iRobot Vacuum and Mop Review
The robot vacuum isn’t afraid to tackle the stairs, unlike some others. However, just like any mop and vacuum, it can get clogged by loose tennis shoes ribbons, beads and yarn, play jewelry or other stray objects.
The iRobot Home App allows you to label rooms, and also create zones of no-go areas. It also lets you keep track of your mops’s progress and battery condition.
iRobot Combo j7+
The Combo j7+ joins the iRobot mop and robotic vacuum line-up and combines the robotic cleaner’s smart mapping capabilities with the ability to deal with spills. It is equipped with the same acoustic sensor that is onboard and iAdapt 2.0 Navigation as the other Roomba models and maps your home seven times more quickly than previous versions. It also lets you set Keep Out Zones and Clean Zones to tell the robot which rooms it should avoid and when to clean them.
The most notable feature of the j7 is its robotic arm which keeps the mop pad hidden away when it’s not in use and allows it to deal with carpets or hard flooring. The concept is to prevent spraying water on the rug, and the Combo J7+ did well at this in my testing. The robot did not try to pass over the rug, even after I moved it around a few times.
The arm has a 240mL tank which can be easily pulled out and filled, so it’s easier to manage than mop pads found in other 2-in-1 robots. It uses iRobot PrevisionVision technology to avoid obstacles, which is more advanced than other systems of this kind.
iRobot Combo i5
This multi-tasker is designed to vacuum and mop with one machine. Its vacuuming is accomplished by a specialised bin that can hold up to 60 days worth of debris and iRobot claims reduces the amount of dust re-released into the air during the process. The i5+ also features dual multi-surface rubber brush heads and Power-Lifting Suction to tackle dirt, dust pet hair and staining on floors. Simply replace the Mopping Bin with a compatible cleaning product and you’re set to mop.
The i5+ runs iRobot OS and is smarter as you use it. It creates a Smart Map, which remembers the names of rooms as well as your cleaning preferences. The iRobot App allows you to create a schedule or instruct the robot to clean a certain room.
iRobot is able to detect household clutter like shoes, bags cords, toys and other items. It will then automatically pause and then return to dock and recharge and complete the cleaning task at a later point. It is also voice-compatible with Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri and Google Assistant, understanding around 600 voice commands, which is more than any other 2-in-1 robot.
iRobot Combo j5
The robot mop and vacuum from iRobot will work well in homes with carpets or hard floors. It makes use of smart mapping and avoids obstacles to clean efficiently. It also offers various mopping options that include the powerful SmartScrub system that can help clean tough stains. It is also able to set No Mop Zones so carpets don’t get swept up. The dock replenishes the mopping fluid automatically. This model is more expensive than the previous Roomba Combo j7+, however it has more features.
Its patented Mopping Drive System applies pressure to the floor for an even deeper clean and also removes tough staining. It also reaches under furniture and tight spaces for better cleaning. The Combo J5+ can be used with the iRobot Clean Base to automatically remove dirt.
Smart Mapping allows it to navigate your home seven times faster than before5 while identifying rooms with 90% accuracy6. It can create a map of your entire home, meaning it can clean any place you’d like in just one run. It also detects and avoids things like backpacks, cords, pet toys, litter boxes, socks, shoes, and more to make cleaning easier. You can schedule cleanings for your home and remotely control your best robot vacuum that mops via the iRobot App.
iRobot Combo i3
The iRobot Combo i3 has been updated from the original Roomba i3. It has the same fantastic external dirt compartment and a HEPA filter to trap allergens, but now it also supports smart mapping. It is now possible to create zones that are not accessible to prevent the vacuum from vacuuming the same areas repeatedly. The i3 Plus has a lot of other fantastic features, like its advanced cleaning system and a power-lifting 10x vacuum. It also comes with the ability to clean in three stages. It also has a textured surface that helps protect against fingerprints, dust and hair of pets.
It is able to perform well on unfinished floors and is able to clean most debris however it had trouble with pet hair on low pile carpets. It is a great choice with high pile carpets though and is quieter than the other models. The i3 is a bit more expensive than the Roborock S4 Max, but it comes with a self-emptying mechanism that cleans the mop pads and replenishes the reservoir of water.
You can design cleaning schedules using the i3 App. You can also make use of your voice assistant to control your robot and start or stop the cleaning. It also tracks your home’s unique floor layout to provide a personalized schedule and cleaning habits. It makes use of advanced mapping sensors to help you navigate hardwood and carpet flooring, and also learns how you clean to optimize performance.
iRobot Combo i2
The Combo i2 robot vacuum and mop is the most recent product from iRobot. It integrates iRobot’s advanced floor cleaning technology to make it a perfect pick for homes with hard floors and a few rugs or carpets. The Combo i2 has a combo system that lets it switch between vacuuming or mopping with the push of the button. It also has iRobot’s advanced navigation technology. Its PrevisionVision navigation system is more efficient than the average and will stay clear of obstacles such as power cords – and staircases.
Its Smart Map remembers the rooms you clean and your preferences. It can even tell whether it’s in a space that requires special attention, like the kitchen or living room. It also features the Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal system, which empties dirt automatically for up to 60 days.
Another great characteristic of the Combo i2 is its dual multi-surface brushes. They are more effective than standard mops, taking dirt from edges and corners. The robot’s acoustic sensor allows this. The Combo i2 also offers powerful suction and an intelligent design. It is controlled by the iRobot app, voice assistants, and an programmable schedule.
iRobot Combo i1
The Combo i1 robot vacuum can also mop. When it detects the surface requires cleaning the robotic arm equipped with a cleaning pad raises the entire unit and swings underneath it. The back of the unit has a dust bin and water tank that can be removed to add cleaning solution. The robot uses a proprietary Bona cleaning solution but can be utilized with other brands.
The Combo i1 is unlike most robot vacuums in that it can reposition the mophead to the top of its robot when it senses carpet. It is able to vacuum the carpet before wiping it clean using its microfiber cloths. This will ensure that all surfaces are spotless. It has a complete set of sensors and navigation capabilities that allow it to avoid obstacles such as furniture and cords.
It also has an upgraded battery to last longer, and self-emptying mode that decreases the frequency of emptying the bin. It’s an excellent choice for families who want the convenience of a single robot with the versatility provided by multiple cleaning modes. It can be controlled by a voice command using Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant-enabled devices. It can be programmed to begin and stop at specific time intervals.
iRobot Combo i4
This iRobot robotic mop and vacuum is perfect for those who want to keep their home tidy without lifting a finger. It is compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, so you can control it via voice commands. It also has smart mapping technology that means you can set up a schedule and the robot will do the task for you.
It has a docking station with low profile and takes up little space. It also has a dirt compartment that can be cleaned at the touch of one button. The compartment is made of opaque plastic, which means you won’t be able to see what’s inside. The i4 also lacks certain features, such as keep-out zones and the AI-powered obstacle avoidance found on the j7 and+ models.
It does have a powerful vacuum system and rubber brushes that do not get tangled by pet hair. It’s also a good choice for homes with carpets that are high-pile because it is able to handle the extra dirt and debris better than weaker vacuums. The i4 requires less maintenance and has lower ongoing costs and is more efficient in the lowest suction mode.