Neato Robotics XV-12 Automatic Vacuum Cleaner

Neato Robotics XV-12 Automatic Vacuum Cleaner

Let’s take a look at the features the Neato XV-12 offers its users here:

Reaches Under Obstacles And In To Corners:

Low profile allows for the Neato to reach under couches, beds, tables, and chairs while navigating around other obstacles, reaching places that are impossible to get to with a conventional vacuum.

Neato Robotics XV-12 Automatic Vacuum Cleaner

Neato Robotics XV-12 Automatic Vacuum Cleaner

Laser Based Positioning System:

The 360 degree laser positioning system makes a virtual map of your room so it knows each and every inch that needs to be cleaned. This allows the Neato to navigate around objects instead of having to bump into them before realizing they are there.

Cleans All Floor Types:

The XV easily transitions to all floor types and adjusts so that it is properly cleaning each and every surface most effectively. Whether it’s, floors, carpets, rugs, hardwood, laminates, tile, or stone the Neato cleans them all.

Schedule Automatic Cleanings:

Users can easily schedule daily cleaning to occur at a time convenient for all, ensuring all surfaces are cleaned daily and no extra burden is passed on to the user.

Easy User Interface:

Take it out of the box and simply press start to see the Neato go to work, or schedule daily cleanings by only pressing a few short buttons. No one likes a complicated device, and the XV makes it easy for anyone to use or program.

Automatically returns to charging base:

After completing its cleaning or when running low on battery the XV automatically returns to its docking station to recharge.  If the XV was in the middle of cleaning when it needs to return to its dock, once charges it resumes right where it left off so no spot is left un-cleaned.

Now that we know what the Neato-XV-12 can do let’s take a look at some of the pros and con’s of this device:


One big pro for the Neato is that it can easily navigate multiple rooms by using its laser system. Other models and companies are really only effective in a room or two, but the XV can detect and move through doorways to clean multiple rooms of your home. Another plus is that the Neato really seems to clean well, and doesn’t leave anything behind. It works equally well on all surfaces and gets all sorts of dirt dust and other debris. One thing I really like is the fact that when the XV goes in for docking, when it is done charging it resumes exactly where it left off, ensuring no spot is missed. The Neato appears to bump into less objects than many competitors do to its laser system. The Neato is great if you have a pet or litter box that requires more strenuous cleaning. Overall the greatest asset to this machine seems to be its cleaning power. This model seems to do a great job on any surface and is a great option for those who simply want a clean floor.


There have been some cons brought up about the Neato Vacuum, one being that while it’s quieter than most upright vacuums it is much louder than other robotic vacuums. One common complaint is that the XV does not get all corners and edges leaving a small gap that is not cleaned. Some users have found that odd shaped objects are not properly detected by the laser system and the Neato can run into these objects.  Users have also found that the Neato can get stuck in interesting spots, but this doesn’t seem to be a common problem and can even be amusing.  Customer support needs some help, users with problems complain that they waited on hold for long periods of time, and while the FAQ’s answer many questions they are not comprehensive.

Overall this unit is a great option for those dirty spaces and those requiring a powerful machine. There as some known issues with the Neato but many recommend it above the Roomba units. While it does have some downsides this is a solid smart powerful machine and would be a great addition for anyone looking for a robotic vacuum that does the job well. Take into account room dimensions and odd shaped objects because these can throw off the Neato, but for a standard room the XV does a solid job.

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