Robot vacuums have become popular but few are still expensive that you can afford only if you have deep pockets to take advantage of their time-saving abilities.
Today, we will discuss the Neato XV Signature Pro, this moderately priced robot vacuum pretty much does the same job with similar features to some of the high-end robots like Roomba 880 (under $900) or Dyson 360 Eye (Under one grand), Plus picks up everything you throw at it.
It’s relatively easy to use, but it’s laser-guided mapping system allows the robot to clean around your home efficiently by avoiding obstacles. Bear with it, it’s not quiet, and you’ll have to keep the brushes free of tangles and build-up, specifically when you are a pet owner. But these minor concerns cannot degrade the overall performance of Neato XV Signature as it provides real bang for the buck.
Neato XV Signature Pro Review
Let’s discuss the Neato XV Signature Pro Review in details.
Design and Features
It resembles in design with XV-21 Pet & Allergy Automatic Vacuum Cleaner. Instead of the usual garish purple, orange, and grey finish, Neato ultimately used black and grey design.
This robot vacuum weighs around 8.2 pounds and measures around 3.7 by 12.7 by 12.5 inches (HWD), though it’s big but comes with a built-in handle on the top of the chassis making it portable enough to move easily from one room to another.
The XV Signature contains a removable dirt bin at the top and filter assembly which is capable to store three-quarters of a quart of debris, laser-guided Vision System, a 1.7-by-1.7-inch LCD panel, a large Start Button, and four programming buttons (discussed below in details).
The laser guidance allows the vacuum to map the complete floor plan to provide excellent cleaning based on the furniture placement, doorways, walls, etc.
For the first time, when you hit the press button, it undocks itself from the docking station and scans the entire room before it begins cleaning. It repeats this every time you start a cleaning session and will continue to traverse through rooms as long as the path is clear.
It usually cleans the perimeter of the room, and, working in straight lines, moves on the interior section.
The signature pro doesn’t have the puck-shape, Instead has straight front-end bumper which moves the robot away from obstacles and furniture.
Whereas, the curved back is helpful to penetrate into tight spaces. On the edges, there is an exhaust vent and two metal strips which makes the connection with the dock to charge the robot, when the bot returns back.
The charging base measure around 5 by 13 by 2.2 inches (HWD) and resembles with the finish of the vacuum. Similarly, it has an AC power cord which is hard-wired into it, a release button that can be used for the backend panel, a pair of metal charging strips to connect with the vacuum’s strips.
A curved LED indicator located near the Start button gives the glance of the status of the vacuum. A solid green light indicates the battery is full, however, the pulsing green light indicates it’s charging. A pulsing amber light tells that vacuum is not in a condition to be used, and a solid amber light shows different types of errors, like a dustbin, is full, drop sensors need cleaning, the brush is jammed or the bumper is stuck. In all of these situations, the LED screen will blink.
Flip over the robot and you will see two smaller stabilizer wheels, drop sensors at both sides to avoid falling down the stairs, two battery components that house rechargeable nickel metal hydride (NiMH) batteries, a combo roller blade/brush of 9.2-inches, and two main drive wheels.
It takes about 180 minutes to recharge and if runs low on battery during the session it returns automatically to the docking station, recharge, and returns to the exact spot where it left off to resume cleaning.
The box contains, a one-inch wide magnetic strip to restrict the entrance of the robot in specific areas, an extra blade roller, an 80-inch long boundary marker, an extra filter and a quick start guide.
You can cut the strip with scissors and create custom borders anytime, anywhere in your home. Unlike the Roomba 790, it lacks wireless remote, which means you can remotely activate the robot, create cleaning schedules, or move the bot from one room to the other.
The XV Signature is very handy. It only requires the push of a button to start cleaning, when it’s charged. If you want to vacuum to get the job done quickly better remove the obstacles like shoes or toys from its way.
The vacuum runs in full cleaning mode by default, but you can use the Spot Clean mode to do a smaller area of around 4 by 6 feet.
You can choose the language, set the internal clock, and program the vacuum on schedule on certain days and times. The XV Signature pro can efficiently remove large and small clumps of pet hairs, pick up scattered cat litter, rice, backyard dirt, shards of the broken glass, small scraps of paper.
But it will struggle with the big particles stuck in the shag carpets, but eventually ends up sucking them. It’s prone to get tangled with the cords and requires untangling sessions.
The time it takes to clean your home or rooms totally depends on the layout and settings of your furniture. It can move fast on hardwood or tiles floor. Getting into the tighter spaces can be difficult so better spend on a cordless handheld vacuum to manage with tight spaces.
The drop sensors are efficient enough that they will detect the stairs preventing the bot from falling down. It can move smoothly around the legs of chairs or tablets, thanks to the laser navigation.
For noise, it’s relatively quiet, but you will notice the bot gets significantly louder as it cleans. But it’s hardly noticeable if you are watching TV around in the same room. You would barely listen to the vacuum, but sometimes you will feel you need to raise a few points of volume on your TV.
Finally, the Neato Botvac Signature XV is a powerful robot vacuum that does an outstanding job of picking up every straying hair, dirt, debris and backyard soil. The laser-guided mapping makes allows the vacuum to move efficiently around the corners of your home, tables or chairs. The scheduling features let you program it to clean for certain days and time. But it lacks remote control and brushless cleaning like the Roomba.
Overall, the Neato XV Signature Pro is a moderately priced robot vacuum that offers excellent navigation using the laser guidance and effectively cleans every square inch of your home.