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iRobot H1 Review

True Score

70
69
2

Experts

71
0

Consumers

Product Awards

GR Certified

Expert Rankings

While the iRobot H1 impressed experts with its maneuverability and overall cleaning performance, they were not as enthusiastic about its maintenance costs and small dirt compartment.

Product Snapshot

Overview

The iRobot H1 is an entry-level handheld vacuum cleaner released to the market in 2021. Although its 0.3-liter dirt compartment may not be as large as some of the best vacuum cleaners, it is still pretty good for home use.

Similar to many highly rated robot vacuum cleaners, the H1 is also equipped with an anti-allergy HEPA filter that removes allergens from the air, and just like the Miele Triflex HX1, it has pretty good build quality.

Weighing 3.79 pounds, the H1 is pretty easy to move around, and with a noise output of only 78.9 decibels, which can get as loud as 88.7 dB.

The H1 has a respectable maximum suction force of 2.02 kPa, but users can switch between this and its standard suction (1.36 kPa) depending on the cleaning they want to do.

Consensus

our Verdict

The iRobot H1 garnered praise from critics thanks to how well built it was and how easy it was to move around. Testers from Rtings praised its dual filtration process and its maneuverability.

They didn’t have any issues with its 3.79-pound weight, and although its 0.3-liter dirt compartment isn’t as large as the 0.6-liter dirt bin of the Hoover ONEPWR cordless hand vacuum, it is good enough for one round of cleaning.

The iRobot H1 also impressed reviewers with how well it cleaned up 100% of pet hair and 79% to 87% of large debris from bare floors and high and low pile carpets, respectively.

Mashable also liked that the cleaner shipped with an upholstery tool, a crevice tool, and a 2-in-1 combination tool. These are great for cleaning stairs and furniture.

Unfortunately, the H1’s filters require replacement every three to six months, which is expensive for some users. This makes it more costly than the HoLife HM036E to maintain. Also, some testers felt that its dirt compartment is small.

Reason to Buy

  • Great build quality
  • Easy to maneuver
  • Low noise output
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Two suction modes

Reason to Avoid

  • High maintenance costs
  • Small dirt compartment

iRobot H1 Specs

Auto Docking & RechargingAuto Docking & RechargingNo
Bin CapacityBin Capacity0.3 L
Carpet Height AdjustmentsCarpet Height AdjustmentsManual
Cleaning Path WidthCleaning Path Width5.7"
Compatible Floor TypeCompatible Floor TypeAll floors
Filter TypeFilter TypeHEPA
HypoallergenicHypoallergenicYes
PetPetYes
Product WeightProduct Weight7.6 lbs
Room-by-Room navigationRoom-by-Room navigationNo
Self-EmptyingSelf-EmptyingNo
Works WithWorks WithAmazon Alexa

All Specs

Test Results

Bare Floor Performance (% of Debris Cleaned)77.25
Carpet Performance (% of Debris Cleaned)69.62
Pet Hair Performance (% of Debris Cleaned)100
Noise level (dB)78.9
Battery Life (Minutes)21

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iRobot H1 Review

True Score

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Market Context

The iRobot H1 is an entry-level handheld vacuum cleaner released to the market in 2021. Although its 0.3-liter dirt compartment may not be as large…

The iRobot H1 is an entry-level handheld vacuum cleaner released to the market in 2021. Although its 0.3-liter dirt compartment may not be as large as some of the best vacuum cleaners, it is still pretty good for home use.

Similar to many highly rated robot vacuum cleaners, the H1 is also equipped with an anti-allergy HEPA filter that removes allergens from the air, and just like the Miele Triflex HX1, it has pretty good build quality.

Weighing 3.79 pounds, the H1 is pretty easy to move around, and with a noise output of only 78.9 decibels, which can get as loud as 88.7 dB.

The H1 has a respectable maximum suction force of 2.02 kPa, but users can switch between this and its standard suction (1.36 kPa) depending on the cleaning they want to do.

With a weight of 3.79 pounds, the iRobot H1 is a lot lighter than the Dyson V15 Detect, which weighs 6.46 pounds. However, the V15…

With a weight of 3.79 pounds, the iRobot H1 is a lot lighter than the Dyson V15 Detect, which weighs 6.46 pounds. However, the V15 has a lower noise output of 70.5 decibels than the iRobot H1, which gets as loud as 78.9 dB. Also, the V15 has a longer runtime of 75 minutes compared to the iRobot H1, which can only last up to 25 minutes.

The iRobot H1’s 25-minute battery life does not last as long as the 112-minute run time of the LG CordZero A9, but it charges up…

The iRobot H1’s 25-minute battery life does not last as long as the 112-minute run time of the LG CordZero A9, but it charges up a lot faster because it has a decent charge time of about 205 compared to the A9’s 372 minutes.

The iRobot H1’s battery life of 25 minutes is outmatched by the iRobot Roomba i3, which has a much longer run time of up to…

The iRobot H1’s battery life of 25 minutes is outmatched by the iRobot Roomba i3, which has a much longer run time of up to 90 minutes. The i3 also has a larger dirt bin that can hold up to 0.5-liters of dirt, which is slightly more than the H1’s 0.3-liter capacity.

Auto Docking & Recharging

No

Bin Capacity

0.3 L

0.2 gal

Carpet Height Adjustments

Manual

Yes

Cleaning Path Width

5.7"

10"

Compatible Floor Type

All floors

All floors

Filter Type

HEPA

Other

Hypoallergenic

Yes

Yes

Pet

Yes

Yes

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Score Card

E

Expert Score

69

*.75

We place a 75% weighted value on Expert Test Scores

C

Customer Score

71

*.25

We place a 25% weighted value on Customer Scores

True Score

70

Any product with a True Score above 70 is a Mixed Reviews

Expert Score Breakdown

  • Rtings
    103

    Category Trust Score

    80
    The iRobot H1 is decent for bare floors. It clears pet hair and small debris… read more

    By:

    Dagobiet Morales Alfaro
  • Consumer Reports
    62.86

    Category Trust Score

    NR
    The iRobot H1 H121020 is part of the Vacuum Cleaners test program at Consumer Reports…. read more

    By:

    Unknown

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