5 Best Roombas to Buy in 2024 – Pros & Cons

Last updated on February 15th, 2024

Who doesn’t dream of owning a Roomba? Once you know what it does, it’s difficult to not want it. And we always cave in. But there are so many of them! It’s so difficult to choose which to buy. That’s where we come in with our list of the best Roombas to buy in 2024. Some of these models might be old, but still, they are at the top of the line. Now, let’s take a direct look at our top picks.

Categories of best Roombas in 2024 are:

Vacuum Name
Best Choice
Roomba j7+
Affordable
Roomba 694
Roomba i7+
Dustbin capacity
0.5 L
0.3 L
0.5 L
Battery Capacity
2210 mAh
1800 mAh
1800 mAh
Runtime
100 mins
90 mins
75 mins
iRobot Roomba j7+ (7550) Self-Emptying Robot Vacuum – Avoids Common Obstacles Like Socks, Shoes, and Pet Waste, Empties Itself for 60 Days, Smart Mapping, Works with Alexa
iRobot Roomba 694 Robot Vacuum-Wi-Fi Connectivity, Personalized Cleaning Recommendations, Works with Alexa, Good for Pet Hair, Carpets, Hard Floors, Self-Charging, Roomba 694
iRobot Roomba i7+ (7550) Robot Vacuum with Automatic Dirt Disposal - Empties Itself for up to 60 Days, Wi-Fi Connected, Smart Mapping, Works with Alexa, Ideal for Pet Hair, Carpets, Hard Floors
Best Choice
Vacuum Name
Roomba j7+
Dustbin capacity
0.5 L
Battery Capacity
2210 mAh
Runtime
100 mins
iRobot Roomba j7+ (7550) Self-Emptying Robot Vacuum – Avoids Common Obstacles Like Socks, Shoes, and Pet Waste, Empties Itself for 60 Days, Smart Mapping, Works with Alexa
Affordable
Vacuum Name
Roomba 694
Dustbin capacity
0.3 L
Battery Capacity
1800 mAh
Runtime
90 mins
iRobot Roomba 694 Robot Vacuum-Wi-Fi Connectivity, Personalized Cleaning Recommendations, Works with Alexa, Good for Pet Hair, Carpets, Hard Floors, Self-Charging, Roomba 694
Vacuum Name
Roomba i7+
Dustbin capacity
0.5 L
Battery Capacity
1800 mAh
Runtime
75 mins
iRobot Roomba i7+ (7550) Robot Vacuum with Automatic Dirt Disposal - Empties Itself for up to 60 Days, Wi-Fi Connected, Smart Mapping, Works with Alexa, Ideal for Pet Hair, Carpets, Hard Floors

Now, we will discuss each of these best Roombas in detail.

Roomba j7+

Ratings: 4.3/5 (Based on 6,106 user reviews)

Release year: 2021

Dimensions: 13.3 x 13.3 x 3.4 inches

Run time: 100 mins

Dustbin capacity: 0.5 L

Stand-out feature: Advanced obstacle detection with pet poop detection capability

What users say:

  • “It has now been several months since I got the Roomba j7+. I love it, I love it, I love it! The suction is very good, and the machine is surprisingly quiet. Also, I am getting used to it and learning to leave it alone and not follow it around, so I’m much more relaxed about it.”
  • “I’ve owned a lot of iRobot Roombas for the past 20 years, so I consider myself sort of an expert. Also, keep in mind I do not hand out 5-star reviews lightly.”

Why Roomba j7+?

The Roomba j7+ is our top choice because:

  • It has a PrecisionVision navigation system because of which it can maneuver with more ease than others.
  • Its first-in-class front-mounted camera definitely plays a role in that.
  • Not to mention that with upgraded Imprint Smart Mapping, the j7+ can map your home 7 times faster than any previous models.
  • The best part – it avoids small obstacles, even pet poop. iRobot guarantees that if your j7+ runs over dry per waste within one year from purchase, they will replace your piece for free under the P.O.O.P. guarantee.

Apart from that, the vacuum has good 10x suction power (as compared to 600 series) to work perfectly on hard floors to mid-pile carpets. The app is extremely easy to use. This one allows you to assign keep-out zones, block off rooms, and do targetted room-specific cleaning as well.

PROS

  • P.O.O.P. guarantee
  • Excellent Obstacle Avoidance
  • PrecisionVision Navigation
  • Keep-out zones

CONS

  • Expensive
  • Average battery life
  • Very loud while emptying

Roomba 694

Ratings: 4.3/5 (Based on 19,918 user reviews)

Release year: 2020

Dimensions: 13.4 x 13.4 x 3.54 inches

Run time: 90 mins

Dustbin capacity: 0.3 L

Stand-out feature: Gyroscope-based navigation with good maneuverability

What users say:

  • “I’ve had it for over a month now and run her 3 times a week to keep up with my German Shepherd, 2 housecats, and 3 girls with long hair. It does very well. Handles thresholds, carpet, and heavier area rugs very well.”
  • “Battery runs for 90 mins+. (It actively vacuums for 90 mins, but there’s enough battery power to allow it up to 30 more minutes to find its way back to the charging station.)”

Why Roomba 694?

The Roomba 694 proves to be a good vacuum cleaner for its price. It provides better cleaning than many cheap models like the OKP Life K2.

  • Although it lacks a precise navigation system, it seldom gets stuck in the wrong places. It cannot map your house, so it randomly moves around until it bumps into an object. We call it a bump and clean method. In spite of that, it hardly misses any spots.
  • It also offers a decent runtime of 90 minutes, which is more than some expensive Roombas. Some users have even found it running for longer. Of course, it all depends on the layout and floor type of your house.
  • The cleaning performance is far better than you would expect in cheaper models. It is good with hard floors and low-pile carpets. It even does well with pet hair. But it struggles to get those stuck at the bottom of the rugs.

One thing we would change is the small dustbin size. Considering it doesn’t have a self-emptying Clean Base, the 0.3 L dustbin will need frequent manual intervention. You must empty it at least during each cycle.

Pros and Cons

PROS

  • Affordable
  • Good navigation for the price
  • Picks up pet hair
  • Long battery life

CONS

  • Small dustbin capacity
  • Struggles with large volume of hair
  • No mapping

Roomba i7+

Ratings: 4.3/5 (Based on 13,302 user reviews)

Release year: 2018

Dimensions: 13.34 x 13.34 x 3.63 inches

Run time: 75 mins

Dustbin capacity: 0.5 L

Stand out feature: Precision Vision navigation that effectively avoids most obstacles

What users say:

  • “It’s been about 18 months since I bought the iRobot i7+, and things are going fine so far; no problems with it. Maintains 5-star rating.”
  • “I would definitely recommend this robot vacuum. It’s fast, efficient, and very thorough. The app is very user-friendly. And the whole system is as ‘set it and forget it’ as you can get. I’m very pleased.”

Why Roomba i7+?

Almost all the best features of Roombas are packed in this model. From good design to excellent performance. It has everything. At a mid-range price, you get to have it all. That includes:

  • Modern design with a top-facing camera for navigation and mapping.
  • Very accurate mapping with map customization options.
  • Good maneuverability with large obstacle avoidance, but it’s better to keep small obstacles out of reach.
  • 10x suction power than basic models, which helps to clean carpets and tricky spaces.
  • User-friendly app that provides custom cleaning suggestions.
  • The battery life is average. It runs for longer on hard floors than on carpets. It is perfect if you don’t have many rugs.

Pros and Cons

PROS

  • Good navigation
  • Excellent cleaning performance on all floor types
  • Good suction power

CONS

  • Less battery life
  • Doesn’t avoid small obstacles

Roomba s9+

Ratings: 3.7/5 (Based on 5,975 user reviews)

Release year: 2019

Dimensions: 12.25 x 12.25 x 3.5 inches

Run time: 50-120 mins

Dustbin capacity: 0.5 L

Stand-out feature: PerfectEdge technology with a D-shaped body for cleaning corners and edges

What users say:

  • “It can comfortably do around 1,000 sq ft on a single charge. It takes about an hour and a half to vacuum and charges for the same amount of time.”
  • “I bought this for our house near the beach as it has wooden floors and I have four cats. I haven’t had to take out my large vacuum for a couple of weeks. I would run it almost every day, and it just does an amazing job! Saves me so much time and energy!”

Why Roomba s9+?

The Roomba s9+ has the highest suction power of all the Roombas yet. That’s why it is perfect for cleaning carpets. We also recommend it for households with pets as the high suction power could deal with large volumes of hair easily. The S9+ is full of surprises. Along with the excellent suction capacity, it has:

  • A unique D shape that has never been used for a Roomba before.
  • Because of this shape, it gets into those corners a round vacuum can only try reaching. Specially designed with the PerfectEdge technology, this is perfect for cleaning edges and corners.
  • It even has a specially designed 5-pronged side brush. All others have only 3 prongs, including the Roomba i3+ Evo.

If only it had a good battery life, it would have been our top choice for a Roomba. But the run time for this one largely varies on which mode you are using it. On the highest power mode, it can run out in 50 minutes. That’s a little disappointing, but its work is perfect – just like its technology.

Pros and Cons

PROS

  • Extremely high suction power
  • Good on carpets
  • Cleans precisely in corners and edges
  • Improved design with longer brushes

CONS

  • Expensive
  • Too loud in highest setting
  • Short run time

Roomba Combo j7+

Ratings: 3.9/5 (Based on 389 user reviews)

Release year: 2022

Dimensions: 13.3 x 13.3 x 3.4 inches

Run time: 75 mins

Dustbin capacity: 0.4 L

Stand-out feature: Mopping attachment with onboard water tank and advanced obstacle avoidance capability

What users say:

  • “When set to ‘Eco,’ it does vacuuming and mopping of the entire 900 sq ft space before running out of water.”
  • “The only thing I wish this robot had was a dock that could refill the mop water.”

Why Roomba Combo j7+?

The Roomba Combo j7+ can vacuum as well as mop. It has a retractable mopping attachment that lifts and settles on top of the robot when it detects a carpet. This is part of the vacuum’s dry rug intelligence.

  • The mop applies 1.16 lbs of pressure on the floor while mopping.
  • The vacuum uses its 10x suction power to clean carpets and hard floors.

Unlike others, you can add iRobot-approved cleaning solutions to the water tank so you get a more hygienic mopping experience. A small bottle is also provided with the product. Apart from that, it is very identical to the Roomba j7+.

Pros and Cons

PROS

  • Auto-retracting mop
  • Dry rug intelligence
  • Pet Owner Official Promise (P.O.O.P)
  • Dual cleaning modes

CONS

  • Expensive
  • Small dustbin caapcity

How do we select the best Roombas in 2024?

Our team at Smart Home Bulls has been working for months to conjure this list of the best Roombas for 2024. With months of research and interpretations, we have finally arrived at the above-mentioned list. We studied the characteristics and features of each Roomba model available to date. We compared them with models from their own series and also from other series.

We took into consideration their performance, battery life, smart features, ease of use, and more to determine which are the best. We also compared all these Roombas with robot vacuums from other brands to see how they hold their ground. Our team went through lakhs of user reviews and considered all the issues encountered with each model before making the final decision. The combined efforts of this have led to this list.

FAQs

How much should you spend on a Roomba?

A brand-new Roomba can cost anywhere between $200 to $1000. But how much you spend should depend on your budget. Don’t overspend – you can upgrade any time later. Get the model that best fulfills your needs and not the one that’s the most expensive.

Which Roomba has the best suction power?

The Roomba s9+ has the best suction power. It’s 40 times more than the basic Roomba 600 series models.

Can a Roomba work in the dark?

No, a Roomba cannot work in dark or dimly lit environments. It uses vSLAM technology for navigation, which requires some amount of light to find its way across a room. If you are looking for a vacuum that works in the dark, you can opt for a LiDAR-based model like the Roborock s7.

Which Roomba models are available for iRobot Select?

Only the Roomba j7+ is available for the iRobot Select rental program.

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Sarah Williams

I love writing stuff that's easy to read and fun to learn from. Beaches are my happy place—I just can't get enough of the sand, the waves, and the salty breeze. And you know what else? I'm totally into smart home gadgets! They're like magic tricks that make life easier at home.

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