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From my point of view, testing robot vacuums is always a ride on the razor blade. Sometimes the devices themselves are good, but the app is atrocious. Or they suck well, but the planning of the rides is totally bad. Or the app is good, but the thing just can't handle dog hair. But sometimes you also have a model where you don't really have anything to complain about. And that brings us to it Ecovac's Deebot X1 Omni.
This set is a vacuum cleaning robot with a mop function that comes with a multifunction dock. It is, so to speak, the all-in-one solution for vacuuming and wiping.
Ecovacs sent me the device for a test report and I drove it through all the problem areas and obstacles for you here in the house so that I can give you honest feedback.
As always, let's start with the technical data, which I usually collect from all possible sources so that the list is as complete as possible.
Robot, charging base, power cord, wiper rotation plates, side brushes (2), wipers (4), main roller (in robot), cleaning tool and two water tanks (in dock), two vacuum bags (for dock)
There are currently three Deebot X1 models: X1 Plus, X1 Turbo and X1 Omni. The Deebot X1 Omni is the “bottom right model” – i.e. the most expensive with the most features.
It is also the only Deebot X1 model that offers a suction station and in which the mop drying works with hot air.
The appearance of the Deebot X1 Omni was designed by a Danish design office, which I think you can see. The station has an elegant look and the vacuum cleaner is covered with a silver plate, which makes it look very classy.
Despite everything - and even the best design doesn't help here - the station is surprisingly large and quite a block that is not easy to hide in the living room. No wonder, because the station contains the suction device and space for the dirt collection bag, as well as two 4-litre water containers for the wiping function.
In addition, the charging electronics, the suction, the pump for the cleaning liquids and the hot air drying for the mops must be accommodated. So it's not surprising that the dock is so big.
The processing of the station and the robot is extremely good. Everything looks very solid and the removable parts, such as the water tank, the dirt tank and the like are robustly built and work perfectly in use and without getting caught anywhere.
I'll put this together as a list so you don't have to read long texts forever. I think the key points make it clearer and you can see what the set does more quickly:
Now you have a small impression of what the station and the robot can do. There is basically nothing that I would miss. The question now is how well the individual elements work in practice. And now we come to that...
When I assembled the vacuum cleaner robot, I immediately noticed the dust container, which is noticeably smaller than that of my Roborock S6. However, if you put the two containers next to each other, you can see that the difference is visible but not that big.
Added to this is the benefit of the Deebot X1 Omni, which empties its bin when it is full. We'll get to how well this works later.
If you have to empty the dirt container by hand (I only did it a few times for the test), this is relatively easy. One can open a long flap by opening a latched tab. This allows you to easily empty the container without dusting yourself. So the handling is very good.
I didn't understand the settings of the automatic suction for emptying the dust container at first. But that was partly due to the fact that I didn't read the small hints in the app carefully. But now I get it and I want to explain it - in case there are other people who are a bit slow in the head:
I have set the option "Intelligent" with us, although I find the naming misleading. "Interval" would be more appropriate, because after all, it is not solved by clever programming, but simply by a time interval.
For us, 10 minutes is the right choice because our dog sheds an estimated 500 grams of dog hair a day and our Roborock S6 was fine with that, but I had to get up every few minutes and empty the dust container by hand.
With the automatic emptying after 10 minutes, this is perfectly solved, because the Deebot X1 Omni does not clog up when there are particularly hairy stains, since it runs to empty very often. And even if not all of it is vacuumed up one day because the container was already occupied by a dust bunny, there is a high probability that it will work the next day.
I've had a number of robotic vacuum cleaners that just pull a damp cloth behind them. I think most owners of a newer vacuum cleaning robot are familiar with this construction: Water slowly drips from a water tank onto the cloth and the robot has attached the cloth to the underside of the water tank and pulls it behind it when cleaning. You can imagine how well this works. Even the smallest unevenness in the floor ensures that areas are not wiped because the cloth does not touch the floor.
The Deebot X1 Omni works differently because it has two attachable wiping surfaces, which can each be equipped with a round wiping cloth. When cleaning, these mops (mops?!) rotate and do a lot more cleaning than a cloth that just glides across the floor.
I tried this wiping function in our bathroom, which I usually use with the Redkey W12 clean. The disadvantage of this device is that it does not reach the edge of the floor and therefore always 2 centimeters remain unwiped at the edge.
The result that the Deebot X1 Omni delivers when wiping was very impressive in the first test. There was still a light stain on the tiles in one spot, but when I sent it into the bathroom again the next day, this stain was also a thing of the past. And it wiped to the edge - so better than the Redkey W12, which I also have to be a part of.
The function for cleaning the mop plates is also practical. If the Deebot X1 Omni is back in the dock, this is done automatically. If you then don't intervene, it also starts drying the wipes, but I have always stopped that because we mainly use it as a vacuum cleaning robot and I simply leave the wipers somewhere to dry after use.
The Ecovacs vacuum cleaning robot is good for us, but in principle we only have the bathroom and the basement, which can be mopped. The Deebot X1 Omni should show its full potential in households that mainly have smooth, wipeable floors, so that it can clean large areas.
I was already using a Yeedi vacuum with a suction station a few months ago, but the problem with this station was that although it removed dust and crumbs from the robot's dust container, it failed with the pet hair.
The problem was that the suction power was not high and the pet hair got stuck in the suction opening of the dust container. The result was that it gradually became fuller and at some point reported that the roll was clogged. The device was not recommended for owners of dogs or cats.
The Ecovacs Deebot X1 Omni plays in a completely different league here. I sent him through our living room for an endurance test, which hadn't been vacuumed for days. There were tangles of dog hair under the sofa - really mean and overly bad circumstances.
I was excited for the first emptying and I have to say I was extremely surprised because you could hear the "Flop" being used to vacuum the dog hair. And he has not only managed to do this once, but always – without a single exception.
In my opinion, the Deebot X1 Omni is therefore the top recommendation for dog and cat owners who otherwise have to struggle with clogged vacuum robots.
There's one more thing the Deebot X1 Omni is pretty much unbeatable at: driving around and over obstacles. I deliberately let it move into an area in my office that has previously caused problems with every robot because there are a lot of cables lying around there. If vacuum cleaning robots managed to get through the power cables, then at the latest when the charging cables were not plugged in, they were pulled into the roller.
The Deebot X1 Omni drove into this area and clearly had difficulties. But he moved around in it for minutes and never got stuck or sucked in a cable. He was busy for a while but ended up solving everything without a hitch.
Another problem for other vacuum cleaners are the legs from a desk on ours. These look roughly like a U rotated 90 degrees. So you have a large area that lies on the ground and that some models have repeatedly driven on - including my Roborock S6. Once on, the wheels hang in the air and the robots report an error because they can't get off.
The Deebot X1 Omni has also avoided this difficulty by correctly recognizing the table leg as an obstacle that you should not drive onto.
An important point that immediately struck me about the device is the low noise level with which it operates - even in standard mode. From time to time I had the feeling that it might not be vacuuming at all, but that was deceptive, because it cleans everything - even with little noise. He doesn't have a problem with dog hair even in standard mode, so I don't need max mode.
The only thing that sometimes makes noise for 5 or 10 seconds is the suction station when the robot is being emptied. And that is then significantly louder than the vacuum cleaning robot itself.
I'm a big fan of lists of pros and cons, because this way you can get an idea of the tested device without having to read the entire article. So here is my list for you:
There are a few points that could be improved. For example, that you wouldn't have to buy vacuum cleaner bags for the station if the dirt were collected in a removable box. A replacement bag costs about 2 euros and will certainly last for several weeks, but I don't think vacuum cleaner bags are quite up to date anymore. The price (currently over 1000 euros) should also deter one or the other from the purchase.
But I can say that I like the overall package, even if I rarely use the really good wiping function (our wooden floors are treated with a special soap and may therefore only be vacuumed or wiped with the soap).
I particularly recommend the set of vacuum cleaner robot and docking station for people whose apartment or house is flooded with dog and cat hair. The Deebot X1 Omni does not clog when vacuuming and makes a complete cleaning with automatic emptying in between really possible even with animal hair, which no other device has done for me before.
That's why the device set is a high-quality recommendation from my point of view, but unfortunately it comes at a price.
You can currently buy the device 20% discount on Amazon or via this product box:
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.
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