Robotic Vacuums

Botvac 70 vs 75 vs 80 vs 85 – The Differences Between Them

(Last Updated On: October 18, 2017)

The Neato Botvac series has a lot to offer. For starters, there are four distinct models: 85, 80, 75, and 70e. While the 85 and 80 are geared towards households with pets, the 75 and 70 models are optimal for everyday use.

Each one of these high-performance Botvacs comes with a blade brush, at least one filter, and boundary markers to keep the vacuum out of off-limit areas.

Each vacuum in this series features a white body with a colorful camera and icons (blue for 85, purple for 80, green for 75, and orange for 70).

One unifying feature among all Neato Botvacs is efficient laser-mapping technology to help the vacuum plan out its route ahead of time. As of now, the Neato lineup is the only one to offer this combination of mapping technology along with a unique D shape design for more effective cleaning.

Neato notes that its patented laser-guided technology effectively scans the room before starting, mapping out its course then planning and methodically cleaning the area.

Unlike other vacuum cleaners, which seem to move around without much of a pattern, it’s easy to figure out where the Neato has been in a room and where it’s going next.

The Neato lineup also features a D-shape design. At first it makes the vacuums seem a bit clunkier than their sleeker competitors, but the Botvacs have been designed this way for good reason.

These vacuums can reach farther into corners than a traditional circular robot vacuum cleaner, enabling them to sweep up more dust, dirt, and debris. This really comes in handy in households with pets, allergy sufferers, or both.

The vacuums seem similar enough at first glance, but once we take a closer look the differences will become a bit more obvious.

Botvac 70 vs 75

The 70 is marketed as a high-performance robot vacuum cleaner that suits shoppers on a budget, while the 75 is a high-performance vac that excels in picking up dust and other allergens.

While both units come with a blade brush and boundary markers, the 70 includes a standard filter while the 75 offers two high-performance filters. Take a look at the table below to compare the two models side-by-side.

Botvac 70eBotvac 75
Best forEveryday useHouseholds with pets; people with allergies
Price$399 here$449 here
Filter(s)One regular filterTwo extra-large high performance filters
BrushesPrecise edge cleaning brush on the side that picks up more dirt and debrisPrecise edge cleaning brush on the side that picks up more dirt and debris
TechnologyLaser-guided technology maps and plans out the room then methodically cleansLaser-guided technology maps and plans out the room then methodically cleans
FeaturesAutomatically returns to charging base to recharge then picks up where it left off; boundary markers keep the vac from heading into off-limit areasAutomatically returns to charging base to recharge then picks up where it left off; boundary markers keep the vac from heading into off-limit areas
CleaningsEasy to schedule cleanings; separate buttons for spot cleanings and regular cleaningsEasy to schedule cleanings; separate buttons for spot cleanings and regular cleanings

 

The biggest differences between these two Botvacs are their price tags and intended use. Both have a generous amount of features and lots of power to pick up dust, dirt, and other debris. Unlike the 70, which has one standard filter, the 75 is equipped with two extra-large high performance filters.

The main difference is that the 75’s extra-large high performance filter allows it to effectively capture and trap more pieces of fine dust and other allergens.

As a result, it’s the optimal choice for households with pets (or those with allergies). The 70 is best suited for everyday demands.

Botvac 80 vs 85

The Botvac 80 and 85 are both high-performance vacuum cleaners designed for use in households with pets. What sets the 85 apart is its extra features. Both models come with a combo and blade brush, as well as boundary markers to keep the Neatos away from off-limit spaces.

However, the 85 is equipped with three high-performance filters. The 80 has one high-performance filter. Both vacuums come with a combo brush that’s specially designed to pick up pet hair.

Additionally, they are designed to be quieter, particularly on harder floor surfaces such as tile and wood. As with the 70 and 75, the table below will give you a quick overview of the similarities and differences between these two Botvacs.

Botvac 80Botvac 85
Best forHouseholds with petsHouseholds with pets; consumers who want all the extras
Pricesee heresee here
Filter(s)One high-performance filterThree high-performance filters
BrushesPrecise edge cleaning brush on the side that picks up more dirt and debrisPrecise edge cleaning brush on the side that picks up more dirt and debris
TechnologyLaser-guided technology maps and plans out the room then methodically cleansLaser-guided technology maps and plans out the room then methodically cleans
FeaturesAutomatically returns to charging base to recharge then picks up where it left off; boundary markers keep the vac from heading into off-limit areasAutomatically returns to charging base to recharge then picks up where it left off; boundary markers keep the vac from heading into off-limit areas
CleaningsUniquely designed combo brush for picking up pet hair; quieter operation on hard floor surfaces; easy to schedule cleaningsUniquely designed combo brush for picking up pet hair; quieter operation on hard floor surfaces; easy to schedule cleanings

These Botvac models are quite similar, even down to their price tags. Both are equipped with high-performance filters, but the 85 has three while the 80 has one.

The benefit of having additional performance filters is that the 85 will help pick up extra bits of dirt and debris, even very small particles. Each vacuum is equipped with a combo brush specifically designed to pick up pet hair, making both a good choice for households with pets.

Botvac 70 vs 75 vs 80 vs 85

Both the 80 and 85 come with a combo brush that excels in picking up pet hair, making either one a good choice for pet owners. While the 75 and 70 can also pick up pet hair, they are best suited for vacuuming up dust, dirt, and other particles.

The 85, 80, and 75 are all outfitted with at least one high-performance filter. This type of filter helps to filter out small particles and allergens. If you have allergies or live in a household with pets, it’s a good idea to opt for a Botvac with high-performance filters.

Each vacuum comes with a blade brush that reaches into tight spaces to get dirt, dust, and other debris, along with boundary markers to keep the Neato from heading into an off-limit area.

The table below compares each Botvac model:

Botvac 70eBotvac 75Botvac 80Botvac 85
Best forEveryday useHouseholds with pets; people with allergiesHouseholds with petsHouseholds with pets; consumers who want all the extras
Pricesee heresee heresee heresee here
Filter(s)One regular filterTwo extra-large high performance filtersOne high-performance filterThree high-performance filters
BrushesPrecise edge cleaning brush on the side that picks up more dirt and debrisPrecise edge cleaning brush on the side that picks up more dirt and debrisPrecise edge cleaning brush on the side that picks up more dirt and debrisPrecise edge cleaning brush on the side that picks up more dirt and debris
TechnologyLaser-guided technology maps and plans out the room then methodically cleansLaser-guided technology maps and plans out the room then methodically cleansLaser-guided technology maps and plans out the room then methodically cleansLaser-guided technology maps and plans out the room then methodically cleans
FeaturesAutomatically returns to charging base to recharge then picks up where it left off; boundary markers keep the vac from heading into off-limit areasAutomatically returns to charging base to recharge then picks up where it left off; boundary markers keep the vac from heading into off-limit areasAutomatically returns to charging base to recharge then picks up where it left off; boundary markers keep the vac from heading into off-limit areasAutomatically returns to charging base to recharge then picks up where it left off; boundary markers keep the vac from heading into off-limit areas
CleaningsEasy to schedule cleanings; separate buttons for spot cleanings and regular cleaningsEasy to schedule cleanings; separate buttons for spot cleanings and regular cleaningsUniquely designed combo brush for picking up pet hair; quieter operation on hard floor surfaces; easy to schedule cleaningsUniquely designed combo brush for picking up pet hair; quieter operation on hard floor surfaces; easy to schedule cleanings

Should I Buy Now or Wait?

Whether you choose the 70, 75, 80, and 85, you’ll get a solid robot vacuum cleaner for the price.

These Botvacs share a number of similar features, such as the ability to easily schedule cleanings, boundary markers to keep them from venturing into off-limit areas, and laser-guided technology that helps them map out the room then clean it according to plan.

While they all feature a white D-shaped body, each Botvac comes with its own uniquely colored camera and buttons.

If you have a household with pets or suffer from allergies, you may want to consider the 80 or 85. Both of these models have a combo brush that is designed to pick up pet hair.

The 75, 80, and 85 also have high-performance filters to help trap smaller particles. If budget is your main concern, the 70 (is cheapest here) is the best choice. However, it lacks the performance filters that the other Botvacs have, making it most suitable for general everyday use.

UPDATE: The Botvac series has been refreshed with newer models for their lineup. The “D” series features the same numbering system, but with some new features and enhanced reliability. You can read my reviews of the new series below

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Patrick Sinclair

Patrick Sinclair is a geek; make no mistake about that. He runs All Home Robotics in his spare time so he doesn't have to think about his depressing cubicle and it gives him an excuse to buy expensive gadgets to review!

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