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Roomba 960 vs 980

Postby hartator » June 21st, 2017, 7:06 pm

Price is not really a concern, but I've heard that the 960 has the same engine as the Roomba 880 which perform better and that carpet turbo boost is a bit of a gimmick.
What do you guys think?
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Re: Roomba 960 vs 980

Postby vic7767 » June 21st, 2017, 8:30 pm

I run both 900 models. The 960 is great and has a single speed dust bin similar to the 880. The 980 has carpet detect that will optionally activate a higher vacuum motor speed when carpet is detected. I like this feature when running the 980 because the surfaces here that it cleans are both Berber carpet and linoleum. Hearing the vacuum motor rev up on carpet and then slow down on linoleum is something I like.
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Re: Roomba 960 vs 980

Postby marquesalan » June 22nd, 2017, 2:21 am

That makes sense however all the reviews I have read say the extra boost of suction doesn't really get the carpet any cleaner. Do you think it does?
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Re: Roomba 960 vs 980

Postby hartator » June 22nd, 2017, 8:29 am

marquesalan wrote:That makes sense however all the reviews I have read say the extra boost of suction doesn't really get the carpet any cleaner. Do you think it does?

Yeah, I've read something similar. Even that it can damage the carpet. I couldn't find a side comparison between the two though.
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Re: Roomba 960 vs 980

Postby marquesalan » June 22nd, 2017, 8:33 am

Well I had the 880 and even though the 960 is the same motor this robot picks up way more debris and the air blowing out the back is definitely stronger so something has been redesigned. Maybe it just finds more debris because of the iAdapt 2.O technology or it could be the stronger battery at 3300mAh. But I must say I switch off and use my Xlife battery (blue) and that one is 4400mAh. It runs for a full 2 hours before recharging so basically I am only missing the carpet boost feature and I saved $200. Plus the color and finish on the 960 is so much nicer. The 980 has that ugly smokey brown color. Not sure why they picked that. I like the dark metallic grey on my 960 better. It's an amazing machine! The best robot I have ever owned and this is my 7th.
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Re: Roomba 960 vs 980

Postby vic7767 » June 22nd, 2017, 9:51 am

marquesalan wrote:That makes sense however all the reviews I have read say the extra boost of suction doesn't really get the carpet any cleaner. Do you think it does?
I haven't done a side by side measurement of the difference between debris pick-up. It would be very unscientific in my cleaning environment. The carpet boost feature of the 980 does not cause any carpet damage. I have upright vacuums that are much stronger than any robotic vacuum and they don't cause carpet damage either. I do run both the 960 and 980 with 4400 mAH Lithium-NMC packs.
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Re: Roomba 960 vs 980

Postby hartator » June 22nd, 2017, 12:24 pm

vic7767 wrote:
marquesalan wrote:That makes sense however all the reviews I have read say the extra boost of suction doesn't really get the carpet any cleaner. Do you think it does?
I haven't done a side by side measurement of the difference between debris pick-up. It would be very unscientific in my cleaning environment. The carpet boost feature of the 980 does not cause any carpet damage. I have upright vacuums that are much stronger than any robotic vacuum and they don't cause carpet damage either. I do run both the 960 and 980 with 4400 mAH Lithium-NMC packs.

So, you would recommend the 980 over the 960?
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Re: Roomba 960 vs 980

Postby marquesalan » June 22nd, 2017, 12:31 pm

I don't think the 980 is worth the $200 difference but that is up to you. I'm happy with my 960 with it's performance and I feel it's a nicer looking machine. I'd Google the Carpet Boost feature and see if it's something you can't live without. I have only 3 bedrooms with low pile carpet so carpet boost is not important to me. Either way the 900 series unit is the best robot on the market that I have owned and love.
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Re: Roomba 960 vs 980

Postby vic7767 » June 22nd, 2017, 1:12 pm

hartator wrote:So, you would recommend the 980 over the 960?
Nope, that will be a personal choice that an individual purchaser will have to make. I have no scientific data to post in this thread but after a cleaning run with the 980 there seems to be a bit more dust bin debris if boost was turned on than if it was not.
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Re: Roomba 960 vs 980

Postby saba11 » June 23rd, 2017, 3:11 am

I personally think that in the battle of Roomba 960 vs 980, the 980 model is worth the extra $200. It cleans way better and the navigation system seems to be more advanced. The carpet boost is another cool thing that makes this model even more desirable.
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Re: Roomba 960 vs 980

Postby marquesalan » June 23rd, 2017, 5:47 am

No proof it cleans better. In fact most reviews say to stick to the 2nd generation motor. More advanced navigation? It's the same iAdapt 2.0. Longer battery is nice but depending on your house size it most likely will have to recharge once throughout the cleaning cycle. If your house is 80% carpet and huge then get the 980.
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https://www.cnet.com/products/irobot-roomba-980/
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Re: Roomba 960 vs 980

Postby Mari088 » January 1st, 2018, 4:29 pm

I think that battle between 960 and 980 is not correct... Of course, if you have 1000$ better roomba 980.... main difference - carpet boost - it's amazing technology....BUT PRICE TOO EXPENSIVE! If you don't have money and you need good model better 890... it's almost like 960 but a little cheaper! I found here great article about comparison this models....https://robotbox.net/roomba-960-vs-roomba-980-one-best/ may be for somebody will be usefull!
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Re: Roomba 960 vs 980

Postby marquesalan » January 1st, 2018, 5:49 pm

The 890 has the old navigation system where it just randomly bounces around the room. Pay the extra $200 plus it’s way better at making it safely back home.
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Re: Roomba 960 vs 980

Postby sam329 » June 6th, 2018, 10:17 am

Roomba 960 and 980 both are the top-notch ones.

The differences Roomba 980 excels 960 are the carpet boost option and the powerful motor.

Other than that 960 works same as the 980. However, for the home with hardwood floors, 960 is the best.

Check out this: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=19832
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Re: Roomba 960 vs 980

Postby marquesalan » June 6th, 2018, 1:19 pm

Thank you! I purchased a 960 and the 3300 MAh battery so now my 960 runs the full 2 hours just like the 980. I am only missing the carpet boost feature which is debatable if it really picks up any more dirt with or without it.
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Re: Roomba 960 vs 980

Postby Sophia » July 9th, 2018, 1:11 pm

This is a very useful piece of information! I'm also going to buy iRobot. Having surfed the Internet, I decided that Roomba is one of the best brands. But it's not easy to choose a proper model. I should say, it is great that you shared your experience here as it is very useful for me. I hope I'll be able to make the right choice. Thanks a lot!
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Re: Roomba 960 vs 980

Postby marquesalan » July 9th, 2018, 3:28 pm

Well that is why we are all here, to help and inform others of our experiences and to make your decisions easier.
I absolutely love my 960! And iRobot has excellent customer service. They have helped me with every issue and go above and beyond to make sure you are satisfied. That is my experience at least. It's all about how you treat others. I would only buy a robot with the iAdapt 2.0 or higher (in the future). Instead of bouncing all around, it's much more systematic and thorough following some kind of map. It makes a world of a difference so that being said at least there are just two choices. I bought the cheaper one well because it was cheaper and I liked the outside appearance much better. Good luck and I am sure you will love your new helper.
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Re: Roomba 960 vs 980

Postby electrisio » August 16th, 2018, 3:50 pm

The 960 and 980 are very similar machines with the principal difference being the Roomba 980 having higher motor power and price tag. The Roomba 960 will do a great job for most people, but the Roomba 980 may be better suited in some situations where a home has lots of carpets, especially thick and dense ones. The Roomba 980 a specialized carpet boost mode where the suction is boosted to make sure stuck dirt and debris are collected, and as the robot vacuum has more oomph, it will do a better job in some cases. Those with hard floors should pick the Roomba 960 as the perks of the extra suction power won’t be necessary or worth it for the extra $200.
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