UNBOXED: Reviewing the ECOVACS DEEBOT 711 Robot Vacuum
ECOVACS is a company that we’ve come across in our time walking the show floors of numerous consumer tech and housewares events, though typically we see them showing off their window cleaning robots. The company does, however, have a pretty expansive line of floor cleaning robots as well, known as the DEEBOT. The latest to launch at retail—this week, in fact—is the DEEBOT 500, a $280 automatic cleaner that is equipped with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant connectivity, a deep cleaning mode, and other regular features you’d find on an ECOVACS robot vacuum.
Though it’s not the absolute latest model, we did just recently get our hands on the DEEBOT 711, which launched in November 2018 and could be considered the 500’s slightly more grown up older brother.
The 711 adds on ECOVAC’s Smart Navi system, which allows the product to fully map the home and clean each room using a systematic cleaning pattern so as to avoid redoing or missing any areas. It also has the same three cleaning modes—Max Mode for deep cleans, and edging mode, and a spot mode—that combine to provide one of the best cleaning performances you’ll find in this category. Additionally, the 711 has a “industry leading” 110 minute run time. Though the vacuum will return itself to the charger when it notices that its battery is running low, I noticed on a few occasions that the little guy did struggle to retrace its steps. Part of that could be because we have a lot of different furniture in the house that it has to navigate around, but isn’t that supposed to be what the whole home-mapping thing is intended for?