The Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI is an advanced robot vacuum cleaner with an all-in-one base station. It offers good mop cleaning performance, and has a feature for detecting carpets effectively. However, there are several drawbacks to consider. The base station is large and heavy, which may be inconvenient for those with limited space. The product is also expensive, and regular purchases of dust bags are required. The object avoidance feature could be better, and the carpet cleaning test results were only decent.
The Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI is an advanced robot vacuum cleaner with an accompanying advanced all-in-one base station. The base station is a step towards making cleaning in the home even more automated. This robot is one of the most advanced on the market, built with 3D mapping technology, a built-in voice assistant, an RGB camera, and much more.
The Deebot X1 series from Ecovacs consists of three various robots:
Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI
Ecovacs Deebot X1 Turbo
Ecovacs Deebot X1 Plus
The three robots differ in terms of the included base station and the mopping technology used, in the following ways:
The Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI is the most advanced robot vacuum cleaner in the X1 series. It comes with a base station, where you can wash the mops, dry the mops with hot air, refill the water tank, and empty the robot's dust bin. The robot is equipped with the Turbo 2.0 mopping system, which consists of 2 rotating mops.
The Ecovacs Deebot X1 Turbo is equipped with the same Turbo 2.0 mop-system as the X1 OMNI, but its base station is only able to wash the mops, refill the water tank and dry the mops with cold air. Thereby this robot vacuum cleaner is not able to empty the dust bin, as the X1 OMNI and the X1 Plus are.
The Ecovacs Deebot X1 Plus is built with a vibrating mop and the base station is only able to empty the robot’s dust bin (this is the cheapest of the three robots in the X1 series).
The three robots are identical in terms of:
They all use DToF-Laser-Sensor 2. Generation as navigation technology.
They have all a maximum suction power of 5000 Pa.
They use an AGB HD camera with AI recognition for object recognition.
They are equipped with a 5200 mAh lithium battery.
The robot itself in X1 OMNI and X1 Turbo is the same in terms of specifications, whereas the X1 Plus differs in size, water tank capacity, and mopping technology.
The decision about which of the three robot vacuum cleaners you should choose depends primarily on which functions you want for the base station.
Who is the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI suitable for?
The Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI is best suited to medium and large households, where there is plenty of room to place the large base station. Due to its great navigation capabilities and powerful battery, it is able to clean most households in one charge.
If you want a robot vacuum cleaner with mopping capabilities that are among the best across robot vacuum cleaners, the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI might be the right choice for you. It is built with two rotating mopping pads, which are able to clean the floor very efficiently.
If you are looking for a robot vacuum cleaner with an all-in-one base station, the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI might be the right option for you. The base station enables the robot vacuum cleaner to empty its dust bin, refill its water tank, clean the mopping pads and dry the mop pads with hot air, which prevents bacteria and odor. Alternative versions with all-in-one base stations are the Roborock S8 Pro Ultra and the Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra.
Who is the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI not suitable for?
If you don’t have plenty of room for a large base station, this is not the right choice for you. The base station is the largest among robot vacuum cleaners (measuring 22.76 x 17.64 x 16.93 inches). Instead, you might want a robot vacuum cleaner without a large base station, such as the Roborock S8, the Roborock S7, or the Ecovacs Deebot T10.
If you have a tight budget, this robot vacuum cleaner is definitely not the right choice for you. You might instead want a budget robot vacuum cleaner, with fewer capabilities, but which still delivers a good cleaning performance. Take instead a look at the Roborock E5, or the Xiaomi Mi Mop Pro 2+.
Navigation is one of the most important factors to consider when buying a robot vacuum cleaner. The Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI is built with a LiDAR laser navigation tower on top and two front cameras. The two front cameras enable the robot to 3D map the household, to recognize and avoid objects (Ecovacs call it TrueDetect 3D 2.0), and enable you to make live remote viewing from the robot.
The robot’s navigation system enables it to easily navigate around in large households with many rooms.
The robot’s navigation ability is decent, however, the 2D map it created in my test was not that accurate and the 3D map is not that precise either and not precise enough to be useful for me. In my household, several pieces of furniture were placed in the wrong angle or in a completely wrong length. The 2D map was useful though.
Test of object avoidance capabilities
For all the robot vacuum cleaners, we test the ability to avoid objects. We place the following 5 objects in a room:
A fake poop
A rolled up cable
A dog water bowl filled with water
A piece of cloth
We categorize how the robot handles each of the objects, in three categories:
The object was not avoided (0 points)
The object was partly avoided (10 points)
The object was completely avoided (20 points)
The result of the test for the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI was as follows:
There is no doubt that this robot vacuum cleaner has object recognition and it detects the objects, but it goes wrong several times, where it runs into objects that it has previously avoided. There is definitely room for improvement in object avoidance for this robot.
YIKO voice assistant
The robot vacuum cleaner is built with its own voice assistant called “YIKO”. You can activate the voice assistant by saying “Ok Yiko”. It can be handy if you have your hands full, however, you should be aware it only supports a few languages and sometimes you have to repeat yourself before it works (however it works fine most of the time).
I tested the voice assistant in English and it worked decently, however, it is not a feature I personally think is that useful, but some people might like it.
The Ecovacs-app guided me to talk to the robot in my native language (Danish) however it doesn’t support Danish. It looks to me like the Ecovacs app has been translated into my local language without its voice assistant supporting it, so it is quite confusing.
It is necessary to install the Ecovacs app to operate this robot properly. The installation procedure is quite easy and straightforward.
I played around with the app for a while. In general, it is not as intuitive as the Roborock app and in some cases the app is confusing. In general, however, it works well.
The app is built with all the standard functions found in robot vacuum cleaners in this price range, such as:
No go zones
Selected room cleaning
Multiple floor maps
The app provides many options for customization of how you want the household to be cleaned.
The app is also built with more unique functions only seen in a few other robot vacuum cleaners, such as:
Live remote view
The 3D mapping didn’t work in my household. The map was too imprecise to actually be useful. The 2D map is way more useful to me, however, this map was not as precise as the one created in Roborock’s app. I also miss that carpets are indicated in the map.
The app gives you a lot of possibilities to control various settings, such as:
Voice assistant settings
Video remote view settings
Settings for the mops
Settings for the cleaning station
You can follow the robot vacuum cleaner in real-time in the app, however, I miss the option to see which areas it has cleaned (this is only registered as long as you follow the robot in the app).
Live remote view
The Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI is equipped with two cameras, which enables you to live remote view, through the app. This is a handy feature in some cases, for example, if you have pets and you want to see how they behave when the robot is running and there is no one home or you want to check out an object on the floor.
Also, it is built with 2-way communication, so you are able to communicate with someone through the robot. I'm not sure how this is useful, but maybe it could be useful to some.
The Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI is equipped with a powerful 5200 mAh lithium battery. This is a powerful battery, common in high-end robot vacuum cleaners.
According to the manufacturer, it has a runtime of 140 minutes in Standard mode (when sweeping and mopping) and 170 minutes in Silent mode (when sweeping and mopping).
The robot was easily able to clean my household. In general, high-end robot vacuum cleaners are capable of cleaning most medium-sized and large households without any problems.
The robot vacuum cleaner has a specified maximum suction power of 5000 Pa, which is very high and among the highest across robot vacuum cleaners. You can find the robot vacuum cleaners with the highest specified maximum suction power here.
The advantage of high suction power is typically expressed in the ability to clean carpets, whereas robot vacuum cleaners with high suction power can generally clean deeper in the carpets.
In our test, the robot managed to clean 517 ft² in 48 minutes. This means it can clean around 646 ft² per hour. However, this will differ depending on your household layout.
We made three different tests of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI’s cleaning ability on both parquet floor and carpet, in accordance with our test methodology 1.1.
We noticed in our test that the robot was quicker than other robots we have tested, but its cleaning results were also a bit worse.
Parquet cleaning test
We tested the robot vacuum cleaner’s ability to clean a parquet floor in two different tests:
Test 1: We test the robot’s ability to pick up 50 grams of sand on a parquet floor
Test 2: We test the robot’s ability to pick up 50 grams of rice on a parquet floor
In the test with 50g of sand, did the robot manage to pick up 47g of the sand (94%). This is a good result, however not as good as other robots we have tested, such as the Neato Botvac D7 Connected, the Roborock S6 MaxV, or the Roborock S7 MaxV, which all manage to pick up between 98-100% of the sand.
In the rice cleaning test, the robot managed to clean up 47g of the rice as well (94%). Again this is lower than what we have measured for competing robot vacuum cleaners.
When the mopping pads are attached the robot will automatically avoid carpets, which is very useful.
In the settings, you can set the robot to automatically increase its suction power to maximum when it detects a carpet.
Carpet cleaning test
We tested the robot’s ability to pick up sand from a carpet. We spread 50 grams of sand on the carpet and measured the weight of the dust bin before- and after the test was conducted. The test was conducted in the strongest suction power mode (Max+ mode) and in accordance with our test methodology 1.1.
The robot was able to collect 24 grams of sand (48%), which is a decent result. In comparison the Roborock S7 MaxV collected 30g (60% in this test).
The robot differentiates itself from a lot of other robot vacuum cleaners by being equipped with two rotating mop pads, instead of a mop cloth. The two mops are very easy to put on and take off
When the mop pads are attached the robot will avoid carpets, which is quite handy and one of many solutions robot vacuum cleaners have with built-in mops to avoid the mop being dragged over the carpet and thus discoloring the carpet. A robot vacuum cleaner such as the Roborock S7, or the iRobot Roomba Combo J7 lifts the mopping cloth when it registers a carpet, which is another solution other brands use.
The robot has a very small water tank with a capacity of 0.08 liters. However, this is not a big issue, because if the water tank is emptied during cleaning, it will automatically return to the base station to fill it up and also to clean the mopping pads. Another special thing about the robot's water tank is that it is not accessible or removable, the base station does all the necessary maintenance in this regard.
The rotating mops spin at up to 180 rpm. In the app, you can pick between the two mopping settings “Standard” and “Deep” and select the water flow in 3 levels.
Mopping cleaning test
We carry out a test of the mopping ability of all robotic vacuum cleaners with a mopping function that we review.
In the test, we test the robot’s ability to pick up three different dry stains. The stains are:
A dry stain of ketchup
A dry stain of coffee
A dry stain of sour cream
The Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI did a very good job in the mopping test and managed to almost clean up all three stains. It left a little bit of sour cream and ketchup on the floor, but only a very little.
The noise emission is specified at 68 dB by the manufacturer.
We tested the robot’s noise emission in four different cleaning modes:
The maximum measured noise emission in Quiet mode.
The maximum measured noise emission in Balanced mode.
The maximum measured noise emission in Max+ mode.
The maximum measured noise emission when the dust bin is automatically emptied.
These were the results we measured:
Quiet mode: 62.4 dB
Balanced mode: 66.2 dB
Max+ mode: 69.4 dB
Auto-empty: 71.8 dB
This test shows the robot vacuum cleaner is quiet during operation, despite its high suction power.
All-in-one base station
The Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI is built with an all-in-one base station, it is able to:
Emptying the dustbin of the robot vacuum cleaner into a 3.0-liter bag in the base station.
Refilling the robot’s water tank with clean water.
Cleaning the robot’s mops with clean water and filling the dirty water into a separate tank.
Drying the robot’s mop cloths with hot air, which prevents bacteria and odor.
The base station automates the daily maintenance tasks of having a robot vacuum cleaner. The maintenance of the base station does not have to be done as often (every 30-60 days) and consists of:
Change the dust bag
Buy new dust bags
Refill the fresh water tank
Empty the dirty water tank
The auto-empty container has a 3-liter dust bag, which the dust bin is emptied into. The dust bag needs to be emptied every 30-60 days (depending on how much you use the robot and how large your household is). You can buy new dust bags online.
The automatic dirt disposal is a bit noisy (we measured it to 71.8 dB in our test), however, it only takes around 10 seconds, so it is not that big an issue. In the app, you can set it so that the container is not emptied at certain times (e.g. when you sleep).
In the app, you can set the robot to automatically empty its dust bin whenever it has finished cleaning. You can also select “Smart auto-empty”, where it automatically does the auto-emptying in accordance with the selected cleaning schedule.
In general, robot vacuum cleaners with an auto-empty container are the best choice for allergy sufferers, because this limits their contact with dust.
Tank with clean water
The clean water tank has a capacity of 4 liters. The water is used to refill the water tank of the robot vacuum cleaner and to clean its two mopping pads.
You can easily detach the clean water tank and carry it in a handle to a place where you can fill it up.
Tank with dirty water
The water used to clean the two mopping pads are filled into the dirty water tank. The dirty water tank has a capacity of 4 liters.
Just as you must regularly fill up the clean water tank, you must also regularly empty the tank with the dirty water.
The robot vacuum cleaner itself measures (without a base station):
Height: 4.01 inches
Width: 14.25 inches
Depth: 14.25 inches
The robot is a bit taller than other robot vacuum cleaners (most robot vacuum cleaners are around 3.5 inches tall), however, it is still able to get under most furniture, which is the most important thing in this regard.
The robot has a diameter of 14.25 inches, which is also a bit larger than most other robot vacuum cleaners and will prevent it from getting between some chair legs.
The base station measures:
Height: 22.76 inches
Width: 17.64 inches
Depth: 16.93 inches
The base station is very heavy and not something older people can move around. Further, the robot is not suited for multiple floors (despite it can store up to 3 maps), because the base station is too heavy to carry around. The base station weighs 31.75 lbs, without the robot vacuum cleaner and without the water tanks filled. The robot itself weighs 9.7 lbs.
The base station is very large and is something you must need to consider before buying this robot. In order to properly maintain the base station, you will need to place it somewhere where you have easy access to the three containers, because they must be maintained regularly. You should therefore also not place the base station under anything.
Shape and design
The robot was designed by the well-known Danish designer Jacob Jensen, and for many the design will be to their liking.
The Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI has a round shape, which is the most common shape among robot vacuum cleaners. This shape has the advantage that it enables the robot to maneuver well around tight spaces.
The main brush is made of rubber and has a width of 6.6 inches. Further, the robot is equipped with two side brushes. It is built with a cover on top, which you can remove to get access to various buttons.
It backs into its base station, which is a bit unconventional and you cannot remove the mopping pads when it is in the cleaning station, which is a bit annoying.
In the app, you can find the scheduled maintenance of the robot vacuum cleaner. The maintenance consists of:
Side brushes (needs to be changed every 150 hours).
Main brush (needs to be changed every 300 hours).
Filter (needs to be changed every 120 hours).
Mopping pads (needs to be changed every 150 hours).
Bag (recommended to be changed every 30 days).
Various components, such as sensors, LiDAR tower, wheels, camera, etc. (needs to be cleaned every 30 hours).
No doubt this is an advanced robot vacuum cleaner that many households will enjoy. We really liked its carpet detection abilities, its mopping capabilities, the design, and its all-in-one base station. But in many ways, I would rather choose the competing models, the Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra, or the Roborock S8 Pro Ultra. They perform better in cleaning performance, they are more intuitive and they have a better App.
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