Neato Botvac Comparison Chart 2019: the Differences Between All Models

By Michael Fisher·Updated: Nov 18, 2019· 11 min read

[Update September 2018] Neato released the newest cleaners: the Botvac D4 Connected and the Botvac D6 Connected.

Neato Robotics is a robotics company located in Newark, California founded in 2005. The robot vacuum cleaners that are produced by Neato can compete with the most popular beasts such as Roomba or Roborock having decent cleaning performance and about the same price tag. Have a quick look at the article where we compare the latest Roborock S5 vs. the newest Neato's robot - the Botvac D7 Connected.

[Update December 2018] If you are interested in a detailed review where we are talking about all the main differences between the newest (and probably best) Neato robots such as the Botvac D4, D6, and D7 Connected, have a look at our latest Neato robot cleaner comparison chart.

Let's dive deeper into the Neato comparison chart below.

Neato Botvac comparison chart

Specs Neato Botvac D80Botvac D80/D85 Neato Botvac D3 ConnectedBotvac D3 Connected Neato Botvac D5 ConnectedBotvac D5 Connected Neato Botvac ConnectedBotvac Connected Neato Botvac D7 ConnectedBotvac D7 Connected Neato Botvac D4 ConnectedBotvac D4 Connected Neato Botvac D6 ConnectedBotvac D6 Connected
Run time (min) 60 60 90 120 120 75 120
Cleaning coverage (square feet) 3,000 1,800 4,500 5,000 5,000 4,000 5,000
Performance filter type Standart Standart Ultra Performance Ultra Performance Ultra Performance High Performance Ultra Performance
Laser Smart Navigation yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Dustbin capacity (ml) 700 700 700 700 700 700 700
No-Go Lines Support no no yes no yes yes yes
Multimapping no no yes no yes no yes
Zoned Cleaning no no no no yes no no
Vacuuming technology SpinFlow SpinFlow SpinFlow SpinFlow + Turbo/Eco SpinFlow + Turbo/Eco SpinFlow + Turbo/Eco SpinFlow + Turbo/Eco
Cleaning brush Combo Combo Combo Combo Spiral Combo Combo Spiral Combo
Side brush no no yes yes yes no yes
Auto-charging & resume yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Boundary marker yes sold separately yes yes yes yes yes
Scheduling yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Wi-Fi support no yes yes yes yes yes yes
Neato SmartLife Edition App no yes yes yes yes yes yes
Mapping no yes yes yes yes yes yes
Battery Nickel Metal Hydride Lithium-Ion High Capacity Lithium-Ion High Capacity Lithium-Ion High Capacity Lithium-Ion High Capacity Lithium-Ion High Capacity Lithium-Ion
SmartLife - Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Neato Chatbot, IFTTT Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Neato Chatbot, IFTTT Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Neato Chatbot, IFTTT Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Neato Chatbot, IFTTT Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Neato Chatbot, IFTTT Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Neato Chatbot, IFTTT
Entire Level cleaning yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Find Me no no yes no yes no yes
Climbing ability (in/mm) 0.75 / 19 0.75 / 19 0.75 / 19 0.75 / 19 0.75 / 19 0.75 / 19 0.75 / 19
Floor Types tile, hardwood, laminate, ceramic, vinyl, low and medium-pile carpets tile, hardwood, laminate, ceramic, vinyl, low and medium-pile carpets tile, hardwood, laminate, ceramic, vinyl, low and medium-pile carpets tile, hardwood, laminate, ceramic, vinyl, low and medium-pile carpets tile, hardwood, laminate, ceramic, vinyl, low and medium-pile carpets tile, hardwood, laminate, ceramic, vinyl, low and medium-pile carpets tile, hardwood, laminate, ceramic, vinyl, low and medium-pile carpets
Weight (lbs) 9 7.5 7.5 9 7.7 7.37 7.5
Dimensions (WxLxH) 12.7x13.2x3.9 in 12.6x13.2x3.9 in 12.6x13.2x3.9 in 12.7x13.2x3.9 in 12.5x13.2x3.9 in 13.21x12.56x3.92 in 13.21x12.56x3.92 in
Warranty 12 months 12 months 12 months 12 months 12 months 12 months 12 months
Buy on Amazon $409.99 $408.95 $464.69 $476.23 $647.99 $399.00 $596.99

Neato comparison

Source: Vacuum Wars

The D-shape

D-shape helps to get into corners and edges to provide better cleaning

Neato produces intelligent robot vacuum cleaners that have a unique D-shape with a rounded back and squared-off front for cleaning wall edges and corners.

Wi-Fi Support

The Botvac Connected, the D3 Connected, the D5 Connected, the D7 Connected, and the newest D4 Connected & the D6 Connected support Wi-Fi. All of the following models can be controlled via your smartphone using the associated Neato app that supports both Android and iOS systems.

SmartLife compatibility

The D3 Connected, the D5 Connected, the D7 Connected, the Botvac Connected, the D4 Connected & the Botvac D6 Connected are compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Neato Chatbot, IFTTT, smartwatches, and other smart devices.

Vacuuming Technology SpinFlow

Along with strong suction, Neato uses a combo brush to pick up stuff that lands on the floor providing a super-powered clean. This technology is called SpinFlow.

The newest models such as the Botvac Connected, the D7 Connected, the D4 Connected, and the D6 Connected come with exclusive Turbo and Eco modes. On the Eco mode, the robots work quieter and longer. The Turbo mode delivers strong suction with a maximum pickup.

Laser Smart Navigation

Neato uses an infrared laser for scanning the surroundings of a building to produce an accurate map. The robot then automatically plans the most efficient cleaning path, able to clean without bumping into things and never missing a spot.

Neato remembers your floor plan

The D80 and the D85 also use this technology, but in the latest Connected versions, the mapping feature is seriously upgraded. Those with Neato's app allow its owner to see the map, cleaning statistics, and cleaning summary.

Filtration

Neato uses an anti-allergen high-performance filtration system. One of the oldest versions of D3 Connected comes with the standard filter.

The Neato D80/D85 and the Botvac D4 Connected use a high-performance filter perfect for homes with pets and allergy sensitivities. The filter captures fine dust particles and reduces allergens as small as 3 microns in size.

The Neato D5 Connected, the D7 Connected, the Botvac Connected, and the newest Botvac D6 Connected come with ultra-performance filters that catch the small 0.3 microns particles, thereby minimizing particulates in the air.

Cleaning Brushes: Spiral Combo vs. Combo Brush

Neato's robots come with the following cleaning brushes: a blade brush/combo brush/spiral combo brush, and a side brush. These brushes were designed to pick up dirt, dust, and debris from carpets, handle pet hair and work on all types of floor. The side brush allows the robot to get deep into corners and right up against walls. Along with Neato's powerful suction, the cleaning brushes and side brush make the perfect combo for maximum pickup.

The Neato D5, D6, and D7 Connected Series are equipped with a spiral combo brush which is has a better pickup ability and works great on all floor types. Because of its design, the spiral combo brush is easier to maintain.

Recharge & Resume

All the Neato robots have the recharge & resume feature which means the device will come back after recharging to resume an interrupted job in case a room is only partially cleaned, but the battery is running low.

Continuous cleaning allows covering more cleaning area in one cleaning cycle

Cleaning all Types of Floors

Neato robots clean all floor types, whether vacuuming a carpet or hard floors such as hardwood, tile, or vinyl. The only surfaces Neato machines have a hard time with are high-pile carpets and rugs. We haven't seen a robovac that can clean high-pile carpets better than an upright vacuum.

Scheduling

You can set up cleaning at a specific time up to 7 times a week.

Boundary Markers & No-Go Lines

As a virtual wall barrier, Neato uses boundary markers to prevent the robot from entering off-limit areas. These are made of magnetic strips, so you only need to cut the required amount and fit it into areas where you don't want the robot to go. You can also set virtual walls by drawing as many lines as you want on the map on your smartphone. All Neato bots come with magnetic strips, except the Neato D3 Connected that does not include them in the box. Additional boundary marker rolls can be bought separately if needed.

No-Go Lines - virtual walls that you can set using the Neato Robotics app by drawing it on the screen. It means the robot will not cross those areas. You can create as many lines as you want.

Control

The Neato D3 Connected, the D5 Connected, the D7 Connected, the Botvac Connected, the D4 Connected and the D6 Connected can be controlled via voice commands (if you own a smart voice assistant) or the app. However, the D80/D85 do not support Wi-Fi and do not have a remote controller. Each of these machines has a display on the top you can use to command the robot.

Warranty

Neato provides a one-year warranty. A 6-month warranty applies to batteries.

Neato vs. Black Carpet

Neato is known for its ability to run over black carpets while most robots can’t do this. We are not sure about the D3, D4 and D5 but the D7, Botvac Connected and the D6 Connected have no issues with running on black carpets.

Additional Features

The newest Neato Botvac D4 Connected, the Neato Botvac D6 Connected, and the Neato Botvac D7 Connected support Quick Boost Charge. With a quick boost, the robot calculates how much it needs to finish the job and only charges that amount. If only 10% of the floor plan needs to be cleaned, the robot knows only to charge enough to clean this last area, instead of taking the time to complete a full charge to finish this small area.

The Botvac D6 Connected, and the Botvac D7 Connected come with multiple floor plans that allow the robot to store up to three floors of your house in memory meaning it doesn't need to create a new map every time it cleans.

The Botvac D5, D6, and D7 Connected are perfect for multiple-level houses

The Neato Botvac D7 Connected has the availability of zone cleaning. It allows you to set areas where you want the robot to clean.

With the Neato Botvac D7 Connected, you can schedule the robot to work within a certain room at a specific time


Botvac D3 Connected

Budget Pick

Botvac D3 Connected

For small homes

Has strong suction and is ideal for small homes with carpets mostly.

Get the Neato Botvac D3 Connected if you:

  • Live in a small household
  • Don’t have allergy since the filter is not able to catch allergens in the air
  • Have a mixed surface
  • Have pets. A big dustbin holds more debris

What is the Neato D3 not good for?

The D3 Connected is not suitable for big homes with thick carpets and many pets. Also is not safe for allergy and asthma sufferers. No Turbo mode which means you can’t increase suction on the high-traffic zones.


Botvac Connected

Runner Up

Botvac Connected

Has a display on top

Not suitable for cluttered homes. Has strong suction and a display on top which allows controlling the robot.

Get the Neato Botvac Connected if you:

  • Live in a big house
  • Your house is one floor
  • Suffer from asthma or allergy
  • Live in a minimalist home with not much of furniture
  • Have a pet
  • Your home is covered with carpets mostly

What is the Neato Botvac Connected not good for?

Because of lacks no-go lines, the robot is not suitable for cluttered homes and those that have more than one level. It is also equipped with a combo brush that is not as efficient as the spiral combo brush but still does a great job. 


Botvac D4 Connected

Best For Small Home

Botvac D4 Connected

Strong suction, great performance

Suitable for small homes with pets. 

Get the Neato Botvac D4 Connected if you:

  • Live in a small house
  • Do not have an allergy
  • Have a pet
  • Your home is covered with carpets mostly

What is the Neato Botvac D4 Connected not good for?

Not good for bigger homes and has a high-performance filter that might not be good for allergy and asthma sufferers. It also does not have a side brush. Because of lack of multi-floor support, the D4 is not for more than one level houses.


Botvac D5 Connected

Best For Average Home

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Get the Neato Botvac D5 Connected if you:

  • Live in an average home
  • Live in a home with more than one level but is not big in size
  • Have carpets
  • Suffer from an allergy
  • Have a pet

What is the Neato Botvac D5 Connected not good for?

Because of old vacuuming technology you can’t boost suction when it's needed. Also, the robot is not suitable for big homes. The D5 is equipped with a combo brush that is not as good as the spiral combo brush.


Botvac D6 Connected

Best Value

Botvac D6 Connected

Perfect for multi-floor houses

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Get the Neato Botvac D6 Connected if you:

  • Live in a big house
  • Live in a multi-level house
  • Suffer from an allergy
  • Have pets
  • Have carpets
  • Need the best debris pickup
  • Have black carpets

What is the Neato Botvac D6 Connected not good for?

The robot does not have zoned cleaning so you can’t make it work in a particular room, only prevent it from crossing some areas thanks to the no-go lines support.


Botvac D7 Connected

Our Pick

Botvac D7 Connected

Can go over black carpets

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Get the Neato Botvac D7 Connected if you:

  • Live in a big house
  • Live in a multiple level house
  • Have a pet
  • Your home’s layout is complex
  • Have carpets
  • Suffer from an allergy
  • Need a premium robot vacuum with all smart features
  • Have black carpets
  • Need extra power

What do we wish the Neato Botvac D7 Connected had?

Unfortunately, you can’t make the D7 work in more than one room at a time.


What robot vacuum cleaner from the Neato model line would you buy? Write in your comments below.


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  1. Joakim
    #      0
    The things in the comparison are wrong with d3… no side brush and no high performance filter…
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    1. Michael
      #      0
      Hi Joakim,
      Thanks for noticing! I've corrected the comparison table.
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