A worthy Roomba competitor from Neato
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A worthy Roomba competitor from Neato

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[MUSIC] [MUSIC] Hi, I'm Megan Wollerton for CNET Appliance here with the Neato BotVac 85. Hi, I'm Megan Wollerton for CNET Appliance here with the Neato BotVac 85. Now, the first thing you might notice about this robot vacuum is that it looks a lot like the XV line model we tested before. Now, the first thing you might notice about this robot vacuum is that it looks a lot like the XV line model we tested before. But it's not. But it's not. This one is $599. This one is $599. And it's the highest end of the new BotVac line. And it's the highest end of the new BotVac line. One clear thing that will distinguish BotVacs from the rest of the line is that all of the BotVacs are white with a brightly colored accent on the top here. One clear thing that will distinguish BotVacs from the rest of the line is that all of the BotVacs are white with a brightly colored accent on the top here. But the most exciting changes are really things that you can't see at first glance. But the most exciting changes are really things that you can't see at first glance. One cool thing is that Neato made its bin capacity bigger and its filters bigger. One cool thing is that Neato made its bin capacity bigger and its filters bigger. That means that you won't have to empty out the dustbin quite as often. That means that you won't have to empty out the dustbin quite as often. And that the filter will be collecting more, because it's bigger. And that the filter will be collecting more, because it's bigger. Neato also made it's main brushes bigger. Neato also made it's main brushes bigger. You still have the same pet hair brush and the same standard blade brush, but they're much longer. You still have the same pet hair brush and the same standard blade brush, but they're much longer. About an inch longer. About an inch longer. And that means they go closer to the wall and they can clean those edges more efficiently. And that means they go closer to the wall and they can clean those edges more efficiently. But the thing I love the most is that they added a side brush to this design. But the thing I love the most is that they added a side brush to this design. Its on the right side of the vacuum, sort of like the Roomba and its great for cleaning those edges. Its on the right side of the vacuum, sort of like the Roomba and its great for cleaning those edges. It gets even closer than the larger brush already does. It gets even closer than the larger brush already does. Usability is pretty much the same. Usability is pretty much the same. The buttons are a little bit different. The buttons are a little bit different. Instead of a start button over here, you have the home button. Instead of a start button over here, you have the home button. That just wakes up the bot. That just wakes up the bot. And press it again to initiate just a regular old cleaning cycle. And press it again to initiate just a regular old cleaning cycle. Pretty simple. Pretty simple. Performance is interesting too. Performance is interesting too. With all these updates and the new side brush you'd expect it to do better and it did. With all these updates and the new side brush you'd expect it to do better and it did. As far as performance goes, the existing Neatos are really, really good. As far as performance goes, the existing Neatos are really, really good. This one's even better. This one's even better. It still did great with the pet hair. It still did great with the pet hair. Did about the same on the sand test. Did about the same on the sand test. But one thing that really stood out was the rice test we did. But one thing that really stood out was the rice test we did. On all of the flooring surfaces it collected more rice than any Neato ever has. On all of the flooring surfaces it collected more rice than any Neato ever has. And that was actually and area where Neatos had struggled in the past. And that was actually and area where Neatos had struggled in the past. So if you're already thinking about getting a Neato, and can spend $599 this is a great option. So if you're already thinking about getting a Neato, and can spend $599 this is a great option. But if you're thinking about getting a Roomba, I think this is a more interesting comparison. But if you're thinking about getting a Roomba, I think this is a more interesting comparison. Because the Roomba 880 costs $699. Because the Roomba 880 costs $699. This one's $599. This one's $599. And it has really similar features and it did just as well. And it has really similar features and it did just as well. So this really could be the best Neato yet. So this really could be the best Neato yet. Thanks for watching. Thanks for watching. I'm Megan Wollerton for CNET Appliances. I'm Megan Wollerton for CNET Appliances. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] Hi, I'm Megan Wollerton for CNET Appliance here with the Neato BotVac 85. Hi, I'm Megan Wollerton for CNET Appliance here with the Neato BotVac 85. Now, the first thing you might notice about this robot vacuum is that it looks a lot like the XV line model we tested before. Now, the first thing you might notice about this robot vacuum is that it looks a lot like the XV line model we tested before. But it's not. But it's not. This one is $599. This one is $599. And it's the highest end of the new BotVac line. And it's the highest end of the new BotVac line. One clear thing that will distinguish BotVacs from the rest of the line is that all of the BotVacs are white with a brightly colored accent on the top here. One clear thing that will distinguish BotVacs from the rest of the line is that all of the BotVacs are white with a brightly colored accent on the top here. But the most exciting changes are really things that you can't see at first glance. But the most exciting changes are really things that you can't see at first glance. One cool thing is that Neato made its bin capacity bigger and its filters bigger. One cool thing is that Neato made its bin capacity bigger and its filters bigger. That means that you won't have to empty out the dustbin quite as often. That means that you won't have to empty out the dustbin quite as often. And that the filter will be collecting more, because it's bigger. And that the filter will be collecting more, because it's bigger. Neato also made it's main brushes bigger. Neato also made it's main brushes bigger. You still have the same pet hair brush and the same standard blade brush, but they're much longer. You still have the same pet hair brush and the same standard blade brush, but they're much longer. About an inch longer. About an inch longer. And that means they go closer to the wall and they can clean those edges more efficiently. And that means they go closer to the wall and they can clean those edges more efficiently. But the thing I love the most is that they added a side brush to this design. But the thing I love the most is that they added a side brush to this design. Its on the right side of the vacuum, sort of like the Roomba and its great for cleaning those edges. Its on the right side of the vacuum, sort of like the Roomba and its great for cleaning those edges. It gets even closer than the larger brush already does. It gets even closer than the larger brush already does. Usability is pretty much the same. Usability is pretty much the same. The buttons are a little bit different. The buttons are a little bit different. Instead of a start button over here, you have the home button. Instead of a start button over here, you have the home button. That just wakes up the bot. That just wakes up the bot. And press it again to initiate just a regular old cleaning cycle. And press it again to initiate just a regular old cleaning cycle. Pretty simple. Pretty simple. Performance is interesting too. Performance is interesting too. With all these updates and the new side brush you'd expect it to do better and it did. With all these updates and the new side brush you'd expect it to do better and it did. As far as performance goes, the existing Neatos are really, really good. As far as performance goes, the existing Neatos are really, really good. This one's even better. This one's even better. It still did great with the pet hair. It still did great with the pet hair. Did about the same on the sand test. Did about the same on the sand test. But one thing that really stood out was the rice test we did. But one thing that really stood out was the rice test we did. On all of the flooring surfaces it collected more rice than any Neato ever has. On all of the flooring surfaces it collected more rice than any Neato ever has. And that was actually and area where Neatos had struggled in the past. And that was actually and area where Neatos had struggled in the past. So if you're already thinking about getting a Neato, and can spend $599 this is a great option. So if you're already thinking about getting a Neato, and can spend $599 this is a great option. But if you're thinking about getting a Roomba, I think this is a more interesting comparison. But if you're thinking about getting a Roomba, I think this is a more interesting comparison. Because the Roomba 880 costs $699. Because the Roomba 880 costs $699. This one's $599. This one's $599. And it has really similar features and it did just as well. And it has really similar features and it did just as well. So this really could be the best Neato yet. So this really could be the best Neato yet. Thanks for watching. Thanks for watching. I'm Megan Wollerton for CNET Appliances. I'm Megan Wollerton for CNET Appliances. [MUSIC] [MUSIC]

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