iRobot’s Newest robot The vacuum cleaners of the future are smarter, more efficient and better designed powerfulThe robot mop can also scrub your floor more thoroughly. At least, that’s what the company is Roomba launches its new flagship: The $1,399 Roomba Combo j9 Plus The $899 vacuum/mop Plus vacuum. Both models are available to Order now! In the US and Canada. iRobot has also launched two midrange models. robot Last week, vacuums can be used to mop.

iRobot is clearly feeling the pressure It is a step above its competitors. These new models have been designed with more intelligence, power and scrubbing ability. to Keep up with Ecovacs Roborock and Dreame who launch ever more amazing home cleaning bots.  

Let’s start with the Combo j9 Plus. The same mop retractable system is used as in the Combo j7The cleverly lifts the robot mop up and over the vacuum so it won’t touch your carpets. Most competitors address the problem of dirty mops being dragged over carpets. They do this by lifting their mop pads up a few mm, but that can cause problems with high-pile rugs.

The retractable mop was a great product when I tried it. Combo j7, but the actual mopping was only so-so — it didn’t really scrub, and it was easily outclassed by the oscillating mop pads and spinning mop heads of combo vacs from Roborock and others.

iRobot’s Answer: to SmartScrub is the name of this competition. is Actually quite clever. Rather than redesigning the mopping apparatus iRobot had the entire system. robot As you move, imitate the way a mop is used to scrub the floor.

It doesn’t do this in every room; SmartScrub combines with another new software feature called Dirt Detective (more on this later) to Target rooms are likely to Kitchens and entranceways are examples of places that might need it. You can choose. to It can be enabled room-by-room in the app. SmartScrub is the best part. is Also coming to You can also find out more about the following: Combo j7 Plus via a software update.

The Roomba Combo j9 Plus is iRobot’s The newest flagship robot This mop has higher suction power, a charging station that automatically refills the mopping tank and can be used as a table.
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You can also find out more about the following: Combo j9’s other new feature is a redesigned auto-empty / charging dock that now automatically refills the mop’s water tank. This dock has been redesigned to automatically refill the mop’s water tank. is When I reviewed the website, I found that there was something missing. Combo j7 PlusYou have to Refill the mop’s reservoir manually 

The lowest priced $899 j9 Plus is A version that uses only a vacuum Combo j9 Plus The dock is the same as that of the j7. The AI obstacle avoidance technology that was introduced to the Roomba range with the j7 — so will skirt common household clutter and the dog poop that robot Think about what vac companies do is It’s important to have a good home. It is important to note this feature uses a camera that’s on the vacuum.

The company says that the j9 also has a warranty of nine months. Plus models are Roomba’s most powerful to date. iRobot doesn’t release Pa numbers but says it’s 100 percent more powerful The i-series is more powerful than ever before. (That said, iRobot’s suction power claims sometimes feel deliberately obtuse — its website says both the j series and i series are 10 times as powerful The 600 series is the same as the s9. is 40 times More powerful. Assuming the J9 is Two times as good powerful as the i series, that’s still only Half the price As well as powerful The s9. We’ve reached out to (Please see iRobot to clarify.)

The new bots can avoid common household debris and dog poop. robot Think about what vac companies do is Our homes are covered in a thick layer of mud

Dirt Detective, a feature unique to iRobot OS Version 7.0, is included with both models. The Dirt Detective learns the dirty rooms in your house and cleans them first. iRobot has this to say analyzes past cleaning preferences, patterns, and timing to automatically prioritize rooms that need the most attention.

Dirt Detective is based on a feature that was introduced in iRobot OS 6.0. It uses its camera to identify room types. The app will then guess a kitchen if it sees a fridge, an oven, and other appliances. You can also find out more about the following: is You are smart enough to Know more to The bathroom should be cleaned last. This will prevent any bathroom debris from smearing onto your rug. 

You can also find out more about the following: Combo j9 Dock adds an additional water tank and storage space for bags and mop pads. It also has a wooden accent table.
Image: iRobot

The j9 Plus The dock is the same as the j7 Plus. It charges for the robot The bin is automatically emptied.
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A new docking station for the Combo j9 doesn’t have a dirty water tank — a feature on competitor docks from Roborock and Ecovacs. This is because it doesn’t clean the mop pad; instead, you’re expected to Remove it and wash. The docks will no longer be dirty and gunky, which can pose a real danger with the new multifunction ones if they are not kept clean. However, the Roomba’s mop pad is It’s smaller and thinner than the competitors’, so I was skeptical. to What will the effectiveness be?

iRobot is Now you can choose suction level options to Vacuums

Roomba’s current auto-empty dock, which remains for j9 Plus, is The docks are the most stylish, and look more like furniture. A fun twist is This is the new Combo j9 dock can also be a piece of furniture; they’ve designed the top to A side table is a good idea.

iRobot says that its new dock is also available. is much quieter than the previous version when auto-emptying — a process that on the current dock sounds a lot like a jet engine taking off in your living room. 

iRobot: Speaking of quiet is Now you can choose suction level options to The vacuum cleaners. Only on the j9 models can you now select between low, medium and high suction in the app. The app offers the same option for every other device. robot vacuum cleaner out there, iRobot hasn’t let users have this type of control before. The main advantage is being able to let your vacuum run on low when you’re home without it annoying you or your family members.

Dirt Detective, a feature of the Roomba J9 line, allows you to customize the settings for suction power as well as the number cleaning passes per room. 
Image: iRobot

I spoke to Colin Angle iRobot’s He explained the strategy for these new robots, before the launch. is to get back to The basics of robot vacuums. “The features you’re ‘supposed’ to want are spinning pads, lasers [lidar navigation], and long battery life,” He said. “But what you really need are cleaning, ease of use, and will it get back to the dock.”

He’s not wrong here — it doesn’t matter how many fancy features a bot has; if it gets stuck, it’s not going to Clean your house. In my testing of bots with spinning mops, I’ve noticed they are more prone to Big flappy mops that stick out of the side can be a trip hazard. But they are good at cleaning the floors. We’ll have to See if you can find out whether there is a Combo j9’s new scrubbing action will make up for that once I get these new models in for testing.