Ecovacs Deebot X1 Turbo review: A robot vacuum packed with options

By teaming up with the famous designer Jacob Jensen, who, among others, worked with Bang and Olufsen, Ecovacs wanted to renew its Ecovacs Deebot X1 Turbo. If it has a round shape that could not be more classic, its metallic gray casing is attached to the robot by means of magnets; therefore, it is possible to remove it completely to access the collector.

The X1 Turbo’s cover is attached with magnetic fasteners and can be completely removed from the rest of the device.

In this housing is precisely the only touch button that allows you to manually start the robot or pause it.

Equipped with a laser rangefinder, the Ecovacs Deebot X1 Turbo can orient itself and handle obstacles in its path. In addition to this laser, the robot benefits from a camera and detection sensors on the front of the device: the winning combo to ensure good navigation.

Camera and sensors for easy navigation!

Camera and sensors for easy navigation!

The Ecovacs Deebot X1 Turbo is therefore a hybrid robot that vacuums and washes the floor. In fact, it is equipped with two rotating skids to clean the floor in depth, exactly like the W10 dream robot. These two spinning mops are fixed on the robot’s belly by magnetic fasteners; the robot automatically understands that it should switch to washing mode.

You can not miss the imposing charging base that, let’s face it, will hardly find its place in small spaces. Unlike most automatic dump stations, this one does not retrieve waste from the collector. This station is only used to clean the skates, dry them and put clean water in the tank after a cleaning session. A very practical function that saves the user from having to wash the cloths after each cleaning session.

For this, there are two bins by lifting the lid of the charging station: one that must be filled with clean water to recharge the tank, and another that stores the dirty water after cleaning the pads. Between these two bins, the manufacturer has cleverly slipped an accessory storage box in which there are two extra mops and a cleaning brush.

On the left, the dirty water collection tank, on the right, the clean water tank.

On the left, the dirty water collection tank, on the right, the clean water tank.

Connectivity and application

As we already mentioned in previous tests of the Ecovacs robot, the pairing between the robot and the Ecovacs Home app is seamless and only takes a few seconds.

Once the robot is connected to the app, it accesses the main interface that offers to start the robot directly in “auto clean”, to send it to its charging base. By going to “smart cleaning”, you access mapping that allows you to follow in real time the movements of the Deebot X1 Turbo when it sucks. In this map it is also possible to define virtual zones and limits so that the robot cannot access certain places in the house.

Under this card are the different programming options: suction power (Quiet, Standard, Max and Max +), water flow rate (Low, Medium, High), or even smart cleaning. This last option allows you to customize the cleaning of the chimney by choosing, for example, to use continuous cleaning, automatic suction power or even AIVI 3D that automatically identifies and avoids obstacles during cleaning. Finally, note that it is also possible to monitor your home: by going to “video management”, the camera is activated and the robot films its surroundings. An option that can be reassuring for some… and useless for others.

The robot's camera can monitor the home.

The robot’s camera can monitor the home.

Note that the user can save multiple maps, for different floors, for example.

Finally, some additional options are offered in the settings menu which also gives access to the cleaning log or the remaining life of the components (brushes, filter). This application is particularly rich in features and the user has many options to customize the cleaning of his robot, which is particularly appreciable.

The collector of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 Turbo is located under the hood. Its small capacity of 400 ml requires periodic emptying. The emptying is not the most hygienic and it is possible that the hands come into contact with the dust when unhooking the dustpan to release the residues.

The collector is located under the hood.

The collector is located under the hood.

This collector is sealed by a HEPA type filter and a foam filter. Filters that are too clogged could affect the suction performance of the robot. So we had the Deebot X1 Turbo swallow 20 grams of cocoa powder to see what this filter could recover.

The filter is placed in the collector.

The filter is placed in the collector.

At the end of this test, we found that the two filters had retained 0.3g, which is still a reasonable amount and doesn’t risk clogging the robot too much. You will still need to remember to dust them from time to time.

By turning the Deebot X1 Turbo upside down, you can access the main brush made of rubber and nylon bristles that is very easily removed from the base. The two side brushes can be easily removed to remove tangled hair.

The main brush is very easy to separate from the robot.

The main brush is very easy to separate from the robot.

The self-cleaning base does its job quite well: the mops appear cleaner after a cleaning cycle. It’s more complicated for the motherboard, which tends to get dirty very quickly.

The tray often gets dirty with dust from the collector and water.

The tray often gets dirty with dust from the collector and water.

The Deebot X1 Turbo provides very good suction performance as long as you give it enough time.

On hard floors, it vacuums 92% of debris in 6 min, either in standard or maximum mode.

On fine carpet, recovers 88% of debris in 7 min in standard mode. This time is reduced to 3 min 50 sec in Max+ mode.

Finally, on thick carpets, a particularly tricky test area for our robot vacuums, the Deebot X1 Turbo delivered very good suction performance, swallowing 92% of debris in 7 min (standard mode) and 94% in 5 min. 44 sec (Max+ mode).

washing efficiency

If the Deebot X1 Turbo is a good vacuum, it’s also a good floor scrubber. As we indicated in a news labThis robot vacuum cleaner is especially effective at removing stains from the floor thanks to its two rotating mops.

In a single pass, removes soda and oil stains used in our test protocol; instead, several passes are necessary over lipstick and carbon black stains. Keep in mind that lipstick never completely wears off.

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