Good dirt pickup
About Ecovacs’ Deebot Ozmo T8
- Dimensions: 13.9” x 3.6” (W x H)
- Weight: 7.9 pounds
- Battery life: 3 hours
- Dust bin size: 420 ml
- Warranty: 1-year warranty
What we like
Smart navigation keeps it from getting stuck
In the navigation department, the Ozmo T8 has got some real chops. When you first unbox it, you’ll notice that it has a forward-facing camera. This camera is for object recognition. The Ozmo T8 is programmed to avoid power cords and furniture legs.
This is also where the Ozmo T8 differs from the Ozmo T8 AIVI: The Ozmo T8 cannot stream video to your phone like the AIVI and this is why there is a price difference.
It cleans well, while being gentle on furniture
We use ground cork scattered around a robot vacuum obstacle course to test cleaning prowess. On average, the Ozmo T8 picked up 8.5 grams of debris per run. The top performers get around 10 grams per run, so the Ozmo T8 is in respectable company.
The T8 is also great at mopping, and it comes with a standard mop attachment. We’ve tested the same mop attachment on previous models and always found a little lackluster. However, the best version of the mop oscillates back and forth to actually scrub your floors, but this attachment is sold separately.
We are enamored with the upgraded version. Not only does it scrub back and forth, but you can also control how hard the mechanical action is and how much water the unit releases.
When we watched the Ozmo T8 go around our robot vacuum obstacle course, we felt like we were observing a living creature learn its surroundings. Many robot vacuums get a lot of debris ramming into table legs and scratching themselves on low shelves in order to snag those two extra grams. The Ozmo T8 doesn’t do that. For good or bad, robot vacuums are often either a good vacuum or a good robot. The Ozmo T8 is very much a better robot than it is a vacuum.
Its top-notch app lets you clean where you want
Since Ecovacs’ Deebot Ozmo 930, the smart app that comes with the company’s upper-tier robots has been robust. Using it, you can do the normal start, stop, and schedule, but you can also create virtual barriers.
Basically, the Ozmo T8 has the ability to map your home and send said maps for your viewing pleasure on your phone. You can then draw lines and squares on the map to indicate areas you don’t want the Ozmo T8 to go or areas you want it to pay special attention to.
What we don’t like
The best stuff is sold separately
We stated earlier that the Ozmo T8 can self empty. However, you have to buy a special charging dock that has a built-in vacuum that suctions out the dust bin into a disposable bag.
We also said that the Ozmo T8 is great at mopping. However, the best version of the mop, which oscillates back and forth to actually scrub your floors, is also sold separately. Unfortunately, this neat piece of equipment can add up to 20% to the price tag.
What users are saying
Out of 192 reviews on Amazon, the Ecovacs Ozmo T8 is scoring a 4.4 out of 5 stars. Users cite the fact they like the long battery life and vacuum performance. However, many users cite the fact they dislike the weak cleaning power of the mop.
Should you buy the Ecovacs Ozmo T8?
Yes, especially if you can’t decide between purchasing a robot mop or vacuum. The Ozmo T8 can automatically and seamlessly switch between both.
Our testing shows that it’s an above-average vacuum, an adequate mop, and an excellent robot. When you combine all three, you get a device that can clean hardwood and carpet in one go, steer clear of any off-limit rooms or furniture, and has the potential to empty itself for up to a month.
However, if you just want just a robot vacuum at this price point, we recommend checking out the iRobot i3+.
Meet the testers
Senior Manager of Lab Operations@ReviewedHome
Jonathan Chan currently serves as the Lab Manager at Reviewed. If you clean with it, it's likely that Jon oversees its testing. Since joining the Reviewed in 2012, Jon has helped launch the company's efforts in reviewing laptops, vacuums, and outdoor gear. He thinks he's a pretty big deal. In the pursuit of data, he's plunged his hands into freezing cold water, consented to be literally dragged through the mud, and watched paint dry. Jon demands you have a nice day.
Kyle Hamilton is a product tester at Reviewed, specializing in home appliances and technology.
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