Price (RRP): $1299
The Ecovacs DEEBOT OZMO T8 AIVI (Artificial Intelligence and Visual Interpretation) is its latest robot vacuum. The OZMO part of the name means it can mop as well. Too good to be true? Well, it is a cleaning delight and lives up to its claims of a better-looking home.
We have been testing the Ecovacs DEEBOT OZMO T8 AIVI for the past few weeks. Conclusion – it is a formidable robovac and mop in a single unit.
The Ecovacs DEEBOT OZMO T8 AIVI is a next-gen (2020) robovac. It uses AIVI for object detection and avoidance. If you leave shoes, rugs, electrical cables etc., in its path it can avoid them and let you know via a map what to fix next time.
We can’t verify Ecovacs claims of 200% faster recognition and 60% less entanglement, but we are prepared to say that it is pretty good – at least as good as other next-gen robovacs we have tested.
Ecovacs DEEBOT OZMO T8 AIVI (Model DBX11-11)
- Website here
- Manual here (it is a PDF so check your downloads folder)
- Price: $1299
- From: JB Hi-Fi SKU: 475800 and from Ecovacs official store on eBay Australia or Ecovacs Amazon store (ensure you select Ecovacs as the merchant)
- Warranty: 12 months if purchased from an approved reseller
- Country of manufacture: China
- Ecovacs (Est. 1998) is a Chinese in-home robotic company focused on the aim of a robot for every family. Its primary products are DEEBOT/OZMO, WINBOT (Windows), ATMOBOT (Air purifier) and BENEBOT (business service assistance robot).
We have tested robovacs from LG, Ecovacs Deebot, iRobot, Samsung, Roomba and more. One thing is clear – the technology has improved over the past year. As a result, it makes it harder to stand out from the 2020 pack. Throughout the test, we use the terms FAIL, PASS (meets our expectations for this price/style) and EXCEED against the various paradigms. You will start to see why this DEEBOT is no dumbot.
The standard test is three carpeted bedrooms, large open-plan timber floor living space, two tiled bathrooms, tiled entry foyer and stairs, and a sizeable shaggy feature rug. We cannot vouch for all surfaces or styles of homes.
What is a Ecovacs DEEBOT OZMO T8 AIVI?
First, it is a robot vacuum cleaner based on the ’round’ design. It is 353mm round and 94mm high. The front outer rim is a collision bumper when AI cannot avoid an obstacle or encounters newly placed furniture. Gone are the days of bumping into everything.
It has a charging base 20V/1A/20W docking station CH1822 (so you need to find a suitable place with 240V power).
It includes a removable, passive mop with a friction cleaning cloth plate that can use DEEBOT washable microfibre cleaning cloth (one included) or a one-use disposable cloth (box of five included). This is purely to lightly mop or dry dust rather than to thoroughly clean and polish floors.
And finally, it has the OZMO electric ‘oscillating’ mopping attachment. This is an active mop (uses the same disposable pads) that does a slightly deeper clean on hard surfaces. This is part of the JB Hi-Fi retail package – a more compelling reason to buy.
The box includes two sets of side brushes (whiskers) and a spare dust filter.
Setup – PASS
First, charge the robot fully (6.5 hours). Then download the Ecovacs app for Android or iOS. Set up an account and connect to 2.4Ghz Wi-Fi.
You have no option but to accept these if you want to use the app and access the robots advanced features. If not, you can only manually activate the DEEBOT as a dumbot. I only point this out as users must read such terms and understand that your device collects location, video images, home layout, IP information and very much more.
If you later disable the AIVI smart detection function or remove location or camera access, then it reverts to a dumbot capable only of bump detection and pattern cleaning.