Create and save maps (smart mapping)
First, the Roomba i7+ has to create a map of your home. Then it can show what it’s got!
You don’t have to raise a finger for that (ok, maybe one).
Send the robot vacuum cleaner on its first cleaning job at the touch of a button in the app - it’ll do the rest.
The Roomba i7+ scans your home’s floor plan, so it theoretically knows your home once it finishes its first trip.
However, the map is not yet 100% complete, and some details are missing.
Our Tip: Clean up your home before the first time cleaning session so that no small items such as Lego bricks, clothes etc., are lying on the floor. These disturb the Roomba i7+ on its first trip :)
Oh yes - don't forget to open all the doors. Now the robotic vacuum cleaner can reach every spot in your home.
The map will be ready to go after 3 - 4 cleaning runs at the latest, so you can access it in the app.
You can edit them according to your wishes and set up individual cleaning processes.
Multiple floors? No problem. - iRobot Roomba i7 (+) can save up to 10 maps!
Roomba i7+ can create and save up to 10 maps.
That makes the iRobot Roomba i7 Plus also very suitable for houses/flats with several floors.
Unfortunately, the i7+ can’t climb stairs yet, but you can easily transport it from floor to floor, thanks to the convenient carrying handle.
Good navigation is essential for a good cleaning result.
If the robot vacuum doesn’t have structured navigation and leaves out areas, the cleaning result won’t be satisfying.
The iRobot relies on camera-based navigation technology (iAdapt Navigation Technology).
Numerous built-in sensors (crash sensors, …) also support efficient navigation.
IAdapt technology systematically scans the flat.
The robot vacuum cleaner continuously calculates the fastest route and determines very precisely where it has already been and where it has to go next.
The Roomba i7 (+) is quite fast. The robotic vacuum took 40 minutes to clean our 80m² flat.
One slight drawback of the camera-based navigation technology is that the Roomba i7 takes a little longer in poor lighting conditions.
In absolute darkness, the iRobot Roomba i7+ can’t do its job.
But this isn’t a big deal since you’ll probably rarely use the robot vacuum at night - Unless you want to annoy your neighbours ;)
The obstacle detection works relatively well.
The Roomba i7+ recognises the position of objects by navigating with the camera. It checks and adjusts the created map in real-time.
With that, the Roomba i7+ can skilfully avoid most obstacles.
If the iRobot robot vacuum doesn’t recognise an obstacle, the bumper is here to help.
However, that happens very rarely. The robot vacuum cleaner is gentle with the furnishings. It certainly won’t damage them.
Our review of obstacle Overcoming and Precipice Detection
The iRobot Roomba i7+ overcame a height of approx. 1.9 cm in our test.
Thus, the Roomba i7+ climbs conventional doorsteps and smaller obstacles without any problems.
We only carry out our tests on hard 90-degree edges to keep objectivity, so we’re pretty sure that the robot vacuum can climb rounded edges/obstacles even better.
PS: We reveal which robotic vacuum cleaner can climb best in our article "Robot vacuums for high doorsteps in comparison".
The robot vacuum uses the usual abyss detection sensors to detect precipices.
We tested them with our stairs and also put the robotic vacuum cleaner on a table.
The iRobot Roomba i7+ mastered the task - It stops before a precipice and then takes off in a different direction.
Our Recommendation: You should clean the sensors once a week with a dry microfibre cloth to avoid any accidents ;)