Comparing Robot Vacuums: iRobot Roomba 880 vs. Neato Botvac D80/D85
There is no doubt that the best and most popular vacuuming robots are made today by iRobot and Neato. If you're planning to get a vacuuming robot and you're undecided as to which brand and model to choose, you might find this article useful.
Note that both companies make a number of vacuuming robots. We will be comparing their top and latest models.
You will first need to decide if you prefer a Wi-Fi supporting robot that can be controlled via your smartphone or tablet. If that is the case, you should click: Comparing Top Wi-Fi Vacuuming Robots: iRobot Roomba 980 vs. Neato Botvac Connected. This will provide you with an article that compares in detail the latest Wi-Fi supporting vacuuming robots made by both companies.
If you don't need to control your robot from your smartphone or tablet (some of us don't even use smartphones!), then you should read the current article that will compare the top non-WiFi robots made by iRobot and Neato: iRobot Roomba 880 and Neato Botvac D80.
Note that Neato also makes the Botvac D85 robot which has the exact same features as the Botvac D80. The only difference is that when you purcahse a D80, you get 2 extra replacement filters. In the following text, all features described for Neato D80 applies also to Neato D85.
Major reviewers as well as most Amazon customers who bought and used these robots all agree that these two are the best non-WiFi vacuuming robots you can get today. Indeed, at the time this article was written, the average rating given by Amazon customers to both of these robots was 4.5 (out of 5 stars)!
Comparing iRobot Roomba 880 and Neato Botvac D80/D85 Robots
The following table compares the feature of iRobot Roomba 880 and Neato Botvac D80/D85 (please read the table notes that follow for a better understanding of the feature differences:
Table Notes 1 - 18 Explained:
Roomba 880 is a little bit thinner (only 3.6" in height as opposed to the 3.9" for the Neato Botvac D80) which means that it can go better under low lying furniture. The Neato on the other hand, is a little bit narrower (13.2" wide as opposed to 13.9" for the Roomba) and therefore can pass better through narrower passages.
Both robots are equipped with side brushes, but because Neato Botvac D80 has a semi-rectangular D-shape, it is reasonable to think that it can be even more efficient in cleaning better wall edges and corners.
- iRobot's AeroForce technology used in Roomba 880 delivers the ideal balance of vacuum suction and debris extraction: The robot is equipped with two brushless debris extractors (front and rear) that grab and break down dirt and debris eliminating hair tangles and jams. A spinning side brush cleans along wall edges. In addition, an airflow accelerator creates a sealed channel that concentrates the airflow, sucking in all the debris. Thanks to the high efficiency vacuum created, the air power is increased 5 times in this robot compared to previous models of Roomba robots.
- Neato's SpinFlow technology used in Botvac D80 combines powerful vacuum suction and precision brushes to leave floors immaculately clean. The robot can be equipped with three types of brushes: a spiral blade brush which combined with Neato's powerful vacuum suction removes easily debris, dirt and fibers, a combo brush which combines the cleaning power of blades and bristles and offers superior pickup of pet hair, and a side brush for thorough edge cleaning which allows the robot to get deep into corners and right up against walls as well as base boards for superior cleaning coverage.
- Roomba 880 iAdapt technology uses acoustic and optical sensors that detect obstacles as well as dirty areas and knows where to spend more time cleaning. It uses over 40 robotic behaviors and makes more than 60 decisions per second to ensure every section of the room is cleaned making multiple passes over every area.
- Neato Botvac D80 is equipped with a laser eye that uses infrared light to scan the surroundings and uses the Simultaneous Localization and Mapping ( SLAM) technology to build an accurate map of the room and any obstacles. Using this map, the robot is able to efficiently clean the floor in a pattern of straight and overlapping lines, avoiding obstacles and never missing a spot.
- To prevent the robot from entering off-limit areas, Roomba 880 robot uses Virtual Wall Lighthouses which are small stand alone battery run devices that can be set to either Virtual Wall mode or to Virtual Lighthouse mode. In Virtual Wall mode the device emits an infra-red beam that the Roomba will not cross. It is used to stop the Roomba from entering rooms not wanted to be cleaned. In Virtual Lighthouse mode the robot is allowed navigation between rooms: it’s possible to confine the Roomba into one room until it is thoroughly cleaned, and then let it move to the next room, ensuring the robot cleans methodically up to 3 rooms.
- The Neato, on the other hand, uses Boundary Markers made of magnetic strips. They simply block the robot from moving from one room to another. They are simple to use and best of all, they don't require batteries like virtual wall lighthouses do.
Both robots can transition with ease between different types of floors, be it hardwood, laminate, tiled or carpeted.
Both robots allow scheduling up to 7 times a week , one cleaning for every day of the week.
When the battery gets low, both robots return to the charging base to recharge themselves automatically.
Only the Neato robot resumes the vacuuming where it was interrupted after it recharges itself. This allows seamless coverage of very large surfaces and entire floors without human intervention.
Roomba 880 has to be restarted after the auto-recharge. Note that if you want a Roomba robot with this feature, you will need to consider the Roomba 980 or 960 robots which support Wi-Fi and can be controlled from your smartphone (see intro section above for link to an article comparing the Roomba 980 with Neato Botvac Connected ).
Spot cleaning allows the robot to focus on a limited area that can be selected and that requires more intense vacuuming. Both robots provide the Spot Clean functionality. In Spot Mode, the robot spiral approximately three feet in diameter and then spiral back to where it started, intensely cleaning a localized area.
Both robots have indicators that show when the bin gets full. They also emits an audible sound.
- Neato Botvac D80 is equipped with a small screen (see image below) that displays various indications (such as the scheduled time, battery level, etc.). The screen has an associated touchpad (with arrows and a selection button) that allows configuration of the robot for scheduling.
Besides the LCD screen, there are two other buttons on the robot: the Power/Clean button used to wake up the robot and initiate a cleaning session, and the Spot Clean button to execute a spot clean.
- Roomba 880 is equipped with a number of buttons on the robot (see image below) that allow you to turn on the robot, to invoke a cleaning session, to spot clean, to dock at charging base, and configure scheduling. When scheduling the robot, all time related parameters are displayed on the robot as they are set. The robot is also equipped with a number of status indicators (such as battery indicator, full bin indicator, etc.).
The following pictures shows the Roomba 880 and Neato Botvac D80 control panels/buttons and status indicators in more detail:
HEPA stands for "high efficiency particulate air" and is a filter grade defined by the US Department of Energy which requires the filter to be able to remove more than 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 micron. Roomba 880 is equipped with a HEPA filter.
The High Performance filter found on Neato Botvac D80 is not HEPA certified, but it also captures particles as small as 0.3 microns.
Both type of filters keep the air free of dust, pollen and other particles that can cause allergies. Both types of filters are easy to remove for cleaning (note that they should not be rinsed).
Both robots are equipped with Ni-MH (Nickel–Metal Hydride) batteries.
Roomba 880 comes with a remote control. There is no remote control for Neato D80. If you need to control your Neato remotely, you will need to get the Neato Botvac Connected robot which supports Wi-Fi and can be controlled from your smartphone (see intro section above for link to an article comparing the Neato Botvac Connected robot with Roomba 980).
Neato Botvac D80 does not have an explicit handle, but there is a recessed handle located between the spot clean and home buttons, just in front of the dust bin.
When you purchase the iRobot Roomba 880, you get the following in the box:
- 1 iRobot Roomba 880
- 1 iRobot Battery
- 2 Virtual Wall Lighthouses (batteries included)
- 1 Integrated Home Base
- 1 Remote Control (batteries included)
- 1 Extra HEPA Filter
- 1 User Manual
- 1 Neato D80 (installed with Battery, High Performance Filter, Combo Brush and Side Brush)
- 1 Spiral Blade Brush
- 1 Integrated Charging Base
- 1 Power Cord
- 1 Boundary Markers Roll
- 1 User Guide
The Amazon prices shown were in effect at the time this article was written and may have changed. For exact prices, please refer to the Amazon products section below. Note that the Amazon price often includes a generous discount to the list price. If a discount exists, both the Amazon price and the list price will be displayed when you click the Amazon product link images below.
So which robot to buy: Neato Botvac D80/D85 or iRobot Roomba 880?
- Ability to auto recharge when the battery gets low .
- Powerful filters (HEPA and High Performance) that clear the air from allergens.
- 7-day scheduling.
- Spot Cleaning.
- Large dirt bins and full bin indicators.
- Ni-MH batteries with battery status indicators.
Here are some reasons why you might want to consider a Neato Botvac D80 or D85:
- Map based SLAM technology (see above for description) that allows intelligent navigation for efficient and seamless vacuuming of an entire floor.
- Ability to resume the job automatically without human intervention where it was interrupted after an auto-recharge.
- The semi-rectangular D-shape, better adapted to efficiently cleaning wall edges and corners.
- The Boundary Markers used with Neato Botvac D80/D85 to block off-limit rooms which do not require any batteries.
- Existance of a USB port that can be used to upgrade robot's version/features. No USB port on Roomba 880.
- The price which is quite a bit less than the Roomba 880.
- The brushless extractors that are very efficient in removing debris and stuck dirt, and do not cause any hair tangles when dealing with pet hair.
- The Virtual Wall Lighthouses that can not only block entry to a particular room, but also can be used to allow navigation between rooms. It allows to confine the Roomba into one room until it is thoroughly cleaned, and then let it move to the next room, ensuring the robot cleans methodically multiple rooms.
- The remote control device. There is no remote control for the Neato D80 robot.
- The certified HEPA filters.
- The explicit handle that makes it easier to carry around.
iRobot Roomba 880 and Neato Botvac D80/D85 on Amazon
Note that Botvac D85 is not presently available on Amazon, but you could consider the Botvac D80 instead, which has the same features as the Botvac D85.
Note also that Amazon often provides a good discount on the List Price of sold products. If a discount is available, the List Price and the actual Amazon price will be shown when you click the images below.
Neato Botvac D80
Roomba 880 Replenishment Kit
Neato Botvac D80 Replenishment Kit
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