Despite the fact that the Neato Botvac D3 Connected is positioned by the manufacturer as a device of the middle price segment, its cost in the Russian market is still very high and amounts to about 40,000 rubles. At the same time, the buyer will receive a well-equipped device and well-configured navigation, typical of Neato devices. However, he also shows some disadvantages if the apartment is not “prepared”.
filter cleaning is annoying
no side brush
Neato Botvac D3 Connected test results
- Price-quality ratio
- Place in the overall ranking
3 out of 14
- Value for money: 100
- Navigation (40%): 92.3
- Cleaning quality (35%): 81.2
- Equipment and convenience (25%): 79.6
The most important thing in the device
This robot vacuum cleaner, at first glance, is the simplest of all that Neato has ever produced so far. All controls are one button and two status LEDs, while other robots flash and light up displays and rows of buttons. With this key, you can manually start the robot or switch the cleaner to Spot mode by holding the button down for a while. In this mode, the machine will do a more thorough cleaning of the surrounding area.
Despite all this, the Botvac D3 Connected deserves a good rating in the Equipment category, as it does not suffer from a lack of functionality. The key word in its name is “Connected”: through the WLAN network, you can connect to the robot and control a large number of settings in the application. Here you adjust the suction power back and forth, program the cleaning schedule or view statistics. In addition, if you wish, you can receive push notifications, for example, if the assistant has finished his work or sucked on a thrown sock.
Even if the robot is able to divide your apartment into square areas with the help of lasers on the “turret” and systematically go around all of them, it does not behave in the best way when it encounters various small problems. If he somehow still copes with thin rugs, although most likely after cleaning you will have to straighten them and move them into place, then he immediately requires help if he encounters scattered clothes, sometimes carries Lego cubes on hard surfaces, instead of just completely suck them in, and can still capitulate to carpets with a long pile.
Close passages can also put him at a standstill. For example, if he is cleaning under a chair whose legs are only slightly more than the width of the robot, in most cases he will not be able to get out and will think that he is locked. Moreover, if there is enough room for maneuvering, it moves confidently and moves even through fairly high obstacles.
We were once disappointed with the suction power of the old Botvac Connected, and the D3 Connected is a more decent device in this regard. And although the D3 has a weaker motor when compared to the D5 and D7, it still collected 38 percent of the scattered debris in one pass.
The mud is placed in a 700 ml container. Here, however, traces of small savings are visible: the mechanical filter is thin, cannot be washed, and looks only of relatively good quality. It needs to be shaken out and cleaned frequently, which can be a real nightmare for allergy sufferers.
In addition, when developing this model, Neato abandoned the use of a rotating side brush, which slightly limits the “working radius” of the robot.
Neato Botvac D3 Connected test results
iRobot Roomba 681
The iRobot Roomba 681 robot vacuum cleaner rides blindly and is therefore suitable for cleaning one or a maximum of two rooms, but it demonstrates extremely high suction power.
Already during the first pass, it pulls out a large amount of dirt from the carpets. In addition, it is really not very expensive — about 26,000 rubles.
The Samsung VR1GM7010UW / EG vacuum cleaner model (costs about 24,000 rubles) is not as powerful as the Roomba 681, but it is equipped with a camera and therefore can correctly navigate in space.
Its weak point is its speed: since it drives slowly and cleans thoroughly, the battery charge drops to a dangerous level after two or three rooms, so the device has to make a pit stop.
Characteristics and test results of Neato Botvac D3 Connected
|Battery life (according to the manufacturer)|
|Dust container volume|
|Dust container full sensor|
|Switch-on time programming|
|Switching day programming|
|App activation programming|
|Return to base station|
|Force of collision with obstacles|
|Navigation in the dark|
|Building a room map|
|Cleaning line width (without side brush)|
|Quiz: room cleaning time|
|Test: quality of dust removal|
|Test: hull strength|
|Test: the quality of cleaning corners from dust|
|Test: the number of collected wool fibers|
|Overcoming obstacles: the maximum height of the threshold|
|Overcoming Obstacles: Dangling Cables|
|Overcoming obstacles: thin carpet|
|Overcoming obstacles: socks|
|Overcoming obstacles: Lego constructor|
|Overcoming Obstacles: Fringed Carpeting|
|Overcoming obstacles: chair legs|
A photo: manufacturing companies