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Roomba i7+ Review

Most Advanced Robot We’ve Tested

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Roomba i7+

The Roomba i7+ robot vacuum is the first vacuum of its kind that features a self-emptying dustbin. No typo here. The Roomba i7+ has an advanced “home base” that doubles as a charging station and a self-emptying dustbin where it can store up to 30 loads of debris from the i7+ cleaning cycles. Additionally, its cleaning performance and usability (via app control and advanced mapping) easily make the i7+ the world’s best robot vacuum cleaner.Check Price

Pros

  • Self-emptying dust bin is a huge bonus, with a large enough canister at the base to store up to 30 loads before being emptied
  • Advanced navigation and control via your smartphone allows you to send your Roomba to a specific room in your home for a cleaning
  • Extremely strong cleaning performance on all indoor flooring types.

Cons

  • Much more expensive than other advanced robot vacuum models
  • You’ll have to periodically replace dust bags within the base as they wear out

Roomba i7+ Design

Much like most of the other Roomba robot, the Roomba i7+ does not steer too far away from the standard iRobot design. Yet, there is one big addition that Roomba made with regard to design that could change the game.

First, the buttons:

The top of the Roomba i7+ is similar to the Roomba 960 and 980. There is an onboard camera, a primary “clean” button, as well as two smaller buttons (one to make it go home, one to spot clean). While this is a simple interface, the technology behind this design is extremely advanced.

Roomba i7+ robot vacuum
Roomba i7+ robot vacuum

What does the bottom look like?

As we move to the underside of the Roomba i7+, the similarities continue. There is one spinning brush, three wheels, two rubber multi-surface brushrolls, the battery, and the dustbin.

The bottom of the Roomba i7+ is quite similar to the 900 series Roomba's
The bottom of the Roomba i7+ is quite similar to the 900 series Roomba’s

The biggest change to the bottom of this robot vacuum is the slot within the dustbin that allows the i7+ to empty its components into its home charging base after a cleaning session.

The remainder of the vacuum is almost identical to the 960 and 980. A bumper ring runs along the perimeter of the unit, in addition to several internal sensors that help map out your home, avoid walls, and avoid driving off of edges, such as stairs.

The i7+ Smart Home Base

Curious about the new home base for the i7+?

iRobot’s latest and greatest technology has been paired with the i7+ to create Roomba’s most advanced robot vacuum yet. This is largely in part due to the new self-emptying feature that is built into the home charging base.

The new smart base included with the Roomba i7+ robot vacuum
The new smart base included with the Roomba i7+ robot vacuum

Unlike all other Roomba’s the i7+ home base has an entirely different look. The base is taller, offers more of a ramp style docking pad, and sucks the debris from the dustbin of the i7+ into a bag within the base.

Not to mention, the base still charges the i7+ while the contents of the dustbin are being emptied.

RELATED – Curious about the rest of the Roomba robot vacuums? Check them out here.

Size & Dimensions

When it comes to the size and dimensions of the Roomba i7+, a lot of it feels familiar and a lot of it may feel very different.

On one hand, the size of the actual robot vacuum is consistent with the size of Roomba models that came before. The big difference is in the size of the charging base.

How big is the vacuum?

The Roomba i7+ is:

  • 13.34″ diameter
  • 3.63″ tall
  • 7.44 pounds

Compared to other Roomba models, this size and weight are consistent with past models.

Size and dimensions of the Roomba i7+ robot vacuum

How big is the charging base?

The charging base is where the differences are most noticeable. Previous Roomba charging stations simply have a small base, slightly larger than the overall height of the Roomba. The charging base that comes with the i7+ is about five times the height of the Roomba vacuum itself.

Size & dimensions of the Roomba i7+ Clean Base

The larger size is notably due to the important feature of the i7+ being “self-emptying”.

When the Roomba docks itself back at the charging base, a suction force pulls the debris out of the dustbin on the i7 vacuum and into the bagged container enclosed within the charging base. The bagged system can store up to 30 loads of debris from the i7 cleaning cycles.

RELATED – Wonder how the i7+ compares to the new S9+? See our Roomba S9+ vs. i7+ vs. e5 here.

Accessories & Parts

The Roomba i7+ includes the following parts and accessories:

  • Charging base (with built-in disposal)
  • 2 Disposal bags
  • 1 Virtual wall
  • 1 HEPA filter (extra)
  • 1 Spinning brush (extra)

Now, these are all pretty standard accessories for the Roomba line-up, with the exception of the advanced charging base and disposal bags, as part of the self-emptying technology.

Smart charging base included with the Roomba i7+ robot vacuum

CHARGING BASE | The Roomba i7+ robot vacuum has an advanced charging base that sucks up debris and stores it in a debris bag. The base debris bag can hold up to 30 loads from the i7+ cleaning cycles.

Bag that sits inside of the Roomba i7+ charging base

“CLEAN BASE” DISPOSABLE BAG | The charging base is designed with a separate compartment at the top for a disposable debris bag. This bag can hold up to 30 times the capacity of the on-board Roomba i7+ vacuum itself. The vacuum comes with two of these bags. More Clean Base bags can be purchased separately.

Wall barrier included with the Roomba i7+ robot vacuum

VIRTUAL WALL | The i7+ comes with one virtual barrier to help with navigating tricky spaces or to block off a sensitive area. The virtual wall is the advanced model, offering dual-mode controls for blocking off long linear lengths up to 10′ or radial areas up to 4′ in diameter.

Filter included with the Roomba i7+ robot vacuum

HEPA FILTER | The HEPA filter that comes with the Roomba i7+ is a newer filter that does not come with most other Roomba models. The filter is a part of the AeroForce filtration system, a step above, over the previous AeroVac system.

Spinning brush included with the Roomba i7+ robot vacuum

SPINNING BRUSH | Besides being a different color, the spinning brush on the Roomba i7+ is the same brush as what is used on older models. The spinning brush helps to pull dirt and debris away from edges and corners, for a higher quality cleaning performance.

Features

The performance of the Roomba i7+ is excellent and brings some great new features to the table to help it do a better job.

Special new features include:

Self-Emptying

The self-emptying dustbin is the major feature that separates the Roomba i7+ from all other Roomba models currently on the market. This technology is stored at the top of the charging station.

But how does it work?

Once a cleaning cycle is complete, the Roomba i7+ will drive back to the charging station, where the debris from the vacuum will be sucked up through the charging station and deposited into a disposable bag that is kept in the “Clean Base” station.

This base bag can hold up to 30 full cleaning cycles from the Roomba i7+ robot vacuum.

Smart charging base included with the Roomba i7+
Smart charging base included with the Roomba i7+

Imprint Smart Mapping

Imprint Smart Mapping is like the older, wiser brother of Memory Mapping (from older Roomba models, like the Roomba 890). With Memory Mapping, Roomba could navigate the space and remember certain parts of the floor plan to avoid consistent obstacles.

What about Digital Map Reports? 

Later models (Roomba 900s, see our 960 vs 980 comparison here) used Memory Mapping to allow Roomba to create Digital Map Reports. These reports were essentially digital floor plans of the details of your space. These plans allow you to see exactly where the Roomba cleaned and identify areas where it may have struggled.

Cleaning by Room Name

Imprint Smart Mapping takes the digital information and allows you to assign titles to each space. With this smart mapping technology, you can direct Roomba to specifically clean your kitchen, living room, or other selected space.

Roomba i7 smart cleaning maps
Roomba i7 smart cleaning maps

This is a first for Roomba and a real bonus, especially if you have a larger floor plan and need specific rooms cleaned more often than others.

The Imprint Smart Mapping is even Alexa enabled, allowing you to say things like, “Alexa, clean the living room.”

The Roomba i7 and Roomba i7+ both come with Imprint Smart Mapping, as a part of the iAdapt 3.0 Navigation system.

What if your my home has more than one level?

No problem, the Roomba i7+ can memorize up to 10-floor plans, so even if you take the Roomba to a different level it will retain the mapping information.

Scheduling

Like most of Roomba’a more advanced line, you are able to schedule cleanings. You can set your Roomba to run a scheduled cleaning one-time or recurring on a daily / weekly schedule.

iRobot Roomba app scheduling cleanings
iRobot Roomba app to schedule and monitor cleanings

Takes just a few moments to set it up via the iRobot app.

Cleaning Performance

The overall cleaning performance from the Roomba i7+ was nothing shy of impressive. This robot vacuum did an excellent job on all three floor types against all four debris types.

Overall

99%

Hardwood

99%

Low Carpet

99%

High Carpet

99%

Hardwood Floor Cleaning

While i7+ performed well on all three flooring types, I will say that I noticed it had the most difficult time on the hardwood floor. Although it performed in a nearly flawless manner, visually watching the robot vacuum clean up on the hardwood was interesting.

Cereal

100%

Kitty Litter

99%

Rice

100%

Sugar

100%

As with most robot vacuums, the spinning brush had a tendency to fling the debris around our testing lane and into corners.

Resulting in?

This resulted in the Roomba i7+ having to work extra hard to get into those corners and remove the debris that it placed there. Yet, without hesitation, this iRobot got into the corners and removed almost every spec of debris from the testing lane.

Roomba i7+ hardwood cleaning performance test
Roomba i7+ hardwood cleaning performance test

When it came to the cereal test, we found out that the i7+ will stop itself when the dustbin is completely full.

After running the cereal test the first time, this Roomba robot vacuum picked up about 75% of the cereal, parked itself, and illuminated a red light around the “Clean” button on the top of the vacuum. This light indicated a full dustbin, letting us know that it needed to be cleared before returning to pick up the remaining cereal.

Roomba i7+ cleaning hardwood floors

Normally, the i7+ would drive over to its base, empty the dustbin, and head back to pick up the remaining cereal. In this particular case, we had the Roomba trapped in our testing lane, therefore it was not able to make its way to the charging base.

All in all, the cereal was not a difficult test for the i7+. The issue was the dustbin was completely full, meaning the vacuum could not handle sucking up any more debris.

Low Pile Carpet Cleaning

The low pile carpet tests yielded almost identical results to the hardwood floor tests, yet the i7+ did so in a more efficient way.

Cereal

100%

Kitty Litter

99%

Rice

100%

Sugar

100%

While watching this Roomba work its way across the low pile carpet, we noticed that the vacuum was being extremely diligent with how it covered the carpet.

Roomba i7+ low carpet cleaning performance test
Roomba i7+ low carpet cleaning performance test

While it may have passed one of the debris and cleaned all of it up, the vacuum would drive right back over the area to ensure that no remaining pieces were left within the fibers of the carpet.

The two multi-surface rubberized brushrolls did a great job of agitating the carpet, allowing the vacuum to suck up the debris.

Two rubber brushrolls are used to agitate dirt and debris off of the floor
Two rubber brushrolls are used to agitate dirt and debris off of the floor

Once again, an impressive performance from the Roomba i7+.

High Pile Carpet Cleaning

Last but not least, the high pile carpet tests. Much like the hardwood and low pile carpet tests, the Roomba i7+ handled the debris on the high pile carpet without any issues.

Cereal

100%

Kitty Litter

100%

Rice

100%

Sugar

99%

This Roomba robot vacuum did a fine job of working its way across the carpet in a timely manner while also showing deep enough suction to lift almost 100% of each debris type out of the carpet.

Roomba i7+ high carpet cleaning performance test
Roomba i7+ high carpet cleaning performance test

Keep in mind, a timely manner for a robot vacuum may be longer than more traditional upright or stick vacuums, but this strong of a performance without having to touch a thing is amazing.

The Roomba i7+ is by far the most impressive robot vacuum we have put through the Modern Castle cleaning tests to date.

Want to see how the i7+ compares?

See all of our robot vacuum reviews and cleaning tests here.

Usability

When it comes to usability on the i7+, not much has changed from the 900 series Roomba robot vacuums. The user interface on top of the unit is still simple and easy to understand, it’s the same iRobot home app (though with extra features), and the new smart base makes it more hands-off than ever.

Setup

Before we dive too deep, let’s talk setup:

Long story short, there is basically no setup required with the i7+. The steps are as follows:

  1. Remove all parts from the box
  2. Plug in charging base
  3. Place Roomba on the charging base

Aside from these three small steps, the iRobot Roomba i7+ is virtually ready to rock and roll right out of the box. In fact, we were able to use the vacuum for almost a full 75 minutes right out of the box, meaning the vacuum shows up almost fully charged.

First Time Use

While this Roomba does show up almost fully charged, it is still a good idea to place it on the charging base and allow it to fully juice up before using it. Once you have done so, let the i7+ run for its full battery runtime and make its way back to the charger.

The Roomba i7+ comes with enough battery to clean right out of the box
The Roomba i7+ comes with enough battery to clean right out of the box

By fully charging and fully draining the battery of the robot vacuum right away, you’re helping it get off on the right foot with regard to battery longevity.

Next:

As noted above, using this robot vacuum is extremely simple.

Press clean on the robot itself, within the app, or just say the words “Alexa, vacuum the house,” and the Roomba i7+ will get to work. Keep in mind, you have to have an Amazon Alexa enabled device to actually use voice commands when operating the i7+ robot vacuum.

From there, the robot vacuum is going to do the rest of the work for you.

It will drive around your home, mapping out each room, and vacuum your floors. After it has reached max capacity within the dustbin, the Roomba i7+ will drive itself back over to its charging base, empty the debris from the dustbin, and return back to where it left off cleaning last.

Automatic dirt disposal vent located on the bottom of the i7+ robot vacuum
Automatic dirt disposal vent located on the bottom of the i7+ robot vacuum

Self Emptying Dust Bin

Don’t worry, you read that right. The Roomba i7+ has the ability to empty its dustbin components on its own. Therefore, the only time users have to empty something is when the bag inside of the i7+ charging base has reached its limit. Roomba mentions that the bag is able to hold roughly 30 cleaning sessions worth of debris.

The dust / debris bag sits inside of the Roomba i7+ charging base
The dust / debris bag sits inside of the Roomba i7+ charging base

Using the App

Once again, iRobot has made things easy on the user. The app offers an easy user interface with tons of features. After opening the app, users can place the robot in automatic cleaning mode by just clicking the “Clean” button, or they can choose a more specific cleaning style for the vacuum.

iRobot Roomba smartphone app
iRobot Roomba smartphone app

Regardless, the app is probably the most user-friendly version we have seen yet.

Overall, the usability of a robot vacuum does not get much easier than the Roomba i7+.

Is the Roomba i7+ a Good Value?

Roomba i7+ robot vacuum value

The value of the Roomba i7+ robot vacuum is dependent on the user, in my opinion.

This model is one of the priciest models on the market today, no doubt, but it also offers features that are unlike anything else that is available.

Features like:

The self-emptying dust bin is a big time saver regarding daily maintenance. If you’re on-the-go or just don’t want to think about your vacuum for weeks (or even months) on end, the value of the i7+ may be considered excellent.

Improved Navigation

In addition to the advanced dust bin, the navigation is also improved. With the new technology, you can use your smartphone to direct the Roomba to clean specific areas or rooms within your home. Also, unlike older models which tended to navigate with a sporadic zig-zag pattern (models with iAdapt 1.0 navigation technology), the Roomba i7+ operates with methodical linear cleaning passes.

Both of these advanced features are impressive and not extremely common in the robot vacuum world, therefore adding to the i7+’s overall value. But, if these features are not necessarily important to you, it could be possible that the price is just too high for the value that the i7+ provides.

The overall cleaning performance is an area where the Roomba i7+ is worth every penny, in my opinion. After testing this robot vacuum, we found that the i7+ was able to handle debris on all indoor floor types, with ease. It is objectively the best performing robot vacuum we have tested to date (see testing data here).

Roomba i7 vs. i7+ Specifications

Below you’ll find a complete comparison of important specifications on the Roomba i7+ as well as a quick comparison between what is different between the i7+ and standard i7.

Check out the breakdown here:

SpecificationsRoomba i7Roomba i7+
Roomba i7+ robot vacuum overallRoomba i7+ robot vacuum overall
TypeRobotRobot
ManufactureriRobotiRobot
ModelRoomba i7 (7150)Roomba i7+ (7550)
Length13.34"13.34"
Width13.34"13.34"
Height3.63"3.63"
Weight7.44 lbs.7.44 lbs.
Floor TypeAll (indoor)All (indoor)
Battery1,800 mAh1,800 mAh
Dust Bin Capacity~0.5 L~0.5 L
iAdapt Navigation3.03.0
Imprint Smart MappingYesYes
Self-Emptying (Advanced Base)Not included, but compatible, base can be purchased separatelyYes; smart base is included
Washable Dust Bin (on-board)YesYes
Includes Virtual WallYes; OneYes; One
ReturnsYes (usually), Varies by retailerYes (usually), Varies by retailer
Warranty1-Year limited1-Year limited
PriceCheck PriceCheck Price

Who Should Buy the Roomba i7+?

If you’re looking for a top-of-the-line robot vacuum with all the newest features, the Roomba i7+ is one of the best choices available. This model is self-charging, self-navigating, and self-emptying, taking your SELF right out of the vacuuming equation.

I would recommend the Roomba i7+ if you:

  • Want a self-emptying dust bin: Possibly the best new feature is the self-emptying dustbin, eliminating one of the primary forms of maintenance with any robot vacuum. Keep in mind, you will still need to clean out the filter regularly.
  • Want to schedule by room: The Roomba i7+ (and Roomba i7) offer advanced scheduling using Imprint Smart Mapping that allows you to schedule your Roomba to clean a specific room. This technology even works with voice control—”Alexa, vacuum the living room”.
  • Want excellent cleaning performance: The exceptional cleaning performance is due to a combination of advanced suction (10 times the suction of the Roomba 600 series, as stated by Roomba) as well as advanced navigation and smart mapping. This advanced technology allows for more time cleaning and less time bumping into obstacles or getting stuck in tight spaces. The Roomba i7+ easily offers the best cleaning performance we have seen in any robot vacuum we’ve tested to date.

For more information on the Roomba i7+ see here.

Why did the Roomba i7+ robot vacuum score the way it did?

  • Design – Physical hardware, sensors, run time, and suction power are all combined in a sleek package. Add the smart base to that and it really is an incredible design.
  • Performance – Simply put, this is the best performance we have ever measured in a robot vacuum.
  • Quality – Roomba brings the typical quality you would expect. Their new generation design is equally as good (if not arguably better) than their 900 series.
  • Usability – Self-charging, self-emptying, recharge and resume, advanced navigation, smartphone / voice control, and clean by room? There really is nothing else I would want. i7+ does it all.
  • Value – One of the most expensive robots on the market, but brings so many bleeding edge features you cannot get anywhere else. Solid value overall.
Arguably Best Robot Vacuum Ever Made
  • 99%
    Design - 99%
  • 99%
    Performance - 99%
  • 96%
    Quality - 96%
  • 100%
    Usability - 100%
  • 95%
    Value - 95%
98%

Summary

The iRobot Roomba i7+ is one of the most advanced robot vacuums we have seen to date. Not only is this Roomba a top notch performer, but it also includes a new smart base that empties the dustbin automatically. Therefore, there is no need for the user to empty the dustbin after every cleaning, as the i7+ will actually do all of this for you. If you’re in the market for a robot vacuum and want the most advanced navigation, strong performance, and incredible usabilty, the Roomba i7+ is hard to beat.

8 thoughts on “Roomba i7+ Review”

  1. I bought onde 980 some time ago and it not clean gross carpetes. I send it back. This new are able to clean this carpetes very high?

    • If you were unhappy with the performance of the 980 you probably won’t like the i7+.

      It’s better, but the performance difference vs. the 980 isn’t revolutionary.

  2. Hi.. I have the 980 but I could really use the dust bend because I have to empty it every day. We have a dog and a cat. Is it worth the $300 difference to purchase the i7+ vs the i9+? I’m torn.

    • Hey Michael,

      I haven’t personally tested the S9+ yet, so I cannot say for sure. However, I am doubtful the S9+ is worth an extra $300 over the i7+.

      The i7+ already scored a 99% in our cleaning tests. It is truly an incredible vacuum cleaner. I’ve been testing it since it launched and it’s been a strong performer every week.

      For my money, I’d probably just get the i7+.

  3. Hi,

    There is no mention of how the i7+ performs with pet hair in the review. Is it good with dog hair? We have two dogs and hair is everywhere! Our floor is polished concrete and tiles.

    There is a also 10mm lip from the concrete up to the tiled section, would the i7+ be able to navigate up to the tiles?

    Thanks.

    • We did not do any formalized tests vs. dog hair. However, speaking anecdotally based on our on-going normal use of the product in our test home, the i7+ has done great. We have a poodle, and while she doesn’t shed as much as other dogs, still does shed. The i7+ has no issue picking up her hair, as well as normal human hair either.

      The Roomba should be able to handle the 10mm lip well enough.

      I believe they are spec’d for around 12 mm (or half an inch).

  4. I love the I7+ for all the reasons listed. Especially the room mapping and auto bin emptying feature. However two negatives about the I7 vs the 980 which we owned. First is battery life. The I7 has a 75 minute average life before it has to return to charge and it fully charges before returning to the place it left off. That means your house can’t be put back together near as fast as with the 980. They went from a 3300mAh battery in the 980 to an 1800mAh battery in the I7. My 980 could do the whole house on a single charge at 2hrs and a couple of minutes with some reserve. The I7 can only do approx. 1 hr +15 mins before needing to return for charging doing the same house. Additionally the I7 does not afford me the opportunity to NOT edge clean like the 980. It uses valuable time on a minimal battery to perform this task every cleaning. In my home that is not needed every time and I wish they would return that feature to us in the App. Overall I would not trade it back for the 980 but the reduced battery capacity and no edge cleaning options are negatives that could be easily remedied with a larger battery pack (even make it an optional enhanced capacity battery pack) and a slight software mod for edge cleaning..

    • Thanks for sharing, Doug.

      I tend to agree with everything you’ve said. When we first tested the i7+ the battery didn’t bother me, but it can definitely be a bit annoying. Ultimately, it just means it takes longer to clean the same space.

      Even so, you get more suction power on the i7+ compared to the 980, which I expect is why the battery life isn’t as strong. So it’s a bit of a double edged sword.

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