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After having used iRobot Roomba robot vacuums for several years, I can confidently say that the one feature I wish they had was the ability to detect and avoid cables and cords, specifically. The wish has been granted with the new Roomba j7+ robot vacuum with Genius 3.0 Home Intelligence.
The latest robot vacuum in iRobot’s growing line-up features PrecisionVision Navigation to help it learn to navigate the floors in your specific home, remembering different rooms and where the furniture is, and cleaning where it’s most needed. But the biggest upgrade is its ability to recognize and avoid cords as well as pet waste. iRobot is so confident about the latter, in fact, that it has created the hilariously named Pet Owner Official Promise (P.O.O.P.) guarantee that will replace a j7+ if it fails to avoid solid pet waste any time during the first year of purchase (valid in certain territories only).
iRobot Genius 3.0 Home Intelligence, which is available in all of the latest iRobot robot vacuums and mops, includes tons of smart features, including the ability for the vacuum to automatically clean when you’re not home and create boundaries, Imprint Smart Mapping and naming so you can personalize a cleaning job to only do a pass in a specific room, like the kitchen, for example. You can also use a smart speaker and voice assistant like Alexa or Google Assistant to audibly instruct the vacuum to clean a specific room. The smart map customization will even automatically recommend names for each room once it has devised a sufficient map. You’ll also get cleaning time estimates and set quiet jobs in case you need the floors to be clean in your home office before a client comes by, for example, but have a Zoom meeting right before.
Available across iRobot’s portfolio of robot vacuums and mops,2 iRobot Genius extends the company’s leadership in creating state-of-the-art artificial intelligence and personalized cleaning experiences. The latest digital features included in iRobot Genius 3.0 that are also compatible with the Roomba j7+ include:
It’s the PrecisionVision Navigation that guides the j7+ around cords, cables, and pet waste, so you don’t need to worry if your smartphone charging cable fell out of your bag and into the floor, or about the vacuum tugging on the charging cord for your smart remote’s base or digital photo frame on the living room side table (hand raised here on these scenarios!) As with other Roombas, it can also seamlessly navigate around corners and along walls, under and around furniture, and will avoid stairs. A neat new feature: the j7+ will not only detect and avoid an obstacle in its way, it will also send a photo to the iRobot Home app so you can either instruct it to avoid the obstacle or clean around it. You can also tell Roomba through the app how to avoid such an item in the future in the event that it’s something that will always be there (like a charging cord that’s plugged into something on a table or desk, but hangs to the floor.)
The vacuum will receive continuous over-the-air software updates as needed for both Genius and PrecisionVision Navigation, making both features smarter over time.
With iRobot Genius, the Roomba j7+ learns how you like to clean and automatically gives you personalized suggestions, factoring in times when your home may need more frequent cleaning, like if you have pets or it’s allergy seasons. Since the Roomba j7+ remembers the specific rooms and times you like to clean, it can suggest personalized cleaning schedules, like in the kitchen after breakfast. Enabled by iRobot Genius, the Roomba j7+ will even ask if you’d like to clean while you’re away and stop cleaning when you return, letting you enjoy the clean without noticing the cleaning. Imprint Link Technology tells the Braava jet m6 robot, should you have one of these as well, to mop after the Roomba j7+ has finished vacuuming.
The Roomba j7+ robot features a spun metal finish and intuitive one-button design. The Automatic Dirt Disposal Clean Base, which is available with other models as well, has been redesigned to fit under tables and take up less space. It features a premium, textured style and rich leather pull tab. It also includes hidden storage for extra bags. With the Clean Base, the vacuum automatically empties its bin into a bag that can hold up to 60 days-worth of dirt and debris. Once it’s full, dispose of the bag and replace it with a new one.
The Roomba j7+ robot vacuum with Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal is available in Canada starting at $1,050 at www.irobot.ca and will be on pre-sale at select retailers starting September 12, 2021 and immediate purchase at select retailers beginning September 19, 2021. Buy it without the Clean Base for $800. Additional Dirt Disposal Bags are $20 for a pack of three.