I love getting to review robot vacuums and mops. Not only do I find the technology and advancements fascinating, the bonus is I have really clean floors! This time I’m taking a look at a new robot that combines both a robot vacuum and a mopping bot into one unit—and adds some major extras.
Review: ECOVACS DEEBOT N8+
The ECOVACS Deebot N8+ is a dual purpose robot that will vacuum your floors and then mop them down. It also has another handy feature: it will empty itself when the vacuuming is done. This is truly an all in one bot that means you don’t need multiple devices in your home.
I’m going to take you through what this bot can do, how it works and the special features it has.
ECOVACS is sponsoring this post, and I’m grateful for their support since it keeps the blog and YouTube channel running. Even so they haven’t told me what I can and can’t say about the device.
If you aren’t familiar with them, the company is known for being pioneers of the all-in-one vacuum and mopping robots, and it recently launched its newest product family: the DEEBOT N-Series of robot vacuums with OZMO™ mopping. We’ll get into what that means in a bit…
The DEEBOT N8+ takes the best-selling features of DEEBOT robots today, including laser mapping capabilities and object detection, and adds better suction power and an Auto-Empty Station to make cleaning more hassle-free.
What’s in the box: ECOVACS DEEBOT N8+?
Inside the box you’ll find:
- Dual vacuum and mopping Robot
- Charging station/auto empty station base
- Two corner brushes
- Mopping plate and cloth
- Disposable mopping cloths
- 2 vacuum bags (1 installed in the disposal unit, and an extra)
- Charging cord
- There’s also a ramp extension plate if your bot will be docking on carpet
A quick look under the hood: Inside the top lid is the onboard dustbin; with this bot you’ll probably never need to touch it, since it will empty itself.
In the back is the water tank, and the mopping plate clicks onto this.
Underneath, there’s the roller brush and you’ll snap in those two corner brushes also.
Setting up ECOVACS DEEBOT N8+
Getting ECOVACS robots set up has been easy in my experience. The gist: charge your bot fully before you launch it for the first time – this will ensure it can map your whole space in one pass when it’s time.
While it charges, download the ECOVACS app and create or log into your account, then add your robot. When its fully charged, send it out and the bot will learn your home’s layout through its advanced laser mapping.
The app will generate a full map of your home—and it did for me the first day!
The app will guess at your rooms, and it’s pretty accurate – if you need to adjust, you can go in and merge spaces, or move room dividers, then label each room so you can clean specific rooms if you want to. Fine-tuning the map was ultra easy for me and I had things ready to go in just a few minutes. Using the room-specific mapping, I can choose to have the Ecovacs N8+ mop the kitchen every night at bedtime, for example, or I could just have it clean the area in my work triangle.
You can also use the mapping to create no-go zones and boundaries if, for example, you want the bot to avoid the dog’s water dish. Plus, the N8+ can store maps for multiple floors, so you can have every area of your house cleaned.
Set up tips:
- Make sure your phone is connected to the same Wi-Fi network you want your DEEBOT to connect to.
- Open all room doors and prepare your space so it can map out all the rooms and areas you want routinely cleaned.
- Do not interfere with it while it’s out mapping – it may pause, turn, or tackle a room in sections – but it’s doing its thing. If it gets picked up, it will lose its map and will need to start over.
- Once DEEBOT is done mapping, it will return to the charging dock, and an interactive map will be available in the app. If the charging dock is moved, a new map will need to be created.
How’s the vacuum suction: how does ECOVACS DEEBOT N8+ clean?
The DEEBOT N8+ includes a 2,300 Pa suction power motor which ECOVACS says is more effective than previous bots.
Despite extremely high suction power, the N8+ includes a new fan motor design that’s meant to be durable and also to keep noise down.
In my opinion the noise level is a bit on the lower side, and handily you can dial down the suction power and the noise if you need to vacuum quietly, or dial it up for a deeper clean.
Let’s get to how this robot vacuum and mop cleans…
I put all my robot vacuums through the same tests… I have it work on vacuuming up things like fine flour, oatmeal, rice, and larger cracker pieces on both hard floors and on rugs, and I can say the Deebot N8+ is able to tackle most any kind of debris, and what it doesn’t get in the first pass, it gets in the next one. You can see for yourself in the review video at the top of the page.
How well does ECOVACS DEEBOT N8+ handle different floor surfaces?
The ECOVACS DEEBOT N8+ was easily able to handle the different types of floor surfaces in my space; I had carpet, rugs, tile and hardwood and it cleaned each one well, and was able to navigate most transitions without getting stuck, though I did have a few odd spots where it was getting hung up – on things like cords or a particular floor vent. But I was able to go into my map and create no-go zones in those areas, so after the first hang-ups, it wasn’t an issue again.
ECOVACS DEEBOT N8+ Auto emptying station
An auto-empty station is becoming much more common in robot vacuums today. Normally you really need to empty a robot vacuum’s onboard dustbin after each cleaning, but with an auto emptying station, this lets you clean for weeks or even months without needing to touch the onboard dustbin, because the botvac will return to the dock to empty itself when it’s full, then go out and keep right on cleaning.
The ECOVACS DEEBOT N8+ also uses hypo-allergenic dust bags that auto-seal so no dust escapes in the air when it’s time to toss it out.
During my testing, I found the bot was easily able to empty itself and I never had to touch the dustbin once.
Mopping with ECOVACS DEEBOT N8+
The N8+ includes the OZMO Mopping System, which enables precise electronic waterflow control – you can choose exactly how much water gets used to avoid any damp spots, or for a more thorough clean. The mop will also remove 99.26% of bacteria, according to ECOVACS. This was tested by a 3rd party in a lab, where a bacteria solution was sprayed on the floor and a DEEBOT vacuumed and mopped the floor, only using water, to remove the bacteria.
To use the mopping feature on the ECOVACS DEEBOT N8+ fill the water tank and then click in the mopping plate, with either the reusable microfiber cloth or a disposable cloth attached, then press clean. There’s no need to add cleaner. One 240ml tank of water is enough to keep the bot mopping for about 100 minutes; probably enough for an entire floor.
It’s worth noting a robot mop is meant to give your home a light mopping wipe – this is not meant to clean up large or viscous wet messes.
To test the mopping capabilities I dribbled some milk, and some muck onto the floor and let some dusty dog paw prints accumulate.
The Deebot N8+ actually did a surprisingly good job of getting small spills wiped up without making them worse, and leaving my floors shiny clean.
DEEBOT mopping: What happens with carpet?
With a robot mop, you’ll likely wonder what happens with carpet. After all, you don’t want your robot soaking the rugs instead of sweeping them.
ECOVACS DEEBOT N8+ has carpet detection technology. This means the mopping feature is disabled on carpets and it will avoid them. In my testing, it did a great job of not going anywhere near the carpets… unlike another mopping robot I recently tried where you need to draw out your carpeted areas on a map, this bot is super smart and can see where not to mop, all on its own.
That carpet detection technology, by the way also allows the robot to automatically increase suction power on carpets for a better, deeper clean.
ECOVACS DEEBOT N8+ works with Google and Alexa
If you are a Google Home or Amazon Echo user, you can link your smart home devices to your robot, and tell it when and where to start cleaning.
Adding voice control to your robot vacuum and mop is absolutely essential in my opinion. I use it all the time; if I spill flour in the kitchen I can beckon the DEEBOT N8+… if the dogs have tracked dirt into the living room, I just ask Alexa for a quick sweep. The smart home capabilities are infinitely helpful and work very well.
To get your digital Assistant set up, just go into either the Google Home or Alexa app and link Ecovacs by following each app’s instructions. I had mine connected to Alexa in no time, and was able to say:
- “Alexa, ask Deebot to start cleaning/stop cleaning”
- “Ask Deebot to clean the kitchen”
- Ask Deebot to return to the dock”
- And more…
With the ECOVACS DEEBOT N8+ you can set cleaning schedules inside the app. You can have the bot clean while you’re out of the house, or set it up to clean certain rooms on certain days of the week. It means you can easily keep your floors clean without even working at it.
Battery life and charging
The ECOVACS DEEBOT will run for about 110 minutes on a charge. The N8+ also includes Smart-Charge Continuous Cleaning – if the robot runs out of battery while cleaning, it automatically goes back to the station to charge just enough to finish the job, unlike other robots that will wait to resume cleaning until it’s fully charged.
Overall thoughts on ECOVACS DEEBOT N8+
Overall, I’ve been really thrilled with this bot. It’s a two-in-one unit, meaning I don’t need to find space in the house to dock both a vacuum and a robot mop. I think the mapping works great and it’s easy to use in the Ecovacs Home app. The cleaning is great and I love the auto emptying feature. The mopping is also super helpful; we have new white tile in our kitchen and bathrooms and it shows every spot, so being able to keep them clean by setting the Deebot on a schedule is so handy. I get back so much time in my life not having to clean the floors.
Overall this robot has earned a place in my home and I think it would also be a great fit in your home too.
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