Meet the Roomba 960, a more improved iRobot vacuum cleaner, which has 5 times more power than the older versions (e.g., Roomba 614 and Roomba 690). It comes with more exciting features, too. But does it deliver? In this iRobot Roomba 960 review, we spill the beans – not just the positive things, but also the not-so-good feedback given by previous buyers.
iRobot Roomba 960 Review: The Basics
What are the top features of this robot vacuum cleaner?
First, the iRobot Roomba 960 can be scheduled to clean an entire level of your home, room to room. This makes it a great vacuum cleaner for people who are always on the go and don’t have much time to deal with their floors.
For a maximum cleaning time of 75 minutes, the Roomba 960 runs continuously until it loses energy. But even before it reaches this point, it automatically goes back to the charging dock for a recharge and then resumes its job after it has recharged enough.
Now, we know what you’re thinking. How exactly can it clean without bumping into furniture pieces and damaging itself? The answer lies in a feature called “iAdapt 2.0 Navigation with Visual Localization.” This feature helps the Roomba 960 map your home while cleaning so that it moves smootly from one point to another. Because of this system, it can clean around furniture pieces so that they remain scratch-free.
The iRobot Roomba 960 also comes with the enhanced iRobot Home App, a truly helpful tool that lets you configure and customize the Roomba 960’s cleaning process. From your smartphone, you can schedule when to clean, choose from one or two passes, and even view Clean Map reports to know which area needs more cleaning.
As advertised, this works with “select” Amazon Alexa devices.
VIDEO: iRobot Roomba 960 Product Demonstration
Is the iRobot Roomba 960 noisy?
Sure, it inevitably makes a sound, but is it too loud to wake up the person in the next room? What does it do when it bumps into a furniture or a wall? Find out more about this automatic vacuum cleaner by watching this video.
iRobot Roomba 960 Review – Pros and Cons
To complete this iRobot Roomba 960 review, we went through the comments and feedback posted on a popular online retailer. Here, we summarize what we have discovered about the product. Surely, you have specific questions that need straightforward answers. We have provided answers as well.
How well does it clean in corners?
The Roomba 960 has a spinning side brush that it uses to vacuum away dirt from corners of the house. The general feedback on the performance of this brush has been positive, but there are a few who said that it’s not 100% clean. There may still be a few dirt particles left.
How well does it clean carpets?
Theoretically, the iRobot Roomba 960 is ideal for homes with lots of carpeted floors. The reason? This automatic vacuum cleaner is equipped with the AeroForce 3-Stage Cleaning System feature, which is said to be 5 times more powerful than the Roomba 600 and 700 series.
But based on consumer experience, the performance of the Roomba 960 on carpets is still hugely dependent on the type of dirt you’d want to be cleaned. For people with dogs and cats, you might still find some stray pet hairs on your carpets. But overall, it does the job well.
Also, you might find the dust bin to be “small.” As several consumers have experienced, it can become full quickly especially if you have dogs and cats, and you might have to empty it out even before the cleaning cycle is done.
Here’s an observation for carpets or rugs with fringes. The side brush may catch and twisting the fringe of your rugs into knots.
Can it recognize stairs?
Yes, it does. The sensor of the iRobot Roomba 960 is capable of detecting stairs, so the device doesn’t fall off. It doesn’t have the ability to climb down or up a flight of stairs, so if you want it clean another level of the house, you have to carry it up (or down). The stairs also need to be vacuumed separately.
How well can it navigate spaces?
It navigates well, especially if the floor has a uniform surface. It can go over rugs and carpets, but it may find it difficult to navigate from tile (or laminate) to very thick rugs.
On the iRobot Home App’s Clean Map feature…
This app is truly a gem. But in case you’re wondering, the Clean Map cannot be viewed in real time, so you have to wait until the Roomba 960 has finished the cleaning process before you can see whether or not it has cleaned all areas of the house.