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Neato Botvac D6 Review

Neato brings another tank to the dirt battlefield with the Botvac D6. Our Neato Botvac D6 review is here with all the details.

Neato Botvac D6 Review

INCLUDED WITH THE NEATO BOTVAC D6: Charging Base, Extra Primary Brush, Extra Side Brush, Extra Filter, Brush and Filter Cleaning Tool, Boundary Marker

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Quick Highlights

  • Laser Mapping – yes we said lasers, plural, but they are invisible…sadly
  • Virtual No-Go Lines – say goodbye to barrier tape.
  • Multiple Floor Mapping – a must have for large homes

Neato Botvac D6 Review – Cleaning

The feeling you have when first unboxing a Neato robot vacuum is a combination of both astonishment and confidence.

Astonishment at how bold and beautiful the robot vacuums is.

And confidence that it is built to handle any task with both grace and brute strength.

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The Botvac D6 follows the familiar Neato D shape like its older sibling the Neato Botvac D7.

Under the straight front edge is a combo spiral roller with two different brush types:

  • A bristle brush for sweeping up fine dirt and debris
  • A plastic blade for picking up larger objects like pet food.

Along the right edge just behind the main brush is a single spinning side brush.

It flings pet hair and dust bunnies from the base of walls directly into the main brush.

Behind the main brush is the lithium ion battery compartment with large, height-adjusting wheels on either side.Neato D6 Bottom

Finally, taking up the rear, are two smaller wheels that provide balance and steering aid.

All together they create a large 12 inch cleaning path that can easily barrel through rooms of all shapes and sizes.

Neato Botvac D6 Review – Performance

The Botvac D6 has a run time of up to 120-minutes. With its size and mapping skills it can easily cover an average, one level home in that time.

It has multiple cleaning modes:

  • Eco – the motor runs a little slower and saves battery power
  • Turbo – juices up the motor for thick carpets and heavier cleaning
  • Spot – focus cleans a section of the floor

The sound level, especially in turbo mode, can get a little on the loud side. You might expect more from a such a high priced robot vacuum.

But you would be forgetting that the Neato Botvac D6 is built to clean effectively and efficiently.  To do so requires a solid motor.

Overall the Botvac D6 gets great ratings on cleaning performance for consistency and precision.

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Popping out the main brush for a quick clean is as simple as pushing a button and replacing it or the spinning brush is quick and easy.

The dustbin size is almost 24 ounces and empties right from the top of the Botvac.

Neato Botvac D6 Filters

The Neato Botvac D6 uses Ultra Performance Filters which capture down to .3 micron particles.

They are very easy to replace and will help clean your air while the Botvac D6 cleans your floors at the same time.

Cleaning Summary

Overall, the cleaning performance of the Botvac D6 is close to what you would find with an upright vacuum.

Although you’ll most certainly run the robot vacuum multiple times between when you would use the upright.

This robot vacuum is well armed to keep up after even the heaviest traffic and pet hair on a regular basis.

Neato Botvac D6 Review – Navigation

Cleaning performance aside, it’s in the navigation of the Botvac D6 where technology takes over and the magic begins.

From lasers to no go lines to the Neato app, this technology is what separates the pros from the amateurs.

LaserSmart™ Mapping & Navigation tools.

If you think that round “neato” button on top the robot vacuum is just a fancy logo design boy do you have another thing coming.

Oh no friends…

That is actually a laser turret. You heard that right. A LASER TURRET.

Underneath the logo, the Neato’s lasers are constantly scanning its surroundings for obstacles like walls and furniture.

At the same time, the Botvac D6 is mapping the floor and calculating the best path for efficient cleaning.

Neato Botvac D6 App

All of these details are stored in its memory for future use and it’s this efficiency that allows the robot vacuum to cover large floor levels in the two hours of go juice the battery has.

No-Go Lines

Another technology that pushes the Neato Botvac D6 well above the competition are its virtual No-Go Lines.

Most robot vacuums use barrier tape or wall towers to prevent them from venturing into restricted areas, like around pet dishes or power strips.

The Neato Botvac D6 doesn’t use physical sensors at all.

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Because it maps and memorizes rooms, you can simply mark off areas you don’t want to robot vacuum to go on the Neato app.

From the comfort of your favorite chair you can simply mark on the app what areas you want the Botvac D6 to avoid.

Neato Botvac D6 Review – Summary

The Neato Botvac series of robot vacuums represent the best features and advancements you can find in robot vacuums these days.

It’s this competition with Roomba that should keep the high end robot vacuum market on its toes for some time to come.

If you’ve got the coin and really want a much cleaner home without having to do any extra work whatsoever, take a long look at the Neato Botvac D6.

We don’t think you’ll be disappointed.


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