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This midrange Roomba adds smarts and empties its own dustbin – CNET

The new Roomba i3 Plus can empty its dustbin.

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iRobot’s new $600 Roomba i3 Plus strikes an interesting balance between price and features. This robot vacuum cleaner offers some of iRobot’s most advanced features, like connectivity and automated bin emptying, but at a lower price than iRobot’s higher-end models. 

The Roomba i3 Plus is also compatible, at least partially, with the iRobot Genius Home Intelligence platform. The complete system combines a newly revamped mobile application with voice controls and sophisticated mapping and trap avoidance. To enjoy all those features, you still have to spend big bucks on either the Roomba s9 Plus ($1,100) or Roomba i7 Plus ($800).

The trade-off

The Roomba i3 Plus does provide suggested cleaning times (within the app) based on your cleaning history. The robot will also build a temporary map as it cleans. It uses this working floorplan to systematically navigate through spaces. It’s certainly more efficient than randomly bumping around the room. The vacuum also connects to your home network via Wi-Fi. You can control it through the app, and with basic voice assistant commands.

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