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"The reasonably priced Botvac 80 is as good a vacuum as it is a robot." Botvac D85
"In addition to its good suction and navigation, the Botvac's ability to handle any surface in your house means there'll be fewer places for dirt or pet hair to hide. And a retail price of $499 makes it more affordable than a lot of the competition."
“While the cleaning pattern of the Neato Botvac D80 may look bare-bones compared with the bright, zigzagging paths of other robots, don’t be fooled: This robot was able to pick up to 35 percent more debris than the lowest performing robots and, in a separate timed test, was able to cover an 80-square-foot room in about 10 minutes. Other models took three times as long. It uses a LIDAR distance sensor to see the shape and position of objects in the room and then calculates the most efficient cleaning path to get the job done.”
“VERDICT / The Neato Botvac Connected combines almost all the features you could want in a robot vacuum: It has powerful suction, its design allows it to get close to walls, and it includes a smartphone and tablet app that lets you choose its schedule – even if you’re not home.
As technology advances, our homes get smarter with each new device we add to it. The Neato Botvac Connected is one of those smart home additions that let you clean smarter, not harder. This robot vacuum connects to your Wi-Fi at home and creates a connection with the Neato app you download to your smartphone or tablet (iOS or Android, only), and it gives you 100 percent control over your robot.”
Despite a few kinks in the user interface, the Botvac 80 is arguably one of the best robotic vacuum cleaners money can buy right now. Thanks to its unorthodox square-faced design and super-sophisticated navigation software, it can clean rooms faster and more thoroughly than any round bot we’ve ever encountered. Furthermore, you won’t have to worry about this thing getting lost, dying before it reaches the charging dock, or getting choked up on hair or large chunks of debris. Once you’ve wrestled with the software interface and set the bot on a recurring cleaning schedule, you rarely have to interact with it ever again, save for periodically emptying its dustbin, which is rather large and shouldn’t need to be emptied all that often anyway. If you’re looking for a set-it-and-forget-it robot that can clean your carpet, this is the one you want.
If your home creates dirty floors faster than you have time to vacuum it all up, the Neato Robotics Botvac D80 is more than happy to help out. It takes longer to unpack the robot than it does to program its cleaning schedule. Although neither loud nor quiet for a vacuum of its size, it doesn't matter so much if the Botvac D80 is set to run autonomously while everyone is out of the house. This vacuum is quite capable of navigating rooms, transitioning from carpets to floors and back, and returning to the base station for charging. You'll just have to remember to try and keep areas clear first for best results.