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iRobot Roomba i7+ Vacuum Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Sep 23, 2020 at 09:11 am
iRobot Roomba i7+ Picture
6.9
Bare Floor
6.8
Low-Pile Carpet
6.8
High-Pile Carpet
8.2
Pets
6.4
Stairs
6.4
Cars
Vacuum Type
Robot
Bagless
No
Cordless
Yes
Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
Yes

The iRobot Roomba i7+ is a robot vacuum with a unique automatic dirt disposal built into its charging dock. Thanks to this design, you don't have to empty the dirt compartment as frequently. Its companion app gives you access to different features like setting up virtual boundaries and scheduling clean up times. It also automatically adjusts its head to suit your floor type and can focus on cleaning particularly dirty areas more thoroughly. Unfortunately, it struggles to clean large debris on bare floors and it has trouble with smaller debris on carpet. There are several parts that need regular maintenance and replacement, which makes its recurring costs quite high.

Our Verdict

6.9 Bare Floor

The iRobot Roomba i7+ is alright for bare floors. It has no problem with small debris like rice but it struggles a bit more with large debris, which end up getting caught in the brushroll, keeping it from spinning. Pet hair also gets dragged around or caught in different parts of the vacuum, but it still manages to pick up a quite a bit of it. While this vacuum is very well-built, it has several parts that need regular maintenance and replacement, which can add up.

Pros
  • Picks up most pet hair.
  • Automatic dirt disposal feature in charging dock.
Cons
  • Lots of maintenance and many parts that need replacement over time.
  • Larger debris can get stuck in some vacuum parts.
6.8 Low-Pile Carpet

The iRobot Roomba i7+ isย fair for low-pile carpet. It can pick up most pet hair but it struggles more with small and large debris. Unfortunately, debris like sand can get caught inside the vacuum, and may require you to remove this debris before it can resume cleaning again. There are also several parts, like the filter, that need regular maintenance and replacement. Still, it can maneuver on this surface quite well, although it might displace lighter low-pile rugs.

Pros
  • Picks up most pet hair.
  • Automatic dirt disposal feature in charging dock.
Cons
  • Struggles to pick up small and large debris.
  • Lots of maintenance and many parts that need replacement over time.
6.8 High-Pile Carpet

The iRobot Roomba i7+ is alright for high-pile carpet. It doesn't have a problem picking up pet hair but small and large debris can be more challenging for this well-built robot. Debris like sand can also get stuck inside the vacuum, which is a little annoying to clean. It also has a few parts that require regular maintenance and its recurring costs are quite high. On the upside, it has excellent maneuverability.

Pros
  • Picks up most pet hair.
  • Automatic dirt disposal feature in charging dock.
Cons
  • Struggles to pick up small and large debris.
  • Lots of maintenance and many parts that need replacement over time.
8.2 Pets

The iRobot Roomba i7+ is great for cleaning pet hair. As a robot vacuum, it can map out your house and take the most efficient path to ensure your room gets cleaned. It can pick up most pet hair from bare floors and low as well as high-pile carpet. However, hair can get caught in the brushroll and you may need to intervene and detangle it. Unfortunately, although it's well-built, it has several parts that need frequent maintenance and its recurring costs are quite high.

Pros
  • Picks up most pet hair.
  • Automatic dirt disposal feature in charging dock.
Cons
  • Lots of maintenance and many parts that need replacement over time.
6.4 Stairs

The iRobot Roomba i7+ isย a robot vacuum and isn't designed for cleaning stairs.

6.4 Cars

The iRobot Roomba i7+ isย a robot vacuum and isn't designed for cleaning cars.

  • 6.9 Bare Floor
  • 6.8 Low-Pile Carpet
  • 6.8 High-Pile Carpet
  • 8.2 Pets
  • 6.4 Stairs
  • 6.4 Cars

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
8.0
Design
Build Quality

The iRobot Roomba i7+ 7550 model has great build quality. Its body is made from hard plastic while its wheels are rubber, which makes the vacuum feel durable overall. While the dirt compartment is also plastic, it feels like it could break if dropped. That said, this vacuum has a carrying handle to make it easier to bring it from one space to another.

5.0
Design
User Maintenance

The iRobot Roomba i7 Plus is difficult to maintain as there are several parts that need regular cleaning. Luckily, they're all easy to access.

  • Dirtbag: The dirtbag is located in the charging dock. It can be removed by opening the lid and pulling out the bag. There's an indicator light that changes from white to red to let you know when to replace the bag or if there's a blockage.
  • Dirt compartment: The dirt compartment is found directly on the vacuum. It can be pulled out by pressing the button on its back side. You can wash this part with water and wipe it with a dry cloth or tap it against your garbage bin to dislodge dirt. You should clean this part after every use.
  • Brushrolls: The brushrolls are easily accessed by removing the brush guard under the vacuum. You can clean this part whenever there are hairwraps by using your hands or scissors. It can be a bit difficult to get the brushroll to fit back into place once removed, though. You should clean this part once a month or twice a month if you have pets.
  • Side brush: You need a screwdriver to remove the side brush. You should clean it by removing tangled hairs once a month or twice a month if you have pets.
  • Filter: The filter is located inside the vacuum's dirt compartment. You can tap it against your garbage bin to remove any debris stuck to it once a week, or twice a week if you have pets. Note that this part can't be washed.
  • Wheel: You can pull the wheel out of its cavity and push it out of the socket to dislodge any hair or debris stuck to it. You should clean this part every two weeks.
  • Sensors: The vacuum's sensors should be cleaned once a month with a dry cloth.

Any part that's washed in water should dry for 24 hours before use again.

2.0
Design
Recurring Cost
Bag Part Number
4640235
Filter Part Number
4639161
HEPA Filter Part Number
4639161

Unfortunately, there are a lot of recurring costs with this vacuum, depending on your usage.

  • Dirtbag: The disposable dirtbag needs to be replaced when full.
  • Side brush: The side brush can be removed and replaced every 12 months.
  • HEPA filter: The HEPA filter needs to be replaced every two months.
  • Front caster wheel: The wheel should be removed and replaced every twelve months. You can purchase this part from iRobot.

Luckily, iRobot sells a 'Replenishment Kit' that contains three side brushes, multi-floor rubber brushrolls, and three HEPA filters.

8.5
Design
Storing
Height
19.09 in (48.5 cm)
Width
13.39 in (34.0 cm)
Depth
16.54 in (42.0 cm)
Cord Storing/Management
Not Needed
On-Board Tool Storage
Not needed
Vacuum Rack/Station
Yes

The iRobot Roomba i7+ has excellent storage capabilities. It has a rack station that also doubles as an external dirtbag. As the vacuum can mount itself to the station, it automatically empties its dirt compartment.

8.0
Design
Dirt Compartment
Dirt Compartment Volume
0.70 gal (2.65 L)
Full Dirt Compartment Indicator
Yes
Bag Included
3

The iRobot Roomba i7+ has a great dirt compartment that's unique when compared to other robot vacuums. While the dirt compartment bin within the robot doesn't hold a lot of debris, the vacuum automatically empties its bin into the dirt compartment inside the dock station, which has a much larger capacity. There's a light on the station that lets you know when the bag is full or if there's an obstruction in the tunnel leading towards the bag. The app can also notify you when the dirt compartment or bag is full.

Design
In The Box

  • iRobot Roomba i7+ robot vacuum
  • Charging dock/bag emptying station
  • Charging cable
  • 2x HEPA filter
  • 2x multi-surface rubber brushrolls
  • 2x side brush (one already inside the vacuum)
  • Dirt compartments
  • 3x dirtbags
  • User guide

10
Design
Range
Cord Length
N/A
Hose Length
N/A

The iRobot i7 Plus has an unlimited range as long as it still has battery life left. However, it can't go up stairs.

9.0
Design
Portability
Total Weight
7.28 lbs (3.30 kg)
Weight In Hand
0.00 lbs (0.00 kg)
Carrying handle
Yes

The iRobot Roomba i7+ is extremely portable. It's lighter than the iRobot Roomba 960 and it has a carrying handle to make it easier to bring it to another room or floor.

8.9
Design
Battery
Minimum Battery Life
74 min.
Maximum Battery Life
74 min.
Recharge Time
87 min.
Recharge Dock
Yes
Battery Life Indicator
Yes
Removable Batteries
Yes

The iRobot Roomba i7+ 7550 has excellent battery performance. Since it auto-adjusts to the floor type it's cleaning as well as to the amount of dirt it detects, your total battery life may vary. However, the battery recharges in about an hour and a half, which is excellent. There's also a 'Clean' touch button that turns from white to red when the battery is low. The companion app also displays its battery level. If you want a robot vacuum with a much longer maximum battery life, consider the iRobot Roomba S9, which can supply over two and a half hours of continuous runtime on its least powerful setting.

Design
Quality Of Life Features
Rotating Head
No
Power Adjustment
Yes
Self-Propelled
Yes
Headlights
No
Easy On/Off
Yes
Surface Type Adjustment
Automatic

The iRobot i7 Plus has a few extra features. The robot can detect the surface it's cleaning and it senses how much dirt is on the floor to better concentrate its power. It also goes back and forth over certain areas that require more cleaning and the head height automatically adjusts to better-suit the floor type. However, you won't be able to manually adjust this setting.

Design
Tools And Brushes
Brushroll
Yes
Brushroll On/Off
No
Removable Brushroll
Yes
Turbo Brush
No
Crevice Tool
No
Upholstery Tool
No
Soft Bristle Brush
No
Hard Bristle Brush
No
Extension Wand
No
Ceiling Fan Tool
No
Pet Grooming Tool
No

The iRobot Roomba i7 Plus comes with two flexible rubber multi-floor brushrolls. It also comes with a side brush that helps push debris into the robot's path.

Design
Alternative Configuration

The iRobot i7 Plus doesn't have any alternative configurations.

Performance
7.4
Performance
Bare Floor (Hardwood, Laminate, Tiles)
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
88 %
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
57 %
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
57 %
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
57 %
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
57 %
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
100 %
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
100 %
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
100 %
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
100 %
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used "Clean"

The iRobot Roomba i7+ has decent performance on bare floors. It has no problem picking up small debris like rice but it can drag pet hair around, which can also stick to different parts of the vacuum. Larger debris like cereal can also get stuck in the brushroll and prevent it from spinning.

Note that all testing was completed when the dirt compartment was empty. As this robot automatically empties its dirt compartment when docked after completing its job, it won't lose its performance as the dock station's dirtbag is the one filling up, not the robot's internal bin.

If you want a robot vacuum with better performance on bare floors, check out the iRobot Roomba 960.

7.1
Performance
Low-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
99 %
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
80 %
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
80 %
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
80 %
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
80 %
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
45 %
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
45 %
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
45 %
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
45 %
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used "Clean"

The iRobot Roomba i7 Plus is decent on low-pile carpet. It can pick up most pet hair and a good amount of large debris like sand, but some large debris can get stuck in the bridge between the dirt compartment and the vacuum. It struggles a bit more to pick up small debris like baking soda.

Note that all testing was completed when the dirt compartment was empty. As this robot automatically empties its dirt compartment when docked after completing its job, it won't lose its performance as the dock station's dirtbag is the one filling up, not the robot's internal bin.

7.0
Performance
High-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
98 %
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
52 %
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
52 %
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
52 %
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
52 %
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
39 %
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
39 %
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
39 %
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
39 %
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used "Clean"

The iRobot Roomba i7+ has satisfactory performance on high-pile carpet. It doesn't have a problem with picking up pet hair but it struggles a lot more with small and large debris. Large debris like sand can get stuck in the bridge between the dirt compartment and the vacuum.

Note that all testing was completed when the dirt compartment was empty. As this robot automatically empties its dirt compartment when docked after completing its job, it won't lose its performance as the dock station's dirtbag is the one filling up, not the robot's internal bin.

8.5
Performance
Maneuverability
Under The Couch
Excellent
Under Low Table
Excellent
On Furniture
Not Possible
Rug With Tassel
Ok
Electric Cord
Bad

The iRobot Roomba i7+ 7550 model has excellent maneuverability. It uses iAdapt 3.0 with Visual Navigation to help it navigate and clean a room in an organized pattern, and you can see a map of its coverage area via its companion app. The robot is low enough to get under couches or tables. It doesn't get stuck on rugs or tassels either, but it can drag a light rug around. It can also pull electrical cables.

Automation
7.0
Automation
Automation (Robot Vacuum)
Remote Controller
No
Automatic Bag Emptying
Yes
Automatic Recharging
Yes
Schedule Programming
Yes
Boundary Markers
Yes
Random Pathing
No
Smart Pathing
Yes
App Name
iRobot HOME

The iRobot Roomba i7 Plus' automation features are decent. You don't need an internet connection to use this vacuum thanks to its physical controls. However, if you want more features, the iRobot Home app allows you to train it to remember the layout of your home. Once you have the map, you can set dedicated cleaning times in specific rooms and create virtual barriers using the map. You can also see its battery life and previous cleaning jobs. You can even empty the bag from the app, as long as the robot is already docked. If it's done cleaning a room, it automatically recharges and empties its bin. It's also compatible with Alexa and Google Home.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The iRobot Roomba i7+ can be purchased without its automatic dirt disposal if you don't mind having to empty it more frequently. While the standalone Roomba i7+ is seemingly the same robot as our test model, we can't confirm whether this model performs similarly, as the automatic dirt emptying feature means its performance on all surface types never declines due to the fullness of the dirt compartment.

Compared To Other Vacuums

The iRobot Roomba i7+ is a high-end robot vacuum. It has a unique automatic dirt disposal built into its charging dock so when the robot returns to the dock to charge, it empties its bin. While this means it has a larger dirt compartment than most other robot vacuums, the external dirtbag is another recurring cost that adds up over time. Other than this feature, its performance is somewhat similar to the Neato Botvac D7 on carpet but it struggles a bit more on bare floors. If you're looking for more vacuums, check out our recommendations for the best robot vacuums or the best robot vacuums for pet hair.

Roborock S6

The Roborock S6 is a better robot vacuum for bare floors than the iRobot Roomba i7+. Although we don't currently test for it, the Roborock comes with a mop feature that attaches to its underside, allowing you to clean sticky messes. It has a higher build quality, is easier to maintain, and has fewer recurring costs. It has better battery performance and it does a significantly better job on bare floors. However, the iRobot cleans carpet more thoroughly as it can pick up more small and large debris. It also comes with an automatic dirt disposal feature in its charging dock, where the robot returns to the dock and empties its dirt compartment into a larger dirtbag for easier disposal.

Neato Botvac D7

The iRobot Roomba i7+ and the Neato Botvac D7 are two robot vacuums with different strengths. The iRobot can automatically empty its own dirt compartment into its charging dock, which is handy if you want an even more hands-off cleaning experience, and it can store a lot of debris before its bag needs to be emptied. It has better maneuverability and its companion app offers a bit more versatility than that of the Neato. However, the Neato is easier to maintain and has fewer recurring costs. It has a better overall battery performance and it can clean bare floors more thoroughly. Its performance on low-pile carpet is a bit better.

iRobot Roomba E5

The iRobot Roomba i7+ is a somewhat better robot vacuum than the iRobot Roomba E5. While both vacuums are well-built, the i7+ has an automatic dirt disposal feature so it can empty its dirt compartment into a larger dirtbag stored in the charging dock. It has a better performance on all surface types and it's more maneuverable. However, the E5 has fewer maintenance needs and its recurring costs are somewhat lower as it doesn't have a disposable dirtbag.

iRobot Roomba 960

The iRobot Roomba i7+ is a somewhat better robot vacuum than the iRobot Roomba 960. While both vacuums are very well-built, the i7+ can automatically empty its dirt compartment into its charging dock. Its performance on low and high-pile carpet is better, and its companion app offers slightly more features. However, the 960 has fewer recurring costs and it can clean bare floors more thoroughly.

iRobot Roomba S9

The iRobot Roomba S9 is better overall than the iRobot Roomba i7+. The S9 performs better on all surface types, feels better-built, has lower recurring costs, and has a maximum battery life more than twice as long as the i7+. The i7+ does come with an automatic dirt disposal feature. This effectively gives it a much larger dirt compartment via an external dirt bin that it can return to when full. However, it should be noted that the same option is available for the S9 at an added cost.

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