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🥇 Roomba i7 vs 960 – Differences & Similarities

Price History Chart

  • Price history Roomba 960
    TypePriceWhen
    Current439$February 22, 2020
    Highest769$December 10, 2017
    Lowest0$October 6, 2019
  • Last price changes
    DatePrice
    Feb 21, 2020439$
    Feb 13, 2020449$
    Jan 29, 2020395$
  • Price history Roomba i7
    TypePriceWhen
    Current599$February 22, 2020
    Highest799$July 3, 2019
    Lowest549$December 1, 2019
  • Last price changes
    DatePrice
    Jan 19, 2020599$
    Dec 23, 2019699$
    Dec 18, 2019579$

You will agree with me that the premium iRobot vacuum, the Roomba S9+ is quite expensive. But then, there are some cheaper models that don’t compromise on most of the premium features.

In this Roomba i7 vs 960 review, we have compared two mid range Roombas, in a bid to find out which is the best choice.

One thing you will realize about these two models is that they have almost the same features, but there are a few things that set them apart.

Good Choice
iRobot Roomba 960 Robot...
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iRobot Roomba i7 Robotic...
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iRobot Roomba i7 Robotic...
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Power suction
900
1700
Cleaning System
Premium 3-Stage Cleaning System
3-Stage Cleaning System
Сleaning Area
1615 ft2 / 150 m2
1991 ft2 / 185 m2
Brushes
Unique Dual Multi-Surface Rubber Brushes
Dual Multi Surface Rubber Brushes
Dustbin Capacity
600 ml
500 ml
HEPA Filter
Navigation
vSLAM navigation
vSLAM navigation technology
Keep Out Zones
PerfectEdge Technology
Anti-Allergen System
RunTime
75 min
75 min
Automatically Recharges
Ideal for Homes with Pets
Good Choice
iRobot Roomba 960 Robot...
Product name
iRobot Roomba 960 Robot...
User reviews
2,010 Reviews
Power suction
900
Cleaning System
Premium 3-Stage Cleaning System
Сleaning Area
1615 ft2 / 150 m2
Brushes
Unique Dual Multi-Surface Rubber Brushes
Dustbin Capacity
600 ml
HEPA Filter
Navigation
vSLAM navigation
Keep Out Zones
PerfectEdge Technology
Anti-Allergen System
RunTime
75 min
Automatically Recharges
Ideal for Homes with Pets
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Best chooice
iRobot Roomba i7 Robotic...
Product name
iRobot Roomba i7 Robotic...
User reviews
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Power suction
1700
Cleaning System
3-Stage Cleaning System
Сleaning Area
1991 ft2 / 185 m2
Brushes
Dual Multi Surface Rubber Brushes
Dustbin Capacity
500 ml
HEPA Filter
Navigation
vSLAM navigation technology
Keep Out Zones
PerfectEdge Technology
Anti-Allergen System
RunTime
75 min
Automatically Recharges
Ideal for Homes with Pets
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To make sure you get the best out of this review, we have discussed the similarities and differences of the Roomba i7 and Roomba 960.

1. Design and Aesthetics

Roomba i7

Roomba i7
When it comes to the i7, it still maintains the same round shape design. Remember, the new Roomba S9 is D-shaped just like the Neato Botvacs.

Regarding dimensions and weight, the i7 is 13.34 inches width x 3.63 inches high and weighs just 7.44lbs. It has been finished in black and grey.

2. Cleaning Performance

Roomba i7

Roomba i7+ Brush system
The i7 on the other hand is quite similar to the 960.

It’s also designed for bare floors, carpets and pet hair. The suction power, and brush system are all the same.

However, the i7 has a better filtration system courtesy of the new iRobot CleanBaseTechnology.

The i7 will empty itself when docking and the CleanBase unit can hold up to a month’s dirt.

This is a great feature for homeowners on a tight schedule, as well as allergy sufferers.

3. Cleaning Tests

Roomba i7

The new i7 wasn’t different in any way. The cleaning test results were just the same.

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The i7 is ideal for picking up dirt and pet hair on bare floors and low pile carpets only.

Roomba 960 vs i7 Bare Floors

Roomba 960 vs i7 Bare Floors

Roomba 960 vs i7 on High Pile Carpets

Roomba 960 vs i7 on High Pile Carpets

4. Battery Performance

Roomba i7

It’s unfortunate that the i7 got a runtime cut.

The previous model, the 980, had a 3300mAh battery that lasted for 120 minutes but the i7 has a 2130mAh battery with 75 minutes runtime.

When it comes to power management, it will recharge and resume cleaning automatically just like the Roomba 960.

5. Navigation and Floor Mapping

Roomba i7

SmartMapping i7+
The i7 on the other hand, is a step further. This vacuum comes with the latest iRobot navigation system called iAdapt 3.0.

This is just the same as iAdapt 2.0 but now with Imprint Smart Mapping, a feature that enables the robot to learn your home’s layout.

Some of the best features Imprint Smart Mapping brings to the Roomba include Keep Out Zones, and Zone Cleaning. Now you don’t need the physical boundary markers,and you can clean specific spots instead of the entire apartment.

6. Smart Features

Roomba i7

Roomba i7 Smart features
The Roomba i7 is not different in any way as it also supports mobile app operation and well as Alexa compatibility.

However, it boasts more app features than the 960 courtesy of Imprint Smart Mapping. On the App, you can now choose specific spots or rooms that you want the robot to clean.

Also, in addition to Clean Map reports, the Roomba i7 and i7+ have digital boundaries dubbed Keep Out Zones.

Winner: Roomba i7 vs 960

Roomba 960

Roomba 960
But still, the Roomba 960 is a worthy vacuum. It is cheaper compared to the i7 and packs some awesome features as well.

First, its cleaning performance is similar to that of the i7.

The 960 also has a VSLAM navigation system, and will resume cleaning after recharging.

Attention

For its price, it is a worthy contender in this debate.

Summary

That’s all we had for you in this Roomba 960 vs i7 comparison review. Remember, these are mid range models for homeowners who want a good mix of features, at an affordable price.

If the budget is still high, remember there are some cheaper Roombas as well; the likes of Roomba E5/E6 and Roomba 690/675.

Richard Harrison
I am a tech enthusiast with a flair for home robotics and Smart Home technology. If I’m not in my office, you will find me testing gadgets and writing reviews. I also like fishing and mountaineering. When I was buying my first robot cleaner, I had a hard time making a choice on what to go for because there was very little information about them. For that reason, I decided to start this blog to help other customers choose the best Home Gadgets.