With the development of intelligent technology, robot vacuum cleaner is becoming one important part of life. Actually, there are too many types of robot cleaners on the market, but some carry a hefty price-tag. We are concentrating on choosing suitable ones according to different needs and budgets.
As the hot sale on the market, iRobot Roomba 960 is favored by consumers. Although it’s not inexpensive, the robot offers a few impressive features for the price! In this review, we will go into every aspect of this robotic cleaner and find out whether it’s worth your money.
Key Features of the iRobot Roomba 960
- Cleans carpet and hard floors
- 5X Suction*
- Advanced dirt detect technology
- iAdapt 2.0 navigation with vSLAM technology
- Automatically recharge and resume
- Wi-Fi & smart home connected
- Virtual wall included
- High-efficiency filter
- Multi-surface rubber brushes
- Cleaning reports feedback
- 1-year warranty(including batteries)
Imagine this scenario: unexpected guests on the way and you’re stuck at work? The iRobot Home App lets you clean and schedule anytime,from anywhere. Connected to your smartphone, cleaner floors are at your fingertips. Start, stop, schedule and customize preferences from your Roomba robot vacuum using the iRobot Home App. You can clean the areas that need it the most through Clean Map reports before the doorbell ever rings.
How easy is the iRobot Roomba 960 is to install and use?
There are only three buttons on robot body: clean, spot and dock. Simple operation to realize basic function makes it suitable for elders and kids. In addition, the components of Roomba are easy to assembly and disassemble. It could automatically recharge and resume, which frees us to the maximum extent.
One thing deserving our attention is to place the Home Base in an open, uncluttered area leaving certain distances around the Home Base according to instruction.
How intelligent the iRobot Roomba 960 is during working?
The iRobot Roomba 960 has excellent preformance in aspect of smart application. iAdapt 2.0 Navigation with vSLAM technology embedded with Roomba allows the robot to map its surroundings to clean an entire level of your home. Clean MapTM reports show where Roomba has cleaned and display details, so that Roomba could continue its work in uncleaned areas even after automatic recharging.
Roomba can automatically switch to the most appropriate mode in different cleaning situation. For instance, when detecting walls and furniture edges, Roomba switches to corner cleaning mode; when detecting carpets or sliding doors, Roomba switches to obstacle crossing mode. Multi-mode automatic intelligent switching technology greatly improves cleaning efficiency of Roomba, which is suitable for most families.
Smart navigation and dirt detect technology work together to clean carpets and hard floors. A full suite of intelligent sensors guide the robot under and around furniture to help thoroughly clean your floors.
How powerful the iRobot Roomba 960 shows in cleaning performance?
After investigation, we conclude that the cleaning performance of iRobot Roomba 960 could meet most families needs.
Considering pick-up performance as an important factor influencing your choice, Roomba has made a lot of advances. Premium 3-stage cleaning system and power-lifting suction deliver 5X the air power* for improved pick-up performance (compared to Roomba 600 Series and AeroVac System).
iRobot Roomba 960 is ideal for homes with pets because the high-efficiency filter made of special materials captures 99% of allergens, pollen, and dust as small as 10 microns.
Dual mode virtual wall barrier
Dual mode virtual wall barrier is an efficient optional accessory to fit your home’s cleaning needs. Two modes can be chosen to keep Roomba in the places you want to be cleaned-and out of the ones you don’t. You can leave the device operating in its position on the floor between cleaning cycles.
This is a tiny gripe, but there is only one virtual wall offered for iRobot Roomba 960. If necessary, you can buy the virtual wall separately. The robot cleaner will support several virtual walls until it fits your home’s cleaning needs
Virtual assistant Alexa
In future, iRobot will integrate virtual assistant Alexa. The cleaning process will be more efficient and targeted after Alexa obtains feedback information from Roomba. At that time, you can try these customer commands with your Roomba robot and Alexa-enabled device: “Alexa, ask Roomba to start cleaning”,”Alexa, ask Roomba to stop cleaning” etc.
Compared with previous models, although the price slightly increased, iRobot Roomba 960 has greatly improved in smart application and cleaning performance. As far as price goes, this one isn’t too outrageous, considering all of its perks. It’s a good choice for most families who aren’t on a tight budge, you can also buy optional accessories to enhance your experience further. Keep in mind, there’s no such thing as a “perfect” component. Striking the right balance between budget and experience, and finding the most suitable one for us are more important. If you really want better performance and a lot more convenience features, iRobot Roomba 960 probably not the best choice.