One of the most popular items for people to buy for cleaning their house is the iRobot Roomba 960. It is one of the best Roombas around:
Whether it’s for you, or for someone you love, purchasing a Roomba is always a smart idea. No more having to vacuum by hand all the time; just turn on the Roomba and watch it do its magic. What’s not magical is how many there are to pick from. There are dozens, each with some number as its tittle. How do you know which one to pick? Why not try the 960?
What is the Roomba 960?
The Roomba 960 is the budget-friendly(ier) counterpart to the Roomba 980. It’s a robo vacuum that has quite a few features, all of which we will discuss later. Robo vacuums have been around since 2002, yet they’ve been more popular as of late due to their more advanced features, power, and accuracy. While not a total substitute for a traditional vacuum, the 960 and other models come close.
How Much Is It?
The 960 is a mid-range model in the Roombaverse. It originally cost about $700, though Amazon and other sites have it for about $450-$500. With Black Friday around the corner, you can definitely find it for even cheaper.
Looking at what a Roomba can offer you is important before you purchase one. Sure, they all have the same function, but how they clean the carpet differs. Here are some of the features of the 960.
This Roomba has five times the power of the cheaper 600 model, allowing for even more pickup. While not as strong as a traditional vacuum, this Roomba works wonders for everyday cleaning and maintenance. Do you have pets? This model will clean up any dander or hair they leave behind. Just make sure there are no other messes the pet leaves before you clean.
Ideal for Hardwood Floors
If your home is mostly or all carpets, the Roomba 960 isn’t the best model for it. It’ll clean low pile, sure, but you may want to get the 980 for that. The 980 has turbo mode, which means it automatically becomes more powerful when it detects carpet.
Comes With a Virtual Wall Barrier
On Amazon, anyway, the 960 comes with a virtual wall barrier. Roombas tend to enter rooms you don’t want them to, or suck up areas that may have wires or other delicate goods. The wall barrier makes an invisible fence, preventing the Roomba from entering that area.
It Maps Your Home
Cheaper Roomba models don’t have room mapping technology. While they manage to clean most of your room, there’s those times when they just can’t seem to get the right areas. The 960 has iAdapt 2.0 Navigation, allowing the Roomba to learn as it goes along.
We should mention its battery life. It lasts about 75 minutes, which is a bit short compared to some models. The Roomba should last on one if you have a smaller home or apartment, but it’s still a little disappointing. If the job isn’t finished, the Roomba will return to its charging station when its battery is low, then resume when it has the power.
In order to get the most out of your Roomba 960, here are a few tips:
- Always replace the filter and brushes every now and then. With the filter, you can hit it against a garbage can if you feel like it’s not ready to replace just yet.
- Do a sweep of your home before you turn it on. Make sure there isn’t anything on the floor you wouldn’t want you Roomba to suck up.
- Remember to mop and traditionally vacuum your home as well, and use the Roomba in-between those actions.
Black Friday Deals
You can get some great Black Friday deals on the Roomba 960.
Last year, iRobot’s website took $200 off on it, with Amazon taking off an extra $50. Back in 2018, it was going for around $700, so the price you could buy it for on Black Friday was about the same as what you can buy it for right now. This may mean you can get the 960 for even cheaper! Be on the lookout!