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CNET First Look
Neato Robotics XV Signature ProThe competition leaves this robot vacuum in the dust.
Hi. [unk] from CNET here and we're looking at the Neato Signature Pro XV Robot Vacuum. This is a Roomba alternative and a lot of people are gonna like the price, at $449. It's a couple hundred dollars cheaper than the Roomba or the LG Hom-Bot. The Neato distinguishes itself from other robot vacuums with its ordered approach in cleaning a room. It'll map out the perimeter and find the obstacles and the furniture in the way and then go back and forth through all of it, which is a really nice approach. It does a good job covering the space and it stands in stark contrast of other robot vacuums and employ a zigzagging kind of chaotic, drunken Zamboni driver approach. The Neato is also really easy to use. You just press this button to wake it up and then press it again to have it start cleaning. You can also set a daily schedule with the same time every day or different times at different days, and we like that a lot. That's a really nice customizable feature that works well. Another nice feature about the Neato is the bin. It lifts out right at the top of the machine. You don't have to flip it over and it cleans really easily. The filter comes right out and you can dump out the dust. It's really nice. You can also swap out the brush and the underside of the Neato for easier cleaning on different surfaces. This one here is really good on carpets and good for pet hair, but there's also a brush they offer that's great for hardwoods. If you listen as it starts up, you'll notice that it's also a little bit loud, the loudest robot vacuum that we tested. It even sounds a bit like a jet engine on the runway taking off. In all of our tests the Neato performed very well especially on carpets and with pet hair. So the Neato is a really good vacuum but is it a good robot vacuum? There are some features missing we would've like to have seen. The Neato doesn't have a remote and it doesn't have any customizable cleaning modes. It's gonna clean the way it wants every time and you can't change that. If you take a look at the Neato in action, you'll see that it's a really slow robot vacuum and in fact it's the slowest robot vacuum that we tested. I think this is a good thing. It takes its time and it picks things up. It does a great job. It does a better job than most other robot vacuums. Also it might be a funny thing to mention in a review but the personality factor of this machine isn't quite there. The Roomba's got a little bit of a life of its own. It's sort of like R2D2. This is more like something you'd see cleaning the Death Star and maybe that's appealing for you, but for some it's not gonna be quite as fun or playful as you want. The bottom line for us is that the Neato is a great robot vacuum and one that we are happy to recommend. It cleans well. It's easy to use and at $449, the price really can't be beat especially if you're a pet owner or if you have carpets. For CNET.com, I'm [unk]. Thanks for watching.