The iRobot Roomba 780 and the Neato XV-11 go head to head. Who comes out on top?
What are the prices for each one?
Neato XV-11: $399.99
Roomba 780: $599.99
What are the dimensions of the robots?
Neato XV-11: 12.5” x 13” x 4”
Roomba 780: 13.9” diameter, 3.6” height
How easy was it to set up each robot?
Neato XV-11: It was easy to set the robot up.
Roomba 780: It was easy to set the robot up.
How well did they clean in your home?
Neato XV-11: It cleaned my home very well in 1 charge.
Roomba 780: It cleaned my home very well in 1 charge.
How well did they navigate in your home?
Neato XV-11: It navigated my home OK. It would get ‘lost’ in my short hallway repeaditley.
Roomba 780: By using the included Lighthouses, it has no issues navigating my whole home.
What percentage did each robot return to the base on its own?
Neato XV-11: I would say about 50% of the time I would have to re-position it on the base to charge, or it wouldn’t find the base at all. (I didn’t pick up the Neato, or do anything to change its map).
Roomba 780: It has found the dock 100%.
Why do you have to clean the brushes in the Roomba and not the XV-11?
In my opinion, the brush on the XV-11 doesn’t contain any bristles to attract and keep the hair trapped! It’s much easier to clean the hair off of the rubber brush in the Roomba, right? Same goes for the XV-11. If iRobot were to change the bristle brush for another rubber brush, or something like XV-11’s then I think it wouldn’t keep so much hair. (Just my $0.02 worth).
If that’s the case then, which brush picks up more hair/debris?
I honestly can’t answer that. I would ‘think’ that the bristle brush would agitate the carpet more than just a rubber brush. Plus the bristles act like little “grabbers” to the hair/debris.
How easy is it to clean the robot after a run?
Neato XV-11: It is very easy to clean the Neato. Pop out the dust bin, remove the filter and tap into the trashcan. Didn’t have to clean the brush as often.
Roomba 780: It takes more time to clean. I have to remove the dust bin, swing the partial cover and, tap into the trashcan. Remove 2 HEPA filters and do the same. Then, I remove the CHM cover, remove both brushes, and clean the hair wrapped around the ends.
What are the MAJOR differences between both robots?
Neato XV-11: Uses Mapping technology to know where it has cleaned.
Roomba 780: Uses Lighthouses to help break up the home into smaller ‘Zones’ to assist in cleaning thoroughly.
What are the flaws in the robots?
1) Mapping technology is still new.
2) The turret is a target for debris entry in which results in a RPS error.
3) The fins on the brush prematurely wears down.
4) There has been claims of battery issues within the first 6 months of use.
5) The belt opening is a target to allow debris to enter the robot.
1) Despite the CHM re-design, it MIGHT allow debris to enter the gearbox (It has not been determined as of yet).
2) Both brush ends are full of hair in which you have to take extra time to get clean.
3) Lighthouses need batteries in which you have to replace every so often.
What are the strong points in the robots?
1) It’s using new technology to map the surroundings.
2) It actually uses a beater bar like the larger vacuums.
3) Competition is always good for the consumers (To drive price down).
1) It uses HEPA filters.
2) New CHM design (It’s still not determined if the weakness has been fixed).
3) Extended-Life Power Management (Extend battery life - Still to be determined).
What are the warranty terms on the robots?
Neato XV-11: 1 Year (Domestic) Warranty
Roomba 780: 1-Year Manufacturer's Limited Warranty On Robot, 6-Month Manufacturer's Limited Warranty On Battery.
What does it mean when it says “Limited Warranty”?
The iRobot limited warranty shall not apply to failures or problems which are caused by products or equipment not authorized by iRobot Corporation.
Which robot would you prefer in your home?
I would prefer the XV-11 to be running in my home, but with the RPS errors, LCD screen anomalies, not docking correctly, and (Finally hitting the last nail on the coffin) the wheel spring broke. I know each of these things are trivial. But, they stopped the robot from working in my home. I only had the XV-11 for a month before it had to be replaced. Hopefully when Neato matures and stays on top of the game, they can provide the consumers with a reliable robotic vacuum. So, for right now the Roomba will be working in my home. Sure, it has the downfalls, but I know I can rely on it working. I KNOW exactly what the flaws are. If they have fixed the CHM to where hair/debris doesn’t enter the gearbox, then I’m happy. Sure, I have to clean the brush ends, and it might take me a little longer to clean the robot. I’m OK with that. If I want perfection (And could afford it), I would have a Karcher in my home (One day). ;)