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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Entry Level Robovac - Better Than Expected

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    DaveW
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    The Ecovacs Deebot N79SE is an entry level robot vacuum. It has a good design, solid construction, and a pretty slick user interface. The Deebot has done a nice job cleaning the main level (600 sqft to clean) of my house for the last week, or so. I have experienced some teething problems, but overall I am happy with its performance. Design and Features 4/5 The Deebot follows in the footsteps of many other robovacs with its round design, measuring in at Ø12.5” x 3” tall. The robot itself is pretty lightweight, which I’m sure helps with its battery life. There are 2 main rubber wrapped drive wheels (and suspension), and a centered swivel wheel that allow the Deebot to get around most obstacles. The main brush is centered between the drive wheels and measures in at 5.5” across – somewhat small which means more passes to clean. The V shaped brush is also supposed to be a more efficient design. The side brushes (located on either side) help sweep dust and crumbs back towards the center and allow the vacuum to get into corners somewhat well. The dust collection bin has 3 stages of filtering, and a decent sized capacity to boot. This robot also appears to be very easy to service and maintain, which is a plus. Lastly the robot comes with a handheld remote to control the robot if you don’t want to use the smartphone app. The Deebot has 4 main modes – Auto, Edge, Spot, and Single Room. For all these modes you need to close doors or put up barriers for areas you don’t want cleaned. Auto is the standard mode that will clean your house and then return to the dock to charge. Edge will clean the perimeter of each room. Spot will start wherever you set it and spiral out from that point for 3 minutes. Single room cleans a…single room. Just make sure to close the doors or barricade the Deebot into the room. The app has a consumable section which tells you the life of your filter, main brush, and side brushes. Within the app or with the remote you can schedule cleanings. Setup 5/5 Setup was very quick and painless. I placed the dock in a location with plenty of open space around it and plugged it in. I set the robot down on the dock (make sure the charging contacts are aligned), and I flipped the switch on the side of the vacuum. I let it charge for a few hours before doing the setup. I downloaded the app on my phone (Android) and followed the in-app prompts to complete setup. I was able to connect to my Wi-Fi without an issue, and the process was really easy to follow. This was one of the easier smart home devices I have hooked up. Vacuuming Performance 4.5/5 Overall I’d say the vacuum performance was above my expectations. It was able to fill its bin each time it went out. I made sure to litter the floor with extra crumbs (large and small), courtesy of my 5 year old, to see how well it would pick them up. It didn’t miss a speck. The extra brushes did a nice job of sweeping dust up from along baseboards. Fine particle dust was collected surprisingly well, and the filters did a nice job of trapping it in. The vacuum is pretty quiet too. You can hold a conversation over the little bit of noise this vacuum makes. My only knock on the performance is due to the size of the main brush, which requires it to make that many more passes to complete its job. Navigation Efficiency 3/5 The Deebot utilizes a random, crisscross style to clean the floor. In doing so it makes multiple passes over the same area to get it clean. The random pattern works well in terms of getting the floor clean, but it crashes into objects frequently. However, it spends a lot of time going over the exact same areas (it cleaned the same corner of my kitchen no less than 20 times in 45 min – see the issues section). The Deebot seems to get lost or confused about where it needs to go, and will just revert to a path it has already traveled. This doesn’t happen often, but it does happen. This wastes precious battery life that may be needed if you have a large home. On a perfect (issue free) run the Deebot can be efficient with its time, but it requires some trial and error configuring your home to get to that point. It does a nice job around stair edges, and never once threatened to tumble down. That’s a plus. The Deebot really needs you to optimize your home for it to function at its peak. Picking up items from the floor, blocking off areas it might get stuck (it gets penned in under chair legs and side tables), and not moving items once it has come through. That last one is important because the Deebot really seemed to have issues if objects in a room moved after it had already come through. The Deebot can foist this issue onto itself by bumping into lighter weight items and moving them around. A lot of this is trial and error, so keep an eye on your robot for the first few cleaning sessions to see if it struggles anywhere. Issues An issue I found, as I alluded to above, regards moving objects once the Deebot has started. Other robots I have seen just shrug it off, but the Deebot is stubborn. My example of this was when it cleaned my kitchen. I put the chairs up on the table to allow the Deebot to clean underneath. It made several passes underneath the table, and it seemed like it was done with that area. Since it was dinner time I put the chairs down so my kids could sit and eat. The Deebot came back in the room to clean some more, and tried to go under the table, which it could no longer access. The Deebot then proceeded to clean my kitchen (a 12’ x 14’ room) for the next 45 minutes without leaving the room once. It wasn’t until I picked up the chairs and allowed it under the table that it was satisfied. The other issues I ran into revolved around docking. The very first time I ran the Deebot it had a ton of difficulty finding the base. The method the Deebot uses to find its base is via a low power radio signal. Apparently, my overhead lights (halogen bulbs) were interfering with this signal. I tested this a few times by switching the lights off and on. Lights on – Deebot wanders and leaves the room. Lights off – Deebot beelines for the base. It was almost comical because I could flip the light on when it was a foot from the base and it would start spinning around and eventually wander off. When it came to driving onto the dock I found another issue. I initially had the dock on carpet (medium pile), up against the baseboard. When the Deebot would drive up it would push the dock around. This freaked it out, and caused it to back off. It did this for 15 min before eventually dying 5” from its base. The next time around I put a hand on the base and pressed it down. At this point the Deebot drove up without issue. I repeated the test a few times and returned the same results. The dock needs to be 5-10lbs heavier to stop the Deebot from shoving it around. I eventually moved it onto a spot on my wood floors, where it hasn’t had an issue with docking since. What I Liked (Overall) 4/5 I think my favorite little feature for this robot is the remote. Every robot vacuum should come with a remote. My parents are tech-challenged, but I know they understand remotes. This vacuum would be perfect for people like them. The vacuum performance was excellent and surprised me with how much it picked up. The setup and app control are perfect. It’s not complicated, but it is feature rich. The navigation needs some work but it’s acceptable given the price point. Overall this is a great little robovac.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Quality Entry Level Vacuum. Reasonably priced

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    dorkhead2
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    I wasn’t too sure what to expect from this lower-priced entry level model, but overall, I am very satisfied. Vacuuming robots are not new to my household. In fact, I have a more expensive model by a well-established competitor. Understanding that the Ecovacs Deebot N79SE costs reasonably less, I didn’t expect it to perform as well as my more expensive model. However, given the difference (which I well explain further below), the Deebot did a good job vacuuming both my hardwood floors and area rugs. There are a few physical differences that I noticed after unpacking the vacuum. The unit itself is slightly smaller, and I mean slightly, than my other robot vacuum (see pic). The difference in size has both some benefits and downsides. A benefit was that this robot was able to get under furniture that the other vacuuming robot couldn’t fit under. So, it was nice getting these areas cleaned by a robot, rather than getting on my hands and knees to clean underneath this furniture. A downside of its slightly smaller size is a smaller roller brush underneath, and smaller wheels. Again, given that this vacuum is an entry level model, I wasn’t surprised to see smaller mechanical parts underneath. Being suspicious of this, I wanted to evaluate how well the unit handled driving over hardwood vs rugs and carpets. Overall, the motors that drive the wheels were more than capable of moving this unit over all types of surfaces. The only time it struggled to move as efficiently as its usual brisk pace was when I placed it on my extra long shag carpet. It still was able to vacuum the shag carpet, but I could tell it was struggling to drive over this surface. My guess is that if you have long-pile carpets and you’re looking for a vacuuming robot, it’s probably best to invest in a larger/more robust (and more expensive) unit. Otherwise, this unit does a good job vacuuming my floors and rugs. Other observations worth noting, its battery and runtime is sufficient. I find that it will vacuum for close to an hour before needing to return to its charging base. The unit’s main roller brush does a good job picking up dirt, debris, cat hair, and dust bunnies. My unit didn’t have any issues parking itself back onto its base. It should be noted that I have its base located on hardwood floor. The dust bin’s capacity is comparable in size to my other vacuuming robot; this is a good thing. But there are a few more parts/filters inside the dust bin that need to be removed and shaken-off than my other robot. This makes it a little more cumbersome to clean the dust bin, but the extra filters do help keep particles inside the bin rather than thrown back into the air. One note regarding setup. This unit has a companion app. After downloading the app and beginning the pairing process. The app kept on telling me that it’s not compatible with 5GHz networks. I own a newer style router, known as a mesh network (Linksys Velop). It runs both 2.4 & 5GHz bands using the same SSID (network name). The Ecovacs app couldn’t detect this, and figured I was trying to connect it to a 5GHz network. I selected the option to ignore the warning and continued with the setup. The app was able to locate the Deebot vacuum and join it to my network without an issue. The app itself is a no-frills app. It allows you to initiate vacuuming, manually drive the unit, set daily schedules, check its battery level (3 bars), get a percentage of the remaining lifespan on its consumables (e.g. brushes and filters), and power mode. The latter option is worth expanding on. Within the app, there is an option to select “Standard” vs “Max” power. After testing out both options, there is a noticeable difference between the two. Max power increases the fan and vacuuming power. I prefer to leave it on the Max setting; it does consume the battery quicker, but that’s a tradeoff I’m willing to accept. Also, the power selection option is only available on the app; it’s not an option on the included remote. The remote itself is very convenient. It has the same features as the app, minus the power selection and consumable monitoring. An added bonus is my 7-year-old is very happy to vacuum now. The remote allows him to drive the vacuum around the house as if it’s a remote-controlled car. Another functional feature is this vacuum’s ability to connect with Google Assistant. I was able to easily get it connected using the following steps: opened the Google Home app, selected “Add” (see pic), selected “Set up device”, selected “Works with google”, searched for “Deebot” from the list of services, was asked to login into my Ecovacs Deebot account (an account that you’re asked to create when you first setup your vacuum within its Ecovacs app), and finally confirmed linking my account to Google Home. After this initial setup, I am able to initiate vacuuming by saying “OK Google” to my phone, then telling it to “start vacuuming.” The Deebot undocks itself and begins vacuuming. Other commands I’ve used are “stop vacuuming” and “dock vacuum.” I’ve not had any issues using Google Assistant to send commands to my vacuum. Overall, I’m quite happy with this unit. It’s easy to use and does a good job vacuuming. It’s also reasonably priced.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good Performance and Great Value

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    callmeageeth
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    I've owned a Neato robot vacuum and Samsung robot vacuum. While in pure performance terms, the Samsung probably comes out as the best option, when it comes to ease of use and more importantly, not getting hung up or caught on things, this ECOVACS Deebot wins hands down. ROBOT VACUUMS IN GENERAL If you've never owned a robot vacuum and are considering one, there are a few things you have to keep in mind. First and foremost, it will not replace a traditional vacuum or stick/handheld vacuum for hard to reach places or obviously replace having to move furniture on occasions to vacuum underneath. Robot vacuums are for general everyday use to get your main living areas and are especially helpful if you have pets in getting hair (and kids). Next, you obviously have to have it in plain sight, with some room. The charging base generally needs about 3 feet on each side to ensure smooth departures and returns. So placement can be tricky. I keep mine in the corner of the seldom used dining room, and when we have guests, which isn't often, I simply move it out of the room temporarily which isn't a big hassle. I tend to use it on an almost daily basis and usually once on the weekend I put chairs upside on their respective tables to clean underneath them. Another downside is that you generally have to empty out the dust bin after each use (depending on frequency of use). The dust bin for the ECOVACS and any robot vacuum for that matter, is relatively small. It's easy to empty, but obviously you do so more frequently than a traditional vacuum. PERFORMANCE In terms of vacuuming power, the DEEBOT is great. I don't have any scientific research to back it up, but when I empty the bin after it runs, it's generally full (which can be disturbing on how dirty my house gets...) but it gives me confidence that it's working. It uses two spinning plastic wire brushes that rotate inwards to trap dirt and direct it into the suction of the vacuum. For the most part, it works well. Sometimes I find that the brushes can kick things like a cheerio across a wood floor, but in my experience it generally runs long enough to get everything. All in all, in performance terms, I'm impressed. What i really like about this vacuum, especially compared to my more expensive Samsung and Neato models, is how quiet it is. The Samsung vacuums sound like jet engines, Neato is a little more quiet, but the DEEBOT can be run on the main floor of my house at night while we sleep upstairs. I don't hear it. This is a huge plus. Now if you somehow only run it while you're out of the house (which is logical) then it doesn't matter as much. Another common issue with robot vacuums is getting stuck. Most of the time, it's user error, I left a whistle on the carpet that got stuck. That's my bad. But what you want to avoid, obviously, is the vaccuum getting stuck on a piece of furniture or losing it's way back to the charging base. For my Neato and Samsung, it was almost a coin filp as to whether or not it would get stuck and make it back to its base. The DEEBOT, however, has only gotten stuck once (the whistle thing) and always seems to make it back to the base. Maybe the Samsung and Neato getting stuck issues are my fault, but either way, the DEEBOT didn't have the same issues. That right there gives the DEEBOT a full star rating better than those two. SIZE This bad boy packs a lot of power in a small footprint. The Samsung model I talk about has a lot of scratches and scuffs because it's so dang big; it's wide, heavy and tall (well built though) while the DEEBOT is smaller, lighter and shorter. Put simply, it can go places the Samsung can't. And while I've always questioned whether a round vacuum (like DEEBOT) can get corners as well as a flat front vacuum (like Samsung and Neato) i believe it overall it's more advantageous to have a round vacuum because it can maneuver better (when getting stuck, it spins in a circle, obviously flat front models do the same, but sometimes corners of the front hit things) and the round vacuums like the DEEBOT use their plastic wire brushes to help get things in corners and do a pretty good job. SETUP I am a bona fide smart home user. I have smart cameras,smart lights, several Google Homes, etc. Smart home integration is a must for me, and luckily this has it. My only issue with setting up this vaccum was getting it connected to the internet. For some reason (I'm sure there's a reason, I am jsut smart enough to know) most smart home devices run on a 2.4 GHz network. I use a Linksys router that combines a 5 and 2.4 Ghz network. It took a while and several tries, but it did ultimately connect to my Wi-Fi, and I haven't had any connection issues since. But keep that in mind; it might cause a minor headache, but at least based on my experience once it's set up, you should be good to go. The robot comes with a remote, and other than using it for initial setup (to connect to Wi-Fi) it sits in my drawer. Most of the time I tell Google to start the vacuum (which activates in seconds) or my phone when I'm away. Again, after the initial setup, I have not had one issue in terms of connectivity or use with Google Home. The app itself is pretty intuitive. There's not much to say about it, I either use it to start or end the vacuum. You can use it for spot vacuuming, but I generally just vacuum the whole house when I need it. CONCLUSION The best part of the DEEBOT is price. While I cannot value robot vacuums in a vacuum (pun intended) and say what they're worth, if you are simply comparing different brands, the DEEBOT has to be on the top of the list. The Samsung has a screen on it (which can be helpful when it's stuck) and has more power, but the performance and price of the DEEBOT makes it an incredible value. If you are looking for a robot vacuum with smart home connectivity (Alexa or Google) this should most certainly be on the top of your list.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Can't replace the conventional vacuum

    Posted
    MacUser
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    This is our first ever robotic vacuum, so we were literally noob in this field. I had to watch few youtube videos to get started on his. We were all excited to use this. First of all, if you have carpet at your home, bear in mind that this robotic vacuum can't replace the conventional vacuum because it will not clean as good as you yourself. After all, it's a robot, not a human. We have wooden floor in our kitchen where it cleans little better than the carpet. On the carpet, we still have to vacuum with our dyson after the Deebot finishes its business. First of all, let's see what comes in the box: 1) The ECOVACS Robotics DEEBOT N79SE itself 2) Two round brushes 3) Charger and cable 4) Remote Control 5) Brush for cleaning the vacuum and round brushes 6) Two AAA batteries 7) Owner's Manual Ecovacs instructs users to charge the vacuum for at least 4 hours before first use which we did and gave it a try. It has been doing a decent job but again does about 80%, not complete which is okay for the excellent price. It can be connected with your wifi but only with the 2.4 GHz not with 5 GHz. The instruction on the box also tell that it can be connected with Google home or Amazon Alexa. We own a google home, so I was excited to give it a try. It was relatively easy to set up but honestly, this feature works sporadically. Sometime, we would ask google to start the Deebot and it would reply with its typical response: "Sorry, this device has not been set up yet" but will work the next time if requested, literally after 5 seconds which is just ridiculous. I'm not sure if this is the problem with our google home or the vacuum itself. One feature that I really like about it is when it's about to die, it will automatically find its charger and dock itself to recharge. I'm not sure if its a new feature or an industry standard as it's our first robotic vacuum. Deebot also came with a remote with several modes and an added bonus of a digital clock. You can also download Ecovacs app on your phone which again is just average. Half of the time, it shows the vacuum to be offline. So I have to close the app and reopen to get it "online" but that's the issue with the app not the vacuum. I just wanted to bring it up here as a heads up. Pros: -Does job for you automatically when you are feeling lazy -Has different modes of cleaning -Can be scheduled for cleaning -Automatically charges itself -Not very loud Cons: -Didn't work well with Google home -Was hoping replacement brushes but they were not provided -Does not completely clean the house, additional vacuuming needed -The App is useless most of the time, you are better off using the physical remote -Does not has a handle to lift It's a good product overall with few minor issues but for the price, I would definitely recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good little vacuum gummed up by long dog hair

    Posted
    NewfMom

    We live in a vacuum's nightmare. I have a newfoundland (about 125lbs, long black hair) and yellow lab (short hair) with low-to-medium pile carpets. My newf is notorious for bringing in "treasures" from the yard in his fur, including beech nut shells, leaves, small twigs, etc. I could probably vacuum twice a day and still need to spot clean. Add to that a crawling baby, and I needed backup. After thorough searching, we brought home the Ecovacs Deebot N79SE (I am still not sure what differentiates this from the N79S, and assume that the "SE" is just specifically sold at BB). Satisfied pet owners sung the praises of this reasonably priced bot on other websites. I began envisioning of a life where I could vacuum every other, or, dare I dream, every 3 days? Putting the bot together was easy: pop on the little side brushes and it's ready to go. I really liked that there were actual brushes on the roll as well as silicone fins, plus the two side brooms. I sat him on the charger and waited the recommended 4 hours before sending him on his maiden voyage across our (tidied up) floor. During this time I set up the app on my Samsung phone; it took two tries to sync, but I did not have any issues with the app itself. Sometimes I had to go back a few screens in order for it to update the status of the device, which I considered only a minor annoyance. Once it was all charged up I set the mode to Auto and he immediately darted under our bed, which is home to several randomly placed storage boxes, and I was pleasantly surprised to see him emerge unscathed from the other side. It definitely moved in a random pattern around the room, deliberately slowing before nearing objects and then usually turning before (gently) bumping into anything. It seemed to like to be at least 6" away from walls and objects - I wonder if this is just the mode I had selected (versus "edge clean" which I unfortunately did not get a chance to try). Satisfied that the robot and my stuff were no immediate danger to each other, I left him alone to do his work. In its regular mode it's pretty quiet, sort of like a household fan on "low," when put into "max" mode it sounded more like a hair dryer. My husband and I both thought it was pretty quiet, and it was definitely not as loud as our Dyson DC13 and Shark Rocket vacuums. About an hour later I checked the app and noticed that the battery was low and decided to peek in on him - he was having trouble docking (he had knocked the base slightly askew on the floor). No biggie. Before placing him back on the charger I decided to check the bin and brushroll. And this is where things got hairy. Literally. The brushroll looked like a giant black caterpillar. The brushes and fins were completely obstructed by long black dog fur, while the bin itself was literally overflowing with my lab's shorter hair and other debris. There were so many emotions: excitement at how well it was cleaning, with a healthy dose of horror at what had been lurking in my carpet, along with some serious concern that I had completely overwhelmed this device. The brushroll is behind an easily removable (but still secure) plastic door and it pops right out to be cleaned. Ecovacs includes a tool with a small razor (looking much like a seam ripper), designed for cleaning, and it did a good job of helping me free the brushroll, but the hair was everywhere. It was even beyond the edges of the roll (think like the ends of a spool of thread) and was winding around the parts that secure it to the robot itself. I imagine that isn't good long term, but I thought that maybe it would get better if the floors were cleaner? The dustbin is definitely on the smaller side - 300mL as advertised. it includes a small filter that's easily removable and cleaned with a light tap/use of the included brush. The whole compartment comes out and opens easily over your trash can. If you're a hardcore allergy sufferer, you may want to find someone else for this task. All in all, it had cleaned about 1/3 of the appx 400sq ft room. I let it charge overnight and decided to give it another go in the morning. Unfortunately the result was much the same. The bot returned home because the bin was totally full - and the brushroll completely and totally covered in hair. It followed much the same pattern as before, which meant that after two passes it still had managed only about half of a 400sq ft room. I knew going in that we would likely have to clean out the vacuum every day we used it. What I was not prepared for was having to completely clean out the bin and brushroll multiple times in order to clean a single room over the course of several chargings/days. I returned it, disappointed, less than 24 hours after I bought it. Bottom line: This vacuum is probably okay if you have small(er) short-haired dogs, though be ready to empty the bin frequently when they blow their coats. If you have long haired floofers, you probably need to do what we're doing and look for a more powerful vac with a bigger bin. Finding the perfect robot vac is hard, but Best Buy's return process was easy peasy!

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Ecovacs Advisor

      Hello,

      Thank you for your comment. We value customer feedback like this because it helps us improve the quality of our product and services. The DEEBOT N79SE thoroughly cleans pet hair thanks to a durable three-point cleaning system, including a deep reach main brush, and powerful vacuum suction. Please note that hair can get intertwined on the brushes, which might increase the frequency with which you have to clean it. While we are sorry to hear that the unit's dustbin did not live up to your expectations, we are happy to hear that the unit was able to collect as much hair as you mentioned.

      Regarding the cleaning pattern, as you mentioned, this vacuum does not follow a predetermined cleaning path. Its movement is determined by the obstacles it encounters, which cause it to readjust and follow a new path. Combined with a 120-minute battery, this allows the robot to cover the most of a room’s surface, especially high traffic areas. As the robot continues to run, it should eventually move on to a new area. Another way to combat this is to start the robot from a new area or run multiple cleaning cycles.

      While we are sorry to hear that your experience with your Deebot did not live up to your expectations, we would like to thank you for giving our product a chance, and if you ever decide to buy from Ecovacs again, we can always be reached to answer any questions you may have at customerservice@ecovacsrobotics.com.

      Best,
      Ecovacs Robotics Ecovacs

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Robot Vacuum all around

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    Telstar
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    ECOVACS Robotics - DEEBOT N79SE App-Controlled Self-Charging Robot Vacuum - Espresso We have another Deebot, model M81Pro, that we've had for a year. It's running strong and does a good job. The Deebot N79SE is very similar, perhaps a little smaller in overall size. However, it has a larger dust bucket with the same size vacuum roller brush and vacuum opening as the M81Pro and uses a Lithium-Ion battery whereas the M81Pro uses a Ni-Mh battery. I only mention these facts since the N79SE is, in most cases, an upgrade from the M81Pro, in my opinion. The N79SE seems a little quicker in its overall operating speed and movements. I checked its running time and it ran about 1.5 hours with ratio of about 25% carpet and 75% hardwood/tile surfaces that it covered before needing recharging. Runtime will vary depending on floor surfaces, number of obstacles it must navigate etc. As is typical with robot vacuums in this price range, the Deebot N79SE does not offer virtual boundries nor does it do a virtual scan map in its little head (sometimes called Smart NAVI) of the area where you turn it on to work. The N79SE simply takes off for a distance then turns to one side or another and continues repeating this process many times enabling it to cover the floor surface a number of times. It continues this noodling process and usually gets into most every space it can fit into. It has the usual sensors so it won't run off steps and so it can navigate around furniture or other obstructions. Once it's reached its battery limit, it will head back to its charging station to power up. As is typical with other robot vacuums I'm familiar with, it may take it some time to find its charging station. Overall, the N79SE does a good job vacuuming. It manages to collect a lot of dust, debris, hair etc so that you'll need to empty its bucket when it recharges. Occasionally you'll need to check its main brush for things that might get wrapped around it. It comes with a tool to remove this stuff. The filters on the dust bucket can be rinsed/washed easily, but you do need to check them probably every 2nd or 3rd use, which is easy since they're attached to the dust bucket. It has a remote control so that you can control various actions: specifically direct it back to its charging dock before it's used up its battery power, to only run along baseboards for cleaning, to only clean one room (requires you to be able to shut off that room), to only spot-clean a particular area, to set timers so it will run whether you're home or not and other controls as well including an auto control so it will start and run itself. It has an iOS or Android app for your smartphone that will do these things plus more while showing additional information the remote can't; however, the app/Deebot needs 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi to utilize the app. Older Wi-Fi routers provide the 2.4 GHz band with more modern routers providing 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands both. Mine has both bands, but for whatever reason, I wasn't able to set up the app on the 2.4 GHz band. I'm sure it's merely a setting buried somewhere in my router's firmware/software, or some step I'm missing involving my phone, but there you go - tech woes that seem to have nothing to do with the Deebot itself. While having the app connected to the Deebot through your Wi-Fi is useful, particularly if you want to control it while you're away from home, it isn't essential to the overall operation of the robot. You can use the remote for almost everything the app will do or you can just push the auto button on the top of the N79SE, and watch it take off. Of course, if Alexa's your thing, or Google Home, you'll want it connected to your Wi-Fi so you can use voice control. The N79SE is a keeper. It's quick and keeps your floors looking good. Like any robot vacuum, clear your floors of problem items before using as you would if you were using the old Hoover upright - any small toys, clothing and cords/cables will get in the way no matter what you use. For the money, this is a really good robot vacuum. If you need more in a robot vacuum, there are plenty of others, but they will cost you more too.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great time saver

    Posted
    CKMW
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    I have always been interested in getting a robotic vacuum, but the combination of price points, negative reviews for many models, and lack of actual necessity have stopped me from purchasing one. With a recent residency change, the prospect of getting a robotic vacuum slowly changed from "want" to "time saver." I would spend an hour every Sunday vacuuming the house from top to bottom, only to have leaves, dirt, kitty litter, guinea pig bedding, food crumbs, and a wild abundance of various hair scattered through my home by Monday. Because robotic vacuums have become so prevalent, I figured there must be a decent model at a good price point. I was very excited when I saw this Deebot model. The reviews were overwhelmingly positive, the price was good, and I was ready to keep the daily debris at bay. We have now had the Deebot for 3 weeks. The pros vastly outweigh the cons, and the cons seem applicable to every robotic vacuum. I would purchase Deebot again without hesitation. Pros: *Can schedule to clean. We have Deebot set to clean every night while we are sleeping *Is relatively quiet. Not quiet as a mouse, but it isn't too loud to run in the background. We have ours set to run at night through our downstairs. It has never woken us up. *Can easily switch between floors. We have a two level townhouse that is approximately 700 square feet downstairs and 600 square feet upstairs. About twice a week I set Deebot upstairs and let it do its thing. It does a pretty good job of covering the area upstairs while still remembering how to navigate downstairs. *Multiple settings. Our downstairs is hardwood and our upstairs is carpet. When I put Deebot upstairs I set it to "max" clean through the phone app. The max clean does a great job of getting the dust and cat hair that settles into the carpet. *My vacuuming time has been drastically cut. Deebot can't fully replace a vacuum, but I have not had to break out the heavy duty vacuum since we have had Deebot. I have used our handheld Shark Pet Hair vacuum on our living room rug once in the past 3 weeks. *The bin is incredibly easy to empty. *The app tells you when you need to replace the filter and brushes. Further, it comes with a maintenance tool so that you can remove debris from the brushes. Cons/neutrals *Battery life is decent. On the max setting it dies in about 1.5-2 hours. *Although our residence is pretty much an open floor plan, it seems to focus on some areas more than others. In our downstairs, it primarily focuses on the living room. I believe this is because our living room has the bulk of our items, so Deebot just has a harder time navigating. *In line with the previous point, sometimes Deebot repeatedly cleans a specific area for such an amount of time that it dies before making it to its charging station. On some days it does not make it into our dining room or kitchen. Usually, if we remember to pick up our wires as best as possible (phone, computers, etc), Deebot will make it everywhere and make it back to the charging station. I just check for it every morning and make sure to move it to the charging base if it's not there. *You need a lot of room for the charging base. The booklet suggests 3 feet per side and 6 feet directly in front of the base. The space in front of the base seems to be most important. I initially had the base in the dining room, but Deebot could not make it through our dining chairs to the base. Luckily, we have a large, raised TV stand that the charging base neatly fits under. *The "edge" feature seems to mistake our dark living room rug as an edge. I have seen Deebot roll over a laptop, but it will often come up to the dark blue edge of our living room rug and then turn around. I believe that Deebot reads this as an edge that it might fall over. Overall, Deebot has made my life a lot easier. I no longer spend a lot of time vacuuming, and Deebot takes care of most of the daily dirt and debris.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great entry-mid level robovac

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    emptystreets130
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    This is a great entry to mid level robovac. I mainly used this on the hardwood floor since I'm to tired to Swiffer the floor everyday. I have to Beagles mix that sheds like crazy and keeping up is hard. Setup is a breeze. Connect the two spinning brush heads, flip the switch on, press AUTO on the robovac, connect the docking station, put batteries in the remote and press the home button on the remote so the robovac can take it's beauty sleep. Let it sleep for 4 hrs before use. In my initial test, I did Swiffer the floor first and set the schedule to run at 4 am. I woke up the next morning to a very clean floor. I didn't see a lot of dog fur on the floor. The places I did see, were places it couldn't reach, like the multiple legs of an IKEA sleeper sofa. It was very quiet. It didn't wake me or my two dogs up. I took the dustpan out and was surprised that it picked up more dog fur than sweeping. I was amazed. I did try it on carpet. It's ok. It's not meant to deep clean a low-medium pile carpet. You still need to whip out the vacuum but it's perfect for the in-between maintenance. It did pick up a lot though. I'll attach some pics. Pairing to the phone is a little tough. Even if you connected to the 2.4GHz band, the phone had a hard time finding the robovac. I figure I let it charge for 4 hrs and try again. It paired after the 4 hrs. The phone app is very basic. It's almost like the remote, well it's a digital version of the remote but this is where you can see battery status, health of the brushes and filter, set schedules and the only place where you can adjust the suction power. I didn't see that on the physical remote. Two modes, Standard and Max. If you have MAX set and a schedules to run while you're sleep, then you are in for a rude awaking. It's loud and it seems like it runs into objects a lot harder. I'm on the 4th floor in my complex and I'm pretty sure the person below me can hear this thing running around my living room. It's fine in standard mode. The tracks is another thing. It squeaks when it turns in MAX. In standard mode its quiet. Keep this in mind if you have it running while you're sleeping. On standard mode, it's not loud at all. You can watch TV and have a conversation will this is running. Max is slightly louder but you can still watch TV and have a conversation. Anyways, it definitely a good robovac on hard surface. I'll post pictures up.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A good little bot for a great price.

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    joecaffe
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    This is my first robotic appliance so my novelty views may be skewed a bit. Though I've seen other models at the stores, but they were too expensive to approach on a whim. So I was happy to find the Deebot at this price point, it may not be the cheapest available, but it seemed to be better quality. I found it to be capable of vacuuming dust and debris you would typically sweep with a broom with the bonus of cleaning the area rugs as well. It handled rug edges with ease and worked better than I expected on most carpet ( sluggish on high pile). The unit comes with a remote that is straight forward and comes with 4 different cleaning profiles, setting schedules, and directional buttons (when you think it missed something or it got stuck somewhere you can't reach) The auto mode can be initiated from the remote or the main button on the unit. In auto mode, the bot travels in a haphazard way, not sure how much of the floor is covered. It's sensors prevent it from hitting most objects, turning about 6 inches from he obstacle. It has trouble seeing dark objects and usually bumps into them before changing course. It has gotten stuck in one corner several times, otherwise roams freely and covers a lot of ground in short periods. I downloaded the app for the Ecovac, but found it offers nearly the same features as the remote, with the exception of changing the suction power from standard to max and activating away from home. I don't think I will be turning it on when I'm not home anyway since the app does not offer a map telling me it's location in the house as I would imagine is available on more expensive units. The dust cup is pretty big and handles 2 daily cleanings of about 2000sf, more or less depending on dirt level. It goes on battery save mode when the recharge button is pressed though if it's far from the base, it could take a while to get there. A good little bot that works best on smaller footprints due to it's lack of more expensive features like gps and home mapping software. The price point should give people on the fence an easier decision to see what they're missing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Helps maintain clean floor between deep cleaning..

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    sundevilchemist
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    Review of ECOVACS Robotics - DEEBOT N79SE. Cannot replace my Dyson upright but replaces the need for me to sweep up in between my end of the week deep cleans. What I like about it: -I press a button and it does the sweeping for me -cleans whole house and more on 1 charge (single level home) -picks up long hair that falls on floor -cleans all the crumbs etc from under kitchen table -does a good job not running into things -quick start guide quick and easy to follow -not very loud (about same loudness of hair dryer on low being used in a different room) -remote and app are good -finds charging port What I didn't like: -Didn't do a great job on our carpet (thick pad and thick carpet -leaves tire imprints in carpet that eventually goes away -the side brushes seem to still spin on carpet and shouldn't -the side brushes sometimes flick debris away from main brush (opposite of what is intended) -no replacement side brushes or filter included -emptying dust bin not fun I would recommend this robot vac to hold your house over until you have the chance to use an upright type vac to really clean if you have carpet in the house. On hard surfaces such as wood, tile, etc this will do fine and no need for separate upright style vac. I have a rounded entry area in my house and the unit cannot track the wall correctly there and changes it path. Straight runs on the wall the unit does fine. You have to make sure to pickup anything that isn't trash off the floor, towels, plastic bags, etc like you would normally due with a regular vac. I didn't realized a plastic shopping bag was under my bed. came home and vac shut itself off because plastic bag was caught inside main roller. Once I took it off vac eventually found charging base. My tile floor haven't been cleaner. I was amazed at how much dust and debris was in dust bin after one use. I keep my floors pretty clean. I haven't looked into if the unit has a user replaceable battery. Hopefully the battery will last more than a couple of years. When I leave the house for errands etc I usually let the deebot do its thing. I can breathe better knowing the deebot is picking up all the dust off the floor.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Quiet, reliable and useful.

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    gadgeTT
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    Pros: * Quieter operation than most competitors. * Enough suction power to clean most floors. * Slim design fits under most furniture. * WiFi connection and comprehensive and useful app. Cons: * A tad cumbersome to set up on WiFi. * Relatively small brush roll. * No room mapping. I have had numerous robotic vacuums since they first came out. In general, the higher-priced ones are worth the extra money because they either have better navigation systems (work more reliably), have better suction (clean better) or have useful extra features (automatic docking, scheduling, etc.). This DEEBOT is a great value because it is what I would call an economy robotic vacuum based on its price, but but compares more favorably to the models at the high end of the price spectrum in terms of features. There is no fancy laser or camera-based guidance system, but it reliably cleaned several rooms without bouncing into too many things. I would call that good enough. The brush rollers on the bottom are on the small side (narrow vacuum path) but it seems to get the job done well enough - another win for the DEEBOT. In fact, it’s quieter than most while still working well. This unit has WiFi and app capability. Setup was more time-consuming and confusing than I would have expected, but once set up it works well. Be sure to select the correct app (for iOS use “ECOVACS” and not “ECOVACS HOME” at the time of this review) as there are two available but only one works with this model. The included infrared remote control does a lot but the built-in scheduling in the remote is basic - repeated cleaning every day is the only option. In the app, however; you can easily set up more useful patterns for weekly cleaning like every Tuesday and Thursday, etc… So far, I have not once witnessed an issue with this bot getting lost or stuck. Every time it has ended up on its charging dock as expected with a full dust bin. While this DEEBOT may not have the brand name recognition of some of its more expensive competitors, it works well and cost much less. I would recommend giving this bot a try first rather than jumping on one of the pricier models from the other guys.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Only review worth reading

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    HackeMate305
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    First off, any negative reviews are likely from consumers that lack common sense. Please remove all protective plastics before you use as these interfere with the bots ability to see clearly. ON TO THE REVIEW. Right out of the box you can set it up pretty quickly although you won't be able to use right away. The only time consuming parts are: finding an appropriate location for the dock and downloading the app and waiting about an hour for sufficient charge to operate for plenty of time to appreciate it's ability to navigate. MY OBSERVATIONS: The reason I give this bot 5 stars is because the engineers thought of everything when designing this thing. Dual brushes are absolutely necessary for several reasons, they reach into edges and corners and pull the dirt into the suction path. Also these brushes are designed to brush up against the rubber wheels which cleans them too and allows the bot to have better traction in order to climb onto rugs. The wheels are strategically positioned to serve as walls that channel the wind/dirt into the path of the vacuum. A CIRCULAR DESIGN IS THE ABSOLUTE BEST: being round allows it to rotate 360 when it wedges itself into tight spots so that it can free itself out. The bumper has sensors that allow it to detect things without the need to bump into. The bot will slow down to get through things it thinks may not be obstacles (such as low hanging curtains, or long hanging dresses in closets. If the object is in fact and obstacle, the bot will bump into it and its bumper detects the pressure and it then rotates to go around it. The engineers made this thing so efficient that it is super quiet. I compare it to my computer's fans under heavy load or a really quiet microwave. MAINTENANCE: The dirt bin is easy to pull out, clean, maintain, and replace filters as it is all-in-one. The brushes, roller, and filters are sold separately and very cheap, but you probably wont need to replace but once a year. CONCLUSION: I bought 2 of these for the price of 1 "more advanced" competitor bot and because of that, I have double the dirt bin capacity, I can clean rooms separately, and I can clean my house in half the time. THE BAD: The app takes a long time to refresh every time you open it. You can't just jump in and tell your robot what to do or see the battery life right away, but this is minor because I am just glad I have an app to tell me useful things like "your bot is stuck". Also, they need to update their Google Assistant capability as it currently only allows for one bot to be controlled. They need to allow all bots to be controlled (like Phillips Hue with all their lights) This almost made me take away one star, HOWEVER, the schedule makes it so I don't even have to tell Google to vacuum. The only feature I use is to tell Google to dock the vac if I have company over during its scheduled cleaning.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great unit at this price point

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    Justjohnne
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    The ECOVACS Robotics - DEEBOT N79SE was a nice surprise at this price point. I have experience with other models and this one does some things very well. Set up is easy you just have to know if you have a 2.4ghz or 5ghz wi-fi set up. This is not compatible with 5ghz and that usually is the setup issue people have. The app is very user friendly and has a host of useful features. Consumable usage was the new one from the others for me. It will tell you when you need to change your brushes and filter. The app also allows you to schedule clean times and remotely operate the vacuum. Operationally there are 4 modes, Auto, Edge, Spot and Single Room. Auto is pretty simple it automatically cleans the entire area you allow it access to using a random pattern. Edge, only cleans the outer edge of the room. Spot is a manually placement then it circles out from that spot and finally single room as long as you block its access from other areas. I tested both standard and max cleaning power settings. Standard is less noisy and will clean longer but I find the max setting is the optimal setting. I set it to clean while I am either asleep on the second floor or while I am gone during the day. Both run the possible risk of the unit getting stuck (more on that later) and you either wake up to or come home to an incomplete clean. That is an easy enough fix, help it out and let it continue on. Like I said I’m willing to risk it for the extra cleaning power. I purposely spread those annoying cut outs people put in cards and small lego pieces to see what this thing could do. It had no problems with either except the cut outs apparently have pretty good staying power on shag area rugs. The dust bin is a decent size and if you empty it regularly every couple of days it seems to be a good schedule. I have a Labrador Retriever and it handles shorter hair (lots of it) with no issues so far. I find if I empty the bin every other day that is enough to stay on top of it. The Deebot navigates back to the base using radio signal. I just discovered LED bulbs among other things can and will interfere with that signal so the base placement may take some extra tries. If you find it is having difficulty move the base and try again. I sat and watched the Deebot navigate almost my entire first floor trying to find the base like a drunk guy who took an Uber to the bar looking for his car. I also have had to un-wedge this several times from under the couch, it really wants to get under there. Dinning room chairs also seem to be a nemesis for the Deebot. Although there is waste in its methods, those are minor annoyances to an otherwise great set up. If the Deebot does not “finish” it will return, charge and resume. I would recommend this unit in the bot vacuum world.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    RC Vacuum Cleaner for the Adventurous

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    JohnZ
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    Do you even really need a robot vacuum cleaner? Should you spend twice as much for something better? How much do you need to restrict where the vacuum can travel? Those are the types of questions you should be asking yourself before going out and getting a robot vacuum cleaner. If you're hoping the robot vac does much more than light vacuuming, you're going to fill up the bin quickly and need to manually empty it out before the robot vacuum will be effective again. The DEEBOT N79SE is no different. Will your pet be afraid of it? Depends on the pet really. Our dog just watched while the robot vac sucked up its tail. If your dog sheds heavily, no robot vacuum I've seen yet will be good for you, a definite daily help, but with any heavy hair, it will get wrapped around the roller wheels quite easily besides filling up the bin. Functionally, the DEEBOT N79SE works fine, if your room and lifestyle allows it. If you have an open floorplan, it will be difficult to restrict where the machine can go. If however you have smaller rooms where you can barricade it off like by just closing the door, for instance, then you'll enjoy the functionality more, but... would need to carry the unit from room to room for it to clean more than the single room. You can always tell the unit to just clean around the room's edges, which might work for an open floorplan, or there's the "spot" mode which cleans where you start the unit, circling outward as each ring is cleared. The app is a new twist to the robot vacs. Seems like a great direction to go as it shows you how much life is left on your filter for instance. Curious to see if that is purely calendar time based, like every three months, or "as needed" based upon the amount of cleaning it performed. Nice twist with the Alexa / Google Assistant integration. It almost feels like an episode of The Jetsons, though I seem to recall Rosie the Robot pushing around an upright vacuum, not one that was automated. Of course, you can just treat the vacuum as an RC-car and drive it around manually with the app. Why someone would do that, I don't know, as the idea of getting a robot vac is to let it do the cleaning, while you're out and about doing your own thing. One thing I almost don't like about the unit is the amount of work you have to do to setup the room for it to clean. While it will stear around objects it "sees", it just might get stuck in the closet if you forget to close that. And generally just need to rid the floor first of bigger obstacles / trash items. Battery life is okay but you can cut it in half roughly by upping the power. It is rated for 2 hours but you'll almost never need that length of time to fill up the bin, to be emptied. For an entry level robot vacuum cleaner, you'll get what most people are looking for. Is that enough for you is a question. Spending more won't fix issues like dealing with doghair but it will give you an auto-emptying feature that just isn't available at this price point.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    LOVE MY DEEBOT!

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    DAHinAZ
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    The ECOVACS ROBOTICS - DEEBOT VACUUM was easy to setup right out-of-the-box. It was packaged real well and instructions were large, easy to follow, and with very limited steps … basically only two steps … attached the 2 three-pronged brushes to the bottom of the DEEBOT and then plug in it’s Charger and put unit on it. I have other robots, but this one has the lightest weight of them, but does not skimp on it’s ability to clean! After charging the unit about an hour (... I had a solid blue light on top...), I did my first automatic cleaning. My dog is a little sensitive to "things running around the floor", but this robot was quiet and didn’t seem to bother her … a real PLUS because she “runs to mama” and hides under my feet. The DEEBOT easily traversed the travertine flooring to wood to area rugs, and didn't get hung up. It was very quiet and did a great job of cleaning my “already clean” floors. It picked up a lot of dust and dog hair that was unseen to the naked eye. It did a really good job of picking up some dog chewy crumbs off the carpet, which are always a problem because they get stuck in the carpet. The DEEBOT did a good job of transitioning from tile to wood floor and got all the dust and didn’t leave “streaks” where it might have missed some on the wood. Each time I use DEEBOT, I’m impressed with the cleaning it does. It’s also quite fast versus the other robots I have … it definitely wins the speed race when cleaning my large downstairs living area. The robot's battery ran a long time – much longer than the other robots I have. I lost track of it a couple of times because it was farthest away from where I was working, and once it got stuck on a small bathroom throw rug which ran the battery out. After picking DEEBOT up, carrying to kitchen to dump the really full trash bin, I set it down on the kitchen floor (not where it had been) and (using the remote), told DEEBOT to return to HOME (the charger). Hands down, the DEEBOT is the best of my robots when finding it’s “home” … especially after you’ve picked it up and moved it a long distance from where it died. There was no hesitation … DEEBOT immediately returned home and started recharging. The robot travels all over my downstairs cleaning vs my other robots that want to stay in one room or small area before “moving on” to the rest of my downstairs. I’m very impressed with the different “room cleaning options” DEEBOT has … much better than the other robots. I think, overall, the DEEBOT is a timesaver, picking up the large amount of dust and fuzz that seems to accumulate on my floors since we live in the dessert and I always have my back slider open and things continually blow in. It is a very nice cleaning product and is now my favorite of my three robots!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice for basic functions

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    GAHokie
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    Well, the problem with robot vacs is, if you have a multilevel home and you already have been bit but the robovac bug, it’s hard not to get another. At least until someone decides to make a robovac drone that can fly itself up/down a flight of steps. Anyway, as mentioned, we do already own a robovac from another company. We like it so much that we wanted another for another floor. We didn’t want the expense though of that first vac. We decided to give this a try and enjoy it. We have not had any issues with cleaning, though nothing beats a regular vacuum when it comes to a good cleaning of area rugs. Aside from a few area rugs though, the floors where this is being used are hardwood so for us, it’s great. We do have cats so I prefer to do a visual sweep for fur ball landmines and toys before letting it run. I find it hard to believe letting these machines pinball around is efficient. The floors are always clean, but something tells me they could be cleaned quicker. Taking the edge clean mode to another level and step in the width of the bot on each lap sounds like practical programming to me. If you don’t want this thing to clean a room, then you have to close the door. That’s a bummer. Some of the magnetic border tape would be great. In our case, the foyer area is low traffic and full of obstacles anyways so we prefer it not run in that area. There’s no door there so we live with the cleaning. Thanks to the run time though, it still has juice to clean the other rooms. Run time was an issue we had with the first vac when it was on this floor trying to clean and would get into the foyer. I like the color. It’s different from the black and silvers you see in the store and our other vac is all black. It’s a little bit smaller in diameter than that one too but obviously doesn’t seem to impact cleaning ability. It’s easy to empty the dust bin. It’s always interesting to see what it collects, especially when it makes the under furniture runs. The aftermarket replacement parts are cheaper comparatively, so that’s a bonus. I don’t really fool with the app or remote. This thing is supposed to clean on it’s own. I’ll let it do its job instead of wasting time trying to control it. Again, since I usually do a visual sweep, I typically start it at the machine. Overall, we’re happy with it, but again, with all the floors in our home being hardwood or tile, it’s hard for it not to excel. If your floors are similar and you’re not wanting to break the bank, I think this is a good choice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good little robovac

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    Johnnyboy84
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    My home is filled with smart devices and I jumped at the chance to get yet another smart device. I like to think of them as assistants because they all serve a purpose and this Deebot is no exception. I have personally owned two other brands but this one I am new to. I like the fact that it is small and does not take up a lot of space. I chose to dock it in the entryway of my place so it is out of the way. My apartment is tiny at around a little over 500 sq ft. I believe that this particular is best for individuals who have smaller living spaces. After using this for a couple of weeks I like it. The Deebot is able to reach under places my Neato can't due to the fact that it does not have a radar like system protruding from the top of the robovac. I setup the app after a few tries for whatever reason I was having some trouble on my Samsung phone. So I set it up on another phone I have and it worked without issue. I was able to setup it with the Alexa which I enabled through the app and it works as expected but the use is basic and limited at the moment. Hopefully they will update that overtime but for now it is fine. Now how does it clean?? I t does a good job and I am not sure if there is a formula that the Deebot uses because it seems to have a random path it will follow. For example it cleaned my bathroom multiple times while it game less attention to the entry way near the dock for whatever reason. After a while it will get the job done. I can't help but feel that it could be more efficient with a better algorithm of some sort to help it navigate the environment in a more efficient manner. Doing that would probably cut the cleaning time by a fraction thus even saving battery life. I have a shag carpet and the Deebot did not seem to like it a whole lot at first because it would get caught on the edges. My solution place something heacy on the edges and it won't get caught. :::Pros::: - I don't sweep less than before - Little maintenance required - low profile fits under my dresser and night stands :::Cons::: - Trash bin is smaller than I would prefer - Limited Alexa voice commands Overall I would gladly get this again. It is simple and does what it is designed to do. I want to eventually try a higher end model and see what Ecovacs top of the line Robovacs can do. TL;DR Good entry level vacuum that helps out around the house or wherever you use it. It can be used with Alexa and that is a plus because I prefer to not use the app it is easier to send verbal commands to clean my place.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Robot at a great price

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    CrysisComplex
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    DEEBOT N79SE is a funny little one but it does mighty tasks. This little robot hits every dirt spot in the room to vacuum with no problem at a fantastic price. Vacuuming every day with pet hair is a serious drain session, this takes out all the stress from doing it myself and letting the robot go. It is designed really well that seem to withstand taking a beating and its overall a good design in line with modern robot vacuums. Taking it out the box was easy and set up was a breeze, putting the robot together was quick and fast to get going. Downloaded the app and I was good to the go...the app itself is tedious to set up on WiFi dude to the fact that it uses 2.4 GHz and not 5Ghz which seems to me like a blunder. This Deebot has four modes: Auto, Single, Sport, and Edge. For the most part, I used Auto more then the rest of the modes. Edge did work just fine hitting every single edge in my room. It seems to do the job it suppose to. To do this you must have some doors closed off. Battery life is ok but I maxed out around an hour before needed to recharge to the base. The suction power is powerful sucking up any dirt on my thick carpet and it works fantastically picking stuff. Hardwood floors were a breeze for this thing to handle. Deebot also just does multiple vacuums over the same spot. For the most part, it gets the area clean but seems to be slightly derailed when the room isn't clear. The bin holds a decent amount of dirt so you don't have to empty it every single time. Bigger items and long hair this robot struggle with but that shouldn't be an issue if you keep the robot clean and clear. The sound isn't loud from the robot itself and hums on through the room as well. If you want to control the vacuum you can use the app to control where the robot goes which is quite fun In my opinion. Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa worked just fine with me. I think this robot is perfect if you on a budget and looking for a robot vacuum that does every single task you would want. There are many features missing from the vac that's on other robots but I think the price and features make this one of the best buys. ECOVACS is really on to something here with this and I'm proud they are paying attention to this section. I would easily recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    An economical robot

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    FlyingC
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    Cutting directly to the chase, this is a good entry-level robot vacuum if you don't have one and want to give it a try. It has the essential, basic features of a robot vacuum but really none of the extra bells and whistles that some people might want eventually. It's a good robot vacuum to figure out (without breaking the bank) if that's a tool you want to use in your household. Only supporting 2.4GHz WiFi was a bit of a nuisance during the initial setup. I had to pull out an ancient tablet that was only capable to 2.4GHz so I could talk to it and get it on the network. Once over that hurdle, it's worked like a champ on the WiFi. Another downside is there's no capability to keep it from going into areas without just physically blocking it. It doesn't support the magnetic strip boundary which some do, or an infrared boundary like others. But, if you can shut it in a room and let it go that won't be an issue for you. On the plus side, it is fairly quiet when running. I think it's one of the quieter models I've tried (out of about 6 brands). Another definite advantage is its low profile and smooth top so it doesn't get stuck under things as easily as some. Many other robots have little sensors or other protrusions on top that can catch under cabinets, etc. This one does seem to get stuck much less often. Like most robot vacuums it has a fairly small dust bin so you'll definitely need to empty it every time it runs. And, don't expect it to clean a large area that's extremely dirty without first using a regular vacuum to get the bulk of it. In my view, robots work great during the week to keep the cat hair at bay. They run while I'm at work, then I just empty the dust bin when I get home and enjoy a clean floor with about 60 seconds of effort. Someday I suppose they'll take over the world, but right now I'm just happy my floors are cleaner.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Incredible. Satisfying. Like Having a Maid.

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    I am the man this Christmas. This was the best buy. The gift of all gifts. My wife is through the roof happy. "Hey hun remember when we had to go to the pantry closet, haul out the shark, unwind that cord, navigate through the mess just to find a place to plug in - clunk the monster around the room running over crap and sneezing up a storm because of my allergies...." those are days of the past. But now: THE F U T U R E is here. This machine is incredible to watch. » It's quiet enough to run after the kids are in bed. » It doesn't fall off staircases with it's detection sensors. » It has an app for the phone so you can feel like a kid again and remote control car the thing around the room. Or just set times you want this thing to get to work throughout the day whether you are home or away. You'll be coming home to a fresh floor. » Fun to watch work while you do OTHER things not wasting time vacuuming. » It returns to it's home when the battery gets low and DOCKS ITSELF! » It has edge cleaning, navigates well » Has surprisingly great suction but not enough where it's going to damage wires or kids toys » Gets the job done » I don't have to do anything Few Cons: » Does lightly bump into things » It's quiet enough to run when kids are sleeping but it is a power tool and moving around so it has some sound. » Very very very few times it has gotten stuck but all fixable by relocating an item. » Has an on/off switch that can get turned off but has only happened once by me acci