Competing against the Roomba isn’t easy. The Neato XV-11 Robot Vacuum could make a case for a real compelling match-up, though.
It’s main selling point? Better robot smarts, allowing it to clean floors faster and more efficiently. Pimping a laser-based Room Positioning System (RPS), it claims to see everything in the room, allowing it to map out the most economical way to go about its business. Since it maps the room on the fly, it will actually avoid walls and furniture, all while managing to clean deep into corners and edges.
The Neato XV-11 measures less than 4 inches tall, allowing it to get under most home furniture for all-floor cleaning. A centrifugal compression impeller housed inside does the actual vacuuming, creating continuous high-powered suction to rid your floor of all dirt and debris. It features an onboard display where you can program the cleaning schedule, as well as a charging dock, where it will return on its own as soon as it either finishes its tasks or detects low power. If it hasn’t finished and had to recharge, it will immediately resume the cleaning right where it left off.
Once the robot has finished with a room, it will go through a “recognized doorway” (from its self-created maps) and begin tidying up the next room. It can work its automatic cleaning on all types of flooring, including carpets, rugs, hardwood, laminates, tiles and stone.