Review: iRobot Roomba 560 Vacuum Cleaning Robot

Have you ever watched an episode of The Jetsons and wished that you too had robots to take care of all your housekeeping chores? iRobot is taking steps to make that dream come true with their Roomba line of floor-cleaning vacuum robots. The Roomba 560 is a wheeled disk that can pick up dirt and debris. Don’t be intimidated by its somewhat futuristic look.

iRobot 560 Roomba Vacuuming RobotThe controls are pretty simple and getting it started is a lot easier than you think. Just touch a button and off it goes to clean the room, using a Light-Touch Bumper Technology to detect objects and pieces of furniture. Now you can sit back and watch TV while this little robot takes care of making your floors spotless!


  • Built-in scheduling feature that lets the vacuum automatically clean at your desired times
  • Comes with two Auto Virtual Walls that you can use to prevent the vacuum from going into off-limit spaces
  • Includes self-charging home base, bagless dustbin, and a fine-filtration system to trap allergens
  • Uses a three-stage cleaning system to create powerful suction
  • Counter-rotating bristle brush and beater brush removes dust, dirt, and debris

The Reviews

The iRobot Roomba 560 Vacuum Cleaning Robot is quite a charmer. Out of 719 customer reviews on Amazon, more than half gave generous ratings of 4 stars and above. With an average rating of 3.7 out of 5 stars, the Roomba 560 sounds promising.

Customers who were satisfied with their purchase loved the convenience this machine provided. At one touch of a button, the 560 goes its merry way and explores the room. The first few times, it’s actually quite entertaining to watch. Most reviewers didn’t expect much when it came to suction power, but they were delightfully surprised when they say how much dirt this gizmo could pick up.

To be fair, not everyone loved the Roomba 560. There were those who found the machine a little too needy. According to these reviewers, the 560 often needed to be supervised as it would get stuck under furniture or choke on little things that are not secured to the floor. Admittedly, one needs to make a few preparations around the home before running the 560 for cleaning—clearing the floor of tiny objects is one of them.

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All things considered, we think you will love the Roomba if you have realistic expectations of what it can and cannot do. It cannot replace your bulkier, human-operated vacuum machine. This thing is not designed for heavy-duty jobs. Sure, it can suck out most of the dust and debris from your floors, but it won’t be able to get rid of the deep-seated dirt on your high-pile rugs or carpets. This thing also needs a little maintenance. You will have to clean the brushes and the dust container regularly. And don’t be quick to judge if it can’t seem to navigate your home properly the first few times. Give it a chance to adjust and your patience will be rewarded before you know it.

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