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Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 vs T8 AIVI vs T8+

Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 vs T8 AIVI vs T8: We compare the top models from 2019 & 2020

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Last updated: 25.02.2022 5 Min.

Ecovacs released one robot vacuum cleaner after another in recent years in the UK, each with more and more innovative features.

It's not easy to keep track anymore.

That’s why we compare the best Ecovacs models from 2019 and 2020.

We meticulously reveal all similarities and differences in our comparison of the Deebot OZMO 950 vs T8 AIVI vs T8+. In the end, you will know which model fits best to your needs.

Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 vs T8 AIVI vs T8

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All important facts at a glance

  • We compare the manufacturer's flagship models from 2019 (OZMO 950) and 2020 (T8 AIVI and T8+).
  • All 3 models are among the best robotic vacuum in the UK.
  • If you want to have a self-emptying dustbin, improved mopping function, and automatic obstacle avoidance of flatter objects, you should go for one of the T8 series models (T8 AIVI or T8).
  • If you can do without these functions, the Deebot OZMO 950 (best price-performance ratio) is the best choice.

The Cleaning Battle: Which robot vacuum cleans best?

It was all hands on deck when we let the Ecovacs models (Deebot OZMO 950 vs T8 AIVI vs T8+ ) compete against each other in our suction test.

First, the robotic vacuum cleaners have to show what they’ve got in our "suction arena". Here they have to remove different kinds of dirt on different floor types.

Then, we check how the robot vacuum cleaners cope with daily floor cleaning over a more extended period in our flat.

You can see an overview of the results for the three Ecovacs models in the table below.

Suction test: Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 vs T8 AIVI vs T8+

Deebot OZMO 950 Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI Deebot OZMO T8+
Suction power in Pa. 1500 Pa. 1500 Pa. 1500 Pa.
Cleaning result laminate 92 % 96 % 94 %
Cleaning result low pile carpet 87 % 86 % 92 %
Cleaning result high pile carpet 91 % 88 % 88 %
Carpet detection Yes. It marks carpets on the map. Yes. It marks carpets on the map. Yes. It marks carpets on the map.
Pet hair / Long human hair Good cleaning performance. Cleaning tool for hair removal is included. You can’t disassemble the main brush. Special "attachment" for hair included. Good cleaning performance. Cleaning tool for hair removal is included. You can’t disassemble the main brush. Good cleaning performance. Cleaning tool for hair removal is included. You can’t disassemble the main brush.
Cleaning result in corners and along the skirtings Good Good Good
Side brush 2 (with bristles) 2 (with bristles) 2 (with bristles)
Main brush Made of bristles and lamellae Made of bristles and lamellae Made of bristles and lamellae
Power settings 4 (Quiet, Standard, Maximum and Maximum+) 4 (Quiet, Standard, Maximum and Maximum+) 4 (Quiet, Standard, Maximum and Maximum+)
Size dustbin

430 ml

(with dust retention flap)

420 ml

(with dust retention flap)

420 ml

(with dust retention flap)

HEPA filter Yes Yes Yes

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Suction test on hard floors

All three Ecovacs models did a great job on hard floors.

The differences in the suction result are so minor that we can say without a doubt:

If you have mostly hard floors at home, you will be delighted with either of the three models.

Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 on Laminate

Overview of the suction test result of the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 on laminate

Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI on Laminate

Overview of the suction test result of the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI on laminate flooring

Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8+ on Laminate

Overview of the suction test results of the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8+ on laminate flooring

Suction test on carpets

Carpets are more challenging for all types of vacuums.

Deebot OZMO 950 Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI Deebot OZMO T8+
Low pile carpet 87 % 86 % 92 %
High pile carpet 91 % 88 % 88 %

The Ecovacs models have an excellent carpet detection function.

As soon as the robot vacuums drive onto carpets, they immediately switch to the highest suction level.

Here, the cleaning results’ differences were also very similar with all three models (Deebot OZMO 950 vs T8 AIVI vs T8).

We think that the minor differences in the results are just variance.

Long story short:

The Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 and the T8 series models (T8 AIVI and T8+) work great on the carpet.

We have tested numerous robot vacuum models from many different manufacturers. The robots from Ecovacs earned their place among the "best robot vacuums for carpets".

Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 on a low pile carpet

Overview of the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950’s suction test results on a low pile carpet.

Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 on high pile carpet

Overview of the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950’s suction test results on a high pile carpet.

Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI on a low pile carpet

Overview of the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI’s suction test results on a low pile carpet.

Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI on High Pile Carpet

Overview of the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI’s suction test results on a high pile carpet.

Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8+ on a low pile carpet

Overview of the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8+’s suction test results on a low pile carpet.

Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8+ on High Pile Carpet

Overview of the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8+’s suction test results on a high pile carpet.

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The everyday floor cleaning

We always check how the robot vacuums clean our homes over a more extended period in addition to the test environment.

Because that's what matters in the end:

The robot vacuum has to be able to clean your home satisfactorily.

The Deebot OZMO 950, the Deebot OZMO T8 and the T8+ all came out with flying colours in everyday floor cleaning.

You can choose from 4 different suction levels (Quiet, Standard, Maximum and Maximum+) with all three models.

Adjusting the suction level individually for each room via the app.

This way, you can adjust the suction intensity to the degree of soiling in your home.

A handy feature: You can set the suction level (and also the water intensity level) individually per room.

The robot vacuum will clean the heavily soiled kitchen at the strongest suction level and the less dirty bedroom in medium mode.

We also liked the cleaning in corners and also along the skirtings with all three models.

The side brushes of the Ecovacs models (OZMO 950, T8 AIVI and T8 Plus) are pretty long compared to other models.

Long side brush on Deebot OZMO 950, T8 AIVI and T8 Plus

That’s why the robot vacuums can reach deep into the corners and remove most of the dirt.

Cleaning result with long pet hair (and human hair)

Neither the Deebot Ozmo 950 nor the T8 Series models (T8 AIVI and T8+) reach their limits with long human hair.

They suck up the hairs without any problems.

However, not all hair ends up in the robot vacuum’s dust container.

Some hairs may wrap around the main brush, so you have to remove them from time to time.

You can easily remove the main brush of all three models with a simple handle for this purpose.

Removing the main brush from the Ecovacs Robot Vacuums

Practical: A unique cleaning tool is under the lid of the Ecovacs robot vacuum models.

You can find the cleaning tool of ecovac’s robot vacuums under the lid.

You can quickly remove hair from the main brush with this cleaning tool.

Removing hair from the main brush of the Ecovacs Robot Vacuum Cleaner models with the cleaning tool.

Special feature:

Unlike the Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI and the T8+, the Deebot OZMO 950 comes with a special "attachment for hair".

Special attachment of the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 lies on the floor

This cleaning head works exceptionally well for hair because it doesn’t have a brush.

Attaching the special attachment for hairs to the Deebot OZMO 950

This way, hair can’t wrap around the brush.

If you live with pets (or people) with long hair, this "suction attachment" might be convenient.

We recommend using the attachment only in "special cases", as the cleaning performance (especially on carpets) is not as good without the main brush.

Conclusion on the cleaning test

All three models - the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950, the T8 AIVI and the T8 - scored very well in the cleaning test.

Their differences were hardly noticeable during everyday cleaning. They did a great job.

Auto-empty station

The "+" in the name of the T8 series (T8 AIVI and T8) stands for the auto-empty station.

The Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950, on the other hand, doesn’t have an auto-empty dust bin. You can’t buy it afterwards, either.

Deebot OZMO 950 Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI Deebot OZMO T8+
Auto-empty station available? No Only separate (optional) Separate and in a bundle

The T8 AIVI’s delivery scope doesn’t include the auto-empty dock. You have to buy it separately.

With the Deebot OZMO T8 model, you can buy the T8 with the self-emptying dustbin as a bundle -> "Deebot OZMO T8+".

Advantage: The auto-empty station is cheaper if you buy it in the bundle than if you’d buy the robot vacuum and the self-emptying dustbin separately.

The T8 and T8 AIVI have the same auto-empty dock.

It’s pretty straightforward how it works.

The robotic vacuum cleaner returns to the auto-empty station as soon as it finishes the cleaning trip. Once it docks at the station, it will suck out the mobile dust container’s contents and stores them in a dust bag in the auto-empty dock.

How the Deebot OZMO T8 and T8 AIVI auto-empty station works

This means you won't have to empty the robot vacuum’s mobile dustbin by hand any more.

You just have to replace the dust bag in the auto-empty dock once every 2-3 months.

That's it.

OZMO 950

Emptying the mobile dustbin of the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 by hand

T8 AIVI and T8+

All dirt is in the large dust bag in the auto-empty station of the T8 AIVI and the T8+.

Conclusion on the auto-empty station

We think that the auto-empty station is a handy feature.

It’s one more step towards fully automated daily floor cleaning. You just have to change the dust bag in the station (every 2-3 months).

The auto-empty dock is also an excellent feature for allergy sufferers. It will minimise contact with the aggressive house dust.

It doesn’t matter how careful you are - you can’t avoid contact with the dirt if you empty the OZMO 950 mobile dust container over a dustbin.

Is the auto-empty dock an essential feature? That's a matter of taste.

If you have allergies or want almost fully automated floor cleaning, you should go for the T8 AIVI+ or T8+ models (with an auto-empty station).

However, if don’t want to dig too deep into your pockets, you can go for the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950.

Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8 vs T8 AIVI vs 950: Mopping Review

We also compared the mopping performance of the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8 vs T8 AIVI vs 950.

Deebot OZMO 950 Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI Deebot OZMO T8+
Water tank size ~ 200 ml ~ 240 ml ~ 240 ml
Wipe 1 x Recyclable Mop 1 x Recyclable Mop Not included
Disposable wipes Yes Yes Yes
Controlling water intensity Via app Via app Via app
Water intensity levels 4 levels 4 levels 4 levels
Setup water intensity level per room Yes Yes Yes
Maximum mopping area ~120 m² ~ 140 m² ~ 140 m²
Water protection mat for charging station Not included Not included Not included
Carpet detection function Yes. It avoids carpets. Yes. It avoids carpets. Yes. It avoids carpets.
Improved mopping properties - Vibrating water tank with "scrubbing effect" (OZMO Pro) Vibrating water tank with "scrubbing effect" (OZMO Pro)

All three models have an integrated mopping function.

This means that the robot can vacuum and mop your home in one go!

You just have to attach the mopping pad to the wiping plate and connect the water tank (with the wiping plate) to the robot vacuum from behind. Then you’ve already activated the mopping function and are good to go.

Activating the mopping function on the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 by attaching the water tank.

You can control the water intensity level via the app for all 3 models.

Setting the water intensity level on the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950, T8 and the T8 AIVI in the Ecovacs Home App.

You can also set up the water intensity individually for each room. This way, the robot vacuum will mop the tiles in the bathroom with the highest water output and the sensitive laminate floor in the living room with a lower water intensity.

You should watch the robot cleaner during the first mopping runs. Then you can determine which water intensity level works best on your floors.

The highest water intensity level worked best with all three models in our flat (laminate, PVC and tiles). At lower levels, the water output was not sufficient for cleaning our floors.

Deebot OZMO 950 mopping function

The Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 comes with a reusable mop and five disposable wipes.

Holding the reusable mop and disposable wipes of the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950.

We recommend using only the reusable mop.

The reusable mop is of much higher quality than the disposable wipes. It also provides much better mopping results.

That’s how it works:

The water tank dampens the wipe with water. Then the robot vacuum simply pulls the wet wipe behind itself during the cleaning process.

The Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 mops the floor in our test.

That removes the last dust residues and light soiling.

The dirty wipe of the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 after mopping the bedroom.

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Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI and T8+ mopping function

The T8 series models (the T8 AIVI and T8+) take the mopping up a notch.

They named it the "OZMO Pro" mopping technology (a vibrating water tank).

The Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI’ delivery scope includes the vibrating "OZMO Pro water tank" (2) and also the "normal" water tank (1). The T8 model, on the other hand, only relies entirely on the advanced OZMO Pro technology.

T8 AIVI: Conventional water tank + OZMO Pro

Normal water tank and OZMO Pro water tank are next to each other

T8+: “OZMO Pro" water tank only

OZMO Pro Water tank of the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8 lies on the floor

The "OZMO-Pro" mopping technology has a unique water tank with a vibration function. The wiping plate has approx. 480 vibrations per minute.

It simulates the typical "scrubbing" movements.

Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI and T8 simulate scrubbing movements when mopping using OZMO Pro technology.

And you can see that in the mopping result! The scrubbing movements clean the floor even better.

The Deebot OZMO T8 and the T8 AIVI are among the best robot vacuums with mopping function that we tested so far - and that with good reason.

The vibration of the water tank is somewhat noisy. It wasn’t a big deal, but it was louder than the "conventional" mopping feature of the Deebot OZMO 950.

There is one minor drawback: There’s no reusable mop for the OZMO-Pro water tank yet.

We asked Ecovacs UK, and they assured us that they are already planning to launch reusable mops, so they should be available soon.

But we found a temporary solution. We recommend using the Deebot OZMO 950's reusable mop for the OZMO Pro water tank instead of the low-quality disposable wipes.

The reusable mop is much fluffier and therefore absorbs water better. This improves the mopping result.

The reusable mop may not fit 100% perfectly on the OZMO Pro water tank’s mopping plate (the fabric doesn’t cover the entire top left and right).

Nevertheless, we gave it a try, and it worked out well. There aren’t any disadvantages.

OZMO Pro with a disposable wipe

Attaching a disposable wipe to the OZMO-Pro water tank of the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI

OZMO Pro with reusable wipe

Attaching a reusable wipe to the OZMO-Pro water tank of the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI

The Ecovacs Deebot T8 AIVI’s delivery scope includes a reusable wipe. The T8 Plus comes with disposable wipes only. You’d have to buy the reusable mop separately on Amazon* UK.

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Conclusion

Block Quote: Stopper Tertiary: The mopping function of the T8 series (Deebot OZMO T8 and T8 AIVI) is much better than that of the Deebot OZMO 950, thanks to the vibrating "OZMO Pro" mopping technology.

The "scrubbing movements" significantly improve the T8 AIVI and T8+’s wiping results.

Tips & Tricks

The vacuum-mopping robots’ main task is vacuuming.

Still, the mopping function is a (super handy) additional feature. It will make your floors even cleaner.

There are two tricks to improve the wiping performance of your Ecovacs robot vacuum:

  • Dampen the mop a little before it starts mopping and add a bit of special detergent to the water tank or the wipe (available* on Amazon UK). Attention: please only use cleaners specially designed for vacuum-mopping robots or gentle bio cleaners to avoid damage to the water tank.
  • You should wash the reusable mop regularly in the washing machine. We’d also recommend buying a replacement mop. Then you’ll always have a clean mop at hand.

Check out our detailed review "Best Robot Vacuum and Mop Combos" -> "Our tips and tricks" if you want to read more about how to get better mopping results.

Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8 vs T8 AIVI vs 950: Navigation

Navigation is vital when comparing the Ecovacs models (Deebot OZMO T8 vs T8 AIVI vs 950).

Differences and similarities in navigation and obstacle avoidance

Deebot OZMO 950 Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI Deebot OZMO T8+
Navigation method Laser navigation (Lidar). Structured navigation. Laser navigation (Lidar). Structured navigation. Laser navigation (Lidar). Structured navigation.
Additional obstacle avoidance function? - Yes (AIVI technology). Obstacle detection rate in the test: 65 %. Yes (TrueDetect technology). Obstacle detection rate in the test: ~100 %.
Obstacle detection in the dark? - No Yes
Deactivate the side brush when it detects an obstacle - Yes No
Navigation speed (Without obstacle avoidance function) Medium (80m² in 41 minutes) Medium (80m² in 42 minutes) Fast (80m² in 38 minutes)
Dealing with obstacles Accurate Very accurate Very accurate
Crash sensors Yes Yes Yes
Bumper in the laser tower Yes Yes Yes
Overcoming thresholds ~ 1.7-1.8 cm (~0.7 inches) ~ 2 cm (~0.8 inches) ~ 1.8 - 1.9 cm (~0.75 inches)
Navigation in the dark Yes Yes Yes
Save multiple maps 2 2 2

All three vacuum-mopping robots rely on laser-based navigation technology. You’ll recognise that once you see the typical laser tower (LDS=Laser distance sensor).

The laser navigation ensures that all three models drive quickly and in a very structured way. The vacuum-mopping robots always know where they’ve already been and where they need to go next. All three models clean your flat seamlessly.

The Deebot OZMO 950’s obstacle detection is rougher than the T8 series models (T8 AIVI and T8). It uses the bumper frequently.

But the collisions are pretty harmless. You don't need to worry about your furnishings or the Deebot OZMO 950.

However, the main difference between the Deebot OZMO 950 and the T8 series models (T8 AIVI and T8+) is the obstacle detection function.

The T8 AIVI and the T8+ also recognise smaller objects (e.g. phone charging cables) as obstacles and automatically avoid them.

Camera-based obstacle detection with Ecovacs Deebot T8 AIVI

The Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI uses camera-based AIVI technology ("Artificial Intelligence and Visual Interpretation").

A camera registers the objects here. Then, the data-driven artificial intelligence identifies the object as a specific item ("That's a sock") and calculates the correct path around the obstacle.

Camera-based obstacle detection of the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI

Afterwards, you can check in the Ecovacs Home App, which objects the Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI detected as obstacles and avoided. If necessary, you can remove the objects from the floor and let the robot vacuum clean that area again.

The Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI scored an obstacle detection rate of ~65% in our tests.

The technology constantly gets new data material and, thus, improves and learns all the time. Therefore, we assume that the obstacle detection rate will increase significantly in the future.

A great feature was that the robot vacuum switched off the side brushes when driving around obstacles. That way, the mobile phone charging cable, for example, can’t get caught by the side brush.

Unfortunately, the Deebot OZMO T8+ doesn’t switch off the side brushes when avoiding obstacles.

PS: Some people may feel "watched" with the AIVI camera. Ecovacs included a cover flap in the delivery scope for this purpose so that you could cover the camera. However, then you wouldn’t benefit from the advantages of camera-based obstacle detection.

If that bothers you, then the Deebot OZMO T8 with laser-based obstacle detection might be a good alternative.

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Laser-based obstacle detection with Ecovacs Deebot T8

The T8 uses the so-called "TrueDetect 3D" technology for obstacle avoidance.

TrueDetect 3D obstacle detection technology on the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8

A cross laser permanently scans the surroundings.

Cross laser of the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8 scans the surroundings and detects obstacles

Then the 3D camera evaluates the interruptions of the laser beams. That’s how the robot vacuum detects obstacles and avoids them.

Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8 avoids an obstacle

The main difference to the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI: The T8 recognises obstacles, but it doesn’t know what the object is.

The T8 AIVI, on the other hand, knows that: "It's a shoe/sock/pants....". Furthermore, the T8 also doesn’t mark the obstacles on the map (in the mobile phone app).

This way, the T8 AIVI can develop an "individual strategy" when driving around an obstacle. It keeps more distance when it avoids a cable than when it drives around a trainer, for example. The T8, on the other hand, avoids all objects in the same way, no matter what the obstacle is.

The T8 scored a whopping obstacle detection rate of almost 100% (vs 65% for the Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI).

Test: T8 with flat obstacles

Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8 goes around flat obstacles

Test: T8 with higher obstacles

Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8 avoids high obstacles

It reliably detected an avoided all the obstacles we placed in the flat.

Since this robot vacuum doesn’t switch off its side brushes when avoiding obstacles, the side brushes touch the objects from time to time.

The OZMO T8 may even "choke" on a mobile phone charging cable. But that didn’t happen during our tests.

The speed of obstacle avoidance was also significantly faster than with the Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI.

Another advantage of the T8 vs T8 AIVI: Obstacle detection works very well, even in bad lighting conditions. The camera-based AIVI technology depends on good lighting conditions to function well.

Overall, the Deebot OZMO T8's obstacle detection function is better (more accurate and faster) than the Deebot T8 AIVI’s.

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Conclusion

All in all, the navigation of the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 is already excellent. It cleans your flat in a structured and fast way and doesn’t leave out a single spot.

However, the robot vacuum can’t recognise smaller objects like mobile phone charger cables, socks, etc., so it simply drives over them.

That means that you have to tidy up your flat as much as possible before each cleaning trip. Otherwise, the OZMO 950 may "choke" on the objects lying around. Then you’d have to rush to help your little friend and free it so it can continue cleaning.

And that’s where the T8 AIVI and the T8 take up a notch.

You can also let the T8 series models clean a flat that is not 100% tidy, thanks to the independent obstacle detection.

With this technology, the robot vacuum won’t get stuck on the next best obstacle.

So if you live in a large and somewhat "chaotic" household, we recommend the T8 series models. The obstacle avoidance of the T8 worked better (improved obstacle detection rate, faster navigation).

Deebot OZMO 950 vs T8 AIVI vs T8: Control and App

You can control all robot vacuums via a start / stop button on top of the robot itself.

Remote control is not available.

However, you will use the Ecovacs Home mobile app to control your vacuum-mopping robot in 99.9% of the cases. It’s available for Android and iOS.

Ecovacs Home App in the App Store

The mobile phone app has almost identical functions for all 3 models. Only a few features slightly differ (depending on the model).

Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 vs T8 AIVI vs T8: Functionality of the App

Deebot OZMO 950 Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI Deebot OZMO T8+
App Ecovacs Home App Ecovacs Home App Ecovacs Home App
Android Yes Yes Yes
iOS Yes Yes Yes
Wi-fi connection needed? Yes Yes Yes
Scope of functions Many functions Many functions Many functions
Operation Very user friendly Very user friendly Very user friendly
Obstacle detection function (it marks objects on the map) - Yes -
Control of the emptying station - You switch the emptying process on and off. You can also start the emptying process manually. -
Security Camera - Yes -
Room separation / merging Yes Yes Yes
Save multiple maps 2 maps 2 maps 2 maps
Power settings 4 levels (Quiet, Standard, Maximum, Maximum+) 4 levels (Quiet, Standard, Maximum, Maximum+) 4 levels (Quiet, Standard, Maximum, Maximum+)
Water intensity levels 4 levels 4 levels 4 levels
Set up suction power & water intensity individually per room Yes Yes Yes
No-go zones (virtual boundaries) Yes Yes Yes
No-mop zones Yes Yes Yes
Spot Cleaning (clean specific area) Yes Yes Yes
Timer function Yes Yes Yes
Voice control Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Carpet turbo Yes Yes Yes
Mark carpets on the map Yes Yes Yes
Remote control No No No

As you can see, the apps’ range of functions is almost identical.

The only significant difference:

There are some exciting features for the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI in the app regarding the camera function. Since the Deebot OZMO 950 and the T8 don’t have a camera, they also don’t have these features.

Monitoring function (security camera)

You can use the Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI as a "security camera".

Is this function just a gimmick, or is it practical, too?

We think that the monitoring function can be pretty helpful.

Did you close the door or turn off the oven when you left?

You just have to go to the app, navigate the T8 AIVI to the location, and you'll know for sure (live video).

Front Door Control

You can see in the app that the front door is open, thanks to the monitoring function.

Oven control

You can see that the oven is still on, thanks to the app’s monitoring function.

You can even communicate through the T8 AIVI via a built-in voice output function.

This could come in very handy if your pet does something it’s not supposed to do ?.

If your dog found your bed to be the most comfortable spot - again - while you are on the road...

A black dog lies in bed

...You can quickly chase your four-legged friend out of bed: "Fina, get off the bed!!!" ?.

Explaining the video manager’s voice function in the Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI mobile app.

The Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI and data protection

Since the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI has a built-in camera (for obstacle detection), it records the objects’ images.

Naturally, data protection concerns could come up. After all, nobody likes to be filmed in their home unless the last name is Kardashian.

Ecovacs UK ensures that they only evaluate the images on the device itself. They don’t transfer the photos to a cloud.

If that’s not sufficient, you can use the cover for the AIVI camera that they included in the delivery scope.

Cover for the camera on the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI

If you cover the camera, you can’t use the obstacle detection function anymore.

So if you have privacy concerns or simply don’t like the idea of a robot vacuum with a camera, you should go with the Deebot OZMO 950 or the T8.

Conclusion on the app

The mobile app is identical on all 3 Ecovacs models, except for the monitoring function on the OZMO T8 AIVI.

And that’s a good thing.

We are delighted with the range of functions, the design and the user-friendliness of the Ecovacs Home App.

Few apps on the market are of such high quality.

Deebot OZMO 950 vs T8 AIVI vs T8: Battery Life

The Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950, the OZMO T8 and T8 AIVI have a powerful lithium-ion battery.

That makes all three Ecovacs models very suitable for larger houses / flats.

Deebot OZMO 950 Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI Deebot OZMO T8+
Battery 5200 mAh lithium-ion battery 5200 mAh lithium-ion battery 5200 mAh lithium-ion battery
Maximum runtime 200 minutes 180 minutes 180 minutes
Maximum cleaning area ~ 200 m² ~ 250 m² ~ 200 - 250 m²
Maximum charging time ~ 4-5 hours ~ 6.5 hours ~ 6 hours
Recharge & Resume function Yes Yes Yes

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Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 vs T8 AIVI vs T8: Noise Level

The robot vacuum’s noise level depends on the cleaning mode.

All 3 Ecovacs models have 4 different levels to choose from (quiet, standard, maximum and maximum+).

Deebot OZMO 950 Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI Deebot OZMO T8+
Level 1 45 dB 50 dB 45 dB
Level 2 55 dB 60 dB 50 dB
Level 3 57 dB 67 dB 55 dB
Level 4 60 dB 70 dB 61 dB
OZMO Pro Mop - ~ 70 dB (unpleasant "chattering") ~ 70 dB (unpleasant "chattering")
Auto-empty station - 80 dB (pretty loud) 80 dB (pretty loud)

All three robot vacuums have a low volume.

The operation (especially at the lower power settings) was pleasantly quiet.

In our 2-person household (no pets, mainly hard floors), we usually use the 'standard' power mode.

The Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8 had a surprise in stock for us in this category compared to the other two devices.

It has a significantly reduced driving noise, thanks to the new (rubber) tyre tread.

We could still have a conversation in the same room without any problems.

The noise level of the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 vs T8 AIVI vs T8 on a volume scale.

You have to keep the following in mind with the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8 and the T8 AIVI:

  • The OZMO Pro (vibrating water tank) has a slightly louder "shaking" sound due to the mopping vibrations.
  • The emptying process of the auto-empty station is pretty noisy at approx 80 dB. But that’s not the end of the world since it takes only 10-15 seconds.

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Deebot OZMO 950 vs T8 AIVI vs T8: Design, dimensions and quality

All three Ecovacs models have almost identical hardware. That’s why they also have nearly identical designs.

Deebot OZMO 950 Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI Deebot OZMO T8+
Dimensions Diameter: 35 cm (13.8 inches) x Height: 9.4 cm (3.7 inches) Diameter: 35 cm (13.8 inches) x Height: 9.4 cm (3.7 inches) Diameter: 35 cm (13.8 inches) x Height: 9.4 cm (3.7 inches)
Weight 4.5 kg 3.4 kg 3.4 kg
Colour Black Black White

Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950: Design

The Deebot OZMO 950 has a very nice matte finish.

Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 viewed from above

You can see the mobile dust bin and cleaning tools when you open the lid.

A unique feature: The surface under the lid has a ribbed structure. That makes it look like fabric and gives it a high-quality finish.

Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 stands with an open lid

When taking a look at the bottom side of the Deebot OZMO 950, we see the usual additions: Sensors, rollers, side brushes and main brush in their designated places.


Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 from below

Design of the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI vs T8

The main difference between the OZMO T8 AIVI and the T8 is the colour. In the UK, the T8 AIVI is only available in black, whereas the T8 is only available in white.

On the other hand, the T8 AIVI has a camera built into the bumper’s front for obstacle avoidance.

Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI

Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI in close-up

Deebot OZMO T8

Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8 in close-up

These two models’ bottoms are very similar.

There is just one major difference.

Ecovacs improved the Deebot OZMO T8’s tread pattern. It reduces the driving noise and increases the skid resistance.

Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI from below

A close-up view of the Ecovacs Deebot T8 AIVI’s bottom side.

Deebot OZMO T8 from below

The bottom side of the Ecovacs Deebot T8 in close-up view

If you want to get an auto-empty station with a T8 model, you need to plan a little more space in your home.

But that's not a disadvantage, because the auto-empty dock is an absolute eye-catcher in your home.

Deebot OZMO T8 Auto-Empty Station

The Deebot OZMO T8 stands at the auto-empty station

Deebot OZMO T8 standard charging dock

Measuring the charging station of the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8 with a ruler

Conclusion

Long story short: the Deebot OZMO 950 and the T8 series models (T8 AIVI and T8) are of very high quality.

The Chinese manufacturer can easily keep up with its American and European competitors (or even outperform them in some areas).

Deebot OZMO T8 vs T8 AIVI vs 950: The Delivery Scope

The delivery scope of the Ecovacs models is large.

It includes spare parts such as HEPA filters, side brushes, disposable wipes etc.

Delivery scope of the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950

The entire delivery scope of the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 is on the floor

A unique feature of the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950: The delivery scope includes a special suction attachment for hair (the T8 series models don’t come with that).

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Delivery scope of the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI

The entire delivery scope of the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI is on the floor

The T8 AIVI comes with two water tanks:

  • Normal water tank
  • OZMO Pro water tank

You have to buy the Deebot OZMO T8’s self-emptying dustbin separately.

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Delivery scope of the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8

The entire delivery scope of the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8 is on the floor

The Ecovacs Deebot OZMO T8 includes a small bottle of a special cleaner (BotClean floor cleaner).

Unfortunately, the delivery scope doesn’t include a reusable mop. It only comes with disposable mops.

Since the disposable mops’ quality is not very good, we recommend buying a reusable mop (available* on Amazon UK). As there is currently no reusable mop for the Deebot OZMO T8 available on the market, you can use the mop of the OZMO 950. We’ll talk more about that in the chapter "Mopping".

With the OZMO T8, you can either buy the vacuum-mopping robot and the auto-empty dust bin individually or as a bundle (Deebot OZMO T8+).

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Deebot OZMO T8 vs T8 AIVI vs 950: The Price

The price plays an essential role in our Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 vs T8 AIVI vs T8+ comparison.

The Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 is by far the cheapest vacuum-mopping robot of the trio.

With the OZMO T8 series, you have to dig much deeper into your pocket:

But you can also buy the auto-empty station separately (available* on Amazon UK) afterwards if desired.

An Overview of Our Ratings

Our testing team put all three models through their paces.

In the table below, you can see an overview of our results.

Deebot OZMO 950 Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI Deebot OZMO T8+
Cleaning Test
Mopping performance
App and functions
Navigation
Noise level
Battery life
Design and quality
Delivery scope
Price-performance ratio

You can find more information in our detailed reviews for each model.

Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 vs T8 AIVI vs T8 Comparison - Which model fits best to your needs?

We worked out all the similarities and differences between the models in our Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 vs T8 AIVI vs T8 comparison.

One thing is for sure: All 3 models are excellent vacuum-mopping robots that are among the premium models.

If you can do without the auto-empty station and the obstacle avoidance (including flat objects), then the Deebot OZMO 950 model is a perfect choice. Here you get a high-quality device at an almost unbeatable price-performance ratio.

If you don’t want to miss the auto-empty dust bin, the vastly improved mopping feature, and the obstacle avoidance, you should go for one of the T8 series models.

If we had to choose between these two models (T8 AIVI vs T8), we would prefer the T8 model. The obstacle avoidance is more sophisticated, the operation is less noisy, and the price is slightly lower.

But the OZMO T8 AIVI also has its advantages with the monitoring function. You can even use the Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI as a mobile security camera for your home.

No matter which one you’ll choose: All 3 robot vacuums are among the best models available in the UK. You’ll be pleased with your new household helper either way.

Frequently asked questions

  • Can I buy the Ecovacs Deebot T8 AIVI, T8 and Ozmo 950 on Amazon UK?


    The Ecovacs robotic vacuum cleaners are available on Amazon UK.

Ilia

Robot vacuum cleaners are my passion. These little helpers make cleaning our homes so much easier. That's why it's my personal concern to recommend only the most outstanding products and the best tips and tricks to you. Then you can devote your valuable time to the finer things in life - and as a rule, floor cleaning is not one of them.

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