New iRobot Roomba s9+ vacuum review

By reviews / 22. April 2020

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Roomba has made some pretty serious upgrades to its robot Roomba vacuum and its mop, and they can now work together as a team to clean your floors, sweeping up first, then mopping everything down. The new vacuum on the team is the iRobot Roomba s9+ and the mop is the all new iRobot Roomba m6. I’ll be reviewing both of them here on the channel, but in this post we’ll look at the new s9+ vacuum; what makes it new and better, and how it interacts with the mop.

What is iRobot Roomba s9+?

The new Roomba s9+ with Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal is a smartphone controlled robot vacuum with a large built-in dust bin (essentially a tiny garbage can) which is specifically called the Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal. The vacuum will clean all over your house, recharge itself when necessary, and empty its onboard dust bin into a sealed bag inside that Clean Base when it’s full, then go back out and clean some more.

Some of the other key upgrades over previous Roombas including the s7+ are:

Roomba s9+ hugs edges and gets into corners better with new squared-off front design, and PerfectEdge Technology that gets right up against trim, furniture and walls. I can say this new feature works very well and is definitely noticeable. The s9+ gets right up against everything from table legs to trim and does an even better job than before.
Advanced sensors, and a new corner brush specially designed with 5 angled arms (up from three in the previous s7+). This new corner brush more easily reaches into tight areas, meaning you’ll find a lot fewer missed crumbs.
Voice control with Google Home & Amazon Alexa

It’s possible to control your Roomba with Google or Alexa. I won’t get into the nitty gritty on how to do this, but the short and simple version involves linking your Roomba inside the Google Home app. Once connected, you can just say things like, ‘OK Google, start Roomba’, and it will be off and running.

I found the Google Home connectivity worked great, and I was able to command my m6 easily just by asking. It was quite convenient. Like asking your kids to vacuum the house, but without the pushback!

Which surfaces will iRobot Roomba s9+ clean?
The iRobot Roomba s9+ is designed to clean hard floors as well as carpets and rugs.

In my experience it does a great job of both types of surfaces. It gets a bit of a power boost on carpets to pull dirt from down in the fibres. On a day the Roomba s9+ has been working, I can see a noticeable difference in my floors when I come home.

What about Roomba dust bags?
For this robot to work correctly you do need iRobot Roomba’s special dirt disposal bags, which are essentially sealed vacuum bags.

They cost about $7CAD each and they keep all the dust, dirt and junk safely inside. In some previous Roomba models you needed to remove the onboard dust bin and physically open and empty it into the garbage, so this actually feels a lot cleaner and more sanitary.

How long before a bag fills up?

This obviously depends on how often you set your robot to clean but you should get up to about 30 cleanings before the bag is full. You’ll also get a notice from your iRobot app that it’s time to change the bag.

Additional Dirt Disposal Bags can be purchased for $19.99 CAD for a pack of three bags.

The Roomba s9+ can pick up everything from dust and dirt, to fine particles like flour and bigger debris like crumbs, cereal, nuts, and even crackers.

While it’s probably not getting as deep into longer carpet fibres as a regular vacuum, it does a great job keeping carpets and rugs tidy.

***how long does one charge last, how long will robot clean for

What about stairs, hazards and carpets?

How does iRobot Roomba s9+ work with iRobot BraavaJet m6?

As noted, one of the biggest new features of this vacuum is its ability to clean in tandem with the new iRobot Roomba m6. The pair can be set up so the mop will head out after the Roomba s9+ has done its job sweeping up first.

To get your bots working in tandem it’s back to the app. Hit the Clean button, and you’ll have the choice of scheduling just the mopping action, or adding a sweep first. If you choose to sweep first, the mop will wait until the Roomba s9+ robot vacuum has cleaned up, then it will automatically launch itself after.

The new Roomba BraavaJet m6, by the way, is an entirely redesigned Roomba mop . It maps, remembers rooms, lets you choose between reusable or disposable mopping pads and is the first iRobot mop that works together with the vacuum. But it also features a larger cleaning surface and full app connectivity and operation There’s a full review on the m6 here too.

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