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iRobot halts its Roomba subscription service as it gets a new CEO

Image of a black-and-silver disc-shaped robot vacuum docked into a black auto-empty dock. The dock has an orange tag on the front and a small white status LED on the lower front face above where the vacuum sits at rest.
The iRobot Select subscription plan that launched with the Roomba j7 Plus has been suspended. | Photo by Jennifer Pattison Tuohy / The Verge

iRobot has ended its robot vacuum subscription service iRobot Select, which got you a high-end Roomba for less money upfront. But along with free replacement parts and accessories and the option to upgrade every three years, the program also enabled iRobot to shut down the vacuum remotely if you stopped paying.

iRobot Select launched in 2021 along with the j7 Plus Roomba, offering that robot with its sleek auto-empty station to subscribers. According to a statement from iRobot provided to TechHive, the company suspended new subscriptions as part of its organizational restructuring. While you can no longer sign up for the service, existing subscribers will keep their benefits for now.

With Roombas frequently on sale, the value of the…

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