Neato Botvac D7 Connected

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For multiple rooms

For multiple rooms

With mop

With mop

Climbing height

Climbing height

1.9 cm

Cleaning area

Cleaning area

120 m²

App control

App control

Mapping

Mapping

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Neato Botvac D7 Connected review and test

Testing methodology:
1.1
Date published:
2023-05-09
Last modified:
2023-07-17

Pros

  • Good general cleaning results
  • Large dustbin
  • Good navigation
  • Good edge cleaning
  • Fast cleaning

Cons

  • Very noisy
  • No mop function
  • Not an intuitive app compared to competitors
  • Bad at object avoidance
  • Displays violent motions when in tight spaces

Verdict

Overall, it seems that this robot vacuum cleaner has some strong positive points, such as good cleaning results and navigation, but there are also some drawbacks to consider, such as the noise level and the lack of a mop function. Users who prioritize cleaning performance and navigation may find this model to be a good option, while those who prioritize quiet operating or a more intuitive app may want to consider other models.

Neato Botvac D7 Connected
Neato Botvac D7 Connected (Image: Reoverview)

One of the first things you notice about the Neato Botvac D7 Connected is its high noise level. But once you get used to it, you'll experience a robot vacuum cleaner that gives good cleaning results at a fast speed.

The Neato Botvac D7 Connected is the successor of Neato Botvac D6. They are very similar, however, the D7 version utilizes a “Zoned Cleaning” feature in the app, and the main brush is a bit different.

We have tested the Neato Botvac D7 Connected in accordance with our robot vacuum cleaner testing methodology.

Who is the Neato Botvac D7 Connected suitable for?

  • The Neato Botvac D7 Connected is powerful and clean efficiently. This makes it suitable for large households.

Who is the Neato Botvac D7 Connected not suitable for?

  • The Neato Botvac D7 Connected is a very noisy robot vacuum cleaner and is not built with object recognition. These two criteria mean that we would not recommend this robot vacuum cleaner for households with pets, or if you expect to be home when it cleans. If this is one of your requirements, we recommend you take a look at the Roborock S7 MaxV instead.
  • The Neato Botvac D7 Connected isn’t built with a mop-function, so it is not a suitable choice if you want to mop as well as vacuum. If you are looking for a good robot vacuum cleaner with mop-function, take a look at the Roborock S8, or the Roborock S7 instead.

Navigation

The Neato Botvac D7 Connected is equipped with LiDAR navigation, which is one of the best navigation systems for robot vacuum cleaners. It has a laser navigation tower on the top, which navigates and maps the room quickly. In 1 - 2 cleaning sessions, the robot has mapped your house.

The robot is not equipped with a camera, so it doesn’t have object recognition. This means that it has difficulty navigating around cables and smaller objects.

Object avoidance test

In our object avoidance test the vacuum did a very poor job. We placed 5 items on the floor to see if it could detect and maneuver around them. It only managed to register one object, the rest of the objects it just ran over.

We tested its ability to avoid the following objects:

  • A fake poop
  • A can
  • A piece of cloth
  • A rolled up cable
  • Dog bowl with water (filled with water)

The vacuum managed to spill all of the water from the dog bowl into the floor.

Before the object avoidance test started
Before the object avoidance test started (Image: Reoverview)

When the avoidance test was finished
When the avoidance test was finished (Image: Reoverview)

Based on this result, this is not a robot vacuum we recommend if you have cables lying on the floor, or if you have pets.

App

The interactive 2D map in the Neato app
The interactive 2D map in the Neato app (Image: Reoverview)

The Neato Botvac D7 Connected creates an interactive 2D map, which enables you to customize the cleaning; for example, you can select which room to clean, create “No-Go Zones” etc.

The app works satisfactorily, however other robot vacuum cleaner apps we have tested are more intuitive and give more control (for example Roborock’s app is very intuitive).

The map is very accurate and takes 1-2 cleaning sessions to be fully created.

Design

The dustbin of the Neato Botvac D7 Connected compared to the Roborock S6 MaxV
The dustbin of the Neato Botvac D7 Connected compared to the Roborock S6 MaxV (Image: Reoverview)

The Neato Botvac D7 Connected is built with a D-shape, whereas, by comparison, most other robot vacuum cleaners are built with a round shape.

The advantages of a D-shaped design is that the main brush is typically wider (which means the robot can cover a larger area), it typically has a larger dustbin, and is better at cleaning into the edges of a room.

However, the disadvantages are that it is easier for the vacuum to get stuck in tight areas and the robot is typically heavier. In our tests, the Neato D7 managed to get out of all tight spaces, but it struggled and its motion became quite violent in some situations, which means it could damage furniture or paintwork.

Neato Botvac D7 Connected displays violent motions when in tight spaces (3x speed) (Video: Reoverview)

The Neato Botvac D7 Connected has a large dustbin capacity of 0.7 liters and a 27.9 cm wide main brush. By comparison, the Roborock S6 MaxV has a 17.0 cm wide main brush and a dustbin capacity of 0.46 liters. This means you don’t need to empty the Neato Botvac D7 Connected that often.

The underside of the Neato Botvac D7 Connected compared to the Roborock S6 MaxV
The underside of the Neato Botvac D7 Connected compared to the Roborock S6 MaxV (Image: Reoverview)

Battery

The vacuum could easily clean my 1st and 2nd floor on one charge. Moreover, the battery is powerful enough to clean large households. The battery is a 4200 mAh lithium battery, with an estimated maximum runtime of 120 minutes.

It is built with a “Recharge and Resume” function, which means if it doesn’t manage to clean the entire floor in one cleaning session, it will return to the charge station and finish cleaning when it has recharged.

Cleaning

Neato Botvac D7 Connected cleans the floor. (Video: Reoverview)

The Neato Botvac D7 Connected cleans thoroughly, especially in the corners and it cleans quickly (due to its 27.9 cm main brush). However we missed the mop feature, which a lot of competing robot vacuums are built with.

We tested the cleaning ability of the robot vacuum cleaner in three different cleaning tests:

  • Parquet floor with 50 gram sand spread out
  • Parquet floor with 50 gram rice spread out
  • Carpet with 50 gram sand spread out

Test results went as follows:

  • Parquet floor, 50 g rice: 49 g collected (98%)
  • Parquet floor, 50 g sand: 49 g collected (98%)
  • Carpet, 50 g sand: 40 g collected (80%)

Parquet floor cleaning test

The Neato Botvac D7 Connected performed almost perfectly in our parquet floor cleaning test. It did not push the dirt away, as seen with some other robot vacuum cleaners, and it entered the corners well. Our experience is, in general the high-end robot vacuum cleaners do a very good job at parquet floor cleaning, and the Neato Botvac D7 Connected is no exception.

The weight of the dust container before the sand clean up test started
The weight of the dust container before the sand clean up test started (Image: Reoverview)

The weight of the dust container when the sand clean up test was finished
The weight of the dust container when the sand clean up test was finished (Image: Reoverview)

The parquet floor before the sand clean up test started
The parquet floor before the sand clean up test started (Image: Reoverview)

The parquet floor after the sand clean up was finished
The parquet floor after the sand clean up was finished (Image: Reoverview)

Carpet cleaning test

Neato Botvac D7 Connected cleaning a carpet
Neato Botvac D7 Connected cleaning a carpet (Image: Reoverview)

In the carpet cleaning test the robot vacuum cleaner managed to clean up 40 grams of sand (80%), which is a good result.

The weight of the dustbin container before the carpet cleaning test
The weight of the dustbin container before the carpet cleaning test (Image: Reoverview)

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The weight of the dustbin container after the carpet cleaning test (Image: Reoverview)

The carpet before the test started
The carpet before the test started (Image: Reoverview)

The carpet when the test was finished
The carpet when the test was finished (Image: Reoverview)

Mopping

This robot vacuum cleaner is built without a mop.

You can find the best robot vacuum cleaners with a mop here.

Dirt disposal unit

This robot vacuum cleaner comes without a dirt disposal unit. and it is not possible to buy one.

If you want a robot vacuum cleaner with an emptying station, we recommend that you take a closer look at the Roborock S8 Pro Ultra, the Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra or the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI.

Size

The Neato Botvac D7 Connected measures:

  • Height: 9.96 cm
  • Width: 31.9 cm
  • Depth: 33.55 cm

It is taller than robot vacuum cleaners with other types of navigation, as it has a laser navigation tower on the top. However, it is sufficiently low-profiled enough to be able to clean under most furniture in the home.

Noise emission

Our test of Neato Botvac D7 Connected’s noise emission
Our test of Neato Botvac D7 Connected’s noise emission (Image: Reoverview)

We tested the noise emission of the Neato Botvac D7 Connected in the robot vacuum cleaner’s “Max mode”. We measured the vacuum’s maximum noise emission to be 76.7 dB, which is very loud for a robot vacuum cleaner.

By comparison, a regular vacuum cleaner has a noise emission of about 72 dB.

Conclusion

The Neato Botvac D7 Connected does a very good job when it comes to cleaning performance. The vacuum is very noisy and can display violent motions which ruins the overall experience of the robot vacuum cleaner. Furthermore, the robot comes without a mop-function, which is also a big minus.

Measurements in test

Cleaning test results
Cleaning test results overall score
92%
Parquet floor, 50g sand
98%
Parquet floor, 50g rice
98%
Carpet, 50g sand
80%
Object avoidance test results
Object avoidance, total score
0 points
Object avoidance, fake dog poop
Not avoided
Object avoidance, rolled up cable
Not avoided
Object avoidance, pet water bowl
Not avoided
Object avoidance, a piece of clothing
Not avoided
Object avoidance, beer can
Not avoided
Mopping test results
Noise emission test results
Noise emission, Max mode
76.7 dB
Testing methodology
Testing methodology
1.1
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Specifications

Battery
Max runtime
120 min
Charge time
180 min
Type of battery
Li-ion
Battery capacity
4200 mAh
Recharge and resume function
Yes
Automatically docks and recharges
Yes
Cleaning
Cleaning area
120 m²
Sound level
69 dB
Suction power
2000 Pa
Maximum climbing height
1.9 cm
Dustbin capacity
0.7 L
Type of filter
HEPA
Carpet Boost
No
Scheduling function
Yes
Shape
D-Shape
Number of side brushes
1
Mopping
Mopping function
No
Navigation
Mapping-Sensor
LiDAR
Object recognition
No
Stair sensor and object sensor
Yes
For multiple rooms
Yes
Control
App control
Yes
Remote control
No
Voice control
Yes
Alexa voice control
Yes
Google Home voice control
Yes
Base station
Automatic dirt disposal
No
App-functions
App control
Yes
Interactive mapping
Yes
Real Time Tracking
No
Digital Blocked Area
Yes
Zoned Cleaning
Yes
Multi Floor Maps
Yes
Selected Room Cleaning
Yes
Dimensions and weight
Height
10.0 cm
Width
33.6 cm
Depth
33.6 cm
Weight
3.5 kg

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Max runtime 120 min 180 min 250 min
Charge time 180 min
Type of battery Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion
Battery capacity 4200 mAh 3200 mAh 5200 mAh
Recharge and resume function
Automatically docks and recharges
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Cleaning area 120 m² 200 m²
Sound level 69 dB
Suction power 2000 Pa 4500 Pa 3000 Pa
Maximum climbing height 1.9 cm 1.8 cm 2.0 cm
Dustbin capacity 0.7 L 0.45 L 0.3 L
Type of filter HEPA
Carpet Boost
Scheduling function
Shape D-Shape Round Round
Number of side brushes 1 2 1
Washable filter
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Mopping function
Water tank capacity 0.25 l 0.25 l
Vibrating mop
Automatic mop lift
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Mapping-Sensor LiDAR LiDAR
Object recognition
Stair sensor and object sensor
For multiple rooms
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App control
Remote control
Voice control
Alexa voice control
Google Home voice control
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Automatic dirt disposal
Dustbag capacity
Automatic water tank refilling
Automatic mop washing
Automatic mop drying
Type of mop drying
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App control
Interactive mapping
Real Time Tracking
Digital Blocked Area
Zoned Cleaning
No mop zones
Multi Floor Maps
Selected Room Cleaning
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Height 10.0 cm 7.6 cm 9.8 cm
Width 33.6 cm 35.0 cm
Depth 33.6 cm 35.0 cm
Weight 3.5 kg

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