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At more than 1000€, the Deebot X1 Turbo from Ecovacs wants to play it premium by attacking on all fronts. But can he afford it?

Until now rather accustomed to robot vacuum cleaners, Ecovacs returns in April with a trio of war machines capable of vacuuming, washing, but not only. Flanked by numerous features, the brand’s new high-end robots also stand out with a decidedly very premium price, which exceeds the thousand euro mark. The editorial staff had the opportunity to test the model for a few days Deebot X1 Turbo, specializing in floor washing. We take stock.

Design and sensors, the total

Housed in a heavy and imposing docking station, the Deebot X1 Turbo robot from Ecovacs presents itself as a rather classic robot vacuum cleaner. Without shining by its design, the device is equipped with a elegant black and silver coating, as well as perfect finishes. About ten centimeters high, the X1 Turbo carries with it a large central brush, two side rotating brushes and two removable floor mopping modules for washing floors.

Under its magnetic hood, there is also a 500 mL dust collector… but no accessible water tank. If the X1 Turbo has a washing function, it is on its charging station that it comes to refuel. Under the cover of the base, we thus find two water tanks intended for clear water and waste water respectively. Given the size of the beast, but especially its price, we would have liked to also benefit from an external collector for dust. The X1 Turbo ignores it, too bad, you will have to bet on the Omni model to benefit from it (which is obviously sold more expensive).

Finally, regarding its sensors, the Deebot X1 Turbo plays the ultra high-end card, and it shows. In addition to its laser rangefinder which allows it to map the accommodation and to locate itself correctly in space, the device also offers a slew of sensors, with six void detectors, a camera and even a microphone (we will come back to this later). So many embedded technologies that ensure the robot to effectively avoid surrounding obstacles.

Efficiency Champion

The many sensors available to the Deebot X1 Turbo are clearly not there to look pretty. As a true champion of avoidance, the robot manages to circumvent even the smallest obstacles. Rugs, socks, children’s toys… nothing escapes his vigilance, even if it means playing it too cautious sometimes. Even the cables, which are usually very difficult to locate, manage to be avoided most of the time. The result isn’t always perfect, but you have to admit it: it’s a real leap forward compared to everything we’ve tested so far. Although equipped with a bumper, the X1 Turbo very rarely comes into contact, but manages to optimize its movements to effectively clean around the obstacle.

Ecovacs Deebot X1 Turbo cap zoom
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With its maximum suction power of 5000 Pa, and up to 200 m² of autonomy per cleaning cycle, the X1 Turbo ranks among the best students in its class. Especially since it is able to automatically adapt its power according to its environment, by detecting rugs and carpets for example. With its four suction modes, it manages to play on all fronts, from the quietest to the most efficient, and stands out as a model of excellence.

All about washing

Designed for washing floors, the Deebot X1 Turbo tackles a subject that very few robots master. Flanked by its two rotating removable brushes, the device will probably not come to the end of a jar of tomato sauce fallen on the ground. On the other hand, it will allow you to space out your cleaning sessions very effectively.

Despite a somewhat low water flow even in High mode, the X1 Turbo does not have a removable water tank, for the simple reason that it fills up directly on its charging station. This obviously results in a more regular return to the station (every 10, 15 or 30 minutes) to refuel and clean your mops. Once moistened, the latter wash the floor rather effectively, and easily manage to avoid carpets. On the other hand, their position on the robot places them out of reach of baseboards, with a dead zone of about 7 cm all around the walls.

Where the robot really breaks new ground is when it’s time to clean its mops. Those who have already used an automatic washing robot know it, it is necessary to wash the brushes carefully between each passage, otherwise mold and bad odors will quickly develop. The X1 Turbo is currently the only one on the market to offer a automatic cleaning and drying of mops. And this is far from being a daily detail.

After washing the floors, the device will return to its base to clean itself, but above all to automatically dry its brushes. This will obviously not exempt you from regular machine washing, but it is a real asset on a daily basis. We would obviously have preferred that the device not be satisfied with cold air, and that it uses a real heated ventilation system like the Omni model does, but let’s face it, it’s already very good.

Application: always more

After pairing without too much difficulty with our smartphone, the Deebot X1 Turbo then gives us plenty of time to enjoy its application. Despite some really frustrating slowdowns at times, the software part is once again one of the most complete offers on the market. Obviously, it is also possible to precisely configure your cleaning habits, by defining the attitude to adopt for each room, by customizing the water and suction flows, or by keeping an eye on the state of consumables.

Application Ecovacs
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Another interesting function of the application, the possibility of creating a 3D view of the accommodation, and placing the main furniture there. In addition to being fun, it also allows you to trigger a special cleaning mode “under the furniture”. We hadn’t thought of it, and it turns out to be rather clever in the end, especially when it comes to washing under the table after a meal.

Ecovacs app settings

© Ecovacs HomeBut Ecovacs does not stop there, since in addition to mapping the accommodation on several levels, defining prohibited areas, room separations and cleaning routines, the application also allows you to play interactive surveillance cameras. On vacation or simply to monitor a pet, it is possible to activate the Video Management mode (protected by a password). The robot is then able to automatically inspect the rooms of the house, or switch to manual piloting to check a specific location. Note that even with very limited skills at Mario Kart Live : Home Circuitthe device is quite easy to drive.

Ecovacs camera
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Even stronger, it will be able to film and interact with your pet (or a possible thief) thanks to the video capture and voice call modes. Everything is not essential far from it, it must even be admitted that this functionality is more of a gadget than a real tool. But seeing how far the manufacturer has been able to push its sense of detail is really interesting. The only slight disappointment: at that price, we would have preferred the X1 to be compatible with voice assistants from Google and Amazon, rather than settling for approximate voice recognition, whose French voice does not shine with its quality of translation.

Price and availability

Suggested to 1299€, the Deebot stands out as much for its efficiency as for its price. The device may offer one of the best mapping systems on the market, powerful features and tools galore, at this price, the bill remains very steep. Especially as we remember, the X1 Turbo does not have an automatic dust collector. To enjoy an optimal experience with the Omni model, you have to pay almost 1500€.

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