Roomba 960 Review

Our Roomba 960 review discusses iRobot’s newest second tier robot vacuum, just slightly behind the Roomba 980. Although its features and performance are anything but second rate.Roomba 960 reviewINCLUDED WITH THE ROOMBA 960: Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barrier (Batteries Included), High Efficiency Filter, 2 Extra Side Brushes, Dock Station, and Manufacturer Warranty.

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In fact, the Roomba 960 uses most of the same cutting edge technologies of the Roomba 980. The few differences are mostly related to the motor and batter size. Those differences are enough to drop the price by around $200.

Roomba 960 Review – Cleaning

When it comes to cleaning, the Roomba 900 series robot vacuums from iRobot are at the top of their class. The Roomba 960 uses two silicon brushes that iRobot calls “debris extractors.” They rotate in opposite directions to free and sweep debris toward a powerful vacuum.

The brushes are designed to reduce hair tangles that you normally see with traditional bristle brushes. They also allow maximum air flow from the floor all the way to the dustbin in the back.

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AeroForce 3-Stage Cleaning System.

Along with an auto-adjusting head, the bristle-free brushes allow the Roomba 960 to be more effective on thicker rugs and carpets than competitors. It also sits on self-adjusting rubber wheels that make transitions between floor types a breeze.

All of these components along with a spinning side brush make up the AeroForce 3-Stage Cleaning System. A 2nd generation motor powers the vacuum. It provides 5x more suction strength than the Roomba 960’s predecessors. Making up the tail end of the system is the AeroForce high efficiency filter that traps microscopic particles and Allergens.

Along with the Aeroforce Cleaning System, the Roomba 960 has Advanced Dirt Detect Technology. Acoustic sonars detect areas with heavy dirt buildup. Then they make extra circles on these sections of the floor. The spots are then marked on the iRobot app so you can see the activity.

Overall, the combination of these cleaning systems result in the closest freedom from having to use an upright vacuum that you’ll find anywhere.

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Roomba 960 Review – Navigation

The Roomba 960 uses recharge and resume software. This feature is extremely important in larger homes and floors in general. It allows the cleaning system to work for around 75 minutes, go to the dock to charge, and then return to pick up where it left off.

Lower priced robot vacuums randomly clean until the battery runs low. After charging they don’t go back to where they left off. The just begin random cleaning around a room again. Even in smaller rooms they will run continuously until the battery gets low or until they are told to return to the dock.

The Roomba 960 uses iAdapt 2.0 Navigation to map and clean floors. In addition to your standard group of smart sensors like cliff sensors, this system uses a camera and infrared tracking. The camera sits at the top of the robot vacuum and takes images of “landmarks” like furniture.

Roomba 960 iAdapt Camera

Called Visual Localization, every time it sees the same image that matches its memory bank it gets an idea of where it is. The tracking sensor is similar to an optical mouse. It precisely tracks the robot vacuum’s position and, when combined with the camera, map out the area and calculate cleaning patterns.

Not only does the Roomba 960 recharge itself and return to where it left off, but it maps and cleans in patterns or straight lines. These tools allow it to clean an entire level of you home with or without you there. But keep in mind that the dust bin isn’t unlimited in size so for the first few cleanings it might still need you around.

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Roomba 960 Review – iRobot HOME App

The Roomba 960 uses the iRobot HOME App for most controls although it does have a physical power and Clean button. The App gets pretty good reviews from the Google Play and iTunes stores and the developers are keeping it updated and adding new features regularly.

You can schedule cleanings for each day of the week and see reports that show run times and square feet cleaned. It will also show marks where Dirt Detect was used for concentrated cleanings.

With the iRobot HOME App you can schedule cleaning times for each day of the week.  You can even customize how it cleans, like making two passes instead of one and continuing even when the dust bin is full . The Roomba 960 will release from its charging dock at the expected time and begin its routine, stopping only to recharge until the job is done.

iRobot Home App

The app will display cleaning reports that show where the Roomba 960 has cleaned. It also shows stats on cleaning times, square feet covered, and spots where Dirt Detect was used.

Push Notifications tell you when the Roomba 960 is finished, the dirt bin is full, and other alerts when attention is needed.

Now compatible on devices with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant.

The app also provides maintenance reports and reminders, care instructions and how-tos, general settings (like measurement units and language and stuff). It even has a job history screen that shows you lifetime cleaning statistics as well as a job-by-job history.

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Finally, the Roomba 960 has voice controls with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. You can start, stop, pause, and resume the device simply by saying things like “Alexa, tell Roomba to start cleaning.”

Roomba 960 Review – Summary

For the price tag, the Roomba 960 is one of those purchases that you would expect to make an improvement in your life. It should be around for a long time. It should also get regular software updates. After 20 years in robotic vacuum designs, the team at iRobot know this and they stand behind the technology.

It’s brushes are designed to reduce tangles. You’ll spend less time cleaning them. Camera and sensor mapping are designed to clean an entire floor efficiently, return to base to charge, and go back to work if needed.

All you need to do is push a button or two and clean out its bin. And the smart app puts all of this control at your fingertips. Or just tell Alexa to put the Roomba 960 to work while you focus on living.