iRobot Roomba J7+ Robotic Vacuum Cleaner Review: Smarter, Better


Keeping a house clean all the time is no easy task and one of the things the pandemic has taught is how difficult it can be at times. From crazy work schedules and unpredictable weather to unruly pets, there are a number of factors that can contribute to making a home dirty or dusty. It is not possible to clean a house (or even a part of it) frequently, at least not all the time. For times like these, a humble device like a robotic vacuum cleaner comes in handy.

Keeping up with its promise to make cleaning homes easier, iRobot, the company behind the renowned Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner, recently launched a new robotic vacuum cleaner in India by the name of the Roomba J7+. This newly launched robotic vacuum cleaner is a part of the company’s J-series devices and is available at a launch price of Rs 74,900 in the country.

As far as features are concerned, the Roomba J7+ offers several advantages over the company’s existing i7 series robotic vacuum cleaners and other devices available in the market right now. For one, it comes with Precision Vision technology, in addition to other sensors, which make it easier for the system on the robot vacuum cleaner to navigate around the house and detect various objects in front of it in order to clean it more effectively. makes. This technology gives an extra ‘eye’ to this robotic vacuum cleaner, so to say, which enables it to clean the specified space smartly.

For all the features and benefits that the Roomba J4+ offers, the real question is, is this robotic vacuum cleaner effective or not? We’ll try to answer that question in a detailed review below. So keep reading…

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iRobot Roomba J7+: Features

First let’s talk about the features. The iRobot Roomba J7+ comes with a three-stage cleaning system, which includes two rubber brushes for different floor types, an edge-sweeping brush for cleaning corners, and a power suction mechanism for vacuuming up all the dust. In this, the company has patented PrecisionVision navigation technology, which enables this robotic vacuum cleaner to identify and avoid common obstacles. The company’s i7 series robotic vacuum cleaners don’t have this functionality, driving the device across common obstacles around the house instead of navigating around them.

Additionally, the Roomba J7+ comes with an automatic dirt disposal system that empties all the dirt and dust collected by the vacuum cleaner into a bag that can be disposed of when it’s full. iRobot says the Roomba J7+ can capture dust as small as 7 microns and the disposal bag can store up to 60 days of dirt at a time.

In terms of software, the Roomba J7+ runs iRobot OS (yes, robotic vacuum cleaners also run an operating system) that offers a host of features like Quiet Drive, Child and Pet Lock, Smart Maps, and Clean What I’. m away among other things. And if you have a Brava mop lying around somewhere in your home, it will automatically communicate with it and share maps and cleaning schedules to share the whole process, i.e. cleaning and virtually autonomy.

iRobot Roomba J7+: Design

The iRobot Roomba J7+ has a fairly simple design. The robotic vacuum cleaner has a hockey puck-shaped body (just bigger) with two rubber brushes and a wider brush at the bottom, which also houses additional sensors for navigation. At the front is a small camera-like sensor that gives real-time feedback to the on-board system. This sensor also powers the PrecisionVision navigation technology of the device.

This robotic vacuum cleaner sits on a base, which serves multiple purposes. Firstly, it acts as a charging station. Second, it serves a docking station. Lastly, it also serves as an offloading station to collect all the dirt in a bag inside the docking station.

While the overall design of the robotic vacuum cleaner has remained mostly unchanged, it is the docking station that has received a major facelift. It’s smaller and more compact than the docking station of the Roomba i7 Series and Roomba i9 Series vacuum cleaners. This makes it quite easy to store the entire setup.

iRobot Roomba J7+: Battery

Talking about the battery, iRobot says that the Roomba J7+’s battery can last for about 75 minutes, during which it can sweep a carpet area of ​​about 1,000 meters. This, of course, depends on how densely packed that area is.

During my time with the Roomba J7+, it took about four hours for the device to sweep all corners of my house and clean every nook and cranny of my house, which has a carpet area of ​​about 1,200. During this time, the Roomba vacuum cleaned the house for about an hour, which took about two hours, before going back home for charging. It then began the cleaning work, as it is called, right from where it left off, which took another hour.

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iRobot Roomba J7+: Performance

Coming to the overall performance, the Roomba J7+ sweeps the floor with ease. Its suction is so powerful that it absorbs fine particles of dust on various surfaces such as carpets and heavy sand grains from the floor. Additionally, it can also easily clean surface level stains of dried food items in the kitchen. What I particularly like about this robotic vacuum cleaner is its automatic dirt disposal system, which makes sure you never come into contact with dust, and its docking station, which is quite a bit compared to the docking station of some. Occupies less space. Old Roomba model.

In addition to cleaning, the Roomba J7+ is easy to manage, thanks to the iRobot Home app, which is available for download on both Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store. This app gives you access to everything related to the Roomba J7+. You can start or stop a cleanup mission. You can ask the Roomba to clean a particular area of ​​your home or block it from reaching other areas of your home. You can also schedule your cleaning missions based on the time you are away from home and you can ask Roomba to clean your house while you are away. There’s also a provision to make the Roomba less noisy by turning on Quiet Mode, which essentially stops vacuuming when the robot isn’t actively cleaning the space.

Another feature of this device is that unlike the older Roomba model, it is more precise in its movement even when mapping your home for the first time. Simply put, it hits objects like furniture and large appliances, which is significantly less than the older Roomba models. It’s also smart at navigating around obstacles in its path, which is certainly a welcome change.

iRobot Roomba J7+: Verdict

Now the most important question of this review: Should you buy the iRobot Roomba J7+?

To answer this question in one word: Yes, but only if you have extra cash for it. The Roomba J7+ is a fairly capable robotic vacuum cleaner that’s well-versed in its job. It’s smarter than a lot of robotic vacuum cleaners (including a few of their own) available on the market right now. However, at a price of around 75K, iRobot doesn’t make it easy to buy this robotic vacuum cleaner. What makes it more expensive is that users need to spend another 28K (at least) to buy a Braava mop, both for cleaning and mopping their homes. This, in turn, takes the price up to a little over Rs 1 lakh, which is absolutely not easy to give up.

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