Budget-Friendly Xiaomi Mi Robot vs One Of The Latest Roomba 960

Xiaomi Mi Robot

Xiaomi Mi Robot

SRR Score: 122

$369.98 Amazon

$259.99 GearBest

iRobot Roomba 960

iRobot Roomba 960

SRR Score: 104

$399.00 Amazon

Comparison Chart

  Main Features Xiaomi Mi Robot iRobot Roomba 960
Mapping / Path planning yes yes
Mapping Sensor Type LDS camera
High-Precision Map yes yes
Recharge & Resume yes yes
Automatically Docks and Recharges yes yes
Noise Level 68 db 65 db
LCD Display no no
Side Brushes (one or two) 1 pcs 1 pcs
Voice Prompts yes yes
  Cleaning Features
Suction Power 1800 Pa 900 Pa
Сleaning Area 2691 ft2 / 250 m2 1615 ft2 / 150 m2
Recommended Home Size medium, big medium, big
Cleaning Modes standart, quiet, max, zoned cleanup auto, spot cleaning
Dustbin Capacity 420 ml 600 ml
Automatic Dirt Disposal no no
Wet Mopping no no
Water Tank Capacity - -
Barrier-cross Height 0.59 in / 15 mm 0.79 in / 20 mm
HEPA Filter yes yes
Washable Filter no no
Сarpet Floor Types low-pile, medium-pile low-pile, medium-pile
Bare Floor Types hardwood, linoleum, marble tile, ceramic tile, laminate hardwood, vynil, marble tile, ceramic tile, laminate, linoleum
Battery Capacity 5200 mAh 2600 mAh
Run time 150 min 75 min
Charging Time 240 min 120 min
Rated Power (Watts) 55 W 30 W
Scheduling yes yes
IR Remote Control no no
Wi-Fi / Smartphone App yes yes
Wi-Fi Frequency Bands 2.4 GHz 2.4 GHz
Amazon Alexa Support yes yes
Google Assistant Support yes yes
Magnetic/Optical Virtual Walls yes yes
  App Features
Real-time tracking yes no
Digital Blocked Area no no
Zoned cleaning yes no
Multi-floor maps no no
Manual movement control yes no
Selected Room Cleaning no no
Carpet Boost no no
Anti-drop / Cliff Sensor yes yes
Dirt Detect no yes
Full Bin Indicator no yes
Other Specifications
Robot Weight 8.40 lbs / 3.81 kg 8.38 lbs / 3.8 kg
Robot Width 13.58 in / 34.5 cm 13.78 in / 35 cm
Robot Height 3.78 in / 9.6 cm 3.50 in / 8.9 cm
In the box charging dock, adapter, user manual charging station, line cord, extra filter, cleaning tool, owner’s guide, documentation package, dual-mode virtual wall, extra side brush
Warranty 12 months 12 months

Xiaomi Mi Robot


  • does a good job on hardwood floors catching pet hair, dust, and dirt
  • one of the most accurate navigation and mapping system on the market
  • mapping is very informative and detailed
  • decent battery life
  • works well on carpets below 15mm thanks to its strong suction power
  • real-time tracking via Mi Home app
  • cover a big floor area before it needs to recharge


  • does not compatible with Alexa
  • rugs thicker than 5/8" (15 mm) a 'no-no' to work on
  • cleaning brush makes it more difficult to untangle hair than a rubber one

iRobot Roomba 960


  • because of the integration with Amazon Alexa and Google Home Roomba 960 understands voice commands
  • rubber rollers works great on a bare floor
  • perfect robot vacuum cleaner for small homes
  • along with rubber brushes and strong suction power, Roomba 960 handles pet hair with ease


  • the robot is much better on hardwood than on thick carpet
  • it bumps into things
  • it gets stuck more than Xiaomi

The Xiaomi cleaning brush was designed to work better on carpeting floors but has an issue with tangling hair which all the robots with bristle brushes face. On the other hand, Roomba 960 has two rubber rollers that work better on hardwood floor than on a carpet but has no problem with hair stuck into them. Both robots are great at picking pet hair.

Consumers claim that Xiaomi Mi Robot has one of the most accurate mapping function on the market and rarely gets stuck when Roomba 960 lost between chair legs from time to time.

With the smart mapping and navigation, Xiaomi's sensor recognizes even the thinnest cloths as a barrier (read bed skirts/curtains) and won't go clean there. The same thing happens with objects that are below the laser sensor. Because of it, Mi Robot doesn't "see" the obstacles and hit it.

When it come to cleaning low and medium-pile carpets both robots have about the same performance. The carpets that are higher than 15mm is a 'no-no'. They won't work on it, but it would be fair to notice that both vacuums clean short carpets well.

What's better about Roomba 960 it is the fact that it understands Amazon Alexa and Google Home when Mi Robot doesn't.

Another thing is the Virtual Wall Roomba comes with. The wall blocks the robot from the areas you don't want it to go to.

Cleaning pattern is different. Most consumers say Roomba moves pretty random when Xiaomi works on straight lines. Not a big thing but important to notice.

Lastly the money you are ready to spend on your robot. Xiaomi Mi Robot costs about $400 on Amazon and a little bit above $300 on Gearbest while Roomba 960 come with a $700 price tag.

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