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iRobot Launches Vacuum-Mop Combination Robot

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September 27, 2022

Consumer robot vacuum maker iRobot has launched the Roomba Combo j7+, a hands-free 2-in-1 robot that simultaneously vacuums and mops with no wet carpet messes. The system is designed for homes with a mixture of carpets, rugs and hard floors, and those who want a robot vacuum that can also mop.

iRobot said the j7+ stands out from other 2-in-1 robots by vacuuming and mopping in a single cleaning job, saving time while keeping floors fresh and clean. This is made possible through a fully retractable mop pad that lifts itself to the top of the robot when it encounters carpet and rugs. The company also announced new features to its iRobot OS 5.0 software, including digital experiences that aim to improve intelligence and personalization across its portfolio of connected robots.

“iRobot OS provides the intelligence that powers our robots. It brings to life thoughtful and intelligent home products that respect, connect and understand the user’s home and lifestyle, helping our robots become a valued and trusted partner in the home,” said Colin Angle, chairman and CEO of iRobot. “The Roomba Combo j7+ perfectly marries iRobot OS intelligence with beautifully designed hardware to give customers a vacuum and mop solution like no other, capable of keeping carpet, rugs and hard floors cleaner and fresher every day, so customers can live their life. With Roomba celebrating its 20th birthday this year, iRobot OS is also giving our connected product lineup the gift of more intelligence, letting customers’ existing robots clean in new ways.”

“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 lifting the mopping pad high enough to avoid carpet and rugs,” said Keith Harsfield, chief product officer at iRobot. “The Roomba Combo j7+ uniquely solves both of these challenges. And thanks to iRobot OS, your Roomba Combo j7+ will get smarter over time because it will automatically download new capabilities whenever we release them. So, when new enhancements are developed, your robot gets them too, like magic.”

Roomba Combo j7 400x400 1Unlike other 2-in-1s, the Roomba Combo j7+ vacuums rugs and carpets first and then vacuums and mops hard floors concurrently, saving users time by cleaning the area in a single job, said iRobot. Using advanced sensors, the robot can detect various floor types. When the Roomba Combo j7+ approaches carpet and rugs, its fully retractable mop arms lift the wet pad to the top of the robot – in a similar way that a convertible raises its roof – preventing wet messes (see photo, right).

With the robot’s PrecisionVision Navigation system, customers don’t have to worry about cleaning up before the cleaning begins, the company added. The Roomba Combo j7+ recognizes more than 80 common objects, which enables the robot to clean more specific places on command, like around kitty litter boxes, toilet bowls, dishwashers and more. It also allows the robot to detect and avoid floor hazards such as cords, clothes, shoes, socks, backpacks, pet bowls, pet toys and solid pet waste. To make cleaning even easier, the robot can be paired with a voice assistant, allowing users to tell the robot to clean specific rooms or by specific objects in the home. iRobot said the j7+ understands approximately 600 voice commands, and users can also customize cleaning jobs through the iRobot Home app, choosing which rooms should be vacuumed and mopped or vacuumed only, as well as adjusting the amount of cleaning solution they want the mop to dispense.

For vacuuming, the j7+ also comes with the Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal system, which allows the robot to empty the dirt and debris it collects into an enclosed bag that doesn’t need to be replaced for up to 60 days.

The Roomba Combo j7+ is now available for presale in the U.S. for $1,099 at the iRobot website, with shipments beginning Oct. 4. Canadian customers will be able to purchase the robot on Oct. 4. Other international markets, including Europe, will have availability throughout Q4 2022, the company said.

For more details on the j7+, visit the iRobot website here.

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