Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 601 Robot Vacuums Review
This robot won't mop the floors with you–because it can do it by itself
Slogging through the trenches together, mops and vacuums create a natural alliance in the war against grime. But on the Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 601 (available at Amazon), the cleaning forces come together, Wonder Twins-esque style, to deal with dirt and dust. It's not the greatest robot vacuum that Ecovacs makes—that honor belongs to the Deebot 930—but the 601 is clever and capable enough to warrant your attention.
The 601 did quite well at dirt pickup, especially when you consider it costs less than $300. On average, it picked up 10.9 grams of dirt per cycle. If you follow our excellent advice of using a robot vacuum everyday, that per-run amount adds up to around 76.3 grams per week, which is comparable to a light cleaning by a manual vacuum. A light cleaning might sound paltry, but a robot vacuum is meant to maintain your floors between cleanings.
Navigation was a weak point. The 601 has a tendency to bump into things. As far as we could tell, that's the price you pay if you want this robot to get its brushes anywhere dirt might hide. To its credit, though, it never got into a situation where it needed our assistance.
Ecovacs is a company that likes putting mops on their robot vacuums. In fact, the company hopes that you buy the 601 instead of the iRobot Braava 380t.
We found the 601's mop design about as easy to use as the one on the 380t. Instead of swapping between dry and wet dusting cloths, you're slotting a plate on and off the bottom of the unit. The reservoir on the Deebot was easy to fill and empty, as was replacing the microfibre cloth. The only downside we found was that the 601 cannot charge with the mop attached, so you have to swap it out after it's done cleaning.
Since both the 601 and Braava are in the same price bracket, it comes down to a matter of preference. You should get the 601 if you primarily want a robot vacuum and occasionally want a robot mop.
The 601 joins the growing number of robot vacuums with smart features. The accompanying smartphone app allows you to turn on the unit and schedule cleanings. As of the testings, the 601 is not Alexa compatible. According to Ecovacs, it's on the horizon.
Should you buy it?
As far as mop-and-vacuum combos go, the 601 matches everything else on the market. We recommend putting it in your Amazon shopping cart. If a sale comes up that drops the price below $250, it's a steal.
If you want to spend less and get better dirt pickup, check out the Ecovacs N79S. Those of you that are worried about their robot scratching their furniture, check out the Ecovacs Ozmo 930, which has virtual walls you can draw right on your phone.
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