5 Best Alternatives to Neato Robot Vacuum Cleaners

We have previously talked about the newest Neato Botvac D4, and D6 Connected robots that were released a few months back. What are the main differences between the two and the flagship model - Botvac D7 Connected. Now we want to talk about the 5 best alternatives to Neato robot vacuum cleaners:

Neato Botvac D4 Connected alternatives

If you have made it this far and feel that maybe the Neato Botvac D4 Connected is not a good fit for you, here are a few other options you can consider.

Botvac D4 ConnectedRoomba 960ECOVACS Deebot Deebot 901
Runtime75 min75 min110 min
Mapping technologylasercameralaser
Virtual Boundariesyesyesyes
Boundary typeNo-Go Linesphysical Dual Virtual Wall BarrierDigital Virtual boundary
Recharge & Resumeyesyesyes
Smart devices compatibilityyesyesyes
Dustbin capacity700 ml600 ml350 ml
Noise level64 dB65 dB67 dB
Barrier-cross height0.75 in / 19 mm0.79 in / 20 mm0.71 in / 18 mm
Warranty12 months12 months12 months

ECOVACS Deebot 901 vs. Neato Botvac D4 Connected

ECOVACS Deebot 901 vs. Neato D4

ECOVACS Deebot Deebot 901 is a smart machine with a laser located inside its tower that helps it to learn the layout of your room and navigate around. It has two sweepers and a suction inlet/main brush that along with a powerful motor catches and sucks up dust and debris into the dustbin. You can control it with your smartphone or with your voice if you have Alexa enabled devices or Google Home.

What is similar between the two

  • Laser-based mapping and navigation. It doesn't need a light on when cleaning. Can work on dark carpets.
  • Straight lines navigation. Thanks to mapping, both robots move in straight lines and don't miss a spot.
  • Both work with the Amazon Alexa and Google Home
  • Recharge&Resume feature. Both robots return to recharge when need extra-power to finish the job
  • "No-Go lines" and "Virtual boundary" stand for the same thing: to prevent the robot from wandering off into areas you don't want it to go. You can create it as many as you want
  • Both apps allow seeing cleaning history in the app
  • Max cleaning mode (Deebot) and the Turbo cleaning mode (Neato) increase suction power to provide proper deep cleaning

What is different between the Neato Botvac D4 Connected and ECOVACS Deebot 901

  • The Deebot 901 comes with a suction inlet and main brush for pet hair and cleaning on a carpeted surface. The Neato has a spiral combo brush only
  • With the ECOVACS app, you can prioritize where to clean first.
  • And, to set targeted cleaning by drawing a rectangle on a created map to make the robot cleaning within the specified area
  • The ECOVACS lasts up to 110 minutes, the Neato - 75 minutes Real-time movements - ?? Neato doesn't
  • The ECOVACS works quieter than the Neato
  • Deebot can not clean medium-pile carpets however it works great on thin carpeted flooring and bare floors. Neato performs excellently on both: any types of bare floors/thin and medium-pile carpets
  • The Deebot is ideal for medium and large homes with pets and mixed surfaces
  • The Neato D4 is suitable for smaller houses with mostly carpeted flooring and those who have pets

Roomba 960

Roomba 960 - the Neato D4 connected alternative

The Roomba 960 comes equipped with two silicone rollers that make it perfect for pet owners. It has mapping based on a camera sensor that requires a light on in the room. The robot doesn't work on dark-shades carpets. In the box, you will find a physical virtual wall barrier that prevents it from crossing particular areas.

The Neato D4 Connected vs. Roomba 960

  • Both run about 75 minutes
  • Both perform great on low and medium-pile carpets.
  • Can be scheduled to work at a specific time
  • Compatible with Alexa enabled devices and Google Home
  • Both robots allow seeing cleaning history. However, you can not interact with the map created by the Roomba. It works as a report of the job the robot has done.

Different things

  • Silicone rollers. The Roomba 960 has amazing rollers that prevent hair tangling and are easy to maintain. The Neato comes with a wide cleaning brush that has bristles
  • Full bin indicator. The Roomba alerts when its bin is full and doesn't run until you empty it
  • Dirt Detect system. All the Roomba models have Dirt Detect that identify high-traffic zones providing deep cleaning on those spots
  • Roomba uses camera-based technology for mapping. The Neato has a laser. Roomba needs a light on when working and not as good at avoiding obstacles as the Neato is
  • Roomba comes equipped with a side brush; the D4 Connected doesn't have one.
  • Neato has a turbo mode; the Roomba does not.
  • Roomba doesn't have any digital boundaries, only a physical wall barrier. With the Neato app, you can set No-Go Lines as many as you want.
  • You can not interact with a map created by Roomba.
  • The Roomba doesn't save a map. Once the robot finished the job, the plan has been disappeared
  • The Roomba 960 is ideal for pet owners and small/medium size homes with mixed surfaces
  • The Neato D4 Connected is more suitable for carpeted flooring

Neato Botvac D6 Connected and D7 Connected Alternatives

Both the Neato Botvac D6 Connected and Botvac D7 Connected are great robots as they are; however, other options could fit your needs more.

Neato Botvac D6 ConnectedBotvac D7 ConnectedXiaomi RoborockRoomba 980360 S6ECOVACS Deebot Ozmo 930Roomba i7
Runtime120 min120 min150 min120 min120 min110 min75 min
Mapping technologylaserlaserlasercameralaserlasercamera
Virtual Boundariesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Boundary typeNo-Go LinesNo-Go Lines + Zoned cleaningDigital Virtual boundaryphysical Dual Virtual Wall BarrierDigital Block Off + SpecifyDigital Virtual boundary + targeted cleaningphysical Dual Virtual Wall Barrier
AppNeatoNeatoMi HomeiHome360SmartECOVACSiHome
Recharge & Resumeyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Smart devices compatibilityyesyesyesyesAmazon Alexa onlyyesyes
Dustbin capacity700 ml700 ml500 ml600 ml400 ml450 ml378 ml
Noise level64 dB64 dB60 dB70 dB55 dB60 dBN/A
Barrier-cross height0.75 in / 19 mm0.75 in / 19 mm0.79 in / 20 mm0.79 in / 20 mm0.67 in / 17 mm0.63 in / 16 mm0.79 in / 20 mm
Warranty12 months12 months12 months12 months12 months12 months12 months

Xiaomi Roborock

Xiaomi Roborock the est alternative to the Neato D7 Connected

With a low price, the Xiaomi Roborock can easily compete with expensive devices such as the Roomba i7+ and Samsung POWERbot R9350 Turbo. It is one of a few robots that can mop. Inside of its head, there is a laser thanks to which you can see a layout of your room. The vacuum calculates the most efficient way on its own and covers the whole cleaning area.

The Best Neato robots vs. Xiaomi Roborock

  • LIDAR mapping technology. All of them work with a laser that scans out the layout to create the best cleaning path. Both cleaners can work in the dark and work on dark carpets
  • Great carpet performance. Since the Neato and Roborock have strong suction power, each of them works great on carpet flooring (except high-pile ones)
  • Work great on bare floors except the Xiaomi can mop as well as sweep
  • Compatible with the Amazon Alexa and Google Home

The different things between the latest Neato D6 and D7 and Xiaomi Roborock

  • Carpet Boost. The Roborock identifies carpeted flooring and boosts suction power to its max level providing deep cleaning
  • The Roborock can mop and sweep. The Neato doesn't have mopping
  • Longer-lasting battery. The Xiaomi works 30 minutes longer and probably has the most significant battery capacity on the market
  • Target point. With the target point, you can tap on the map, and the Roborock will go to that spot. You can also control it as a remote car from your smartphone. The D6 Connected does not have manual drive remote control, the Botvac D7 Connected can be controlled via the Neato app, though it doesn't come with the targeted point
  • The Neato is equipped with a wide cleaning brush that covers more area than the one that is inside the Roborock
  • Roborock has virtual boundaries and block off feature. You can set up areas where the robot should clean and where it should not clean. And, the Mi Home app allows creating blocked zones by drawing straight lines as many as you want. The Neato D6 has No-Go Lines, with the D7 Connected you can set Zoned Cleaning and draw No-Go Lines
  • Saving maps. The Neato D6 and D7 store up to three different floor plans in the app. You can set No-Go Lines on each floor and schedule it to work. The Xiaomi saves one created plan only.
  • The Xiaomi Roborock is equipped with a washable HEPA filter
  • The Xiaomi Roborock is perfect for any surface and large homes. It is suitable for smaller houses too. The robot needs less time to finish cleaning on a smaller area. Excellent for pet hair as well
  • The Neato D6 and D7 are ideal for homes with carpeted flooring mostly. The robots are great at picking up pet hair thanks to its wide cleaning brush.

Roomba 980

Could the Roomba 980 beat the Neato D6 or D7

The Roomba 980 doesn't need words. Everyone knows about it. It has tangle-free rollers that make it a big deal especially when it comes to untangling hair from bristled brushes. The robot is great for pet owners and those who have long hair. The robot is perfect for small, medium and big homes with pets and mixed surfaces.

The Best Neato vs. Roomba 980

  • Good carpet performance. The Neato and Roomba work great on carpeted flooring
  • Each of them work great on bare floors too. Roomba's Silicone rollers are designed to work on bare floors
  • Compatibility with Alexa enabled devices and Google Home
  • You can manually control the Roomba and Neato D7 Connected in the app. Not able to do it with the D6 Connected.

Differences between the Neato D6, D7 Connected and Roomba 980

  • Roomba's camera-based mapping technology creates a plan of the room. It cannot work on dark shade carpets and needs a light on when working
  • Carpet boost maximize suction power once the Roomba's sensors identify carpeted flooring. It provides deeper cleaning on carpets on its own
  • Silicone rollers makes the Roomba 980 perfect for pet owners. These things are effortless and easy to clean
  • Advanced dirt detect system finds the dirtiest areas in the room and provide deep cleaning there
  • Full bin indicator tells you when the container is full of dust. The robot stops until the box is empty.
  • The Roomba 980 doesn't save maps. The Neato stores up to three different floor plans
  • You can not interact with Roomba's map. There is no digital virtual boundaries expect the physical virtual wall barrier in the box. In the Neato app, you can create No-Go Lines to prevent the D6 and D7 crossing specific areas. With the D7 Connected, you can also set zoned cleaning.

360 S6

the 360 S6 a budget alternative to expensive flagship robots

The 360 S60 is a new model on the market. It sweeps and mops, has strong suction power, stores up to 10 floor plans in memory and can be tracked in real-time when cleaning. In the app, you can see where the accessories need to be replaced. The cleaner is perfect for small, medium and large homes with pets; is suitable for any kind of surfaces except high-pile carpets.

The Neato Botvac D6 Connected, D7 Connected vs. 360 S6

  • Each robot is equipped with a LIDAR mapping system and can work in the dark
  • Have strong suction power that can work on any types of bare floors, thin and medium-pile carpets.
  • Perform great on both: carpeted surfaces and bare floors. However, the 360 S6 can also mop.
  • Each of the robots navigates in straight lines following the plan it has created
  • The Neato and 360 S6 can run up to 120 minutes
  • With the 360Smart app, you can set virtual boundaries and customize where it should clean. With the Neato D6, you can create No-Go Lines; the D7 Connected allows Zoned cleaning as well.

Main differences between the Neato Botvac D6 Connected, D7 Connected vs. 360 S6

  • Can track the 360 S6 movements in real time (Neato app doesn't allow it)
  • The 360 S6 can mop and sweep at the same time. Neato comes with sweeping mode only.
  • The 360 S6 holds in memory up to ten floor plans. It can recognize its location when placed manually before starting clean. The Neato saves three different floor plans
  • Carpet boost in the 360 S6 provides deep cleaning on carpeted flooring. Neato can't recognize carpets. For deep cleaning, it has a Turbo Mode
  • The 360 S6 can identify obstacles that show up in real-time; once Neato builds the map, it follows the created layout
  • The 360 S6 alerts about everything with its voice prompt. The Neato doesn't speak.

360 S6 is not as good as Neato at cleaning corners

ECOVACS Deebot Ozmo 930

ECOVACS Deebot Ozmo 930 the Neato D7 Connected killer?

ECOVACS Deebot Ozmo 930 is a two-in-one robot vacuum cleaner that mops and sweeps. In the app, you can choose the level of water dripping. Something that only the ECOVACS have: recognizing the surface type. In the app, you can see where the robot sees carpets and bare floors. Thanks to this feature, when working in the mopping mode, the Ozmo 930 avoids carpets leaving it dry. With the ECOVACS app, you can prioritize where the robot should clean first, customize cleaning zones and set digital boundaries where the machine should not go.

What is similar between the Neato D6, D7 Connected and the ECOVACS Deebot Ozmo 930

  • Last about the same amount of time
  • Equipped with a laser that creates a map of your room and builds the most efficient way of cleaning
  • The Neato and ECOVOVACS move in straight lines following the created plan
  • With the ECOVACS app, you can customize where the robot has to clean and where it should not clean. Same you can do with the Neato D7 Connected setting No-Go Lines and using Zone Cleaning. The Neato D6 only has No-Go Lines only

What is different between the Neato D6, D7 Connected and the ECOVACS Deebot Ozmo 930

  • The Deebot is equipped with a system that recognizes a surface type
  • The Ozmo 930 can mop and sweep
  • In the app, you can set the level of water dripping
  • With the Deebot Ozmo 930, you can prioritize where to clean first
  • The Deebot comes with a suction inlet and main brush. The first one works on bare floors with pet hair sucking up dust and debris inside the dust box; the brush performs better on thin carpets
  • Thanks to the option that helps the Ozmo 930 to identify surfaces, the robot avoids rugs in the mopping mode
  • Carpet boost recognizes carpets switching suction power to its maximum level
  • The ECOVACS Deebot Ozmo 930 works great on bare floors and thin carpets, is perfect for bigger homes with mostly bare floors or mixed surfaces.
  • The Neato performs best on carpeted flooring.

Roomba i7

Roomba i7 the flagship robot cleaner from iRobot the Neato D6 Connected competitor

The Roomba i7 is the newest high-end model from the iRobot family. We've previously talked about the differences between the Roomba 960, Roomba 980 and Roomba i7. The newest Roomba saves a created map. Moreover, it stores up to 10 different floor plans in memory.

Similarities between the Neato Botvac D6 Connected, D7 Connected and the Roomba i7

  • Good performance on bare floors
  • Have one side sweeper that catches dirt and dust from corners
  • Compatibility with Alexa enabled devices and Google Home
  • You can manually control the Roomba and Neato D7 Connected in the app. Not able to do it with the D6 Connected.

What are the main differences between the high-end Neato robots and the Roomba i7

  • The Roomba i7 works less than the Neato
  • The Roomba uses a camera sensor for mapping
  • The i7 saves up to 10 different floor plans. On the plan, you can set where your rooms are such as bedroom, kitchen, etc. After this, you can schedule the robot to work at a particular place you've set. The Neato stores up to three different floor maps. You can set zoned cleaning (the D7 only) or No-Go Lines and tell the robot to clean there
  • Dirt detection provides good cleaning on dirtiest spots
  • With the full bin indicator, you always know when the box needs to be cleaned
  • Upgraded silicone rollers make the Roomba i7 perfect for pet owners
  • The Roomba i7+ 7550 comes with a Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal. It is automatically emptying into an enclosed, disposable bag that holds 30 robot bins
  • Carpet boost provides deep cleaning when the robot recognizes carpeted flooring

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