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Roomba j7+ Review

Derek Hales

Written By: Derek Hales

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A High-Tech Robot to Impress

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Roomba j7+ Robot Vacuum

The iRobot Roomba j7+ is a self-emptying robot vacuum designed to learn your habits and deliver a hassle-free cleaning experience. It can create smart maps, estimate cleaning time, and work around your schedule. Plus, it identifies obstacles in real-time and allows users to label them as permanent or temporary obstructions. Just like the Roomba i3+ and other models, it works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. We were also impressed with its ability to store up to 60 days’ worth of debris and empty on its own. Check Price

Pros

  • Advanced navigation that can detect and avoid obstacles in real-time
  • Self-emptying dust bin that can store up to 60 loads of debris
  • Provides cleaning time estimates and reports
  • Can adjust its cleaning schedule based on your preferences

Cons

  • Higher price tag
  • Not as much suction as the Roomba S9+
  • Only vacuums, doesn’t mop

Launched in September 2021, the iRobot Roomba j7+ is designed to seamlessly blend with its surroundings. This is the first iRobot vacuum cleaner to use PrecisionVision Navigation, a cutting-edge technology that allows it to detect and avoid pet waste, charging cables, and other obstacles around the house. 

The j7 also features a self-emptying dust bin, Wi-Fi connectivity, and cleaning time estimates. What makes it stand out is the high level of personalization. Let’s see how it works and what to expect in terms of cleaning performance, usability, maintenance, and other aspects.

Note 9/17/2021 – The j7+ launched on September 9, 2021. We have one in the mail. As soon as it arrives we’ll update this review with our complete cleaning, navigation, and usability tests.

Roomba j7+ Design 

The j7+ robot vacuum has a similar design to the Roomba j7. Overall, it’s sleeker and has a smaller cleaning base, which allows it to fit better under the couch, desk, and other pieces of furniture. 

iRobot’s latest robot vacuum boasts a clean interface with just one button. There’s also a built-in compartment for storing extra bags. 

Roomba j7+ docked at charging station

A cool feature is the front-facing visible light camera that allows it to detect obstacles from floor level. This technology is backed up by iRobot’s Pet Owner Official Promise (POOP). The manufacturer guarantees to replace any Roomba j7+ that fails to avoid solid pet waste. 

What does the bottom look like?

Its underside is very similar to the Roomba i+ and other S series robots, with an edge-sweeping brush and dual multi-surface rubber brushes.

Roomba j7 underside
Roomba j7 underside

 

Here you’ll also see a small navigational wheel and two larger wheels that allow the robot to navigate different floor types. The smaller wheel enables the j7+ to make 360° turns. 

Curious about the j7+ smart home base? 

Like the Roomba i7+, Roomba i3, and other robots, the j7+ includes a self-emptying dust bin. Its Clean Base is sleeker and more compact than that of other Roombas, but large enough to store up to 60 loads before being emptied. 

iRobot has redesigned this component to take up less space. The home base for the Roomba j7+ is shorter compared to the previous models, which allows you to place it under a table. Plus, it serves as a charging station, eliminating the need for extra accessories. 

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Size & Dimensions

The Roomba j7+ has pretty much the same size as the i7+ and i3. It’s slightly shorter and wider, but the difference is negligible. 

Its measurements are as follows:

  • Diameter: 13.3″ diameter
  • Height: 3.4″ tall
  • Weight: 7.49 pounds 
Roomba j7+ robot vacuum

The Roomba i3, by comparison, is 3.63″ tall, 13.26″ wide, and weighs 7.44 pounds.

Roomba i3+ Clean Base
Roomba i3+ Clean Base

How big is the charging base? 

As mentioned earlier, the smart home base for the Roomba j7+ is sleeker and shorter than that of other models. Here are its exact dimensions: 

  • Height: 15.8″ tall
  • Depth: 13.3″ deep
  • Width: 11.9″ wide

When the robot returns to the charging station, the system will suck up debris and store it in the dust bin. 

If you vacuum twice a week, you’ll only need to empty the dust bin every seven to eight months (however, you may want to do it more often to prevent mold and odors!). It doesn’t get much simpler than that.

Accessories & Parts

The Roomba j7+ includes the following parts and accessories:

  • Self-emptying base
  • Dirt disposal bags (x2)
  • HEPA filters (x2)
  • Corner brush (X2)
  • Line cord 

iRobot’s latest robot vacuum includes two dirt disposal bags, but you can purchase extra bags separately

Likewise, you can buy an extra set of HEPA filters or new rubber brushes as needed.

Features 

The j7+ is one of the most advanced robot vacuums we’ve tested so far. Plus, it gets smarter with each use. 

Let’s see its key features: 

1. Self-Emptying

The self-emptying dust bin is hands down one of the best features of the Roomba j7+. This technology can free up your time and make cleaning a breeze. 

On top of that, the j7+ has a much larger dust bin than other Roombas. It can store up to 60 days worth of debris, while the i3+ and i7+ can only hold up to 30 loads. Not to mention that you can reuse the bag multiple times before replacing it. 

2. Clean While I’m Away 

The Roomba j7+ is designed with your needs in mind. iRobot’s new robot vacuum will use your phone’s location to start cleaning when you leave home and stop when you return. 

Roomba j7+ cleaning edges

3. Imprint Smart Mapping

Like other Roomba models, the j7+ will map out the rooms in your home and then memorize its layout. It can also remember specific rooms and clean based on individual preferences. 

Moreover, you can use the iRobot Genius app or your voice assistant to prioritize cleaning tasks. 

4. Scheduled Cleaning 

Users can set the Roomba j7+ to do its job around their schedule. The robot also provides cleaning time estimates and personalized suggestions. 

5. PrecisionVision Navigation

The j7+ uses machine learning to detect obstacles, from phone charging cables and socks to dog poop. Plus, you can leave feedback through the app. The machine will remember your feedback and become more efficient at avoiding obstacles. 

Roomba j7+ cleaning path - pet waste avoidance

Another cool feature is that you’ll receive app notifications when your Roomba encounters an unknown object. 

The robot will send a photo via the app so you can label it as a temporary or permanent obstacle. If it’s a permanent fixture (e.g.: a flower pot), the j7+ will mark it as a no-clean zone.  

6. Smart Map Coaching

The j7+ will guide new users through the onboarding process to help them map out their homes and create custom floor plans. This allows it to follow a predictable pattern and clean each room according to your preferences. 

7. Real-Time Reporting 

After each cleaning job, the j7+ will let you know how many square feet it covered and how long it took to get the job done. You’ll also get a detailed map of the areas cleaned during a full cycle. 

8. Quiet Drive Mode 

If you’re having a phone call or watching TV, you can tell your Roomba to keep the noise down. 

9. Smart Home Integration 

Like other high-end Roomba robots, the j7+ is compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant. Users can also fully control via the iRobot Genius app. 

Usability

The usability of this robot vacuum is really great due to the self-emptying dust bin, smart navigation, and personalized cleaning options. Think of it as a hands-free cleaning system tailored to your needs. 

Your only job is to install the app and make the necessary settings. The Smart Map Coaching function takes the guesswork out of this task so that you can fully customize your cleaning experience. 

Setup 

Like the i7 and other premium models, the Roomba j7 requires no setup. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Unbox the robot and its accessories
  2. Plug in the charging station
  3. Place your Roomba on the charging station 

Generally, Roomba robot vacuums come partially charged. However, it’s still a good idea to fully charge your j7+ before using it for the first time. This will allow it to run a complete cleaning cycle so you can see how it performs and how long the battery lasts. 

Starting a Cleaning Cycle 

Using the Roomba j7+ is quite straightforward. To start a cleaning cycle, choose one of the following options:

  1. Press Clean on the robot. 
  2. Use the iRobot Genius app. 
  3. Use Alexa or Google Assistant to turn on your Roomba. 

For example, if you use Amazon Alexa, you can simply say “Alexa, vacuum the kitchen,” the j7+ will get to work. 

The iRobot Genius App

The iRobot Home app, or Genius app, is compatible with both iOS and Android devices. Launched in 2020, the iRobot Genius Home Intelligence is an update of the app. This new feature allows users to set up Clean Zones, scheduled cleanings, and more. 

iRobot Roomba app smart mapping
iRobot app making a digital map of the Modern Castle home
iRobot Roomba scheduling
iRobot Roomba scheduling

Simply install the app on your smartphone or tablet and then make the necessary settings. Or you can just click “Clean” to place your Roomba into automatic cleaning mode. 

iRobot Select Membership

Beginning October 5, 2021, iRobot began offering their iRobot Select Membership. The Roomba j7+ and j7 are part of the program.

iRobot Select Membership
iRobot Select Membership Details

Essentially, this allows you to pay $99 (for the j7+) or $0 (for the j7) and then $29 / month to get a new Roomba j7+ / j7.

From there, you get a number of benefits:

  • You’ll get the Roomba j7+ or j7
  • The app will inform iRobot when you need new accessories (bags, brushes, etc.) and they will automatically be shipped to you.
  • An enhanced protection plan
  • A dedicated customer service support team
  • And, you can upgrade robots every 3 years!

FAQs

Do iRobot Select Members own the robot? Or is it a lease?

Yes, users own the robot. If you cancel the membership before 3 years then there is no need to send the robot back. However, if you do cancel the membership your robot vacuum and clean base will still working

How do robot upgrades over time work?

iRobot Select Members who keep their membership for 3 years are eligible to upgrade their robot. To do so, you just need to ship the robot back to iRobot (who pays the shipping costs both ways)

What is the iRobot Select Membership contract length?

There is a 2 year contract commitment. At the end of 2 years, the membership goes to month-to-month until terminated.

What robots are available within the iRobot Select Membership?

As of the launch, only the j7 and j7+ are available. However, iRobot plans to make other robots available to users.

Is the Roomba j7+ a Good Value?

The Roomba j7+ is on the pricier side, but it has some really cool features that you won’t see on other models. 

The front-facing camera, for instance, allows the robot to avoid obstacles and navigate your home as efficiently as possible. Another notable feature is the self-emptying dust bin, which eliminates the need for regular maintenance. 

Roomba j7+ cleaning with light

We were also impressed with its scheduling capabilities and clean-time estimates. Basically, you can set the robot to work around your schedule instead of having to keep an eye on it. 

The j7 also comes with a 60-day home trial, meaning that you can test it for two months and return it if you’re not fully satisfied with its performance. 

Who Should Buy the Roomba j7+?

With its sleek design and smart features, the Roomba j7+ is one of the most advanced robot vacuums on the market. It’s also the only robot that can avoid solid pet waste, making it ideal for dog and cat owners

I would recommend the Roomba j7+ if you:

  • Have a busy schedule: The j7+ is able to detect your presence and adjust its cleaning schedule accordingly. Plus, it can identify obstacles, map out specific clean zones, and estimate cleaning time. These features make it suitable for those on a tight schedule. 
  • Want a self-emptying dust bin: The new Roomba will automatically empty its dust bin and can store up to 60 days’ worth of debris. You can leave home for weeks at a time without having to worry about emptying it every few days. Note that you still need to clean the filter for optimum performance. 
  • You’re looking for a hands-free cleaning system: The Roomba j7+ can be easily controlled through the iRobot Genius app. Even if you’re away from home, you can still turn it on and let it do its job. The advanced navigation system ensures an intuitive cleaning experience. 

Roomba j7+ Specifications 

TypeRobot
ManufactureriRobot
ModelRoomba j7+
Diameter13.3″
Height3.4″
Weight7.49 lbs.
Floor TypeAll (indoor)
BatteryLithium-Ion
Imprint Smart MappingYes
Self-EmptyingYes
Washable Dust BinYes
ReturnsVaries by retailer
Warranty1-year
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About Derek Hales

Derek HalesDerek Hales is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of ModernCastle.com. He has been featured in Fast Company, Reader's Digest, Business Insider, Realtor.com, She Knows, and other major publications. Derek has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Kansas State University. Hales has been testing and reviewing products for the home since 2014.

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