Neato Botvac D7 Connected Review

By: Kealia Reynolds

The House Method team tested the Neato Botvac D7 Connected on carpets and hard floors and measured suction power, maneuverability, noise, mobility, and more. Read our full review here.

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The Neato Botvac D7 vacuum is smarter than the average robotic vacuum and provides intricate navigation, a user-friendly app, and an excellent battery life for comprehensive home cleaning. Keep reading to learn about Neato performance, maneuverability, mobility, and more to determine if this is the best robot vacuum for you and your cleaning needs.

Overall score: 9.58/10

The value prop

Take your cleaning a step further with the Neato Botvac D7 Connected. LaserSmart Technology allows this robotic vacuum to intelligently navigate your home and Turbo mode provides extra suction to remove pet hair and tough debris.

Pros
  • It features two cleaning profiles for a more detailed clean.
  • It can be controlled manually or through an interactive Neato app.
Cons
  • It requires regular maintenance to operate at its best.
  • It has a small dust bin compared to other robotic vacuums, requiring more trips to the trash can.

Neato D7 design

The Neato Botvac has an exclusive D-Shape design with CornerClever technology that adequately removes dirt around corners and along walls. This design is one of its best features—and one that circular robotic vacuums just don’t have.

Regarding aesthetics, the D7 has a brushed-metal plate (a step above previous Neato models that have a plastic plate) that gives it a more modern look. Another design element to note: because this robot vacuum has a height of four inches, it may not be great for homes that have extremely low-set furniture.

Some other important design features of the Neato Botvac D7 include:

  • LED lights—There are LED indicator lights on top of the vacuum that alert you to its cleaning mode.
  • An ultra-performance filter—This filter is designed to trap 99% of tiny dust mites and allergens as small as 10 microns (for reference, a human red blood cell is about five microns across).

Vacuum assembly

Setting up the Neato D7 is relatively easy, considering you don’t have to physically attach any parts or brushes. You will need to download an app and connect the vacuum to your WiFi to get full cleaning capabilities. It’s also recommended that you charge your Neato Botvac completely before use (this should take around two to three hours).

When we unpacked the vacuum, we removed all protective films, shipping materials, and stickers from the robot and its charge base. Then, we set up the charge base by plugging the power cord into the base. It was difficult to fit the cord snug into the charge base and definitely required some push. We attached the other end of the power cord into an outlet and made sure that the charge base was on a hard floor surface and had a three-foot clearance on both sides and in front of the charge base.

Unlike Roomba vacuums, which click into place with their charger, the Neato robot has a rounded side that needs to be pushed against the metal charging contacts until they’re pushed all the way in. This could be an issue if you have a house with pets or small kids who could easily knock the vacuum off of its charging station.

While the vacuum was charging, we downloaded the Neato app and created an account to connect the robot to the app and WiFi. The quick start guide was extremely helpful in outlining what the different WiFi LED colors meant. For example, soft glowing blue means that the robot is in pairing mode while solid blue means that the WiFi pairing is successful and the vacuum is ready to go.

How the Neato Botvac D7 Connected cleans

You can use your Neato Robot with or without the Neato app, but it’s recommended that you set up your robot to work with the app to get the best cleaning experience and access to all features. Some benefits of using the Neato app include having access to a Neato FloorPlanner, which allows you to create a floor plan and cleaning route for the vacuum, easy vacuum access and control, scheduled cleaning, instant notifications, maintenance alerts, and battery status updates.

Your Neato Robot is capable of cleaning on three different settings:

  1. House cleaning
  2. Single room cleaning
  3. Spot cleaning

On house cleaning mode, the Neato D7 will come off its base, explore its surroundings, and start cleaning. It typically tries to clean a room in its entirety before moving on to another, but if it partially cleans a room, it will come back to finish the first room before completing its scheduled job. If you want to clean a single room, you can manually place your robot in the room, press the start button, and close the door. If the area the Neato is attempting to clean is very large, the robot will return to its base mid-cleaning to recharge. For spot cleaning, simply select the Spot button in the app or press the Start button on top of the robot.

You can also choose between two cleaning modes: Turbo and Eco. In Turbo mode (this is the default mode), the robot brush and blower are set to “high,” providing strong suction throughout the duration of the cleaning job. In Eco mode, the brush and blower are set to medium power, allowing the robot to clean a larger area on a single charge (this is the quietest mode).

Another feature, Extra Care Navigation, is useful if you have delicate furniture or areas your robot has trouble navigating. On this mode, the Neato Botvac will leave a wider buffer around items like chair legs, protecting your furniture.

Though many robot vacuums come with Amazon Alexa compatibility, the D7 takes things a step further. It connects to Google Home and can also be connected to your Apple Watch.

What to note about the Neato D7

Regular maintenance is needed to ensure the vacuum operates reliably. This means checking and cleaning the brushes and emptying the dirt bin after every use. It’s also recommended that you replace Neato batteries every 12 to 18 months. Failure to follow proper maintenance may cause problems with your robotic vacuum and void your warranty coverage.

Another performance feature to note: the Neato Botvac D7 Connected can become disoriented and not follow its smart behavior if picked up mid-clean. If you pick up your robot during a cleaning job, put it back down within one foot of where you picked it up for best results.

How big is the Neato Botvac D7?

Dimension Measurement
Height 3.9 inches
Depth 12.5 inches
Width 13.2 inches
Dust bin capacity 0.18 gallons

Accessories included with the Neato Botvac D7 Connected

The Neato Botvac comes with a charging dock, batteries, additional filters, spare brushes, a cleaning tool, and magnetic strips.

Air filters

The spare air filters in the box provide you with months of cleaning before you have to buy replacements.

Cleaning tool

The cleaning tool comes in handy for keeping your vacuum brush in top condition.

Magnetic strips

These strips act as physical boundary markers and are taped to the ground to prevent your D7 from cleaning restricted areas.

Neato product comparison

Neato offers a variety of high-quality robot vacuums that have exceptional navigational technology, strong suction power, and an easy-to-use app. Here are three of the most popular Neato robots on the market.

Dust bin capacity
Weight
Run time
Charge time
Accessories

Neato Botvac D7 Connected

Dust bin capacity

0.18 gallons

Weight

7.5 pounds

Run time

120 minutes

Charge time

Up to 150 minutes

Accessories

Charge base, spiral combro brush, ultra performance filter, brush and filter cleaning tool, boundary markers

Neato Botvac D6 Connected

Dust bin capacity

0.18 gallons

Weight

7.5 pounds

Run time

120 minutes

Charge time

Up to 150 minutes

Accessories

Charge base, spiral combo brush, ultra performance filter, brush and filter cleaning tool, boundary markers

Neato Botvac D4 Connected

Dust bin capacity

0.18 gallons

Weight

7.37 pounds

Run time

75 minutes

Charge time

Up to 100 minutes

Accessories

Charge base, combo brush, high-performance filter

Cleaning tests

We performed three different tests that measured suction power, maneuverability, and mobility on hard floors, low-pile carpet, and high-pile carpet. For our suction tests, we used Cheerios, kitty litter, coffee grounds, and pet hair.

Cleaning score: 9.58/10

Test 1—Suction test on hard floors

On hard floors, the Neato Botvac D7 performed exceptionally well and received a perfect score. It had no problem removing each mess.

Test 2—Suction test on high-pile carpet

The Neato D7 had a more difficult time picking up substances on the high-pile carpet. It removed the coffee grounds in one pass, the Cheerios and pet hair in three, and the kitty litter in five passes. We weren’t worried about this performance, but we weren’t blown away.

Test 3—Suction test on low-pile carpet

On low-pile carpet, the Neato picked up the Cheerios, coffee grounds, and pet hair in two passes. The only substance that required more than two passes was the kitty litter, which required four passes.

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Neato vs. Roomba

Neato and Roomba are two of the most popular robotic brands on the market. Here’s a comparison of the Neato D7 versus the Roomba 980. The most notable difference is that the Roomba 980 has a bigger dust bin capacity than the D7.

Dust bin capacity
Weight
Run time
Charge time
Accessories

Neato Botvac D7 Connected

Dust bin capacity

0.18 gallons

Weight

7.5 pounds

Run time

120 minutes

Charge time

2–3 hours

Accessories

Charge base, spiral combro brush, ultra performance filter, brush and filter cleaning tool, boundary markers

iRobot Roomba 980

Dust bin capacity

0.8 gallons

Weight

8.7 pounds

Run time

120 minutes

Charge time

2 hours

Accessories

Two dual-mode virtual wall barriers, charging station, cleaning tool, extra filter

Maneuverability

We found that the Neato didn’t maneuver around objects as easily as the Eufy RoboVac 11+ or the Roomba vacuums. This could be due to its awkward, scale-like shape that makes it more difficult to get around. However, it does have 360-degree scanning that allows it to clean more efficiently and move around items with Extra Care Navigation.

Usability

Compared to other robotic vacuums, like the Roomba 890 and Eufy RoboVac 11+, the Neato moved slower and less efficiently. It never got stuck on carpets or hard floors, but its movements were slightly less fluid than the other robotic vacuums we tested. Regarding user experience, this is one of the easier robot vacuums to use. Its app is one of the most cleanly designed apps for robot vacuums, receiving regular software updates to provide optimal performance.

Noise

The Neato Botvac measured 73.9 decibels, which is equivalent to what it sounds like inside your car while driving. Compare this to the average vacuum cleaner, which measures 78 to 80 decibels.

Neato D7 maintenance

To keep your D7 running in top shape, there are a few routine tasks you should complete on a regular basis:

  • Use a Q-Tip to clean the drop sensors every month.
  • Remove the main brush each month and use the hair cutting tool to remove any tangles.
  • Change the filters every three months to maintain cleaning effectiveness.

Emptying the vacuum

After each use, it’s recommended that you empty the dirt bin and clean the airways and openings. When we emptied the dirt bin, it took us 20 seconds to remove the bin and empty its contents.

Filtration

The Neato Botvac D7 Connected has an ultra-performance filter that captures particles and fine dust as small as 0.3 microns. Neato recommends replacing filters every one to two months or more frequently after heavy use.

Is the Neato Botvac D7 Connected a good value?

With the introduction of My FloorPlan and No-Go lines, an extended battery life, and better third-party smart home integration than any other robot vacuum, the Neato Botvac D7 offers consumers an unprecedented level of control over their robot vacuum cleaner. However, we’re not sure if these benefits outweigh the vacuum cleaner’s price. As one of the most expensive robotic vacuums we reviewed, we thought its suction would match that of the Roomba 980, but it left us underwhelmed and didn’t do as good of a job as we hoped. For unbeatable suction, we recommend checking out the Roomba 980.

Who should buy the Neato Botvac D7 Connected?

We recommend the Neato D7 if you’re looking for the following:

  • A robot vacuum for a large home—With up to 120 minutes of run time, a zone cleaning feature that lets you clean specific areas of your home on demand, and No-Go Lines, the Neato D7 is able to tackle any type of mess on all flooring types. The D7 also has a multiple floor plan feature and can store up to three floor plans in its memory.
  • An extra deep clean—This robot vacuum features Turbo mode, which speeds up its cleaning brush and increases suction to pick up debris you can’t see.
  • Scheduled cleanings—Unlike some robot vacuums, the Neato Botvac has an app that allows you to schedule daily cleanings and control the vacuum remotely.

Neato Botvac D7 Connected specifications

Below is a list of the most important Neato D7 specifications.

Specifications
Type Robot
Manufacturer Neato
Model Botvac D7 Connected
Height 3.9 inches
Depth 12.5 inches
Width 13.2 inches
Weight 7.5 pounds
Floor type All floors
Dust bin capacity 0.18 gallons
Run time 2 hours
Charge time 2–3 hours
Cordless or corded Cordless
Bagless Yes
Warranty 1 year

Consumer ratings

See how other sites rate the Neato D7.

Source Consumer rating Number of ratings
Amazon 3.7 stars out of 5 187
Bed Bath & Beyond 4.0 stars out of 5 235
Walmart 4.0 stars out of 5 192
Best Buy 4.3 stars out of 5 52
Sylvane N/A N/A

Customer reviews

“Generally, I really like this unit. It does have a few quirks you have to work through and honestly it doesn’t really cover the amount of area it says it will cover without having to be emptied at least twice (I have a dog) and going back for at least one recharge. I will certainly be keeping it and I think it cleans better than the Roomba we had before.” — Amazon review

Overall, it does a good job cleaning and is way more efficient than my previous Roomba. It plans its route and doesn’t bounce around aimlessly, so I feel confident it cleaned everything. The summary map at the end is fun, too. The pairing process was very challenging, and despite talking with support, I had to find a convoluted workaround to connect it to my WiFi. Once connected though, it’s maintained a solid connection. No-Go lines are a great concept and do seem to work well. However, they’re only good if you never need to change them. An amazing enhancement would be to allow multiple versions of No-Go maps that you could select, allow you to choose the areas you want to clean from the app without having to redraw your lines every time. If I had that feature, it would definitely be a 5-star product.” — Amazon review

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Frequently asked questions

How often should you change a Neato filter?

In general, you should clean your filter after every vacuum job (this can be done by gently tapping the filter against the side of a trash can) and replace it every one to two months.

Is the Neato Botvac compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant?

Yes. You can use voice commands to start your Neato D7 using Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. However, if you want to use No-Go Lines, you’ll have to start your cleaning job using the Neato app.

What do I do with the magnetic strip that came with my Botvac D7?

The magnetic strip is a physical barrier that can be taped to the floor to prevent your robot vacuum from cleaning a certain area. It’s useful when creating a floor plan for the first time so your robot doesn’t get stuck on objects that are lying on the ground.

About the author

Kealia is a staff writer and social media coordinator for House Method. She writes for a variety of beats, including home inspiration (her favorite), real estate, and home wellness.


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