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Buying Guide:980, 960 or Botvac Connected?

Postby beginner_ » August 8th, 2017, 12:45 am

Hi all,

first post here. Looking to buy a robot vacuum for new apartment (1450 sqft) most hardwood and some tile floors. No pets. Idea is to let it run maybe twice a week so that we only have to manually vacuum once a month or less depending on robots performance.I have already informed myself about these 3 robots but all seem to have a significant downside.

980: expensive, some features I don't need (carpet boost for example), needs light!
960: needs light! Small battery. Can this battery be replaced say by one from a 980 or 3rd party? I found lot's of 3rd part batteries but none list 900 series as compatible.
Also how often will it charge for 1450 sqft? And how long will it take?

For both: They don't work in the dark. How dark does that mean, how much light do they need? Scenario: Hot summer days. I close all blinds to keep the heat out (no AC). So its isn't very bright in the flat but it's also not completely dark. Would it still work?

Lastly the botvac connected is comparatively cheaper to a 980 or has longer battery life than a 960 and works in the dark. However I've read it's more hands on, gets lost/trapped easier. is that true? Also the brush needs to be cleaned often compared to Roombas "extractors". Is this really such a pain as indicated?

Thanks for your help!
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Re: Buying Guide:980, 960 or Botvac Connected?

Postby vic7767 » August 8th, 2017, 10:31 am

The robots you've selected and investigated are all running in my home/shop. The best performer and most dependable is the iRobot 9XX series. The 960 is shipped with a lower capacity LI-ION pack. I replaced the OEM Lithium pack with a 4400 mAH pack from Lithium Power Inc. Of course I also replaced the 980 with the same 4400 mAH pack.

The 960 runs quite well in medium dark areas without issues. The 960 will resort to the earlier Roomba models non visual random cleaning pattern when cleaning within a totally dark room or area. The 980 also will do the same navigation in a totally dark area.
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Re: Buying Guide:980, 960 or Botvac Connected?

Postby jorgeli » August 11th, 2017, 1:55 am

I have a a Neato botvac conected and a Neato D5 Conected .
They work very good and have good navigation and never miss a spot.
Do not have problems with cleaning brush either , but i only have one cat :-)

But i could understand that the brush need to clean more regualay if have more long hair animals.
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Re: Buying Guide:980, 960 or Botvac Connected?

Postby RobotJunkie30 » August 31st, 2017, 5:20 pm

I have had them all. Xiaomi is the best all arounder. The 980 is a great vaccum but a bad robot compared to neato/xiaomi. The 980 Stumbles gets lost an cleans same sectons 5 times and has annoying high pitched sound wile running. Neato is also an option but a bit rough on walls and furniture. If you can import go for vorwerk vr200 or xiaomi mi vaccum the best 2 at the moment. My 2 cents...
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Re: Buying Guide:980, 960 or Botvac Connected?

Postby Shazb0t » September 1st, 2017, 2:09 pm

I've tried several robot vacuums and have settled on the 960/980. I own a 980 and it is very reliable. I purchased a 960 for my parents and it works equally as well. The Neato botvacs work well when they're new, but have high failure rates for the lidar units.

I haven't owned a Xiaomi Mi, but from video reviews and things I've read on this site it's brush system is not very advanced and can get stuck on carpeting. It's longevity also hasn't been really tested yet.
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Re: Buying Guide:980, 960 or Botvac Connected?

Postby RobotJunkie30 » September 1st, 2017, 2:37 pm

Shazb0t wrote:I've tried several robot vacuums and have settled on the 960/980. I own a 980 and it is very reliable. I purchased a 960 for my parents and it works equally as well. The Neato botvacs work well when they're new, but have high failure rates for the lidar units.

I haven't owned a Xiaomi Mi, but from video reviews and things I've read on this site it's brush system is not very advanced and can get stuck on carpeting. It's longevity also hasn't been really tested yet.


Beleave it or not in my house xiaomi is more capable on some carpets that 980. Never had I recieved brush warning I beleave the earlier models had the problem it is solved now. (Mine is 2 months old). Really warranty and maybe better build qality is the only thing the 980 has going for it. Navigation is crap and takes forewer to finish cleaning session / it is loud and annoying / short battery life/ and hits everything with some black paint on it/ irobots unstable app and "live" map is inferior to xiaomis and just a joke in comparison. Really just try xiaomi for fun or if you like robots. You will be looking strangely at your 980 and think of selling it as I did.
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