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?
At $450, the DEEBOT 711 is one of the pricier models in the ECOVACS floor cleaning line, but given the functionality and cleaning performance, it’s an easy recommendation to make. The product is compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Home, so you can initiate the cleaning process through simple voice commands. Or, through the ECOVACS Home app you can set schedules for the robot vacuum to work around. The app itself is incredibly intuitive, giving the user quick access to some automation features, accessory lifecycle information, and battery status; and it’s nice to see ECOVACS dish out over-the-air software updates every so often.
When it’s cleaning, the DEEBOT 711 is something of a workhorse. The furniture placed around our home is just short enough to make it impossible for us to get all the way under with a standard upright vacuum. But the DEEBOT 711 was the perfect height to crawl right under and get those tough spots. I’m not sure if it’s a knock against our old cleaning habits or the vacuum itself, but I wish the catch pan was bigger, because we found ourselves having to empty it after almost every single run of the house.
While it’s certainly not a knock against the product itself, rather just something to consider as a consumer or a salesperson when educating a consumer, you need to be mindful of floor levels as the product is doing its thing. Our home has a somewhat large lip between the kitchen and living room, which DEEBOT can get down, but not back up. That being the case, I did find myself having to physically pick the vacuum up and bring it back to the charging station when it was finished with the lower level.
In all, the DEEBOT 711 is an game changer in the robot floor cleaning arena. It’s made life at home a lot easier, not having to lug a large vacuum around the house, and crossing a regular chore off of the list.