Neato XV Robot Review

The Neato XV series of robot vacuums are a radical departure form previous robots that were sold as “vacuums” in the past. Other machines that were marketed as vacuums were just glorified sweepers that bounced around the room randomly. These machines were good at keeping the surface of your carpet clean, but failed to get ANY deep embedded dirt. I have tried various models from iRobot and other manufactures over the past few years but none have managed to actually vacuum, merely sweeping the top of the carpet. This machine is the first real robot that can be called a vacuum. This machine also does not randomly bounce around the room like others but instead employs a laser to create a map of the room. With this map it will plan out a path through the room and cover every spot in the room once. Also unlike previous robots the Neato does not bump into your walls and furniture  but will see them with its laser and not touch them. By not going over some spots many times and others once it can save energy and devote that extra energy to cleaning. This translates into a machine that has a powerful vacuum, in addition to sweeping debris off of the floor. Although the machine cannot replace a full sized vacuum it does do quite a good job at keeping the floors clean in between. The machine will also run automatically on a schedule so it can clean when you are away.

Although the machine will occasionally get stuck on things like a lamp or a chair leg, most of the time (98%) it will detect and avoid the obstruction. Even when it does get stuck, about 75% of the time it is able to free itself and continue cleaning. When it cannot free itself and continue cleaning the house. To keep the machine from going places that it might get stuck, or out of places you do not want it to clean you can place a magnetic strip down. This strip looks like a black threshold and acts like a wall to the robot. When the robot detects the strip it will act as if the strip is a wall that it cannot touch.

For arround $400 it can be expensive for a supplemental vacuum, but after you see how much work and time this machine saves you it is hard to go back to the old way of cleaning again. This machine will truly change the way you think about cleaning and will make your home much cleaner.

Here is a video review:

Score: 7/10

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Designed to help you find the best vacuum for your needs, no matter what they are.
Neato XV Robot Vacuum
Date Published: 03/28/2013
This series of robots clean while you are away but may come with a few caveats that you need to know about!
7 / 10 stars

8 thoughts on “Neato XV Robot Review

  1. I saw your other video where you put the Neato on your computer using USB. So how do you change the color on the Neato an how do you get to play other sounds when you turn it on.

  2. Have found it interesting to compare extraction of vacuums by actually weighing material with a micro-gram jeweler’s scale, as little as $5.
    Dump in a paper cup and subtract. Compensates for different compaction degrees. Can measure even the minimal pickup of robotic cleaners. .01 gram resolution sufficient. Could make good cinematography.

    Re Neato Robotics, it’s the only one (after discontinuance by Electrolux of their’s) which has some effect on carpets. Ironically it’s also the cheapest of the serious ones.

    1. Real hardwood, just worn down from the dog! The Neato XV series works great for pet hairballs on hard floors.

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