The Roomba 985 and the Roomba 960 from iRobot’s 900 series boast stronger suction power and more advanced mapping technologies than its entry-level siblings. If you’re debating which of the two you should get, our in-depth review below hones in on their similarities and differences to help you weigh which robot vacuum best suits your home.
The Roomba 960 boasts 10x the suction power of the entry-level Roombas. Thanks to its more advanced iAdapt 2.0 with vSLAM, the Roomba 960 can map floor plans and clean in straight paths. Its Imprint Link Technology allows the 960 to work with the iRobot Braava jet smart mop.
Roomba 985 vs 960 Comparison Chart
|Weight||8.7 lbs||8.5 lbs|
|Navigation||iAdapt 2.0 with vSLAM||iAdapt 2.0 with vSLAM|
|Suction Power||10x the suction power of the Roomba 600 Series|
Up to 10x more on carpets
|10x the suction power of the Roomba 600 Series|
|Brushes||Dual Multi-Surface Rubber Brushes, Edge-Sweeping Brush||Dual Multi-Surface Rubber Brushes, Edge-Sweeping Brush|
|Extra Side Brush||No||Yes|
|Clean Map Reports||Yes||Yes|
|Virtual Wall Barrier||1||1|
|Runtime||Up to 120 minutes||Up to 75 minutes|
|Charging Time||180 minutes||180 minutes|
|Recharge and Resume||Yes||Yes|
|Bin Capacity||600 mL||600 mL|
Their similarities and differences will be discussed in more detail throughout the article, but in a nutshell, here are their major differences:
Roomba 985has a darker faceplate with a halo finish while the Roomba 960comes in space gray.
- Both the
Roomba 985and the 960 boast 10x the suction power of the Roomba 600 series, but only the 985 has carpet boost capabilities.
Roomba 985has a slightly longer battery life than the Roomba 960.
Roomba 960is equipped with iRobot’s Imprint Link Technology so you can connect your robot vacuum to the Braava jet.
- Both have a side-sweeping brush, but only the
Roomba 960comes with an extra one with your purchase.
- iRobot has discontinued the
Roomba 985while the 960 is still available from their website and more sellers.
As iRobot has the patent for dual brush rolls, only Roomba robot vacuums have this brush roll design. Both the
Equipped with Carpet Powerboost, up to 10x the power of the Roomba 600 series and more advanced navigation, the Roomba 985 can pull in finer dirt and vacuum more efficiently.
Apart from the above-mentioned difference, both the
- 3-Stage Cleaning System: Their dual rubber brush rolls work together to agitate, lift, and pull in dirt effectively.
- Dirt Detect: The
Roomba 985and the 960 have sensors that can detect dirtier areas and clean these surfaces first before moving forward.
- Cliff Detect: Both Roombas have cliff detect sensors that can tell if they are at risk of falling off an elevated area. A caveat to this though is most robot vacuums with this feature tend to struggle with black carpets as they assume this dark surface is a “cliff.” There might be instances where they will avoid cleaning the black carpet or surface altogether.
Both Roombas can methodically clean your home and they come with one virtual wall barrier
Unlike their entry-level siblings that randomly clean your home, the
Both Roombas can automatically dock, recharge, and resume
Another difference between the two is their runtime. The
When it comes to connectivity, both the
Where they differ when it comes to connectivity is the Imprint Link Technology found in the
If your house has more carpeted floors, the
Perhaps the major deciding factor between these Roombas is whether you need the Power Boost for carpeted floors. Both are powerful robot vacuums packed with advanced features so you can’t go wrong either way.
However, if you don’t need the Power Boost technology in the discontinued Roomba 985, we recommend getting the Roomba 960 instead. The 960 will have better support and its Imprint Link Technology gives you the option to connect the vacuum with the iRobot mop. At the time writing, the
Yes, the Roomba 985 is ideal for spacious homes with lots of carpeting, thanks to its features and two-hour battery life.
Yes, the Roomba 960’s features and cleaning capabilities are worthwhile for its price, which is relatively lower than the