Review: Neabot NoMo Robot Vacuum with Self-Emptying Dustbin

I have reviewed a number of robot vacuums over the years and it looks like the folks at Neabot have done as as well. They have learned a number of lessons and launched a Kickstarter for their Neabot NoMo Hands-Free Robot Vacuum ($499). I rarely write about crowdfunded projects, but this is a real product and Neabot sent me a review unit to try. The only thing I didn't get to try was the free companion mobile app that promises to let you control the path of the vacuum. The app wasn't ready in time for my review.

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I was impressed with the Smart Mapping capabilities. My house is about 2,200 square feet and most of that is on the first level, where I tested the Neabot. Impressively, it mapped the entire floor in about an hour and on a single charge. I closed off the laundry room, bathroom, and my carpeted bedroom, but it was still about 1,000 square feet. When it was done, it returned to the base station, automatically, and recharged itself. That's pretty common for high-end robot vacuums, but the really neat thing is that it transfers the dust and dirt it picked up from the robot to the canister. This allows for up to 4 weeks before you need to empty the canister's dust bag. There is a HEPA filter (and a spare in the box) which can be cleaned under running water.

The Neabot is indeed noisy but my small (seven pound) dog was mostly curious and not exactly scared of it. Still, I would recommend trying to let it do its thing when you're not trying to watch TV or listen to music. Until you've got it fully mapped and on a schedule, you might want to babysit it, as I found it would try to ingest loose cables and a small carpet that my dog rests on. Again, I didn't have access to the app, but that would have allowed me to specify areas that are off-limits. There's also a handheld remote control for some limited features.

Pros

  • Smart Mapping and Returns to Base to Charge
  • Transfers dust and dirt to home base canister for easy removal
  • Washable HEPA filter
  • App is promising
  • Handheld remote control

Cons

  • Noisy
  • Keep it away from loose cords, light rugs

Final Verdict

The Neabot Robot Vacuum is about as intelligent as a robot vacuum can get, and the app promises to make it smarter.

four and a half stars out of five

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Todd Bernhard

Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.