What are the Main Differences Between the Roomba 960, 980 and i7. The 5 Best Roomba Alternatives

Do we have to talk about Roomba? Everyone knows or heard about it. The latest high-end models clean more efficient thanks to the iAdapt Navigation with Visual Localization that builds a map of your room to clean an entire level of your home efficiently. When the battery runs out of energy, the robot automatically docks itself to recharge and thanks to the created map it remembers where it left off and returns to the point to finish cleaning.

Roomba 980

All the three models come with silicone rollers that are tangle-free and easy to maintain. These things make a Roomba perfect for dealing with pet and long human hair.

Virtual wall barrier keeps the robot from crossing specific areas it shouldn't go. The virtual wall barrier is inside the box of each of the three models.

In the app, you can switch between modes, track when the dust bin needs to be emptied, see all the notification alerts, and schedule the robot.

Full dustbin indicator alerts when the container is full of dust. You can see it on your smartphone. There are two ways to empty it when the robot is cleaning: pause the vacuum or stop operation. In the first case, the Roomba will continue once you empty the box when stopping the cleaner, it returns to the dock. Roomba i7 what makes it different with the Roomba 980

Each of them works with Alexa enabled devices and the Google Assistant.

The Dirt Detect technology is a bunch of sensors that recognize high-traffic areas providing deep cleaning on these spots. Something we have never seen in other robots.

Roomba 960 vs. Roomba i7 comparison chart

Carpet boost is presented in the Roomba 980 and i7. It detects carpet flooring and automatically switches suction power to its maximum level. The feature is nice since you don't have to change the cleaning mode manually everytime the robot is on the carpet.

The Roomba i7 has improved silicone rollers and a quieter motor. The robot delivers less sound providing the same cleaning performance as the Roomba 980 does.

The Roomba 960, 960 and i7 specifications

FeaturesRoomba 960Roomba 980Roomba i7
Runtime75 min120 min75 min
Carpet Boostnoyesyes
Dustbin capacity600 ml600 ml378 ml
HEPAyesyesyes
Mappingyesyesyes
Recharge & Resumeyesyesyes
Dirt Detectyesyesyes
Full Bin indicatoryesyesyes
Clean and Schedule by Roomnonoyes
Save created mapnonoyes
Virtual Wall Barrieryesyesyes
Schedulingyesyesyes
Amazon Alexa/Google Home supportyesyesyes
Warranty12 months12 months12 months

The difference between mapping technology

In the Roomba 960 and 980, you can only see the map as a report; you cannot interact with it.

The newest iAdapt 3.0 Navigation with vSLAM technology allows the Roomba i7 7150 to remember your home layout. You can edit the map once to point out where there are the living room, bedroom, kitchen, etc. After you set it up, you can schedule the robot to clean a particular room you've chosen. The Roomba i7 7150 can store up to 10 different floor plans.

The Roomba i7+ 7550 comes with a Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal. It is automatically emptying into an enclosed, disposable bag that holds 30 robot bins.

What a Roomba is the best for?

Thanks for its silicone tangle-free rollers, the Roomba is perfect for pet owners.

It can be a part of your smart home system thanks to compatibility with Amazon Alexa and Google Home.

Owners of medium and large-sized homes because of its recharge&resume feature. The Roomba cleans small houses too; it spends less time to finish the job.

Homes with mixed surfaces and bare floors. The silicone rollers work best on tile, hardwood, linoleum, laminate, etc. though the Roomba 960, 980 and i7 7150 perform well on thin and medium-pile carpets too.

Dirt Detect is a great feature. The robot finds the dirtiest places on its own without you thinking about cleaning those spots manually.

What is missing in the new Roomba i7?

Almost all the high-end robots have digital walls that keep the device from crossing specific areas. The physical block seems old-fashioned compared to the features that can be set on the smartphone.

Mopping feature could be significant. Of course, it doesn't replace actual mopping though it is helpful in everyday use if you don't have time to do it manually.

Interaction with the map. All those robots that has an ability to set blocked areas allow interacting with the map like sending the robot to a specific spot etc.

Camera-based mapping system requires the light on for the robot to work in the dark or on dark-shade carpets, unlike the LIDAR that is based on a laser.

Roomba Alternatives

Is there any other robot vacuum cleaner to buy instead of the newest Roomba robots? Let's consider top 5 the best Roomba alternatives to buy in 2018/2019.

Xiaomi Roborock

Xiaomi Roborock a budget high-end robot vacuum worth buying

The Xiaomi Roborock is one of the best budget robots on the market that can remember your home layout thanks to mapping and a laser housed inside the tower of the robot. It sweeps and mops at the same time, has a minimalist design and an easy-to-slide water container. The strong suction power cleans thin and medium-pile carpets from pet hair, dust and dirt. The long-lasting battery covers a large cleaning area before it needs to recharge. The robot is perfect for medium and large-sized homes with all type of surfaces (except thick carpets).


Neato Botvac D7 Connected

Neato Botvac D7 Connected smart robot vacuum that works great on corners

The Botvac D7 Connected has a D-shape as all the Neato models do. It helps the robot to clean corners and edges better. The mapping technology is based on a laser. The same as the Roomba, Neato is integrated with smart system enabled devices. The cleaner remembers up to three different floor plans. In the app, you can set digital No-Go lines as many as you want to on every floor to tell your robot where not to go while helping prevent it from getting stuck. If your robot needs extra power to finish a cleaning run, Quick Boost lets your robot charge only what it needs, so it completes the job fast. The D7 Connected is perfect for homes with carpeted flooring.


360 S6

360 S6 a budget smart robot vacuum cleaner that remembers your home layout

The 360 S6 is a budget robot vacuum featured with things flagship models have. It cleans all types of the surfaces (except thick carpets) thanks to mopping and strong suction. It is equipped with the LIDAR mapping technology that is more accurate than camera-based ones and allow the robot to work in the dark. It stores up to 10-floor plans in memory, once it starts cleaning the room it doesn't need to rebuild the map again. The app allows to set block off areas and create digital walls. The robot can clean all types of surfaces except thick carpets.


ECOVACS Deebot Ozmo 930

ECOVACS Deebot Ozmo 930 one of the best smart robot cleaners on the market with a budget price tag Roomba alternative

The ECOVACS Deebot Ozmo 930 is a robot cleaner equipped with the LIDAR mapping technology. It is a two-in-one vacuum that can sweep and mop. Its sensors recognize carpeted flooring and boost suction power to a max level providing deep cleaning. When mapping, the Ozmo 930 "sees" bare floors and carpets, you can see it on the app. In the mopping mode, the Deebot avoids carpets leaving it safe and dry. In the app, you can customize cleaning areas, choose where to clean first and set zones where it shouldn't go. The Deebot 930 comes with a suction inlet and main brush. The first one works best on bare floors collecting pet hair, while the second one is great at cleaning carpets. The ECOVACS Deebot Ozmo 930 is suitable for homes with thin carpets or mixed surfaces. It performs well on bare floors as good as on thin carpets.


Samsung PowerBot R7070 Pet

Samsung PowerBot R7070 Pet

The Samsung PowerBot R7070 Pet comes with mapping that has an onboard camera. Multiple sensors create the ideal cleaning path for multi-room cleaning while avoiding obstacles along the way. Self Clean Brush automatically detangles and removes pet hair that collects around the brush. The robot doesn't have side sweepers yet is equipped with a wide cleaning brush that allows the POWERbot to clean larger areas with less movement. Automatically detects surface types to select the ideal suction power. Thanks to mapping, the ROWERbot R7070 Pet knows where it has been, it returns to finish the job after recharging. The cleaner is ideal for homes with carpeted surfaces mostly.


Roomba Alternatives Comparison Chart

SpecificationsXiaomi RoborockNeato Botvac D7 Connected360 S6ECOVACS DEEBOT Ozmo 930Samsung POWERbot R7070 Pet
Cleaning time150 min120 min120 min110 min90 min
Mapping Technologylaserlaserlaserlasercamera
Wifi supportyesyesyesyesyes
Virtual blockeryesyesyesyesno
Suction power2,000 Pa2,000 Pa1,800 Pa1,000 PaN/A
Carpet identificationyesnoyesyesyes
Amazon Alexa/Google Home supportyesyesAmazon Alexa onlyyesyes
Noise level60 dB64 db55 dB65 dB71 dB
Dustbin capacity500 ml700 ml400 ml450 ml300 ml
Barrier-cross ability0.79 in / 20 mm0.75 in / 19 mm0.67 in / 17 mm0.63 in / 16 mmN/A
Schedulingyesyesyesyesyes
HEPA filteryesyesyesyesno
Warranty12 months12 months12 months12 months12 months
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