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Amazon Price: $299.99 (as of January 15, 2019 5:13 am – Details). Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Amazon site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Neato Botvac D3 Laser wise browsing Wi-Fi Robot vacuum for everyday cleaning. Smart laser Navigation, powerful suction, and Wi-Fi connectivity at a remarkable cost. Works on all flooring types, recharges immediately, and offers a methodical, efficient tidy. Great for houses with pets. Item only works with 2.4 Ghz Wi-Fi networks.

 

  • Easy to operate – use the Neato App to start, schedule, and receive notifications. Or, just press the button on the robot and go.
  • Precise laser smart navigation & spin flow power clean technology scans, maps, and methodically cleans your floors.
  • D-Shape design and CornerClever technology cleans where dirt hides – close to walls and deep into corners. Super suction works on all floor types including wood, tile, laminate and carpet – keeps your floors free of dirt, dust, pet hair and more.
  • Lithium-ion battery auto charges and resumes for up to 3 cycles. Ready to clean on schedule or at push of a button. Run time up to 60 minutes can be impacted by environment and flooring type.
  • For issues, please refer to the user manual or contact Neato support at 1-877-296-3286.
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This robot does its job fairly well, I would say it is a pretty close comparison to the Roomba 690. I have personally used the Neato D3, Roomba 690, Roomba 980, and Hoover Rogue. While I believe the best vacuum is the Hoover Rogue, their app is utter garbage and the robot relies on the app to do everything. DO NOT BUY THE HOOVER ROGUE!

Sorry, back to the Neato Botvac D3,

I have only had it get stuck twice since setting it up, granted it has only run about 6 times. For the most part it cleans the entire house, there was one occasion where it missed a room.

The Neato does a much better job of getting up close to walls, unlike the Roomba 690 which just likes to smash into things. The large cleaning brush on the Neato robots is excellent, some hair gets tangled, but if you clean it every other week you should be fine. My biggest concern with the Neato D3 is how much Neato has cut corners. The D3 has a tiny battery compared to the other robots, mine has to recharge at least once, sometimes twice before finishing cleaning.

Here is where is shines though, it ALWAYS picks right back up where it left off. Something the Hoover Rogue says it will do, but doesn’t and something that the Roomba 690 can’t even do. One consideration is that you can purchase the replacement battery on Amazon which is a higher capacity battery.

The other issue I have with the Neato D3 is that they ship the robot with a WORTHLESS air filter. After about 15 minutes of cleaning it is completely full of dust and debris and the cleaning power of the robot completely diminishes.

Thankfully you can buy the nicer High Performance and Ultra High Performance filters granted they are somewhat expensive. They work a thousand times better, I would highly recommend the upgraded ones. The Neato line of robots have a great map that displays in the application after the robot is done cleaning, I would consider it on-par with the Roomba 980 maps.

One thing that I would like to see if more details about cleaning (at what times the robot had to dock to recharge, it would be really cool to see how long it took in each room, it would be awesome if we could see a fast time lapse of how the robot cleaned, etc). Last but not least, the single most annoying thing that Neato did was not include the cleaning tool that they include with all other models.

This would have only cost an extra $1 if that, and they even tell you in the manual to use the cleaning tool to clean out the brush and sensors. Even the entry level Roomba’s include a cleaning tool.

Pros:
– Smart vacuum with cleaning map that is comparable to $900 Roomba
– Cleans closer to edges of walls (due to its side wall sensor)
– Dust bin is easy to clean (especially with the upgraded filters, they have a screen to keep hair and big debris off the filter)
– Easy setup and continues to stay connected to the application, has always cleaned when it was scheduled
– Must cheaper with more features than other robot vacuums

Cons:
– Company seems to be a little greedy with the omission of the cleaning tool, the horrible entry level air filters, and the less than perfect small battery (Thankfully they all can be corrected, but you have to spend more money, granted the D5 is a lot more money and the only advantage is the tiny little side brush if you update the battery and air filter in your D3)
– The app is a little bare, I would really like to see some extra information in the white spaces (I really don’t like that I have to click on the battery to see the percentage; there is plenty of space to always have it visible)
– Why does Neato not sell their robots or accessories. It would be very convenient to be able to find (authentic) accessories on their website to purchase rather than having to try to find them on Amazon, etc.

Customer Reviews

Neato wins over Roomba – $427 difference

217 people found this helpful
 on February 5, 2018
By C. Sutton
I bought this Neato D3 at an incredible price here on Amazon. Not sure if I just hit the right day or if it was a temporary mistake, but after a week, I went to order some accessories and it was $100 more still here on Amazon. Back in December, I had bought the iRobot Roomba 960 and returned after a month mostly because the edge sweeping brush was no longer working and it was getting stuck under my recliner chairs and sometimes got lost and couldn’t make it back home. Having said that, there were nice features of the Roomba 960 that I really liked vs this Neato D3. But for some perspective, I paid $427.41 MORE for the iRobot (I bought the 3 year protection plan with each). So even though I liked some of the features, the $427.41 back in my pocket was worth the few things I could live without. I put a list below. Neato D3 Connected vs iRobot Roomba 960 – Both work with Alexa and Google Assistant. – Both recharge and resume cleaning. – This Neato D3 model doesn’t have the corner sweeping brush and the Roomba did – I liked that feature when it was working – The time to clean seemed the same for both, I don’t think one was faster than the other.

Great vacuum, even better with upgrades

128 people found this helpful
 on February 4, 2018
By Jonathan Bycroft
This robot does its job fairly well, I would say it is a pretty close comparison to the Roomba 690. I have personally used the Neato D3, Roomba 690, Roomba 980, and Hoover Rogue. While I believe the best vacuum is the Hoover Rogue, their app is utter garbage and the robot relies on the app to do everything. DO NOT BUY THE HOOVER ROGUE! Sorry, back to the Neato D3, I have only had it get stuck twice since setting it up, granted it has only run about 6 times. For the most part it cleans the entire house, there was one occasion where it missed a room. The Neato does a much better job of getting up close to walls, unlike the Roomba 690 which just likes to smash into things. The large cleaning brush on the Neato robots is excellent, some hair gets tangled, but if you clean it every other week you should be fine. My biggest concern with the Neato D3 is how much Neato has cut corners. The D3 has a tiny battery compared to the other robots, mine has to recharge at least once, sometimes twice before finishing cleaning. Here is where is shines though, it ALWAYS picks right back up where it left off. Something the Hoover Rogue says it will do, but doesn’t and something that the Roomba 690 can’t even do.

Wait for the next version…at half the price…

100 people found this helpful
 on February 11, 2017
By Always Summer Here
Update: I had to send it back. It would not stay connected to WiFi. I wanted and loved the WiFi capability, but if does’t work it is useless to me. I continually had to reset and for the premium price it ended up being no better than the Roomba. So this one goes back and I’m going to try this one: Eufy RoboVac 11. Got good reviews and half the price. I read through all the reviews and it is well loved. ============================================== I have had quite a few Roombas. I dearly loved the little guys. They did a pretty good job for me until I compared them to the Neato. I was so close to getting the new iRobot Roomba 805 Vacuum Cleaning Robot from Costco when I found the Neato D3. The price was about the same and it was one particular review here on Amazon that tipped me to the Neato side. He had both the D3 and the Roomba 805 and he said the D3 kicked the Roomba 805 to the curb. So I took a chance because Amazon is SO WONDERFUL with returns if I made a mistake. Here’s my comparison: PROS D3 is faster. The cleaning algorithm is more logical. Roomba consistently bounces off the walls, furniture etc. D3 does a better job. Roomba took longer to clean.

Good laser mapping of surroundings, sub-par battery life, no side brush, and horrible filter.

18 people found this helpful
 on January 5, 2018
By Frances Grillo
I got this as a gift. This is the 2nd robotic so far, I returned the first one the Eufy 11 plus (did not like that one at all) no laser mapping out areas, runs in circles and gets stuck a lot. Okay about the Neato D3. I like the fact that it lasers the room to figure it out where to go, but this model battery life is short, doing my whole 1st floor whites about 900 sq. it had to go back to charge two times. . The filter is terrible on this model, it get dust imbedded on the filter which you cannot get off, I tried with a soft tooth brush, but no luck. It does pick up a lot of dirt. It DOES NOT have a side brush, which the Eufy did, I think that the side brush help to get dirt out of edge of walls. I am returning this model for the D5 which comes with a side brush, longer battery life. Their website does not tell you that the square footage area which is listed at 1800, BUT, it needs to go back to charge several times to achieve this. On getting stuck, it did not get stuck too often. I did order the magnetic strips to keep it away from a few pieces of furniture, and to keep it in my kitchen longer.

… and watched videos for every single one of these stupid things in every brand

19 people found this helpful
 on February 16, 2018
By Cory Moore
I’ve read tons of reviews and watched videos for every single one of these stupid things in every brand. It’s a little scary purchasing something this expensive and seeing all the reviews for all of them are basically the same. This actually works better than I expected and filter clean up is simple. This actually gets in Tom of my shag rug that’s super thick and gets it clean!!

Great Robotic Vacuum

16 people found this helpful
 on April 22, 2017
By Linda Fischer
Love this robot. It mapped my house the first day I used it. Pro: I has brushes that pick up dirt against the wall. It will go under most furnature and beds. It cleans better than my Sears vacuum and it has a strong vacuum beater and brushes. Great for all pet hair. Can vacuum over tile and rug both including area rugs. Easily cleans edges of walls and door entries. Runs full hour before going back to docking station to recharge. Can program and monitor it with Neato App on cell phone. Surprised at how much the filter can hold. Can control areas to be cleaned by shutting doors or using metal items to block off areas. Cons: Can get stuck under tight spots between chairs or beds. Won’t pick up large items. I bought extra filters because I clean the filter after each charge with soap and water and it takes time to dry. Do not use near water such as pet bowls.

Not so Neato.

8 people found this helpful
 on July 10, 2018
By Gravage
I was hoping that this would be the one, but it ended up being a disappointment. On paper, it seems ideal. It sends you push messages when it’s stuck, or cleaning, or done cleaning. It doesn’t get stuck easily because the giant wheels drive up chair legs like a monster truck. When it chooses to clean, it does a pretty good job. When it chooses to. Right out of the box, on the first cleaning, mine beeped at me and told me it needed to be “rebooted”. Okay, that’s weird. I followed the instructions and got it up and running again and it cleaned the house. Since then, it has been very hit and miss as to whether or not it will clean on schedule. It either just stops somewhere randomly, or it cleans about 8 square feet around its base and then announces that it’s done cleaning (yes the base is unobstructed). I have a cheap iLife that bounces all over the house for 90 minutes with no issue. The Neato can’t even find its way back to the base after it finishes cleaning half the time. Oh, and the “recharge and finish” feature? It hasn’t done that once for me. It has pretty short battery life, but my house is small.

I am in love!

10 people found this helpful
 on July 17, 2017
By Sadie
My Roomba recently died and I was in the market for a new robotic vacuum. I have three dogs and two cats and simply do not keep up with the pet hair without help. I really wanted one with WiFi capabilities because I never used my old Roomba scheduler. It was annoying to set up and if Roomba got lost going back to charge and died overnight completely, I had to reset the whole schedule. Plus Roomba was LOUD and I never wanted to run it when I was home so the schedule was always changing. I often found myself out of the house and realizing I forgot to start Roomba. I found this Neato in my price range and decided to give it a try. I am obsessed! It’s only been a week, but I like this vacuum over my old Roomba 650. I am loving the WiFi capabilities. It’s so easy to set up a schedule and I love getting text messages that the Neato is finished while I am out. It’s also much more quiet than my Roomba. I can actually have this cleaning the rest of the downstairs while I am watching tv. The dirt bin is larger and I find it easier to get in and out than the Roomba’s dirt bin. I also find the brush easier to clean than the brush on the Roomba. The Neato is much easier on my furniture, too.

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