The Neato Botvac D75 robot vacuum is a stylish model with a number of interesting features. Despite the company’s lack of experience, Neato have produced a high-quality robot vacuum with an advanced navigation system, effective vacuum suction and D-design that allows the Botvac D75 to reach areas other robot vacuums can’t.
We’re very excited about reviewing this model, as it’s received excellent feedback from buyers. Even so, it’s vital to look closely at all aspects of a robot vacuum – especially if it’s built by company without the experience of brands such as iRobot. In this Botvac D75 review, we’re going to take you through the features of the vacuum, before providing an overview of what buyers have said about the product. Let’s get started!
Overview of Neato Botvac D75 Features
- LaserSmart mapping allows the Botvac D75 to create an image of a room in real-time. This means it can clean a room up to four times faster than models relying on more basic algorithms and sensors (such as the cheap but highly rated Vileda robot vacuum).
- The vacuum has powerful suction for a robot model, and can comfortably handle things like cereal and toast crumbs.
- It also comes with precision brushes for a more effective clean.
- The navigation system allows the Botvac D75 to sense objects, like toys and furniture, to make sure it cleans around them.
- A four metre strip of magnetic boundary marketer is included with the vacuum. This fits around any door or object you don’t want the Neato to clean (this is the Neato version of the virtual wall included with models such as the AirCraft Pilot Max).
- A scheduler is included so you can set the Neato to clean whenever you want.
- The Neato has a D-Shaped design. This allows it to clean much closer to the wall than many other robot vacuums.
- The vacuum automatically returns to its “home base” when it needs to charge – and resumes where it stopped.
In-Depth Look at the Neato Botvac D75 Robot Vacuum
So it’s clear that the Neato has some interesting features – but is it worth the money? Or are you better off buying one of the many robot vacuum cleaners built by more established brands? Let’s find out.
Appearance and Design
Despite its somewhat geeky name, the Neato has a stylish and futuristic appearance. We especially like how the model’s D-Shaped design allows it to get into corners more easily than other robot vacuums.
In addition, the shape means the vacuum has a 50% larger brush than circular models. This leads to faster cleaning and an ability to reach within 10mm of a wall.
Suction Power and Dirt Detection
The Neato Botvac D75 has strong suction for a robot vacuum. Like any robot model, it can’t rival an upright or cylinder model when it comes to power. But the ability to pick up larger substances, such as cereal and dried grass, is a step up from weaker robot vacuums.
This suction power is mainly derived from the SpinFlow system. This system combines of precise brushes and powerful suction to pick up more dust and dirt than other robot vacuums.
As far as we could tell, the Neato doesn’t have a dirt detection system for giving greater attention to dirty areas. While this is a downside, the methodical navigation system should counteract it to a certain extent.
One of the major selling points of the Neato Botvac D75 is its advanced navigation system. The first robot vacuums (and many cheaper ones today) have basic navigation, which means they just keep going until they bump into something, before changing direction.
The Neato doesn’t use this “bump and turn” method. Instead, its scanners map the room for objects and walls. It can then navigate around these obstacles without needing to bump into them (at least that’s the theory).
There are several advantages to this type of navigation system. The first is that it’s much more efficient. The Botvac D75 can finish a room up to four times quicker than models using a more basic navigation system. It also dramatically reduces the chance of your furniture being damaged by the vacuum.
As you’d expect from a robot vacuum in this price range, the Neato also has an in-built stair detector. This means it can be used upstairs without fear of falling.
Ease of Use
The dust capacity of the Neato Botvac D75 is considerably larger than other robot vacuums. A capacity of 0.7L, while still small compared with regular vacuums, means you won’t have to empty the Neato as often.
We also like the easy-to-use magnetic boundary markers. While they aren’t as elegant as virtual walls, the four meters of bendable marker means you can create multiple “off-limits” areas. Examples of where you might want to use the boundary markers include doorways, around dog or cat bowls or in areas with lots of cords.
There are several options if you want to clean your home with the Neato Botvac D75 robot vacuum. These are:
- Quick “Spot Clean” – for when you want an unscheduled last-minute clean.
- Thorough Multi Room Clean – for when you want the vacuum to run a full cycle without being scheduled.
- Scheduled Mode – for when you want to tell the Neato the times you want it to clean.
While having a combination of schedule function and “on demand” cleaning isn’t anything new, these options add extra versatility to the Neato.
As an added bonus, the Neato doesn’t just return to its base when it needs to charge – but also remembers where it left off. This is another reason why the Neato is one of the most efficient robot vacuum cleaners on the market.
With an RRP of £400, the Neato is one of the more expensive we’ve reviewed in this category. It has received excellent reviews from buyers (more about that in a just a minute) and has some advanced features, so we think it justifies the price tag, but it’s too expensive to be an impulse buy.
A good way to judge value is to compare with a similar model. The Neato Botvac D75 robot vacuum is slightly more expensive than the AirCraft PILOT MAX, and they seem to have similar features. Both have advanced navigation systems and scheduling settings, although the Neato appears to have a larger dust capacity. The AirCraft, on the other hand, has a HEPA filter for better filtering of allergens and dust particles. Overall we think the price for the Neato is fair and provides good value for money.
- Available in both black and white colour schemes.
- A side brush is included for reaching corners and along the side of walls.
- The Neato Botvac D75 includes an extra large filter for more efficient removable of allergens, although it doesn’t have a HEPA filter.
Neato Botvac D75 Robot Vacuum Reviews
As we mentioned earlier, the Neato Botvac D75 has received excellent reviews from buyers. It has a high average rating on shopping sites (at the time of writing in March 2016), which is a good indicator of quality. Here are some positive comments from buyers:
- A reviewer writes that the Neato is easy to setup, including the scheduling system. He writes that the vacuum did get stuck on his walking boots, but most of the time it methodically and efficiently cleans multiple rooms. He adds that he “loves it” and would recommend the vacuum to anyone looking for a robot vacuum.
- Another writes that the vacuum’s navigation system is “brilliant” and that it seems to learn where all the obstacles are before continuing. She also writes that it cleans up to the edge of walls, which is a common problem for robot vacuums. A useful note from this reviewer is that the charger base requires approximately one metre of space in-front of the plug socket, and the charger needs to be resting against the wall.
- A reviewer writes that the Neato can easily cross between different floors, including tiled, carpet and laminate. This might not sound like a major achievement – but many robot vacuums struggle when changing surfaces. He also adds that, while it isn’t a replacement for a regular vacuum, it gets much closer than he imagines – and copes well with dog hair.
And now some negative comments:
- A reviewer writes that the machine itself is highly effective at cleaning floors, but that the customer support isn’t up to the same standard. He believes this is because Neato, being a relatively new company, don’t have proper support systems in place for the UK.
- A buyer writes that he has been impressed with the Neato, but his only complaint is that the boundary markers need double-sided tape to stay in the correct position.
The Neato Botvac D75 robot vacuum cleaner is one of our favourite models in this category. With its D-Shaped design, advanced navigation system, scheduling, reasonably large capacity and side brushes, it’s one of the most full-featured robot models.
While we would have liked to have seen a HEPA filter, and the boundary markers aren’t as easy to use as virtual walls, the Neato Botvac D75 is an option to consider if your budget can stretch to almost £400. Click here for the Neato Botvac’s price.