The iRobot 560 Roomba Vacuuming Robot is an amazing low profile machine that is specifically designed to clean allergens like pet hair, fur, dander, and dirt particles from your floor, carpets, and other hidden areas such as under sofas, beds, and other furniture as wells as kickboards. The 500 series of robots from iRobot is popular for their unprecedented efficiency and broad coverage. The robot is black and silver in color. The machine cleans on its own without any supervision or noise.

Features

  • Bag-less dustbin
  • Gentle touch bumper system
  • Two virtual walls
  • A spare filter is included
  • 16-3/4 x 21 x 5 inches

Pros

  • Single touch start
  • Fine filtration system to trap allergens
  • Self-charging
  • Dustbin is easy to empty
  • Cliff detection technology to avoid falling down stairs
  • Anti-tangle technology to avoid clogging
  • One year warranty

Cons

  • Small dust trap chamber
  • Expensive

Verdict

The iRobot 560 Roomba Vacuuming Robot is a 4.5-star rated machine that works well on all floor surfaces including hardwood, carpet, tile, and linoleum. Its smart design helps it avoid getting tangled in carpets and rugs. Most robot vacuum cleaners available on the market are disc-shaped and sleek in design so they have small dust trap bins, which need to be cleaned regularly for effective performance. The iRobot 560 Roomba Vacuuming Robot comes with a spare filter, a brush for cleaning, and a one year warranty for the robot and six month warranty for the battery. The robot’s excellent performance, customer feedback, and warranty make this machine an excellent choice for anyone shopping for an automatic vacuum cleaner.

Comparison

There is a plethora of robot vacuum cleaners available on the market ranging in price from $150 to $1,000. Determining which robot vacuum features are most important to you and your household can help you narrow down your choices and find the best one to fit your budget and household needs. There are two other robot vacuum cleaners that are similar to the iRobot 560 Roomba Vacuuming Robot. The other two machines are the iRobot Roomba 630 Vacuum Cleaning Robot for Pets and the Neato XV-21 Pet and Allergy Automatic Vacuum Cleaner.

Conclusion

The robot vacuum cleaners though produced by different manufacturers, work on the same principles and exhibit the same features. Almost all of them are focused on removing allergens, use virtual walls to define the working area for the robot, have cliff detection technology to avoid falling over when approaching stairs or steps, are self-charging, and have low profile designs to clean inaccessible areas including under beds, sofas, couches, and cabinets where dust tends to build up. Since each company manufactures the robot vacuums according to their own algorithms and logic, the quality of their performance may differ. Customer feedback is an effective and efficient way to identify a robot’s strengths and weaknesses.

Our comparison among these three robot vacuum cleaners is made on following features: scheduling option, customer rating, warranty, and price. A scheduling option is a good feature because you can program your vacuum cleaner to clean the floors even in your absence. For example, you can program your robot to clean at a specific time while you are at work. Some robots provide the option for seven days’ worth of scheduling, so this feature is important for busy people.

This is a nice feature to have since dust can accumulate even in your absence. If you are out of town, the robot vacuum will continue to maintain your floors. You can come home to clean, dust-free floors whether it is the end of the day or after a few days away. Looking back to our selected machines, the iRobot 560 Roomba Vacuuming Robot and the Neato XV-21 Pet and Allergy Automatic Vacuum Cleaner have a scheduling option, while iRobot Roomba 630 Vacuum Cleaning Robot for Pets doesn’t feature the scheduling option.

Customer rating is another important consideration as ratings from actual users can directly impact your decision. The iRobot 560 Roomba Vacuuming Robot and the iRobot Roomba 630 Vacuum Cleaning Robot for Pets are both 4.5-star rated robots while the Neato XV-21 Pet and Allergy Automatic Vacuum Cleaner is a 4-star rated machine. Overall, all three machines are highly rated by their customers and less than 10 percent of their customers rated any of the machines with one star.

However a common issue which a few customers of all the robot vacuum cleaners discussed is the size of the dirt collection chamber which is very small, fills up quickly, and requires cleaning. These machines are low profile and their compact design was developed to ensure that they can get into the narrow spaces and remove allergens. Because of this compact design, the dust bins are small. Most of the customers are comfortable with this design flaw since they are primarily interested in the automatic cleaning of dirt and dust from hard-to-reach places.

Another important feature that confirms the reliability of any machine is its warranty. There are many robot vacuum cleaners that do not come with a warranty. All three robot vacuums in this comparison have limited warranties for one year for the robot and six months for the battery.

The last and arguably the most important feature is price. The robot vacuum cleaners are expensive with prices ranging from $150 to $1,000 because of the high tech design involving sensors and motors. The selected machines are in the same price range between $330 and $370.

After comparing the three robots, we believe the iRobot 560 Roomba Vacuuming Robot is the best choice with such distinguishing features as programmable cleaning schedule, 4.5-star customer rating, a sufficient warranty, and competitive price.