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iRobot Roomba i7+ vacuum review
Roomba i7+ robot vacuum (Photo: iRobot)
helloBARK! staff
By helloBARK! staff
Updated on July 25, 2019

Shedding season can be a frustrating time for dog owners.

Some dog breeds with a double coats will blow out their undercoat sometimes once or twice a year at the changing of the seasons.

Other canines will shed all year long but some hypoallergenic dogs can have low shedding coats.

If you’ve got a pup, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got a quality pet vacuum capable of giving your home a deep clean.

Website: www.irobot.com

In this article, we’re going to take a close look at the iRobot Roomba i7+ to see what features are included, what customers have to say about the vacuum and whether it’s value for money.

We’ll break this review into the following sections:

• What is the iRobot Roomba i7+ vacuum?
• Design
• Technology
• Ease of Use
• Customer Reviews
• Price
• Any negatives?
• Is this the best pet vacuum cleaner?
• Anything else to consider?
• Wrapping up – our final thoughts

Let’s kick off our review of the iRobot Rooma i7+.

What is the iRobot Roomba i7+ vacuum?

The Roomba i7+ lets you control which rooms are cleaned and when, and empties on its own, so you don’t have to think about vacuuming for weeks at a time.

Their website explains how the robot has a premium three-stage cleaning system that provides powerful pick-up for effortless every day cleaning.

The autonomous robotic vacuum has the ability to learn and map the different rooms in your home so you can select where you want the Roomba to clean.

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Once you’ve downloaded the iRobot App, you can control when and where your Roomba i7+ starts to clean your apartment or house.

Pet parents will be encouraged to learn that iRobot have designed the vacuum with your pets in mind. Their website emphasises that the Roomba can handle dog hair and cat litter without any problems.

If you’ve got the CleanBase system, the Roomba i7+ will self empty when the bin is full so you don’t have to think about vacuuming for weeks at a time.

Design

Unlike the s9+ series, the Roomba i7+ has a circle design rather than a d-shape which mirrors the traditional shape of iRobot vacuums.

In pratical terms, it’s slightly bigger than the Roomba 690 model. The i7+ device has a 13.3 inch diameter.

The color is different shades of black on first glance. You’d be forgiven for thinking there isn’t much difference from older models.

There is a light that blinks and shines different colors depending on the current state of the Roomba i7+.

On the underside, you’ll notice rubber rollers to collect dirt with more advanced grooves. Both the brush roll and spinning brush are green.

It’s easier than before to empty the bin whether you do it manually with your hands or automatically with help from the CleanBase.

Technology

Roomba i7+ robot vacuum (Photo: iRobot)
Roomba i7+ robot vacuum (Photo: iRobot)

The iRobot Roomba i7+ vacuum cleaner has some impressive technology.

The Imprint Technology allows the robot to learn the different parts of your home. Their website says the technology allows the Roomba to “learn, map and adapt to your home”.

The Roomba i7+ vacuum has PerfectEdge Technology to help it handle corners and furniture with ease. The Corner Brush ensures optimized cleaning deep into corners and along edges.

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To avoid unnecessary mishaps, the vSLAM technology has the ability to map over 230,400 data points using the optical sensor.

In doing so, the robot knows where it is, where it’s been, and where it needs to clean.

If it’s thorough clean you’re after, Dual Multi-Surface Rubber Brushes are the secret. Uniquely designed with rubber treads to hug different floor surfaces, removing everything from small dust to large debris.

Ease of Use

As we mentioned above, one of the key benefits of the Roomba device is the ability to empty itself at the Clean Base when full to capacity.

Therefore, you can use the app to schedule your home to be cleaned without pet parents having to get their hands dirty at all.

For pet parents who don’t have a lot of time, the Clean Base systems allows the robot to empty independently. The website claims it can hold 30 bins of dirt, dust and hair.

It has an Anti-Allergen System to lock mold and pollen allergens.

You won’t have to worry about recharging the Roomba – either. It automatically recharges before it resumes cleaning.

iRobot’s motto is to change the way you clean forever.

Customer Reviews

The iRobot Roomba i7+ has an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars based upon over 400 reviews on their website.

If we take a look at online giants Amazon, the Roomba i7+ has been awarded an average of 4.1 stars from 260 plus reviews.

One Amazon customer was staggered by the amount of hair the Roomba was able to collect:

I love that it can go all the way under the bed and other low furniture and suck up tumble weeds of pet hair. After the first week, I was annoyed to find that the bag in the clean base already needed changing…until I looked inside and found basically an entire extra cat crammed—packed tight—in the bag. Fair enough, Roomba. Here’s your new bag.

Another Amazon purchaser felt it was value for money if you’ve got the budget:

We have two Bernese and two cats. The hair, dirt, and other effluvia are not to be believed… This thing is a MONSTER. I know it’s pricey. But if you have multiple hairy pets, this thing is the shiznit.

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However, there are a number of reviews that complain about pet hair getting tangled in the Roomba i7+’s brush head:

We have 2 golden retrievers. We tried to perform open robot surgery on Roomba to see why it seized up on the doggo hair, and it had doggo hair all tangled in the rollers after its inaugural run across our floors.

Price

Roomba i7+ robot vacuum (Photo: iRobot)
Roomba i7+ robot vacuum (Photo: iRobot)

iRobot Roomba i7+ vacuum cleaner is priced at $799.99 on their website. If you want the CleanBase disposal, you’ll have to pay an extra $300, which takes the overall price to $1099.99.

Any negatives?

The biggest negative is the price for pet parents. The Roomba i7+ is at the top end of the pet vacuum cleaner market.

Unfortunately, you’ll have to dig a little deeper if you want the Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal which inflates the price even more.

Is this the best pet vacuum cleaner?

There are a lot of things to like about the Roomba i7 robot vacuum. We especially like the freedom that it gives pet parents.

But if you’re going to invest in an iRobot vacuum, you may prefer to buy the latest device considering you’re already making a significant investment.

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Anything else to consider?

For anyone with pets that has allergy problems, whether it be regarding to pet hair, dander or pollen, you don’t want your vacuum to propel allergens into the air.

The Roomba i7+ has advanced filtration system captures 99% of mold, pollen, dust mite, dog and cat allergens.

Wrapping up – our final thoughts

Roomba i7+ robot vacuum (Photo: iRobot)
Roomba i7+ robot vacuum (Photo: iRobot)

We’ve reached the end of our review of the iRobot Roomba i7+ robot vacuum.

Designed with pet parents in mind, this iRobot offering has a lot to like.

However, it’s a premium product at the top of the price range.

The s9+ series has some more advanced features and a fresh new design. If you want to invest in an iRobot model, you may prefer to go for the newest autonomous robotic vacuum from this forward-thinking company.

For more information and to buy: www.irobot.com

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