Bot­vac Con­nected D6

Mac|Life - - HOMELIFE -

$699 From Neato, neatorobotics.com Specs 0.7L ca­pac­ity, 120–min bat­tery

The base on Neato’s Bot­vac gives it a higher rid­ing pro­file than the oth­ers here, which means it pos­i­tively glides over tough rug edges that might con­fuse its ri­vals. Its D–shaped de­sign gives it an­other ad­van­tage when hit­ting cor­ners, and while we didn’t find it quite as adept at tack­ling cat hair as the Roomba 960, it works par­tic­u­larly well, and makes a mas­sive noise when switched to turbo mode. We loved its abil­ity to cre­ate laser–mapped floor plans with vir­tual no–go zones — that’s great if you don’t want it clonk­ing into pet food bowls or throw­ing it­self down stairs, but there are more tra­di­tional mag­netic strip bar­ri­ers in­cluded for a lit­tle more re­as­sur­ance.

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