Robot vacuums bring a lot of convenience to our lives. Instead of having to spend time and energy vacuuming your floors manually, you only need to set the robot up, ensure that it has sufficient charge, start the process and you will come home to a nice and clean home. You will only need to spend a few minutes after the vacuuming process is complete to empty the dust bin and the robot will be ready for the next run.
Neato has quite a number of robot vacuums available in the market and they stand out from the many other options available from other manufacturers because of their unique shape. Instead of having a round shape that most other robot vacuums have, Neato robot vacuums are unique in that they come with a D-shape.
Today, we are going to take a closer look at three robot vacuums from Naeto to try and understand their abilities, differences, and similarities. These robot vacuums are the Neato Botvac D4, D6 and D7 Connected.
We’ll look at important considerations and how each of the three robot vacuums performs so that we can ultimately find out which vacuum gives the best value for money.
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The most important thing about a vacuum cleaner is how effectively it’s able to clean your floors. It’s pointless to spend hundreds of dollars on a robot vacuum if you have to go over the areas that it has cleaned with an upright or stick vacuum to get everything clean. Let’s see how these three vacuums perform when it comes to cleaning different floor surfaces.
Neato Botvac D4 Connected
When compared to round robot vacuums, this robot’s D-shape enables it to cover much more ground because of the larger brush. The brush is placed on the straight edge of the D-shape so it is up to 70% larger than the brushes in most round vacuums which are placed between the wheels.
Another advantage of this design is its ability to reach corners and the hard to reach edges along baseboards. It, however, lacks side brushes so cleaning will be limited to the areas where the main brush can reach. The main ‘combo’ brush is comprised of plastic fins and bristles that enable the vacuum to handle both particles and hairs from any surface.
Neato Botvac D6 Connected
Just like the D4, the D6 also comes with the familiar D-shape that enables the robot to perform a better cleaning job on corners and along walls and baseboards. However, this vacuum comes with a second brush: the spinning side brush that goes where the main brush can’t reach and sweep dirt particles towards the main brush so that they can be sucked up by the vacuum.
The brush in this robot vacuum is also more superior than the one found in the D4. In addition to being a ‘combo’ brush that has both bristles and fins, they have been arranged in a spiral design to enhance effectiveness further.
Neato Botvac D7 Connected
This Botvac is the flagship model in the Botvac series and it comes with a bit more when compared to its cheaper siblings. In addition to the more effective D-shape and the spiral ‘combo’ brush, this vacuum takes everything one notch higher to ensure that you get the very best results.
For starters, it comes with zone cleaning that allows you to target the areas in your home that get dirty faster and increase the frequency of vacuuming these areas. This way, you get to vacuum only the areas that need vacuuming instead of wasting time and energy vacuuming the entire house.
Another amazing feature is the manual drive remote control that allows you to manually move the robot to whichever part of your home that needs attention. The best part about this is that you won’t need to physically carry the robot. Just use the app or the remote to manually drive the robot to the part of your home that needs cleaning and send it back to the dock after all the dirt is vacuumed.
The filter is the other important part of any vacuum cleaner, so let’s take a look at what is available from these three Neato Botvacs.
Neato Botvac D4 – This robot vacuum comes with Neato’s high-performance filter that does an amazing job of keeping even the tiniest of particles away from the exhaust air that is released back into your home. It catches large debris as well as smaller particles like dust mites and allergens.
Neato Botvac D6 – Unlike the D4, this Botvac comes with an ultra-performance filter that is made from HEPA material. This means that it will be able to capture up to 99% of particles with diameters of up to 0.3 microns.
Neato Botvac D7 – Like the D6, this Botvac also comes with the ultra-performance filter; hence it will also ensure that no small particle makes it back to your home. It has also been rated to capture 99% of particles as small as 0.3 microns.
Another important part of robot vacuums is navigation. It needs to be able to efficiently move around your home as it vacuums so that it wastes no time and energy in the process. All three robot vacuums use lasers to create maps of your home so that they can easily know how to move around. Cleaning is done in straight lines as opposed to random movement, so no part of your home is skipped.
All three vacuums also come with the auto recharge and resume feature that will find its way to the charging dock when it detects the battery running low during a vacuuming cycle. It then recharges and resumes vacuuming where it had left off.
Neato D4 – When it comes to navigation, this robot is the simplest of the three. It creates a virtual map of your home and allows you to create no-go zones by drawing lines on this map that tell the vacuum where it should not go. The battery on this device will give you up to 75 minutes of cleaning time.
Neato D6 – This robot goes a step further and allows you to make floor plans for up to three stories if you live in a multi-storied house. It also has the Find Me feature that will show you where the robot is in case it gets lost, stuck or runs out of charge before it reaches the charging dock. The battery life on this vacuum will give you up to 120 minutes of vacuuming time.
Neato D7 – The D7 also does not disappoint with all the navigation features in the D4 and D5 and an extra one known as zone cleaning lets you identify the trouble spots that will be vacuumed more frequently than the rest of the house. It also comes with a battery life of up to 120 minutes.
These three Neato robot vacuums are great picks for someone looking for modern features at an affordable price. They are all Wi-Fi enabled devices that will accept voice commands from Amazon Echo and Google Home. You get plenty of customization options on the Neato App that will further extend what you can do with this robot vacuum.
|Best of the Best!||Best For Tight Spaces||Budget Pick (< $200)|
|Continuous||100 min||110 min|
|12.2 x 12.2 x 3.5 in||17.8 x 13.7 x 4.8 in||33 x 33 x 7.8 in|
|20 pounds||5.73 pounds||7.05 pounds|