With a new owner on the way, iRobot is already getting into the Amazon discount game by lowering prices on its brand-new vacuums this Cyber Monday. On Friday, it debuted its new budget and midrange lines, the Roomba Combo i5 Plus and Combo j5 Plus, and on Sunday, iRobot introduced a $400 reduction on its new top-of-the-line models, the j9 Plus and Combo j9 Plus of.
The Roomba J9 Plus is the company’s flagship robot vacuum and is on sale for $599. Down to $899 at Amazon. It comes with a self-empty dock and all the features of the Roomba J7, including AI-powered obstacle avoidance to avoid household clutter like cords, clothes, shoes, and pet poop, and more suction power than the J7 . It also adds the option of three vacuuming levels (previously only found on the Roomba S9) and has a new feature called Dirt Detective that knows which rooms in your home are the dirtiest and cleans them first.
There’s also a $400 discount on the Roomba Combo J9 Plus Mopping Edition, which is on sale for $999, down from $1,399. This is the first Roomba that can refill its own mop reservoir as well as empty its own bin. Its redesigned Self-Empty/Fill Dock has a new stylish look that’s also practical – its wooden top can function as a side table, and it has space for additional supplies for the robot. Unlike most other mopping robots, the combo j9 has a retractable mop that it can raise above its body when it needs to vacuum the carpet. Read my review of the combo j7 to see how it works.
The combo j9 adds a new mopping feature (also coming to the j7) called SmartScrub that moves the robot back and forth while mopping to simulate scrubbing. SmartScrub works with Dirt Detective to target rooms where it’s needed most, like kitchens and entryways.
I haven’t tested these new bots yet, but as an upgrade from my top budget choice, the Roomba i3 Evo (which is hard to find right now), the Combo i5 Plus adds a swappable mopping bin and a sleek self-empty base Has gone. , It has mapping but no keep-out zones, so it’s best for hardwood floors—unlike higher-end combo models, it doesn’t raise its mop when it encounters carpet.
The new Roomba Combo J5 Plus is essentially the same robot but with more smarts. It allows keep-out zones and no-mop zones and has AI-powered interruption protection for the J7 and J9 lines, so it will avoid common household messes.
All new models work with the iRobot app for scheduling and mapping and can be controlled by smart home platforms and voice assistants, including Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple’s Siri.
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