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  • Tech Insider Network Member

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Solid Little Cleaner

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    I’ve never used a Roomba before, so this review is my first time experiencing what these little machines are capable of. My upstairs is a smaller space with some winding corridors, so I was curious to see how well the Roomba would navigate in the area and how good of a job it would do at vacuuming the hardwood floors (and bathroom rug). Here are my thoughts… FEATURES The Roomba i5+ features 3 cleaning components – the Edge-Sweeping Brush which spins all the time to catch debris hidden in corners and push it towards the Dual Multi-Surface Rubber Brushes. Those brushes flex to different floor types, such as my hardwood floors and bathroom rug, to pull up dirt. Finally, the Power-Lifting Suction pulls that dirt away and helps load it into the Roomba. I didn’t have super filthy or dirt covered floors to start with, but I did have cat fur flying around and some visible debris on the floor. The 3-Stage Cleaning System did a great job picking up in my home. The automatic cleaning function utilizing the Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal is great! I do not expect my upstairs to ever be a heavy traffic zone since most dirt ends up downstairs near the entrances to my home. So, having the clean base automatically empty the Roomba and hold the dirt in a quality vacuum bag that doesn’t have to be replaced for 60 whole days is awesome! I am not even close to needing to replace the bag, but keep in mind, that might be different if you use your Roomba in high traffic areas, like your kitchen and living room. The Imprint Smart Map feature is pretty cool. I picked up my floor, told the Roomba to clean everywhere, and it made a pretty accurate map of my upstairs. In the Roomba app, I defined where each room started and ended, gave each room labels, and now I can command the Roomba to clean particular rooms instead of the whole upstairs. I’m a big fan of this feature, and really, I didn’t expect the Smart Map feature to do a good job, but it’s surprisingly accurate. SMART INTEGRATIONS If you have a Google Home or Amazon Alexa system (I think Siri/Homekit would work here too), you can tell your voice assistant to clean a room – just make sure it’s labeled in the Roomba app – or have it clean the whole house/floor, and it will vacuum that area for you. I love it, it’s a great feature and I’ve used it often for quick spot cleaning, because why not have rooms be extra clean when I’m done using them! You can also set the Roomba to clean when you leave home and to stop cleaning when you come home! I’m a huge fan of this feature and I hope to see it integrate with lots of smart systems in the future. For now, you can enable location services on the iRobot app and let it determine when you are or aren’t away from home. Personally, I enjoy integrating this with other smart services, such as ecobee or August, so that those systems can use their own presence detection to alert the Roomba of when it should start cleaning. Again, I hope to see more integrations built, but this is a solid start – and as a heavy ecobee smart thermostat and home security user, I’m overjoyed to see this integration already exists. NAVIGATION The Roomba supposedly cleans in neat, straight lines. I don’t think that’s the case in my own house. I’ve watched the Roomba clean quite a few times, and I’m always wondering “Wow, where is this thing navigating to?”. Sometimes it seems to get hard-focused on a spot and keep going over it, even though that spot is squeaky clean. I think the Roomba may still be learning and adjusting to my environment, but it’s not like my bed or tables have moved since the device was installed. I’ll just believe that this will continue to improve with software updates, but as it stands now, sometimes I feel like the device gets a little confused. Note though, I haven’t had an experience where it completely misses a spot. The device is thorough, I just don’t understand the navigation logic completely. And as expected – this Roomba does not fall down the stairs. It will stop itself before tumbling down a whole flight of stairs. I was sure to test that! CONCLUSION I really like the Roomba i5+. I think this device is perfect for my use-case – hardwood floors upstairs in a space with minimal foot traffic. I think it can also work in other environments, but I’d be curious to see if it can handle more heavy-duty cleaning cycles with a family of four, for example. I’m impressed though and I’m happy with how the device performs. I can’t say for sure if this device will get better and better through software updates or not, but I certainly hope iRobot continues to improve the product as time goes on. Right now, I just hope it can improve its navigation functions a little bit more – not because it’s not doing a good job cleaning, but because I know the device can still be more efficient.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Tech Insider Network Member

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    All you need in sturdy, dependable robotic vacuum

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    I have an ancient Roomba for over 15 years, and it just keeps running. That is what endears the brand to me: it is modular with replacement parts available to repair or replace most anything that may go wrong. Certainly, the battery is one item that WILL eventually need to be replaced, for all rechargeable batteries have a definite life span. But swapping out the battery in my vintage Roomba is about a 5 minute chore, taking out a few screws, removing the cover, and repeat the steps to secure the new battery in. My old 500 series Roomba was powerful enough to keep up with a shedding dog, and 3 children growing up. I had the robot make the rounds every day, and every night I would empty the bin, about a 7 minute chore. It has the old bristle brushes and a bin that needed manual emptying. Yet there was, somehow, a degree of satisfaction in seeing how much hair a Jack Russell terrier can shed in a day, every day! And that hair was not building up in nooks and crannies throughout the house, so the routine was worth the effort. As other aspects of my semi-smart home became automated, the Roomba just kept on chugging along. The lights, garage door opener, doorbell, music/speakers, outside garden faucet all succumbed to remote control and automation. But my Roomba would not die. The Roomba was finally retired when we remodeled the main floor of the house. The kitchen was completely redone, with new cabinetry and island. The Roomba of old, which maneuvered itself by a slam and ricochet algorithm was banished, for fear of scarring the new, and expensive, woodwork at ground level. The i5 model is not the top of the line, but it really checks off all the boxes for our home. It is rather stylish, with a grey tweed fabric ring on the top cover. There is a small, discrete brown leather tab to open the master dust bin, where a backup bag is stored. New bags will need to be purchased, for alas, they are not reusable. The i5+ does lack a built-in foldable handle, that the old series 500 had. But the handle was used mostly to transport the Roomba back to base station when it ran out of power and was marooned in a remote part of the house. The new Roomba senses its waning power, and makes its own way to the recharging station, so the handle is superfluous. "Find the exiled Roomba" is a game that I am happy not to be playing. The i5+ Roomba is quiet while running, compared to the ancient 500 series. Except when it empties its on-board dirt bin into the base station. It empties itself! I admit that to a small degree I miss the visual affirmation of the mass of dust, hair, and Legos that the Roomba has harvested. But emptying the master bin once a month rather than daily is easy to adjust to. The emptying of the mobile bin is NOT quiet, however. You hear the wind tunnel force at work when the robot’s bin is emptying into the base station. The i5+ comes with two storage bags for the debris; one installed and a spare in the upper part of the base station. You will need to buy new bags, and alas, the old bags do not seem to be recyclable in any way. The bags are widely available from multiple sources, including BestBuy for official iRobot brand. Third party bags, which I have not tried, tend to be significantly cheaper. The bags have a sliding divider that seals off the dust and dirt, containing the mess inside the bag before you remove it, making the process quite hygienic and tidy. The tower on the base is certainly more obtrusive than the old charging platform, which was no taller than the Roomba itself. The i5+ really does not take up more floor space, just higher. So the i5+ Roomba will not fit under a piece of furniture that has only 15 cm of clearance. Where the new generation shines is in the robotics. Sort of what you would expect from a company called iRobot. The automation is wonderful: both a phone app and voice control. And they have added Apple’s Siri as a supported voice assistant after years of only Alexa and Google Home. This was accomplished via a software update that occurred sometime in the past couple of years. After one pass through the main floor, Roomba had mapped the floor plan. You can use the iPhone or Android app to set and adjust barriers to separate the various rooms. You can add or delete barriers and assign each area its own name. So a voice command, “Siri, have Roomba clean the kitchen and dining room” sets just those rooms into the crosshairs. You can in the app set a routine time to have Roomba run, and specify which areas are to be cleaned. If the robot runs out of battery power before the sequence has completed, it will return to the base station and recharge. Once power has been recharged, it will then return where it left off and finish the chore. And after the initial mapping, Roomba will have learned where the walls, obstacles, and stairwells are located, and come to a stop before slamming into the base of the cabinet or the wall. It slows down, senses the obstacle, seems to sometimes lightly touch the surface (as if for a confirmation of the map) and then diverts back to the plan. The OLD Roomba was truly a random walk, careening around the room and eventually by random, Brownian motion, effectively getting most everything vacuumed. The NEW Roomba does a methodical, back and forth, in a stepwise progress across the floor with each pass paralleling the prior swath, moved over by about 15-20 cm. Cleaning the old bristle brushes, although not needed daily, was at least a weekly chore. You needed a circular ring tool with central spikes aimed inwards to effectively remove hair from the bristles. Not a difficult chore, but was truly a chore. iRobot has moved from bristles to their signature dual green rubber brush rollers, which makes hair removal quite easy in comparison. And no special tool needed. All told, I am extremely pleased with the upgrade over my vintage Roomba. The durability, reliability, and ease of repairs by the owner have been halmarks of my former Roomba, and I hope this will continue that heritage.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Tech Insider Network Member

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Good machine for the right people, not pet owners

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    The Roomba i5 Self Emptying vacuum will work for a certain audience. If you have pets that shed a lot, this might not be the right vacuum for you for several reasons. If you are only cleaning dust or keep the floors clean then this will work very well for you. This vacuum will clean the floors thoroughly and do a good job. Having the ability to self-empty the bin on the Roomba into the docking station will let this robot be a set it and forget it for a few days. From the sound of the sucking of the docking station, you can tell it will do a pretty good job clearing out the bin on the Roomba. I did notice that little rocks the size of BB's do not get sucked out of the bin on the Roomba. The base is notched out so that the Roomba will always consistently dock properly. Having owned Roombas without the self-emptying docking station, the Roomba would occasionally not dock properly and drain the battery. With the self-emptying dock there is a cradle where the wheels will sit in and align the Roomba perfectly with the charging pads. Now this Roomba will not work out for me and my big dogs for a few reasons. First is the self-emptying features. The way the Roomba empties its self is from the rear of the machine and through a tunnel into the dust back on the dock. If you have a clump of dog hair in the Roomba bin, it gets stuck trying to get out of the Roomba into the tunnel on the docking station. If you have a small thin dog hair and is sparse, not clumped together, it will suck up just fine. But if your dog is shedding its coat, which many breeds do, this will give the self-empty feature a run for its money. In addition, the collection back is another weak point. Unless you plan on just throwing out the dust collection bag after its full, then ignore this next point. If you were planning on saving money and just clean out the collection bag and reuse it, then good luck. The collection back has a 1-inch hole where the dust is sucked into. There is no way to open the included backs and shake out the trash. If you have dogs that shed, you will know how hard it is to get hair out of things. Its as if the hair sews itself onto things. The hair just sticks to the inside of the bag, requiring you to try and pick out the trash out of the 1-inch inlet hose. The Roomba comes with two bags. Perhaps if you find a replacement back that allows you to empty the contents occasionally, you might be fine, but the included collection backs appear to be one time use and disposable. This may increase the cost of running this Roomba in the long run. If a reusable back is not offered, one may want to try and cut the collection back and install a zipper or Velcro to gain access to the inside of the bag to clean it out and reuse it. Another issue I ran into using this Roomba for the first time was mapping out your area. When the instructions say make sure you have 4.5 feet of clearance around the Roomba, they weren't kidding. The only spot it my house near an outlet only has 2 feet of clearance straight ahead of the Roomba leaving the dock. This causes the Roomba to map in a 2 feet circle and then return home. It refuses to map out the rest of the floor if it cannot back out of the dock the full 4.5 feet. After using an extension cord and giving the Roomba ample room to back out of the dock, then it works properly. So if you do not have a way for the Roomba to back out of the dock properly, you might have issues. Overall, this is a good robot that does an excellent job cleaning. Its just not the right system for people with heavy shedding pets or limited floor space.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Tech Insider Network Member

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Roomba i5 with Self Emptying Vacuum

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    So first let me say that I have been VERY skeptical of these Roomba type vacuums for years. I just never trusted the claims, I didn’t trust the ability to maneuver from hardwood floors to carpet and back. Oh, and what about mats/etc or other things that may get in the way. I just was in disbelief of the ability of these devices to accurately discover, map and vacuum areas. Well, (Start the recording) I WAS WRONG…lol Just to be clear, setup was easy. I just unboxed, placed into an open space in my 1st floor living room since it’s not used a lot and has some space. I charged it, then downloaded the app, went through the process of connecting to my wifi and then it was time. I had to perform the initial “map”of my areas. I clicked start and set the little sucker on its way. Keep in mind that discovery and mapping does NOT vacuum, it just performs the mapping. It took about 1.5 hours to do this. During this time, I was in disbelief. I didn’t understand the logic of why it went where and when. I also cursed it and moved it like a puppy when it tried to go into my fireplace under my fireplace screen and mess with all my lava rock. I did the same thing when it tried to go under my tv stand and mess with cables and such. I quickly learned to put things like a box, etc. in front of things to inhibit it from trying to crawl under things I didn’t want it to. It’s intuitive, don’t be intimidated, go with it, it’s easy. Once it finished mapping, it parked itself back home. I found it interesting that during the process it stirred up some dust bunny/dog fur that it encountered along the way. This was a good sign. I then set it off to Discover and Vacuum. I have a large area of hardwood and a one large room downstairs with carpet. This is basically my living, dining, kitchen and breakfast and ½ baths that are hardwood. The Den is a large room with carpet. It started in the living room hardwood floor and then moved to the carpet. It really did a meticulous job of going back over its mapping (I had to move a few objects to ensure it didn’t go under the tv stand) but it did an amazing job! What was even more amazing was that since our carpeted area obviously had more dog fur in it due to it being early summer and our chocolate lab was shedding, we had much more fur in the carpet. Our Roomba apparently filled up and then took itself back to the charging station and the auto empty feature of the i5 kicked in and emptied the Roomba !! this was amazing! It did it on its own! It then started back up and went off the stand and started to finish vacuuming the remainder of the downstairs area. Next, I used the function to select my map that had been created. It shows a rough view of the rooms that I mapped. You can then adjust the room designations boundary lines. This helps you further define the actual rooms and once done with that, you can give each room a specific or custom name. This is awesome because then you can go into the app and tell Roomba to go vacuum a specific room or rooms, really cool! I have to say, I was VERY skeptical of this unit, my wife wanted one but I was not sold but now I am! As I write this, it is finishing cleaning the remaining hardwood floors. I don’t know yet how this will be 6 months or a year from now compared to a regular vacuum that may last years but I must say, my initial impression of this has been dramatically changed for the positive. I hate that we cannot give ratings between four and five. I really cant give it a five but even though I am giving it a 4, its really like a 4.5 to me! I highly recommend this Roomba i5 with Auto Empty, it’s a really great addition to our cleaning arsenal !

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Tech Insider Network Member

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    They keep getting better

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    I think I've now passed my first decade as an owner of a robot vac. This is now the third Roomba I've had in that time. This is my second with self-empty feature. As an owner of two long haired dogs, it's easy to say that every one of them has been put through its paces. The i5 comes very nicely packed; unboxing was a breeze, and best of all, it's complete and ready to go - no assembly or hazy instructions to read through. As a previous Roomba owner, I had the latest version of the app; I only needed to "add new product" which was accomplished by scanning its QR code. There was no issue with wifi, it immediately connected to my network and was ready to go. Well, almost - I noted in the app that the charge was less than half full, so I let it charge up in the dock. This is not a fault or knock on the product, just about every product with a lithium ion battery is shipped in a low battery condition for safety reasons. After an hour in the dock, the unit was ready to map. As it went along, it was immediately recognizable that it was less clunky in its movement than previous models. Sometimes, when these robots encounter a barrier, they stop, and seem to take some time to assess their next move. The i5 however was quick on its feet, if it hit a wall or piece of furniture, it would immediately rotate & move on. I'm sure the processing power is better, or could be the camera, but whatever the case, it was obvious that the i series has some upgraded hardware. Result being the mapping was completed quite a bit quicker than with previous models. As far as the mechanical part of it, the functional pieces appear very similar if not identical to previous models. Turning it over, the brushes; whiskers, etc. are identical to previous Roomba models. One thing I noticed was that the spring pressure on the wheels seemed to be a bit more. The affect of that was that the unit appeared to have a slight rake to it (meaning tilted forward.) Maybe a design feature to help it clear thicker rugs, but whatever the purpose, the i5 cleaned just as effectively if not somewhat better than my J series. And, due to the more intelligent processing, the job got done a bit quicker. The noise level in operation is about the same, although I believe the self-empty feature may be a bit quieter. (Although it still can be a bit startling when it first clicks on!) The tower portion comes with a vacuum bag installed (I did say fully assembled, right!), and a second refill is included in a side pod - thank you! The overall style of the unit is much better than previous models. the touch of linen on the robot and ribbing on the tower make it seem less antiseptic. Overall, the i5 appears to be a solid improvement to its predecessors, as I've said before, every new model seems to improve in quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Tech Insider Network Member

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Cleans great, and empties itself

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    ## Setup Make sure you have room in your recycling bin as there is a good amount of packaging to open and then break down, which I guess is also a good thing as you know everything should be protected. Once assembled, I like that the iRobot Roomba i5+ doesn't stand as tall as the i3+, so it's a little less noticeable. It's easier to fit beneath a small table or other discreet area. Once you have everything unpacked, you set the Roomba on its charging base to "wake it up." Then, I loaded up the iRobot app to add it to my existing account and connect it to Wi-Fi. There were no updates to install (this will likely change in the future), but the battery charge was initially low, so I left it charge overnight. ## Performance The Roomba i5+ has many of the same features as the i3+ (in fact, I'm having a difficult time finding the differences, other than the height of the collection bin). The mapping feature is nice as it lets you "tell" the Roomba (via a tap in the app) which room to focus on. As the Roomba learns your home's layout, you'll see some humorous floor plans in the apps as it navigates around furniture (which it can't tell apart from a wall). However, you will get a general idea of the rooms the Roomba "sees", and you can label them for future jobs. The iRobot Roomba i5+ seems to clean in a more linear fashion than my previous Roombas. Even with a bunch of obstacles to maneuver around, the Roomba tries to put down at least a few straight lines side-by-side where it can, which is aesthetically pleasing when looking at the carpet in the room afterwards. It gets the job done, and the app will show a map of all the areas it cleaned afterwards. This allows you to verify if any spots were missed. However, you'll likely run this multiple times a week (if not every day), so any missed areas will likely get picked up on a subsequent run. Suction power seems sufficient as all visible dirt is removed from my carpet and hardwood floors. The side brush also bats in dirt, fuzzies, and hair that is under cabinets or other areas that the Roomba can't quite squeeze under. I really like the self-emptying collection bin as it can run for a couple months without needing emptying. If the Roomba gets stuck on a cord or traps itself in a corner, the app will send a push notification with information about what is wrong. The robot is somewhat loud (especially when emptying its bin), so I often find myself reaching for my noise cancelling headphones when I'm working from home while its cleaning. I've owned a Roomba for over 10 years now and I've found that, when properly maintained, Roombas seem to last 3 years or more. The battery seems to be the first thing to go, but replacements are relatively easy to find. Occasionally, one of my Roombas will have a software glitch and refuse to start, but a factory reset usually resolves it. Overall, I've been happy with iRobot's Roomba vacuums. ## Summary I'm all for offloading the mundane chore of vacuuming to a robot! The iRobot Roomba i5+ does a very good job of keeping the floors clean that I rarely need to get my regular vacuum out. I like that the app provides me details about the areas it cleaned, what parts will need replaced soon, and any problems that come up. I think it does a better job vacuuming than I do! :-D

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Tech Insider Network Member

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    One less chore that I have to do

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    Received my IRobot I5+ and have been using it over the past week and love how well it does its job. I put this in my finished basement as this is an area I tend to neglect when it’s cleaning day. I knew in doing so, this IRobot would have its work cut out. Setup couldn’t be easier. Plug in the base, place the IRobot on the base to charge, download the app on your phone and simply follow the setup instructions. I had mine set up and ready to go in less than five minutes. As for performance. Remember how I said this vacuum would have its work cut out due to placing it in my neglected basement? Well it handled clean up like a champ and also accurately mapped my basement when I sent it on its initial mapping run. Only issue I ran into was one area where my daughter left her toys on the floor. The vacuum avoided those obstacles and did not map the area where my daughter plays very well. I can’t blame the robot on this. It does instruct you to pick up obstructions that may be in the way during mapping. As for its cleaning, it does the job and does it really well. After two runs I don’t feel like the floor in the least used sections of the basement feel dusty and dirty. Not only that but it was able to reach spaces that I may not have been able to. One thing I would suggest. Don’t run this at night unless you are a heavy sleeper. It can get loud especially when it returns to the dock and cleans the robots bin. That is a non issue for me so this gets a five star from me. It’s an excellent tool to add to your arsenal to allow you to focus the time you might spend vacuuming on something else.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 1 out of 5 stars

    Never got it to work

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    I had high hopes for the iRobot i5+, given that Roomba was a pioneer in robot vacuums. But unfortunately I could not get the robot to properly map out our floor. The setup started off on the wrong foot when the instructions said to download the app and scan the product code. But after scanning the product code, the app would warn me about some features that don’t apply to all products. If I’ve already scanned the product code, why can’t it tell me about my product specifically? I followed the rest of the process and got the vacuum set up on my network. It was straightforward but slower than I expected, sometimes left wondering if it was erroring out. I then put the vacuum at the T-intersection of two hallways that had rooms on either side of the longer hallway, making sure there were no obstructions per the instructions. But the vacuum would only map out the short hallway and nothing else. After a couple of frustrating attempts, I rotated the base by 90 degrees, even though the instructions say to not put it against a wall. Again the vacuum would only travel in the direction directly away from the base. It did map the room on that side of the hallway, but returned to the base, ignoring the short hallway or the room past the base. See accompanying diagrams. I’ve used other robot vacuums that have not had any issues in this area of the house. I don’t recommend this.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    We Named it Fred.

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    Love this guy! Just set it up yesterday and its already mapped my house and my floors are so clean! I look forward to using this guy for a long time!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Love this thing!

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    It’s so helpful! As a full time college student and fur mom I love that I don’t have to vacuum everyday anymore!

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Multiple maps??

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    I was reflecting recently on my history with Robot vacuums. It started back in 2017 with iRobot, and since then I've had several vacuums from a few different brands, one of which has ceased to exist. In my house, we name our robot helpers, the first named Lincoln after the street we lived on when the kids were first born. We named our first bot Lincoln in remembrance of that house. Since then, we've continued to name our robots increasing one letter at a time, and our i5+ was donned the name "Quark." So you'd think then I've had 6 robot vacuums since 2017, but indeed, the true count is 7 due to a manufacturing error in our first "M" robot "Meep." But here's the point: I've owned 7 robot vacuums in 8 years, making this a somewhat expensive habit. My first bot Lincoln was also a Roomba, and it was only this past winter that we had to send him on to robot heaven. It was a resilient machine, and although its battery was awful toward the end, it worked for a long time. And probably, it could have worked for longer but the 2017 vacuum technology, compatibility with apps, and other missing features made it not worth the repair. Our house is great but has an annoying layout with two "levels" on the first floor. We were in need of a robot to patrol the higher of those two levels, and our new housemate Quark has filled that role nicely. If you're looking for a robot vacuum, I'd HIGHLY suggest investing in one with a self-emptying tank. This particular tank has bags as well, so you don't have to worry as much about dumping dusty plastic bins out and making a mess-- just pull the bag and toss it. The only downside here is the need to buy additional bags. The iRobot app has stayed largely the same over the last several years, which could be good or bad depending on the audience. Like other robot vacuum apps, it has a section to store "Maps" (which is what it is labeled in the app), but is actually incapable of storing multiple maps: you are limited to only one. This seems a standard oversight with app makers for robot vacuums, and it annoys me. And maybe you're wondering, "Why would you need multiple maps?" I recognize I'm fortunate enough to be able to own multiple vacuums for my multi-level household, but I gather not everyone fits into that category. Sure, you'd be limited to some degree on the automatic return to home base, but it would be great to see an option to set the little guy in a one-off room on a different level to handle spot cleaning. Setup was very easy: Plug it in, charge it up, download the app, connect the bot to wifi, and set it on a mapping run to build the initial map. Once built, the map can be divided into rooms for more targeted cleaning. The app allows the creation of multiple routines ("Favorites") wherein you can have a subset of the rooms cleaned at the push of a button. You can also set schedules to clean any or all areas based upon a preset timeframe. The app also supports geofencing and can trigger the bot to clean after you leave the house. Because iRobot is one of the OG's in the market, and because I had a great experience with my first Roomba, I'm excited to have it back in the house. It's done a wonderful job in the first several runs, and I'd imagine it will be around for many years to come. I think it's worth noting that Quark has a very similar physical design to it's older counterpart Lincoln, which I'm sure makes the cost for repair much lower than if the designs were constantly changing. The price for entry here is $500, which is not a small investment. A decent manual vacuum will be $250-$350 and far more versatile, but it's hard to beat convenience. The Roomba's price tag is about what I'd expect for a well-designed robot with a 5ish year lifespan that also includes a self-emptying function. The only real demerit here is the lack of support for multiple maps. And while I don't think is a strictly "iRobot" problem, someone has to step up and address it.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Pretty good robotic vacuum!

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    Last year, we had gotten a Roomba i5+ Combo (with mopping capability) and its self-emptying bin to pair up with another self-emptying robot vacuum (of another brand) and replace the 7-year old 980 model that its battery wasn't lasting very long for cleaning the upstairs of our house (would take two cycles with needing to manually empty the bin while charging after the first cycle). Unfortunately, almost immediately after getting that i5+, the other self-emptying vacuum stopped working. Since then, we were preparing to move to a single-story house with more tile floor throughout and decided to get another robot vacuum to handle the carpeted areas and finally use the mopping feature on the "older" i5+ Combo on the tile. Since we have decided that we would only get self-emptying vacuums from now on (to make it easier to run on a schedule even when we are not home since we wouldn't need to manually empty the dust bin), we figured that the new "non-mopping" i5+ would work just great for that. One thing I noticed that iRobot had improved in just 8 months was information provided in the setup process. For the other i5+, it would let you connect to any wireless router, either 5GHz or 2.4GHz band, but if it connected to 5GHz, it wouldn't finish setting up and wouldn't give a reason. Now, it mentions up-front that it will only connect/work with a 2.4GHz connection. After quickly adding this one to our account, it was ready to go. We did do a quick test at our previous house on the upstairs carpet (since it was pretty empty with a lot already moved downstairs or gotten rid of). It did a good, quick job of getting to the rooms we left open and did it's normal detection of the edge of the stairs (so it didn't make a quick trip downstairs). After we moved, I deleted the previous map and ran it with a full run to create a map of the new house so we could assign the rooms witih carpet that it would be cleaning. As we found before, since it doesn't have the same camera/LIDAR detections that the 980 did, the map itself isn't quite the most accurate, although it is close enough to still set things up as we needed. One thing we have that has always been an issue with the two oldest vacuums we have used is a thicker rug in the family room. This new i5+ does a better job at working to get onto it, even if it has to try from different directions to get the first wheel onto it. Once it finishes (or runs out of battery), it returns to the charging base, and initiates the dust bin emptying process. Be aware that while the vacuum itself is fairly quiet when vacuuming, the emptying vacuum in the base tower is not (but it does a good job at getting everything out). While we do like the i5+ as it meets our needs without getting too fancy (even if some of the higher models would work great for us as well), be sure to go to the iRobot website and "Compare Products" to make sure you find best model for your home.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Let the robots handle the cleaning from now on

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    This is my second roomba vacuum, I have an i3 as well, and I am loving this vacuum even more than my other one. The packaging is a bit bulky with lots of empty space full of cardboard, but once I got the product out, it was pretty quick and easy to set up. The box includes the vacuum, the charging/emptying station, and the power cord. Unfortunately, unlike my i3, this one did not come with a second air filter replacement but it did come with a second bag for the disposal bin. Since I already own a roomba vacuum, I had the app already set up and adding a second device was an absolute breeze. If this is your first time, there is a simple QR code to scan that will walk you through the app set up and get you rolling quickly. One thing to note on setup, this vacuum does not support 5ghz wifi connection, so you’ll have to set your wifi to 2.4 temporarily during setup to get the best results. Once I was connected, I was able to change my wifi settings back to both 5 and 2.4 and have had no connection issues. With a charging station location picked out, I set the robot up to charge and waited before running it’s first clean and mapping. Originally my i3 did not come with the mapping options, but it has sense gotten an update so now both my upstairs and downstairs vacuums will have mapping capabilities which is nice. It also cleans in straight rows so on carpet, you will see those satisfying lines when it’s all done. I sent the new vacuum off on a it’s first journey and just like my older roomba, it gently poked around and looked for edges all while creating an internal map to reference before hitting top speed and doing some cleaning. I left some small charging cables and dog toys out as well as some loose wires to see what would happen and the robot never got tangled up, but it did occasionally get a cable under it’s wheel and drag it around a bit before getting dislodged. I am never a fan of “risking it” for cables so I usually pick them up anyway, but it was nice to know it wouldn’t get too bad if I forget or miss a cable. I set the robot to do 2 passes, plus a mapping, so about 1.5 hours in it returned to home to recharge before finishing the job. The charge took about an hour or so and then the job only needed about 5 more minutes to finish. This was cleaning my entire main floor which is quite large, plus 2 passes. I think that’s a decent time, and if I chose to let the robot decide how many passes are needed based on time and size, I’m pretty sure it could hit my main level in one charge. When it returned to base to recharge, it also emptied the bin, which should be noted, does sort of sound like a jet taking off in your living room. It’s not a quiet operation, so even if the vacuum is not too loud, the bin emptying may be too loud for running at night unless your base is located far from your room or you’re a heavy sleeper. The first time I heard it and didn’t know what it was, it was a bit jarring, but when the robot finished the job and emptied again, I still heard it plenty loud, but it wasn’t that shocking since I knew what it was. I just think it’s worth noting that it’s a rather loud operation. The app has come a long way since I first got my i3. Now the mapping is much more user friendly and you can edit the boundaries and names and tell the robot to clean by room or set up more customized cleaning schedules and routines, plus it’s all integrated with alexa and google home, so you simply tell your assistant to tell the vacuum name to start and off they go, eating up all the little bits of dirt in your house. The app also includes a cleaning history and map of the cleaning as well as a breakdown of how long each step took, ie, cleaning, charging, paused, etc. I didn’t have a major mess to clean up as I had just vacuumed recently before testing this vac out, but it still managed to get a lot of dust and dirt from the carpets and hardwoods and the fancy brushes don’t get tangled in hair like my traditional vacuum does. The filter is easy to pop out and shake clean (it says do not wash) but the dust bin is washable which is nice. If you take care of the maintenance and maybe get a few filters to replace regularly, there’s no reason this vacuum shouldn’t be able to last you a very long time. I got my i3 4 years ago and it’s still working great and now I have 2 for my two story house so I don’t have to move one up and down. I highly recommend the roomba vacuum products, and this i5+ is no different. With the self emptying bag, the schedule cleaning and smart mapping capabilities, you can go from thinking about vacuuming once a week to thinking about it once a month.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great little robot vacuum!!

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    iRobot i5+ Roomba Vacuum + Self-Emptying This is a powerful and useful Robot Vacuum! Like most robot vacuums, it will adjust to different floor types as it’s working, but the iRobot+ 5 does it very well judging from my experience with it. It has no trouble tracking from a hard surface to carpet and then even onto an area rug lying on the carpet! It will map the area as it’s moving (where I use it is in the master bedroom, master closet and master bathroom – this on-suite is separated from the rest of the house) or a larger area rather quickly and then head off to do its job. Once it’s done the job it also “remembers” spatially where it cleaned so that it will simply repeat this again the next time you need it. This “mapping” also enables you to direct it to only a specific room or area from the original job, if you need that later. Of course, it will adapt its map if something changes later in the same area. And, what everyone really wants to know, it does an excellent job of cleaning the floors – lint, hair, dirt in general, all things are efficiently vacuumed up. If it senses that a particular area is extra dirty, it will clean that area more thoroughly all by itself. When it’s done with the designated area, it returns to its base to recharge and to empty its debris box into the silo that’s part of the charging station. The silo holds a good-sized vacuum bag so that it doesn’t require emptying very often. Once nice touch I thought was when you open the silo from the top, the bag in use is hooked up on the right side and on the left side is where the extra vacuum bags are stored so you don’t have to go looking for them if a bag change is required. There is a Roomba app for your smartphone that enables you to schedule how, when and where you want your iRobot i5+ to clean, whether you’re home or not. It also responds to Alexa or Siri if you’re into voice control. My only problem with the i5+ is that I was unable to activate the app. After you download it, you have to sign in to your Roomba account or create one. I didn’t have one (or it was so long ago that any former account wasn’t recognized) so I gave it my email address and set up a password – but to do that, it had to send me a verification code to enter to finish my account setup. Although I triple-checked that my email address was correct, I could never receive a code, so I wasn’t able to complete the account to start the application. I tried multiple times over different days but no love. I realize this isn’t the i5+’s fault (it’s an excellent robot vacuum), but there is some glitch somewhere that I haven’t cleared up yet. For me personally, it’s not a problem because I seldom use an app for a robot vacuum. For the purpose of this review, I’m unable to give you any detail about the finer points of the app at this time due to this glitch. Bottomline is that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the iRobot Roomba i5+ Self-Emptying Robot Vacuum. It’s a really good vacuum!

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Nimble Mighty Vacuum

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    The outer shipping box for the Roomba came with a big Roomba company logo and SKU number and quantity. It was a bit heavier than expected but not bad. Heads up if you won't be home for the delivery, you can definitely tell what's in the box. There is an inner box that the robot is packaged in. All in all the shipping/packing of the vacuum was sturdy. Opening the box there are 1,2,3 instructions and each instruction has a sectioned off package/cardboard with its corresponding contents, as well as a getting started instruction card attached to box one. There is also the robot, charging station and power cord inside the box. The box for the power cord is way to large and super wasteful. As well as the other box that the power cord box is sitting in. They could really cut down on that and save space and waste.Box two literally did nothing but hold box one and its a large amount of cardboard that serves no purpose. Set up. Initial setup is pretty simple. Place the base and robot in a good wifi signal area and plug it in. Open the app to complete the setup. I had another roomba so for me it was the option to add your product and scan the QR code that was on the quick start guide. Pressed the home and spot buttons until the beep and the blue indicator light came on. Then continued with the remaining setup in the app. It was pretty simple. The base is large and sturdy, made from plastic. It has a plastic ramp for the vacuum to roll up on with a groove for the wheels. The top of the base is a trash bin that has an extra bag and one bag attached to a vacuum shoot type of bag for self emptying. The robot itself is a tad bit heavier than the i3. The main two wheels are robust and have great traction for better grip. The smaller wheels which aid in spinning are recessed in a bit. Otherwise it looks like all the other roombas and has the same three buttons. Vacuuming is noticeable but not too loud. It goes in a really weird pattern. Especially when it’s doing its discovery/mapping. I expected it to try and fit in a few places or get a bit closer to the wall where I thought it could fit, but it didn't. I just let it run and it went on for a few hours. It ran out of battery went to charge itself, emptied the bag, and went back to completing the job. Using it on both hardwood floors and carpet. With the wheels being large I did find it having trouble making it underneath some tight spots. On carpet, even thick carpet, the robust wheels really help it navigate through it. It does take a couple of hours for it to go through its route but it is extremely thorough. I do not mind it taking its time since it is cleaning for me. The vacuum is pretty much set and forget with it finding its way back to the base and emptying itself. The vacuum really is great and i find myself using it more frequently than I would manually vacuum. I love that I can either set a schedule or have it clean on demand. The app has options to set up different schedules which make it easy. It’s a must have product for me.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    A must have piece of Tech

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    I always thought these devices were just toys. Nothing could be further from the truth. In my home I have carpet, tile, and laminate floors.. This product cleans them all beautifully. After unboxing and not finding a real get started booklet I charged up the unit in its base station. I saw that there is an APP for my Google phone which I downloaded and followed the instructions on setting up the Roomba i5+. The APP connected my Roomba to my home network by providing step by step instructions. It only works on 2 Ghz Wi-Fi so I had to temporarily deactivate my 5Ghz network for the first connection only. Now the true power of the Roomba is on display on the APP. The first thing the Roomba did was learn it’s way around my foyer, living and dining rooms and the kitchen. It navigated all surfaces without issue. It knew somehow not to go past the steps leading down to the den. Then I told it to vacuum the entire area. It started the process but after around 30 minutes it returned to the base station to empty its debris automatically. It then continued on its way to finish the entire area. It stopped once and I was alerted on the APP that the rollers had to be cleaned. Since this was the first cleaning there was a lot of debris on the floor and it found a rubber band. It was very easy to clear this issue and it continued on its way. It cleaned up all areas, even under the cabinets and dining room chairs. It was actually fascinating to watch it find its way around the rooms. I have a Golden Retriever that sheds 12 months a year. That hair has yet to stop the Roomba from it assigned mission. After it learned my rooms I am now able to tell it if I only want a specific room vacuumed. I can also schedule when I want the rooms cleaned. Since it returns to home base to empty its debris bin it will vacuum all rooms many times before I have to change the bag that automatically captures the debris. I never have to come in contact with the contents. If the battery gets low during the cleaning it will return to base to charge before continuing it’s mission. I saw this happen on the first run only when the floors were at their worst. There is also an Alexa skill that I use. I can ask Alexa to start the cleaning process and several other commands like go home and pause. Roomba will also send notifications to all my Alexa devices should there be an issue that requires my attention. After owning it just a few days I am spoiled and will need to get two more for the other floors in my home. I'm sorry to have waited so long to get my first one. You will not be disappointed with this purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent feature set

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    Review for iRobot - Roomba i5+ Self-Emptying Robot Vacuum Roomba made some of the very first robot vacuum cleaners and they continue to improve them with this model. The Roomba i5+ is a step up in several ways. I especially like the self-emptying feature. I have dust allergies, so routinely emptying a robot vacuum is not great for me. The i5+ automatically empties itself once the dirt cup is full. If the vacuuming job is not finished, it will empty itself and then continue cleaning. The system collects the debris into small, disposable bags that seal themselves when you remove them from the base. Roomba claims that they will last 30-60 days depending on whether you have pets, or not. Here’s hoping! I’ve seen some comments about the noise the system makes when emptying, but it’s momentary and very thorough, so I really don’t mind. Others have commented about the noise of i5+ when it’s vacuuming, and I have to agree, it is louder than my older Roomba, but I also think the vacuuming quality is better. I prefer the stronger vacuum capabilities and just set it to clean when I either am on a different floor, or not at home. Speaking of which, there is a setting that detects when you’re away, and vacuums during that time. It sounds great, but I haven’t tried it yet. I’m also a big fan of the improved rollers that do not trap pet fur like regular brushes. They do a great job picking up hair and fur, without the messy or difficult cleanup. First time use: after setting up the Roomba and connecting it to the app - both very simple and straightforward - I sent it out to map my cleaning area. I was surprised by the accuracy of the map, but I did need to tweak a few room borders due to the open nature of my main floor. The app makes it easy to move walls, name rooms, and make other adjustments. This is very useful if you want to use voice controls from Alexa or Google. It’s easy to say, “vacuum the kitchen,” or “clean everywhere” and the Roomba complies. It’s currently pollen season, here in New England, so I was pleased (and shocked!) by the amount of pollen the i5+ collected in its filter. I wish the filters were washable, but you can knock most of the debris out of the filter by tapping it. I just bought a multi-pack of filters and change it about once a month during this time of year. I’m just happy that it’s sucking up the pollen and not me!

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great floor cleaning with very little effort.

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    I’ll start with this; I’ve had older model Roombas in the past and have been a big fan of them overall since they help keep the floor clean without too much thought or effort on my part. With that said I’m happy to say that this vacuum is even better than some of the older models I’ve had. I was super surprised when I did the first full run with the vacuum running (after the mapping runs which don’t run the vacuum) that it is quieter than the previous Roombas that I’ve had before. This was a pleasant surprise because normally the worst part of any vacuum is the noise. One thing I will note is I did have to do several mapping runs for the unit to actually get my whole apartment as it missed a room the first few times. I think this may have been an issue with either lighting or a smaller hallway opening. But it did eventually get it all and now every time it runs it gets everything it mapped just fine. The mobile app for getting setup and running and controlling everything has not changed much since I originally started using it, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing since the app already has a decent layout and design. Overall, this vacuum is an upgrade over my older model and it does a really good job of getting most everyplace in my small apartment without too much issue. If I had to complain about anything at all it would probably be that the only real place, I have issues with the bot is on a few rugs I have in my kitchen and bathroom. Sometimes it can vacuum those without too much issue but other times it will bunch the rug up. That being said, I have not had the new bot get “stuck” on a rug yet so that’s already an improvement from my old one. I will say after using a robot vacuum for a while I would hate to not have it around. It’s nice to not have to worry too much if I can’t find time during the week to run a normal vacuum.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Vacuum automation

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    This is my 3rd cleaning robot. I've always wanted to have 2, one for upstairs and one for downstairs since they haven't yet invented the ability for these automated little pals to climb up and do another floor. I used this to replace an older Roomba unit upstairs that after several years of service was starting to show its age. This has been a great replacement as the older one has shuffled off into retirement. It was very easy to set up and use. You will start off with a mapping run of the area. It's very intuitive when mapping, but if it fits under something, it will go there. So, if you don't want it to go under a tv stand or any other such furniture where it could get stuck or mess with cords, you should put cardboard or a towel or something there so it doesn't sense the open space. Once the mapping is done, it'll go back to the base and be ready to go. I run my Roomba on a schedule. 3 times per week, generally during the day while I am gone to work. I have one dog who does shed but is shorter hair and not a huge shedder. By running the unit this frequently, it's able to keep up. This is not meant to be a heavy mess cleaner, it's meant to maintain, and when you think about it like that and schedule it for frequent runs, it will keep your floors nice and tidy on an automated schedule. The self emptying is a HUGE bonus and I cannot recommend it enough! If the unit gets full without this piece, it will simply stop working until you are able to clean it out. With the self emptying stand, it'll go home, empty out, pick up where it left off. The stand needs to be emptied, I would guess based on the week I've had this that you would empty the stand every 4-6 weeks or maybe even longer. Overall, I love my little automated cleaning robot, he does a great job when you've set him up on a good, frequent schedule, and I basically never have to pick up a real vacuum again!

    I would recommend this to a friend
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Budget-Friendly Robovac with Few Flaws

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    Back in 2020 I bought another robot vacuum for the same price from a different band. It hasn’t been great. So when I saw the Roomba i5+ I knew it was time to upgrade. And I’m glad I did! The iRobot Roomba i5+ offers a great package for shoppers looking for a budget-friendly way to keep their house clean. As one of the more affordable robot vacuums with self-emptying, it delivers on convenience. Cat owners will particularly appreciate its powerful suction, easily tackling kitty litter. Speaking of pets, I haven’t had a single issue of having to cut or unravel hair from the rollers. My previous robovac needed it once a session. The iRobot app adds another layer of control, with plenty of features to customize cleaning schedules and preferences. However, the Roomba i5+ isn't without flaws. It's noticeably loud during operation, where I more than once had to pause my computer speakers or turn them up all the way in order to hear over the vacuum. Definitely wouldn’t feel comfortable running it at night or during work meetings. While it does map your rooms, the accuracy isn't the best, sometimes leading to missed spots or inefficient cleaning patterns. Additionally, the self-emptying bin relies on disposable bags, adding a recurring cost over time that’s not very eco-friendly. Overall, the Roomba i5+ strikes a solid balance between price and performance. If you're seeking a reliable robot vacuum that empties itself and handles pet hair or kitty litter with ease, the i5+ is a worthy contender. Just be prepared for some noise and be aware of its mapping limitations. Pros: Best budget robovac Self emptying makes life easier Strong suction picks up all the kitty litter with ease Rollers don’t get tangled with hair! App is robust with features Cons: Quite loud! Room mapping isn’t great Self emptying bin uses bags

    I would recommend this to a friend