This is our verdict of the Ecovacs Ozmo T8 AIVI based on several hours of research of reviews from both experts and users.
The Ecovacs Ozmo T8 AIVI is one of the most advanced AI-driven hybrid robot vacuum. It can serve as a vacuum, mop, or home monitoring device. It is equipped with advance and unique features so of course it also comes at a high price.
The T8 AIVI utilizes an artificial intelligence camera plus an advanced LiDAR navigation system that levels up the robot vacuum's mapping performance. The AI identifies and avoids the obstacles that can get in the way of the robot vacuum, which solves one of the common problems of a robot vacuum – running into power cords.
The AI has a library of obstacles such as socks, power cords, pet poop, chair, rug, slippers, etc., that it will avoid automatically. Don't worry if you have objects that are not saved in the library because if it encounters an unfamiliar obstacle, it will learn that it must be avoided and avoid it the next time. This feature is unique and can come in handy if you have pets because robot vacuums that don't have an AI will run over pet poops and scatter them around, leaving a bigger mess.
The camera mounted at the front can also serve as your eye inside your house whenever you are away. You can manually drive it around your home and use it to talk to your housemates utilizing the microphone. However, it doesn't have a memory, so it won't save the live feed, which can be a bummer.
In terms of vacuuming, the T8 AIVI also won't disappoint because it has a high suction power and strong airflow that can vacuum even in between the tiles, wood, and carpet. It can automatically adjust suction level depending on the floor type, making it efficient on any floor, from hard floor to high-pile carpet.
The mopping function can also deliver well using the Y-shaped mopping pattern. The mopping pattern enables the T8 AIVI to make three passes that provide a thorough cleaning. Unfortunately, you can only pour water inside the mopping tank.
For a better mopping experience, the Ecovac offers an Ozmo Mop Pro that you can buy separately, which vibrates up to 480 times per minute to remove set-in stains better. It has an extra-large 8-ounce water tank that is helpful if you live in a large home of about 2,000 square feet.
The Ecovac also offers a self-emptying dust bin that you can buy separately. It is a big help for those who have dust allergies because it can hold up to a month worth of dirt and limits your exposure to dust. However, the Auto-Empty Station is quite expensive because you can already buy another affordable robot vacuum with its price.
Overall, the T8 AIVI is impressive in its mapping and navigation but is only for those who have a big budget. The other add ons, such as the Ozmo Mop Pro and Auto-Empty Station, are also a bummer since they are sold separately, which adds to your expense. It is worth the investment because it is hassle-free and can serve many roles in your home.