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Botvac 85 Specifications

released date


the botvac 85 weighs 9 pounds


self charging
has scheduling
Upc n
810841  010652
a video

Editorial Review

The Neato Botvac 85 is designed with pet owners in mind, with a combo brush that picks up pet hair. It works on short carpet, wood, and tile, and features many aspects of their other vacuums. Laser-guided Botvision enables the 85 to scan and map the room as it goes, and see in the dark. It can be scheduled for daily cleaning, or instant multi-room or spot cleaning with a single button-push. It has stair detection and avoidance, and it knows to automatically go to its charge base and return to where it left off. Another characteristic of this botvac is its work pattern -- back and forth instead of the random zigzagging or repetitive circling. This makes the 85 finish quicker than its roundling competitors. This unit comes with 3 filters, a side brush, a battery, and boundary markers.

Domestic cleaning robots are the most ubiquitous consumer bots, and the closest to our hearts and feet. What's not to like about them? They're inoffensive, hardworking, and have low profiles. Our pets like them despite not being as intricately programmed as they are. Indeed, in addition to vacuuming and sweeping, many home bots can mop and disinfect while a few can even talk or take pictures. So they are becoming members of the family, which is pretty cool on the one hand and a bit disquieting on the other. After all, living with robots was once the stuff of sci-fi fantasies. However, now that they're our servants, it's only a matter of time before they go all Bladerunner on us.

Neato specializes in robotic cleaners. They've figured out that straight lines actually work better for getting edges and corners. Just look at their well-rated Neato XV Signature Pro. In fact, they have cornered the D-shaped vacuum market, with the Neato Botvac 70e being another example. Perhaps if other robovacs adopted this shape, they would perform better. A typical circular cleaner like the multi-functional Moneual Rydis H68 Pro just cannot get those corners as well.

The Botvac 85 is one more robovac from a company that, based on the fun videos on its website, enjoys making robots and has cleaning down to a D.

Neato Botvac 85 | Reviewed by Botdb | Rating: 4.5

Botvac 85 Reviews From Around The Web


It cleans floorboards tiles and carpets. It is unable to negotiate shag pile rugs. It is quiet in operation . . . picks up dust and hair from our Aussie Shepherd.

Tom's Guide

It has that traditional Neato rounded back and squared-off front, allowing the brush to tackle corners and edges with ease.

Tom's Guide

... After 9 months of the vacuum going around my chair legs, the legs have gotten scuffed on the corners from the Botvac backing up when navigating around them.

Tom's Guide

I absolutely loved my Neato when it worked, however, my first unit kept giving me the error message "please clear my path" when nothing was near it (a known issue).

Tom's Guide

As with any vacuum cleaner, small objects can get caught in the rotating brush/beater, so it's best to scan the room and remove them first.

Tom's Guide

This compact robot vacuum cleaner has a great little character and works really hard to clean your house for you.

Tom's Guide