Ecovacs Deebot R95 review: Amazon Alexa and smartphone control bring us closer to the Jetson's lifestyle


Welcome to 2062! The daily life of the Jetsons where we saw the blue robotic vacuum cleaner pick up after Astro is happening 45 years earlier than predicted.

As an owner of a pomeranian and chihuahua with hardwood floors, vacuuming to pick up pet hair and droppings from a family of five is a daily occurrence. Thanks to the new Ecovacs Deebot R95 cleaning is now completed by a robot.

A couple of years ago, we moved to a new home with the lower of the two levels covered in acacia hardwood. Our family spends about 20 minutes a day vacuuming the floors so last year I researched robotic vacuums and found the Botvac Neato beat out the Roomba iRobot so I picked one up.

While the Botvac Neato D85 performs very well with a powerful amount of suction, large capacity dirt bin, and good coverage, placing long magnetic boundary strips over irregular areas of the house was ugly and inconvenient. Programming on the vacuum was also limited with awkward navigation buttons and a small display. I knew there had to be something better and after a couple weeks of cleaning with the Deebot R95 it is clear that there is.

Specifications

  • Noise level: 69.5 dB max
  • Sensors: Infrared anti-collision, anti-drop stair avoidance
  • Working time: Approximately 90 minutes
  • Charging time: 3-4 hours
  • Dust bin capacity: 520 ml
  • Dimensions: 14 inches diameter and max height of 4 inches
  • Weight: 7.7 pounds

Hardware and box contents

The Ecovacs Deebot R95 comes in a dark gray color with some black and brushed silver areas. It is a round robotic vacuum with a raised control unit on the back. There is a single button on the top with four indicator icons below the single button.

A large top cover rotates upwards for access to the dust bin for easy removal and emptying of the vacuum. The dust bin has proven to hold about one or two vacuum sessions for the approximate 1,000 square feet of coverage on my wood floors with a few raised area rugs.

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One feature that stands out on the Deebot R95 is the presence of two side brushes to help ensure corners are well covered. One brush has a red hub and the other green with spare brushes in the retail package. Most of these robotic vacuums have one rotating brush.

Another unique feature on the R95 is the ability to swap out the opening that leads into the suction area. Out of the box, the main brush is installed. This main brush is designed for deep cleaning in most situations. However, if you have a lot of pet hair or human hair to vacuum up and don't want the rotating brush to fill with hair, then you can easily swap out the direct suction insert. The two rotating brushes will still work to bring in material under the vacuum for suction into the open direct suction insert, but you will not have to worry at all about anything small plugging the suction of the vacuum.

Our new acacia hardwood floors are beautiful and well taken care of. My wife was concerned about the vacuum creating marks on the floors, but the soft silicone wheels turn and navigate around the floors with no trace of their passing.

The charging dock plugs into an outlet and charges up the vacuum in about three to four hours.

The Deebot R95 also has an optional mopping system, included in the box, so that you can have water applied via a wet/dry cloth while this same system dries your floor as it passes over it too.

The retail package includes the R95 itself, a charging dock, an instruction manual, four side brushes (two are spares), two advanced wet/dry cleaning cloths, a wet/dry reservoir, a measuring cup, and the direct suction option insert.

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