The Latest Roomba Vacuum Will Even Empty Its Own Dust Bin

iRobot
iRobot

Since launching in 2002, the Roomba has become the closest thing modern homeowners can get to Rosie the robot maid from The Jetsons. A new feature in the latest model of iRobot's smart vacuum makes it even smarter—meaning even less work for users. After cleaning the floors of your home, the Roomba i7+ will empty itself, The Verge reports.

Previously, one of the most annoying parts of vacuuming—cleaning out the dust compartment—was unavoidable, even for users of the largely autonomous Roomba. In fact, Roomba owners might spend even more time cleaning out dust bins than other vacuum owners. Because the Roomba is more compact than the average vacuum cleaner, its bin fills up more quickly, sometimes even forcing users to empty it in the middle of a cleaning session.

With the Roomba i7+, the promise of being able to switch on your vacuum and completely forget about it is becoming more realistic. As soon as the vacuum senses that its bin has reached max capacity, it heads over to its base, which, in addition to acting as a charging station, can store all the dirt the Roomba has collected on its cleaning route. The Clean Base can suck up around 30 bins' worth of waste before it needs to be dumped out. According to iRobot, that means you'll only have to clean it out every few weeks.

The Roomba i7+ also comes with another new feature that makes it a smarter housekeeper than previous models. Using the iRobot app, you can program your device to learn up to 10 different floor plans so it knows which spots in your house to clean and which to skip. You can even tell your Roomba how often it should clean specific rooms, or use your Google Home or Alexa voice assistant to ask it to start vacuuming on demand.

The convenience doesn't come cheap, though. To get the new Roomba with the self-emptying capabilities, you'll have to spend $950. That price includes the i7+ and the base station (dust bags are extra, at $15 for a pack of three). If you're interested in buying the Roomba i7+ without the Clean Base, you can purchase it on its own for $700.

[h/t The Verge]

This Innovative Cutting Board Takes the Mess Out of Meal Prep

There's no way any of these ingredients will end up on the floor.
There's no way any of these ingredients will end up on the floor.
TidyBoard, Kickstarter

Transferring food from the cutting board to the bowl—or scraps to the compost bin—can get a little messy, especially if you’re dealing with something that has a tendency to roll off the board, spill juice everywhere, or both (looking at you, cherry tomatoes).

The TidyBoard, available on Kickstarter, is a cutting board with attached containers that you can sweep your ingredients right into, taking the mess out of meal prep and saving you some counter space in the process. The board itself is 15 inches by 20 inches, and the container that fits in its empty slot is 14 inches long, 5.75 inches wide, and more than 4 inches deep. Two smaller containers fit inside the large one, making it easy to separate your ingredients.

Though the 4-pound board hangs off the edge of your counter, good old-fashioned physics will keep it from tipping off—as long as whatever you’re piling into the containers doesn’t exceed 9 pounds. It also comes with a second set of containers that work as strainers, so you can position the TidyBoard over the edge of your sink and drain excess water or juice from your ingredients as you go.

You can store food in the smaller containers, which have matching lids; and since they’re all made of BPA-free silicone, feel free to pop them in the microwave. (Remove the small stopper on top of the lid first for a built-in steaming hole.)

tidyboard storage containers
They also come in gray, if teal isn't your thing.
TidyBoard

Not only does the bamboo-made TidyBoard repel bacteria, it also won’t dull your knives or let strong odors seep into it. In short, it’s an opportunity to make cutting, cleaning, storing, and eating all easier, neater, and more efficient. Prices start at $79, and it’s expected to ship by October 2020—you can find out more details and order yours on Kickstarter.

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This Innovative Cutting Board Takes the Mess Out of Meal Prep

There's no way any of these ingredients will end up on the floor.
There's no way any of these ingredients will end up on the floor.
TidyBoard, Kickstarter

Transferring food from the cutting board to the bowl—or scraps to the compost bin—can get a little messy, especially if you’re dealing with something that has a tendency to roll off the board, spill juice everywhere, or both (looking at you, cherry tomatoes).

The TidyBoard, available on Kickstarter, is a cutting board with attached containers that you can sweep your ingredients right into, taking the mess out of meal prep and saving you some counter space in the process. The board itself is 15 inches by 20 inches, and the container that fits in its empty slot is 14 inches long, 5.75 inches wide, and more than 4 inches deep. Two smaller containers fit inside the large one, making it easy to separate your ingredients.

Though the 4-pound board hangs off the edge of your counter, good old-fashioned physics will keep it from tipping off—as long as whatever you’re piling into the containers doesn’t exceed 9 pounds. It also comes with a second set of containers that work as strainers, so you can position the TidyBoard over the edge of your sink and drain excess water or juice from your ingredients as you go.

You can store food in the smaller containers, which have matching lids; and since they’re all made of BPA-free silicone, feel free to pop them in the microwave. (Remove the small stopper on top of the lid first for a built-in steaming hole.)

tidyboard storage containers
They also come in gray, if teal isn't your thing.
TidyBoard

Not only does the bamboo-made TidyBoard repel bacteria, it also won’t dull your knives or let strong odors seep into it. In short, it’s an opportunity to make cutting, cleaning, storing, and eating all easier, neater, and more efficient. Prices start at $79, and it’s expected to ship by October 2020—you can find out more details and order yours on Kickstarter.

This article contains affiliate links to products selected by our editors. Mental Floss may receive a commission for purchases made through these links.