Amazon Prime Day can be the perfect time to pick up a robot vacuum for a lot less than usual. This year, you can pick up iRobot’s Roomba i7+ for just $500, which is 50% off its regular price and the cheapest we’ve seen. It’s not the newest robot vacuum in the iRobot lineup, but it’s still one of the most powerful. Also on sale are the entry-level Roomba 692, which you can pick up for $180, and the mid-range Shark AV2501AE AI robot vacuum, which is on sale for $380.
Buy the Roomba i7+ on Amazon – $500 Buy the Roomba 692 on Amazon – $180 Buy the Shark AI robot vacuum on Amazon – $380
The Roomba i7+ impressed us when it was first out for its strong cleaning capabilities, accurate home mapping, and clean, convenient base. It has 10 times the suction power of more basic Roombas, plus two multi-surface brushes that pick up dirt, debris, and pet hair well. After a cleaning job or two, the machine creates a map of your home which you can then edit and tag in iRobot’s companion mobile app. This will allow you to send the i7+ to specific rooms for targeted cleaning jobs and set “exclude areas” if you have areas in your home that you don’t want a robot to clean.
But the clean base of the machine is what sets it apart from other robot vacuums. After each job, the i7+ will automatically return to its base to recharge, and it will also empty its dustbin into the clean base. This means you don’t have to empty the bin every time, instead you’ll only have to change the bag into the clean base about once every two months. If you’re someone who wants a robot vacuum that takes almost all the work out of drudgery, the Roomba i7+, or a machine like it with a clean base, is the best option.
Shark’s AV2501AE robot vacuum is similar in that it also comes with a clean base, and some may prefer it because it’s a bagless system. You’ll simply remove part of the base each time you need to empty it, and it’ll snap back into place when you’re done. This Shark device is actually our favorite robot vacuum right now because it combines good suction power with a clean base and an easy-to-use mobile app.
On the budget side, the Roomba 692 is a solid option. You won’t get a clean base, as these are reserved for more expensive machines, but you will get good cleaning capabilities thanks to two multi-surface brushes, adaptive navigation for better obstacle avoidance, and support of Alexa and Google Assistant.
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