Irobot Roomba 960 - Reviews, Prices, Specs and Alternatives

Irobot Roomba 960

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The 960 model features the 3-Stage Cleaning System and tangle-free extractors. It can work for up to 75 minutes on a single charge, then dock, recharge automatically, and continue the cleaning process after that. It is smartphone compatible and can be programmed using the iRobot HOME app.
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Wifi / App Controlled Some robotic vacuums can be controlled by your smartphone through a mobile app, which is essentially a more advanced remote control. You are typically able to start/stop the vacuum’s cleaning, control ... Show more
Remote Control Remote controls typically enable you to start and stop the cleaning process and/or direct the vacuum’s movements to specific areas in the home. A remote control is an added convenience for those who w ... Show more
Auto Scheduling Feature Auto scheduling allows you to program the vacuum to a cleaning schedule (daily, every other day, weekly, etc.), where it turns on and cleans automatically at a set time. Otherwise, you have to manuall ... Show more
Battery Life Battery life indicates the maximum amount of time a vacuum can run on one charge. On average, robot vacuum batteries last around 1.5 hours, with higher end options getting up to two hours on a full ch ... Show more
1 hour 15 minutes
Charging Time How long does it take the battery to charge completely?
2 hours
Continues Cleaning Once Recharged When a vacuum’s battery dies, one of two things can happen: 1) the vacuum starts over cleaning without any memory of what it cleaned before the battery died, or 2) the vacuum will resume cleaning from ... Show more
Bin Capacity Regardless of the price of your vacuum, the dustbin still needs to be emptied manually. The more your vacuum is used, the more often you will need to change your dustbin. If you have a large home, the ... Show more
900 mL
Floor Type Different robot vacuums are made for different floor types based on the cleaning mechanism within the device, which can include a brush, a mop, or both. Robot vacuums with large brushes are best for c ... Show more
  • Hardwood
  • Tile
  • Thick carpet
Cleaning Modes Most robotic vacuums come with an auto-clean mode (meant for maintenance cleaning over a large area) but some more sophisticated models will come with different cleaning modes, such as spot mode or sc ... Show more
  • Bedroom
  • Sofas
  • carpets
  • wet area
Brush Type Most vacuums use brushes to pick up debris, since suction alone isn’t usually enough to effectively clean (especially on rough surfaces like carpet). These brush rolls can have different brush types, ... Show more
dual side brush
HEPA Filter HEPA filters help limit the allergens that get into the air when you vacuum. If you suffer from allergies, choosing a vacuum with a HEPA filter is a must. Note that HEPA filters do wear down over time ... Show more
Suitable for Pets The ability to pick up pet hair is a feature that will be explicitly noted in the vacuum’s specifications. If you have pets, it’s imperative that you choose a vacuum that’s equipped for picking up pet ... Show more
Physical Features
Dimensions When it comes to size for robot vacuums, pay particular attention to the height measurement. If the device is too tall, it won’t fit under beds, dressers, couches, and other furniture to clean in the ... Show more
1.1 ft x 3.6 inches x 1.1 ft

8.8 lbs
Noise Because they run continuously, a common complaint with robot vacuums is how much noise they make. Measured in decibels, or dB, the larger the number, the louder the vacuum. There are several reasons w ... Show more
70 db
Premium Features e.g. Disinfection, odor control, phone notifications
Detects dirt, Revolutionary cleaning technology,
Release Date
1 Year Warranty
Accessories Included What is included on the package?
  • Home Base Charging Station
  • Line Cord
  • Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barrier (2 AA Batteries included)
  • Extra Filter
  • Extra Side Brush

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Key features
  • Roomba 960 seamlessly navigates room to room to clean an entire level of your home, recharging and resuming until the job is done.

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Questions about Irobot Roomba 960

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What is a better vacuum? Irobot 960 or Samsung powerboat r7010?
Related: Irobot Roomba 960, Samsung Powerbot R7010, Robotic Vacuums | Submitted by anonymous 62 days ago

It ultimately depends on what you're going for. The Irobot Roomba 960 is a good choice if you what something with a very large bin, and is tough no thick carpet. This would be an optimal choice for pet owners. This bot is more expensive, but has great versatility, has remote control capabilities, and is features tangle-free extractors to combat those pet hairs that want to clog the vacuum. 

The Samsung Powerbot R7010 is a good choice if you want something more affordable, with decent results. It features four cleaning modes: auto cycle, spot cycle, max cycle, and manual. It has a bin that holds up to 300 mL( about 600 mL less than what the 960 has - it will need to be emptied more frequently), and does not feature a remote control. This would be a wonderful choice if you want a bot that cleans edges efficiently, and can map and navigate the area with ease.

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I have oriental rugs with fringe. Will the robots get caught on the fringe?
Related: Irobot Roomba 960, Eufy RoboVac 11, Robotic Vacuums | Submitted by Sandy 123 days ago

That actually depends on how sophisticated your robot vacuum is. Having a rug with fringe can be an issue for most, but some have features to avoid getting caught in it. For example, the iRobot engineers added to the 880 what they call “anti-tassel mode,” by making the rotors momentarily go in reverse if it detects a cord or carpet fringe, so something like the iRobot Roomba 880 would work just fine for your oriental rugs.


Yes. Based on research and other reviews. All robot vacuums will get stuck on area rug fringes. They will have to be covered up with something that keeps the vac from going over them. I'm getting one any way. Hopefully, at some point in the future, robot vacs can be taught to avoid fringes.

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Which one to buy that's good. And is affordable. I have carpet , wood floor , vilnyl and ceramic
Related: Eufy RoboVac 11, Robotic Vacuums | Submitted by Karen 55 days ago

It depends on what you consider to be affordable. If the Eufy RoboVac 11 is in your price range, it is definitely worth checking out. It's compact, runs quietly, and features a powerful battery that will run up to 1.5 hours. This vacuum has a triple layer filter which is good for filtering dust and allergens as well. Assuming you have thin carpet (no shag or high pile) then this would work perfectly for you. The one downside is that it has no virtual wall capability, meaning that it can't be restricted from going into certain areas (e.g. a baby's room) although it can detect stairs and other drops so it won't break. 

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The best option for pet hair. I have 3 cats.
Related: bObsweep PetHair, Robotic Vacuums | Submitted by Chris 60 days ago

I would say two great choices to combat pet hair would be either the bObsweep PetHair, or the Irobot Roomba 960. They both have HEPA filters and large bins to hold a lot of pet hair and dirt (so they won't have to be empties as frequently). 

The bObsweep PetHair would be the cheaper choice, but do not let that discourage you from trying it out. It was designed to combat pet hair. It however may pose an issue if you have a two floor house because it has no stair detection (meaning that it will drop if there is no barrier at the top of the stairs). Its bin is also slightly larger than the 960’s (1000 mL vs. the 960’s 900 mL). It’s not only designed to handle pet hair, but also paw prints, as it is a combination of a vacuum and a mop.

The Irobot Roomba 960 on the other hand is able to handle fringes and cables quite well with its tangle free extractors, and has stair detection, making it an optimal choice if you have a multi story house. It also gives you the ability to control where it can or cannot go with the virtual wall (these may cost extra, however). 

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whats a good robovac that will mop tile floor?
Related: iRobot Roomba 980, Robotic Vacuums | Submitted by Chris 62 days ago

There are a few decent choices for mopping tile floor, so it ultimately depends on what sort of features you're looking to get with the mop. The iRobot Roomba 980 is more suited to carpet. The ILife V5s or the iRobot Braava 380t would be great choices to consider for mopping.

The ILife V5s features a water tank for damp mopping hardwood floors. It has the ability to return to its charging station upon job completion or when the battery runs low. It also comes with a remote control. The 4 cleaning modes are: auto clean, spot clean, wet clean, and edge clean. This is a great choice if you want a low cost robot mop, that works effectively. A downside to this is its small bin size of only 203 mL (while the 380T model has 539 mL bin).

In the case of the iRobot Braava 380t, this is a great choice if you want a robot mop that has a great battery life. It can work up to 3.5 hours of sweeping and 2.5 hours of mopping. It also has a great navigational system thanks to its northstar navigation system. It features 3 modes: dry sweeping, damp sweeping, and wet mopping. A downside is that unlike the ilife model, this robot does not have an auto return feature (meaning that you'll have to find it yourself and return it to the charging station when the battery dies), nor does it have remote control capability.

So, it boils down to what you prefer, a longer battery life at a higher cost, or a few auto return features at a lower cost. Bear in mind that while both the ILife V5s and iRobot Braava 380t have mopping features, like all robotic vacuums, they are intended for superficial cleaning only and will not be able to tackle deep stains or big messes very effectively.

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how to get the n79 unit to go back to the base unit
Related: Ecovacs Deebot M80, Ecovacs Deebot N79, Robotic Vacuums | Submitted by anonymous 64 days ago

You shouldn't need to do anything to have the n79 model go back to the base unit. When its battery power gets low, Ecovacs Deebot N79 automatically returns to its charging dock, all by itself. Not only does it have auto return, but will continue cleaning on its own once it’s fully recharged. 

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I have a n Ilife A4 robot cleaner and when on the charge the amber light blinks but it does not charge. Any ideas?
Related: ILife A4, Robotic Vacuums | Submitted by anonymous 65 days ago

Is this a brand new product for you, or have you been using it, and this suddenly began to take place? There is an initial battery activation for ilife process when you first use it. You have to charge the robot for three minutes, take it off the charger, then charge for three minutes again, and then take off the charger for several seconds. Repeat above actions three times. Once you do all that you must charge the robot for 12 hours straight. If you’ve already done this you should contact the manufacturer. For instructions on the steps above you can visit the web address below. 

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