Price (RRP): $499
The Ecovacs DEEBOT 710 is at the value end of the DEEBOT range yet it has many premium features including an app, remote control and Google Home or Alexa voice assistant control.
Ecovacs Robotics started in 2006 with the aim of a robot for every family and every year/model it improves on the Ecovacs pedigree, founded on a smart navigation system. DEEBOT 710 is a new value-driven 2019 model.
We reviewed the Ecovacs DEEBOT 930 wet and dry robot vacuum cleaner in February 2018 and to be fair, it was one of the first robot cleaners we experienced. We did not know what to expect and it helped refine those expectations.
Since then, our paradigms have broadened, and expectations decreased regarding robotic vacuum cleaners. In a perfect world, they can be wonderful.
But we all know the world is not perfect, nor are our apartments or homes. Many have steps, different floor levels (sills) between tiles and carpets, a few still have 70s shag pile, and a lot more have hardwood or faux wood/tiles.
In March 2018, we wrote about some research conducted by Ecovacs that portends the future, especially the AI that will be part of later models.
The DEEBOT 710 has a little of that advanced AI in a well-priced package that impresses – if you have the right home.
Review: DEEBOT 710
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We have developed quite a lot of paradigms for this category so you will see these as headings throughout the review. But really the only paradigm that counts is will DEEBOT 710 work for you and your circumstances? If you are considering a robot vacuum cleaner make sure that you pay attention to things that might affect you.
In the box
- DEEBOT 710
- Two sets of whiskers
- Spare fabric and sponge filter
- Charge station 240V to 20V/1.8A DC
- Remote control
- Cleaning tools
It is a glass-topped white, 35cm circular device that is about 7cm high. The front half comprises a bumper system to detect (bump into) objects. Whisker brushes protrude slightly to widen the cleaning area.
DEEBOT has a round shape because it is less likely to get stuck in corners than square ones. The downside of that is the rotating, sucking, cleaning brush is 15cm wide, and the front whiskers feed in light detritus to that. When you see it in action and understand the narrow vacuum brush, you understand the need for it to overlap runs.
There is an upwards facing VSLAM (visual simultaneous localisation and mapping) camera to assist with the navigation function and object avoidance.
At the rear is a 520ml pop-out dustbin that quickly fills.
Underneath are infrared sensors to stop it falling down the stairs – they work.