Robot vacuums have been with us for a few years now, and it has been fascinating to watch them evolve. While the majority of them share the same shape, size, and features, every once in a while someone breaks the mold, and not it's Neato's turn with the Botvac D6 Connected.
Botvac D6 Connected Wants All the Dirt
Over my years at TechnoBuffalo, I've had the chance to try multiple robot vacuums. The majority of them share the same two issues: Banging into things to figure out boundaries, and edging close to walls. The Botvac D6 Connected does both of these things with aplomb.
Thanks to the LaserSmart technology I rarely saw the Botvac D6 Connected hitting anything in my home. Sure, I would occasionally see it catch the edge of something, but for the most part it never hit. And looking at the resulting map, it was amazing how accurately it had drawn the ground floor of my house.
What I also appreciated was it didn't seem to wander willy-nilly as some other vacuums have in the past. Its pattern is very methodical and it makes sure to get everywhere. This included edging along cabinets and furniture.
As for controls, you have a lot of options from scheduled cleaning to starting and stopping the vacuum from your smartphone, Apple Watch, or Amazon Alexa and Google Home devices.
While there is a lot to like about the Bovac D6 Connected, there are some downsides. The biggest one is it's loud. As in the loudest robot vacuum we've tested. While most can run while you watch TV, this is definitely one you're going to want to run during the day while you're at work. Yes, it picks up a tremendous amount of dirt, but it's clear it takes some horsepower to do so.
And that has a downside when you see how quickly the hopper fills up. You're going to want to run the D6 fairly frequently so that the dirt, pet hair, and so on doesn't build up too much.
And the final ding to the Botvac D6 Connected is the price. At a list price of $699, it's a big pill to swallow to pick one up. If you do, more than likely you're going to be happy with it, but getting over that hump can be a bit rough.
Even with the few downsides, the D6 is an easy recommendation. As someone with multiple dogs, I haven't seen any other robot vacuum tackle the build-up of dog hair as well. If you're a pet owner, you'd be hard pressed to find a better unit on the market for your situation.
Disclaimer: Neato provided us with a Botvac D6 Connected for the purposes of this review. We ran it through multiple cycles before beginning.