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Robot vacuum cleaners are standard fare in many European countries but there still uncommon British households. These nifty gadgets can save you time and effort though if you take the plunge. One to consider is the Deebot Ozmo 930 and here's our full review.
Price and Availability
Robot vacuum cleaners come in a wide range of prices. We've tested them as cheap as the £100 iLife X5 and all the way up to £799 Neato Botvac D7 Connected.
The Deebot Ozmo 930 is at the top-end but doesn't cost as much at the Neato. It's a comparatively reasonable £549 from Amazon, although a hefty $798 in the US.
That's more expensive than a Dyson Cyclone V10 or Philips SpeedPro Max so this is worth bearing in mind.
Design and Build
Like many robot vacuum cleaners, the Ozmo 930 has a circular design. Some have a more square shape to help clean along edges and get into corners, while the round shape is more compact.
It's a glossy black and looks almost identical to the much cheaper N78 but is recognisable via the round protrusion on top that houses sensors.
We found it easy enough to attach the rotating brushes but it's worth reading the manual to get your head round everything – it's very different to a traditional upright vacuum. The front has a bumper that reaches round half of the body and hidden at the rear is a reservoir for the mopping feature.
We're impressed by the build quality with the Ozmo 930 looking stylish. The power switch and the dust bin are hidden behind a flap and the machine has effective lighting. There's also a pop-out handle making it easy to carry between floors.
There's only one button on the outside which is for power/auto so you can easily set the robot going without using the app. It can also be used to pause the cleaning should you need to.
A base unit plugs into the mains and doesn't take up too much space but you'll need to account for the robot, too. These machines aren't ideal in smaller flats or houses.
Features and Performance
Although you can use the Deebot Ozmo 930 without the app, you're much better off with it. It's easy to go through the setup process, connecting the robot to the Wi-Fi so you can use all the functionality.
Once the robot is charged up with accessories attached, you're ready to clean. You will need to prepare your home though to get the most out of it and to avoid mishaps.
You'll need to make sure the path around your home is as clear as possible, opening doors and making sure there's nothing that might hinder such as wires or small items. The Ozmo 930 can map out your floorplan but will still bump into things as it goes so you won't want to trust it with any valuable ornaments or the like.
Arguably, you'd need to move most of this stuff to clean properly anyway and once you’ve cleared the way the Deebot Ozmo 930 will go about its business. From the docking station it will navigate its way around cleaning everywhere it can reach.
Most of the time it goes up and down like you'd mow a lawn but occasionally it will do something a bit random.
You can watch it going round on the app if you like and see detailed like how many square meters have been cleaned and the duration. The map, as you can see, isn't as neat as advertised due to furniture and other items but that doesn't really matter.
After a clean, the app automatically sections your home into zones so you can tell it do just clean one when needed. You can also select a custom area for it to clean, perhaps if you've spilled something.
Furthermore, you can set virtual boundaries if there are trouble areas or you want to avoid it bumping into something it might break. It will even tell you how much life the accessories have left and you can set a do not disturb period.
You can also use the Deebot with Alexa so it can be set on its way using just your voice.
The app is also useful for setting a cleaning schedule – just like setting an alarm but for when you want the Deebot to clean. You can set times, days and frequency.
Overall, we found the Deebot Ozmo 930 a very good little vacuum cleaner. It's quiet in use and manages to get around all areas with its clever Smart Navi system. The sensors mean that it won't fall down stairs and it can easily go between carpet and hard floors.
Floors look noticeably cleaner but it isn't powerful enough to pick up bits of fluff that are more embedded into carpet, even though it can detect surfaces to increase suction. You'll want to use the traditional rotating head most of the time but it can be easily swapped for a direct suction attachment if there's a lot of hair – handy if you have pets.
The dust bin is really easy to remove and empty but it's very small at 470ml so you'll need to empty it regularly. This is the price you pay for having a robot do the work for you.
The unusual feature of the Ozmo 930 is that it can mop hard floors. You simply detach the reservoir at the back, fill it with water and attach a plate which has a removable cloth. It knows to mop when there's water and won't go into an adjacent room with carpet.
You can choose how much water the robot uses for a mop with the app and it will go around vacuuming then mopping behind. It can't compare to a human doing it properly but it's not bad either. The cloth doesn't touch the floor with too much pressure so we'd call it a light mop.
The runtime of 110 minutes will be plenty for most homes in the UK. We found it could do an entire flat across two floors consisting of seven rooms (including hallways) without using much battery at all.
If you do have a huge house you can switch on a continuous cleaning mode where the Ozmo 930 will go back and charge before carrying on with the clean if it hasn't managed to go everywhere.
- 4x Side brushes
- 2x Dust filter
- 1x Direct suction attachment
- Up to 110 min runtime
- 470ml capacity