Comparing Roomba 980 and Roomba 960

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Roomba 980

Roomba 960

Lowest price found: $879
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Accessories Included What is included on the package?
  • Home Base Charging Station
  • Line Cord
  • 2 Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barriers (batteries included)
  • Extra Filter
  • Extra Side Brush
  • Home Base Charging Station
  • Line Cord
  • Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barrier (2 AA Batteries included)
  • Extra Filter
  • Extra Side Brush
General Info
Brand
iRobot
iRobot
Model Numbers Mouse over a model for a picture
Description
The Roomba 980 robotic vacuum is able to work for up to 2 hours, automatically recharge, and continue cleaning on its own. It features the iAdapt 2.0 Navigation and Visual Localization, which allow it to clean all the surfaces of your home. The Carpet Boost feature and the AeroForce Cleaning System allow this model to clean rugs and carpets effectively.
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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98 / 100
Rank: #5 out of 298.
99 / 100
Rank: #3 out of 298.
Controls
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
Yes
Yes
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
Yes
Yes
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
Yes
Yes
Battery
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
2 hours
1 hour 15 minutes
Charging Time How long does it take the battery to charge completely?
3 hours
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
Yes
Yes
Cleaning
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
1,500 mL
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
  • Linoleum / Laminate / Vinyl
  • Thin carpet
  • Thick carpet
  • 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
  • Deep cleaning on Carpets
  • all over in room
  • we area
  • 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
dust brushes floor tools carpet crevice tools bulk pick-up attachment floor tools carpet
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
Yes
No
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
Yes
Yes
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
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Weight

8.8 lbs
 

8.8 lbs
 
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Color Mouse over a color for a picture
Black/Brown W/ Extras + 3 Sidebrushes
Black
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
80 db
70 db
Premium Features e.g. Disinfection, odor control, phone notifications
Spinning side brush pushes debris into the path of the 3-stage cleaning system.
Detects dirt, Revolutionary cleaning technology,
Details
  • iRobot HOME App lets you clean, schedule, & customize cleaning preferences from your smartphone
  • Cleans an entire level of your home with iAdapt 2.0 Navigation with Visual Localization
  • Runs for up to 120 minutes, then automatically recharges and resumes cleaning to complete the entire job
  • AeroForce Cleaning System loosens, lifts & suctions dirt with up to 10x more air power
  • Automatically increases cleaning performance on carpets with Power Boost
  • Use Clean Map reports to view where your robot has cleaned, turn on notifications for cleaning status updates
  • AeroForce High-Efficiency Filter captures 99% of allergens, pollen, and particles as small as 10 microns
  • Tangle-free Dual Multi-Surface Brushes handle pet hair with ease
  • Box Content: 1 Roomba 980 Wi-Fi Connected Robot Vacuum, 1 Home Base Charging Station, 1 North American Line Cord, 1 Extra AeroForce High-Efficiency Filter, 1 Extra Side Brush, 2 Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barrier, Owner's Guide, Documentation Package
  • iRobot does not guarantee the quality or authenticity of products purchased from non-authorized resellers on Amazon, and they are not eligible for warranty or replacement from iRobot
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  • Power-Lifting Suction delivers 5X the air power* for improved pick-up performance. *(Compared to Roomba 600 Series and AeroVac System)
  • Patented iAdapt 2.0 Navigation with vSLAM technology allows the robot to map its surroundings to clean an entire level of your home, around objects, and under furniture.
  • Ideal for homes with pets. Premium 3-stage Cleaning System cleans the dirt and pet hair you see and the allergens and dust you don't.
  • Dual Multi-Surface Rubber Brushes adjust and flex to stay in constant contact with carpets and hard floors.
  • High-Efficiency Filter traps 99% of cat and dog allergens.
  • Automatically recharges as needed, and then continues cleaning - until the job is done.
  • Connect and schedule from anywhere. Use Alexa or Google Assistant voice commands to control cleaning. Use the iRobot HOME App to schedule & monitor cleaning sessions.
  • Featuring Roomba Essentials- Wi-Fi connected, Smart Navigation, Patented Dirt Detect Technology, Edge-Sweeping Brush, Auto-Adjust Cleaning Head, Works on Carpets and Hard Floors
  • Box Content: 1 Roomba 960 Wi-Fi Connected Robot Vacuum, 1 Home Base Charging Station, 1 North American Line Cord, 1 Extra AeroForce High-Efficiency Filter, 1 Extra Side Brush, 1 Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barrier (2 AA Batteries included), Owner's Guide, Documentation Package
  • iRobot does not guarantee the quality or authenticity of products purchased from non-authorized resellers on Amazon, and they are not eligible for warranty or replacement from iRobot
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Release Date
September 2015
2016
Warranty
1 Year Warranty
1 Year Warranty
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Key features
  • Roomba 980 seamlessly navigates room to room to clean an entire level of your home, recharging and resuming until the job is done.

Roomba 980 is a very popular and one of the most expensive options. It's in the top 3 bestselling robotic vacuums and has dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as Roomba 880 or LG Hom-bot .

Roomba 980 was released in 2015. There are a lot of newer robotic vacuums on the market. Show newer Robotic Vacuums

Roomba 980 is $641.10 more expensive than an average robotic vacuum ($237.99).

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.

Roomba 960 is a top selling option at the top of the price range. It's a #1 bestseller in robotic vacuums category and has dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as Roomba 890 or Ecovacs Deebot R95 .

Roomba 960 was released in 2016. There are dozens of newer robotic vacuums on the market. Show newer Robotic Vacuums

Roomba 960 is $261.10 more expensive than the average robotic vacuum ($237.99).

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