Welcome to round 2 of our competition between the Roomba 980 and the Neato Botvac Connectd D7.
You can see the other rounds on the screen at the end of this video, and be sure to subscribe for the next round which will be Navigation and obstacle avoidance tests.
This round is all about suction and airflow. We put both vacuums through an airflow test, a crevice pickup test, and the deep clean test to see which one of these premium robot vacuums is the most powerful.
Links in the description to the Amazon listings of the Roomba 980 and the Neato D7 and lets get started.
First up was the crevice pickup test, this is an interesting test since many upright vacuums cant even pass it, we set it up with two crevice sizes an 1/8” and a ¼” crevices.
The both did better than I personally expected as the both picked up a good deal of the 1/8” crevice. But it appeared the Neato D7 picked up just a little bit more than the Roomba 980 on the ¼” crevice.
With the deep clean test, we rubbed exactly 30 grams of sawdust into our medium pile test carpet and ran them with an equal number of passes on high power. We then weighed their dust bins for the difference.
Here again it was very close, in fact it was a tie, as the both picked up 28 of the 30 grams of sawdust I put down.
The most interesting test was the airflow test, here I made an airtight seal and tested the airflow in feet per minute with an anemometer.
Here are the results, you can see that the Neato Botvac Connected D7 has 13.6 more airflow than the Roomba on High Power, and 36% more on low power. Keep in mind there is margin for error with all these tests, but I try very hard to keep them consistant.
So because of the higher airflow and the slightly better performance on the crevice pickup test the Neato D7 wins this round 2.
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