UNBOXED: Reviewing the ECOVACS DEEBOT OZMO 950
Going into this review having never personally seen or used a robotic vacuum, I have to admit, I had a lot of misconceptions about them. I thought they couldn’t replace regular cleanings, they weren’t durable, and that they wouldn’t be able to reach tight spaces. After using the ECOVACS DEEBOT OZMO 950, I quickly realized just how wrong I was.
In conducting this review, the only minor issue I could come up with was the little bit of confusion I had during setup. Directions essentially come from three different places (the direction booklet, the app, and the robot itself), and there was one point where I got a little mixed up. But even with that slight mishap, putting the device together, pairing, and setting up the app only took maybe 10 minutes or so.
The next step, which is technically still part of the setup process, is to send out the robot on its first cleaning. BUT the DEEBOT OZMO 950 shouldn’t be judged on this first cleaning since it’s the first time it has ever seen your house--it doesn’t know where to go! The more often you clean and as long as you don’t make any major renovations, the robot begins to clean with a purpose instead of wandering around aimlessly. And that’s because of the built-in laser on the top of the device.
The laser uses Smart Navi 3.0 Technology and Multi-Floor Mapping to create a blueprint of your home. Once that's done, you can set boundaries within the app where you don’t want the robot to go. After using the DEEBOT a few times, I began to realize that I could trust it. I watched it avoid toys and slow down as it approached furniture. Very small objects might be at risk if they’re not picked up before cleaning (for me it was two puzzle pieces and a hair tie) but that goes for every vacuum out there.
As far as the overall cleaning goes, I was completely blown away. My house has several different floors (hardwood, wall-to-wall carpet, laminate, and a throw rug), and the DEEBOT OZMO 950 handled each one with ease. The two bristles on the front were able to pull dirt out of every corner of my home and the suction power was strong enough to lift everything up. DEEBOT also had no problem climbing over the decent-sized lip where my dining room meets my kitchen.
After the cleaning was finished, there wasn’t a noticeable difference between a sweeping/vacuuming job that I would have done manually and the work of the DEEBOT. Before, I would clean my floors once per week, but now I schedule the robot to vacuum the first floor of my home every other day while I’m at work. Of course there are times when I want to move furniture or lift up the rug, but my regular cleaning jobs have been completely replaced with the DEEBOT OZMO 950.
I was also pleasantly surprised to learn that my DEEBOT had mopping capabilities as well. I decided to let the robot do its thing for vacuuming, but for some extra piece of mind in mopping-mode, I decided to set some boundaries. With the boundaries in place, the DEEBOT successfully avoided my carpets and mopped the floor pretty well. I definitely don’t think that the robot can replace a regular mopping routine like it can with sweeping/vacuuming, but it makes for a nice in-between cleaning to keep up to 99. 26% of bacteria (according to Hygiene and Microbiology Research Center) off your floors.
The DEEBOT OZMO 950 has plenty of battery power to clean each floor of my 1,100 sq-ft home--200 minutes in low power and 150 in high power to be exact. When it finishes cleaning, the DEEBOT OZMO 950 makes its way back to the charging dock where it remains powered on and charging while not in use.
As with a standard vacuum, you’ll need to perform some maintenance after multiple cleaning sessions. Under the hood, you’ll find a small tool that has a brush on one end and a razor-blade hook on the other. The brush allows you to dust off debris that gets caught in the inner workings of the device while the razor helps you remove hair that gets tangled in the bristles. I probably waited a little too long before performing this particular maintenance but the tool was able to remove every strand of my long hair from the DEEBOT.
You’re also supposed to empty water from the mop basin after each session, and keep an eye on things like the filter and bristles. So far, I haven’t had to replace any parts of the vacuum, but ECOVACS is kind enough to provide a spare filter, disposable mopping pads, and bristles along with the device. The small amount of maintenance the DEEBOT requires is no more than an average mop and bucket or vacuum would require, and the amount of time the DEEBOT saves me with cleaning more than makes up for it.
With that said, I am beyond impressed with the DEBOOT OZMO 950, and have been referring it to my family and friends for weeks. I hate to play favorites but this is probably the best product I’ve reviewed on the UNBOXED series so far. It could be the fact that I’ve never used a robotic vacuum before, but it’s more likely that ECOVACS made a damn good product.
And if you’re hesitant to trust the opinion of a robotic vacuum rookie, check out how the DEEBOT OZMO 950 performed against some other big names in The Vacuum Wars.