iRobot Roomba 560 Review – a Vacuum that Cleans by Itself


iRobot Roomba 560 Review:
iRobot Roomba 560 Vacuuming Robot is a vacuum that cleans by itself. It relieves you of the regular cleaing task, is an excellent tool and time saver in keeping your house floors clean. With a button press, it vacuums automatically. And it also has a scheduling feature that allows you to preset the cleaning time – up to 7 times a week. This automatic floor vacuum can pick up dust, dirt, pet hair, kitty litter, crumbs, and other debris from hardwood, tile, laminate, vinyl, linoleum floors and carpets/rugs. However, it cannot be used to clean stairs.
irobot roomba 560 vacuum cleaner

Here are the pros and cons of iRobot Roomba 560 Robot Vacuum.

Roomba 560 Goods:

  • Suck power is fine.
  • It is much quieter than a regular vacuum cleaner. You can sleep while the Roomba 560 is running.
  • It switches between hardwood floor and throw rugs automatically without any problem.
  • Cleans well on different types of floors, such as hardwood, tile, vinyl floors, and carpets.
  • The anti tangle technology is great, the unit tries to get itself untangled, in some cases it does help.
  • Cleans under most furniture and hard to reach areas, such as underneath / around sofa, bed, chairs, tables, etc.
  • Good coverage, though sometimes it may miss one or two spots.
  • Easy to use, can be programed to clean automatically, or just press a button to turn it on.
  • It has a dock, the vacuum can return to the dock to charge by itself.
  • Battery life is quite good.
  • Easy to empty the dust bin.
  • Maintenance takes no more than five minutes.
  • The virtual wall/lighthouse is a nice feature, it is useful for keeping the vacuum cleaning certain areas.

Roomba 560 Problems:

  • It takes much more time to clean a room as compared to using a regular vacuum cleaner.
  • Sometimes it does not return to the dock by itself.
  • It may miss some spots occasionally.
  • Sometimes it may gets stuck under furniture, with cables, wires, toys, shoe laces, some other stuff. Make sure you clean up the floors before running it.
  • It can not clean stairs.
  • You still need a regular vacuum to clean stairs, upholstery, some corner areas, etc.
  • Overly pricey.
  • While quiter than a regular vaccum, it is still a bit noisy.
  • Dust bin is small, fills up fast, needs to be emptied often.
  • Regular maintenance required, you will probably need to clean it after every run, including emptying the dust bin, removing and cleaning the brushes and filter,cleaning the underside, sensors, etc. This should take less than five minutes.
  • The side brushes may break, you should replace them often.
  • No indicator that shows if it is full.
  • It can leave marks on wall corners as well as furniture legs.
  • Sometimes it dumps some dust when it switches between hard floors and rugs.

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iRobot Roomba 560 Vacuuming Robot Features and Details
Model: 560
Design: Robotic
Surface Type: wood, tile, linoleum floors, carpets, rugs
Weight: 8.3 lbs
Power Source: Battery Powered
Bag Type: Bagless
Color: Black and Silver
Roomba 560 price: about $349.99
On-board scheduling: Allows you to preset an automatic schedule, up to seven times per week, for the vacuum to clean by itself.
Virtual Walls and Lighthouse: Virtual walls create an invisible barrier that stops the unit from entering certain areas; the lighthouse tells the vacuum to clean a certain place.
Self-charging Home Base: The vacuum will return to dock station to charge when the battery runs low or cleaning jobs finished.
Cleaning head suspension system: Automatically adjusts to transition between hard floors and area rugs
Anti-tangle technology:: Helps it avoid getting stuck on rug fringe, cable/cord
counter-rotating brushes: Pick up pet hair, cat litter, food crumbs, and other debris from floors.
spinning side brushes: Grab dirt and dust from corners and edges.
Light-Touch Bumper Technology: It senses obstacles, then slows the iRobot 560 before it bumps into the obstacles, such as walls and furniture, to avoid damage.
Cliff Detection Sensors: This helps avoid drop-offs.
Dimensions: 13.4” in diameter, 3.6” in height
Warranty: One Year Limited Warranty
iRobot 560 Manual: Owner’s Manual
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