The thing that sticks out at you most about the second member of the Roomba 900 series is the robotic vacuum’s price. At $700, it’s not cheap, really, but it’s at least slightly more within reach than its $900 predecessor, the 980 — a move that comes as a handful of manufacturers have undercut the Massachusetts-based company in the space it helped pioneer.
The 960 maintains a number of the mapping advancements introduced in its older sibling, along with the mobile app connectivity that finally brought the line into the cloud-connected era. The lower price is thanks in part to the robot’s utilization of an older-gen cleaning system (on par with what you’ll find on the 800 series), along with smaller battery — listed at 75 minutes to the 980’s 120.
The new Roomba is available now in the U.S. and Canada through iRobot’s site.