Roomba s9+ vs. Roomba i7+: Specs
|Roomba i7+||Roomba s9+|
|Price with Clean Base||$799||$1,099|
|Size||13.3 inches x 3.7 inches||12.3 inches x 3.5 inches|
|Weight||7.4 pounds||8.2 pounds|
|Mapping||Yes, up to 10 floors||Yes, up to 10 floors|
|Smart Home||Alexa, Google Assistant||Alexa, Google Assistant|
|Dog Hair Average Score||90.5||98|
|Kitty Litter Average Score||87.6||100|
First things first. If you’re investing in a Roomba, be prepared to open both your wallet and your partner’s wallet. With its self-emptying Clean Base, the Roomba s9+ currently sells for $1,099. Without the auto-dustbin, the s9 will set you back $899. In our Roomba s9+ review, we praised it as an intelligent cleaner that’s powerful enough to replace a corded vacuum cleaner. We found there’s a lot of bang for your (many) bucks with the Roomba s9+. Todays best iRobot Roomba S9+ deals
The slightly older Roomba i7+ with Clean Base is a more reasonable $799, or $599 without the auto-dustbin. Our Roomba i7+ review noted its solid performance and excellent mapping skills. Trust us, if you have pets, you’ll want the Clean Base. It automatically sucks debris out of the vacuum’s onboard dustbin into a disposable bag, trapping fur and dander inside. It’s a whole lot easier than shaking the dustbin out over the trash can and re-releasing the Roomba-captured dust into the wild.Todays best iRobot Roomba i7 Plus deals
Both the Roomba s9+ and the Roomba i7+ are solidly built and intended to last. Both vacuums receive automatic updates when connected to Wi-Fi, so your bot won’t be lagging behind in a few years. The Roomba s9+ was released in May 2019, making it the more recent model. However, the Roomba i7+ was released in September 2018, so it’s not too far behind.
The (very) short list of things we don’t love about the i7+
Is there such a thing as a perfect product? Arguably not. Everything has its flaws, and as such, the iRobot Roomba i7+ isn’t perfect. Here are the details we don’t like.
The Roomba definitely wont sneak up on you…
There are some robot vacuums that claim to be so quiet you can run them while you’re sleeping, but let me tell you, Ruby isn’t one of them. This robotic vacuum is pretty loud while running—around the same volume as my old Roomba, if not louder. Plus, when it empties into its base, it makes this huge whooshing noise caused by the powerful suction. ADVERTISEMENT
Is this the end of the world? No. We just run it during the day. But it will probably be bothersome if you’re trying to talk on the phone or watch TV.
Roomba s9+ vs. Roomba i7+: Next Level Features and App
How’s this for a cool trick? When either the Roomba s9+ or the Roomba i7+ is done vacuuming, the iRobot Braava jet m6 mopping robot will start mopping your floors. iRobot calls it “Imprint Link Technology,” but we think its a handy way to clean up dog hair and paw prints at the same time.
Speaking of dog hair, the D-shape of the Roomba s9+ means it reaches corners where dust bunnies hang out more easily. Plus, it detects spots on the floor that are dirtier and focuses cleaning on that area with extra suction and gusto. The long arms of the spoked-brush on the Roomba i7+ help guide debris into the vacuum, but the bot doesn’t offer dirt detection.
If that’s not enough to terrorize the cat, both Roombas map each of your floors with impressive accuracy. From there, set up schemes to clean rooms in a specific order or to clean just one or two rooms at a time.
iRobot recently overhauled its iRobot Home app (Android and iOS) with a sleek new interface. You can create custom cleaning programs to vacuum specific areas at the touch of a button or whenever you schedule it. In addition to the already present “Keep Out Zones,” the new app adds “Clean Zones” for tidying up areas that get the most traffic. So, for example, you can program them to clean under the dining room table after each meal.
Even better, you can trigger vacuuming to start when you leave home based on integration from other automated smart home devices, such as the August smart lock, the Ecobee smart thermostat, the MyQ smart garage door opener, or via IFTTT.
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