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Got pets? This poop-avoiding Roomba — currently $301 off — means no more messes

The iRobot j7 robovac is our number-one choice for avoiding number-two calamities — and it's 50% off.

Don't you hate household appliances that make your life easier, except you still have to do an annoying prep step? Like having to clean your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher — what is that? Similarly, what good is investing in a robot vacuum to clean your floors for you if you first have to clear its path of every electrical plug, Lego, or piece of poop? That's right: poop. There's an entire book on the subject — and sometimes our beloved kitties and puppies, whether by accident or out of malicious spite, let it loose on our floors. But if we don't dispose of it pre-vacuuming, or if we're not around when our robovac sets off on a scheduled journey, we could come home to a smeary, fetid mess. Well, Roomba's j7 can put those fears to rest, and it's $301 off right now.

With the j7, you can now (literally) drop the kids off at the pool without worrying about coming home to a doo-doo disaster.

$299 at Amazon

Why is this a good deal? 💰

Roomba deals aren't hard to find, but one at such a steep discount is, so we couldn't keep it to ourselves. In fact, just a few days ago, it was over $80 more expensive, so, before the price reverts (again), snag it now while it's just over $300 off.

Why do I need this? 🤔

It's no secret that this Roomba's a serious powerhouse. In addition to its well-celebrated power, edge-sweeping brush, 3-Stage Cleaning System, and no-brainer programmability, this Roomba has special technology that allows the machine to avoid solid (or even not-so-solid — yuck!) objects in its way. Yes, you'll still have to pick up that special little present from your four-legged friend when you get home, but you won't be scrubbing away at yards-long skidmarks for hours, not to mention the grosser-than-gross job you'll have ahead of you cleaning the vac's pick-up mechanism and emptying its now cesspool-like waste reservoir. That'll have you wanting to evacuate ... your home, that is.

No worries, though, with the j7. And get a load of this pledge from the manufacturer: "Only iRobot brings you P.O.O.P. (Pet Owner Official Promise). You can rely on your Roomba j7 to avoid pet waste, or we’ll replace it for free." We gotta say: If they're trying to score brownie points with us, they've succeeded!

Black and silver iRobot Roomba j7
Amazon shoppers can't stop singing this Roomba's praises, but based on its very particular skill, we think maybe scatting would be more apt. (Amazon)

What reviewers say 💬

And we're not the only ones who are big fans — over 1,300 Amazon shoppers gave it a perfect rating and only continue to sing its praises.

Pros 👍

"Best Roomba in the lot," trumpeted the headline of one shopper's rave review. "It hasn't had any issues recognizing obstacles that it should avoid, living up to the P.O.O.P. promise."

But there are hundreds of five-star fans singling out the j7 for non-fecal-matter-related reasons too! Like this one, who calls it "Magic.... This is THE BEST! It’s a workhorse and I can turn it on from my phone! I can tell it to clean one room or 10. I have it programmed to clean just my kitchen floor every morning, so I wake up to a clean kitchen every day. It saves my back! I love it."

"We just got a rescue dog and she sheds like nothing I've ever seen," said another elated shopper. "Roomba j7 to the rescue; we got one for our upstairs and have an older Roomba on our main level. If I could have bought two or three, I totally would've! The improvements on Roomba health, camera, light…all totally worth it!"

Cons 👎

While most shoppers can't say enough positive things about Roomba itself, some have a few gripes with its app. "The vacuum itself seems to work as advertised," one reviewer noted. "All my issues are with the app... The app is a bit quirky and often does long pauses, particularly when using map features."

Other shoppers also noticed that it doesn't pick up pet hair as easily as expected on certain floor surfaces. "It works well on the laminate flooring, and picks up the cat and dog hair," another shopper added. "On the short pile carpet, it rolls the dog hair into clumps and leaves them. I run it every other day, but perhaps it needs to run every day to keep up with it."

They don't call it "fecal matter" for nothing — it matters that you, and your vacuum, steer clear of that most dreaded domestic oopsie.

$299 at Amazon

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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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