The newest robot vacuum from California-based Neato Robotics is the Neato Botvac Connected, a cleaner with built-in Wi-Fi and its own, dedicated control app for Android and iOS devices. Click through to see how it works.
Along with the app, the new Neato adds in an improved battery, along with a new choice between two cleaning modes. There's a full-powered "Turbo" mode and a battery-saving "Eco" mode that also runs a little quieter.
The new Neato navigates just like the old ones, using its laser-guided mapping system to find its way around the perimeter of the room and around your furniture. Once it has the lay of the land, it'll begin covering the floor in rows and columns.
Like previous Neato robot vacuums, the Botvac Connected performs particularly well with pet hair. We put it through its paces by spreading a fifth of an ounce of the stuff across each of our test floors.
We also tested its ability to clean up sand and also rice, a good analogue for the kinds of crumbs you might find in a carpet in need of a clean. In the rice test, the Botvac Connected outperformed every other robot vacuum we've ever tested across all of our test surfaces.
With impressive performance and a handy app, the new Neato looks to be a legitimate contender for the housecleaning crown. Is it worth the $700 you'll need to spend in order to get one? Check out our full review to see what we think.