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Roomba i7 or Roomba i7 plus: the best robot vacuum cleaners from iRobot

iRobot has provided superior quality robot vacuum cleaners and mopping robots to customers over the years. They have made various upgradations with each of their products to ensure that they provide the best to users.

The Roomba i7 and the Roomba i7 plus are the two most recent additions to their line of products. Both these robot vacuum cleaners can be safely counted amongst the best iRobot cleaners available in the market today.

The makers of Roomba i7 and i7 plus have incorporated within them a host of superior features. Both these cleaners also come with the latest built in technologies.  They can map the surroundings, remember the floor plans and give excellent cleaning performance. Moreover the Roomba i7 plus even automatically empties the bin and disposes the dirt. Overall, the Roomba i7 and i7 plus are the most technologically updated, top quality vacuum cleaners available today.




Exterior design of Roomba i7 and Roomba i7 plus Compared

The exterior design of both Roomba i7 and i7 plus are the same barring a few minor differences. Here’s taking a look at them.

  • Shape: The Roomba i7 and i7 plus are circular in shape.
  • Size and weight: Both the models are identical in size and weight. They are 13.34 inches in diameter and 3.63 inches tall. The cleaners weigh 7.4 lbs.
  • Colour: The Roomba i7 and i7 plus are black in colour.
  • Buttons: The positioning of buttons for Roomba i7 and i7 plus are similar. There are three buttons on the top of the cleaners.

The ‘clean’ button is positioned in the middle. Users can start, stop or pause a cleaning cycle by simply pressing this button.

The ‘Spot’ button lies on the right side. Users can press this button if they want to clean any specific area. The vacuum cleaners move in small circles in this mode, to clean that particular area.

The ‘Home’ button is on the left side. When users press this button, the cleaners move back to the home base. They return home from which ever point they are on the cleaning cycle.

  • Brushes: The Roomba i7 and i7 plus have one rotating side brush at the bottom. This brush efficiently cleans all edges.

There are two circular rotating rubber brushes. These brushes have special grooves to give a superior cleaning performance on carpets and rugs.

  • Sensors: On the outer edge in front of the cleaners lie the sensors. These sensors can easily detect obstacles.
  • The Collection bins: Both the Roomba i7 and i7 plus come with a collection bin. The collection bins of both the models are of the same size. They are also made of the same material. However, there is one small difference between the collection bin of Roomba i7 and i7 plus. There is a small hole at the bottom of the bin of the i7 plus cleaner.

The collection bins for both the models are washable. Users should take out the bin and wash it with soapy water at regular intervals.

  • The base: The base of both the models which act as the charging stations are quite different.

Home base for Roomba i7

The base of the Roomba i7 is called the home base. This base primarily acts as the charging station. Users need to plug in the base. The Roomba i7 docks into this base and the batteries are recharged. Once the batteries are recharged, the Roomba i7 becomes ready for the next cleaning cycle. The recharge and resume function is also there. The cleaner can return to the base for recharging if the battery runs out in the middle of a cleaning cycle. It can then resume its cleaning once the charging is done.

Clean Base for Roomba i7 plus

The clean base is the charging station of Roomba i7 plus. This charging station also looks a little different. It is 14 inches tall and looks like a tower. It fixes against the wall. Once the cleaner docks into the charging station, it recharges. In addition to this the collection bin also empties all dust and debris. Hence, the charging station of the i7 plus performs a dual function.


Features Comparison for Roomba i7 and Roomba i7 plus

Both Roomba i7 and i7 plus possess a host of excellent features. Below comparison table provides some important feature differences.

Roomba i7 Vs Roomba i7 plusselect the best Roomba model
Automatic Dirt Disposalwow factor
Washable Filtereasy maintenance
Works with Alexa or Google Assistantfor better Control
Pet hair removalpet environment
Charging stationRobot home
home base
Clean base
BatteryRelated to Run time
1800 mAh
1800 mAh

Let’s take a look at detailed description of specifications for both Robots.

Imprint Smart Mapping:

This superior navigation technology of Roomba i7 and i7 plus makes the entire cleaning process very easy. The cleaners navigate the surroundings in the first cleaning cycle. Once the navigation is done, the cleaners save the layout. So, this enables the cleaners to carry out the subsequent cleaning cycles very easily. Users can even assign different names like ‘kitchen’, ‘living room’ and so on to specific areas of the house. The Roomba i7 and i7 plus can remember upto 10 floor plans.

Automatic dirt disposal system:

This feature is the major difference between the Roomba i7 and i7 plus models. The Roomba i7 plus has an automatic dirt disposal system. The Roomba i7 does not possess this feature.

When the Roomba i7 plus settles in the base for charging, the base identifies the rubber flap of the collection bin. The base then automatically empties the bin of all dust and debris. The bin of the Roomba i7 plus has a hole at the bottom. All the dust is sucked out from this hole and moved to the top of the tall tower.

There is a vacuum bag at the top of the tower. The dust is collected in this bag. Hence, users no longer have to worry about emptying the bin manually. Users however will have to empty the bag once it is full. The tower will send notifications to the mobile app once the bag is full. They simply have to take out the bag and replace it with a new one. So, users don’t need to constantly check whether the bag is full.

The vacuum bag can hold dirt of upto 30 collection bins. Hence, one bag should last for atleast a month.

Advanced filtration system:

The Roomba i7 and i7 plus come with the Aero Force 1.0 filter. This upgraded Aero Force filter provides advanced filtering. It is also much smaller in size than the original Aero Force filter. As a result, this gives more space to the bin for collecting dust and debris. Another advantage of the filter is that it is washable. So, users can wash the filter at regular intervals.


Both the cleaners come with a battery size of 1800 mAh. The cleaners have a fairly good running time of 75 minutes. Moreover, they also have the ‘recharge and resume’ function. This proves very handy if the battery runs out in the middle of a cleaning cycle. In such situations, the cleaners can return to the base for recharging. Once, fully charged the cleaners can go on for another 75 minutes. They can do this twice throughout the cycle. As a result, the cleaner has 225 minutes of running time in total.


Superior cleaning:

Roomba i7 and i7 plus give top notch cleaning performance. They give excellent cleaning to all kinds of surfaces. The cleaners pick up all dirt from hardwood surfaces, floor tiles and linoleum. They also work well on high and low pile carpets.

App control:

The app connectivity for both the models allow users to go completely hands free while controlling the cleaner. Users have to simply download the app on their smart phones or tablets and they get complete hands free control.  They can then start, stop or pause a cleaning cycle with this app. The app also has various other settings. Users can also view the cleaning history through this app.

Compatible with Google Assistant and Alexa:

The Roomba i7 and i7 plus also feature complete integration with latest technologies like Alexa and Google Assistant. Hence, users can even voice control the robot vacuum cleaners by simply giving instructions to Google Assistant or Alexa.

  • The smart navigation system of the cleaners makes cleaning very convenient.
  • The app control makes the Roomba i7 and i7 plus very user friendly.
  • These cleaners give superlative cleaning performance on all kinds of surfaces.
  • Roomba i7 and i7 plus are compatible with latest technologies like Alexa ad Google Assistant.
  • Roomba i7 plus users do not need to worry about emptying the bin for many days.
  • The Roomba i7 does not come with an automatic dirt disposal system.
  • Obviously, the Roomba i7 plus is a little expensive
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Final Verdict

The Roomba i7 and Roomba i7 plus are undoubtedly one of the best robot vacuum cleaners available today. These robot vacuum cleaners come with an array of excellent features. What gives them an edge above the others is their superior cleaning performance. They perform excellent cleaning on all hard floors, carpets and rugs. Their app integration and mapping features also make these robot vacuum cleaners very convenient to use.

 The Roomba i7 is also friendlier on the budget. If users don’t mind emptying the bin manually, then this cleaner is a great choice. This robot vacuum cleaner is ideally suited for users looking for a reasonable, top quality product.

The automatic dirt disposal system of the Roomba i7 plus model is a huge upgradation. This feature definitely makes Roomba i7 plus the best robot vacuum cleaner.

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