Neato Bot­vac Con­nected D6

The friendli­est ro­bot in our round–up

Mac|Life - - HOMELIFE -

You’re prob­a­bly think­ing it’s a cop–out to give ev­ery vac on test the same rat­ing… Not in the slight­est: they each have a lot to like about them, and then a small amount that isn’t quite so lik­able. Sim­ple!

iRobot’s tire­less work on im­prov­ing its Roomba de­vices through the gen­er­a­tions shows, as the 960 is an ex­cel­lent cleaner with some se­ri­ous smarts — but its overea­ger cliff sen­sor would force a change of decor were we to take it on full time. Eufy, or more cor­rectly Anker, may be a rel­a­tive newcomer to the scene, and its bot a tad less smart than the oth­ers, but it’s a bar­gain and of­fers Alexa and Google As­sis­tant con­trol.

Our fa­vorite, though, is the Bot­vac D6. It’s a thor­ough cleaner, an adept nav­i­ga­tor, and we re­ally like the app.

The vir­tual map­ping makes it the best choice if you’re rock­ing some tricky ar­chi­tec­ture (or a col­lec­tion of pot­ted plants), and its feed­back is friendly and, thank­fully, not as ob­tuse as the er­rors spat out by other apps.

Each robo­vac has its ben­e­fits, but the Bot­vac cleaned up to take the top spot in the end.

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