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What to Know about iRobot's's New Roomba j9+ Models with iRobot OS Intelligence

iRobot introduces new robot vacuums with Robot OS 7.0 and new features like DirtDetective Intelligence, SmartScrub and Clean.

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Recently, GearBrain met with the iRobot team to learn about their new robotic vacuums and the operating system that will assist their robotic vacuums in cleaning your home more effectively and efficiently. In this article, you will learn how iRobot puts more controls and intelligence into the robot vacuum instead of the cloud. And how their new robot vacuum can understand the context of your home and identify objects, including pet waste. It even has the intelligence to avoid running it over during its cleaning run. So, if you are considering buying a robotic vacuum, read this article. It will give you valuable insights into what iRobot offers and how their robot vacuums differ from other manufacturers.

Earlier this month, iRobot introduced two of its most innovative and powerful models that solve pitfalls faced by competing robots–the flagship Roomba Combo j9+ robot vacuum and mop and the Roomba j9+ robot vacuum. Taking automation and cleaning performance to a new level, the Roomba Combo j9+ includes a new Clean Base Auto-Fill Dock that automatically empties debris and replenishes the robot with liquid. iRobot also unveiled iRobot OS 7.0, their new operating system, which includes the addition of Dirt Detective and SmartScrub, features that redefine cleaning automation. The Roomba Combo j9+ and Roomba j9+ join the recently announced Roomba Combo j5+ and Roomba Combo i5+ as iRobot's expanded fleet of robot vacuums and mops that give everyone a better way to clean the way they want.

 iRobot Roomba j9+ robot vacuum and mop cleaning the kitchen floor iRobot Roomba j9+ robot vacuum and mop cleans the kitchen floor with help from AlexaiRobot

In 2023, leveraging its advanced testing facility, iRobot created a comprehensive testing methodology focused on what matters most when it comes to a robotic floor cleaner: cleaning efficacy, cleaning reliability, automatic cleaning control, and craftsmanship. Extensive iRobot internal testing and benchmarking revealed common competitive robot pitfalls in real-life cleaning scenarios, including stained rugs due to dirty mop pads that are unable to lift high enough, getting stuck due to inadequate obstacle avoidance and hardware shortcomings, and the inability of a robot to get more intelligent by learning from previous cleaning missions and through software updates. Combining beautifully designed hardware and intelligent software, iRobot is tackling these real-life challenges, providing customers with a superior cleaning experience.

"iRobot understands that customers need to trust a robot will deliver on the promise of automated cleaning. If a robot is continually getting stuck, losing its way, smearing carpeted surfaces with wet mop pads and so on, customer's trust in that product breaks down," said Colin Angle, chairman and CEO at iRobot. "The new Roomba Combo j9+ and Roomba j9+ tackle competing product shortcomings head-on with superior engineering, iRobot OS intelligence, and thoughtful digital experiences. They are designed so you can trust your robot will get the job done right."

iRobot OS 7.0–Cleans Your Home Exactly Like You Would

Based on customer's habits, homes, and seasons, iRobot OS 7.0 combines insights and technology to create a personalized cleaning experience tailored to their unique needs and preferences–while giving them control right from the iRobot HomeApp. With iRobot OS 7.0, iRobot is introducing new digital technologies, Dirt Detective and SmartScrub, for the Roomba Combo j9+ and Roomba j9+.

"Since unveiling iRobot OS, we have continued to bring new features and cleaning experiences to customers, providing them with ways to intelligently and effortlessly clean the way they want," continued Angle. "With Dirt Detective, iRobot is setting its products apart from the competition by introducing a one-of-a-kind cleaning experience. Dirt Detective lets our most powerful and intelligent robots know where the dirtiest areas of the home are–and the best way to clean those areas. This level of intelligence lets customers forget about planning their cleaning mission entirely, knowing that their robot will clean exactly like they "would."

Dirt Detective: Plans, Predicts, and Drives a Superior Cleaning Experience

 iRobot Roomba j9+ robot vacuum and mop and a smartphone showing Dirt DetectiveDirt Detective feature comes with iRobot Roomba j9+ robot vacuum and mopiRobot

A floor cleaning robot should be smart and efficient, getting the right to the dirtiest rooms first and thoughtful enough to know, for example, that cleaning a bathroom floor with a mop pad should happen last. Powered by iRobot OS, first-of-its-kind Dirt Detective intelligence lets the Roomba Combo j9+ and Roomba j9+ automate where it cleans based on their cleaning history, so customers don't have to think about it. It learns from past cleaning missions to automatically prioritize dirtier rooms and adjust settings like suction, cleaning passes, and scrubbing. DirtDetective brings

  • Cleanliness Assessment: Roomba Combo j9+ and Roomba j9+ customers can now check their iRobot Home App for a room-by-room assessment of their home's cleanliness. iRobot OS tracks historical cleaning missions and dirt events to assess which rooms need the most attention during the next cleaning job.
  • Dirty Room Prioritization: With Dirt Detective, the Roomba Combo j9+ and Roomba j9+ can now prioritize where to vacuum and mop or just vacuum. Based on which room you don't need and the frequency of dirt events, Dirt Detective will automatically clean the dirtiest rooms–those that haven't been cleaned as recently and need more attention. Dirt Detective also makes it possible for the Roomba Combo j9+ robot vacuum and mop to automatically clean the bathroom last so those messes don't get spread around the home.
  • Cleaning Preferences: Dirt Detective creates a customized cleaning plan based on room and floor type, automatically giving customers a deeper clean in higher trafficked rooms and a lighter clean in less demanding areas. It lets the Roomba Combo j9+ and Roomba j9+ know it should make two cleaning passes in the kitchen, increase its vacuuming power on carpeted areas, and apply gentler suction on hallway floors. It also enables the Roomba Combo j9+ to mop more areas where it's needed automatically and less in places it's not–and to provide extra scrubbing.

SmartScrub–Power and Pressure for a Pristine Clean

photo of  iRobot Roomba j9+ robot vacuum and mop cleaning bathroom floorUse SmartScrub feature with iRobot Roomba j9+ robot vacuum and mopiRobot

Some areas of the home need a deeper cleaning–like a mudroom full of pawprints or kitchen tiles. With iRobot OS 7.0 updates, new Roomba Combo j9+ and existing Roomba Combo j7+ customers will be able to enable SmartScrub in targeted rooms, and their robot will scrub back and forth with consistent downward pressure to eradicate messes. SmartScrub tackles stubborn messes like grime with 2x deeper scrubbing.

"In addition to one-of-a-kind intelligence provided by iRobot OS 7, we're also pleased to be expanding our product lineup with the addition of 2-in-1 robots for everyone and our most powerful and smartest yet," said Barry Schliesmann, chief product officer at iRobot. "The Roomba Combo j9+ and Roomba j9+ rely on a range of proprietary cleaning technologies to ensure they are best-in-class at picking up everything from fine dust to stubborn dirt and hair embedded deep into carpets and floors–and at finishing the job they set out to do without getting stuck. They also look beautiful and fit seamlessly into people's homes."

Roomba Combo j9+ Robot Vacuum and Mop–More Power and Intelligence Than Ever

 iRobot Roomba j9+ robot vacuum and mop avoiding dog poop iRobot Roomba j9+ robot vacuum and mop comes with intelligence to avoid pep poop.iRobot

The Roomba Combo j9+ robot vacuum and mop reign supreme in its class, designed to tackle dirt, pet fur, and debris with unmatched precision. Its 4-stage Cleaning System and unique Dual Rubber Brushes provide 100% more powerful suction and pressurized scrubbing action. And unlike competing 2-in-1 robot vacuums and mops that barely lift their mop pads, if at all, iRobot's D.R.I. (Dry Rug Intelligence) means customers can trust that their Roomba Combo j9+ will keep even high-pile rugs clean and dry. This is made possible because of its unique Auto-Retract Mopping System that lifts the mop to the robot's top when detecting carpet, preventing wet messes.

Advanced iRobot OS technology captures an accurate map of the home 7x faster and automatically names rooms. It also allows the Roomba Combo j9+ to recognize and maneuver around clutter like shoes, wires, backpacks, clothes, pets, and even solid pet waste, giving customers more confidence that it will complete the job.

With DirtDetective, the Roomba Combo j9+ anticipates cleaning needs for every room in the home, automatically customizes settings, and cleans the dirtiest rooms first based on insights from cleaning history. Hence, customers never need to plan where to clean. SmartScrub adds elbow grease to the mop to tackle stubborn messes on hard floors, working back and forth while applying downward pressure.

"Customers want a thoroughly scrubbed floor and carpets to stay clean and dry. Combining SmartScrub with our exclusive Auto-Retract Mopping System, iRobot is the only product on the market to do both. By lifting its mop to the top, the robot serves as a drip shield, separating the mop pad from the floor when not in use and preventing it from transferring wet messes to carpets and rugs," concluded Schliesmann.

Roomba Combo j9+ Clean Base Auto-Fill Dock

how  iRobot Roomba j9+ robot vacuum and mop's Clean Base worksSee how Clean Base for iRobot Roomba j9+ robot vacuum and mop works.iRobot

The new, stylish Clean Base Auto-fill Dock does more than ever to support the Roomba Combo j9 Series robot vacuum and mop. It empties debris for up to 60 days and refills liquid for up to 30 days for autonomous cleaning. Beautifully crafted from premium materials with a wood-like top to double as a usable surface, the Clean Base Auto-fill Dock also includes a place to store extra bags and mop pads. iRobot's quietest Clean Base has been thoughtfully engineered to produce less noise while emptying debris and refilling liquid.

Roomba j9+ Robot Vacuum–#1 Robot Vacuum for Dirt and Dust Pickup

a photo of  iRobot Roomba Combo j9+ robot vacuum and mop iRobot Roomba j9+ robot vacuum and mopiRobot

iRobot's most powerful and smartest robot vacuum, the Roomba j9+, is designed to thoroughly clean and freshen larger homes and those with furry pets. Based on years of cleaning research, it is designed and equipped with 100% more suction power, a longer-lasting battery, and more pet features than any other robot vacuum. With Carpet Boost technology, a 3-stage Cleaning System, and Dual Rubber Brushes, the Roomba j9+ automatically detects floor type. It adjusts its cleaning power, from sweeping dust to lifting and removing trapped pet hair from deep carpets. When it's finished cleaning, the Roomba j9+ returns to the small and sleek Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal, emptying itself automatically for up to two months. Like the Roomba Combo j9+, Dirt Detective lets the Roomba j9+ analyze past cleaning preferences, patterns, and timing so it can automatically prioritize rooms that need the most attention and customize settings like suction and number of cleaning passes room-by-room.

Powered by iRobot OS and Imprint Smart Mapping technology, the Roomba Combo j9+ and Roomba j9+ understand more voice commands than other robot vacuum brands. Customers can pair their robot with Alexa, Google Assistant, or Siri and tell it to clean specific rooms or near objects like couches, counters, dining tables, or a stove. With PrecisionVision navigation, the Roomba Combo j9+ and Roomba j9+ can also identify what's ahead, and if there's an object it should avoid, it steers clear. This includes cords, pet bowls and toys, litter boxes, cats, dogs, and pet waste. iRobot's P.O.O.P (Pet Owner's Official Promise) guarantees a replacement if it ever sweeps over accidental pet messes.

iRobot's Commitment to Customer Data, Privacy, and Security

iRobot products and iRobot OS are backed by the commitment to customer privacy and data security. The company uses the highest data encryption standards to ensure customer data stays private and secure. Customer data is only used to improve their experience and their robot's performance. Customers may update their settings in the app at any time, empowering them to determine what information iRobot may access. iRobot does not, and will not, sell to customers.

iRobot's commitment to data security has earned it the substantial TÜV SÜD Cyber Security Mark, the first company worldwide to receive this level of certification.

How much do the new iRobot Roomba j9+ vacuums cost, and what is its availability

iRobot is a global company, and its products are available worldwide. For these new robot vacuums, if you live in North America, the RoombaCombo j9+ and Roomba j9+ are available today for pre-order in the U.S. and Canada on and at select retailers like The Roomba j9+ will also be available as part of the iRobot Select membership program in Q3 2023.

Pricing starts as follows:

If you live outside of the US and Canada, the Roomba Combo j9+ and Roomba j9+ are available for pre-sale in Europe today, with availabilotheiRobot'sdatat'iRobot's markets throughout September and Q4 2023. iRobot OS7.0 updates are currently rolling out to customers worldwide.


As you can see, iRobot has been very busy this past year and has listened to their customers on what they want and kept an eye on the problems in the industry. And at GearBrain, we agree with iRobot that consumers should trust that their floor-cleaning robot is intelligent enough to avoid making its own mess. It should be smart enough to finish its job without interruption and clean the way you want it to clean your smart home. In the coming weeks, we hope to test their new Roomba j9+ and report on how well it performed cleaning a house with regular connectivity. In the interim, if you are looking for a reliable, smart, and effective robot vacuum, we recommend you look at iRobot's Roomba j9+. It could be the one for your home.

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