ECOVACS X1 OMNI Price, Review & Specs: X1 Omni is the name of the manufacturer’s top model. Very good suction power, an advanced wiping function, object recognition and many more functions make the vacuum robot one of the top models. However, you can also pay for it well. Is the price justified?
ECOVACS X1 OMNI Price, Review & Specs
- ECOVACS X1 OMNI
- ECOVACS X1 TURBO
- ECOVACS X1 Plus
- Technical specifications
|ECOVACS X1 OMNI|
|suction power||5000 pa|
|navigation||Laser room measurement + AIVI 3D (object recognition)|
|apartment||ECOVACS Home ( iOS / Android )|
|volume||62, 64, 66, 70 dB with increasing suction level|
|dust chamber/water tank||0.4 l / not specified|
|working hours||140 minutes|
|loading time||6.5 hours|
|Dimensions||36.2 3 x 36.2 x 10.35 cm|
|gradients||up to 2 cm|
|features||TrueMapping 2.0 with map storage of multiple floors (three)|
selective room division (each room can be controlled individually with wiping and/or vacuuming)
Ozmo Turbo 2.0: Rotating mops with up to 180 RPM
Voice control via Amazon Alexa and Google Home (Smart Home)
AIVI: smart camera detection of small obstacles
YIKO: own language assistant with a variety of commands
With the X1 vacuum robot series, a new model series is launched. This is also filled out directly with three different versions .
- ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS (RRP €1099)
- with suction station / without rotating mops, but with OZMO Pro 3.0 vibration mopping
- ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 TURBO (RRP €1299)
- without suction station / with rotating mops & self-cleaning station
- ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI (RRP €1499 / tested here)
- with suction station / with OZMO Turbo 2.0 rotating mops & self-cleaning station
Scope Of Delivery
We were really surprised when the package with the X1 Omni arrived. That’s really huge, but there’s a lot in it.
There is one of the vacuum robots with their accessories, but also the large Omni Station. The accessories include a dust bag, a cleaning brush and instructions.
Design & Processing
This time, a design studio was commissioned with the design to give the X1 vacuum robots their appearance. It’s a minimalist design and you definitely notice the style here. We find here a lot of aluminum, silver and black elements. If you normally have a lot of plastic in vacuum robots, the aluminum lid is actually something different.
I have to say I find the whole thing a bit too simple, but everyone can see it differently. In many things you simply have to compare the X1 OMNI with the Roborock S7 MaxV and here, in my opinion, ECOVACS has produced a better-looking station. The box is certainly not the prettiest-looking object in your own four walls, but at least everything is hidden a little. But both designs were not entirely convincing, even with my colleagues who saw the station in the hallway. Does the design appeal to you?
As already mentioned, the individual elements are packed well in the station. There is a flap at the top that allows access to the water tanks. These can then be removed using a carrying handle.
In the middle there is also an accessory slot that houses more mops and a brush. Further down at the station, before you get to the “garage”, there is another hatch. You can open it with a lever on the top of the garage. This is where the dust bag sits and is therefore quite easy to reach.
There is nothing wrong with the quality of the workmanship, I didn’t expect anything else for the price. This applies to both the vacuum robot and the station.
ECOVACS has been using a navigation system for a while now, which uses multiple sensors to record your home. At the top is the laser tower, which has now become standard, but the AIVI object recognition has also become an integral part of the ECOVACS top models. Other sensors include the slope detector on the underside and the front bumper. In this way, the vacuum robot does not fall down the stairs and ram objects that have not been recognized by the navigation.
The navigation is again very good and copes well with different types of surroundings. Of course, there are also weaknesses, but they do not only affect this model. Recognizing walls, doors and door frames is not a problem for the vacuum robot, with one exception. In our office there are glass doors in front of the individual rooms, which no robot has mastered properly so far. Here he can help himself with his contact bumper, but he had a hard time with it on the first ride.
The object recognition is not yet flawless and cannot recognize and avoid all objects perfectly. Cables, for example, are a 50/50 thing where you can’t quite reliably avoid them. However, shoes, power strips and other objects of this size work very well and are avoided precisely.
So he still cleans the spot, but omits the detected obstacle. But you have to say that with the T9 AIVI you were already at a high level and only little progress was made here, if at all. That doesn’t make the recognition bad in any way, since it was already very advanced, but it is important when looking at the model as a whole.
I have to say that our model showed a few quirks. From time to time he could no longer find his way around the station and one of the glass doors just mentioned occupied him for around 20 minutes before I removed him manually. Actually, I can only imagine that our model has a few problems with the sensors, since voices and impressions from others do not notice such dropouts. However, these problems are the exception rather than the rule for us.
The cleaning performance is also really good here . With up to 5000 pa suction power, the X1 OMNI can vacuum the floor and is therefore also a candidate for carpets. The robot leaves a very satisfactory result and there is really nothing to complain about here.
I found it a bit surprising that the rubber roller used on the T9 AIVI is not used here. After all, you are here with the probably new premium model and then you have one less feature? This was probably only used for 1 year in cooperation with iRobot and can therefore no longer be used. So you have the tangled hair around the roller again, which you have to remove with scissors and a suitable tool, but the suction power should be better here again.
After cleaning, it goes back to the station, where it vacuums the dust chamber. After that, the dust chamber of the X1 is ready for use again. Depending on the level of dirt and the cleaning interval in your home, you can get by with one dust bag for over 1 month. As always, the volume of the suction station should also be taken into account. So if you have skittish pets, sleeping children or similar situations, you should pay attention to them.
As already listed in the overview of the different versions, there are several wipe variants. You can read more about the OZMO vibration mopping function in one of our previous reviews. Brand new here on the X1 are the rotating mops, which we already know from ROIDMI or Dreame.
What you don’t really notice is that the X1 has a water tank. This can only be recognized by the water connection for the station and is also not part of the regular scope of maintenance.
We already know the principle of rotating mops from numerous models and it is currently the best method that we have tested. The X1 also cuts a fine figure here, even if the wipe function behaves a little differently here. At the beginning, depending on the selected water flow rate, you will still find a clearly visible film of water on the floor. After a few minutes, this is no longer visible.
The theory behind this is probably that models without a water tank need a damper mop to keep it damp throughout the journey. With the X1, on the other hand, you can always give the mops water thanks to the built-in water tank. The cleaning mops are only very damp at the beginning of the cleaning process and are then kept at a constant moisture level.
The cleaning station, which keeps the mops clean, is essential here. In a fixed period of time, the vacuum robot returns to its station and cleans the mops, moistens them again and refills with water. So you always have a clean mop to clean your four walls. After cleaning, hot air drying ensures that the mop dries quickly before odors and the like can form. All you have to do is empty the station’s waste water tank and refill the water tank.
Voice assistant YIKO
The language assistant YIKO is brand new. You can imagine Amazon Alexa or the Google Assistant with the ECOVACS Twist among them. There are microphones on the vacuum robot which respond to “OK YIKO”. This allows you to execute voice commands directly on the device and has a much larger range of commands. There are really a lot of options to control the X1 here and YIKO usually reacts reliably.
Exceptions proved the rule here, of course. I have to say that I think the idea of the language assistants is smart, especially if you can use them to implement more commands than with the competition. But then you could have given the voice a better loudspeaker, because it is loud, as with most vacuum robots, but rather moderate in quality. Here you also have to think about the price, with so much money I expect more. After all, you can turn it down so that it is no longer so loud and the sound quality improves.
However, it has to be said that YIKO can be quite helpful, but you also have to understand the limits of the system. So you can only interact with the language assistant when you are near the vacuum robot. Not a matter of course in a large apartment or house.
Map Creation & App
The integration into the app is quite simple and all you need is your smartphone. You will need your Wi-Fi network password during the setup process. Note that you should bring the vacuum robot to a 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi network (often marked with 2G in the name) for it to work optimally. If you only have one option to choose from, you are usually right. But keep this in mind in case of errors. If the vacuum robot is then in the network, you can start.
Right at the start, the ECOVACS X1 wants to start a quick mapping. With this, the vacuum robot drives through your four walls to get to know the surroundings and rooms. You then have a map that you can customize.
After creating the map, the app also divides it directly into different rooms . If something is wrong there, they can still be divided manually. If you have areas or rooms that you don’t want the vacuum robot to go into, you can seal them off with restricted zones and virtual walls.
The suction power and wiping intensity can be set to different levels before or during the journey. You can also decide whether you want to clean individual rooms, a specific area or the entire area directly. Further settings can be found in the lower setting menus and there you can adjust the cleaning interval or the time of the hot air drying.
Once again there is a camera on the front of the ECOVACS X1 OMNI, which allows you to take a look inside your own four walls, for example even when you are away. You can only access it through the app and only after entering a previously defined PIN . Unlike the Roborock competition, the camera faces the front while charging, so it’s always looking into the room. Anyone with a degree of caution here will probably not be too happy about it.
You can activate and watch the camera during standby and also during cleaning. It is also possible to start a call to talk to someone. There is also a mode in which the vacuum robot can be steered using a control pad. So it becomes a kind of remote-controlled car. This allows you to explore your apartment from a different perspective or look for a pet. But you can also drive to a specific point or start area monitoring. The latter can also be done according to a set plan. This is how the vacuum robot becomes a surveillance camera.
Since the camera is there anyway, it’s safe to develop more features for it. Whether they make sense also depends on the user. Are such monitoring functions helpful for you?
So that’s it, one of the absolute premium vacuum robots on the market. Unsurprisingly, it performs very well and delivers a cleaning result as you would expect. The voice assistant YIKO is definitely functional and helpful, but the work is not done here, because the quality of the speakers definitely does not match the overall product here.
However, I must also say that I see the special feature of this model in the cleaning station in combination with the rotating mops. Which is why I would also advise those interested in the Plus model to take a look at the Deebot T9 AIVI with suction station. That leaves the Turbo & Omni model. If you summarize all the functions, then you have to say that the pricing here is fair considering the market.
- High quality
- Good object recognition
- Good cleaning performance
- One of the best wiping functions on the market
- cleaning station
- high price
- Software/sensor technology with irregularly occurring problems
- Speakers with loud but very poor reproduction
So the question still arises as to whether a €1499 vacuum robot complete package is worth it. It takes a lot of the work out of cleaning the house and ensures a regularly cleaned living environment. The cleaning station also means that you have to interact less with the device than you would with a regular model without it. At the end of the day, this is just a luxury item.
If you’re willing to pay the price, you get a decent price for it here. If that’s not the case, and there will be some, there are a variety of other models. In our leaderboard you will find the right vacuum robot for every budget. Over time, “old” functions find their way into the lower price range and the manufacturers find new innovations for the premium price segment, this is the case in other technology sectors and also in the vacuum robots.
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