my home with zero problems on other devices. speaking of the app the experience is great, it’s easy to use from creating setting to set which day you want the roomba to clean to or just to see how roomba is doing as well.
I enjoy the app it gives you so much information about the vacuum from battery life to starting the job, the app will also keep you posted if anything wrong with the roomba, but the biggest highlight about irobot app was mapping the environment this could take some time, since the roomba will have to move and scan around the floor of your home, specially by having a bigger home this could take a little while, irobot app also have an option to do mapping run, it’s main purpose is to cover more ground in less time, once it’s done you will be able to even name certain section of your map so you can program the roomba to which
section you want the device to clean. amazing stuff right there!
seeing the map of my home after cleaning cycle helps me understand which area the roomba been, you also have the ability to create zones on the app once you have the layout of your home, you can pick specific location where you can close so the roomba won’t bother going at all. or how much in the space you want the device to clean.
roomba definitely collected a good amount of dirt/ dust than I expected to, just some area that usually put out of reach for me, or sometimes feeling lazy going down to vacuum some lower area, i’m satisfied of what i’m experiencing so far. instructions did say that it’s recommended to have a great amount of lighting when using the device, so if suggest to stick with that, and to help the roomba to read your floor layout a lot faster.
at the end of each run the roomba will return to its base station when the battery is low or done cleaning. the j7 have the ability to empty the container to transfer it to base station, this process can get pretty loud when it’s extracting dirt off the roomba itself. issues that you might encounter with the roomba are having too much hair stuck in the bottom, but no worries it’s such an easy way to uninstall and install back the parts when cleaning the device.
overall i’m very satisfied with irobot j7+ the issue of not having manual instructions for setup right at the box wasn’t as great. issues of getting disconnected through the app also not a great thing to encounter, but when it works irobot j7+ is an amazing piece of tech to have in your home.Sep 25, 2021 07:48
The iRobot Roomba j7+ is latest update to Roomba’s self-emptying robot vac’s. The j7+ is controlled via the iRobot companion app. The j7+ looks quite a bit different from the outgoing i7+, but still has that familiar Roomba shape and design. This isn’t my first robovac, but it is my first time with a Roomba, so I was looking forward to seeing the differences between my other vacs and the j7+.
Design and Features
The j7+ stick to the traditional round shape that Roomba’s have always had. It measures in at 13.5Ø” x 3.4”. The cleaning path (roller head width) is 6.75” while its side brush collects debris along the edge. The top design has moved away from the busyness of the i7+, and has gone to a simple brushed metal center and soft black plastic around it. Neither surfaces appear too prone to showing dust accumulation. On top of the robot is a singular button with an LED around its outer edge. The LED changes color based on the notification. Red ring is for a problem or low battery, white spiral while charging, sweeping red towards the rear for a full bin, and blue light for when its heading home. The button can be used to start or stop the vacuum with a simple press – holding it down for a few seconds cancels the job and sends it home. The front of the vac has the sensor array (object and cliff detectors, camera, and light) which will face the with dock while charging. The charging bay has a QR code that the vac must read, but I’m not sure its actual use. The rear has the removable dustbin with the attached filter. The dustbin hinges off with a button push, it opens further with another button push for easy emptying. The dustbin is washable (but not dishwasher safe). The removeable air filter must be taken off the bin before any rinsing out. The roller brushes aren’t brushes at all, but rather 2 counter rotating rubber cylinders with groove patterns. These resist the normal roller brush buildup of hair and fur. Another advertised feature is the object detection which allows the robot avoid objects in its path – a notable one is pet waste (we’ve all seen the videos where this used to go so very wrong). The manual still suggests picking up and clutter in order to make cleaning easier, but it is nice to know that my kids toys don’t bother it much.
The dock of the j7+ is noticeably different from the i7+. The dock still houses the charging station as well as the built-in vacuum to empty the j7+ after it finishes a cleaning run, The dock has become shorter, wider, and a bit more stylish. It uses a textured matte black plastic for the hopper that holds the disposable vacuum bags. The lid is a smooth plastic with a leather tab loop for the handle. The outer dimensions are 12.5 W x 13.25 H x 15.5 D. The power cord can wrap up on the backside so you can feed out however much or little you need. Overall the dock doesn’t add much to the total footprint of the vac. I’m not sure of the reasoning for changing up the dock shape but it likely allows for better stability and to fit under end tables/benches/etc.
Controlling your j7+ is done with the iRobot app. Inside are all the features and settings as well as scheduling, and documentation for your robot. Once you have done a cleaning or mapping run the app will show you your floorplan map. It lets you divide up the map into rooms, give them names, etc. You also have the ability to specify keep out zones and extra clean zones. The keep out zones eliminate the need barricading off areas or closing doors for room you don’t want cleaned. The extra clean areas are places where you want the j7+ to do a few extra passes – I noted an area rug that my husky frequents. You can customize cleaning tasks by making favorites. You group rooms or areas together that you may want cleaned and give them a name. This way if you want to rotate the cleaning schedule for rooms you can divvy it up with these favorites. The app also keeps a history of your cleanings – run times, number of extra dirty areas, and square footage covered.
The setup process was as easy as they come. The quick setup guide gives you details on how and where to position the dock. The app guides you through putting the vac on the doc, connecting to your Wi-Fi, naming it, and more. It was the simplest setup I have ever gone through on a robovac. The Wi-Fi setup alone was a few minutes faster. I would feel comfortable having my mom set this up on her own.
I let the vac charge for several hours (per the manual) before I set it out on its first run. I expected it to just do a mapping run, but that didn’t seem to be an option right from the get go. It did a cleaning run, but only vacuumed a small portion of my main floor before heading back. I had to send it out again for it to run the more of the house, but it still only did part of it. I ended up deleting the map and started again fresh. At this point I saw the option to just do a mapping run, which set it off around my entire main floor. I closed off doors to areas that I didn’t want it to go (pantry and bathroom), and I picked up the floors to keep a clear path. After the mapping run was over I was able to go in and configure the rooms, setup the keep out and extra clean zones, and create cleaning routine favorites.
Cleaning is pretty easy – select where you want the vac to go and it will do the job. You don’t have the ability to select ECO or turbo modes or anything that varies the suction strength. What the Roomba offers are modes that augment the amount of passes each room might get. Daily Cleaning mode gives each room one pass, Extra Clean does 2 passes, and Room-size Clean varies the number of passes based on the room size. I have mine set to Daily for right now – I think I can bump to extra and still make a single cleaning run with battery to spare. You can select where you want to clean - single room, group of rooms, or the whole house whenever you start a new cleaning job. It’s hard to tell how much the vac is picking up since I don’t have to empty the bin anymore. With my Neato I usually have to empty the bin mid run or else it fills up halfway though. However, it looks to be grabbing things up pretty well and I don’t see any husky fur drifts after it passes through.
The j7+ did a nice job of getting under my guest bed and going through the chair legs in my kitchen. Its slightly smaller size (compared to my other robovacs) made it a bit more maneuverable. There were a couple of problem areas that I believe impacted my earliest cleaning runs before I did a map reset. The j7+ seemed to struggle with climbing my carpet runner and area rug, as well as the base of my IKEA Poang chair. My carpet runner and area rug both have carpet pads underneath which makes them slightly taller than a normal runner/rug. The j7+ couldn’t go straight at the edge of the carpet and climb over like my Neato would, but rather it had to angle over it one wheel at a time. It initially bumped into the edge and determined that was a boundary it couldn’t cross. I adjusted the runner to make it a little easier on it, but it still seemed to transition cumbersomely. The same goes with the base of my IKEA chair. Its ¾” thick, and because the j7+ doesn’t seem to find the open side (the base is closed on 3 sides) it considers the area under the chair to be out of reach. It won’t try to traverse the base since the bump sensor clicks against the wood boards. Again my Neato would easily ramp up over the base and climb around it without too much difficulty.
Issues and Other Thoughts
Some things I always worry about on first runs are my stairs – always paranoid that the vac will pull a Thelma and Louise and go for a tumble. However, that has never happened and still hasn’t. The j7+ handled the top of my steps pretty well, so no worries here. Also the object detection and avoidance seemed to work well. I did a run where I left some clothes on the floor – it avoided the area without any issue.
Cleaning out the rollers is something I will have to do every week or so – I have a lot of girls in the house that shed as much as the husky. The cleaning process was very easy to follow. There is a diagram of how to do it in the manual and there are some helpful shapes/markings on the bottom so you can’t mess up reassembly. The only thing the base vacuum doesn’t seem to suction out of the collection bin is small rocks and other small rock-like debris.
I did like the integration with my Google Home system. It was pretty easy to tell the vac to start, pause, or go home with voice control. However, what didn’t work was trying to send the vacuum to a specific room with voice control. I would tell it to clean the kitchen, and the vac would start a whole house cleaning run. This happened for every room I tried.
If you happen to leave the vac off the dock for too long the battery will die. I did this last night and it sat for 24hrs off the dock, and the battery was flat. I put it back on the charger and it took a few minutes to build up enough charge to allow the vac to reconnect to the internet and start communicating with the app. The reason for this is due to the persistent internet connection and a few other features that are active even when the vac is on standby.
Overall, I really liked the Roomba j7+. The setup was a really high point for me and it made a great first impression. The app is well designed and easy to navigate – again I would feel comfortable giving something like this to my mom and letting her set it all up. The cleaning abilities of the j7+ are solid, and it comes loaded with plenty of features. The only downside I could find were its terrain traversing skills. The taller area rugs really threw it for a loop, and its something I have to be conscious of whenever I send it out to clean.Sep 21, 2021 22:12
Upgrading from the iRobot i3 (3150) to the iRobot j7 self-emptying (7550). To be direct, I love the i3 and it is an outstanding vacuum for the price point. But the j7 really is a game changer with the onboard camera and self-emptying base station and individual room set up!!
First off the basics…Set up could not be easier, unless there was a person that came with it to remove it from the box. I mean you literally just pull it out of the box, plug in the base station, down load the app and set the vacuum on the charging station. Press the button on it to sync with the app and you’re done!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE the simplicity. That is a theme I really love about this vacuum… set it up and forget about it. It simply does a fantastic job vacuuming then cleans itself and charges it-self along the way as needed. Amazing!!! Now, I do want to add that to really squeeze all the tech out of this you do need to get the app and take a few minutes to name rooms and place virtual borders to designate rooms. It took me about 20 minutes to get all that laid out and learn how to move the virtual barriers and name the map of your house and then name all the rooms. But it is so worth the investment of time. I guess you could just skip all that and just vacuum your whole house everytime but that takes a lot of time if you have a mid size house.
I have done a full house vacuum a couple of times now. My house is about 2600 sq ft. and the vacuum say’s it’s about 2100 sq ft. That’s sounds about right with the garage and closets and a bathroom I closed off that our dog stays in during the day. It takes it about 8 hours to complete the job with the charging ect. What’s great about that though is I have not had to attend to it ONCE!!!! It does not get stuck, It does not need to be emptied, it just works and works and does a fantastic job at that!!! It is soooo smart…so is the i3 but the j7 has something the i3 can never have that really shines….VISION!!! It literally sees.
One of the things that in hind sight was really kind of a pain in the butt with the i3 was that (depending on how big your house is) the vacuum would need to return to the base station to charge. That’s expected but then you also have to keep an eye on it to make sure to empty it. If you forget to empty and its charged it will just sit there and blink. It has spent hours for me to notice…hey …why is it not vacuuming….oh yeah it’s probably full. I didn’t really know looking back but now with the self-emptying feature of the j7, I can’t imagine not having the self-emptying feature. It’s the ying to the yang and having both the vacuuming and emptying really makes this unit a self-reliant and highly capable robot maid!!!
I noticed it as it navigates throughout the house….it moves with more confidence , speed and easily navigates quickly through the house. Much better than the i3. It seems like the i3 used mapping like a blind person that uses a walking stick. Effective… It touches everything and learns how to move but the j7 doesn’t have to do that. Now the j7 still is somewhat tactile as it learns the house, but I watched it stop when it came up to a pair of shoes and go around it without banging into them. It also flawlessly navigated a laptop power cord and (ironically) a stick vacuum battery that I had charging on the ground. Truly remarkable. They say it can ID pet poop as well and prevent a poo smearing catastrophe!!! We should not have that problem as we keep out pet in the bathroom when we are at work but it’s nice to know it should not happen…what a nightmare. I really do like the fact that it can spot trouble like shoes, pet toys, table legs, power chords and some laundry in the floor. Very impressive. The i3 would have had to been rescued a few times with those obstacles.
I also noticed how much quieter the j7 is from the i3. Not night and day different but the j7’s motor is either quieter or at a lower pitch than the i3 and that is easier on the ears. What is not easier on the ears and startled me just a bit is when that base station sucks out the dust from the actual vacuum…it sounded like a 747 taking off!!! Scared the dog a bit… but it needs to get the dirt, right? But it’s loud…no joke but effective.
The app is amazing and after a few full runs through the house you can name the rooms and adjust the room dividers with the app and be specific with your clean up request…vacuum just the guest bedroom ect. You can also select zones and add stay away zones as well. This is a big deal. As I noted earlier it took about 8 hours to clean my whole house from start to finish (that includes charging times). Being able to tell it to clean the bedroom when I leave the house Or even better, I opened a box and it had small, tiny pieces of Styrofoam that was all over the kitchen. I told the Roomba to just vacuum the kitchen and boom…done! Imagine trying to be that specific with any other vacuum that does not have that kind of smarts???? Something to consider. I also like the small footprint of the base station and the unit. Doesn’t take up a ton of space and it looks sleek.
This is what great tech looks and acts like. It’s smart, self sufficient and effective!!! Consider hiring a cleaning lady just to vacuum…100 bucks a month for a clean vacuumed house 2 times a month? This vacuum will pay for itself in no time. Vacuum every other day, or when you leave for work or on the weekends? It’s that smart. I love coming back to a dust bunny free wood floors and clean vacuum tracks on all the carpets!!! What an awesome product!!! Highly recommend. Wish I could give it 6 stars.Sep 23, 2021 09:45
This is my third robot vac, and it’s the best for several reasons. I also got the companion Braava Jet M6 mopper, and they work together as a team.
Most importantly, it cleans thoroughly. It’s a bit louder, especially on hard floors. I think this is due to the rubber fins rather than bristle bushes. This is a minor issue considering how well it cleans and that hair and threads don’t get wound and require tedious cleaning. Additionally, its obstacle avoidance, including charger cords, is top-notch and really works. I don’t have pets that poop inside, but it also claims to avoid that and the ensuing mess we’ve all heard about. Using a camera rather than radar to navigate, it even can send you a picture of new obstacles and ask if they are permanent or temporary. Lastly, it can work in tandem with the Braava Jet mopper by first vacuuming and then telling the mopper to start its cleaning chores.
I have the self-emptying docking station, and although not unique to iRobot, I would no longer be without this option. Most robot vacs have small dust bins, so if you have a large area to clean, you have to empty them more than once. Some are smart enough to tell you, others just keep on the cleaning, and the suction and efficiency drops. Regardless, it’s always a bit of a messy project. This little guy returns to base and empties as needed to do its job. Another improvement with the j7 model is that the self-empty base is considerably shorter in height than any other I have seen. It's about as wide as the vac and can be tucked into spaces others won’t fit. Yep, it’s loud during the few seconds it takes, but I’ll gladly deal with that.
Setup was a breeze. It connects to your phone quickly with a press of its one big button, and then the app handles everything including a firmware update if needed. Being camera-based for charting your rooms and building its map, it is slower than others this task. Be patient and allow at least three passes before it has a detailed map built that allows all the customization you could need. Name your rooms, set boundaries, and zones, and develop custom patterns and times to clean. This is also when you can coordinate mopping after vacuuming.
The M6 mopper is a second, stand-alone unit. It has an internal tank for cleaning solution that’s easily removable from the top without picking up the unit. There are both single-use and washable wet and dry mop pads that easily attach and click into place. The unit knows wet from dry pads and will act accordingly. Both the cleaning solution and pads are proprietary, so plan on spending a bit on supplies. That said, it mops much better than the combo units I’ve had in the past.
These are not inexpensive robots, but they are very good and clean very well. The ability to avoid obstacles does away with a lot of the need to clean up manually before you clean-up automatically common to most robot vacs. If you have a medium to large area to clean with carpet, wood, and wet mop areas, this tandem will do it all. If you want to schedule cleaning and not worry if you left your phone charger cord in the wrong place, what the pet did, or are there toys or stuff lying about, you can relax and forget those issues. Robot vacuums are getting better and better, but iRobot is once again leading the pack. Highly recommended.Sep 24, 2021 10:16
This Roomba has been an amazing part of our cleanup routine in our house! Roombas have been controversial topic over the years—whether you are referring to the horror stories of them smearing dog poop everywhere or their less than satisfactory cleanup work, people don’t know what to think about them sometimes. I can tell you that yes, this version of the Roomba is amazing and between its self-emptying capability, peace of mind with its P.O.O.P system to avoid pet waste (Pet Owner Official Promise) and smart mapping, I have grown to love it.
The setup of this machine was easy. I got the dock, or “Clean Base” set up and plugged in and placed the Roomba on the charging contact pads to get it started. I really love the design of the clean base with this one. It is not as tall as previous models, and it is somehow more pleasant and refined looking to my tastes. I actually don’t mind if guests see this sitting in my dining room. The Roomba turned out to be more than a quarter charged already from the factory! I downloaded the iRobot app and went through the setup of this Roomba on my Wi-Fi network. The app guided me easily through the process and before I knew it, I was giving my Roomba a name and sending it off on its first cleanup job!
I live in a 1300 square foot condo and the first cleanup everywhere job was a long one, over 3-1/2 hours to cover 721 square feet for mapping and vacuuming (according to the app), a mix of carpet, hardwood, and linoleum with a stop for 1 hour and 24 minutes in for it to go charge itself and then get back to work, which it did automatically! We are very clean people and vacuum at least once a week if not twice and I just could not believe how much hair and junk was in the bag of the self-emptying station! The second time I sent the Roomba to look around the house and figure out the map of the place, I found out that in the app I could just send it on a mapping mission, which when a lot quicker. I then was able to use the app to label rooms, create boundaries and no entry points, and I even set my kitchen and entry as “clean zones” so that the Roomba knows to spend extra time there vacuuming.
I am now getting a kick out of grinding coffee and sending the Roomba in to the kitchen to clean up the floor after me, sending it to the living room to vacuum the carpet and leave behind perfectly geometric lines and patterns for our guests to ooh and ahh over and tease us about. The Roomba has showed itself to be more than a match for my wife’s several foot long hairs she sheds, dog food kibbles, and everything else in between.
I was very impressed watching the Roomba get itself unstuck from a loose bathroom lug it sucked up into it. It attempted different angles of departure until it was able to get loose. The only hang-up with this Roomba, literally, was laces from my shoes getting caught in it. But the machine paused and alerted me on the app it was having trouble with a bumper, and I went and found it in its state. To find it, I was able to use the app to locate the Roomba and I heard its little chime from my inside of my closet! Another aspect worth mentioning is how quiet this machine is. My cat, which is typically fearful and hides from our full sized vacuum, enjoys following this Roomba around! Maybe it is going to turn into the next meme of a cat that rides the Roomba around in a shark costume, haha!
Altogether, this thing is awesome. It is a steep price, but wow does it perform. I have had zero problems whatsoever during my couple weeks of owning it now and over a dozen cleaning jobs. I love the uniform, clean lines it leaves on my carpeted floors and the much cleaner floors of my kitchen and dining room now. If you are here looking seriously at buying it, I would say just go for it and get ready to be as impressed as I have been!Sep 22, 2021 07:53
Vacuuming that fits seamlessly into your life. The i7+ learns your home and navigates to where the messes are, right when they happen—so you can effortlessly keep your floors clean. Just say to Google Assistant or Alexa voice assistant, “Tell Roomba to clean under the kitchen table” and consider it done. After each cleaning, the i7+ empties itself into Dirt Disposal bags that hold up to 60 days of debris so you can forget about vacuuming for months. Personalized cleaning recommendations and seasonal suggestions help keep floors clean year-round, and 10x the Power-Lifting suction* paired with self-emptying convenience help make life a whole lot easier.Compare Roomba robot vacuums.Compare models
This is our first Roomba. We spent weeks researching robot vacuums and considered less expensive brands and models but we always came back to the i7+. And I'm glad we did!
It was very easy to get started. I would recommend setting up the Smart Map before having it vacuum for the 1st time...though this isn't necessary.
It took our Roomba 3 passes (a total of 6 hours) to map our 2,000 SF 1 story house. Once the area is mapped, you can add dividers to rooms (where they aren't automatically detected) as well as room labels within the app so you can tell smart devices like Google Home "Have the Roomba vacuum the entryway" and it will make a bee-line for the entryway, vacuum that area, then return home.
--A Few Tips--
1) Pick up electrical cords or hang them on furniture so the Roomba doesn't get stuck on them or attempt to suck them up.
The i7+ includes a Virtual Wall Barrier device. When turned on, it will prevent the Roomba from vacuuming a certain area that you anticipate might cause problems. It can be set to create a halo around the area or a virtual wall to prevent the Roomba from entering a certain room (for example, you might want to keep it out of the kitchen while you're cooking). The app also allows you to set "Keep Out Zones"... more on that later in the App section.
2) From my experience, I've found that it's best to move kitchen and bathroom mats 7 inches away from the very bottom of cabinets (measuring along the floor).
If the mats are too close to the cabinet or flush underneath, sometimes our Roomba gets itself wedged in between and has a hard time getting itself un-stuck. We have 3.5" between the floor and our cabinets and that's almost the exact same height as the Roomba.
It takes our Roomba a total of 4 hours to clean our house (2.5 hours of actual cleaning time plus 1.5 hours where it needs to pause and re-charge in the middle of the cleaning process).
Even though our home is 2,000 SF, only 1,170 SF is the actual vacuum-able area due to a King Size bed that it cannot fit under as well as couches and other furniture that have less than a 3.5" clearance.
Although 2.5 hours of vacuuming might seem like a long time, hey, at least you're not the one doing it! I find that it motivates me to clean the house while it vacuums. I feel like I have 2 people cleaning the house at the same time instead of just 1 :)
--Cleaning the i7+--
If you're like me and feel a tad overwhelmed by the cleaning instructions in the manual, just watch the approximately 7 minute long video titled "How to clean your Roomba i7/i7+" on YouTube created by RoyYaBoi. He seems to be a teenager and I think he did a GREAT job. His video made cleaning the i7+ seem like a breeze!
I clean my Roomba after every complete job just to remove hair from the rollers and any nerf darts that might get stuck in it. In my case, I have to remove the rollers to find the hair stuck inside of them. It's not evident by just looking at the rollers.
Note: There was a nerf dart stuck in the port on the i7+ where the home base sucks out its contents. I would never have known had I not turned the Roomba upside down and checked it out. So if you have kids, at the very least, you might want to take a look at the underside after it cleans the house.
History - I like how the app keeps track of all of the vacuuming and smart mapping jobs. You can look at the map of each job to see exactly where it vacuumed.
Smart Maps - You can set "Keep Out Zones" which is great if you have several areas in your house that you want the Roomba to always avoid but don't want the hassle of running around the house moving the Virtual Wall Barrier from place to place.
--About our Floors--
We have hardwood floors and tile throughout with one large area rug in the living room. We do not have any pets. The Roomba works great on all of our floors!
In summary, I love our i7+ and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a robot vacuum!Nov 23, 2019 13:53
We purchased a non-Roomba robot vacuum 2 years ago. It could not handle our floor layout. I read several reviews of the Roomba i7+ and the i9+ and decided to purchase the i7+. We cannot be more pleased! With a new puppy, we had to vacuum often and with the i7+, the chore is done well! I learned to use the "non-cleaning" mapping mode first, as it discovers the floor plan much quicker without cleaning as it goes. To customize the Roomba map, It is easy to move the room dividers and name the rooms in the Roomba app. Now we tell Alexia, "Alexia, tell Roomba to vacuum the Master Bedroom." Away it goes, returns when done, and empties the robot canister. It does a great job cleaning and we are surprised at how much it picks up. We found the vacuum bags in the base last about 2 weeks. I certainly would recommend the i7+!Oct 26, 2021 12:38
A purchase I will not regret! I waited til cyber Monday because I knew it would go on sale. Easy to set up and use. It took about 5-6 runs for her to map my downstairs. I was able to label the rooms and keep her out certain rooms. I use her every other day. Eventually she will go upstairs once we get wood floors. Before you start her up, make sure there are no cords, crayons, food or liquid on the floor. Very happy !Dec 27, 2020 08:58
The Roomba is a very powerful and efficient robot. Prior to running it, I pick up all wires, curtains, or anything hanging on the floor to prevent any jams. It cleans my hardwood floors and porcelain tiles perfectly. It picks up all of the dog hair, dust, or small pieces of garbage. I was surprised to see how well it cleans the corners of my floor. If it gets to a spot that it can not reach, it will try several times and then reroute itself. It’s not loud while it’s running. However, I wouldn’t run it at night while I’m sleeping because I could still hear it and it takes about an hour to clean the floors (about 900 square feet). When It’s done cleaning, it goes back to its stations to get emptied and recharged. It’s really loud when it’s being emptied, but it’s quick to empty and it doesn’t bother me. When I’m done using it, I mop the floor and the mop is completely clean with hardly any dog hairs. This is the perfect floor vacuum for pet hair. I’m also glad that my dog is not afraid of it. I love this roomba it’s an amazing tool. I also like that I can control it and program it from the app which is easy to use. Getting the Roomba setup was also easy to do.Mar 29, 2021 17:26
I have 3 labs, they shed. While I love the convenience of not having to constantly empty the bin, Roomba i7+ doesn't perform well on carpeted floors. Clumps of debris (dirt & dog hair) were left behind. The vacuum doesn't always find its way back to the docking station & runs out. My house is a long rancher & I have it run twice a day. The app is great at relaying information. iRobot customer service is very good. They aren't sure why the vacuum is leaving the debris behind. They are sending me new rubber brushes, I hope this can solve this problem. We are also moving the station to different areas to see if that is better.
I clicked the "would refer" button. There isn't one for "unsure".Oct 04, 2019 16:07
I have only owned my Roomba 3 days, but I am already a believer. I work from home and have a fairly small, very dusty apartment with a cat. I have been thinking about a robot vacuum for years - but really thought it would be a waste of money. I have had chronic sinusitis and sinus surgery this past summer, I also struggle with fatigue, add to that the my fur ball cat that sheds everywhere, manages to kick litter and I’m not sure how she does it but she is the messiest eater. I read rice after review and settled on the shark self cleaning equivalent and was so excited. That lasted 1 day, their app is so glitchy that the robot wouldn’t connect even after a very long support call, resetting, etc. the batter didn’t charge even after 24 hrs plugged in, I brought it back to Best Buy and just went for it even though I thought even the sale price was ridiculous ($699- worth every penny’s) unlike the shark, it was very easy to set up, the app connected immediately and within 3 hours Rosie did her first run through of my apartment. Here is the best part - my cat, who is terrified of the vacuum and hiss for hours after every use had zero fear of the roomba. (Rosie the roomba). She watched it with a skeptical eye but as she worked her way through the apartment she got braver and followed her. The app shows where the trouble ‘dirtier’ spots are and it will spend more time on those areas I have hard wood floors and is able to easily go on frim the floor to the carpets, even over the high bathroom threshold and the bath mat, she fits under my sectional and the first run there were only a few spots she missed, but she has learned the apartment layout and now gets those spots. The suction strength is good, maybe not as strong as my dyson, but it picked up litter, crumbs, dust, cat hair. I have run it once a day - and I swear last night the cat was waiting for it to start like it is a toy. My apartment has never been cleaner. After 2 runs I was able to label my rooms so I can have Rosie clean a specific room. It is not very loud,y apartment is small and I was watching tv when I started the clean cycle tonight and it didn’t bother me at all. The app is also great, it should how long each cleaning was, and you can look at a map to see where the room a went and where the heavier dirt spot were. And the length of a full cleaning run has gone down by a few minutes each time, so maybe it learns the layout a bit more each time? Or maybe there is less dirt to pick up? It is only day three so time will tell, but so far I’m really impressed, my dyson might collect some dust in the closet!Dec 18, 2019 20:47
The robot does not properly pick up light dog hair on low carpet. This robot will pick up some hair temporarily...before depositing it elsewhere in the house. My dog is a light to moderate shedder. The carpet is a low-pile. I live in a temperate area with moderate humidity. In short, it’s a fairly unremarkable environment for a vacuum.
I have contacted iRobot customer service multiple times, and support has yet to solve this problem or replace the vacuum, even though my machine was still under warranty when the process began months ago. With a couple of pleasant exceptions, long wait times, poor guidance, and a lack of communication have been hallmarks of my experience. As one example, a customer support rep told me that, for the robot to work, I should periodically spray my carpet with a laundry anti-static spray. Or, alternatively, I need to “increase the humidity in my house.” I followed their instructions (though it seems pretty odd to me that I should have to walk around my house spraying my carpet with anti-static spray and using a humidifier just to get my vacuum to...well, vacuum), but it still didn't work.
Most recently, I sent it off for a (second) repair at iRobot’s request, and iRobot returned it saying that they were unable to duplicate the problem. This despite me sending pictures and a video of the Roomba spitting out hair. This is the second time they have returned the machine claiming that they could not duplicate the issue.
I have spent literally hours with support staff, and -- at bottom -- there have been no results. I really WANT this to work -- but I'm at the end of my tether with this failed device (and probably the company as a whole). The one redeeming factor it has is that the software is excellent, and the machine is easy to use. In other words: If it actually worked, it would be awesome.
Either the machine I have is a dud, and iRobot's customer service has taken hours and hours to find no solution and offered no replacement ... or the vacuum doesn’t work well. Either way, I’m very disappointed.Jan 16, 2021 11:47
Really love this i7 Roomba. It does a great job of vacuuming entire house plus empties the dirt itself. We have named our Roomba the “Magic Turtle”. I bought this item online from Best Buy due to extra warranty they offered. It was the easiest purchase I’ve ever made. Got to choose the time I wanted to pickup; plus they even brought it outside & loaded it in the trunk of my car. Perfect- no contact.Nov 16, 2020 22:24
iRobot Roomba j7 (7150) Wi-Fi Connected Robot Vacuum
OK, so let me start off by saying, this is the best robot vacuum I have gotten yet, and I have had 4 different kinds. We have golden retrievers, so the fur tumbleweeds are normal to see for owners. However, we run our iRobot every day, and no longer see any.
MY PAST EXPERIENCE WITH OTHER ROBOT VACUUMS (NOT iRobot):
In the past, our other models (not iRobot) would work great in the beginning, then they would stop charging when they got on the docking station, run when they wanted to, mapped out the house after 10 runs, and just got worse as time went on, could only connect to 2.4ghz connection, got stuck on things constantly, and 1 even fell down our stairs (even though it had cliff edge detection). Worst of all, it ran over puppy poop piles on 2 different occasions, spreading it all around our expensive area rug and then the other time going across the entire living room rug. It would get louder when it became more used, and filled with dust/dirt around gears and tires, etc. Couldn't program it to clean certain areas where it was carpet to use high suction power, and other areas with lower suction like hardwood floors. You could only say clean the whole floor high/med/low, and not custom to the area. Pet hair gets tangled in the main center brushes, even though it is "for pet hair."
NEW EXPERIENCE WITH iRobot Roomba j7 (7150):
Oh wat a big difference iRobot is, compared to all the others. It is more quiet than the others, smarter detection for obstacles (Specifically puppy poop and cords). Yeah, it is really cool feature. I spent hours cleaning out my other robot vacuum after running over our puppy's poop 2 times. When I saw that this detects it, and doesn't bump into it or run it over....SOLD!
P.O.O.P. (Pet Owner Official Promise)* means your Roomba® j7/j7+ robot vacuum will steer clear of your pet’s waste as it gets down to its own business. If it doesn’t, we'll replace your robot for free. https://www.irobot.com/pet-promise.
The first time I ran it, I selected the map my home feature, and not to clean, but only to explore and map the main level (where it is located). It was very accurate, and got it right the first time through. Other models I had to wait a month before it mapped the level correctly, and often I had to clear it to make it work. However, this iRobot j7 apparently has a better sensing technology for mapping, and also draws
When my kids finish eating, (when I say eating, I mean crushing food and covering the floor with crumbs) I can say, "Hey Google, clean the kitchen." and it does.
The rubber main brushes are specifically designed to not get hair tangled in it. Now this is specifically for shorter hair, not female human hair, which can tangle around anything at all, unfortunately. However, it is much easier to remove from this brush, than a brush with bristles. It even will suggest additional cleanings, when it is "pet shedding season" because as a dog owner, you know that they lose so much hair in the Spring and Fall.
Got a room that has more dirt in it? It will clean it more, if it detects more contaminants being picked up. You can even tell it to go over certain areas more than 1 time. I have never seen that option in any of my other robot vacuums, and I like it. I have not used it because I have laminate floors, but it does have a vacuum, then mops after option. I never wet mop our floors, as a fear of buckling the edges of the laminate wood flooring, but I would definitely use it in our lower level, where we have LVP (Luxury Vinyl Plank) flooring, that is waterproof.
The docking station did not come with this version, and I am wishing I had gotten that Rooma j7+ specifically for that option. It would allow the vacuum to clean like a month before I have to empty out the base station. Without it, you need to empty it each day/each cleaning cycle.
The app is really good! Way more customizations than I am used to. Once your level has been mapped, you can customize it, and rename rooms, etc, so that you can connect Google/Alexa with where to clean.
Example Cleaning Passes:
- Room-size Clean - Used to balance cleaning time with room size. Roomba covers larger rooms once and small to medium-sized rooms 2-3 times.
- Daily Clean: Use this for daily cleaning. Roomba covers the entire space once.
- Extra Clean: Use this for a deeper clean as needed. Roomba covers the entire space twice. If the battery runs low, the Roomba will charge, then resume cleaning.Nov 03, 2021 11:45
Initial setup was easy. I already have the iRobot app, so it was simply a matter of opening the app. The app could already detect the J7, so all I had to do was start the setup & tell it which wifi network to use. Then it had a quick overview of some of the J7’s features.
Charging base has built-in storage for the power cord, which is a nice improvement over my older Roomba.
After you let it get through 3-5 cleaning cycles, it should have a ‘map’ of your home built. The app will notify you when the map has been built, and you can then go in and define the different rooms of your home. This feature is really cool, because you can then tell the Roomba to just clean certain rooms at certain times.
iRobot has also vastly improved the Roomba’s ability to avoid getting stuck. My old Roomba 690 would often have issues with cords and small throw rugs. So far, my J7 has handled them all, and I haven’t had a single notification that it had gotten itself stuck.
The J7 also uses a camera to aid in object detection, and can take snapshots of the objects that it detects. At the end of a cleaning cycle, it will have you review the objects that it was uncertain about. After you review & mark each object accordingly, you can have it go ‘tidy up’ those areas. To test this, I dropped a charging cord in the middle of the floor. In the pic, it’s kind of hard to tell exactly what the J7 detected, but it’s enough to tell you where to go looking for the object. It’s also worth noting that you have to opt IN to this feature, so iRobot is trying to respect your privacy to a certain extent.
My biggest complaint so far is that it frequently tells you that the bin is full; sometimes even right after you empty the bin. There are a couple of sensors that you should quickly wipe off every time you empty the bin. I guess those sensors get a little dust on them & it thinks the bin is full. To be fair, the instruction manual (which you have to download) does tell you to clean the sensors, but I’m a little surprised at how often it needs to be done. We didn’t get the model with the ‘Clean Base’, which automatically empties the J7’s bin, so I wonder if it would also have trouble with the sensors needing to be cleaned frequently.
As for performance, it does a decent job. It obviously doesn’t have the power to replace a full sized vacuum for deeper carpet cleaning, but the convenience of scheduling it to automatically clean every few days more than makes up for it. We have a mix of surfaces (laminate, tile & carpet) and it handles them all with ease, including transitioning from one surface to another.
Overall, we’re pretty happy with it. Definitely an improvement over the older 690 series.Nov 04, 2021 09:26
I'm sure I'm not alone, but I don't like to vaccum. It just so happens that we have a dog we adore -- not to mention we babysit (or is it dogsit?) our daughter's dog, so vaccuming frequently is not optional.
A few years ago we tried a Shark IQ Robot vaccum which left a lot to be desired. We also tried an iRobot model which ended up being a similar disappointment. Both did a respectable job picking up pet hair, but to put it simply, they were stupid which left us quite frustrating. Neither seemed to "map" our house with any effectiveness, and both spent much of their time going over the same areas over and over, and often ran out of battery power before making it back to the base station to recharge. Charging cords hanging down caused the cords to get sucked up at times -- even causing them to completely stop with a bit too much frequency. So far, the iRobot Roomba j7 is different.
iRobot Roomba j7 is much smarter and more efficient than either of our previous models. it’s equipped with a camera to help it to better avoid obstacles. The j7 has a front facing camera that helps avoid obstacles and avoid them -- like pesky wires on the floor. When it came across a charging cable in its path, it paused for a moment as if to check it out, then went around it to continue cleaning. Seeing is believing! While it's not perfect (at the moment to recognize cords, cables, headphones, and pet waste) other obstacles such as shoes and socks, will eventually be added through a software update to improve its obstacle avoidance. You can also review the cleaning history to check whatever obstacles it might have come across so you can "train" the j7 to do better.
Id does a solid job cleaning our hardwood floors, but area rugs seem to be a bit problematic. It picks up the surface stuff like pet hair just fine, but doesn't seem to really get into the fabric for that "deep" clean. It does do a good job of maintenance between hardy cleanings using a powerful vaccum.
Overall we found the j7 to be a smarter, more efficient, robot vacuum than our previoius models and it offers good cleaning performance which is made better by its smarter avoidance of clutter that often trips up other robot vaccums. I kind of wish we would've gotten the self-emptying model though.
While there are some things that will still confuse it (one of my grandkids' crayons), for the most part you'll have to worry less about having to keep an eye on it to make sure it's doing what it is supposed to do. I
And it supposedly avoids pet messes! Thank goodness I haven't had to test that, though.Nov 03, 2021 23:07
iRobot Roomba j7 (7150) Wi-Fi Connected Robot Vacuum, Identifies and avoids obstacles like pet waste & cords - Graphite
Powerful. Efficient. Smart.
* Powerful. Among the most important features of a vacuum is its ability to clean. This vacuum has the power for tough jobs. I have a miniature schnauzer that is velcro for outdoor stuff. I have a corgi that sheds like Niagara Falls. This vacuum makes a full pass of my second floor inside of an hour and packs the dirt, dust, and hair away. I usually have to clean my older robot vacuum once peruse. The j7, despite having a physically smaller tray, only filled about its capacity. How? The vacuum provides so much suction that the mass is almost compressed inside of the collection tray. I could probably get two or three days out of this if I needed to.
* Efficient. Due to the power described above, and the smart capabilities described next, the j7 can efficiently clean your home possibly multiple times depending on the schedule and room list you provide. Clearly, square footage ultimately determines the mileage you'll get out of this robot. But I quite love that I can direct the unit to clean a single spot once or multiple times without having it roll all over crisscrossing.
* Smart. The bread and butter of this robot are its smarts. Being able to map out your home, apply boundaries and no-go zones, and detect obstacles like cords and edges, make this robot a winner. Try telling your kid to vacuum the living room and have the whole living room actually vacuumed ;), try getting them to do it on a precise schedule, or only when you're away, or some other condition (working in tandem with your Smart Home).
* Smart Home Capable. This thing has integration with Alexa. Yes, you can quite literally do the above with this robot "Alexa, tell Roomba to clean the office."
* Great App. While the app did crash when it was working on rendering the map, it has performed well since. It shows charge status, allows you to perform an unscheduled clean job, allows you to perform map-only mode, it allows you to configure the map and spaces and boundaries with ease. SETUP of the Roomba j7 was also a snap. The built-in WiFi is for the 5Ghz spectrum. This means no fiddling with your router because a device only supports 2.4Ghz (*cough* my Orbi!). The setup worked smoothly and my robot was up and charging in no time. Just follow the included brief instructions (don't look for a power switch like I did!).
* Avoid the void. Something you don't think you need and so far I haven't (ever), but this unit is capable of avoiding your pet's poop. I assume it would do this with regurgitated food, which sadly I have experienced. So this is a nifty perk.
* Clever Bin Release. The bin release on this is quite easy to use. Remove bin. Press another button to empty. Return to the robot.
* Easy Replacement Parts. Serving this unit for depleted consumables or hardware is easy. Also, being iRobot, you'll have access to branded replacement components as well as a host of other licensed products.
* No Support for Large Bin. I was hoping this unit would feature support for the large bin/ dock. Alas, it doesn't.
* Heft. This might be simply a technology limitation, but there is definitely some heft. Someone might find this off-putting if they're having to relocate the unit physically (to a different floor, etc).
* No other real cons.
I ran my former vacuum (Ecobot DeeBot) daily. The problem? None of real consequence, more really those of inconvenience. It did lose its programming quite often, though. The app is also a bit clumsy as is the setup process. Did you misplace your remote? Need to reconfigure it to new Wifi? Your router better offers the ability to disable 5Ghz.
The Roomba j7 doesn't have any of these headaches. My Deebot will be rehomed to another floor. It was actually a replacement for a Roomba that died several years ago. I STILL KEEP THE DEAD ROOMBA because I thought I was going to return it to service - I loved it that much! The Deebot was on a super promotion and it made more sense at the time to try something new. I'm glad I get to use a Roomba again.
I would have taken a video of the Roomba j7 working from my third floor. But I can't upload videos for review. The unit really does move in the way they do in the product demonstrations. Pretty cool!Oct 27, 2021 19:00
This is my second robot vacuum, and while they've definitely come a long way, there are still some shortcomings to this type of vacuum. But this new iRobot is definitely a step in the right direction.
To make the most of this iRobot you really need to use their app with it, otherwise there's cheaper options. With the app, not only can you control the iRobot, even away from home, you can also help it learn your home and basically micro-manage it.
The mapping feature really is the highlight though. It takes a few days for the iRobot to learn the layout of your home, but once it does, it's a game changer. In the beginning though it's kind of fun watching it move around, hit things, and stop for a while to think about what to do next (or really just waiting for the algorithms to run and tell it what to do). It's almost like watching a puppy slowly learn about its surroundings.
Once it's learned enough to get a basic layout of your home the app lets you fine-tune it. At this point you go in and adjust room dividers and names. Once that's done you can start 'micro-managing' the iRobot. Just need a specific room cleaned? Or have an area that needs attention more often? It's easy to just go in the app and tell it to clean whichever area and it goes and does it. And when it starts annoying you just tell it to go back home and it goes straight there. It's kind of crazy how smart it is in this respect. My previous robot vacuum would take a long time while bouncing around the walls in the general direction of where home is. This iRobot though, it knows exactly which way to go and where to turn to get there right away.
It doesn't stop learning either. There were a couple rooms at first that were a mess and had way too many obstacles to even try to let the iRobot go in them. So for the first few days those doors remained closed. Then one of the rooms got cleared enough to let the iRobot do its thing, but it wasn't on the map. Not a big deal though, because if you tell the iRobot to just vacuum everywhere, it'll go to new areas when there's no longer any obstacles, and it did. After the job was done the app even notified me that it found a new room. After just a week you can clearly see how the iRobot starts getting more efficient and aware of the layout.
It's not without it's shortcomings though. In the course of learning, it'll detect new obstacles. The camera it uses will actually take a snapshot of it when it does and ask you about it to help it learn. This is pretty neat, but sometimes leaves you shaking your head. One of the "obstacles" it sent me a picture of was literally a small tuft of dog fur. This "obstacle" was something it should be cleaning up, not avoiding! It also explains why during the first few days there were several tufts of fur still on the floor making me question whether the iRobot even vacuumed the area.
Speaking of dog fur, I have 2 big dogs, and they're shedders, so keeping up with the vacuuming can be a chore. While a benefit of the iRobot is that it makes it easier to keep up on it, if you don't, the bin fills up extremely fast. My house isn't even that big and the main area it vacuums daily is only 500 square feet. Yet if I go more than 24 hours between cleanings, the bin fills up before it can even finish the small area. So if you have dogs that shed, it might be worth it to step up to the + model that comes with the self-emptying base.
Another shortcoming, and this one is really more common among most robot vacuums, is that it can't always get every where. Tight corners, a maze of table and chair legs, narrow passage behind a couch, under a recliner, etc. will just start gathering more and more dirt over time. And in the case with dogs, more and more fur. So even with a robot vacuum I find myself having to get the old stick vacuum out and manually clean anyway.
Additionally, the iRobot isn't exactly quiet. Not a big deal if you're not home while it's working, but I work from home, so that's not always possible. Which means sometimes it's just easier to take 10 minutes to vacuum my 500 square feet the old fashioned way than hearing the iRobot going for an hour (which is about the average time it takes for a basic clean).
Overall it's a good vacuum that's pretty "smart", but isn't exactly a good fit for all situations, especially given the price. For someone like me with a small house and 2 big dogs that shed, it would be very tough to justify it, but in a bigger house with no pets it could be a big timesaver.Nov 03, 2021 09:24
We have used a Deebot robot vacuum in our house for over a year. It was our introduction to robot vacuums. The Roomba j7 is an improvement.
Unpackaging the Roomba j7 is very easy. An extra filter and brush head are included. Just plug the charger into the wall and align the Roomba j7 to charge. Make sure it is fully charged before beginning.
You will need to download the iRobot app and connect to your network. You can rename your vacuum for a personalized feel. Then you will need to prepare your area so that it can clean without too many obstructions. It is recommended to move cords out of the way, which I already have tied up with little Velcro fasteners.
After running the Roomba j7 a few times it will map your area and you can name rooms. Room naming is important if you would like to be able to clean just one area or use Alexa to start a clean. The mapping was good but I had to add a divider in the app to separate a bathroom.
Setting up integration with Alexa took a few tries. Setup through the iRobot app under Menu – Smart Home and NOT the Alexa app which has a broken link. Once setup you can just tell Alexa what to have the Roomba j7 clean.
In our basement we have a coated floor and several new wool rugs. Some of these rugs are textured and have some valleys. I was worried that might cause an issue with the Roomba j7 getting hung up on the larger rugs. That was not an issue at all. It actually cleaned the rugs very well and they shed a lot because they are new. BUT the bin filled up too quickly and I had piles of rug lint everywhere. After emptying the bin and running a new cycle I still had lint piles. Underneath the Roomba j7 is a compartment with 2 rollers. You lift up the latch and you can pop out the rollers and clean the lint that is caught inside the machine. It is easy to do. I did find that you can change the vacuum to stop cleaning when the bin is full under
Settings – Cleaning Preferences. That helped but means I have to manually empty the vacuum a lot. The rugs will eventually stop the shedding.
The Roomba j7 became stuck a few times. Once it was stuck on the base of the fan that I use for workouts. It only happened once but it was like a beached whale on the fan base. We have a rocking recliner and it became stuck under one corner a few times in the same spot.
Cleaning was excellent by the amount of lint it picked up. I also ran it on flat carpet and the cleaning was excellent. It didn’t tangle any cords and it doesn’t bump into items hard. I perched some papers on the rim of a trash can and they never fell off. We don’t have pets but it probably is excellent on pet hair with how it handled our rug lint. It takes 90 minutes to clean our basement and I was able to run twice before the battery was really low.
Scheduling cleaning is very easy and you can setup for whatever days / times you would like. It also has a Do Not Disturb mode where you can set the hours to never operate.
I was really impressed at how well it handled the taller rugs and how it picked up the dust on the coated flooring. It handled cords well. In cleaning history, it takes pictures of concerns and there were pictures of one corded area several times – I think it was chiding me for the cords.
This vacuum is recommended. A larger bin would be a bonus.
NOTE: I received this product in exchange for my fair and unbiased review.Oct 25, 2021 23:20
Many moons ago I had one of the original Roombas. It was noisy, not too intelligent, and after the novelty wore off, was relegated to the storage bin. All I can say is wow, these things have improved.
Out of the box, it's ready to go, download the app, and proceed to set up the wifi connection. I did make one mistake though, and that was to immediately start it cleaning. In doing that, it's learning while it's cleaning. This is a bi level home, I started on the lower level. It made its first go round, and the battery lasted about an hour. I did a recharge cycle & sent it out again. This happened 4 times the first day. Each time, I checked the map, and the app reported that it was still setting up. It took till after the 4th run before the physical map showed up that I could edit.
On the second day, I took it upstairs, and instead of setting it to clean, I sent it out to do a "mapping run." The battery lasted longer since the suction motor wasn't running, and after 90 minutes of reconnaissance, it generated a map. I was then able to mark the zones i wanted to clean, so this was a much more efficient operation.
If you look at the photos I uploaded, you can see these maps, the red is the areas I told it to stay out of. These are changeable on the fly, or once you name the rooms, you can tell it to clean just a specific area.
The unit itself is pretty quiet, I haven't had a problem watching the tv or having a phone conversation while it was running in the room. I always thought that when talking vacuums, noise = power; but as quiet as it is, it's doing a pretty good job of picking up the dog hair.
The only complaint I have is that I wish I would've gotten the model that includes the "clean" station that empties the trash. That is however available separately, so I'll be looking into that.
All in all, a very intelligent and timesaving piece of technology.Oct 25, 2021 12:43
iRobot is the go to standard, this j7 will avoid obstacle such as toys or pet poop in the path, no more worrying the vacuum destroys toy, the floor or itself.
It does this with camera and light mounted at the front and AI machine learning. It is so fun watching it avoids obstacle.
Small crumbs get picked up well and does not get scatter around by the sweeper brush.
The initial learning run does not avoid obstacle and got stuck behind my recliner as it climbed up the feet but after mapping and learning my house, it works perfectly.
Also it is better to charge it overnight before the first cleaning and mapping run otherwise it will pause and return home.
After it mapped your house, it prompts you to customize the house map into rooms, it is pretty easy except deleting room divider is slow.
With rooms defined, it becomes more efficient because you can choose which rooms to clean based on needs.
I wish the bumper is more scratch resistance, after first run, it is all scuffed up.Oct 29, 2021 11:19
Trifo's Emma Essential Robot Vacuum is smart, efficient, powerful, and loves to clean. With smart sensors and 3,000 Pa of suction power, the Emma cleans up to 3 times faster than most random navigating robot vacuums.
This robot vacuum made my life easy. It cleaned my whole house within an hour. The sucking power is acceptable. The Wi-Fi connection allows me to operate it on my phone without chasing it physically. Make sure that there is no small pieces on the floor in order not to lose what you may not want to be taken away.Sep 01, 2021 10:53
I absolutely loved it. I would have given it four and a half stars, but that option wasn't available. It really does a great job, it has powerful suction, picks up pet hair off the floor with ease, and it's a great price. I have to recommend it to you highly, and you will absolutely love this fun little guy.Aug 31, 2021 21:29
Trifo's Robot Vacuum Cleaner is a pretty effective cleaning tool that can work for about half an hour with the push of a simple button or using an app on your phone. It's an intelligent technology that revolutionizes vacuuming when you're exhausted from a long week and don't want to haul out the entire vacuum. Once fully charged, the battery seems to work well and lasts up to half an hour while cleaning. The app seems to work well with the Vacuum Robot, making it an intelligent vacuum cleaner. And emptying the collected dust and debris is easy, and the device's maintenance seems infrequent and straightforward. I recommend this device as a companion to your existing vacuum when you don't want to vacuum yourself.Sep 03, 2021 08:37
I am beyond impressed with this robotic vacuum cleaner. I have been skeptical about getting one of these for more than two years because I have dogs that shed like crazy. They have undercoats, and the hair on my floors is constant. I did not think any of these robots could handle it, but boy was I surprised. Someone recommended this one, and it's incredible. I have not had to vacuum for a week. I have it programmed so that it tidies every day while I'm at work, and when I get home, my floors are clean, and my area rugs as well. A definite keeper!Sep 03, 2021 20:08
I barely have time to sweep and clean up the house, especially during this pandemic. Thanks to Emma, I can do other things around the house while the floors are getting vacuumed. The app is easy to install and easy using. After a couple times try, I now set up the auto cleaning for every morning and very happy to see the clean house everyday after back from work. She becomes an essential household appliance that every home needs.Aug 30, 2021 07:54
I regret not getting this sooner! This robot performs so well in picking up pet hair, dust, and sand. It has saved me so much time since I can still work while this runs in another housing area. I have luxury vinyl plank flooring, hardwood flooring, and area rugs. Does a great job on all my surfaces!Sep 02, 2021 07:53
I love this vacuuming robot so much. I have a cat and a dog, and it picks up the pet hair and litter with excellent results. Now I use it every day, I set up a daily schedule through the app, and it works so well. It's a joy to come home from work every day to a clean and tidy house.Aug 30, 2021 19:30
I am in love with this product! It cleans well and is systematically in its cleaning. It truly is fantastic to have clean floors with little effort. Using the schedule feature in the app is terrific.Aug 30, 2021 16:15
The Shark® EZ Robot is your easy path to a smart clean. It combines the convenience of a self-empty base with powerful Shark® suction for a complete home clean. After each cleaning session, your robot automatically empties itself into the bagless self-empty base, which holds multiple sessions’ worth of dirt and debris so you can forget about vacuuming for weeks. Now that’s easy.
As most would certainly attest to, any daily chore requires the right tool when trying to accomplish any task as efficiently as possible. Robot self cleaning vacuum cleaners, in recent times, have seemingly gained in popularity; though as someone who has never used one, I still remained skeptical in their ability to effectively clean. In addition, it is also common to see these cleaners marketed as a complete solution to where you could substitute one in place of your standard vacuum cleaner. As a previous owner of Shark vacuum cleaner, I was curious to test their latest robot self cleaning vacuum cleaner with regards to cleaning performance in a pet environment to see if it could become a viable cleaning option.
Starting with installation, everything was straightforward and pretty standard. To keep with an out of box experience, we followed the quick start guide as most people will start there. Inside the box, you will note the main unit, the self cleaning base, and a hard mat for the dock should you decide to store it on carpet. The robot itself is fairly light at 12 pounds. You will also find two swivel feet that will need to be installed first. For charging, the main unit will require six hours to fully charge, however, ours came pre-charged with about 40% battery. As for setting up the base, you should not have an issue. You will note two blue lights once you have the robot placed correctly: one on the base and one on the unit. Once in place, your cleaner will chime and then engage the self cleaning. Do not be alarmed as this is normal. On the front of the unit, you will find two buttons: Clean and Dock. Additionally, you will note the battery and Wi-Fi indicators on the front of the unit. As for application setup, it all went fairly smooth. We did not have any issue connecting to Wi-Fi. The application prompted for approval to join the network and we were good to go.
As for our testing, it is imperative to note that your results will differ here, though hopefully this can give you an idea on what to expect. Our tests were done in a 2400 square foot home with a large golden retriever that is constantly shedding hair. Therefore, this was the perfect environment to test the cleaning performance. Also certain variables such as house layout and furniture placement will certainly impact your initial results. Furthermore, we ran two tests: one in a mixed environment with hard floors, furniture, and different types of rugs. The second was in the bedroom on carpet. In each setting, the robot was started from its base within that same vicinity. We ran it on continuous mode for roughly 20 minutes each.
On the first test, the robot began in the living room and went immediately straight. It appeared after a pass or two that it was going to clean up and down in a grid pattern, though eventually this was not the case. When it came into contact with the chair legs, it kept having to readjust, but nonetheless it eventually made it around all four. Regardless, I was pleasantly surprised with how well it stopped and swiveled itself whenever it did hit something. The same thing was noted as it went in and out between the rest of the furniture. In the laundry room, it was able to quickly get itself out of a small area between the door and the wall. In areas of high traffic, dog hair was effortlessly vacuumed. As time went on, you could see that the robot was learning the house layout fairly quickly. It did exceptionally well with wall detection and base boards throughout the bottom floor. Once it reached the bathroom, it was able to power itself over a thick woven rug that certainly delighted us. After making a few passes in there, it took a diagonal path out of the bathroom, which was certainly an improvement upon its up and down movements previously. Upon further inspection, this certainly proved to be true. Within the application, there was map of the portion of your house that it had already cleaned. Another feature we noted while cleaning, was that within the application, you can also set the cleaning mode. Default is set to normal. On Economy mode, there was an audible reduction in sound. On maximum, its suction increase. However, it wasn't any louder than a normal vacuum cleaner. There was also no lag in communication between the application and the cleaner, which was a plus. Once we had discovered this option, we left it on maximum. After leaving the robot in continuous mode for 20 minutes, we then called it back to base. Interestingly, the robot then proceeded to retrace its steps back the way came. As it reached the base, it reversed back into the dock and adjusted its alignment accordingly. It was quite exciting to see. Once it detected a charge, the loud cleaning process began. Another feature that we quickly tested afterwards was scheduled cleaning. We had set the cleaning to begin at 8 PM, which began on the dot. I was certainly impressed. We then emptied the cleaning bin, which was quite full of dog hair.
On the second test, we moved the docking station to the bedroom. We sat the docking station on the hard surface mat that came with the cleaner. Once resumed, the robot began cleaning in a straight up and down pattern as before. It did seem to adjust fairly quickly, even though in some small areas, it unintentionally went over areas it had finished previously. Once it reached bathroom, the transition from hard floor to carpet did not seem to faze it. Wads of pet hair were instantly sucked up as it continued on its journey. You could also see streaks in the carpet once it finished a pass that resembled traditional vacuum cleaners. In confined areas, the robot naturally took a bit longer to adjust its way out of it, but nonetheless, it was able to find its way out. As the cleaning progressed, once again the learning seemed to improve over time. Interestingly enough, once we called the robot back to base this time, the robot went directly to it as opposed to retracing its previous path. This was quite something. As before, the amount of hair that was picked up was quite a bit for such a small device. Overall, I was quite pleased with how it performed.
With both tests completed, there were a few observations that I think are worth noting. First and foremost, houses of multiple or large pets will have to empty their cleaner much more frequently than the stated 15 days mentioned in the app. Second, the robot could not locate the base if you start it from the dock then move the base to a different room while it is cleaning. Always leave it where it started. Third, after roughly 20 minutes of cleaning, the battery had used about 10%. The charging rate of the battery was also pretty decent. We had left the vacuum cleaner on the dock at 7:30pm with 20% battery. At 10:10pm, the battery was at 60%. In addition, when the robot hits low battery, it will tell you he is low. Lastly, you should move all loose cords out of the way. Our robot got stuck and started to drag some cords, though he did not suck anything up or knock anything over. I would also be mindful of anything fragile on shelves or anything loose that is not sturdy enough to withstand small hits from the robot. The robot never had the force to hit anything tremendously hard, but I rather you take these precautions to avoid an accident. Overall, I was quite happy with the results, though I can certainly say that there are limitations as it can only clean so much. This is certainly a very good supplement to your standard vacuum cleaner as opposed to replacing it. You will still need clean with a regular vacuum cleaner, but nonetheless, I think the robot still does what it was designed to accomplish.
In conclusion, the Shark Robot RV912S performed as it was designed to do. The initial installation and setup was simple and straightforward. Connectively, the application integration and communication was responsive. As the robot cleaning sessions prolonged, the efficiency vastly improved. The robot was able to take more direct paths where it still needed to clean and was aware of areas that it had already finished. In addition, it handled pet hair very well; filling the cleaning bin each time both our tests. As aforementioned, I feel the robot cleaner best acts as a supplement to your standard cleaner. It would not be able to clean everything, nor was it designed to do so. However, this does not diminish what it was able to accomplish. We could tell where it had vacuumed by just looking at the floor. Additionally, the robot was able to eventually navigate the house with ease. Given all of its caveats and features, and provided that you are content with these limitations, the Shark EZ robot should impress. Thus, with that said, the Shark EZ Robot Vacuum cleaner comes recommended.Jun 20, 2021 04:13
Never knew I needed a robot vacuums till I got this Shark robot vacuum. It is fantastic. The set up was super easy. Easy to read instructions plus added voice command from the vacuum itself made it a breeze. I took everything out of the box and within 10 minutes, it was working and mapping the house out. Although my house is kinda small, the living area is hard floor while the bedrooms are carpeted. The vacuum had no issues navigating between the two. It has picked up most items on the floor including some dog hairs. We have 2 dogs, but they don't shed much. The fill station on the dock is there to empty the vacuum when it docks. It is large enough where we don't have to empty it all the time. Maybe once every 2 weeks. The only real complaint, and it's a big one, this thing is loud. It was a lot louder than some of the ones I've seen at friends house. I don't know if it's supposed to be this loud, but it is very annoying. And when it docks and fills the tank with the dirt collected, it sounds like the vacuum at the car wash. LOUD. The only reason I give it 3 stars and not 5. I love how little I have to deal with it, but the noise might be a deal breaker for me.Jun 24, 2021 16:03
I will start off by saying I did get this product on sale, so the expectations I had for it being nearly half off blew me out of the water. I saw some negative reviews about how loud this vacuum is, but I want to clear the air on that issue by stating- it really isn’t that loud. You can have this cleaning the same room as you’re in and have a conversation with someone without raising your voice. The only loud part about the Shark RV912S is when it goes to the dock; that suction of it cleaning out the robots waste into the larger bin is extremely loud but only lasts perhaps 30 seconds max. This robot also comes with an extremely simple to use and feature packed application available for your smartphone. The app allows you to do things such as: schedule cleaning to begin at a certain time on certain days, adjust the suction power, start the robot remotely (even if you’re not on the same network), stop the robot remotely, and change the frequency of how often it docks while cleaning. As far as the actual cleaning is regarded, it certainly isn’t bad, but it may take several pass overs to get things on thicker carpet, and due to the design it isn’t too great in the corners. The pathing in general though is incredible, it’s ability to clean in straight rows is exactly as advertised and does indeed pick up where it left off, if it docks mid cleaning to empty the waste. It also has cleaned by our upper floor stairs plenty of times now and the first few times I definitely sat there and supervised it, but I’m now confident it will not fall. Finally, my one big con, and the reason this loses a star from me is the error codes. The app does make this slightly better, but generally the errors are very vague and leave you having to really search the bottom of the robot to see where things are getting stuck or where a blockage may be. All in all though, I’m so extremely happy I purchased one!Jul 11, 2021 08:25
I like this robot vacuum so much! The BEST thing About this vacuum is that when it cleans it goes in lines like you would with a normal manual vacuum! My roomba would randomly shoot off in every direction and I was never confident that it cleaned the whole room. This shark also empties itself in its own deceptively so you don’t have to empty it after every use. I have been so impressed at the dirt it picks up! This is the absolute best robot vacuum.Jul 16, 2021 07:55
The Shark RV912S is a nice little robot vacuum. It is pretty much a run of the mill robot vacuum, with one great additional feature; the self-empty charging base. I didn't think I would really care much about this feature at first. I already have another robot vacuum from a different manufacturer that I'm used to emptying fairly frequently. But this self-emptying thing is something I can get used to. They suggest you can go up to two weeks before needing to empty the bin. Of course, this all depends on how often you run the machine and how dirty your space gets. We decided to keep our EZ Robot on a floor that doesn’t get a lot of everyday use, so I only run the machine every 2 or 3 days. By the time I decided to empty out the bin, I’d figured there wouldn’t be very much to throw away. I was surprised at how much this little robot was able to collect for how infrequently the space was used over the span of a week and a half. The only bit I don’t really like about the self-emptying feature is that it is pretty darn loud. If you have children that take naps, I would suggest you schedule cleaning during times they’re awake.
Speaking of scheduling. The Shark app gives you the ability to set your robot up with a cleaning schedule. You can set your robot to start vacuuming at any time (divisible by 5 minutes) any or every day of the week. Oddly, there is no option to set a quitting time, so I presume the robot runs until the battery requires recharging or its dust bin is full. One thing I learned testing the scheduling option is that the robot needs light if you want it’s mapping function to work. It will vacuum just fine in the dark, but you just won’t be able to see a map report on the areas it cleaned.
The machine is incredibly easy to use. Emptying it is a breeze. You just press a button on top and pull the bin from the side to detach it from the charging base. Then you just hold the bin over a trash can and press another button that opens a door on the bin and everything falls out. The app is pretty simple too, maybe even barebones. It’s as easy as pressing the “play” button to start cleaning and then pressing the “stop” button to send the vacuum back to the charger. If using an app isn’t for you though, you can simply press the “clean” button on the top of the robot itself to set it on its way. Then, to stop it, you can press the “charge” button. It will, of course, be moving in this situation, but it doesn’t move terribly fast.
Another feature I really like about this vacuum is its mapping ability. After each run you can look at a map of where it has gone in your home via the app. After several cleanings you will have the ability to create “no-go” areas on this map. It must take quite a few cleanings before this function is available though, because after nearly a dozen runs I still am not able to test this feature out. Although, if there are specific areas you do not want the robot to clean, there are boundary strips available that will keep your robot from crossing whatever boundary you create. The user guide suggests that boundary strips are included in the box with this model, but they were absent from mine.
The one feature I’m really in love with is the ability to adjust the volume on its “voice.” My other robot (from a different manufacturer) screams, “STARTING TO CLEAN!” no matter how low you set its volume. This vacuum on the other hand, will adjust to a much more appropriate volume. I would suggest not muting it completely though. If it gets stuck under something or makes its way into an area you didn’t think it could go, you’ll want to be able to hear it so you can find it.
One feature I wasn’t able to test was the robot’s compatibility with Amazon Alexa. I have the Shark skill all set in Alexa, but just couldn’t get the system to find my device. Personally, I’m not all that upset as I prefer to tap a button in an app than to ask a voice assistant to perform a task.
Something that may be a deal breaker when deciding to purchase this vacuum is the amount of space it needs. While it is small, the directions state that the charging dock should be placed against a wall with 3 feet of open wall space on either side; that comes out to around 7 total feet of unobstructed wall space when you include the width of the device. It also requires clearance above so that you have access to empty the dust bin on the charger. I certainly do not have that much free wall space anywhere that wouldn’t be a tripping hazard. Because of these space requirements we were not able to keep the robot on the main floor where we wanted it. It not only would’ve caused many a stubbed toe but it would be a bit of an eyesore… and a toddler attraction! Ultimately, we put our EZ robot under a chair in a space that doesn’t come close to the suggested clearance. The vacuum has performed perfectly.
Another issue that may put someone off of buying this robot is the amount of maintenance involved. There is, of course, the emptying of the dust bin which is less frequent with this model. But there are several filters that need washed or replaced fairly frequently. The rotating brush arms feel a little flimsy and I get the feeling they will need to be replaced once or twice a year, even with just moderate use. As of my writing this, it is also not terribly clear on how to get replacement items. The app offers a link to replacement parts, which will take you to the Shark website, but gives you results for the RV1001AE model. I imagine it’s likely these parts work with the 912S model, but it is unclear.Jun 29, 2021 22:04
The Shark RV912S Robovac is a decently smart robot vacuum that does a pretty good job of vacuuming. Our house presents a significant challenge to robovacs. It is a 2000 sq ft, split level house with wood, tile, and linoleum flooring with thresholds between them and a step down into the living room. Throw rugs of various sizes and depths are scattered around. Add to that two dogs, and the challenge is complete!
The RV912S is a 'learning' robovac. It will map out your rooms which offers a significant advantage over 'wander around' robots. We had a 'wander around' type that had to be moved from room to room because it couldn't keep track of where it was and would return to the dock before finishing the house. We've moved it to the (sunken) living room, it can handle one room. The Shark does a much more methodical job of vacuuming, maintaining a very disciplined grid pattern though each room. When the battery gets low, it returns to the dock, then starts up again where it left off, cleaning the whole house. Once it 'mapped' the house, it seems to do an even better job of cleaning. This became much more important to me as about a week after getting the RV912S I broke my collarbone; there was no lifting the robovac into another room! Not having to empty the dust bin after each cleaning session was a definite plus as well, although our two dogs meant that the dock would only hold a weeks worth of dirt, not 15 days. Sigh... I should also note that the Shark is pretty quiet by robovac standards and was mostly unobtrusive during cleaning.
The Shark robovac has an accompanying phone app that allows you to schedule cleaning, set the various modes of operation, view a home map generated by the robot, set some cleaning parameters and view statistics. It worked well enough, if a bit laggy. There are a couple of 'nice to have' features that were not present, but hopefully could be added in the future: Go clean a specific room or area, and skip a specific room or area.
RoboVacs in general are a significant time saver, but are not perfect. There is a certain amount of prep ahead of time (in our case it's picking up dog toys) that has to be done. They inevitably get stuck at some point, either under something or on the edge or fringe of a rug they sucked up. There is also manual spot cleaning because there are just some places the RoboVacs can't clean. The Shark did a very nice job of avoiding most of the things I didn't (or forgot) to 'prep', and hasn't gotten stuck yet. It's low enough to go under most furniture and its object avoidance is impressive. There is also a tradeoff between suction/cleaning power and battery life; the Shark is on the cleaning power end of the spectrum
There are several annoyances that keep it from being perfect. The filters are not washable, they have to be replaced. The mapping function could be so much more useful if it could be used to direct the cleaning. Shark doesn't include extra filters, brushes, or any of the magnetic boundary stripping in the package, it all has to be purchased separately. That being said, the Shark RV912S robovac has been a real boon while my shoulder is healing. Highly recommended.Jun 23, 2021 17:18
Awesome vacuum! Keeps a cjarge for a long time. Tells you when she needs to be emptied. Does a good job picking up small pieces trash, hair, dust and dirt. I definitely recommend this vacuum!Aug 06, 2021 19:08
This thing is AMAZING! Received it yesterday and after the initial charging, I downloaded the app and easily connected with it. Told it to clean and boy, did it! I had mopped and swept yesterday morning and I thought I would check to see just how much it actually had cleaned. It had nearly filled its bin with dirt and pet hair! I literally said 'Wow!' It cleans even in spaces I can't get to without moving furniture.
I have a German Shepherd whom I love dearly but I've been sweeping three times a day and just generally discouraged at how much time it was taking to try to keep the floor clean. It was my hubby's idea to get something like this to help simplify my life and boy, I'm so happy with it!
It was also $150 off for 3 day sale and hubby had checked prices locally for comparable ones and he was a little suspicious at first when I told him the cost of this one, haha.
It has a mapping feature in the app but it takes about 10 cleaning sessions to create it. Once the map is up, I'm supposed to be able to tell it which room to clean if I want. Right now, I have it set up on a schedule to clean daily at the time I choose.
This guy will even sing if yours doesn't.. haha.. in reality, it really does play a little few second chime melody to let you know when he's finished, emptied, and docked.
Y'all... I know i said it at the beginning of the review but.....this thing is AMAZING!Aug 19, 2021 09:16
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The Roomba I3 robot is a great way to help out with simple house chores. For anyone that has every owned a Roomba we all know the quality and dependability that they bring. But the real question comes down to is there any real breakthrough technology with this new flagship that warrants the price tag. I will try my best to give you any information to help with your buying decisions.
First off i want to start by saying im comparing this unit to other similar units that i have tested in the past. In total i have tested about 5 other robot vacuums. The Roomba will come with everything needed to set up the unit including the base station, instructions, power cord and actual unit itself. Set up is done through the app however the app is not needed to actually use the robot. Speaking of which lets talk about the app real briefly. At this point and time the app is very generic in its design. Through the app you can set up schedules, view battery power, change your robots name and set up favorites. As of right now there are no favorite cleaning schedules that you can set up. you only have one option and in my opinion the app still feels like it is in beta testing. This isn't that big of a deal as i feel very confident as time goes on they will be adding more features to the app. So one thing Roomba does to their vacuums that im not really a big fan of is they removed one of the side bristles in place of a sensor. So the theory behind this im guessing is that the sensor is there to help with edge cleaning and deep dirt detection. That's nice and all but the issue i have with it missing the sensor is that when the unit hugs the walls to clean along the edges it always seems to hug along the side that is missing the bristle which proves pointless. However i can't knock it too much because this unit hands down does the best job at cleaning. The upgraded bristleless rollers means that if you have pets you don't have to worry about them tangling up as that will never happen however they will still tangle in the one side bristle that the unit has. The trash bin on this unit is the worse i have seen compared to other units. It's very small and if you have pets it fills up very fast. Also the exit port on the bin is tiny and does not allow for dumping of the waste to be done very easily. What i mean by this is that the opening is so small that when it comes time to dump the bin any hair or medium size debris does not empty easily which forces you to stick your hand in there and manually pull it out. This was a very big let down for me as i have personally seen cheaper units do a better job by providing a bigger waste pin while utilizing anti-static technology for hands free removal. Another big disappointment for me is the lack of no-go zone accessories. What no-go zone accessories are is strips or towers that allow you to block off certain areas that the robot is not allowed to go. For example lets say you have a computer office with lots of wires everywhere and you don't want the unit to go near the wires but you still want it to clean the room. Most units provide you with magnetic strips that you can place around the wires that will detour the unit from going near them and running them over. Roomba does not provide this and its very frustrating because i have started to notice a trend with big box companies and that trend is all about upsell. If you want to set up a no-go zone area then you have to buy these IR towers from Roomba for an additional charge. This is pretty unfair considering the price point and which they are selling this unit. Every unit i have ever tested always provided these no- go zones free of charge enclosed with the unit. Heck the newer units will actually map your rooms and display them onto a app service and will now let you digitally set up these zones removing the need of having to use strips or towers. Roomba is definitely behind the times in this area and me personally i feel they are taking advantage of the consumer considering most other competitors offer this for free at a lower price point.
Let's get in to the cleaning aspect of this unit, after all that is why you intend to buy this unit. One good thing that Roomba does have against its competitors is how well it cleans. So when you first turn the unit on and have it clean, it will move around your house aimlessly with no seemly purpose. However what it is doing at this point is the AI system is trying to determine your layout and floor plans so that it can clean your house more uniform. It does not take long at all for it to figure out the layout. After about 10 mins i noticed the unit started cleaning in nice straight lines and along the edges. I have dogs that shed alot and one of the first things i noticed was how well the deep cleaning AI system performed. When the unit would go over my carpets it would detect the hair imbedded in the fibers. The circular light would light up blue indicating that it detected deep dirt and it would go back and make a couple more extra passes to ensure the dirt was pulled up. It did a phenomenal job in pulling the hair fibers from the carpet. Did it get all the fibers? No but it did just as good as a upright. Another area that the Roomba really shines in that has its competitors beat is how well it cleans around surfaces and furniture. For example all other units i have used in the past always struggle to clean under my dinning room table due to the dining room chairs. Most units would either get stuck under the chairs and struggle to get out or would completely give up and not clean under the table. The Roomba has them beat hands down in this area. This is where i really saw the AI technology shine here. The Roomba would detect what it was and would clean under each chair flawlessly hugging the legs to get a good clean then it would proceed to move under the dining table and would clean in a uniform line. It cleaned it so perfectly it almost felt like it had physical eyes that could see. The Roomba has plenty of power to get over any small raised dividers seperating rooms apart and the built in sensors ensure that it will never fall off a edge or roll down the stairs. If for some reason the unit tangles up in something it will power down and send a distress message to your phone letting you know it needs help. Another nice feature this unit offers is the fact that it is not a quitter. This unit is the only one i have seen not quit on a job that is not done. So lets say you have a big floor layout and the battery runs low before it is done with the job. The unit will return home to power up some more and then after receiving ample charge it will automatically go back to cleaning picking up where it left off. If you have the app downloaded it will even tell you through the app that it is charging and will resume cleaning once it has enough power. Very impressive. A full charge yielded me about 2 hours of run time which was way more than enough to clean my 2800 sq ft house. Charge time is slightly under a hour on a low battery.
Here's the bottom line. This unit is a good unit but does lack some features. Although it does a very good job cleaning this is nothing new to the Roomba family. While other units are coming out with the ability to physically map your home on to its app services, Roomba does not. There is no real break through tech on this unit and in my opinion this Roomba works just about the same as its predecessors. Does it do a good job? Absolutely, in fact it probably cleans the best out of all its competitors. With that being said if you have a previous model just hold on to it and don't upgrade. This unit reminds me alot of cellphone carries. When new phones come out theres really nothing new other than the camera and processing speed. Its the same with this unit, there really is nothing new about this unit that makes it jaw dropping. So should you buy this? Well that depends. If you are looking for a unit that can hit every nook and cranny than ya this is gonna be the best out there. However if you are looking for something more affordable that offers more in the way of options and versatility than no i would pass on this unit as there are other units out there that provide more resources and better mapping. Also keep in mind that you will also need to buy the no-go zone towers as they are not included in this unit.
-Good obstacle detection
-Long battery life
-Lack of no-go zones
-Small trash binSep 20, 2020 13:27
So Smart and Capable.
This iRobot i3 is so smart and that makes all the difference!! This is my second robotic vacuum and first iRobot. My first bot vacuum (not an iRobot) I bought was another well known, well rated bot but it was not a smart bot to be sure. It’s only ability to clean a floor relied on bumping randomly into everything forever ….dumb and prone to getting stuck….and ultimately useless and as such returned. So, I was skeptical about robot vacuums in general but before abandoning robotic vacuums for a few more years to let them evolve, I thought I’d give the last shot to the big dog in the area…iRobot Roomba. I know Roomba’s brand and its reputation so I was excited to try it out.
This iRobot i3 is just amazing! Set up could not be any easier. iRobot has a quick 5 step startup guide that had me ready to go in about 5- 7 minutes. I pulled out the charging station and plugged it in. That’s 3 of the 5 steps…easy enough! I placed the Roomba on the charging station and waited a few seconds then followed the steps on the app. EASY. The app is great as well.
Once the Roomba was ready, I selected “vacuum Everywhere” on the app and off it went. I watched intently as it begin its task like I was watching a new puppy explore the house. As I said before it’s smart…It uses an intelligent pattern to clean and after it was all done it showed me a map of my house that it cleaned. I mean at the end I could see an actual map of my floor plan! I can’t stress how important that feature is in a smart vacuum. It makes all the difference. Roomba i3 started in the living room and began to explore. It bumps into things but learns from it and gets smarter. It never got stuck once… Not once! Now keep in mind I prepped the house as they advised. I made sure dog toys were put up and chords weren’t laying around shoes put away ect. Whichever iRobot programmer or team that wrote the algorithm for it’s vacuum path selection did an amazing job! You can see it learning and figuring it out. It’s not just a bumper car hoping to grab some dirt as it haphazardly bumps into everything. The cleaning pattern seemed to be back and forth and then a perimeter sweep to find the walls and ensure it covered all the space. It would make a 90 degree turn as it navigated around furniture without touching it as it got smarter and as it learned my house layout! Super cool. It has a purpose and intelligence to getting the job done and the brains to recognize and avoid getting stuck which all equals a great clean house with no effort from me (except for emptying the Roomba’s trash bin twice)! Now that I have seen just how hands off and capable the Roomba is, I will probably invest in the cleaning station that makes it hands free for up to 60 days!
As the Roomba diligently toiled away, I monitored the battery level through the app to make sure I didn’t miss it when it was time for it to find the docking station. When the battery was getting pretty low, 45 minutes to an hour of run time I’d estimate. The Roomba stopped and spun around in the living room and I watched closely as it flawlessly navigated back to the charging area and precisely closed in and docked with the station. Really cool! At this point, it dawned on me that I should check the Roomba’s trash bin to see how the cleaning was coming. My wife and I don’t have kids and have a small dog. Our house is really pretty clean overall….or so I thought. There is a release on the side of the Roomba you can easily access as it charges so you can empty the trash bin and not disturb the charging. It was full of disgusting carpet fiber, hair and dust bunnies galore!! I was honestly shocked. One of the reason there was so much debris is because the nimble Roomba has a very low profile compared to my upright stick vacuum. The Roomba got places that have not seen a vacuum in many years!!!
After about 45-60 minutes of charging, I heard a beep and the Roomba got back on the job. It picked up where it had left off! As it cleaned away, I was impressed with the precise strait lines it left in the carpet (see pictures) leaving an impressive history of its precise cleaning it had accomplished!
It continued on tirelessly and then recharged one more time. I emptied the trash bin on the Roomba again and was shocked just how much more stuff it collected! The Roomba finished by leaving the furthest part of our house and effortlessly navigated back to the docking station navigating turns and furniture without toughing them once! The app told me it had completed the job and showed me a floor map of my whole house!! Again, It was my floor plan and was detailed and easily recognizable. Really amazing for this price point. I started the job at about 4pm and it finished the whole house at about 8:30pm. The app told me the actual run time was 2 hours and 1 minute with 2 hours and 28 minutes of charge time. It told me the square footage it had vacuumed and it was very close to my houses actual square footage! SMART!!!
The vacuum performed outstanding on our hard wood floors, and medium pile carpet and did a pretty good job on a high pile floor rug in our living room. The high pile living room floor rug was a little bit of a struggle for the Roomba but it was impossible for our first robot vacuum and is difficult to vacuum with my upright as well. Honestly, I did not expect the Roomba to be able to vacuum the living room high pile floor rug but it did. It is really powerful both in its ability to vacuum and its drive train to move from carpet to hard wood flooring and even ½” lips from wood to tile ect.
Overall I highly recommend this Vacuum! Super smart! These vacuums are investments in allowing you to spend your precious time doing something other than vacuuming! Make sure you invest in one that can do it all and do it better than a human could do with its ability to go under couches and dressers ect.! iRobot Roomba i3 does this in spades!!! This brand with this tech in this price point… You can’t go wrong! I love it!Sep 18, 2020 18:05
I was disappointed to find out that the i3 does not support many of iRobot's Advanced Smart Mapping features, which includes customized cleaning zones and “keep out” zones. Having the ability to customize the floorplan of the different rooms in your home helps considerably in targeted cleaning and preventing the robot from accessing certain areas (a.k.a “keep out” zones). In addition, with the advanced smart mapping features, you can label each room and tell the vacuum to go and clean that specific room. The robot intelligently leaves its base, heads straight for the selected room, cleans that room, then returns to it home base to charge. Another feature that is not included with the i3 model, but is included with the i7 model, is the ability to create zones within a room. For example, I own an iRobot Braava jet m6 mopping robot that has the advanced smart mapping features, and I created multiple zones in my living room. One zone is the high traffic walkway, and the other zone is the area under the couches. I can tell my Braava jet to mop only the walkway area, rather than mop the whole leaving room, which includes under the couches. This saves time, cleaning solution, and maintenance on the unit. So, many of these features are not available with the i3 model, and only available with the i7 model. iRobot’s website does list these differences in the i3 and i7 product comparison page. However, they are listed on the iRobot Home App webpage. There is a footnote on the bottom of the page that states that these features are only available with the s, i, and m series Roomba robot vacuums and Braava robot mops, but it doesn’t specify that it’s only available for the i7 model, and not the i3 version. I don’t think this is intentional on iRobot’s part, just an oversight they haven’t fixed yet.
Some positive features about i3 is that its suction is truly exceptional for a robot vacuum. It can pick up cat litter effectively. And the new style rubber brushes do a very good job at not allowing pet and human hair to get tangled around them. Another positive is the motors the drive the wheels; they are very strong. The vacuum can easily move over thresholds and from hardwood to carpets. Unfortunately, this strength has its downside. In one particular room in my home, the floor transitions from hardwood to a heavy shag carpet. Most other robots I’ve owned, will hit the shag carpet and work around it. This model can make its way onto the thick carpet, but eventually gets bogged down, then stuck. I don’t think this model is designed for extra thick carpet. Which is fine, but I wish I had a way through the app to draw a “keep out” zone so I don’t continuously get a “Robot is Stuck” error. The first few times it got stuck, I would open the app and see the customized map it had drawn of my room’s floor. I was excited because I thought I could edit the map, like on my Braava jet m6 mop. I looked for the map edit icon (see pic) within the app, but it was missing. It appeared under the Braave jet mop, but it was not available for the i3 model. This was very perplexing to me because the customized map was already drawn in the app by the i3, but the feature to edit it is turned off for this model. I then tried one of iRobot’s virtual wall accessories, which is not included with this vacuum. It looks like a small pencil holder (see pic) that you place on the ground and depending on the direction you point it, it will create an invisible wall that the robot knows not to cross. The virtual wall kept the robot from going onto the carpet, but the wall only stretched about 4 feet. My carpet is at least 12 feet wide, so once it got past the 4 feet distance, it made its way onto the carpet, then eventually got itself stuck. I ended up standing on the carpet and placing my foot along the edge to prevent it from crossing onto the carpet. I did this for the length of the carpet. Hoping that after I taught it to stay away from that area of the floor, the next time it would vacuum, it would not try to cross onto the carpet. Unfortunately, that was not the case, and it would go onto the carpet each time and get stuck. This behavior is contradictory to the description for this unit, which states that it “Goes where it's needed, avoids where it's not.” And its “Reactive Sensor Technology tells the robot where it can and cannot reach, which means less getting stuck on furniture and more knowing where to go.” I guess these features may work in other settings, but it didn’t work in this situation. Also, it’s quite possible that these features will be improved overtime, and updates can be sent to both the vacuum and app.
To get some clarification on its mapping and sensor ability, I called iRobot’s tech support. I was instantly connected with a live person who wanted to understand the issue. She was very helpful and communicated my information to the engineering team. Afterwards, she did confirm that many of the mapping features are not available with this model but thanked me for my feedback because it can help with improving this model. As a courtesy, they offered to send me an additional virtual wall, which I appreciated. I now understand that many of the smart map features are only available with the i7 model, but it would be nice to at least enable the “keep out” zone feature, so those with similar issues can prevent their robot from getting stuck in the same place. Still, I can’t say enough about iRobot’s customer service. They were extremely helpful and thorough with their support.
Overall, I would recommend this vacuum if you’re looking for a strong vacuum that can cover the majority of your home without the need for mapping customization. You may need to invest in a virtual wall or two, or simply block the area with something heavy to keep the robot from entering specific areas, but otherwise it can vacuum hardwood floors and light to medium pile carpet extremely well. If you want all the additional smart map features, you’re better off looking at the i7 model.Sep 20, 2020 07:15
The iRobot Roomba i3 is a great robot vacuum, no question about it. It does a great job on carpet and even does good on hard surfaces, but carpet is where it really shines over other vacuums.
- Google assistant and Alexa integration
- straight neat rows vs random cleaning
- great sensing of floors, stairs, and objects to work around
- small design fits under a lot of furniture and beds to get where you can’t
- app is simple but effective
- ability to start and stop with schedule or app from anywhere
- can be added to the disposal charging and empty it’s own bin
- if it runs low on battery the robot will return home and recharge before finishing the job
- great on carpet just ok on hard surfaces
- specially designed rollers don’t get hair tangles. A pet owners dream!
- dust bin is washable (filter is not)
- ability to suggest cleaning times based on your habits and even the pollen report for your area
- no smart mapping like i7
- pretty loud, especially on hard surfaces
- can’t handle shaggy rugs or carpet
- no ability to make “no zones” on the map; you’ll need virtual walls to keep the vacuum out of an area
- does not include any spare parts other than one spare filter
What’s inside the box is pretty basic; the robot, standard charging dock with power cord, and a spare filter. Note there is NO spare sweeping brush or virtual wall barrier. That being said, the i3 is only $400 and the i7 starts at $600 so it’s going to have some budget cuts. Unfortunately that includes no smart mapping or ability to define rooms or “no zones”.
Setup was relatively easy, but if you are like me and never had a robot vacuum before, it may be a small learning curve before you understand exactly how it all works. Once I took the robot out of the box and got him on the charger I realized there’s really no documentation. As is the way these days, they put very little information in the manual and included a “quick start” page that basically just says, “charge it, push clean, and wait.” As someone who likes to customize and tweak things, I was a little bummed that the i3 is a more basic model and doesn’t include more custom features but I understand this was a design choice to make a more affordable option.
Once my robot was fully charged, I decided to push clean and see what happens. Right away the robot set out and started cleaning and mapping the room, looking for edges and walls. I have a pretty large main floor with laminate wood floors, tile, and a shag rug.
So during the first cleaning, I noticed right away that on hard surfaces, the i3 is pretty loud. I’m going to assume that’s all robot vacuums and also, it is a vacuum after all, but to anyone thinking they can run this at night while they sleep, you may find it is too loud for that. Now, on carpet, it was much quieter and potentially would be ok overnight for those who sleep a little heavier. However, when the robot was on my tile floor with deep grout lines, it was bouncing off the grout lines and making all sorts of noise. For me that’s not a deal breaker, it’s a vacuum and I assume when I am vacuuming it will be a little noisy, but it’s worth noting for anyone who wants to know if it’s “whisper quiet” or not.
As far as how good a cleaning job it actually did, this is where I was most impressed with the i3 roomba. Setting aside personal dislikes about missing features, this vacuum was designed to clean floors and it does that very well. It maps out your room with special floor sensors and creates a map for the robot to follow, I assume over time it will learn the rooms and be able to clean more efficiently but I can’t confirm that after just a few days of testing. I’m hoping that a firmware update will come shortly and allow you to save maps or edit areas of the map but I have not heard anything about that so as of now (sept 2020) that is not an option. But as my roomba got to work cleaning my laminate floors, I noticed it was getting all the little dog hair tumbleweeds and looking for edges before making neat, straight rows back and forth throughout the room. This has to be one of the best parts of the newer Roomba vacuums, no more random movements. The i3 will make clean straight rows and, on carpet, you’ll get those nice carpet rows everyone likes. (see photos)
One negative point to mention though, during the cleaning of my main floor I noticed the roomba was struggling on my shag rug. It is a pretty heavy shag and my shark stick vacuum actually struggles with it as well, but the roomba was trying to clean the rug and would eventually give me a red circle warning and stop until I cleaned the “dirty” brush rolls. Reality was that it was just too thick of a rug for the rollers to move. This was unfortunate because roomba said that it can handle deep carpets and rugs but apparently mine was too much for him. I’ll attach a photo to show the rug and the robot stuck. Unfortunately, when the vacuum stalls out like that there is no way to remotely restart it and I have to physically move the vacuum and press the clean button again. This happened on average 3 times before it would finish that area and move on. Now, I can easily block off this rug but again, that makes regularly scheduled cleanings more difficult unless I remember to block the area off first. And since this unit does not include a virtual wall device, I would have to purchase that separately to attempt to keep the vacuum off the rug. If you think you have areas in your home that would be trouble like my rug, I would suggest saving a little more and buying the i7 so you can simply tell the vacuum to avoid that area with the advanced mapping that comes with that unit. (unless they update the i3 to include a similar option down the road). For 200 bucks more you can get the i7 or for 100 bucks you can get 2 virtual wall devices. So to me it’s worth it to go for the i7 if you’re in that situation.
Other than getting stuck on my deep rug, the i3 did a really good job cleaning all the areas of my floor and avoiding things like stairs and window curtains hanging low. It did fine on my more standard style rugs and would generally go over the rug and back without an issue. I did notice some soft mats in the kitchen were moved a bit because the vacuum drug them along some, but overall there were no other red warnings or stops.
The i3 was able to do my entire lower level (337sqft with no carpet) over 53 minutes in one charge but is capable of returning to home to charge up and then will continue to finish the cleaning after it gets some juice.
One other noteworthy point, I have a 3 story home, so I wanted to see what would happen if I moved the robot upstairs without the home charging dock and simply made it clean my carpeted bedroom. I set the robot down in the doorway and pressed the clean button and right away it took off and started mapping the room and cleaning in straight rows. Bonus, it went UNDER my bed too! That is really nice to have since we can not clean under the bed normally and I know a lot of dog hair and dirt gets trapped under there. Actually, it was so bad that the bin was full before the room was finished! The app alerted me that the bin was full so I emptied it and pressed the clean button again and off he went to finish the job. After the room was done, I was curious where the robot would go given there was no charging dock home but it simply drove to the same spot I set it down in the doorway to start and then parked there and the app sent me a notification that the job was finished. This was a HUGE feature for me, the ability to simply take the vacuum to any room in the house and send him off to work is a real time saver. Simply clean up the clutter around the room beforehand and then let the robot do the work.
The basics of being able to schedule cleaning times and control the start and stop via the app is obviously included on the i3 but some other notable features are the ability to connect to alexa or google assistant, set up favorites (not sure exactly what that is because the app just says “coming soon”), control cleaning passes (one pass, two pass or auto), dirt detection (which will make the vacuum do a few extra passes over a very dirty area, and the ability to add the roomba clean base which will automatically empty the bin (this is included in the i3+ version).
Overall I really enjoy this vacuum and am happy with it’s cleaning ability. It lacks some features the higher end models have but comes with a lower price tag because of it. It’s a great robot vacuum for someone who wants a little help with the cleaning but doesn’t need a whole lot of control. The app allows you to start and stop from anywhere and the ability to add it to google or alexa allows you to start and stop simply with the sound of your voice. Personally, I have google in my house and on the first try all I said was “tell [vacuum name] to start cleaning” and right away he left the dock and got to work. There’s also a spot cleaning option which will clean about 3 foot area around the vacuum when you press the spot clean button. I found this pretty useful for little spills or quick cleaning around a doorway etc but overall figured I’ll just have it do the whole floor or use a classic broomSep 19, 2020 12:35
Decent navigation AI for not having a camera
Lack of camera is nice for those more privacy conscious
Floor navigation sensor works in the dark
Handles furniture much better than previous models
Cleans hard floors better than previous models
Anti-tangle brush operation very good
Voice prompts very clear and easy to understand
Upgradable to CleanBase
Dirt sensor allows it to find extra dirty spots
Full bin sensors prevent wasted vacuuming
New design is much quieter
Google and Alexa integration
Smart integration can allow it to vacuum when you leave
Charge and resume mean less manual intervention
HEPA filter cuts down on dust being put back in air
Shows map of where it vacuumed when completed
Poor vacuuming performance on low pile decorative carpets
Randomly misses parts of rooms
Vacuums in parallel but often diagonal lines
Wanders between rooms instead of finishing one at a time
Low profile means it often gets hung up on even low carpet edges
Side brush often just throws debris further away
Side brush rubs bottom of unit creating plastic burns on it
Side brush easily gets tangled with hair and bogged down
When it gets stuck it just keeps repeating the same operation
Still bumps into furniture and appliances constantly
Requires lighthouses to avoid areas
Dust bin is cumbersome to empty
Often drags larger objects around lifting it up where it doesn’t vacuum
Small brushes mean much longer vacuuming time
Shape doesn’t clean edges and corners well
Rollers loud on hard floors
Its easy to recognize this as a Roomba. It has the same shape and design they have had since nearly the very beginning. Of course, some sensors are different, rollers are different, and finishes are different but from the outside you could be forgiven for thinking this is an older model. That’s not necessary a bad thing if the design is right. In this case, the dual rollers are the same width but a bit smaller than the old combo style brushes used in the past. Gone are the bristles in favor of rubber rollers said to resist hair tangling. A design that used to be available on their top end model. The rollers also sit lower to the ground now. The side brush looks very similar only much larger than the older designs. This model comes with a fabric accent ring on top and three buttons. There is no camera on top and a floor navigation sensor, likely a camera of some sort, on bottom. The charging station also looks mostly unchanged. What is different in this generation is the option to add a CleanBase automated bin emptying system. The i3+ version includes the CleanBase in the package, but this version can save you some money up front while still allowing you to add the option later if you wish.
Usage and Performance
Essentially, the i3 is a more affordable version of the i7. It the exact same design, with the same parts, and the same AI. The big difference is the lack of a camera on top means no Imprint Smart Mapping System. What that boils down to is the i7 can map out rooms and be sent to clean specific rooms and avoid areas just by drawing them on the floor map. The i3 has a more basic floor map which only uses a floor navigation sensor. There is a new feature in the app saying coming soon for favorite routines, but it describes how you will be able to vacuum based on time. It makes no mention of room smarts.
Without room mapping, vacuuming is an all or nothing affair. There is a spot clean feature where you can manually bring it to a spot, and it will vacuum in an outward spiral away from where you set it but that’s it. It also means that while it can vacuum in parallel lines it does not have the smarts to make sure those parallel lines match up with walls. From time to time you will find the i3 decides to vacuum a room diagonally, in zigzag shapes, or even U-shaped parallel lines. Sometimes it will also vacuum half a room one way, and the other half another way. It seems the more often it vacuums, the more erratic the patterns become. It also means that it might vacuum part of a room, leave the room to continue the line for a while, and then come back to the room and continue. If your primary goal is saving some extra money, then these oddities are not a big deal as they in no way affect performance. Although the manual makes no mention of this, the i3 can recover its basic location even if you have to pick it up to rescue it or fix it. How far away you can move it from its previous location without causing a problem is less clear. Since older generations without full room mapping would require you to start the entire vacuuming routine over if you even picked up the Roomba so this is a nice addition.
The biggest change day to day is having the dual rubber rollers that resist tangling in hair. You do have to watch out for hidden hair buildup on the edges of the rollers underneath the retainer brackets. Overall, if you have dogs or family members with long hair this will come in handy. In nearly a week of usage with two dogs who shed heavily and two family members with long hair, not once did the roller on the i3 get tangled with hair. At one point a small bundle of hair was temporarily built up and cleared itself, but it has been otherwise maintenance free. If you fight with lots of hair around the house and grow tired of pulling it out of rollers, this feature alone is worth it. Unfortunately, the side brush isn’t so great in this department. It’s hard to imagine iRobot making this brush any larger as it is comically large now, but it is a hair magnet. It often ends up flinging debris away from the Roomba and sometimes under furniture. Over the years iRobot also hasn’t addressed how the side brush tends to rub the underside of the main body and rub plastic all over the place requiring periodic scrubbing to get it off. Thankfully it’s less important so you can ignore it but overall, the side brush is less useful.
Vacuuming performance is good on hard floors except when the side brush catches a hold of objects. If it runs up onto an object, like a large nut, it will just ride up on it and carry it around while the rollers won’t vacuum anything. Carpets are less consistent. The body sits so low to the ground that often the i3 gets stuck trying to get onto low shag decorative throw rugs requiring several attempts. When it does get stuck, it doesn’t try different methods. It just tries the same back and forth motion and over until you rescue it. Hopefully iRobot will upgrade these smarts in a future update. Strangely, this low profile doesn’t translate to good performance on low shag carpets. Medium shag carpets it performs much better. Traversing built in carpets is much better and the low rollers gives you more distinct vacuum marks, even if those marks are often at odd angles. It still visibly pulls the carpet up. Although listed as 10X stronger than previous models using the same suction system as the higher end i7, it’s cleaning ability is still far less thorough than a manually operated vacuum. The round shape means corners are largely missed and edges depend heavily on the side brush. The main rollers are a good 2 inches inboard, so the wall edge of carpets never get more than a light brush. We still are not to the point that a Robotic vacuum can be as thorough as a manual vacuum, but the big advantage is you can run it every day. It might not pick everything up the first day but over time it can extract more and more, and you don’t have to lift a finger. With a built-in dust sensor, it can find the more heavily soiled spots and spend more time cleaning those as well.
The weakest area of the i3 is the dust bin. If you don’t vacuum every day and don’t want to have to stop to empty the bin mid vacuum, you will need to invest in the CleanBase upgrade or get the + model. It does have bin full sensors that let you know when it is time to empty to the bin, but by default it is set to continue vacuuming even with a full bin. This can be adjusted on the app to pause an alert to empty it. Ideally you would let it run often enough to where the bin would not fill up before vacuuming is done. The design of the bin seems a bit awkward to the point where you feel iRobot really wanted you to buy the + model with the CleanBase. Debris often doesn’t like to fall out of the opening requiring some work sometimes to get things out and sometimes manual intervention. A nice feature though is the waste bin and pre filter can be cleaned in water. The built in HEPA filter, which is great for allergy sufferers, is the only part not washable. The i3 seems to have become even quieter than previous generations to the point where you can comfortably watch TV while it is running. You just might to turn it up slightly.
The i3 can be paired with Google Assistant and Alexa to allow voice controls. It can also be controlled by some smart home products to allow automated cleaning. It would be nice if those assistants could be used to broadcast Roomba errors as well. The product information lists smart scheduling where it can suggest extra cleanings during high allergy times or based on your routines. Strangely, it is turned off by default and there is no initial question asking if you want it on. Most people would probably be left wondering why the allergy alerts never came up. Allergies have been low, so no suggestions have come up.
The Roomba i3 is a bit of a mixed bag. On the one hand, it only makes small iterative changes from previous models without fully addressing old quirks. On the other, it brings advance features that previously were relegated to higher end models down to the more affordable models. If you are ok with the quirks and can’t spring the money for the higher end version, the i3 is still a good vacuum. If you can upgrade later to the CleanBase, it’s an even better vacuum. If you are in the market for a mid-range robot vacuum, the i3 is an imperfect but good option.Sep 18, 2020 14:42
My only regret is that I didn’t buy this sooner. I don’t love the price of the replacement filters but so far that hasn’t made me regret my purchase. I don’t normally spend this kind of money but I am so happy I did. We recently replaced all the carpet in our home to LVP flooring and I didn’t like the way my feet felt dirty, even after sweeping. Now, my house is cleaner than it’s ever been. I am amazed every day when I see how much Roomba picks up. I have 3 kids and one indoor cat. Now my kids pick up their stuff because I told them Roomba would eat it if they didn’t. And I didn’t realize how much cat hair was in my house. Roomba goes underneath our beds and dressers, places hard to sweep under. Roomba is loud, I wouldn’t want to sleep with it on, but that’s ok with me. Quieter than a regular vacuum. It vacuums the rugs in the bathrooms great. It climbs up onto my fireplace which is about 3/4” high. It does bump into stuff but softly and doesn’t hurt anything. It works in the dark. I turn it on when I walk out to go to work and I get a notification on my phone when it’s finished. It’s only got stuck 3 times in 2 months and each time was understandable. It doesn’t fall down the stairs. I’ve moved it to another level of my house and it does great. I have a big rug and it cleans it wonderfully. One floor has lots of obstacles so it takes a while for it to clean but that’s ok with me. I can see why someone would want the I7 because you can tell it specifically where to clean, like under the dining table. I don’t have a problem emptying the bin every day. I kind of like seeing what it’s picked up. Plus the bags for the automatic emptying bin are an added cost. Roomba will clean one entire floor (1100 sq feet) without needing to be emptied. After Roomba runs, I can go over the floor with a wet mop and I’m finished. Just remember to read the instructions and do the suggested maintenance. I didn’t do that at first and my filter was full and hair was wrapped around the wheels. It was easy to get it off though. I hope my Roomba lasts for a while and I get my money’s worth out of it. I do not plan to ever live without one now.
The picture of the stuff in my hand is about what I get every day. It is becoming less every day though because my floor is getting cleaned more often. The other picture is when I cleaned the rollers, wheel and brush.Dec 20, 2020 09:29
This Roomba i3 looks more modern and is smarter than my Roomba 805. It navigates in neat rows and create a map in the app unlike the Roomba 805 navigates randomly and take longer to complete. This i3 can automatically recharges itself & resumes cleaning. It never stuck at stairs. It also works with the dual mode virtual wall barrier. The app has the favorites option but it is not active yet so the only favorite is to clean the whole house.
The dust bin filter is smaller and is easy to empty the bin as you can open the door pretty wide. However, dust can still fall out when removing the bin and some dust still stay in the main body.
I wish the app has navigation button to remote control the vacuum to go anywhere you want.
Also this i3 does not have a carry handle.Sep 18, 2020 17:26
Robot Vacuums have been on the market for many years now and improvements over those years have eliminated many of the problems that plagued early designs. The days of low battery power, low “suction” power, unreliable navigation, inability to find or return to the charge base and uselessly small dust carrying compartments are long behind us. This year’s crop of vacuum robots like the iRobot Vacuum i3 from Roomba are designed to eliminate even more difficult problems. The i3 is not the most feature laden vacuum in the large family of Roomba cleaning robots, but unlike many in its entry-point competitors, it has VERY strong bones. By that I mean that compared to the several other brands I’ve owned, instead of beginning as a blank design with “economy” in mind, the i3 is built from essentially the same underframe, motor, battery sensors and high-quality materials as Roomba’s highest i9 model. It’s minus some of the esoteric features, BUT BOY CAN IT CLEAN! It’s the best vacuum robot I’ve ever owned when it comes to handling the edges of small throw rugs and loose electrical cords it might encounter. Instead of ingesting and choking until it’s stuck, it pauses, reverses its rollers to “spit out” the rag or carpet, backs away from the “problem” and then moves in a different direction to continue cleaning. It’s fascinating to watch. Unlike all of the other robot vacuums I’ve owned, this is the only one that is able to finish cleaning the house without calling me with an App or just a plaintive chime to get it unstuck. To me this is its #1 feature. I’ve included a couple of pictures of the i3 encountering the throw rug and rather untidy computer, router and Wi-Fi cables under my desktop computer. I had to block this area off from my old vacuums that would get stuck there EVERY time. The i3 just does the job carefully and moves on.
- The aforementioned ability to avoid entanglement in cords or rug edges.
- Relatively high suction force.
- Creates a map of your floor plan and uses it (if necessary) to return to the exact spot it left off at (to return to the charger for about an hour), before it resumes cleaning the whole floorplan.
- Has improved infrared scanners and sensors so it can clean in (to our eyes) total darkness.
- Uses its sensors and software to clean in straight logical paths instead of bouncing from wall to wall like older robot vacuums.
- Easy to remove and clean the pick-up rollers if long pet hairs get wrapped around those rollers.
- The extra large dust-bin/charging station that sucks the dirt out of the robot at the end of every cleaning session can be purchased separately. This unit is standard with the i3+, i7 and i9 Roombas. Depending on how dirty the floors are, this dirt extracting station can allow the Roomba to operate for days or weeks autonomously without needing to be emptied after every session.
- 1-year limited warranty
- Charging station.
- Downloadable Android or iPhone App for monitoring or control of the i3.
- Great cleaning ability
- Good Customer and Technical Support by phone to make up for poor User Manual.
- The ability to set up/pair with Google Home or Apple Siri through Bluetooth allows hands free control.
- The User Manual does not offer much information beyond FCC and safe operation rules.
A very capable robot vacuum that does the basics very well. It’s also somewhat upgradable since it can use accessories used with higher end Roomba models in the same family. I found that a call to their Technical Support can explain this quite well.Sep 28, 2020 14:28
The Roomba i3+ robot vacuum helps take vacuuming off your mind— cleaning in neat rows, emptying itself, and learning your habits to offer up personalized schedules. After each cleaning, it empties itself into a Dirt Disposal bag that takes up to 60 days to fill, so that you can forget about vacuuming for months. The i3+ uses 10X Power-Lifting Suction* and Dual Multi-Surface Rubber Brushes for an impressive clean. Using the iRobot Home App or just your voice with Google Assistant or Alexa, you control when your robot cleans. With the i3+, you can check vacuuming off your to-do list.Compare Roomba robot vacuums.Compare models
This is the 3rd Roomba that I have owned and by far the best one so far. The i3+ does the basics...cleaning the floor, but it also adds a bunch of features that make life easier for you.
First, setting up and getting to actually cleaning is very quick. From taking it out of the box to getting the Roomba online, it took less than 10 minutes. The directions were straight-forward and easy to follow.
One of my favorite parts is seeing the area of the floor that was cleaned. My past Roombas just went around the floor in random and always missed areas. This one actually maps the floor and cleans in small sections to ensure it covers the whole area. Inside the app you can see where the Roomba cleaned and if there were any areas missed (see image). I found the only missed areas was due to something blocking the floor like chairs or boxes.
The app also lets you schedule when to clean and will start and empty the robot when done. That is a big plus to me since I travel a lot and may not be able to empty the bin for weeks or months at a time.
Overall, this Roomba is quieter than the previous versions that I've owned...that is with one exception. When emptying the robot's bin, it sounds like you have a jet taking off in your house. My wife was on a call the first time this happened and she had to tell them to hold on since she couldn't hear anything. On the positive side, this only takes about 5-10 seconds to empty and worth it if I don't need to empty the bin myself (always feel like half the dust just gets all over the place every time I empty it manually). Eventually I will need to empty the base that collects all the dirt, but at least it is getting stored in a bag and I can just throw that out.
Another thing that comes up is the Roomba doesn't always make it back to the base. I have seen multiple reasons for this: gets stuck on something, closes the door to a room while cleaning, just doesn't make it back to the base before running out of charge, etc. I play the Find Roomba game every time I get home from a long trip. Most days, this isn't a problem, but with the old one it was about 25% of the time. So far, the new one has gotten back every time.
Lastly, and possibly most importantly, the i3+ does a good job of sweeping the floor. The sensor is supposed to identify areas needing additional cleaning and spend extra time to clean it. I haven't had that happen yet, but good to know.
I would definitely recommend the i3+ for anyone that likes someone (something) else to do the cleaning for them. This one is even better than my previous versions since it empties the robot bin itself and shows where it has cleaned (see image).Sep 18, 2020 14:23
My initial run with this vacuum has been pretty good. I previously owned a Shark robot vacuum which was okay but had room for improvement. The biggest upgrade for me here is that this iRobot vac has it’s own trash bin and empties itself.
Much like any other robot vacuum, this iRobot one is pretty standard in design and operation. One big thing I did notice between my two robot vacs is the noise. The Shark was pretty loud. It had three power settings you could toggle between and the most powerful one was obviously the loudest. This iRobot one is pretty quiet which is nice. I have hardwood floors so the noise from these robot vacs is amplified quite a bit. When cleaning my carpeted bedroom floors, much much quieter.
When you first use these robot vacs, they need to meander around your place in order to get the lay of the land, so to speak. This one does something so simple yet so effective; it goes in parallel lines. The first time I used my Shark, it went everywhere, round and round, bashing into furniture, etc. The iRobot will logically run in parallel lines and the sensors onboard know when there is a large object in its way. Basically, it learns much faster and logically compared to the Shark. After each run you can view the map it came up with to confirm accuracy,
The biggest issue for me is the trash bin. It’s great in that the vacuum empties itself but the biggest issue for me is it is LOUD when it empties the dust bin. The trash bin uses bags very similar to the old school vacuum bags so that’s where all the dirt goes and does need to be replaced. When the vacuum empties itself, it sounds like a jet turbine engine. I think it sounds louder than a normal, full sized vacuum cleaner. It’s loud and it revs much like a normal engine. Basically it spins up and spins down when the trash is being emptied. Kind of surprising how something that small can be so loud.
This vacuum has its own companion app as well being Alexa/Google Voice compatible. So far things have been pretty good and this vacuum performs as expected. Aside from the jet engine sound from the trash bin, this seems to be a great home automation device to have.Sep 18, 2020 20:29
The Roomba i3+ is a well designed and thought out robot vacuum with the added accessory called the Clean Base® Automatic Dirt Disposal unit, which enables the robot to automatically empty it catch bin, so you do not have too. Let’s first discuss what comes with this robotic vacuum system and then we’ll tackle any remaining features, provide some usage impressions, and end with pros and cons.
The i3+ comes with of course the Roomba I3+ robot and the Clean Base®. You get the usual assortment of manuals – one for each part of the product. The Clean Base® comes pre-installed with an AllergenLock™ bag and there is a spare in the kit as well. This will give you up to 120 days-worth of vacuum collection, and the bags are rated to trap 99% of pollen and mold. Additionally, the kit includes a spare High-Efficiency Filter. The Clean Base® is also the Robot’s parking spot and charging unit. Here are some additional features of the robot:
• Powerful Pick-Up and Suction – the robot has a 3-stage cleaning system that includes the 10x (vs the iRobot 600 series) Power-Lifting Suction.
• Smart navigation – navigates and maps your home via state-of-the-art floor tracking sensors to vacuum hardwood floors, tile, and carpet.
• Reactive Sensor Technology – helps the robot know where it can and cannot reach – so it does not get stuck and knows where to go. This combined with its Dirt Detect™ sensors means the robot will focus
on the areas that need the most cleaning.
• The robot can be controlled from the iRobot Home app – which allows for scheduled operations and multiple schedules, seasonal recommendations, and other options – so the robot works to your schedule.
It is also Google Assistant and Alexa compatible and you can get the robot moving with your voice.
The setup of the robot is easy and starts with strategically placing the Clean Base® and plugging it in. Next, one downloads the iRobot at home app, creates or logs into their iRobot account, and sync the robot to your WI-FI® network, and then sends the robot on its way. The app will also allow you to update robot and base settings and find your robot should it get lost! The only issue that I have been having it looking at the post job status items - this causes the application to crash on my Android phone but I have not missed this part of the application and I have not yet done proper troubleshooting.
Well, this robot has already found its place in our home. We love the fact that she will startup at 10 am and vacuum the entire lower floor while we work on other things. The robot has yet to get stuck and as needed she returns to the Clean Base® to get a recharge in and then she is off and running again to complete the job. All told it takes her just under 3 hours with 1 hour of recharge time included for vacuuming nearly 1300 square feet. She has already earned her place in my wife’s heart when she stated that she is on the list of items that are now must-haves for our home.
The unit retails for $599.99. Annual recommend maintenance costs for - Bags (6/year), filters (6/year), and brushes (1 set each year) are $140. This means the first-year cost of $710 dollars, with annual maintenance thereafter of $140.00 – which is likely to be far cheaper than hiring this work to a human.
Overall, we are thoroughly impressed with the vacuum and it has indeed found its place in our home. The fact that one does not have to do much with this device except replace the bag when it gets full is a real time saver. The ability to schedule the robot to run on your schedule allows one to automate the basic day-to-day cleaning and then focus in on other responsibilities and cleaning where the human touch is needed. Despite the app issues, this item is a winner and the app issues should be an easy fix.
Pros: Clean Base®, Smart Navigation, scheduling.
Cons: the app issues – which should go away.Sep 29, 2020 19:38
Love this smart vacuum. Was worried with having a dog the vacuum would not fully clean my home but I am really amazed. I have it run once a day and it dose a outstanding job. I love the fact it has a smart tracking feature and shows me where it was and where it had to spend a little more time with a deep deep cleaning feature. It will not fully replace your standard vacuum but will make it feel very obsolete only needing it for places the iRobot i3+ cannot reach. The vacuum is nice and quiet but still able to retain amazing suction the loudest part about this device is when it empties it’s self and sounds like a jet taking off I may be exaggerating a little but it is loud. With a sales tag this Black Friday of $399 without a doubt was worth it. It may not be as smart as the i7 with the room mapping but again at that price worth it. In conclusion this is one of those moments when I actually asked myself why didn’t I get this sooner.Nov 30, 2020 06:05
We have a Dogo Argentino puppy who is shedding like crazy. Now I’ve owned my fair share of big dogs but have never had this much shedding with any of them. I run this roomba 3x a week at night while we’re asleep and then the night before I do the floors just to save me some time. We have travertine floors and a 3500sq ft house. I just did the weekly maintenance on the device and you can CLEARLY tell it’s working. It’s even picking up my hair, my daughters hair and my sons girlfriends hair. It’s also been raining so the dog tracks in so much dirt. Trying to convince my husband to be me the mop device now! Lol
You won’t regret buying this. We do have two area rugs that it goes over and it isn’t the best on the rugs when it comes to the dog hair but is works for the crumbs my 4 year old.
I’ve been trying to convince my best friend to get one. She is like me and has a pet peeve about dirty floors.
Once the vacuum bag is full I plan to cut it open to really see how well it’s been working but I can tell by looking at my floors that it’s a game changer!
You do have to buy vacuum bags and filters. I just had my husband blow the filter off with our air compressor and it looks brand new. If you keep up with the maintenance I think it will last you much longer. The add on’s aren’t expensive tho.Mar 19, 2021 17:45
I cannot say enough positive things about this product! We just tore out all the main floor carpet and had new floors installed. I now see everything on the floor and just put the roomba to work!! I’m having issues with the app right now and am starting and stopping it manually until I get our WiFi signal figured out.Oct 02, 2021 12:45
At first, I was a bit intimidated. I did not know what I would have to do in order for the cleaner to clean the floors or how much time to do things such as setting boundaries, to make sure it didn't fall off stairs or get stuck. Little did I know that this little guy is actually pretty smart. The process to get it setup was super simple however, the instructions laid out the process to just get the base plugged in, connect the unit to the base and get it setup on the network via a mobile device app, and the vacuum just figures its way based on sensors. Some of my friends have had robot vacuums in the past and this steps is what they said made it very tough to get it up and running.
The cleaner and base unit materials seem very solid and do not seem fragile in any way.
I am very impressed with the technology and applications supporting this cleaner, such as setting up a cleaning schedule, even when an issue happens such as a jammed brush, the application alerts you and provides you instructions on how to look/repair the cleaner or reporting on the areas in the house it cleaned. (I have had a few problems with the dust ports getting clogged and not able to empty it in the base unit which requires manual intervention, however the fix is fairly simple.) This set of parameters gave me confidence that, even if there was an issue, that I could do some entry level diagnosis and fixing to get it back on track.
As a dog owner it is a constant battle on keeping the floors clean with hair but this cleaner does a very good job at cleaning the floor. Something that I didn’t realize it would do is that it even it will go under furniture as its slim design is very accommodating.
Overall this product is super solid and comes in very handy when trying to maintain clean floors with pets and kids. I highly recommend it due to its very intuitive fixing guidance and its slim compact build.Sep 23, 2020 08:53
I’m writing this review from the perspective of someone who has owned and used the Roomba 690 for the past few years. The i3+ is a huge improvement in every way and the Clean Base lets me set it loose on large areas without having to worry about emptying the bin. It doesn’t have the mapping features of the higher end models, but after seeing it in action and how it handles multiple rooms it’s not something I’m going to really miss. Unless you need to be able to specify cleaning to specific areas I don’t see any reason not to get this over the i7.
The clean base makes for a nice dock just for how much more substantial it is compared to my 690’s dock. I have had issues in the past with my 690 not quite lining up with its dock and it just ended up pushing it around for a while. Besides being taller it doesn’t take up all that much more space than my old Roomba and I was able to put it in the same spot. The base does use a bag that says it can hold up to 60 days of dirt. I’m guessing your mileage will vary on that one, but at least the box does include one replacement (as well as a replacement filter), so you should be good for a little while out of the box. Setting it up through the app was super easy and I’ve enjoyed seeing the improvements that iRobot has made over the years.
Onto the actual cleaning, I started off using it on my first first floor, which is all hardwood. It’s a single room consisting of a hallway, living room, dining room, and kitchen. It covered that area in 53 minutes the first day and 37 minutes the next day. I did notice an improvement in how much dirt it picked up and the navigation is much more predictable than my 690. It’s also much quieter. It does emit a low hum that seems to be amplified somewhat by my hardwood, but we had no issues hearing the TV while it was on. It didn’t bump into my furniture as aggressively as the 690 either, which was never too much of an issue before, but something I noticed. I also have the Bravaa m6 mop, which can be setup to run after the i3 finishes and that worked as expected. At the end of each job the vacuum returned to its base and was emptied. The base I will say is quite loud when it is sucking dirt out of the vacuum. It sounds like a shop vac. I don’t really have an issue with that, but if you’re not paying attention it might startle you.
At the end of the day, picking up dirt and dust from my hardwood was something my 690 did pretty easily. I moved the i3 upstairs to my 2nd floor, which carpeted. Its layout is 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a hallway. I was very pleasantly surprised to see that the i3 was able to navigate to each room, make trips back to the base to empty its been, recharge once, and remember where it had been the whole time. I watched it stop in the middle of cleaning the master bedroom, drive back to the base in the hallway, empty its bin, and drive right back to where it had been. There was a section of carpet in one of the bedrooms that I thought it wasn’t going to get, but it ended up coming back there towards the end of its job to get it. I know this doesn’t have the mapping functions of the higher end Roombas, but I really wouldn’t know it watching it. I’m not sure what magic they’re using to make this happen, but I’m genuinely impressed. It left the carpet clean enough that I didn't feel the need to go over it with a regular vacuum for a while and it was long overdue for a good cleaning. I will say this isn’t going to beat a good upright vacuum, but I don’t think any robot vacuum can do that. Overall with the bin emptying and recharging (which took about 45 minutes), it covered this area in about two and half hours.
I was ready to criticize the i3+ for not having built-in mapping, especially with competing vacuums offering that at a lower price, but after seeing it run these past few days I just don’t see it as that big of a deal anymore. Roombas are still the more expensive option in robot vacuums, but I think you’re getting your money’s worth with this one.Sep 21, 2020 09:04
The Roomba 600 series robot vacuum is a great way to begin cleaning your home smarter. It learns your cleaning habits and then offers up custom cleaning schedules—taking on daily dirt, dust, and debris from carpets and hard floors. It even has an edge-sweeping brush to get into corners and along edges. Google Assistant and Alexa compatibility let you start a cleaning session with just your voice, or simply use the iRobot Home App. When your area’s pollen count is high or during pet shedding season, the Roomba® 600 series robot vacuum can even suggest extra cleanings —to help keep your floors clean every day of the year. *(Alexa and all related logos are trademarks of Amazon.com or its affiliates. Google is a trademark of Google LLC)
iRobot’s new Roomba 694 is here and is ready to help you with all your vacuuming needs. This is my first Roomba and so far, I have no complaints. The Roomba can be easily controlled using the iRobot app and can be programmed to be used on a set schedule. This new Roomba has its pros and cons and I will go into more depth about what these are here.
*TLDR at bottom
In the box, there is the Roomba with a nice and sleek design, the charging dock, power adapter, extra filter, and owner’s guide. The set-up was straightforward and did not take too long. You do need the iRobot app to connect your Roomba to your home Wi-Fi. Note that the Roomba ONLY takes 2.4GHz Wi-Fi. Most routers are dual 2.4GHz/5Ghz WF and should be able to work with the Roomba but mine had two different wireless frequencies. I spent a good chunk of time wondering why the Roomba wasn’t connecting to my home Wi-Fi. Once connected, it is recommended that the Roomba is charged for about 3 hours before use. Once charging is finished, the Roomba is ready to go!
In general, cleaning performance was above average. I did some research, and some Roombas have smart mapping which helps your robot remember specific rooms and maps your floor plan. The Roomba 694 does not have this feature but rather it plays bumper cars with your walls, furniture, and anything in its way to clean areas. It is amusing to look at the robot do this when you’re using it but sometimes it did miss big chunks of area. The good thing about this Roomba is it does go over multiple spots several times and does an excellent job at going around and under furniture. The Roomba may not do the best job at covering areas but the brushes do indeed work well. They do a brilliant job of picking up dust, hair, food crumbs, and debris.
Maintenance needs to be done occasionally to keep the Roomba running at its best performance. The bin is small and does need to be emptied after every use. iRobot did a great job at designing the bin and all you need to do is to pull a tab and dump. The filter should be cleaned at least once a week. It’s small and does capture the bulk of the dust when I used it. The brushes on the underside of the Roomba also need to be cleaned at least once a week, especially if you have pets that shed a lot of hair. The front-wheel needs to be checked on occasionally as hair can easily be caught on it. There is a side brush on the underside of the Roomba that is recommended to be cleaned once a month as well. I noticed when the Roomba goes under tight furniture, the sensors and the top of the Roomba tends to collect plenty of dust and webs. I did have to clean the outer shell occasionally too. Fortunately, Roomba made maintenance easy and made most parts removable without any tools required.
The Roomba 694 contains some features to help you with all your vacuuming. First, the iRobot app. This app allows you to create daily schedules for when you want your Roomba to vacuum. You can also pause and activate the RTH (return to home) feature through the app. The app will also let you know how much battery the Roomba has left. The Roomba can be integrated with your home voice assistant such as Google Assistant. This can be set-up through the app.
The Roomba contains three buttons on top. The middle one starts, pauses, and turns off the Roomba. The spot clean tells the robot to stay in a certain area and clean. The final button on the robot is the RTH button. This button tells the robot to return to home base. Make sure the home base is in a fixed place and doesn’t move too much or otherwise the Roomba will have a hard time returning to home. You can also integrate some virtual wall barriers (sold separately) with the Roomba. These virtual wall barriers keep the Roomba from going into these areas and will only clean outside of them.
Overall, iRobot’s Roomba 694 has done a reasonable job helping me with my vacuuming. The Roomba tends to miss big chunks of an area the first time around, but it does go around the area a couple more times and gets those missed spots. This model lacks the smart mapping feature some Roombas have but still does a decent job at going to most areas for cleaning. The app has integrated beautifully with the Roomba and is accurate when I set the scheduled times for the Roomba to start cleaning. If you need a robot assistant to help you with your vacuuming needs, this Roomba does an acceptable job at it and I do recommend you give this one a try.Mar 31, 2021 18:07
Before i start I will do a shorter list form review then I will go into detail.
-easy to use
-app easy to navigate
-gets stuck or scratched on furniture
-no mapping unlike the more expensive ones
-ok with pet hair will probably struggle if your pets have long fur
I had the roomba e5 before this one and they are almost identical in every way, the only big difference is that the e5 has 2 rubber brushes which helps with long pet hairs. Also the e5 did not have mapping just like this one. One more thing to note is the house I currently live in does not have carpet and it mostly consists of hardwood floor and tile.
All right now let me start by saying that the Roomba 694 is the top entry level roomba. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles the other higher end roombas do, and it is understandable for the price point. I will also say I would recommend this more to either someone who doesn't have much furniture in their house, has a smaller house, or an older person who does not know much about technology. Let me explain why.
The sensors on the Roomba 694 will activate when they hit something, sometimes it will try to avoid doing this, and also it doesn't have any sensors up top. Meaning that it will bounce around your walls and furniture until it learns its way around them. There is also one big issue that I have, I even had this same issue with my other roomba, and that is that the roomba will get stuck or will get scratched with furniture that is about 4 inches off the floor. I would recommend checking if you have a lot of furniture that fits this description before buying any of the entry level roombas including this one, and if you do, I would recommend getting one of the higher end ones.
Now the cleaning sensors are good and will keep your floors clean, but i would say it works best for smaller spaces. This is where the mapping and learning features on the higher end models come in handy. I used to live in a bigger house before, and the e5 I used to have did not have the mapping feature, which sometimes would either make the roomba stay in a single room until it ran out of battery, or bounce around the rooms but not clean them thoroughly. What the mapping feature does along with the AI, is that it learns where the places with the most traffic are and prioritizes them over something like an empty room. So if you have a bigger house I would recommend you getting one of the higher end models.
Now for someone young, the app and the features it offers is easy to learn, but for someone who is older or someone who has difficulty learning technology, they will have a harder time learning the ins and outs. The app is pretty straight forward, there is a start option, schedule, and history tab along with videos that will show you how to maintain the machine. Honestly there is not much too it, i will say the hardest part is setting up the device to work with the wifi.
At the end it might sound like I am unhappy with the machine, but on the contrary, I am very pleased because it meets all my needs. The only reason why my review sounds like a caution label is because I want to help whoever is looking to buy a roomba buy the right one. These vacuums are really good the thing is that you gotta find the right one for you.Apr 03, 2021 19:17
The iRobot Roomba 694 features a sleek new design with a mostly all black exterior (previous models used a combination of black and silver). It definitely gives the Roomba a more modern look over previous models. Other than that, the brushes, dust bin, and bumper are very similar to older generations of the Roomba 600 series.
The Roomba 694 does not have any type of smart "mapping" feature. Instead, it kind of just "ping-pongs" around the room in a seemingly random pattern until the battery gets low. You may assume that it's going to miss big sections of the floor but it surprisingly does a good job of reaching most of the surfaces it can. Even if it does miss a section of the floor, it will likely get it on subsequent run. So if you run it multiple times a week, missed spots become less of an issue.
The Roomba 694 has a side brush that helps push debris in towards the larger brushes and vacuum located on the bottom of the unit.
The Roomba 694 was a "dirt detection" feature that I assume activates when it hits an area that causes a lot of "rattle" as it collects debris. When it detects a dirty area, it will go around and around in that area to give it extra attention.
As you might expect, the Roomba can get tangled up on cords, frays, and other "stringy" things, so you might have to do a little pre-cleaning before you set the Roomba loose in your home. Thanks to the WiFi connection, the Roomba app can alert you when it gets hung up and needs attention. It also uses a voice announcement to say what is wrong, but I typically miss it as I'm in another room. In fact, I typically run the Roomba while I'm home as it will trip the motion sensors of my home security system when it's armed.
It's fairly easy to remove tangles as you can open up the Roomba to remove the brushes and untangle whatever is wrapped around them.
- WiFi connection: I appreciate the WiFi feature as the Roomba app will send a notification whenever it is stuck or when it completes cleaning. I don't use the Alexa feature very often to start it because I typically need to clean the debris bin before starting it, so while I'm bent over replacing the bin it's just quicker to hit the "start" button on the unit than to yell, "Alexa, ask Roomba to start cleaning". However, it is handy if I'm in another room and need to stop the Roomba: "Alexa, ask Roomba to stop". Alexa will then ask if you want the Roomba return to its base to charge.
- App: The iRobot app provides access to the device manuals, as well as links to parts with videos showing you how to maintain your Roomba. You can also view the history and stats of previous cleaning jobs, as well as schedule future cleanings (or start one immediately).
- Spot Clean: If you have a specific area that needs cleaned, you can press the "spot clean" button and the Roomba will stay in roughly the same spot instead of cleaning the entire room. This is ideal for cleaning up a cereal spill, for example.
- No virtual barrier included: Previous iRobot Roomba models I've owned have come with a virtual barrier device. Sadly, this model does not include one (but it can be purchased separately).
Overall, the Roomba 694 is a great way to vacuum your home. It doesn't include any of the bells or whistles (such as mapping or mopping features) of the more expensive models, but it does include WiFi which allows you to start and stop the Roomba with the app or with Alexa. While it may seem to aimlessly wonder around my home, it does a fairly good job of reaching all areas of the floor.Mar 30, 2021 12:51
This is a very nice vacuum. It charges really fast. It only took about an hour to get to full charge which is great in my opinion. I had it running for about 45 minutes and it barely made a difference to the battery. I love that it gets familiar with the area so it knows where to vacuum. It def works better if you dont have too many blocks and an open space. Sometimes it would go back and forth and I had to re-direct it. The instructions say it should be a well lit room so the vacuum and navigate better. I love how it was able to vacuum underneath my bed without me having to move it. That is a great bonus. You can set up everything in the app and when you want to time it, you can. You can also send it back to the charging station through the app. I love how if you put it on a set timer, when the time is up, it will find its way back to the charging station. So many neat features and you dont have to do anything. I would def recommend this.Apr 05, 2021 20:28
for a busy person as myself working all day, I barely have time to sweep and clean up the house. With this device I can do other things around the house while the floors are getting vacuum. Within a short time, this will be a household appliance that every home needs.May 28, 2021 17:40
iRobot Roomba 694 is an entry-level Wi-Fi Connected Robot Vacuum for small homes and apartments, available today at Best Buy for $275.
**WHAT’S IN THE BOX**
• iRobot Roomba 694
• Extra filter
• Charger/Home base with power cord
• Manual and Warranty
Remove from box, remove plastic covering. Unscrew battery cover to remove plastic battery insulator so Roomba can charge. As per instructions in the manual, download the iRobot Home app.
Place the “home base” according to instructions.
Launch the app and follow prompts to connect with Roomba. Personalize use with scheduled cleaning, cleaning zones and routines around the user’s lifestyle, home setup, and schedule so cleaning can be done while home or away.
Give it a try!
**PUT TO THE TEST**
Along with the app, I let Roomba roam to get the lay of the land. I pressed the CLEAN button in the app and off it went. It adjusted as it transitioned from the hard floor up and onto the few rugs we have. It learned where tables and chairs are located and learned to maneuver around them and through available openings to get under the table, for example. Roomba detected the limits of the rooms and learned where the baseboards are to scoot along them and clean with its side brush.
Roomba learned where the step into the living room is and not to try to go down the step.
Following it around, I set test zones to avoid, as if a child’s play area. I set it to maneuver around the dog’s food and water bowl area. It roamed and carved a swath to clean, learning the terrain. After its first run, it did as it was supposed to do and returned to its base.
I took it from its base and did as the manual instructs – empty the bin after each use.
Next, I set Roomba to clean on a schedule as if I was going to be away, and I watched as it made its rounds.
It seems that the more it is out and about, the more it learns the obstacles and general lay of the land. As a test, I put a box on the floor near the dog bowls. As Roomba approached, it slowed, assessed and avoided it.
As another test, I sprinkled a small amount of salt and cereal on the kitchen floor. Then, I pressed the CLEAN button in the app and watched. Away from base, Roomba roamed. As it approached the debris it did as programmed, moving in a spiral pattern and performed a more thorough cleaning, all the while with the CLEAN button blinking on the top of Roomba.
For my next test, I used Alexa to begin a cleaning session with my voice. I did not do the same test with the Google Home app.
Specifications call for up to 90 minutes running on a single charge. When it senses low battery, it also returns to base where it rests on its charging pad to top up the battery.
I am looking forward to this Roomba suggesting extra cleaning when it detects a high pollen count for this area.
Mission accomplished. This entry-level iRobot Roomba 694 has come a long way since my first Roomba experience in 2005. For a small home or apartment that does not have a requirement to pick up a lot of pet fur or hair, Roomba 694 is a good choice at $275.
Other models add more power, greater cleaning area, auto-emptying and even the ability to wash floors as well as vacuum. There is a model for any user.
iRobot provides a one-year parts and labor warranty.Mar 31, 2021 14:40
The iRobot Roomba 694 is not the fanciest or smartest Roomba vacuum available but it does an adequate job vacuuming. It has most of the typical iRobot features like the Roomba avoidance sensors, 3 stage vacuuming, it can be controlled and scheduled using the iRobot Home app via wi-fi, its compatible with all flooring types and it can interface with Alexa and Google home. While this unit is missing some of the more advanced features found on the more expensive models it is capable of doing the standard vacuum chores around the house. It uses random cleaning patterns vs a mapped out cleaning pattern. The plus here is that you don’t have vacuum marks left in your carpet where the vacuum has run week after week. The downside is that this vacuum is more apt to run into things and because of its random nature there is no guarantee it will vacuum the entire area before the battery is depleted. If you have an older Roomba like I do you will be surprised to find that the dustbin is smaller and the filter is curved vs the old style rectangle. Due to the smaller bin size you definitely want to empty the dustbin after every use especially if you have pets. The dustbin filter, the corner brush and the rollers are easily accessible and easy to replace when worn out. So far I am able to get about 80 minutes of carpet vacuuming between charges. Unlike the more expensive models this Roomba will randomly vacuum until its battery is low and then it returns to the base unit. It does not go back out once recharged to cover any areas that were not vacuumed in the first round. Overall I like this vacuum but it is more prone to get stuck because of its random pattern of vacuuming and it is definitely noisier than previous models which I have owned.
- Typical iRobot Roomba quality
- Works on hardwood as well as carpet
- Easy to access brushes and easy to empty the dustbin
- Works with iRobot virtual Wall Barriers
- Compatible with iRobot Home app via wi-fi
- Compatible with Google Home and Alexa
- This Roomba is louder than previous models
- No Virtual Barriers are included
- Random pattern of vacuuming is more prone to miss areas
- Can have a difficult time docking
- Small dustbin with an oddly hinged dustbin door
- Not compatible with older iRobot filtersMar 30, 2021 22:01
We just installed beautiful wood flooring on our entire main floor, and unless we swept or dust-mopped every day, we felt a fine grit wearing away the finish as we walked on it. The Roomba picks up that fine dust, crumbs, dust balls, and hair like a champ. My only wish is that I could figure out how to get it to clean just one room in our open floor plan. Oh, and do the dishes!Jul 16, 2021 15:50
Relax and enjoy hands-free carpet and hard-floor cleaning with this ECOVACS robotic vacuum cleaner. Multiple cleaning modes and a Smart Motion system adapt to your floors, and you can control it with the ECOVACS app, Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. This ECOVACS robotic vacuum cleaner runs up to 120 minutes for complete floor coverage.
This is the first robot vacuum I've used and chose it because it had good reviews and a great price. It has worked well on hard floors and carpet in my home. We have a dog so its great for daily vacuuming. After the first time or two using it I made sure to block off any areas I didn't want it to go in or get stuck in. It got stuck between the wheels of an office chair and under another chair at the counter. It could fit between the legs but kept missing the small window to get back out when it spun around. I found it best to run the vacuum when nobody is moving in its way, it doesn't seem to cover all areas then. When its able to run without interruptions it seems to cover 95% of the floor even though it moves randomly. Overall its a good entry level vacuum, which is what I was looking for.Oct 31, 2021 21:23
I’ll be honest this was a very random impulse buy. Years back I had a Rumba vac and it did it’s job, that is until my youngest child decided to ride it around the house. Needless to say.. that was the end of that. So now that I can Confidently own a new one we went with it.
With that said, this is great for daily up keep. It is no replacement for all your vacuum cleaning needs. However it dose truly suck everything it comes in contact with. I live on the ocean shore where beach sand constantly finds its way in my home. So this has been a lifesaver for keeping sand where it belongs. Off my floors.Jan 04, 2021 13:28
* Quieter operation than most competitors.
* Enough suction power to clean most floors.
* Slim design fits under most furniture.
* WiFi connection and comprehensive and useful app.
* A tad cumbersome to set up on WiFi.
* Relatively small brush roll.
* No room mapping.
I have had numerous robotic vacuums since they first came out. In general, the higher-priced ones are worth the extra money because they either have better navigation systems (work more reliably), have better suction (clean better) or have useful extra features (automatic docking, scheduling, etc.).
This DEEBOT is a great value because it is what I would call an economy robotic vacuum based on its price, but but compares more favorably to the models at the high end of the price spectrum in terms of features.
There is no fancy laser or camera-based guidance system, but it reliably cleaned several rooms without bouncing into too many things. I would call that good enough. The brush rollers on the bottom are on the small side (narrow vacuum path) but it seems to get the job done well enough - another win for the DEEBOT. In fact, it’s quieter than most while still working well.
This unit has WiFi and app capability. Setup was more time-consuming and confusing than I would have expected, but once set up it works well. Be sure to select the correct app (for iOS use “ECOVACS” and not “ECOVACS HOME” at the time of this review) as there are two available but only one works with this model.
The included infrared remote control does a lot but the built-in scheduling in the remote is basic - repeated cleaning every day is the only option. In the app, however; you can easily set up more useful patterns for weekly cleaning like every Tuesday and Thursday, etc…
So far, I have not once witnessed an issue with this bot getting lost or stuck. Every time it has ended up on its charging dock as expected with a full dust bin.
While this DEEBOT may not have the brand name recognition of some of its more expensive competitors, it works well and cost much less. I would recommend giving this bot a try first rather than jumping on one of the pricier models from the other guys.Nov 07, 2018 07:07
The Ecovacs Deebot N79SE is an entry level robot vacuum. It has a good design, solid construction, and a pretty slick user interface. The Deebot has done a nice job cleaning the main level (600 sqft to clean) of my house for the last week, or so. I have experienced some teething problems, but overall I am happy with its performance.
Design and Features 4/5
The Deebot follows in the footsteps of many other robovacs with its round design, measuring in at Ø12.5” x 3” tall. The robot itself is pretty lightweight, which I’m sure helps with its battery life. There are 2 main rubber wrapped drive wheels (and suspension), and a centered swivel wheel that allow the Deebot to get around most obstacles. The main brush is centered between the drive wheels and measures in at 5.5” across – somewhat small which means more passes to clean. The V shaped brush is also supposed to be a more efficient design. The side brushes (located on either side) help sweep dust and crumbs back towards the center and allow the vacuum to get into corners somewhat well. The dust collection bin has 3 stages of filtering, and a decent sized capacity to boot. This robot also appears to be very easy to service and maintain, which is a plus. Lastly the robot comes with a handheld remote to control the robot if you don’t want to use the smartphone app.
The Deebot has 4 main modes – Auto, Edge, Spot, and Single Room. For all these modes you need to close doors or put up barriers for areas you don’t want cleaned. Auto is the standard mode that will clean your house and then return to the dock to charge. Edge will clean the perimeter of each room. Spot will start wherever you set it and spiral out from that point for 3 minutes. Single room cleans a…single room. Just make sure to close the doors or barricade the Deebot into the room.
The app has a consumable section which tells you the life of your filter, main brush, and side brushes. Within the app or with the remote you can schedule cleanings.
Setup was very quick and painless. I placed the dock in a location with plenty of open space around it and plugged it in. I set the robot down on the dock (make sure the charging contacts are aligned), and I flipped the switch on the side of the vacuum. I let it charge for a few hours before doing the setup. I downloaded the app on my phone (Android) and followed the in-app prompts to complete setup. I was able to connect to my Wi-Fi without an issue, and the process was really easy to follow. This was one of the easier smart home devices I have hooked up.
Vacuuming Performance 4.5/5
Overall I’d say the vacuum performance was above my expectations. It was able to fill its bin each time it went out. I made sure to litter the floor with extra crumbs (large and small), courtesy of my 5 year old, to see how well it would pick them up. It didn’t miss a speck. The extra brushes did a nice job of sweeping dust up from along baseboards. Fine particle dust was collected surprisingly well, and the filters did a nice job of trapping it in. The vacuum is pretty quiet too. You can hold a conversation over the little bit of noise this vacuum makes. My only knock on the performance is due to the size of the main brush, which requires it to make that many more passes to complete its job.
Navigation Efficiency 3/5
The Deebot utilizes a random, crisscross style to clean the floor. In doing so it makes multiple passes over the same area to get it clean. The random pattern works well in terms of getting the floor clean, but it crashes into objects frequently. However, it spends a lot of time going over the exact same areas (it cleaned the same corner of my kitchen no less than 20 times in 45 min – see the issues section). The Deebot seems to get lost or confused about where it needs to go, and will just revert to a path it has already traveled. This doesn’t happen often, but it does happen. This wastes precious battery life that may be needed if you have a large home. On a perfect (issue free) run the Deebot can be efficient with its time, but it requires some trial and error configuring your home to get to that point. It does a nice job around stair edges, and never once threatened to tumble down. That’s a plus.
The Deebot really needs you to optimize your home for it to function at its peak. Picking up items from the floor, blocking off areas it might get stuck (it gets penned in under chair legs and side tables), and not moving items once it has come through. That last one is important because the Deebot really seemed to have issues if objects in a room moved after it had already come through. The Deebot can foist this issue onto itself by bumping into lighter weight items and moving them around. A lot of this is trial and error, so keep an eye on your robot for the first few cleaning sessions to see if it struggles anywhere.
An issue I found, as I alluded to above, regards moving objects once the Deebot has started. Other robots I have seen just shrug it off, but the Deebot is stubborn. My example of this was when it cleaned my kitchen. I put the chairs up on the table to allow the Deebot to clean underneath. It made several passes underneath the table, and it seemed like it was done with that area. Since it was dinner time I put the chairs down so my kids could sit and eat. The Deebot came back in the room to clean some more, and tried to go under the table, which it could no longer access. The Deebot then proceeded to clean my kitchen (a 12’ x 14’ room) for the next 45 minutes without leaving the room once. It wasn’t until I picked up the chairs and allowed it under the table that it was satisfied.
The other issues I ran into revolved around docking. The very first time I ran the Deebot it had a ton of difficulty finding the base. The method the Deebot uses to find its base is via a low power radio signal. Apparently, my overhead lights (halogen bulbs) were interfering with this signal. I tested this a few times by switching the lights off and on. Lights on – Deebot wanders and leaves the room. Lights off – Deebot beelines for the base. It was almost comical because I could flip the light on when it was a foot from the base and it would start spinning around and eventually wander off.
When it came to driving onto the dock I found another issue. I initially had the dock on carpet (medium pile), up against the baseboard. When the Deebot would drive up it would push the dock around. This freaked it out, and caused it to back off. It did this for 15 min before eventually dying 5” from its base. The next time around I put a hand on the base and pressed it down. At this point the Deebot drove up without issue. I repeated the test a few times and returned the same results. The dock needs to be 5-10lbs heavier to stop the Deebot from shoving it around. I eventually moved it onto a spot on my wood floors, where it hasn’t had an issue with docking since.
What I Liked (Overall) 4/5
I think my favorite little feature for this robot is the remote. Every robot vacuum should come with a remote. My parents are tech-challenged, but I know they understand remotes. This vacuum would be perfect for people like them. The vacuum performance was excellent and surprised me with how much it picked up. The setup and app control are perfect. It’s not complicated, but it is feature rich. The navigation needs some work but it’s acceptable given the price point. Overall this is a great little robovac.Oct 31, 2018 19:12
I wasn’t too sure what to expect from this lower-priced entry level model, but overall, I am very satisfied. Vacuuming robots are not new to my household. In fact, I have a more expensive model by a well-established competitor. Understanding that the Ecovacs Deebot N79SE costs reasonably less, I didn’t expect it to perform as well as my more expensive model. However, given the difference (which I well explain further below), the Deebot did a good job vacuuming both my hardwood floors and area rugs.
There are a few physical differences that I noticed after unpacking the vacuum. The unit itself is slightly smaller, and I mean slightly, than my other robot vacuum (see pic). The difference in size has both some benefits and downsides. A benefit was that this robot was able to get under furniture that the other vacuuming robot couldn’t fit under. So, it was nice getting these areas cleaned by a robot, rather than getting on my hands and knees to clean underneath this furniture. A downside of its slightly smaller size is a smaller roller brush underneath, and smaller wheels. Again, given that this vacuum is an entry level model, I wasn’t surprised to see smaller mechanical parts underneath. Being suspicious of this, I wanted to evaluate how well the unit handled driving over hardwood vs rugs and carpets. Overall, the motors that drive the wheels were more than capable of moving this unit over all types of surfaces. The only time it struggled to move as efficiently as its usual brisk pace was when I placed it on my extra long shag carpet. It still was able to vacuum the shag carpet, but I could tell it was struggling to drive over this surface. My guess is that if you have long-pile carpets and you’re looking for a vacuuming robot, it’s probably best to invest in a larger/more robust (and more expensive) unit. Otherwise, this unit does a good job vacuuming my floors and rugs.
Other observations worth noting, its battery and runtime is sufficient. I find that it will vacuum for close to an hour before needing to return to its charging base. The unit’s main roller brush does a good job picking up dirt, debris, cat hair, and dust bunnies. My unit didn’t have any issues parking itself back onto its base. It should be noted that I have its base located on hardwood floor. The dust bin’s capacity is comparable in size to my other vacuuming robot; this is a good thing. But there are a few more parts/filters inside the dust bin that need to be removed and shaken-off than my other robot. This makes it a little more cumbersome to clean the dust bin, but the extra filters do help keep particles inside the bin rather than thrown back into the air.
One note regarding setup. This unit has a companion app. After downloading the app and beginning the pairing process. The app kept on telling me that it’s not compatible with 5GHz networks. I own a newer style router, known as a mesh network (Linksys Velop). It runs both 2.4 & 5GHz bands using the same SSID (network name). The Ecovacs app couldn’t detect this, and figured I was trying to connect it to a 5GHz network. I selected the option to ignore the warning and continued with the setup. The app was able to locate the Deebot vacuum and join it to my network without an issue. The app itself is a no-frills app. It allows you to initiate vacuuming, manually drive the unit, set daily schedules, check its battery level (3 bars), get a percentage of the remaining lifespan on its consumables (e.g. brushes and filters), and power mode. The latter option is worth expanding on. Within the app, there is an option to select “Standard” vs “Max” power. After testing out both options, there is a noticeable difference between the two. Max power increases the fan and vacuuming power. I prefer to leave it on the Max setting; it does consume the battery quicker, but that’s a tradeoff I’m willing to accept. Also, the power selection option is only available on the app; it’s not an option on the included remote. The remote itself is very convenient. It has the same features as the app, minus the power selection and consumable monitoring. An added bonus is my 7-year-old is very happy to vacuum now. The remote allows him to drive the vacuum around the house as if it’s a remote-controlled car.
Another functional feature is this vacuum’s ability to connect with Google Assistant. I was able to easily get it connected using the following steps: opened the Google Home app, selected “Add” (see pic), selected “Set up device”, selected “Works with google”, searched for “Deebot” from the list of services, was asked to login into my Ecovacs Deebot account (an account that you’re asked to create when you first setup your vacuum within its Ecovacs app), and finally confirmed linking my account to Google Home. After this initial setup, I am able to initiate vacuuming by saying “OK Google” to my phone, then telling it to “start vacuuming.” The Deebot undocks itself and begins vacuuming. Other commands I’ve used are “stop vacuuming” and “dock vacuum.” I’ve not had any issues using Google Assistant to send commands to my vacuum.
Overall, I’m quite happy with this unit. It’s easy to use and does a good job vacuuming. It’s also reasonably priced.Nov 01, 2018 03:18
Perfect for basic entry robot vacuum , work great and easy to use. It helps me a lot after busy working dayDec 25, 2020 19:22
Don’t waste your money! It’s horrible! I have brand new hardwood floors and one rug in my living room and this vacuum always gets stuck and errors. I haven’t even used it for weeks now because it’s horribleOct 15, 2021 15:29
I need to empty the bin each time as it finds plenty of dust.Jun 21, 2019 17:05
Forget about vacuuming for up to a month. The Shark IQ Robot Self-Empty™ XL combines the convenience of a self-empty base + IQ Navigation™ total home mapping for complete, efficient cleaning with the performance of Shark® suction and self-cleaning brushroll. After each cleaning session, your robot vacuum automatically empties into the bagless base, which holds up to a month of dirt and debris.
The setup of the Shark IQ Robot vacuum was simple. You just plug the base making sure that it is against a wall and that on the left and right it has 3 feet of clearance and 5 feet in front of it. If you are installing it on a carpet, it comes with a plastic base extension. I installed it on hardwood floor, so I didn’t use the extension. The robot itself is ready to go except for installing 2 bristles by snapping them.
Additionally, if there is a place you don’t want your robot to travel to, you can install a special tape that prevents the robot from going into a room or a section of a room, like under a couch or to a place that may be riddled with cables.
The key feature of this vacuum unit is that upon docking itself, the dock will suck up whatever the robot vacuumed. This is a neat feature because you don’t have to constantly empty the robot vacuum. It’s meant to store 30 days of dirt, but based on how much there is in your home, that may vary. For people with big houses, theres a feature that allows the robot vacuum to clean until close to battery drain, return to base to recharge for 4 hours, then resume cleaning where it last stopped.
The performance of the vacuum was excellent. If you watch it for the duration of the time, which you probably will because it’s entertaining, you will be amazed at how carefully it rounds corners to make sure it gets everything. Two bristles will circle debri towards the center so that it can really get things in corners. The one thing I wasn’t able to do was to connect it to Alexa. I used the Alexa app and added the Shark Skill as explained in the Shark IQ app, but it would refuse to recognize the vacuum. Regardless, the Shark IQ app itself is easy to understand and use, so I don’t mind using the app to start and stop it if necessary. That being said, it is a touted feature and it a bit unfortunate that it didn’t work. It is supposed to work with Google Home as well, but I didn’t try it with that device.
The product exceeds my expectations. Using the Shark IQ app, the robot will begin to map your house. It may take several days of mapping the house. For me, it has done 32% in 5 days and it seems to have been stuck there for a while now. However, it still cleans my entire home, and its easy to tell because the base has a visible level of collected dust, debris, and cat hair. It does a wonderful job collecting cat hair that I couldn’t even see was on the floor as well as daily cleaning the litter that the cats kick out of the litter box. That is heaven for me because when I get home from work, I can be barefoot and not step on the litter. I schedule cleaning to happen an hour before I arrive home during the weekdays and Saturday and Sunday an hour before I wake up. The daily vacuuming is noticeable and very enjoyable.
The price for the Shark Vacuum in terms of value may sound steep, but if you do the math, it’s like paying someone 1.23 cents daily to clean your entire home! That’s worth the investment.
I highly recommend this product for people who may want extra time to do things they enjoy instead of vacuuming their home. I also recommend this product for people who own pets that shed and want to deal less with the fur on the floor.Sep 14, 2019 23:56
For the size of this vacuum, it does a great job of keeping the floors clean.It's not as powerful as most high end upright vacuums, but it does a really good job.It picks up about 90% of the debris on my floor with it's first run. Some things pushed down into the carpet are a little tougher for it to get, and obviously items that are stuck to rugs or hard floors are going to need an actual hand to scrub and remove. Our rugs get pretty dirty with the pets, and kids constantly tracking debris into the house. Plus, they are always dropping bits of whatever they are eating everywhere. I let the Shark Robot loose in the house, and it did a great job for such a small vacuum. I was actually amazed at the size of some of the objects this robot vacuumed up,..ie. peanut M&M's, Nerf bullets, pieces of toys, and chunks of papers. I didn't go through the house before I set it free, because I wanted to see how far it would make it before getting stuck somewhere. It actually vacuumed for a while before needing assistance. A few times it was from tissues getting stuck in the wheels, the other times were from Nerf bullets getting stuck in the roller housing, or large pieces of plastic wrappers (my kids are slobs just half the time). The roller housing pops out very easy, and obstructions can be removed in seconds. The tissues in the wheels were just as easy to remove. Overall the maintenance is pretty easy, and once all the oddball obstacles are off the floor, the robot can do it's job without incident.I actually have 4 types of flooring in my house; high carpets, low carpets, hardwood and tiles. The Shark robot does a great job with all the floors, and can even move between them with relative ease.(see pic of different floor types) The "side brushes" actually do a great job at cleaning to the edges of the rooms. Most of the edges got pretty clean, but some small items still remained in a few locations. (I'm including pictures of one of my tiled floors near the edge. As you can see almost all of the loose debris was collected) This model boasts more suction power than the "best-selling" other robots, and I'm inclined to believe it, after seeing everything that this has picked up. I also love the fact that this little robot cleans itself. Right after it docks, you can hear the base kick on it's suction power, and pull all the debris from the robot. Everything is bagless, so just cleaning the filters and emptying the base on occasion, is all that is really needed under normal operation.The app is pretty essential, as it lets you set up an automatic cleaning schedule, and lets you pick the power setting (either standard, economy, and powerful). It also lets you tell the robot which room to clean. It's pretty easy to connect the robot to the wifi, using the app. Then it can even be voice controlled through the Alexa or Google assistant apps. So far it looks like you can get about an hour of cleaning per charge, and once the battery is low, or the dirt reservoir is full, it automatically docks to take care of that.The robot is actually pretty good about navigating around most areas, but can get stuck in narrow areas that it enters, and can't turn around. It's low profile lets it crawl under most of our end tables and different types of furniture. The robot also makes very tight turns around small obstacles, maximizing it's cleaning area. The self cleaning brush roller actually does a great job of not getting tangled up with all the pet hair it collects.
Overall this Shark IQ robot, is a very smart self cleaning automatic vacuum. It may not be as powerful as some upright vacuums, but it does a great job for it's size. Plus it can do all the vacuuming in the house, while I'm out doing other things. I am very happy with it's capabilities and performance!Sep 13, 2019 20:28
Had the Shark IQ Robot for almost 3 weeks (cleaned 8 times so far). I watched her run around my house while I got lazy. My reviews on this robotic vacuum are based on my experience in comparison with 4 other robotic vacuums (2 different brands: 2 sensor based ones and 2 camera system based ones with wifi) that I currently own.
Set-up and App functionality:
Set up was a breeze, took about 5 minutes to get it up and running. Downloaded the shark app and got it connected to home Wifi, and set up a cleaning schedule. The app also shows the past cleaning history and when you click the past event it opens up the floor map to show what locations were cleaned. The app also sends you notification on the phone if its gets stuck and you can also command the robo cleaner to clean from the app. Love the app so far, it's simple to use and has the necessary functionality built in it. Haven't linked it to my google home and alexa app yet. This is a camera based robotic vacuum cleaner and is much lighter than the ones I currently own.
How smart is it ?
It is still learning its ways around. I have way too much furniture in my living area on the first floor and I have her programmed to clean my first floor (~1000 sq ft) along with my previous robotic vacuum. It did spend quite a bit of time learning the floor plan (4 rooms on first floor) and it got smarter every time it cleaned. It is optimizing its path by picking the longest path with the shortest cleaning time. It doesn’t bump hard against the furniture like my other ones do and it now started to slow down when its gets close to my furniture and I am guessing it will stop bumping into them eventually ones it learns the floor plan and the furniture locations. I am impressed by its learning capability and it never got stuck at any location so far. It did get a little disorientated (lol) when it tried to climb on the pedestal fan but it now stops when it gets closer. The map function got updated after 4 cleaning sessions and it's still learning. Unlike my other one, she follows a vertical path plan (row by row) to clean which I think is the efficient way to cover the entire floor plan. I used the supplied botboundary strips to mark the "no-go" zone and it worked pretty good and planning to order more to mark off the areas near my furniture.
It has 3 operation modes: Quite, Medium and High Suction mode. I tried only medium suction mode and It cleans for about an hour and the battery still had about 40% charge. You can program which mode you want it to clean on the app's daily schedule. You have to turn ON "Recharge and Resume ON" functionality for big floor plan by holding the clean button on the vacuum for about 15 secs and this will recharge for about 4 hours and cleans from where it left off. It’s a good function to have for big homes. Also, if you have pets there is a neat function (Evacuate and Resume) that you can turn ON that lets the vacuum return to the dock to empty its bin more often. I like the "self-empty" function on the base that sucks the dirt from the vacuum into the base unit when it docks and you don't have to worry about a cleaning the robo vacuum's dust bin - one more reason to be more lazy ;-). The base dustbin has a visible indicator (holds 30 days of dust) that tells how much dust it has collected so far.
The self-cleaning brush is amazing and you don't have to worry about hair wrap and stuff getting on the brush head. My older one needed the brushes to be cleaned every month :-( and I love the self-cleaning brush idea. It also has 2 dual corner edge brushes which is neat for cleaning along the wall base boards where most of the dust accumulates. It has a power on/off button which I like as I can turn it off when I am gone on extended vacation. This is a very good function to have and not have to worry about turning off the cleaning schedule which I currently do on my other ones as they don’t have power off button.
I have medium thick carpet, hardwood and ceramic tiles on the main floor and didn’t see any cleaning issues with the vacuum so far. The suction is good so far and I can't comment on how good it will be after a year so. I had my other ones between 2 to 7 years and I had to replace battery on one after 5 years and suction power was low on the one of them after 3 years of use (3 times/week).
My only complaint on this is the power cord being short (3 ft) and I had to use an extension cord to get it the location I wanted.
Overall, I like the features on shark IQ robot (R101AE) and would highly recommend it based on my experience of owning 5 robotic vacuums (price range $600-$1200) from 2 different brands. This definitely offers more features - more bang for your buck, and comes at a lower price point. Can't comment on its durability yet as I only had it for 3 weeksSep 18, 2019 20:03
Like the reviewer Lynda stated, beware of the same SKU and model number!!! I bought this and returned it because it had the older revision of the self emptying part which doesn’t release from the top, but releases from a side messy cup! Be sure you get the revised one which releases from top! Same SKU and part number though so check the pics on box carefully! Otherwise I love the shark iq robot and found the “correctly revised” model in my local Bed Bath BeyondDec 12, 2020 13:52
Works great and saves time on floors. Best investment we've made.Oct 29, 2021 17:19
I have had a few other robotic vacuums, mainly Roombas and other branded versions. Now it’s been quite a while since we used one as they either didn’t last long, the battery died or got tired of having to find it somewhere because it became stuck. I really like Shark products and they’ve come a long way since their beginnings, so when I saw they had this full featured robotic vac that empties itself we had to give it a try and are we happy that we did.
The robot came in a pretty good sized box all carefully packed and inside were the robot, base unit, dirt canister, power supply, side brushes, carpet tray, a roll of magnetic strip, and manual.
The robot itself is surprisingly light, sort of took me by surprise, but it’s plenty sturdy. The top of the device doesn’t have a carry handle so you just have to pick it up by its sides. On top you there are two buttons, “Clean and Dock”, and between those there’s a circular lens that looks like a upward facing camera, the manual states that’s a room sensor for mapping the room out.
On the side there’s a recessed power switch, and on the front a bumper section that pretty much like all the other bot vacs we’ve had.
The back is the dust bin and a port for the docking base to suck out the dirt once it docks. The bottom has a somewhat small looking brush roll that looks completely different than any of the other one’s we’ve used, it has rubber strips along with brushes. There are two latches you depress to remove the brush for cleaning.
There’s also a door for the battery, with one screw holding it closed, which makes for easy maintenance if you ever need to replace the battery. That’s pretty much it, the only assembly required was putting the dust bin on the base, snapping the side brushes on their posts on the underside and plugging it in. Since we were putting the base on carpet you place the docking tray down first then put the base on this. This is nice as it gives the robot a solid surface to dock itself on.
I went ahead and set everything up, switched the robot on and placed it on the dock where it beeped a couple times, the dust bin collector turned on, “quite loud an moved a surprising amount of air”, then the battery led came on and it started charging.
While I was waiting for that I went ahead and installed the app from the Google Play Store on my phone and worked on setting that up.
You have to follow the directions carefully on the app, and actually have the app connect to the robot so you can enter your WiFi password so it can connect to the internet, you’ll also have to set up an account with Shark for all of this to work. Took me a couple tries to get it right, and you have to make sure you give the app permissions to connect. My phone at first due to security didn’t want to connect to it as it stated that the there was no internet access available with this connection and would disconnect “I just had to ignore the popup and let it connect”. After that and some updates to the robot and the app everything works fine. You may have to let the system update the software on the robot and app as Shark is tweaking and working on getting everything right and ironing out all the small bugs. Once this is all done you can start cleaning, “although you could start cleaning without the app and just press the clan button on the robot but you miss out on all advanced features if you don’t set it up”.
Once you press the “clean” button on the app the unit takes right off cleaning. There is an option on the app that you can set for different cleaning modes “Eco, normal, and high”. Putting the robot on high you can definitely hear a difference in the vac and how much air it moves out of the side vent. I used the high setting right away as I wanted it to get as deep into the carpet as possible. We have a lot of carpet, 3 bedrooms, home office, living room and hallway, so probably right around 1400sqft of it.
I had just used our carpet cleaner the day before on all the rooms and gave everything a very good sweeping with our trusty old Filter Queen “nothing we’ve owned can beat it yet for deep cleaning”, so I knew the carpet was clean before using the robot, and would be a good test to see if it found anything we may have missed.
We let the robot do its thing, and it was fun to watch, this one instead of just crisscrossing around the room and no real set pattern like the other robots, this one was very careful, going back and forth like you would mowing your lawn. It made sure it overlapped where it had just cleaned and to my surprise would correct itself in little steps to make sure it was following the right path “impressive that it can do that”. You still have to pick up anything that may tangle the rollers “charging cords, clothes, anything small and loose” but this one did an excellent job of getting itself unstuck / untangled and only once in many days of use did I have to rescue it “my fault too”.
You can set the app to “evacuate and resume” and “recharge and resume”, which are nice as the unit will go back, empty itself and start back up. It doesn’t just start over at the dock either; it went back to pretty close to where it left off so it wasn’t wasting cleaning. You can also set up schedules for cleaning and once it learns / maps out your house “which you can see in the app” you can then tell it where to go to clean “pretty cool”.
Being that we had just “shampooed” and heavily vacuumed the carpet before using this I didn’t expect much at all. Well to my surprise it somehow found a lot more debris than either of us expected. We do have one dog that’s a prolific shedder and that hair gets everywhere so we do vacuum a lot. It was just surprising as to how much this little guy found, we are both very impressed.
Both of us were very impressed with how well this robot cleans and how meticulous it goes about doing it, “like it’s on a mission”, it’s nothing like the other one’s we’ve had where they just run around aimlessly crisscrossing a room till it’s hopefully hit everything, this one goes about it in a very orderly fashion. The amount of debris it has picked up is really amazing, and not having to go hunt it down constantly “because I no longer hear it” is really nice.
As an experiment I let the robot go around and clean the whole house, and then we took our Shark APEX upright, “about as much suction cleaning as the Filter Queen” and went over the areas the robot had cleaned. To our surprise there was very little dirt in the APEX canister, just a small balls worth of hair/fuzz and not even a ¼ tsp of dirt. This was after going over everything, carpet, tile, everything the robot covered. I would normally have a completely full canister on the APEX, instead it was all in the docks collection container, “super impressed”.
The app itself gives you a lot of control over the robot, “just can’t drive it” and makes using it so much easier than ones we’ve owned over the years. We haven’t been able to get Alexa to connect to this yet but I know Shark is working on this and will get it working soon.
You do have to remember to empty the dust bin, “it was very full” after 4 days, and have to make sure to clean out the filters every so often. These are very easily accessed and cleaning them only takes a few minutes. There’s also a filter on the dust bin in the robot itself, it’s easy to access after removing the bin, but it’s easy to overlook since the unit empties itself, just have to remember it’s there. We were also very impressed that after all this cleaning the brush roll is doesn’t have any hair in it to clean off. Normally this is a problem as I have long hair and always find it wrapped around the brush rolls of everything, the APEX is the only exception.
The only thing is the dust bin on the dock does get messy inside and not everything comes out easily “especially hair” so you may have to reach in and pull a big clump off the filter screen inside, but for us it’s no big deal as cleaning out our filter queen or one of many other vacuums is messier.
We also found that the power switch on the side,” if you happen to find your unit turned off and sitting there for no reason”, take a look and see if you have any door stops close to the floor “we have the little 3” rubber tipped springs”. When the robot is going around these, and in the right direction they may be the right height to press the power switch. This happened to us and as a solution he made a little door over it with some plastic and gorilla tape, simple solution and something engineering didn’t even notice. Ours just happen to be at the exact height to press it but it’s no longer an issue with the flap installed.
If you want a really good robotic vac that costs a lot less than the other ones that also empty themselves then get this shark, you’ll really enjoy how well it cleans and now much less vacuuming you will have to be doing yourself. Shark keeps improving the app and software so over time this one’s going to be a real winner in our book.Sep 19, 2019 12:17
This robot vacuum is the best! I bought this because I have 3 dogs and a husband that leave crumbs and messes everywhere. This robot has so many great features! It was extremely easy to set up, you just download the app and follow the prompts. Setup only took me a few minutes. The robot maps out your home, allowing you to do spot cleanings, or target area cleanings. It will take itself back to the docking station and empty itself if it’s full. There is a large debris bin that you detach and empty into the trash every few weeks, which is great for pet hair. The robot will also dock itself if the battery gets low. You can also control and find the robot through the phone app, or through Amazon Alexa. It cleans unbelievably well and leaves vacuum lines, which I love to see. You really can let this robot do all the work.Aug 25, 2021 07:12
This is my first ever usage of a robot vacuum in my home and I'm thoroughly impressed. This Shark IQ Robot vacuum has some great features that I never knew I needed until I saw this beauty roaming around my home.
First off, this is a breeze to get up and running when you unbox it. Download the SharkClean app to your smartphone and it will walk you through it to get this on to your wifi network. Once connected, you'll see the controls within the app to get you up and running and this little vacuum will be eager to start cleaning.
I am spoiled by using this after only a few days as it has been a joy to have this roam around my home and clean up little debris. The smart vacuum is truly smart as it maps out your homes layout to learn and increase it's knowledge of what and where it should be cleaning for the future. Within the app you're presented with a digital map of where the vacuum has roamed around and cleaned and where it has been able to learn it can get to. The cleaning process in our home has been so helpful with this device. We just pick up any loose clutter or wires out of the way of where the smart vacuum may go to. Then we are able to let this go do it's thing and methodically clean a room neatly row by row. You can literally see the markings of how it's gone up and down the carpet in orderly rows. The device pulls in the loose debris with circulating little brushes which sweep the small crumbs and such into it's suction bay. Now the thing with this vacuum that seals the deal for me is the self empty base. The vacuum will sense when it's filled up, return back to it's docking station, and empty itself out into the handled canister at the base station. After doing so, it's back out onto the floor to clean where it left off. Truly impressive and hassle free. I have watched this device at first to make sure it was safe within my home for almost an hour when I first used it. Now I trust it to let it run and I can leave the house to run errands and come back to a vacuumed floor and the vacuum is sitting recharging itself back on the dock. Amazing.
The home mapping on this is impressive and will make more sense when you have this set up and working in your home. The suction power is pretty good for what it is. The self empty base is a real time saver as I can let the vacuum release itself into the canister and discard when I'm ready to as it can hold up to 30 days of dust/debris. The app will give you a lot of control over how you want the suction power to be, the rooms you want cleaned (after they have been mapped), and to set the vacuum up on a set schedule time to clean. Hoping that the self cleaning brushroll on this vacuum is helpful and lives up to what it says so I don't have to deal with long hair tied into the brushes. Have only used it for about a week so far to try this feature out, so only time will tell if this is as good as it's stated to be. I haven't had any luck with either Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant getting this Shark vacuum to actually work. I have them both activated and linked to my Shark account and neither seem to be able to respond to the vacuum and incorrectly state that it's offline. Yet I can see it is connected to my wifi and make it start immediately when I use the dedicated Shark app or the button on the vacuum itself. Hoping that this is a bug in the system that will get fixed soon as it continues to roll out.
Convenience at its best
Helpful to keep your home clean
Maps your home to learn layout
Self empty base is a must have
Unable to get Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant to workSep 16, 2019 09:23
ECOVACS DEEBOT N8+ provides you the value of an all-in-one cleaning robot that mops and vacuums simultaneously. Strong 2300Pa suction power extracts hard-to-reach dirt and dust from any floor, and the OZMO™ Mopping System leaves hard floors sparkling. N8+ uses advanced laser navigation and mapping to accurately map your home, creating efficient cleaning paths for thorough coverage with fewer missed spots. Your N8+ comes with an Auto-Empty Station to enjoy hands-free cleaning for a month at a time. DEEBOT N8+ is a dependable workhorse designed for busy households that need vigorous floor cleaning on a regular basis.
I should say upfront that I received the Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo N8+ for the purposes of providing a honest, unbiased review. I hope that I can provide some helpful information in your quest to decide if the N8+ is right for your home.
This is not my first robot vacuum. It's not even my first Deebot. I also own the Deebot T8 AIVI. So this review will be a bit of a compare and contrast since both the N8 and the T8 share a lot of features and designs. The biggest difference is that the N8 comes with an auto-empty station (which retails separately for $250), no camera (a feature I found only minimally useful and a bit creepy depending on who might be watching), and a smaller battery. That last difference is, I think, the big sticking point on whether or not this vacuum is right for your home or not.
In my experience, the N8 ran for about an hour on a full charge with default suction before returning to the base to charge. While on the charging base / empty station, it would then take roughly 3.5 hours before the battery was full again. I found that the vacuum could cover roughly 800 square feet on a single charge. The T8 could run for two and a half hours on a single charge.
The battery life was a noticeable problem during mapping. On the initial run, the vacuum runs an advanced clean and maps out your floor plan. Afterwards, you can set up virtual boundaries and designate spaces. Those features work really well, but it took me three separate sessions or roughly 9.5 hours for that initial run because the vacuum had to return to charge after every hour of use.
This may or may not be a deal breaker. For me, it isn't. I don't mind the vacuum taking it's time. If you live in an apartment, this may not be an issue. A two bedroom apartment full of furniture would likely be covered in a single charge. Homes with split floor plans would also not be as affected.
Speaking of mapping, it is really important that you do not interrupt your vacuum during that initial cleaning / mapping. If you are afraid the vacuum might get stuck underneath furniture, block that area off and set up a virtual boundary later. If you have to pick-up the vacuum during the initial mapping, you could screw up the mapping process and have to do it all over again.
If I had a complaint, I wish that the vacuum had a mapping mode that didn't use the vacuum. Just let the vacuum run on a single charge without using power to vacuum. I'd like the map done as soon as possible. Re-mapping after a failed eight hour run is a bit frustrating.
The auto-empty station was the feature that drew me to the N8. And, it works. But, if your N8 is particularly packed with debris, the auto-empty station may not fully empty your vacuum. Best to check after cleaning sessions to make sure the bin is empty. The auto-empty station isn't quiet. I wouldn't recommend having it in a bedroom to run late at night. It's a vacuum for your vacuum and it sounds like it.
One of my big complaints when I reviewed the T8 last year was the software. And, it has gotten better. Both on my T8 AIVI and the N8, the software and app have noticeably improved over the last year. The N8 worked better out of the box. Google and Alexa integration are simple and work great in my experience.
The mopping feature works, it just hasn't been something I have used too much. If you intend to use your N8 to mop, make sure the auto-empty station is located on hard floors, preferably hard floors that go through the house. The N8 avoids carpets if the mopping plate is installed. Keep in mind, you can't put cleaning solution into the reservoir. The mopping is just using water and your respective cleaning pad to clean the floors.
Also, the N8 will need a decent amount of space for the vacuum and the auto-empty station. The included carpet ramp attached to the auto-empty station stuck out from the wall nearly 22 inches.
The N8 comes with the auto-empty station, a reusable cloth mopping pad, ten single use mopping pads. Deebot sells a kit with extra side brushes, a replacement roller, and replacement air filters. It runs roughly $50.
A lot of what I liked about the T8 AIVI is included with the N8. The auto-empty station and lower price tag make the N8 very appealing. If smaller battery doesn't seem like a deal breaker to you, then I highly recommend the N8.Apr 13, 2021 22:59
Everyone wants a robot vacuum, but if you're like me and don't think they have evolved enough, you have not bought one yet. This robot vacuum has won me over in a big way. I thought I would not have enough room in my already cluttered home for the docking station. I did. Objection #1 gone.
I thought it would be too noisy, it's not. I can take a call with it running and hear just fine. Objection #2, gone.
I thought it would do a so-so job and I would need to vacuum again anyway. It does an excellent job. The only vacuuming I need to do now is under furniture that is too low (couches and such). Objection #3 gone.
I thought the mopping wouldn't be to my standards. The mopping is great too! You have the option of disposable pads or reusable/washable pads (both are provided for you to try). You have the option of low, medium, or high water output. Objection #4 gone.
My home has never been cleaner with 3 kids, there are always some crumbs or something in the floor or carpet. I usually break up the vacuuming and mopping over several days, so the house never seems clean all at the same time. This fixes that. You can vacuum daily and have that feeling all the time! I feel like I have a maid now!
Something it won't do automatically is, travel over carpet to mop another location. My work around for this is to let it get to the room with the moppable floor, then press the power button on top of the vac to pause it. Then place the mopping plate in, add water, and unpause. Then when it's done, pause it and remove the mopping plate and water so it can go back over the carpet. You are advised not to pick it up and move it. It has gotten stuck a couple times, no big deal. You can hear it telling you it needs assistance. The wheels are impressive and can lift half or lower half of the vacuum at a time. My thicker bath mat got stuck, but my shorter hair bathmats did fine with it. Cords definitely need to be put out of the path, it will catch them. If a curtain is too low, it will go around it. Under my bed is so clean now!! The empty station keeps daily maintenance low. The side brushes and main brush will need biannual or annual replacement. There are filters and dust bags and mopping pads to factor in also. Even with all those added expenses that will occur, I am loving the vacuum. The reusable mopping pads are around 6$ and the brushes are around $10, this vacuum is new and not alot of accessory packages available just yet. But I have seen others that include filters, brushes and side brushes. I almost bought one, but I double checked on their app via live chat and the side brushes were not compatible. That's another thing, the customer service is great! Map questions, parts questions, random questions, they are easy to access to ask. Additional info on features: There are vacuum suction levels you can choose, the higher levels will use up the battery quicker. Only water can go in the reservoir. You can put some cleaner on the pad itself though before you attach it. It recommends emptying the reservoir immediately after mopping (probably the extra water weight makes the battery get used up faster). You can set up do not disturb times. You can program different rooms and different days and times. You can do custom sections. If it runs low on batteries it will go back and charge, then resume where it left off.
When the package first arrived, I was intimidated about set up. The booklet was not as descriptive as I would have liked. I looked up N8+ review videos to see unboxing and set up. That was a tremendous help. The app has run well and I am thoroughly enjoying having a state of the art vacuum and mop in my home. It's worth it!!Apr 14, 2021 12:44
The new ECOVAC DEEBOT OZMO N8+ is everything a typical homeowner should need in an automated vacuum and mop built into one machine. After removing everything from the box, registering and logging into an ECOVACS account via their smartphone application, completing the simple set up and charging the vacuum on the base, the DEEBOT was ready to start mapping the area in preparation of its first clean job. I found the mapping and navigation to be one of the most impressive features of the DEEBOT N8+ in comparison to the previous robot vacuums I have used. While using the ECOVACS app, I could see the DEEBOT was mapping out our kitchen and living room space over 30 feet away. We have a fairly large area to cover on our downstairs where the DEEBOT is located, about 1500 square feet, which includes multiple turns, table and chair legs and high-density rugs to map and navigate while cleaning. After the initial mapping, which took about an hour, the DEEBOT had to dock to charge again before starting its first cleaning job. While it was charging, I linked the ECOVACS account with my Amazon Alexa account to use voice control on the vacuum which is much more convenient than accessing the app on my phone.
During its initial clean, I immediately noticed many of the upgrades and differences compared to my previous robot vacuum. For starters, the DEEBOT is much quieter than my last vacuum, even on a higher suction setting, and still had as good, or better, suction power. Also, because of the enhanced navigation and mapping technology, the DEEBOT hugged corners around my walls and furniture like a sports car on the inside corner of a road race… perhaps not as fast. Speaking of speed, the DEEBOT cleaned at a reasonable pace, not too fast and not too slow in my opinion, to ensure a thorough cleaning. Our entire downstairs is waterproof laminate, except for a couple large dense area rugs, therefore I have opted to keep the reusable mopping pad installed most of the time before use and ensuring it is rinsed off after use. The only issue I found with having longer thread rugs is the DEEBOT thinks they are an obstacle instead of a rug therefore will not traverse from the laminate to the rug for cleaning and sometimes gets stuck during the attempting transition when the mopping pad is not installed. The two fan sweeping brushes sweep on each side push debris on the sides towards the middle of the vacuum. The microfiber mop attachment does a great job cleaning using just water in the tank and no solution to worry about and is easy to remove and fill. There is also an option to use disposable mop pads instead of the included reusable microfiber pad; the package I have came with 10 disposable microfiber pads.
Using the smartphone app, I could view an overview of the area the DEEBOT mapped, where it has already cleaned, the square footage of the area cleaning while in progress, the time the DEEBOT has been cleaning, battery life, cleaning preferences and much more customization option including the ability to add a virtual boundary. The app also allowed me to automatically clean on a schedule which was convenient to set and forget. The mopping function built into the vacuum is one of my other favorite features and allowed me to consolidate both a robot vacuum and robot mop into one device.
After cleaning, the DEEBOT automatically returns to the base and empties the debris it collected into a disposable bag located in the base; the package I have included two disposable bags. The debris emptying process is much louder than the actual cleaning, but only take a few seconds to complete. I have used the DEEBOT about ten times and the disposable bag is not even a quarter full. The battery lasted well over an hour on one charge and using a higher vacuum speed setting. I have kept the DEEBOT on a regular cleaning schedule and my floors have remained clean without putting thought into it.
In my opinion and comparing my experiences with some well-known previous model robot vacuums, the ECOVACS DEEBOT N8+ is easily the best robot vacuum I have had. It has everything you would need built into one machine and would recommend it to anyone in the market for a robot vacuum that does it all. Now I just need to convince the wifey to get one more for our upstairs.Apr 14, 2021 20:36
With 3 boys in the house, I was looking for a good vacuum/mop robot. After numerous research I decided to give Ecovacs a try. I loved the self cleaning feature and the laser mapping. After giving this a try I found this Ecovacs Deebot n8+ having a few good features and several items that need improvement.
To start off, Some of the Pros:
The robot is Easy to set up. It Blends in well with the house and wall colors if any.
It definitely doesn't take a lot of space. Not too bulky. I Love seeing the house map develop the more I use it(laser mapping is incredible on the visible app.) It goes under the cabinets as most robots can't which is definitely a plus. I love that it has a pattern to properly clean the room. The Vacuum is one of the best features, cleans efficiently, and has a better suction than most robot vacuums. I love that I can block certain points in the house where the robot cannot go in. The Wifi set up is super easy and no issues getting started.
Unfortunately there are some Cons as well:
After a while, it tends to simply go back to its home charging station even if the battery is not drained. The Mop, needs major improvement - Barely washes the floor and leaves 3 streaks lines when cleaning. The Constant washing of the mopping pad is a nuisance. It Needs a bigger water tank compartment and as a suggestion a dirty tank to suck up all the dirty water separately. Otherwise, it's just dragging dirt all over the house. I used another mop robot right after and it managed to get so much dirty water out. It made me realize this mop wasn't doing much for my house. When self cleaning the vacuum out, it's extremely loud and startles my 1 year old to a point that if I'm across the house and he hears that noise, he does the puppy face and panicking.
There's no alert when the tank for water is low. Sometimes the robot has a very difficult time either finding its way back home or will sit next to the home base and spent 20 to 30 minutes smacking the base or wall nearby until it finally figures out how to get back home to be charged.
Not a big fan, constantly replacing the self cleaner bags. After investing so much money into this vacuum the last thing I want to do is constantly buy additional bags. Therefore for me, this personally didn't work out as much as I loved the quality of the vacuum and mapping out the house(the more it cleaned the more it has a smooth transition throughout the house). I was looking for a high quality mop however and this just wasn't it for my family. I would still recommend giving it a try and hoping this great company improves certain things in the future as the idea behind it is great!Jul 12, 2021 21:20
My previous experience with vacuum robots was not very pleasant - they got stuck, cleaned unpredictably (cleaned where they felt like vs going where I needed them to), were noisy and required messy cleanup of the dust bin multiple times. Once I even had my old robot trip my home security system cause it moved the chair and I had some explanation to do with responding officers.
I was super excited to finally get to try the DeeBot! It has and improved surface mapping system (that turret sticking above the robot is actually a sensor array) and is able to build my home map very efficiently. Once the robot has collected enough data - it will actually recognize rooms as areas and let you pick the cleaning order. Included charging dock/emptying station takes the messy cleaning away, robot will automatically dock for charging and self-empty it's dust bin into a station's bag (which seems to last pretty long!). Once the emptying station bag is full - it's easy to swap it with a new one, no mess, no dust flying around. Robot's own dust bin is easily accessible, they even included a small cleaning brush to assist with cleanup!
Mopping - this is a very nice bonus to this machine as before I had to use a separate robot, now with DeeBot - it's all in one! Just fill up the water tank and attach microfiber mop. Robot will automatically recognize it's in a mopping mode and won't go over carpeted areas, it will only clean hardwood/tile surfaces. Water tank is large enough to last thru the whole cleaning!
Battery life - finally a robot that does not go to recharge 2-3 times during the whole cleaning!
Now my last point - does it get stuck? Yes, but very infrequently. My bad spot is the small rug in front of the front door so I have to remember to remove the rung (which allows robot to mop under :)).
Overall - I'm extremely happy with DeeBot - I can finally let the robot clean while I'm working from home and not 'babysit' it to make sure dust bin is clean, it's not stuck under the chairs or anything like it. Noise level is very low so it does not really disturb me.Apr 18, 2021 15:41
I recieved this item in return of my unbiased review. Ill start by saying I like this alot more than I originally thought I was going to. With the canister bin for auto emptying bin attached to the charging base, this is a tad larger looking than most robot vacuums/mops.
This connects to either 2.4 ghz or 5 ghz wifi, the 1st time it vacuums the house it maps out all the room and each rooms obstacles. My favorite is it totally avoids bumping and banging into any trim or furniture in my home.
Besides being a great and powerful little robot vac it's also a wonderful robot mop, avoiding all carpet and carpeted areas while in mop mode. For the reasonable, but not cheap price of 599.99 you get quite alot compared to other robot vacuums, and this does everything so well and easy. This by far beats my Samsung robot vac since the Samsung did not have the mopping feature. This Deebot N8 is also so quiet compared to my previous Samsung vac.
I really like how this integrates with integrated with my Google Assistant and responds to commands like start vacuuming the house. Setup out of the box took about 20 minutes from opening the box, to 1st vacuum of my home with the Deebot. I really enjoy not having to empty the collection bin on the N8 after each use, instead after I would say 10 to 15 uses you remove the bag from the canister and replace it with a new one.
I would highly recommend this Ecovac robot mop/vacuum to anyone looking to simplify cleaning they're house, without the need to breakout a traditional vacuum each time .Apr 12, 2021 21:59
Have had experience with a number of robot vacuums and this Deebot has been the best i've tried so far.
It is incredibly easy to easy to set up, though I had to put mine on a 2.4ghz network as I had trouble connecting at 5ghz. Download the app, remove all of the plastic and you're ready to start your first cleaning/mapping. Be sure to wait until the battery is fully charged though, this does go through it's battery fairly quickly.
I watched it periodically while it did the first run and I was amazing by how different it was from other vac's. It knew not to go under my living room chairs (my previous vacuum always got stuck) and it wasn't running into walls or furniture. Once done, it gave me a perfect map for my home and it even marked the different rooms! I was then able to label each room which is super handy when I only want to clean a specific area.
The vacuum is super quiet and did an amazing job going from hardwood to carpet. Once it was done, it emptied it's bin by itself into the bin attached to the charging base...amazing!
Next step was mopping. I was chose the two rooms with tile/hardwood and was amazed by how disciplined the vac was around carpet and area rugs. It only mopped where it was supposed to and my floors look fantastic!
I've had robot vacs and mops, this does both jobs better than all of them while not having to have two different devices. I love it!Apr 15, 2021 11:02
The Ecovacs Deebot N8+ comes with a lot of features. I replaced a less intelligent Shark robot vacuum which did an ok job but seemed to randomly bump around as it cleaned. The Deebot promised a smarter and more efficient clean, with added features like mapping, area clean and mopping.
The Deebot ships in a big box, accommodating a large robot vac and a large charging station/dust empty station. Set up is fairly quick and the quick-start guide covers most (but not all – more on that later) setup functions. They were located under the Deebot top-flap which helped to get up and running without hunting through the included manual.
You are strongly recommended to let the Deebot charge up all the way before sending it out. I did not and it sort-of worked but I would suggest waiting for the full charge as it will help with first-time mapping. I have remapped a few times since so it wasn't the end of the world in my case.
You can run the vacuum from its onboard button but the best way is to download the app, set up an account and add the Deebot. You can do this with a QR code which is an easy way to register it in the app. You also need to add it to your Wi-Fi network but I found this to be fairly easy and similar to adding any other devices. For the Deebot, it worked first time whereas other devices have been problematic.
From this point, you click the Auto button in the app and send the Deebot on its way, focusing on mapping but also giving a quick vacuum as it goes. My Deebot made it around most of the 700 square feet of the 1st floor on its first run but then had to head back to the charging station and charged up for about 3 hours before heading out and quickly finishing off the rest. I have not tried it on my upstairs floor as it is not as heavily used but it is possible to store multiple floor maps.
The vacuuming seems to be quite powerful for an autonomous unit. It makes less noise than my Shark but will increase power when it detects carpet. It rarely hits furniture or cabinets as its 360 degree sensor seems to be very aware of surroundings. It seems to have a set speed for vacuuming and a faster speed when it scoots between locations which speeds up travel between non-connected areas to clean.
The mapping feature is necessary for area or custom cleaning. After the initial map run, you can go into the app and start to separate out areas so they can match the room function. For example, you should be able to name your kitchen, living room, bathroom and then later you can send the Deebot to just a specific area to clean and then return, without having to do the whole map.
The map also helps the Deebot to clean more efficiently, in a planned, mowing-the-lawn fashion, as much as possible.
The actual mapping is impressive and rendered a floor plan that matched my first floor with just a few artifacts, probably from reflections through a patio door or low cabinet glass door. They don’t affect the Deebot as it goes about its tasks, it just looks a little messy on the map.
Once you save your map in the app, you can edit and label areas as well as set virtual boundaries, where you don’t want the Deebot to clean in future. The labeling could be better – for instance, you have to use the preset labels and can’t customize your own. This seems like a bit of a flop. I had to label a couple of my rooms with names we never use so that was disappointing.
Similar with the editing of areas, where you can separate areas in separate rooms. The vertical boundary lines seem to work to divide rooms but I struggled with a horizontal one that just would never separate my kitchen from my dining room. They even have a doorway between them but the Deebot would just refuse to separate them. As one is carpet and one is laminate floor and the carpeted dining room doesn’t need to be cleaned to the same extent as the kitchen, I thought this another miss.
If you move your charging station, you have to remap from scratch again. The only time this would not be a problem is if you move it between floors and put the station in the same spot each time.
I tried the mopping feature a couple of times but frankly, I have to say it is very poor and I won’t be using it again. I would describe it as dragging a damp microfiber cloth around the area but that to me is not mopping. You can set the area to be mopped and the amount of wetness left behind but I’m not really sure who would be satisfied with that. To me, mopping is removing footprints, dried up water spots and leaving a shine. This feature just drags a wet cloth around behind it which is not the same.
The Deebot detects when it has the detachable mop connected and then goes into mopping mode. It will then avoid carpets and rugs and only wet hard surfaces. This will be a problem if you intend to use the mopping mode and site your charging station on carpet – once you attach the mop, the Deebot will get confused as it won’t cross carpet with the mop on, probably to protect the carpet from a wet cloth on the way back. I watched mine get off the dock and then spin about almost in place, probably trying to clean the dock itself. It then gave up and went back on the dock. It will look a lot less confused if it starts out on a hard surface, which is touched on in the instruction manual but something I overlooked on first glance.
The ultrasonic sensors can tell carpet from hard surface and do a good job in keeping the vacuum off carpet as it mops. I noticed my Deebot would stop short of the carpet in the dining room, as it mopped the kitchen floor and then turn about but this means it does not clean right up to the divider line between carpet and hard floor.
Still, I was not impressed with the mopping feature and just won’t bother with it any more.
The app does a good job of reminding you when you need to do some basic maintenance on the Deebot. It will direct you to clean the dust box and filter on a regular basis as well as keeping track of the life of the parts such as the rotating brushes, to give you plenty of time to order more.
The dust collection station seems to work well and periodically, the Deebot will announce it is going to transfer dust from on board to the dust bag in the station and it sounds like a powerful vacuum sucks it from the bot to the station fairly quickly. When I inspected the on-board dustbox after a week, it was mostly clear and just had a bottle cap in it which must have been picked up one day (the cat plays with them). The Deebot station comes with a bag inside already and a spare so you can probably go a couple of months without needing to order a new one.
In closing, I find this a major improvement on the robot vacuum we had previously but have to deduct a star for the few disappointments that I noticed in my first week of ownership. The mopping is pointless and I am unlikely to use that feature again. The mapping is good but should really be better, with custom room labels and the ability to divide areas up easily.
The vacuuming though is very impressive and now when I come home, I can see some neat, straight stripes in the carpet instead of random tank-tracks. The Deebot makes it home to the charger each day which my other robot sometimes did not and so long as I use the included carpet ramp, makes it up onto the charging station ok to recharge.
Being able to direct the Deebot to a specific area is a great feature for any impromptu cleanups although this is not as good as it could be because I currently can’t separate my kitchen from my dining room. That said, the custom clean feature lets you draw a box in a specific area and this is an excellent feature I can use as a workaround in the meantime.
This is definitely a large step in the right direction but there is still room for improvement.Apr 14, 2021 16:44
Max is an AI-powered home surveillance robot vacuum that sees, listens and speaks as it cleans. It is continuously learning its surroundings, increasing its mapping capabilities, route efficiency, maneuverability, and decision making skills. It can patrol at scheduled times and inform the family about movement, people and unusual sounds. You can set up alert notifications and trigger automatic video recording; you can even speak and listen to other family members, pets or even intruders through Max's speaker and mic that connect to the TRIFO Home App.
I bought an irobot roomba before randomly and my friend recommended this one. I actually didn’t know what to expect with this one basing it off my first robot but now I’m really impressed about how Max programs. I have a cat in my apartment and really had a hard time dealing with pet hair. I noticed Max Pet has an extra pet hair extractor which was designed to get rid of pet hair tangled and it works awesome!! It is also very easy to set up with my phone, to program remotely and schedule cleaning. The coolest thing about it is the surveillance feature! I never think of I can see my cat from a robotic vacuum app and it’s so clear and vivid through the camera. I highly recommend this to anyone on the fence about buying one and comparing it with other brands. Max really performs out of my expectation with its great price!
Love Max!!!Sep 06, 2021 23:40
I am very happy to buy this Max AI-powered home surveillance robot vacuum。 It has more functions than my old one. It can automatically improve its work efficiency during the work process. Not only can it help me clean the house, but it also has alert notifications and automatic video recording functions. It also plays a role in security monitoring. What's more interesting is that talking to it makes my life more fun.Sep 08, 2021 00:25
Surprisingly this vacuum works pretty well.
Normally the smart vacuums tend to screw up over time or generally stop working, but so far this is better than the competition, seems to do a much better job.
If you're looking for a smart vacuum that actually vacuums up your floor and doesn't cause to many problems, this one doesn't do too bad at all.
The quality of the machine itself is pretty high, as I would expect with this brand, overall I'm happy.Sep 06, 2021 22:12
Upon opening the box we were thrilled with the design, looks, ease of use. However, the Max seems to have extreme difficulty with corners of area rugs, traveling between chair legs, and navigating the home in the dark. It was continuously stuck due to a drive wheel off the ground or the spinning sweeper becoming lodged under a carpet or on a wall trim. Other robot vacuums we have used (Roomba and Shark) did not ever experience trouble in these same areas of our home. Even with zero clutter the Trifo seems to find ways to become stuck or lost. Basically, we had to baby sit the vacuum too much, so we returned it.Aug 02, 2021 10:16
NICE!! No loger hair and dirt on the floor anymore!!The stuff didn't make loud and noise when working, clean very well then i never expected! Best value for this price! So lucky to have this,very helpful to saving my time!Sep 06, 2021 21:55
Max was recommended by a friend. I have used Max for about three weeks now and am very happy with it. My lab sheds a ton and I hate vacuuming. Max does the trick. Very smart patterned cleaning and easy set up.Jul 09, 2021 10:43
When spills happen, the Braava jet® m6 robot is always on call—ready to head to the spot and take them on. Just say to Google Assistant or Alexa, “Have Braava mop in front of the kitchen counter”, and it heads out and gets to work. Always learning your home and your cleaning habits, it can offer customized schedules that work around your life—even suggesting extra cleanings during pollen season. Using Precision Jet Spray, it loosens dirt and sticky messes without spraying furniture, rugs, or walls—all without any effort from you, making your mopping tasks a thing of the past.*(Alexa and all related logos are trademarks of Amazon.com or its affiliates. Google is a trademark of Google LLC)Compare Braava robot mops.Compare models
Do you and your family walk around the house barefoot? or in socks? Vacuuming doesn’t really fully clean hardwood or tile floors, and you’ll be surprised to see what a Swiffer leaves behind.
SPOILER VERDICT: This is a very sensible, and maybe a superior choice, for those with tile and wood floors. It requires more hands-on than iRobot’s vacuum robots, but we liked the results immensely. The m6 mop design and precise navigation software ensure that every corner and edge are cleaned as well as open floors. The overall thoroughness of the mopping activity is impressive. We loved the IROBOT m6.
iRobot Braava jet m6 - the Wi-Fi Connected Robot Mapping mop.
INITIAL SETUP is easy and fully described. The charging unit should sit within several feet of an outlet against a wall with some space, left and right. (We ignored that instruction . . successfully. See photo.) iRobot wisely provides a plastic floor shield for the m6 mop to rest on while charging, before and after a mopping run. It firmly attaches to the charger.so everything is immobile even if not screwed into the wall. This is perfect for a floor/wall setup with a quarter round trim piece preventing flush-to-wall positioning.
I downloaded the iRobot App, created my account, and connected everything to my Wi-Fi. iRobot installed an update before the App reminded me to attach a PAD (either the dry or wet type, 2 of each included) and fill the reservoir (small bottle included, enough for two fills). Ready for cleaning. But, I first connected to GOOGLE HOME App, where the iRobot device was already recognized and ready to enable with a few clicks.
Our home LAYOUT is 70% poly-sealed oak wood floor that extends left and right varying widths and stretches from the front door to the back door, 58 feet. There are a couple of tiled bathrooms as well as a few carpet runners in walkways and a family room rug.
We rolled up the throw rugs and runners. . . but left one in place. We got wires out of the way . . . but intentionally left one. We’ve got a few floor thresholds. Nothing we can do about these. We set the App PREFERENCES for minimal “jet spray” and “extended coverage for light messes.” You can set how much water spritzing, how intense the cleaning is, or whether to do training runs. And, of course, there is scheduling for automated runs and the Google Home control.
START THE Ro-Mo!!! . . . (we named our Robot)
The 1st mopping run lasted a continuous 3 hours and 53 minutes for 1,100 Sq.Ft. of exposed flooring using OUR preference setting until it re-docked and began recharging.
HOW DID OUR iROBOT MOP DO?
+ It covered our floor area with not less than two passes over every accessible space. The PAD you insert in the iRobot determines whether you can select a “wet” or “dry” run, and it determines the set of associated parameters you can modify.
+ This iRobot is QUIET. It kept sneaking up on us. It wasn’t quiet enough to be a companion to a cat burglar, but very quiet. + The m6 iRobot will not climb onto carpets. It will not “spritz” carpets or walls. Perfect.
+ The m6 will not cross thresholds above 3mm. Ours are a bit too high. [We carried the m6 into the tiled rooms on a later cleaning run. Pressed CLEAN to add this room to our routine.] It easily fit under all our furniture except fo the lowest (under 5”).
+The m6 will not push past my heavier power cord. It will move it as far as it can. Solution? Remove cords, or raise them out of the way.
+ The square shape and precise navigation software ensures that every corner and edge are cleaned as well as open floors. The overall thoroughness of the mopping activity is impressive.
We thought our floors were quite clean to begin with. After all, we’ve got a whole house air filters, No pets, No kids (unless our toddler grandchild is visiting, but he mostly polishes the floor crawling on his belly and bottom), No shoes.
We were still taken by surprise. The m6 cleaning pad with its grime blackened surface proved us wrong about how clean our floors were. This wasn’t superficial dust. That was already addressed with a quick vacuuming. This was grime. Well, what do the floors look like after a few days of iRobot cleaning? Beautiful. Like they’ve been renewed.
CONVENIENCE and CONSUMABLES
The various pads mount easily; removing them is even easier with a button push. Filling the liquid reservoir is just as simple and not at all messy. Unlike a vacuum robot, the dirt doesn’t disappear into a hidden canister for disposal at your convenience. It accumulates on the surface of the pad. We’re buying a couple of re-usable, washable pads and swap them during lengthy cleaning sessions. Replenishing supplies is a more significant issue with a robotic mop than with a vacuum. We love the final result, and understand the design, so it’s not a problem for us. We’re love it if iRobot put a re-usable pad into the box and would authorized an alternative liquid refill for polishing or cleaning.
MAPPING and SCHEDULING and GOOGLE HOME
The iROBOT mop has a sophisticated mapping program. After only 2 runs, it was precise. but the App indicated it wanted more runs to achieve 100% accuracy. A few more runs and I’ll name the map. Then, I’ll add a few room borders and name the resulting rooms so I can direct cleaning for specific spaces. I’ve already tested my Google Home connection. From my bed, talking at my Google Mini. . . “Hey Google . . Start Ro-Mo” and my m6 mop was up and working before I was up this morning. Or, there is the completely flexible scheduler within the App. I could get used to this. If you have one of the other recent, high end iRobot vacuums, these two cleaning robots interact, sharing the cleaning duties intelligently, with mopping following vacuuming.
SUMMARY: This is a very smart mop. We’ve now got the tool that makes a lot of sense for our home and floors. I could easily see this robotic mop cleaning a small office in the evening and saving money on a regular cleaning service. It can not replace a comprehensive cleaning regime, but it augments floor cleaning, which is always the biggest issue. Supplies need to be part of your calculation. I can recommend the m6 highly, because we can find other things to do with our time. And, our bare feet aren’t collecting dirt all day.Jun 12, 2019 14:27
Coming from the Roomba 690, which I’ve used and loved for the past couple years, I was curious to see what the Braava jet m6 mop could do, both in the department of being a mop instead of a vacuum and having the extra mapping and navigation features my Roomba does not. I came away from my experience impressed and I would not have a problem recommending this to anyone with a mostly hardwood/tile floor plan.
In the box you get the mop, the charging dock, and a drip tray that attaches to the dock. You can attach wet or dry pads to the bottom of the mop and there are 2 of each included (single-use), as well as small bottle of cleaning solution for the mop pads. I feel like iRobot was a little stingy about the amount of supplies they include in the box, which only gets you 4 cleaning runs before you have to go out and buy more stuff. The extra pads and solution aren’t terribly expensive, but for how much you’re spending on this there should be more in there.
Setup was straightforward and simple with the app. Having been through it before with my Roomba the process was somewhat familiar to me. I like the charging dock/tray combination - it takes up more space than my Roomba’s dock, but it feels more secure and less likely to get knocked askew.
Once the m6 was charged up I attached a pad and put it through its first run in mopping mode. There’s a small tank inside of the m6 and I filled that up with water and some of the cleaning solution. The m6 runs in a back and forth motion; going forward a few feet, backing up, spraying some water, and then going forward again to the next section. I live in a townhome that’s all hardwood on the first floor. The living room, hallway, kitchen, and dining area are all in the same general space, but are segmented by some walls. The m6 navigated the whole area well and due to its smaller size was able to get into spaces my Roomba normally cannot. The way in which it moves is fairly predictable with its navigation sensors and it doesn’t just bump into things and head off in a random direction like other vacuums do. I did notice that as it went on and the mop pad became more damp it started to leave streaks on my floor, which concerned me at first, but eventually it made dry passes back over most of those spaces and cleared them up. There were still some streaks in some of less open spaces, but those faded after a while. Another nice thing was that it detected the beacon I had already setup for my Roomba, which I wasn’t sure if it would do, and avoided my dog’s food/water dish area. Overall the first mopping run took about 2 hours on my 300ish square foot floor plan and it did not have to go back to charge during that time. I was very satisfied with the results and it cleaned the floors just as well as my normal mop. I was hoping that after the initial run I might be able to squeeze another one of the same single-use pad, but looking at it afterwards I knew I would not be able to. I guess that speaks to how effectively the m6 cleans, but it still brings back my frustrations about the lack of pads included in the box. I ran the m6 with the sweeping pad a couple days later and it completed its run in about half the time, which makes sense since it doesn’t need to run the sprayer and do the back and forth motion that the mopping mode does. The m6 automatically detects what kind of pad is attached to it, so there’s no need to specify what mode to run it in. Though I was not able to test this as my first floor is all hardwood, it’s also supposed to be able to detect when it’s on carpet (via the additional resistance on the wheels) to prevent it from spraying.
You can start and schedule cleaning jobs in the iRobot app. The app is well designed and easy to use. It’s got some basic settings for the robot and you can adjust the cleaning power, as well as the amount of liquid sprayed in mopping mode, which may help with streaking issues I mentioned earlier. You can also connect the app to you Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa and command by voice, which I was able to do without an issue on my Google Assistant.
The app also has the mapping data that the m6 takes on its cleaning runs. After the initial run it was shown as 50% complete, even though the map itself looked complete to me. I ran another cleaning job and a couple more ‘training’ runs to get it to 100%. My guess is it needs to make multiple passes to confirm the room dimensions. I like the Smart Maps feature a lot and it makes it very easy to insert virtual dividers and segment rooms. You can choose to clean the entire floor or specific ‘rooms’, which is handy if you need to clean one space more often than others.
After using the m6 my overall impression is that I won’t be needing my Roomba on the first floor anymore. If you’re deciding between a robot vacuum or a mop I would definitely recommend the mop for hardwood/tile floors, though the cost of purchasing the pads will add up over time, which is why I eventually plan to get the reusable padsJun 12, 2019 16:05
I have had a Roomba in the house for a few years and it's still going strong. I hesitated to try the Braava for a long time, however. Our hard floor space is the kitchen and dining area and I was skeptical that the little mop could keep up with an active cooking-friendly kitchen. When the m6 came out, I decided to give it a try as it looked much larger (it's about 10" square and 3.5" tall) and more capable than the 240 or even the 380t. The short version is that it is very capable and I have been extremely impressed with both cleaning performance and the intelligence of this device - so much so that it makes me want to upgrade our Roomba for the coordination and smartphone app integration.
Realistically, this is the main question: Does the Braava m6 actually clean your floor? Smartphone app and iAdapt navigation are neat, but if it doesn't clean the floor then what's the point? I am using the m6 primarily as a mop and not a sweeper as the legacy Roomba takes care of the vacuuming. So far, I've been impressed with the m6. It has been able to tackle some messes that I didn’t think it would be able to handle. (I left a little spaghetti sauce to dry on the kitchen floor for scientific purposes and it was gone after a mopping run.) My kitchen and dining room floors are satisfyingly clean and I can schedule the m6 to tackle the mopping more frequently than I personally want to mop the "old fashioned" way.
The m6 came with four disposable pads, two wet mopping and two dry sweeping. I used the wet mopping pads twice each. (You're only supposed to use once and throw away, but I was waiting for the washable pads to arrive and I didn't want to go without.) It worked, but I would recommend replacing as suggested if you're going to use the disposable pads. The second run with a pad was just a tiny bit less squeaky clean than the first. That said, I would strenuously recommend going with the washable pads. They come in packs of two, seem very durable, do a great job of cleaning and don't generate as much waste.
The integrated tank under the circular lid on top holds enough cleaning solution (concentrate mixed with water) to mop my 145 sq. ft. kitchen and dining area twice. While the run time on the m6 is effectively infinite with "Recharge and Resume", the liquid in the tank is not, so if you have more than about 300 sq. ft. to clean, your mop may ask you (via your iRobot smartphone app) for a tank refill.
That 145 sq. ft. job takes about 40 minutes to complete. Your mileage may vary depending on the shape of your space.
The iRobot companion app is very easy to use, provides a history, allows me to schedule cleanings, see a map of the cleaned space, assists with routine maintenance (ordering pads and reporting on issues) and can play a sound to locate my m6 if it gets lost. I'm considering upgrading to a Wi-Fi enabled Roomba for that last reason alone.
Overall, I'm very happy with the m6. It works as intended and saves me a great deal of time. The dock has an included drip tray that is easy to detach and clean and the whole experience is significantly more compromise-free than I expected. It's not an inexpensive device but if it lasts as long as my Roomba, it will pay for itself in time spent not mopping.Jun 18, 2019 17:35
This is a part of my cleaning dream team. I own Roomba and Brava now and it it is such great and inventive product. It has function of mapping (the reason I upgraded to this models) and the job cant be more easy. It works with Alexa, the app is super easy to navigate with and it just works. You do need to change pad and water container after each use but it cleans my living room and kitchen in one take. Absolutely love it. It works quiet and if used regularly it keeps wooden floor very clean.Nov 05, 2021 15:57
So usually I spend a lot of time vacuuming and mopping my floors as we have 2 dogs, a cat and several people in and out of our house so the floor (primarily kitchen/dining area open floor plan) gets dirty quick and often. Our dogs use the slider in this area to go in and out all day long. I was a bit skeptical about a machine doing my work so I skipped several days knowing that I would want to see what this little thing was capable of. I did do a quick vacuum just before using it just to help get up some of the stuff that it might not have been able to handle. Then I turned this loose to do a sweep and mop of the floor, after doing that I was shocked and disgusted all in 1 shot. As you can see in the picture the dry pad picked up far more than I would have expected there to be. Then the mop did its thing and I was equally impressed. I will submit a photo of that as well. Setup was super easy as the direction were very clear. The app installed quickly and easily. Machine is very quiet and easy to operate as far as installing the pads and cleaning solution. For such a large area I expected to use a lot more cleaning solution but it didn't and that was a pleasant surprise. When mopping it moves forward then backs up sprays an area moves forward a good distance than back a short distance to spray and go forward a bit. Which for cleaning actually seems to work well. For the most part it left the floor very clean and streak free until close to the end when the pad was just too dirty and it left some dirt streaks which is not the machines fault! This I am sure will not happen when being done on a regular schedule. It does take some time the first few runs as it is learning the floorplan of your house. Our dogs are not to sure about it yet, 1 is ok with it the other thinks its a new playmate. I love being able to give it a schedule and not even having to think about it. I have found that they offer reusable or washable mopping pads so I think that will be a definitely wise investment as the disposable pads can get costly quickly. I just wish the offered washable sweeping pads as well. The only downside I see so far is that it does say in the directions to only use the cleaning solution made for this machine which means I will have to remember to order ahead of time as it is not carried in my local area. Overall this has exceeded my expectations and will definitely have a constant workload in my house!!! The kit comes with a docking station to keep it charged, drip tray, 2 disposable dry sweep pads, 2 disposable wet mop pads and a trial size bottle of solution that from what I can tell based on what it used will give me 4 or 5 cleanings. The app gives you the ability to name different areas of your house so that you can tell the machine which areas to clean and when once it maps everything out a few times. Also you can see what it sees as far as boundaries and furniture or obstacles on your floor plan. It also lets you nickname the device in case you have more than one device. Overall I couldn't be happier with this unit as far as performance unless maybe it could vacuum the house and take out the trash! Haha but on a serious note well worth the price and you should get it you won't regret it!!!!Jun 14, 2019 11:01
First off, this Robo Braava Jet is really nice looking, I like that white in black color with silver accent. The Robot arrived very well packed with in two boxes of layer of protection. I do own an iRobot but his is my first Mop robot so I had to read the instructions to set it up. I initially though the setup was going to be a little difficult but the instructions were very easy to understand so it took less than 15 min including downloading the app, by the way the app will recognized other iRobots connected to the same network. The box included all the necessary materials for you to start using your Robot mop right away. Linking the robot to the app was also a breeze, it will be recognized it right away.
In the box it includes the robot, the charging station, drip base, bottle of cleaning solution, 4 cleaning pads, 2 dry, 2 wet, and the instructions manual. On the center hood of the robot you have the water dispenser, the solution included will be good for 2 rounds as you have to pour half of the bottle per moping cycle. It is very good to know that you can use washable mopping pads, because the 4 included will get dirty real quick, they will probably will be good maybe for 2 rounds each depending how dirty your floor gets.
First thing I did was to train the robot, it does have this nice feature that will map your house so later on it will know where to go. The robot it self when is on is very quiet when moving around and, it suddenly stops to spray the spot is going to mop. After it finish its first run I couldn’t believe it actually work after I saw how dirty the cloth was. Definitely I am very happy with it and how it works, but in my opinion, it will work best on flat surface floors without texture like mine, and that’s because dirt and grim could get inside where the flat pad wont reach.
The app is very easy to use, it will tell you the cleaning history, the map, setup cleaning schedule, maintenance, change the mopping behavior, or even start the device. This will definitely will keep someone’s place real clean where there’s no kids and high walking traffic, but it will ease up some of the cleaning for the rest of us. Overall excellent tool to keep your house clean specially if double team with another cleaning robot.Jun 14, 2019 00:13
I love it!!! It help me a lots on my bussy time thanksJul 18, 2021 15:42
iRobot Braava Jet m6
Have you heard of the famous Roomba or the Braava? You’re probably going to answer yes. Well the company behind the Roombas and Braava which is iRobot has released a new and improved wet mop called the Braava Jet m6. From what I know, iRobot is also releasing a new robot vacuum (Roomba s9+) as well that can be linked up to the Braava m6. Basically, instead of you or someone you know slaving around with vacuuming and then mopping; the paired up iRobots will do the cleaning for you with some tinkering on the mobile app. What this means is… No more having to vacuum and then mop. The Roomba s9+ will do the vacuuming for you and then the Braava m6 will do the mopping for you. Beautiful!
iRobot has made significant improvements and has added intelligent mapping to the Braava m6. So you’re probably wondering what does that even mean? Well, it means that the m6 can now clean automatically and clean multiple rooms within your vicinity. With improved navigation and a charging dock, the Braava m6 knows when it’s time to go home and charge up for its next cleaning session. Once you utilize the m6 on a couple cleaning jobs, it’ll basically map out your home and you can then customize it on which room(s) to clean. On top of that, the m6 houses a bigger water tank and to top that off… Button to eject used up pads into the trash! Who wouldn’t enjoy these new features and upgrades?
During my usage with the Braava m6, I was honestly impressed. It is super simple to set up and it’s pretty much effortless.You can either equip the m6 with wet or dry cleaning pads and add solution so that it can utilize the Precision Jet Spray to put some solution on your floor before the m6 mops it up. So basically once you fill up the tank and choose which pad you want to use, it’s pretty much ready to be used (depending on if you want it to “mop” or “dust”). The best part is, the m6 is intelligent enough to detect more dirtier messes that are on your floor and it’ll spend additional time cleaning that mess up for you. This is perfect if you have kids or pets! As I mentioned above, once the m6 has cleaned your floors for you; you just need to click the button to pop the dirty pads into the trash. Brilliant!
In conclusion, I am surprisingly impressed with the new and improved Braava m6. I own robot vacuums and they typically do a decent job with cleaning your carpeted areas. But now I have an intelligent wet mop robot that does a pretty great job cleaning my hardwood floors. If I had the extra money, I’d definitely recommend pairing it up with the new Roomba s9+ so that the m6 can work together with it to ensure less work for you in regards to cleaning your home. Less work for you means more time for you to do other things. With iRobots design and upgrades to the Braava m6 along with the cleaning capability, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.
*****Quick Features & Specs*****
Ultimate Robot Mop with Precision Jet Spray helps tackle sticky messes, grime*, and kitchen grease. *(Tested in spot clean mode)
Patented iAdapt 3.0 navigation with vSLAM technology lets the robot seamlessly navigate and efficiently mop or sweep your floors.
Imprint™ Smart Mapping enables the robot to learn, map and adapt to your home, allowing you to control which rooms are cleaned and when.
Navigates around objects and under the furniture. Cleans finished hard floors, including hardwood, tile, and stone.
Gets into the corners and along the edges. Cleans under the furniture and in other hard-to-reach spaces.
Simply attach a wet mop or dry sweep cleaning pad, and the robot automatically selects the cleaning method. For a long-lasting fresh scent, add Braava jet hard floor cleaning solution.
“Braava, Clean My Kitchen.” Knows your kitchen from your living room. Choose which rooms are mopped or swept and when in the iRobot HOME App. Enjoy hands-free control with Alexa and Google Assistant.
Automatically recharges and resumes until the cleaning job is complete.
*****What's in the box*****
iRobot Braava jet m6 App-Controlled Self-Charging Robot Mop
Home base charging station, line cord
Braava jet hard floor cleaning solution sample, 2 wet mopping pads, 2 dry sweeping pads
Various ManualsJun 12, 2019 13:43
You—and your home—deserve the best. With 40X the Power-Lifting Suction*, our most powerful cleaning system, and advanced technologies, the s9+ cleans thoroughly—even into corners and along edges. It empties itself into the Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal that holds months of debris. Its learning never stops, as it offers up personalized cleaning recommendations that work around your life, pollen seasons, and peak pet-shedding times—so that it’s always one step ahead of the mess.Compare Roomba robot vacuums.Compare models
I have owned an "off branded" robot vacuum for quite sometime now, and I was relatively impressed with the performance. I did not see the point or the need to spend a huge amount of money on a robot vacuum. What could possibly be so different? Is it really worth the cost?
In came the iRobot Roomba s9+, and I must say, I am honestly blown away. There most certainly IS a difference in the quality and performance. All I can say is, you get what you pay for. The Roomba s9+ is the latest edition to the robot vacuum world from iRobot. The product came well packaged with easy to follow instructions. I was able to get the whole thing set up in under 15 minutes. The charging station/dirt collection tower plugs right into a wall outlet. It also has a place to wrap the excess power cord which is nice because it gives it a much cleaner look. The robot vacuum deviates from the normal iRobot design. Instead of being perfectly round as previous models have been, it is straight on the front side. This, per iRobot, allows the Roomba s9+ to get into corners and hard to reach places better than the previous models. Much to my impatience, I charged the vacuum for a few hours prior to the first use. During this time, it allowed me to connect the vacuum unit to my wifi network. After the initial charge, I was all set to let it clean! You can start the cleaning process from the app downloaded on your phone, or by pressing the "Clean" button on the top right of the vacuum. The vacuum comes to life! It makes some cheerful chirps and a new light ring that surrounds the dirt bin cover lights up and flashes. This new light ring is the vacuums visual way of communication to you, the owner. The vacuum backs up off the base, turns around, and starts cleaning. This is where I truly became impressed with the technology. The vacuum no longer wanders around like my old robot vacuum. It cleans with rhyme and reason! This vacuum cleans in straight, connected lines. Once it goes till it has to stop, it turns and goes the opposite direction right next to where it just vacuumed. This is much more efficient than my other robot vacuum. Upon approaching a wall or obstacle, the robot suddenly slows down and quietly bumps the object or wall, then makes its turn. My other vacuum slammed into everything! The vacuum blew my mind when it reached the edge of a wall where it had to turn to adjust itself to the wall edge. The vacuum turned, backed up to straighten itself in line with the wall, and then began vacuuming again. I was impressed. The vacuum navigated my areas of both hard floors (stained concrete) and carpet with ease. During the cleaning process, the vacuum navigates my house with impressive precision. Not only is there a host of sensors on the bottom, which iRobot named "PerfectEdge Technology", but there is also a camera on the center of the unit which, I assume, is part of how it navigates. The Roomba s9+ cleans your home, and at the same time, learns your house. It creates a map inside the iRobot app that allows you to see where the robot cleaned, where it found large amounts of dirt, and it also allows you to select specific rooms for the Roomba to go and clean without it having to clean your entire house! While the Roomba cleans, it sucks up a massive amount of dirt. It is advertised that this vacuum has 40x more suction than one of the previous models. When it encounters an area with excessive dirt, the light ring around the top turns blue and the vacuum continues to vacuum that single spot. Another amazing feature is that the vacuum, if the dirt bin gets full, will return to the "Clean Base" and empty itself and then it will continue to vacuum where it left off. I love this because usually, it cleans my entire house and won't stop just because the dirt bin is full. The dirt gets emptied into the clean base which has a disposable vacuum bag inside.
Now to discuss a few things I don't like or that maybe I do not understand. There is always the issue of the disposable items. The Clean Base tower that automatically empties your Roomba's dirt bin has disposable bags. I would rather have iRobot design a dirt bin that is able to be reused. The dirt bin on the s9+ itself is washable and reusable, why is the dirt bin on the Clean Base a disposable vacuum bag. People will pay a large amount of money for this robot vacuum. This is a huge investment for their home. I would have thought the vacuum bags were a thing of the past.
With the increased suction power, this vacuum is loud. This can be remedied by changing the setting from the phone app to a quieter cleaning setting, but who wants to dumb down the power on the vacuum? I want it to suck up as much dirt as possible.
Sometimes the vacuum approaches objects/walls and slams right into them. This is NOT what the vacuum is supposed to do. When the vacuum is acting correctly, it approaches walls/objects and immediately slows down and barely bumps them. I am not exactly sure what the cause of the issue is. I have cleaned the camera lens and sensors on the underside of the unit. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it does not. I also have two recliners and for some reason, the Roomba s9+ does not understand them at all! In its defense, my old robot vacuum also had issues with my recliners. I do not know if it is the distance from the bottom of the recliners to the floor, or some other issue, but the vacuum seems to think there is nothing there and will continue to bump the recliners like it is trying to go through them. It is annoying as I feel it is wasting battery life. For a piece of technology to be so intelligent, it does have an occasional unintelligent moment.
In summary, even with minor flaws in either design or software, this is the BEST robot vacuum I have ever seen or used. You definitely get what you pay for. If you are on the fence about buying one, save up your money and opt for the Roomba s9+. You will love the Clean Base and you will love how clean the Roomba gets your home!Jun 12, 2019 15:13
The iRobot - Roomba s9+ Wi-Fi Connected Robot Vacuum with Automatic Dirt Disposal has a fresh new look and a good addition to my smart home equipment. It gets the job done, but let’s be completely honest, it not necessarily a set it and forget it type machine. Maybe for some folks who keep their floors nice and orderly, but for those with small children, there is definitely some prep work that needs to be completed before letting this thing just run off and vacuum anything in sight. Not that you don’t need to clear off your floors beforehand when vacuuming the old fashion way, but with the old fashion way, you know when you are vacuuming and therefore can clear off the floors, or catch anything that is not meant to be vacuumed up while you are doing your cleaning. Just something to consider with automating any sort of scheduling.
So, what did I really like about this vacuum? Admittedly, this is the first robotic vacuum I have ever owned or done any significant research on. I was quite impress with this vacuums ability to work in corners, prevent itself from its crashing death going down the stairs and make its way through each of the sections of my main floor. During the two weeks I had the unit, I took note of certain messy areas to ensure that the vacuum would eventually clean up those areas. The cleanup time for my main floor took over 3 hours, so it’s not like I am going to wait around to see if and when it gets to those areas. At the end of the process, I was pleasantly impressed that the vacuum eventually circled its way back to clean up those areas.
The addition of the automatic dirt disposal (which I know was introduced with a previous model) is a nice feature. You don’t have to empty out the vacuum after each clean and the disposal unit comes with a small disposable dirt back for easy clean up.
I did find that the amount of time to clean my main floor is a lot longer than what the battery unit can withstand, however the vacuum is smart enough to know that the battery is low and make its way to the charging base and then resume the cleaning once it has been recharged.
My main floor is mostly hard wood, with a large rug in my living room and some smaller rugs in the entry ways. The vacuum had no problem transferring to and from carpet, although I will warn you that some smaller rugs have corners flipped or pushed around. Fortunately for me the smaller entry rugs I have do have some weight to them, so it didn’t cause any issue of the vacuum getting stuck. Smaller mats or rugs should probably be removed before cleaning.
The mobile app has some nice features. Once your vacuum has completed its cleaning, you can click on the details and it shows a map of its cleaning area. You can definitely make out the layout of your floor and see where the vacuum did not clean either because of either due to walls in your house or objects preventing certain cleaning areas. With this app, you can also set up smart Maps, which essentially maps out your floor similar as the clean summary, however you can use this to identify rooms on the floor in which you can have your vacuum clean certain areas on particular schedule. It also sends you a notification if the unit is stuck, which came in handy while I was on another floor watching a movie, otherwise it would have been stopped and no cleaning would have continued. Now, if you were away from home or sleeping during this time, there isn’t really much you can do until you find the unit stuck when you return or wake up. Which is a good Segway into some of the dislikes.
It’s pretty loud. I mean it is a vacuum and vacuums are loud. I was hoping that I would be able to have this thing scheduled for nightly runs, but there is no chance that it won’t wake up the family in the middle of the night. And if it needs to empty out dirt into the dirt dispenser, that adds more noise. So really you only have the option to let this thing run while you are out of the house. Which is fine if you are normally out of the house, but if you have someone at home at all times or when kids are out of school for the summer, it’s hard to really schedule this thing during the day. Don’t forget that if and when you do schedule the unit to run, that all the floors cleaned up. For family with young children, you need to make sure all them small toys are picked up. So setting up a schedule and forgetting it, really doesn’t work in this case.
During my first run of testing the unit, I did try to send the unit “Home” to see if it would find its way back to the base. I never could get the buttons on the vacuum to work right to send it home. With the app, I was able to send it home, but not without running into a hiccup one of the three times. Not sure if the 3rd time was due to attempting to send it home with the physical buttons on the unit itself.
Another issue I had was the app had sent me a notification that the unit was stuck. When I went to see what it was stuck on, there was nothing there. It was in the middle of the floor. Good news is that I was notified, however as mentioned previously, if you were not home during this time, you would come home disappointed that your cleaning was not completely finished.
Overall, my impressions of the unit is pretty good. I do wish there were added functionality of base placement to clean multiple floors. As of right now, I believe you can have it set on one floor with smart maps, but I am thinking if you don’t care about smart maps and just want it to clean the whole floor, you can just probably move the base, but not 100% sure.Jun 02, 2019 19:50
What if I told you purchasing a tech item could improve your marriage and reduce overall stress and marital strife? Instead of getting frustrated about trying to stay ahead of your cleaning duties or spending a chunk of money monthly to hire a cleaning service, I would seriously consider buying this Roomba to eliminate this aspect of contention in your life.
The Roomba s9+ has completely exceeded my expectations as I haven't owned a Roomba in about 8 years. This unit has a number of massive improvements I didn't think was possible until I saw them in action. Here's a quick rundown of what makes Roomba s9+ special:
1) Roomba gracefully learns and maps your house. It slowly and gently bumps around and adjust to furniture and obstructions in your home, and over time learns and adapts to the features of your house to maximize cleaning efficiency. In just the second run it was into my kitchen and cleaning everything off the tiles there.
2) Roomba s9+ will automatically return to base and charge to complete the job instead of stopping dead in its tracks. It has about 1:30 hours of clean time depending on surface before it has to go back to charge for about the same amount of time before it goes back to finish the floor.
3) After confidently mapping your floorplan, you can choose which rooms to clean based on need and traffic.
4) The Automatic Dirt Disposal empties the Roomba's bin each time it returns to base so you never have to empty the Roomba directly. The base bin holds ~30 loads of dirt.
5) Handles stairs and obstacles without any issue. Watch as it turns back to missed spots after seemingly moving on. Watch it sidestep open stair wells and thresholds without skipping a beat.
6) App setup is fast and simple. Monitoring and control is also seamless and perfect and also has Alexa integration. Baby or cat made a mess in a room? Call Roomba to clean it!
7) Surprisingly nimble around objects like furniture, chairs, table legs. On my mapped picture, you can see the frame of our dining room table.
8) Can learn multiple floors with the same Roomba
Some notes that aren't negatives but facts you should be aware of. Roomba is not quiet, it is loud and purpose built like any vacuum and certainly not a toy. On hardwood or uneven tile it can be loud moving across those surfaces. Roomba also needs some light to operate properly so we run it while we are at work. Roomba doesn't need completely clear spaces, but it is just less efficient if there are large items or toys scattered about. It will "bully" and push movable objects but if you want a good clean you are better off moving things around.
We still use our corded vacuums for deeper cleans once a month or so, but the Roomba will not only clean up on a more consistent basis, but it will also help you keep things off the floor to help Roomba clean more efficiently.
At the end of the day you have to ask yourself, is Roomba worth the $1300, or $100 or so a month over a year. Do you pay that much a month for cleaning? Over 2 years? 3 years? Now that I have had a chance to use a Roomba I can say it is worth it despite the price when you see how effortlessly clean all of your rooms can be.Jun 04, 2019 22:14
It’s been almost 17 years now since the first Roomba was introduced. In some ways they’ve changed quite a lot, but in others things have mostly stayed the same. They still mostly rely on virtual walls to stay out of dangerous areas. They still look like oversized hockey pucks. And you still need to clean the brushes daily if you’ve got pets with long fur unless you feel you’re overburdened with money.
But apparently now that the Roomba is almost old enough to vote, iRobot has decided that the time has come for some changes. The S9+ has abandoned just about all the classic Roomba design cues in the name of producing a robot vacuum that is far more capable than any model I’ve seen in just about every way. And I love every bit of it.
To begin, the new design. The hockey puck look has been completely abandoned for a U-shaped design that more and more devices have been adopting as of late, and I’m very pleased to see it. The circular body design was effective at stopping the Roomba from getting stuck, but you paid for it in terms of coverage. With the brushes placed right between the wheels they could never get any closer than about 2 inches to baseboards, furniture, or doors. Rotating edge brushes set ahead of the wheels attempted to fix this by directing debris towards the center, but as anyone who used Roombas regularly could tell you it was far from a perfect solution. With the S9’s squared off front it can go places an older Roomba never could. They’ve also been able to make the brushes bigger and better protected against the dangers of cat hair wrapping itself around the bearings or cutting through the brushes. I’ve still been clearing them about every other day out of habit, but outside of shedding season I think you could probably let it go for a week and not run into any serious problems. Roombas were already just about the best thing you could imagine when it came to managing pet hair, but I think this is the first one I can believe won’t eventually be killed by it.
Now, generally, you’d expect the addition of corners to mean the Roomba is less maneuverable than its cylindrical brethren. And that might have been the case if not for the improved navigation system, which verges on magical. While it did spend the first couple of days unsuccessfully stumbling around my apartment and getting itself into trouble, at the end of each attempt it presented me with a basic overview of what it had learned about the shape of my home. By the third day this had turned into a rudimentary map – complete with dividing lines indicating where it thought the transitions were between the different rooms. Some manual tweaking was still required to get it right – but I have to say it got a lot closer than I expected it could, even spotting the barely-there transition between my living room and dining room. And all of this was manageable from iRobot’s excellent app for the vacuum, which provides you with all the statistics you could ever need as well as notifications on what the thing is doing, an advanced scheduling feature, and even an option to set how loud the vacuum’s motor is allowed to get and how many passes it should make over a single area. Once the system knows the topography it’s working with there really is no need for virtual walls, and no worries about the tracking grid from your VR setup inadvertently turning the entire living room into a No-Robot zone (as happened with my previous Roomba.) Watching the system gradually learn how not to get stuck was surprisingly entertaining too – though for those of you who are less amused by such things may just want to make use of the training mode which just has the Roomba drive through the house for a few hours without trying to clean anything until it’s got a good sense for the layout.
The final feature is, of course, the fact that this is the second self-cleaning Roomba. When the Roomba returns to the charging base, there’s a port on the underside leading directly to a sealed off compartment within the dust bin that forms a seal with a matching port on the base. Within the base is another, more powerful vacuum that sucks all the dust and debris straight out of the bin and into a small disposable bag that they claim holds about 30 bins worth. I’d say based on my experience after a week of cleaning up after both a cat and a dog that this looks slightly optimistic – but your mileage may vary. And speaking as someone who often would forget to empty the bin for several days, it’s a nice thing to have.
Now, having gushed about just how awesome this thing is, I do have to admit there are a couple of downsides. To start – the machine vision system that the Roomba uses doesn’t work well in the dark. In fact it really doesn’t seem to work at all in the dark. This was a bit disappointing as I generally prefer to let it do its thing in the wee hours of the morning before the sun’s up and the animals are too tired to try riding on it. Of course I probably wouldn’t be doing that with this anyway thanks to the other downside. “Quiet” is not a word I’d use to describe this thing. Even operating in low power mode it would be hard to sleep through a 5AM cleaning cycle, and even if you could learn to live with that the base is even louder sucking all the dirt out once its done. It’s also a pretty talented climber – the first time I tried to run it I missed one of my dog’s chew toys while cleaning the floor. It had absolutely no trouble climbing up over the hard nylon bone and getting it caught within the brushes. No damage was done, but it’s certainly got some blind spots which you’ll want to be aware of if you’ve got pets and/or small children in the house.
Despite these few nitpicks, overall I have to say I’m extremely happy with the performance of the S9+, and look forward to many years of not having to think about cleaning to come.May 27, 2019 14:43
We bought this not even a week ago and it had been nothing but problems. I keep trying to give it another chance and its aggravating. The first day the app failed- which was not irobots problem however literally in the first 24 hours the brush broke in 2 from wrapping. Its unreal how fragile the brushes are. Irobot said they would replace it but its not normally something covered by warranty- but due to time I ordered a replacement. Then the poweboost stop working on carpet. It is running very weak.
WHEN it works it is an amazing product. However we've had more issues then we should in one week. Id rather just vacuum myself at this point to not deal with all the issues. Will be returning and trying a different brand.Nov 28, 2020 23:44
This iRobot-Roomba is as good as advertised!! I’m impressed with the technology and the work horse attitude this unit has. I have hard wood floors and carpet. The Roomba can tell the difference, when it goes over the carpet, it turns the vacuum on high, when leaves the carpet and goes to the wood floors, it idles down the vacuum for the hard wood floors-you can literally hear the difference. Finally, when it finishes it’s tasks, this Roomba goes back to its base automatically empties the Roomba unit into the base!Jul 25, 2020 10:39
I have had my iRobot Roomba s9+ for almost a year. I switched from other vacuum that I have had for two years. The most convenient feature of this vacuum is the automatic dirt disposal, you won't have to care about emptying the bin of the Roomba s9 for some time. It has some convenient features like Smart Maps (you can train the vacuum to learn the sq footage of your house), then you can tell the vacuum to only clean sections of your house. The App works well with my phone. I paired it with the Braava jet m6 mop, and it has a cool feature where you can set up the Braava to mop after the vacuum has finished cleaning a floor. Something annoying that I have found in the vacuum is when it returns to the dirt disposal, sometimes the lead of the vacuum will open, this creates that the vacuum does not work until you close the lid. Is easy to use and if you have pets it will do a great work by collecting must of the hair.May 29, 2020 15:39
My initial impression is ... wow! Wow, wow, wow!
Now that I’ve said that, let me state unequivocally that this iRobot Roomba S-series Robot Vacuum is an impressive machine. It really is.
Unboxing was an adventure, a good one. Everything was packaged perfectly. Just be aware, the charging station is heavy. The robot itself is a nice size, and looks amazing! I almost expected the thing to talk to me. Actually, it did, to tell me the Roomba had completed its cleaning cycle. Surprised the heck outta me! Thanks, R2!
Before anything else, it’s a good idea to review all the safety information in the Owner’s Guide. The warnings, cautions, and notices are important. Diagrams explain what all the parts of your Roomba are. Besides the ‘how to use your vacuum’ section, there are extensive and detailed instructions (again, with accompanying diagrams) to guide you through the proper care and maintenance of your Roomba.
Use of the iRobot Home app is a must, as it’s how you activate the device, as well as, control it. The app is, in a word, great! Everything you could want, or need, for understanding how to use and maintain your vacuum, is presented there in an organized, conveniently accessible resource. After completing setting up your Roomba, you’ll want to do the software update through the app, while the vacuum finishes charging.
After the first few uses, in which the vacuum learns the layout of your home’s rooms, activating the Smart Maps setting will allow you to decide which areas of the house the Roomba will focus on, and which ones it will “ignore.” This is a very cool feature. And by setting up a cleaning schedule, the Roomba will know when to get to work.
Something I really appreciated was how the Roomba’s low profile allowed it to smoothly glide beneath my furniture and underneath my kitchen cupboards (reaching all those hard-to-get-at places), without rubbing up against them at all.
I will say that the Roomba was louder than I would have liked, at least while on the ‘Detailed Clean’ setting. Although I got used to the sound, I preferred the ‘Quiet Clean’ option, even though on this setting, it seemed to take longer to clean my floors, which made sense as the vacuum was using less power. There is also a ‘Custom Clean’ option where you can adjust the level of cleaning power, and how many times the vacuum will pass over an area. In comparing this robotic vacuum to one I’ve previously owned from a different company, the Roomba cleaned my entire tiled flooring in literally half the time, and did an amazingly better job of it too.
I’m really glad to not have to empty a dust bin. The charging station, which houses the vacuum bag, is a terrific addition to the iRobot Roomba series. When my new vacuum returned to the station, after having finished its first cleaning round, and I heard the collected debris being sucked up into the canister unit, it was such a satisfying sound. It’s also helpful that the app itself will let you know when the bag needs to be changed. So cool!
By pressing the virtual ‘Clean’ circle button in the app, you can wake up your Roomba to send it on its way, then tap it again to pause. The app will also tell you how long it will stay paused before resuming cleaning, or you have the option to end the cleaning cycle. You can tap the ‘Empty Bin’ virtual button to cause the robotic vacuum to return to its home base, and empty the dust bin into the charging station’s canister bag. If the Roomba returns itself to the charging station to recharge, the app will tell you how long it will take before the vacuum is ready to continue on with its cleaning task.
There are numerous other features worth exploring in the app, including iRobot BETA, which enables you to take part in any available BETA programs having to do with your Roomba. The iRobot Store lets you order replacement parts and accessories, straight from the app itself. You can even connect your Roomba to your Smart Home, with services such as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. And you can review your Roomba’s cleaning History, seeing when and how many square feet of an area was cleaned. Under the ‘More’ tab, you will find a ‘Locate Roomba’ virtual button, which you can tap to learn exactly where your iRobot is in your house at that moment.
Other helpful features found in the app under the ‘More’ tab, include: Care & Maintenance - with step by step guides; Help Menu - with common questions and answers, Welcome / Roomba Overview / Maintaining Roomba videos, contact info, Warranty, Quick Start and Owner’s Guide; and your iRobot Roomba Settings.
The only hesitation I have in recommending this handy household appliance is, the cost. Although well worth the expense for such a high-quality device, which should provide many years of stellar service with proper maintenance and care, it is rather expensive. You are paying for not only the convenience, but also, the innovative technology this iRobot Roomba vacuum represents. Still, if you can afford it and are very much a fan of new tech, and most especially have the lifestyle a device such as this would benefit from, then this might just be the vacuum for you.May 30, 2019 12:07
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Not necessarily worth the price but I do like it nonetheless.
Both roomba vacuum and braava jet work in unison to clean my floors. I just wish they were cheaper so I could keep one on each of my floors.May 02, 2021 23:46
Best gift I've ever gotten for mother's day.
What's better than not sweeping or mopping again!
Very easy instructions, I do like techy stuff though.
Just make sure to treat it with love, clean it and make sure nothing is on it's way cause it will def eat it lol
I just love it.May 28, 2021 18:53
About 2 weeks in and both have done exactly what they need to do. Setup was easy and map runs were done the day I got it setup. The roomba did get stuck in one spot during mapping but now doesn't seem to be an issue. The beta mode on the braava lets it go over threshold by simply putting up a zone. The map itself is great with the clean and keep out zonrs and its easy to edit areas. I recently synced it to google voice and it works great. Whether I'm near or far away they go to work when I ask them too.Nov 23, 2020 22:28
The Roomba has been a great purchase and our floors have been much cleaner. Although it still needs help every so often, it’s nothing that is a problem. It took a few runs to figure out our floor plan, but now it can identify assigned rooms. The best job it does is scaring the kids into making sure all their stuff is off the floor! Would definitely recommend the self emptying option.
The Braava, or mop robot, that came with the Roomba had issues from the start. I have contacted customer service and after agreeing it had issues, are sending us a replacement.Jan 15, 2021 16:32
Great looking combo! The S9 is a great vacuum. It does have the tendency to be fairly loud when operating. I recommend running when away from home or when not in meetings or trying to watch television. The disposal bin is a definitely worthy of the “+” for the S9. It makes emptying the vacuum less of a chore each time the vacuum dust bin is full. I did encounter the dreaded Error 31 upon setting up my vacuum and had to exchange it based on the recommendation from iRobot support. Mapping with the vacuum was a breeze, just ensure floors are clear and it doesn’t trap itself in rooms. The ability to customize floor plans and specify areas to clean was quite nice. Also the ability to team with the Braava m6 to mop after vacuuming an area is nice. I would definitely recommend the S9+.
Now the Braava m6, the dumber twin in this duo. While it is beautiful it lacks some of the smarts of its S9 sibling. Mapping the house was difficult. It would consistently get lost and not find its way back to the base. I have yet for it to complete a cleaning without requiring my assistance to place it back on its base. The m6 also cannot operate in dark or dimly lit rooms. It will either not leave its base or would get lost when navigating to a darker area of the house. Please ensure lights are on when it’s in use. It would be great if there was a m6+ equivalent that had an cleaning solution refill tank. It does a decent job cleaning medium to light spills. Do not expect this product to replace doing a thorough mopping. It should be considered as an assistant to keep floors clean and tidy. I recommend the Braava m6 with caution. If you have a well lit home with minor spills, then the m6 is for you.
Some other frustrations to note, both the S9 and Braava m6 must perform their own mapping of your home rather than having one machine map the home and sharing the home map between the two machines. Also, in order to use them as a pair those individual maps must be created otherwise the feature won’t work for cleaning certain areas. I also wish the iRobot app would share information of where the vacuum and mop are currently cleaning to make them easy to find if an error occurs. It only sometimes very briefly show the room being cleaned while it’s operating. I’d an error occurs that information is not available and you must make the machine play a sound to locate it (if the battery hasn’t died).
These products are good (when they work) and look great if you prefer your appliances to match aesthetically. However, there is definitely room for improvement especially with the m6.Jan 15, 2021 16:46
Had a few hiccups setting it up, and didn’t help when the whole cloud service through AWS went down the day after we got it. But since that got fixed been running fantastic! Vacuum works great and the self empty is a must! We have used it for a week and a half straight and haven’t had to empty it yet. The only negative is the mop not being able to cross thresholds that are a little tall. It confuses them with a rug. The mop action however is great, no streaks or leaks. I had to play with it a bit to get the no go zones and rooms mapped but once it’s set we can just pick rooms and let it go. We have a standard clean pattern with Vac/Mop with the press of one button. I would also recommend a strong internet connection since it has to go through the cloud for the maps. We have DSL and it’s hit or miss to no fault of iRobot.Dec 11, 2020 00:43
Love the design and it picks up literally EVERYTHING! so make sure your floors are clear if items that will damge the machine. The bristles wear a little fast but the machine cleans well.
The only problem i find is that it takes long to clean entire job because it truly doesn't start where it left off. I really don't like this because I'm want to know how long it truly takes to clean the area but it seems to start over and clean certain areas repeatedlyMay 28, 2021 16:16
This is an outstanding pairs of products!! If you have pets (read Golden Retriever dog to be specific) like we do and have hardwood floor to boot you definitely need a Robot vacuum and mop combo. This product with its self emptying feature is a life saver. We have this programmed to run in the morning every day and it keep the house looking clean and neat inspite of heavily shedding pet in the house. The only flip side is the vacuum is pretty loud but as long as you run it while you are away at work you wont even notice it. Both of these gadgets do their job and they do it really well.
At first I purchased just the vacuum but then returned it and placed an order for the pair. Thanks to the return policy of Best Buy I was able to get the return done efficiently and replaced with the bundled pair.Oct 17, 2021 21:30
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I am disabled and can’t stand long enough to sweep/vacuum or mop my whole house in the same week, let alone all at one time. After doing extensive research and reading a lot of reviews I decided this little guy was the right fit for me and my home. I have a Roomba 960 that covers approximately 640 sq ft when vacuuming my home. About 2/3 of my flooring is carpet so I figured the tiled area (kitchen, hallways, bathrooms) was within the suggested area size of the Brava 240. I also wanted the maneuverability this model was capable of to access around my toilets and under my cabinets. I read online complaints of streaks or spots but I haven’t experienced that with my natural finish faux stone tile. I can see maybe a smooth finished marble or gloss finished stone might streak on the wet mop setting. She can mop the entry, kitchen, hallway and main bathroom in one charge. I sometimes have to recharge to clean the master bathroom. I use her to mop once a week and purchased the 10 count wet mopping pad. I figured that’s .84 a week or 8.44 every 2 1/2 months which for me isn’t bad. I also purchased the washable mop pads and cleaning solution, but haven’t tried it yet. I wonder it if will clean as well as the disposable. I am expecting to get At least 3 good years out of her before I experience any problems but I’m hoping for 5 years!Jul 10, 2020 21:48
I purchased IRobot 880 named her Gracie -decided to try IRobot jet 240 to clean floors. I can be doing other chores & not push a mop! Saves time -named her Ester.Jun 17, 2016 22:35
It works great in small areas. In larger areas I block into 2 areas.Nov 11, 2017 01:26
It’s a a cute little bugger that valiantly attempts to clean the floor and at first I was impressed. But when I discovered water marks all over my wood floor and had to hand mop it again I made up my mind to return it. Why waste my time using a time saving appliance?Apr 26, 2018 07:35
This was an impulse buy...was hoping it would work great for my kitchen floor and it truly does not. Its hard to find the cleaning solution which I presume would make it easier ...truly not happy with this purchase at all.Jul 18, 2020 11:36
I love my new little Flor mopping robot! It works very well. If your floors are especially soiled you'll need to redo it a few times, but then it's simple maintenance after that.
Also the wet mop pads can be rinsed and reused many times before tossing. I also add a little swifter solution to the chamber along with the hot water. Works great!
I love this much better than the Mint I also have. My floors have never been so clean! You'll love it!Dec 23, 2016 18:35
Absolutely love this iRobot mop. It is great for a small condo and it actually cleans your floors. I don’t know how I ever lived without it. If you do a deep cleaning on your floors first, then you can run this iRobot about 2 times a week or as needed on high traffic areas and your floors look and feel clean. My favorite feature is starting it via the iRobot app and Bluetooth connection. I like to run it on a scheduled nightly routine and wake up to clean floors. It’s small but packs a punch. Small enough to get under my counter’s borders so that’s very convenient. Don’t let the small size fool you, it does the job of bigger machines, in my opinion, and I love the “scrubbing” feature as well. It will end up where it starts, so I put it either under my curio cabinet ( it’s lifted off the ground) or end table and once it is done it will return to that location. It is smart enough to avoid going onto your area rugs and stays on hardwood, tile , or marble floors.Sep 18, 2021 21:55
Cleans ok don’t use for deep clean,the blue pads are wet mop use on tile,the orange pad is damp mop perfect for my laminate.my brother is disabled helps him a lotJan 15, 2020 17:27
Bob PetHair Plus: The Heavy Lifter. Shed happens! And when it does, Bob PetHair Plus is your best friend. This Bob is our strongest floor cleaner and provides the best relief for pet owners who love their pets, but not their mess. Use blOck Plus, the only digital barrier with two perpendicular digital walls, to keep Bob out of unwanted areas by creating up to two invisible barriers.
My main reason for purchasing Bob was because I have Rheumatoid Arthritis which has effected my shoulder area/arms to fingers the most. Using a vacuum has proven to cause me a lot of pain so I got this brilliant idea that I would try a robot vacuum to help me with this task. Before making this purchase, I did a lot of research over the months - asking in Facebook Cleaning Groups what others worked well for them as far as easy emptying, cleaning, pet hair etc. I was led to Bob and I am not disappointed.
I have 8 cats and a long-haired Shepherd Mix dog that blows quite the coat...not to mention that I also have numerous people entering my home to help care for my son with disabilities and my daughter's father that spends more time outside in the garden and doing yard work. Bob has done nothing but do his job! He has many options to chose from when it comes time to clean - I just let him do a deep clean every time I engage in his assistance because that is what works best for me.
One of the things I really like about Bob is the ease of cleaning and emptying the dust bin. It's located at the back (opposite the sensors/electronics) and a simple push of the button releases the dust bin from the unit. This was important to me as I hurt too much to be having to pick a unit up to empty it. I can let him do a full deep clean without having to empty him. That's a whole lot of dirt, dog fur and cat fur being collected without having to remember emptying him 1/2 way through his course of action.
One thing really worried me when I did make the purchase - I read a lot of reviews stating he got caught on transitioning to rugs. I was worried because we have several small area rugs throughout our main area as our pup is diabetic which took her vision fairly fast - the rugs allow her to know where she is at when walking about. Anyway - much to my amazement - it's only on that rare occasion that Bob gets stuck - like I'm talking once in a blue moon. These area rugs aren't of all the same height either. There are two thinner ones as you enter the home (to not only aid the pup, but to help get dirt off shoes, the wheelchair, and ambulance stretchers). Then there is one near my desk that is thicker and another at the end of the couch which is not quite as thick. We also have a rug in the living room that is thicker pile. I can't upload the videos (system won't let me) I took here - sorry, cause I really wanted you to see how well he does on transitioning to the rugs.
Bob does not follow a pattern as in staying in one spot till the area is clean but 99% of the time – he goes back to that area. I don’t care if he does this – all I care about is the floor being 99.9% cleaner than when I set him off and running...and he does that so I’m good.
Many mention he’s loud – I don’t find him any louder than my Shark upright and honestly, he has a motor I expect there to be noise coming from him. Many also mention that they are disappointed in when they set him off at night or when not at home only to find him stuck somewhere. Well, in my opinion, I wouldn’t run anything (washer, dryer, Bob, etc.) while I were sleeping or away from home – for safety reasons. That said, it’s on a rare occasion that I need to rescue him.
I had a couple issues with Bob at first – the flap to the dustbin and getting Bob to do his thing from base in pushing the command. Both issues were the USER’S fault. That said, when I encountered the issues – I emailed customer service and I got a response shortly after which was nothing short of helpful.
I’ve only had Bob not find his way back to base a couple of times – literally...and I run him 2 to 3 times a week and have been since June 2019. I have not tried the mop feature (been blessed with my daughter mopping for me) yet but plan on doing so soon, and if I am allowed, I will update this review to let you know my thoughts.
The image included shows what came out of the dustbin after one deep cleaning. Yes, it does pick up cat litter :)Sep 15, 2019 16:24
Bob helps keep tidy with 4 kids & golden doodle. We had one issue with one of the sensors, I called and within minutes I had a return label and a replacement unit was sent. No issues since and I would recommend their product to anyone. I have referred them to family as we appreciate the product and customer service.Mar 30, 2020 20:24
Amazing... I have a Siberian Husky that might be simply the most shedding doggy in the world...and this machine can keep up with her..After initially vacuuming with my regular Dyson this machine still picks up more... now I don't need to use my Dyson...the daily pick up this machine does keeps my place nice and clean... very happy with this purchase.Jul 19, 2019 15:46
I purchased this on the deal of the day, so it was a great value. The vacuum works wonders as I have a dog that sheds her undercoat in the spring. We didn't realize how much hair was hiding right in the open of our living room rug!Jan 06, 2021 14:48
I bought the Pethair vacuum and was sent the upgrade to the Pethair Plus. I thought this was a good deal and was pleasantly surprised at the marketing approach. It worked because we wanted to like this thing, and gave it several "benefit of the doubt" with its dysfunction.
FIrst use, this thing is LOUD. I heard it outside cleaning the yard kind of loud. No chance to have it run while your relaxing at home. It can be programed, so good. Run it while at work. However, Bob is like an toddler and needs to be watched. It struggles to go from hardwood to a rug, maybe 1/4 inch thick, not to mention going to carpet. It gets stuck and rocks until it runs out of battery. Another attempt it jammed itself under the couch and shut down. It will not stop when there is resistance to anything but the bummper. So the couch clears the bumper, but not the whole unit. It scratched itself up completely doing the same under the cast iron coffee table. It does this when it does fit somewhere clearly. It gets stuck under chairs that it cannot figure out how to get out from and kills the battery. Bob has NEVER run a complete cycle while I wasn't home to constantly redirect it. Kinda defeats the purpose of a self cleaning robot vacuum.
The sensors do not work either. Bob has gone down the stairs at least three times or gets a wheel stuck over the top stair and turns off. I reset it and it goes directly to the stair to do the same thing. I take it accross the room and it goes back to the stairs and goes down. So far I have been able to repair the damage, but it can't take that tumble anymore. I have to set a barrier to prevent it. I would gladly return it, but it is damaged and I believe is past the return date.
For the price of $200 on sale and getting the upgrade, I cannot complain about the cleaning power when it is functioning. It does hold a lot of dog hair and cleans well on hardwood and (when I place it there) carpet. I would be appalled if I paid over $800 for this thing. I would suggest to keep looking for a different product.Mar 30, 2019 10:23
I have been using my Bob for a couple of weeks now & I am in LOVE! We have to bug long haired dogs, a toddler & a baby so Bob does a lot of work! I honestly don’t know how I did it without him before! Definitely worth the investment! I can’t say enough about our Bob & the amazing work he puts in each day!!Dec 28, 2018 21:34
Even if you got Bob for free, you paid too much.
I've had 5 robotic vacuums in the last 10 years- all different brands- and I've never had to deal with such an idiotic badly-designed machine before.
Bob is clunky. He is too tall to go under regular-sized kitchen cabinets, so forget about him properly vacuuming your kitchen.
Bob is loud. Comparable to a standup vacuum, rather than a robot. He is much louder than other robot vacuums.
Bob is REALLY stupid. Unlike every other machine I've owned, he doesn't remember even where his base is. He gets stuck everywhere: Under the sofa (I stuffed a pillow there after the 3rd time), in the slight gap between the tile and the screen door (rolled up a carpet to keep him off the gap), in the corner between the black kitchen mat and the trash can (placed a stool there), in the corner between the speaker and the wall (???? I just let him tire out there, it's just a corner!!). These are not places that were hard for any other vacuum cleaner before him. I had him 10 days and he NEVER completed a cycle. Apparently, black floor mats make him feel like he is falling, so he refuses to get near them. He has no mapping system and you can tell. He wastes tons of time and battery going back and forth in corners trying to get out and hitting objects and pushing them repeatedly.
If your house has any sort of step-down (under 3 inches), Bob will lose his mind. Bob's sensors tell him to stop rolling when he reaches a step of 3+ inches (so he doesn't throw himself downstairs). If you have shorter step-downs, you are in for a treat. Bob pushes his front end down, tilts, and then just hangs there, wheels in the air, running his battery out. I called the factory- there is nothing they can do. They told me to just send him back.
Bob comes with a nifty barrier to keep him out of places. Great! We used it on the stepdown to keep him from falling. Except, the barrier is only active for 3 hours (to conserve energy). Bob technically runs for 90 minutes. You can't use using the programmable schedule if you want to use the barrier. They have to be turned on at the same time and the barrier is not programmable.
IF YOU DO NOT USE THE PROGRAMMABLE SCHEDULE AND ARE HOME TO START BOB AND TURN ON THE BARRIER EVERY TIME, AND YOU STUFF PILLOWS AND ROLL CARPETS INTO AREAS WHERE HE GETS STUCK, it should work, right? Nope. Once Bob is done cleaning, he'll slowly run around looking for his base, for longer than the battery on the barrier lasts... because this morning I came out to find BOB tangled in the fringes of my very very expensive antique silk Persian rug.
Other vacuums have gotten stuck here before, and I usually just roll back the spinning brush and wheel to untangle the vacuum (silk is sturdy) But, not BOB. When Bob is off, his wheels don't turn at all. I called the factory again. I had to COMPLETELY disassemble the machine by hand. Removed every screw and unplugged every cable inside, to get to the wheel and remove it to get the fringe free- after which I put him back in his box (disassembled), and sent him home.Jul 13, 2020 08:01
Purchased the bObsweep approximately 1 month ago. Have been very pleased with it. Purchased it through Best Buy and arrived a house in just a few days. Highly recommended this product and Best Buy. Floors have never been cleaner. Was sweeping twice a day, only have to sweep in cornersMay 08, 2020 15:52
BISSELL SpinWave wet and dry robotic vacuum provides two ways to clean in a single revolutionary robot. The two tank system actively mops or powerfully vacuums with smart, structured cleaning paths. Use it in dry vacuuming mode to collect pet hair, dirt and other debris on carpet, area rugs and hard floors. When used in wet mopping mode, the mop pads and BISSELL cleaning solution work together to scrub floors clean. And, with the Soft Surface Avoidance Sensor, there's no need to worry about the robot going up on area rugs or carpets when in wet mopping mode. Plus, this product doesn't just clean up after pets, it helps save them, too. BISSELL proudly supports BISSELL Pet Foundation and its mission to help save homeless pets. When you buy a BISSELL product, you help save pets, too. We're proud to design products that help make pet messes, odors and pet homelessness disappear.
Shame it doesn’t have a mapping feature as he misses at least 2 rooms every clean. Crashes into walls and circles same spots over and over again. Also having issues with him just spreading dirt around (I’ve put new clean mop pads on) instead of sucking it up and cleaning it. Very disappointed honestly as I got it due to the supposedly amazing pet hair features.May 25, 2021 18:15
Works great.. but wish it would cost less for what it does.Aug 18, 2021 06:58
Tried my Spinwave out for the first time and I was very pleased with the results. I allowed the product to perform while I was sleeping and awoke to a clean floor. Possibly looking forward to purchasing a secondary product for my upstairs game room.Jul 02, 2021 15:13
Wastes a lot of product when mopping and doesn't really pick everything up.Jun 04, 2021 15:56
Vacuum works great. I have not used the mop option yetJun 04, 2021 20:43
The vacuum is not strong compared to shark or roomba but mop attachment is good. Buy for moppingJul 16, 2021 17:11
I am in love with this product! It cleans well and is systematically in its cleaning It truly is amazing to have clean floors with little effort. Using the schedule feature in the app is wonderful!Jul 09, 2021 19:03
Amazing product!!! Definitely does a great job! Would buy again and recommend to anyone !Jul 16, 2021 15:42
BISSELL SpinWave wet and dry robotic vacuum provides two ways to clean in a single revolutionary robot. The two tank system actively mops or powerfully vacuums with smart, structured cleaning paths. Use it in dry vacuuming mode to collect pet hair, dirt and other debris on carpet, area rugs and hard floors. When used in wet mopping mode, the mop pads and BISSELL cleaning solution work together to scrub floors clean. And, with the Soft Surface Avoidance Sensor, there's no need to worry about the robot going up on area rugs or carpets when in wet mopping mode. Plus, this product doesn't just clean up after pets, it helps save them, too. BISSELL proudly supports BISSELL Pet Foundation and its mission to help save homeless pets. When you buy a BISSELL product, you help save pets, too. We're proud to design products that help make pet messes, odors and pet homelessness disappear.
Shame it doesn’t have a mapping feature as he misses at least 2 rooms every clean. Crashes into walls and circles same spots over and over again. Also having issues with him just spreading dirt around (I’ve put new clean mop pads on) instead of sucking it up and cleaning it. Very disappointed honestly as I got it due to the supposedly amazing pet hair features.May 25, 2021 18:15
Works great.. but wish it would cost less for what it does.Aug 18, 2021 06:58
Tried my Spinwave out for the first time and I was very pleased with the results. I allowed the product to perform while I was sleeping and awoke to a clean floor. Possibly looking forward to purchasing a secondary product for my upstairs game room.Jul 02, 2021 15:13
Wastes a lot of product when mopping and doesn't really pick everything up.Jun 04, 2021 15:56
Vacuum works great. I have not used the mop option yetJun 04, 2021 20:43
The vacuum is not strong compared to shark or roomba but mop attachment is good. Buy for moppingJul 16, 2021 17:11
I am in love with this product! It cleans well and is systematically in its cleaning It truly is amazing to have clean floors with little effort. Using the schedule feature in the app is wonderful!Jul 09, 2021 19:03
Amazing product!!! Definitely does a great job! Would buy again and recommend to anyone !Jul 16, 2021 15:42
The Shark AI Robot VACMOP PRO RV2001WD combines powerful vacuum suction & sonic mopping for a complete clean, all in one robot. Clean hard floors with simultaneous vacuuming and mopping or tackle floors and carpets with powerful vacuum suction.
The Shark AI Robot Vacmop (RV2001WD) is Shark’s latest floor cleaning robot that combines a vacuum and mopping solution in one platform. Like all the latest robovac platform’s the Shark Vacmop comes with a companion app (Android and IOS) to connect and control the robot. The shark looks similar to a lot of other robovac platforms currently on the market, but has few competitors that have also combined a vac and mop.
Design and Features
The Vacmop follows the design trend of Shark’s other robovacs (as well as most of the industry) – its round shape. It clocks in measuring at 12.5” x 3.5”. The cleaning path (roller head width) is 5.5” while its side brushes collect debris from nearly the full width. In mop mode the cleaning path is nearly 11.5”, so nearly the full width of the vac. On top of the robot is a small LED display showing the battery indicator as well as the Wi-Fi status, mopping indicator, and error indicator. There are also 2 buttons at the top – clean and dock. These allow for manual interaction, and are useful if you don’t have your phone available to start/stop the vac. The front of the vac has the sensor array (object and cliff detectors) which faces with dock while charging. The rear has the removable dustbin, and is also where the mopping attachment connects to the vac. The dustbin pops off with a button push and the pulls open to reveal a clamshell design. There’s also a removable filter to capture any fine particle dust that gets sucked up. This filter can also be rinsed out to prolong its life which is nice feature. The dustbin also carries the anti-tangle comb feature which helps keep the brushroll clean. This feature works quite well and is a staple among Shark products (I have 2 other traditional vacs from them with his feature). A notable feature is the object detection which allows the robot to navigate around objects that are roughly 3” tall. So completely picking up the floor isn’t always necessary. I’ve tested this with toys, shoes, and game controllers and the vacmop navigated right around them. Items like socks, masks, and small toys were not detected since they were too short.
Controlling your vacmop is done with the app and its in here that you can configure its features. The app shows you the cleaning map. It lets you divide up the map into rooms, give them names, etc. You also specify carpeted areas that may not have been detected by the automatic carpet detection utilized by the mopping program. You also have the ability to specify no-go zones and high traffic areas. The no-go zones eliminate the need for using magnetic strips to block an area off, and the high traffic zones signify areas that might need a few extra passes. The app lets you schedule your cleanings, and see cleaning reports after the vac has ran. You can also configure the Recharge and Resume setting if you have a large home to clean. The app also lets you control the robot from anywhere inside or outside the home.
The setup process is pretty straightforward to start out on. You setup the dock in a suitable place that has the proper clearance around it. Then plug the dock in and its ready to go. You need to flip the power button on the side of the robot before charging. There’s a little green indicator on top of the charger dock that changes to blue once charging has started. From there you connect the bot to your app and to your home’s Wi-Fi. You have to connect to a 2.4GHz network band in order to set things up. If you have a mixed Wi-Fi band (2.4 and 5 use the same SSID and password) then you have to disable the 5GHz band before connecting to the 2.4. Once connected you can re-enable the 5GHz band on your router. I did run into an issue here that I have seen pop up in other connected devices. The app has trouble connecting to the device’s Wi-Fi automatically. It forced me to go into my Wi-Fi settings and manually connect to the vac’s network. Then the app could connect to the robot. Then I had to switch back to my network to let the app point to that network. In other words I had to do all the work and it would have been easier if I was just hit with a prompt to enter my network details. This is not exclusive to the Vacmop, but to IOT items in general.
Before you can start cleaning you have to do 2 runs – one to map your house and another to do the carpet detection. In my house this took about 2 hours – 600 sqft cleaning area. After the mapping the app/vac suggests cleaning zones/rooms. It did a pretty good job of breaking down the floor plan on its own. I divided one room up and designated a hallway. Other than that the zones were pretty accurate. I ran the carpet detection next – my upper level only has carpet in one room, and it is fully carpeted with a medium pile. Another room has a little area rug (low pile), and then that’s it. The vac didn’t detect any of the carpet, which was disappointing, Maybe it needs to be a high pile to detect? I manually designated these zones in the app so that it wouldn’t try to mop those areas.
As far as cleaning goes you have 2 options – vacuum only or vacuum and mop. The vacuum only setting works just like any other robovac. You can select where you want to clean (a single room, a group of rooms, or the whole house), the power mode (Eco, Normal, and Max), and start it off. Depending on the size of your home cleaning can take a couple of hours especially if it has to recharge mid-session. I ran into an issue with the room selection that I will discuss below. Overall the vacuum cycle does a good job. It handled the copious amounts on long hair that several girls produce as well as the fluff from my husky that drifts around. I ran it in Eco and in Max mode to see how my run times varied. With Max I’m down to 15% and with ECO I have about 35% battery left. For me it makes sense to run in Max since I can clean the upper level in one charge. The vac doesn’t do a random pattern but rather works a grid to get the floor clean. This is absolutely preferable and takes a lot less time than the random bouncing around.
The vacuum+mop option requires the fitting of the solution reservoir. I used the included cleaning solution and it took half the bottle to fill the reservoir. A reusable cleaning pad comes already attached to the reservoir bottom. Once the reservoir is fitted to the app switches to say “Mop” instead of vacuum. With my carpet map manually set I set out on a mopping run. In this mode you can control the flow of the solution (low, med, high). I chose to leave it on the default and let it go. The mopping run does a good job cleaning up footprints from wet shoes and paws that have dried. Moderate marks are also taken care of. However, it couldn’t lift a dried ice cream drip spot or some other food related drips. These needed to be scrubbed prior to running the vacmop. Stuck on messes are a bit too much for the vacmop to handle, but final cleaning/polishing are in its wheelhouse. For me the wet foot and paw prints are the ideal target of the vacmop.
Issues and Other Thoughts
Overall I had a number of issues crop up with the vacmop. Most of them centered around the app interface. These are issues that can be fixed in future firmware updates, so they may just be issues for now. The app is, to me, poorly laid out. You can’t adjust your power mode/fluid rate until the vacuum is started, some settings are buried under different sub menus, and the app notifications are not really all that useful. It will notify of errors or low battery, but it won’t tell you it finished cleaning, or where it cleaned unless you dig into the app. Other robovacs I’ve used had this in their push notifications and it was useful info. Before I turned on Recharge and Resume I wasn’t sure if the vac had cleaned the whole house. The map would be unavailable for whatever reason and the app suggested it may not provide a map if the rooms aren’t bright enough. Why should that matter? My other robovac can provide a map even if it vacuumed in a pitch black house.
Other features just flat out don’t work at the time of this review. Selecting a room to send the robot to results in the app spinning and thinking before not doing anything. I can only run it on full house. Sometimes the Resume and Recharge goofs and it only goes back and cleans the room it was just in before returning to the dock. It still had part of another room to finish and the only way for me to get that cleaned was to let the vac recharge and then run the whole house again. The other feature that didn’t work was the carpet detection. It didn’t detect that one entire room was carpet, which is a pretty poor showing for a marquee feature.
Overall the AI Vacmop cleans and vacuums well. It has a good enough runtime for most homes and decent enough suction to get your carpets clean. The device is letdown by the companion app which is really unfortunate because the app is so integral to the operation. I think a lot of issues can and will be cleared up through updates, but I don’t have a crystal ball.Jan 21, 2021 22:16
The Shark AI Robot VacMop isn’t our first robot vacuum nor robot mop, but is the first device we’ve owned that does both these operations simultaneously. I like that it is a little bit smarter than the robot vacuum we’ve been using because it supports room mapping and has laser-guided vision in addition to drop sensors and physical bumper sensors. I’ve noticed that these in combination makes it less likely to ‘bump and redirect’ than our other robots, protecting our walls and furniture from nicks and scratches and things from being knocked over.
The initial setup was a mixed-bag experience. If you want to unlock all the features of the robot, you must use the accompanying smart phone app, SharkClean. This allows you to access features like scheduled cleanings, view and edit the rooms mapping, and adjusting the settings on the vacuum like eco/max suction modes. Without the app, you can still use the robot and initiate a simple cleaning cycle by pressing the 'clean' button on the unit. The main complaint I have about the app is that it requires an internet connection, and won't work if the robot and smartphone are connected to the same WiFi router without Internet access. That makes this robot impossible to use with the app if your Internet service goes down, in areas of the house without a WiFi signal, or if you don’t want the device to be online.
After creating an online account and adding the robot to it, it needs to go through a couple of exploration cycles. The first maps the room and the second detects carpets and rugs for creating ‘no-go’ areas when mopping. Depending on the size and complexity of your room layout this mapping may or may not be very accurate. For example, in my home we have a fairly high transition between the dining room and the kitchen which the robot was unable to traverse. Indeed, it got stuck on the transition and was spinning its wheels for several minutes before it dislodged itself. This resulted in a map with a distorted the layout of the rooms since it continued to ‘map’ its path despite remaining in one spot. It fared much better when we physically blocked its path to areas where it could not, or we did not want it to, go. You can optionally use adhesive magnetic BotBoundary strips (sold separately) placed on your floors to create a ‘virtual wall’ that it will not cross. The robot was not able to travel our high-nap carpeted hallway, getting stuck within the first few feet and simply turning around, therefore I do not recommend it for carpeted floors.
It performed best in square, enclosed rooms with few obstacles and hard flooring; the instructions are clear that you should remove objects and wires that may block its path or get stuck on prior to mapping. The map editing feature in the app was disappointingly frustrating to use to modify incorrect mappings and add missing areas, often resulting in the error ‘one of rooms will not be added to your map.’ We found it easier to simply delete the map and start the exploration cycle over; note that syncing updates to the map with the robot, including deleting the map, is surprisingly slow. Also, the robot can only store one map at a time, making it impossible to pick up and move the robot/base to another floor of the house, or even a room that’s separate from the existing map, without remapping the new area from scratch each time.
Software user-friendliness aside, the actual vacuuming and mopping performance is very good, though a bit loud when running. The robot picks up a lot of dust, hair, and debris. However, the dust bin is a bit messy to empty out, oftentimes dropping a bit of its contents when detached from the main body of the robot, and fine dust clings to it readily. Though, it is completely washable in the sink under running water, including the removable dust filter tray. When mopping, coverage was about 95% efficient. Areas where we found the mop pad didn’t touch were along the perimeter of the rooms, 1 to 3 inches out from the walls and all around the dock base plate.
I liked that the mop tank attaches to the back of the vacuum tray, rather than being an exchangeable component. This allows the unit to both vacuum and mop at the same time and convert from one mode to the other quickly. The water tank held enough water for us to cover our 300 sq ft space in one pass before requiring a fill up. You can also adjust the flow level to dispense more or less water depending on the level of soil of your floors, and you set the unit to ‘recharge and resume’ if your space is large and it cannot finish the cycle on a single charge; we did not require this in our small home. Heavy and dried on messes like spilled sticky substances and mud were not picked up by the mop, even over multiple passes, so these areas are best cleaned before they dry, or using a more robust method.
For regular cleaning, however, I do think the Shark VacMop robot does a nice job in keeping a consistent, baseline level of cleanliness through scheduled cleanings. I also liked that I can do one-off additional cleanings using voice commands using Alexa. Mopping always requires a bit of advance planning as you do need to fill the water tank AND remove and empty it after each mopping run to prevent mold and mildew growth on the pads and water tank. The four included microfiber mopping pads attach easily to the tank bottom via Velcro and are machine washable. The robot works well in our small home, but the app could use some improvement.Dec 22, 2020 13:34
I have 2 Shark vacuums, older Navigator and newer Apex DuoClean and love them. It's a great brand...even after years of use. Wanted to try a robot vacuum for a while now. It's the only brand I thought would be a good fit for me. And since Shark's new 2 in 1 robot just came out. Even better, right?
Well, here's my review and opinion for those who want an actual users experience on the week+ I spent with this robot:
After downloading app and inputting WiFi credentials. Step 1 requires the robot to "Explore" your home to create a map of your floorplan. Seems simple, but didn't work well for me. The Smart IQ lasers and other sensors took 27-28 attempts (5 minutes - 60+ minutes each attempt over 3 days) to finally see some of my house. I noticed in my house, part of the problem, it hates hallways and glass doors. My robot was flustered if it saw glass, and avoided the hallway. While I still don't have a full map of my house. On attempt 27/28, amazed it finally went down the hall and found 1 bedroom (have 3 bedrooms), I went with the map showing 10 rooms (actually mapped: kitchen, dinning room, living room, hall and 1 bedroom [5 rooms]). Best to just call it close enough and move on to actual vacuuming.
Step 2 requires the robot to determine where carpet and smooth mopable floors are. This was close, but would require tape measures and math to get right. The robot just wasn't close enough based on the map it had to work with.
Step 3 is the actual vacuuming. It's now day 4 since my little buddy arrived. It was decent for surface debris and pet hair on high suction setting. It was a bit loud ( I know it's a vacuum) and I didn't trust it could reliably clean enough of the floor on a single charge to be worth the poorly mapped version of my house to know where it missed and get it on the next trip. Not much deep cleaning considering I followed up with an upright vacuum and it had just as much fluff and more grit in it's bin. And emptying the robot is less than perfect. Fluff/dust sticks to the pre-filter screen. Plus side, you can rinse it in the sink. I don't see any electronics. Just pull the yellow filter out first.
The mop part will only be good if you have zero carpet between hardwood/tile/linoleum sections of your house. Two rooms separated by a room with carpet will get a free carpet mopping! And the mop is a damp toweling at best, not true mopping(my opinion). It barely cleaned rainy day footprints once they dried.
Not Sure How The Carpet Mopping Conundrum Is Avoided!
Ultimately, if you have very little furniture and pull the curtains for glass doors when you set this robot up. And this VacMop robot specifically...only have hardwood/tile/linoleum floors. It might be a good choice for dust, debris and pet hair. It's new fin design didn't get hair tangles. BUT, if you have many furniture pieces and carpet mixed with a few smooth floors. This probably isn't the robot you are looking for. It will avoid bumping into most objects. But my robot had trouble with legs on raised furniture it could pass under. Legs on couches, were repeatedly circled and rubbed against for minutes at a time.
Not Impressed with this Smart Shark. Barely better than random bump robots I saw reviewed on youtube. Needs Further Education or Better Sensors!Dec 09, 2020 15:17