With the help of the Neato app, you will be able to start, pause, stop, and view the progress of the cleaning sessions through the comfortable lens of your smartphone or tablet. The LaserSmart floor mapping and navigation system will deliver deep, thorough, methodical cleaning, all with an exceptional digital precision and in a shortened timeframe.
The replacement parts aren't particularly cheap.
The Neato Robotics Botvac D5 Connected is a pretty good candidate for the best robot vacuum title if not for the fact that there's simply no other model out there that does such a great job combining exceptional performance and convenient operation.
D-Shape with CornerClever, Combo Brush, Side Brush
LaserSmart mapping & navigation, 2.4GHz Wi-Fi Connected, Neato app with Coverage Maps, Smart device connectivity (Amazon Alexa, IFTTT, Google Home, Neato Chatbot for Facebook), Self-Recharging and Resume
Scheduled clean-ups up to 7 days a week
Automatic multi-room cleaning, Spot Cleaning (cleaning 2x2 m area with 2-pass cleaning selection)
Up to 420 square metres
Up to 90 minutes
Ultra performance filter
Charge base, Power cord, Boundary markers (2M)
1 year for the battery, 6 months for the vacuum
The edge-sweeping brush is positioned at a 27-degree angle. It helps the brush sweep debris away from edges and corners. The auto-adjust cleaning head automatically adapts the height of the head. The Dirt Detect technology won't miss a single piece of debris.
Doesn't cope well with wires and cables.
The Robot Roomba 671 is almost too precise for a robot vacuum cleaner. It does a really thorough cleaning job. On top of everything else, we liked the iRobot HOME app, mostly for the reports and its ability to visualise the cleaning process.
Patented 3-stage cleaning system uses dual multi-surface brushes, a specially designed edge-sweeping brush, and strong vacuum suction
Wi-Fi connected, Compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, iAdapt Navigation, Cliff Detect sensors, Auto-adjust cleaning head, Auto return to the Home Base® charging station
Clean and schedule anytime, from anywhere with the iRobot HOME App
The Dirt Detect technology cleverly detects dirt and grime for more thorough cleaning
Up to 60 minutes
Home Base® charging station, Line cord, Owner's guide and documentation package
It's made of scratch-resistant tempered glass. And thanks to the BoostIQ™technology, this vacuum automatically increases the suction power when that extra strength is required.
The dustbin isn't very easy to empty.
The Eufy RoboVac 11S is a super-powerful cleaner for removing the most stubborn dirt. It's super slim, thus it can vacuum under low-hanging furniture and other hard-to-reach spots where pet hair is likely to lurk.
3-point cleaning system: side brushes, a rolling brush, and powerful suction with BoostIQ™ technology
Infrared-sensor for evading obstacles, Drop-sensing tech to avoid falls, Recharges automatically
Clean and schedule anytime from anywhere with the EufyHome App
Auto mode, Edge mode, Spot mode, Random mode
~ 130 square metres
Up to 90 minutes
Remote control (2 AAA batteries included), Charging base, AC power adapter, Cleaning tool, Extra set of high-performance filters, 4 side brushes, 5 cable ties
The robot is capable of sweeping and mopping the floor at the same time. It will allow you to adjust the water seeping speed according to your needs. The construction is watertight, so you won't have to worry about it oozing water while it is charging, docking, or sitting in a stationary mode.
The instruction manual could use some improvement.
The Proscenic 811GB is definitely the best option for people who aren't looking for a complementary appliance to their vacuum cleaner but for a standalone cleaning device. Plus, the model is really quiet, so you can turn it on and go back to watching TV.
800-1000 Pa powerful suction, 4 side brushes, 1 bristle brush
Wi-Fi Connected, Compatible with Amazon Alexa, Proscenic APP, Anti-collision sensors, Anti-drop sensors, Auto return to the charging station
Clean and schedule anytime, from anywhere with the Proscenic App
Auto mode, Edge mode, Spot mode, Zigzag mode
Up to 130 minutes
Remote control, Smart water tank, Charging base, AC power adapter, Cleaning tool, Extra HEPA Filter, 4 side brushes, 2 mopping cloths, User manual
EufyHome app can be used to manually guide the robot. It will give you full control over the cleaning process. If you manage to lose sight of the RoboVac, the Find My Robot feature will help you locate the vacuum cleaner. The Max mode will handle the most stubborn dirt.
The vacuum isn't suitable for cleaning high-pile carpets or very dark-colored floors.
Eufy RoboVac 11c is a solid option because it is really easy to use. Its suction power is enough to pick up toast's crusts. The model won't lose to any other robot vacuum cleaner as far as manoeuvrability is concerned. And it will make vacuuming a chore of the past.
1000 Pa powerful suction, 1 rolling brush, 2 side brushes
Wi-Fi Connected, Compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, Full-suite of anti-collision infrared sensors, Bounce navigation technology, Auto return to the charging station, Find My Robot feature
Clean and schedule anytime, from anywhere with the EufyHome App
Edge mode, Spot mode, Max mode
~ 130 square metres
Up to 100 minutes
Remote control (requires 2 AAA batteries, not included), Charging base, AC power adapter, Cleaning tool, High-performance filter, 4 side brushes, Welcome guide
Neato Robotics Botvac D5
Connect and Control
Neato is a company that is all about integrating the latest advancements in the world information technologies and communication in their products and the Neato robot vacuum is no exception to that rule. Though there are quite a few interesting things about this model, we would like to start things off by discussing the aforementioned communication technologies as they pertain to this case.
What makes Neato Robotics Botvac D5 Connected special is, as you could probably infer from the name alone, all of the connectivity options. Simply download the Neato app for iOS and Android and you will be able to start, pause, stop, and view the progress of the cleaning sessions through the comfortable lens of your smartphone or tablet. You will also have access to the cleaning summary that contains a boatload of information about the last 20 sessions. Finally, the application will be able to display a coverage map that shows exactly where this intelligent robot vacuum cleaner has already cleaned and where he plans to move next.
Of course, not dissimilar to some of the more basic automatic vacuum cleaners, the app will allow you to schedule clean-ups whenever you want. And, aside from the aforementioned dashboard filled with all kinds of cleaning stats, the program includes a so-called "Find Me!" feature that will prove to be useful in terms of identifying the location of the robot around the house.
That said, as much fun and convenience as the app offers, the ability to control this model via an application is not the only thing that makes it one of the more intelligent options on the market. After all, the main purpose of a robot vacuum cleaner is a cleaning one, which is why the advanced LaserSmart floor mapping and navigation system is as big of a reason behind the commercial success of this product as the connectivity options.
With the help of the said system, the model in question will be able to deliver deep, thorough, methodical cleaning, all with an exceptional digital precision that puts most other robot cleaners to shame, and that's not to mention the shortened timeframe of its operation.
And while we're on the subject of technologies, there's still a couple of those we feel the need to bring up before concluding this review. The first one is the SpinFlow technology that incorporates effective suction and precision brushes, both of which do an outstanding job scrubbing the floors clean. The other one is the CornerClever technology that works in conjunction with the exclusive D-shape of the model to remove dirt along the walls and in the corners, the places that your typical round robot vacuum will never be able to reach.
We could also bring your attention to the Ultra Performance filter or the fact that this model automatically returns to the charging base when it runs out of juice and departs the moment the battery is full. But we're running out of time here and what we already mentioned should be enough to convince anyone that Neato Robotics Botvac D5 Connected is a pretty good candidate for the best robot vacuum title if not for the fact that there's simply no other model out there that does such a great job combining exceptional performance and convenient operation.
iRobot Roomba 671
Precise and Thorough
The iRobot Roomba 671 is a pretty well-rounded product. But we people that the model owes most of its success to its precision. After all, robot vacuums are still considered to be more of a complementary piece to your regular vacuum as they simply aren't as good at cleaning. The technology has come a long way but a human being with a vacuum cleaner still beats a robot vacuum any day of the week. And while we can't say that the model in question will be able to change this paradigm, it comes pretty darn close.
First, there's the Dirt Detect technology, a technology that, as you would infer from the name, excels at detecting dirt and grime, so you get a much more thorough cleaning job.
Of course, it's one thing to detect the dirt and the grime, but dealing with it is a whole different animal. That is where the company's very own 3-stage cleaning system comes in. It incorporates a dual multi-surface cleaning brush, an edge-sweeping brush, and vacuum suction. The system essentially attacks everything in its way, from some of the smaller particles to large debris. It works equally well with carpets and hard floors.
All in all, the iRobot Roomba 671 incorporates a full suite of intelligent sensors. These sensors guide the vacuum around and under your furniture. With their help, the Roomba 671 cleans your floors without getting stuck between the furniture.
All of the Sensors
The robot vacuum's sensors are its bread and butter. On top of everything we've mentioned above, there's also the auto-adjust cleaning head. The feature allows the said cleaning head to automatically adapt its height. It may not sound like much but the function makes the model much more effective at cleaning carpets.
The cliff sensors aren't too shabby either. They help the device avoid stairs and other potential drop-off areas, so you won't have to worry about your vacuum cleaner's safety.
The only issue we have with it, and we don't quite know whether it is the sensors or the construction, but the model isn't particularly great at dealing with wires and cables. It's not a huge issue but you might want to hide some of them to prevent the robot from getting stuck.
It isn't a game changer by any stretch of the imagination but we would still like to point out the convenient built-in handle of this device. It's a small thing but it really helps pick the robot vacuum up and carry it around the house.
Other than that, just like the majority of its peers, the model is Wi-Fi connected and can be operated via Alexa or Google Assistant.
In short, the iRobot Roomba 671 is almost too precise for a robot vacuum cleaner. It does a really thorough job. On top of everything else, we liked the iRobot HOME app, mostly for the reports and its ability to visualise the cleaning process.
Eufy RoboVac 11S
A Slim One
The RoboVac 11S is one of the slimmest robotic vacuums on the market today. It’s only 2.85" tall and can vacuum under low-hanging furniture and other hard-to-reach spots where pet hair is likely to lurk. It easily squeezes under beds, wardrobes, armchairs, or floor-standing cabinets to remove all dirt, dust, crumbs, and hair that have been stuck there. And owing to upgraded wheels, this compact vac can easily climb thresholds up to 0.63-inch high. The vac is great for cleaning low- to medium-pile carpets, hardwood bare floors, laminate, and tile. However, it's not the best option for high-pile carpets.
Although the RoboVac 11S is super-slim, it’s still packed with numerous notable functions. It features a 3-point cleaning system (rolling brush, two side brushes, and super powerful suction) to deliver a thorough cleanup. Also, it boasts 100 minutes of continuous runtime per one charge. So, you can be sure that this mighty one will be able to clean your whole home after a single charge. By the way, the vacuum automatically returns to its charging base once the power is low. The vac has a large 0.6 L dustbox that holds a decent amount of dirt, thus reducing the frequency of emptying.
Smart BoostIQ™ Technology
The main highlight of this robot is its BoostIQ™ technology of the second generation. The vacuum can automatically increase the suction power up to enormous 1300 Pa within just 1.5 seconds when extra strength is needed. This function may be extremely useful when cleaning some especially dirty spots.
Simultaneous Sweeping and Mopping
The first thing that catches the eye of any customer when looking at just about any product is always the visual aspect. Of course, it doesn't determine the performance of a vacuum cleaner, so it isn't quite as important as other features and characteristics. But where so many manufacturers stick with the usual, boring shades of black, the light blue top that covers the dark grey base is a breath of fresh air and a nice change of pace from the usual composition.
But, as nice as the model looks, the visual aspect is still more of a complementary piece to the performance one. Fortunately, the robot vacuum cleaner is no slouch in that department either. As far as the suction power and the cleaning patterns are concerned, it is up there with some of the more expensive models.
But if there's one thing that separates this device from the majority of its competition, it is the electric water tank. Or, to be more precise, what the water tank stands for and what it is used for. One of the problems with most robot cleaners, the part that makes them no more than a complementary device to the standard vacuum cleaner, is the fact that they only sweep the floors.
But that isn't the case here as the model in question is capable of sweeping and mopping the floor at the same time. Plus, it will allow you to adjust the water seeping speed according to your needs. The construction is solid, so you won't have to worry about it oozing water while it is charging, docking, or sitting in a stationary mode. It won't seep unless you make it seep, so it won't cause you any extra troubles.
Floor Cleaning Modes
A robot vacuum cleaner that is incapable of navigating its way around the house would be more of a burden than a blessing. So the manufacturers made sure to incorporate anti-collision and anti-drop sensors into their product. The first ones will help the robot detect obstacles, keeping the collision with furniture and other elements of your décor to a minimum. The infrared anti-drop detectors aren't the most sophisticated sensors out there. But they do help the device identify the steps, so you won't have to worry about it falling down those steps.
The robot washer and sweeper from Proscenic comes equipped with 4 cleaning modes. The first one is auto cleaning, the mode that is best suited for daily cleaning tasks around the entire house. The spot cleaning mode will help you by thoroughly sweeping smaller areas. The edge cleaning mode, as you would imagine, will clean along the corners and walls. Finally, the zigzag mode is sort of a combination of auto and spot cleaning modes as it the most suitable choice for larger but still confined spaces.
To sum it up, the Proscenic 811GB is definitely the best option for people who aren't looking for a complementary appliance to their vacuum cleaner but for a standalone cleaning device. Plus, the model is really quiet, so you can turn it on and go back to watching TV.
Eufy RoboVac 11c
Use Your Smartphone As a Remote
The Eufy RoboVac 11c has quite a lot going for it. But what we liked most is probably the controls. Sure, you get your usual deal, with the ability to control the robot via Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant's voice control options. There's also the remote control that you can use to manage the robot vacuum cleaner from a comfortable distance.
The possibility of downloading the company's application and controlling the robot through that application is nothing to write home about either since most robot vacuums will give you that opportunity.
But the app itself is certainly worth talking about. EufyHome application impressed us with a couple of things. First goes the straightforward interface that won't have you navigating through a bunch of unnecessary menus and tabs in order to find out the necessary setting.
Using this app, you will be able to manually guide the robot if you want to and have full control over the cleaning process. One feature we liked in particular is the Find My Robot function. If you manage to lose sight of the RoboVac, just choose this option and the app will help you locate the robot.
No Dirt is Welcome
Of course, it isn't just the app that makes this product such an attractive option. Among other things, we could certainly talk about the low-profile design of the robot. As the model is less than 8-centimetres (3.1 inches) tall, it will be able to slide under all kinds of furniture and eliminate some of the more hidden dirt. From couches to coffee tables, there isn't an area that the device won't be able to reach.
Performance-wise, the Eufy RoboVac 11c is no joke either. Provided with an impressive suction power of 1000 Pa, it will be able to pick up any dirt or grime. But it isn't just the power.
Part of the construction is a rolling brush and 2 side brushes. They loosen and extract even the toughest pieces of dirt from the floor, then the said suction power comes into play and vacuums it all into the dust collector.
Unfortunately, it doesn't work that well with high-pile carpets, but the same can be said about most robot vacuums. We also wouldn't recommend using it on the dark-coloured floors.
The cleaning modes that the model incorporates are fairly standard but we would like to highlight the Max mode. You can use it to concentrate the cleaning power of the device on some of the more stubborn dirt and those difficult-to-vacuum areas that most robot vacuum cleaners aren't equipped to handle.
All things considered, the Eufy RoboVac 11c is a solid option because it is really easy to use. Its suction power is enough to pick up toast's crusts. The model won't lose to any other robot vacuum cleaner as far as manoeuvrability is concerned. And it will make vacuuming a chore of the past.
What Is a Robotic Vacuum?
Today we can find a lot of smart devices designed to facilitate household chores that we don't like to do. A robotic vacuum cleaner is one of them. It was first introduced to the market back in 2002. At the time it was quite expensive and very few people could afford to buy one. Today, however, robotic vacuum cleaners are quite widespread and can be found in all price ranges. Thus, if you've been contemplating an idea of automatizing home clean-ups, you're welcome to choose one of the vacs we've picked for your review.
Unlike conventional hoovers, the operating principle of robotic vacuums is based on intelligent programming. You will only need to set the mode and schedule the cleaning and the vac will clean for you. One more distinct difference between a traditional cleaner and a robotic cleaner is that the latter usually comes with a remote control and can connect to Wi-Fi, which allows you to run a quick clean-up even when you're away from home.
Even though the average price for robotic vacuums has significantly dropped in the recent years, they are still higher in price than most traditional vacuums. Hence, if you don't manage to find a suitable model among this selection, we offer you to take a look at wet-dry vacs. Being much more affordable, these vacuum cleaners are pretty good for a variety of tasks.
What Features to Compare
The most important feature you should pay attention to is the intelligence of a robotic vacuum or, to be more precise, its navigation technology. In a nutshell, the more logical and smart the technology is, the more effective the cleaning pattern of the robotic vacuum will be. To accomplish this purpose, designers have provided these appliances with useful features and additional attachments. For example, some robots have a bumper with built-in sensors, infrared mostly, and these sensors prevent the appliance from falling down the stairs and help to avoid obstacles, it means that your furniture is protected from damages. Modern models also have sensors that can detect the dirtiest areas and clean them more intensively. Affordable and more simple units usually have two standard cleaning patterns - along the wall and chaotic movement. In the case of more expensive vacuums, they may comprise up to 10 pre-programmed patterns, for example, they can move following a spiral or zigzag paths. You can also buy a truly smart unit with RPS (Room Positioning System) technology which can make a map of your house; it will speed up the process of cleaning because such robotic vacuums know exactly where the obstacles are and will automatically avoid them. The last and the most useful feature is the scheduled cleanups, you may program the vac to clean your apartment for up to 7 times a week.
Every vac model has its own recommended cleaning area that depends on maximum run-time per single battery charge. Charging time and battery capacity are the main features to determine the operation time, so the higher the battery capacity is, the larger area will be cleaned. Some robotic vacuums have a charging base where the vac automatically returns when the battery is running low.
Depending on clean-up modes, robotic vacuums fall into 2 major types: for wet and dry cleaning. You should probably choose models with wet cleaning feature for a kitchen and office, they will remove all kinds of dirt from tile, stone, and linoleum. Robotic vacuums with dry cleaning feature will be useful for pile carpet and carpet flooring. As to the cleaning modes, some models include up to 5 cleaning processes, though they are more expensive. Such robotic vacuums can sweep, vacuum, scrub in one sweep, and even focus on the dirtiest areas for efficient cleaning.
Finally, pay attention to the health benefits every robotic vac offers. Engineers provide these appliances with UV light to disinfect the floor, kill bacteria, germs, and allergens. Some models will be useful for pet owners owing to a special brush that helps pick up all pet hair. And the last important feature to notice is a HEPA-filter which can easily trap even the smallest crumbs.
Q: Do I really need a robotic cleaner?
A: Of course, you can continue using your manual upright vacuum. However, if you hate household chores, have no time for regular cleaning, or are restricted in movements due to some health reasons, a robotic cleaner will come in handy. Doing all the dirty work automatically, it will give you more time for other tasks or leisure. The smart appliance will be of great help for old or disabled people who can’t clean their houses manually.
Q: What accessories usually come in the package with a vac?
A: Along with a cleaner itself, the set commonly includes a rechargeable battery, a charging base or station, virtual walls, filters, and cleaning brushes. Some models come equipped with a remote control and may have additional attachments like a mop, spare brushes, and a special tool for cleaning brushes.
Q: How should I maintain or clean my robotic vac?
A: For the robot’s extended service life and flawless operation, you should maintain and clean it on a regular basis. Each manufacturer provides recommendations on maintenance in a user guide. Standard maintenance procedures include timely emptying a dustbin or tub, washing or changing an air filter, and regularly removing debris stuck in between cleaning brushes. In addition, it is recommended to check a drive and caster wheels for clogs.
Q: How often do I need to clean and change the air filter in my robotic cleaner?
A: Everything depends on how much dirt and debris the unit picks up, how often you use your robot, and what manufacturer's recommendations say. In most cases, the filter should be cleaned after every three or four cleaning cycles and replaced every 3 to 6 months subject to the use under maximum suction power. If you're a pet owner, you will need to clean and replace it more often, though. If your robot is fitted with a HEPA filter, you will not need to change the filter for quite a while (HEPA filters are washable and reusable).
Q: How high obstacle can a robot vacuum overcome?
A: On average, the height a common robotic vac can overcome is up to 25 mm. The unit will easily cope with carpet edges, uneven floors, cables, and not too high doorsteps.
Q: What are the main problems I might face with robotic vacuums?
A: Basically, it’s a limited cleaning time due to a battery powered design requiring short breaks for recharge and inability to efficiently clean on corners and wall crevices. However, the benefits you’ll get with a robotic cleaner definitely outweigh these tiny drawbacks.
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