Ecovacs is anything but an unknown player in the field of robot vacuum cleaners. The company has always impressed with a wide range of smart household helpers. From low-budget vacuum cleaners to premium products, everything is represented here. While we were able to test a promising mid-range model with the Ecovacs Deebot T9 AIVI (test) in the summer, it is now the turn of the new flagship. The new blocking top of the model range is the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI. In view of a price of just under 1,200 Euros, it is by no means aimed at the masses, but wants to convince premium users. A suction station, chic looks with the signature of a world-renowned designer and a brand-new voice assistant are supposed to help in this endeavor. Will it succeed? You read it in our Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI test.
|Size||Robot: 36.2 x 36.2 x 10.35 cm.
OMNI station: 58 x 42 x 29 cm
|Navigation||LiDAR sensor, camera, object detection, obstacle detection and step detection|
|Control||App support, voice control (YIKO, Alexa, Google, Siri)|
|Suction station||Suction of the dust tank, automatic refilling of the water tank, cleaning and drying of the two wiping plates|
|Wiping function||– Two rotating wiping pads.
– Water flow rate and wiping strength adjustable
– Without vibration and lifting function
|Suction power||5,000 Pascal|
|Dust container capacity||400 ml|
|Loudness||Up to 68 dB|
|Price||€ 999.00 *|
Scope of delivery
Ecovacs brings its X1 series in three different versions. The choices are OMNI, Turbo and Plus. Those who know Latin will know that Omni translates to “All.” And here, name definitely says it all. After all, the Ecovacs Deebot X1 Omni combines all the features that the X1 Turbo and Plus also offer. This means that here not only collected dirt is vacuumed, but on top of that a cleaning of the wiping pads takes place and fresh water is refilled.
In view of the extensive features, the gigantic cardboard box in which the smart household helper comes along is not surprising. A look inside then reveals the main actor: the 14.1 kg suction station. Together with the rest of the package contents, this adds up to almost 30 kg. However, since the Deebot X1 and the suction station make up a total of just 20 kg, the large scope of delivery becomes clear. Included are furthermore:
- 2x wiping pads
- 2x side brushes
- 2x dust bag
- Cleaning brush
- Cleaning tool
- Mains plug
- User manual
Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI review: design and workmanship
- Design by Jacob Jensen
- High build quality
We got the test device from Ecovacs Deebot X1 Omni in the color black. Alternatively, you can also opt for classy white. Not much more can be said about the design than: wow. Of course, looks are always a matter of taste, but I am a real fan of the X1 Omni. By the way, no one less than Jacob Jensen is responsible for the design. Now, of course, the question arises whether a household appliance also has to be a piece of jewelry. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that.
Especially with the Ecovacs X1 Omni, the chic look is beneficial. After all, the robot vacuum cleaner including the station cannot be hidden in any small niche because of its size. What you suspect at first glance is also confirmed when you touch it. All components of the smart household helper are very well made. There is no creaking or cracking at any point. This robustness gives you the feeling that the vacuum cleaner can provide many years of order in your own four walls.
Operating unit and navigation technology
- Operation mainly via app
- Combination as laser navigation and 3D camera technology
A look at the top of the vacuum robot continues the modern look. Finally, one is not overwhelmed here with a multitude of buttons. Besides the start button, you won’t find any other input options here. However, you do not need more in view of the practical app connection. We will go into this in more detail later.
If you then take off the magnetically attached maintenance flap, you will find another button in the form of the On/Off button. Beyond that, the WiFi LED here provides information about whether a network connection exists. Of course, there is also a lot of navigation technology on and in the X1. The small tower on the top makes it clear that modern LiDAR sensors are used here. These measure the room by means of laser technology, which lets the X1 always keep track even in the dark.
In addition to this, the 3D AIVI camera comes into play. This is hidden at the front and is supposed to be able to detect even the smallest obstacles on the floor. On top of that, you can use the robot vacuum as a walking surveillance camera. Should the navigation fail, the X1 has a classic bumper at the front to protect it. This protects the robot vacuum and furniture.
Old-fashioned main brush
If you then turn the smart household helper upside down once, you will find two very well profiled wheels on the underside. While these provide push, the third small wheel is responsible for steering. I had to experience the first small disappointment when I looked at the main brush on the underside. Unfortunately, Ecovacs relies on a combination of synthetic hair and rubber here. So you have to inevitably expect tangled hairs here.
The Roborock S7 (test) shows how it can do better. Here, a fully rubberized brush is used to declare war on pet hair and co. Since the X1 was designed as a vacuuming and mopping robot, you can of course attach mopping plates to the underside.
An exciting design decision by Ecovacs is found in the accessibility of the containers. While the dust container, which holds a total of 400 ml, can be conveniently accessed via the maintenance flap on the top, the water container is inaccessible. Why? This 80 ml tank is always filled with fresh water by the OMNI station. We will now take a closer look at the all-in-one station.
OMNI station is an all-in-one
- OMNI station with three functions
- Vacuum bag collects dirt
- Fresh water tank supplies robot vacuum with fresh water
- Mop pads are cleaned
With the OMNI station, Ecovacs seems to take the principle of the suction station to the extreme. The X1’s 14.1 kg home comes in a pretty gray color. In contrast to many other suction stations, Ecovacs scores with a rather inconspicuous design here. This allows the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI to be placed even in the living room without pushing itself too much into the foreground.
Considering the size of 58 x 42 x 29 cm, this is anything but self-evident. The station is also in no way inferior to the X1 itself in terms of build quality. Everything looks very sturdy and has a high-quality finish. The OMNI station itself offers a total of three buttons, which serve the control directly on the device itself.
Of course, the size of the station does not come by chance. After all, we find two large water tanks inside, for one thing. Both dirty water and fresh water tanks hold 4 liters each. The disposable dust bag is also pleasingly voluminous with a total capacity of 3 liters.
These three bins are then what should make the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI a fully automatic vacuuming robot that you only have to worry about every few weeks. Thus, the station not only vacuums the collected dirt, but also refills fresh water and cleans the wiping pads on the bottom.
Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI review: practical app control
- uncomplicated setup
- App with many functions
- Individual cleaning possible
On the X1 and the OMNI station itself are only buttons for rudimentary operation. If you really want to get everything out of the premium-class smart household helper, you need to download the Ecovacs Home app (iOS/Android). The setup of the vacuum robot is performed here step by step as easy as pie. Once transferred to the home network and completely set up, the robot vacuum cleaner can then be operated either via app or voice control.
Within the app, you can make detailed settings for cleaning. Not only can the suction strength (quiet, standard, maximum or maximum plus) be regulated here. On top of that, you can set whether the robot vacuum should clean once or twice. Independent of the app settings, the Deebot X1 also offers an automatic adjustment of the suction power. For example, the sensors on the underside detect whether the robot is driving over a carpet and then automatically increase the suction strength.
Since this is a vacuuming and mopping robot, you can also make adjustments to the mopping function. In particular, the X1 then increases or decreases the water flow rate. But besides the water flow rate, one can also adjust the wiping strength. Thus, one can still choose between quick scrubbing as the default mode and deep scrubbing for a stronger cleaning. There are also many other settings. For example, cleaning schedules can be created here and no-go areas or targeted cleaning points can be specified in the maps.
YIKO voice assistant and map creation
- Control via new voice assistant possible
- Alternatively, Alexa, Siri or Google
The app also allows you to set up a novelty in the Ecovacs cosmos – the voice assistant YIKO. This allows you to control the robot vacuum cleaner also by voice. The commands are then reminiscent of common smart home helpers. You can call the robot vacuum cleaner with “Ok Yiko”. You can then send it on a cleaning tour with “clean the living room”, for example. In the test, I found that the system sometimes acts a bit sluggishly. Here, it is important that there is no ambient noise that is too loud and that you speak clearly.
For those who prefer to use ancestral voice assistants, the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI can alternatively be used with popular Google, Siri or Alexa services. Thanks to LiDAR sensor technology, map creation is very fast. After you have set up the vacuum robot, the mapping starts automatically. Before this starts, you should clean up your apartment comprehensively once again so that the robot can drive through the apartment undisturbed. Once the smart household helper has then traversed the entire apartment, you can view the floor plan of your home in the app.
Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI test: cleaning performance while vacuuming
- Standard level already offers plenty of suction power
- Pet owners should set it to maximum level
Let’s move on to the supreme discipline in the field of robot vacuums – cleaning performance. You send the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI on a cleaning tour in different ways. In addition to the classic start button on the station or the robot itself, the app and voice control are also available. It is noticeable that the smart household helper is still a bit hesitant on its first tours. Owners of high-quality furniture will be happy about that. However, the robot gets to know its surroundings more and more precisely over time, which also leads to better cleaning results. In particular, the pure suction power is already convincing on the medium suction level.
This is not only true for hard floors like parquet or tile. The X1 also performed well on my long pile carpet. Now my household is always a big challenge for vacuum robots. After all, two cats and a dog spread their hair here and there. So I found that the standard mode was a bit overwhelmed to be able to catch the animal hair. For this reason, I switched to the highest suction level, Maximum Plus. This is noticeably louder, but also very effective. You don’t have to worry about the suction level on carpeted floors. After all, the robot automatically increases its suction level here. This worked very well in the test.
Cleaning performance when mopping and vacuuming
- Carpets are completely avoided
- Who does not want to wipe, must remove wiping pads
In addition to simple vacuuming, the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI also has a wiping function. Here, the two wiping pads on the underside are used. To let the vacuum robot wipe, you just have to attach them. Once installed, the smart household helper recognizes them immediately. Now the robot vacuums and mops. Conversely, you have to remove the two rotating wiping plates again to resume the pure suction mode. This might be a bit awkward for some people. Those who have a lot of carpets in the apartment will not avoid regular mounting and dismounting here.
Finally, the X1 simply goes around carpeting. On the one hand, that may be good protection against soggy carpets. On the other hand, it also means that carpets simply won’t get cleaned if you leave the mop plates mounted. The competition acts a bit better here. For example, the Roborock S7 offers a liftable mop plate. If the competitor model detects carpet, it lifts the mop plate without further ado. However, this will hardly bother anyone with little or no carpet. After all, mopping is a real asset on the Deebot X1.
Fresh water is available in the OMNI station
- Fresh water tank in the X1 inaccessible
- Tank is filled by OMNI station
On paper, the water tank size of 80 ml seems a bit meager at first. But you don’t have to worry about refilling it at all. With each visit to the OMNI station, new fresh water enters the robot vacuum again. The all-rounder station also takes care of cleaning the wiping plates. Once in your own home, the station flushes water into the cleaning tray and rinses the dirt out of the two wiping plates. Optionally, the wiping pads can then be dried using hot air. When a new cleaning tour is then due, the OMNI station moistens the two wiping plates without further ado.
The settings options are also diverse when wiping. Not only can you regulate the pressure of the wiping plates on the floor in two stages. On top of that, the water flow rate can be adjusted. I am pleasantly surprised by the results. For example, you can clearly see that the two rotating mop pads still correspond most closely to a natural mop movement. Especially in the deep cleaning mode, my tiles were cleaned surprisingly well. If you’re looking for strong mopping performance, you’re in the right place.
Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI review: navigability and battery life
- Suction robot finds its way around very well
- Offers long battery life
In my apartment, the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI found its way around very well. One senses that the combination of LiDAR sensor technology and cameras is probably the key to success if you want a robot to find its way around in the best possible way. So during my test, I could always rely on the X1 finding its way back home. Thanks to laser navigation, this is not only true during the day, but also in the dark of night. In terms of battery life, the X1 completely convinced me. I was able to send it through my apartment for more than two hours in standard mode until it had to take a forced break due to the battery.
If the battery is then once really empty, the complete charge takes just under 6 hours. The smart household helper acts with foresight. So that it doesn’t break down in the middle of the apartment, it returns to its OMNI station in good time to collect new energy reserves. Once the battery has been sufficiently filled, it resumes its work at the point where it was last. This prevents the smart household helper from being left somewhere in the middle of the apartment. All in all, the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI is not a fast vacuum robot. For my 82 m² apartment, it needed about 1:15 hour. I have no problem with this, as I prefer a detailed cleaning than a lightning-fast cleaning spree.
Maintenance is straightforward
- Individual components can be replaced
- Change prompt comes via app
To get many years of enjoyment from the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI, proper maintenance is essential. A look at the instruction manual of the vacuum robot gives advice on the correct procedure. Similar to Roborock, many consumable parts can be replaced when their half-life is nearing its end. In order to have the right timing, the smart vacuum robot tracks the time that the side and main brushes as well as the wiping plates are already working on the device. Appropriately, you then get a hint that a change is due.
Until then, you don’t have to worry about anything else thanks to OMNI Station. For example, the wiping pads on the underside are cleaned in the station after each cleaning and then dried. But not only that. On top of that, it vacuums the dust bin of the X1 within a few seconds. Unfortunately, Ecovacs relies on dirt bags here, which are only suitable for single use. I would have wished for a bit more sustainability here. Last but not least, the robot vacuum’s fresh water tank gets a refill from the station.
Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI Test: Conclusion
The Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI is a vacuum robot that can rightly be called a flagship. There are many reasons for this. On the one hand, there is the restrained, but also exceedingly noble design, which meets a high build quality. Furthermore, the Deebot X1 offers a high suction power and convinces with the two rotating wiping plates. The results are impressive. Furthermore, the user comfort is of the very first order. Thanks to OMNI-Station, which is a real all-rounder, you don’t really have to worry about anything. Instead, it turns the X1 into a completely self-sufficient smart household helper.
With the help of the handy Ecovacs app, operation is also exceedingly convenient. The voice control is a nice goodie, but I didn’t find it really practical. I’d rather take my smartphone to hand. But is the whole thing worth almost 1,200 Euros? It depends. Especially people who have a lot of carpeting in their home should rather look for another device. After all, the Deebot X1 is not capable of lifting its mop plates. Instead, it simply goes around these surfaces. I can imagine that this can become very annoying in practice. Everyone else gets a no-compromise robot vacuum with mopping capabilities here.