The Roomba cleaning robots have greatly contributed to making cleaning easy and fun. These autonomic robots make your floors squeaky clean without you lifting a finger. Upon surveying the market for the perfect model for your home, it is understandable if you get overwhelmed due to the abundance of models.
Therefore, we have made a side-by-side comparison of two of the most loved Roomba models in order to help you choose the right one for your house. Read on to find out everything that you need to know regarding the Roomba i7 vs. the Roomba i3 comparison!
Both the models are quite similar in design, although there is a major difference between the operation of both of these models. The Roomba i7 shows better performance on carpets and soft surfaces and in cleaning pet hair. On the other hand, the Roomba i3 works more efficiently in clearing up huge pieces of dirt and debris.
Roomba i7 vs. Roomba i3: Which version is worth investing in?
The fundamental differences between the Roomba i7 and the Roomba i3 are as follows:
- Roomba i7 is equipped with an overboard camera that enables you to feed specific-room-only cleaning information on your cleaning robot. Whereas the Roomba i3 lacks this feature.
- Roomba i3 is much cheaper than the Roomba i7.
- Unlike Roomba i7 that has a full plastic body, Roomba i3 has fabric on the top.
Let’s dive into the comparison in detail!
The most evident between both of these models is the camera present on the Roomba i7 as a part of iAdapt 3.0 navigation with visual localization. Roomba i3 lacks a camera and just has smart navigation.
This built-in camera enables the Roomba i7 to program a precise map of your entire floor and maneuver through your home without bumping into furniture. This camera also assists in setting up cleaning zones and no-entry zones.
If you are wondering how the Roomba i3 navigates through your house if it lacks the built-in camera, the answer lies in the smart sensors present beneath the Roomba i3 body. The sensors located below the Roomba i3 continuously inform the robot about the places it has cleaned previously in order to avoid repetitive cleaning in the places that have been cleaned.
One thing to note here is that both the Robots offer floor tracking systems for effective cleaning; however, the Roomba i7 has additional camera support for more efficient analysis of the cleaning progress.
Both of the above-mentioned models of the Roomba cleaning robots are proven to efficiently clean your house; however, the Roomba i7 takes it one step further with the feature that enables you to mark and specify the rooms which need cleaning through the iRobot smart app.
One more additional feature that the Roomba i7 has is the “keep out zone” feature. This feature helps in mapping out the specific areas where things are placed that can be displaced by the cleaning Robots, such as water bowls for pets.
By marking that specific area as the “keep out zone”, your cleaning robot will automatically be programmed not to linger in that area, and it will save you from a lot of inconveniences.
The Roomba i3 lacks this essential feature; hence if you are a pet owner or you have children who keep on leaving their toys here and there, you might want to consider the Roomba i7 for a smooth experience.
We find it pretty bizarre that the Roomba i3 has fabric on the top; although the material on the Roomba i3 is pretty strong and not cheap at all but still it’s not as firm as the Roomba i7 plastic body.
For a machine that is always on the ground, cleaning and gathering dust using a fabric is something unusual; hence the Roomba i3 lost against the Roomba i7 in terms of the exterior.
The Roomba i7 takes approximately one and a half hours to fully charge, whereas; the Roomba i3 roughly takes 15 minutes less than the Roomba i7 that is around 75 minutes.
The Roomba i7 can operate continuously for double the time as compared to the Roomba i3. The Roomba i3 runs for roughly around 90 minutes; on the other hand, the Roomba i7 can run up to 180 minutes before it needs charging in order to start working again.
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Similarities between the Roomba i7 and the Roomba i3
The Roomba i7 and the Roomba i3 share a lot in common; in fact, you will notice more resemblance rather than differences between both of these models of the Roomba cleaning robots.
Listed below are a few of the most evident similarities between the two models for you to have a better understanding!
To our surprise, both of these models of the Roomba cleaning robot make use of the smart navigation for their operation, both of these models clean in specific patterns. They come equipped with sensors that enable them to avoid bumping into obstacles again and again.
On the other hand, older versions of Roomba cleaning robots operate through the ‘drunken sailor’ method. They bump into random objects continuously and then turn around and continue cleaning.
The anti-tangle brushes are immensely beneficial, and fortunately, both the Roomba i7 and the Roomba i3 come equipped with these anti-tangle brushes.
The anti-tangle brushes are made of rubber, and they contain little protrusions on their body that continuously beat while the floor is being vacuumed. Hair and other debris can conveniently be transported to the bin, rather than sticking in the vacuum, all thanks to these anti-tangle brush rolls.
The Roomba i7 and the Roomba i3, both of these models, can be commanded through voice assistant devices like Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri. If you do not feel like getting out of your comfort zone to set up your robot for cleaning, you can simply voice your commands from the place you are chilling in, and either of your Roomba models will responsibly get to cleaning.
To conclude all the aforementioned points, we can say that the Roomba i3 and the Roomba i7 share a lot of characteristics. If you have a tight budget and you are not looking forward to features like specific cleaning, we would recommend you to go for the Roomba i3. However, if you have a high budget and you want advanced features, the Roomba i7 will prove to be worth it!