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Botvac D7 By Neato: A Robot Vacuum Must Have

From my Facebook and Instagram posts, it’s no secret I have become a crazy cat guy with 3 awesome cats. Unfortunately with that, comes lots of cat hair! 

You may recall my previous blog about the Neato Botvac Connected, one of (if not the first) Neato Botvacs that was smartphone controllable with an app. I’ve had that vacuum for years and through 3 homes and it has been a life saver. In my current home in Georgia however, I have 2 floors, so I had been carrying it between floors to do its work.

So, enter the D7 Connected. The top end Neato robot vacuum. I’ll get right to the point and tell you why I just had to have this vacuum.

No Go Lines

When you have a lot of rooms in the house, its easy to have left something on the floor in one, that could really mess up a vacuum. Clothes, tools/parts, whatever mess you can think of. Originally, to stop the vacuum from going in a room, you’d have to 1) buy electronic devices that go on each side of a door. This is how Roomba was doing it, and I was always worried about battery life, and how easily my cats could knock them over. Alternatively, 2) what Neato did, was make magnetic strips you could just put down on the floor. I liked this a lot better, but I had to be careful in applying it in rentals to be non permanent but effective.

All those issues are gone however with the new No Go Lines in the Neato app. You take the time to clean the whole house of major obstructions, open all the doors, and let the Neato D7 map out your house. Then, you can draw in no-go lines anywhere from your phone. Remember you left something on the floor in the spare bedroom? Just draw a line before you click run, and Neato won’t go there. Super awesome, super simple!

You can also have the robot remember multiple floor plans, if you need to clean different floors in your home.

Cleaning Power

Clearly one of the most important parts of a vacuum, right? Neato leaves nothing on the table here with super power suction. With the great combo brush included, picking up pet hair and larger debris from both carpet and our wood flooring is a breeze. I’m always amazed when I open the dirt trap what I see! On a side note, it’s also really quiet for the power of cleaning you’re getting. I borrowed this quote from a Wired blog, it seems spot on!

I measured the sound of Turbo mode at 67 dB and Eco at 64, so I opted to go for turbo mode. Sure it’s louder, but it’s still more than ten decibels quieter than the Roomba 980.

Pet hair, small debris, no problem!

Zone Cleaning

This feature I jumped the gun a little bit on, because it’s still to come, but how perfect is this? With zone cleaning, I can frequent the kitchen moreso than my office or bedroom, to pick up those spare crumbs that hit the floor in cooking. Maybe I should hit the living room extra too from that movie night popcorn! I took this image from the Neato site, but I can’t wait to explore this feature!

D7 Clean By Zone
Cleaning By Zone

Precision Cleaning

The video below gives me such relief to my OCD. Look how straight the cleaning is, as lasers permeate the room and the D Shaped Vacuum squeezes into every corner perfectly for a wonderful clean!

2 Hour Battery Life!

Battery life is definitely important to me in a robot vacuum. While my original Botvac connected is awesome, my new home is just a little bit bigger, so it can’t quite squeeze the whole floor in, in one cleaning. That means it pauses near the end to charge, and then starts back up to finish which only takes it 10-15 minutes. The new D7 however has 2 hours of battery life so it easily knocks out the job! Plus, it has turbo charging speed, so if I need to spot clean or do something else, it will be ready to go again shortly!

Voice Control

This is something I never really anticipated using, but it has come in handy quite a bit. Running out the door quick I can just tell Google Home or Amazon Alexa to start my vacuum. I was worried that having two in the home would mean there would be issues with this, but nope, Neato thought that through! Google prompted me for which robot I wanted to run. I’ve named them Jarvis and Baxter as you’ll see in this video… #nerd 

Voice Control of Neato

Extra Care Mode

Perhaps you have some furniture you want to give some TLC, or maybe you don’t want Neato bumping into walls or doors. Don’t worry, Neato has you covered there too. You can enable gentle mode, and Neato will more cautiously approach corners, walls and obstacles.

Extra Care Mode
Extra Care Mode

Setup Was a Breeze

Setup was a breeze! Just a push of a button, and connecting to the robot’s WiFi from my phone and we were off to the races. There was a software update that came and went really easily, too. Took me under 5 minutes to be up and running. Can’t beat it! 

Multiple Robots

If you’re a tech nerd like me and have two robots, on two floors, and you’re worried about it being complicated to manage, let me put those fears to rest! As I showed in the video above with voice control, Neato was thinking ahead, and the app experience is really good and intuitive for controlling multiple robots.

Control Multiple Robots

Summary

The Botvac D7 from Neato is a must have. The combination of cleaning power and simplicity is second to none! 



Neato Botvac D7 Connected Laser Guided Robot Vacuum Featuring Multiple Floor Plan Mapping and Zone Cleaning, Works with Amazon Alexa (Kitchen)

Take your cleaning further with the Neato Botvac D7 connected. With lasers mapping and Navigation it covers more area in less time, moving around your house logically—not randomly. New zone cleaning lets you pinpoint trouble areas you want to clean more frequently. Turbo mode provides an extra powerful clean picking up debris you can’t see, while the robotic D-Shape design tracks down dirt in corners and along walls better than others. The BotVac D7 is super smart, remembering multiple floor plans and letting you create no-go lines on each, so your Robot knows where not to go. And it keeps getting smarter, so you’re first to have the latest features. With up to two hours of battery life, the BotVac D7 is perfect for even the largest homes.

Features: 
  • Lasersmart technology intelligently navigates and maps your home, cleaning in straight lines instead of a random pattern
  • With zone cleaning, you can target the trouble areas in your home more frequently. (Available via software update in fall 2018)
  • No-go lines lets you tell your robot where not to go avoiding things like cluttered rooms or a bunch of cables
  • Multiple floor plan mapping lets you save up to three maps, one for each story of your home
  • Turbo mode boosts suction to pick up the dirt you can’t see
  • Ultra performance filter captures up to 99Percent of dust mites and allergens as small as 10 microns. D-shape design and large core brush gets into corners round robots can’t
  • Up to 120 minutes of battery life, perfect for even the largest homes. Sometimes your robot wants a little extra power to finish a long cleaning run. With quick boost charging, it calculates the amount of power needed to finish the job, and charges accordingly
  • Get new features through regular software updates
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Brandon Sullivan

I am an entrepreneur, meteorologist and storm chaser. I travel and take captivating photos and videos across the world. If I'm not chasing, I'm at the gym. All opinions are my own and do not represent my employers or investments.

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