iRobot has announced a couple of new mid-range vacuum cleaners that have some of the advantages of its top-of-the-range models but also some trade-offs. They’re the $ 599 i3 Plus, which comes with the company’s automatic bin emptying station, which can hold 60 days of dirt, and the old $ 399 i3, which doesn’t have an emptying station but is otherwise identical.
The big drawback of these vacuum cleaners over iRobot’s more expensive models – i7 Plus and i7 ($ 799 / $ 599 with and without automatic emptying) and s9 Plus and s9 ($ 899 / $ 1,099, ditto) ̵
But the i3s get all the features that come with the company’s recent AI-assisted update, referred to as iRobot Genius Home Intelligence. These are less useful but still practical, with the iRobot app offering cleaning schedule suggestions based on past cleaning routines and the option for smart home automation. So, if you use a location service like Life360 or have a smart lock, you can connect it to Roomba so that it starts cleaning every time you leave the house (if you leave the house a lot these days).
From a hardware point of view, the design is completely in line with the other current iRobot models while the cleaning system is the same as that of the i7s. Both models are now available in the US and Canada and will hit international markets in the first quarter of next year.