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Buydig has iRobot Roomba i7 (7150) App-Controlled Robot Vacuum w/ 2-Year Extended Warranty & & Accessory Bundle on sale for $499. Shipping is free. Thanks iconian

Buydig also has iRobot Roomba i7+ (7550) Robot Vacuum with Automatic Dirt Disposal w/ 2-Year Extended Warranty & & Accessory Bundle on sale for $699. Shipping is free.

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  • Dual Multi-Surface Rubber Brushes
  • 2 Year Extended Warranty
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Both Bundles include an extra:
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  • 3 High-Efficiency Filters
  • Dual Multi-Surface Rubber Brushes
  • 2 Year Extended Warranty
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Not to TC but the Roomba i7+ has a bunch of issues with it including:

1. Low airflow (the lowest of all premium robotic vacuums)
2. Low Navigation efficiency (algorhythms that are used)
3. Inefficient hard floor pickup (due to low airflow)

You can see all premium vacuum robots compared in the following video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Fed8durfb4 (skip to 8:12 mark)

Personally I'd get the new Roborock S5 Max which is very similar to the Roborock S6 except it has a larger water reservoir for mopping. It's selling at urlhasbeenblocked for $499 with no tax and FS. The urlhasbeenblocked product comes with a European plug so you'll need to get an adapator if your in the states.

Here's a good review of the S5 Max: https://smartrobotreviews.com/rev...eview.html [smartrobotreviews.com]

Here's another review:
https://www.urlhasbeenblocked.com...price-9228 [urlhasbeenblocked.com]

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VacuumWars is biased as fark against Roomba.
Talking about power, iRobot claims 960 has 5X power compared to 600, 980 and i7 10X, S9 40X.
And there are also other reviewers measured i7 with 17 cfm. (https://www.bestcordlessvacuumgui...i7-vs-980/ https://www.abzumo.com/irobot-roo...omparison/ )

How can he just say i7 <7cfm without further verification? <7cfm doesn't even make sense for a high-end vacuum. Maybe he measured it wrong. Or maybe i7 has another sensor to detect "dirt" so the power did not kick in in his test. Posting a <7cfm is just irresponsible.
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How is this compared to Neato 7 ?
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Sam's Club is going to have the Shark IQ (arguably a better vacuum) WITH auto-empty base for $350 on 12/14. I'll wait for that.
I read that the mapping on the Shark IQ is terrible. Some users have reported that they needed to run 40 cycles or more to get their area properly mapped whereas other vacuums can get your space mapped in 1-3 cycles.

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What'sthe noise level on these things?
They tend to be anywhere between 55dbi to 70dbi depending on the model. The i7 plus is on the high end (66-68dbi).

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I read that the mapping on the Shark IQ is terrible. Some users have reported that they needed to run 40 cycles or more to get their area properly mapped whereas other vacuums can get your space mapped in 1-3 cycles.

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Source? Not questioning you, but questioning your source of information.
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VacuumWars is biased as fark against Roomba.
Talking about power, iRobot claims 960 has 5X power compared to 600, 980 and i7 10X, S9 40X.
And there are also other reviewers measured i7 with 17 cfm. (https://www.bestcordlessvacuumgui...i7-vs-980/ https://www.abzumo.com/irobot-roo...omparison/ )

How can he just say i7 <7cfm without further verification? <7cfm doesn't even make sense for a high-end vacuum. Maybe he measured it wrong. Or maybe i7 has another sensor to detect "dirt" so the power did not kick in in his test. Posting a <7cfm is just irresponsible.
The i7/i7+ has only one power setting. I believe the specs indicate the i7 has an airflow of 17 CFM (cubic feet per minute). My understanding is that the low CFM in the video I linked is the test CFM (I'm not sure what the "*" means though). In terms of VacuumWars being biased that may be true although I think they do pretty extensive in house testing from what I've seen. VacuumWars is very high on the Shark IQ whereas other user reviews that I've read have indicated pretty poor mapping abilities by the Shark IQ. That being said, VacuumWars gave a pretty favorable review of the i7 and i7+ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51uwQn_jsJg

I think if this was a strong deal which included the cleaning bin (which is a gamechanger in terms of almost a fully automated setup) I would hop on it, but spending $700 on the i7+ alone with its small waste bin, small battery and light sensitive cameras (meaning you don't want to run this in low light) doesn't make sense to me when there are other robots with better specs which are almost half the price or more.

That being said you will more likely get much better CS and parts availablity from a Roomba vacuum since its an American company vs. a Chinese company so there's definitely some YMMV in regards to that as well.
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Source? Not questioning you, but questioning your source of information.
Here's one of them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyknHThjUyw

You can see that others agree in the comments section.
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VacuumWars is biased as fark against Roomba.
Talking about power, iRobot claims 960 has 5X power compared to 600, 980 and i7 10X, S9 40X.
And there are also other reviewers measured i7 with 17 cfm. (https://www.bestcordlessvacuumgui...i7-vs-980/ https://www.abzumo.com/irobot-roo...omparison/ )

How can he just say i7 <7cfm without further verification? <7cfm doesn't even make sense for a high-end vacuum. Maybe he measured it wrong. Or maybe i7 has another sensor to detect "dirt" so the power did not kick in in his test. Posting a <7cfm is just irresponsible.
Here's another video discussing the Roomba i7+, S9+ and Shark IQ (all models with cleaning bins) from Vacuum Wars. I think this is where they got the airflow numbers for the i7+: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Et_ROh1XICY
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Here's another video to give you the idea of how loud these self cleaning bins can be. This user reported issues with both the Shark IQ and Roomba i7

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZI54pUHDx0
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One thing to be aware of with LIDAR based robotic vacuums is that they get confused with highly reflective surfaces, such as chrome table/chair legs or mirrors. So speaking from personal experience, don't get one with LIDAR navigation if that applies to your home (Roomba 900 series and up use camera based navigation).
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VacuumWars likes the Shark IQ, but clearly states that the new iRobot model is better in just about every way.

Shark IQ gets a lot of extra "points" because of its price. You could get TWO Shark IQs with auto empty for the price of ONE i7 with bin.


Shark IQ has some massive mapping problems. It probably depends on your house layout, lighting, and ceilings. It probably does well in test environments, but is performing poorly in real houses.

Shark IQ is a software update away from being great. Not sure if it will come though.


Personally, I think if you are going for the higher end vacuum, go to the S9. For this range, the roborock is looking better than the i7.
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VacuumWars likes the Shark IQ, but clearly states that the new iRobot model is better in just about every way.

Shark IQ gets a lot of extra "points" because of its price. You could get TWO Shark IQs with auto empty for the price of ONE i7 with bin.


Shark IQ has some massive mapping problems. It probably depends on your house layout, lighting, and ceilings. It probably does well in test environments, but is performing poorly in real houses.

Shark IQ is a software update away from being great. Not sure if it will come though.


Personally, I think if you are going for the higher end vacuum, go to the S9. For this range, the roborock is looking better than the i7.
I got the Roborock S4 on the Amazon deal. Seriously considering returning it, as the app asks for all sorts of ridiculous permissions. It asked for:
  1. Camera access
  2. Contacts
  3. Location services (claims it's for Wifi)
  4. Bluetooth
  5. Microphone
  6. Possibly others, I was hitting no/when App is open for all, but it wouldn't connect without at least Location services.
I have deep reservations about providing all this to a Chinese company when it is known they target and imprison their own citizens using data from mobile apps. Surprised this hasn't been posted on these deals.

This entire experience has cemented my desire to switch from consumer-level networking gear to something like Ubiquiti so I can put devices like this on their own VLANs.
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I got the Roborock S4 on the Amazon deal. Seriously considering returning it, as the app asks for all sorts of ridiculous permissions. It asked for:
  1. Camera access
  2. Contacts
  3. Location services (claims it's for Wifi)
  4. Bluetooth
  5. Microphone
  6. Possibly others, I was hitting no/when App is open for all, but it wouldn't connect without at least Location services.
I have deep reservations about providing all this to a Chinese company when it is known they target and imprison their own citizens using data from mobile apps. Surprised this hasn't been posted on these deals.

This entire experience has cemented my desire to switch from consumer-level networking gear to something like Ubiquiti so I can put devices like this on their own VLANs.
Valid points! iRobot is a US company, and they do some research stuff and a few STEM education things. Which is worth supporting.

However, you can root ("hack") the Roborock. This is both a scary security thing, but also means you can stop it from using the cloud or their app.

You can actually unlock additional functionality by doing it too.

All in all. The Shark IQ is crazy value at $350. The software is bad, but the machine is great. A patch could fix the mapping problem.

If the i7 with bin was like 500 I'd take it over Shark.
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It looks like BuyDig is not an authorized retailer so no manufacturer's warranty. Does anyone know how good is the BuyDig warranty?
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Valid points! iRobot is a US company, and they do some research stuff and a few STEM education things. Which is worth supporting.

However, you can root ("hack") the Roborock. This is both a scary security thing, but also means you can stop it from using the cloud or their app.

You can actually unlock additional functionality by doing it too.

All in all. The Shark IQ is crazy value at $350. The software is bad, but the machine is great. A patch could fix the mapping problem.

If the i7 with bin was like 500 I'd take it over Shark.
Thanks for the info about rooting. I used to do that on Android, so I might consider that.

I looked at the Shark but the user reviews from other posts put me off. Having worked in a hardware company until recently, I've come to believe that companies which start with hardware expertise and attempt to add software proficiency often never overcome their shortcomings. So I can't buy it unless the software is already good.

I tried the S4 out today (and also called the company that ran my CAT6 and asked them to come back to install more drops for Ubqiuiti network) and the mapping was great, but it already got stuck on our thin-pile area rug and said rollers need to be cleaned. I've seen this is an issue on other posts. It was quiet at least, so it's less onerous to babysit than our old 800-series Roomba, but if this keeps up, I'll probably return it.
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