Review: Neato XV-11 All-Floor Robotic Vacuum System

If you’re in desperate need of an extra hand with housekeeping chores, you’re definitely going to love the Neato XV-11. This robotic vacuum system uses laser technology (Room Positioning System) to help it create a map of your home. All you need to do is start it up and sit back while it does its job! It cleverly works around (and under) furniture and it is smart enough to avoid bumping into walls.

Neato XV-11 All Floor Robotic Vacuum SystemIf a bad back is keeping you from working with a traditional vacuum cleaner, the Neato XV-11 is a great (and not to mention cool-looking) alternative. Even when you’re not around, it can clean your floors, thanks to its built-in cleaning scheduler. This product also comes with a one-year limited warranty.


  • Equipped with a laser-based Room Positioning System that allows it to “see” everything in the room
  • Simple user interface that also lets you schedule automatic cleanings
  • Automatically returns to charging base when power is running low or when the vacuuming task is finished
  • Low profile for cleaning under pieces of furniture
  • Built with a centrifugal compression impeller for scuff-free navigation

The Reviews

The Neato XV-11 fared quite well in Amazon reviews. Out of 381 people who left comments, a good 80 percent gave ratings of 4 stars and above, resulting in an average rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars.

Most customers could not resist comparing this product to Roomba models created by iRobot. Reviewers who were pleased with the XV-11 claim that it is “smarter” than the Roomba since it seems to be better at detecting objects. Users were impressed with how well the XV-11 is able to work around pieces of furniture. Its cleaning power exceeded expectations at well. Although it does not clean as powerfully as a regular, human-operated vacuum, customers were nevertheless delighted with the amount of dirt, dust, and even pet hair that it was able to pick up.

Of course, although the Neato XV-11 is quite smart, it’s not exactly perfect. It still needs a little human intervention to be able to carry out its job. Realistically speaking, preparations are needed inside the home for the Neato to function effectively (such as getting rid of messy wires and other things on the floor that the XV-11 could get stuck on). Unfortunately, there were customers who found the Neato XV-11 a little too overwhelming. They couldn’t figure out why it won’t navigate properly in their home or why it often made strange sounds. Perhaps they just didn’t give the XV-11 enough of a chance—or maybe these customers unfortunately received lemons.

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Inspite of the few negative reports, we still think that the Neato XV-11 is a promising product that can really help you save on time. Just don’t expect it to be always so smart. By making a few adjustments around your home (removing unnecessary obstacles that might disorient it), the Neato XV-11 could be an awesome little helper that can keep your floors effortlessly spotless every day.

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