Deebot vs Roomba Face to Face comparison
In this Deebot vs Roomba comparison review, find out whether the Chinese brand has finally caught up with the US brand.
Yes, Roomba offers everything you will ever want when it comes to floor, carpet, and pet hair vacuuming. Unfortunately, only the latest new model, the Roomba j7+ Combo, is a combo cleaner with a mopping function, but it retails at over $1,000.
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Deebot vs Roomba Main Differences
These two robot vacuum brands share several standard features, but then there are several differences as listed below.
Cleaning Orientation – Roombas are mainly dedicated robot vacuums from iRobot. Only one Roomba has a mopping function. Additionally, there is a separate mop robot Braava Jet M6, that can be connected in perfect sequence with most Roombas. On the other hand, ECOVACS offers several Deebot vacuums with mops, for example, the Deebot N8 and the X1 Series. These vacuums offer simultaneous vacuuming and mopping. Pet lovers also like the dry and wet mopping functions because it eliminates the need to invest in another robot for mopping, which Roomba owners, especially hardwood floor owners, regret.
This is the only main difference that sets these two brands apart as of now. For sure, there are minor ones in navigation and mapping technologies, construction of automatic emptying stations, battery capacity, suction power, and many more. But the exact differences are present within models of one brand.
In recent times, Roombas have been significantly more expensive than Deebot, and the Deebot cheap price points for basic vacuum and mop models have attracted most homeowners. But lately, iRobot has decreased prices on basic models like Roomba 694, Roomba 671, Roomba 614, and Roomba i3 and sells with significant discount models with Self-Emptying Robot Vacuum – Roomba e3+ EVO or Roomba i4+ EVO.
Moreover, it’s worth mentioning that Deebot significantly updates with the latest technologies like self-emptying, VSLAM navigation, or artificial intelligence in their robot cleaners, and the latest models cost about $1,000. On the other hand, Roomba remains a trusted brand when it comes to reliability. Right now, iRobot is the leader when it comes to innovation. Some of their industry-leading technologies have helped build an intelligent and reliable home helper.
If you ask any Tom, Dick, and Harry, they will tell you that Roomba is a trusted brand, so we have to look at what makes brands?
iRobot has more than 30 years of experience and invests heavily in R&D. This gives an edge when it comes to the best cleaning technologies.Roomba robots can adjust suction power based on the floor type, automatically detect the dirtiest areas, and avoid obstacles like pet accidents; clean while you are away with a multi-stage cleaning system. In the smartphone application, you can set schedules, receive cleaning suggestions, target to clean specific rooms, and customize home maps to set boundaries. All Roombas described in this article support the particular smartphone application – iRobot Home, Alexa, and Google Assistance.
Also, Roomba is the best vacuum cleaner for carpets, courtesy of iRobot’s powerful suction. It also has an intelligent navigation system with real-time cameras, automatic bin emptying, and a self-learning mechanism, among other features.
Popular Roomba Models
Last update on 2023-09-18 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API* The dimensions and weight are indicated for the robot itself. The Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal sizes are 14.93 x 11.49 x 19.02 inches, and the weight is 8.51 pounds.
In September 2018, iRobot introduced on the market the premium i7 robot (at the time), the less expensive i3 model and the basic e5. The i7 series is the eighth generation of iRobot and now consists of two models: Roomba i7 (7150) and i7+ (7550). The i7+ additionally includes Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal in the package, while i7 only supports it (could be purchased separately). So, this is the only difference between models.
I7+ became the first model with a self-emptying bin system, which guaranteed hands-free cleaning for up to 60 days.
Before we go any further, let’s check the advantages of the s7 models compared to Roomba’s base models. The Roomba i7 can be seen as the ultimate successor of the Roomba 980, but it is not its true successor. Instead, the new i7 adds a few features and subtracts some as well.
To start with the new additions, the Roomba i7 has been designed with the iRobot Clean Base technology. This avant-garde technology gives homeowners the freedom to concentrate on other stuff – not worrying about bin emptying every now and then.
The other addition is the iAdapt 3.0 navigation system, which brings onboard Smart Mapping. This technology allows you to manage cleaning efficiently. For example, you can now select the specific rooms to clean or a particular spot that requires attention instead of having to vacuum the entire house unnecessarily. Another additional technology is Imprint Link Technology which allows it to synchronize with a mopping robot from iRobot for the full cleaning procedure.
The problem with the Roomba i7 robot vacuum is that it is not ideal for homes with carpets, especially medium and high piles. Even though Its maximum suction power is 1700 Pa, but lacks Carpet Boost, one of the most prominent features of the Roomba 980. Another letdown is the shorter runtime. While the predecessor did an impressive 120 minutes, the Roomba i7 does just 75 minutes.
In July 2019, iRobot surprised us yet another time with the release of the S series. There are two models in the S series(S9 and S9+). This series is claimed to be the most sophisticated of all iRobots.
The S9 doesn’t come with the CleanBase unit, but it is compatible with the technology. On the other hand, the S9+ comes with the CleanBase included but at a higher price, of course.
The CleanBase works just the same way as that of the Roomba i7. It can hold up to 30 Roomba bins, and that’s enough to hold dirt for the entire month.
The S9 also brings on board a powerful motor that delivers a maximum of 2200Pa, making it among the most potent robot vacuums.
Earlier on, the 980 was king, delivering 1670Pa but was overshadowed by the likes of Roborock S5, which boasts 2000Pa. Now, iRobot is back to its lost glory so you can rely on it for carpet vacuuming.
The S9 has a lot of mapping and navigation features. The new careful drive feature is a technology with 3D sensors to detect obstacles in real-time higher than 2.5 mm. With intelligent mapping, you can clean specific rooms per choice, set clean zones or keep out zones, and customize schedules with clean zones within rooms. The robot cleans in neat rows, including under and around furniture, aiming at the dirtiest spots and obtaining 3D cliff sensors to avoid stairs. Its dual multi brushes are 30% wider than in other Roomba models, and with their auto-adjusting cleaning head, they perfectly adapt to deep clean carpets and hard floors. In addition, the PerfectEdge Technology with sweeping edge brush ensures perfect cleaning of edges and corners.
The only shortcoming of this robot vacuum is the high price tag comparing j7, i7, or i3.
Roomba i3/i3+ vs. i4/i4+
The same year i7 was introduced, iRobot presented a less expensive i3 model (3150 and 3550).
For the record, the Roomba i4 (4150 and 4550), which is also the entry-level model, is the same i3, only that the i3 is an Amazon model while the i4 is exclusive to Costco.
The i3 also comes with one spare filter, while i4 comes with two spare filters and a virtual wall accessory. As for other Roomba models, plus models (i3+ and i4+) are the same robots with Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal. While i3 and i4 only support this technology, the Base should be purchased separately.
When it comes to cleaning performance, the i3 and i4 are the same as the Roomba 800 series. That means they are ideal for cleaning bare floors, low pile carpets, and pet messes. You can check out our Roomba i3 vs.i7 vs.i8 comparison review to find out more.
From smart features, i3/i4 /(i3+/i4+) have targeted cleaning allowing the robot to clean specific rooms, navigate in neat rows and stairs avoidance. Like all other described models, Roomba i3/i4 is equipped with dirt detect technology to clean the dirtiest spots more thoroughly and suggest personalized owner schedules for room cleaning. Unfortunately, these models do not have smart obstacle avoidance; you cannot create in the smartphone application Keep Out Zones or clean specific areas in the room, no carpet boost or corner clean.
But for the rest, these basic models are worth their money; you will have all the main features of the Roombas robot for an affordable price. So you need only to choose if you want the Costco or Amazon version of the robot.
The Roomba i6 and i8 are the other two new models and are quite similar to each other and different in availability and accessories.
The Roomba i8 is a model that is exclusive to Costco, while the i6 is available on Amazon.
Also, the Roomba i6 and i6+ are Amazon exclusives of the standard retail model Roomba i7 and i7+ (that was primarily sold exclusively on Best Buy). The i6 and i6+ do not have any additional accessories. The i7 and i7+ come with an extra side brush and filter. Roomba i8 is sold with a virtual wall accessory, 3 extra dust bags and 2 extra high-efficiency filters.
The other two differences between the i6/i8 models are the battery and the dustbin size. In the i6 model, the battery capacity is 1800 mAh, and the container is 500 ml, while in i8 the capacity is 2210 mAh and the bin size is 400 ml. So, the Roomba i8 (i8+) can run for 90 minutes, while the i6 (i6+) only 75 minutes.
These two models are also compatible with iRobot self-emptying technology, but for each model, there’s a variation that includes the Clean Base unit and another that doesn’t.
Roomba i6 (6150) and i8 (8150) don’t come with the self-emptying accessory, but the i6+ (6550) and i8+ (8550) come with the unit.
There are no significant differences between i6/i7/i8 (i6+/i7+/i8+). All features except battery capacity and dustbin volume are the same. The choice may also be based on the number of accessories in the package.
The j series is the latest model from iRobot. This series includes three models – j7, j7+, and Combo. j7+The j7 and j7+ were introduced in September 2021 and were the first robots with Precision Vision technology to avoid such obstacles as cords and pet accidents. The Combo j7+ is the first vacuum, and mop robot capabilities were introduced in September 2022.
The smart features of the j7 series are identical to the i7 series with some exceptions. New feature Precision Vision in addition to smart avoidance with Pet Promise (if the feature does not work, the robot can be replaced), will update the maps after the obstacle detection and notify about any detected hazards. Moreover, for j7, you may set Keep Out Zones; this feature was not available for i7. There are no other smart features available for s9 owners.
The j7+, in addition to the robot, includes the standard Clean Base, while Combo j7+ has the unique Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal. The Combo j7+ is a 2-in-1 robot for simultaneously vacuuming and mopping the floor. It automatically senses the carpet, and the mopping pad is raised to prevent a wet mess. The Combo robot has a four stage cleaning system compared to other models, as it has a mopping pad to mop floors to a shine.
Even though the j7 was presented later, the most innovative robot from Rombas is the s9 model. But Combo j7+ is the only mopping and vacuuming robot from iRobot.
The Deebot is the most popular series in the ECOVACS product portfolio. Some of the popular robots in this series include Deebot T8, T8 AIVI, X1, T10, and N7, among others. For ECOVACS, they entered the market just the other day and most of their technologies are just replicas of the existing robot vacuum technologies.
Though not a very popular brand, Deebot has taken center stage in the robot vacuum market, the company said that it aims at putting a robot cleaner in every household, and one thing that proves its commitment is its prices. On average, a good model with Wi-Fi and voice control, like the N79s, will cost you around $200, while a similar robot from Roomba will cost you upwards of $350 when there is no sale.
But Deebot didn’t stop on cheap models; they presented new above-average robots with a self-emptying system, live video, the most powerful suction on the market, laser sensors for obstacle avoidance, and advanced navigation technologies.
Another top reason why you should choose Deebot is the versatility. While only lately Roomba introduced a combo model, most of the Roomba homeowners will require a Roomba for vacuuming floors and Braava for mopping, you can get an ECOVACS robot with both vacuum and mop functions. So, if mopping is your priority too, Deebot will be a smart buy.
On the downside, Deebot is a lesser-known brand. Apart from this, it still has much to work on regarding cleaning performance and navigation.
Popular ECOVACS Models
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The Deebot T8 is very similar to its predecessor, the T5, but several extras make it superior and more expensive. While the Deebot T8 AIVI is the upgraded version of the Deebot T8 on the market, and as the name suggests, it is an AI- driven robot vacuum.
The first improvement of both robots is in navigation and floor mapping. The T8 introduces the all-new TrueMapping technology that deploys TrueDetect Laser 3D Advanced Object Detection making it perfect for high-traffic rooms. Meanwhile, the T8 AIVI went even further, AIVI Technology with a camera enhances the recognition of the robot by 200% and cuts down entanglement by up to 60%. When it comes to floor mapping, the T8 and T8 AIVI create an accurate map of your house with 2X greater range and 4X greater precision.
Another great feature is the compatibility with the revolutionary 2.5 L Deebot Auto-Empty Station, which automatically empties the bin. For the record, these models don’t come with the empty station, but they are compatible with the technology.
Regarding cleaning performance, the T8 and T8 AIVI are 2-in-1 cleaners that vacuum and mop simultaneously. They are capable of handling bare floors, carpets, and pet messes. A great feature is Carpet detection, which prevents the robot from mopping carpets courtesy of Adaptive Floor Sensing (AFS) technology. The T8 and T8 AIVI also work with the OZMO Pro Mopping System, which offers quick scrubbing and deep cleaning though the unit must be bought separately. In addition, both robots have many features available in the smartphone application: creating cleaning schedules, precise water control, a set of unlimited virtual walls and no-go zones, multi-floor map customization, clean route tracking, and missing area notifications.
The T8 AIVI, an advanced model, is a VSLAM robot vacuum with a real-time camera to enhance navigation and mapping performance. You can also take advantage of this camera to monitor your home. You can also take advantage of this camera to monitor your home. The T8 AIVI also boasts a self-learning feature similar to iRobot Genius. It collects data to help it adapt to the environment and optimize cleaning.
Both Deebot T8/T8 AIVI comes with a 5200mAh battery that offers 180 minutes of runtime and is still an intelligent home-ready robot vacuum.
This model is one of the basic and affordable robots, with many smart features from Deebot. N7 is equipped with an OZMO Mopping system for simultaneous mopping and vacuuming. The powerful suction of 2300 Pa is higher than for T8 models, which makes this model the perfect one for carpet cleaning. On the other hand, it has the previous navigation technology – NAVI 3.0, but it still allows to avoid obstacles and create multi-floor maps.
This extremely simple in design and low-profile model comes with two-side brushes and perfectly goes under the furniture and cleans edges and corners. Moreover, it can cross up to 20 mm obstacles and has anti-drop and cliff sensors. But unfortunately, this model is not compatible with Deebot Auto-Empty Station, but the built-in 420 ml allows cleaning the middle-size apartment without intermediate bin clearance.
All other features of auto carpet boost, selective cleaning, recharge and resume water control, set of no-go and no-mop zones are also available for this model. In addition, N7 comes with new disposable mopping pads dissolving floor stains.
With compatible Wi-Fi technology, you can integrate the OZMO N7 into the smart home and control it by voice with Alexa or Google Assistant.
DEEBOT N8 Pro vs. N8 Pro+
N8 Pro+ even includes this station in the standard package. But regarding the battery, N8 Pro utilizes a smaller battery, 3200 mAh, than T8, and its runtime correspondingly is only 110 minutes. Even with a recharge and resume function, the robot will go to its charging dock to have enough power to finish the cleaning and come back to cleaning at the same spot.
Deebot N8 Pro and N8 Pro+ have upgraded algorithms for cleaning control in the smartphone application. For example, you can divide and merge several areas there, label rooms for the most attentive cleaning, and draw no-go and no-mop zones.
The N8 Pro + Auto-empty station automatically collects dust from the robot’s dustbin. The hypoallergenic disposable bags safely trap dust and allergens for 30 days for hands-free cleaning. Then, when it is time to throw the bag away, it automatically seals to remove it without a cloud of dust.
The same True Mapping technology with dToF sensors as in previous models allows for creating precise maps and cleaning in systematic, the most efficient paths. In addition, obstacle avoidance technology provides the benefits of detecting and avoiding unexpected obstacles.
Deebot T10 Plus presents an outstanding model with an extra-large capacity of the battery and updated navigation and obstacle avoidance technologies. The battery capacity is 5200 mAh, and 6.5 hours are required for charging.
The T10 Plus combines powerful suction in 3000 Pa and extended working time of up to 280 minutes in sweeping silent mode and up to 240 minutes in sweeping and mopping silent mode.
T10 Plus uses advanced AI (AIVI 3.0) with a camera in real-time to automatically identify household obstacles like wire, toys, and clippers. Even though there is a camera with 2-way audio and you can interact with your home remotely in the robot’s turret, your privacy is protected and fully secured.
TrueMapping technology 2.0 builds 3D maps in the app, where you can create no-mop and no-go zones, set preferences for a particular area, and manage maps for different floors. Enhanced OZMO Pro 3.0 technology avoids carpets ideally, boosts suction power on carpets, and creates 600 times/min vibration of the mopping pad for efficient cleaning.
This robot includes an enlarged Auto-Empty Station with a 3.2 L dust disposable bag, fully sealed style, keeping the dust for 60 days. The Station creates 21 kPa suction power to empty the dustbin of hair and small particles and prevent dust leakage from frequent emptying. The robot is equipped with an air freshener module as an add-on for fresh air in your house. All rooms in your home will be not only clean but also smell fresh and clean.
Deebot X1 OMNI is the most advanced cleaning system from Deebot that includes all state-of-the-art features available at ECOVACS. This robot comes with a pioneer of all hands-free All-in-One Station. The robot simultaneously sweeps and mops with the most powerful Deebot suction in 5000 Pa and with the rotation of mopping pads up to 180 timers per minute for deep cleaning.
All-in-One OMNI Station from the package includes solutions for hands-free cleaning of mopping pads and the dustbin. In the station, the bin will be automatically emptied with 21 kPa suction power, and the dust can be stored for 60 days. The water tank will be refilled from a 4 L clean water tank. The dirty water will be collected in a 4 L dirty water tank. After all, mopping pads will rapidly dry with hot air to prevent bacteria and odor.
TrueMapping 2.0 Laser Navigation builds 3D maps that are 4 times more accurate than in previous models and makes it 10 times faster. Deebot will scan the home to find the most efficient and fastest cleaning paths. It navigates in a way to prevent missed spots.
Deebot X1 OMNI also has unique intuitive control YIKO – the patented Deebot technology – in addition to Alexa and Google Assistant. So, this model is the most expensive from Deebot, but very functional and worth buying..
Roomba Models vs. Deebot Models: How they Stack Up
In this segment, we are going to do a head-to-head analysis of some of the top models from these two brands. So, without further ado, let’s get straight to business.
Best All-Round: Roomba S9+ vs. Deebot T8 AIVI
Last update on 2023-09-18 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising APIWell, it’s hard to call a winner in this battle because both models excel in many frontiers. In terms of vacuuming, the Deebot T8 AIVI and Roomba S9+ are both ideal for cleaning all kinds of dirt, including long and short pet hair, from all surfaces, including bare floors and carpets. Both models also work with automatic self-emptying technology. In terms of floor mapping and navigation, the two are also above the bar now that they deploy VSLAM-based algorithms.
The Deebot T8 AIVI sounds like the best deal because of the 2-in-1 cleaning performance; it can vacuum and mop while the Roomba vacuums only. Another great feature of the Deebot T8 AIVI is the longer runtime; 3 hours to be precise, compared to Roomba’s 1 hour. Last, Deebot is more affordable even if you factor in the price of the Deebot automatic emptying station.
Best Affordable: Roomba i3 vs. Deebot OZMO N7
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If you are looking for an affordable robot vacuum from any of the two brands, we suggest you go with the Roomba i3 or the Deebot OZMO N7. So, which of these two models is the best deal?
The two vacuums share several features. First, they are both suited for small to medium-sized apartments with moderate traffic. They clean bare floors and pet hair quite satisfactorily. Besides, they are smart robot vacuums that allow for smartphone operation, as well as voice assistant compatibility.
Now, the best choice in this category solely depends on your cleaning needs. If you want a robot vacuum for pet hair, the Deebot OZMO N7 will be the best deal as it’s highly specialized for pet hair pickup and has more powerful suction. More so, the OZMO N7 boasts 2-in-1 cleaning, so you don’t have to buy a separate mop. You also will have more runtime for OZMO N7, than for Roomba i3. Now, when it comes to the Roomba i3, the main advantage is the fact that it can empty itself automatically (if you buy the Base separately), a feature the N7 lacks.
There is no clear winner here. You’ll love the Deebot OZMO N7 if you want a robot cleaner that vacuums and mops simultaneously. On the other hand, the Roomba i3 is best for buyers looking for a cheap robot vacuum with automatic self-emptying.
Best Mid-Range Option: Roomba i7/i7+ vs. ECOVACS Deebot N8 Pro
Last update on 2023-09-18 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising APIThe Roomba S9+ and DEEBOT X1 OMNI could be way beyond your budget. The perfect alternatives are the Deebot N8 Pro and Roomba i7/i7+. So, which of these models is best suited for you?
Deebot N8 Pro and Roomba i7/i7+ boast several premium features. In terms of cleaning performance, they can handle bare floors and pet hair very well. They are also smart vacuum cleaners with Wi-Fi for app operation and voice assistant compatibility.
While most features are similar, the most significant difference comes in cleaning orientation, navigation, and maintenance. Roomba i7 and i7+ come with a VSLAM navigation and work with the iRobot Clean Base automatic emptying. On the other hand, the Deebot N8 Pro is a 2-in-1 vacuum cleaner that vacuums and mops simultaneously. Deebot also has a more extended runtime courtesy of a large 3,200 mAh battery compared to Roomba’s 180 0mAh battery.
Here again, it’s hard to call a winner as it depends on your needs. If you have high-traffic rooms, Roomba should be a priority courtesy of the VSLAM navigation system. You should also buy the Roomba if you want the convenience of automatic bin emptying. However, if you want a versatile robot vacuum that vacuums and mops simultaneously, get Deebot N8 Pro. This model is also ideal if you have a large apartment because of the longer runtime. It is also compatible with Auto Empty Station.
Main Differences Between Brands and models?
If you have pets and are on a budget, I suggest you get the Roomba i3 EVO or Deebot OZMO N7. The duo retail for just about $300. If you can step up your budget, I recommend the j7, which offers just the same performance as the pricey s9. The 10x more air power and HEPA filters will pick up all the pet hairs, dander, and even allergens. In case you want a Deebot, the N8 Pro will be a great choice as it is affordable, offers 2-in-1 cleaning and boasts a range of smart features.
On the other hand, if you have carpet floors, the Roomba S9 is the ultimate vac for the job, but then it costs very high. This makes the Deebot X1 OMNI a great alternative, as it retails for much less. In addition, it has been built to handle different fabric types, so unlike the Roombas, it won’t disregard some carpet fabrics.
For large apartments, the Roomba j7, i6, i8, S9, and i7 will be great deals. If you can manage the budget without feeling a pinch, this is what you should go for. Besides the longer runtimes, these two vacuum cleaners have a resume function that sends the vac back to cleaning immediately after recharging. The T10, N8 Pro, T8, and T8 AIVI are also good alternatives, even with more powerful suction. They have a longer runtime and intelligent navigation and floor mapping. In particular, the T8 and T8 AIVI, have enhanced mapping and obstacle detection.
If you have a hardwood floor, I strongly recommend any of the Deebot models with a mopping function and the new Romba Combo j7+. One of the significant problems with hardwood floors is cleaning them. You may vacuum it with the best Roomba, but the grimes and stains will still remain. As much as you can mop this dirt with your rug and water, hardwood floors get damaged by water, so all mopping robots will clean this floor with a bit of water and dry it immediately.
Frequently Asked Questions
Roomba vs Deebot: which vacuum has a longer run time?
Why is Roomba more expensive than Deebot?
Does the Ecovac robot map your house?
It is clear that the mop function in Deebot and most importantly, the cheaper price is a serious concern for Roomba. However, as much as iRobot has been dominant, more Americans are now inclined more toward the affordability of Deebot than the reliability of Roomba.
How things will shape up, it’s time that will tell but so far so good; we are likely to see ECOVACS taking a share of Roomba’s market.