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I wish I never bought itPurchased directly from the Ecovacs website at a cost of $1150 AUD, the initial month of operation yielded satisfactory results, notably in maintaining the cleanliness of our predominantly hard-floor residence. Despite encountering issues such as collisions with walls and furniture, as well as occasional navigational challenges, the overall performance warranted a potential four-star rating.
However, on the 34th day of ownership, a significant malfunction became evident when one of the front sweeping motors ceased functioning during its routin... Read moree cleaning cycle. Upon contacting customer service, I was informed that, given the elapsed time of more than 30 days since the purchase, the warranty only covered repair, not replacement. A shipping label was eventually provided after repeated requests over a 2 week period, and then the repair process itself took nearly two weeks. Upon receiving the vacuum post-repair, it became apparent that the front sweeping motor issue persisted, indicating an insufficient resolution. Despite conveying this concern through over 25 emails to Ecovacs, a satisfactory resolution has not been achieved as of today. The proposed course of action from the company is to return the unit for a second attempt at repair, an option seemingly compelled by circumstance. Regrettably, communication with Ecovacs has been notably delayed, with an average response time of approximately three days to emails, resulting in an unsatisfactory customer service experience, deserving of a zero-star rating. In addition to the motor issue, another persistent problem arises from dirt accumulation in the mop pad wash area, coupled with inadequate drainage. This necessitates manual cleaning of the wash pad station every other day, leading to an unpleasant odor. These combined issues significantly diminish the overall satisfaction with the product and the brand's customer service. - **Order Date:** 17.09.2023 - **Received Date:** 24.09.2023 - **Initial Issue Report:** 28.10.2023 (sweeping motor malfunction) - **Agree to ship for Repair:** 28.10.2023 - **Shipping Label Received:** 12.11.2023 (after multiple requests) - **Returned Vacuum:** 04.12.2023 - **Follow-up Report:** 10.12.2023 (issue STILL persisting) - **Current Date:** 23.z12.2023
It's a better spy than cleanerI bought an Ecovacs Deebot and after a year of use I realized that the floor was actually not cleaned, and somehow the machine always wanted to find me first, instead of going through a process to clean the house.
It's a Chinese product mind you, with built in microphones which can detect which direction are you talking from. (if you would like some privacy, cover the entire Ecovacs box with a towel, it listens and watches 24/7. Online connection is required for it to work.
So I bought a German Miele cleaner, which doesn't have the mop unfortu... Read morenately, but works without being connected to the internet. My test was to clean the house with Ecovacs and then with Miele. The Miele collected much, much more dust and dirt than the Ecovacs, though Ecovacs was running first, and had been running every 2-3 days before that. If you would like a vacuum cleaner that works instead of spying on you, then in my opinion try Miele.
A game changer!I already had a robovac but one that didn't mop or have mapping capabilities [but was great at what it did].
This one is several steps above and whilst it's not perfect I'm definitely happy with the purchase.
- It identifies carpet and hardwood floors, and does a great job on both surfaces
- The mapping includes furniture but doesn't seem to trouble it when furniture is moved
- The mopping feature is excellent [after a teen party I did need to mop three times but there had been a minor flood]
- The app includes options to set up several ... Read more
Disappointed!I bought the Ecovacs Deebot X1 Turbo. Honestly, the machine actually worked very well for the first two weeks... cleaning my tiled floors every 3 days doing a wonderful job. But it malfunctioned on day 16 and just spun around in circles doing wheelies. That was 3 months ago, and I'm still waiting for a replacement.
Their customer service is in desperate need of training. Just too slow. And now I'm $1500 short on a product I no longer have (sent back for return). Show details
The price of perfectionWhen I first laid eyes on the compact beauty my eyes were constantly looking across to the price tag. Once all features were revealed. Price was slowly made understandable. Amazing results and features to match. Able to map out your home with latest tec and superior voice interaction software is a experience to see in action. The self cleaning function is also a treat and the devices docking and cleaning station can easily become a functional part of your home decor with is smart, modern and sleek look. If quality and reliability is what your after than this super powerful and smart multi purpose vacuum unit is what you need in you home. I love it I'm sure you will too. You have to see to believe it. Show details · 1
Surprisingly accomplished!Getting 'someone else' to do your dirty work is a dream we all share, so it’s not surprising that Robotic Cleaner such as the Ecovacs Deebot X1 Turbo is all the rage. Obviously, the main benefits of a robotic cleaner is that it will clean your floor for you, so your don't really have to*. Programmed via the accompanying smart phone app, a cleaning schedule can be set so that the Deebot will take care of the cleaning autonomously. Autonomous cleaning is perhaps Deebot X1T's greatest selling feature.
There are however many limitations with robot... Read moreic cleaners. Firstly, it is not really that great or efficient at cleaning compared with the human doing the vacuuming and/or mopping, plus it takes so LONG to clean an area compared with a human with a stick cleaner. It can also be noisy, and because it take much longer to do the same job, the noise stays around for much longer. Because robotic cleaners are limited in the suction it can generate, carpet vacuuming will never be a Deebot X1T's forte. In fact, I reckon you will likely be disappointed with the result considering the price, if this is your sole reason for purchasing the Deebot. Fortunately, we don't have carpet at home, and for vinyl plank flooring, Deebot excels! Ecovacs is a Chinese technology company best known for developing in-home robotic appliances. It was an OEM manufacturer for vacuum cleaner under the name TEK Electrical Company. The company was rebranded in 2006 as an independent manufacturer of Robotic Cleaner and it has since has footprint in the U.S., Europe and now Australia. Thus, the sophistication of the Deebot X1 is pretty obvious given the 20+ years the company has been making these appliances. The first thing you need to know is, Deebot X1T as packed, is gigantic, so you will need to ensure sufficient boot space to take your baby home. The Deebot X1 requires a little set up which is pretty straight forward. The instruction booklet is surprisingly sparse in contents but additional information can be found inside the smart phone app, EcovacsHome, which is a mandatory download if you want to fully utilise all its functions. However, there are three buttons on the charging station for the most commonly used tasks, ie, (1) starting and pausing a cleaning cycle, (2) returning Deebot to base station and (3) Manually initiating the mop cleaning. Additionally, Deebot will also respond to voice command, via 'Ok Yiko'. The EcovacsHome app is a comprehensive suite that allow the user to adjust various parameters and there are too many to list in this review. For me, a notable feature is the ability to manually select the 'Quiet' mode in the vacuum power setting (I have not the chance to evaluate the noise level for the 'Max+'). The layout of the app requires user to swipe up, down, left and right and I reckon a little simplification of the swiping will enhance user interface. For most part, it is a very polished experience but the occasional Chinese phrase with no English translation, or sheepish Chinglish did slip through. An example is this, which makes not sense to me: 'Good news for pet users: New furniture models of pet supplies in 3D map, you can try after adding them'. What the!? As a camera is built into the front of Deebot X1T, one can configure Deebot (via the EcovacsHome app) to go into a 'patrol mode' to surveil the surrounding. Or to check up on one's kid (as I have) remotely. This was actually quite fun to do. Unfortunately, while I can yell at my son though Deebot X1T's speaker, I can't quite hear his voice, which was a dissapointment. The camera is also pretty hopeless in the absence of ambient light, so this 'Patrol Mode' is not that useful at night, with lights off. Once set-up, Deebot X1 will connect via Wifi to the internet and update itself to the latest firmware. Thereafter, it will map the allocated cleaning area which is then stored in its memory to be used in the future. Of course, the map gets updated as your room changes, or if there is a new obstacle in the way. It can also clean under furniture, eg, under a bed, which is a strength of robotic cleaner. As mentioned, the camera is built into the front bumper to help it gets around. Multiple stairs sensors under Deebot X1T prevent accidental tumble and I can vouch that the Deebot X1T got close to the edge but never go over. Clothing and paper left on the floor can still be caught up by the machine so the floor needs to be cleared of loose items for Deebot X1T to work properly. Overall, Deebot X1T is a relatively intelligent machine compared with the 'el-cheapo' robotic cleaners I had years ago which would rely totally on the bump sensor to move in a random circles. However, it is still important to realise that one cannot really leave robotic cleaner totally unattended, for robotic cleaner has a habit of getting stuck on things, and there are even reports of killer robotic cleaner or poo-spreader robot that make a mess instead of cleaning. (Reference: Choice.com.au: Should you buy a robot vacuum? We reveal the pros and cons). The charging station is hefty and forms a steady platform for Deebot to return home to. Re-establishing charging contact has been very surefooted and does not require the charging station to be glued to the wall or floor. The charging station is also the cleaning station, with a built-in 'sink' that is used for washing and 'drying' the mopping pads. Thus, charging station also houses a clean water tank and a dirty water tank. Ecovacs also sells accessories via its online store (accessible via the app), such as the proprietary cleaning solution. Cleverly, there is even onboard storage space for this bottle of cleaning solution. I should also mention that there is also onboard storage for the well-designed brush and hair-cutter. These are used to remove hair and lint that tend to get coiled around the rotating brushes. The app also keep track of maintenance and provided suggestions of when to clean and/or purchase new brushes. Deebot X1T is generally great at dry vacuuming hard flooring. Whilst the perimeter (side) brushes do extend beyond the Deebot's body, they don't always pick out dirt that is tucked into corners. The puny dust collecting bins is another limitation, so it is never designed to totally replaced a human with proper broom, or vacuum or a crevice suction tool. Another comment I will make is, the Deebot X1T's main rubber wheels do not mark the 'softish' vinyl flooring, unlike hard plastic wheels found on the suction feet of traditional vacuum cleaner, which can mark vinyl flooring. Deebot X1T is also capable of vacuuming and wet mopping at the same time. In this mode, it will return to the charging/cleaning station repeatedly to wash the mop pads and returns to the last position to continue its cleaning. It is mesmerising to watch this robot does it job! It is amazing how high-tech a robotic cleaners have become! As we use Deebot X1T in conjunction with human cleaning, this dry and wet cleaning leaves the floor totally spotless. To be honest, I am frankly surprised at the amount of fine particles and human hair missed/left by my microfibre cloth mops only moments before the Deebot. Whilst I love to praise Ecovacs' implementation of the Deebot X1T and I have no hesitation to recommend this machine, it is still my opinion that Deebot X1T, like most in-home robotic cleaner is terrific for 'top-up' cleaning, but not yet a total replacement for your broom, dustpan, vacuum cleaner and mop. Depending on your home cleaning requirements, it is still worthy of your consideration. Choice Online has pretty comprehensive information on Robotic Cleaner which is a must read if you intend to buy one. This has been a Product Review Ambassador Program review. Good points High precision solidly-built robotic cleaner. The manufacturing is virtually faultless. Full-feature cleaning and mopping options via the EcovacsHome app. Much quieter than my previous robotic cleaner. Great at cleaning under furniture. Great machine for 'top-up' cleaning. Bad Points Still relatively noisy. Eg, if you want to watch TV whilst machine cleans the floor. Takes so long to do a small area! Not a total substitute for traditionally cleaning. Relatively expensive for what it can do around the home. It can be expensive to fix when something goes wrong or battery needs changing.
Cleaning your floor is a breeze with Yiko!From unboxing to end, cleaning result Ecovacs does not disappoint. With its stylish aesthetic appearance to its sublime cleaning performance, this cleaning robot is filled with so many functions, sweeping and mopping your floors will never be easier.
Deebot is voice activated and app activated, easy to use and cleaning is efficient and effortless.
This is the perfect new addition for someone who is time poor or just values more quality time do other activities than the cumbersome duties of sweeping and mopping your floors.
This Robot is amaz… Read more · 1ing, you can just set it up and go about your day, then come home to beautifully cleaned swept and mopped floor. As busy parents we just absolutely adore our Yiko, our floor have never been so clean and we have so much more time to spend doing the things we love. The only downside of Yiko is the sale price of the robot. It is unfortunately on the unaffordable side for alot families and is disappointing that more homes can not take advantage of the use of this amazing unit. Check out the YouTube link for a detailed review; https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL54VQ5D79_3K3prQqSWqYjOgN3bSCCkZG **Happy New Year Update 03/01/2024** we have been using this unit since mid-year 2022 of being tested and with the functionality, we would consider the purchase ourselves. We didn't realise how much of a time saver this unit would be with those quick mops & vacuums in-between those hand vacuum cleans. Price wise we would consider, so look around when on sale. So good, that family members have purchased the latest model/s after seeing ours. We don't use the Yiko voice activation as we find this difficult to use, perhaps due to our voice tones, so we operate if via the Ecovacs app. With Ecovacs own online store where you can earn points to redeem on spare parts of cleaning aids, it's a neat option.
I love it and it does the job but there are a handful of drawbacksHard floors with rugs
Does an excellent job of hard flooring and vacuuming. I love that it empties itself, maps the floor, cleans and dries its own mopping pads and cooks dinner- However, there are a handful of flaws.
1. the software that's used to run it is a bit glitchy. It sometimes loses or rotates the map and then goes off on its own tangent. I'm sure this will be fixed in future iterations of its firmware, but it's glitchy for now.
2. it doesn't quite make it to the edges of the room. I have two robovacs and the old Bissell is just … Read more · 1a random- crash around the room and hope for the best- kinda deal. It makes it all the way to the edges of the room and gets into the corners nicely. This one avoids the edges and corners by a good 8-10cm which is a huge point of frustration given that someone has to manually go do the job. 3. it doesn't avoid ALL obstacles. I have had to rescue an electrical cable from its jaws in the past and it has managed to get itself stuck on the clothes horse a couple of times. 4. the voice activation requires me to say "OK YIKO" in a ridiculous, cartoon-like manner to get her to listen to me- but the instruction-listening capabilities are pretty good- up there with google or Siri. 5. it doesn't use logic to determine whether it's time to clean the mopping pads- which can result in too much water usage and a requirement to fill the clean water container more often than is necessary. 6. even on the maximum setting, the water being pumped out during mopping, isn't enough. I often see it mopping the floor dry. The bigger picture is that I love having it though. It means that I can get the floors vacuumed every day and I don't have to do it myself or pay someone else to do it, it's just done. The only time I have to interact with it is when the water containers need swapping out or the dustbin is full and needs a fresh one. The obstacle avoidance is otherwise excellent- my dog drops his chew toys everywhere and this thing cleans around them rather than sucking them up and getting stuck on them. I'm not sure that it's worth the hefty price tag- but it's definitely worthwhile having in the house.
A unit that floored us - in a good way!This is our first robovacuum, and it's proved to be a nifty device for busy families like ours. The pluses outweigh the minuses. Important to note that we've trialed this unit on carpet, tile and wood flooring.
See below attached pics and videos to see it in action. Attached is an image of the dust bin when full/overflowing. The vacuum will leave a dust trail if too full! Also attached is a picture of the Deebot charging at its base as well as videos of the cleaning in action on both carpets and then floors. We changed over our flooring from … Read more · 1carpets to wood floors shortly after getting this unit, so have shown both here Pluses: It's compact and stays in a little-used corner of the house and adds a bit of pizzazz to our home decor. Once it started cleaning, it mapped our house area adequately and has no problems maneuvering around bumps on floors. It cleans very well on all surfaces, saves us time and let's us carry on with other tasks, knowing our floors are being cleaned. It lets us know when it needs to return to "base" to recharge and the app is handy in informing us the battery life status / it's off the floor / hasn't got the bin in the unit etc. We love that we can clean the floors anytime and we can direct it to return to the base when we want it to, manually or via the app. Minuses: There's no clear system to its cleaning grid, and if you want it to clean just one room, you need to close the door so it only focuses on that area. But it does a great cleaning job in that room. The high sensor on the unit prevents it from cleaning under beds/sofas and behind toilet cisterns. If you've got steps/stairs or live in a double/triple storey house, you may want to have 2 units so these units clean the respective floor levels. We have a sunken lounge and need to carry it down to clean there, though it does with no problems once placed in the room, you just have to bring it back up again when it is done as it can't get up the stairs to get back to the 'base' unit It needs a couple of battery recharges to clean our house (125sqm) floor area in one sitting. The bin is very small and needs emptying regularly. Other lessons learnt: Avoid having rugs with fringes - the unit brushes may get tangled. Pause the unit midway while it's cleaning to empty the bin, so it resumes cleaning the rest of the floor areas. Ignore the unit when it tries to get involved in your conversations - it may ask if you need it to start cleaning! Please note, we have not tried the in built mopping function. Not game to on wood floors, but we don't plan to use it for this purpose anyway. Highly recommended, particularly if you are not a fan of vacuuming!
The Ecovacs X1 Turbo was very much a great surprise for us, and is a real game changer!CONCLUSION:
The Ecovacs X1 Turbo was very much a great surprise for us, and is a real game changer!
Impressive right out of the box with a very aesthetically pleasing design to compliment any setting, we found the Deebot genuinely useful, and the performance far exceeded anything we expected from a robotic vacuum. It was surprisingly quiet in operation with automatically variable suction, and with the ability to discern carpeted rooms from smooth floors, so no wet carpets when mopping. One feature that was just amazing to us was the Deebot’s … Read more · 1ability to go home and clean and dry its mops with no interaction, this is nothing short of sensational, and we suspect this feature alone would likely be the tipping point for many people sitting on the fence about getting a robotic vacuum. The supplied App to control it is full featured and intuitive in use, making control and scheduling a very simple task. Voice activation, while not particularly useful to us as we really liked using the App (but the kids loved it), is still a neat option to include for others who would undoubtedly find this a very useful feature. The collision avoidance and 3D mapping built in was astoundingly good, and if that’s not enough, it also has a “Security Patrol” mode with camera and 2 way audio to monitor your home and converse with occupants! If we had to adversely criticise any aspect at all of the Deebot, it would be the audio reproduction. To us it sounded less clear than we would have expected, while not a deal breaker and definitely a very minor point, I think it could definitely be improved upon. So in summary, yes the Ecovacs X1 Turbo is more expensive than some models on the market, but the design, integration, features, usability, and especially the performance, really set it apart from the many other less capable models around. I think anyone buying one of these, won't be disappointed at all by the design, or the end results, and will greatly enjoy utilising many of the well designed features. NOTE: I had originally given 5/5 for all the features as the Deebot pretty much exceeded all of our expectations, but I gave 4/5 for Value For Money simply because of the high cost. But the more I thought about it, and factored in the invaluable amount of time you get back by using the robotic vacuum, the cheaper it seemed, so yes it is a tad expensive initially, but the time you gain back really does make it a more than worthwhile purchase, so I believe it is definitely deserving of a 5/5 for value. DETAILED REVIEW: Firstly let me start this review by stating that over the years our house has had a bad history of vacuums generally failing to be any good, and/or committing suicide, so our expectations on vacuums can be a little tough! My wife without any malice or intent does seem to be unusually tough on almost anything electrical or mechanical, if she can unintentionally find a way to render it useless or destroyed, that's what usually tends to happen in our home. After a string of increasingly expensive vacuum deaths, and loathe to throw more money down the drain, she ended up using my industrial woodworking dust extractor, and for her it worked a treat! Not only did it work well, but it lasted just fine over the years despite the many long hours in use, so we got her a smaller version from the same manufacturer, and over 10 years later it's still performing just as good and reliably as the day it was bought. This after replacing a vacuum roughly every 12-15 months for the many years prior. So being used to industrial strength vacuums, I have always thought the idea of the growing prevalence of little robotics vacuums to be not much more than a flashy toy with little real world use or relevance. I mean, just how useful can a thing 1/10th the size of a powerful vacuum running off batteries be? How good could the programming be that it wouldn't need constant attention to not only manage it, but avoid it getting into trouble or stuck repeatedly? Well we certainly found out when we put the Ecovacs X1 Turbo through its paces, and I must admit, all of us, not least my wife, are just amazed at the thought, planning and design that went into this product! Obviously nothing is perfect, and while yes there were some aspects we thought could be improved upon, or weren't quite as good as we'd hoped, the functionality was quite a surprise at times, and simply astounding at other times! THE UNPACKING: Firstly, the design definitely needs a mention, as Ecovacs used the world renowned Jacob Jensen of Bang & Olufsen fame to help with the design of the robot and station. And it shows, if it was based on looks alone, the Deebot certainly punches well above its weight and is a visual delight, not a bulky eyesore as many robotic vacuums on the market are, where the integration of the system into the homes surroundings are usually a lesser concern. When it was unpacked we were so surprised by the very sleek look and lines we all mentally went "Oooohhh - Aaaahhh"! The top of the Base station also lends itself nicely for placing indoor pot plants on, which is an added bonus and helps it blend even more into the surroundings! Determined not to be pegged as just a pretty little thing, the Deebot is also surprisingly well made and very robust, and has a practicality that easily meets or exceeds, it's high level of aesthetics! INITIAL SETUP: I must admit I'm pretty hopeless with manuals, and usually avoid them like the plague opting instead to do more manly things with new items like just pressing any and all buttons, and turning all the knobs in an effort to work out how the item operated, but in the spirit of cooperation I did glance at the manual just long enough to see mention of an Android App to control it. And I was off! After a quick install, settings of a few details, and then connecting to the robot was a trivial act, and then a firmware update later and we were potentially setting it loose on the unsuspecting house and our dogs! The fairly hefty base station has two large plastic containers in it, one for fresh water which we filled to the max amount (no additives) and another the same size on the left for waste water. We then fitted the side brushes and the mops to the base which simply clip on. I must admit when we fitted them, we found the unit is somewhat heavier than it appears, and is very solid indeed, not at all somewhat flimsy or "plasticcy" as we expected. Powering it up we then set it to do the initial mapping of the house layout. It really did quite an amazing job on getting into all the nooks and crannies that it could, even going under over-hanging cupboard doors which really surprised us. While it seemed to occasionally go back and forth over parts it had already done, it produced a very accurate house layout, certainly far better than what I expected. In fact in action it seemed imbued with so much personality my daughter quickly demanded it have the much more respectful pet name of "Dimples", instead of "the sucky thing" as I named it in the Android App. It had no trouble getting over the 5-12mm height differences between the transition parts of some of the tiled and lino floored rooms, and despite the carpeted rooms having an even higher lift of around 15mm in the doorway, it managed to get in and map the carpeted rooms just fine. MOPPING FUNCTION: This is the part that surprised us the most, I fully expected the mopping function to be a messy affair, and envisioned puddles of water being trekked through by people making a bigger mess, and/or the mops themselves leaving swirl marks as it picked up the occasional strands of dog fur. I was indeed very curious how effective a mop function would work with a robot on timber floors without causing swelling or rot from water pooling and soaking into the wood. We also expected it would try to go on the carpeted areas getting them wet. However in reality, even though you can't add anything to the water like disinfectants or Eucalyptus Oil, (which I'm still on the fence about), the mopping function turned out to be extremely good. The unit didn't put much water down at all, so it dried fairly quickly, and was very thorough in covering all accessible areas of the floors. Originally our concerns left us planning to use the mopping function very sparingly, but after seeing the results, we let it loose each day without further concern. It also very cleverly mapped all the carpeted entryways, and didn't attempt to go on them with the mops fitted, so wet carpets wasn't a worry at all. The bit that really blew our minds though, was when partway through the clean, it announced it was going back to the station to clean itself. I mean, we all knew that it had the capability to do that from the blurbs, but actually seeing before your eyes a robot announce it was dirty, and then head back on its own to wash itself, and then head back out to finish the cleaning with no interaction on our part was just truly amazing to all of us, and really highlights the high level of intelligent programming that went into the design of these units! And clean it did! We certainly thought our floors were clean, but when I showed my wife the waste water container after a few days, it was gray! She was absolutely shocked it had picked up so much through the house that we thought was already spotlessly clean! Inspecting the mops after a week or so of use, and being considered a disposable item after xx numbers of use, I thought they would be really grungy, but quite amazingly they were pretty spotless, the robot had thoroughly cleaned and then dried them, so they were still almost like new. The construction of them was also very good, they were very well made, and I know the manufacturer states to replace the mopping pads at set intervals, but from our observations they should last considerably longer than anticipated. And there is a spare set inside the Base Station anyway. Unless you have kids dropping sticky stuff on the floor constantly, or you have sharp things that catch the mop threads, I'd expect the mopping pads to last a fairly long time even in moderate, frequent use. I was discussing the Deebot with a colleague at work, who was stunned by the fact that one robot not only mopped and vacuumed, but also that it washed and dried its own mops requiring no interaction at all. For his home he had actually bought a robot for the vacuuming, and a second different robot just for the mopping, but he had to regularly clean and replace the mops on his which he found a real nuisance, not to mention that the combined cost for both as an inferior option was more than the Ecovacs X1 Turbo. VACUUM FUNCTION: After a week of the mopping function, we removed the mopping pads to try the vacuum function on its own. As we had avoided some parts of the carpeted areas due to the mops being fitted, this time we sent it to vacuum, and off it went this time going in every single room, automatically adding to the maps any areas previously not done. The unit was fairly quiet in operation, and despite automatically varying the suction power while vacuuming, the noise level on high suction wasn’t annoying at all, and we think you’d pretty much get used to it and ignore fairly easily after a short time. We have small indoor dogs, and like any pets they do shed fine fur throughout the house. Our dust extractor generally gets it all, but we find a rubber broom to be the most effective here. It easily catches all the fibres and fluff the dust extractor might miss. So we were dubious as to how good the suction and cleaning roller in the Deebot could be. In practice the Deebot cleaned all the dust and fibres off the tiled and lino floored areas perfectly fine and no different to our dust extractor which was a surprise, and on the carpets while not perfect, it certainly surpassed our expectations, and any misgivings we had on its performance on carpets were quickly dispelled. Although to be fair over the years we've used high end Miele, Bosch and Hitachi vacuums that also struggled at times to deep clean our high pile carpets, so while the job it did was not perfect, it was more than adequate all things considered, and certainly better than we would have thought possible. If we had a loop or lower pile carpet it likely would have done a better job. I think the manufacturer has tried to cover the majority of the cleaning scenarios with the combination bristle and rubber vanes they have on the roller. The ability to buy rollers for different uses would be a very handy option for many I would believe. When we fitted them, I initially thought the side wipers would be too flimsy to be of any real use and were more decoration than anything else. Very surprisingly they were actually quite effective at getting at stuff in corners. We dropped all manner of stuff on the floor around for the robot to clean, and they worked quite well in moving everything into the cleaning path of the rollers. Obviously if you dropped something very sticky in the corner, then that won't be picked up, but dry or even moist stuff (just nothing sticking to the floor), not a problem. Being able to easily remove the brushes at any time was extremely useful to clean any wound up pets fur from them. So overall the vacuum function did exceed our expectations in general, while greatly exceeding them when doing tile or lino floors. The ability for the robot to get into every nook and cranny, and position the wipers to hit every corner was quite amazing to watch, it was very, very thorough, and repeatedly positioned itself in operation to get maximum cleaning done. One of the truly invaluable benefits is the time you get back using these Deebot's! My wife was especially pleased as she can be a bit OCD'ish when it comes to cleaning, so vacuuming and washing the floors would often take the better part of a day when she really got into it, but now we just schedule cleans which now gives her lot's of valuable time back to focus on other things, or just plain relax. Just this single point alone makes the return on investment very worthwhile! MAPPING AND DETECTION: I have to say that the collision detection system these units use is simply astounding. I fully expected it to constantly bump into our many, many obstacles inside the house when mapping, but it never happened. Whenever it got close to something, it seemed to get right up to it, and then change direction just before the expected "bump" would occur! The mapping was very thorough and produced an accurate floor layout. It did seem to go back and forth repeatedly a bit but not sure why that was. It didn't seem fazed by shadows, and our dogs who were quite curious about it would block it's path occasionally, but the Deebot would later go over the missed areas and add them in. And amazingly, any steps in its way it simply avoided instead of going over the edge as we expected it to. Similarly when cleaning or mopping, you'd swear the Deebot was going to hit a wall, but would get within a whisker and then turn! To work out if this was occasional good luck we started blocking off pre-mapped areas ad-hoc, and it never once hit anything. The closest it got was when it wedged itself under a chair who's legs gave it probably 10mm to spare, but it turned around and moved on its own until it cleared it! It did however come unstuck with a couple of the silicon pet mats we have, with the mops not fitted it would treat them like carpet and get the corners wedged up in its wheel area, requiring us to lift it off and set it down. One time we had to actually bring it back to the base station manually as it ended up quite confused after spinning its wheels for some time moving slightly back and forth, and then being picked up and placed elsewhere. But that was only once, every other time it seemed to sort out itself exactly where it was, and where to pick up cleaning where it had left off prior. To get around this we simply edited the map to exclude that area taken up the mats. As mentioned earlier, watching the Deebot return to the Base Station on its own, and auto correct the angle of entry while reversing up the ramp truly was a thing to behold! All in our house were really impressed with that. Again, kudos to the dev team for coming up with software that works so well, every time! No scrapes on walls or furniture, no bumps, no getting stuck under stuff, quite amazing really! SOFTWARE: Ecovacs supply a very well designed and full featured Android and Apple App to fully control your Deebot from either platform. The Android version I found quite inituitive and allowed me to control every aspect of the Deebot, including setting up exclusion zones on the maps, which were very handy for the silicon pet maps it couldn't quite work out, creating schedules, creating an ad-hoc cleaning job (useful for a spill), editing the maps, sending it back to the base station, etc, etc. For a system as complex as these Deebots can be, the app worked really well, and most importantly, was reasonably simple to use and didn't require a degree to work out. VOICE ACTIVATION: I can imagine for many this would be a key function, but this for us was possibly the least useful part of the design, as it would probably be our kids who would utilise Voice Activation more than what we would. We found using the Android app so useful that for us it was the preferred way to control it. Having said that, during testing we did find it worked really well in practice, so undoubtedly it will prove a popular option for many. The only bit of criticism we could direct at all toward the Deebot, was the audio reproduction. To us it sounded less clear than we would have expected, especially with the advancement of speech synthesis chips over the years, or it could perhaps be a result of an echo chamber changing the tone. While not a deal breaker, and definitely a very minor issue in the scheme of things, I think it could definitely be improved upon. Further, the ability to record your own speech I could see being a very popular option with many owners. PATROL MODE: The Deebot App also has a really neat function that allows connecting to the camera and microphone/speaker on the robot to enable a "Security Patrol" mode, allowing you to terrorise the house with cries of "EXTREMINATE! EXTERMINATE!", or perhaps more practical applications like directing the robot to a particular area to see something, or converse with someone in the house. I'm not sure for us just how useful this function is, but the fact you have this ability is really pretty cool and just reinforces again the rich feature list these Deebot’s offer! POWER CONSUMPTION: Power consumption was quite low and we got around an hour or so in mopping mode. While in standby mode and between operations the base station barely consumed any power measuring around 3.5W usage. Charging the batteries after use was peaking at around 20-25W. CONS: I couldn't really attest to any negatives of any importance with the Deebot, if I had to list any, it would be the quality of the audio which seemed a bit muffled, I would have expected better quality audio here. The efficiency on carpets was very good, but a selection of different purpose rollers while not hugely important, would be handy as an option. Similarly, almost all the mopping vacuums recommend only plain clear water only be used, and while it did a very good job, it would just be nice to be able to use additives like a citrus based disinfectant or similar. But none of these are deal breakers, just more of a desirable outcome or wishlist.
Great performance, high tech, great looking - but expensive, and tech features need to be better resolvedPROS
Vacuums AND mops
Auto detects between hard and soft floors
Way quieter than a manual vac
Looks great, very high tech and modern
Heaps of functionality contained within the companion app to control the robot and set cleaning schedules
Mapping function is pretty accurate
It can video live-stream it’s progress
Very Expensive. Very.
Not truly hands-free – still requires a level of hands-on maintenance and adjustment
Tiny dust container
Base station doesn’t have automatic dust emptying function, is quite large and requires a re... Read more
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