Once you have a Roomba vacuum, you rarely go back. This is because iRobot has almost mastered the promise of a comfortable vacuum that does most of the work for you. And started not so long ago, it included emptying itself. It came at a premium, but now Roomba gives $ 599 i3 + that price a bit.
The latest Roomba is available in two flavors, the $ 399 i3 and the $ 599 i3 + model. They are the same robot vacuum, but the latter comes with a self-emptying station. So far, if you wanted a Roomba with self-emptying features, you had to pay $ 799 for the i7 + or $ 1,099 for the i9 +.
For $ 599, the Roomba i3 + is still expensive, but much cheaper than the older brothers. You get app controls, scheduling features and pairing with various smart home devices such as Google Home and Alexa.
But you give up some features compared to its more expensive siblings. For example, you do not get smart maps. Smart maps map your home, so you can ask a Roomba to vacuum the dining room or just under the kitchen table. But if you do not mind giving up that feature, it looks like a solid record from iRobot.
You can buy Roomba i3 and i3 + on iRobot’s website today.