In terms of cleaning performance, the Roomba i7 is not the best on the market yet it is one of the best in the industry. When you think of buying such an expensive robot vacuum, do not forget about its software and what features the cleaner offers aside of cleaning. It could be virtual boundaries, how accurate mapping is, what you can do with the map etc. If you think about what the Roomba i7+ offers except the self-cleaning charging base, would you go with the $1,000+ Roomba i7+ or consider buying something else?
The most efficient
The Roborock S6 is a great alternative to the Roomba i7. It is a decent competitor when it comes to cleaning performance except for maybe the Roomba brushless rollers that work better with pet hair in terms of maintenance. The Roborock S6 though can mop and sweep where the Roomba only sweeps. Nobody can compete with the Roborock in battery life. It uses LIDAR that is more efficient than a camera and performs as good as the Roomba i7 on all surfaces.
The Mi Home app allows to create virtual boundaries and set zoned cleaning, you can choose which room to clean; track the Roborock in real-time, manage its movements. Target point sends the cleaner to a specific spot you can choose on the map. The Roborock S6 saves 3 different maps. For the price of around $600, the Roborock is a decent machine even though it doesn't have a self-emptying base.
Reasons to get the Roborock over the Roomba
- Longer battery life
- Supports zoned cleaning
- Can do mopping and sweeping
- Twice cheaper
- Quieter when cleaning
- The filter can be washed which makes it more efficient
Xiaomi MiJia 1S Robot Vacuum Cleaner
One of the cheapest on the market
The Xiaomi MiJia 1S Robot Vacuum can compete with the Roomba i7 when it comes to bare floor cleaning. The robot is as good on thin carpets as the Roomba yet is slightly worse on medium carpets. However, the 1S Robot costs more than half of the Roomba price which is something to think of.
It comes equipped with a laser and a visual sensor that maps your interior and does it more accurate than the Roomba camera technology. And, the Xiaomi cleaner doesn't need a light on when cleaning. Where the Roomba i7 battery life is 75 minutes, the Mi Robot cleans for the whole 150 minutes on a raw.
In the app, you can set blocked off areas and zoned cleaning. Also, you can choose which room to clean and the robot will do the rest.
Reasons to get the Xiaomi over the Roomba
- Three times cheaper
- Longer battery life
- Equipped with the LDS laser and camera
The highest suction (airflow velocity)
The 360 S7 robot cleaner has the same suction power as the i7 does. With the lack of the self-cleaning base, the robot can mop as well as sweep (the Roomba only sweeps). The 360 S7 has Carpet Boost option and works longer - 120 minutes. The unit uses LIDAR that is accurate and doesn't require light on when cleaning. It performs as good as the Roomba on carpet flooring and better on bare floors (thanks to mopping). The robot stores up to 10 different floor plans; when manually place the unit to the room it has mapped before, it would recognize its location on the map. It also has a washable HEPA filter.
In the app, you can create virtual boundaries, customize cleaning zones and select a room to clean; track the robot movements in real-time, be aware when the accessories need to be replaced, etc.
The robot has the highest CFM of 24. Before the 360 S7 was released, the Roomba s9+ had the highest CFM of 22. Note, if the filter is not clean, the robot will not perform as good.
For the price of $450, the 360 S7 is a great robot cleaner that offers enough and can be an alternative to the Roomba i7.
Reasons to get the 360 S7 over the Roomba
- More than twice cheaper
- Has higher airpower
- The filter can be washed with water to perform better
- Can do mopping and sweeping
- One of the quietest in the industry especially considering strong suction
- Supports zoned cleaning
- Longer battery life
Neato Botvac D7 Connected
D-shape for corners cleaning
When it comes to app features, with the Neato app, you can create No-Go Lines (virtual boundaries that block off particular areas), set zone cleaning (only in the D7 Connected), choose between three home plans created by a robot, schedule the robot to work in a specific room using the plan and zoned cleaning similar to what the Roomba i7 have.
The Neato Botvac D7 Connected works longer than the Roomba, uses LIDAR that is more efficient than Roomba and performs well on thin and medium carpets. Unfortunately, it does not have Carpet Boost that automatically increases suction power on carpets, though it has Turbo mode that clean carpet flooring deep. Its cleaning brush is not brushless yet is designed to pick up pet hair and needs a little bit more effort to maintain than Roomba's rollers.
Reasons to get the Neato over the Roomba
- Has D-shape
- Equipped with a wider cleaning brush
- Has stronger airpower
- Works longer
- Has a large 700 ml dirt container
Ideal for pet hair
The Roomba e5 works a bit longer than the Roomba i7+ but does not have resumption. Once the battery runs out of energy, it automatically returns to recharge. If you want it to clean again, press start when it’s done charging. Remember, the Roomba e5 follows a random navigation pattern and does not remember where it has been.
Equipped with advanced silicone rollers, the robot is perfect for pet owners. In terms of cleaning performance, it does a great job on carpets and bare flooring. Has no issues with climbing onto medium-pile carpets and is able to provide deep carpet cleaning.
The robot is ideal for small to medium homes with carpets and pets.
Reasons to get the Roomba e5 over the Roomba i7+
- Has almost the same features only has a $400 price tag
The Roomba i7+ Alternative Comparison Chart
|Botvac D7 Connected||Roborock S6||360 S7||Roomba e5||Xiaomi MiJia 1S Robot Vacuum||Roomba i7|
|Suction Power (Pa)||2,000||2,000||2,000||1,700||2,000||1,700|
|Airflow High Mode (CFM)||20||15||24||N/A||N/A||17|
|Mapping Technology||laser||laser||laser||-||laser + vision sensor||camera|
|Filtration||Ultra Performance Filter||Washable HEPA||Washable HEPA||HEPA||HEPA||HEPA|
|Boundary Type||Digital||Digital||Digital||Physical||Digital||Physical Digital|
|Selected Room Cleaning||no||yes||yes||no||yes||yes|
|Scheduling By Zone||yes||yes||yes||no||yes||yes|
|App||Neato Robotics||Mi Home||360Smart||iRobot Home||Mi Home||iRobot Home|
|Recharge & Resume||yes||yes||yes||no||yes||yes|
|Amazon Alexa/Google Home compatibility||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Dustbin Capacity (ml)||700||500||400||500||420||500|
|Noise Level (dB)||64||60||55||65||68||68|
|Self-Emptying Charging Dock||no||no||no||no||no||yes|
|Warranty||12 months||24 months||12 months||12 months||12 months||12 months|
What is the best alternative to the self-emptying Roomba i7+?
Even though the Roomba i7+ is not the cheapest, we understand why would you want to get one. It has a self-emptying charging base which is useful in many ways especially if you have pets, the container gets full before cleaning cycle is complete so you don’t have to manually empty it, the robot will do it automatically. Also, the Roomba i7+ and s9+ are the first camera-based robots that support digital virtual keep-out zones that block it from going to certain areas. It is integrated with Alexa and Google Home in a way other robot’s don’t. For example, by saying: «Roomba, clean the kitchen», you will make it work where you want. It is an ability to name rooms, something the Roborock lacks and the Neato does not have at all. Has dirt detect that identifies high-traffic areas and provides better cleaning there. Keep in mind, you can get the Roomba i7 for about $800 and get all the features of the i7+, only without a self-emptying charging base which you can buy separately for around $300.
What is your budget?
The budget might be the main reason when it comes to considering which robot cleaner to buy.
The Neato robot vacuum cleaners are the most expensive here. The flagship D7 Connected has all the same features the Roomba does except the number of maps it can save (3 against 10), lack of carpet identification, and is not allowed to choose which room to clean but has D-shape that is better in corner cleaning. It has higher airflow (20 CFM vs. 17 CFM) and a wider cleaning brush. Great for those who are looking to get a powerful machine and have one or more pets (thanks to the large container).
The Roborock S6 is cheaper than the D7 Connected and have all the same features plus mopping and a longer-lasting battery. Plus, you can see the Roborock working in real-time in the app. It has an efficient navigation pattern, can be scheduled to work in a particular room and saves 3 created maps. Ideal for those who live in a large house and want to get a robot with efficient navigation and smart features.
The Xiaomi MiJia 1S Robot Vacuum Cleaner comes with a $340 price tag on Gearbest which is a great deal due to its cleaning performance. It has both a laser and camera to build an accurate map, recognizes rooms, and has strong suction power. Might be one of the best for the price. If you need a robot with smart navigation, live in a big home with a mixed surface, consider getting the Xiaomi MiJia 1S robot vacuum.
The 360 S7 is one of the most budget smart robot cleaners from the list that can compete with the Roomba i7+. With mopping and accurate mapping, the 360 S7 is ideal for all surfaces; home sizes (from small to big ones); pet hair. Good for houses with multiple floors. In the app, you can set it to work directly in the kitchen (you can name each room). It is the smartest and most efficient robot vacuum in a price range of around $450. You can also get the 360 S5 for $300, it lacks mopping but overall has about the same cleaning performance. The 360 cleaners are perfect for people that need a decent yet budget robot vacuum that would be the best value for the price. They have most features the Roomba i7+ has yet cost half (or three times) of its price.
The Roomba e5 is very similar to the Roomba i7+. It will be ideal for those who are eyeing to get a Roomba but don’t want to spend $1,000 on it. It has the same silicone rollers and build quality. Performs the same on carpets but is not as efficient as the Roomba i7+ in terms of navigation. Overall, the Roomba e5 is a good buy if you don’t need mapping.