Deebot Ozmo T5 vs. T8 vs. 950 Comparison Review
ECOVACS is among the best robot vacuum brands on the market and over the years, the Chinese manufacturer has continued to release sophisticated robot vacuums with state-of-the-art technology.
In this Deebot Ozmo T5 vs. T8 AIVI vs. 950 comparison review, we want to find out the main differences between the three models, and what each vacuum is best suited for.
But just before we go into the fine details, here is an overview of the three vacuum cleaners.
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Released in August 2019, the Deebot OZMO 950 is a robust robot vacuum that features 2-in-1 cleaning, just like all the other OZMO vacuums. But compared to other models in the 900 series, the OZMO 950 is a little bit different.
The Deebot 950 comes with a larger 5,200mAh battery while the 920 and the 960 have a 3200mAh battery.
The water tank and dustbin are also smaller at 240Ml and 430Ml, respectively, compared to what the OZMO 920 and 950 have – 280Ml and 450Ml.
These two are the most noteworthy differences between the Deebot 950 vs. other popular models in the OZMO 900 series.
But surprisingly, this was not a new model at all but just a rebranding of the earlier Deebot 950.
The OZMO T5 is exactly the same as the Deebot 950. The two models share the same design and aesthetics, cleaning features, autonomy, and smart convenience.
So, the next time you see a Deebot OZMO T5, know that it’s just the same as the OZMO 950 save for the branding.
In March 2020, ECOVACS released the all-new Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI, and as the name suggests, this is an AI-driven robot vacuum with several new additions including a navigation camera that make it the best Deebot vacuum at the time of writing.
The Deebot T8 AIVI (Artificial Intelligence and Visual Interpretation) main highlights revolve around the advanced laser-based navigation and mapping system dubbed TrueMapping.
This new navigation system addresses all the navigation and mapping issues homeowners faced with the previous models. The risks of getting stuck have been cut by 60% while the efficiency of floor mapping has been improved up to four times.
In the news, there’s a new Deebot T8 variant in the pipeline called the T8 AIVI Pro.
From what we know, the new model will feature the revolutionary ECOVACS self-emptying technology, which works in the same fashion as iRobot’s CleanBase technology.
In addition to that, it will feature a vibrating mopping function that goes tough on stubborn stains and grime.
Deebot Ozmo T5 vs. T8 vs. 950 Face to Face Comparison
Having looked at some of the highlights of the three robot vacuums, let’s get to the finer details – comparing the three models to find out which one is best for you and why. Is the Deebot T8 AIVI better than the T5/950? Let’s find out.
Design and Aesthetics
As a buyer, you should be able to differentiate the models from their appearance. It’s also essential to assess specifications like dimensions as they determine where the robot vacuum can reach, consequently affecting cleaning performance.
Like mentioned earlier, the OZMO 950 is exactly the same as the newer OZMO T5. This includes tiny details such as dimensions and weight with both models measuring 3.67-inches in height and 13.78-inches diameter. While there are much thinner robot vacuums, 2.67-inches is still thin enough to ensure the robot vacuum creeps under beds, sofas, kickstands, and other households. The two vacuums have all been finished in black and have the same interface design.
The Deebot T8, on the other hand, maintains a low profile design, but there is a negligible difference as far as dimensions and weight are concerned. This model has a 13.9-inch diameter and stands at 3.69-inches. The T8 AIVI is also slightly heavier at 7.8lbs compared to the OZMO T5 and 950, which are 6.7lbs. The T8 is also black with the same interface unit as the T5.
This is the most important aspect that needs critical assessment before adding any of these three vacuums to your cart. Find out if it has been designed to suit your immediate cleaning needs. There are also several individual features to check out.
The OZMO T5 and 950 may be different in terms of branding, but they are all designed for the same job. The two are robot vacuums with mop, so they offer 2-in-1 cleaning just like the rest of the OZMO vacuums.
They also ideal for handling a range of surfaces, including bare floors such as hardwood, tile, and vinyl as well as carpets. But considering the average suction power, these two vacuums are suitable for only low pile and medium-pile carpets.
OZMO T5 and 950 also do a great job when it comes to picking up pet hair.
As for the OZMO T8 AIVI, there is not much difference when it comes to cleaning orientation. This one too is a 2-in-1 robot vacuum that vacuums and mops. It is also suitable for cleaning a wide range of floors, including tile ceramic, vinyl, hardwood, and marble, among others.
On carpets, its performance is satisfactory on low to medium pile only, but on high pile carpets and area rugs, the performance dips noticeably because of the average suction power.
As far as picking up pet hair is concerned, we didn’t notice any difference between these three vacuums in our cleaning test results.
OZMO T5 and 950 both feature the efficient OZMO™ mopping technology that works to remove stains and grime and impressively, 99.26% of bacteria from your floors.
The two models come with a large 280Ml water tank and a microfiber cloth for mopping. Water management is very efficient and can be controlled right from the app for a more customized cleaning. The system is intelligent enough to avoid mopping carpeted areas, a problem the older OZMO 610. This is courtesy of the Adaptive Floor Sensing (AFS) technology.
The new Deebot OZMO T8 also comes with OZMO mopping technology and all the other mopping features, but there are a few differences. The T8 comes with a smaller water tank with a 240Ml capacity, so you will have to fill it more times when mopping large apartments.
The OZMO T8 series also has the Ozmo Pro module, which deploys a vibrating action that creates a back-and-forth scrubbing motion to clean the stubborn dirt, stains, and grime. However, this function makes the whole process noisier, but it is worth it in the end.
The OZMO 950 and T5 come with the same high-performance motor with a 3-speed setting, which you can adjust depending on the cleaning intensity you desire.
There’s the Normal mode, which yields 600pa and comes in handy when doing light touch-ups on bare floors. For intensive vacuuming, you should switch to Max mode, which delivers 1200pa, and for carpets, Max Plus is the best as the 1500pa flushes out the dirt and dust that hides deep inside the carpet pile.
When it comes to operation noise, the two averaged 60dB in Normal, 64dB in Max, and 67dB in Max Plus.
As for the newer OZMO T8 AIVI, we have the same 3-speed motor, and that means it doesn’t have the edge in the Deebot T5 vs. T8 debate. With the kind of suction power, you can rely on the T8 AIVI in vacuuming bare floors and low to medium pile carpets only.
However, for some reason, we noticed a slight difference in operation noise as the T8 AIVI peaked at 69dB.
The Deebot OZMO T5 and 950 come with an identical cleaning head with a pressure-retention system. Both models also have an interchangeable intake so you can detach the brush to handle tasks that require vacuuming only, for example, picking up pet hair. The main brush is the traditional spiral floating brush that ECOVACS has used in other OZMO vacuums. Two side sweeping brushes complement it.
On the other hand, the OZMO T8 AIVI has the floating brush as the main brush system and two side sweeping brushes. However, there is a slight difference in that this model doesn’t have an interchangeable intake. But this shouldn’t be a major concern considering the interchangeable intake isn’t such a practical feature.
There haven’t been many changes when it comes to the filtration systems of OZMO vacuums. The Deebot T5 and 950 both come with accurate high-efficiency filters, but unfortunately, they don’t have HEPA level filtration. When it comes to the dustbin capacity, the two are quite impressive with 430Ml bins.
As for the OZMO T8 AIVI, the high-efficiency filters are still maintained, so if you thought this newer model could be suited for homeowners with allergies, you are wrong. While the filtration system is the same as that of the T5 and 950, there is a slight difference in bin capacity with the T8 AIVI sporting a smaller 420Ml bin. Further difference comes with the introduction of the OZMO T8 AIVI Pro self emptying bin module, which equates the OZMO T8 AIVI to the likes of Roomba i7 and S9, which also have automatic self-emptying bins.
Cleaning Test Results
As usual, we put all the robot vacuums we review under stringent tests to give our readers a feel of what the real performance is like. In this OZMO T8 AIVI vs. T5 vs. 950 comparison, nothing is different. Below are illustrations of the performance of the three vacuums on different surfaces.
Battery and Runtime
The battery and runtime of a robot vacuum is an important consideration as it determines the floor area that can be cleaned on a single charge. Besides runtime, ascertain the power management features, and the battery’s life cycle.
The Deebot T5 and 950 come with the same specifications here, a 5,200mAh lithium-ion battery that can last for a cool 200 minutes in Normal mode. In Max mode and Max Plus, you get 150 minutes and 120 minutes, respectively, and this is still impressive. These two are among the best robot vacuums we have tested as far as the runtime is concerned. The recharge time is around 3 hours, while the life cycle of the Li-ion batteries is 12 – 18 months. For the record, the OZMO T5 and 950 will recharge and resume cleaning automatically.
As for the Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI, we still have the same 5,200mAh Lithium-ion battery, but then, the maximum runtime in our tests was 180 minutes for the Normal mode, 135 minutes for Max mode and 110 minutes in Max Plus. The dip in runtime is as a result of the extra electrical components including AIVI technology. Recharge and life cycle remain the same at 3 hours and 12 – 18 months, respectively.
Navigation and Mapping
The navigation and mapping system of a robot vacuum determines its cleaning efficiency by ensuring the robot finds its way around the house and plans the cleaning pattern depending on the plan of the house. It is one of the areas where the Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI differs so much with the Deebot OZMO T5/950.
The Deebot T5 and 950 come with the updated Smart Navi 3.0™ which is a SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping) based navigation technology that relies on laser only for navigation and mapping. The robot creates a map of your house and chooses the most efficient path in cleaning, thus ensuring every corner of your floor is vacuumed, fast, and efficiently. Additionally, the two OZMO robot vacuums can store multiple floor maps, so if you have a storeyed house, no fuss. Worth mentioning is the custom mode that allows homeowners to clean specific rooms only. When it comes to containment, the T5 and 950 come with Virtual Walls.
On the other hand, the new Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI features a VSLAM (Visual Simultaneous Localization and Mapping) navigation system. Besides the lasers and sensors, there is a real-time camera that identifies obstacles and other key landmarks in your house. Besides the 2X faster identification speed, this camera offers the cool On-demand Live Video Stream that you can use to interact with your pets and also for security. The all-new TrueMapping technology is also worth mentioning as it maps your home with 4x accuracy. Other features include advanced map management, multi-floor mapping, and Virtual Walls.
With the proliferation of smart home technology, you definitely want a robot vacuum that syncs with other smart home devices, including your smartphone.
The OZMO T5 and 950 are both smart robot vacuums that work with 2.4GHz Wi-Fi via the ECOVACS Home App. You can control the robot vacuum and schedule cleaning times right from the app. Also, on the app, users can receive a wide range of notifications, including cleaning status, map reports, warnings, and so on. These two vacuums are also compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, among other smart home platforms. Another great feature is voice reports.
When it comes to the Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI, nothing much has changed. The robot also works with the ECOVACS HOME App, where users have access to the different controls and notifications. This vacuum also has voice control and syncs with smart speakers such as Alexa. As far as smart features and convenience are concerned, the T8 AIVI has no major advantage over the T5 and 950.
Frequently Asked Questions
In this section, we have listed the common questions asked by our readers, plus the respective answers.
1. Deebot OZMO 950 vs T5 vs T8: which is better for pet hair?
2. What is the difference between Deebot OZMO T8 and OZMO T8 AIVI robot vacuum cleaners?
3. Do I need to replace a dustbin and a water tank in Deebot OZMO cleaners when switching between wet and dry cleaning modes?
4. Is Auto-Empty Station included in the OZMO T8 AIVI kit?
Verdict: Deebot Ozmo T5 vs T8 AIVI vs 950
There you have it folks, a detailed comparison review of the best OZMO models in 2020.
Clearly, the new Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI is the best choice because of the bells and whistles, talk of features such as the onboard camera, vibrating mopping pad, self emptying, etc.
If you are looking for the best robot vacuum for large apartments and high traffic rooms, the new navigation and mapping technology in the T8 AIVI is something to die for. It enhances efficiency by up to four times and cuts down the chances of your robot vacuum, getting stuck in high traffic rooms. Self-emptying bin technology is also a great feature, especially if you are the type with tight schedules. You no longer have to worry about emptying the bin now and then.
But considering the high price tag, the OZMO T8 AIVI may not be the right vacuum for budget buyers.
The OZMO T5 and 950 are not bad options either. These two models share most of the other crucial features with the newer and more expensive T8 AIVI. You get the same cleansing performance, runtime and power management, and smart features to some extent.
So, in a nutshell, the T8 AIVI is the winner of this comparison review, but still, the OZMO T5 and 950 are reliable vacuums but don’t have the latest features.