Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 930 Robot Vacuum Cleaner Review
You will not believe how customizable this robot vacuum is
After years of testing and reviewing, a major pain point that we keep coming across is that the "robot" in robot vacuum isn't as under control as we'd like. Not that we think they're going to go all Terminator on us, but it's undeniably challenging to get your automated cleaner to do what you want.
The Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 930 (available at Amazon) addresses many issues we've had with robot vacuums in the past. The 930 gives you more control than any other we've tested thus far. It lets you dictate when, where, and for how long it cleans. That feature alone catapults this Deebot into stardom. And while it's more expensive than some of the entry-level, sub-$300 robot vacuums you may encounter, the features justify the price.
The smartest robot in the room
If you have the Ecovacs app on your phone, the 930 will create a digital map when it's cleaning. When the map is completed after the first run, that's when the fun begins.
The initial screen gives you data about the cleaning cycle, such as how many square meters were covered and how long the cycle lasted.
You can also create virtual barriers—lines which the 930 will not cross. This feature is perfect for keeping the 930 out of rooms with no doors or away from pet beds.
You can also draw areas for the Deebot to clean. Within these areas, you can dictate whether you want a once or twice over cleaning. If you don't want to constantly draw cleaning areas, the 930 also automatically demarcates what it thinks are rooms. It's not perfect, but works as a quick way to select an area.
We should also note that the 930 is compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant. It's great for when you just want to start your robot vacuum from another room.
Our testing takes place on a robot obstacle course, studded with risers, tight furniture legs, and three carpet types. The 930 did well in wide-open spaces, but its smart navigation makes it shy away from anywhere it might get stuck. That kind of behavior is a boon and a curse. You never want your robot vacuum to get stuck and need your help, but you do want it to clean up all the nooks and crannies.
At the end of the day, the 930 picked up an average of 8.9 grams of debris. That's in line with robot vacuums like the more expensive iRobot 980. Our test results also show that the 930 doesn't pick up as much dirt as the much cheaper Ecovacs N79. We attribute the weaker performance to the 930's four-inch height, which keeps it from getting into toe kicks and under low couches.
How it stacks up to the competition
California-based company Neato was the first to introduce the idea of drawing virtual walls on your phone on its Botvac D7 model. However, as a second generation vacuum, the 930 has several advantages over the D7. First, it's cheaper by about $100. Second, it has more versatile smart features. With the D7, you can only draw virtual barriers and can't include areas to clean multiple times.
The 930 does come up short in a few departments. It picks up less dirt, and it lacks the ability to climb throw rugs the way the D7 can.
Should you buy it?
For the number of smart features you get with the Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 930, it's a good deal. If you want a robot vacuum to deal with an entire floor of a house—or your entire apartment—the 930 is a good deal. However, if you're more interested in pure cleaning power pickup the Ecovac Deebot N79 instead.
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