There is a lot to take in with the newly announced iRobot Roomba s9+ and the new Braava jet m6 robot mop – both of which can be initiated through Alexa or Google Assistant. Now, lets start with the new iRobot Roomba s9+ which is an upgraded Roomba i7 introduced last year, featuring the Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal that negates the need to empty the robot vacuum manually and only do so about once a week, by clearing the Clean Base’s bin.
Other features of the s9+ includes new ‘D’ shape form that allows it to get to corners more easily, a powerful new cleaning system with up to 40x suction over its predecessors, automatic detection of surface and employs Power Boost technology when required, a wider Dual Rubber Brushes, a specially designed 5-angled arm Corner Brush, PerfectEdge Technology Imprint Smart Mapping technology, advanced 3D sensor that continuously scan ahead at 25 times per second, and iAdapt 3.0 Navigation with vSLAM technology for seamless navigation of the home and keeping track of where it has cleaned and where it has yet to be cleaned.
As for the iRobot Braava jet m6, it basically has the same smart technologies of the s9+ with respect to navigation and mapping, but instead of sucking, it goes around doing wet mopping or dry sweeping, depending on the attachment. Braava jet m6 works on a variety of hard surfaces, including hardwood, tile, and stone, and features Precision Jet Spray (for mopping), electrostatic force to capture dirt, dust and pet hair (for dry sweeping), and Maximised-Edge design that allows it to mop/sweep right to the corners and edges.
Oddly, though, in a very environmentally-unfriendly move, Brava jet m6 comes with one-time use Wet Mopping pad and Dry Sweeping pad with option to purchase washable wet and dry cleaning pads separately. Well, that’s not very wise of iRobot, is it? Especially not when the machines themselves commands princely sums of… you may want to seat down for this one… $1,299 and $499 for the Roomba s9+ and Braava jet m6, respectively.
Pricey, they are, but we also have admit iRobot’s robotic cleaning equipment are arguably the most advanced in the industry. You won’t appreciate it until you use one that does not know where it has already cleaned and behaves more like a bumper car. We are particularly impressed by the Imprint Link Technology that enables Roomba s9+ and Braava jet m6 robots to vacuum and then mop in automatic sequence.
The iRobot Roomba s9+ and Braava jet m6 robot mop are available now in U.S. and Canada, and they will be available starting July in EU markets. But there are no words on other markets.
All images courtesy of iRobot.