Life has gotten busier and busier in the 21st century. Between work, kids, and housekeeping, it can be hard to find time for you and your interests. The good news is that automation technology has kept a pretty decent pace with the complexities of modern life. The robotic vacuum is a prime example.
Not only can you save time and energy with one of these handy devices, but you’ll also be able to experience that indescribable sigh of relief that comes from walking into a clean house at the end of a busy workday. A few years ago, just the possibility of a single robotic vacuum on the market seemed like a remarkable achievement. Nowadays, you’re faced with enough options to make your head spin. Hopefully, we can help you narrow down your options and find the product that best serves your needs.
Today, we’ll take an in-depth look at one of Ecovacs’ prime offerings, the Deebot 500. Packed with exciting features, this model takes care of your floors, so you don’t have to. We’ll look at this vacuum’s cleaning performance, app and smart-home interfacing, and battery capabilities. Then, we’ll compare the 500 with three other models from the Deebot line. All four are pretty similar, but we want you to be able to choose the right one for your specific circumstances.
This device uses a three-point brush system to target difficult areas on hardwood floors and carpets. With two side brushes operating in tandem with the main brush, stubborn dust bunnies and dirt particles are swept easily into the path of the vacuum’s powerful suction. On its own, the model can take care of quite a bit just using its Auto Mode, but if you want to target a specific area, simply use Spot Mode.
We’re all familiar with the frustration of changing vacuum attachments to hit a room’s edges – this vacuum’s Edge Mode will focus on edges specifically, so you never have to get down on your hands and knees to get cobwebs off the baseboard. Pet owners and parents will also love this vacuum’s noise level; it cleans quietly without disturbing family tv time or cat-naps.
App and Smart-Home Connectivity
You can control almost anything with an app these days, and this device is no exception. You might be surprised, however, with the level of customizability on offer here. A detailed scheduling tool lets you program your vacuum’s chores and stay on top of its progress wherever you are.
Additionally, you can directly control your vacuum from the palm of your hand if you see it missing problem areas or starting to venture out of bounds. All of this is even easier if your home is hooked up with Alexa or Google Assistant. Simply connect your vacuum with one of these smart home devices, and you’ll be able to issue voice commands while you’re cooking, doing laundry, or even as you’re running out the door to get wine for tonight’s dinner party.
Battery and Charging
Clocking in around 110 minutes, this device can last a while cleaning on its own. But even if you have a big house and the battery starts to get low, its auto-return feature will bring it right back home to its charging station to get some rest before it heads back out on the job. The charging station is unobtrusive and easy to set up – just use a wall outlet.
Additionally, whether your vacuum is finding its way home or cleaning your living room, its anti-drop and anti-collision features make navigating your home a cinch. You never have to worry about finding your device belly-up at the bottom of the stairs or endlessly headbutting the leg of your favorite armchair.
Looking at all the features offered by Ecovacs Deebot 500, it’s easy to see the kind of difference this device could make in your home and life. When homeowners seek robotic solutions for household tasks, they want unobtrusive, effective, “set-it-and-forget-it” options with high levels of customizability. This model checks all the boxes.
With a three-stage high-performance cleaning system, anti-drop and anti-collision navigation, simple, smart home and app connectivity, and a solid battery life, the Deebot 500 seems like one of the most solid offerings on the market. This company also has a few other options, however, and a couple of them have some pretty sweet perks. Let’s see how this model stacks up against its brothers and sisters at Ecovacs.
Ecovacs Deebot 500 vs Ecovacs Deebot N79W+
The Ecovacs Deebot N79W+ is simply an “older version” of the 500. It has the same navigation, app controls, smart home connectivity, and battery setup, but it’s been “renewed” by Amazon. Your decision between these two models will mainly come down to your faith in Amazon’s Renewed program. These products come with a 90-day Amazon Renewed Guarantee – this isn’t too bad, but it’s not incredible either if you compare it to the 1-year warranty that comes with the newer 500. On the other hand, this model tends to run significantly cheaper, so that may be an incentive for some people.
The only other significant difference is the size. The N79W+ is on the large side – it is five inches wider than the 500 and around two pounds heavier. This might not be an issue for most consumers. The anti-collision and anti-drop features of the Deebot’s navigation system will prevent any serious damage to furniture or the device itself.
Some users, however, may prefer the 500’s smaller size simply because it takes up less space. Part of the joy of a robotic vacuum, after all, is the magic of forgetting that floors need to be cleaned. A device like this should be unobtrusive, and the 500 is probably more so if only because of its smaller size.
Ecovacs Deebot 500 vs Ecovacs Deebot 711
There are a few more differences between these two models. While the N79Wplus is simply an older version of the 500, the Deebot 711 is certainly an upgrade. The 500 model navigates your floor mostly randomly. Edge and Spot modes give you some control over where the device chooses to clean, but its navigation decisions will be made moment to moment; in other words, it doesn’t see or remember the whole room.
The 711 is outfitted with Smart Navi 2.0, a revolutionary navigation technology that maps entire rooms. The sensor on top of the machine outlines the room and then creates an ideal path for a thorough cleaning. Consequently, the device operates more efficiently and completely. The 711’s Smart Navi technology even enables the devices to send you a full cleaning report, detailing the areas it managed to hit during its daily run.
This kind of navigation technology isn’t necessary for everyone. Maybe you’re content having your robotic vacuum take its best shot at the floor once a day; even if it misses a few spots on Monday, it will probably catch them by Wednesday at the latest. You also may not worry too much about efficiency – having your device roaming around the house a little longer than necessary doesn’t bother you. If that’s the case, the 500 should satisfy your needs.
If you have a large house with complicated floor plans; however, the efficiency offered by the 711’s navigation system will probably make your life much easier. You want to know where the device has been and what it’s accomplished, and you want to know that it’s done a thorough job. If that sounds more like your situation, you may want to pay a little extra and invest in the 711.
Ecovacs Deebot 500 vs Ecovacs Deebot 901
The 711 is an upgrade to the 500, but the Deebot 901 goes even further. This model uses Smart Navi 3.0, a powerful laser navigation technology that gives you even more control over your robotic vacuum cleaner. While the 711’s optical Smart Navi 2.0 can outline a room and plan efficient cleaning paths, the 901 maps your whole house, allowing you to set virtual boundaries and tell it exactly where you want it to clean on specific days.
This means you can customize your cleaning schedule based on your specific needs. If you want this kind of control with the 500 or 711, you’ll have to move your vacuum from room to room manually on the days you want specific rooms cleaned. With the 901, if you decide to invite colleagues over for drinks after work, you can simply hop on the app and direct your device to clean the living room straight away.
If you’re living in a studio apartment, this kind of customization probably won’t change your life. But if you live in a big house with many rooms, you want to deploy your cleaning power efficiently. All of the devices we’ve mentioned have battery lives of around two hours – in a big house, they might not even get to the rooms you need before they have to go home to rest unless they have explicit instructions on what needs cleaning most.
We started this article by talking about the Deebot 500, the base model of Ecovacs’ robotic vacuum line. We’ve discussed all the features that can save you time and energy, and we’ve looked at a few options for upgrades (711 and 901), as well as one cheaper, older option (NW79). You’ll need to decide which of these vacuums is right for you.
It will depend on the size of your home, how often you’re there, and how immaculate you need your house to be regularly. Hopefully, we’ve laid out enough information to help you decide. Whatever you choose, it’s unlikely you’ll regret giving yourself the gift of a robotic 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|