iRobot Roomba i7 vs i7+ Robot Vacuums

iRobot Roomba i7 and i7+ robot vacuums are practically the same vacuum cleaners, except that iRobot Roomba i7+ package features iRobot Roomba i7 Robot Vacuum and Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal unit.

iRobot Roomba i7 Robot Vacuum is advanced robot vacuum cleaner coming with premium features like WiFi connectivity supporting Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, Imprint Smart Mapping, iAdapt 3.0 Navigation with Visual Localization, clean map reports etc.

Published: April 12, 2019.

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iRobot Roomba i7 and i7+ Robot Vacuums Features and Specifications

iRobot Roomba i7 is an advanced and rather compact robot vacuum cleaner. It is powered via 3300 mAh lithium ion battery which ensures runtime of up to 75 minutes on the bare floors - when the carpeted areas are vacuumed, runtime is slightly shorter.

iRobot Roomba i7 requires ~2h to recharge its battery and if required, thanks to the advanced navigation system, it can resume its cleaning task.

iRobot Roomba i7 features iAdapt 3.0 Navigation with Visual Localization and Imprint Smart Mapping, both enabling features like:

- recharge and resume: if the battery is discharged during cleaning, unit can stop the cleaning task, locate and automatically dock to the charging station, recharge the battery and then to resume with the cleaning task.

- multi room cleaning: unit navigates around the home and differentiates areas (kitchen, rooms, etc.)

- clean or schedule by room: unit can clean individual areas/rooms at different schedules.

- clean map reports: using iRobot HOME App, user can access clean map and other reports.

Note: iRobot Roomba can memorize up to 10 different floor plans and can be used for vacuuming different home floors - but, it can't traverse the stairs and it must be carried manually from floor to the floor. Also, Roomba i7 support the use of 'Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barriers', allowing the user to quickly limit the vacuum's access to certain parts of home.

iRobot Roomba i7 weighs 7.44 lbs (3.37 kg) and its physical dimensions are 13.34 x 3.63 inches (33.9 x 9.22 cm). Such dimensions in combination with advanced sensors allows the unit to reach and clean areas without bumping into floor obstacles and objects, leaving almost no areas uncleaned.

iRobot Roomba i7 features good suction of ~1700 Pa, and is suitable for medium to large homes and apartments - on a single battery charge, it can clean up to 1990 sq. ft. (~185 m2) of bare floors. And if that is not enough, its 'Recharge and Resume' feature helps the unit clean even the larger home.

Unit is WiFi enabled and it support the use of Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Since Roomba i7 doesn't support the use of IR remote control, the use of iRobot HOME App is highly recommended.

Roomba i7 is suitable for vacuuming bare floors and low- and medium-pile carpets and is able to traverse 0.79 inches (~20 mm) high obstacles.

roomba i7 2Dirt cup capacity is 0.5 liters, which is good for such compact vacuum, but i7+ model comes with 'Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal' unit.

'Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal' enables the Roomba i7 to automatically empty its dirt cup when it docks for recharging, greatly simplifying maintenance tasks, saving both time and effort. 'Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal' features disposable vacuum bag that can store up to 30 cups of dirt.

Also, Roomba i7 features dirt cup sensor and when it is full, and there is no 'Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal' unit, it signals dirt cup full to the user.

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Both charging base or 'Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal' base should be placed on permanent position, with free space on all sides, which helps the unit to locate and to properly dock with the charging base/'Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal' base.

To prevent the unit from falling off the cliffs (stairs in most cases), unit comes with improved cliff sensors, which allow the robot to easily distinguish between dark carpets/tiles and actual cliff.

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To help with the edge cleaning, iRobot Roomba i7 features single side brush, which sweeps along its cleaning path and pushes the dirt toward the main brushrolls. Side brush is very important for proper cleaning of wall edges, corners and similar surfaces.

Main brushrolls features dual multi-surface rubber brushes, which in combination with good suction and Auto-Adjust Cleaning Head, help the robot vacuum to clean various surfaces efficiently.

iRobot Roomba i7 and i7+ Maintenance

Although automatic dirt disposal is great feature, iRobot Roomba i7+ and especially iRobot Roomba i7 are not maintenance free robot vacuums.

Note: when the unit arrives, be sure to thoroughly read the manual/instructions. iRobot Roomba i7 and i7+ are not complicated robots to use and maintain, but, just in case ...

For these units to operate properly, recommended maintenance tasks include:

- dirt cup: wash it as needed.

- air filter: clean it once a week and if you have pets, consider cleaning it twice per week. Air filter should be replaced every two months.

Note: Air filter is not washable. In order to keep the air filtration at desired level (to capture 99% of pets' allergens), take proper care of your air filter.

- full bin sensor: clean it every two weeks.

- front caster wheel: clean it every two weeks, replace every 12 months or as needed.

- brushes (edge brush, dual multi-surface brushes): clean them once a month and replace every 12 months or as needed.

- sensors and charging contacts: clean them once a month.

When replacing parts of your Roombas, always use OEM parts.

replacement kit

iRobot Roomba i7 and i7+ Replenishment Kit contains 3 High-Efficiency Air Filters, 3 Edge-Sweeping Brushes, and 1 Set of Multi-Surface Rubber Brushes - it contains most commonly used/replaced Roomba i7 parts.

Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal units don't require any special maintenance, except to replace dirt bag from time to time.

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Clean Base vacuum bags store 30 bins of dirt and debris and are not changed often. When being replaced, Clean Base vacuum bags are sealed, preventing the dirt from exiting the dirt bags.

iRobot Roomba i7 and i7+ Clean Base (Automatic Dirt Disposal) Bags are high quality vacuum bags and low-quality, non-OEM vacuum bags can cause issues with Clean Base (higher pressure drop, dirt exiting the vacuum bags etc.).

iRobot Roomba e5 vs. 960 vs. i7 vs. i7+ Robot Vacuums Comparison

Following comparison chart shows similarities and differences of the latest iRobot Roomba models:

Roomba Model iRobot Roomba e5 iRobot Roomba 960 iRobot Roomba i7 iRobot Roomba i7+
Photo roomba e5 comparison table roomba960 table 1 roomba i7 comparison table roomba i7 plus comparison table
Floor Types All All All All
3 Stage Cleaning Suction 5x 5x 10x 10x
Hard Floor Run Time Up to 90 min Up to 75 min Up to 75 min Up to 75 min
Self-Charging Yes Yes Yes Yes
Recharge and Resume No Yes Yes Yes
Battery Type Lithium Ion  Lithium Ion Lithium Ion  Lithium Ion 
WiFi Connected Yes Yes Yes Yes
iRobot HOME App Yes Yes Yes Yes
Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant Compatible Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dirt Detect Yes Yes Yes Yes
Side Brush Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dual Multi-Surface Rubber Brushes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Auto-Adjust Cleaning Head Yes Yes Yes Yes
High Efficiency Air Filter Yes Yes Yes Yes
iAdapt 3.0 Navigation with Visual Localization No iAdapt 2.0 Navigation Yes Yes
Imprint Smart Mapping No No Yes Yes
Drop Sensors Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barriers Yes Yes Yes Yes
Scheduled Cleaning Yes Yes Yes Yes
Multi Room Cleaning No Yes Yes Yes
Clean Map Reports No Yes Yes Yes
Custom Cleaning Preferences No Yes Yes Yes
Automatic Dirt Disposal No No Compatible Yes
Weight 7.2 lbs (3.26 kg) 8.5 lbs (3.85 kg) 7.44 lbs (3.37 kg) 7.44 lbs (3.37 kg)
Dimensions (D x H) 13.3 x 3.6 inches
33.8 x 9.2 cm
13.8 x 3.6 inches
35.0 x 9.2 cm
13.34 x 3.63 inches
33.9 x 9.22 cm
13.34 x 3.63 inches
33.9 x 9.22 cm
Amazon Link iRobot Roomba e5 Robot Vacuum iRobot Roomba 960 Robot Vacuum iRobot Roomba i7 Robot Vacuum iRobot Roomba i7+ Robot Vacuum

roomba i7 3Note: 3-Stage Cleaning Suction is compared to Roomba 600 Series robot vacuums. Also, Amazon affiliate links open in the new window, feel free to check them for the most up-to-date offers and prices.

Roomba e5 and Roomna 960 feature 3-Stage Cleaning Suction that is 5x stronger than suction of Roomba 600 series robots, while i7 and i7+ feature 10x stronger suction.

Roomba e5 and Roomna 960 don't support automatic dirt disposal.

Also, Roomba 960 features somewhat older navigation system (iAdapt 2.0) that doesn't support all the functions of iAdapt 3.0 navigation system, but it does support 'resume and recharge', multi-room cleaning, clean map reports, custom cleaning preferences and similar.

Main difference between Roomba e5 and i7 (and i7+) is the navigation system and dirt disposal. Roomba i7 and i7+ feature advanced navigation system, which allows them recharge and resume of cleaning task, clean map reports, cleaning of the single room etc.

Also, Roomba i7+ also features automatic dirt disposal, while Roomba i7 is compatible, but it lacks automatic dirt disposal 'Clean Base'.

Note: All these features dictate the price, but what you pay is what you get :)

Compare the prices:

Roomba i7 and i7+ come with 12 months limited warranty.


Long Story Short: iRobot Roomba i7 and i7+ help the user to keep home cleaner and more pleasant to live. Their features like new navigation system, automatic dirt disposal, cleaning preferences, reporting, easy maintenance etc. ensure that they will do their job properly, but they can't replace main vacuum cleaner, especially for vacuuming elevated surfaces.

If you are looking for a high-end vacuum cleaner, consider this model.

For more reviews and recommendations, check iRobot Roomba i7 and iRobot Roomba i7+ Amazon links (links open in the new windows).