Compare Flagship iRobot Vacuum Cleaners: Roomba 960 vs. Roomba 980

iRobot Roomba 960

iRobot Roomba 960

SRR Score: 79

$580.85 Amazon

iRobot Roomba 980

iRobot Roomba 980

SRR Score: 103

$888.72 Amazon

$999.99 Aliexpress

Comparison Chart

  Main Features iRobot Roomba 960 iRobot Roomba 980
Mapping / Path planning yes yes
Mapping Sensor Type camera camera
Recharge & Resume yes yes
Automatically Docks and Recharges yes yes
Noise Level 65 db 70 db
LCD Display no no
Side Brushes (one or two) 1 pcs 1 pcs
Voice Prompts yes yes
  Cleaning Features
Suction Power 900 Pa 1700 Pa
Сleaning Area 1615 ft2 / 150 m2 1991 ft2 / 185 m2
Home Size medium, big medium, big
Cleaning Modes auto, spot cleaning auto, spot, carpet boost
Dustbin Capacity 600 ml 600 ml
Automatic Dirt Disposal no no
Wet Mopping no no
Water Tank Capacity - -
Barrier-cross Height 0.79 in / 20 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, vynil, marble tile, ceramic tile, laminate, linoleum hardwood, vynil, marble tile, ceramic tile, laminate, linoleum
Battery Capacity 2600 mAh 3300 mAh
Run time 75 min 120 min
Charging Time 120 min 120 min
Rated Power (Watts) 30 W 43 W
Scheduling yes yes
IR Remote Control no no
Wi-Fi / Smartphone App yes yes
Amazon Alexa Support yes yes
Google Assistant Support yes yes
Virtual Wall yes yes
  App Features
Digital Blocked Area no no
Zoned cleaning no no
Multi-floor maps no no
Manual movement control no no
Selected room cleaning no no
Carpet Boost no yes
Anti-drop / Cliff Sensor yes yes
Dirt Detect yes yes
Full Bin Indicator yes yes
Other Specifications
Robot Weight 8.38 lbs / 3.8 kg 8.69 lbs / 3.94 kg
Robot Width 13.78 in / 35 cm 13.90 in / 35.3 cm
Robot Height 3.50 in / 8.9 cm 3.60 in / 9.14 cm
In the box charging station, line cord, extra filter, cleaning tool, owner’s guide, documentation package, dual-mode virtual wall, extra side brush charging station, line cord, extra side brush, 2 dual mode virtual wall barriers with batteries, extra filter
Warranty 12 months 12 months

You might be wondering what are the differences between the flagship Roomba 960 and 980. It is always challenging to pick up the best robot vacuum for your needs. We are here to make it easier for you. Here are what makes the Roomba 980 different from the Roomba 960:

Similarities between the Roomba 960 and 980

  1. Mapping technology. They both are equipped with a camera sensor that creates a map of a cleaning area. Navigation pattern it the same for both
  2. Dirt detect provides deeper cleaning on high-traffic areas
  3. Full bin indicator shows when you need to empty the dustbox. You can both pause or stop cleaning when doing that
  4. The Roomba 980 and 960 are equipped with silicone brushless rollers that are perfect for pet and long human hair
  5. The same 600 ml dustbin


  1. Battery life. Since they both come with a recharge & resume feature, they can cover more in a cleaning cycle than those that do not have the function. The Roomba 980 works about 45 minutes longer
  2. Thanks to the longer battery life, the Roomba 980 is more suitable for bigger homes; the Roomba 960 is good for small and average-sized houses
  3. The Roomba 980 has stronger suction. It performs better on thicker carpets
  4. Along with stronger suction power, the Roomba 980 has smart carpet identification. When the sensors recognize carpet flooring, the robot boosts air power to max level
  5. Price. The Roomba 980 costs about $300 more than the Roomba 960.

The Roomba 960 is ideal for smaller homes with bare floors and thin carpets. It would clean thicker carpets too though it struggles with the smallest particulars when it comes to carpet performance.

The Roomba 980 can do both: hard floor and carpets that are up to 20 mm of height. Thanks to the excellent climbing ability, carpet boost, and stronger suction power, the Roomba 980 can clean carpets.

Both: the Roomba 960 and 980 are perfect for pet hair thanks to the brushless rollers that are tangle-free and require minimum maintenance.

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Michael Fisher 4 hours ago
Hi Danny, Unfortunately, it doesn't automatically stop when it goes on a carpet in mopping mode. However, you can set b ...
Michael Fisher 5 hours ago
Hi Johanna, sorry, we have never tested this robot vacuum so I have no idea how to connect it. I would recommend you to ...
Johanna Yesterday at 12:05
Hi, how to make the robot search for wifi? I cannot pair it…
Danny Yesterday at 05:04
Nice review. I have few questions if you can please answer! Does it automatically stop mopping once it goes on top of th ...
Michael Fisher 18 july 2019, 03:13
I wish it would be cheaper, but even with the price of $450 it's still a good choice. I'm pretty sure GearBest will not ...
jauling 17 july 2019, 07:58
Thanks, I just checked yesterday and it wasn't there. IMO, its a bit on the expensive side, but I guess that's presale p ...
Michael Fisher 17 july 2019, 07:11
It's already available on GearBest for $459.99.
Willem 15 july 2019, 04:54
Thank you for letting me know!
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