iRobot Roomba 960 Robot Vacuum Review

iRobot Roomba 960 goes past girl on floor


When people think of robot vacuums, the Roomba usually comes to mind. But what many people don’t realize is that there is a wide variety of models in the robot vacuum line. Not only do they range in price points, but they also run the gamut when it comes to abilities. While there are many Roombas to choose from, our top pick goes to the iRobot Roomba 960.

Even though there are some who would say that the Roomba 980 is far superior, the 960 model has just as many of its capabilities but is a few hundred dollars cheaper. So what makes the iRobot 960 at the top of the high-end robot vacuum market? Well, first of all, this model has so many features that we can talk about them all day. But we’ll delve deeper into some of the technical stuff later in the review. First, let’s take a general look at some of its fun features here.

For anyone who picks up their smartphone every few minutes, the iRobot Roomba 960 is pretty app-dependent. Instead of having a remote control, users can download the iRobot app to manage and control the robot cleaner. Whether it’s scheduling cleanings or making sure the bot mapped out a room correctly, all you need to do is start the app up, then the 960 will take care of the rest. In addition to also being WiFi capable, it has voice control capabilities. The Roomba 960 can link to the Amazon Alexa, Android, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, Iris, Nest, SmartThings and iOS.

Learn more about the iRobot Roomba 960 and its capabilities below.


  • Can create maps for multiple floors
  • No-go lines work perfectly.
  • Pretty quiet
  • Simple to set up


  • Expensive
  • No-go areas only work with the app
  • Can’t steer with the app
  • Short battery life

Product Stats

Brand: iRobot

Model: Roomba 960

Height: 3.6 inches

Diameter: 13.8 inches

Product Weight: 8.6 pounds

Cleaning Path Width: 7 inches

Receptacle Capacity: 20.28 ounces

Receptacle Full Indicator: Yes

Battery Charger Included: Yes

Rechargeable Storage Base: Yes

Battery Recharge Time: 3 hours

Battery Life: 75 minutes

Automatic Shut-Off: Yes

Auto Charging: Yes

Remote Control: No

Made for Pet Hair: Yes

Pattern Movement: Intelligent

Elevation Sensor: Yes

Drop Sensor: Yes

Boundary Markers: Yes

Wet-Dry Option: No

Edge Cleaner Included: Yes

HEPA Filter: No

App Compatibility: Yes

Bluetooth Compatibility: No

Voice Controlled: Yes

WiFi Compatibility: Yes


iRobot Roomba 960 path through room


The iRobot Roomba 960 might look like your average robotic vacuum cleaner. However, it is really so much more. First of all, the 960 is a very intelligent robot and makes for a great addition to the smart home. Because of the camera on the device, it’s able to make a more accurate map of the rooms that it’s scanning during a cleaning cycle. This also means that it will be mindful of hazards like furniture during its run. It also can handle changes in floor surfaces fairly seamlessly.

You might be worried that the mapping technology on the 960 will push it to run over an area just once. However, this model has a number of settings that will allow you to choose a one-pass cleaning mode, a two-pass cleaning mode and an automatic mode. The last option gives the Roomba 960 the chance to decide how many times it should pass over an area based on the room’s size.

Since the iRobot Roomba 960 uses an app, users can find out when the robot vacuum’s bin is full as well as log the details when a cleaning takes place. It will also tell you when the battery is low. And speaking of low batteries, one of the 960’s big flaws is its short cleaning time. It only lasts between 70 and 75 minutes.


When it comes to home appliance protection, iRobot does offer a limited warranty for one year. You can find out more information on iRobot’s warranty policy here. Other retailers offer additional protection for your robot vacuum. Find out more about these plans below.

Best Buy

  • Two-year or four-year coverage plans
  • Covers normal wear-and-tear, in-home repairs and power surge coverage
  • Anyone you give the product to will be able to use the c0verage plan


  • Three-year or four-year small appliance extended protection plan
  • 50 percent preventative maintenance reimbursement from the date of your protection plan purchase
  • Repair Quick: If the repair can’t be done in two weeks, then Lowe’s will send you a one-time $50 payment
  • Coverage of repairs caused by wear-and-tear
  • Coverage of repairs because of a power surge
  • No Lemon Policy: If your robot vacuum needs repair for the fourth time, Lowe’s will replace it
  • Repair Quick and No Lemon Policy benefits start after the manufacturer’s warranty. The other benefits go into effect on the day you purchase the bot
  • Protection plan attached to a product can transfer to a new owner
  • No deductibles

Final Verdict

Whether you look through the list of product details or read through the features, it’s clear that the iRobot Roomba 960 is a stellar robot vacuum. From its smart mapping technology to its ability to link to Alexa and Google Home, this vacuum cleaner ranks pretty high when it comes to others in the group. Sure, it doesn’t have a long battery life, but the other features make up for that. While we can keep telling you how great this home appliance is, you need to factor what you’re willing to spend on a robot vacuum cleaner.

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