A robotic vacuum cleaner is more than just a floor-cleaning device – it’s the only tool that lets you indulge your laziness without the guilt of leaving your floors as messy as they were since the last time you vacuumed. Also, they make for great chariots for cats.

ECOVACS DEEBOT 500 Robotic Vacuum Review

ECOVACS has been one of the most prominent robotic vacuum manufacturers for a while now, and it’s not hard to see why. With top-of-the-line, not to mention affordable, products like the DEEBOT 500, your home’s floors can remain spotless without you having to lift a finger. Keep reading to find out what the DEEBOT 500 has in store!


Various Cleaning Modes

The DEEBOT 500 has two different cleaning power modes – Standard and Max. As you can imagine, Standard Mode delivers a weaker suction, which is great for tiled, laminated, and hardwood floors. Max Mode is more adept at dislodging and picking up debris from carpet fibers.

DEEBOT 500 Robotic Vacuum Review

This robot also has different cleaning path modes – Auto, Spot, and Edge. On Auto Mode, the DEEBOT 500 will randomly patrol your floors and lift any loose debris it comes across. Spot Mode is made for cleaning a specific room, and it works by sending the robot in a wide spiral which eventually stops at the epicenter. On Edge Mode, it’ll clean the edges of a room where the floor meets the wall to pick up whatever the side brushes may have scattered.

Voice and App Control

Gone are the days of pressing buttons on a remote control or casing to send cleaning instructions to robotic vacuums. Even budget-friendly robots like the DEEBOT 500 come equipped with the hardware needed to communicate directly through Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or the downloadable smartphone app, ECOVACS HOME.

DEEBOT 500

The commands you can give are still rudimentary compared to the latest robots on the market, but they still get the job done. All of the modes mentioned in the previous point can be activated via Alexa, Assistant, and the smartphone app.

Long 110-minute Runtime

Robot vacuum cleaners are naturally cordless to give them the ability to roam your floors as freely as possible. Of course, this means they draw power from a rechargeable battery source which can be quite problematic for larger homes with wider floor areas.

Luckily, the DEEBOT 500 comes equipped with a heavy-duty battery that provides up to 110 minutes of continuous cleaning on standard suction mode. A fully charged battery gives the DEEBOT 500 enough power to clean roughly 1,000 square feet of tiled and carpeted floors.

Auto-Recharge

One of the more frustrating things about owning a robot from an older generation is the lack of auto-recharge and resume. Thankfully, the DEEBOT 500 has the first one in the bag. The auto-recharge function kicks in when the robot has either completed its vacuuming cycle or is running low on juice, whichever occurs first. Sadly, the auto-resume function is left entirely out of the equation, so you’ll have to re-command the robot to continue vacuuming through Alexa or the smartphone app.

ECOVACS DEEBOT 500 Review

Basic Safety Features

You can expect, the budget-friendly DEEBOT 500 doesn’t come with state-of-the-art safety features, but what it does have works exceptionally well at keeping the bot safe and sound. Its anti-cliff sensor keeps the DEEBOT 500 from committing suicide by falling down stairs, and the anti-collision sensors work reasonably well at preventing the bot from bumping into low-hanging objects. The robot also automatically updates its firmware so any upgrades from ECOVACS’ headquarters goes straight to your bot.

Seamless Carpet-to-Smooth Floor Transition

If you don’t have wall-to-wall carpeting, then you might be glad to learn that the DEEBOT 500 can transition from carpeting to smooth floors and vice versa without much difficulty. It can pass through doorsills and climb onto carpeting of up to 14 mm in height. Also, its low-profile body allows it to pass beneath furniture and without bumping its head in the process.

ECOVACS DEEBOT 500

Iffy Navigation

If there was one thing we would criticize, it’d be the somewhat confusing navigation system. The DEEBOT 500 uses a random-style navigation pathing system. This means it patrols your floors in a random pattern, hoping that it’ll come across piles of dirty and debris to suction up.

There aren’t any smart sensors on the thing to locate dirty spots, so this may not be the most reliable robot to use in high foot traffic floors. However, we can’t judge the robot vacuum too harshly, seeing as how it is indeed a budget-friendly model and doesn’t come with ECOVACS’ latest navigation and pathing technology. So all things considered, you can’t be too disappointed with the random patrolling.

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Verdict

There’s no denying that the ECOVACS DEEBOT 500 is a great robotic vacuum cleaner that remains relevant to this day despite being roughly six months old (technology develops quickly, don’t you think?).

It’s not the greatest model of its generation seeing how its navigation can be iffy at times, and the lack of an auto-resume feature will require users to babysit the robot more often than they’d like, but at its price tag, we and hopefully you can forgive it for what it’s missing.

ECOVACS DEEBOT 500 Robotic Vacuum


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