When we talk about Ecovacs we are now talking about one of the reference points in the world of robot vacuum cleaners, poco but sure. And this is so because in recent years the brand has seemed to have an edge over the vast majority of its competitors, thanks to which it has managed to produce intelligent, powerful and excellent quality devices. Not for nothing, the Deebot X1 Omni is one of the best robot vacuum cleaners we've ever had the opportunity to try, whose only brake has always been only one: the certainly not cheap selling price.
Sure, quality and innovation come at a price, there is poco to do, and yes, the Ecovacs Deebot X1 Omni is the only robot vacuum cleaner able to compete (and surpass in some features) with the Roborock S7 Pro Ultra, but it is certainly not a model suitable for all pockets is a fact.
For this reason, a little quietly, the brand has presented a new cheaper model that brings with it most of the features of the X1 Omni, but at a more accessible price: it is the new Ecovacs Deebot X1e Omni, still has 5000 Pa, a 3D mapping system and a charging base capable of holding both water containers and an automatic cleaning bag, but it does without a couple of features seen in the X1 Omni, some which we will discuss shortly. Let's see together how it goes, and what are the main differences with the older brother.
Ecovacs Deebot X1e Omni review
Design and materials
From a design and material point of view, theEcovacs Deebot X1e Omni it is very similar to the X1 Omni. The dimensions of the two robots are practically the same, both have a laser turret for navigation and mapping, and both use new generation rotating mops capable of rotating 180 times per minute.
However, the color is different, and this is both for the robot and for the charging base: while the more expensive version is made with a color tending towards dark gray, theEcovacs Deebot X1e Omni instead it is white, which makes it slightly more sensitive to dirt, but allows it to be integrated in a more natural way in the home decor. And it is a very important thing above all because the charging and self-emptying base is very large.
And it's great for a very specific reason. Just as we saw with the X1 Omni, the charging base integrates two water containers (one for clean water, the other for dirty water) that have a capacity of 4 liters each, and at the bottom is equipped with a 3 liter dirt bag.
However, there is a small but subtle difference between the two models, which is one of the features that Ecovacs has decided to give up on the cheaper version of the robot: while the X1 Omni's charging station is able to automatically fill the tank of the robot's water, in theEcovacs Deebot X1e Omni the "auto-refill" function is not available, which means that the robot's mops will be moistened directly by the station and not by the robot itself.
for this onEcovacs Deebot X1e Omni the "water-injet", i.e. the connector with which the X1 Omni station recharges the robot with water, disappears. In practical terms, the point is this: while the more expensive version can moisten the mops in a "semi-autonomous" way, the new Ecovacs Deebot X1e Omni from time to time he will have to return to the charging base to clean and moisten the mops, slightly lengthening the general cleaning times. For the same environment, theEcovacs Deebot X1e Omni it takes about 10% more time than the more expensive model, but with the same results in terms of performance and cleaning.
Seen from below, however, the two robots are practically identical: both models have a large central brush flanked by two lateral rotating brushes and, as already mentioned, both have two large rotating mops capable of rotating 180 times per minute and which, thanks to a mechanism that accentuates the pressure on the floor, they guarantee a much deeper cleaning than traditional mops, including those that vibrate.
In the front area of theEcovacs Deebot X1e Omni then, there is the excellent AIVI 3D system, which allows the robot to learn from its daily cleaning activities and recognize selected household objects that could obstruct the path of conventional floor cleaning robots (such as cables, shoes, slippers, dustbins, socks, etc.): it is a decidedly functional system, thanks to which the robot is also able to recognize and avoid the droppings of pets and which exploits a database of recognized objects which is growing exponentially over time. All this is possible thanks to a 3D sensor and a 960p camera which, among other things, can also be used as a real security camera.
By lifting the top cover of the robot you will be able to access the 400 ml dirt container which, no, is not the most capacious around, but poco matter: thanks to the charging station Ecovacs Deebot X1e Omni it is able to clean itself, therefore the capacity of the container integrated in the robot itself is practically irrelevant. And it cleans itself thanks to a 3-litre bag that has been expertly placed in a drawer in the lower area of the turret for recharging, and which is able to guarantee an autonomy of about 2/3 months.
The 4-litre water containers are accessible by lifting the top cover of the charging base and their operating concept is simple: before each wash, the clean water container must be filled, and at the end of each wash, the container must be emptied. of dirty water. After that, during the cleaning process, theEcovacs Deebot X1e Omni will rinse and clean the two rotating mops at constant intervals.
Features and functionality
To animate theEcovacs Deebot X1e Omni an OZMO Turbo 2.0 engine takes care of it, capable of guaranteeing a suction power of no less than 5000 Pa. And it is an exceptional power, which guarantees excellent suction performance, equal to those found both on the more expensive version and on the Turbo version of the lineup.
The nice thing is that thanks to the AIVI 3D system the whole cleaning process is profoundly optimized and it is also possible to activate a function in the application, which has been included in the LAB section together with the recognition of pet excrement, with which it has been the problem of the particles "moved" by the side air intake has been practically solved: if you remember correctly, in all the robot vacuum cleaners we have tested, we have always highlighted the problem of the air coming out of the robot during the suction phase and which, in a nutshell , tends to move the particles present on the floor making cleaning more complex, well thanks to AIVI 3D and artificial intelligence, in theEcovacs Deebot X1e Omni the problem has been practically solved.
In short, there is really nothing to criticize the suction of the new Ecovacs robot, both in terms of raw power and in terms of cleaning along the edges: thanks to two rotating side brushes which, among other things, are decidedly longer than the average and which are supported by an additional feature that uses AI, theEcovacs Deebot X1e Omni it is able to clean very well even near the skirting boards.
The only real big limitation lies in the fact that, given the height of the laser turret, it may have difficulty in entering under the lower furniture, but otherwise in terms of suction this model is second to none.
The washing system is also excellent which, yes, is able to eliminate even the most persistent stains on the floor, provided that all the functions of the application are used. Based on my experience, the advice I can give you is to proceed with the complete cleaning of the "traditional" floor if the surface is not too stained, if instead a more thorough cleaning is required, it will be necessary to activate the "washing" function in the app deep" and the item "x2" in the cleaning section: in this way, not only will the robot clean the floor following a much narrower grid, but it will pass twice, perpendicularly, over the entire surface.
However, it must be said that the lack of a tank inside the robot makes itself felt a little, and not so much in terms of cleaning as in the duration of the process itself: at regular intervals theEcovacs Deebot X1e Omni will return to the station to clean and wet the mops, which will tend to make cleaning a little longer.
Finally, at the end of the whole process, the robot will return to the charging station, clean itself (both for dust and mops) and start drying the washing clothes with hot air: in the 'app you can also decide the duration of drying, which can last 2, 3 or 4 hours.
But the features of the Deebot X1e Omni they don't end there. Thanks to the many sensors, the device can be used as a security camera, complete with two-way audio, the ability to record video or take photos, and remote control so that it can be turned manually in the room. It is possible to use the camera and see the video stream even when the robot is cleaning the house, and the recognition of objects and obstacles is really perfect: thanks to the AI, after the first mapping of the house, you will be able to see, for example, the positions of the toilet and other furniture: a detail that will also be exploited by another feature which we will talk about shortly.
Like all the company's products, the Ecovacs Deebot X1e Omni it is managed with the Ecovacs Home app. It is an app that we know well and that has become more and more optimized over the years. Sure, there are still some minor translation problems, but otherwise it's a system that works pretty well.
Through the app it is possible to manage the typical robot settings, such as the amount of water used, the suction power, the cleaning frequency of the two mops etc. You can set up scheduled cleaning and you can change the language spoken by the robot: in short, in Ecovacs Home you will find all the features that one would expect from such a product.
But it does not end there: in addition to the ability to manage the camera function, with the application it is possible to exploit and set two other novelties, unique in their kind. Ecovacs Deebot X1e Omni is the first robot vacuum cleaner to integrate a digital assistant completely independent from that of Google and Amazon: ok, it can still be associated with Assistant and Alexa, but by saying the magic word "Ok Yiko", followed by a command, it will be possible to example say to "clean under the sofa", or to go to work in a specific area of the house. And this is possible precisely because the Deebot X1e Omni is able to recognize objects.
Furthermore, again through the application, it is possible to access a 3D reconstruction of one's home, which can be further customized by inserting a whole series of furniture objects that will personalize the integrated recognition system.
Now, we must be honest about all this: it is a system that brings the technology of robot vacuum cleaners forward by at least 3/4 years, but it is not a perfect system. For example, in the 3D reconstruction of the mapping of the upper floor of my home, the Deebot X1e Omni had some problems in creating the floor plan, positioning a few too many walls and failing to generate the layout of the rooms in a precise manner.
In short, from a purely functional point of view, the Deebot X1e Omni it is definitely the only model to integrate all this technology and we will hardly see a competitor on the market able to match it. Too bad, however, that when the technology becomes more complex, the optimization work also becomes more difficult: and it is precisely on this that those of Ecovacs still have to work. Let me be clear, that of automatic mapping is a problem that can be solved by manually modifying the map, but I expect something more precise from such a product.
To animate the Deebot X1e Omni a 5200 mAh battery thinks about it that no, it is not the largest seen in a robot vacuum cleaner, but it does its job well: in my tests I calculated that, with a single charge and using the robot with maximum power suction and the maximum amount of water, the Deebot X1e Omni ran for over 120 minutes of operation. Excellent performance therefore, which at the minimum of the suction power and frequency of rinsing of the mops, far exceeds 4 hours.
On the other hand, what is very slow is the recharge time: given the capacity of the battery, a full recharge can take about 5 hours.
Selling price and considerations
The selling price ofEcovacs Deebot X1e Omni is 1299 euros but, through the box below, from 27 to 28 January you can buy it with a super discount of 400 euros on Amazon, which would bring the figure down to a full 899 euros. Furthermore, from 27 to 29 January (included) anyone who purchases the new Ecovacs robot will receive a 50 euro Amazon giftcard, a spare bag, the Deebot Buddy Kit, an additional 1 liter cleaning solution and additional mops for washing the floors.
And in short, it is a product that charges for itself, it is true, and indeed a good quality "traditional" robot could cost around 500 euros, but will require manual emptying of the dirt and washing of the washing cloths. Ecovacs Deebot X1e Omni instead it does everything by itself, and is equipped with all the necessary technologies to avoid the formation of bad smells due to the water and to ensure complete cleaning of the house with minimal "human" intervention.
I've been trying it for some time now, and I have 4 dogs at home: I must say that it has turned my days around. Thanks to its suction power, the excellent mapping system and a washing of the floors of excellent quality, I no longer have to worry about practically anything. Of course, it has a few fewer features than the top of the lineup but, above all at the discounted price, if you need such a device, Ecovacs Deebot X1e Omni it is certainly the best choice on the market.
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