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Robot vacuums provide a lot of benefits and value to your life. They offer hands-free cleaning with convenience and connectivity. But with so many options, how are you to choose? Let’s look at a more detailed review of the Neato Botvac D6 and the Ecovacs Deebot M80 Pro to help you decide.
Contents (Jump to)
- 1 Neato Botvac D6
- 2 Deebot M80 Pro
- 3 Comparison Chart
- 4 The Final Verdict
Neato Botvac D6
Neato’s Botvac series offers a unique D-shaped design for a more efficient clean in corners with excellent features to make your life easier. The D6 (full review here!) is a distinct front-runner in the robot vacuum industry with a lot to offer its users.
The innovative D-shaped design of the Botvac D6 packs a lot of power in the corners. It is short and wide, so it has no trouble cleaning under furniture, but may struggle with narrow spaces like chair legs.
Neato upgraded the D6’s brush over previous Botvac models. It is bigger, so it picks up more dirt and pet hair. It’s even removable, so you can thoroughly clean it, and it comes with a special tool to cut away anything that gets wrapped around it.
The D-shaped design eliminates the need for side brushes to sweep in dirt from the edges, but the D6 has one anyway, just for good measure. The Ultra Performance Filter picks up and filters out allergens along with the dirt.
Using push notifications on the Neato app, you can customize your settings to tell you any number of things, like when your vacuum is done cleaning or when it’s time for a filter change, which is an excellent feature for people with allergies.
The button on top of the unit allows you to start a clean manually. Double tapping the same button initiates a spot-clean mode, which will focus on a seven-foot-square area anywhere you choose. This is a handy feature for spills in the kitchen.
Connecting the Botvac D6 to Wi-Fi is easy and running an exploratory clean allows you to create floor maps so you can easily program cleaning schedules and identify areas that are off limits to your vacuum.
You can save up to three maps in your account, but all of the maps begin from the docking station. To clean using a specific map, you need to move the docking station accordingly. Included in your box is magnetic tape, allowing you to specify off limits areas within a particular room.
In the event that your D6 can’t find itself, it ignores the map and the off-limits areas and cleans on its own. It will continue to avoid obstacles or work in the dark using its laser navigation feature.
The Botvac D6 has two cleaning modes. Turbo cleaning mode can eliminate stubborn spills using suction power and a high brush speed while Eco mode is the best option for routine cleanings because it is quiet and less efficient for spot cleaning.
Scheduling routine cleanings keeps the vacuum from bothering you while you’re at home, but you can always start or stop cleanings from the app no matter where you are. This allows you to manage your house cleaning outside of a regular schedule or in the event of something unexpected.
The Botvac D6 can clean up any mess on either bare floors or carpets. It even attacks small particles with ease. Edge and corner cleaning are excellent thanks to the D-shape and side brushes.
Routine cleanings present no issues for the D6, and since most people won’t have any significant spills with regular frequency, the D6 is the perfect companion for your daily routine and in the event of an accident.
You can connect your Botvac D6 to Google Home, Amazon Alexa, and IFTTT applets so you can use your voice to control the vacuum. Since you can connect multiple Neato vacuums to the app, you need to tell it which one you want to perform.
You can increase the usefulness of your D6 using IFTTT to trigger specific tasks based on contingencies like leaving or returning home. You can program your vacuum to clean anytime you leave the house or stop cleaning when you return home.
You can also program these functions based on any other action you take, a particular calendar event, or the time of day. For instance, you can tell your vacuum to pause cleaning anytime your phone rings.
Using laser navigation and floor mapping, your D6 can see in the dark. Program the Gentle Navigation to control how hard it bumps into obstacles in the event you have fragile items on display.
While the D6 can navigate low furniture well, you may need to give it room around the kitchen table or chairs to navigate freely and do its job. Thanks to the treads underneath, it has no problem navigating from bare floors to carpets, and the drop sensor will keep it from falling down the stairs.
While it depends on how often you use your vacuum, Neato can provide recommendations on how and when you should replace certain parts. The side brush and air filter may need replacing more often than other parts because of the way they accumulate pet hair or allergens.
Battery and Run Time
The battery on the D6 lasts up to 120 minutes in Eco mode, which is one of the best run times in the robot vacuum world. If it does run low, it will return to the dock for charging on its own and then complete the cycle when it’s fully charged. Charging only takes a couple of hours, which is also excellent compared to some others.
The D6 Verdict
All of the included functionality makes the Botvac D6 an excellent robot vacuum option. It is more pricey than many of the other options, but it also provides many more features and is built to last. You will get your money’s worth in cleaning power as well.
Floor plans and cleaning modes come together to give you everything you need for a thorough clean or a routine schedule. It also provides unlimited connectivity to your other smart home devices, Wi-Fi, and devices like phones and tablets.
Botvac D6 Pros:
- Mapping and navigation
- Wi-Fi, Google Home, Amazon Alexa, and IFTTT connectivity
- Smartphone app
- Laser navigation for working in the dark
- Mark off limits areas
Botvac D6 Cons:
- Docking station has to be in the correct location to use maps
- Could have trouble navigating some furniture
Deebot M80 Pro
The Deebot M80 Pro robot vacuum (my full review here!) is a great budget-friendly option for people who want a robot vacuum with connectivity, convenience, and an added mopping feature. It offers a lot of value for the price and is perfect for your daily maintenance cleanings.
The Deebot M80 Pro has a gray and white matte color scheme, making it sleek and attractive. It is circular with a power button on the top. Ecovacs builds quality vacuums, so it’s well-built and robust. Anti-drop sensors prevent it from falling down the stairs.
While the Deebot M80 Pro has no problem transitioning from bare floors to carpet and back, this could present a problem while using the mopping feature. However, if you choose to use the mopping feature, you can place obstacles in the way to prevent it from mopping the carpet.
The remote control that comes with the Deebot M80 Pro has a directional pad with arrows to control the unit, so while it’s not hands-free, you can use this in any mode to prevent the vacuum from entering unwanted areas.
You can use the app or the remote to control the M80 Pro, and either way, your options are the same. The Deebot M80 ProDeebot M80 Pro has three cleaning modes, all of which can be set to standard cleaning or maximum cleaning.
Auto Mode provides a great option for routine scheduled cleanings because it cleans lightly in with standard mode or maximum cleaning mode. It uses the built-in sensors to clean throughout the room, avoiding obstacles and picking up dirt on the carpet or bare floor.
While you do need to make sure there aren’t too many obstacles in its way, like cords and other clutter, the Deebot M80 Pro is easy to use because you can virtually set it and forget it. Not to mention, it’s fun to use the remote to control it like a remote control car.
As mentioned, the Deebot M80 Pro can handle all flooring types and moves easily from one to another. However, the mopping function is only for bare floors and could cause trouble if it reaches carpeting.
The Deebot M80 Pro is easy to use via the app or the remote control, and the interface for each is very similar. It only connects to a 2.4GHz network, so make sure if you connect it to Wi-Fi, you connect it properly, or it won’t work.
The Deebot M80 Pro works well if the floor is already picked up, but it does struggle if there are a lot of obstacles in the way like toys or wires. It’s a bit bulkier than the Botvac D6, so it has more trouble navigating tight spots.
It’s the perfect machine for your daily cleaning routine because it will keep your floors free of dirt, but it isn’t meant to be a heavy maintenance machine. The side arms are decent but don’t perform as well as a handheld vacuum or a wand.
However, the mopping feature is nice and it’s something that not all robot vacuums have. It’s also easy to set up schedules and forget about it. As with any new device, there is a learning curve, but once you’ve mastered the operations, it’s a breeze.
Included in the box are two cleaning cloths for the mop, a reservoir, four brushes, a high-efficiency filter, a sponge filter, and an instruction manual to get you started. Other parts and accessories can be purchased online.
Battery and Run Time
The Deebot M80 Pro can run for 110 minutes on a single charge. It will automatically return to the dock when the battery is low and finish its cleaning cycle when fully charged again. This runtime is at the higher end of a lot of robot vacuums, so it should get a lot of cleaning done in this time.
The M80 Verdict
The Deebot M80 Pro works great for all of your daily maintenance needs on both bare floors and carpets. If you keep your floors free of clutter like cords and toys, you’ll find that you don’t need to clean manually very often because the M80 Pro can take care of most of your needs.
On occasion, you may find it getting stuck under furniture or confused by a table and chairs, and you’ll have to help it out, but it comes with a nice set of features to make your life easier and make vacuuming more convenient.
Deebot M80 Pro Pros:
- Has both a vacuum and a mopping feature
- Works on bare floors and carpet
- Wi-Fi, Google Home, and Amazon Alexa connectivity
- Has a remote and app for easy operations
Deebot M80 Pro Cons:
- Can struggle with obstacles or get stuck if there’s too much clutter
- Needs to be restricted to bare floors for mopping
|Botvac D6||Deebot M80 Pro|
|Cleaning modes||Eco, Turbo||Vacuum, Mop|
|Battery life||120 minutes||110 minutes|
|Charging time||150 minutes||240 minutes|
|Integrations||Google Home, Amazon Alexa, IFTTT||Google Home, Amazon Alexa|
The Final Verdict
If you’re looking for a robot vacuum on a budget, the Deebot M80 Pro is the right choice. It has a lot of advantageous features to save you time and add convenience to your cleaning routine. It also has a mopping feature that most other robot vacuums don’t have. In many other robot vacuums, you would pay more for these features and connectivity.
However, if you’re looking for efficiency and versatility and budget is no object, the Botvac D6 provides the same connectivity with several different cleaning modes to get the job done. It works well as a daily maintenance machine and as a heavy-duty spot cleaner. Its unique shape makes cleaning corners easier, and while it’s expensive, it’s built to perform and to last.
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!