Like most Neato vacuum bots, the Botvac Connected is shaped roughly like the letter D, with a flat side that's better for cleaning room corners than the ubiquitous frisbee shape of most autonomous vacuum cleaners. But on its release in 2015 the Connected was the first American robovac to offer Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing it to be controlled with a smartphone app, just beating out the Roomba 980 for that honor. And most reviewers seem to feel that the less expensive Connected does a better job of cleaning than the 980 does.
We have a question, though: Why isn't the Botvac Connected called the Botvac Bradbury?
In 1950, science fiction writer Ray Bradbury published a short story titled "There Will Come Soft Rains" in which a computerized house, with self-operating kitchen, automatically filling bathtub and electronic dog-feeding system, kept on running long after the human race had scorched itself off the face of the earth in a firestorm of nuclear glory. Without realizing it, or at least without knowing the name it would eventually be given, Bradbury had invented the Internet of Things.
In Bradbury's self-running house, autonomous cleaning units in the form of small robotic mice worked in coordination with the rest of this interconnected system of appliances to keep the living quarters spotless for its deceased owners, sucking up dust and any radioactive fallout that had blown in through the automated doggy door. True, the Botvacc Connected doesn't look like a mouse. And in case you expect your appliances to keep operating during your post-nuclear absence, the Connected's state-of-the-art lithium ion batteries would probably only outlast the conflagration by a couple of hours. So don't expect the rug to be clean when you get back from the fallout shelter.
After initially being perplexed by the Botvac Connected, I have come to the conclusion that it really can replace 95% of my floor vacuuming needs.
Neato is an excellent cleaner that keeps on top of things for a much less painful weekly top-up vacuum.
Although the Neato Botvac Connected did not pass each test with flying colors, it...made up for any missed particles with second and third passes.
The Neato Botvac Connected is better at cleaning floors than any other robot vacuum on the market, and it costs less than its app-enabled rival, the iRobot Roomba 980.
It’s an impressive cleaning appliance which comes advanced functionality and excellent industrial design.
For the price there really is a lot of value in this product, ... . A ‘conventional’ vacuum cleaner will give better results ... – that’s a given.
All in all, I have no complaints with the Rosie. The app is, however, limited. No stats available -- only basic settings.
Make no mistake: this is the best robot vacuum Neato has ever made, and the best robot vacuum money can currently buy.
Once connected, Neato's app is very easy to use, thanks to an appealing and simple design.
As a vacuum, the Neato is great. The suction is good and it seems to pick up most objects.
The app, available for Android and iOS, is what sets this robot vacuum apart from its competition.
It is WiFi connected, can be controlled with an app on your smartphone, and has multi-room navigation with the same battery power.