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The D10 is an average size for a robot vacuum and comes with a compact charger. Although you need to have it close to a power plug, you don’t need a lot of space around it, which we liked. We’re always short of space near power outlets.
Once switched on, you pair the D10 to your smartphone via an app, which we found easy, and then you can turn off the vacuum to clean. During the first few cleanings, the D10 learns our floor plan, and after each cleaning it creates a map of where it’s been.
The app allows you to set schedules for your D10. We chose to run the robot every night after dinner, which meant we could put our feet up knowing the house wouldn’t have that awful crunching underfoot the next morning. However, you can set schedules with a frequency of your choice.
You can also decide where you want your robot to clean. Set up a zone, e.g. B. under the dining table or in the kitchen after dinner, and it will go to work cleaning just that area. We found this very helpful when our kids were making a mess in one room, but we didn’t want the entire house to be cleaned.
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If you have an area you don’t want your vacuum to clean—near the dog bowls or where there are lots of cords, you can create a no-clean zone. The D10 then steadfastly ignores this area. Both the spot cleaning zones and the no-clean zones were really easy to set. You have to do this through the app, but it’s incredibly easy with intuitive maps.
The suction power of the D10 is 2,500 Pa. This is a fairly common number for robot vacuums, but it’s not the only factor in how effectively it picks up dirt. We also have to pay attention to how it manages the area and how effective it is at scooping up dirt.
If you’re allergic, Neato has thought of you. The D10 features a true HEPA filter (which stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air, in case you’re wondering). These filters are designed to capture up to 99.8 percent of allergens and fine dust particles.
HEP filters must meet high standards to qualify for the HEPA title. The result is that your home should have fewer allergens and you will experience fewer symptoms. While not suffering ourselves, we found it gave us a nice reassurance that all that could be sucked up was.
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The suction power of the D10 can also be adjusted. So if you want the battery to last longer, or just need a light cleaning, Eco mode is ideal for everyday use. If you’re looking for something more powerful, Turbo mode is your best bet. We have used this on our carpets and it has worked really well and left nice marks.
There’s also a Max mode if you need a really deep clean. Kids spilled glitter on the carpet? Did you just have a party? Max mode is your first port of call. And if you’re lucky enough to have a furry family member, Pet Mode will dig deeper into your carpet to suck out even the most stubborn hair.
The D10 is shaped like a D with corners. This is said to allow him to get into the corners – something he was very persistent about. We’ve tried quite a few robot hoovers and have been blown away by how the D10 gets dirt in tight spots. A brush on one side pushes dust and dirt into the robot’s path and a round brush underneath scoops it up and then slurps it’s gone (note: it doesn’t actually slurp).
We’ve found the D10 to perform solidly. We liked that it had tremendous battery life and didn’t keep returning to the dock for charging. We also liked the large trash can, so we didn’t have to empty it too often. Sure, it doesn’t have the automatic dirt disposal feature of some other vacuums, but it also comes at a lower price point.
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When Alexa was actually listening to us and we had the skill enabled in the app (a faff that’s not Neato’s fault), voice control worked well. You could ask Alexa to tell the D10 to clean a specific room and then it would come to life. Clean without lifting a finger, literally.
It is ingenious that you can operate the D10 on three different floors (you have to carry it between floors yourself, the technology is not quite that advanced yet). We gave that a whirl and the D10 didn’t seem bothered by a change of scene, producing a fresh, accurate map of where it’d been without much fuss. If you wish, you can buy additional plinths for different floors.
When it’s not running, the D10 has a small charging dock that it returns to after cleaning, so it’s always ready to go when you ask it to. And as mentioned, you can control the D10 via a dedicated app, or with Alexa or Google Assistant. There’s also a row of buttons on the top that you can use to control it manually.
The D10 goes up to 69dB. That’s pretty average for a robot vacuum, to be honest. You can talk about it, but you might have to turn up the TV a bit. Rest assured it’s quieter than the average manual vacuum.
The verdict: Smart vacuum robot Neato D10
The Neato D10 really impressed us. It’s a great addition to our home, lightening our load and leaving our house noticeably cleaner. The price point for this is significant, but compared to many others on the market, it’s very reasonable for functionality.