Roomba i3/i3+ vs. i4/i4+ Specifications & Differences

Last updated on April 15th, 2024

Roomba i3 and i4 models are similar to each other. But their battery capacity, their runtime, and the availability of virtual wall barriers are some of the differences that these models have. Read the article below to learn more about the specifications and differences between them.

Roomba i3/i3+ vs. i4/i4+: Which is better?

The Roomba i4 is the better choice because of the additional accessories that come with it. At an almost similar price, you get an extra HEPA filter and virtual wall barriers than the i3+. Performance-wise, there’s not much difference. But you will get a better battery with longer runtime with the i4+.

Read a similar article: Roomba i2 vs. i3/i3+: Which one’s Best? 

What does the ‘+’ indicate?

The key difference between the original models and their ‘+’ models lies in one aspect. The ‘+’ models are equipped with a self-emptying dock, which is not present in the original models. This self-emptying dock allows the vacuums to automatically empty their dustbins into a bag in the docking station.

Roomba i3/i3+

Roomba i3/i3+ vacuum robots
Roomba i3+

The Roomba i3 and i3+ give an elegant cleaning experience. These intelligent robot vacuums are designed to navigate your home and leave floors spotlessly clean. They can adapt to unique cleaning preferences and give personalized cleaning recommendations.

Roomba i4/i4+

Roomba i4/i4+ vacuum robots
Roomba i4+

You can elevate your cleaning routine with the Roomba i4+. It is a powerful robot vacuum that combines great navigation technology with strong suction capabilities compared to the 600 series. It ensures a thorough and efficient cleaning for every corner of your home.

Roomba i3/i3+ vs. i4/i4+: Specifications

Specs of Roomba i3/i3+ vs i4/i4+
Specs of Roomba i3/i3+ vs. i4/i4+

The table below compares the specs of the two robots.

SpecsRoomba i3+Roomba i4+
Weight7.2 Pounds7.2 Pounds
Dimensions13.3 x 13.3 x 3.6 inches13.3 x 13.3 x 3.6 inches
ColorGrey with BlackGrey with Black
Surface RecommendationCarpets,
Hard Floors
Carpets,
Hard Floors
Filter TypeHEPA FilterHEPA Filter
Dustbin Capacity0.5 L0.5 L
Suction Power10x*10x*
Control TypeVoice, AppVoice, App
Compatible DevicesAmazon Alexa,
Google Assistant
Amazon Alexa,
Google Assistant
Airflow8 CFM8 CFM
Runtime75 mins100 mins
Battery Capacity1800 mAh2210 mAh
Charging Time3 hours3 hours
Battery TypeLithium IonLithium Ion
BrushesDual Multi-Surface Brushes,
Edge-Sweeping Brush
Dual Multi-Surface Brushes,
Edge-Sweeping Brush
Smart NavigationPresentPresent
Dirt Detection TechnologyPresentPresent
Cliff SensorPresentPresent
Self-Emptying BinPresentPresent
Personalized Cleaning RecommendationsPresentPresent
Warranty1 year1 year
Virtual Wall BarrierAbsentPresent
Roomba i3/i3+ vs. i4/i4+ Comparison

* represents a comparison with the 600 series.

Let’s discuss in detail how the two models are different from one another.

Differences between Roomba i3+ and i4+

These models have literally no difference in design or functionality. They are precisely the same. The only differences between these models are the battery performance and the accessories.

Battery Performance

The battery compartment of Roomba

These robovacs feature a Lithium Ion battery but with different capacities. The i3+’s 1,800 mAh battery gives a runtime of 75 minutes. But the i4 can run for up to 100 minutes with its 2,210 mAh battery. Despite their different battery capacities, both robots take equal amounts of time to charge.

A higher battery capacity of 400 mAh and longer runtime of around 30 minutes make the i4+ the better choice.

Additional Accessories

On purchasing the i3+, you get an extra HEPA filter for free. But the i4 has two additional HEPA filters and a virtual wall barrier. The virtual wall barrier is used to create no-go zones for the vacuum. It will not enter the no-go zone once it’s set.

As the i4 comes with more accessories, we would pick it over the i3+.

Similarities between Roomba i3+ and i4+

Both these models are the same in almost every way you can imagine. They have the same shape, size, weight, and design. Both have the same suction power and give similar cleaning performance.

Both vacuums have smart navigation capabilities. Both are equipped with the same Dirt Detection Technology for detecting heavily dirty spots in your home. The cliff sensors in these robots prevent them from falling down the stairs.

Conclusion

While the i3 and i4 have almost identical designs and functionality, the latter offers additional accessories. It includes an extra HEPA filter and virtual wall barriers. It also has a higher battery capacity, providing a longer runtime than the i3.

Ultimately, despite similar performance between the two models, the i4 is the better choice due to these additional features.

What’s in the box?

The table below shows all the accessories that come with your product.

Roomba i3+Roomba i4+
1 Robot Vacuum1 Robot Vacuum
1 Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal1 Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal
2 Dirt Disposal Bags2 Dirt Disposal Bags
1 Extra High-Efficiency Filter2 Extra High-Efficiency Filter
1 Virtual Wall and 2 AA batteries
What’s in the box?

FAQs

Is i3 or i4 newer?

The Roomba i3 was launched in 2020, while the i4 was launched in 2021. So the i4 is the newer version.

Does Roomba i3+ use virtual walls?

You can use virtual wall barriers with Roomba i3+, but you will have to buy them separately.

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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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