|Main Features||iRobot Roomba 980||Neato Botvac D7 Connected|
|Mapping / Path planning||yes||yes|
|Mapping Sensor Type||camera||LDS|
|Recharge & Resume||yes||yes|
|Automatically Docks and Recharges||yes||yes|
|Noise Level||70 db||64 db|
|Side Brushes (one or two)||1 pcs||1 pcs|
|Suction Power||1700 Pa||2000 Pa|
|Сleaning Area||1991 ft2 / 185 m2||1292 ft2 / 120 m2|
|Home Size||medium, big||medium, large|
|Cleaning Modes||auto, spot, carpet boost||eco, turbo, virtual walls|
|Dustbin Capacity||600 ml||700 ml|
|Automatic Dirt Disposal||no||no|
|Water Tank Capacity||-||-|
|Barrier-cross Height||0.79 in / 20 mm||0.75 in / 19 mm|
|Сarpet Floor Types||low-pile, medium-pile||low-pile, medium-pile|
|Bare Floor Types||hardwood, vynil, marble tile, ceramic tile, laminate, linoleum||wood, cearmic tile, linoleum, laminate, vynil|
|Battery Capacity||3300 mAh||4200 mAh|
|Run time||120 min||120 min|
|Charging Time||120 min||150 min|
|Rated Power (Watts)||43 W||61 W|
|IR Remote Control||no||no|
|Wi-Fi / Smartphone App||yes||yes|
|Wi-Fi Frequency Bands||2.4 GHz||2.4 / 5 GHz|
|Amazon Alexa Support||yes||yes|
|Google Assistant Support||yes||yes|
|Digital Blocked Area||no||yes|
|Manual movement control||no||yes|
|Selected room cleaning||no||no|
|Anti-drop / Cliff Sensor||yes||yes|
|Full Bin Indicator||yes||yes|
|Robot Weight||8.69 lbs / 3.94 kg||7.72 lbs / 3.5 kg|
|Robot Width||13.90 in / 35.3 cm||13.23 in / 33.6 cm|
|Robot Height||3.60 in / 9.14 cm||3.94 in / 10 cm|
|In the box||charging station, line cord, extra side brush, 2 dual mode virtual wall barriers with batteries, extra filter||charging base, adapter, cleaning tool, user guide, extra filter, magnetic stripe|
|Warranty||12 months||12 months|
- Increases its suction power up to 10 times once the robot recognize carpeting
- New rubber tangle-free rollers work better on hardwood floors picking up pet hair, dust and dirt
- Managed by voice commands because of compatibility with Alexa and Google Home
- Performs well on thin and medium-pile carpets
- With the Virtual Wall included, it's easier to manage the robot in specific areas
- Keeps getting stuck in the same places
- Dustbin capacity is small making it full after each cleaning process
- Large dustbin
- App allows creating virtual walls as much as you'd like
- Cleaning brushes perform well on bare floors and carpeting
- Handles pet hair with ease
- Strong suction power collects dust, dirt, and small debris
- Compatible with Alexa and Google Home
- Because of its shape, it gets stuck in tight places such as chair legs
- Made of high-quality plastic that is not scratch resistant
The Neato D7 Connected and the Roomba 980 are the latest top-level robot vacuum cleaners. What is similar between the two?
Both come with smart technology that helps it navigate around, create a map, and build the most efficient cleaning path.
Both have strong suction power that provides good pick up of dust and dirt on carpets and hardwood floors. The Neato and the Roomba are compatible with Alexa and Google Home and thus can be controlled via app or voice commands.
Both robots have the recharge & resume feature.
The Roomba 980 has the Dual Virtual Wall in the box while the Neato app allows creating a virtual wall. Needless to say, almost all robots from Neato have magnetic stripes that keep their devices from places they shouldn't go.
Neither of them do thick carpets and rugs. If you have them in your place, expect your home assistant to get stuck. There is no robot vacuum on the market that is able to clean high-pile carpets.
What is different?
The rubber rollers that come with the Roomba 980 are tangle-free. You don't need to get rid of hair after every cleaning session. On the other hand, Neato's Spiral Combo brushes are designed for multi-flooring surfaces and do a good job of picking things up.
All Neato's robots come with the D-shape for better corner cleaning; and because of the shape, the machines get stuck in tight places. The Roomba 980 gets stuck too.
The Neato has a larger dustbin capacity. However, both the Neato’s and the Roomba's dust boxes are full of dust after one cleaning session, so they needed emptying.
The Roomba is louder than the Neato.
What consumers complain about:
If you have a big house, get ready to wait before your robot vacuum finishes its job (we are talking about both machines here). With the recharge & resume function, the devices clean in about an hour, then recharge which takes some time. They then return to finish their session, which also takes some time.
Are they good or bad? Thanks to the app, both robots have your home assistant do its job while you're away, so who cares?
Lastly - there is the price. The Roomba 980 is $100 more expensive than the Neato D7 Connected. You can get the Roomba on Amazon for about $900, while the Neato will cost around $800.