iRobot has announced a couple of new mid-range vacuum cleaners that have some of the benefits of their higher-end models, but also some compromises. They are the $ 599 i3 Plus, which comes with the company’s automatic container emptying station, capable of holding 60 days of dirt, and the old $ 399 i3, which has no emptying station, but which it is identical.
The big downside of these vacuum cleaners compared to the more expensive iRobot models: the i7 Plus and i7 ($ 799 / $ 599 with and without automatic emptying) and the s9 Plus and s9 ($ 899 / $ 1,099 , ditto): is that they do not include the company̵7;s smart technology. mapping functions. This allows Roombas to map your home so you can tell them to clean specific rooms and even specific areas of specific rooms (such as “under the kitchen table” or “under the sofa”). This puts it in line with the company’s old 900 series of the highest range.
But the i3 has all the features that are included with the company’s recent AI-assisted upgrade, which is called iRobot Genius Home Intelligence. They’re less useful, but still useful, with the iRobot app offering tips for cleaning schedules based on previous cleaning routines and the smart connection option connected at home. So if you use a location service like Life360 or have a smart lock, you can connect it to your Roomba so it starts cleaning up whenever you’ve left home (if you’re leaving home a lot these days) .
As for the hardware, the design is completely adapted to other current iRobot models, while the cleaning system is the same as that found in the i7s. Both models are available in the United States and Canada today and will hit international markets sometime in the first quarter of next year.