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iLife V3S Pro Remote Docking

This little budget robot vacuum is great value for money especially as it is purposely built to clean up pet hair. It’s essential that you understand if it is the right robot vacuum for your home plus that you take care on preparing your home before use. In fact that goes for any home taking on a robot vacuum for the first time. Read our excellent guide on How to buy the best robot vacuum for your home.

Tackle that pet hair

Pet hair can be a real problem especially if you suffer from allergies. iLife know this and created brushes that work in a way that get hair out of low pile carpets. The spinning brushes will also sweep pet hair where the floor meets objects.

Customers who bought this product will be quick to tell you that works best on hardwood and tiled floors. It will cope with low pile rugs here and there but as long as they’re sticky enough that they don’t get pushed around.

The battery quality is awesome. After about a 4 hour charge, it will easily clean for up to 2 hours before it trundles back to it’s charging station. There is a setting to automatically undock each time it reaches full charge but just make sure you empty the dust bin each time as two hours of cleaning will easily fill the compartment.

In order to keep cost down the iLive V3S Pro doesn’t come with a mobile app like some of the more expensive models. However there is a cool remote control that allows you to over-ride the random cleaning and direct it to those spillages or simply bits that are bugging you.

The benefits of a robot vacuum

You can really go about your daily business leave the robot to clean away. Don’t worry if you have stairs or basements. Underneath the front of the vacuum are sensors that detects sudden drops and it will stop. However, technology can be fooled and should you have any black patterns on your carpet you may find that it gets confused as it will detect this as a drop too. All robot vacuums have this problem though so don’t think this is down to the low price.

iLife V3S Pro Pet Hair

The outer sensors detect objects as it draws near and the robot vacuum will slow down nicely so that it only makes a very gentle bump before turning direction and carrying on its cleaning.

It doesn’t have a “plan” so to speak, a person would go from a corner to the center of the room, but it’s very thorough. If you have pets then you will know that pet hair can get everywhere. It has spinning brushes that get into those difficult edges. Being low to the ground it is very popular with customers for getting under their sofas and beds.

As for noise, it’s fair to say that it’s not that loud but also it not that quiet either. You may need to turn up the volume a little bit if you’re watching TV.

Our Top Tips

  • Be wary of cables and cords
  • Make sure you use rubber backing on your small rugs
  • Empty the dust bin every each clean if you can
Roomba 960 cleaning program

The iRobot Roomba 960 Vacuum Cleaning Robot is an absolute titan of industry. It is undoubtedly an automatic vacuum that gives other manufacturers a run for their money.

Let’s take a tour of the unit

On the top of the Roomba, you’ll find the all famous iRobot camera that maps out your house as it cleans. Next to it are three different buttons that allow you to choose between general cleaning, spot cleaning and to send Roomba home to its charging base.

At the front lies the bumper that covers half the circumference of the vacuum, so if by any chance the sensors miss an obstacle; a slight collision with the bumper triggers a change in direction for the vacuum. At the back is the removable dustbin, with the HEPA filter; also, removable. Capacity wise, the dustbin can hold about 2 cups or half a litre of material, which shouldn’t be a problem if you run it daily.

The Roomba 960 handles multiple types of carpet

Underneath the vacuum are the 2-inch rubber wheels capable of travelling over uneven surfaces. Beside it are the side rotating brushes that push the particles towards the suction rollers. The silicone rollers (also known as “Debris Extractors” by iRobot), in contrast to traditional brushes; grab debris on the sides and push it into the suction chamber above. 

Smart features make all the difference

Boasting the Gen 2 motor, the Roomba 960 runs quieter than other iRobot products. The edge sensors prevent toppling over staircases and the innovative dirt detection sensors make sure that the Roomba performs several sweeps on extra dirty locations. 

Perhaps the greatest feature the 960 has to offer is its virtual wall option. Choose to either use ‘line mode’, which prevents the vacuum from entering specific rooms, or opt for the circular mode that keeps the vacuum from getting within a 4ft radius of the virtual wall. So if you want to keep it away from the dog bowl, be sure to use this option.

Like many vacuums, the Roomba with its 2.4 GHz wi-fi connectivity offers control via voice commands while using Alexa or Google Assistant. What sets it apart is the amazing iRobot app and its features. With multiple languages and customer support in many countries. The app allows you to track the dustbin capacity along with wear and tear of the filter and you can even set up cleaning schedules.

Small enough to fit under a sofa

The best bits

But the most amazing feature is the virtual map system that gives you an entire layout of the cleaned area after the Roomba is done cleaning. This map in turn lets you figure out what places the 960 may have missed or where it got stuck so you can remove any obstacles at that location.  

The Roomba offers 75 minutes of battery usage after a 1 hour 15 minute full charge time. Which may be a little less than most automated vacuums, but rest assured the highly efficient Roomba always gets the job done. And when the battery is about to die, the Roomba automatically makes its way to the charging station, making your life ever easier and carefree.

This state-of-the-art vacuum although pricy, may very well be the best one-time investment ever. 

Ecovacs Robotics Deebot N79S

With prices ranging from roughly £200 to £300, the ECOVACS Robotics DEEBOT N79S is the vacuum of choice for 2019. One of the best in the price range, the DEEBOT more than meets all your cleaning needs. Equipped with multiple control options, this WIFI connectivity-based vacuum offers you complete control over when and where to clean.

The smart stuff

Simply control it via simple voice commands like “Alexa, tell DEEBOT to start vacuuming” or “Alexa, tell DEEBOT to start charging.”. You can even use Google Assistant for this. If you want greater control over it while simultaneously getting an idea of its performance; give the user-friendly ECOVACS app a try. The app lets you utilise features like setting up cleaning schedules, selecting different cleaning modes, receiving error reports and reminders to change the filters etc. The vacuum even comes with its own remote control, adding to the already generous options. But if you’re someone that likes to keep things simple, just press the simple control buttons right on top of the vacuum.

One of the best features is the dustbin. Transparent and super easy to remove, you don’t need to keep checking up on it daily. The time it takes to fill, varies from household to household, but the capacity is more than acceptable. The filter resides directly above the dustbin and again is easy to remove and replace; with them being readily available on Amazon.

Sensors at the front of the DEEBOT prevent collisions with obstacles and an added safety feature is also provided. A bumper at the front quickly signals the machine to change its course when pressed, making sure it doesn’t get trapped under the table or in a corner.

Cleaning modes

It’s great for both hard floors as well as carpets, making it the ideal vacuum for all households. The DEEBOT has four different cleaning modes to choose from, modes which include:

  1. A normal cleaning mode for everyday household cleaning.
  2. A max suction mode that offers twice the cleaning power for those after party days.
  3. A very impressive edge mode that specifically targets the hard to reach edges of your house. Specially designed brushes at the edges, guarantee cleaning of even the most hard to reach places.
  4. A useful spot cleaning mode that targets a localized area, say a spilled drink etc.
    Making several sweeps of the same area, DEEBOT ensures that no stone is left unturned.

With so much movement it’s hard to imagine it not falling over some stairs. But fear not, because the DEEBOT is equipped with special sensors that prevent it from blindly running into a staircase.


A great aspect is the automatic battery recharge, the DEEBOT has a 100-minute operating time on every full charge and every time its Lithium battery gets a little low, it skillfully makes its way back to the charging station; all on its own.

This super vacuum is an amazing buy and if you’re looking for both reliability and economy, the ECOVACS Robotics DEEBOT N79S Robot Vacuum is the logical choice.

Eufy Robovac Schedule

The Eufy RoboVac 11S is a fully hands-free automatic cleaning robot and is one of the thinnest robot vacuums available in the market. The RoboVac 11S sets the bar higher for budget robot vacuums because of its updated features and powerful suction power. The Robovac 11S is an upgraded version of the RoboVac 11 with a small profile and dimensions from a 13-inch diameter to 12.8 inches and is thinned down to 2.8 inches from 3 inches.

The low profile of the RoboVac 11S allows it to clean hard to reach spots like below furniture, cupboards, and fixtures with low-clearance. Despite the small profile of the Eufy RoboVac 11S, it has a run time of 100 minutes.

Value for Money

It is no secret that the Eufy RoboVac 11S is in the budget end of the spectrum when it comes to smart appliances but despite the term budget, its simplicity is its strength. The RoboVac 11S is simple to operate and maintain and is perfect for people who want to own their first vacuum robot.

Despite its simple straight-forward design, the RoboVac 11S is surprisingly full of features. Its small profile allows it to reach and clean tight spots. It can go under furniture with low clearance up to 2.68’. The RoboVac 11S also has a powerful vacuum that can generate up to 1300Pa of suction perfect for cleaning dirt and other debris.

The RoboVac 11S also equipped with a large dust bin allowing it to collect 0.6L of dust and debris. The large capacity bin allows it to clean multiple rooms in one cycle. The Triple-Filter system allows the Vacuum to perform a thorough deep clean by eliminating the finest of dust and debris.

Simple and Smart

Despite being a budget robot vacuum, the RoboVac 11S is still equipped with automatic sensors and other smart functions. The RoboVac 11S does not have a complex mapping and navigation sensor but it still has enough sensors in its bumpers, and undercarriage to allow it to navigate the room gracefully and avoiding falls from stairs. Its built-in drop sensing technology keeps it away from falling off ledges and its large wheels allow it to roll over carpets and small ledges up to .63in high.

The RoboVac also has a smart return function that automatically detects battery level and sends the RoboVac back to its base to recharge. The 3-point cleaning system ensures that surfaces are spotless and the BoostIQ technology automatically adjusts the suction power depending on the floor surface. The RoboVac is also equipped with side brushes to help it clean corners.

Included with the Eufy RoboVac 11S is its remote control that allows you to conveniently schedule vacuum cycles and remotely control the vacuum. The Vacuum also has 5 preset modes that you can set, namely; Manual, Auto, Spot, Edge, and Single Room.

The Manual mode allows you to control the vacuum manually through its remote control. The auto mode is a fully automated mode and the RoboVac automatically decides the path, the suction power and cleaning speed depending on the type of floor.  The Spot cleaning mode sets the RoboVac into a spiral path and is ideal for cleaning dust. The Edge mode is best for cleaning room edges. The single room mode is ideal for thoroughly cleaning a single room.

Final Thoughts

The Eufy RoboVac 11S is definitely a welcome upgrade over the previous model. With its small size and profile, it is able to clean hard to reach places like underneath a couch or a low slung coffee table. The RoboVac 11S is an affordable smart appliance and should be worth considering to anyone who is converting their house into a smart home. Its plethora of features really provides value for your money.

The budget friend RoboVac is a great companion for regular and light cleaning and despite its shortcomings, the price will make it more than a bargain.

Robot Vacuum Cleaners

In a world where time has become our most precious asset, any device that will automatically do any housework for you must be worth every penny, surely. Well, they’ve gained in popularity in the last year and people are buying them in droves. They were one of the top 50 most purchased gadgets in 2018. 

Not only will these little suckers do your dirty work while you put your feet up, they are smart too and you can boss them about with Amazon Alexa such as the ECOVACS Robotics DEEBOT N79S.

But before we get into the technical details it’s important that you buy the best robot vacuum cleaner for your house to get the most out of it. 

Top tips before you buy

  1. Survey your house first – Take a walk around your house and put yourself in the mindset of a 4 inch tall vacuum. Does it have mainly hardwood floor, carpet or a mixture of both? Is there plenty of room to move about without getting stuck around or even under furniture. Oh and don’t forget steps!!
  2. Check your carpets/rugs – Different robot vacuums are good at cleaning different types of carpet i.e. with long or short pile. There are some that auto-sense the type of carpet and adjust their height accordingly but the price will be higher. 
  3. Think about battery life – Bigger homes will take longer to clean and therefore require more battery power. Our advice at the Darcella team, if you have a big home, is to get a self-docking vacuum that takes itself back to its charging dock when the battery gets low. 
  4. Think about budget – Once you get into the exciting features, it’s easy to get carried away, so decide now how much you’re willing to spend on a robot vaccum and then consider value for money when you review the different models. 

Other interesting features

  • Set a schedule – You can program what times you want the robot vacuum to get cleaning. 
  • Remote control – You missed a bit! If your robot vaccum continuously misses a certain area then you can direct it with a remote control. 
  • Phone control – Have a friend coming round after work? House a bit dusty? Use a phone app to switch on and switch off the vacuum plus program in your cleaning schedules. 
  • Boundary markers – Use magnetic markers to stop the vacuums from cleaning certain parts of the house e.g. you might be half way through a 5000 piece jigsaw!
  • Peace and quiet – Some manufacturers focus on making the vacuum as quiet as possible. This is really important if you want to robots to clean during the night. 

Check out our Top Best 5 Robot Vacuum Cleaners.

Neato D7 Connected Smart Vacuum

The Neato D7 Connected smart vacuum is the latest model from Neato Robotics and features major improvements over other models like the D3 and D5. The Neato Botvac D7 Connect is tagged as the ultimate navigating Wi-Fi Connected Robot Vacuum. The smart robot vacuum cleaner is full of features that other robot vacuum don’t have and to top it off, the vacuum has an amazing 120 minutes of run time per charge.

Smart Vacuum, Smart Navigation

Gone are the days when you go home instead of finding the house clean and spotless due to the whole day of automated robotic cleaning, you find your house in a terrible mess with your tv hanging from its mounts, and your antique vase shattered to pieces. The smart built-in app together with the “no-go” magnetic divider strips that are included with the vacuum allows you to set the no-go off-limits zone for your vacuum ensuring that your vacuum does not accidentally stray and hit fragile house decors like ceramics and china. The “no-go” magnetic divider strips are also extremely helpful in putting off-limits zone near electronics like computers or home entertainment systems that have running cords and wires so that the robot vacuum does not accidentally drag the wires.

The Neato D7 Connected can also virtually map the floor of your house so that you can monitor its progress over the app or set no-go lines in specific sections of your house. This smart feature allows you to precisely control which areas of the house the Neato D7 can clean without having to set-up physical barriers. This is very helpful if you want to clean just a specific area of the house.

Fully Automated Connected Smart Vacuum

Aside from the no-go lines that let you setup off-limit zones in your house, the Neato Mobile App can also be used to wirelessly control the robot vacuum even when you are not at home. The app can start, pause, and stop the Neato D7 and also provides instant notification on the cleaning progress.

Neato Botvac D7 Connected Docked

The mobile application also lets you set and create cleaning schedules and lets you know where the robot vacuum has been with the cleaning summary that has a coverage map. The application also lets you organize the cleanliness of your entire house through the cleaning history, multi-room navigation and entire level cleaning functions.

The Neato D7 Connected has an amazing battery life compared to other vacuums and can last up to 120 minutes in each charge but even with its high capacity battery, it must be recharged. With the Neato D7 Connected’s self-charging, auto charge and resume functionalities you never have to worry about your robot vacuum running out of power in the middle of a cleaning run because it automatically docks itself whenever the battery is low.

Powerful and Smart

The Neato D7 Connected is equipped with a battery of accurate sensors and lasers that help it navigate and avoid obstacles in your house. The LaserSmart Mapping and Botvision functions work seamlessly with the Neato Mobile App and can even allow you to manually control the vacuum directly from the app. The 360’ Scanning technology scans and maps the room allowing the vacuum to plot the most efficient course in the room. The sensors also allow the vacuum to sense and respond to obstacles like stairs, chairs, and other furniture and allows it to plot a course avoiding the obstacle at the same time allowing it to clean even the most unreachable spots.

Power versus Eco Modes

You can choose from the dual cleaning modes available like the Eco and turbo modes with the Neato D7 Connected. The Eco mode setting allows the vacuum to run at a quieter energy saving pace allowing it to run at an extended time. The Turbo mode allows the vacuum to use the maximum power for suction for a more thorough clean. The Neato D7 Connected is equipped with the SpinFlow Power Clean Technology that allows the robot to automatically adjust suction power depending on the floor surface like carpet, wood, or tiles.

The Neato D7 Connected is a high capacity vacuum that is capable of cleaning up to 5000 to 5000 square feet on a single cycle. It can also be equipped with the Neato Combo Brush or Spiral Blade Brush. The Combo Brush is best for all-around cleaning and ideal for carpeted floors and the Spiral Blade Brush is best for deep cleaning of dirt and other debris. The vacuum is also equipped with an ultra-performance filter that captures twice as many particles compared to other robot vacuums. The Neato D7 Connected also has a 0.7L high capacity bin.

Final Thoughts

The Neato D7 Connected is definitely the robot vacuum for large homes with its high capacity battery, smart navigation, and large dust bin. Its smart features make it more attractive to homeowners who have expensive and fragile antique decorations in their houses. The No Go Magnetic strips, and “no go” lines is really a nice feature to have especially for those who have computers and large home systems with running wires.

The full list of functions that the Neato D7 has definitely made it a top choice for people looking for a smart vacuum in the market. Its powerful suction and large capacity bin allow it to clean more area per cycle and its smart autonomous features allow you to clean your house and monitor the progress even when you are not at home through the Neato Mobile App. The Neato D7 Connected is also compatible with Amazon Alexa, and Google Home. Its price and functions definitely make it one of the top contender in most people’s buy list.