In the past, we’ve reviewed some Eufy Robovacs, and have been hoping to do some comparisons with other Robovacs, too! Well, our wishes have been answered. We’ll be reviewing the Botvac D7 Connected Robot Vacuum by Neato Robotics.
This robovac is unique to the ones we’ve reviewed in the past, in that it is a D-shaped vac. The D-shape allows it to get into corners that round vacs might miss. It also gives room for the 10.9cm rotating brush at the front of the D7, allowing it to function similar to a traditional vacuum cleaner head. Actually, the round vacs have their way of getting in corners- like longer spin brushes.
Compared to our Eufy, this one is definitely more advanced in their app. The Neato will set up a floor plan of your house with laser based navigation, and then you can draw “No-Go lines” to keep it out of areas you don’t want it to go. So, if it’s anything like our house with cords that run along the baseboard (we need to remedy that), you’ll want to create some invisible lines to make sure the Neato does not go there and complain that it got stuck. “Eufy, leave those cords alone!” Yeah, Eufy came with some magnetic strips that do the same thing, but really, it’s nice not to have to worry about putting actual fences on your floor.
Connectivity- works with
- Wifi 2.4Ghz + 5Ghz
- Apple Watch
- Amazon Echo
- Google Home
So you can really hook this up in your smart home, and make it run on command.
The capacity to which you can fill the tray with dirt and stuff is 23.67 oz. That’s about 3 more ounces than Eufy’s tray. The high capacity can mean a lot. It takes about an hour to charge and will run for approximately 107 minutes(up to 120 minutes)- depending on the mode- of which it has a quieter Eco mode, and a more forceful Turbo mode. Neato D7 is able to maneuver quite well between rooms and doesn’t get caught up on area rugs.
What’s in the Box?
- Neato Botvac D7 Connected robot vacuum
- Charge Base
- Power Cord
- Spiral Combo Brush
- Ultra Performance Filter
- Brush and Filter Cleaning Tool
- Boundary Markers (2M)
Yes, it does come with the magnetic strips as well, but once you get no-go lines set up, you won’t need those.
So, here comes the rub- this vacuum is listed at $829.99 on their website. This is quite a high price, I think. I have found it for $580 on sites like Bestbuy, Walmart, etc. It really is a great little robovac, but for something that expensive, I think it would have the self cleaning capabilities like Roomba’s i7. However, in tests done by VacuumWars, it does come out on top in a lot of areas over the i7. I would love to be able to test the i7 personally, as I really hate emptying out trays between cleanings.
Thanks to Neato Robotics for sending us the D7 to review. No compensation was given for our fair and unbiased analysis.