Gadgets

iRobot 960 hits the market, offering new features and lower price-point

The iRobot team has released a new model to keep your home clean while you are busy enjoying life. The company announced the Roomba 960 Vacuuming Robot, a new addition to the popular family of cleaning robots starting at $699.

The second 900 Series Roomba to be introduced by iRobot, Roomba 960 extends mapping, adaptive navigation with visual localization and cloud connected app control to a wider range of consumers, providing high-efficiency and systematic cleaning at a more accessible price point. Further extending the company’s connected product line, iRobot also announced iRobot HOME App availability for both existing and new Braava jet Mopping Robot customers.

“As iRobot continues its push to address significant opportunities within the connected home, we are very excited to bring Roomba 960 and Braava jet app compatibility to market,” said Colin Angle, chairman and CEO of iRobot. “This is a significant milestone as we are now able to offer a more accessible Roomba with mapping capabilities and cloud connected features across multiple product lines. iRobot will continue to build upon its connected robot technologies moving forward, allowing for an enhanced customer experience and for our products to play a larger role within the smart home.”

Roomba 960 helps keep floors cleaner throughout the entire home with intelligent visual navigation, iRobot HOME App control with wireless connectivity, and 5x the air power over previous generation Roomba vacuum cleaners.1 The Roomba 960 also includes many of the premium features that can be found on all Roomba 800 and 900 Series vacuums, including tangle‐free debris extractors to prevent hair tangles, Dirt Detect™ Series II for a focused cleaning on particularly dirty areas, and Recharge and Resume functionality (900 Series) to keep the Roomba 960 cleaning until the job is complete.2

Now also compatible with Braava jet, the iRobot HOME App helps users get the most out of their experience by allowing them to choose the appropriate cleaning options for their unique home. Using the iRobot HOME App, users can start and stop their Bluetooth enabled Braava jet from the palm of their hand, access customizable cleaning settings, initiate over-the-air software updates, and access helpful customer support information. This update is available for existing and new Braava jet customers using Android and iOS, Bluetooth®-enabled devices.

Pricing and Availability

The Roomba 960 Vacuuming Robot is available for immediate purchase in the United States and Canada starting at $699 on irobot.com. Roomba 960 will also be available in Japan and select EMEA countries later in the third quarter of 2016. The iRobot 650 is still a bestseller on sites like Amazon.com, and the original mopping iRobot models are certainly cheaper, but with fewer high-tech options than the new models.