What Is Better Than The Roomba i7+? The Best Alternatives To Buy
Dec 13, 2018 5 min read
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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 $1000+ Roomba i7+ or consider buying something else?
Neato Botvac D4 and D6 Connected
Neato is a great robot cleaner, almost all the vacuums from the line are good and can easily compete with a Roomba. Let's have a look at the newest Botvac D4 and D6 Connected. The D4 lasts the same 75 minutes as the Roomba i7 does, and the D6 works the whole 120 minutes before it needs to recharge.
Neato uses a laser to create a map of an interior, which allows the robot to work in the dark and clean black carpets. The robot works great on carpeted flooring, and its cleaning brush is designed to pick up pet hair though it is not as effortless as the Roomba brushless rollers.
The Roborock S5 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 S5 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; track the Roborock in real-time, manage its movements. Target point sends the cleaner to a specific spot you can choose on the map. Unfortunately, the Roborock saves only one created map. For the price of around $500, the Roborock is a decent machine even though it doesn't have a self-emptying base.
Xiaomi Robot Vacuum Cleaner
The Xiaomi Mi Robot 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 Mi Robot costs more than half of the Roomba price which is something to think of.
It comes equipped with a laser inside 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, efficiently works on black carpets. Where the Roomba i7 battery life is 75 minutes, the Mi Robot cleans for the whole 150 minutes on a raw.
ECOVACS Deebot R98
Unfortunately, there is no too much information about the ECOVACS Deebot R98. It is the first robot cleaner that comes with a handheld vacuum and a charging base that sucks up debris from the robot's dustbin. The handheld is not as powerful as a regular upright vacuum; however, it is an excellent addition to your robot vacuum to clean stairs and other small areas where the robot can not reach. The charging base turns on momentarily once the robot is returned to the dock creating a loud sound to suck and empty the contents of the robovacs’ dustbin. For about $400, you get a decent robot cleaner, self-cleaning base and a handheld vacuum which isn't that bad, right?
The 360 S6 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 S6 is also equipped with a Carpet Boost option and works longer - 120 minutes. The unit uses LIDAR that is accurate and doesn't require a 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 and customize cleaning zones; track the robot movements in real-time, be aware when the accessories need to be replaced.
For the price of $400, the 360 S6 is a great robot cleaner that offers enough and can be an alternative to the Roomba i7.
Neato Botvac D7 Connected
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.
ECOVACS Deebot 901
The ECOVACS app is featured with useful options none of the existed robots have. Except creating virtual boundaries and setting zone cleaning, the ECOVACS app allows prioritizing which room to clean first.
Unfortunately, the Deebot 901 does not clean medium-pile carpets as good as the Roomba does, on thin carpets both robots perform the same.
For pet hair, the ECOVACS Deebot 901 comes equipped with a suction inlet that doesn't have any issues with tangled hair. Besides, in the box, you will find a regular cleaning brush that works well on carpeted flooring providing deeper cleaning.
The Deebot works longer than the i7, uses a laser to map an interior and costs around $350.
The flagship Deebot Ozmo 930 had all the same features as the 900 does plus carpet identification and mopping. When mapping, the Ozmo 930 can recognize a surface type and avoid carpets in mopping mode.
The Roomba i7+ Alternative Comparison Chart
|Botvac D6 Connected||Botvac D7 Connected||Roborock S5||Botvac D4 Connected||360 S6||ECOVACS Deebot 901||ECOVACS Deebot R98||Xiaomi Robot Vacuum||Roomba i7|
|Boundary type||No-Go Lines||No-Go Lines + Zoned cleaning||Digital Virtual boundary||No-Go Lines||Digital Block Off + Specify||Digital Virtual boundary + targeted cleaning||Digital Virtual boundary + targeted cleaning||-||physical Dual Virtual Wall Barrier|
|App||Neato||Neato||Mi Home||iHome||360Smart||ECOVACS||ECOVACS||Mi Home||iHome|
|Recharge & Resume||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Smart devices compatibility||yes||yes||yes||yes||Amazon Alexa only||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Dustbin capacity (ml)||700||700||500||600||400||450||450||420||500|
|Noise level (dB)||64||64||60||70||55||60||69||68||N/A|
|Warranty||12 months||12 months||12 months||12 months||12 months||12 months||12 months||12 months||12 months|
What is the best alternative to the self-emptying Roomba i7+?
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) and lack of a carpet identification.
When it comes to cleaning performance, the Botvac D4 and D6 Connected clean as good as the Roomba i7+ does. Neato is suitable for homes with carpet surfaces mostly. Suitable for cleaning multiple floors.
The Roborock S5 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.
The 360 S6 is the most budget smart robot cleaner from the list that can compete with the Roomba i7+. With mopping and accurate mapping, the 360 S6 is ideal for all surfaces; home sizes (from small to big ones); pet hair. Good for houses with multiple floors.
The ECOVACS Deebot R98 is a similar cleaner to the Roomba i7+ because of its self-cleaning base. It is a good deal to spend $400 and get a 3-in: robot cleaner, handheld vacuum, and a self-cleaning station.
And last but not least the cheapest on Amazon ECOVACS Deebot 901. It might not be as good on medium carpets as the Roomba i7+ is, but is good on thin carpet flooring and bare floors. Thanks to the suction inlet, the Deebot is ideal for pet hair.