Choosing between a Roomba i7+ vs Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 930?
- Choosing between a Roomba i7+ vs Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 930?
- What’s In This Robot Vacuum Comparison?
- Roomba i7+ vs. Deebot Ozmo 930: How Do They Compare
- Roomba i7+
- Deebot Ozmo 930
- Cleaning Ability
- Control and Scheduling
- Specifications Comparison
- Roomba i7+ vs Deebot Ozmo 930: Which One Should You Buy?
- PUT YOUR FLOOR CLEANING ON AUTOPILOT
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This in-depth comparison of the new Roomba i7+ and the Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 930 will help you decide which smart robotic vacuum cleaner is best for your floor cleaning needs.
Both are great choices if you are looking for a WiFi-connected robot vacuum with smart floor mapping, remote app control, and Alexa/Google Assistant capability.
What’s In This Robot Vacuum Comparison?
This is the battle of smart robot vacuums from Ecovacs and iRobot.
Ecovacs brings to the arena the surprisingly affordable laser-equipped Ozmo 930 robot vac.
Abilities include dual vacuuming + mopping functionality, LIDAR-powered floor mapping, app control, and monitoring and smart home integration.
From iRobot, we have the brand new Roomba i7+ robot vacuum cleaner packed with new features and tech.
It boasts intelligent floor mapping, automatic dirt disposal, remote app control, and monitoring, smart home integration, multiple floor plans, and a revamped 3-stage cleaning system.
Which bot wins?
Read on to find out.
Roomba i7+ vs. Deebot Ozmo 930: How Do They Compare
Both robots have the traditional rounded design you get with almost every robotic vacuum cleaner. But the Ozmo 930 is thicker and heavier.
Roomba i7+ Design
Despite adding several new features, the Roomba i7+ has not gotten any thicker.
It measures 3.6” high, similar to other Roomba models. It can clean under most furniture without getting stuck.
The robot retains the same minimalist design with only three buttons on top for cleaning, docking and spot cleaning.
But unlike other Roombas and the Ozmo 930, the buttons are touch-sensitive.
You no longer have to worry about physical buttons getting stuck because of debris.
Turn the robot over, and you’ll find that iRobot has added a splash of vibrant green to the underside, most of it on the dual roller brushes.
The robot is 13.34”wide and 7.44lbs heavy. It’s around 0.5” smaller and 3lbs lighter than Ozmo 930.
It’s also smaller and lighter than the robot it replaces – the Roomba 980. I’m not sure where they’ve cut the weight while still adding new features.
What has undoubtedly gotten much bigger is the home base.
There’s a tall bin that rises above the charging dock. This is where the robot automatically transfers collected debris.
Deebot Ozmo 930 Design
As robot vacuums go, the Ozmo 930 is big and heavy.
The first thing you’ll notice immediately you see it is the round thingy at the top.
That’s the Laser Distance Sensor or LDS. It’s what the robot uses to scan and draw up a map of your floor.
That’s great, but it comes at a sacrifice.
The disc sticks out above the robot, preventing it from cleaning under most furniture.
According to Ecovacs, the Ozmo 930 will not go under any furniture with a clearance of less than 4.3”.
The robot’s design is as minimalist as Roomba’s if not more.
It has just a single button on top which you use to activate and pause cleaning. As you’ll see shortly, that’s not exactly a good thing.
The underside looks markedly different from Roomba’s underbelly.
The roller brush is shorter and pushed up towards the middle of the robot. The water reservoir takes most of the space.
It also has two side brushes (Roomba has just one).
Regarding raw cleaning power, Roomba i7+ has the edge over Ozmo 930.
The Roomba has more suction power, and the improved brush system allows it to pick up more debris and pet hair than most other robot vacuums.
It’s also hard to beat the new self-disposal feature.
Ozmo 930 has the advantage of dual mopping and vacuuming functions. It’s the obvious choice if you need mopping.
Roomba i7+ Cleaning Ability
Many of the improvements in the Roomba i7+ are centered on improving cleaning performance.
Suction power has been boosted significantly. iRobot says the i7+ is ten times as powerful as the 600 series Roomba models.
They have also made the dual brush system much more effective in agitating dirt, picking up pet hair and pushing debris inside the vacuum.
The robot is especially good on carpets.
The brushes can pick up pet hair and dander while the powerful suction can pick up even the finest of debris that most other vacuums leave behind.
But the best and most exciting new cleaning feature is automatic dirt disposal.
Robot vacuums, for all their convenience, still leave you to do the dirty work at the end emptying and cleaning the bin.
No more of that with the Roomba i7+.
When the vacuum goes back to the home base to dock, it automatically transfers collected debris into the large Clean Base above the charging dock.
iRobot says the large bin can hold up to 30 binfuls of dirt from the robot vacuum. Depending on how big your home is and how dirty it gets, you can go 1-2 months without emptying the bin.
The downside of this new convenience is that you need to buy replacement dirt disposal bags. The robot will come with 2, but you’ll need a new pack after a couple of months or so.
A pack of 3 costs $15, which is fairly pricey. But one pack is enough for 3-6 months, so you don’t have to buy them very often.
If you don’t want all these extra costs, get the base Roomba i7 model. It doesn’t have the dirt disposal feature, so you empty it like any other robot vacuum.
Deebot Ozmo 930 Cleaning Ability
Ozmo can vacuum and mop.
It does a great job vacuuming hard floors and carpeting. Suction power is not as powerful as Roomba’s, but it still picks up most of the dirt and pet hair from the floor.
The two side brushes extend the robot’s reach especially in corners and along the wall edges.
The roller brush, though smaller than in most other robot vacs, picks up pet hair easily.
But the bristles struggle a bit on the carpet. Unlike the rubber rollers on the Roomba, the bristles get tangled more easily.
Ecovacs thought of that and included a brilliant solution.
If the brush seems to be getting tangled too much, remove it and replace it with the direct-suction module.
This prevents tangling on pet hair and carpet fringes.
But it reduces the vacuum’s cleaning performance on the carpet since there is no roller brush to beat up debris and push it inside.
Overall, Roomba i7+ wins when it comes to vacuuming and pet hair.
Read our recently updated buying guide to see how the Roomba i7+ and Ozmo 930 compare to other robot vacuums that specialize in pet hair removal.
Where the Ozmo 930 has a big advantage is mopping.
It’s a true robotic mop and not one of those ‘mops’ that have just a mopping pad and no water tank.
Ozmo’s water tank is big enough to allow the robot to mop several rooms before the water runs out.
To start mopping, you simply attach the included mopping pad on the underside and fill the tank with water.
The water is released in measured amounts by an electric pump. You can adjust the amount of water released in the app to suit your type of floor.
Both robots are equipped with smart mapping and navigation, allowing them to clean quickly and efficiently without missing spots.
But Roomba’s iAdapt 3.0 system is slightly more advanced, and its maps are easier to use.
Roomba i7+ Navigation
The Roomba i7+ comes with iRobot’s sensor and camera-powered iAdapt® 3.0 and vSLAM® navigation systems.
On its first cleaning run, the robot maps out your home and generates a floor plan which you can access via the app.
One big upgrade they’ve made from the Roomba 980 is that you can now interact with the map.
You can draw lines to separate sections into different rooms and label the rooms.
Then when you don’t want the robot to clean the entire house, you simply select which rooms you want it to clean.
You can have multiple floor plans (up to 10) for different levels or homes.
The one thing you cannot do is designate virtual boundaries and no-go zones. The i7+ still uses the clunky virtual wall barrier that you get with other Roomba models.
The i7+ uses the usual set of sensors to detect objects in the way and avoid the stairs. It also has iRobot’s signature Dirt Detect sensor to focus on areas with a lot of dirt.
Deebot Ozmo 930 Navigation
The Ozmo 930 uses a Lidar system to scan your home and create a floor plan.
It’s the same laser-based system used in some driverless cars.
It produces a pretty accurate map. Unfortunately, you cannot define rooms on the map. You are stuck with what the robot draws up.
But you can draw virtual boundaries and indicate no-go zones on the map, something you cannot do with the Roomba i7+.
The biggest drawback with Ozmo’s navigation is that you cannot have multiple floor plans. This is a big limitation for a home with multiple levels.
But I think it’s something they can fix with a firmware update. Neato did exactly that with the Botvac D7 robot vacuum.
What they can’t fix however is the useful-but-annoying protruding LDS sensor at the top that prevents the robot from navigating under furniture.
But at least it doesn’t bang into furniture, leaving notches as some other robot vacuums do. It has the usual set of sensors to detect the stairs and obstacles in its way.
It also has recharge and resume.
Control and Scheduling
The Roomba i7+ finally introduced a scheduling feature everyone had been asking for – room-based scheduling.
The Deebot Ozmo 930, despite having the ability to map different rooms, still has very limited scheduling.
As for control, both have away from home app control as well as Alexa/Google Assistant voice control.
Roomba i7+ Control and Scheduling
Like other Roombas, the i7+ is fairly easy to set up. No major problems are linking it to your phone and your home network.
Once you download the app and set up the WiFi connection, it’s easy to control and monitor it from your smartphone wherever you are.
You can start/stop cleaning, view the map and select cleaning areas and set a schedule.
There are also three touch buttons on the robot itself: Clean, Home (send the robot back to home base) and Spot Clean.
Scheduling is pretty easy and versatile.
You can set the robot to clean the entire level every day at a specific time or choose which rooms are going to be cleaned on certain days.
This is a seemingly obvious feature that has been missing from all mapping robots. Props to iRobot for finally adding it.
Deebot Ozmo 930 Control and Scheduling
A lot of customers have complained that the Ozmo 930 is difficult to set up. It takes a few tries and probably a call to customer support before you get it to connect to your phone and home network.
Things get easier once you set it up but it still takes some time to get used to all the functions crammed in the app.
The sentiment from many customers and I agree with them, is that Ecovacs should have added a couple more buttons on the robot for basic functions.
But once you get used to the app, it’s easy to use.
You can set virtual boundaries, activate the recharge and resume mode, control water output during mopping, start cleaning remotely and set a schedule.
Talking of scheduling, the Ozmo 930 is a bit limited in that area.
Unlike the Roomba, you cannot designate which rooms will be cleaned on specific days. It cleans the entire house.
But this is something else I think they can fix with an over-the-air firmware update.
Here’s what you get with each robot vacuum.
- Charging station
- Clean Base
- Two dirt disposal bags
- Power cord for charging station
- 1 Dual mode virtual wall barrier
- Spare high-efficiency filter
- Spare side brush
Deebot Ozmo 930
- Robot vacuum
- Charging station
- Four side brushes (2 spares)
- Two mopping pads (1 spare)
- Direct suction module
- A sponge filter and high efficiency filter
Overall, I think the Deebot Ozmo 930 gives you better value for your money.
In terms of features and capability, the Roomba i7+ is the best, but it’s also quite expensive.
For around $400 less, you can get close to the Roomba’s cleaning performance and most of its smart features in the Ozmo 930.
It’s safe to say that Roomba i7+ is currently the best robot vacuum on the market.
It’s basically the benchmark for other brands hoping to create a quality robotic vacuum.
What we like most about the Roomba is that it’s still very easy and convenient to use despite having a lot of tech and smart features.
If anything, it’s easier to use than previous Roombas.
The new mapping feature completely changes what it means to clean with a Roomba.
From wherever you are, you can fire up the iRobot app and tell the robot to clean the kitchen and bedroom or the whole house.
The self-disposal feature is also a big game changer. No more getting your hands dirty emptying the bin.
The robot has maintained Roomba’s legendary cleaning performance. It’s actually better.
So while it is expensive, I think it is totally worth it. If you are comfortable with the price point, go for it.
Deebot Ozmo 930
The Ozmo 930 is essentially a cheaper Roomba i7+.
It has most of Roomba’s smart features and cleaning performance is almost comparable.
It only misses out on a couple of areas such as flexible scheduling and multiple floor plans. I really hope they’ll upgrade these areas soon with an update.
It would be a 5-star robot if they made setup a little bit easier.
But once you are past that part, you’ll be glad you bought the Ozmo 930.
It cleans really well, it’s smart, and it mops.
That’s why we think it is the best value for your money.
Deebot Ozmo 930
|Dimensions||13.34 inches width x 3.63 inches high||13.9 x 13.9 x 4 inches|
|Cleaning time||110 minutes||90 mins|
|Floor types||all except shaggy carpets||all|
|Remote app control||no||yes|
|Smart home compatible||no||yes|
|Bin size||1000 ml||350 ml|
|Smart mapping & navigation||no||no|
|Auto recharge and resume||yes||Only auto-recharge|
Roomba i7+ vs Deebot Ozmo 930: Which One Should You Buy?
The Roomba i7+ is the best choice if:
- You want the best of the best and don’t mind spending more to get it.
- You need help dealing with pet hair all over the floor.
- You want a completely hands-free experience – Roomba does all the work for you including emptying the bin.
- You have a multilevel home.
The Deebot Ozmo 930 is the best choice if:
- You are looking for an affordable smart robot vacuum that you can control from your smartphone.
- You want a robot cleaner that can vacuum and mop.
- You have a mid-size or large single-level home.