I have a kid and two cats and, as such, my floors are covered with the detritus of parenthood and pets. Cat litter. Dust. Tiny chunks of clay. Even tinier Legos. Crumbs and more crumbs. And it pisses me off like little else. I walk around the house barefoot, and sometimes it feels like I’m stepping into a sandbox filled with tiny turds and mysterious shards that stick to my feet.
Such is my fanatical quest for spotless floor that I’ve tried every robot vacuum on the market. Some of them did a decent-enough job, but lost power midway. Others perpetually got stuck under the same damn easy chair and could never maneuver their way out. Yet others somehow never connected to my WiFi network, rendering them useless when I wasn’t home.
And then, I met the iRobot Roomba i7, the brand’s newest model. It’s the Lebron James of robotic vacuums. Let’s get the numbers out of the way first, and why the (admittedly steep) price tag is worth it. It has power-lifting suction that delivers 10 times the air power for improved pick-up performance. It has a three-stage cleaning system that lifts up the dirt and pet hair you see and the allergens and dust you don’t see. It empties on its own (yes, really), into its attached dirt disposal system. It has a super-cool mapping system that lets it glide through your house without air-hockey-pucking into the crown molding. And it’s way, way quieter than its predecessors. When it’s done, you get a happy, chipper update that Roomba has completed its job. Hooray!
This is truly the most powerful, brilliant, and effective robot vacuum ever, period.
Now, a few caveats. The docking base is huge, and it’s not pretty. And like its brethren, the Roomba does sometimes get stuck in weird places. It particularly has an issue with a spot under my bench, which constantly throws it into a world of deep confusion. But all that pales in comparison to the ease of use and the amount of grime this thing lifts up. You use the app to choose how many cleaning cycles you want, where you want them to take place, and when. The app keeps you updated on the vacuum’s progress.
Suffice to say, I’m floored.
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