iRobot Roomba s9 vs. 960 — Differences Explained

iRobot Roomba s9 vs. 960 differences

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Home cleaning has gotten even better, with the new iRobot Roombas. These handy robots work hard to clean our floors quickly and thoroughly while having some great additional features too! And not just for your cat, it has the dirt detection function, smart mapping and more. You don’t even have to spend a large amount of money either. As there are more budget-friendly options, such as Roomba 960, which has its own useful features, even if it isn’t as powerful as our Roomba s9.

It’s also worth to mention that the s9 model is compatible with the Automatic Dirt Disposal, whereas the 960 model is not. Also, if you’d like to get the s9 with a cleaning base, then you should check the s9+ model, it’s the same as an s9, but it already comes with a Clean Base™ Automatic Disposal included.

So, let’s take a closer look at the two models so you can decide which is the best options for you. Feel free to use our navigation system to skip down to any section.

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iRobot Roomba s9 vs. 960 — Things in Common

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  • Premium 3-stage Cleaning System – This feature allows both Roombas to clean the dirt and hair that’s visible, and the allergens and dust that isn’t. This technology comes in particularly handy for a home with pets, as both iRobot Roomba s9 and 960 premium 3-stage cleaning system has been designed to take care of that.

  • Connect and Schedule – You can pair up your iRobot Roombas with Alexa or Google Assistant to benefit from voice commands and control cleaning. Use the iRobot Home app to schedule and monitor your Roombas cleaning sessions. Their advanced technology is able to know your kitchen from your living room, as you can set and choose which rooms need to be cleaned through the app. And all you’ve to say is “Roomba, clean my bedroom” and off it goes! How great it is that you don’t have to plug in anything, or press any buttons to make them work.

  • Edge Sweeping Brush – Both iRobot Roomba s9 and Roomba 960 come with an edge sweeping brush. Your Roomba will move from walls to furniture in order to clean all edges effectively, keeping them dirt and dust free. Even with a traditional vacuum cleaner, it would still be particularly difficult to get to the edges.

  • Virtual Wall Barrier – With the virtual wall barrier, you don’t have to worry about your Roomba getting into certain places you don’t want it to. Such as plants, water bowls, and similar locations. Both models come with one wall barrier, but you can purchase more if needed. You won’t have to worry about how they’ll fit in your home, as they come in a small size, with a sleek black design, and are handy to place around your home.

  • Onboard Camera – The onboard camera or iAdapt localization camera, is necessary for your Roomba to be able to map out your home, ensuring complete coverage. This is what helps it to cover entire levels of floor spaces and ensure that no space is forgotten. It’s also worth to note that it does not record any video or images, nor can they be shared with iRobot and other parties.


iRobot Roomba s9 vs. 960 — Differences

iRobot Roomba s9 carpet boost

  • Difference #1: Smart Mapping – iRobot Roomba s9 comes with an Imprint ™ Smart Mapping feature. This handy technology allows your robot to map and adapt to your home. Allowing you to have control over which rooms should be cleaned, and which should be left alone. The advanced sensors have the ability to scan ahead at a rate of 25 times per second! So they can detect any obstacles in their path. This great feature eliminates the worry of having your Roomba knock something over, or damage itself.

  • Difference #2: Suction – This may be the biggest difference between the two Roombas. While Roomba 960 uses 5x suction power, Roomba s9 uses up to 40x. That’s a difference of 35! With this kind of power, the s9 can clean a much higher amount of stubborn dirt and dust from all types of surfaces, floor or carpet.

  • Difference #3: Compatible with a Clean Base – iRobot Roomba s9 is compatible with the Automatic Dirt Disposal system. Which gets rid of your dirt, so you don’t have to! It can hold up to 30 bins of dirt, dust, and hair. While using enclosed, disposable bags, avoiding getting unwanted clouds of dust. Unfortunately, Roomba 960 doesn’t have this addition.

  • Difference #4: Carpet Boost Mode – For those of you who have carpets at home that are a struggle to keep clean, we’re happy to say that Roomba s9 comes with the Carpet Boost Mode technology. This allows it to get deep into the carpet and it works hard to suck up all the dirt and dust. This is perfect for those of you who have pets, as you won’t have to worry about the amount of hair your loyal companion leaves behind.

  • Difference #5: Design – In terms of design, both Roombas differ from each other when it comes to size and shape.

    Roomba 960 comes at a diameter of 13.8 inches, the height of 3.6 inches and a weight of 8.5 lbs. Making it a little bigger than Roombas’ s9 measurements of 12.25 inches diameter, the height of 3.5 inches and a weight of 8.15 lbs. Its smaller measurements and unique ‘D’ shape allow it to get into smaller spaces the 960 might not. Such as, under bar stools and counters.

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iRobot Roomba s9 vs. 960 — Comparison Chart

iRobot Roomba s9iRobot Roomba 960
iAdaptYes, 3.0Yes, 2.0
iRobot Home AppYesYes
IR Remote ControlNoNo
Recharge & Resume YesYes
Run TimeUp to 75 minutesUp to 75 minutes
Onboard CameraYesYes
Brushless MechanismYesYes
Edge-Sweeping BrushYesYes
3-Stage Cleaning System40x Suction5x Suction
Carpet Boost ModeYesNo
Virtual Wall BarrierComes w/1Comes w/1
Avoids StairsYesYes
Cleaning SchedulesYesYes
Coverage MapsYesYes
Voice ControlAlexa, Google AssistantAlexa, Google Assistant
Empties on its own with Automatic Dirt DisposalYesNo
Comes with Automatic Dirt DisposalNoNo
Clean or schedule by roomYesNo
Imprint™ Smart MappingYesNo
Diameter12.25 inches.13.8 inches.
Height3.5 inches.3.6 inches.
Weight8.15 lbs.8.5 lbs.

iRobot Roomba s9 vs. 960 — Accessories

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There are many useful accessories available for your Roomba, such as filters, brushes and cleaning equipment.

Let’s take a look at some other types of additions to even further improve your Roombas efficiency.

Automatic Dirt Disposal for the s9 model is a useful addition that’ll save you even more time in having to constantly empty out the dirt from your Roomba, as it already does it on its own!

The Automatic Dirt Disposal Unit is compatible with Roomba s9, and it can hold up to 30 bags of dirt, dust, and hair, making vacuuming even easier and efficient.

Though both iRobot Roomba s9 and 960 already come with one wall barrier, it’s not a bad idea to include more, especially if there are many zones at home which you’d like to keep Roomba free. With their handy size and simple design, they will suit any space.


iRobot Roomba s9 vs. 960 — Our Thoughts

iRobot Roomba s9 corner brush cleaning

While iRobot Roomba 960 comes at a more budget-friendly price and offers some great features. Such as the 3-stage cleaning system, onboard camera, and compatibility with Alexa and Google Assistant. As well as having a decent suction strength of 5x and will work hard to map out your floor plan, and clean accordingly.

Yet undeniably the Roomba s9 is in a slightly different ballpark. It offers all those features and more! It has a suction power is 40x, and it includes Carpet Boost Mode. This machine is designed to rid your floors and any dirt, allergens, dust, and hair, keeping it spotless. While also having the option of adding an automatic dirt disposal unit, making your home cleaning even more efficient and simple.

So, if you’re willing to spend a little more, iRobot Roomba s9 is a great choice for your home.


Our Score:
  • iRobot Roomba s9
  • iRobot Roomba 960
4.7

Let us know what you think!

Have you noticed other differences between iRobot Roomba s9 vs. 960? Feel free to add them or share your experience with the products in the comments section below. Your input can help other people make the right choice!

Last update on 2019-07-16 at 08:10 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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