Robot vacuums are cleaning homes all around the world. Each generation improves on the design of the previous. Besides their reasonable prices, Neato’s Botvacs have convenient features that make them more attractive than Roombas. In fact, the two models in this review are especially made for pet owners. Let’s look at the D80 and D85 to see which one will be the best for you.

Neato Botvac D80 Robot Vacuum for Pets and Allergies

Neato Botvac D80

Neato Botvac D80

The Neato D80 Botvac is smart and effective at cleaning crumbs and pet hair from hard floors and carpets. Its square-ended shape gets into corners better than a round vacuum can. The brushes and suction can clean as close as 10mm from a wall—that’s less than ¼-inch, better than some commercial vacuums. It passes under furniture and beds to get all the dust bunnies without needing to move anything out of place.

While some robot vacuums pass back and forth and bump around in what looks like a random pattern, the D80 Botvac scans and maps out the area it is about to clean. This makes cleaning go faster so the battery lasts longer. When it’s time for a recharge, the Botvac automatically returns to its home base. Once it is ready to clean again, it resumes where it left off. Plus, you can choose either a quick clean or schedule the Botvac to work while you’re away from home.

If you’re using the Botvac while you’re at home, you might want to keep the robot confined to certain rooms. With some robot vacuums, this means shutting doors or using electronic lighthouses that run off big, expensive batteries. Not with the Neato Botvacs—they come with magnetic boundary marker strips that don’t need batteries at all.

The D80 also comes with a combo brush, a spiral blade brush, and a side brush. These brushes, in combination with the suction from the vacuum and an extra-large filter, help the Botvac pick up particles as fine as 0.3 microns like mold and pet dander. While it’s not HEPA-certified, the D80 helps keep asthma-inducing debris under control.

The dirt bin holds up to 0.7 liters, which is more than many other robot vacuums can store before emptying. The bin is mounted on the top of the robot so it’s simple to lift straight up and dump out in the trash. In fact, everything about the D80 is as neatly designed as possible to minimize the work you need to do to maintain your home.

More features of the Botvac D80 Robot Vacuum:

  • Comes with brushes, NiMH battery, charging base, power cord, high performance filter, a tool for cleaning the brushes, and a 13-foot long boundary marker strip that keeps the D80 working only where you want it to go (can be cut to fit doorways, stairways, or other obstacles)
  • Neato offers a 1-year warranty on the D80 vacuum and a 6-month warranty on its batteries

 

Neato Botvac D85 Robot Vacuum by Neato Botvac D85

Neato Botvac D85

Neato Botvac D85

Maybe you’ve looked at both the D80 and the D85 and wondered what makes them different from each other. After all, both look the same and they are both made for cleaning homes with pets. They both come with brushes and a brush cleaning tool, boundary markers, and a charging base with power cord. The difference is really just in the filters.

The D80 comes with one high performance filter to trap dust, dander, mold, and so forth. It’s not HEPA-certified but it does a great job of containing debris. The D80 Botvac comes with an additional high-performance filter. So buying the D85 means you’ll get one additional filter that you won’t have to buy later.

More features of the Botvac D85 Robot Vacuum:

  • Comes with brushes, NiMH battery, charging base, power cord, twofilters, tool for cleaning the brushes, and magnetic boundary marker strip (13 feet long, can be cut to size)
  • Neato offers a 1-year warranty on the D80 vacuum and a 6-month warranty on its batteries

 

Recommendation

If you want the best value for the money, you may save by getting a D85 because it comes with an additional filter. Either way, these two robot vacuums will save you a lot of time and effort while cleaning, especially if you have pets at home.

Click here to purchase Neato Botvac D80 on Amazon.com!

 

Click here to purchase Neato Botvac D85 on Amazon.com!

 

 

 

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