iRobot Roomba 560 Robotic Vacuuming Cleaner

iRobot Roomba 560

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8/10 (Expert Score)
Product is rated as #14 in category Robotic Vacuum 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

iRobot Roomba 560 is equipped with infrared sensors, and will canvass floors, get into corners, and even clean under beds. You can set a timer so the Roomba automatically starts working.

The 560 is a fifth generation Roomba, which is a significant upgrade from the earlier 400 series. It’s generally about the same size and shape, with a 13″ diameter and a weight of about 8 pounds. It’s also quite stylish, with a slick black and silver color scheme.

The Roomba is able to clean autonomously thanks to its suite of sensors. Proximity sensors on the front of the robot work with a physical bump sensor to help the robot avoid walls and maneuver around obstacles and furniture. Drop sensors underneath keep the robot from going over stairs or ledges. On top, the Roomba has an infrared sensor that allows it to find its dock and use virtual walls.

All of these sensors provide a limited amount of information about the Roomba’s environment and path, but they don’t directly tell the Roomba where it is in a given room. Instead, the robot relies on an algorithm to tell it where to go next, and cleans in a variable pattern that ends up covering most areas of a room between three and five times.

Specification: iRobot Roomba 560

Operating Time (hours)

Charge Time (hours)

Operating Pattern

Scheduled Cleaning

Infrared Sensor

Dirt Sensor

Hardwood, Tile & Linoleum


Spot Mode

Height Adjustment

HEPA Filter

Multi-Room Navigation

Battery Indicator

Full Bin Indicator

Cliff Sensor

Charging Base

Return to Charging Base


Virtual Walls

Remote Control




Photos: iRobot Roomba 560