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iRobot Roomba 560 Review PROS & CONS

In lots of methods, the iRobot Roomba 560 can be seen as a direct attempt to fix several of the problems that tormented iRobot’s previous version, the Roomba Discovery.

The 560 model is in numerous methods upgraded Discovery. It uses the exact same standard setup of Roombas prior to it, counting on a floor-situated Home Base charging terminal to keep its electric battery complemented.



iRobot Roomba 560 Review

The iRobot Roomba 560 Robotic Vacuuming Cleaner weighs a full 8 pounds, greater than the Discovery’s 6.4 pounds, as well as the added larger wheels and also boosted dust-bin ability (33 percent larger).

With a round, flat physical body like pizza, the robot has two primary wheels each with its own electric motor and also suspension system. Given that the wheels are so big, the Roomba 560 is higher off the ground.

Additionally, iRobot declares that the wheels’ motors give additional torque than those of previous versions, which helps the Roomba in cleaning carpets.

It is a good product, save me time,and clean my floor well.Buyer

Between the wheels rest the brush guard as well as two cylindrical brushes (one soft and also one bristled) that direct dust and crud bits towards the Roomba’s back and right into its dirt container.

One wonderful touch is that, unlike on the Discovery, the dust guard turns up (to allow access to the brushes for cleansing) but stays connected to the gadget.

iRobot Roomba 560 Robotic Vacuuming Cleaner

An additional style improvement is exactly how the huge dirt tray contains two parts (instead of one on the Discovery), a main container area and a filter compartment for accumulating greater bits.

These parts are divided by a detachable filter that swings out for simple gain access. Towards the front of the Roomba is a caster wheel that rests in a revolving socket and also allows the robotic to turn on a cent.

To the left of the caster wheel, on the Roomba’s right-hand side, is a spinning brush intended to acquire at dirt and debris in corners and along wall surfaces.

The huge modification is that this brush now has six spokes instead of merely two. The versatile spokes on the 560’s side brush are also longer, for much better reach.

The most useful among all the stuffs I have purchased.Buyer

Probably the most welcome of the iRobot Roomba 560 Robotic Vacuuming Cleaner enhancements is that its framework, which contains the device’s infrared sensing units, is now closed.

With this improvement, iRobot hopes to prevent the dreaded circle dance that afflicted the Roomba Discovery.

iRobot Roomba 560 Robotic Vacuuming Cleaner
iRobot Roomba 560 Robotic Vacuuming Cleaner
Busy lives mean that cleaning often falls by the wayside and if something like this can be automated, it makes perfect sense. The Roomba has some shortcomings, but after using it for a few weeks floors will be a lot cleaner.

When dirt would congest as well as obscure the sensors, Roombas would spin and lurch frantically, leaving them worthless. Regretfully, many individuals stated that their Roombas developed this achilles’ heel after years of great service.

iRobot Roomba 560 Robotic Vacuuming Cleaner

With a round, flat physical body like pizza, the robot has two primary wheels each with its own electric motor and also suspension system. Given that the wheels are so big, the Roomba 560 is higher off the ground.

Another strong technique to raise the Roomba’s durability is its modular construction. Now the robot can be taken apart simply by taking out 4 main screws (and also the side brush).

If any kind of part falls short, among the wheels, the electric battery, the cleansing equipment, or also the whole body including all the sensors, you could simply exchange it out with a new module.

I love it – love it – love it! It helps us everyday – it does a very good job cleaning the floor. If you let it go everyday – your floor will be very clean, if it misses a spot one day, it will pick it up the next.Buyer

iRobot claims you won’t break your warranty by doing so, yet I don’t suggest fracturing your crawler open unless it’s absolutely necessary.

On the top of the Roomba 560 you’ll locate a revamped front panel consisting of buttons for Clean, Spot, as well as Dock.

There are additionally buttons for the Roomba’s built-in scheduler feature as well as to set its biological rhythm. Above these commands is a handle for caring the Roomba 560 vacuum cleaning robot.


Like the Discovery, the iRobot Roomba 560 automatic robotic vacuum also has two virtual wall surface units, which use infrared beams to keep the Roomba from wandering right into areas you mark as off-limits.

Just what’s actually amazing about the Roomba 560’s virtual walls is that they feature a Lighthouse function.

Generally, each Lighthouse/virtual wall surface system has a RF transmitter/receiver (along with the Home Base and 560) for communicating with each various other.

The concept is that when you enable Lighthouse mode, you deploy the Lighthouses around your house (usually at the edge of a door framework) to partition areas for the Roomba to cleanse.

The Roomba 560 pet cleaner vacuums the first part or room, then contacts the Lighthouse on guard responsibility. This Lighthouse then signals Roomba to continue on the following cleaning sector.

After the robotic travels through, the Lighthouse/virtual wall surface reactivates, stopping the Roomba from returning to the first location (now clean).

When all rooms/sections are vacuumed, the iRobot Roomba 560 Robotic Vacuuming Cleaner then communicates with the Lighthouses, which then routes it back to Home Base for a recharge.

My son has dust allergies and works long hours, so never has time to vacuum under the beds etc. I gave him a Roomba; he sets it when he leaves for work and forgets it. No more sneezes and watery eyes. Also, it’s fun to use and even to watch it at work. Worth the price.Buyer

iRobot asserts you can set the Roomba 560 to remove to 4 spaces in one cleansing session, though you will have to acquire additional Lighthouses ($39.99 each) to cover this much room.

The iRobot company recommends you originally charge the Roomba for 16 hrs for the finest electric battery performance.


Setting iRobot Roomba 560 vacuum cleaning robot and organizing a few cleaning sessions is very basic, similar to configuring a traditional VCR.

Roomba smoothly rolls off the Home Base as well as cleanse rooms. Vacuuming in the seemingly random circles, slow-moving bumps, and wall-following movements.

It succeeds to take care heaps of paper, sugar, as well as other trash. Thanks to a brand-new anti-tassel attribute, the Roomba is designed to remove itself automatically from cables and carpet tassels.

The function works quite well, pulling the device free of cost from tangles without inducing any type of actual issue.


iRobot Roomba 560 Full Specifications

Special Features

  • On-board scheduling allows to preset up to seven times per week for Roomba to clean when it’s most convenient for you
  • Two Auto Virtual Walls create an invisible barrier that blocks Roomba from entering off-limit areas
  • Home Base for Roomba to dock and recharge when done vacuuming or the battery is low


Core Technologies

  • Roomba uses a three-stage cleaning system
  • Cleaning head suspension system allows Roomba to automatically adjust between carpet, tile, and hardwood and linoleum floors
  • Counter-rotating bristle brush and beater brush work together like a dustpan and broom
  • Fine vacuum filter traps dust, pollen and tiny particulates inside bin
  • Roomba vacuums under and around furniture and along wall edges
  • Spinning side brush makes Roomba extremely efficient at cleaning edges


iAdapt Responsive Cleaning Technology

  • With iAdapt Technology, Roomba vacuums every section of your room multiple times
  • Roomba selects from dozens of robotic behaviors more than 60 times per second to optimize coverage
  • Light-Touch Bumper Technology accurately discerns soft barriers from solid barriers
  • Wall-Following Technology ensures the most thorough floor coverage possible
  • Dirt Detect Technology uses an acoustic sensor to help find dirtier areas and spend more time cleaning them
  • Cliff Detection Sensors allow Roomba to avoid stairs and other drop-offs
  • Anti-Tangle Technology keeps Roomba from getting stuck on cords, carpet fringe and tassels, helping Roomba to clean on its own without supervision


What’s In The Box

  • 1 iRobot Roomba 560 Robotic Vacuuming Cleaner
  • 2 Auto Virtual Walls (Require 2 C batteries each)
  • 1 Self-Charging Home Base
  • 1 Extra Filter
  • 1 Battery Charger
  • 1 Rechargeable Battery
  • 1 Brush Cleaning Tool


  • Package Dimensions: 17″x18″x5″
  • Package Weight: 12.5 lbs
  • Dimensions: 13.4 inches in diameter, 3.6 inches in height
  • Robot Weight: 8.3 lbs
  • Country of Origin: China


Roomba 560 vs Roomba 585 vs Roomba 595

  • Overview
  • Description
  • Brand/Store
  • Availability
  • User Rating
  • Review
  • Specification
  • Dimensions
  • Weight
  • Charging Base
  • Hardwood, Tile & Linoleum
  • Carpet
  • Multi-Room Navigation
  • Operating Pattern
  • Return to Charging Base
  • Scheduled Cleaning
  • Virtual Walls
  • Charge Time (hours)
  • Operating Time (hours)
  • Remote Control
  • HEPA Filter
  • Cliff Sensor
  • Height Adjustment
  • Boundary Markers
  • Full Bin Indicator
  • Battery Indicator
  • Bumper
  • Dirt Sensor
  • Price
  • Infrared Sensor
  • Spot Mode


iRobot 560 Robotic Cleaner Conclusion

All in all, this robot vacuum is a nifty little cleaning machine. But that comes at the price. iRobot has made some extremely important strides toward correcting the shortfalls of previous models.



I bought a used iRobot Roomba a few months ago. I am very happy with it and its performance. Rate it Great! Buyer

The cleaning performance is good based on most reviews (even the negative ones) but remember to take some time cleaning the brushes and sensors so it doesn’t wear out.

It will take around 20 minutes or so to clean an average sized room so don’t bother watching it. Just let him do its thing.

Dirt bin is small so you’ll need to monitor this manually since it doesn’t have a full bin indicator.

Also it may be a good idea to buy extra side brushes just in case the one that comes in it breaks, as a lot of consumers complained about this in reviews.

Overall iRobot Roomba 560 Robotic Vacuuming Cleaner does a good enough job for in-between maintenance clean-up jobs.

Unfortunately iRobot has discontinued this product and warranty claims may be an issue, you may want to have a look at the newer 650 if you’re looking to buy a mid-priced Roomba.

7.7 Total Score

Busy lives mean that cleaning often falls by the wayside, and if something like this can be automated, it makes perfect sense. The Roomba has some shortcomings, but after using it for a few weeks floors will be a lot cleaner.

Bare Floor Performance
Carpet Performance
Pet Hair Removal
Ease of Use
Overall Quality
  • Can be scheduled
  • Dust does not clog the sensors
  • Brushes are adjustable
  • Works on dark carpet
  • Picks up heavy debris
  • Takes ong time to clean the room
  • Some issues in detecting virtual wall
  • Sometimes has issues picking light debris
  • Small dirt bin
  • No full bin indicator
  • Needs frequent cleaning
User Rating: 3.67 (3 votes)