Is a DEEBOT Worth buying? Which ECOVACS Robot Vacuum Cleaner To Buy In 2019?

By Natalie Red·Updated: Aug 16, 2019· 9 min read

ECOVACS produces decent robot cleaners that are budget yet featured with useful options. We want to talk about the devices with a price tag that starts at $150 and ends up at around $550. Let's get started, shall we?

Navigation & How does a DEEBOT clean?

A Deebot has two side brushes that are supposed to sweep dust from corners and transfer it to the main brush where it gets sucked up inside the dustbin.

The ECOVACS Deebot N79S, M80 Pro and 601 move around following a random pattern. They do not remember a home layout and don't know where they have cleaned.

This is good for small homes, the robot might cover the whole area while cleaning until it needs to recharge. The vacuum automatically docks itself when the battery runs out of energy.

App

All the Deebot robot cleaners come with the ECOVACS app. Each of them is integrated with Alexa enabled devices and Google Home.

In the app, you can switch between cleaning modes, schedule the robot to work at a specific time and manually control the robot.

Cliff and anti-collision sensors

These sensors became a standard. Every robot vacuum cleaner is equipped with the sensors to prevent it from falling and help to navigate around recognizing obstacles without getting stuck and bumping into furniture.

Budget ECOVACS Deebot robot vacuums features

Features ECOVACS DEEBOT N79S ECOVACS DEEBOT M80 Pro ECOVACS DEEBOT 601 ECOVACS DEEBOT 500
Battery life (min) 100 110 120 120
Suction power (Pa) 1,000 500 800 N/A
Mopping no yes no no
App yes yes yes yes
Amazon Alexa / Google Home support yes yes yes yes
Battery capacity (mAh) 2,600 3,000 N/A N/A
Dustbin size (ml) 450 500 300 520
Noise level (dB) 65 56 64 N/A
Climbing height (mm/in) 14 / 0.55 15 / 0.59 14 / 0.55 14 / 0.55
Height 7.9 / 3.11 8.3 / 3.3 7.9 / 3.11 7.8 / 3.07
Warranty 12 months 12 months 12 months 12 months

ECOVACS DEEBOT N79S

Best-Seller

ECOVACS DEEBOT N79S

Best-selling model

Decent suction power and airflow velocity of 12 CFM. Long battery life in high mode (88 min). Suitable for homes with mixed surface

The ECOVACS DEEBOT N79S is the cheapest robot cleaner from the ECOVACS family. It has many good reviews from satisfied consumers.

For $250 you get a robot cleaner compatible with Amazon Alexa/Google Home, that can run for around 100 minutes on one charge. It is suitable for mixed surface and thin carpets. Please note, that the N79S does not do thick carpets.


ECOVACS DEEBOT M80 Pro

Runner-Up

ECOVACS DEEBOT M80 Pro

Can do mopping and sweeping

Decent battery life, short body. Suitable for homes with thin carpets and bare floors.

The ECOVACS DEEBOT M80 Pro is similar to the N79S although it has mopping. It is integrated with Amazon Alexa and Google Home and run a little bit longer than the Deebot N79S. It works quietly and has bigger dustbin.

The ECOVACS Deebot M80 Pro is ideal for houses with bare floor.


ECOVACS DEEBOT 601

For Small Homes

ECOVACS Deebot 601

For Small Homes

Decent suction power, compatible with Amazon Alexa & Google Home. Suitable for thin carpets.

The ECOVACS DEEBOT 601 is one of the newest robots from a budget line. It lasts longer, navigates randomly and has stronger suction than the M80 Pro does. With Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, the Deebot 601 can be controlled via voice.

The Deebot 601 is ideal for homes with mixed surface and area rugs, not suitable for thick carpets.

ECOVACS DEEBOT 500

Budget Pick

ECOVACS DEEBOT 500

The cheapest

Has a relatively big dustbin and decent runtime. Suitable for homes with mixed surface

ECOVACS DEEBOT vacuum cleaners with mapping: comparison chart

  ECOVACS DEEBOT 901 ECOVACS DEEBOT Ozmo 930 ECOVACS DEEBOT 711 ECOVACS DEEBOT OZMO 920 ECOVACS DEEBOT OZMO 950
Mapping technology Lidar Lidar Camera Lidar Lidar
Battery life (min) 100 110 90 130 200
Suction power (Pa) N/A 1,000 N/A 1,200 1,500
Mopping no yes no yes yes
Water tank capacity (ml) - 300 - 240 240
Water level control - yes - yes yes
Carpet identification no yes no yes yes
App yes yes yes yes yes
Digital virtual walls yes yes no yes yes
Customize zones yes yes no yes yes
Prioritize rooms yes yes no yes yes
Area Mode yes yes no yes yes
Multiple-Mapping no no no Up to 3 Up to 3
Suction inlet in the box yes yes no yes yes
Recharge & Resume yes yes no yes yes
Amazon Alexa / Google Home support yes yes yes yes yes
Battery capacity (mAh) 3,000 3,200 N/A N/A 5.200
Dustbin size (ml) 350 450 520 430 430
Noise level (dB) 67 65 N/A 66 66
Climbing height (mm / in) 18 / 0.70 16 / 0.62 N/A 0.79 / 20 0.79 / 20
Height (mm / in) 9.5 / 3.74 10.02 / 3.94 8.3 / 3.26 9.3 / 3.66 9.3 / 3.66
Voice alert yes yes yes yes yes
Warranty 12 months 12 months 12 months 12 months 12 months

ECOVACS DEEBOT 901

Best Under $300

ECOVACS DEEBOT 901

The cheapest robot with mapping

The cheapest model with LIDAR. Supports restricted areas, customized cleaning, and area mode. Builds an accurate map. Includes a suction inlet for pet hair. Has the shortest body among laser-based robot vacuums. Can be tracked in real-time. Suitable for bigger homes with bare floors and thin carpets.

The ECOVACS DEEBOT 901 has proven itself as a decent budget robot vacuum cleaner that is smart enough to remember your home layout. There is a laser in the tower that scans surroundings creating a plan of the cleaning area. Once the map is created, a computer inside the robot calculates the most efficient way of cleaning. The Deebot follows the plan navigating in straight lines until it covers all area.

In the app, you can track its movements in real-time, see a created map, switch between modes and schedule the robot.

The app also allows to create digital blocked zones and customize cleaning areas. And, you can prioritize cleaning saying living room first.

When the Deebot 901 cleans your house, and it doesn't finish cleaning the whole thing in one charge, it'll automatically recharge itself and when it is done charging it'll finish cleaning.

The robot is short even though it has a tower, the Deebot 901 fits under most furniture. In the box, you will find a suction inlet and a main cleaning brush. The inlet is excellent for pet hair since it doesn't cause hair tangling, the brush works better on carpet flooring.

The robot is ideal for all houses, from smallest to large ones. The Deebot 901 performs great on thin carpets and bare floor. Not suitable for thick carpets.

For the price of around $350, the Deebot 901 is the best choice for those whose home is all about mixed surface.


ECOVACS DEEBOT OZMO 930

Runner-Up

ECOVACS DEEBOT OZMO 930

Avoids carpets in mopping mode

Equipped with a suction inlet and cleaning brush, suitable for pet hair. Identifies carpets, in vacuum mode, it boosts up suction, in mopping mode, the robot avoids carpets. 

The ECOVACS DEEBOT Ozmo 930 is a high-end robot vacuum from ECOVACS and is one of the best products in the line.

The Ozmo 930 sweeps and mops at the same time. In the box, there is a suction inlet and cleaning brush.

The robot is equipped with a water tank and OZMO Mopping Technology that controls water dripping.

The Ozmo 930 is equipped with the LIDAR mapping system that creates an accurate plan based on what is "sees" around. It is equipped with carpet identification that boosts suction power to its maximum level when recognizes carpeted surface. The robot is able to identify types of surface which is something we haven't seen before. You can see the bare floor and carpeting flooring in the map. Thanks to this, when the Ozmo 930 is in mopping mode, it doesn't go over carpet leaving it dry.

In the app, you can do the same as the 901 does, plus seeing different surface types.

The Ozmo 930 moves in straight lines following the plan it has created. Once its battery needs to recharge, the robot gets back to the docking station and resumes cleaning when it's done charging.

If you own Google Assistant or Alexa enabled devices, you can control the Ozmo 930 with your voice.

The ECOVACS Deebot Ozmo 930 is ideal for medium and large homes with mixed surface and bare floors. Remember, that the Ozmo 930 does not clean thick carpets.


ECOVACS DEEBOT 711

Camera-Based Model

ECOVACS DEEBOT 711

Camera-based robot vacuum

The first robot vacuum is equipped with a camera sensor to build a map of the cleaning area. Has a relatively big dust container and a short body that can reach areas under most furniture. Suitable for small to medium homes with a mixed surface.

The ECOVACS DEEBOT 711 is the first robot that has a camera sensor for mapping, not a laser. The robot is compatible with Alexa enabled devices and Google Assistant.

It has a bigger dustbin than its older brothers and it shorter than the Ozmo 930 and Deebot 901.

Unfortunately, you cannot create digital walls in the app. It is suitable for mixed surface and bare floor. Great for small and medium-sized homes.

ECOVACS DEEBOT Ozmo 920

Also Great

ECOVACS DEEBOT Ozmo 920

Ideal for multi-level homes

Can do mopping and sweeping at the same time. Equipped with a cleaning brush and suction inlet for pet hair. Supports virtual boundaries, custom mode, and area cleaning. Lasts up to 130 minutes on one charge. Water level can be controlled in the app. Ideal for big homes with more than one floor and pet owners.

The ECOVACS DEEBOT OZMO 920 is very similar to the new OZMO 950. 

The biggest difference between them — suction power. The OZMO 950 has 1,500 Pa, the OZMO 920 has 1,200 Pa. The OZMO 950 has three cleaning modes: normal, max and max plus. The OZMO 920 has two: normal and max. 

The OZMO 920 provides up to 130 minutes of cleaning which is a good result. It is not as good on medium-pile carpets as the OZMO 950 but still good enough for thin carpets and bare flooring. 

Equipped with a 240 ml water tank and mopping pads for mopping chores. In the app, you can control the water level depending on your mopping needs.

The ECOVACS DEEBOT OZMO 950 is suitable for homes with more than one level, pet hair, and mixed surface.


ECOVACS DEEBOT OZMO 950

Our Choice

ECOVACS DEEBOT OZMO 950

The longest-lasting battery in the industry

Runs up to 200 minutes on low power and the whole 150 minutes on high power. Has the longest-lasting battery life on the market. Has one of the highest airpower velocity (24 CFM) in the business. Can do mopping and sweeping, identifies carpets. In vacuum mode, it provides deeper cleaning; in mopping mode, it avoids carpets. In the app, you can control a water level. Supports restricted areas, zoned cleaning and room cleaning. Ideal for large homes with more than one level covered in carpets and pet owners.

The most powerful and longer-lasting robot vacuum cleaner in the family. Equipped with the LDS laser to build an accurate map. Runs 200 minutes on low power settings and the whole 150 minutes in high power which is long enough, only a few cleaners in the market can work on low power for 2.5 hours. 

It has 1,500 Pa of suction and 24 CFM of airpower velocity which is one of the highest numbers we’ve seen to date. It has an upgraded cleaning brush that handles hair tangling pretty well. It provides deep cleaning on medium-pile carpet and shows good results on a deep carpet cleaning test according to the Vacuum Wars review

The robot supports virtual boundaries, custom zone cleaning and area mode. By drawing a rectangle or clicking on a particular area, you can make the robot work within a certain zone or room or block it from going to specific places.

It is the first model that saves up to 3 floor plans which makes the robot ideal for big multi-level houses. It is equipped with a cleaning brush and suction port for bare flooring cleaning and pet hair pickup.

It recognizes carpet when vacuuming the cleaner boosts up suction once it steps on carpet to ensure deeper cleaning. In mopping mode, it avoids carpets. You can also drag an area around carpets to let the cleaner know where it should not go. Unlike the OZMO 930, the newest OZMO 950 can do both: mopping and vacuuming at the same time.

The ECOVACS DEEBOT OZMO 950 is ideal for large households with more than one level covered with carpets, and pet owners.

Which Deebot robot cleaner is the best to buy in 2019?

If you are strict on your budget, the ECOVACS DEEBOT N79S would be an excellent choice to make.

If your home is all about a bare floor, the ECOVACS DEEBOT M80 Pro will suit your needs.

The ECOVACS DEEBOT 601 is something in between. If you have some thin carpets and rugs and mostly bare floor - the Deebot 601 is the robot vacuum that will not disappoint you. It costs the same as the M80 Pro does yet can also clean thin carpets as well as a bare floor.

The ECOVACS DEEBOT 500 is very similar to the N79S. It has a bigger dustbin and is suitable for bigger homes with pets. 

If you are able to spend some extras have a look at those robots with mapping:

The DEEBOT 901 is a perfect budget robot vacuum. It doesn't cost that much, creates an accurate map, runs for the whole 100 minutes and is shorter than most LIDAR-based robots. If you don't need a mopping feature and your home is covered by thin carpets, the Deebot 901 is an ideal robot cleaner to buy.

The ECOVACS DEEBOT Ozmo 930 is an advanced version of the DEEBOT 901 with carpet identification and mopping. If you want the robot to have a smart "brain" that will avoid carpets when mopping, the Ozmo 930 is just a great choice. If you need mopping and you have some carpets - get the Ozmo 930.

The ECOVACS DEEBOT 711 is a camera-based cleaner that honestly does not look as attractive as its brother - DEEBOT 901. It costs the same and is not able to resume cleaning after its battery is about to die. You can not create digital virtual walls and interact with a created map. We do not recommend to buy the Deebot 711 if you want a robot with mapping. It is a decent cleaner when it comes to cleaning but does not have all the advanced features as the Deebot 901 has.

If you are looking for a premium robot vacuum with a long-lasting battery, decent suction power, and smart features, have a look either at the ECOVACS DEEBOT OZMO 950 or ECOVACS DEEBOT OZMO 920. The new virtual boundary in mopping mode feature is amazing and would be useful if you have rugs. Suitable for people who are looking for a cleaner that would do mopping and sweeping. Also is great for pet owners thanks to the new cleaning brush. If you live in an average house with more than one level and no thick carpets, consider buying the ECOVACS DEEBOT OZMO 920. If your house is about medium-pile carpets, it is large, you have pets and want a flagship robot vacuum, have a look at the ECOVACS DEEBOT OZMO 950.


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