Can you use Roomba on Multiple floors? How to set it up?

Last updated on April 15th, 2024

Cleaning your home with a Roomba may save you time and effort. But what if you have multiple floors in your house? Can a Roomba manage many levels? This comprehensive guide will teach you everything you need to know about using Roomba on several levels, including stair detection and mapping

Can you use Roomba on multiple floors?

Yes, you can use Roomba across multiple floors. Most Roomba models have cognitive navigation and mapping capabilities, letting them clean effectively while remembering the layout of each level in your home. However, because the device cannot climb stairs, you will have to manually place it on different levels.

How to set up Roomba to map different floors?

How to setup Roomba to map new floors
How to setup Roomba to map new floors

Roomba models with the iRobot Home Intelligence System, such as the i7+ and s9+, support mapping and cleaning multiple floors. These devices can store up to 10 floor plans, making them perfect for multi-story homes. Here’s how to map a new floor with your Roomba:

  1. Place the Roomba on the new floor and dock it at the charging station.
  2. In the iRobot Home app, tap on the three-line menu icon and select “Smart Maps.”
  3. Choose “Add New Map” and follow the on-screen instructions to create a new map for the floor.
  4. Run the Roomba on the new floor to create the map. It may take a few cleaning cycles to generate a complete map.

Once the maps are saved in the app, you can easily switch between them and set cleaning preferences for each floor.

Read a similar article: How to Manually Map an Area Using Roomba?

Which Roomba models can clean multiple floors?

The Roomba models that support multi-floor cleaning are shown in the table below.

Roomba ModelMulti-Floor Cleaning SupportFloor Plan Storage
iRobot Roomba i7+YesUp to 10 floor plans
iRobot Roomba s9+YesUp to 10-floor plans
iRobot Roomba 980YesN/A (Does not store floor plans)
iRobot Roomba 960YesN/A (Does not store floor plans)
Roombas with the multi-floor cleaning support

Tips for using a Roomba on multiple floors

Tips for using Roomba on multiple floors
Tips for using Roomba on multiple floors

In order to make the most out of the multi-floor cleaning feature, make sure to keep these points in mind.

  • Label your maps: To make it easier to identify between maps from various levels, you can name them in the iRobot Home app. For instance, “First Floor”, “Second Floor,” and so on.
  • Use Keep Out Zones: On your Roomba’s maps, create Keep Out Zones to prohibit it from visiting specified regions or rooms on each floor.
  • Create custom cleaning schedules: Using the iRobot Home app, schedule your Roomba to clean certain floors or rooms at various times or on different days.
  • Charge between floors: To avoid running out of battery power, make sure your Roomba is completely charged before transferring it to a different floor. If feasible, have a backup charging dock on each floor.
  • Move the Roomba manually: To clean various floors, you must physically pick up the Roomba and move it to the new floor. Place it on the floor, and the device will resume its cleaning routine.

How long does Roomba take to map new floors?

The time to map different floors depends on various factors such as the size of the floors, the complexity of the layout, and the capabilities of the specific Roomba model. But the typical time is between 30 mins to 2 hours.

When a Roomba maps a new floor, it follows a systematic approach known as simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM). During this process, the Roomba moves around the area while using its sensors to create a map of the environment and simultaneously determine its own position within that map.

The mapping process can take some time as the Roomba explores and navigates the entire floor to build an accurate map. This can range from several minutes to over an hour. Larger and more complex areas will generally take longer to map compared to smaller and simpler spaces.

Mapping time of different Roombas

The following table shows the mapping time and navigation system of different Roomba models.

Roomba ModelNavigation SystemMapping Time (Approximate)
Roomba i7+iAdapt 3.0, vSLAM1-2 hours
Roomba s9+iAdapt 3.0, vSLAM1-2 hours
Roomba 980iAdapt 2.030 minutes – 1 hour
Roomba i3+iAdapt 2.030 minutes – 1 hour
Mapping time of Roomba models

Note: Modern Roomba models have advanced mapping capabilities and technology enhancements, which can improve their efficiency and speed in mapping different floors. Some models can also save and store multiple floor maps, allowing them to navigate between different levels of a house or building more easily.

Can a Roomba have two home bases?

Yes, Roomba models are designed to support multiple home bases. This feature optimizes the Roomba’s efficiency and convenience, particularly in scenarios such as larger or multi-level spaces. The Roomba can intelligently identify and dock with the nearest compatible home base for recharging, ensuring uninterrupted cleaning sessions.

Conclusion

If you are living in a multi-floor home, then Roomba models like i7+, s9+, 980, and 960 give you the option of cleaning different floors. The former two can even store the maps for 10 floors. This makes the cleaning easier as you don’t have to map the room every time you place a Roomba on a new floor. Keep in mind that these robots can’t climb/descend stairs on their own. So, you’ll have to manually take it to different floors.

FAQs

Can I use the same robot vacuum on different floors?

Yes, the same Roomba may be used on various floors. You just need to take it to different levels and switch between the saved maps as required.

Can Roomba be used in a two-story house?

Yes, Roomba can be used in a two-story house. You’ll need to manually move the Roomba between floors and ensure it has the appropriate maps for each level.

How do I map a second floor with Roomba?

Follow the steps mentioned above in the “Mapping Multiple Floors with Roomba” section to map a second floor with your Roomba.

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