Run time, charge time and base negotiation
In standard mode, it achieves about 90 minutes (claim 110) and in the super mode, about 50 minutes (claim 70). All claims depend on floor surfaces. It is adequate for a typical single-level, three-bedroom, two-bathroom home.
Charging takes about 4.5 hours. It seems slow, but that is the nature of most robotic vacuums.
In every case (six uses over two weeks) it managed to return to the charger base station. It does not auto-resume cleaning after charging.
Learning about the home – not
DEEBOT 710 has Smart Navi 2.0. It turns out that it’s dumber than we expected. You can see what it has cleaned, but it does not build a permanent map of the home nor allow you to define no-clean barriers in the app. More expensive DEEBOTs have this.
So every clean is an adventure (no permanent map). But there is a method to its madness. At first, we called it DUMBOT until we understood how it works. Then the name just stuck.
Its logic depends on the original placement of the recharge base station. You see it backs out of the base station and does a 180° turn. It then starts forward until it hits an object and then rotates clockwise and returns slightly offset back along the same path until it hits an object and repeats that again, and again, and again.
For convenience lets call this a North/South U-shaped pattern.
Now, this is logical if you have a large, regularly shaped open space. But DEEBOT 710 has issues finding offset (East/West) hallways, rooms off hallways etc.
Two things can improve this.
First, take DEEBOT to those rooms and close the doors until it cleaned them. Then open the doors to allow it to continue cleaning.
Second, change the default direction from North/South to East/West. For example, placing it in a hallway ‘side-ways’ where it bumps into either side means it can discover doors off hallways.
Apart from an effective step sensor, it does not have any barrier technology, so you need to place physical barriers where you don’t want it to go. With some robot vacs, you can set an invisible IR or software barrier to stop it cleaning there.
Smart Navi 2.0 – is adequate but having experienced better DEEBOTS that can establish permanent house maps and set no-clean areas you may want to drive a hard bargain on the DEEBOT 900 instead.
It is best on hardwood, faux wood or tiles. It is competent on a short pile or sisal carpet although unlike more expensive models it does not have an automatic carpet identifier to increase suction power.
It does not handle shag pile nor feature rugs with tassels etc.
Preparation for cleaning – a major issue for all robot vacs
You cannot expect any robot cleaner to just to work! As a guide