iRobot Roomba 960 Robot vacuum cleaner

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89/100
Good
6.839 User reviews
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(4.4)
5 expert reviews
★★★★★
★★★★★
(3.8)

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Cleaning area

Cleaning area

185 m²

Max runtime

Max runtime

75 min

Charge time

Charge time

180 min

App control

App control

Sound level

Sound level

65 dB

Mapping-Sensor

Mapping-Sensor

Camera

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Pros

Smart and seamless navigation with the use of its camera and sensors
Quiet and fast
Advance dirt, obstacle, and edge sensors
Picks up human and pet hair effortlessly, without getting them stuck on the main brush
Great at deep cleaning low-pile carpets and bare floors
Seamless transition across different floor types

Cons

Short battery life
Barrier is limited to only one virtual wall
Not that good with high-pile carpets

Who should buy iRobot Roomba 960

  • The iRobot Roomba 960 is a perfect fit for those who are looking for a balance of affordability and functionality. Among the Roomba robots vacuums, the Roomba 960 is the cheapest you can get that utilises both a camera and sensors for navigation and provides a smart and accurate map.
  • This robot vacuum is for those who are living in small houses or apartments, due to its short battery life that can last for 70-75 minutes.
  • Families with pets and kids would love this robot vacuum because of its quietness and tangle-free brush. It a dual multi-surface rubber brush that is good at picking up human human and pet hairs without tanging the main brush.
  • It is fit for homes that have different floor types because it can easily transition across carpets, bare floors, and other types of floors without getting stuck.
  • The Roomba 960 is also suitable for those who have high-traffic rooms because of its smart navigation and obstacle-avoidance sensor. With these features, you can be sure that it will not drag or push objects across the room and thus create more mess.

Who should NOT buy iRobot Roomba 960

  • If you have a large house, the Roomba 960 might not satisfy your cleaning needs because of its short-span battery life. However, it can automatically recharge when the battery is low and resume where it left off, so it is not much of a problem if you don't mind taking a break in between cleaning cycles.
  • The Roomba 960 doesn't have a carpet boost, such as the Roomba 980 has. If your home is heavily carpeted, you might want to look for other robot vacuums that can perform a deep clean on high-pile carpets.

Verdict

Faith
BY:
Faith
This is our verdict of the iRobot Roomba 960 based on several hours of research of reviews from both experts and users.
Updated 06-03-2021

Roomba robot vacuums carry a big brand with an impressive reputation and high expectations. With the iRobot Roomba 960, you can expect a robot that will definitely meet or even exceed your expectations because of its smart features and outstanding performance. However, all great things have flaws and the Roomba 960 is not exempted.

The Roomba 960 utilises a camera and sensors (iAdapt 2.0 Navigation and vSLAM) to thoroughly navigate the floor and provide an accurate map that can be seen in the app. With this, the robot won't randomly bump anywhere, like the older Roomba vacuums. The Roomba 960 can clean the whole floor with a systematic pattern and not miss a spot.

Additionally, it utilises advanced sensors that allow the robot vacuum to clean efficiently and carefully. It has a dirt detector sensor that, if it detects a high concentration of dirt on edges or high-traffic areas, will give more attention to that area. The Roomba 960 also offers an obstacle-avoidance sensor that helps the robot vacuum dodge furniture and lessen the impact on the obstacle, leaving the furniture unscratched.

Moreover, the robot has a cliff sensor that is helpful for those who have stairs so the robot will not fall off the edge. However, this sensor may falsely identify black or dark-coloured edges of carpets to be a cliff and might avoid cleaning the area, thus resulting in an uncleaned carpet.

Another smart feature of this robot vacuum is it utilises a dual multi-surface rubber brush that solves one of the common problems that most robot vacuum has. It can easily pick up hairs on the floor without them getting stuck on the main brush, which is helpful for those who have pets that shed heavily or who often have hairs on the floor. It also offers 5x stronger power than the 600 series, thus enabling the robot to provide more efficient cleaning on different floor types, especially on low-pile carpets and bare floors.

The Roomba 960's battery life is not that impressive as compared to its other features, however. It can only last 70-75 minutes and it might not even be able to cover the whole floor of a large house. Nevertheless, it is not that big of a deal because the robot vacuum works fast and has a recharge-and-resume feature. Before it reaches its battery limit, the Roomba 960 will find its way to its charging dock to recharge and then resume where it left off to finish the cleaning cycle.

This robot vacuum also offers a virtual wall that can restrict the robot vacuum through a linear line or a circular radius. Nevertheless, despite its being a more slightly expensive robot, the Roomba 960 only provides one virtual wall. This can be a bit disappointing if you have a lot of areas where you don't want the robot vacuum to go.

Another downside of this robot vacuum is that it does not support automatic carpet-boost, unlike the high-end Roomba 980. Therefore, it may not be able to clean high-pile carpets thoroughly because of the lack of airflow.

Overall, despite the Roomba 960's few flaws, it is a great deal for those who are looking for an affordable robot vacuum that provides smart features and quality performance.

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iRobot Roomba 960 Roborock S6 Pure Roborock S6 MaxV
Name iRobot Roomba 960 Roborock S6 Pure Roborock S6 MaxV
Score
89
97
95
Rank Rank 14 of 57 Rank 1 of 57 Rank 2 of 57
Reviews
★★★★★
★★★★★
(4.4)
6839 reviews
★★★★★
★★★★★
(4.8)
1729 reviews
★★★★★
★★★★★
(4.7)
3271 reviews
Price 540 £ 401 £ 595 £
caret-up caret-down Battery
Max runtime 75 min 180 min 180 min
Charge time 180 min 300 min 300 min
Battery type Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion
Battery capacity 2130 mAh 5200 mAh 5200 mAh
caret-up caret-down Cleaning
Cleaning area 185 m² 250 m² 240 m²
Sound level 65 dB 69 dB 67 dB
Suction power 900 Pa 2000 Pa 2500 Pa
Maximum climbing height 2.0 cm 2.0 cm 2.0 cm
Power 30.0 w 58.0 w 66.0 w
Mopping function
Water tank capacity 0.18 l 0.3 l
caret-up caret-down Other informations
Dustbin capacity 0.6 l 0.46 l 0.46 l
Mapping-Sensor Camera LDS LDS+Camera
Type of filter HEPA EPA 11 EPA 11
Automatic dirt disposal
Carpet Boost
caret-up caret-down Functions
Automatically docks and recharges
Recharge and resume function
Scheduling function
App control
Voice control
Alexa voice control
Google Home voice control
Stair sensor and object sensor
caret-up caret-down Attachments
Remote control
caret-up caret-down Shape
Shape Round Round Round
Number of side brushes 1 1 1
caret-up caret-down App-functions
Interactive mapping
Real Time Tracking
Digital Blocked Area
Zoned Cleaning
Multi Floor Maps
Selected Room Cleaning
caret-up caret-down Dimensions and weight
Height 9.1 cm 9.6 cm 9.6 cm
Width 35.0 cm 35.0 cm 35.0 cm
Depth 35.0 cm 35.0 cm 35.0 cm
Weight 3.8 kg 3.2 kg 3.7 kg

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4.4
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Expertreviews.co.uk
Date: 07/2019
4.0
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Knowtechie.com
Date: 02/2018
4.5
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Moderncastle.com
Date: 12/2019
4.7
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Techgearlab.com
Date: 06/2018
3.1
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„Satisfying“
Stiftung Warentest
Edition: 3/2019
Published: 02/2019
Ranking: 4 of 8
2.7
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Battery
Max runtime
75 min
Charge time
180 min
Battery type
Li-ion
Battery capacity
2130 mAh
Cleaning
Cleaning area
185 m²
Sound level
65 dB
Suction power
900 Pa
Maximum climbing height
2.0 cm
Power
30.0 w
Mopping function
No
Other informations
Dustbin capacity
0.6 l
Mapping-Sensor
Camera
Type of filter
HEPA
Automatic dirt disposal
No
Carpet Boost
No
Functions
Automatically docks and recharges
Yes
Recharge and resume function
Yes
Scheduling function
Yes
App control
Yes
Voice control
Yes
Alexa voice control
Yes
Google Home voice control
Yes
Stair sensor and object sensor
Yes
Attachments
Remote control
No
Shape
Shape
Round
Number of side brushes
1
App-functions
Interactive mapping
Yes
Real Time Tracking
No
Digital Blocked Area
No
Zoned Cleaning
No
Multi Floor Maps
No
Selected Room Cleaning
No
Dimensions and weight
Height
9.1 cm
Width
35.0 cm
Depth
35.0 cm
Weight
3.8 kg
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