Finally! The good Robovac stuff in a robot is there People can afford. iRobot, maker of roving house helpers Roomba and Braava, today announced the launch of its Roomba i3 +, a mid-range vacuum cleaner that gets standard models at a far steeper price.
Currently, the cheapest models currently on sale in the Roomba cost around $ 250 for the 600 series. That’s not a negligible amount of money for a robotic cleaner that still requires regular human intervention for things like garbage disposal (depending on how often you use it and how big your space is). iRobot introduced self-cleaning vacuum cleaners a few years ago, but the docks required for this function – including the vacuum itself – can run up to a grand. (The Roomba i7 costs $ 800 while the premium Roomba s9 Retail for a whopping $ 1,100 – what, Ouch.)
The Roomba i3 is a few hundred dollars less than the cheaper of these two options, however, and is compatible with an accompanying dirt shedding base if you want to pay a little more to have the vacuum drain itself. The Roomba i3 – just the vacuum – costs $ 400what is not also much more than you would pay for a high quality mid-range robotic helper. But really you want the version that can self-empty so you don’t mess around with it after every run across your floors. That’s not itThe Roomba i3 +, which starts at $ 600 in the US ($ 750 CAD) and Includes automatic emptying with the Clean Base, which iRobot says can absorb dust and dirt worth up to 60 days before you have to empty the container yourself. However, the basic functions are identical with or without a charging station. That feels like how much money until you remember the best stick and pocket vacuum cleaners are exactly the same price.
The Clean Base also serves as a charging station for the Roomba i3 +This allows the vacuum to charge itself when the battery is weak before cleaning is complete. In addition, iRobot claims The Roomba i3 + has 10 times the suction power compared to the Roomba 600 series, Roomba’s budget model, and a spokesperson told Gizmodo that its cleaning system is the same as the Roomba i7 and i7 +.
According to iRobot, the Roomba i3 + is able to handle hard floors as well as carpets – its brushes on the device adapt to the environment – and over time it will learn in which areas of your house these zones are most polluted. (And for you as a pet, a spokesman for Gizmodo said that these brushes can handle pet hair without it becoming tangled.) As with other vacuum cleaners in the Roomba range, the device can be controlled with the iRobot Home App and also with virtual assistants Alexa and Google are coupled.
The Roomba i3 + and vacuum-only Roomba i3 are available online now and will go on sale later this month. The international markets will follow in 2021. We’ll try to get our hands on one too– –just to see how it handles a house where a very good dog sheds absolutely everywhere.