Neato Comparison - The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Best Neato Model for You

Neato Comparison – The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Best Neato Model for You

Neato Robotics is one of the industry leaders in the robotic vacuum market, second only to iRobot. While the latest and greatest model might not be a perfect match for everyone, at least one of the Neato models is sure to fit the bill. Keep reading for a comprehensive Neato Botvac comparison.

In this comparison, I will examine all of the Neato robots on the market and let you decide which model is best suited for your home, flooring and budget. I will look at the important features of each one and explain the good and the bad, so you can make a well-informed decision.

This comparison review will cover these models: BotVac D3 Connected, BotVac D5 Connected, BotVac Connected and the BotVac D7 Connected.

UPDATE: The BotVac Connected Series has grown by a couple new models. The BotVac Connected D4 and the BotVac Connected D6 are now included in this review.

Contents

Comparison Table

Let me show you the features and options that may be a deciding factor in your future decision.

D3 Connected D4 Connected D5 Connected BotVac Connected D6 Connected D7 Connected
Battery Type 2600mAh Lithium-ion 3000mAh Lithium-ion 3000mAh Lithium-ion 3300mAh Lithium-ion 3300mAh Lithium-ion 3300mAh Lithium-ion
Battery Runtime 60 minutes 75 minutes 90 minutes 120 minutes 120 minutes 120 minutes
Recharge Time 3 hours 3 hours 4 hours 4 hours 4 hours 4 hours
Auto Recharge Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Auto Resume Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Side Brushes No No 1 1 1 1
Extractor Type Combo Brush Combo Brush Combo Brush Combo and Spiral Blade Brushes Spiral Blade Brush Spiral Blade Brush
Filter Standard High-Performance Ultra Ultra Ultra Ultra
App, Voice Controls Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Containment Separate Purchase Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hard Flooring All All All All All All
Low Pile Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Medium Pile Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
High Pile No No No Yes Yes Yes
Carpet Boost No Dual Mode No Dual Mode Dual Mode Dual Mode
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Deciding on a specific Neato BotVac model can be daunting. There are many to choose from; however, the BotVac Connected series may be the most feature rich, easy to use models from Neato.

So how do you know which one to choose? There isn’t a magic wand or a sorting hat to tell you which one to pick. You have to do your research on the features that are currently available, decide on your budget and figure out which is the best option that meets all of your criteria.

How to Choose The Best Neato Model for You

After you have made the first decision of picking a Neato robot, the next step is to decide which one. While there are several models to choose from, the Connected series offers the best features at the most valuable prices and will be the basis for this article.

Your Budget Plays A Large Role

The key to any purchase is to plan a budget and stick with it. Staying within your budget will less likely lead to regret. You should still get as much bang for your buck as you can. You will want to have a flexible budget, to allow for better research and to avoid settling for a lesser model.

The more features, bells and whistles a robot has, the more it is going to cost. All of the Neato robots compared in this list are in the mid to high price range. Planning your budget accordingly will go a long way in getting you the robot you can afford without having to settle for one you can just “deal with.”

Knowing Your Homes Floor Size, Layout And Obstacles Will Help As Well

One of the biggest problems people have after bringing a new robot home is that they get frustrated because it doesn’t clean the entire floor all the time.

Perhaps the battery runs out because it isn’t large enough to run through the entire house in a single go. Maybe the robot gets stuck on a lot of furniture or obstacles.

To avoid this, knowing your floor plan will help. Measure the distance from the floor to the bottom of your couch. How tall is that entertainment center off the ground? Compare these measurements to the width and height of the robot you are planning to purchase. Can it fit underneath without getting stuck?

It’s better to know before trying it out live. You should also know the square footage of your home. If a robot is only rated for 1000 square feet and your floor space covers 1800 square feet, the robot will most likely not be able to finish cleaning in a single go.

Plan ahead to know what capabilities you require from your robot.

Batteries and Filters Can Make or Break a Purchase

The battery size will tell you a lot about the robot. How long it can run on a single charge, for example. The types of features the robot has will all be powered by the battery. Wireless communications, motor speed, travel speed, sensor operation, suction power; all of these rely on the battery.

The larger the battery, the more efficient the robot is (in general) and the longer it will stay out of the charging station cleaning your home.

The filters are also important. If you or anyone on your home has sensitivities to allergies, you may want to look for HEPA certified filters, Premium filters or high-efficiency filters. The key is not in the name of the filter, but in the size of the particles it can capture.

Pollen, dust mites, pet dander and most other allergy-causing particles are 3 to 5 microns in size. If the filter is only rated for 10 microns, most of the in-home allergens will get through.

What Type Of Floors Do You Have, Sir (or Ma’am)?

Each robotic vacuum will be rated for certain floor types. Almost without fail, all of them will be able to clean all hard floor surfaces. These include hardwood, vinyl, tile, laminate, concrete, marble, granite and linoleum. Some will not be able to clean natural stone or softwood as it will cause scratches.

Carpet is something else entirely, though. Because robots are not designed to replace the power and suction of a corded upright vacuum, they will have varying abilities when it comes to carpet.

Some will be rated for only low pile carpet, while others can tackle medium pile or even high pile. Very rarely will you find a robotic cleaner that can handle shag carpeting, though, as the fibers are too long and get tangled or snagged in the brush roll extractors?

Controls and Creature Comforts

Controlling the robot is one of the most crucial aspects of robot ownership, in my mind. Local controls are usually very limited. A single clean or go home button is all you will get.

Some have remote controls that can aid in programming or create schedules. Others, like the Connected series, will utilize the wireless network and a mobile app. The apps are generally very robust and considered the most used method of control.

Through the apps, you can schedule, program, control and see reports and status updates of the robots. If you are truly into home automation and smart technologies, you can even use voice commands through products like Amazon Alexa devices or Google Home, to control your robot.

Other features come and go with various models. Deciding which ones you must have and which ones you can live without is a personal choice. Some make the machines better; some make the cleaning easier. It is up to you to decide how, when and why you would need such features.

In the end, picking the right Neato vacuum comes down to personal preference. What works for one may not work for another. Find your balance and the right machine will present itself to you.

Comparison

Now that you know what you should be looking for in a robotic vacuum let’s take a closer look at the Neato Connected robots to help you pick the perfect model for you and your home.

 

Neato D3 Connected

The Base Line for All Future Models

The D3 was one of the first models to get the wireless connection making it a part of the Connected series. Along with the wireless capabilities, it has a few other features that make it stand out from other robot vacuums that come in at over twice the price.

The Battery Is Small But Efficient

The 2600mAh lithium-ion battery housed inside the D3 is one of the smallest; not only in the Neato line up, but in the industry as a whole. Sure, there are 1800mAh versions, but the smaller battery packs are being phased out.

Even though the battery is smaller, it still holds a charge fairly well. The D3 only pulls from the battery when needed, so there isn’t a lot of extra charge being wasted. The motor, wheels and brush roll cause the largest drain. Even with the wireless communications and sensors being active you will still get up to 60 minutes of runtime.

The BotVac D3 will return to the charging station on its own when the battery gets low. It only takes about three hours to recharge fully and when the battery is full, it will resume cleaning.

Entire level cleaning is a feature that allows the robot to remember where it was in the cleaning cycle, leave the charging dock and finish the cycle without being manually told to do so. This feature is found in other robots. However, it is generally left to the robots that have premium price tags.

The ability to recharge the small battery and continue cleaning when full saves you a lot of time, hassle and even money. Instead of plopping down extra cash for this feature (which a lot of consumers do), you get it all in a mid-range priced vacuum.

It Is Missing A Few Things Though

One of the most notable features that is missing is found (or, not found as it were) on the bottom side of the robot. There isn’t a side brush. This means that the D3 doesn’t do so well in corners and along edges as most other robots on the market.

The side brush is responsible for gathering dirt, dust and debris along baseboards and in corners and sweeping it to the middle where it is collected by the brush roll and suction. The D3 (named for it’s “D” shape) was hoped that the right angles of the robot would fit in comers better.

It does. However, the brush roll is too far back and doesn’t extend past the edges. Relying solely on suction power to pull things in from outside the body of the robot. This works about as well as drinking from a straw with a hole in it.

You also won’t find a HEPA certified filter. In fact, you won’t find a filter that blocks much of anything. The standard filter used by Neato only has a rating to collect particles down to 10 microns in size.

It is efficient at keeping the motor area clean, but will only capture about 80 percent of in-home allergens. If you do not have allergy sufferers in your home, this will be sufficient. However, you may need to upgrade to help keep those extra sniffles and sinus infections at bay.

You also won’t find any form of containment. Neato uses magnetic tape strips for containment. You can purchase them from the website or a host of third-party online retailers. However, the D3 is the only model that doesn’t have a roll of the tape included in the box.

Neato Botvac D3 Connected shown with its smartphone app

Far From Basic, Still The Most Basic Model

The Neato D3 Connected has the mobile app controls, it has the entire level cleaning feature as well as the various cleaning modes, abilities and floor ratings (low to medium pile carpet and all hard flooring).

These few things alone, keep the D3 from being considered a basic model, or an entry-level robot. However, when compared to the rest of the Neato Connected lineup, it is the least feature rich option available.

Best Features

  • Mobile app capabilities, including smart home voice controls.
  • Entire level cleaning after battery recharge.
  • Simple, intuitive scheduling and cleaning modes.

Areas of Concern

  • Lack of containment makes cleaning specific areas difficult.
  • No side brush for decent edge cleaning.
  • The filter needs a big improvement.

Bottom Line: The Neato D3 Connected is as “bare bones” as the Connected line gets. You will save money and get a good clean, but at costs that can be avoided by upgrading to nother model.

Neato BotVac D4 Connected

Budget-Friendly Model With the Features

Among the latest releases in this series is the D4. When you look at the features, you can see it is basically the D3 model with some feature upgrades.

The D4 Connected is designed to be the new go-to model for the budget conscious consumer. It won’t work for everyone, as we will soon see. It will, however, surpass the D3 and possibly the D5 as the best entry-level model in the Neato line-up.

Improvements to the Battery and the Filter, a First in a Long Time

When it comes to battery power, life and runtime, I am a stickler for higher amp batteries to perform better. This isn’t always the case, depending on the features that rely on the battery to run.

Sometimes you will find that a large-celled battery just doesn’t hold up when a smaller celled battery does just fine. In the case of the D4, the battery is larger than the D3 by smaller than the D6 and D7. The 3000mAh power block allows for a 75-minute runtime that only takes about 3 hours to recharge fully.

This is good news for those that have larger homes requiring that the robot take a break before finishing. Like the others on this list, the D4 Connected will stop and recharge the battery on its own when the power supply is low. It will also resume cleaning if needed, after the battery is full.

The larger battery is an improvement over the D3 and the recharge time is better than that of the D5. Keeping with the improvement line, the filter is also better on the D4 than it is on the D3.

The filter is Neato’s high-efficiency version. It isn’t as great at collecting allergens as the Ultra found in the D5 and higher models. It is, however, better than the Standard found in the D3.

The High-performance isn’t a HEPA quality filter, but it will collect particles down to about 10 microns in size. It will keep the motor area clear and your larger particles like mold and mildew and some spores will also be captured.

As long as you aren’t trying to reduce allergens, the filter of the D4 is sufficient enough for almost every need. The money savings you will get with the D4 over other models helps this decision.

The Containment Methods Move to the Mobile App

In an effort to keep pace with the Roomba mobile app, Neato has introduced a new feature with the D6 and D7 that has found it’s way to the budget-friendly D4.

Now you can use the patented No-Go lines to control where the D4 does and doesn’t clean. When the feature was first released with the D7 Connected, there were a lot of issues. Mainly the robot seemed to ignore the digital lines and clean where ever there wasn’t a physical barrier, regardless.

However, after a few updates to the app and some firmware enhancements, the robots follow the instructions pretty well.

The D4 is no different. All you have to do is start the mobile app and head to the map page. Here you will be able to add lines marked as “do not cross” and the robot will obey. The best use of this is in larger rooms where you want to corner off an area, such as the Christmas tree you spent six hours decorating.

Like the other models, you can still use the magnetic tape containment method, which is the Neato standard. It isn’t as popular as other containment methods from other vendors, but it works.

The Side Brush Makes Another Disappearing Act

Perhaps it was an effort to save costs so that the D4 could be sold for a lower price, but Neato once again removed the side brush from the robot body.

Even though the side brush was one of the D3 Connected features that received the most complaints, Neato decided it was a gamble worth taking.

The underside of the Neato Botvac D4 Connected vacuum.

So, once again you are left with sub-par corner cleaning, but you do have a lower purchase point. Does the value detract from the clean? That’s a call only you can make.

Best Features

  • A larger battery for extended cleaning times.
  • Resuming after recharge is a great feature for larger floor plans.
  • No-Go Lines containment option in the mobile app works well now.

Areas of Concern

  • The lack of a side brush puts the D4 behind, once again.
  • The improved filter should still be HEPA quality.

Bottom Line: If you are looking for a mid-tier entry level robot, the D4 Connected should be your choice. Unless you need HEPA quality filtration, there isn’t a reason to need anything more.

Neato D5 Connected

The Improvements are Nice Upgrades

The D5 connected was the second in line to get the wireless connection capabilities. It is very similar to the D3, though it has some advancements and extras not found on the lower model.

The Larger Battery Helps

The D5 Connected has a 3000mAh lithium-ion battery pack that allows the robot to run for up to 30 minutes longer than the 1 hour limit of the D3. It still falls short of the D7, though.

Like all Neato Connected robots, the D5 will automatically recharge when the battery falls below 15 percent. Once the charge is complete, it will resume cleaning where it left off.

The larger celled battery also helps the sensors run more accurate. The processor can perform more actions per second for a better navigational experience. While not entirely up to the battery, or it’s supplied power, the D5 doesn’t have as much trouble getting stuck or running into objects as the earlier model.

The Ultra Filter Catches Just About Everything

The good news for allergy sufferers is that the D5 Connected uses what Neato calls their “Ultra” series filter. This is just a fancy way of saying “yeah, our filters could pass HEPA certification if we decided to get the certification.”

True enough, the filters will capture particles down to 3 microns in size, just like those that are HEPA certified. Though, you won’t see the little HEPA seal in the user’s guide. A lot of companies are getting away from the certification process and just producing filters that work.

If you have allergies caused by pet dander, dust mites, pollen, etc., the D5 will reduce these allergens in your home, flooring and air by up to 99 percent.

The Side Brush And Containment Help Sell It

Neato added the single side brush to the D5 after complaints came in on the D3 about missing things along the edges. This helps a lot.

The side brush sweeps along the edges and in corners to gather all the little bits and pieces that get collected there. Pet hair, especially, likes to find it’s way to the edges of our homes. The side brushes collect this and allow the machine to suction it up into the collection bin.

The magnetic strip containment method isn’t unique to Neato. The strips come in a nine-foot roll and need to be unwound, cut to size and connected.

It works. The magnetic field it creates tells the robot to back off. You can place them on the ground across doorways, around planters, floor lamps, pet dishes or anywhere else you don’t want the robot to have access to.

The problem is you have to do it before the robot starts its cleaning cycle. This means you have to take the time to measure, cut and place the tape before you leave for the day. You also have to pick it up when you get home. (although you don’t have to, I suppose, but it looks tacky on the floor.)

Boundary marker for Neato Botvacs

The magnetic tape isn’t the most elegant solution to robotic containment, but it does work. And when the tape wears out, you have to buy a new roll and measure and cut all over again.

The Floor Types Haven’t Changed, Either

The D3 and D5 Connected also share the same floor type ratings. They are good for all hard flooring, though if you have softwood, wide grout or floors that must be sealed, you should test the robot in an out of the way area.

For carpeting, you are limited to low and medium pile. High pile and shag will cause issues with the brush roll. They will get tangled, snagged and possibly ripped if the robot is allowed on them. The same goes for fringe, power cords and small, lightweight rugs.

Best Features

  • HEPA quality filtration.
  • The inclusion of a side brush for edge cleaning.
  • Longer battery life and power.
  • Mobile app and voice controls are intuitive and easy to use.

Areas of Concern

  • The magnetic tape containment is tedious and frustrating.
  • Pre-cleaning prep can be daunting and time-consuming.

Bottom Line: The D5 Connectedis a good improvement in the line up over the D3 and for not much more you can have a few added features.

Neato BotVac Connected

Connectivity Started Here

People get confused with the naming of the machines. The BotVac Connected was actually the first in the line to offer all the features it has plus the ability to use wireless communications. The D3 and D5 were later added to the wireless list and the Connected series had it’s stable.

The BotVac Connected has features and options the D3 and D5 do not have and is the predecessor for the D7 Connected, which is considered by many to be the best Connected lineup robot Neato ever released.

The Battery Continues Improvement, Filtration Stays The Same

Neato Botvac Connected Series ultra performance filter.

The BotVac Connected uses a 3300mAh battery pack that takes four hours to recharge. While it is larger, the charging system is more efficient than that of the D5, which is why it can recharge a larger celled battery in the same amount of time.

What you get with the extra milliamps is an extra half hour of runtime. The BotVac can run up to 120 minutes, instead of just 90 like the D5 or 60 like the D3. Like the other two models, it will sense when its battery is falling below 15 percent charge and return to the dock on its own.

When it is done charging, it will also resume cleaning where it left off to ensure the entire floor space has been cleaned.

You will find, though, that unless you just have a massive floor space or have more obstacles than normal, the BotVac Connected should be able to clean the entire space in one charge. Under normal conditions, the BotVac can clean up to 2200 square feet.

Like the D5 Connected, the filter is the Ultra series filter that collects particles and allergens down to 3 microns in size. This is the best it will get, though, so don’t expect anything newer to come out for a very long while.

It is true that there are filters that collect particles down to two microns. However, that size is reserved for bacteria found in water systems. Pool filters will rate down to two microns, but dry filters will not, and there really isn’t a need for it.

The Brush Roll Has A Partner For All Surfaces

The combo brush roll found in the D3 and D5 will also be found in the BotVac Connected. It is a semi-stiff bristle brush rated for most floor types. It is designed to agitate carpet fibers as well as sweep hard flooring surfaces.

The problem is that it can also scratch softer surfaces. Enter the Spiral Blade Extractor. This brush bar is designed for hard flooring surfaces, though it does halfway decent on carpet as well.

They are simple to remove and depending on where you plan to have the robot cleaning, can pick and choose which one you use and when. If you have multiple surface types, the inclusion of the Spiral Blade extractor is great news, though it does add to the maintenance and work needed before starting a cleaning cycle.

With the upgrade to the spiral blade technology, you can even clean high pile carpeting. Though the vacuuming of shag is still out of the question, which is to be expected.

Best Features

  • HEPA quality filtration is still present.
  • Controls are the same and still very good.
  • More floor types are able to be cleaned.

Areas of Concern

  • The collection bin could be larger to accommodate the extra run time.
  • Maintenance is a hassle and takes longer than it should.

Bottom Line: The Neato Botvac Connected started the wireless and mobile app line from Neato. It is a launching point for the best of the best and holds its own very well.

Neato D6 Connected

The D7 With One Notable Difference

If you are looking for the high-end models and still want to save money, the new D6 Connected could be your answer. There are a few differences between the D6 and the D7. You can read the full comparison of the two models here.

In the list of differences, which I will cover here, there is only one that really matters.

Presumably, in an effort to save money, Neato didn’t add this feature to the D6. Let’s look at the rest of the differences list, first.

Machine Color and In-Box Inclusions are the Differences.

When we compare apples to apples, we find that the Neato D6 and the Neato D7 are identical machines. They have the same battery, filter, motor, wheels, connections and features. So what’s the difference: There are only three.

First, the D6 is a different color than the D7, sporting a Brushed Metal finish instead of the D7’s Gun Metal Grey. This has no impact on the cleaning performance, but if you want your vacuum to match your toaster, then you have an option here to do so.

The other difference actually makes a little bit of an impact on the end consumer. The D6 ships with a single roll of boundary marker tape and an extra side brush. To compare, the D7 ships with a double roll of tape and no extra side brush.

Once you measure cut and use the marker tape, it won’t be able to be resized again (though you can cut more off later). However, it is reusable. So if a single roll is enough, along with the No-Go lines of the mobile app, to cover your home, you won’t need to replace it very often.

On the other hand, the side brushes do wear out and will need to be replaced about every 9 to 15 months, depending on usage.

In this regard, the D6 makes more sense, as it will save you a little bit more money in the long run. You won’t have to purchase a new side brush for the first couple of years. Not that that is a huge purchase, but every dollar counts. Along with the initial price difference, the D6 is clearly the winner here.

The Major Difference is a Toss-Up Based on Your Cleaning Needs

As I mentioned in the D7 section above, the Zone Cleaning is the newest feature to hit the Connected series and only the D7 has it.

Zone cleaning is a great feature that allows you to have more control over your floors and the robot than ever before. In what is, for all intents and purposes, mobile assisted spot cleaning, it is what separates the D7 from the D6.

Is mobile tethered spot cleaning worth the extra cost? Your choice to make, as I can’t decide for you. However, what I can tell you is that the D6 has the standard spot cleaning mode, and while it isn’t mobile assisted, it still works.

If you want the benefits of the D7 with a lower price tag, you can opt for the D6 Connected. Your only real choice is to decide if the money savings are worth losing the Zone Cleaning feature of the D7.

Best Features

  • HEPA quality filtration to reduce in-home allergens.
  • Large battery pack for extended cleaning and more efficiency.
  • No-Go lines have been improved and the features are already upgraded for the D6.

Areas of Concern

  • Like the D7, the maintenance routine is quite detailed and lengthy.
  • A single feature (Zone Cleaning) keeps this robot from being the absolute best deal.

Bottom Line: If you want high-end performance, all floor types cleaned without swapping brush rolls and don’t mind missing out on a single feature, the D6 Connected is the model to examine closer.

Neato D7 Connected

The Best of the Best

Arguably the best BotVac created, the D7 is also the most expensive. You get what you pay for, as they say, and the D7 delivers. It takes the best Neato has to offer and improves on it.

The Battery is Almost Too Large

The monster 3600mAh battery pack is needed to run the dual suction modes of the D7. It also has added features in the mobile app that take a lot of battery power to update constantly. Not only that, but the larger cells in the battery provide the long-lasting power to improve navigation and sensors.

We have been over the batteries (almost to death) and I won’t reiterate their importance or what causes them to drain. However, the D7 has an expected runtime of 120 minutes just like the BotVac Connected and will recharge itself if needed as well as resume to finish the cleaning cycle it started.

Everything else the battery does goes to making it the most efficient cleaning and navigating machine possible.

The Combo Brush Roll Is Gone

The D7 Connected did away with the combo brush roll and instead uses only the Spiral Blade extractor. It is safe for all surfaces and allows the robot to clean high pile carpet as well as softwood flooring.

By removing the option to choose, Neato also eliminated precleaning steps that you have to take. You don’t need to worry about swapping out extractors for various floor types and you get the same edge cleaning abilities and corner cleaning as the previous models.

The Mobile App Finally Gets An Upgrade

Along with the scheduling, programming and mode selection that you always get with the Neato mobile app, you also get the ability to see reports, statuses and situations of your robot.

What is more important though is the use of what Neato calls No-Go Lines. Once the robot laser maps your home, it will appear on the map. You can then use this map to draw containment lines letting the robot know where it can and cannot go.

You still have the use of the magnetic strip, but the digital containment provided in the app should be enough.

I say should be. It isn’t perfect. A lot of users complain that the robot often ignores the lines and cleans in the out of bounds areas anyway. Others report that it works flawlessly. There are a lot of factors that go into its productive use. I suggest that when you try it out the first few times, you are home to observe.

If it shows any problems, you can diagnose and correct them, or use the magnetic tape to aid the digital containment.

Neato released an upgrade for the mobile app and firmware of the D7 in fall 2018.

The firmware upgrade is for the no-go lines functionality. The app and the robot both receive the upgrade making the no-go line use more reliable. It still isn’t perfect, as the robot will still tend to ignore the lines every now and then. However, it is a huge improvement with users reporting less and less mistakes with it.

The second upgrade to the mobile app is to include a new feature for the D7 only called Zone Cleaning. This new mode will allow you to mark areas on the map as cleaning zones. The most common uses will be heavily soiled areas or high traffic areas, such as the kitchen table, entry ways or by the door where everyone takes off their shoes.

When you select the zone cleaning mode for the mobile app (after creating zones on the map) the robot will head directly to those areas and clean them. Once complete, the robot will return to the charging dock.

Is is a great feature for those that want a quick touch up in problem areas but don’t want to bother with an entire cleaning cycle. You can expect this update between the months of September and December 2018.

An illustration of ultra performance filter blocking allergens.

Best Features

  • Still uses high-quality HEPA style filtration for allergens.
  • Mobile app improvements in reports and containment can’t be ignored.
  • More floor types rated for cleaning that all other models.
  • Human-like navigation and cleaning patterns.

Areas of Concern

  • Sensors seem to lack a little bit and cause the robot to miss areas or get stuck.
  • The maintenance schedule is still pretty high, though it is to be expected.

Bottom Line: The Neato BotVac D7 Connected is the best of the best when it comes to the Connected line. You get what you pay for and you will pay a pretty penny for the added features.

In Conclusion

The Neato Connected Line is one of the most purchased and reviewed lines in the industry. There are good and bad reports about each model, which is true of any robot cleaner you look up reviews for.

What it comes down to is finding the right one for you. Your home is different than the guy who left the scathing review. It is also different than the lady who left the glowing recommendation. Knowing your needs, your budget and what you hope the robot will accomplish is what you should concern yourself with.

No robot vacuum is perfect. There is, however, a perfect robot vacuum for you. The Neato Connected line will probably have a model that fits everything you need.

Which Neato Vacuum is the Best? Which One Should I Get?

We recommend the D6 Connected for its good balance of price and features.

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