Full Deebot Models Comparison review
In this Deebot comparison review, we want to look at some of the most significant achievements of ECOVACS as far as their Dee bot models are concerned.
But the most notable thing about Deebot is the full range of robot vacuums they have released in just a short time.
At least for Roomba, we know them in Series, and you can tell the best Roomba by the series. The higher the Series, the better the performance. However, that is entirely different from Roomba because there are so many new models.
For Smart home enthusiasts, there are cheap models like Deebot N79s and Deebot 500 that can also handle pet hair and carpets to the performance beasts like Deebot R95 and Deebot R98 that in fact comes with a hand vacuum included.
With all these models in the market already, and in fact another one called Deebot 600 in the pipeline, it may be quite a hard task deciding on the best Deebot model to buy.
In this Deebot comparison review, we want to make shopping easier by reviewing and comparing the popular models.
But just before we get to the main part of the article, let’s look at the overview of this brand – ECOVACS.
ECOVACS Robotics – Competitive Brand
The company was established in 1998, and though it took quite some time for the company to pick up, today it is one of the best robot vacuum brands. This is courtesy of one of their favorite products; floor robot vacuum cleaners that are marketed under the brand name Deebot.
But notably, the success of the company came with its entry into the United States, Germany and Japan markets where there was more demand for robot vacuuming solutions.
It is imperative to note that ILIFE, also a Chinese brand was a huge competition for this growing brand so diversifying the market was a brilliant idea from ECOVACS.
Apart from Deebot, (robot vacuum floor cleaners) ECOVACS has ventured into other automated home cleaning solutions. One of their other favorite product lines is the WINBOT series of window cleaners. There is also the line of air purifiers under the brand name ATMOBOT.
These are some of the products they offer, but still, there are other robotics solutions it provides including BENEBOT, a shopping robot, and UNIBOT which is a Deebot Smart hub.
With over 5 million units sold and a presence in over 60 countries, you can never go wrong with ECOVACS.
Now, having had a little chit-chat on the brand history, it’s time we review some of the popular models and Series.
So without further ado, here are the popular ECOVACS Deebot models in the market.
The ECOVACS Slim is the earliest model and features a 2-inch low profile design. The cleaning performance on bare floors is excellent, but unfortunately, the navigation system, and performance on carpets is dismal. Also, it lacks Wi-Fi, meaning it doesn’t support mobile app and Alexa operation.
The Deebot Slim was quickly replaced by Deebot Slim2, which also boasts the same low-profile design and the same cleaning performance.
This one too is not ideal for carpets – only bare floors. The software is updated, but that doesn’t mean its navigation is up to the mark. It cleans randomly, so in large apartments and high traffic rooms, the Deebot Slim2 will still struggle.
More recently, ECOVACS released the Deebot Slim 10 and Slim 11, which are two similar models only that the former is black while the latter is white.
Compared to the predecessors, the Slim10/11 are quite advanced in that they are 2-in-1 cleaners offering both vacuuming and mopping functions.
Worth noting is the revolutionary OZMO™ Mopping Technology, which uses an electronic water pump for efficient water usage.
Other features include a more advanced navigation system for methodical cleaning and Wi-Fi for Smartphone app operation and Alexa compatibility.
Deebot M-Series (Deebot M80 vs. M81 vs. M82 vs. M88)
The M-Series is another favorite Deebot line that replicates the N-Series in that there is also a robot vacuum with a mop as well as Smart robot vacuums. Regarding price, they are not as expensive and are the best substitute for the high-end Deebot models like ECOVACS R95.
The only problem is the availability of stock now that these are pretty old vacuums and Deebot has very many newer options so a few guys will stock them in favor of the latest models.
The Deebot M80, M81, and M88 are more powerful blends of the N78 and N79s. They are 2-in-1 cleaners that can sweep, vacuum and also mop. There are a lot of features that make these three vacuums similar besides the 2-in-1 function. They all have the Smart Motion SLAM navigation system backed up by anti-drop and obstacle detection sensors.
Perhaps the only difference between these three vacuums is regarding the number of cleaning modes, battery runtime, and the brush system.
The Deebot M80 and M81 come with 4 cleaning modes while the M88 has 5 cleaning modes just like the M82. Another difference is between the M80 vs. M81 and M88 whereby the M80 uses suction with the main brush only while the M81 and M88 have two interchangeable suction options. The duo, together with the M82 can offer direct suction with the brush and also without the main brush.
How about the Deebot M82? What makes it unique from the Deebot M80, M81 and M88?
The underlying factor is that the Deebot M82 is a robot vacuum and doesn’t offer mopping like the rest. This one packs only raw power, and as far as convenience is concerned, it is not the best. It only provides a physical remote for control and lacks Wi-Fi or voice control compatibility. The Deebot M82 also has a Li-Ion battery unlike the rest of the M-Series powered by NiMH batteries. It’s noteworthy to mention that the M82 has a long runtime and can do a crisp 150 minutes.
The Deebot N Series is among the cheapest Deebot vacuums in the market. There are several models in the ECOVACS N Series.
The first in line is the Deebot N78, which is a robot vacuum with an integrated mop. We have the Deebot N78 review, and even though it boasts 2-in-1 cleaning performance, it didn’t score well in our cleaning tests, and also, it lacks Wi-Fi, so there is no mobile operation or Alexa compatibility. All the same, it is a great deal for homeowners on a budget.
The Deebot N79 replaced the N78, and this time, there is no mopping function. But then, there are several things we liked about the new N79. First, it has mobile app operation, but unfortunately, Alexa and voice assistant compatibility is not available.
Next up is the Deebot N79s, which is an upgrade of the Deebot N79. There are a few things ECOVACS improved with this model. The first is voice assistant compatibility. While the N79 doesn’t feature Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility, this one does. There’s also a new power mode dubbed Max mode, which steps up suction power to 1000Pa. This mode is ideal for carpets, and when activated, you realize that the robot is louder than the predecessor.
Among the most confusing models is the Deebot N79SE. There is no difference at all between the Deebot N79S vs. N79SE, at least in terms of features and performance. The N79SE is a model available on Best Buy while the N79s is available on Amazon.
Lastly, we have the Deebot N79W and N79W+, which are the white versions of the Deebot N79s. But then, the N79W+ is slightly different as it tags along with a two years warranty while the rest of the models have a one year warranty.
Deebot R-Series (Deebot R95 vs. R98)
These two vacuums are by far the best models with the R95 taking center stage because it is a little bit cheaper because it doesn’t come with a handheld vacuum brush like its counterpart the Deebot R98.
The ECOVACS R95/98 has enjoyed a good time in the market as Deebot’s best robot vacuum cleaner. It has however been dethroned with the later models; the likes of Deebot 900 Series and the OZMO Series. But still, you can’t ignore the raw power this robot vacuum packs.
Another thing the Deebot R95 made a name in is the auto-resumption. Many robot vacuums would only go to the charging base but won’t resume cleaning.
The only robots at the time that had auto-resume were the Roomba 960 and 980 only and cost well close to $1000. Other features include E-Maps, as well as motion control.
Regarding Smart connectivity and intelligence, it is an excellent robot vacuum that you can program and control right from your Smartphone. It is also compatible with Alexa and Assistant. The Smart Navi is just okay, but now that we have Smart Navi 3.0, I would be more inclined to go for a Deebot with the latter. It also comes with Virtual Walls for containment, another feature that contributed to its success.
But the big question remains, what’s the difference between the Deebot R95 and Deebot R98? The two vacuum cleaner share a lot, but the R98 comes with a sick handheld vacuum. Otherwise, they are just the same thing and offer both dry and wet mopping. If you have a handheld vacuum, buy the Deebot R95 as it is cheaper, but if you don’t have any vacuum, the sick vacuum will be an excellent accessory to flush out the stubborn dirt from the tight corners.
Deebot 500 Series (Deebot 500 vs. 501 vs. 502 vs. 505)
The only difference between these models is the color. The 500 is black, while the 501 and 502 are white and dark grey, respectively.
One for the things we liked about this vacuum is the affordability and a good mix of features.
Just like all other Deebot vacuums, it uses a 3-stage cleaning system. The motor delivers 800Pa in normal mode, and when Max mode is activated, suction power is stepped up to 1000Pa. The primary brush boasts a spiral design for picking up both the short pet hairs as well as long pet hair. There’s also a side sweeping brush alongside a HEPA style filtration system and a 0.52L bin.
When it comes to navigation, this is a SLAM based robot vacuum meaning it relies on sensors only for navigation and mapping. With 2.4GHz Wi-Fi, the Deebot 500 can be operated remotely via the ECOVACS home app, as well as Alexa and Google Assistant.
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Deebot 600 Series (Deebot 600 vs 601 vs 605 vs 610 vs 661)
The only difference between the three is the color, with the 600 being a white model while the 601 is black. As for the 605/661, this is a white model as well, but then, it includes a water tank that doesn’t come with the 600/601, but the two are robot vacuums with mops.
The three vacuums use the old Deebot navigation system and come with three cleaning modes.
Runtime averages 100 minutes depending on the power mode – as usual, Max mode drops runtime to around 68 minutes.
The next vacuum in the series is the Deebot 610, available in white at the moment. It owes much of the features to the Deebot 600/601/605/661. They all use Smart Motion navigation, and a 3 stage cleaning system with auto and manual suction control. This robot will also vacuum and mop but not simultaneously. You have to change the bin for the water tank.
The main difference is the fact that the original Deebot 610 doesn’t come with Wi-Fi. Instead, it was supplied with a remote controller. But there is the Deebot 610 renewed model that features mobile app operation and Alexa compatibility.
Deebot 700 Series (Deebot 710/711 vs. 711S)
If you have a large apartment with high-traffic rooms, this is the best choice. The robot boasts a set of obstacles and drop detection sensors, which are complemented by a real-time camera.
That means this model can map large and complex households, and clean faster than the likes of Deebot 500 and OZMO Series.
The ECOVACS 700 Series boasts two models; the 710/711 and 711s.
The former was released in early 2019 before getting an update, the 711s in August. The two vacuums are very similar only that the 711s has a longer runtime. While the 711 runs for 110 minutes, the 711s can do a cool 130 minutes.
Another difference is the enhanced brush system making the 711s ideal for carpets. Also, note that the 710 is the white model while the 711 is black.
The 711 and 711s are both slim and use a 3 stage cleaning system. There are two power modes with the normal mode delivering 600Pa and Max mode doing 1000Pa.
Unfortunately, there is no true-HEPA filtration, but still, the high-efficiency filters go a long way in capturing allergens like dust mites and pollen. Other features include 2.4GHz Wi-Fi for smartphone operation and Alexa compatibility.
The Deebot 900, 901 and 907 are the base models in the series. The 901 and 907 are both white with the former as an Amazon model. On the other hand, the 901 is black.
The three are dedicated robot vacuums – there is no mopping function. But we like the cleaning performance, especially the interchangeable inlet. Choose the direct suction inlet for picking up pet hair and a helix design bristle brush for stubborn dirt on carpets and bare floors.
Next up is the Deebot 920, which is an upgrade of the 900/901 on two main frontiers. First, this one is a robot vacuum with mop and features the revolutionary OZMO mopping technology.
Another improvement is the inclusion of a pressure-retention system for optimizing efficiency and the Floating Brush 2.0, which enables the robot to sweep cracks of up to 4mm deep. The Deebot 920 also features the all-new Smart Navi 3.0, which tags along with an efficient cleaning path, updated Virtual Boundary, and multi-floor mapping.
The OZMO 930/937 may seem like different models, but they are the same, only that the 937 is destined for a different market. The 930/937 shares a lot with the 920, but there are some profound differences. To start, the 930 has a 110 minutes runtime, which is shorter compared to the 130 minutes runtime of the OZMO 920. The 930 again has an automatic suction control only while the 920 has both auto and manual. There’s also a difference in the bin capacity with the 930 having a slightly larger bin, 250ML compared to the 920’s 430Ml. Lastly, the 930 can store a single map only while the 920 can save up to 3 maps.
There’s also the Deebot 930 Pro, which is a pretty new model. It is not different from the Deebot 930/937 only that this time, it comes with a handheld vacuum – the same one we saw in the Deebot R98. All the other features of the robot vacuum are the same as what you get in the 930/937.
The Deebot 950 is among the best Deebot vacuums at the moment. One of the features it comes with three suction modes. In normal mode, it delivers 600Pa, Max 1220 Pa, and Max Plus 1500Pa. If you have carpets, this is the ideal mode now that it still has an interchangeable suction inlet. To make sure it cleans the entire house even in Max and Max Plus mode, ECOVACS incorporated a large 5200mAh battery that can do a cool 200 minutes.
The latest Deebot vacuum cleaner is the ECOVACS OZMO 960, which features AIVI Technology. Finally, the Chinese brand delivered a robot vacuum with mop that can think and learn just like humans. Much of the features are shared between the 950 vs. 960, but of course, there are several features unique to the 960 AIVI.
One of them is the 4-stage water adjustments, an improvement of the OZMO Mopping Technology as we know it. This robot will also detect carpets automatically courtesy of the flexible and intuitive Artificial Intelligence embedded in its software. Never again will your Deebot mop carpets. The 960 might be expensive, but it’s worth every penny.
Deebot Buying Guide
But it is imperative to note that not all robot vacuums will handle all these tasks. That said, you need to be very selective when shopping for Deebot robot vacuums.
In this section, we are going to give our recommendations for the best Deebot models for the variety of cleaning needs.
What’s the best affordable Deebot robot vacuum?
I know there are many other cheaper options in the market than these two robot vacuums. It’s just last month that my sister got a generic robot vacuum for $75 and I was confident it wouldn’t last for three months. It went quiet on the third use, and there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel regarding the warranty.
For Deebot, at least their cheapest models are tried and tested. Even though the higher models may be better, you just can’t put down these two.
The Deebot N78 retails at around $120 while the N79s is in the region of $200. But what’s the catch, yet there are cheaper options like ILIFE V5s Pro? Candidly speaking, the N78 is an excellent value for money now that it is also a robot mop. On the other hand, the Deebot N79s has been built to follow in the steps of the Roomba 980. It has a dedicated mode for carpets called Max mode though it is not as powerful as Carpet Boost in Roomba 980 or Roborock S5. Also, it is Smart and supports Alexa and Assistant.
DISCLAIMER – The Deebot N78 and N79 are our BEST affordable choices, and this should not be mistaken for the CHEAPEST robot vacuum. If you want the cheapest robot vacuum, there are several robot vacuums under $100 from these little-known brands. But then, there’s one thing you need to remember; cheap is always expensive!
What’s the best Deebot for hardwood floors?
The Deebot N78 is the best Deebot for hardwood floors if you are on a budget. It offers 2-in-1 cleaning whereby it can vacuum and dry mop the floor.
Another option is the Deebot OZMO 610 that blends the features of the Deebot N78 and N79s.
Remember, the N78 has a mop but lacks Smart connectivity whereas Deebot N79s is packed with Smart features, but unfortunately, it doesn’t have a mop.
The Deebot OZMO combines these two features and in fact, offers wet mopping making it the best value for money if you have a hardwood floor.
Our best Deebot overall for hardwood floors is the Deebot OZMO 930. This is a high-end model that packs all the latest features including an enhanced navigation system, boundary marking, Smart connectivity and most importantly, dry and wet mopping.
What’s the best Deebot for carpets?
Their robot vacuum has been specially designed to clean carpets, and it’s to say that it directly challenges the Roomba 980.
One of the unique features Roomba 980 boasts is the self-adjusting head that adjusts the brush contact depending on the surface. But its best function is the detection of carpets to enable the vacuum to automatically switch to the carpet mode – in this case, Carpet Boost.
The Deebot OZMO 950 and 960 also have this feature, and here, it is called Carpet ID. It will also detect carpet fabric and switch to the carpet mode.
For the cheaper models like Deebot N79s, they are recommended for carpets yes. But what they don’t tell you is the type of carpets they can vacuum. For light carpet pile, they can do a good job but anything heavier, they get overwhelmed. Just to put it into perspective, the Deebot 900 will still vacuum dust from a carpet that a Deebot N79s has just vacuumed. That’s the same case when it comes to the OZMO 930; it will still vacuum a little dust and dirt that the Deebot 900 Series has left.
What’s the best Deebot for pet hair?
So, what are the features that define an excellent robot vacuum for pet hair?
Typically, the most recognized feature when buying a robot vacuum for pet hair cleaning is the brush system. A lot of homeowners end up buying just any other robot vacuum that ends up tangling now and then. Nothing sucks like coming to a halfway cleaned house only to find the Deebot jammed. If you have these long-haired dog breed, this should be a significant concern.
However, you need to also look for the extra cleaning feature; mopping. Pets will step on dirt and dirty water and leave paw marks all over.
With a Deebot that can mop, life will be easier with pets.
I really would love to front the Deebot N78 because it is cheap but then, it lacks Smart connectivity. For the N79S, it is Smart and intelligent but doesn’t offer mopping. A good place to start is the Deebot M80 that blends the Smart connectivity and mopping. This is bearing in mind they all have High-efficiency filters that do quite a good job. However, HEPA filters are the best because they have an impressive 99.97% and filter down to 0.3 microns.
What’s the best Deebot for large apartments?
Now, considering the charging time of robot vacuums is between two and three hours, it is such an inconvenience when you buy a robot vacuum with the short runtime.
Well, anything above 100 minutes is very commendable considering expensive models like Roomba 890 and Roomba 960 do 60 minutes and 75 minutes respectively. But there’s one model I really like because of the long runtime. This is the Deebot M82 that does well over 150 minutes which is enough to clean a huge apartment.
There’s one new and essential feature that solves everything – the auto-resume feature. Many robot vacuum cleaners will find the charging base when they need more juice. However, the Deebot M82 is not intelligent enough to resume cleaning after that.
Besides the M82, the all-new Deebot 950 and 960 have an impressive 200 minutes runtime. It will also resume cleaning after recharging.
The OZMO 950 and 960 are the best vacuum for large apartments as it has the longest runtime. In addition, it will resume cleaning after recharging without having to be prompted.
Now, it’s time for me to give my recommendation for the best Deebot robot vacuum cleaner. Here, I am going for what I think is best both regarding the features and value for money.
The ECOVACS Deebot OZMO 950 is our overall winner in this Deebot comparison review.
This is a high-end model and in fact, the most expensive Deebot model at the time of writing this review. But is it worth the $800 price tag? The Deebot OZMO is an excellent 2-in-1 cleaner that will handle all hard floors, hardwood, carpets, pet hair, and allergens. It is the best all-in-one robot vacuum cleaner from ECOVACS.
The first thing that makes the OZMO 950 an excellent purchase is the vacuum/mop function. This is something even the pricey Roomba 980 doesn’t offer. On top of that, it has the new Smart Navi 3.0 navigation system, which is more accurate and efficient when you look at the turnaround time. The reason is that it takes a systematic approach to clean the house.
Lastly, it combines all the unique features that Deebot has innovated so far. It comes with Wi-Fi, auto-resume, Carpet ID, E-Maps, Virtual Walls, and so on. There’s no feature you will miss in the OZMO 950.
Deebot Model Comparisons
In this section, we want to put several popular Deebot models head on to see how they compare.
In the comparison, we are not only going to consider the features and the performance, value for money is also going to be a significant area of focus.
Deebot N79 vs. N79s
To start this comparison review, we will first try to understand the two most confused models; Deebot N79 and the upgraded model, Deebot N79s.
What’s the difference between the two, and are there any similarities?
The Deebot N79 and N79s share quite a lot in common. When it comes to cleaning performance, they share all the features save for the dedicated Max mode that increases suction power on carpets. Another difference is when it comes to the Smart connectivity. Yes, the Deebot N79 has Wi-Fi, but then, it lacks Alexa support. This is something that was improved in the Deebot N79s – it now supports Alexa.
The Deebot N79s is the ultimate winner here. The extra features are a must-have in the modern home. The most significant advantage is that Deebot N79s is cheaper.
Deebot N79s vs. 900/901
Honestly speaking, I have mixed feelings over these two robots.
Here’s one thing to note, the Deebot 900 is a Smart robot vacuum with the latest features. Among the things that make the price go high is the Virtual Walls support. It also comes with E-Maps that make it easy to monitor where the robot has cleaned and where it has not reached. But the most significant addition is the Smart Navi 3.0 which is the latest navigation system. Remember, the Deebot N79s has the old navigation system, Smart Motion.
Regarding cleaning performance, I won’t say that there’s anything the Deebot 900/901 brings on the table. But then, it allows homeowners to customize their cleaning needs. For example, with the 900 Series, you can prioritize areas where you want intensive cleaning. Lastly, it will resume cleaning after recharging; something Deebot N79s can’t do.
On the side of the N79s, it is cheaper and offers everything you’d want from a basic robot vacuum. It has an efficient 3-stage cleaning system, high-efficiency filters, and Smart Motion technology. It is also Smart now that it supports Smartphone operation and Alexa several other 3rd party integrations.
In the Deebot N79s vs. 900/901 comparison, the 900 Series wins the crown because of the extras it has. If you have a large apartment with a lot of furniture, the Deebot 900 Series is your perfect match. However, if you are on a tight budget and you want a simple robot vacuum, the Deebot N79s is still a smart choice.
Deebot OZMO 930 vs. R95
Personally, I don’t find much difference between these two vacuums but then, the OZMO 930 being a new model, it has some few extras.
So, it will be all about deciding whether you want these extras or not. So, what are some of the features the Deebot OZMO 930 boast?
If you have carpets, you will probably like the OZMO 930 because it has the new Carpet ID feature. Also, the OZMO has a slightly longer runtime, so if you have a large apartment, it’s the best choice, though they all resume cleaning after recharging.
Here, I would go for the OZMO 930 because of the few extras it brings on board. However, the R95 is still a great option because of the raw power it boasts. If you are on a budget, you can still grab it, and the good thing is that it just has all the primary features the OZMO has. As a matter of fact, they are all robot vacuums with mopping function.
Deebot 900/901 vs. OZMO 930
The first significant difference between the OZMO 930 and Deebot 900 is the fact that OZMO is a robot vacuum with mop while Deebot 900/901 is just a robot vacuum.
Another difference is that OZMO has an interchangeable brush system while 900 Series has a main brush suction system only. For carpet owners, the OZMO will also be the best because of the Carpet ID feature; 900 Series lacks this feature.
These three are the major differences that set the two Deebots apart.
When it comes to a battle between OZMO 930 vs. 900 Series, the latter doesn’t stand a chance because of the mopping function the OZMO offers. That alone makes OZMO 930 the best robot vacuum cleaner from ECOVACS. But that is not to say the 900 Series is not a worthy purchase. It is the best Smart robot vacuum if you are not interested in the moping function.
Vacuum Buying Guide
Now, we are almost coming to the end of this Deebot comparison review. But just before we finalize, let’s have a short discussion on how to shop for the best Deebot robot vacuum.
In this segment, we want to analyze the critical factors that you should consider when buying a Deebot robot vacuum. We will then see how the top models fair on each aspect and thereafter give our winner.
This is a great checklist when scouting for your next Deebot purchase.
1. Design and aesthetics
Here, there is only one crucial aspect to consider – the height of the robot vacuum. You want the thinnest robot vacuum that can creep under the furniture.
I really like the Deebot Slim series because it is the thinnest. At 2.2 inches, it can creep under most of the furniture. But the Slim 10/11 is the best because of the enhanced performance.
Regarding aesthetics, it mostly depends on your taste, but the OZMO 950 and 960 looks more appealing to me.
2. Cleaning performance
Here, you want to buy a Deebot model that will suit your cleaning needs. We have robot vacuums for bare floors, carpets, pet hair, allergens and so on.
Make sure that you get a Deebot model that will handle all your needs.
We really liked the OZMO robot vacuums with mop because they offer comprehensive cleaning. They will sweep, vacuum, and mop the floors without you having to lift a finger. The advanced models like the 950 and 960 have an intelligent mopping system that guarantees efficient water usage.
3. Battery runtime
Robot vacuum cleaners are very intelligent and know precisely when to go to the charging base and how. When buying a Deebot robot vacuum, opt for something that has a longer runtime.
Here, I will front the Deebot OZMO 960 that runs for well over 200 minutes. This vacuum will recharge automatically and resume cleaning, making it the best for large apartments.
One of the advantages of robot vacuums over regular vacuums is their convenience.
I’m glad Deebot models have the most critical convenience feature; scheduling. But I think it’s the higher models that take the crown for allowing homeowners to schedule a cleaning cycle more than once in a single day.
Here again, it’s hard to call a winner, but of course, the extras like AIVI Technology, the advanced models, are the ultimate winners.
5. Smart connectivity
With the proliferation of Smart home technology, you want a robot vacuum that you can connect with other devices. Here, I would recommend the Deebot N79s is all you want is Smart connectivity. It comes with 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi for Smartphone operation and supports Alexa and other integrations.
I understand that other models have Smart connectivity, but I chose Deebot N79s because it is the cheapest model that you will find with all the Smart features.
6. Navigation & maneuverability
As you are all aware, robot vacuums navigate independently courtesy of a set of wheels and a navigation system. There are also sensors for detecting obstacles and stairs.
ECOVACS has slowly improved its navigation system from the old Smart Motion navigation to the all-new Smart NAVI 3.0. If you have a large apartment, choose Smart NAVI 3.0. Here, you have several options; Deebot R95, Deebot OZMO 930, 950, 960, and Deebot 900/901 have Smart Navi 3.0. When it comes to high traffic rooms, the Deebot 711 is the best choice as it integrates a real-time camera courtesy of Smart Navi 2,0.
Regarding wheels, The OZMO again carries the day for the large offroad wheels that seamlessly transitions from the floor to carpets and vice versa.
There are several extras that you should also look out for when buying Deebot robot vacuums. For the entry-level models, there are no noteworthy extras. However, from the R-Series onwards, there are a few things to die for.
The OZMO 960 wins this category for having most of the unique extras. It comes with E-Maps, Virtual boundary, Carpet ID.
This is the most critical aspect when shopping for a robot vacuum cleaner/. It is important to note that though Deebots are cheaper compared to Roombas, there are both entry-level Deebots that are cheap and high-end expensive models too.
But the most important thing to ask yourself is, what model gives you value for money? Personally, I find all Deebots an excellent deal for their price.
But I am more interested in the OZMO 960. It is the most expensive ECOVACS robot vacuum but worth every penny. It has almost the same features as the Roomba i7 or Neato D7 Connected, which are very expensive. For this one, you will get it at only $650, which is $300 cheaper than Roomba i7+ and $750 less expensive than Roomba S9+. But this one offers 2-in-1 cleaning while the Roombas will vacuum only unless you buy the Braava M6 separately.
For that reason, the OZMO 960 is an excellent value for money!
What are some of the Deebot’s competitors?
As I mentioned in this review, Deebot is a budding brand that’s trying to assert its position in the market. This means that it faces very stiff competition from the other brands.
In this segment, we want to see how ECOVACS Deebot squares it out with the other brands in the market.
ECOVACS vs. iRobot
Here, the war is waged between the popular models of the two brands, Deebot vs. Roomba. iRobot is still ahead of ECOVACS when you factor in the brand trust, and most importantly, vacuuming performance and reliability.
So far so good, Roombas have passed the test of time, something ECOVACS is yet to do. One of the reasons for this is definitely because Roombas have been around for longer. Their latest models, Roomba i7 and S9, have the revolutionary VSLAM navigation that uses a real-time camera.
There’s also Dirt Detect, a unique feature that tells the vacuum where there is more dirt. Lastly, Roombas have an integrated self-emptying bin system.
Amazingly, Deebot has several unique features that even the pricey Roombas don’t have. The first major feature is the mopping function. With iRobot, you need to buy a separate robot mop, maybe the Braava. But for ECOVACS, you can get a 2-in-1 cleaner like Deebot N78 or Deebot OZMO 960, which can vacuum and mop simultaneously.
This is very hard to call since both brands have some enticing features. Your budget and cleaning needs are what should inform your purchase decision.
If you want a reputable brand with the best in class raw power, I strongly recommend the Roombas. Something like the Roomba S9 uses the latest Gen motors that deliver massive suction power, up to 2200Pa, when the high-power mode is activated. But know that it will drain your wallet; the most expensive Deebot model is less than half the price of the Roomba S9+.
On the other hand, if you are on a budget, the ECOVACS Deebot is a great alternative. Though it is downplayed as a cheap Chinese brand, it offers quite some excellent features at a reduced price. I feel Deebot deserves the spot for the best robot vacuum brand now that it offers very powerful robot vacuums that will do the entire job; vacuuming and mopping. The OZMO 960 is a good example; at $650, it offers better cleaning performance than Roomba S9 courtesy of the extra mopping function.
ECOVACS vs. ILIFE
If you are on a tight budget, these two Chinese models are the best. They offer very cheap and reliable robot vacuums. One thing that makes them similar is that they both have mopping function. Choosing the best brand between ILIFE and ECOVACS is a real dilemma because they are all cheap and offer quite some excellent performance for their price.
ILIFE is quite a popular model in the market and has several product lines available. I don’t find anything unique about their models save for the new ILIFE A8 that has been built to match the standards of the Roomba 980 and Dyson 360 Eye in that it also has a VSLAM navigation.
Otherwise, the rest of the models are just the regular stuff you expect to find. Perhaps the only notable feature is i-Dropping technology that ensures efficiency when wet mopping.
For ECOVACS, this is a more innovative brand with an all-around vacuum cleaner, the OZMO 960. I don’t think ILIFE has any model that can match the performance of the OZMO Series.
Remember, the OZMO 960 is a 2-in-1 robot vacuum cleaner that has also been designed for carpets. Most brands ignore carpets when designing a robot vacuum with mop and vice versa.
When it comes to the ILIFE vs. ECOVACS debate, I give credit to Deebot for one reason. They have an all-round cleaner in the OZMO 960, whereas getting a combination of mopping, and carpet cleaning in ILIFE models is impossible for now. Another thing, ECOVACS, has a very wide variety to choose from. However, ILIFE is a little bit cheaper compared to ECOVACS, so if you are on a budget, that’s your brand.
Deebot vs. Botvac
Deebot looks like the underdog when compared to Botvac which today is the second biggest robot vacuum brand after iRobot.
One of the most important things Botvac has done is the adoption of a Gen 3 motor just like Roomba 980. Neato robot vacuums are also smarter and more intelligent, the D7 Connected for instance. This new model supports both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi bands. Otherwise, there is nothing else that you won’t find in the Deebot range.
When it comes to Deebot, it might be lacking regarding suction power, but hey, there’s a lot it boasts. Without getting into the details, the fact that Deebot models come with mopping function makes ECOVACS the winner. In addition to that, Deebot models offer greater value for money.
For example, the D7 Connected goes for $800, whereas the OZMO 960 retails at around $650. That makes you wonder, does the Gen 3 motor and 5 GHz Wi-Fi band (which you rarely use) justify the price difference?
Here, our choice is Deebot because Neato is not a better brand regarding reputation; together with ECOVACS, they are growing brands. When it comes to performance, I will choose something that offers more productivity, in this case, mopping function that ECOVACS offers at no extra cost.
We have finally come to the end of this Deebot comparison review. I am sure you are now conversant with the different models offered.
A clear distinction should be made between Deebot models with vacuuming only and Deebot models that provide 2-in-1 cleaning.
Personally, I would recommend a Deebot with 2-in-1 cleaning as it covers for a robot mop that would cost you a few more hundred dollars. The good thing with models like OZMO and R95 is that they vacuum and mop simultaneously. But still, make sure to discern between models that offer dry and wet mopping – go for one that offers both.
So, we have come to the end of this review. What models do you think is the best, and why? Talk to us in the comments section below.