Neato Robotics has just released a series of robots that would fill the gaps between the Botvac D Connected Series. It used to be that the company offered the Botvac D3, D5, and D7 models, but now they have the D4 and the D6 to complete the lineup. Meanwhile, the Shark Ion Robot 750, also known as the Shark Ion R75, was introduced around a year ago to compete in a market that is steadily getting crowded every day.
Contents (Jump to)
- 1 Design and Dimensions
- 2 Navigation Technology
- 3 Cleaning System
- 4 Connected Features
- 5 Battery
- 6 Pricing
- 7 Summary: A side-by-side comparison of the Neato Botvac D4 Connected vs. Shark Ion Robot 750
- 8 The Final Word: Which One Should You Buy, the Neato Botvac D4 Connected or the Shark Ion Robot 750?
Design and Dimensions
There is a considerable difference between the designs of the Botvac D4 Connected and the Shark Ion Robot 750. The Neato Botvac D4 Connected has the D shape that this line of robots is known for. It measures 13.2 x 12.6 x 3.9 inches. Meanwhile, the Shark Ion Robot 750 has a round shape that measures 12.6 by 12.6 by 2.6 inches.
The Neato Botvac D4’s flat side allows it to get closer to wall edges, making it clean more efficiently even without a side brush to help it along. What’s more, the bigger width of the Botvac D4 allows it to include a broader main brush. Indeed, the combo brush takes up almost the entire width of the robot vacuum’s front. The D4’s brush is estimated to be 70% longer than a round robot’s brush.
The round shape of the Shark Ion R75 prevents it from sidling up close to edges. However, this robot vacuum has two side brushes that more than makes up for its shape and still allows it to clean the edges very efficiently. That means that the Shark Ion Robot 750 is able to sweep from both sides.
You will notice that these two robot vacuums have the same width but the Botvac D4 is taller than the Shark Ion Robot 750. The extra height could mean that the Neato Botvac D4 Connected gets stuck under furniture more often than the Shark Ion robot vacuum.
Who wins? We have to call this a draw. The Neato Botvac D4 Connected has a wider brush than the Shark Ion Robot 750 and its flat side allows it to get close to edges. However, the Shark Ion robot 750 has two side brushes to help augment the smaller brush that it has and it goes under more furniture than the Botvac D4 can.
The Shark Ion Robot 750 uses a range of sensors to navigate through your floor. The sensors help the robot vacuum work its way across your room while avoiding colliding into furniture and walls. It also keeps the robot vacuum from falling down steep drops.
On the other hand, Neato Botvac D4 Connected has the LaserSmart navigation that Neato Robotics developed. This technology allows the Botvac D4 to scan and map your rooms so that it has a floor plan that it could use to create a cleaning path. While the Shark robot vacuum looks like it randomly bumps around, the Neato Botvac D4 looks like it knows where it is going.
Who wins? The Neato Botvac D4 has a far more advanced navigation system that is based on the LIDAR systems, which is used by autonomous cars to drive themselves. That has got to mean something, especially when all the Shark Ion Robot 750 offers is a range of sensors that make the Shark robot vacuum more like a blind man walking about without a cane.
The Neato Botvac D4 combines its broad combo brush, which measures 11 inches, with a very powerful vacuum suction to help clean your floors. The combo brush works on all floor types. The robot vacuum can pick up dirt and, even without a side brush, it will still be able to get close to edges because of its D shape. The robot vacuum will then send the dirt and debris that it sweeps up into the 0.7-liter dustbin.
The Neato Botvac D4 Connected also has a high-performance filter that will prevent the dust and dirt from recirculating in the air. Not only does the robot vacuum benefit from all of these components, but the LaserSmart system also helps the Botvac D4 deliver a better clean. For one, you can use the coverage maps to draw no-go lines to tell the Botvac D4 to stay inside a particular room, or not go into a room that you do not want it to clean. You can also set the robot vacuum for extra care navigation. Extra care navigation tells the Botvac D4 to be extra careful when it cleans around valuable vases or furniture that you do not want to be scratched.
With the Neato Botvac D4, you have several cleaning options. There’s the auto mode, which is the default cleaning mode. You also have the scheduled cleaning, the house cleaning, spot cleaning, eco, and turbo modes. Each one delivers a different level of clean that you can use for various cleaning needs. For instance, the eco mode is great when you want your Botvac D4 to work quietly. While the spot cleaning mode is excellent for small spills or if you want the robot vacuum to concentrate on a dirtier area.
On the other hand, the Shark Ion Robot 750 gives you two side brushes that work with its main brush roll. These brushes will loosen, agitate and then sweep up dirt and dust and put it in the vacuum’s path. The Shark Ion robot vacuum has a 0.4-liter dustbin and a HEPA filter that keeps the dirt and dust inside the bin. You have to lay down the Botboundary strip to limit the movements of the Shark Ion Robot 750 to a particular room.
Winner: Neato Botvac D4 Connected. When cleaning, the Shark Ion Robot 750 suffers from a generally less powerful suction, a random cleaning path, and a smaller dustbin to really compete with the Neato Botvac D4. Even if the Shark Ion robot vacuum has a better filter than the D4 Connected, it still left a lot of debris and dust on the floor.
The current crop of robot vacuums works with a companion app that allows you to operate your robot vacuum from your smartphone. With both the Shark Ion R75 and the Neato Botvac D4, you can use the mobile app to start, pause, cancel, or resume a cleaning. You can do all that even when you are not home.
On top of that, you can also create schedules for both robots using the mobile app. Both robots will also show you a cleaning history and can help alert you when there is something wrong. There are also quick how-tos if there are problems you need to troubleshoot.
However, the mobile app for the Neato Botvac D4 Connected has more features that leverage the LaserSmart technology. You can view clean maps on the robot vacuum, detailing where the robot vacuum has been. The cleaning map provides a visual confirmation that the Botvac D4 was able to clean comprehensively. These maps also allow you to draw the virtual no-go lines that will block the robot vacuum from entering certain areas.
Both robots are compatible with voice commands. You can use Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa to start cleaning with your robot vacuums just by saying so. However, the Neato Botvac D4 offers compatibility with IFTTT recipes, which allows your robot vacuum to work with other devices and services that are also IFTTT compatible.
Another thing that Neato Botvac D4 Connected has that the Shark Ion Robot 750 does not have is the Chatbot function. With the D4 Connected, you can operate your robot vacuum via the Facebook Chatbot that the company provides.
Who wins? Neato Botvac D4 Connected delivers more advanced connectivity features than the Shark Ion Robot 750. When it comes to connectivity, the Botvac D4 gives you IFTTT compatibility and the ability to operate your robot via Facebook.
The Neato Botvac D4 Connected and the Shark Ion Robot 750 use lithium-ion batteries. The Botvac D4 has a charging time of up to 100 minutes and delivers up to 75 minutes of running time. It can also automatically recharge when the battery runs low and then resume cleaning when it is done charging for up to two times. But what sets the Botvac D4 apart is the quick boost charging feature.
Quick boost allows the Botvac D4 Connected to get just enough charge to finish the job. For instance, it goes back to the charging dock because the robot vacuum ran out of battery. Looking at its clean maps, the Botvac D4 can then calculate how much more is left for it to clean. So instead of charging for the full 100 minutes, it will only charge just enough to get the job done.
Meanwhile, the Shark Ion R75 needs 120 minutes of charging and delivers only 60 minutes of run time.
Who wins? Neato Botvac D4 Connected. Not only can the Botvac D4 resume cleaning, but it also has the quick boost feature that ensures that the robot vacuum can finish the job faster.
The lowest price for the Shark Ion Robot 750 on Amazon is $228.99 (Check out the latest rates here!). Meanwhile, the Neato Botvac D4 Connected sells for $394.95 on Amazon (Check out the latest rates here!).
Who wins? The Shark Ion Robot 750 wins the price wars. However, it does give you fewer features and a far worse cleaning performance than the Neato Botvac D4.
Summary: A side-by-side comparison of the Neato Botvac D4 Connected vs. Shark Ion Robot 750
|Neato Botvac D4 Connected||Shark Ion 750|
|Lowest price||$349.95 (Check out the latest rates here!).||$228.99 (Check out the latest rates here!)
|Dimensions (l x w x h, inches)||13.2 x 12.6 x 3.9||12.6 x 12.6 x 2.6|
|Mobile app||Neato App||Shark Ion Robot App|
|Mapping & navigation technology||LaserSmart||Sensor-based|
|Simultaneous localization & mapping||Yes||No|
|Entire level cleaning||Yes||No|
|Three stage cleaning||No||Yes|
|Filter type||High Performance Filter||HEPA|
|Navigation control||Virtual no-go lines||BotBoundary strips|
|Lithium ion battery||Yes||Yes|
|Maximum running time (mins.)||75||60|
|Maximum charging Time (mins.)||100||120|
|Works with Amazon Alexa||Yes||Yes|
|Works with Google Home||Yes||Yes|
|Works with IFTTT recipes||Yes||No|
The Final Word: Which One Should You Buy, the Neato Botvac D4 Connected or the Shark Ion Robot 750?
On its own, there is a lot to like about the Shark Ion Robot 750 (read my full review here!). For one, it has a very affordable price at less than $250. It is very easy to set up and the vacuum power is good. It is Wi-Fi connected and works with Amazon Alexa or Google Home. You will also love its premium features such as the pair of side brushes and the HEPA filter. Then you have the lithium-ion battery that gives it up to an hour of operation. As it is, the Shark Ion Robot 750 is a capable robot vacuum that will help you keep your floors clean.
However, the Shark Ion Robot 750 really pales in comparison against the Neato Botvac D4. In the world of robot vacuums, one year is a long time and things can really change a lot. Neato Botvac D4 Connected now has a better battery, a better navigation system, and more connectivity features. Not only does it deliver an efficient and thoroughly clean, but it also has more features than the Shark robot vacuum.
In fact, perhaps the only reason one should buy the Shark Ion Robot 759 in 2019 is that it costs more than $100 cheaper than the Botvac D4 and the HEPA filter it has. But we are not sure if that is enough reason to scrimp. The Neato Botvac D4 simply delivers far better cleaning than the Shark Ion Robot 750.
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