Roomba 960

Last updated date: July 25, 2019

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If you are looking for a Roomba that offers powerful suction and a decent price point, the 960 is hard to beat. It has earned a loyal customer following for its ability to pick up small and large pieces of dirt and debris, automatically adapting to various floor surfaces, and being easy to set up with the iRobot HOME app that allows you to control it with your smartphone. In our analysis of 112 expert reviews, the iRobot Roomba 960 placed 1st when we looked at the top 15 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
4 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
4,052 user reviews
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What experts liked
The Roomba 960 did an amazing job of cleaning all three floor surfaces in my space, sucking up food crumbs, cat litter, tracked-in dirt, and tiny bits of torn paper.
- TechHive
It also automatically adapts to different floor surfaces for more effective cleaning.
- Consumer Reports
App based control means you can control this robot anywhere with an internet connection
- Best Cordless Vacuum Guide
The Roomba 960 has the best balance of price, pleasantness, and performance of any mapping-capable robot vacuum we’ve tested. We’ve had one for a couple of years, and it’s been consistently excellent.
- New York Times Wirecutter
What experts didn't like
The Roomba 960 doesn’t allow you to direct it manually.
- TechHive
It doesn't have a remote, you must use an app to control it remotely however, you can start the bot without the app
- Consumer Reports
The bad news is that it comes with same motor f0und in the 800 series. So performance suffers on bare floor. The smaller lithium ion battery means less run time – only 75 minutes.
- Best Cordless Vacuum Guide

From The Manufacturer

The Roomba 960 robot vacuum seamlessly navigates room to room to clean an entire level of your home, recharging and resuming until the job is done. Roomba 960 loosens, lifts, and suctions dirt with up to 5x more air power and requires less maintenance. Just press CLEAN or schedule Roomba on the go with the iRobot HOME App.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Roomba 960
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 4
2. eufy RoboVac 11 / 11s
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 10
3. Neato Robot Vacuum for Pets and Allergies
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 12
4. Roomba i7+
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 5
5. EcoVACS DEEBOT N79S Cleaner
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 7
6. Neato Botvac Connected
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 11
7. iRobot Roomba 980 (Discontinued)
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 9
8. Eufy RoboVac 30
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 5
9. iLife A4s
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 6
10. Roomba 690
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 8
11. Roomba 675
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 2
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 6
13. Samsung POWERbot R7065
Overall Score: 7.6
Expert Reviews: 9
14. Shark ION
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 8
15. Dyson 360 Eye
Overall Score: 6.7
Expert Reviews: 6

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