Comparing these 2 iRobot Roomba vacuum cleaners, we can find that the Roomba 960 looks very similar to the Roomba 980.
In fact, they have many similarities, such as using iAdapt 2.0 Navigation with Visual Localization, being able to self recharge and resume cleaning, clean multiple rooms, clean on a schedule, support iRobot HOME App, having cliff-detection sensors, etc.
However, they are not identical. The iRobot Roomba 960 is just like the lite version of 980.
Below are some differences between Roomba 980 and 960.
The 980 has one new feature that the 960 does not have. It is the Carpet Boost.
According to iRobot, this enables the 980 to automatically increase power on carpets/rugs where dust and dirt hide.
Motor and Air Power
The 960 uses the same motor, Gen 2 motor, as the 860 and 880.
With the Gen 2 motor, the 960 generates up to 5x the air power compared to Roomba 600 and 700 series AeroVac systems.
Whereas the 980 features the new Gen 3 motor that is more powerful, it provides up to 10x the air power.
Battery and Run Time
The 960 comes with a 2130mah lithium-ion battery whereas the 980 uses 3300mah lithium-ion battery.
The 980 runs up to 120 minutes whereas the 960 runs up to 75 minutes.
The 960 comes with only 1 Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barrier whereas the 980 comes with 2 Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barriers.
The Roomba 980 is $200 more expensive than the Roomba 960.
On irobot.com, the 980 is priced at $899.99 versus $699.99 for the 960. (prices checked on 2017-03-09)
The 960 is in black with silver whereas the main color of 980 is black with brown.
The 980 weighs 8.7 lbs versus 8.5 lbs on the 960.
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