Ecovacs Deebot 500 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner Review
Versatility must have been Ecovacs’ goal when it designed the Deebot 500 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner. The Deebot 500 is the perfect robot vacuum for those who want a long-lasting daily floor runner that can lift anything from pet hair to cookie crumbs. It’s equipped with a multiple-brush system, variable suction speed and heavy-duty wheels to clean and traverse all types of flooring.
If a basic remote just isn’t enough, you’re in luck. The Ecovacs Deebot 500 is Wi-Fi enabled, and the app’s functions come with extra goodies the remote doesn’t have. You can also give the robot simple voice commands through your Google or Amazon device. With its self-docking function, there’s no need to babysit the Deebot 500 no matter which control option you’re using.
Second to suction, which we cover below, the way the brushes are configured have a great impact on a robotic vacuum’s lifting power. The Ecovacs Deebot 500 has three brushes. Two brushes are located on the side, and their purpose is twofold – to dust along wall edges and to pull debris toward the suction inlet.
The third brush is the robot’s main brushroll, which does most of the heavy lifting. It’s equipped with alternating rows of stiff, contoured bristles and rubber sweepers. The bar’s V-shape in conjunction with the brush’s materials allow the Deebot 500 to thoroughly clean hard floors as well as carpets.
Dirt a tennis shoe left behind, goldfish crackers your kid mashed into the carpet – There are just times when a vacuum cleaner needs a little extra help. For those occasions, you can turn up the Deebot 500’s suction.
Max suction is available in auto mode and small-room mode, and it’s also handy for cleaning high-pile carpet. If noise is a concern, don’t worry. Although Max suction is louder than the robot’s Standard suction, the sound is only 65 decibels, which is akin to conversational background chatter.
Four Cleaning Modes
Four cleaning modes mean the Deebot 500 can tackle any vacuuming job. Auto mode is the default mode, and it’s likely the one you’ll use the most. In default mode, the robot vacuums all the floors in your home until it’s time for a recharge. Single-room mode limits the robot to one area of your home – This mode is great for touching up high-traffic areas.
Two modes are geared toward detailed vacuuming chores. In Spot mode, the 500 vacuums in a circle for several minutes to clean a small mess. In edge mode, the robot travels along the borders of rooms, removing dust and dirt from corners, wall edges and baseboards.
A Remote Control
Ecovacs threw in a remote control that you can use to guide the Deebot 500 without having to get up or take your phone off the charger. Most of the robo vac’s functions are accessible via the remote, including all four cleaning modes. With the remote, you can also send the robotic vacuum to its charging dock and pause an in-progress cleaning session.
The Ecovacs HOME App
Not to be confused with the Ecovacs app (a smartphone app for other Deebot models), the 500 is compatible with the Ecovacs HOME app, which you can download from Google Play or the App Store. With the easy-to-use app, you can drive the robot turn by turn, check the Deebot’s battery life and determine whether light maintenance is in order.
Like the remote, the app offers access to all four cleaning modes, docking and pausing. You may also set a schedule to the hour and minute of your choosing. The scheduling function has a one-time-only and a repeat option. If you click the row of dots on the top right corner, you can switch between Standard and Max suction – a feature that’s exclusive to the app.
Alexa and Assistant
The robot vacuum’s ability to pair with your Amazon or Google virtual assistant takes it to next-level convenient. With either Alexa or Assistant, you can use three voice commands – start, stop and dock.
You may start a cleaning session in Auto mode to leave your hands free for other tasks, or you can stop the robot from cleaning any further if you need to empty the dirt bin. When you no longer need the Deebot 500’s services, you can tell it to go home to its charging dock.
Yes, a remote, a smartphone app and a smart assistant are all more convenient to use than onboard controls. However, there are times when it makes more sense to push a button on the robot, such as when you can’t find the remote or your home’s Wi-Fi network is down.
Push the start button on the Deebot 500 to begin an Auto cleaning session. The indicator light next to the button gives you an at-a-glance status alert, so you’ll know right away whether the robot’s Wi-Fi connection is working.
Ecovacs programmed the Deebot 500 to navigate in a random pattern, meaning it moves from wall to wall in no discernible path and covers large spaces at a decent rate of speed. As the robot rolls around your house, its sensors actively look for dangers like stairs, ledges and furniture. When it encounters drop-offs and obstacles, the Deebot instantly turns and changes course.
The top cover of the 3.1-inch-tall Deebot 500 is made of scratch-resistant glass to protect the robot’s faux-textured finish, and a semi-wraparound bumper ensures neither the Deebot nor any objects get dinged or dented. On the underside of the robot vacuum, there are two large wheels with deep tread, which can easily handle half-inch floor transitions.
Extremely Long Runtime
Big spaces are no problem for the Ecovacs Deebot 500. Its rechargeable battery has a high enough capacity to power the robot for 110 minutes at a time. Unless you want to do it yourself, the 500 will send itself to the charging dock. At most, a full recharge takes about 4 hours. If you don’t have a lot of floor area to spare, you’ll appreciate the dock’s compact size.
Dust, dander, pollen and other household allergens stay contained within the robot’s filtration system, protecting you from breathing in harmful contaminants. This three-part filtration system consists of one pleated filter, a sponge filter and a pre-filter screen. To save you a few bucks, Ecovacs includes a replacement filter set in the box.
A Roomy Dirt Bin
The dirt bin boasts a 17.5-ounce debris capacity, giving you plenty of time before it needs to be emptied. Its frosted blue exterior allows you to view the fill level without removing the box. When the bin is full and you must dump its contents, the lid enclosure and recessed handle make that chore a breeze.
A Robot Vacuum for Everyone
Some functions that are found on the app aren’t available on the remote and the robot does move in a random instead of a methodical pattern, but those are as far as the downsides go. Your floors will benefit from two side brushes and a well-designed brushroll, and your ears will benefit from the robot’s quiet, dual-speed suction.
The app’s makes it user-friendly for all, and the robot’s compatibility with Alexa and Assistant allow you to integrate the Deebot 500 into your smart home plan. Auto-docking, triple filtration and an almost 2-hour runtime make the Ecovacs Deebot 500 a thorough robotic vacuum that suits anyone’s needs, especially those who have large homes, allergies, pets, hard floors or carpets. With the Deebot 500, you get more than you should for the price, and we aren’t complaining.
|Best of the Best!||Best For Tight Spaces||Budget Pick (< $220)||Vacuum & Mopping||Also Great|
|Continuous||100 min||110 min||150 min||110 min|
|12.2 x 12.2 x 3.5 in||17.8 x 13.7 x 4.8 in||33 x 33 x 7.8 in||13.8 x 13.7 x 3.8 in||12.9 x 12.9 x 3.1 in|
|20 pounds||5.73 pounds||7.05 pounds||7 pounds||6.7 ounces|