Finally! The good things about robovac in robot some people can allow yourself. iRobot, maker of Roomba and Braava stray home helpers, announced today the launch of its Roomba i3 +, a mid-range vacuum that will receive standard features on models with a far steeper price.
Currently, the most affordable models currently available at Roomba start at about $ 250 for the 600 Series. This is not a negligible amount of money for a cleaning robot that still requires regular human intervention for things like waste disposal (depending on how often you use it and how big your space is). IRobot introduced self-emptying vacuum cleaners a few years ago, but the docks needed for this feature – including the vacuum itself – could move up for a bonus. (The Roomba i7 costs $ 800 while the premium Roomba s9 retails for a staggering $ 1,100 – which, Oh.)
However, the Roomba i3 drops a few hundred dollars from the cheaper of these two options and is compatible with an accompanying dirt disposal base if you want to pay a little more for the vacuum to empty. Roomba i3 – vacuum only – will cost you $ 400which is not the case too much more than you would pay for a quality mid-range robot assistant. But you’ll really want a version that can be emptied so you don’t mess with it every time you fly over your floors. It ishe Roomba i3 +, which starts at $ 600 in the USA ($ 750 CAD) and includes automatic emptying with Clean Base – which according to iRobot can hold up to 60 days of dust and dirt before you have to empty the bin yourself – however, the basic functionality is the same with or without a charging station. It feels like a lot of money until you remember the best wand and the best vacuum bags are exactly the same price.
Clean Base doubles as a charging station for Roomba i3 +, which will allow the vacuum to charge itself when its battery is exhausted before completing its cleaning tasks. In addition, iRobot claims The Roomba i3 + has 10 times more suction power than the Roomba 600 Series, Roomba’s budget model, and a speaker told Gizmodo that the cleaning system is the same as the Roomba i7 and i7 +.
iRobot said that the Roomba i3 + is able to handle both hard floors and carpets – its brushes in the device will be regulated depending on the environment – and will learn over time which areas in your home are the most tend to get dirty to zero in these areas. (And for the people you like, a speaker told Gizmodo that these brushes can handle animal hair without tangling.) As with other vacuum cleaners in the Roomba line, the device can be operated with the iRobot Home App and additionally to pair with Alexa and Google virtual assistants.
Roomba i3 + and vacuum only Roomba i3 are immediately available online and will appear in stores later this month, with international markets to follow in 2021. We will try to take one of them–just to see how he handles a house with a very good dog throwing himself everywhere.