I’ve been reviewing the ECOVACS DEEBOT N8 PRO, a robotic vacuum cleaner, for the past week and a half. Here’s what I think about it.
The ECOVACS DEEBOT N8 PRO, which hereon I’ll call it N8 PRO, is one of ECOVACS latest robotic vacuum cleaners with a mopping system. For homeowners or future homeowners, when you hear about a technology that gives you both vacuuming and mopping features, you should find out more and consider buying it because it can be a great time-saver. Well, unless you enjoy doing chores at home, then skip it and save your monies.
What’s in the box
Opening the N8 PRO, you will see:
- 2 x brushes
- 2 x charging cables with different pins
- a charging base
- the ECOVACS DEEBOT N8 PRO
- water container
- a reusable mopping pad
- a packet of disposable mopping pads
Setting up the ECOVACS DEEBOT N8 PRO with the ECOVACSHOME app
The N8 PRO came with some battery in it so all I needed to do was to pair it with the ECOVACSHOME app. Just follow the instructions on the screen to connect your app to the N8 PRO and you should be able to get started in two – three minutes time.
The app is the command centre for the N8 PRO. The actions that you want the N8 PRO to take are all on the app such as:
- setting virtual boundaries;
- no-mop zone;
- suction power;
- flow rate of the water coming out of the water container; and
- schedule vacuuming hours and quiet hours, etc.
If you have Google Assistant or Amazon’s Alexa, you can also voice command the N8 PRO to start or stop cleaning as well.
The first thing that the N8 PRO did when I first got it started was to map my attic using a technology called TrueMapping.
It is equipped with advanced laser-based LiDAR navigation system with industry-leading dTOF sensors, and according to ECOVACS, it can “generate maps with 2 times the coverage and 4 times the precision of previous mapping technology.”
I could only take their words for it because you know, homes in Singapore are not that big so I could not tell the difference. What I could agree on is that the N8 PRO did perform frequent scans or what ECOVACS called 360-degree scans for faster cleaning with fewer missed spots. This was why I was initially puzzled about its movement not being predictable but I guess it was intelligence at work.
Vacuuming and mopping with ECOVACS DEEBOT N8 PRO
After the initial mapping of the attic, the N8 PRO started its work. Even at low suction power, I could feel a clear distinct difference between where it had vacuumed and where it had not. Now you must be wondering if the vacuum noise was loud. The answer is no. It is also a no for when I had it at the maximum suction power of 2,600 PA. For comparison, it was probably 10 percent lower in decibel as to conventional vacuum cleaners.
The addition of an OZMO Mopping System truly encompasses the true essence of the proverb – kill two birds with one stone. It worked perfectly and better than some handheld ones where water starts dripping out when you fill up the water container. The best part of the OZMO Mopping System was that it will only dispense water if you choose to do so through the ECOVACSHOME app.
You can also choose the rate of water flowing out of the mop. If you have selected the max flow rate, the app will prompt you with an alert to let you know that the N8 PRO might slip due to the amount of water on the floor. So, do take note. It did not for my case lah. 👍
Another thing that you must be wondering about is the N8 PRO’s ability to maneuver around obstacles at home. What I observed about the N8 PRO was that it could detect obstacles at a distance like a metre ahead of it and slow down.
Even when it bumped into my yoga mats, it did so quite gently that my mats did not topple. Also, when it bumped into my standing laundry racks, the ones with slim legs, though it got caught, it still managed to smartly maneuver out of the situation.
The only explanation for this has to be TrueDetect Technology in the N8 PRO. It uses laser-based 3D technology to detect and avoid obstacles on the floor and knows how to steer clear of unexpected items.
This put my mind at ease as the key reason why we get a robotic vacuum cleaner is not to do anything ourselves. By being able to navigate smartly, it allowed me to focus on other chores like gaming, without having to worry about the N8 PRO being stuck.
That said, it does not mean I did not encounter a situation where the N8 PRO needed no help at all. I had a metal rack in my attic. Being a diligent and hardworking robotic vacuum cleaner, the N8 PRO managed to locate a gap just to vacuum dust beneath the rack. Unfortunately, as the heavy load on the rack dented the rack over time, the N8 PRO was not able to get out by itself without my divine intervention.
HOWEVER, it was a complimentary effort by the N8 PRO to relentlessly trying to locate different paths to get out of the situation. It was quite a sight to behold. The technological marvel of today even for something as simple as a robotic vacuum cleaner was on display that very moment.
Like a slave-driver that I am, I let the N8 PRO work non-stop for 90 minutes before I commanded it to return to base to charge. Just for your information, it will go back on its own if it detects that it’s running out of juice. I just wanted to command it for fun that’s all.
If my memory serves me well, the full charge took about four hours. Not too bad.
Needless to say, the ECOVACS DEEBOT N8 PRO is one of the smartest robotic vacuum cleaner yet. It did the cleaning really well – low noise and excellent suction power.
The ECOVACSHOME app also worked really well for me. I did not encounter any connection issue that other brands have. Everything I wanted in a robotic vacuum cleaner is equipped on the N8 PRO. Just too bad that ECOVACS had to take it back. 😒
Anyways, if you are in the market for a robotic vacuum cleaner, I do recommend that you check out the ECOVACS DEEBOT N8 PRO. It retails SGD999 and is available on Shopee and Lazada.
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