We’re living in a digital age where you can switch on your lights and control your home’s temperature with a voice command. It’s a different narrative with household cleaning. Getting results mean you sometimes need to get your hands dirty.
Robot vacuum cleaners have tried to make it easier to automate your cleaning chores and they have improved. They are now smarter and more efficient at cleaning your home. The best models can keep your floors clean even when you’re away.
While these robotic vacuum cleaners still can’t contend with large upright canister cleaners, their manufacturers are finding ways to make these little cleaning machines more powerful so they can pick up heavier dust and dirt.
One company, in particular, is blazing the trail and making all of this a reality – Ecovacs. They are a robotics technology company that was founded in 1998 and are committed to improving automated robotic cleaning machines.
The Ecovacs Deebot R98 is more than just your ordinary robot vacuum. It’s a complete household cleaning system. Apart from the robotic vacuum cleaner, it also comes with a handheld vacuum. The manufacturers have designed the system in such a way that the robotic vacuum docks and empties its contents to the handheld’s dust bin automatically after its cleaning run. The dock also serves as a charging port.
Design and Setup
Ecovacs designed the R98 robotic vacuum to clean virtually any surface. It can clean tile, wood, fabric, vinyl, and especially the carpet. It is equipped with two large rear wheels that allow it to travel over carpet edges and small elevation changes up to 0.7 inches. The flat pancake-like design allows it to go under furniture as long as it has a 4.3-inch clearance allowing it to clean every inch of your home thoroughly.
The vacuum is equipped with a wet mop cleaning mode where it can clean your floors and leave it squeaky clean. This mode comes with a reservoir of water, two cleaning pads, and a measuring cup.
The R98 comes with Ecovacs’ proprietary SMART NAVI technology that allows it to scan and map your home and build an efficient cleaning path around your home. This technology prevents collisions, allowing it to clean your home much faster compared to other vacuums.
Together with the robotic vacuum, the R98 comes with a handheld vacuum. It’s a cordless machine that features a pistol grip with a trigger, so it’s easy to hold and handle as you’re cleaning your home. An attachable extension wand is included so you can easily clean upholstery. It also comes with a fabric brush and a crevice tool, which you can store in the dock.
The suction power of the R98 is rated at 500 Pa and can clean an area of 1615 ft2 on a single charge. It can easily pick up the usual dust and dirt found in the home and works well on thin carpets and bare floors. Its 2550 mAh battery allows the vacuum to continuously clean your home for about 110 minutes and automatically docks with the dust bin when its battery levels are low.
In order for the vacuum to pick up every speck of dust and dirt, the device moves in a pattern, making sure that every square inch is cleaned. Ecovacs have included anti-drop and anti-collision sensors so it easily avoids obstacles like furniture and you don’t have to worry about it falling down the stairs. The vacuum is protected by soft bumpers in case it does hit an object.
The R98 connects to your Wi-Fi network and allows you to control it via the Ecovacs’ smartphone app. Using the app, you can set cleaning schedules, change cleaning modes, and get status alerts. Its laser sensors create a map of your home and send that to your smartphone so you can use the map to fine tune the vacuums’ cleaning path.
One prominent feature of the Deebot R98 is its capability to connect with Alexa. It can be an essential part of your smart home system. If you have an Amazon Echo, you can easily control your vacuum with voice controls. You can start and pause a cleaning session or dock the robot vacuum cleaner. The vacuum can also give you voice reports such as battery levels or when a cleaning session is done.
Overall, the Deebot R98 is a reliable cleaning system that can do it all. From ceilings to floors, it can ensure thorough cleaning. The robot cleaner can mop and vacuum off dirt and dust off the floor, and the handheld vacuum can take care of your upholstery and hard to reach crevices.
Maintaining the whole setup is not a chore as both the floor and handheld units share a charging dock and the robotic vacuum automatically transfers its dust collection for easy cleaning.
The complete cleaning system is perfect for small households or simple apartments so you can take a hands-free approach to cleaning with the Ecovacs Deebot R98.
Electrician and DIY specialist Justin deleted his own successful tech blog to write expert product reviews and buying guides together with his friend Robert.
ECOVACS DEEBOT R98 Review
- Overall - 6.9/106.9/10
The ECOVACS DEEBOT R98 is a decent robot vacuum but falls short in many areas. There are definitely better ones out there, even at this price range.