[All Roomba Models] – How to Empty Roomba

The process of emptying a Roomba vacuum varies for different models. The reason for this is that these models are built differently and are not comparable.

If I decided to post general information on how to empty Roomba vacuum cleaner it might not work for your model, and as such, I will be going through how to empty all models of a Roomba vacuum cleaner and how often you should clean it.

Not only that, but I’ll also go over some important things you should know about emptying your Roomba vacuum cleaner and how often you should do that

Is it Necessary to Empty the Roomba Bin?

How to empty Roomba

One of the things you need to realize is that your Roomba accumulates dirt, and this dirt could spread to some components inside the Roomba, such as the electrical controller or the sensors, making them work less effectively or cease working.

Because of this, it is best to always empty the Roomba bin after use to avoid problems with your Roomba

How to Empty Roomba i3 & i-Series

If you own a Roomba i3 model, one of the things that are synonymous with the I-series is that they do not come with a clean base station. So for whichever I-series you are using, this process also applies to that model.

That being said, here is how to empty a Roomba I3 model vacuum cleaner.

Take out the bin

To remove the trash can over here, push the release lever behind it to disengage the lock.

Empty the trash can

After relocating the bin, dump its contents into a garbage can.

How to Empty the i7+ Roomba Bin

How to empty Roomba
Source: iRobot

The Plus model does come with a clean base station, making it different from the i3 discussed above.

The base station functions similarly to a bag on a typical vacuum, so you don’t have to empty it immediately after usage; you may do so occasionally.

However, if you have carpeting throughout your home, you might want to clean it weekly.

That being said, here is how to go about it.

  • Open the clean base’s cover.
  • Verify the bag’s capacity.
  • Next, raise the plastic tab on the edge and remove the bag.
  • Change the old bag with a fresh one and dispose of the old one.
  • Return the plastic tab where it belongs.
  • Shut the lid on the clean base.

You can use the iRobot Home app to empty the Clean Base unit by itself since you have a clean base station.

To accomplish this, open the app and select the Empty Bin option.

If nothing useful transpires from it, either your WiFi connection is broken or your app needs to be updated.

How to Empty the Roomba J7+

One of the things that makes the j7+ model similar to the I series is the rear end.

If you have one, however, the steps are a bit different, but I will break them down below.

  • Push the release latch to remove the garbage container.
  • Pushing the lever will unlock and release the container.
  • Now empty the bin into the trash can and replace it.

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How to Empty the Roomba E5 Model

The Roomba E5 has the same dustbin as the new Roomba I6 model.

As a result, the processes for emptying the robot trash are nearly the same.

Here’s how to do it if you have a Roomba E-series model.

Remove the dustbin

  • To do this, press the release latch behind the dustbin to take out the bin from the Roomba vacuum.
  • Now, dump the contents of the trash can and

NB: Not all Roombas are washable, but the E5 model is, so if you’ve removed it, try washing it to improve its longevity.

How to Empty Roomba 600 Series

How to empty Roomba

Since the motor is inside the filter and the bin, they cannot be washed, which is something you do not want to do with the 600 Roomba series.

Furthermore, here’s how to empty a Roomba 600 series.

  • Hit the tab on the vacuum’s edge.
  • Press the little yellow clasp on the dustbin’s edge once it is open to remove it.
  • Next, put the container’s contents in the trash.
  • Hit the trash can gently to get rid of any remaining particles.
  • When you’re done, replace the filter, shut the door, and put the dustbin back inside your rover.

How to Empty Roomba 675

Since the Roomba 675 and Roomba 600 models have the same design and dustbin components, the processes for emptying them are the same.

To avoid boring you with the details, simply empty your Roomba 675 model by following the instructions provided above.

How to Empty Roomba 694

The 694 model is another one that is comparable to the 600 series. If you have one, emptying the bin isn’t too difficult; all you have to do is follow the instructions for emptying a model 600 Roomba bin and do the same for your 694 models.

How to Empty a Roomba 900 Series

If you own a Roomba 900 series, here is how you can empty its trash bin.

  • Press the tab on the edge of the Roomba dustbin to remove it.
  • Next, open the bin’s door by moving it downward.

NB: Shaking and hitting the trash can will ensure that everything inside is gone.

  • To make sure the trash can is free of dust, use a microfiber cloth.
  • After doing that, remove the dustbin lid and clean the filter.
  • Draw out the tab that is protruding from the filter’s edge at this time.
  • Clean the filter after removing it.
  • Replace the filter in the trashcan.
  • Place the bin in the vacuum, then snap the clasp.

How to Empty the S9 Roomba bin

The Roomba S9 bin can be cleaned with water since the motor is not located inside.

This alone makes the process of emptying it slightly different from other models, as you can use water to flush out the duct if it still looks messy.

That being said, here is how to go about that.

  • To begin, lift the vacuum cover to gain access to the trash.
  • Take out the garbage can by gently removing the side handle.
  • After that, open the filter door and remove it.
  • Remove any dirt and debris from the filter.
  • Then, press the grey release button to remove the garbage container.
  • Now dump the contents of the bin into a garbage container.
  • You can shake the bin to check that all of the trash has been removed.
  • Clean the trash can with cool water and allow it to dry before reinstalling it.
  • Also, clean the interior of the bin and the sensors with a microfiber cloth.
  • Reinstall the bin and filter into the vacuum once they are dry.

How Often Should you Empty your Roomba Bin?

Regular maintenance of your Roomba will increase its longevity.

But how frequently are we talking about here? That depends on your usage.

If you are using a carpet or you have pets at home, you might want to empty the Roomba bin after every cycle.

But here is what Roomba recommends:

iRobot recommends its users empty the dustbin every three cleaning cycles.


Figuring out how to empty the Roomba bin shouldn’t be much of an issue if you’ve read this article to this point. The only issue you might struggle with if you are not comfortable operating electronics is disassembling the vacuum.

If identifying each component is a problem, you should check the user manual that comes with the vacuum, as different models seem to have different structures.

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