Neato Robotics hasn't let this year's mostly virtual IFA consumer technology trade show stop it from announcing an entirely new lineup of robot vacuum cleaners. The D10, D9, and D8 automatic floorcare machines will complement Neato's current models (D7, D6, D4).
The new models will have improved aesthetics and runtime, according to Neato, and the D10 will also have real HEPA filtration. Neato also says that it's taken strides to ease the setup process of these networked devices.
At the top of the D series line sits the new Neato D10. There's a lot of metal in its design, making it clear Neato is striving for a premium feel. The D5, meanwhile, cuts the classic Neato profile. It's shaped like a "D" when viewed from above, which is apparently the best form to properly vacuum room corners.
Like all Neato robots, the D10 uses a laser-powered lidar navigation system. That means it will move through rooms and across floors deliberately, efficiently avoiding obstacles in its path.
The most notable of the D10's features is its HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter. Neato claims the component can capture particles as small as 0.3 microns. Neato says that's small enough to trap 99.97% of allergens. To my knowledge, the only other robot vacuum cleaner that touts similar filtration feature is the Dyson 360 Heurist. Unfortunately, Dyson doesn't sell the Heurist in the US.
Neato has confirmed with CNET pricing for its new robots. The D10 will cost $899 (which converts to about £680 or AU$1,240). The D9 and D8 will set you back $799 and $699 respectively. The company also expects the products to arrive in stores this fall. See below for more information about these vacuums.
Neato's new robot lineup at a glance
HEPA filter (99.97% of allergens)
Ultra-performance HEPA-style filter (99.5% of allergens)