Eco­v­acs Dee­bot 900


TechLife Australia - - WELCOME - [ SHARMISHTA SARKAR ]

UN­LESS YOU’RE WILL­ING to pay top money for the iRobot Roomba – the only ro­bot vac­uum we’ve tested that comes with a car­pet ag­i­ta­tor – there aren’t very many au­tonomous vac­u­ums that can deal with car­pets or pet hair. That’s where the Eco­v­acs Dee­bot 900 comes in – not only does it make au­to­mated clean­ing rel­a­tively af­ford­able, it’s also cater­ing to homes that have wall-to-wall car­pets or pets.

The Dee­bot 900 has a set­ting called Max in the ac­com­pa­ny­ing app, which in­creases the suc­tion power of the vac­uum, en­abling it to pull up hair and fur that’s cling­ing to car­pet fi­bres. How­ever, that comes at the cost of bat­tery life. The Dee­bot 900 can run up to 90 min­utes on a stan­dard clean – used for hard floors – but on Max it drops to half that, drain­ing out at 45 min­utes. That means a large home will re­quire its Con­tin­u­ous Clean set­ting to switched on in the app, so the droid can au­to­mat­i­cally charge and pick up where it left off once its got some juice. Recharg­ing, though, can take up to four hours.

While the Dee­bot 900 does a good job on a low- to medium-pile car­pet, it strug­gles on high-pile rugs. The fi­bres im­pede move­ment and dirt is of­ten so deep-seated that there’s not enough suc­tion, even on the Max set­ting. On hard floors, how­ever, there’s ab­so­lutely noth­ing you can fault the Dee­bot 900 for – it’s works like a charm.

Eco­v­acs has, once again, aced both the hard­ware and the soft­ware. It moves ex­actly as you’d ex­pect with prac­ti­cally per­fect map­ping, and the ev­i­dence of its clean­ing per­for­mance will be there for you to see ev­ery time you empty the bin. And it’s all done qui­etly and at a rel­a­tively af­ford­able price, with just the lift of a sin­gle fin­ger.

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