If there is one sector we have focused on recently, it is that of robot vacuum cleaners. We have tried all types of them, with self-emptying base, with new cleaning system, with new house mapping technologies. And if there is a brand that has been able to distinguish itself in terms of technologies and innovation, it is certainly Ecovacs, which with its Deebot X1 Turbo (here the review) has introduced countless innovations, such as super mops for washing, a new environment mapping system and the possibility of using the robot vacuum cleaner as a surveillance camera.
An exceptional model which, however, is very expensive. Fortunately, however, despite the general increase in prices that is influencing (also) the technology sector, today it is still possible to buy a good robot vacuum cleaner and floor cleaner at a much more humane price.
And it is precisely on this range that we will focus today, comparing two of the most popular models on the market: theEcovacs Deebot N8 (here the review) And the Dreame Bot L10 Pro (here the review).
Ecovacs Deebot N8 vs. Dreame L10 Pro: which is the best cheap robot?
Design and materials
As you might well imagine, in the world of robot vacuum cleaners and floor cleaners, there are hardly any products characterized by an exclusive or recognizable design. The shape, most of the materials and (in some cases) even the dimensions, are dictated by the nature of the product itself, but betweenEcovacs Deebot N8 and Dreame Bot L10 Pro, there is some difference.
These are "traditional" models, therefore without the self-emptying base and with a standard floor washing system and, regardless of the different colors, the first difference that catches the eye looking at the two models is noticed when you look at the front of the robots. The Dreame integrates the system High Precision 3D, which uses an optical sensor to recognize any obstacles and objects present in the environment in which the vacuum cleaner will work, while in the Ecovacs there is the system TrueMapping dTof that, according to what the company has declared, should significantly improve anti-collision and object recognition.
And these technologies are important to underline a first difference between the two models: let's be clear, the High Precision 3D system of the Dreame Bot L10 Pro is among the most advanced in the industry, but it is as if theEcovacs Deebot N8 is more efficient in everyday life, managing to avoid objects in its path with greater agility (especially cables, as far as possible) and avoiding bumping into the furniture a little too violently, which instead it can happen with the Dreame.
To be honest, there is also another difference between the two, albeit less important: theEcovacs Deebot N8 it is equipped with three brushes in total, two of which are lateral, while the Dreame has a single lateral brush. Although, although this is a rather obvious difference, in terms of cleaning quality its influence is practically irrelevant.
Of course, with the double rotating brush the Deebot is able to capture more powder in less time, but at the end of the cleaning process you will rarely find dirt on the ground, with both products.
Then there is another difference, and it is in the containers: those of the Dreame are bigger, let's talk about 570ml for that of dirt and 270ml for that of water, unlike the 420ml for dirt and 240ml for the water found in the Deebot. Now, the point is this, as for the water tank the real differences between the two models are almost irrelevant (and it will happen that both tanks have to be refilled after practically the same hours of use), but things change when we think about the container. dirt: these are models that do not self-empty and it will therefore be the user's responsibility to clean them manually and the Dreame, having a larger container, will have to be cleaned less frequently.
For the rest, in terms of design, the other differences they are few. At the bottom, both models integrate wheels capable of overcoming obstacles up to two cm high, both robots have sensors capable of recognizing stairs (and avoiding falling on them), and both models are circular in shape. What could affect the user experience is the thickness that in the Ecovacs it is more contained, allowing him to slip with greater agility even in lower spaces, where the Dreame actually fails to reach.
Suction power and washing quality
On paper, in terms of suction power, the comparison between Ecovacs Deebot N8 e Dreame Bot L10 Pro it almost makes no sense. But it is precisely by carefully evaluating this factor that I realized one thing and how much we tend to be wrong if we evaluate devices based only on technical characteristics.
Why, yes, with his own 4000 Pa Dreame's automatic vacuum cleaner is definitely among the best in the industry in terms of bare power characteristics, and with its 2300 Pa the Ecovacs theoretically would never, ever stand up to comparison. Yet, in everyday life, things are not quite like this.
I know, it is a strange thing that probably some of you will find it hard to believe, but it will be due to the presence of the double rotating brushes, it will perhaps also be due to the optimization of the TrueMapping system, but in terms of cleaning quality I am of the idea that the two devices they are almost the same. And this is a very important result, which underlines how much optimization is sometimes more important than the numbers on the technical data sheets: in short, from this point of view, even if the two models are actually able to guarantee a very similar cleaning, I I find it forced to give Ecovacs a good plus point precisely because it has been able to optimize the entire operating process of the robot to the maximum, almost eliminating the limits of such an evident gap.
Furthermore, as already mentioned, both models integrate the MOP function and are able to perform the floor cleaning function as well. In both cases it is a function that, as usual, is designed more for polishing and disinfecting surfaces than to eliminate stubborn stains which, on both models, it is of an excellent standard.
Both the Dreame and the Ecovacs have a water container equipped with a mechanical pump that has the task of delivering water which, on the Ecovacs, it is possible to do in 4 levels: my advice, however, is not to set a level higher than 3, if you do not want to have to fill the water tank more frequently.
As for the speed of the cleaning process, with the Dreame for an area of about 90 square meters it could take about 1 hour and 15 to complete the process, while with the Ecovacs the times are reduced to poco more than 55 minutes.
In terms of management application, the two models are practically equivalent. Dreame's robot is managed with the now well-known Xiaomi Home, while the Ecovacs can be controlled via Ecovacs Home.
Both models are able to manage multiple maps and work on multiple floors and in a nutshell what changes between the two applications is essentially the graphic interface: personally I prefer that of the Ecovacs app even if, and this must be said, it is decidedly more accurate and intuitive to use, but continues to be rather lacking in terms of translation into Italian.
The management of maps and rooms, which are created completely independently, is identical to what we have seen in the other robot vacuum cleaners and floor cleaners: it will allow you to associate a name to each room, in order to facilitate cleaning in zones or cleaning in rooms, which can also be repeated twice consecutively by activating the function.
You can also activate the scheduled cleaning programs, each of which can be customized according to cleaning methods, areas to be cleaned and - clearly - at the time and it is possible to manage with extreme simplicity also the virtual walls and exclusion zones: in this way it will be possible to prevent the robot from cleaning beyond a certain boundary, or in a particular area of the floor.
Among the points extremely in favor ofEcovacs Deboot N8 we find the reactivity in the mapping as well as its extreme precision; in my house I could see stools, chairs, tables and even small marble risers in the kitchen area as shy with particular skill. In addition, thanks to the sensors it is equipped with, it is also able to detect the presence of carpets (highlighting them, consequently, also on the map) and, during the cleaning phase, adjust the power downwards in order to have a better cleaning.
Furthermore, those of Ecovacs have also worked better in the integration with digital assistants: with the Dreame I continue to have problems in managing the vacuum cleaner through Google Assistant, which with the Deebot has always worked perfectly. Strange but true.
In terms of battery life, there is no match. With its 5200 mAh the Dreame Bot L10 Pro is able to guarantee a higher autonomy than that obtained with the 3200 mAh of theEcovacs Deebot N8, despite the L10 Pro has a more powerful engine: in my tests, with the same cleaning surface and suction power (always set to maximum), the Dreame managed to work about 10/15 minutes longer before having to recharge.
Both models do not excel in charging times: for a full charge the Ecovacs will take about 4 hours, while the Dreame could also require 5/6.
Selling price and conclusions
Finally, we come to the selling prices. To take home theEcovacs Deebot N8 it will take 299 euros thanks to the discount that you will find in the box below, while for the Dreame Bot L10 Pro 389 euros will have to be spent. And it is precisely these 90 euros of difference that have actually shifted the balance of this comparison in favor of the Ecovacs model.
Let me be clear, both products are of excellent quality, well assembled and with mapping systems accurate to the centimeter, but the thing that has me left quite amazed is the relationship between cleaning quality and price: although the Dreame is actually more powerful, in real life both robots are able to guarantee excellent suction and that is why I came to the conclusion that, perhaps, spending those 90 euro more doesn't make much sense.
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