iRobot Roomba i4+ vs Roomba i6+

Further down the page, you’ll find some explanations regarding the key similarities and differences between the iRobot Roomba i4+ and the Roomba i6+.

But before checking out explanations regarding their design, cleaning performance, battery, and feature, here’s a table that summarizes the main technical summary sheet for these 2 robot vacuums:

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The Winner (#1)
iRobot Roomba i6+ (6550)...
The Runner-up (#2)
iRobot Roomba i3+ EVO...
Model
iRobot Roomba i6+
iRobot Roomba i4+
Weight
12 pounds
12 pounds
Suction Power
1800 Pa
1800 PA
Carpet boost
Cleaning Area
180m2
185m2
Dustbin Capacity
385 ml
400 ml
Hepa Filter
Battery Capacity
1800 mAh
2210mAh
Battery Life
90 min
100 min
Recharge & Resume
Mapping/ Path Planning
Mapping Sensor Type
LDS+camera
iAdapt 2.0
Multi-Floor Maps
Digital Blocked Areas
Zoned Cleaning
Scheduling
User Rating
Price
$580.00
$236.91
The Winner (#1)
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iRobot Roomba i6+ (6550)...
Model
iRobot Roomba i6+
Weight
12 pounds
Suction Power
1800 Pa
Carpet boost
Cleaning Area
180m2
Dustbin Capacity
385 ml
Hepa Filter
Battery Capacity
1800 mAh
Battery Life
90 min
Recharge & Resume
Mapping/ Path Planning
Mapping Sensor Type
LDS+camera
Multi-Floor Maps
Digital Blocked Areas
Zoned Cleaning
Scheduling
User Rating
Price
$580.00
More Info
The Runner-up (#2)
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iRobot Roomba i3+ EVO...
Model
iRobot Roomba i4+
Weight
12 pounds
Suction Power
1800 PA
Carpet boost
Cleaning Area
185m2
Dustbin Capacity
400 ml
Hepa Filter
Battery Capacity
2210mAh
Battery Life
100 min
Recharge & Resume
Mapping/ Path Planning
Mapping Sensor Type
iAdapt 2.0
Multi-Floor Maps
Digital Blocked Areas
Zoned Cleaning
Scheduling
User Rating
Price
$236.91
More Info

Design Comparison

Roomba i4+ measures 13.34 x 13.26 x 3.63 inches and weighs 12 pounds. Meanwhile, the Roomba i6+ measures 13.34 x 13.26 x 3.63 inches inches and weighs 12 pounds.

iRobot Roomba i4+ Robot Vacuum

Cleaning Performance Comparison

Suction Power & Noise

Both have a suction power of 1800 Pa and a noise level of 68 dba.

Robot’s ability to walk

With a cleaning area of 180 m2, Roomba i6+ has a smaller cleaning area than Roomba i4+, with a cleaning area of 185 m2.

Thanks to the 20 mm (0.78 in) climbing ability, both of them are suitable for thicker carpets and can easily overpass a door threshold (if below 2 cm).

Both robots are equipped with a bunch of sensors that prevent bumping into things, falling, and keeping them at a distance of 10 mm from walls and furniture.

Dirt treatment

iRobot Roomba i4+ and Roomba i6+ both have dirt detection sensors. It is a system that recognizes high-traffic spots making a cleaner go over these zones a few times until it is clean

With a 400 ml dustbin capacity, the iRobot Roomba i4+ can hold a little more dirt than the Roomba i6+, which has a capacity of 385 ml.

When the dustbin inside the Roomba gets full, the robot vacuum returns to the charging dock, the base sucks up the debris from the container. When the Roomba is done emptying, it returns to continue cleaning. The base holds up to 30 robot’s bins, so you don’t have to empty it for about a month.

Filters

Under the lids of both dustbins, there is a HEPA filter that makes the robot safe for people with allergies and asthma. The filters of both Roomba are not removable for washing, you should change the filter every three months.

Ability to suck and sweep

Carpet boost: Roomba i6+ has a sensor that can recognize carpets. When the vacuum is on the carpet, its suction power is increased to the maximum level automatically cleaning deeper.

Side brush: Both have a side brush made of rubber.

Unique Dual Multi-Surface Rubber Brushes don’t get tangled with pet hair. Brushes adjust and flex to stay in constant contact with carpets and hard floors.

Cleaning Brush: Both are equipped with a cleaning brush that has detachable tips and is easier to clean since hair mostly gets clogged around the edges. In addition, the newest brush has 250% more bristles providing a better pickup.

Ability to Mop the floor: Both devices can only sweep and vacuum

Battery Comparison

With 2210 mAh Lithium-Ion, Roomba i4+ can operate for about 100 minutes and takes 120 minutes to charge. Roomba i6+ uses a Lithium-Ion battery with a capacity of 1800 mAh that can work for about 90 minutes and takes 180 minutes to fully charge.

If both vacuums don’t finish all the work on a single charge, it will automatically return to the charging dock. Resume intends that the robot will resume from where it left off after charging is complete. This feature is perfect for large households where the robot cannot clean the entire house on a single charge

Feature Comparison

Mapping

Unlike robots that don’t have a map and move randomly until the battery runs out, Roomba navigate efficiently. It moves back and forth in straight lines methodically covering the cleaning area based on the map it generates.

Roomba i4+ uses a iAdapt 2.0 sensor to map your home layout; the Roomba i6+ uses a laser distance sensor (LDS or LIDAR) and also has built-in cameras. The camera suffers in dark rooms.

Roomba i4+ cannot store maps in memory. Roomba i6+ can store 10 different maps in memory.

Schedule activities

The Roomba i4+ only has basic scheduling features. You can only schedule it to work at a specific time and day of the week.

Roomba i6+ has an advanced scheduling feature. After mapping, you can divide the map into separate regions and give each area a name. With this feature, you can schedule cleaning by area, no-go zone, selected room cleaning, schedule, etc.

Roomba i4+ does not have a digital virtual wall creation feature but you can buy an additional virtual wall barrier to create a no-go zone.. meanwhile, Roomba i6+ is equipped with a digital virtual wall creation feature that helps create a no-clean zone, Zoned cleaning.

Zoned cleaning: The robot cleans within a particular zone

No-Go zone: keeps the Roomba off some zones

Room cleaning: can be ordered (or scheduled) to clean in a certain room or two.

Controls

Manually control it like a radio car. If you need the device to go to a specific spot, you can use the app remote control and manage its movements by sending it where you want to. Also, with the «Target Point» option you can tap on the map, and the robot will go to that place. Much easier than using the remote control.

Additionally, you can control the two robot vacuums by setting voice prompts through Amazon Alexa Support and Google Assistant Assistant.

Activity tracking

When Roomba finishes cleaning, you can view the results in the cleaning history. Both cannot be tracked in real-time, you cannot see its location while the robot is vacuuming.

Quick Rundown Of iRobot Roomba i4+

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  • CLEANS UP AFTER YOU, AND ITSELF - Forget about vacuuming for months at a time with the CLEAN BASE Automatic Dirt Disposal that allows the i3+ to empty itself for up to 60 days. AllergenLock Bags capture and trap 99% of pollen and mold.
  • POWERFUL PERFORMANCE & POWERFUL PICK-UP - Pulls in stubborn dirt & messes with a Premium 3-Stage Cleaning System & 10X the Power-Lifting Suction. Control how you clean with the iRobot HOME app or your voice assistant.
  • SMART NAVIGATION GETS THE JOB DONE - The i3+ navigates & maps your home in neat rows using state-of-the-art floor tracking sensors to vacuum hardwood & carpet.
  • GOES WHERE IT'S NEEDED, AVOIDS WHERE IT'S NOT - Reactive Sensor Technology tells the robot where it can & cannot reach, which means less getting stuck & more knowing where to go. Dirt Detect sensors, it can focus cleaning where it’s needed most.
  • LEARNS YOUR LIFE LISTENS TO YOUR VOICE - Learns your cleaning habits to offer up personalized schedules, while Google Assistant & Alexa allow you to start cleaning with just the sound of your voice.
Pros
  • Large cleaning area
  • Larger trash can capacity than the Roomba i6+
  • Large battery capacity
Cons
  • Unable to program advanced cleaning
  • Can make cleanup maps but cannot store multiple maps

Quick Rundown Of iRobot Roomba i6+

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  • 1 Roomba i6+ Robot Vacuum
  • 1 Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal
  • 1 Dirt Disposal Bag
Pros
  • Advanced cleaning programming
  • Store multiple maps after programming cleanup maps
Cons
  • Small battery capacity
  • Small cleaning area
  • Small trash capacity

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