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Robotic vacuum cleaner test - 09/2019

The test winner is the Botvac D7 Robot Vacuum Cleaner by Neato Robotics: With its brushes, this little helper ensures a particularly good cleaning result at a low noise level. Test mark: 8.8/10!

Vacuuming is one of the most annoying tasks in the household, especially vacuuming under the sofa and other furniture. A robotic vacuum cleaner can help. It vacuums every nook and cranny and easily gets under furniture. The little household helper also saves you a lot of time. We have tested 5 robotic vacuum cleaners for you and filtered out the best.

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Neato Robotics Botvac D7 Robot Vacuum Cleaner

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Our winner: Neato Robotics Botvac D7 Robot Vacuum Cleaner ECOVACS ROBOTICS 500 Robot Vacuum Cleaner Review Housmile Robotic Vacuum Cleaner  Review EVERTOP Robot Vacuum Cleaner Review Dirt Devil M607 SPIDER robotic vacuum cleaner Review

Neato Robotics
Botvac D7 Robot Vacuum Cleaner

ECOVACS ROBOTICS
500 Robot Vacuum Cleaner

Housmile
Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

EVERTOP
Robot Vacuum Cleaner

Dirt Devil
M607 SPIDER robotic vacuum cleaner

  • Smart function
  • D-shape
  • Digital mapping
  • Helpful indicator lights and accurate problem messages
  • Spiral brush
  • Different cleaning modes
  • Use of accessories and their wear can be controlled in the app
  • Search function
  • Remote control
  • Rubberised drive wheels
  • Screwable side brushes
  • Easy cleaning from above possible
  • Rubberised drive wheels
  • Brush under the vacuum cleaner that allows good cleaning
  • Low volume
  • Rubberised drive wheels
  • The sensitivity of the case sensors can be adjusted
  • Battery exchangeable
  • Helpful indicator lights
  • Relatively loud
  • Full functionality only via an app
  • No accurate battery level indication
  • No map creation
  • Low capacity
  • Cumbersome handling
  • No special functions
  • Stucks quickly when facing small elevations - like chair legs that run along the floor

This vacuum cleaner is perfectly equipped, but a bit noisy and can only be controlled effectively via the app.

Equipped with useful features and accessories. However, inaccurate battery level indicator and no map generation.

A robotic vacuum cleaner with good equipment in a handy format, but also with low capacity.

The device is a bit cumbersome to operate but does its job to your complete satisfaction.

A robot vacuum cleaner with good equipment, but has difficulty with small elevations.

Cleaning result
Handling
Volume
Scope of delivery Robot vacuum cleaner with one filter and one brush, charging station, 2 charging cables with plug type F and plug type G Vacuum cleaner robot, charging station and power supply adapter, 2 side brushes, remote control with batteries, cleaning tools, operating manual Vacuum cleaner robot, 4 side brushes (2 of them as replacement), 4 screws and matching screwdriver, 2 filters (1 of them as replacement) washable, battery removable, charging cable, instruction manual Robotic vacuum cleaner, 2 side brushes, charging cable, instruction manual Robotic vacuum cleaner, 4 side brushes (2 of them as replacement), 2 filters (1 of them as replacement) washable, battery removable, charging cable, manual
Height 10 cm 8 cm 8 cm 7 cm 7 cm
Width 31 cm 33 cm 24 cm 29 cm 28 cm
Depth 33 cm 31 cm 25 cm 28 cm 28 cm
Weight 3,400 g 2,500 g 1240 g 1640 g 1550 g
Additional warranty 1 year from date of purchase 2 years from date of purchase No information 18 months No information
Charging time Approx. 150 minutes with 35 W Approx. 240 minutes Approx. 240 minutes with 8.3 W Approx. 240 minutes with 9.4 W 240 minutes with 10.4 W
Material Plastic Plastic Plastic Plastic Plastic
Volume 1 metre distance 65 - 68 dB 60 dB 60 dB 55 dB 60 dB
Length of the power cable 160 cm 150 cm 145 cm 150 cm 150 cm
Battery life Approx. 120 Minuten Approx. 110 Minuten Approx. 110 minutes Approx. 90 minutes Approx. 90 minutes
Capacity 700 ml 500 ml Approx. 100 ml Approx. 300 ml Approx. 300 ml
Cleaning by hand Easy to do Easy to do Easy to do Easy to do Easy to do
Cleaning of smooth floor surfaces Excellent, almost no residues A good result requires several working sequences Satisfactory Excellent Good
Cleaning of carpet floors Good, some particles remain entangled A good result requires several working sequences Good Excellent Good
Control At the touch of a button on the device, app, voice control via Amazon Alexa or Google Home Button press, app, voice control via Amazon Alexa or Google Home By pressing a button on the device By pressing a button on the device By pressing a button on the device
Cleaning modes Performs gradually areas of approx. 4m x 4m and processes them in line mode. Auto mode, Point mode, Edge mode Random mode, gyro mode, edge mode; different operation in large and small rooms Line mode Random mode, Gyro mode, Edge mode
Obstacle detection Via laser technology, sensitivity adjustable in the app Barely stops Does not slow down Yes, In some cases it stops shortly before Does not stop
Control lamp Charging indicator light, operating display, WLAN connection, house cleaning, area cleaning WLAN connection, On/Off button with multifunction Charging indicator light, operating display Charging indicator light, operating display Charge control lamp, cleaning indicator, battery indicator
Bag No No No, washable filter No No, washable filter
Wet suction mode No No No No No
Time function Yes Yes No No No
Bumper Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Fall protection Yes Yes Yes, manual sensitivity adjustment Yes Yes, manual sensitivity adjustment
Manual language EN, FR, ES, IT, GER, SV, NL, DK, NO, SU EN, GER, ES, FR, IT, RU EN, GER, FR, ES EN, CHIN GER, GB, FR, NL, ES, IT, TR
Quality of instructions Very detailed and clearly described Simple explanations, good illustrations for understanding Illustrated, sufficiently described Cumbersome Very detailed, illustrated
App available Yes Yes
Smart control Google Home, Amazon Alexa Amazon Alexa
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Test seal: Neato Robotics Botvac D7 Robot Vacuum Cleaner, Rating 1.8
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Test seal: ECOVACS ROBOTICS 500 Robot Vacuum Cleaner, Rating 2.3
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Test seal: Housmile Robotic Vacuum Cleaner , Rating 3.2
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Test seal: EVERTOP Robot Vacuum Cleaner, Rating 3.2
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Test seal: Dirt Devil M607 SPIDER robotic vacuum cleaner, Rating 3.5
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Neato Robotics

Botvac D7 Robot Vacuum Cleaner

Test seal: Neato Robotics Botvac D7 Robot Vacuum Cleaner, Rating good

The Neato Robotics - Botvac D7 Robot Vacuum Cleaner is very easy to operate and can be easily controlled via the app. Only the filter, the collecting container, and the brush have to be cleaned regularly so that the vacuum cleaner does not block itself.

The robot detects objects and moves around them and is equipped with a smart, time-saving system that efficiently cleans the floors. The result is very good.

However, the robot rarely travels over a spot several times, so dirtier spots need to be cleaned with assistance. For a vacuum cleaner robot, however, this is a very satisfactory result and a pleasant help in the office or at home when you are not at home.

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Neato Robotics - Botvac D7 Robot Vacuum Cleaner

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  • Let the vacuum cleaner do its job when you're out, and come back to a clean home
  • High pile carpets quickly clog the suction cup and the suction process is interrupted
  • Small items should be put away
  • Wobbly objects, such as vases, which could quickly tip over and break, should be stored in a safe place before the robot is used
  • In order to achieve a particularly good cleaning result, the furniture should be moved aside so that the vacuum cleaner can easily pass them
  • Side brushes that are bent and creased can be placed in a glass of hot water and bend straight again
 

In the run-up to the test, we defined practical requirements and the following test criteria:

  • Cleaning result
  • Handling
  • Volume

In order to evaluate these criteria, we have defined several tests for robotic vacuum cleaners. In these, a 15 sqm room was prepared with various obstacles and dirt. The floor of the room is completely made of carpet. Animal litter is distributed in hard-to-reach places, such as next to chair and table legs, corners, edges and transitions. The result is captured with before and after pictures. In addition, wooden boards of different heights are placed in the room to check up to what height the robots can climb obstacles. During the cleaning process, the volume of the devices is measured. To check the fall protection of the robots, they are placed on a cleaning table. The robots must clean the room until the battery is empty. A camera takes pictures every 2 seconds to document the cleaning in interval shots. Finally, the cleaning of each device is evaluated.

In order to rule out errors and to ensure the strain of everyday use, each test takes place in several runs.

The test criteria are given percentages depending on their importance. The final score is then objectively calculated from the test criteria using an algorithm.

Product selection

Our product selection is based on an observation of the current market. In addition to popular branded products, we also include insider tips in our selection. Criteria such as price and range of functions are an important factor for us. The test field is also determined by analysis and evaluation of customer reviews and external tests (e.g. Stiftung Warentest).

The devices are purchased anonymously or lent to us by the manufacturer. Dealers and manufacturers have no influence on the tests and our evaluation.

As soon as new relevant products come onto the market, our test field is extended by these. The new products go through the same test as the already tested devices.

Who doesn't want to come home and find a clean apartment? Many people do not have the time to keep their home clean or the daily vacuuming is perceived as annoying. A suction robot can help. But there are some differences, especially in the suction technology, not every vacuum cleaner robot is suitable for every requirement.

Suction robots are cylindrical, round or in some cases square with rounded corners. They are quite narrow in order to theoretically be able to pass between chair legs. The width is 25 to 35 centimetres, the height about 10 centimetres. Due to the low height, the suction robot should ideally be able to get under furniture. Despite its small size, a suction robot weighs between two and four kilograms. In terms of volume, an average 60-decibel suction robot is only a few decibels below a normal vacuum cleaner. Some models are quieter, but this is often at the expense of performance.
As a rule, the robots work with a rechargeable battery, which can be recharged via a charging station or a power cable. How long a single robot takes to clean depends on its cleaning strategy and the nature of the room. It can vary from half an hour to two hours. The same applies to the charging time for the battery, which also depends on the model.

The principle of the suction robot is simple: it travels through the room and sucks up dust and dirt. When it is finished, it drives back to its charging station, docks there and recharges itself. However, a distinction is made between two systems of how the suction robot cleans individual rooms. These differ considerably and are decisive for the significant price differences.

Chaos system

A strategy is called a chaos system or amoeba strategy. For the observer, this strategy of cleansing seems rather chaotic and aimless, hence the name. The suction robot actually drives straight ahead without a plan until it encounters an obstacle. It determines this by means of an infrared sensor and then calculates by means of a distance sensor in which direction it should proceed. How large the angle of rotation of the robot is when it turns away due to an obstacle is determined by a kind of random generator. In addition, there is a so-called random strategy. If the suction robot does not encounter an obstacle for a longer period of time, it acts as if this were the case. The angle at which the robot bends is also seemingly random again.

Even if the work of the suction robot from the outside appears to be completely unplanned, it is still subject to a mathematical system. The advantage of suction robots that work according to the chaos system is that they require less complex software. This makes production simple and the suction robot cheaper to purchase for the end customer. In addition, the chaos system actually works and the suction robot sucks the entire floor. However, this is only possible if the robot has enough time to do so. Another advantage is that a robot with a chaos system is highly likely to clean a spot more than once and thus reliably pick up dirt. The disadvantage of these vacuum cleaning robots is that they can be used in very winding flats and rooms with many obstacles. Since the robot very often detects an obstacle via the motion sensor, it has to change the direction of travel again and again. Under certain circumstances, this can lead to the suction robot getting stuck or certain areas simply not being cleaned.

As a rule, suction robots with a chaos system have a timer with which you can specify how long the robot should clean the room. Depending on the size of the room, it is otherwise quite possible for the suction robot to spend one to two hours cleaning or until its battery is completely empty.

System navigation

The second strategy is the so-called system navigation. Here, the suction robot systematically cleans the room in tracks and does not travel unstructured through the room until it encounters an obstacle. The robot first measures the room via the ceiling height and determines possible obstacles. It then calculates how it can clean the room most quickly and easily without taking detours or cleaning certain sections twice.

Robots in the higher price segment even develop room plans and determine the size of furniture by driving around it. As a rule, the various models then save the plan of the apartment and apply it directly during the next cleaning process. Robots that work with system navigation have cleaned the room much faster than robots with a chaos system. Depending on the size of the room, the robot may not even need 30 minutes to clean. Another advantage is that the suction robot docks less frequently on furniture, as it has already included it in its calculations and bypasses it accordingly.

Otherwise, the various suction robots still have individual cleaning strategies such as the so-called spiral drive or strategic wall tracking. Robots with system navigation often use wall tracking to precisely measure the room. Modern suction robots often use spiral tracking when they detect a very dirty spot via the sensors.

Which robot you choose is ultimately also a question of cost. Many practical tests have shown that suction robots that vacuum the room using system navigation work more thoroughly. However, these suction robots are in the higher price segment, but work faster and do not leave out any jobs. The long-term wear of both models must also be taken into account. The considerably longer cleaning time for a robot with a chaos system promotes faster wear of the suction robot.

Not to be neglected, by the way, is the suction power. A robot that travels through the entire room but hardly picks up any dirt is not necessarily preferable to a robot with a chaos system. Therefore, when purchasing a robot, you should not only pay attention to the strategy of the suction robot but also to the suction power. The techniques described are based on an ideal case; it is quite possible that not every suction robot cleans every apartment well in the same way. Some things must also be taken into account in practice: For example, there are models that require light for the cleaning drive. Otherwise, the sensor cannot work properly.

Whether a suction robot is right for you depends on a number of factors. These include your own expectations and how you plan to use the robot. Otherwise, the condition of your home is a crucial factor.

You should be aware that a vacuum robot can never replace thorough house cleaning. Due to its own suction power, it is not able to remove the dirt that accumulates within a week. You will get a good result if you let the robot vacuum your home every day.

Small objects should be moved aside.

In this way, it reliably removes dust and dirt and does not even create a large layer of impurities. For superficial cleaning, the robot is therefore very well suitable. Likewise, the cut and the general condition of your dwelling is an important component. In small, very winding flats, the suction robots are less effective than in a large loft. Vacuum cleaner robots have weaknesses, especially when it comes to cleaning corners and edges. However, this does not apply to all models. While round vacuum cleaners have a hard time cleaning corners, there are models that are square and even have brushes to clean the corners.

The surface quality should also not be neglected. Carpets are the weak points, the vacuum cleaner robot. Only a few can convince on this terrain with very good results. The vacuum cleaner robots show their strengths on smooth surfaces such as parquet, tiles or laminate. However, newer models in the higher price segment are also convincing in places with very good cleaning results on carpets. However, the suction robot is then correspondingly expensive.

The first times

Many manufacturers recommend that you do not let the suction robot drive unattended through your home. In these cases, there is a risk that the robot will become stuck and completely discharge its battery. However, for this very reason, many professionals would like to use a vacuum cleaner robot to have their home cleaned during their absence. In principle it is possible, but the robot should be allowed to vacuum for the first time under supervision. This gives you the opportunity to understand his technique and procedures and to remove possible weak points in the work. This can include, for example, facilitating the work of the vacuum robot by removing disturbing objects from the floor. Cables, books or objects lying around can make the robot's work much more difficult. It is therefore advisable to clean up before the vacuum robot starts. The basic principle is that the robot works better if it has as much free space as possible. You should take special care that the suction robot has free access to its charging station.

Let the vacuum cleaner do its job when you're out, and come back to a clean home.

To get a feel for how it works, it can also help to give the robot only a certain amount of space. By the way, pet owners should see how their pet reacts to the suction robot. If panic or fear occurs in a dog or cat, the robot should not be allowed to drive through the home without supervision. You don't have to worry about your furniture, as suction robots have collision protection or are usually designed in such a way that they don't get stuck in the first place. If you still have a bad feeling, you can order additional protection to protect your furniture.

Included in delivery is a charging station, often a remote control and operating instructions. All accessories, including the dust container, should be cleaned regularly. Emptying the dust container is recommended after each suction operation to protect the robot from overheating. Almost all suction robots operate without bags and have a small container volume due to their small size. In addition, the dust container can be wiped out with a damp cloth, but should only be used dry again. In addition, the suction robot should be wiped with a damp cloth on a regular basis. The sensors, in particular, need this care measure in order to be able to work without problems.

Tip: Side brushes that are bent and deformed can be placed in a glass of hot water and bend straight again.

Once you have decided on a suction robot, the question quickly arises as to what initial costs are to be expected. Basically, the price range is relatively large.

How much money you want to invest ultimately depends on your personal demands on the suction robot and your home. Suction robots in the higher price segment have some useful features, such as cleaning using system navigation. Operation via an app can also be part of this. With expensive models, you can use lasers to determine the radius of your suction robot, divide the space into specific areas and monitor the suction process.

Robots in the very high price segment have the best suction performance because they have a certain amount of intelligence. Among other things, they work with visual localization, recognize their position in the room and know where they have already vacuumed. In addition, many have "Dirt Detect Technology", which allows you to know which parts of the room are particularly dirty. These spots are then removed more frequently by the suction robots. Some vacuum cleaners even have a wiping function that can clean the floor even more thoroughly. As a nice gimmick, many of these models also have an app operation and voice control. However, these functions also have their price, costs of about 1000 EUR must be taken into account.

Conclusion

A suction robot is very suitable for surface cleaning. However, those who are really meticulous and value thorough cleaning cannot avoid having to vacuum themselves from time to time. The best cleaning result is achieved if you let the vacuum cleaner robot drive through your home every day and carry out a basic cleaning with a normal vacuum cleaner once a week. Suction robots still have the potential for improvement, but with the right expectations, you can achieve very good results and make household work easier with a suction robot.

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