Finally! The good robovac trick in a robot people can to offer. iRobot, maker of Roomba and Braava traveling household helpers, today announced the launch of its Roomba i3 +, a mid-range vacuum that will benefit from standard features of models with a much higher price tag.
Right now, the more affordable models currently on offer in the Roomba start around $ 250 for the 600 series. That’s not an insignificant amount of money for a robot cleaner that still requires regular human intervention for jobs. things like waste disposal (depending on how often you use it and the size of your space). iRobot introduced self-draining vacuum cleaners a few years ago, but the docks necessary for this function – including the vacuum itself – can go up to a large one. (The Roomba i7 costs $ 800, while the premium Roomba s9 retails for $ 1,100, which, Ouch.)
The Roomba i3, however, saves a few hundred dollars on the cheaper of these two options and is compatible with a compact dirt dump base if you want to pay a little more to have the vacuum empty. The Roomba i3 – just the vacuum cleaner – will set you back $ 400, which is not as well way more than what you would pay for a quality mid-range assistive robot. But really, you’ll want the version that can drain itself, so you don’t fiddle with it after every pass on your floors. It’s notthe Roomba i3 +, which starts at $ 600 in the United States ($ 750 CAD), and includes automatic emptying with the Clean Base – which iRobot says can hold up to 60 days of dust and dirt before you need to empty the bin yourself – however, the basic functionality is the same with or without charging station. Who feels like a lot of money until you remember the best stick and the best bag vacuum cleaner are exactly the same price.
The Clean Base also serves as a charging station for the Roomba i3 +, which will allow the vacuum to charge when its battery is low before completing its cleaning tasks. Additionally, iRobot claims the Roomba i3 + has 10 times the suction power compared to the Roomba 600 series, Roomba’s budget model, and a spokesperson told Gizmodo that its cleaning system is the same as the Roomba i7 and i7 +.
iRobot said the Roomba i3 + is able to handle both hard floors and rugs – its built-in brushes will adjust to suit the environment – and learn over time which areas of your home are most susceptible to get dirty to focus on those areas. (And for you pets, a spokesperson told Gizmodo that these brushes can handle pet hair without tangling it.) As with other vacuums in the Roomba line, the device can be controlled with the iRobot Home application and can also be combined with virtual assistants. Alexa and Google.
The Roomba i3 + and Vacuum Roomba i3 are immediately available online and will hit stores later this month, with international markets to follow in 2021. We’ll try to get our hands on one, too.–if only to see how he manages a house with a really good dog shedding absolutely everywhere.