Unlike many circular robot vacuums, the Neato Botvacs are shaped like a capital letter “D.” This may make them the best at cleaning inside corners. Let’s take a closer look at both the Botvac D5 and D3 to see which is the better fit for your home.
Neato Botvac D5 Connected Navigating Robot Vacuum – Pet & Allergy
One of the main advantages of both the Botvac D5 and D3 is the Neato app. This app, which you can install on your phone or tablet, lets you schedule the robot vacuum’s work, stop it, start it, locate it, and even get notifications when it’s done. You don’t even need to be at home to manage your vacuuming.
Even nicer, the Neato Botvac D5 is compatible with voice control through Google Home Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa. You can give it a verbal command to stop or start its cleaning.
While the D5 is sweeping your floors, it uses laser navigation to make a smart map of your home. This way it cleans in the most efficient pattern possible, which extends battery life. If it runs out of a charge while it still has more work to complete, it will go back to base on its own. Once the battery is full again, the D5 Botvac heads out to finish its mission.
One charge of its high capacity lithium-ion battery will allow the D5 to sweep up to 4500 square feet in the course of three cleaning runs of 90 minutes each. And the D5 is especially designed to handle pet fur and help in home where the owners have allergies.
It comes with an extra large dust bin, a combo brush on the bottom, a side brush, and an ultra performance filter. This filter captures particles as small as 0.3 microns, and that includes mold spores and pet dander.
More features of the Neato Botvac D5 robot vacuum:
- Comes with cleaning tool for brushes and filter, magnetic strip boundary markers to limit movement, a charge base and power cord, plus brushes and filter
- Battery comes with a 6-month limited warranty
- Now compatible with some smartwatches
Neato Botvac D3 Wi-Fi Connected Laser Navigating Robot Vacuum
Like the Botvac D5, the D3 is also compatible with the Neato app for your smartphone. If you wish to use voice control to send it off to work, all you need is Amazon’s Alexa or Google Home Assistant. Or, just like the D5, simply press the button on the robot itself. It will begin to clean your floors immediately.
The lithium-ion battery in the vacuum lets it work up to 180 minutes, or three cleaning runs of 60 minutes each, before it needs a recharge. When the charge runs down, the D3 automatically returns to its charge base for a refill.
While the D3 robotic vacuum is working, it maps the most efficient cleaning path to save battery life. If you aren’t home, the Neato app can notify you when the robot finishes or where it’s cleaning as long as it’s connected to your home’s Wi-Fi.
Of course, although the robot sweeps your hard floors and carpet, you’ll still need to do a little maintenance on the vacuum. This means emptying the dust bin and cleaning the brush underneath. You can shake or blow the dust out of the filter, but for best results, plan on replacing it once every couple of months.
More features of the Neato Botvac D3 connected robot vacuum:
- Comes with combo brush only, standard filter, charge base and power cord
- No side brush on this model
- Now compatible with some smartwatches
If you have persons in your home that suffer with allergies, the Neato Botvac D5 is a better choice. Its ultra performance filter traps pet dander and mold spores. Its long-life battery is ideal for larger homes and frequent cleaning runs. Plus, it uses a side brush to sweep up dust and crumbs alongside walls. And all of these features come with the advantage of control over the Internet so you can send it to work while you’re away from home.
If you want a Wi-Fi connected robotic vacuum that will help you maintain your floors, and you aren’t concerned about pet fur and don’t have a large home, the D3 may be all you need.