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Ecovacs Deebot 900

One of the best

Shark Ion Robot R85

Here's one of Ecovacs' most feature-rich smart vacuum robots on the market. The Deebot 900 offers advanced features like navigation technology, intelligent mapping, and much more.

$400 at Amazon

Pros

  • Long battery life between charges
  • Offers voice control
  • Includes two main brushes

Cons

  • No mopping capabilities
  • Smaller dust bin

The Shark Ion Robot R85 is also a full-featured robot vacuum that features Wi-Fi and voice control. Also, check out that extra large bin!

$400 at Amazon

Pros

  • Offers advanced navigation
  • Includes voice control

Cons

  • No hand vacuum
  • Just one brush roll
  • Only one hour of work between charges.

These two smart vacuum robots can perform similar tasks. The differences between the two are small but are worth noting depending on your situation.

A comparison

The Deebot 900 is noted for shipping with two interchangeable main brushes. One of these features a direct suction inlet that helps the brush to avoid getting tripped up by hair and animal fur. The other provides a deep-reach clean and was designed for carpets. The Ecovacs product also offers more running time between charges because of its bigger battery.

Meanwhile, the Shark Ion R85 has one of the largest trash bins currently offered in the vacuum robot market, nearly double the size of the Deebot 900. It's also notable for requiring less charging time between jobs. It's also the only vacuum between the two to ship with boundary strips, which could come in handy depending on the size of your home. These strips provide additional peace of mind for those worried the robot might fall down a set of stairs. (The Deebot 900 uses virtual boundaries to prevent it from wandering into areas it shouldn't go.)

Despite these differences, these two robots are mostly similar. Both are Wi-Fi enabled and work with a free app; both promise more suction power than previous models. Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant integration mean each is controllable by a voice.

Deebot 900 Shark Ion R85
Wi-Fi enabled with app compatibility Yes Yes
Number of brush rolls 2 1
Includes boundary strips No Yes
Bin size 11.4 fluid ounces 22.4 fluid ounces
Charging time 240 minutes 180 minutes
Run time 100 minutes 60 minutes

Though the two models are similar, there is a clear winner — the Deebot 900. Its longer running time trumps the Shark's larger bin size. Having two main brushes to choose from is also important, especially for those who have pets and want to avoid malfunctions caused by hair and fur getting caught on the brush wheels.

Winner by a nose

Ecovacs Deebot 900

The best Deebot on the market right now

If you're looking for an Ecovacs robot vacuum that doesn't include mopping capabilities like the more expensive Deebot Ozmo 930, this is the one to get. Rather have it in black? The Deebot 901 is the choice to make. It's identical to the Deebot 900 except for its color.

Good choice too

Shark Ion Robot R85

Nearly the best from Shark

If you aren't looking for a built-in hand vacuum like the nearly identical Shark Ion S87 and wish to stick with Shark, go with the R85. Otherwise, spend the same amount of money and go with the Deebot 900 instead.

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