iRobot Roomba 960 Robot Vacuum reviews

Last update 5th July 2020


Overall rating: 85/100

iRobot Roomba 960 Robot Vacuum is a premium robot vacuum cleaner which has all of the advanced technologies from Roomba (similar to Roomba 980 model) but its price is a bit cheaper than Roomba 980.

iRobot Roomba 960 Robot Vacuum reviews


The best thing of Roomba 960 is that its navigation sensors work much better than other versions and the floor sensors allow this unit to work efficiently on different surfaces colors no matter it is white or dark.

The model is quiet when running and it is wifi connected so you can control Roomba 960 to do the home cleaning tasks when you are on the way back home.

The downside, Roomba 960 can be stuck when dealing with low furniture (it is 5.8 inch height which is  bit high if you compare with Shark Ion 750 only 2.6 inch height).

The combination of advanced technologies and reputation make the Roomba become one of the best rated robot vacuum cleaner on the market.

Technologies used in Roomba 960 and their benefits

  • Control the roomba 960 via smartphone (schedule, clean, customize cleaning regimes) when you are not at home by using the iRobot Home App
  • Better navigation because it uses a second version of sensors which has visual localization ability (better than down line models like Roomba 600s series)
  • Long running time up to 75 minutes
  • Ability to recharge and resume cleaning automatically which is the greatest features
  • 5X more air power
  • friendly to people with allergen because it can capture 99% of dust at size down to 10 microns
  • Friendly to home with pets thanks to Tangle-free Dual Multi-Surface Brushes Handle Pet Hair
  • Cliff detect ability to prevent falling when working on floors
  • Edge sweepers included for cleaning corners
  • Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barrier (Batteries Included), High Efficiency Filter, 2 Extra Side Brushes, Dock Station and Manuals


ModelRoomba 960
Mapping sensorcamera
Resume cleaningyes
Auto dockingyes
Motor (Pa)900 Pa
Cleaning capacity (m2)150 m2
Max home sizeMedium
Cleaning modeAuto, spot
Dust bin size ( mL)600 mL , non-rinsable
Climb height (mm)20 mm
Carpet typeLow, medium
Battery typeLi-ion
Run time75 minutes
Charging time120 minutes
Wifi + Appyes
Virtual wallyes
Carpet boostyes
Dirt detect typeSeries 2
Dimension13.78 x 13.78 x 3.6 in
Additional toolsDocking station, line cord, 2 virtual wall barriers, 1 extra HEPA, cleaning tool, extra side brush

FAQs & troubleshooting of iRobot Roomba 960 Robot Vacuum

Will the Roomba 960 easily find its way back to the docking station around the corner of a chair to the far side of the laundry room?

Answer: yes it can find its way from anywhere.

Question: I have a step down living room. Will the roomba stop at the step and turn around or will it just fall down the stairs?

Answer: It will stop and turn around because it has the cliff sensors to detect the floor surface height and prevent itself from falling off.

Question: How does it deal with 2 in fringe on Persian rugs? All floors are hardwood with various rugs.

Answer: It could work but anything like that can be sucked in. It will twist around the beater brush and then

Question: Is it good in an old house

Answer: We have an old home and it works great. The only issue we had is we have two large dogs and old carpet. I had to have my carpets cleaned to give the Roomba a fresh start but now it keeps up great! It is one of my favorite things!

Question: Does it work in a dark room

Answer: Yes fine. It does not need light.

Question: Does it stop at the top of the stairs?

Answer: yes it is

Question: How do you reset the schedule for a Day?

Answer: Hold “schedule” then press “hour”. You can check more in the manual

Question: Does it work on Rubber Stall Mat?

Answer: Not really. You need a flat surface.

Question: Will it work on rubber floors? Such as gym rubber Stall Mat?

Answer: Can not answer this. It did however go over my bath mats like a breeze and cleaned them good. I forgot to take mats up but will not bother next time since it did great job last time.

Does it come with the northstar navigation cube? or do you have to purchase it separately?

Answer: It came with the cube.

Question: Can you set up no go zones through the app?

Answer: No

Question: How does it do on thick carpet?

Answer: I am not sure what you mean by thick…I have typical house carpet and have throw rugs on top of some of it and the Roomba does just fine.

Question: should i buy extended warranty?

Answer: It is a completely personal decision, but we have 4 kids, 3 dogs and did not buy it. We have had ours for over a year now and it still works great.

Question: I have the irobot 240. Is there a device that will prevent braava from going out of an area in 2 or more places like the invisable line for irobot?

Answer: Braava jet 240 can set an invisible wall/ boundary using the free iRobot app- no device is needed.

Question: Can you control this with Alexa?

Answer: I am not certain, but I think the answer is , “No.”

Question: Does it leave nice vacuum lines on the carpet? Thanks

Answer: We have oriental rugs, so no. It also goes in many directions if dirt is found.

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