Let’s be honest, who really likes to clean floors? It can give you great satisfaction when you’re ready, but in the end it’s still boring and can take a long time if you vacuum and clean – a time that may be better spent without cleaning.

Evovac’s solution for those who are not bored with boring work is Deebot X1 Omnia robotic vacuum cleaner and cleaning system that comes with an all-in-one omni station that can be self-cleaning and drying, automatically empties any dust and automatically refills with water after each cleaning round.

One of the first notable features of the Deebot X1 Omni is the size and weight of the Omni station. Although the Danish company Jacob Jensen Design has tried to create something elegant and minimalist in appearance – so that it looks more like “art” and less like a cleaning system – to find out where to put it at home can be a little complicated.

The manual advises that the Omni station be placed next to a power point, it also requires a free space of 0.5 meters on both sides and 1.5 meters in front, so there is enough space for the X1 Omni to enter and exit the stand-alone station. cleaning.

However, this may not be a problem for consumers who live in luxury four-story mini-mansions, similar to the home where Evovac recently provided an initial demonstration of the X1 Omni to the media, but if you live in a smaller space – e.g. my home, which in comparison is a shoebox – you may have to think carefully.

I’ll admit that I avoided unpacking it for a week, mainly because it was awfully big, and when I finally got to it, the X1 Omni saved me from having to go to the gym for a deadlift session.

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Looking under the hood of the all-in-one station, the size makes sense as it reveals two four-liter water tanks – one for clean water and the other used to automatically store all the dirty water from cleaning the cleaning cards – plus storage space for cleaning brushes and additional cleaning pads.

Completing the so-called hands-free cleaning experience is the vacuum bag bin located in front of the Omni station. After each cleaning, the collected dust is automatically transferred to the vacuum bag, which should be replaced only when it is full.

Another feature worth noting is Deebot’s built-in interactive AI voice assistant, Yiko. Evovac claims that Yiko is designed to turn the Deebot X1 family from “highly intelligent cleaning tools into truly robotics for home services”. The idea is that every time you say “Ok Yiko”, the X1 Omni will react and wait for specific commands, such as approaching your voice, cleaning a certain part of the house or cleaning around some of the furniture. But testing took more than a few calls nearby before Yiko answered, which made the experience less than a hassle.

Fortunately, the Evovac Home mobile app gives you all the same control features if it fails. The app also provides access to a saved map of your home, which X1 Omni creates using its integrated TrueMapping technology. From there, the app can be used to customize the way the X1 Omni cleans, including when and where.


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The Home app also includes a video manager, a handy tool that can be used to use the X1 Omni’s built-in cameras to see the cleaning action from its perspective, especially when you’re out or trying to find it at home.

The video manager also has a two-way voice feature, so you can use the X1 Omni as a walkie-talkie with other family members or pets at home, as well as the option to take photos and record videos. But the question around these three possibilities is: Why? Unless, of course, you plan to use Deebot for spyware, then move on. Otherwise, it’s just a little scary. This is despite the fact that Evovac claims to be a “commitment to protecting the privacy and security of users” by integrating security into its software and hardware and adopting encryption. He adds that the Deebot X1 family is also the first robotic vacuum cleaner to receive TÜV Rheinland’s privacy and safety certificate for both software and hardware.

While the cleaning system may have all these bells and whistles, the real question is: Can it really clean my floors? The answer is yes.

Evovac boasts that the X1 Omni has the company’s strongest suction power of 5000Pa, making it ideal for sucking up dirt from carpets and rugs. The only trick is that you have to remember to set it up and be prepared for the noise, otherwise it will evacuate at a default suction power of 2000Pa.

For its cleaning function, the X1 Omni has two rotating cleaning pads located in the back of its body and relies on a pressure and rotation speed of 180 rpm to clean stubborn stains without leaving the floors soaked. Cleaning pads must be removed manually when you want the machine to vacuum the carpet.

The robot also relies on its improved 3D obstacle detection technology to navigate more accurately in the home. This is ideal when you have a strange toy or slippers that are still lying on the floor – you will find that Deebot will automatically slow down its suction when it detects that an object is in its way. Although intelligent enough to move around larger objects, it can still be caught chewing on smaller objects, such as chords on a phone charger.

Despite its size and questionable creep features, the X1 Omni will not only help keep your floors clean, but will also make you wonder if your time is worth an investment of A $ 2,500.

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