Welcome to the 5th and final round of our competition between the Roomba 980 and the Neato Botvac Connected D7.
You can see the other rounds, and links to Amazon for both vacuums, in the description, and lets get started.
In this round we tested edge cleaning, cleaning modes, barrier effectiveness, and the mobile app features.
First up is barrier effectiveness.
The Roomba 980 comes with 2 Virtual wall barriers which can be used to create a circular perimeter or a straight line to keep the Roomba out of difficult areas and the Neato D7 is the only Neato model that has a feature on the app called Foorplanner with no go lines.
I was very impressed by the Neato D7s no go lines feature. In fact I did an entire video about it which you can see in the description.
But basically you create a floor plan and then draw as many lines as you want which keep the vacuum out of problem areas. It really is very accurate, and as I mention in the companion video I think it is a game changer in robot vacuum technology because it makes scheduling cleanings when you are away so much more effective, no more coming home to stuck robots that didn’t clean much of anything.
The Roomba 980s virtual wall barriers are great, and they do work very well, but when compared to the No go lines there is no completion, the Neato wins this catergory,
Both the Roomba 980 and the Neato D7 have a house cleaning mode and a spot mode. The Roombas spot mode causes it to clean a circle around 3 feet in diameter,
The Neato cleans a square area in front of the robot, you can expand this area to 13x13 ft in the app.
The Neatos spot mode is more usefull in my opinion and the Roomba tends to kick around more debris in spot mode than in regular mode.
The Neato has a manual mode that the Roomba does not, its basically like using the robot as a remote control vehicle. It was actually pretty responsive, and I suppose it could be usefull.
Either way because of a better spot mode and having the manual mode feature the Neato wins this category.
Next is edge cleaning,
Even though the Roomba has a longer edge brush, the Neato has a D shaped design with its brush roll mounted in the front so they both have different methods for edge cleaning.
Edge cleaning was hard to judge, they both do an adequate, but not perfect job cleaning large amounts of debris on the edges, and I suspect that in normal cleaning jobs they would do much better. I think Im going to give this one a tie since there wasn’t a clear winner.
Finally is the app and software.
Both apps are easy to use and can do much of the same things like scheduling cleanings, changing modes or power levels and displaying cleaning stats with maps.
They both can be controlled by Amazon alexa or google assistant.
But the neato app does have more options like the extra care option for gentler navigation. It also seems like the maps are much more accurate in the Neato app than with the Roombas app.
So the Neato gets a point and sweeps the series.
I still do like the Roomba 980 a lot and I encourage you to check out the full reviews of each vacuum which I will put out soon but clearly the Neato D7 is the better vacuum of these 2.
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