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Temperamental, but way ahead of the gamePosted
Despite some inconsistencies, the Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 930 is the pace car for all other robotic vacuums. First, the setup was very easy. Eventhough the quick start directions are vague, they aren't really needed to get you up and running. All you really need to do is snap on a couple pieces that are easy to determine where they go, place the vacuum on its charger base, turn it on, and download the app. The instructions give you specific dimensions that it says you need to have clear around the dock, but it appears they are exaggerated a bit as the Vacuum is very good at finding its home. For the first use, pick up debris in the area of the house the vacuum will be navigating and make sure that there is a clear path everywhere the vacuum needs to go. Also open any doors to any room so that the vacuum can map the house, which will be very helpful for future use. After the first use, you will see a very detailed map of your house in the app, which even divides the map into sections by room, which you can custom name (i.e. Kitchen, Master Bedroom, etc). This is especially handy because you can then select a room you want Deebot ti clean in the app and it will head straight there. The live view in the app of where the vacuum has cleaned and is currently located Is pretty neat too. The cleaning ability, as a vacuum, is VERY impressive. Even in rooms recently vacuumed by my name brand full size vacuum the Deebot is able to pull out filth from what I thought was a clean room. The mopping function works ok, but I think could use some improvement. Not much water is used by the vacuum, which would be nice, if it was enough. I also wish that they would have implemented oscillating scrubbers into this vacuum for a more thorough mopping, but overall it does a good job. The downsides to this vacuum is that it is a little temperamental. On occassion it will have issues with an area rug (not shaggy) and give a fault code for needing its drop sensors cleaned. They don't need cleaned, the vacuum just got stuck on the transition from wood to rug. But when you lift the vacuum to correct the error, the whole map is lost and you need to do it all over. If the vacuum wouldn't get amnesia every time it was lifted off the ground, I would give this vacuum 5 stars and immediately buy another for family members to use and enjoy all of the cool features. Hopefully this is correctable in a firmware update, and if so, I will sing Ecovacs praises to anyone within earshot. Overall, this vacuum is great in theory, very good in practice with great suction, and with a couple programming tweaks potentially the ALPHA of home robotics and automation. Yes, you need one.
I would recommend this to a friend
DEEBOT Ozmo 930: AI 4 Clean Sweep The Quick Start Guide is a good summary of the Manual's content; but, it's wisest to set aside the time to process the instructions: For instance, you are not supposed to put the Deebot in the charger BEFORE turning it on. The main manual also asks that all packing materials be removed because some bits and pieces may lie beneath some people's awareness. I have an Android phone and easily found then downloaded the FREE Deebot Ozmo 930 App via Google Play. What I did not like is the App's Agreement. The App want's access to the consumer's location and smart phone data and, with all the mishandling lately of consumer data, I don't like allowing that access. I hope Customer Service registers my concern and/or affords me a work around. A welcome improvement to the App would be the addition of Push Notification; so, if the vacuum encounters a fault, the owner would get an alert without having to open the App. I do like the vacuum's housing. The unit has a heft and weight that promises durability, especially necessary for a household tool that is likely to encounter some bumps and grinds. I learned that the vacuum can map only one level at a time. So, if you move it to another floor, you must reboot to allow new boundaries to be defined. Even before moving my rugs with fringe, my puddling curtains and my cables to prevent entanglement, I realized that a person without wide open expanses of flooring would be unable to schedule a vacuuming without being present to do the prep required. Moreover, when I tried to use my banking app, I couldn't. Found the Deebot's wifi doesn't allow me to do other work using my wifi. Of course, I can use my smartphone because the default access to my service provider kicks in. Unfortunately, I had to call Customer Service multiple times to let them know that I couldn't access the app via the Deebot's Network Set Up process on my phone. The first two times their system dropped my call. On the third call, I got a voice mail. After 3 hours, I am still waiting for a call back or an email. After troubleshooting Login to the App, I should be able to schedule cleanings and make real time adjustments to my vacuum's status and its map. Nonetheless, even though I couldn't access the app on my phone to try to map my 1st floor level territory to be vacuumed, I hit Auto and it announced it would start cleaning. Deebot requires help to transit over 1/2" high thresholds dividing the carpet area from the wooden floors and the tiled floors; but, overall, the robot navigates pretty well finding its way around and under my furnishings. It does try to disengage if obstacles block its movement. BTW, Deebot announced when it was low on energy and was heading back to the charging station. It advanced for 3 ft, whirled in different directions then shut down, never making it back to its destination to get charged up. I carried it back. Remember, that due to the size of the dirt bin, a regular dumping must be accomplished. As well, the robot touts that it can vacuum carpet and wash down ceramic, tile and linoleum floors; but, remember, when you use the machine, you must clean the machine: bang out the filter, empty the dust bin and/or empty any remaining liquid. There is a chart that indicates timing for parts replacement; so, you can install calendar alerts in your Outlook, etc You would also want to install an alert for the ONE YEAR WARRANTY end date. Overall, since the 930's price point has been greatly reduced from over $1000 with its introduction to Canada and the US, it's a worthwhile investment if you want a more regular clean sweep than you can do yourself in light of a hectic schedule. Bottom-line, wide open spaces that don't require removal of fringed rugs, electrical cords and coaxial cables would be the best fit unless closer supervision is OK.
I would recommend this to a friend