iRobot Roomba Review: Has It Improved Since The First Generation?

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iRobot Roomba on carpet with kid laying on floorIf your least favorite chore is vacuuming; there are automatic vacuum cleaners that could save you time and headaches. The Roomba robot vacuum will suck up all the dirt and debris on your floors without having to lift a finger. For this review, we’ll be focusing on the Roomba 960 (our pick for best robot vacuum cleaner), although we will compare it to previous and newer models in the pricing and tech specs section. Find out why Roomba is the #1 pick for best vacuum robot.

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iRobot Roomba

4.4 / 5
iRobot Roomba
Customer Service & Reputation 4.5
Price 3.5
Scheduling 5.0
Run-Time 4.0
Mobile App 5.0


  • Automatically returns to charging station
  • Use the app to turn the vacuum on or schedule cleaning times
  • Leaves nice carpet lines since it goes in a pattern
  • View how full the dirt bin is through the app
  • Excellent for vacuuming pet hair
  • Vacuums for about 75 minutes, depending on flooring (carpet vs hardwood)
  • 1-year warranty


  • High price point
  • 1-pint dust bin is relatively small and requires frequent dumping

Key Features

  • Schedule cleanings from anywhere and see the status of cleaning jobs using iRobot Home app
  • Keeps track of its location
  • Automatically recharges and resumes until the job is complete
  • Works on different floor levels
  • Picks up pet hair well

Pricing & Tech Specs

The table below compares the Roomba 960 against other Roomba vacuums.

 Roomba 650Roomba 860Roomba 960Roomba 980Roomba i7+
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Weight in pounds7.
Dimensions (diameter x height in inches)13.39 x 3.6213.9 x 3.613.8 x 3.613.8 x 3.613.3 x 3.6
Run timeNot specifiedNot specified75 minutes120 minutesNot specified
3-Stage Cleaning SystemCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark
(Up to 7 times/week)
Avoids stairsCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark
Full bin indicatorCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark
Tangle-Free AeroForce ExtractorsCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark
iRobot Home AppCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark
Recharge and ResumeCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark
Captures 99% of allergens, pollen and particlesCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark
Creates a path to clean entire level of your homeCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark
Carpet BoostCheckmarkCheckmark

Does Roomba Suck?

Positive iRobot Roomba Reviews

Maria is my new maid god she made my life so much easier. I have 3300 Sq. Ft. Of tile floors and her keeping them sweep has changed my life. I will never live without a Roomba again. Awesome machine. – Brenda, 2/4/2017

I didn’t check noisey, it is…but it is a vacuum. It is just as noisey as them other vacuums I have owned. I have loved the Roomba!! I love how it works it’s way all the way around my rooms and around the stuff we leave laying around!! – Jen, 2/1/2017

Negative iRobot Roomba Reviews

This device doesn’t return to recharge. We just find it dead in the middle of a room each time. I returned it. – MM, 9/26/2016

I no longer use this product, I have tried to call customer service with my concerns about it’s operation and was told that it was normal and not t0 be concerned. Well I was right and it ended up breaking as predicted! The irobot is now gone and the newly released dyson 360eye is being arriving tomorrow. – Marcus, 9/30/2016

Video: See the Roomba In Action

This video shows how the Roomba works with all of its features.

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About The Author:

Kimberly is our home security expert, and has been researching and writing about security and safety since 2013, covering everything from security systems and home automation to identity theft protection, home warranties, medical alert systems and more. She has personally tested hundreds of system components and interfaced with dozens of home security companies to find out what's happening behind the scenes.

In 2018, she had her first child, and that opened up a whole new avenue of security experience with baby gear. She wanted to purchase the safest items for her family.

Kimberly received her Bachelor of Arts in multimedia journalism from Simpson College. Her natural curiosity helps her research as she seeks the truth when learning about, comparing and personally testing products and services.

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Rose J
April 17, 2017 4:22 pm

I SO want one of these but yeah, they are pricey! Great review, do you think the 960 is better than the newer 980 version?

June 19, 2017 6:54 pm
Reply to  Kimberly Alt

How does the 805 model compare to 960? What exactly is the carpet boost of the 960?