periodically checks the Stiftung Warentest robot vacuum cleaner and just as regularly, the Tester, are not so convinced of the little helpers.

in the new Test, the lack of suction is criticized performance. From carpet to floors the small devices get only about half of the measured dust, a good vacuum cleaner with the plug-in creates, by contrast, 87 percent. However, a robot can also rotate daily to do his rounds and the lack of effect in the case of a use due diligence to compensate for.

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vacuum robot in the Test

test – suction robot are hardworking, but with muscle power, it is clean

Gernot Kramper

Eight of the devices entered in the Test. All work with apps on inflation, the very cheap devices without a Wi-Fi connection were not taken into account. Five devices performed only satisfactory. Only two robots were the stars.

test winner, the brand-new Vorwerk model Kobold VR300. The Goblin reach the best cleaning effect (rating of 2.2), in addition, like the testers, that the Vorwerk device, only a few data on the App. The price of the Goblin has it but also: It costs 950 Euro.

The second-placed device was developed by AEG. The RX9-1-IBM achieved the overall grade of good, and cuts off the topic of cleaning is hardly worse than the Goblin. There is the overall grade of 2.4. He “only” cost 670 Euro.

The cheapest device in the Test, the Ecovacs Deebot 900, for 405 Euro, disappointed. Here, it is sufficient only for a Sufficiently responsible for the unsatisfactory cleaning performance. Also weak is the expensive vacuum cleaner from Dyson cut. For 870 Euro, the performance of the 360 Eye is not acceptable.

New suckers on old devices

meet, However, in the Test, quite different candidates. In our opinion, there are two technology leaders in the Segment. Namely, Neato, Vorwerk, on the one hand, and the Roomba is on the other. By Vorwerk has Recently obtained Kobold VR300 has been tested and is operating at a victory.

Roomba they did not go back to the new i7+, the promises as a single device to be able to empty the dust container, without getting dirty fingers.

+++ please read: i7+ from iRobot – the new Robo-vacuum brings the dirt yourself away +++

In the Test, a three-year-old model, the iRobot 960 launched. The 960 was already a stripped-down version of the 980er. So it is not surprising that the Goblin is clearly in the front. Also, the runner-up unit AEG is relatively new.

Unfortunately, the Neato Botvac Connected D7 has been omitted. A potential buyer should look at this device in more detail. The D7 is technically related closely with the test winner of Kobold, if not identical. But the D7 is currently offered with five years warranty for 499 euros, which is about half of what Vorwerk required.

+++ please read: Botvac D7 Connected – The new Generation of vacuum robots is smarter and sucks better +++

The reality is harder than the test-room

One further note: Usually the suction power is not convinced the tester, the conditions in the laboratory are not so hard. At least when compared to the testing room of a large cluttered apartment, in the may, animals or children left their traces.

The suckers have been let loose on a 20-square-metre large test space with rather sparse furnishings. The navigation skills were not challenged. This is quite annoying, because there are significant differences. For example, in the “restricted zones”, in which the vacuum cleaner can’t drive: it Is possible, by App Lock? And if Yes, how easy is that? Or, the robot can also handle several room plans in parallel? This is an important Feature for every home with multiple levels.

the robot in the standard room had to be only with the standard Shit done. The lenses are fibers, fine mineral dust and small pieces of Metal.

Correct problems in everyday life metal lenses, but quite another thing not to recycle. Long hair, for example, whether of people or animals. Some of the devices you swallow, in others they wrap around the brush and then must be with nail scissors regular cut free. Or the long fibers are Hiking as long as the brush edge, until you shut down the rotating brush. The same can happen in the case of the drive wheels.

+++ please read: experience report: robot vacuum make your life easier, but these five things are a very annoying bug: +++

The conditions in the test has only limited validity are so strong. All the more alarming that most of the devices obtained in the simple test room with no good results.

The whole Test, you can read for a fee here.

also read:

– experience report: robot vacuum make your life easier, but these five things are a very annoying bug:

robot vacuum: You should before buying

– Botvac D7 Connected – The new Generation of vacuum robots is smarter and sucks better

– knowledge test were vacuum robots are diligent, but with muscle power is cleaner

i7+ from iRobot – the new Robo-vacuum brings the dirt yourself away

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Botvac D7 Connected – The new Generation of vacuum robots is smarter and sucks better

In the case of suction robots there is a new flagship on the market. The D7 Connected has an App with restricted zones function, in addition, he sucks much better than his predecessor: At your request he even goes with the furniture.

Gernot Kramper

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