If you have pets in the house, the iRobot Roomba 960 is the robotic vacuum for you. I am impressed by the amount it picks up. Even after a thorough clean with a mop, it still comes back with a full bin. The battery also keeps on working as advertised, even after six months of service.
Navigation is almost out of this world. It will intentionally move from one room to the next once done with the room. I have tested other robot vacuums and they all tend to just run in random circles. The Roomba 960 moves much more efficiently in straight lines to cover the floor area in less time. It also won’t damage or scratch your walls as it decelerates when it nears any obstacles, barely touching it.
After running for about an hour, depending on the surface, the Roomba 960 will need to charge. Charging is also just as amazing. When the bin is full, or the battery is running low, it will take the shortest route back to it’s docking station. Cleaning the unit is straight forward and takes me less than 10 minutes to complete.
When it comes to the app, it is simply WOW. It keeps track of areas cleaned, the amount of dirt encountered and the time it ran per cycle. The map of my house is also very impressive. The app is also used to program specific times and days the vacuum must run. You can also set the Roomba 960 to finish cleaning even though the bin is full. The Roomba 960 can be programmed to clean in 1, 2 or automatic passes. I found that 2 passes take a bit longer. Automatic cleaning seems to be totally sufficient for my house. The iRobot can also be set to clean along the edges of all rooms before finishing.
Things to watch out for, is furniture such as sofas that are just high enough to wedge underneath. Also, loose carpets with stand-up corners tends to get pulled in by the rollers.
The iRobot Roomba 960 is definitely my choice when it comes to robot vacuums.