The iRobot Roomba 560 is the third-generation model in a long line of vacuum cleaning units that has been built by the company over the years. It was designed for people who want to have an automatic way to clean up living spaces without having to manually do it themselves. It has the ability to adjust between carpets, hardwood, tile, and linoleum floors. It cleans up dust and other particles using the patented three stage cleaning system. Even though it has some flaws, the updated unit has better suspension, and can pick up more dirt than previous models were able to do.
Features & Benefits3-Stage Cleaning System: This patented cleaning system can vacuum every section of an owners floor. It has a spinning side brush that cleans along walls and corners as it picks up dirt, pet hair, and other debris from the floors it travels over.AeroVac Technology: The vacuum uses airflow to pull hair and other particles off the brushes into the back of the bin. It then compacts it to allow it to fill up to its maximum capacity before it needs to be cleaned out.Improved Brush Design: The updated brush design enables it to have more hair and dirt pulled off the brushes and into the AeroVac bin. This ensures it is able to clean for longer periods of time than previous models were able to do.Dirt Detect: The sensors on the device detect areas that have built up excess dirt compared to other spaces. It then spends extra time vacuuming back and forth over these areas to make sure they are cleaned before it moves onto the next area.Virtual Wall System: The virtual wall system uses an infrared light that can tell the Roomba 560 to either clean a specific area, or to move past that area and onto another one that has to be cleaned instead.Navigation Technology: The sensors on the navigation technology perform 60 checks per second. This helps it navigate under furniture, over wires, and through areas of each person’s home to maximize the cleaning effort.
Who is it Best For?
The iRobot Roomba 560 is the by-product of the iRobot Roomba Discovery that came before it. It has been updated to fill the holes that the Discovery was known for failing at. It has bigger wheels that provide more torque to get onto carpets or rugs. The infrared sensors were sealed to prevent the previous problems owners had with it getting confused and spinning around in circles. The newly added lighthouse has an RF transmitter that connects with the device after it has cleaned an area telling it that it does not need to go back there. It’s approximate size is 16-inches in width, 5-inches in height, and has a bulkier weight of 8-pounds compared to the discovery.
ConsLongevity: Some users have complained it has a tendency to either need replacement parts or completely breaks down after 12-18 months of use. This includes the brushes, batteries, and sometimes motorized parts of the wheels.Brush Cleaning: The brushes can get clogged with hair or other particles. The ability to clean them out has been difficult for some users.Vacuum Strength: The device has been known not to clean as well as a regular vacuum cleaner. This makes it so owners sometimes have to manually go over certain areas themselves.
The Bottom Line
The iRobot Roomba 560 has been thought to be a vast improvement on the Discovery series. However, it does have more complaints compared to newer models that are currently on the market. It is less expensive than the updated models. The new programming method works well, and it stays on the schedule it is meant to have. It can leave the docking station on time while owners are away at work and clean throughout the entire day. Some rooms can take up to 45 minutes to clean before it moves on. This uses up some of the battery power and can make it have to return to its docking station before it continues on with cleaning the rest of an environment. Overall, users have felt satisfied with the upgrades iRobot has made with the Roomba 560 but we feel the newer models like the Roomba 770, 780 and 880 basically leave it for dead.
Compare prices of the Roomba 560 below >>What’s In The Box:
1x iRobot Roomba 560
1x Self Charging Home Base
2x Virtual Walls
1x Extra Filter
1 x Year Manufacturer’s Limited Warranty On Robot
1 x 6-Month Manufacturer’s Limited Warranty On BatterySpecifications: Package Dimensions: 17 x 9 x 18 inches. Package Weight: 16.7 lbs. Robot Dimensions: 13.9 inches in diameter, 3.6 inches in height. Robot Weight: 8.4 lbs. Contents may vary depending on SupplierRead Tech SpecsWhich Roomba is Best for Your Home?