One of the latest Roombas to hit this year is the Roomba i3, which interestingly has an optional self-emptying feature at a more affordable price. On the other hand, Roborock has a solid competitor against iRobot’s robotic vacuums, with the highly rated
Roomba i3 vs
Roborock S6 MaxV Comparison Chart
|Model||iRobot Roomba i3|
|Weight||7.44 pounds||7 pounds|
|Navigation||Gyroscope and optic motion tracking||LiDAR and dual front cameras|
|Suction Power||10x Roomba 600 series||Up to 2,500 Pa|
|Cleaning Area||170 m2||240 m2|
|Filter||High-efficiency filter||Washable HEPA-type filter|
|Full Bin Indicator||Yes||No|
|Bin Capacity||500 ml||480 ml|
|Automatic Dirt Disposal||Compatible||No|
|Recharge & Resume||Yes||Yes|
|Runtime||75 minutes||180 minutes|
The Roomba i3 has thicker bumpers than the
If you’ve seen a Roomba before, the Roomba i3 fits right in the lineup. Its front bumpers are noticeably thicker than the other half so it can withstand the occasional bumps as it moves through the floor. It top plate has a textured matte look with minimal buttons for power, clean, and spot clean. Most of its sensors are also found within the front bumper, and with its slightly smaller size and height, it can get into tighter spaces under the couch.
In comparison, the
As mentioned, the
Both Roomba i3 and
That’s not all, either. The
Meanwhile, even though it can’t clean specific rooms or mark them as keep out zones like more advanced Roombas, the Roomba i3 has its own unique sensors, such as Reactive Sensor technology to avoid getting stuck and Dirt Detect technology to find dirtier areas that need more attention.
Simply measuring their suction power, the
For starters, the Dual Multi-Surface Brushrolls of the Roomba i3 do an excellent job of picking up large and small particles without getting tangled on pet hair. This, combined with its self-adjusting height, allows it to clean hardwood floors and carpets just as well as the
Both Roomba and Roborock robot vacuums are equipped with HEPA-grade filters that can trap allergens and other microscopic particles. Roborock has a notable advantage in that its filter is washable though, so you won’t need to buy a replacement like you will for the Roomba. Of course, we have to mention once again that the
Battery life isn’t such a big concern for the Roomba i3 and
Meanwhile, the Roomba i3 will charge back to full before resuming its job, which can mean a couple of hours between the pause. Without its recharge & resume functionality, the Roomba i3 will tire out pretty quickly since it only has a 75-minute runtime while the
For controls, both robot vacuums have mobile apps that let you manually control and schedule cleans, along with more advanced features such as cleaning reports, mapping, and room settings. They also have voice control support for Alexa and Google Home, so you can issue commands verbally.
There’s no question that the Roborock S6 MaxV wins on multiple fronts in this comparison, from overall cleaning power and versatility to advanced navigation and smart features. The price difference reflects this, of course, so you’ll have to shell out more for the more powerful robot vacuum. You’ll get a really good cleaning companion out of it though, since it can mop as well and ensure that rooms are completely done no matter how large.
If you’re after a solid robot vacuum that can handle any floor type for a more reasonable price, the Roomba i3 will provide fantastic performance. It’s one of the more powerful Roomba models currently and offer a good mix of advanced features compared to other midrange Roombas. There’s also a Roomba i3+ option if you’d like to get the auto dirt disposal base included in the package.
Roborock has an advantage over Roomba in offering 2-in-1 models that can vacuum as well as mop. Roborock also made innovations in navigation systems that enable better mapping and visual pathing for its robot vacuums. However, Roombas are still the more trusted brand for overall cleaning performance.
Yes, the Beijing Roborock Technology Co., Ltd. founded in 2014 is based in Beijing, China.
The only difference between the Roomba i3 and i3+ is the Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal charging base that comes included with the Roomba i3+.
Most Roombas will last 5 years easily with proper maintenance and care.