Neato and Roborock are vicious competitors. They are in the same price range and share quite a lot. But one of them is outrightly superior to the other. Keep it right here to know which one is the winner and why.
But just before that, a short brand comparison.
Roborock vs. Neato Robotics
Neato Robotics is a California based robot vacuums company established in 2005 with Vorwek as the parent company. It has an extensive product range; from the original Neato XV series to the current Botvacs series.
Thorough wall edge cleaning – The D-Shape design with CornerClever Technology guarantees better wall, edge, and corner cleaning than round shaped vacuums.
5GHz WiFi – The Neato D7 Connected is the first robot we have tested that comes with 2.4GHz WI-FI and 5GHz WI-Fi as well.
Turbo mode – This vacuum has a Turbo mode where it steps up suction power to 1500Pa.
True HEPA filtration – Neato comes with a true HEPA filter which can filter down to 0.3 microns and have a 99.97% efficiency.
Quick Boost– When the battery is low, the cleaner will calculate the amount of power required to get the job done and get just that instead of recharging for the entire 3 – 4 hours.
Roborock is a relatively new brand that branched out from the larger Xiaomi Group just recently. It is the same company that manufactured the Xiaomi Mi robot vacuum but under the brand Xiaomi.
The Roborock S6 is not the latest but the most popular model so far and comes in two versions – black and white – that differ in design only. It was released in 2019.
Why we like Roborock S6
Multi-Floor Mapping – The robot boasts excellent navigation system and can remember up to four floor plans.
2-in-1 cleaning – Besides vacuuming, the S6 will mop floors.
Super suction – Roborock has a powerful motor that generates 2000Pa making it more potent than Neato and even Roomba 980.
Extended runtime – It can run for a cool 180 minutes courtesy of a 5200mAh battery.
Similarities & Differences
Neato D7 vs Roborock S6 comparison shows Neato and Roborock have so much in common.
The duo has the same navigation system, but they are branded differently. Neato’s navigation is called LaserSmart while Roborock calls it LDS. This is a SLAM based navigation, and even though it may not be better than Roomba’s VSLAM navigation, we’re glad the floor scanning is top notch.
All the two vacuums are smart and work with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. The app features are also the same. Enjoy the convenience of Zone Cleaning, Clean map reports, invisible barriers, and so on.
What about the differences?
First, Roborock vacuums and sweeps simultaneously while Neato will vacuum only.
Another difference is regarding the shape. Roborock is round shaped while Neato is D-Shaped.
The connectivity is also different. Even though they all have WiFi, Neato has two bands; 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands.
Neato D7 also has a larger 0.7L dust box while Roborock has a 0.48L bin.
In terms of runtime, Roborock has a more powerful battery that can do 180 minutes whereas Neato can manage up to 120-150 minutes.
In this section, we want to recommend the best robot vacuum for different needs.
Who Does the Neato Botvac D7 Suit Best?
Pet owners – The spiral brush and HEPA filters mean that no hairs will tangle the brush and all pet-related allergens will end up in the filter.
Allergy sufferers – Only true HEPA filters can get rid of the allergens like Fel d1 protein. Neato has this filtration system so it should be number one on an allergy sufferer’s wish list. Roborock doesn’t have true HEPA filters, and even though they may be efficient, they can’t filter down to 0.3 microns.
Homes with dead spots – Some expansive home layouts leave a lot of dead spots even with WiFi mesh systems. If you can switch to 5GHz, Neato is ready for the task.
Who Does the Roborock S6 Suit Best?
Owners of multi-story private houses and offices -As far as Roborock S6 remembers 4 floor plans, it will process each of them equally efficient. Together with the laser navigation, we get precise cleaning even in heavy-furnished offices. Value buyer – The S6 includes a vacuum and mopping robot. You don’t have to spend any more on a dedicated robot mop like Braava. The best thing is that it is still affordable than Neato.
Hardwood floor owners – The mopping function ensures your floors are cleaned with minimal water.
Large apartments – The extra 30 minutes runtime will ensure the entire floor is cleaned before the battery is drained.
High pile carpets – The 2000Pa suction power is the best for high pile carpets. In this high-performance mode, Roborock performs better than Roomba’s Carpet Boost.
Frequently Asked Questions
Roborock S6 vs Neato D7: which robot vacuum is the best for carpets and pet hair?
Both vacs cope perfectly with pet hair and carpets. However, Roborock offers higher 2000 Pa suction and Carpet Boost technology. Neato D7 cannot automatically increase suction on carpets and provides 1500 Pa of maximum power.
Can Neato D7 learn my house?
Neato D7 robot uses mapping navigation. It means the device scans your dwelling and remembers it in the form of maps. Neato also features multiple floor plans to save several maps of multi-story houses.
How does Roborock S6 mop the floor?
To start mopping, you`ll need to install a 140 ml water tank and a mop cloth. Then your robot steadily wet the cloth and wipe the floor. Roborock S6 provides even mopping without leaks and puddles.
How can I connect my robot vacuum to Alexa?
To connect both Roborock S6 and Neato D7, you`ll need to download special mobile apps – Mi Home for Roborock and Neato app for the D7 vac. Then connect your robot to WiFi, turn on your Alexa, and follow the instructions of the apps.
The Roborock S6 may be a new entrant in the market considering the Neato D7 came earlier.
But it has been quick to dethrone both Roomba 980 and Neato D7 which were two of the best robot vacuums in the market. The mopping function gives it an edge over Neato Botvac D7. Remember, it also has a longer runtime than Neato, and above all, it’s suction power is higher than Botvac by 25%.
I am Andry Sullivan, and I am responsible for the reviews and content of the site. Robots and the Smart Home system gadgets are an endless, exciting, and inexhaustible topic, so that's why I'm here. My colleagues and I decided to help others understand the intricacies and make the right choice. We try to talk about complicated things in simple words and be as objective and informative as possible. I love my job, and I`m happy if I could help you!