Pros / It is good at getting over obstacles and keeping itself going.
Cons / This Neato vacuum has a relatively short run time, so it will have to recharge more often than some others.
Verdict / The Neato Botvac D3 Connected is not the strongest on hard surfaces, but for carpeting it is among the best of the best.
Both of the Neato robotic vacuums we tried were excellent at navigating our test home environment, including the Botvac D3 Connected. This robotic vacuum seemed like a 4-wheel-drive SUV next to a lot of sedans as it went over dramatic transitions from one type of flooring to the next, and around table and chair legs. It went from room to room, barely pausing when faced with obstacles. It never got stuck in a way that required human intervention, though some obstacles took it a few tries.
The Neato Botvac D3 Connected was pretty strong in our laboratory suction tests, too. It had the second best suction on carpeting, removing more cereal and sawdust than almost all others. In the home environment testing it collected a lot of debris that other vacuums left behind. It was one of the few that got every last Cheerio.
It was decidedly less strong on hardwood flooring, falling near the bottom of our robot vacuum comparison for its removal of kitty litter, sawdust, pet hair, flour and cereal on vinyl and wood surfaces. The Botvac D3 Connected had an especially hard time with flour, which it seemed to spread around more than clean. It picked up less flour than any other unit in our reviews.
This was one of the easier ones to use in general, mostly because it never stopped. It won't need a lot of babysitting like many competing products to make sure it’s not stuck on the edge of a rug for hours. Its Wi-Fi connectivity makes it easier to use, too, because you can control it with just a phone app. Maintenance was pretty easy, though you'll need a screwdriver to remove the main brush and properly clean it.
One thing that stood out in a negative way was its relatively short run time. It tied for the shortest run time, so it has to get back to its base for charging more often than most of the others. It is pretty good at returning to its base unassisted, though, and that was not very common in our testing. Many of these automatic vacuums were not all that automatic or self-sufficient. They need human intervention often.
- Cleaning Performance - Hard
- Cleaning Performance - Carpet
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The Neato Botvac D3 Connected was not the best on hard flooring, but If you have a lot of carpeting this might be just right. It did a wonderful job collecting many types of debris from all types of carpeting. It was also much more self-sufficient than a lot of competing units. This one falls in about the middle range in terms of price, too, so it represents a good value, especially if you have a lot of carpeted surfaces.