After work or school, the last thing anybody wants is to take out the old upright and vacuum old crumbs off the floor. But vacuuming is a time-consuming, labor-intensive chore that absolutely nobody loves doing. Instead of vacuuming yourself, wouldn’t it be nice to have a robot to do it for you?
A wide selection of robot vacuum cleaners has made finding the right model a lot more challenging. There are vacuum-only robots, vacuum-mop combos, mop-only, and not all of them are designed equally. In the end, you could potentially end up spending hundreds of dollars on a robot that does nothing but push the dirt around. And then you’re back to square one.
Of course, you could avoid buyer’s remorse by getting a high-quality robot vacuum. There are tons of manufacturers out there with good and bad models, but if you prioritize quality and convenience, then Ecovacs’ Deebot robot vacuum series is for you.
History of Ecovacs Robotics
Ecovacs is a Chinese manufacturer of in-home robot appliances. Founded in 1998, the company originated as a vacuum cleaner producer under the moniker TEK Electrical Company. Fast forward to 8 years later. The company switched its focus from uprights to disc-shaped robots to handle dirty, gritty floors. By 2013, Ecovacs acquired more than 60% of the Chinese robot market, making it the leading and most trusted brand of robot appliances.
Today, Ecovacs Robotics products can be found not only in Asia but also in the Americas and Europe. Based on reports on the 2019 Global Robotic Vacuum Cleaners Market, Ecovacs is number two in the international market – second only to iRobot.
Deebot Robot Vacuum Series
Ecovacs has produced some pretty ingenious home appliance robots in the past, but their Deebot series of robot vacuum cleaners is what put them on the map. Deebot was first introduced to the world in 2007, and it continues to be the top contender in the world of robotic vacuums.
Modern Deebot robot models have been equipped with the latest and greatest mapping and navigation technology. Plus, Deebot vacs have a ton of different convenience features (programmable configurations via a downloadable app, Alexa compatible, auto-recharge, and so on) so you can take care of business while your vac does the dirty work on its own.
There are a multitude of different Deebot robots currently available. Whatever type of flooring you have, you can rest assured that a Deebot can handle whatever mess – dry or wet – without causing damage to your floors or itself.
Ecovacs Deebot Robot Vacuum Cleaner Reviews and Comparisons
- Ecovacs Deebot Robot Vacuum Cleaner Reviews and Comparisons
- Ecovacs Deebot M80 Pro Robot Vacuum/Mop Review
- Ecovacs Deebot N79S Robot Vacuum Review
- Ecovacs Deebot 500 Robot Vacuum Review
- Ecovacs Deebot 601 Robot Vacuum Review
- Ecovacs Deebot 711 Robot Vacuum Review
- Ecovacs Deebot 900 Robot Vacuum Review
- Ecovacs Deebot 901 Robot Vacuum Review
- Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 930 Robot Vacuum Review
- Deebot Robot Vacuum Cleaner Buying Guide
From the wide variety of different Deebot robot vacuum cleaners, you’re bound to come across one that perfectly suits your every need. However, there are a few notable Deebot robots that are currently taking over the market. In this section, we’re going to talk about a few of Ecovacs’ most reliable Deebots and how they compare to one another.
Ecovacs Deebot M80 Pro Robot Vacuum/Mop Review
Looking for a robot that doesn’t just vacuum but can also wipe your floors spotless? Look no further than the Deebot M80 Pro, a combo vacuum-mop robot with all the bells and whistles for extra convenience.
With the mop option, turn the M80 into a wet-cleaning robot by filling the tank and letting it roam your sticky floors. After running a vacuuming cycle, the M80 Pro will pick any leftover pieces of dirt with its built-in moist wipe.
The M80 Pro is equipped with a large Li-Ion battery that allows the robot to run continuously for up to 110 minutes. This is not the longest runtime out there, but with its auto-docking feature, you won’t ever have to worry about the M80 Pro running out of fuel on the job. When it detects a low battery, it’ll head to the charging dock to refuel and pick up where it left off automatically.
This robot vacuum cleaner comes with a large 500-mL dustbin that supports longer vacuuming times and more cleaning before reaching capacity. A large dustbin means requiring fewer emptying-out so you can leave the M80 Pro to run for days on end without needing to check up on it.
The convenience of the M80 Pro cannot be understated. With the downloadable Ecovacs app, you can set up vacuuming and mopping schedules, choose between different cleaning modes, and receive status alerts. The M80 Pro is also compatible with Amazon Alexa, so you simply need to shout from across the room to give start/stop/charge commands to the robot.
Ecovacs Deebot N79S Robot Vacuum Review
The Deebot N79S is one of the more basic robot vacuum cleaners from Ecovacs. However, you shouldn’t mistake “basic” for “unreliable” as the N79S has proven over time that it’s more than capable of lifting tiny dirt particles from low-pile carpeting and smooth flooring.
The N79S’ superior vacuuming performance comes from its three-pronged attack of a large V-shaped main brush and side brushes. Dirt and crumbs cannot hide in corners and edges as the side brushes push debris into the make intake. But like most robot vacs, the side brushes spin much too quickly and end up scattering dust. Not a deal-breaker at all, but the robot will have to work longer to complete its cycle.
Like the M80 Pro, the N79S is compatible with Alexa and can be controlled via the Ecovacs downloadable app. This app allows you to program cleaning schedules, select cleaning modes, and send instructions like stop, start, and charge.
One cleaning mode worth mentioning is MAX POWER MODE. Essentially, the N79S delivers up to twice as much suction power for picking up every piece of embedded debris from carpeting. MAX POWER MODE drains the robot’s battery at more than double the rate, reducing its normally 110-minute runtime to less than 30 minutes. The N79S can also auto-dock to recharge, so this may not pose a problem.
The N79S’ navigation is perhaps the robot’s biggest letdown. This model does not have mapping technology that creates a digital layout of your home’s floors and obstacle locations. However, it does have anti-drop and obstacle-detection technology that stops the N79S from hurting itself while getting the job done.
Ecovacs Deebot 500 Robot Vacuum Review
Convenience must have been in the engineers’ minds when they came up with the Deebot 500. But like the previous model, the 500 doesn’t come with all the bells and whistles of the latest models.
The Deebot 500 also uses a three-stage cleaning process involving two side brushes and a large main brush and intake. The difference between this and the N79S is the style of the main brush – it’s not in a V-shape but rather the classic straight-style design used in older robots. Performance-wise, this isn’t the best robot with its fast-spinning side brushes, but it can still do a pretty decent job on most floors types.
When vacuuming low- to medium-pile carpets, users can crank up the 500’s suction power for a deep clean. This consumes more power, but with the robot’s auto-docking feature and roughly 4-hour charging time (standard charging time for a robot vac), more power consumption for a clean carpet is a trade-off we’d make any day of the week.
Although the Deebot 500 is indeed one of Ecovacs’ older models, it is still compatible with Alexa and Assistant. The 500 comes with its remote control if you’re worried about Big Brother listening in on your conversations, and it has an onboard control panel for when you can’t find the RC or your mobile device with the Ecovacs app.
This robot has no smart navigating or mapping system so it won’t digitally record a layout of your home. Instead, it roams around randomly, making sure to avoid colliding with obstacles and toppling down stairs. Its roaming path may not be the most efficient, but at least the robot can save itself from self-harm.
Ecovacs Deebot 601 Robot Vacuum Review
Looking at the specs of the Deebot 601, we can conclude that it’s not that different from the 500. This machine uses the same three-pronged attack (two side brushes and a large standard-brush intake) to pick up dirt. Just like the previous models, the side brushes scatter more dirt than they push into the intake.
The Deebot 601 is compatible with Alexa and Assistant for added convenience. The Ecovacs downloadable app is readily available if you wish to control the remote from your mobile device. If you’d like to forgo more modern ways of controlling the robot, the 600 has its remote control and onboard control panel.
The most notable feature of the 601 is one of its cleaning modes. When hard floor cleaning mode is activated, the 600 travels in a back-and-forth pattern that covers an entire floor to ensure that no speck of dust is left behind. Other cleaning modes are available as well, such as max mode for carpets, auto mode for general cleaning, and spot mode for thoroughly cleaning a single room.
Every other feature and spec is standard. The Deebot 600, when on auto mode, wanders randomly across your floors. The anti-drop and anti-collision systems in place prevent the robot from committing robot-injury and robot-suicide.
The auto-charging feature keeps the 600 sufficiently fueled up. When it detects a low battery, it’ll head to the charging station without waiting for commands and fill up (charging time up to 4 hours). On auto mode, the robot lasts for roughly 110 minutes, just the previous models.
Ecovacs Deebot 711 Robot Vacuum Review
Like the previous two Deebots, the Ecovacs 711 isn’t the most up-to-date robot vacuum cleaner. It still performs quite well when given the time, but it’s not at the efficiency as the M80 Pro.
The 711 has many of the same features as the 500 and 601. First, it has a 110-minute battery life and auto-docking feature (4-hour recharge time). After the battery reaches full capacity, the 711 will automatically resume its previous cleaning cycle.
The Deebot 711 also comes with a large 500-mL dustbin. With such a large bin, you can let the 711 roll around your floors for days without needing to empty it. When the dustbin is full, the robot will alert you via the Ecovacs downloadable app. You can check the control panel out the see whether the LED indicator is activated.
This robot model works together with Alexa and Assistance for extra convenience. Simply shout at Alexa to let the 711 know whether to stop, start, or charge. Using the Ecovacs Home app, you can program cleaning cycles and read status reports. The 711 is controllable from anywhere in the world provided it’s connected to your home’s Wi-Fi.
Other than the somewhat lackluster suction performance (fails to pick up powder and dirt from floor board cracks), the 711’s navigation is a bit wacky. On auto mode, the robot moves around in a back-and-forth pattern while avoiding collisions and stairs, but it doesn’t make a second pass to pick up leftover residue. This is perhaps the one Deebot that you should stay away from.
Ecovacs Deebot 500 vs. 601 vs. 711 Comparison
The 500, 601, and 711 all belong to an older generation of Deebot robots. With that in mind, it’s only fair that we keep our expectations low when comparing these models to other, newer ones. However, two of these three robots exceed our expectations on certain surfaces.
The 500’s turbo mode works especially well on carpeted floors, despite its straight-style brush. The 601 has a special hard floor cleaning mode which picks up almost every speck of dirt on smooth surfaces. If your home has both smooth floors and carpeting, we’d recommend the 601 since it also has a turbo, double-suction-power mode, though it doesn’t work as well as the 500. As for the 711, it’s something of a jack of all trades but master of none. The 500 would be the better choice to get.
Ecovacs Deebot 900 Robot Vacuum Review
The newer Deebot 900 has a ton of different features that separate it from the older generation. And we’re happy to report that these features add to the functionality and convenience of using a robot vac. If you have a healthier budget to shop for a robot vac, the Deebot 900 subseries is where you should begin your search.
The Deebot 900 robot vac delivers virtually the same amount of suction power as the previous generation, but its newer, more versatile built-in brushes allow the robot to pick up considerably more dirt with each pass. With the helix-style brush, the 900 can deep-clean low- and medium-pile carpets much easier by dislodging embedded crumbs and debris.
But the most important thing to notice about the 900 is that it has ditched the old, unreliable random roaming. Instead, this robot has Smart Mapping and Smart Mapping technologies – these give the robot the ability to make a digital layout of your home’s floors, thereby creating the most efficient path to vacuum your floors clean. No more accidental double-passes over cleaned floors!
To create no-go zones for the 900, you don’t need to use a physical barrier. The Ecovacs Home app has a mapping feature which gives you the ability to set up restricted zones, preventing the 900 from trespassing into dangerous territory.
And that’s not all the app can do. With the tap of a screen, you can access the digital layout and create prioritized rooms for concentrated cleaning. Use this feature to vacuum-clean floors with the most traffic.
Ecovacs Deebot 901 Robot Vacuum Review
In appearance and performance, the Deebot 900 and 901 are almost identical in every way. However, there are a couple of key features in the 901 that make it the more enjoyable of the two. We’ll go over them in a bit.
First of all, the 901 and 900 are identical in their suction power, remote control (via the app or Alexa/Assistant compatibility), and mapping and navigating technology. No complaints here since the Deebot 900 excels in all three of these points.
But there are two key differences between the 901 and 900. The 901’s digital layout now has an extended area of 1,500 square feet, increased from approximately the 900’s max area of 1,200 square feet. Our readers with larger homes can rejoice as the 901 can clean an entire 1,500-square-foot floor in a single cycle.
But to support the increased area capacity, the 901 needs a bigger battery. This is no longer an issue since the rechargeable Li-Ion battery provides up to 120 minutes cleaning time between charges. Fewer visits to the charging station (auto-charge feature available) means greater cleaning efficiency.
Another thing added to the 901 is an improved navigation and mapping systems. With the new and improved systems, the 901’s cleaning path is much more systematic, and its sensors are less likely to miss messy spots.
So even though the 900 and 901 are almost identical, the added feature in the 901 makes it much more capable of leaving a crumb-free trail in a single pass. This translates into cleaner floors and more time for you to spend doing slacking off instead of hunting down your missing robot.
Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 930 Robot Vacuum Review
From the Deebot 900 subseries, the Ozmo 930 is the latest and greatest. With its optional mopping feature, there’s no floor-cleaning task that the Ozmo 930 can’t do flawlessly.
The first thing we noticed about the Ozmo 930 is that, straight out of the box, the robot is considerably heavier than the other models. However, weight isn’t a big deal in robot vacs – in fact, there’s a very good reason for the added poundage.
The Ozmo 930 uses the Ozmo Mopping System that consists of several water pumps, a mopping pad, and specialized sensors. These sensors help in controlling the flow of water from the pumps, which keep the pad moist. The deals with different dried messes by sending as much water as needed.
This robot also features the Adaptive Floor Sensing Technology, which detects whether the pad is currently installed. If so, the robot will make sure not to drag water all over your beautiful carpets or rugs.
When the pad is off, the sensors will alert the robot of whether it’s venturing onto carpeted or smooth floors, and the suction intake will increase or decrease accordingly. The automated adjustable suctioning system makes the vacuuming that more efficient.
The battery life of the Ozmo 930 is around 100 minutes – 20 minutes less than the 901. The mopping feature and automatic suction adjusting use up more battery, but it’s worth it if you want your carpets and tiled floors as clean as possible.
Ecovacs Deebot 900 vs. 901 vs. Ozmo 930 Comparison
The Deebot 900 subseries is truly several light years ahead of the 500, 601, and 711. If you’re looking for something top-notch with awesome cleaning abilities, any of these 900 models will work.
However, it’s worth noting that the 900 is still rather far from perfect, evidenced by the improved navigation and mapping systems of the 901 and Ozmo 930. It’s still a worthy candidate if you live in an apartment or smaller house.
As for the 901, there’s nothing bad about it. Simply put, it’s bigger and better than the 900, and it has a longer battery life to cover more area per charge.
But if you’re looking for the best, then the Ozmo 930 with its awesome mopping technology and numerous sensors is for you. Keep your carpets free of crumbs and your floors as smooth and shiny with the Ozmo 930.
Deebot Robot Vacuum Cleaner Buying Guide
We’ve spoken of numerous Deebot robot vacuum cleaners from several subseries. They’re not all built the same, so before settling on a robot, it’s important that you know what to look for. To help you in your quest of finding the right bot, you might want to take a look at the following guide.
Robot vacuum-mop combos are a relatively new piece of technology that has yet to be perfected, but the M80 Pro and the Ozmo 930 come close.
Mopping is only important if you have a ton of empty floor space and make a habit of dropping sticky liquids or dragging in mud from the outdoors. And even then, these robots may not be able to remove concentrated or piled-up stains.
Only you can decide whether a vacuum-mop combo is best for you, but we’ll say this: in the end, you might need to take a mop and bucket to finish what the robot started.
Do you have wall-to-wall carpeted floors, hardwood floors with large cracks between the boards, or tiled floors? Or perhaps you have a mix of two or more of these flooring types?
Whatever the case, there’s a Deebot for you. Some of these bots are more capable of dealing with one type of surface, while others work fine on multiple types. You can’t go wrong with the Ozmo 930 and its Adaptive Floor Sensing Technology that allows the robot to transition seamlessly from smooth to carpets.
The older Deebots’ navigation systems are nonexistent. Their main way of getting around is by randomly creeping around while continuously detecting the presence of cliffs and obstacles. This system is not necessarily bad, especially if you live in a home with a few pieces of furniture that could trap the robot.
The newer Deebot models have a built-in smart navigation system that draws a digital map of your home’s floors. The better navigation systems allow users to create priority spaces and no-go zones, giving focus to the cleaning job without trespassing.
The size of the robot’s battery plays a role in determining how long it can last per charge. However, more cleaning features and greater suction power generally translate into less cleaning time.
For all these Deebot robots, this isn’t that big of an issue since they recharge and resume automatically. But for larger homes with wider floor spaces, a bigger battery with longer runtimes is preferable.
Ecovacs has been in the robot-making game for more than two decades, and after checking out both old and new generation Deebots, it’s safe to say that Ecovacs is giving iRobot a run for its money.
Evovacs’ Deebot robots make for an incredible home-cleaning experience. But just like every piece of technology, newer is almost always better, and this is true for Deebot robots. If you’re going to splurge on a robot vac, we’d recommend sticking to the latest models out there. In Ecovacs’ case, that would be either the M80 Pro or the Ozmo 930.
Older generation Deebots are bad per se, but they just don’t work at the same caliber as the newer models. But perhaps their simplicity is what draws you to them in the first place. After all, they’re still Alexa and Assistant compatible, and they do a pretty decent job on carpets, smooth floors, or both.
Whichever Deebot robot vacuum cleaner you choose, there’s no denying that they outclass many of their competitors’ same-generation models.