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Rumba i3 + Robot Vacuum Test: The comfort of a vacuum base at a "low" price

Rumba i3 + Robot Vacuum Test: The comfort of a vacuum base at a “low” price

The Rumba i3 + doesn’t actually recreate the wheel, but the cloth cover on top of it still allows for a little originality. However the hub is wrapped in plastic, and we find three regular commands that allow the vacuum cleaner to return to its base and perform a classic or targeted cleaning without going through the mobile app.

The Rumba i3 + features the classic trio of buttons above.

Unlike there is no camera here Rumba i7 + It will be fitted. So he travels as “blind” but can rely on various sensors, especially at the level of his front bumper, to help him navigate and circumvent obstacles.

Many sensors help detect the Rumba I3 + vacuum

Anti-fall sensors are visible under the bumper of the Rumba i3 +.

Since we are talking about obstacles, the Rumba I is 3 + 9.2 cm high, so keep in mind that most of the legs can go under the furniture.

The Rumba i3 + is thin enough to fit under very free standing furniture

The Rumba i3 + has the perfect size to fit under most free standing furniture.

It comes with a suction base similar to the Rumba i7 +. It is about 50 cm high and the robot’s footprint increases by ten centimeters.

Rumba i3 + in its vacuum basement

Rumba i3 + in its vacuum basement.

In short, it is necessary to provide a gap of about 40 x 50 cm from the floor, not forgetting to take into account the height of the foundation. Good point, this platform provides a system for twisting the power cable on the back. So it is easy to cover if the socket is not too far away.

The power cable blows air around the back of the suction base.

The power cable blows air around the back of the suction base.

Link and application

Once the Rumba i3 + Base is connected, it should definitely be connected to the home WiFi network. To do this, download the iRobot app available on Android and iOS devices. It goes very well with the user in different steps to follow and the process does not take more than a few minutes. You can create one or two columns or start Rumba I3 + remotely by asking to respect the time limit and program it to clean the house at limited time intervals per week. The iRobot app can be used to integrate with third-party services such as IFDT to access the location of the smartphone and clean up as soon as the user leaves the house, but a little more.

Rumba i3 + programming options are limited

Rumba i3 + programming options are not very comprehensive.

If Rumba i3 + provides maps after each cleanup, they are only based on its movements. They do not have to show entire rooms – inaccessible areas do not appear – and do not open the way to any programming options, and offer sophisticated models, in particular, there are virtual barriers to cleaning an area. However, this application makes it possible to follow the status of the robot, to be alert in the event of a problem, and to receive maintenance advice, and we note the compatibility with Google Home and Amazon Alexa to operate the aircraft by voice.

The application provides maps of each cleaning perfectly and also provides maintenance advice

Rumba i3 + is very easy to maintain. Like his big brother, he uses rubber brushes to pick up dirt on the floor rather than nylon brushes, which are more likely to complicate scratches and hair. These brushes are also easy to remove, and they can be partially removed. Note that Europot advises to change them every 6 to 12 months.

Rumba I3 + is viewed from below.

Rumba I3 + is viewed from below.

Rumba i3 + has a collector and it is easy to access. It is located on the rear bumper and is extracted using a button placed next to it.

A button opens the collector on the back of the robot.

A button opens the collector on the back of the robot.

A hatch is provided for convenience of emptying, and it can also be washed in water once the side filter is removed. So this can be easily cleaned and replaced if needed.

Rumba i3 + Collector is ready to be emptied and cleaned.

Rumba i3 + Collector is ready to be emptied and cleaned.

Of course, the suction base that comes with Rumba i3 + is made to control actions with the collector. According to Eurobot, it can hold vacuum dirt in a bag for up to 30 days and can be replaced once it is filled. We appreciate its tab structure separating it from the base and closing the bag to pass through, thus ensuring that no dust escapes during operation. The only downside is that you have to buy bags. They are sold in 3 sets for about twenty euros on Europot.

The suction base opens and empties very easily.

The suction base opens and empties very easily.

Note that the manufacturer has provided a link to its parts and accessories store in its use, and it also draws attention to the maintenance of the front wheel and fall anti-sensors of the Rumba i3 +.

Side brush and anti-fall sensors should also be serviced.

Side brush and anti-fall sensors should also be serviced.

Without a rangefinder or camera, the Rumba i3 + could not find its way around a room, but that would not prevent it from being proper in cleaning. To do this, he squares the space in straight lines from one end of the room to another or in demarcated areas, depending on the obstacles he faces. If cables and other small objects are not a problem for him – it is necessary to pay attention to the very flexible cables and other strings that can get stuck on the wheels and brushes – obvious obstacles such as chair or table legs change course.

Instead of skipping them, the Rumba i3 + will usually return when you have the distance traveled in memory for the next rounds. Before moving on to the other side of the room, he waits to cover this zone at all widths and will start again by continuing in the same way. Carpets are generally considered a separate area. This navigation method may seem very basic, but Rumba i3 + forgets a few parts, while it rarely returns to where it already was, and can do so when deemed necessary.

The maps on the right show the same location, but the Rumba i3 + has some setbacks on the right.

The maps on the right show the same location, but the Rumba i3 + has some setbacks on the right.

In fact, with Dirt Detect technology, vacuum cleaners remember areas that may require more focus on iron. They are also found in the form of small dark green squares on the cards formed at the end of the cycle in use from the movements of the vacuum cleaner. So it does not map the whole area, but it does give a good idea of ​​where it has been cleaned … to the point where it loses its bearings, without disturbing it during its rotation.

Overall, Rumba i3 + performs well in most rooms. However, it takes a little longer than other models to clean a single surface, and a lot of dirt is left in the corners. It is also necessary to think about clearing the corresponding columns in crowded rooms.

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