The Jetsons promised us a future of convenience through technology that hasn’t quite come true. So while we’re still waiting for flying cars, we have managed to permanently cross vacuuming off our to-do lists thanks to roaming robotic vacuum cleaners like the Roomba. Now, with the upcoming Roomba i7+, iRobot is making its flagship product even better by automating the only mildly inconvenient part of Roomba ownership: emptying the bin.
The i7+ has all of the features you’d expect in a high-end robot vacuum. It has two brushes that stay in constant contact with the floor so nothing gets missed and picks up visible debris like dirt and pet hair along with mold, pollen, dust mites, and allergens.
The i7+ also uses visual sensors to create landmarks and map its surroundings so it knows where it’s already cleaned. It can remember individual rooms so you can set cleaning schedules in the iRobot app. If you have an Alexa- and Google Assistant-equipped device, you can even ask it to clean specific locations.
But the shiny new feature on the i7+ is the aforementioned Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal. Instead of a standard Roomba charging base, the i7+ comes with one that suctions the sucked-up debris in the bin into a paper bag. The bag holds 30 bins’ worth of dirt, so you can go weeks without even thinking about vacuuming. When the bag gets full, all you have to do is pop it out of the base and throw it away. You’ll never even see all the stuff your Roomba is picking up, for better or worse.
If you’re ready for an upgrade, the iRobot Roomba i7+ is available for pre-order and will ship on September 12.
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