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The Roomba 960 is a slightly cheaper Wi-Fi vacuum robot

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Roomba today announced the latest member of its high-end 900 series of robotic vacuum cleaners, joining the top-of-the-line Roomba 980: the slightly less expensive Roomba 960.

Like it’s numerically superior sibling and the recently updated Roomba Braava mop, the Roomba 960 is able to connect to Wi-Fi, allowing you to remotely schedule cleaning times and control your vacuum through a smartphone app.

The cheaper price of the 960 comes at a cost

The cheaper price of the 960 comes at a cost though, utilizing the older motor from the previous generation 800-series models, and a smaller battery than the more expensive 980 (iRobot claims up to 75 minutes for the 960, compared to the 980’s two hours). Those slight variations aside, the 960 still shares the same cleaning functions, floor mapping, and intelligent charging seen in the 980.

The Roomba 960 is available today for $699, compared to the $900 for the Roomba 980.