Best for features

Roomba 980

Perfect for family budgets

Ecovacs Deebot 930

The Roomba 980 maps your floor with a camera to plan the best path when it comes to cleaning your home. This vacuum uses it's dirt detection abilities to make sure it's cleaning up the messiest areas and not just following a scheduled path to ensure the perfect clean. However, a lot of people won't want to pay that much for a vacuum.

$850 at Amazon

Pros

  • HEPA filter
  • Amazon and Google compatibility
  • Higher suction power
  • Larger dirt storage
  • Safe on low carpet, medium carpet, ceramic tile, hardwood, laminate, linoleum, marble tile, and vinyl

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Louder noise level
  • Fewer side brushes

The Ecovacs Deebot 930 has its own app where you can create virtual walls, custom cleaning zones (that you can set to each type of floor in your home), and make sure that it pays more attention to the areas of your home that get dirtier than others. It would be nice if it had automatic dirt detection capabilities, though.

$550 at Amazon

Pros

  • HEPA filter
  • Amazon and Google compatibility
  • Wet mopping abilities
  • More app features
  • Safe on low carpet, medium carpet, laminate, linoleum, and tiles

Cons

  • No dirt detection
  • No full bin indicator

Both of these vacuums come with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter and compatibility with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. That means both will take your voice commands and filter extra dirt particles like pet danger, pollen, dust mites, and remnants of smoke. However, the Roomba offers dirt detection for a better clean and an indicator for when the bin is full. On the other hand, the Ecovacs Deebot 930 comes with its own app where you can change the settings to pay more attention to the parts of your home you need it to.

Time to check under the hood

For some, buying a vacuum is just a matter of price and size, but there's so much more to these little machines than that. When you're looking for a self-driving vacuum there are a lot of features to consider before making your decision.

Roomba 980 Ecovacs Deebot 930
Warranty 1-year 1-year
HEPA filter Yes Yes
Noise level 70 dB 65 dB
Battery capacity 3,300 mAh 3,200 mAh
Suction power 1,700 pa 1,000 pa
Dirt storage 600 mL 450 mL
Side brushes 1 2
Voice control Yes Yes
Amazon Alexa compatibility Yes Yes
Google Assistant compatibility Yes Yes
Floor mapping Yes Yes
Virtual wall Yes Yes

What do the different abilities mean?

The Roomba has a 600 mL dust bin while the Deebot has a 450 mL dust bin. The Deebot does come with more side brushes to help get those dust particles where they need to go, but the Roomba has almost double the suction power than the Deebot. All of that extra power and storage with the Roomba comes at a small cost when it comes to noise since its only 5 dB louder than the Deebot. If you're sensitive to sound, though, that might be too loud for you.

Roomba offers a better clean with much less of a hassle than the Deebot

Both of these vacuums are able to connect to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant and both have an app. Each will allow you to set cleaning schedules, start or stop the device, and check the cleaning history. However, the Deebot does offer something that the Roomba doesn't: the ability to use the app to block your device from certain areas, set the different types of floors for each area, manually control movement, and set the zones for cleaning. You can do that with the Roomba, but you need the extra virtual walls (and they cost $40 each!).

While those are great app features, it's nothing the Roomba doesn't offer as a built-in auto-feature already. The Roomba has iAdapt Responsive Cleaning Technology, so it'll automatically change its settings based on the floor type it's cleaning. With the camera sensor, it's able to map its own path and detect the dirt inside of your home. Being able to use those features from an app seems great, but coming standard on the device (like it does with Roomba) is better.

One thing the Deebot offers, that the Roomba doesn't, is the ability to wet mop. The Deebot comes with a cloth you can attach to the bottom of the vacuum so it can mop your floors instead of vacuuming. You can control how much water is sprayed onto the cloth at a time to ensure the safety of your floors. This is perfect for changing the settings between tile and wood floors.

Finally, with the Roomba you'll also be cleaning out your bin less often, receiving a better clean with a higher suction power, and getting great features built into the device. This is opposed to relying on manual power and an app to make them happen like you would with the Deebot. Deebot will also require the bin to be emptied more often, but it won't notify you when it needs it, while the Roomba will.

What to think about when making your decision

Your decision will ultimately come down to your budget and how much time you have available to spend on taking care of your robot vacuum. If $850 for the Roomba is too steep of an investment for an automatic vacuum then the Deboot, at $550, is still worth it. Sure, you'll be sacrificing some of the features and abilities you would get with the Roomba, but it's not that much of a downgrade when you consider the features you get with the Deebot app.

Best in features and abilities

Roomba 980

For peace of mind

The Roomba 930's built-in features for dirt detection, notifications for when the dust bin is full, and compatibility with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant make this device perfect for a busy home.

Perfect for family budgets

Ecovacs Deebot 930

Phenomenal app features

Deebot 930 is perfect for any home on a budget. The app features for blocking areas, setting cleaning zones, and manual control over movement help ensure that your home will get a great clean fit to your standards.

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