Ecovacs DEEBOT N79S Review

It was once true to say that shelling out less than $200 for a robot vacuum cleaner meant compromising on quality, performance and satisfaction in general. Today, the Ecovacs DEEBOT N79S Robotic Vacuum Cleaner serves as a perfect representation of how far things have come in the affordability department.

Cleaning the home is an inevitable pain in the backside - one the Ecovacs DEEBOT N79S has been designed to tackle with minimal effort required. Boasting a powerful motor, multiple cleaning modes and a seriously impressive mobile app, the DEEBOT N79S delivers everything you’d expect from a top-shelf cleaner at a rock-bottom price.
It’s even fully Alexa and Google-enabled, which is something you definitely would not expect for this kind of money.
In this Ecovacs DEEBOT N79S review, I’ll be taking a closer look at what makes this super-affordable vacuum cleaner one of the biggest bargains available online right now.

The Ecovacs DEEBOT N79S has been designed to clean all types of floors around the home quickly and efficiently, with none of the usual unnecessary complications. It’s a gorgeous piece of kit to look at externally, which according to the manufacturer brings the following features and functionalities to the table:

Design, Shape, and Size

The design of the Ecovacs DEEBOT N79S is as sleek as it gets, with a glossy exterior covered in a variety of sensors and guard that enable it to do its thing. There’s a single button to the top which is used to activate Auto mode, after which the DEEBOT N79S will travel around the room in a random pattern until the battery runs out of juice.

According to the manufacturer, the official size and weight specifications of the DEEBOT N79S are as follows:

  • Product Dimensions - 33 x 33 x 7.8 inches
  • Item Weight - 7.04 pounds

I’ve come across a few reports suggesting that the DEEBOT N79S occasionally gets stuck under lower pieces of furniture around the home, but what robot vacuum cleaner doesn’t? In any case, I can honestly say I encountered no such issues when putting my own DEEBOT to the test.

Features

Advanced Navigation Technology

The Ecovacs DEEBOT is designed to strategically get into every corner of the room, navigating its way around most everyday obstacles.

Cleaning Modes

Choose from three different cleaning modes - Auto, Edge, Spot - making it easy to clean the room as a whole or focus on specific spots.

Run Time

Up to 110 minutes from a single charge, which is more than enough to give even the largest room a good clean.

Automatic Charging

When the battery is low, the Ecovacs DEEBOT automatically returns to its charging station to power itself up for the next use

Alexa & Google Assistant ​

This is one of the few budget robot vacuums you’ll come across that can be controlled via Alexa and Google assistant

Obstacle Detection & Anti-Drop

Ensures that most obstacles and hazards are navigated with ease to prevent damage to the vacuum 

App Control & Scheduling 

Program your Ecovacs DEEBOT through the mobile app to clean your floors when you want, how you want and how often you want

All of which adds up to a pretty pleasing picture on paper, particularly when considering this is a budget cleaner up for grabs at a super low price.

The App

There’s a good chance you won’t be needing the DEEBOT N79S manual, as the app does a great job guiding you through the basics and introducing the features of the vacuum. The app itself is extremely well-designed and easy to navigate, providing access to the various selectable features and functionalities of the DEEBOT N79S manual including:

Auto Mode

Sets the vacuum cleaning in a random pattern in straight lines, turning when it comes into contact with an obstacle.

Edge Mode

Focuses specifically on the edges and corners of the room for a thorough clean.

Spot Mode

Sets the DEEBOT N79S moving in a spiral motion, in order to give specific spots a much quicker and more focused clean.

Room Mode

Similar to Auto mode, though focuses on cleaning a single room, rather than the entire home.

There’s also a neat ‘Home’ button on the app, which cancels the current cleaning and sends the vacuum back to its charging station to power up.

Additional conveniences the app brings to the table include a battery life monitor, the ability to program a cleaning schedule and more. It’s also worth noting that the DEEBOT N79S is fully Alexa and Google Assistant compatible, meaning you can simply say “Alexa, ask Deebot to start cleaning” and it’ll spring into life on command!

Performance

Generally speaking, the DEEBOT N79S performs above and beyond all reasonable expectations. In terms of power, performance, versatility and reliability, it ticks all the right boxes from top to bottom.

Designed to glide from carpets to hard floors without needing to change any of the settings, you can simply leave the DEEBOT N79S to get the job done and enjoy a breath of fresh air around the entire home. It’s also surprisingly quiet for such an affordable vacuum, to such an extent that you could probably set it going during the night and it would be unlikely to wake anyone up.

If anything, the only very small downside is that the roller on the bottom needs to be cleaned on a fairly regular basis to maintain its cleaning performance. Not that this is a particular difficult job, but still - it would be better if it (somehow) cleaned itself!

About the Brand

The DEEBOT N79S comes from a long-established and celebrated manufacturer with more than 20 years of industry experience. ECOVACS Robotics has been at the forefront of research, development and innovation for the robotic appliance industry since its earliest days, continually refining its products in line with market expectations.
Though what really sets ECOVACS Robotics apart from the competition is the company’s commitment to affordability and accessibility. Their guiding vision -- “A robot for every family” -- is reflected in the surprisingly low prices of the company’s most popular products, including the Ecovacs DEEBOT N79S.

Competing Products

Of course, the Ecovacs DEEBOT N79S isn’t the only all-action robot vacuum cleaner you can pick up these days for such a low price. The Ecovacs DEEBOT’s two closest competitors are undoubtedly the Eufy RoboVac 11s and the iRobot Roomba 690, which bring the following pros and cons to the table:

An exceptionally capable and affordable cleaner, which boasts 1300 Pa suction power, a 0.6L dust container and a solid 100 minutes of battery life per charge. Though the Eufy RoboVac 11s performs on a similar level to the DEEBOT, it lacks a mobile app and cannot be activated using Alexa or Google assistant.

By contrast, the iRobot Roomba 690 takes cleaning power and general performance to the next level, with all the impressive features and functionalities you’d expect from the market-leading brand. There’s not a thing you can say about the performance of iRobot Roomba 690 in a negative sense, though it is slightly more expensive than either of its counterparts. 

Conclusion

If this is your first foray into the world of connected robot vacuum cleaners, it’s almost impossible to go wrong with the Ecovacs DEEBOT N79S. Along with solid cleaning power and performance at all times, the Ecovacs DEEBOT N79S also boasts any number of features and extras you wouldn’t normally expect for this kind of money.

Activation via Alexa and Google Assistant probably isn’t a deal breaker for most, but the mobile app that comes with this thing is outstanding. As an added bonus, the Ecovacs DEEBOT N79S is by far one of the most user-friendly robot vacuum cleaners you’re likely to come across, making it a great introduction to the world of automated home appliances.

Tiffany Wong
 

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