The Roomba s9+ and Roomba i7+ are both top-of-the-line self-emptying robot vacuums by iRobot. While both are self-emptying and come with their Clean Base, iRobot’s flagship s9+ comes with a much heftier price tag than the i7+. We hone in on the similarities and differences of the Roomba s9+ and the i7+ to help you decide which better suits your home and your budget.
Roomba s9+ vs
Roomba i7+ Comparison Chart
|Price||Check Price||Check Price|
|Dimensions||12.25″ x 12.25″ x 3.5″||13.34″ x 13.34″ x 3.63″|
|Weight||8.15 lbs||7.44 lbs|
|Navigation||iAdapt 3.0 with vSLAM||iAdapt 3.0 with vSLAM|
|Brushes||Dual Multi-Surface Rubber Brushes, Edge-Sweeping Brush||Dual Multi-Surface Rubber Brushes, Edge-Sweeping Brush|
|Clean Map Reports||Yes||Yes|
|Suction Power||40x the power of the Roomba 600 Series|
(approx 2,200 Pa)
|10x the power of the Roomba 600 Series|
(approx 1,700 Pa)
|Zoned Cleaning and Imprint Mapping||Yes|
|Wi-Fi and Smart Home Connected||Yes||Yes|
|Runtime||Up to 120 minutes||Up to 120 minutes|
|Charging Time||180 minutes||180 minutes|
|Recharge & Resume||Yes||Yes|
|Bin Capacity||550 mL||700 mL|
|Full Bin Indicator||Yes||Yes|
|Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal||Yes||Yes|
The Roomba s9+ have edges equipped with a corner brush, wider brushless rollers, and better wheel design than the
At a glance, you will notice how the Roomba s9+’s D shape is a departure from the rest of the iRobot series’ round shape. This redesign gives the s9+ an edge over the
Measuring 12.25 x 12.25 x 3.5 inches, the s9+ is a little smaller than the i7+ which measures 13.34 x 13.34 x 3.63 inches. Since the s9+ is a little smaller, it has a smaller 550 mL bin capacity compared to the i7+ that can store up to 700 mL.
Like the previous iRobot vacuums, the brush rolls of the
The Roomba s9+ has powerful suction than the automatic i7+
Both robot vacuums work great for deep cleaning as iRobot’s patented three-stage cleaning system is paired with powerful motors in these robovacs. With that said, the Roomba s9+ is more powerful than the i7+ and other top-of-the-line robot vacuum cleaners from other brands.
With an approximate suction power of 2,200, the s9+ can pull dirt, debris, and hair almost as well as upright vacuum cleaners. If your floor has crevices, the s9+ is the better choice as it can suck dirt in between cracks that the i7+ can’t. The s9+ also works extremely well with sand, something many robot vacuums have difficulty with. This makes it perform a lot better than other robot vacuums when deep cleaning medium pile carpets.
Since the s9+ is more powerful than the i7+, it can also suck in hair better without the strands getting caught in the dual brush rolls. As for the i7+, most of the hair it pulls end up in the brush roll so removing the hair should be done more often for optimal cleaning.
Where the i7+ beats the s9+ is when cleaning larger debris. Although the s9+ can still vacuum the floor clean, the i7+ does the job of pulling in bigger dirt more efficiently and with less noise.
Both the s9+ and i7+ have advanced mapping capabilities, but the s9+ is more efficient
The Roomba s9+ and i7+ are equipped with iRobot’s latest iAdapat 3.0 navigation system and camera-based vSLAM technology. These allow the Roombas to map out your floor plan, detect any obstacles, and learn how to clean the house more efficiently with every use.
Despite having the same technology though, the s9+ performed better than the i7+ in terms of efficiency. As a result, the s9+ can cover a bigger area than the i7+ in one full charge.
Both Roombas can be set up with Keep Out Zones, even without a separate Virtual Wall Barrier. This means you can configure your robot to avoid certain areas that you don’t want your Roomba to clean, such as around pet feeding bowls or sensitive furniture. They can also be used to map your floor plan with the Braava jet m6 robot mops, thanks to iRobot’s Imprint Link technology.
Run, Recharge and Resume
Both the Roomba s9+ and i7+ can dock, recharge, and resume automatically
If you have a larger home that the Roomba s9+ and i7+ can’t cover on one go, the robot vacuums will automatically find their cleaning base, recharge, and continue cleaning where they left off. This makes sure that your Roomba covers the whole area within the shortest time possible.
Both Roombas can run for up to 120 minutes on standard mode, shorter when it’s on Carpet Boost mode. Since the
The Roomba s9+ and i7+ use the iRobot HOME app and are smart home connected
Through the iRobot HOME App, you can control the s9+ and i7+ and schedule cleaning even while you’re away (as long as your phone is connected to WiFi). You can also check out their cleaning history, clean map reports (to determine which areas have been cleaned), and watch videos using the iRobot HOME app.
For a completely hands-free cleaning, you can configure your robot vacuum with either Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. Since you can save floor maps of your house in the app, you can even ask your Roomba to clean specific parts of the house such as the kitchen or bedroom.
Both the s9+ and i7+ have self-emptying capabilities and High-Efficiency Filters
What makes these high-end robot vacuums a cut above the rest is their self-emptying capabilities. iRobot’s cutting edge Clean Base® Automatic Dirt Disposal made less frequent dust bin emptying possible. When the Roomba docks, the motor in the Clean Base starts sucking in the dirt from the vacuum/s dust bin.
With robot vacuums that don’t have automatic dirt disposal technology, you have to empty the dust bin yourself pretty much after every run. Depending on how often you clean and your floor size, you can forget about emptying the clean base for up to a month or so.
For household members who are prone to allergies, both the Roomba s9+ and i7+ come with iRobot’s High-Efficiency Filters. Their filters can trap dust mite, pollen, mold, and dog and cat allergens. Even their Clean Base is equipped with AllergenLock Bags that lock in allergens to keep your house free of irritants.
The Roomba s9+ is more powerful and worth the price, but the i7+ is still a great buy for those on a lower budget
Its better design, PerfectEdge Technology, much stronger suction power, smarter navigation, and self-emptying capabilities justify the Roomba s9+‘s price. However, if you think the price of the s9+ is a deal-breaker, the Roomba i7+ is a more affordable, yet worthy alternative. The i7+ also comes with Automatic Dirt Disposal, smart navigation, and is still among the top-rated robot vacuums in its class.
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