Today, iRobot announced its first joint robot vacuum and mop, the Roomba Combo j7+, along with updates to iRobot OS 5.0. The Roomba Combo j7+ is available for pre-sale in the US on the iRobot website, with shipments starting on October 4. The Roomba retails for $1,099.
This Roomba retains the same elegant and beloved design of the Roomba j7+, with the main improvement of the mop. Roomba can vacuum and mop in one sweep thanks to the addition of a retractable mop pad that lifts itself to the top of the robot when it encounters carpet and rugs.
iRobot says the retractable mop is what sets it apart from competing autonomous 2-in-1 vacuums that can make a mess if you accidentally wet your carpet. The two fully retractable arms are made of metal to ensure its durability.
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“Until today, many 2-in-1 robot vacuums and mops delivered a poor user experience, either because they required separate, time-consuming cleaning jobs or created more mess by not fully raising the cleaning pad high enough to avoid carpets and rugs,” said Keith Hartsfield, chief product officer at iRobot.
The Roomba Combo j7+ first vacuums carpets and then vacuums and cleans hard floors. Using advanced sensors, the robot can detect different types of floors.
iRobot’s latest operating system along with the robot’s PrecisionVision navigation system allows the Combo j7+ to recognize and avoid over 80 common objects, such as cat litter boxes, chords, or your furry pet who insists on getting in the robot’s way.
You can also pair the robot with your voice assistant and tell it to clean certain rooms or to clean items in your home, like the spot on the dining room table where your messy eater sits.
Finally, to seamlessly control where, how and when your robot begins its task, you can use the iRobot Home app. In the app, you can even tell Roomba the amount of cleaning solution you want your mop to spray.
The Roomba Combo j7+ will be sold with its Clean Base, which allows the Roomba Combo j7+ to empty the dirt and debris it collects into a sealed bag that does not need to be replaced for up to 60 days.
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You can pre-order the Roomba Combo j7+ in the US on the iRobot website for $1,099 USD. Deliveries will begin on October 4th.
The The Roomba j7+ with self-draining base retails at $799.99 and Braava jet m6 Robot Mop retails from $399.99 to $449.99, depending on color. While the price of the Roomba Combo j7+ may seem like a lot compared to just the vacuum, both items bundled together on iRobot’s website cost $1,249.98, a higher price point without the convenience of having both items bundled into one unit.