The Latest Roomba i3+ Will Empty Its Dirt for Less Money

An iRobot Roomba i3+ connected to a self-emptying station.
iRobot

Once you get a Roomba vacuum, you rarely go back. That’s because iRobot has nearly mastered the promise of a convenient vacuum that does most of the work for you. And starting not long ago, that included emptying itself. That did come at a premium, but now the Roomba $599 i3+ brings that price a little.

The latest Roomba comes in two flavors, the $399 i3 and the $599 i3+ model. They’re the same robot vacuum, but the latter comes with a self-emptying station. Until now, if you wanted a Roomba with self-emptying capabilities, you had to pay $799 for the i7+ or $1,099 for the i9+.

At $599, the Roomba i3+ is still expensive, but much more affordable than its older brothers. You get app controls, scheduling capabilities, and pairing with various smart home devices like Google Home and Alexa.

But you do give up a few features compared to its more expensive siblings. You don’t get smart maps, for instance. Smart maps will map out your home, allowing you to tell a Roomba to vacuum the dining room or just under the kitchen table. But if you don’t mind giving up that feature, it looks to be a solid entry from iRobot.

You can buy the Roomba i3 and i3+ on iRobot’s site today.

Josh Hendrickson Josh Hendrickson
Josh Hendrickson has worked in IT for nearly a decade, including four years spent repairing and servicing computers for Microsoft. He’s also a smarthome enthusiast who built his own smart mirror with just a frame, some electronics, a Raspberry Pi, and open-source code. Read Full Bio »

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