iRobot has announced a pair of brand-new midrange vacuum cleaners that have a few of the benefits of its top-range designs but a couple of compromises, too. They are the $599 i3 Plus, which features the company’s automatic bin-emptying station, capable of holding 60 days’ worth of dirt, and the plain old $399 i3, which has no clearing station but is otherwise similar.
The big disadvantage for these vacuums compared with iRobot’s more expensive models– the i7 Plus and i7 ($799/ $599 with and without automated emptying) and s9 Plus and s9 ($899/ $1,099, ditto)– is that they do not consist of the company’s smart mapping features. This allows the Roombas to map your home so you can tell them to tidy particular rooms and even particular areas of particular spaces (like “under the cooking area table” or “under the sofa”).
But the i3s do get all the features that featured the company’s current AI-assisted update, which it refers to as iRobot Genius Home Intelligence. These are less helpful but still helpful, with iRobot’s app offering ideas for cleaning up schedules based upon your previous cleaning regimens and the option for smart home-connected automation. If you use a place service like Life360 or have a clever lock, you can connect that to your Roomba so it’ll start cleaning whenever you’ve left the house (if you are leaving the home much these days).
Hardware-wise, the design is completely in line with other existing iRobot designs while the cleaning system is the exact same as that discovered in the i7s. Both models are readily available in the United States and Canada today and will be coming to worldwide markets some time in Q1 next year.