iRobot Roomba 980 vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected

Which robot vacuum? The Neato Botvac D7 or the iRobot Roomba 980

Both of these robot vacuums are a great choice. Within their own brands’ lineup, both the Botvac D7 and Roomba 980 are at the upper end of the spectrum. Here are the main similarities and differences between the two.

The Roomba 980 and the D7 Connected are better than adept at cleaning and have plenty of smart features including apps that report on their cleaning progress and allow scheduling. The D7 does have two tech features that the 980 lacks: an official API (if you don’t know what it is you don’t need it) and the ability to control the D7 via chatbot (again, that may have no value to you at all).

One aspect of the D7 that’s a negative is that it’s louder than the 980. While they both clean well, it is worth noting that the D7’s brush is significantly wider than than the 980’s. In the 980’s favor, however, is its Carpet Boost technology that steps up suction power when cleaning carpet.

While both robot vacuums are similar in size, one area that may matter in your home is each vacuum’s height. At 3.9 inches the D7 is slightly taller than the 980 which is 3.6 inches tall. It’s a small difference, but a potentially important one if your home has low-profile furniture. In the longevity department the vacuums both run for right around two hours even. The 980 takes an extra 30 minutes to reach a full charge over the D7’s 2.5 hours.

If you want a robot that will clean your carpet in the dark, you’ll want the D7. The 980 can’t do that. Beyond, that it is an incredibly close call between these two that will likely come down to one of the minor nuances mentioned above.

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Competitive Robot Vacuum Overview

About each robot vacuum.
Feature
iRobot Roomba 980
Neato Botvac D7 Connected
Manufacturer
iRobot
Neato
Product
Roomba 980
Botvac D7 Connected
Series/Model
900/980
Botvac Connected/D7

Physical

Compare the dimensions, color and other physical characteristics of these two robot vacuums.

Feature
iRobot Roomba 980
Neato Botvac D7 Connected
Height
3.6 in.
3.9 in.
Length
13.8 in.
13.2 in.
Width
13.8 in.
12.6 in.
Weight
8.7 lb.
7.5 lb.
Assembly Required
No
No
Color
Brown
Grey
Bin Capacity
20.3 oz.
23.7 oz.
Cleaning Path Width
7 in.
12 in.

Navigation/Sensors

Compare the sensors and navigational aids each robot vacuum uses to move and assess floor surfaces and condition.

Feature
iRobot Roomba 980
Neato Botvac D7 Connected
Magnetic Boundary Markers
No
Yes
Beacon Boundary Markers
Yes
No
Visual Mapping
Yes
Yes
Drop Sensor
Yes
Yes
Dirt Sensor
Yes
No
Onboard Camera(s)
Yes
Yes
Cleaning Pattern
Intelligent
Intelligent

Battery and Charging

Run and recharge time for each robot vacuum cleaner in the comparison.

Feature
iRobot Roomba 980
Neato Botvac D7 Connected
Battery Type
Lithium Ion (Li-ion)
Lithium Ion (Li-ion)
Battery Voltage
14.4 v
14.4 v
Battery Run Time
120 min.
120 min.
Battery Recharge Time
180 min.
150 min.
Auto Shut-off
Yes
Yes
Auto Charge
Yes
Yes
Clean/Charge/Resume
Yes
Yes

Cleaning Modes

The cleaning modes each robot vacuum in the comparison is equipped with.

Feature
iRobot Roomba 980
Neato Botvac D7 Connected
Normal Cleaning Mode
Yes
Yes
Manual Cleaning Mode
Yes
Yes
Spot Cleaning Mode
Yes
Yes
Repeat Cleaning Mode
No
No
Edge Cleaning Mode
No
No

Cleaning

Cleaning characteristics for each robot vacuum cleaner including its filter, cyclonic action and if it is rated for use in homes with pets.

Feature
iRobot Roomba 980
Neato Botvac D7 Connected
Wet/Dry
No
No
Variable Suction
Yes
Yes
HEPA Filter
No
No
Washable Filter
No
No
Full Bin Indicator
Yes
No
Made for Pet Hair
Yes
Yes
Self-Cleaning
No
No
Cyclonic Action
No
No
Carpet Height Adjustment
Yes
No
Self-Emptying
No
No

Technology

If and how each robot vacuum integrates with mobile apps, smart home platforms and other technologies.

Feature
iRobot Roomba 980
Neato Botvac D7 Connected
Remote Control
No
No
Voice Control
Yes
No
Bluetooth Connected
No
No
Wifi Connected
Yes
Yes
Android App
Yes
Yes
iPhone App
Yes
Yes
Progress Mapping
Yes
Yes
Alexa Compatible
Yes
Yes
Google Assistant Compatible
Yes
Yes
Apple Home Kit Compatible
No
No
IFTTT Compatible
Yes
Yes
Multiple Floor-Plan Storage
No
Yes
Programmable
Advanced
Advanced
Manufacturer API/SDK
No
Yes

Surfaces

The surfaces each vacuum cleaner is capable of cleaning.

Feature
iRobot Roomba 980
Neato Botvac D7 Connected
Carpet
Yes
Yes
Rug
Yes
Yes
Hardwood
Yes
Yes
Tile
Yes
Yes
Laminate
Yes
Yes
Concrete
Yes
Yes
Vinyl
Yes
Yes

Warranty and Certifications

The manufacturer warranty and certifications for each vacuum.

Feature
iRobot Roomba 980
Neato Botvac D7 Connected
Warranty
12 months
12 months
Battery Warranty
12 months
6 months
Certifications
UL
UL