Roomba review: The 4 Best Robot Vacuums of 2023

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In my tests for the best robot vacuums, the iRobot Roomba s9+ cleaned up as the best robot vacuum overall winner. Read on for my in-depth review.

After spending over a month putting seven robot vacuums through their paces cleaning cereal, coffee grounds and baking soda, I found that the best robot vacuum overall was the iRobot Roomba s9+. Several features make the s9+ clearly superior to its competitors. It has a unique D-shape, allowing it to get closer to corners and walls for a more comprehensive clean; the self-emptying base means you don’t have to fuss with a dust bin over the trash can after each cycle; and the connected iRobot app is super simple to use to schedule cleaning from afar.

The top-of-the-line Roomba s9+ performed best overall in testing—it’s worth the upgrade.

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Beyond these features, this robot feels luxurious and high-quality, from the rose gold plate on the top, to its weighty, solidly-built body. That comes with a hefty price tag, though, so if you’re looking for a budget option, the Wyze Robot Vacuum is a tremendous value option (read my full Wyze Robot Vacuum review for more details). But after struggling with lesser machines in my tests, it was truly a breath of fresh air to own a piece of technology like the s9+ that just works. This vacuum consistently picked up the most debris when compared to the other vacuums tested. It needed little to no assistance during cleaning, and had the most powerful suction and most advanced navigation system.

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iRobot Roomba s9+

Smart Mapping: Yes | Self-Emptying: Yes | Smart Home Compatible: Yes | Battery Life: 120 minutes | Warranty: 1 year | Cleaning Time: 120 mins per 750 square foot home 

Best for

  • Larger homes with considerable square footage 
  • Maximum suction strength 
  • Cleaning nooks, crannies and corners 

Skip if

  • You want the best obstacle avoidance technology

iRobot Roomba S9+ Features

Superior Intelligence

I remember the early models of robot vacuums slamming into chairs and doubling back, hurling themselves off the stairs, and trying to climb up the sides of furniture—it’s an image that’s hard to shake, especially if you happened to be the owner of one of these machines. But robot vacuums have come a long way since the inception of multi-pass or random bounce navigation (with this technology, robots will bounce off of obstacles around the room instead of smart-mapping a space). Now, most rely on much smarter technology to methodically clean your home. Based on my research and testing, I found that the Roomba s9+ has some of the best navigational tech on the market, which makes it exceedingly “intelligent” when it comes to mapping, remembering, and avoiding obstacles.

The s9+ employs vSLAM navigation (visual simultaneous localization and mapping), according to iRobot Director of Product Management, Brent Hild. This type of navigation uses a camera and optical sensors to build a map of its environment, as well as detect exactly where it is in that environment at any given time. vSLAM is advantageous not only because it creates a particularly robust map of your home, but also because you can pick up the robot mid-cleaning (say, if it gets stuck on something) and put it down in a new spot without it losing track of what’s been cleaned.

On the other hand, robots with LiDAR navigation systems (in which lasers on the top of the robot map out a space) like the Wyze Robot Vacuum or Eufy RoboVac G30, can get confused if they’re moved mid-clean, and will need to essentially start their cleaning from the top. vSLAM robots can also build a map of multiple levels, so the s9+ is actually a great option if you’re looking to use one robot for multiple levels in your home.

How did all this advanced technology play out in tests? Well, the s9+ mapped my apartment to a tee, even taking note of where carpets are. I also really appreciate being able to pick the robot up (which always reminds me of moving my dog from one room to another) if it’s gotten stuck on something and move it to a new area, knowing it will still complete its precise cleaning route.

Super-Efficient Cleaning

Since the s9+ is the most-advanced Roomba model available, it has both a number of features in common with other Roombas, as well as some standout features that set it apart. It has a self-emptying base which is a major selling point, since it can go cleaning after cleaning without needing to have its dustbin emptied. All Roomba models with a “+” in their name have a self-emptying base, which makes them easier to identify when shopping. If you have pets prone to excessive shedding, a sprawling floor plan, or simply loathe entering the gritty, gray chamber that is the dustbin, you may prefer a self-emptying vacuum.

The self-emptying bases for all Roomba models were pretty similar in my tests, so if you’re set on one Roomba model over another, know that the self-emptying function will be reliable on whichever you choose. I personally love not having to empty the dustbin after every clean, because it’s one more step needed for a task I’d prefer to automate. I’m already picking up dog toys and lifting curtains off the floor, so it’s nice for the robot to empty its dustbin all on its own.

The self-emptying base on the s9+ means the vacuum can run for longer without human interference.

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Since robot vacuums can only be so large (they need to fit under furniture and putter around the house, after all) their dustbins are usually quite small, so a self-emptying base solves this issue by periodically sucking the debris from the dustbin as it cleans. Beware though: the self-emptying function is loud. It’s so loud, in fact, that it sounds like the robot is about to take flight—so don’t be alarmed the first time you hear it. Depending on how large your home is and how much debris is on the floors, expect the robot to empty itself about 2-10 times per cleaning cycle. Something to note is that you will need to order disposable vacuum bags for the self-emptying base, which is beyond simple to empty: just flip open the top to remove the full bag, then slide a new one in. A little secret: I actually order these off-brand bags for way less than the iRobot ones, and they work just the same, but be warned that if your robot malfunctions, using unauthorized parts can void the warranty.

The s9+ is powerful, too. The brand advertises that the suction strength is 40x that of the base Roomba model, the 600 series, and while we couldn’t test for that specific claim, the s9+ performed best in my debris tests. It picked up the most detritus (Cheerios, baking soda, and coffee grounds) of any vacuum tested (75%)—10% more than the runner up, and 36% more than the robot in last place. In spite of the self-emptying feature, this robot is quieter than the Roomba i3+ or j7+; the j7+ was loud enough to be somewhat intrusive in my daily life of listening to music, watching TV, and taking video calls. The s9+ is more easily forgotten while it’s running, and is only loud when it’s on hard flooring or emptying itself. It’s not the quietest vacuum I tested (that would be the Wyze Robot Vacuum or Eufy RoboVac G30), but it’s certainly the quietest Roomba I tested.

It not only performed the best in suction tests, but also in its ability to move around the house. In fact, I watched it back up for leverage and force itself right up onto a high pile rug several times during my testing cleaning cycles, as if it were a car trying to get over a snowbank. It was an impressive tactic for a robot, especially when I watched many others flail helplessly at the first sign of a different flooring surface. In my tests, a robot that got stuck in a certain area usually turned itself in circles or moved back and forth, either pinging me for help or simply not realizing it was stuck, so the self-sufficiency aspect here was pretty cool.

Unlike any of the other robots I tested, this model is D-shaped, which allows it to fit into corners and up against walls. Other round vacuums instead rely on spinning brushes to bring debris closer to them, kind of like a crab with outstretched claws in front of it. The D-shape really comes into play where baseboards meet flooring, a commonly dusty place and one that gets overlooked by round robots, and I did indeed watch the s9+ pick up dust from against the wall in my apartment.

As far as battery life is concerned, the s9+ has one of the best on the market. iRobot says it has a max battery life of 120 minutes, which should be great for large homes. In my tests, the s9+ cleaned my 750 square feet with ease in under an hour on floors, and when there’s more dirt to pick up, it still gets the job done without needing a midway charge. The good news is, even if it runs out of juice during a cleaning, it will faithfully trot back to the base and begin cleaning again once it’s charged enough to finish the job. (Note: all of the vacuums I tested were able to make it through a full clean of my apartment on a full charge).

Easy-To-Use Interface

I’ve been a Roomba user for several years now, and have always found the app to be pretty reliable. After testing these vacuums, I’m happy to say the sentiment remains. Perhaps my favorite feature in the app, though, is the ability to add multiple robots, which is helpful for a home with multiple floors or if you also own a Braava Jet, iRobot’s mopping robot. I started with DJ Roomba (you can name each vacuum whatever you please), and it’s—mercifully—simpler than I anticipated to flip between him and the three other Roombas I tested: Mark Ronson, Jazzy Jeff and Diplo. The app also houses detailed information on past cleanings, alerts you when software updates are needed, and provides “robot health” information, like how long you have left before you need to change the filter. The app will also walk you through any issues your robot is having, with pop up troubleshooting tips telling you where to clean it, how to empty the dustbin, and more.

Some of the other apps I tested were a nightmare to use, reminding me why I’m resistant to technological change and unnecessary frills that don’t properly function. The Miele app, for example, is meant to provide live camera feed from the vacuum, but it’s prone to quitting and freezing (rendering the video feed useless), while the Shark app requires a sign-in each time you open it, and quits for unidentified reasons. On occasion I’ll need to quit and restart the iRobot app to get it functioning properly, but I expect this of any app from time to time, really.


How Does The Roomba s9+ Compare?

Having a robot vacuum is mostly about automating a household chore: keeping your floors clean. A robot vacuum should be able to pick up all the lint, debris, and dust around your home with extremely limited human intervention, which is what this Roomba does. It occasionally needed a bit more help than our budget pick, the Wyze Robot Vacuum, but this can be attributed to super suction power of the s9+ —it’s so powerful that it gobbled up my curtains, but that’s a reasonable tradeoff for how much debris it picks up.

The s9+ is a supremely reliable machine—it doesn’t get caught up on high pile rugs, it doesn’t spin around aimlessly, and when it does get stuck (spoiler: it’s probably the curtains again) it was likely due to something you forgot to pick up, and it goes happily back to work once you help it along. It’s second-best at navigating obstacles, though, since the Roomba j7+ has built-in camera tech for avoiding pet messes and other obstacles, but I’d say it’s a very close second. Compared to the other robot vacuums I tested, the s9+ picked up the most debris, thanks to its suction power and rubber rollers that don’t often get gunked up with hair, which you may know happens very quickly on robots or vacuums with traditional brushrolls. Oh, and if the dust bin of a vacuum makes you sneeze and cough just thinking about it… the self-emptying base is life-changing. For reference: the self-emptying base is available with the Roomba j series, s series, and i series, but isn’t an option for the Wyze Robot Vacuum or Eufy RoboVac G30.


How I Tested The Best Overall Robot Vacuum

All the robots I tested went through the same trials in my apartment. My one-bedroom apartment has a variety of flooring (parquet wood floors, two different kinds of tile, vintage Turkish rugs, medium pile wall-to-wall carpet) and a mischievous French bulldog who sheds coarse hairs and enjoys hiding bones and toys in hard-to-reach places. To begin testing, each robot was sent on a mapping run (which creates a comprehensive digital map of your space) or a first cleaning run to get the lay of the land. Then I ran them each through two to three full cleaning cycles to see how self-sufficient they were. I made note of the obstacles they were unable to avoid, how many times they got stuck, their volume level during cleaning, how well they were able to map my home, and how much dust and debris they picked up from my floors. Since this vacuum is shaped specifically to get into corners and against walls, I made sure to watch as it came up against these spots in my home as well.

I used coffee grounds, Cheerios and baking soda to mimic common household messes in my testing.

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To get a more precise idea of how much debris each robot was able to capture, I performed the same controlled test with each vacuum. I sprinkled set volumes of coffee grounds, Cheerios, and baking soda (to emulate common household debris like potting soil, dog food, pills, etc.) on a medium-pile carpet, ran each vacuum for a complete cycle, then weighed how much debris was collected from the dust bin. I also tested each vacuum’s stair-avoidance abilities, attempted to start a cleaning while not on the same WiFi network, and took note of app performance. For more on how I tested, check out my full review on the best robot vacuums.


My Expertise

I’ve tested countless things throughout my five-year tenure as a home writer and editor, including dishwasher detergents, bed sheets, mattresses, spray cleaners, brooms, and more. These reviews have been published for a variety of brands like Domino, The Strategist, Food52, and Insider Reviews. For this piece, I spent approximately a month doing the bulk of the testing, and have been living with this vacuum for another month. I also reached out to robotics and vacuum experts, iRobot Director of Product Management, Brent Hild, and Wyze Product Manager, Hongfei Ning, for super-specific and technical insight on these smart machines.

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It doesn’t take a scientist to realize that a robot vacuum, like one from iRobot’s high-tech line of Roombas, can be a game-changer, allowing you to keep a tidy home without putting the time or energy into actually vacuuming it yourself. “They’re great for someone that’s gone during the day and wants to have this [cleaning] task off their list,” says Becky Rapinchuk, The Spruce’s Cleaning Board member and founder of Clean Mama. Just set your Roomba to run while you’re away, so you can come back to a clean home—or at the very least, clean floors.

Because there are several different models on the market and because Roombas can be a tad expensive, we wondered which one is really the very best. Doing what we do, we decided to put them to the test and graded each vacuum on ease of setup, effectiveness, noise level, features, maneuverability, ease of emptying, and overall value. The end result is backed by our thorough testing and research. Let’s find out which Roomba scored on top and cleaned house!

Our Top Picks

Best Overall:

iRobot Roomba i3+ at Amazon

Best Budget:

iRobot Roomba 694 Robot Vacuum at Amazon

Best Splurge:

iRobot Roomba s9+ 9550 Robot Vacuum at Amazon

Best for Pet Owners:

iRobot Roomba j7+ Robot Vacuum at Amazon

Best for Carpet:

iRobot Roomba i7+ at Amazon

In This Article

  • Our Picks

  • Other Options We Tested

  • How We Tested

  • What to Look for

  • Standout Features

  • FAQ

  • Why Trust The Spruce

  • Spruce Approved

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Our Ratings

  • Setup

    4.9/5

  • Effectiveness

    4.4/5

  • Noise Level

    4.3/5

  • Maneuverability

    5/5

  • Ease of Emptying

    5/5

What We Like

  • Easy, intuitive app

  • Can set it to do one or two passes

  • Smoothly returns to base to recharge and will resume cleaning

  • Maneuvers well, impressive mapping

  • Automatically self-empties into base when dust cup is full

What We Don’t Like

The future is here, and it comes in the form of the Roomba i3+. With a mid-tier price among Roomba models, it’s a reliable machine that will clean your space in neat, tidy lines—perfect for those who like to see the fruits of their (or their robot’s) labor. We were impressed with the simple, intuitive setup and thorough mapping process, and how smoothly it returns to its base to recharge. It’s very much a “set it and forget it” type of machine, until it’s time to empty the base (which can be up to every 60 days, depending on your cleaning needs). Emptying the base is just as easy as you might hope, but if for some reason you’d rather clear the smaller container on the Roomba itself, you can do that, too.

We also liked that you can opt for it to do one or two passes of your space. We tested this machine with pet owners in mind, but we could see it working well in a variety of households. We found no issues with it switching from hard floor to carpeting and were satisfied with the amount of pet hair it grabbed from our floors.

Though we think this Roomba performed well, it could have had more powerful suction, and it would have been nice for more than one power setting, too. The other (small) hiccup we encountered was that, like many vacuums, the brushes won’t fully reach into corners or up to baseboards, so you’ll want to keep that in mind. But, overall, iRobot has packed a cleaning punch into this machine, and it offers a number of extra conveniences that free up a user’s time and energy. We heartily recommend it.

Price at time of publish: $550

Dimensions: 3.63 in x 13.26 x 13.34 inches | Battery Life: 75 minutes | Charge Time: Not listed | Cleaning Path Width: 7 inches | Filter Type: Replaceable | Brush Type: Rubber | Smart Features: Alexa and Google compatible, self-empty base, customizable cleaning schedule

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Our Ratings

  • Setup

    5/5

  • Effectiveness

    5/5

  • Noise Level

    3. 5/5

  • Maneuverability

    5/5

  • Features

    3/5

What We Like

What We Don’t Like

The iRobot Roomba 694 Robot Vacuum is another top pick because almost anyone can operate this device. In fact, we previously named it “best overall” because it’s so easy and impressive. It’s compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, but you can also just push a button on top of this vacuum and it will start cleaning. If you’re a beginner to robot vacuums, or if you don’t want to rely on apps and Wi-Fi connectivity, you’ll absolutely want to choose this vacuum. If you appreciate a few high-tech features or are looking for a robot vacuum with stellar cleaning abilities, this vacuum is also for you. We just love that you don’t have to enable smart features to get a great clean.

It took less than five minutes to get this robot vacuum up and running, and it quickly proved to be effective on hardwood and carpeted flooring. It sucked up pet hair, synthetic human hair, and Cheerios with ease, and it did a really impressive job vacuuming up sand from a carpet, too. Compared to the other robot vacuums in The Lab, this one transitioned smoothly from area rugs to hardwood floors, which is a big plus if you have a home with a variety of flooring types. We also love that human and pet hair won’t get tangled up in the brushes.

Still, this Roomba was knocked a few points for lack of features, but it performed the basic, advertised functions extremely well. It was a little noisy, so you’ll likely have to turn up your TV volume if you’re watching a show while running it. In addition, the Roomba 694 doesn’t have object avoidance technology, which is one of the newest features that more expensive models (like the Roomba j7+) offer. You’ll likely need to do a bit of pre-cleaning before running this vacuum to make sure your floor is clear of stray socks or crayons it could possibly suck up. While this might be an inconvenience, object avoidance technology usually means an increase of at least $500 in price.

All in all, if you’re looking for an affordable, excellent, and easy-to-use robot vacuum, the Roomba 694 is the way to go.

Price at time of publish: $275

Dimensions: 3.54 x 13.4 x 13.4 inches | Battery Life: 90 minutes | Charge Time: 2 hours | Cleaning Path Width: 7 inches | Filter Type: Cartridge | Brush Type: Rubber and bristle | Smart Features: Alexa and Google compatible, customizable cleaning schedule

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Our Ratings

  • Setup

    3/5

  • Effectiveness

    4.3/5

  • Noise Level

    1.5/5

  • Maneuverability

    2/5

  • Features

    3/5

What We Like

What We Don’t Like

Visually, the Roomba s9+ Robot Vacuum is stunning. The gold accents and unique shape of this robotic vacuum make it a true statement piece to have gliding around your home. The s9+ model promises to pack the most power of all the Roombas, so if you have a habitually dirty home full of pollen, dust, or pet hair, this could be a great feature for you. We loved that it cleans daily and empties itself without any effort on the user’s part. We did, however, find the battery life is closer to 60 minutes than the advertised 120 minutes. And while we found it to be easy to set up and effective at cleaning, we did notice some debris left on the floor around the base. This is also a loud machine, so you definitely can’t make a phone call to talk to your BFF while this is running.

During testing, we figured out that the s9+ also has a spot-cleaning function, which is a nice additional feature that many other robot vacuums don’t have. When you press the spot-clean button, the s9+ will clean a small area about 3 feet in diameter instead of running through a full cleaning cycle. This is nice if you accidentally spill something, or if your cats just had a royal rumble, and there’s a pile of fur left behind!

We also discovered that you really need to unlock the smart features for this robot vacuum to perform well. If you’re a beginner in the robot vacuum world, this is probably not the model for you. If you have the patience to let this device map and learn your home, then it can be worth the splurge.

The biggest standout feature of the Roomba s9+ is its unique shape. Two rounded corners allow it to clean corners in your home better than any other Roomba currently on the market. If you’re interested in mopping after vacuuming, you can purchase the iRobot Roomba s9+ Bundle that includes this Roomba and the Braava Jet m6, too.

Price at time of publish: $1,000

Dimensions: 3.5 x 12.25 x 12.25 inches | Battery Life: 120 minutes | Charge Time: 3 hours | Cleaning Path Width: 9.5 inches | Filter Type: Replaceable HE filter | Brush Type: Rubber and bristle | Smart Features: Alexa and Google compatible, smart mapping, smart charge and resume, visual navigation, custom cleaning routine, on-demand cleaning, self-emptying, cleans corners, pairs with compatible robot mop

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Our Ratings

  • Setup

    5/5

  • Effectiveness

    5/5

  • Noise Level

    5/5

  • Maneuverability

    5/5

  • Features

    5/5

What We Like

  • Obstacle avoidance

  • Self-emptying base

  • Pet owner’s promise

What We Don’t Like

  • Expensive

  • Loud operation

The Roomba j series created a lot of buzz upon its release because it promised to avoid pet waste. The Pet Owner’s Official Promise (lovingly named the P.O.O.P. Promise) is currently offered on the iRobot Roomba j7+ Robot Vacuum, and based on our testing experience, it really does work. Plus, if your Roomba j7+ does not avoid solid pet waste during its first year of use, iRobot will replace it.

Besides this precise obstacle avoidance feature, the Roomba j7+ includes a self-emptying base, in addition to smart-mapping features. You can set a cleaning schedule or remotely start the vacuum from your smartphone. We found the setup to be incredibly easy, and it seemed to learn its space better with each clean. We noticed it expertly navigated around real pet waste, and every day it picked up pet hair that wasn’t visible. If you have pets and are looking for a hands-free vacuum, this is it!

This model is a step up from the Roomba i7+, but know that means it comes at a cost. This is an expensive Roomba, but if you’re a pet owner with a puppy or elderly dog prone to accidents, it could be worth the price. Just be prepared for the louder operation of this vacuum, especially when it empties, which may be hard to talk over or disturb your sleeping pup or cat on the couch.

Price at time of publish: $800

Dimensions: 13.3 x 13.3 x 3.4 inches | Battery Life: 90 minutes | Charge Time: 3 hours | Cleaning Path Width: 7 inches | Filter Type: Replaceable HE filter | Brush Type: Rubber and bristle | Smart Features: Alexa and Google compatible, smart mapping, smart charge and resume, visual navigation, custom cleaning routine, on-demand cleaning, self-emptying, obstacle avoidance

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What We Like

What We Don’t Like

The iRobot Roomba i7+ Robot Vacuum is smarter and more high-tech than the 600 series, but it’s a step down from the Roomba s9+ model. What does that mean exactly? It has some convenient and smart features that the Roomba 694 doesn’t have, but it doesn’t clean corners like the s9+ model. Plus, the Roomba i7+ has a self-emptying base, and one dust bag will hold 60 days’ worth of debris (according to the manufacturer), so you will likely only have to change the bag once every two months—definitely a perk in our eyes.

When the Roomba is done cleaning your home, it will dock itself and empty the debris into the tower, so you don’t have to release dust back into the air by emptying the dust bin. During testing, we found that the machine did leave a little bit of debris behind in the dust bin. The battery life is only 75 minutes, but this Roomba has a smart charge and resume feature so when it gets low on battery, it will dock itself, charge, and get back to cleaning your home. Speaking of cleaning, it performed its best on our testing lab area rug, expertly sucking up everything in its path.

Like other models, the Roomba i7+ will learn your home through smart mapping. It should avoid large obstacles like stairs, but it doesn’t have the technology to avoid smaller obstacles like socks, cords, or pet waste. If that’s important to you, you’ll need to purchase a j7 or j7+ Roomba. Be careful though; the “i” and “j” look very similar, and the only difference is that the Roomba j series has obstacle avoidance, while the Roomba i7+ does not. However, we think if the Roomba i7+ Robot Vacuum is on sale, you should snag it.

Price at time of publish: $650

Dimensions: 3.63 x 13.34 x 13.34 inches | Battery Life: 75 minutes | Charge Time: Not listed | Cleaning Path Width: 7 inches | Filter Type: Not listed | Brush Type: Rubber and bristle | Smart Features: Alexa and Google compatible, smart mapping, smart charge and resume, visual navigation, custom cleaning routine, on-demand cleaning, self-emptying

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Final Verdict

Our top pick is the iRobot Roomba i3+ for its impressive performance and intuitive usability. It’s easy to set up, transitions from one surface to another seamlessly, and self-empties as needed. Looking to spend a little less? Opt for the iRobot Roomba 694. It can be used with or without Wi-Fi, and still cleans and maneuvers efficiently.

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iRobot Roomba i3 EVO Robot Vacuum: Not to be confused with the i3+ model, this robot vacuum was quiet and did a good job picking up debris from carpet and hardwood flooring—but it doesn’t come with a self-emptying base, and we had a difficult time with the initial setup. We found the 600 series easier to use than the i3 EVO, and since they’re at similar price points, we recommend opting for the Roomba 675 or 694 instead of this pick.

iRobot Roomba j7 Robot Vacuum: In The Lab, we loved this vacuum and gave it high marks. However, it didn’t avoid pet waste like its counterpart, the j7+. While it was effective at sucking up cereal, debris, and sand off of carpet and hardwood flooring, if you’re looking for precise obstacle avoidance, you should opt for the slightly more advanced j7+ model that’s backed by the Pet Owner’s Official Promise.

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We purchased and tested 30 robot vacuums, including multiple Roomba models, in The Lab in Des Moines, Iowa, for two days. We unboxed and timed the setup process. Our testers assembled each vacuum, inserted any filters, and hooked up docking stations. (Our current at-home testers will expand on these insights when they further get to know each vacuum’s app and smart mapping features while using them long-term in their homes.) Once setup was complete, we tested cleaning effectiveness by observing how well each vacuum picked up debris—hair, Cheerios, and sand—from hard floors and carpets.

As the robot vacuum was operating, we used a decibel reader to assess the noise level of each. We also took note of any special features included, such as obstacle avoidance or smart mapping that our home testers will further dive into, and scored on maneuverability as the robot vacuums made their way around our living room obstacle course. If object avoidance was an advertised feature, we tested that by putting a USB cord, sock, and chocolate pudding on the floor, and then we took note of whether it successfully avoided those obstacles. Lastly, not all Roombas are self-emptying, so we rated each one on the ease of emptying the dust bin or included bag. Then, we assessed the overall value based on how well the product performed in all of the tests, in comparison with the price tag and promised features.

Aside from cleaning your floors, Roombas also come with features such as voice control, smart mapping, and scheduled cleans. Our home testers are currently performing long-term tests on our top vacuums to put these smart features through their paces in the real world. We will update this list with their fresh and thorough insights once those tests are complete.

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Battery Life

Most Roomba models will run for around 90 minutes before needing to recharge. Robot vacuums take their time cleaning your space, and Roombas are no different. If you have a smaller space, a 60- to 75-minute run time may suffice. If you live in a large home, opt for a model with a 120-minute battery life. The higher-end models also often have a “smart charge and resume” feature. These models will dock themselves automatically when their battery is low. Once they’ve successfully charged, they’ll resume cleaning your home. The iRobot Roomba i3+ is an example of a mid-priced model that comes with this feature.

Smart Capabilities

All Roombas work with the iRobot app. Most are also compatible with in-home smart speakers like Alexa or Google Assistant. You can program almost all models to run on a cleaning schedule (such as Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at noon). You can also start some Roomba models from your smartphone before you even get home. Other features include smart mapping, where your Roomba learns your home so you can tell it, “Clean the living room,” and it will concentrate its cleaning run to that area. Be aware that with each smart feature, the price tag usually goes up.

Noise Level

If you live in a single-person household and plan on running your Roomba while you’re not home, its noise level might not be important to you. However, if you have pets, children, or are noise-sensitive yourself, you may want to take note of the robot vacuum’s noise level. Self-emptying Roombas seem to be particularly loud during the “emptying” phase.

“My dogs do not like the Roomba and kind of freak out,” says Becky Rapinchuk, The Spruce’s Cleaning Board member and founder of Clean Mama. “This is something to consider, especially if you have dogs or cats and you want to run it when you’re not around. Or if you have napping children—it does make noise!” In our testing, we found that the iRobot Roomba i3 EVO was the quietest model, while the s9+ was the loudest.

Obstacle Avoidance

The newest Roomba technology is the PrecisionVision Navigation feature that helps the vacuum avoid small obstacles like pet messes and cords. According to iRobot, an accidental robot vacuum run through pet waste was a huge concern for their customers. With this technology, available with the iRobot Roomba j7+, the Roomba uses a small camera on the front of it to identify obstacles and work around them instead of running through them. After the Roomba’s cleaning run is complete, the app will show you what it avoided, and you can mark whether it was correct in avoiding that spot or not. This way, the machine continues to learn your home and adapt to temporary and permanent obstacles.

Self-Emptying Base

To achieve a truly hands-off clean, look for a Roomba with a self-emptying base (most of the machines we’ve chosen for this list include this feature, with the exception of the iRobot Roomba 694). At the end of your Roomba’s run, a model with this feature will dock itself, and then the tower will suck all of the debris out of the Roomba and into a dust bag. When it is time to change the dust bag (recommended every 60 days for regular cleaning), you open the lid at the top of the tower, pull out the dust bag, and dispose of it. This does require you to purchase extra dust bags, but this process offers a more hygienic clean since there’s no possibility of the dust releasing back into the air when you manually empty the dust bin.

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FAQ

  • To empty a standard Roomba, lift the lid and remove the canister. Open it over a trash can and empty the contents. You can dust out the canister or put it back into the Roomba. Cleaning your vacuum is an important step to make sure that the Roomba continues to work as designed. If your Roomba has a self-emptying base, it does the emptying for you. All you have to do is remove and replace the dust bag every 60 days (or when it is full).

  • Roombas come with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery installed. Typically, they come with a charge when you open the box. The Roomba will keep itself charged and return to its charging dock when it has a low battery. You can also see a visible low battery indicator on the top of the vacuum or in your iRobot app.

  • To reset your Roomba, just press the CLEAN button for 10 to 20 seconds (depending on your model). You will hear a reset tone or see a white light when it has rebooted. You can also make changes to the zones that your Roomba cleans or other settings via the iRobot app.

    iRobot also has service support on its website, which will help you set up your Roomba and reset it or make any changes in the future.

  • If you have a self-emptying Roomba, you should change the dust bag every two months to keep the vacuum working at its best. This number is based on regular surface cleaning, but you may need to change the bag more often if you have a lot of pet hair or debris on your floors. Keep an eye out for an indicator light on the base that will let you know when the bag is full.

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This article was written by Erin Johnson, a commerce editor at The Spruce focusing on appliances, cleaning, and organization. You can also find her work on Real Simple, Better Homes and Gardens, Apartment Therapy, and Southern Living. She has hands-on experience testing upright, cordless, handheld, and robot vacuums and mops and has developed and led tests in The Lab. Johnson has boiled down testing insights and brought our experience with low- and high-tech products to life. To curate this list of the best Roombas, we consulted Becky Rapinchuk, a member of The Spruce’s Cleaning Board and founder of Clean Mama.

Dena Ogden also updated this piece, providing additional research and reviewing testing insights. Ogden is lifestyle and commerce writer who’s been writing professionally since 2016, and with The Spruce since August 2022. She’s written about everything from baskets and bins to carpet shampoos and vacuums.

Here at The Spruce we want to ensure we fully stand behind every product we recommend, and that when we say something is the best, we mean it. You might have noticed The Spruce Approved badge next to the products on this list. Every product with this badge has been rigorously tested in person and carefully selected by our expert team of lab testers and editors. In most cases, we buy all these products ourselves, though occasionally we get samples provided to us directly by companies. No matter how we procure products, they all go through the same tests and must meet the same strict criteria to make the best-of cut. We also pride ourselves on transparency and will always let you know if we received a product for free.

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Description of the Rumba grape variety: photos and reviews

Ukrainian

Beginners and experienced growers, true fans of their business are in constant search, in the hope of finding and buying a cutting or seedling of a new variety for themselves and growing miracle grapes on their plot.

One of the interesting table commercial varieties is the Rumba grape variety (see photo)

A remarkable hybrid form of the Rumba grape was obtained by V. U. Drop crossing of the early table form Delight Red (ZOS-1) and the variety of the Moldavian selection Charrel of medium ripening.

Rumba grapes are not familiar to everyone, the description of the variety as well as photos and reviews will help you make a choice in a difficult question: to buy or not to buy?

Rumba ripens very early. A little more than three months after the awakening of the central kidney, namely after 95-100 days, you can expect the full maturity of the berries.

Under adverse weather conditions, the ripening period may increase.

Rumba grape variety description

Selection V.U. Drip
Grade Canteen
Parent form (Rapture Red × Charrel)
Maturity 95-100 days
Flower type Bisexual
Strength of Growth Vigorous
Bunch weight up to 1500
Berry weight 8-10
Berry shape Papillary
Berry flavor Light Muscat
Berry Red to purple
Disease resistance Mildew, oidium – 3-3. 5 points
Frost resistant -24°C
Sugar content 23%
Acidity 5-6 g/l.
Marketability Medium

Large clusters of delicate pink-coral, rarely purple, have a cylindrical shape and weigh on average from 700 g to 1.2 kg.

The density of the brush is medium, which allows the berries to pour freely.

Berries are oval, sometimes nipple-shaped, large (32 x 23 mm), weighing about 8-10g.

A distinctive characteristic of the Rumba grape is that it accumulates sugar very quickly, even unripe berries are sweet.

The harmonious taste of ripe berries is formed by a combination of 21-23% sugars and 5-6 g/l of acids, there is a slight shade of nutmeg

When overripe, it may seem sweet to cloying.

The consistency of the pulp is fleshy, crispy and juicy. The skin is dense with a slight astringency, which decreases over time.

Landing: features of variety

The variety is not picky about soils, which is its advantage.

declared by the author as vigorous.

Rumba grape sapling grows quickly, a powerful root needs enough space. Recommended landing distance 2.5 – 3.5 m.

Rooting of cuttings is high, the variety is well accepted by rootstocks. It is better to graft on vigorous rootstocks. Check the availability of seedlings and chibouks of Rumba grapes in the website catalog at the link vinograd-loza.com/katalog-sortov-vinograda.

Rumba grapes have hermaphroditic flowers, in which both female and male organs are well developed, it is a pollinator itself and does not need additional conditions for it.

But the presence of other bisexual varieties nearby will improve the quality of pollination. It has been noticed that pollination with “foreign” pollen improves the quality of the crop, increases the size of the brush and berries.

Care

Rumba grapes have some developmental features that must be taken into account when caring for them.

The variety is characterized by a strong development of stepchildren and stepchildren, from which a second crop can be obtained in September.

But don’t be greedy, the grapes can get tired, excessive loading leads to crushing of the berries and slowing down the ripening of the vines.

Pasynkovanie does not mean the complete disposal of stepchildren, but involves a reasonable regulation of their number and size. This is necessary for the formation of green mass sufficient to feed the crop – the grape leaf feeds the bunches.

Grapevine is a vine that endlessly strives upwards, yield regulators for it are pruning and loading a bush (see Shaping and pruning a bush).

Pruning recommended for 8-10 eyes. 20 is enough for a young bush, 40-45 eyes for an adult. The number of shoots is subsequently regulated.

A distinctive feature of the variety is high resistance at the level of 2-2. 5 points to the main scourges of vineyards – gray rot, to real (oidium) and downy (mildew) powdery mildew.

Preventive spraying will not be superfluous (see Calendar of grape treatments).

Covering variety, frost resistance at -24С does not guarantee survival in winter in the climate of the north-eastern part of Ukraine (Kharkov, Dnepropetrovsk, Sumy and other regions) without shelter (see Shelter of grapes for the winter).

Rules for watering and fertilizing – standard (see Fertilizing grapes).

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Rumba grapes: reviews

Gennady:

The grapes are beautiful, well demanded in the market. The skin is dense, protects well from wasps, is not subject to sunburn. And the grapes do not wrinkle during transportation.

Larisa:

We got a good harvest this year. Clusters are beautiful, even, on average per kilogram in weight. Pasynkovye bunches were tortured to cut off. Very, very sweet. Rooted well, out of 10 cuttings, all 10 began. The vines ripened fully and early.

Sphinx

Julian

Rumba dance – descriptions of the rumba style

Among all ballroom dances , the rumba stands out with the deepest emotional content. A distinctive feature of the rumba is erotic smooth movements, combined with wide steps. The contrast of the pronounced erotic nature of the dance and the dramatic emotional content of the music creates a unique aesthetic effect.

Rumba was born at the intersection of African religious Santeria dances and dances of the Spanish conquerors in the poor quarters of Cuba, when people gathered together on Saturdays to dissolve in the dance and forget about their sorrows and sorrows at least for a while.

In rumba, the gentleman follows the lady in search of contact with the hips, and the lady, as if being the object of impudent courtship, tries to restrain her partner’s passion and avoid touching. And it is no coincidence that the name “dance of love” has stuck to the rumba, because its temperament and expression invariably fascinate all its spectators and participants.

Having immigrated to America, the Cuban rumba was reborn into a new dance direction, the American rumba. It was this more restrained version of the dance that soon conquered the dance floors of the whole world.

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