What is the Best Neato to Buy in 2018: Model Comparison Chart

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

Let's dive deeper into the model comparison chart of Neato robot vacuums.

Neato Botvac comparison chart

SpecsBotvac D80/D85Botvac D3 ConnectedBotvac D5 ConnectedBotvac ConnectedBotvac D7 Connected
Runtime60 min60 min90 min120 min120 min
Cleaning coverage (square feet)30001800450050005000
Performance filter typeStandartHigh PerformanceUltra PerformanceUltra PerformanceUltra Performance
Laser Smart Navigationyesyesyesyesyes
Dustbin capacity700 ml700 ml700 ml700 ml700 ml
Vacuuming technologySpinFlowSpinFlowSpinFlowSpinFlow + Turbo/EcoSpinFlow + Turbo/Eco
Cleaning brushComboCombo & Spiral BladeComboCombo & Spiral BladeSpiral Combo
Side brushnoyesyesyesyes
Auto-charging & resumeyesyesyesyesyes
Boundary markeryessold separatelyyesyesyes
Wi-Fi supportnoyesyesyesyes
Neato SmartLife Edition Appnoyesyesyesyes
BatteryNickel Metal HydrideLithium-IonHigh Capacity Lithium-IonHigh Capacity Lithium-IonHigh Capacity Lithium-Ion
SmartLife-Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Neato Chatbot, IFTTTAmazon Alexa, Google Home, Neato Chatbot, IFTTTAmazon Alexa, Google Home, Neato Chatbot, IFTTTAmazon Alexa, Google Home, Neato Chatbot, IFTTT
Entire Level cleaningyesyesyesyesyes
Find Menonoyesnoyes
Floor Typestile, hardwood, laminate, ceramic, vinyl, low and medium-pile carpetstile, hardwood, laminate, ceramic, vinyl, low and medium-pile carpetstile, hardwood, laminate, ceramic, vinyl, low and medium-pile carpetstile, hardwood, laminate, ceramic, vinyl, low and medium-pile carpetstile, hardwood, laminate, ceramic, vinyl, low and medium-pile carpets
Dimensions (WxLxH)12.7x13.2x3.912.6x13.2x3.912.6x13.2x3.912.7x13.2x3.912.5x13.2x3.9in
Warranty12 months12 months12 months12 months12 months
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The D-shape

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

Wi-Fi Support

Botvac Connected, D3 Connected, D5 Connected, and D7 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

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

Vacuuming Technology SpinFlow

Along with potent 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 and the D7 Connected come with exclusive Turbo and Eco modes. On Eco mode, the robots work quieter and longer. Turbo mode delivers strong suction with 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. D80 and 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.


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

The Neato D80/D85 uses 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, and the Botvac Connected come with ultra-performance filters that catch the small 0.3 microns particles, thereby minimizing particulates in the air.

Cleaning Brushes

Neato's robots come with the following cleaning brushes: a blade brush, a combo brush, a 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.

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.

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. In fact, we haven't seen a robovac that can clean high-pile carpets better than an upright vacuum.


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

Boundary Markers

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 needed 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 Neato D3 Connected that does not include them in the box. Additional boundary marker rolls can be bought separately if needed.


Neato D3 Connected, D5 Connected, D7 Connected and Botvac Connected can be controlled via voice commands or the app. However, D80/D85 does not support Wi-Fi well and does not have a remote controller. It has a display on the top you can use to command the robot.


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

Which Neato is better?

Why didn't we review the oldest robovacs from Neato? The new technologies bring so many cool features, making old robots not that nice anymore.

Again, it's hard to decide which Neato robot is better. Depends on your preference and budget. They all have a different design and about the same vacuuming technology and filtration system that prevent allergies.

If you want a 21st century robot with the possibility of speaking to it using your Alexa or Google Home, go with the D3 connected, the D5 Connected, the Botvac Connected or the D7 Connected, the newest one by the way.

For those with a bigger than average house, get the Botvac Connected or the D7 Connected that covers a whopping 5,000 square feet (about 460 square meters) in one charge and runs longer - about 120 minutes.

For those who have a cat or a dog, go with the D5 Connected, the D7 Connected or the Botvac Connected because they have more suction power and cleaning brushes designed for maximum pet hair pickup.

For people who suffer from asthma and allergies, we recommend getting the newest Connected series, but in case you are on a low budget, D80 or D85 is still a good choice even in 2018.

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

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