iRobot Roomba i7 vs. Neato botvac d7: Which one to buy, and why?

Sam Harris
written by Sam Harris
created on April 25, 2020
updated on May 7, 2020

The iRobot i7 vs. Neato d7–want to know which you should buy, and why? You have come to the right place. Today’s update compares the features and functions of the Roomba i7 and Neato d7 floor robots. Let’s get started.

Roomba i7 vs. Neato d7 specs and features

Specs/features
Neato_d7_robot_vacuum
Neato d7
Roomba_i7_robot_vacuum
Roomba i7
Auto dirt disposalnoyes
Digital blocked areayesyes
Automatic recharge and resumeyesyes
Suction power(Pa)20001700
Accessories charging base, adapter, cleaning tool, user guide, extra filter, magnetic stripenorth American line cord, dual mode virtual wall barrier, extra high-efficiency filter, extra side brushes
Amazon Alexa supportyesyes
Anti-drop/cliffyesyes
App nameNeatoiRobot Home
Bare floor typeslaminate, ceramic tile, marble tile, vinyl, linoleum, woodlaminate, ceramic tile, marble tile, vinyl, linoleum, wood
Barrier-cross Height (in)0.750.79
Carpet Boostnoyes
Carpet typeslow-pile, medium-pilelow-pile, medium-pile
Central cleaning brush typeSingle, with bristlesDual, brushless
Dirt detectnoyes
Dust bin size (ml)700400
Full bin indicatoryesyes
Google Assistant supportyesyes
Hepa filteryes yes
Intelligent carpet detectionnoyes
Maps allowed for saving310
Navigation and mappingSLAM + LDSLDS + SLAM
Noise in max mode (dB)6468
Price history (retrieved from camelcamelcamel.com)$499.99 - $829 (click link to check current price on Amazon)$699 - $1099 (click link to check current price on Amazon)
Recommended cleaning area (sq ft)1292Up to 10 rooms of about 2000 sq ft each
Recommended home sizesmall, mediumsmall, medium
Release dateMarch 2018
Scheduling yesyes
Selected room schedulingyesyes
Side brush (es)11
Warranty1 year1 year
Wifi Frequency (GHz)2.4/52.4/5
Wifi/Appyesyes
Working time (min)75 - 12060 - 75
Zoned/custom area cleaningyesyes

Roomba i7 vs. Neato d7 comparison

To begin with, the i7 and d7 having recharged will automatically resume cleaning jobs exactly where they stopped before the charge break. 

Similarly, the d7, just like the i7, utilizes an app for controls and settings. It does seem like the iRobot Home app is better refined, though. Nevertheless, the two robovacs support customized cleaning. 

The Naeto d7 smart vacuum to compensate for the auto-dirt emptying function it lacks has a 700ml dust bin. Also, the i7 is round-shaped, while the d7 is D shaped. The d7, given its shape, tends to do a better job on edges and around walls. 

D7’s navigation is laser-guided, while i7’s navigation is camera-based. As a result, the two self-driving bots follow straight, efficient lines when vacuuming on multiple floor surfaces to include hardwood, carpets, concrete, tiles and laminates. On top of it, the Roomba i7 and Neato d7 transitions and docks impressively while avoiding obstacles.

Further, one power setting is available in the i7, with the d7 having two power settings. The i7, as a result, will run for about 75 minutes, whereas the d7 will run for 75 minutes on its high power settings and 120 minutes on its low power settings. 

Vacuum Wars tested airflow on the i7 at 17 cfm while airflow on the d7 stood at 17 cfm and 20 cfm on low and high power settings, respectively.

Here’s a video showing the airflow test, alongside the cleaning ability of the Neato d7 and Roomba i7:

Conclusion

Still don’t know which one to choose between the iRobot i7 and the Neato d7? Check out the Roomba i7 smart home vacuum cleaner. Currently, the iRobot i7 and Neato d7 are priced similarly at Amazon. That, and considering its auto-dirt emptying function, plus the fact that iRobot is big on updates and has a history of producing machines that work reliably well into the long term.

The d7 boasts of powerful suction and excellent navigation. However, its software (mapping, wifi, app) is limited plus performance can be erratic.

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