It’s the mixture of expertise that makes the iRobot Roomba Combo J7+ stand out: it’s a superb navigator, avoiding frequent obstacles because of its digicam; it may tuck its mop away to maneuver from onerous ground to deep carpet; and it has a really highly effective app. For a lot of houses that makes this a superb alternative. Those who need higher edge cleansing or deeper mopping could also be higher off with an alternate.
- Tucks mop away for all-surface cleansing
- Glorious navigation
- Highly effective mop
KindThis can be a robotic vacuum cleaner with a mop that carry utterly out of the best way.
Robotic vacuum cleaners are purported to make life simpler, but it may typically really feel as if now we have to do the onerous work of tidying up earlier than they begin work, after which rigorously orchestrating the place they’ll go.
With the iRobot Roomba Combo J7+, this mopping robotic has been constructed to make life straightforward.
Its retractable mopping pad tucks securely out of the best way when carpet is detected, whereas its front-mounted digicam helps the robotic keep away from obstacles and spot areas that want a deep clear.
Design and options
- Retractable mop fabric
- Digicam-based object detection
- Anti-tangle rollers
I’ve the iRobot Roomba Combo J7+ on overview, which ships with a self-empty station. There’s additionally the common J7 mannequin, which is bodily the identical, solely it comes with an everyday dock as a substitute. All of it depends upon what you need. I fairly just like the self-emptying station, because it takes away a messy job.
Nevertheless, as official baggage value £22 for a pack of three, with every one lasting between one and two months, replacements are fairly costly.
What units the iRobot Roomba Combo J7+ aside from its competitors is its absolutely retractable mop.
When the robotic detects that it’s on a tough ground, its mop bracket slides out from the highest of the robotic, and drops in beneath; the reverse occurs when a carpet is detected.
It’s unbelievable to look at and implies that the iRobot Roomba Combo J7+ could be set to work in a home with any mixture of onerous ground and carpet. With rival vacuum cleaners, together with the Roborock S8 Extremely Professional and Ecovacs Deebot T20 Omni, their mopping techniques can solely rise lower than 1cm from the ground.
That’s high quality for shifting between brief pile carpet and onerous flooring, however not ok for deep pile carpet.
Two mopping clots are included within the field, and so they have a clip and Velcro to carry them in place.
Flip the vacuum cleaner over, and the format is sort of acquainted. There’s a single side-sweeping brush for teasing dust out from the sides of rooms after which two contra-rotating rubber rollers within the centre which might be designed to forestall hair getting trapped, and it actually does work.
The bin could be pulled out the rear, and emptied manually. This additionally provides entry to the filter, which must be cleaned as soon as a month or so.
In addition to holding dust, the bin comprises the 210ml water tank. That’s fairly small, so it would want refilling after each use, and presumably even in the midst of cleansing.
In addition to water, the iRobot Roomba Combo J7+ can take cleansing answer. There’s a pattern within the field, with a 473ml substitute costing £14.99.
As soon as plugged in and turned on, the iRobot Roomba Combo J7+ must be hooked as much as the Wi-Fi community utilizing the iRobot app. The primary job is then to create a map of your room. That is finest achieved with a mapping run, the place the robotic scoots round and learns its environment however doesn’t vacuum or mop.
At this stage, it’s vital to maneuver any obstacles and guarantee sufficient gentle for the robotic to see. Relying on the complexity of the setting, it may take a few passes to get a accomplished map.
As soon as achieved, the iRobot makes an attempt to separate the map up into rooms. It does a fairly good job, but it surely’s straightforward to override any errors.
A number of maps could be created in every home, and the iRobot Roomba Combo J7+ doesn’t have to begin from its dock. That’s useful, as you possibly can have a most important space, say downstairs, after which carry the robotic to different areas for all-over cleansing.
For every room, you possibly can create zones. Hold Out Zones cease the robotic from coming into that space, which could be helpful for blocking troublesome bits of furnishings that journey up the navigation. With No Mop Zones, the robotic will tuck its mopping fabric away. Whereas it would try this routinely for carpets, these zones are helpful for onerous ground areas you don’t need to be mopped.
Lastly, Clear Zones are areas you mark on the map, which could be set for a smaller clear. Marking up a eating desk or kitchen prep zone, for instance, I might shortly sort out these areas with out having to do a full clear.
Reasonably than simply beginning a clear, iRobot works with Jobs. A Job helps you to set which map you need to use, which rooms and/or zones you need to sort out, and the cleansing mode: vacuum or vacuum and mop; the quantity of liquid to make use of for mopping; and what number of passes.
A Job generally is a one off, however I might save my favourites. That’s useful, as I might have a fast clear Job, after which one which does two passes for a deeper clear. My favorite jobs have been then out there as shortcut buttons, or I might begin them utilizing Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.
In addition to beginning every job manually, the iRobot Roomba Combo J7+ has schedules. These can be utilized to begin a job at a selected time, however you too can use geolocation to begin a clear on particular days whenever you depart the home.
- Glorious navigation
- Highly effective suction
- Common mopping
Placing the iRobot Roomba Combo J7+ to work, I added a teaspoon of flour to my take a look at carpet. I discovered that this degree of mess required two passes, after which the vast majority of the dust had been picked up, with only a hint quantity left. That’s good going for such an quantity of mess and exhibits that this robotic is a succesful cleaner on carpet.
Shifting to the onerous ground take a look at, I began with a teaspoon of flour in the midst of the room. This posed no downside for the robotic, which picked up each little bit of mess in a single go.
My edge take a look at didn’t show to be really easy for the iRobot Roomba Combo J7+. Right here, the robotic left rather a lot behind on a single go.
Working the iRobot Roomba Combo J7+ once more, the outcomes have been higher, however the robotic didn’t get proper as much as the sting. Positive, my take a look at used much more dust than would usually be discovered on the ground however I’ve had rival robots, such because the Roborock S8, do significantly better right here.
For mopping, I trod some mud in from outdoors. This brisker sort of mess was straightforward sufficient for the robotic to scrub. Deeper messes proved fairly a bit tougher, because the mop right here doesn’t agitate or transfer.
The tip result’s a extra fundamental job: good for flippantly dirty flooring, however you probably have pets or youngsters that trample dust by the home, a robotic with agitating cleansing cloths will show to be a greater guess.
Navigation is good on this robotic. Because of its digicam, it does an excellent job of avoiding frequent obstacles, comparable to footwear and energy cables. It additionally averted my pretend pet poop, skirting round it. There’s even a assure that this received’t occur: P.O.O.P (Pet Proprietor Official Promise). Within the first yr of possession, if the robotic fails to keep away from pet mess, iRobot will substitute your vacuum cleaner without spending a dime.
On the finish of every clear, the robotic provides an outline of what it’s achieved and the place obstacles have been discovered; you possibly can overview and clear up.
Battery life is spectacular, with the iRobot Roomba Combo j7+ having sufficient juice to cowl my total downstairs space, and nonetheless having sufficient energy left to sort out spot cleans. Usually talking, there’s sufficient battery life to cowl any space.
Must you purchase it?
You’ve got a troublesome format and a mixture of carpet and onerous flooring
This robotic has good navigation, and it may effortlessly change between onerous flooring and carpets.
You need deeper mopping
For actually soiled flooring, a robotic vacuum cleaner with an agitating mop is a more sensible choice.
Some robots are higher at mopping, and I’ve seen others with higher edge efficiency. Nevertheless, it’s the mixture that counts right here.
With its auto-retracting mop, the iRobot Roomba Combo J7+ is extra agile and higher at coping with blended environments than any of its rivals. It’s additionally very highly effective on carpet, and has an excellent app that allows you to save your favorite presets for fast recall.
For houses with extra flippantly dirty onerous flooring in some areas, and deeper carpets in others, this is a superb alternative. You probably have principally onerous flooring or simply carpets, take a look at my information to the most effective robotic vacuum cleaners.
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The J mannequin must be emptied manually; the J+ has the self-empty station.
Sure, detergent could be added to the water tank.
First Reviewed Date
Vacuum cleaner sort
iRobot Roomba Combo J7+
338 x 339 x 87 INCHES
iRobot Roomba Combo J7+
Robotic vacuum and mop
Roomm-size, each day clear, further clear
120 minutes min
1x aspect sweeper, twin rubber ground rollers