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Pet owners love this 'phenomenal' 2-in-1 iRobot vacuum — and it’s 41% off on Amazon

This vacuum/mop combo will keep your floors free of pet hair, dust and crumbs.

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Save a whopping 41 per cent on an iRobot Roomba Combo j5 Robot Vacuum & Mop on Amazon (Getty).

Life is messy. Throw kids, pets or an injury into the mix and staying on top of everyday debris becomes nearly impossible. That’s where a robot vacuum can come in handy. Even when you’re busy, you can send it off to suck up crushed Cheerios in the kitchen or dog hair on the rug. If that sounds pretty good to you, consider the iRobot Roomba Combo j5, which is now on sale at Amazon Canada. Both a vacuum and a mop, the j5 stays on top of everyday messes and can be easily controlled through the iRobot Home app or voice command. Discover why Amazon shoppers have picked the Roomba Combo j5 for their own homes and nab one for yourself.

Save over $250 on this popular iRobot model that has dual cleaning features: vacuuming and mopping.

$400 at Amazon

The details

Weighing in at just seven pounds, the iRobot Roomba Combo j5 is small but mighty. With 75 minutes of battery life, it’s designed to clean both hard floors and carpets in orderly, overlapping lines and can be set to go over areas twice to ensure no dust, debris or pet hair gets missed. It even does edge and corner cleaning with its edge-sweeping brush.

To use extra features like scheduling and mapping no-mop zones, try the easy-to-use iRobot Home app. You can connect to the app with Alexa-, Siri- and Google Assistant–enabled devices to issue voice commands like “Tell Roomba Combo to clean the kitchen.”

The j5 also uses a camera to avoid obstacles like cords, backpacks, pet toys and clothes. And if your pet has an accident, it will steer clear. If it doesn’t, iRobot will replace the Roomba for free. (Terms and conditions apply.)

To use the mop, change out the Vacuum Bin to the Roomba Combo Bin and add water or a cleaning solution.

The j5 is compatible with iRobot’s Self-Emptying Clean Base (sold separately), which automatically empties the Roomba bin, so you don’t have to do it yourself for up to 60 days.

What shoppers are saying

The reviewers who love the Roomba Combo j5 really love it, calling it a “godsend,” “phenomenal” and “amazing.” After trying it out, one fan even claims she doesn’t think she could ever go without it again.

With numerous five-star reviews, the vacuum does a “fantastic job at cleaning up dirt [and] crumbs.” One reviewer was even surprised to find that it sucked up the glitter from wrapping paper, which is notoriously difficult to tidy.

Pet parents, in particular, appreciate that the j5 reduces their time spent cleaning up stray hair. One shopper who owns three animals says it’s “great for daily vacuuming” in between deep cleans.

Save over $250 on this popular iRobot model that has dual cleaning features: vacuuming and mopping.

$400 at Amazon

The vacuum is “easy to control with the app,” though it requires a strong Wi-Fi connection to use all the features like voice control and no-go zone mapping. Spotty internet access? You can simply set it down in a room and it will get to work.

It’s worth noting that the vacuum is “a bit noisy,” so you won’t want to run it while the kids are asleep. Since it uses a camera to properly avoid obstacles like cords and pets, it also needs enough light to “see.”

Some reviewers complain that the mop feature is “rudimentary” — just a “microfibre cloth and some liquid.” That’s fine if you’re looking to do regular maintenance to reduce dust but won’t work for cleaning huge messes.

The verdict

The iRobot Roomba Combo j5 vacuum/mop works well for tidying throughout the week if your home gets dirty quickly — say, from pet hair or kids leaving a trail of crumbs in their wake. It’s also a smart choice for someone with allergies or asthma that’s looking to reduce dust in the home. But if you’re hoping to eliminate the need for handheld mopping and vacuuming of any kind, ever, you’ll probably be disappointed.

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

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