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Summary : If you’re on a budget and you don’t have severe allergies, you can feel safe getting the XV Signature Pro as your robot vacuum. At its low price, it’s hard to resist.
In the world of vacuum cleaners, iRobot’s Roomba line stands out as being the most popular. But when something gets popular, copycats come along… and sometimes, those copycats are even better than the original.
Neato’s XV Signature Pro is the copycat of Roomba. Basically, Neato launched a robot vacuum that has almost all of the same features as a top-of-the-line Roomba… the only difference is that it’s much, much cheaper.
On this page, we’ll review its features, and towards the end, we’ll analyze if it actually lives up to the hype of being a “same unit, half the price” machine. Let’s get started.
What it has in common with all Roombas
- Works on all types of floors – if you have uneven floors, both the Neato XV Signature Pro and all of iRobot’s machines will be able to navigate the bumpy terrain
- Scheduled cleaning – you can set up both machines to run at different (or the same) times every single day of the week
- Bagless dirt bin – you just turn the machine off, open the compartment, and dump it upside down into any trash can
- Return to home base – they both are able to detect when they’re low battery, and if they are, they return to the charging station to charge fully before resuming the cleaning
- Brush + vacuum – both use multiple tools to give your house a thorough and comprehensive clean
So basically, the core features are the same on both. They’re both robot vacuums, and both the Neato XV Signature Pro and all of the Roomba models can do the basic things that you’d expect from one.
Now, let’s move onto what sets them apart…
Unique features + what it lacks
Of course, the Neato XV Signature Pro isn’t an identical copy of the Roomba. They’ve added a few unique features… and they’ve left a few out. The below will help you decide which one is right for you. Hint: it’s going to be a tough choice.
Neato claims that its XV Signature Pro has more suction power than any other vacuum – even more than the most expensive Roomba. That’s obviously a selling point, as it will get more dirt off of the ground… however, there is a tradeoff for that extra power, which is explained a bit further down this page.
Travels in a straight path
Almost all robot vacuums will travel in a seemingly random path, Roomba included. This isn’t the end of the world, but it’s not as efficient as it could be.
The most efficient way is to travel in straight rows up and down the room. That’s what you’d do if you were vacuuming manually, right? The Signature Pro mimics this motion, and because it does, it gets the job done faster.
No “upsell” for multi-room
Roomba usually has two models for each of its series. The more expensive one can do multiple rooms, but the cheaper one is restricted to one room, meaning you need to manually move the unit and home base to each one of your individual rooms that you want cleaned.
With the Roomba, this privilege will usually cost you around $100 extra. With the Neato XV Signature Pro, you don’t have to pay extra.
Doesn’t bump into things
The Roomba will softly bump into objects. The Neato XV Signature Pro doesn’t do that. It’ll get extremely close to your walls and your furniture, but it won’t actually touch them.
What it lacks
Neato claims the filters are “high-performance” on the Amazon page, but no where do they make a mention of HEPA filters. HEPA filters are the most advanced filters available on the market today – they trap all dust instead of depositing a small amount back into the air.
This difference in filter isn’t noticeable unless you’re sensitive to allergies. If you are, the “high-performance” filters might not be enough, and you might want to consider a Roomba.
Warranty outside of the USA
The warranty inside the USA is 1-year, which is the same as the warranty on all Roomba models. But outside of the USA, there is no warranty for customers.
If you’re outside the USA, you may want to consider purchasing a warranty or going with a Roomba. (The Neato XV Signature Pro will still be cheaper even if you do purchase the warranty.)
Remember how the XV Signature Pro has more suction power than any other robotic vacuum? With that suction comes an increase in noise. It’s not as loud as a traditional vacuum, but it’s not close to silent, either.
Older Roomba models make just about as much noise, though. The newer ones are much quieter, but they’re more expensive to the tune of hundreds of dollars more. If you don’t mind a bit of noise in the background, then the Signature Pro will be fine for you.
What existing customers are saying
They’re saying that the machine isn’t perfect… but for the price, it’s an incredibly good deal.
- As we said, most claim that the vacuum is a little bit noisy
- Most say that the navigation system on the XV Signature Pro is significantly better than the one on the Roomba, and the fact that it doesn’t bump into things is a major plus
- Overall, the sentiment is that for the price, this is an extremely good buy
Neato XV Signature Pro Review Summary: Should You Get It?
If you’re looking for the cream of the crop, we’d recommend going with the Roomba 880. It’s about double the price of the the Neato XV Signature Pro, but if you have the money to spend, it really is a better unit.
And if you have allergies, we’d also recommend looking at a Roomba unit that uses HEPA filters.
If you’re on a budget and you don’t have severe allergies, you can feel safe getting the XV Signature Pro as your robot vacuum. At its low price, it’s hard to resist. After all, this is an investment that will completely eradicate the chore that is vacuuming from your life…