iRobot’s new $ 599 i3 Plus Rumba comes with automatic emptying but no smart map


iRobot has announced a pair of new midrange vacuum cleaners that have some of the perks of its top-range model, but also some compromises. They are the $ 599 i3 Plus, which comes with the company’s automated bin-emptying station, which is worth 60 days of dirt, and the plain old $ 399 i3, which is no empty station, but otherwise identical.

The bigger drawback to these vacancies than iRobot’s pricier models – the i7 Plus and i7 ($ 799 / $ 599 with and without blank) and s9 Plus and s9 ($ 899 ($ ​​1,099, ditto)) – They do not include the company’s smart mapping features. It allows Roombas to map your home so that you can view them in specific rooms and even specific areas of specific rooms (such as “under the kitchen table “Or” under the couch “). This is in line with the company’s old top-of-the-range 900 series.

But the i3s get all the features that come with the company’s recent AI-assisted update, which it refers to as iRobot Genius Home Intelligence. These are less useful, but useful nonetheless, as iRobot’s app has suggestions for cleaning schedules based on your previous cleaning routines and options for smart home-connected automation. So, if you use a location service like Life360 or you have a smart lock, you can connect it to your romba, so whenever you are out of the house (if you are getting out of the house these days) This will start cleaning.

Hardware-wise, the design perfectly conforms to other current iRobot models while the cleaning system is similar to that found in the i7s. Both models are available in the US and Canada today and are scheduled to arrive in international markets sometime in Q1 next year.