Looking for a very good robot vacuum? Get the Ecovacs Deebot X1 Omni! 🍒

Ecovacs Deebot X1 Omni | UK Review

Last updated: 07.07.2023 Reading time: 14 Min.

Are you looking for a next-level robot vacuum cleaner?

Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI could be the cream of the crop, as this robot is jam-packed with innovative features:

  • Auto-empty station,
  • Rotating mopping pads,
  • Washing station for the mop cloths,
  • Obstacle detection,
  • Integrated voice assistant ("Ok Yiko"),
  • …and more!

Furthermore, the robot vacuum was designed by the famous Danish industrial design studio, Jacob Jensen.

But as so often is the case in life: top-quality products don’t come cheap. This cleaning solution comes with a high price tag. 💸

When testing out this product for our review, we wanted to find out how well the many features of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI work together, whether the technologies deliver added value and, above all, whether the robot vacuum justifies the high price. 🧐

Let's waste no time and get straight to it. 👇

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    Luxury Robot Vacuum-Mop Hybrid (designed by Jacob Jensen)
    "Impressive battery life and quiet operation, though it's priced in the higher range."

Advantages:

  • Greatly improved mopping ability
  • Mopping pads are automatically wrung out, rinsed and dried at the station
  • Robot water tank is refilled automatically
  • Auto-empty station
  • Elegant design by Jacob Jensen
  • Gently skirts furniture (hardly any collisions)
  • Obstacle detection (also of flat objects)
  • Can detect objects even in poor lighting conditions
  • Floor cleaning (vacuuming and mopping) is mostly automatic
  • Integrated voice assistant ("Ok Yiko")
  • Quick mapping
  • Security features (surveillance camera)
  • Two-way video calls possible
  • Quiet
  • Mobile phone app with many functions

Disadvantages:

  • Very expensive
  • Emptying station uses disposable bags
  • Station is beautifully designed, but quite large (not everyone's cup of tea)
  • AIVI 3D obstacle detection sometimes causes difficulties with navigation
  • Individual features are sometimes not perfectly coordinated
  • App has minor bugs

A quick look at the most important points:

  • Mopping pads stay clean during operation because they are rinsed at the station every 10 minutes.
  • Practically fully automated floor cleaning thanks to the all-in-one station (auto-empty station, cleaning station).
  • Thanks to independent obstacle detection, the robot can also navigate less organised homes.
  • Very gentle handling of furnishings. You don't have to worry about your furniture.
  • If you are looking for a very quiet robot vacuum cleaner, the X1 OMNI ticks this box.
  • X1 OMNI is more than a cleaning robot: you can monitor your home via video and make calls.
  • The station is very large and heavy. Therefore, the robot is not suitable for use across multiple floors.
  • Mop function is very good (however, some design weaknesses prevent an "excellent performance" here).
  • Less maintenance intensive - the biggest tasks (emptying the mobile dust bin and filling/emptying the mobile water tank) are eliminated.

The Ecovacs Deebot X1 robot hoover family: X1 Plus vs. X1 Turbo vs. X1 Omni

The X1 series from Ecovacs includes three variants.

The table below illustrates the similarities and differences:

X1 Plus X1 Turbo X1 Omni
Mop 1 mop 2 mopping pads 2 mopping pads
Mopping technique Vibration Rotation Rotation
Mop quality 💧 💧💧(💧) 💧💧(💧)
Incl. emptying station
Incl. mopping station
Mop drying Cold air Hot air
Price €€€ €€€€ €€€€€
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These robot vacuum cleaners are essentially very similar. If mopping capability is a high priority of yours, then the models with the rotating mopping pads (Turbo or Omni) are the better choice for you.

Another feature that could affect your decision is the station. It all depends on what your preferences are:

  • Auto-empty station only: Deebot X1 Plus
  • Washing station only (with cold air drying of the mopping pads): Deebot X1 Turbo

Both emptying station and washing station (with hot air drying of the mop pads): X1 Omni

The entire Ecovacs Deebot X1 series models (OMNI, Turbo and Plus) are shown side by side.
© Ecovacs Robotics
The X1 OMNI is the premium model and contains all the features of both the X1 Plus and the X1 Turbo, so our review focuses on this model.

Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI: The all-in-one station

It’s hard to overlook the base station of the Deebot X1 OMNI, even in purely visual terms.

The multifunction station of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI stands on the table next to the robot vacuum cleaner.

But the multifunction station is also a real all-rounder in terms of features: The following tasks are performed here.

  • (1) The mobile dust box of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI is emptied (auto-empty station).
  • (2) The mops are washed and dried (cleaning station). The mobile water tank is also filled up.
  • (3) The battery is charged (charging station).
The multifunction station of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI can be seen close up
© Ecovacs Robotics

Let’s have a look at the individual specs in more detail in the following chapters. 👇

Emptying station

In addition to washing the mop cloths (see next chapter "Mop station"), the mobile dust box in the robot is also emptied at the multifunction station.

The compartment with the dust bag of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 Station can be seen in the close-up view.

This provides many advantages for you.

But first, let's take a look at exactly how the process works. 👇

How exactly does the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI base station work?

As soon as the robot vacuum cleaner docks at the station, the entire contents of the mobile dust box are emptied.

How big is the X1 robot vacuum’s mobile dust box?

The capacity of the robot’s mobile dust box is 400 ml.

Without an emptying station, you must regularly empty this container by hand over a dustbin.

P.S.: We really liked handling the mobile dust box. Removing, opening, emptying - it’s all a breeze.

This dust ends up in a large dust bag in the station itself.

The suction process of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI Station is shown.
© Ecovacs Robotics
FYI: The emptying process is quite loud (~ 70 dB.) and takes about 10 seconds. 🙉

The dust bag in the station is a 3-litre disposable bag.

Depending on how dirty your home is or how often you use the robot vacuum cleaner, you will need to change the bag every 1-2 months.

It’s a simple task:

  • Remove the bag with one hand. The bag closes automatically so no dirt can escape.
  • Dispose of the bag in the rubbish.
  • Insert new bag.

New dust bag is used in the suction station of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI

As mentioned: The dust bag is a disposable bag. We generally consider this to be a disadvantage.

Due to follow-up costs and environmental considerations (unnecessary waste), we have to deduct points here. 💰 🌍

The Roborock S7 proves in our review that it doesn’t have to be done this way, as it gives you the choice of reusable or disposable bags.

Your Deebot X1 OMNI order includes a spare dust bag, so you are sorted for the first few months.

The bags can also be purchased online at Amazon UK* when needed.

Advantages of the auto-empty station

The emptying station of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI offers numerous advantages:

Elimination of one of the most common and unpleasant maintenance tasks: emptying the mobile dust box by hand.

Without an emptying station, you have to regularly empty the dust box found in the robot itself (in extreme cases, even after every cleaning).

From now on, the emptying station will do this job for you. 👍

The picture shows that the mobile dust bin of a robot vacuum cleaner no longer needs to be emptied by hand.

No contact with household dust

Emptying the mobile dust box is an unpleasant task, especially for allergy sufferers. Allergic reactions can be triggered by (unavoidable) contact with house dust. 🤧

Thanks to the emptying station, contact with household dust is completely eliminated. Allergy sufferers will be particularly pleased with this. 👍

P.S.: The dust chamber in the emptying station is equipped with another filter. This also removes dirt from the air during the emptying process before the robot exits again.

The air filter in the emptying station of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI can be seen in the close-up.

Because of these (and numerous other) positive features, the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI is one of the best vacuum robots for allergy sufferers.

Automation = Relaxation

Thanks to the auto-empty station, floor cleaning becomes even more hands-off. 🤏

This leaves you more time for the finer things in life. 🏝️ 🍹

Our experience with the Deebot X1 emptying station

We have only had positive experiences with the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI emptying station.

The mobile dust box was completely emptied almost 100% of the time. And if (due to bulky dirt) not all the contents were removed, it doesn't matter. The next emptying stage generally does the trick. 😊

In practice, the emptying station works very well. It saves you a lot of work, time and hassle.

The Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI mopping station

The mopping station or cleaning station is one of the top highlights of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI.

The cleaning tray of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI can be seen

The washing process of the mopping pads in the cleaning station is shown
Washing process (© Ecovacs Robotics)

But what exactly makes the station so special?

Ordinary vacuum-mopping robots clean your home in one go. This means: The mop is not cleaned at any point throughout! 🤨

Thus, the dirt is more or less spread across your floors. That’s not what we’d call “clean”...

The dirty mop of a robot vacuum cleaner with mopping function is held in the hand after mopping

The cleaning station of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI takes a different approach here.

The dirty mops are intermittently washed at the station during the self-cleaning process, at intervals of 10, 15 or 25 minutes.

This means your home is always cleaned with sparkly-clean mop pads.

We’ll look at how exactly the whole thing works in the coming chapters. 👇

Cleaning the mopping pads

As already indicated: The main task of the cleaning station is to wash the two mop cloths.

For this purpose, the cleaning base is equipped with two water tanks (each with a capacity of 4 litres).

  • Clean water tank (blue)
  • Dirty water tank (grey)

The fresh water tank and the dirty water tank of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI are held up.

The water tanks are quite large. The maximum capacity is enough for a mopping area of 300 m².

Clean water enters the blue water tank.

Fresh water tank of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI is filled with water.

This is then used during the cleaning run to rinse and moisten the two mopping pads.

The process is as follows:

  • Start cleaning the flat.
  • After a time interval selected by you, the mopping robot returns to the station.
  • The dirty mop pads are thoroughly rinsed and wrung in the station.
  • Afterwards, the robot returns to where it left off to continue cleaning.

In the app, you can set the intervals at which the robot should return to the mop station to clean the mops.

  • 10 minutes
  • 15 minutes
  • 25 minutes
Of course, the setting depends a lot on how dirty your flat is.

What cleaning interval should I select for my Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI?

We recommend choosing the shortest option (10 minutes).

Longer intervals (e.g. every 25 minutes) are intended for very large homes, where one clean water tank filling of 4 litres would not be enough to get through a cleaning.

In our experience, this does not apply to the majority of homes. 🏡

This is how the mops are cleaned:

The mops are then squeezed against a textured panel in a special rotating motion for 1.5 minutes while being rinsed with fresh water.

A close-up of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI mop cleaning station's textured panel.

The process is pretty similar to manual mopping, where the mop is constantly wrung out in the water bucket.

Dirty water produced during rinsing is directed away and ends up in the dirty water tank.

The dirty water tank of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI Station

From time to time, some dirty water gets left behind in the basin. This evaporates after a while. Alternatively, you can help it along with a paper towel. 🧻

The floor of the wiping station is cleaned with a paper towel.

After the work is done, the dirty water tank will be full of dirty water. This should be promptly poured out into the toilet. 🚽

The Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI also always kindly reminds us to do so (through voice output and a push notification in the app). ☝️

Forgetting to do this could leave nasty odours around your house! 🦨

A brush is supplied for you to clean the water tank or the mop tray.

The cleaning brush of the Ecovacs Deebot X12 OMNI is used to clean the dirty water tank.

Despite the fact that the two mops are cleaned at the station, it’s a good idea to wash them in the washing machine from time to time.

The Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI mops are washed in the washing machine.

Super handy: the package includes two replacement mopping pads. Additional mopping pads can be ordered on the internet.

Mop cloth*

Mopping pads dried with hot air

As soon as the mop run is finished and the pads have been cleaned at the station, the hot air drying of the pads begins.

The two mops of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI are dried with hot air
© Ecovacs Robotics

You can also set the drying time via the app (2h, 3h, 4h).

In our experience, the mops are dry after approx. 2.5 - 3 hours. The volume is quite low, only a soft buzzing sound is noticeable.

This is a strong advantage compared to most robot vacuum-mops. Most devices require the wet mop to be removed after cleaning and hung up to dry.

Otherwise, the wet mop will start to smell unpleasant and may also damage your floor.

Drying prevents the spread of germs and the development of unpleasant odours.

Filling the water tank

Another highlight: Every time the vacuum-mop robot stops at the station, the water tank is also refilled.

This saves you from filling it by hand. 👍

The water tank of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI is refilled automatically at the station.
© Ecovacs Robotics

This is really a fantastic feature because usually, the water tank is so small that it is not even enough for a single mop run.

Info: The clean water tank is not accessible. This means that you cannot remove it at all.

We found this a bit strange, as we are used to removing the water tank after a few weeks, cleaning it and drying it completely.

Water tank of a vacuum-mop robot is dried on the windowsill

According to the manufacturer, this is not necessary with the X1 OMNI because the water tank is completely emptied after cleaning. This saves you time and effort. 👍

Nevertheless, we find it somewhat unusual that the clean water tank is completely inaccessible.

So far, however, no problems have occurred. We have to trust Ecovacs' engineering skills first and foremost in this regard. 🧑🔬

Disadvantages

Vacuuming requires full water tank

We noticed one disadvantage. If the robot (with mopping pads attached) is at the station, but there is no water in the fresh water tank, cleaning cannot begin

…Even if you only want to vacuum (and not mop) the floor.

It's easy to forget to fill the water tank, so when this prevents you from starting the robot once you need to clean, it can be frustrating.

From our point of view, it seems like a programming error. This could simply be fixed with an update.

The water tank gets used up at the highest interval (25 mins)

If you set the mop cleaning intervals to the highest level, 25 minutes, in conjunction with the highest water output level, the robot’s mini water tank becomes empty after about 20 minutes.

This can be avoided by not choosing the 25-minute cleaning interval. In our experience, this setting is rarely the right choice for your home.

So in that sense, this isn’t too much of an issue.

Light water leakage from the clean water tank

On our test unit, we observed that some water had leaked from the clean water tank.

A leak in the water outlet of the clean water tank of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI cleaning station can be seen close-up.

There seems to be a seal that is a bit loose.

Since other review portals or customer reviews do not report this problem, we assume that it is not a general problem.

Conclusion

We were thrilled with the mopping station.

Seeing the X1 OMNI enter the station with dirty mop pads and leave with clean ones is always a satisfying experience.

This process results in much more efficient mopping.

And it has always worked consistently in practice. 👍

The dirty water tank of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI cleaning station can be seen together with its contents close-up.

A quick look at the dirty water tank shows us how much dirt ends up in the tank. 👀

Without the station, all this dirt would have been spread on your floors. 🤯

Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI: Will this robot vacuum-mop pass our mopping test?

The X1 OMNI is a hybrid device: the robot can vacuum and mop the floor at the same time.

Mopping is supposed to be one of the top features of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI. Can this robot replace manual cleaning?

This is what we wanted to find out in our review. 👇

Rotating Mops (OZMO Pro Turbo Technology)

The Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI uses two rotating mops that are attached to the underside with a magnet. These rotate in opposite directions. The technology is called "OZMO Pro Turbo".

The two mops of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI can be seen from below.

The mops of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI are attached with a magnet.

The mops rotate up to 180 times per minute (simulating scrubbing by hand), which makes it easier to loosen and remove even stubborn dirt. 🧼

We’ve found that the mops are only mediocre in quality. They are neither particularly fluffy nor do they have special fringed tentacles to grab dirt more effectively.

Close-up view of the mopping pads of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI robot vacuum cleaner
X1 OMNI Mop Pads
The fluffy mop pads of the Yeedi Mop Station can be seen in the close-up view
Yeedi Mop Station Mop Pads
Note: Once the mop pads are attached, the robot avoids carpets entirely. This makes sense, because this way the wet pads are not dragged across the carpet.

Additional contact pressure

Another important factor for successful mopping is contact pressure.

If not enough pressure is applied to the mop, stubborn dirt cannot be removed.

And Ecovacs has two aces up its sleeve here:

  • On the one hand, the robot mop's own weight of 4.4 kg is quite high.
  • Furthermore, a special spring construction is integrated, which exerts additional contact pressure on the two mopping pads.

In our testing, we found that this design did not work optimally. The pressure on the mopping pads seemed too low. (In everyday life it is quite sufficient, but the robot reached its limits in the extreme test - see next chapter).

The bottom line is this: The idea of applying additional pressure to the mop is good. However, it did not perform ideally in practice.

More could have been achieved in this regard.

Water flow level

The water flow level can be set in the mobile app. 💧

You can even decide how high the water output should be for each individual room.

(For example, the sensitive floor in the living room can be mopped with a little water and the tiled floor in the bathroom with a lot of water).

Water flow level is set in the Ecovacs Home App.

If you set the water flow to the highest level, you may find large amounts of water in places where the robot spends more time.

(Around a dining table with 16 chair legs is a typical example). 🪑

A somewhat larger puddle of water can be seen on the ground

If you observe something like this, it’s best to lower the water setting.

At the highest water setting, we also observed some water splashing to the sides during cleaning.

We found the medium water flow level to be the most suitable.

We also noticed the following: Immediately after being washed at the station, the mopping pads receive hardly any water from the robot’s internal supply.

The robot only begins to release water after about five minutes.

As such, the first five minutes after washing tend to be a little too dry.

This approach is probably in place to allow larger areas to be cleaned.

Nevertheless, this setting is less than ideal.

We are hopeful that this software setting will soon be corrected via an update.

Mops are regularly washed out at the station

The mopping pads are cleaned at regular intervals at the mopping station.

The cleaning of the mopping pads is shown
© Ecovacs Robotics

(You can find out exactly how this works in the "Mopping station" chapter).

The result: floors are mopped with a clean mop. Dirt is therefore not distributed around your home, but instead ends up in the dirty water tank.

This improves the cleanliness of your floors enormously. 💎

Testing the mop function under extreme conditions

To test the mopping performance, we created artificial stains on different types of floors (tiles, laminate, PVC) and let them soak in for approx. 2 hours.

Various stains were created on the floor to perform the mop test of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI

The robot mopped over the corresponding areas up to 4 times.

This is an extreme test. Such stains are not likely to be found in everyday life.

This is what the result looked like:

Tiles

The mopping test result of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI on the tiled floor is clearly displayed.

PVC

The mop test result of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI on the PVC floor is clearly displayed.

Laminate

The mop test result of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI on the laminate floor is clearly displayed.

Mopping along skirting boards

Due to the placement of the mopping pads, a gap of about 5 cm around skirting boards remains uncleaned.

The area on the ledges that the Ecovacs Deebot X1 leaves out when wiping.

To clarify, this area can be vacuumed. The side brush sweeps the dirt safely towards the suction opening.

Conclusion on the mopping test

On paper, the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI has everything you need for a good mopping performance.

Nevertheless, we have to say: we would have expected a little more (especially in the "extreme mopping test").

The weaknesses mentioned (quality of the mop, water splashes, contact pressure) dampen the overall impression.

Are you looking for the best possible mopping performance in your robot vacuum? Then check out our selection of the best robot vacuum cleaners with mopping capabilities.

Just to be clear, the result is by no means "bad". On the contrary, in everyday use (and that is what matters) you will be very satisfied with the mopping performance.

The Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI mops the kitchen floor

The Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI mops the bathroom floor

The mopping result is still among the best of the vacuum-mop hybrids we have reviewed.

But it is also clear that the robot cannot replace manual mopping. The goal is simply to reduce the frequency of manual mopping.

And the X1 OMNI will fulfil this purpose.

P. S.: If you are looking for a more affordable robot with excellent mopping performance, the Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra is a great alternative. 👍

Tips to improve the mopping performance

You can follow these tips to "boost" your mopping experience a little:

  • Regular mopping (every 2 days at the least) ensures that basic cleanliness is maintained.
  • Pour some special cleaning solution* for robot vacuums into the fresh water tank (Attention: The cleaning agent must not foam).
  • In case of hard-to-remove dirt, have the corresponding areas/rooms mopped twice in a row.

You can find more tips in our review of the best robot vacuum/mop hybrids.

Testing the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI vacuuming ability

During the vacuuming test (in the test area and at home) we wanted to challenge the cleaning performance of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI.

Laminate flooring

The suction test result of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI on the laminate floor is shown.

On laminate flooring, the robovac doesn't have too much trouble.

The powerful suction force of 5000 Pa. ensures that dirt disappears easily from the floor.

Ecovacs Deebot X1 Omni cleans laminate floor in test

Ecovacs Deebot X1 Omni removes sand from a hard floor during a suction test

The result is not bad, but we have also tested models that have performed better.

Carpet

On the carpet, the cleaning performance was good.

The Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI has a "carpet boost mode". As soon as a carpet is driven over, the robot automatically increases the suction power.

And this is what the result looked like. 👇

Short pile carpet

The vacuum test result of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI on a short pile carpet is clearly presented in a table.

Long pile carpet

The vacuum test result of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI on a long-pile carpet is clearly presented in a table.

The robot also does its job quite well on carpet:

Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI cleans a carpet

Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI cleans a carpet in the test

In summary, the result was good, but not "outstanding". There are robotic vacuum cleaners on the market that perform better.

Cleaning performance at home

Our extreme test in the vacuum area gives a good indication of how reliable the suction power is. And that's where the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI has already proven its qualities.

Just as important, if not more so, is the question of how well the robot vacuum cleaner copes with everyday life in the home.

To do this, we observed the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI at work in our home for several weeks.

The robot coped very well with our everyday dirt (two-person household, no pets).

The combination of this robot’s vacuuming and mopping abilities provides a fantastic cleaning experience at home. 💎

How does the robot vacuum cope with pet hair and long human hair?

Pet hair or long human hair poses a very particular challenge for hoovers of any kind. 🐶

These hairs do not always end up in the dust bag straight away. Instead, they have the unpleasant tendency to get tangled around the brushes.

This also applies to the brush of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI.

You can see hair wrapped around the brush of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI.

The tangled hairs need to be manually removed from time to time. To do this, the brush can be taken off and unscrewed at the ends.

Then you can remove the hair with a special cleaning tool (included). ✂️

Hair is removed from the brush of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI using a cleaning tool.

We’re disappointed that the cleaning tool has to be stored loose and cannot be attached to the robot vacuum cleaner (this is the case with many competitors).

So take care, the little cleaning tool can quickly get lost.

Corner and edge cleaning in the test

Since dirt tends to accumulate in corners (but also along skirting boards), we naturally wanted to know how the Eccovacs Deebot X1 OMNI performed here when put to the test.

The robot vacuum cleaner navigates safely along the skirting boards. Special wall sensors are equipped to ensure this.

Dirt is captured by the side brush and guided towards the suction opening.

The Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI vacuums dirt along the skirting boards

The Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI sweeps the floor along the ledges, leaving some floor space.

When mopping, a gap of approx. 5cm remains unmopped along the skirting boards. This is because the two mops do not extend across the full width of the unit.

When the obstacle detection technology (AIVI 3.0 technology) is switched on, the X1 OMNI (sometimes) does not travel all the way into the corners.

We found this a little disappointing.

The Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI cleans a corner

If you switch off the AIVI 3.0 technology, then the corner cleaning can be carried out effectively.

Because this is obviously a software problem, we hope that it can be fixed in a timely manner.

Home mapping

Before you can use the cleaning robot to its full potential, it must first create a map of your home.

For this purpose, the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI has a really cool feature called "Quick Mapping".

Note: For the process to run smoothly, remove the mop pads and open all doors so that every room is accessible to the robot.

And the name says it all. The robot travels around your home in no time, passing through each room very briefly.

Quick mapping mode is performed in the Ecovacs Home App

Our 80 m² flat was mapped within 4 minutes. That is an excellent result. 🤯

For comparison, competitors need a good 40 - 60 minutes for the same process. 🤩

The room layout is determined by you. Afterwards, you can merge or separate rooms as desired.

You will then find a detailed map of your home in the Ecovacs Home App. 🗺️

Flat map is saved in the Ecovacs Home mobile app

Now you can access numerous functions that make daily floor cleaning extremely easy. (But more about this in the "Mobile phone app” chapter 📱).

3D map

In addition to the usual 2D view, your home map can also be viewed in 3D.

3D map view can be seen in the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI app.

After the first cleaning, some pieces of furniture are automatically added to the map. 🛋️

Also exciting: Truemapping allows the robot to independently recognise different flooring materials (patterns) and records these on the 3D map.

Unrecognised furniture can be placed on the map using the "drag & drop" function.

Furniture pieces are placed in the 3D map of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI

But what can you actually do with the 3D map?

You can select the option "Clean under furniture", then the vacuum cleaner will target these exact places (e.g. under the table).

In the 3D map of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI, it is set that the robot only cleans under the furniture.

Apart from that, the 3D map is more visually appealing than the 2D version.

In our experience, 3D mapping is somewhat of a gimmick. We could not identify any real added value.

Furthermore, we found some bugs (e.g. placed furniture could not be removed again). In other words, the technology is still pretty rudimentary.

Multiple map storage or use in multi-storey buildings

In principle, three maps can be stored.

However, the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI is not recommended for use in multi-storey homes.

In order to be able to use the full range of functions on the second floor, you would also have to lug the large, heavy station to the second floor.

In our experience, this is completely impractical.

Don’t worry, you can still use the robot vacuum without mop mode on the second floor.

Reminder: to use mopping mode, the robot must be able to access the station to refill the water tank.

To do this, carry the robot to the second floor and press the start button.

Are you looking for a robot vacuum cleaner for multiple floors? Then check out our review!

Testing the navigation of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI

Good navigation is one of the most important features of a robot vacuum cleaner.

The Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI relies on laser navigation. We took a closer look at this in our testing.

How the laser navigation of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI works can be seen
© Ecovacs Robotics

The LDS sensor (Laser Distance Sensor) can be found in the typical laser tower on the top surface of the robot.

This is constantly scanning the surroundings. This allows the robot to orientate itself quickly and precisely.

In practice, the laser navigation worked very well. Your home is scanned in a structured way.

Structured navigation of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI is displayed in the App

The robot took about 55 minutes to finish cleaning our 80 m² flat. That's quite a long time compared to other robots with laser navigation.

Large objects such as furniture are marked on the map and circumnavigated.

But laser navigation reaches its limits with flatter objects (smaller than 10 cm). These are overlooked when navigating...

... For this reason, the cleaning robot is equipped with special technology that allows it to also spot these flat objects and safely avoid them (see next section). 👇

Obstacle detection: Even flat objects are avoided with AIVI 3D technology

Flat objects have always been a challenge for robot vacuum cleaners. 🔌

The robot sucks them in, the brush gets blocked, and you can’t clean anymore…

The Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI wants to prevent this with special solutions for obstacle detection. Strictly speaking, there are two technologies on board:

  • Camera (AIVI 3.0)
  • Laser scanning (TrueDetect 3D)

AIVI camera as well as TrueDetect 3D laser can be seen from the front in the close-up view.

In keeping with the motto "two heads are better than one," Ecovacs uses both laser and camera at the same time.

In previous models, only one or the other was used.

The camera and the laser are installed in the front of the robot hoover, so the household helper can scan the floor for flat objects.

The obstacle detection of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI is shown
© Ecovacs Robotics

If an object is detected, the robot hoover gradually slows down its travel speed and reduces the rotation speed of the side brushes. This further reduces the probability of getting stuck.

And this is how it looks in practice:

On a very positive note, obstacle detection worked well even in (very) poor lighting conditions. 🌒 👍

As soon as obstacle detection is activated, the robot navigates approx. 20% slower (which makes sense, since the ground is being scanned for objects and those that are detected are avoided).

We’ve put the obstacle detection feature to the test. 👇

P.S. A tick between brackets indicates the robot recognised the object but still made contact with it. (✅)

Cable test

Cables of any kind (mobile phone or laptop charging cables) are often left lying on the floor. 🔌

Vacuumed-up cables are something you definitely want to avoid with robot vacuum cleaners, as they will block the brushes and end your cleaning session early.

Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI during object detection test of cables

During our testing, the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI did not entirely wow us.

But still: The cables that the robot did detect were bypassed very safely.

Dog excrement

Pet excrement is another source of danger. 💩

If the robot vacuum cleaner fails to detect this, it can end up a real mess...

Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI in the object detection test of dog excrement

The Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI totally impressed us in this test. All objects were reliably detected.

And because it was so good: here is the top performance again on video.

Miscellaneous flat objects

We have spread various flat items around the room. 🧦

Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI during the object recognition test of small items of clothing.

Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI object detection test of notebooks and pens.

We then observed the X1 OMNI at work.

The test result was good, but not perfect. 👍

Slightly taller objects

Taller objects are not quite so critical, in our view. 👠

Because even if the robot overlooks them during the cleaning session, in the worst case they are merely pushed around a bit. The little household helper won't choke on them.

Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI during object recognition test of higher objects

Another good result! All objects were detected and safely avoided.

Which homes need obstacle detection?

Households that aren’t always perfectly in order and have objects lying on the floor from time to time can really benefit from obstacle detection technology.

It allows you to clean your floors even if your home is not totally tidy, without having to worry about your hoover getting caught up in cables.

But as we’ve learned from our tests, it’s probably best not to blindly rely on this technology.

Problems with obstacle detection technology

While using the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI in our home, we noticed a few things.

  • Corners were sometimes not fully approached.
  • Individual areas were omitted from the cleaning because obstacles were falsely detected by the device.
  • A whole room was even left out once during cleaning (for whatever reason).
  • In some cases, the little household helper lingered for an extremely long time and cleaned some areas several times.

(These difficulties occur quite rarely or may not occur at all. We could not find any regularity in our tests).

These issues disappear when the "AIVI 3D technology" is switched off (it can be deactivated in the mobile phone app). So the culprit is easily identified here.

The numerous technologies (LDS navigation, 3D laser, front camera, a multitude of sensors, ...) do not yet seem to be perfectly coordinated.

Some points have to be deducted for this.

We’re hopeful that the manufacturer will quickly get to grips with these difficulties by means of an update.

If you frequently experience navigation problems, deactivate the AIVI 3D technology. Navigation works fine without it.

Testing the navigation of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI: Our conclusion

Laser navigation is one of the best options for navigation among robot vacuum cleaners. And it also performed well in the case of the X1 OMNI.

In addition, the X1 OMNI uses two technologies (camera + laser) to avoid flat objects independently. This obstacle detection also impressed us in our testing.

Also worth mentioning: when object detection is switched on, the robot handles the furnishings extremely gently. Collisions are almost completely avoided.

In summary, it can be said: The navigation has convinced us. You cannot ask for a stronger performance with the technology available today. 👏

That is one side of the coin.... 🥇

On the other hand, the aforementioned "blackouts" (when the AIVI 3D technology is switched on) caused us some frustration. 🤦

The numerous technologies do not yet seem to harmonise perfectly with each other.

We hope the manufacturer will improve this situation as quickly as possible with an update.

How does the X1 Omni cope with doorsteps?

The Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI is able to cross height differences of approx. 2 cm. At this figure, the robot vacuum cleaner is just about average.

If you are looking for robot vacuum cleaners that can cope with higher door thresholds, then check out our review.

The Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI overcomes a high doorstep

A climbing ability of this amount is generally sufficient to cross most ordinary doorways.

But if your door thresholds are higher than 2 cm (which can be the case in old flats), what can you do?

Special threshold ramps or transition profiles can help you in this case.

Our review of Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI’s video surveillance and communication features

In addition to cleaning floors, the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI can also be used as:

  • a security camera 📷
  • and a communication tool.📞

In this chapter, we will describe our experiences with the two features.

Video Manager surveillance - Security feature

The front of the robot features a camera. 📷

Finger is pointed at the front camera

This is primarily responsible for object detection.

But you can also use this camera to keep an eye on your home. 👀

Live image of your home is viewed in the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI app.

This even works in poor lighting conditions. This is because the camera has a special "night vision mode". 🌒

How to use this function:

  • Launch the Ecovacs app.
  • Click on the "Video Manager" option.
  • You will see a live feed of your flat.

There are different options available to you. 👇

Tap to go

Certain points are marked on your home map. (P. S.: You can add more points as you wish).

Tap To Go function can be seen in the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI App

Tap one of these points and the robot sets off for the corresponding spot. 📍

A live image is always transmitted to your mobile phone.

Hands-free steering

Like a computer game, you can control the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI yourself around your home using arrow keys. ⬆️⬇️⬅️➡️

The Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI is controlled using arrow keys

This way you can steer the robot to the desired area you wish to view.

Home Patrol

Let the Ecovacs X1 OMNI patrol your home. 👮

Home Patrol mode is selected in the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI App.

You can select several points on the map of your home, which the robot vacuum cleaner will move to one by one.

Pictures (and videos if you wish) of the journey are always saved on your mobile phone.

You can even create a schedule of the times at which the robot vacuum cleaner should patrol the flat. 🗓️

Are the video surveillance features of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI useful?

Thanks to these features, completely new areas of application arise for your robot. 🤖

The Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI can not only clean your home, but also serve as a "moving surveillance camera".

The quality of the videos and photos is extremely high. The images are displayed razor-sharp in the app.

For example, if you are going away for a longer period of time, you can check on your flat after a week or so.

But it can also be handy to have a quick look at your home for other reasons:

  • What does the dog actually do when I’m away?
  • Did I turn off the cooker?
  • Was the front door/balcony door/ ... closed when leaving home?
  • …and so on.

Quickly open the app and you'll know for sure.

Front door can be seen in the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI App
Front door open?
Oven can be seen in the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI App
Oven off?
There will certainly be some people out there jumping for joy at the prospect of this extra feature.

As security is becoming more and more important, these monitoring features are particularly compelling.

Two-way communication

The robot hoover offers another interesting function: two-way video and voice communication. 📞

Voice communication feature of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI is shown pictorially.
© Ecovacs Robotics

This means you can "call your flat" when you’re out and about and...

  • Talk to family members 👨👩👧👦
  • Or communicate with your pets ("Dog, get off the couch").🐶

Since there are microphones in the laser tower, your conversation partner can even respond (just like a real Skype phone call).

We find this feature quite gimmicky. A WhatsApp video call is usually more convenient, after all. 📲

Data security

The Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI uses a camera and microphones to provide the security and communication features described above. 🎙️ 📷

So it is understandable that some people have data protection concerns.

Ecovacs is also aware of the issue. They’ve taken some measures to ease your mind:

  • The robot vacuum cleaner has received a privacy and security certification from TÜV Rheinland, an independent, third-party organisation that certifies devices that meet the specifications of ETSI TS 303 645. This standard is a cybersecurity assessment for consumer IoT products.
  • Data is encrypted during transfer to the cloud
  • Ecovacs Europe GmbH complies with the requirements of the European Data Protection Regulation.

Furthermore, you can secure access to the camera with a 4-digit code.

The four-digit security code to access the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI camera is entered in the Ecovacs Home App.

And as soon as the camera is active, the robot hoover informs you by voice output.

Even so, it is more than understandable for people to feel uncomfortable at the thought of a robot vacuum cleaner with a camera.

If you are one of them, then the device is certainly not for you.

The camera and microphones can be deactivated in the app. You can also cover the camera.

However, if this is your preference, we would recommend a different (cheaper) device without these features.

Alternatively, you check out our Deebot N8+ review. This cleaning robot is also part of the Ecovacs family and has similar features on board, but does without a camera or microphones.

Control options: Our experience with the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI mobile app

Control with buttons

A few controls can be found on the station (and also on the robot vacuum cleaner). This allows you to perform the most important functions:

  • (1): Clean mops
  • (2): Start/stop cleaning
  • (3): Send the robot out from the station / call back to the station.
The control button on the Deebot X1 Robot Vacuum Cleaner is tapped with the finger
Control Button Robot Vacuum Cleaner
The controls on the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI Station are touched with the finger
Station controls

Pressing the buttons (1) and (3) on the station at the same time activates the child lock. 👶

So theoretically, the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI can also be controlled without a mobile phone.

However, the Ecovacs Home App offers you considerably more functions (and also fun). 👇

Setting up the Ecovacs Home App

The Ecovacs Home can be installed and ready to use in just a few steps.

Ecovacs Home App is available for download in the App Store

Here's what to do:

  • Go to your app store and download the app to your mobile phone (iOS / Android)
  • Agree to the privacy policy
  • Register with email and password
  • Select your model
  • Take off the lid and scan the QR code
  • Setup your Wi-Fi connection
  • Install the latest update
  • And you’re ready to go!

The app set-up process of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI is shown.

The Wi-Fi connection isn’t working, what should I do?

Here are some suggestions for troubleshooting. Carry out the following steps:

  • Turn on flight mode
  • Important: Activate the Wi-Fi on your mobile phone at the same time.
  • Carry out the set-up process again

You can also switch the Wi-Fi signal from 5G to 2.5G during Wi-Fi setup. Once the Wi-Fi connection is established, this change can be undone.

Functions and settings

The app offers a wide variety of functions for you to play around with.

It also offers a quick and easy way to adjust various settings.

Mop cleaning intervals and hot air drying time

The app allows you to set the intervals at which the two mopping pads are cleaned at the station. You can select the following intervals:

  • 10 minutes
  • 15 minutes
  • 25 minutes

The hot air drying time for the mop pads can also be chosen in the app. The options available to you are:

  • 2 hours
  • 3 hours
  • 4 hours

The hot air drying time and the cleaning interval for the mopping pads are set in the app

In our experience, the pads dry completely in three hours.

Video Manager

You can use the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI camera for monitoring purposes.

P.S.: To start this function, a four-digit security code must first be entered. 🔐

A live image of your home can be seen in the Ecovacs Home App.

Furthermore, you can also carry out 2-way video communication with the help of your robovac (nice gimmick).

For more details, see the chapter "Video surveillance and communication features".

Cleaning plan

Set up a cleaning schedule for the entire week. Here you can define many individual settings (which rooms with which suction / water intensity should be cleaned, should cleaning be done once or twice, etc.).

A weekly cleaning schedule is set in the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI App.

For example, you can choose to have the kitchen vacuumed every day, while the rest of the home gets cleaned three times a week.

This way, your home will start being cleaned automatically without you having to think about it.

Setting up 3D map

In the app, you can place pieces of furniture on the 3D map (like in the game "The Sims").

Furniture pieces are placed in the 3D map of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI.

This way you can recreate your home as realistically as possible.

Restricted zones

Are there any areas in your home that you do not want your little household helper to vacuum/mop (e.g. children's play area or dog eating area)?

Restricted zones are set in the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI App.

If so, you can set corresponding "no-go" / "no-mop" zones. These areas will then be completely left out during cleaning.

You can zoom into the map as far as you like, so defining the zones is quite easy. 👍

Separate and merge rooms

During the mapping process, the robot divides the space by itself.

If this is not to your satisfaction, you can separate or merge rooms in the app as you see fit.

Give the rooms a name

You can assign symbols to the individual rooms (🛌 = bedroom, 🛀 = bathroom, etc.).

In the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI App, the individual rooms are renamed.

First off, this allows you to quickly determine each room at a glance. Furthermore, you can now clean individual rooms by voice command: "Clean the kitchen". 🗣️

Clean individual rooms or areas

You can choose to have one room or a specific area of your home cleaned.

Single room cleaning or area cleaning is selected in the Ecovacs Home App.

We use this feature very often. Sometimes we have the kitchen cleaned several times a day (e.g. after every meal).

Suction power/water flow level

In the app, you can set the suction power or water output with which your floors are to be cleaned.

The suction power as well as the water flow level is set in the Ecovacs Home App.

The levels can be set differently for individual rooms. For example, the tiled floor in the bathroom can be cleaned with a lot of water and the laminate floor in the living room with a little water.

Information on past cleaning runs

In the app, statistics can be viewed on cleaning runs that have already been carried out (area cleaned in m², duration of cleaning, etc.).

Statistics on past cleaning runs are viewed in the Ecovacs Home App.

Maintenance information

The app provides you with maintenance information on individual components of the device.

Information about the maintenance of the individual components of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI is displayed in the app.

In addition, you can get information here about when each spare part should be replaced.

Determine the order of the rooms to be cleaned

First clean the living room, then the hallway and finally the bathroom?

In the Ecovacs app, you can choose the order the rooms should be cleaned in.

Cleaning frequency

One pass not enough?

Then have each room cleaned twice in a row. This ensures even more cleanliness. 🧹

Switch obstacle detection off / on

The obstacle detection can be switched on or off via a slider in the app.

Switch "carpet turbo" on or off

When you switch this function on, the suction power increases automatically when the robot vacuum cleaner drives over a carpet.

"Do not disturb times"

You can set specific times when the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI should not operate.

Further functions

  • Activate/deactivate Charge and Resume
  • Switching the Yiko voice assistant on and off

Conclusion on app control

We’re in two minds about the app.

The range of functions is huge and highly impressive. All important setting options are on board.

The design is also quite user-friendly. After a short period of getting used to it, you get the hang of it pretty quickly. From then on, the app is very easy to use.

However, we also noticed a few bugs

  • Robot was shown as offline
  • Settings made were not enforced
  • Long loading times
  • The app crashed from time to time

However, the issues were normally resolved by restarting the app.

Summary: A good app with some setbacks that reduce its overall score.

Voice assistant

You have two options in this department:

  • Voice control with Amazon’s Alexa or Google Home
  • Voice control with Yiko (Ecovacs’ proprietary voice assistant)

Alexa and Google Home

You can use one of these popular assistants to control your Deebot X1 OMNI by voice. 🗣️

All you have to do is activate the Alexa Skill and the robot is immediately paired with Alexa.

Below you will find an overview of the possible commands.

Overview of Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI voice commands for Alexa

The range of voice commands for Alexa is limited.

Ecovacs’ own voice assistant "Yiko" provides significantly more commands. 👇

Voice control with "Yiko" (Ecovacs’ proprietary voice assistant)

As an alternative to Alexa or Google Assistant, you can also use "Yiko", Ecovacs' integrated voice assistant.

You will find three small holes in the laser tower. The microphones are positioned here so that Yiko can receive your voice commands. 🎙️

The laser turret of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI with the 3 small holes with the microphones can be seen close up.

"Yiko" offers significantly more voice commands (four times as many as Alexa).

Among them are interesting options such as "Yiko, come and clean here". Then the room you’re in will be cleaned.

Yiko supports voice commands in multiple languages.

Below we have compiled all the voice commands for Yiko:

Entire language overview for Yiko, the in-house voice assistant for Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI can be seen.

During our test, we came across some advantages but also some disadvantages:

Advantages Disadvantages
  • Great variety of commands
  • Good if you don't have a voice assistant (Alexa, Google Assistant) at home.
  • No set-up process necessary
  • Yiko "hears" only moderately well (depending on the room volume or whether you are in the same room). You often have to repeat the commands several times.
  • You have to learn the voice commands word for word and recite them. Yiko won’t understand you even if you make minor changes.

An integrated voice assistant in a robot vacuum cleaner is a compelling idea (in principle, at least).

If you don't have an Alexa / Google voice assistant at home, you can now get some chores done using just your voice.

Reviewing the battery life of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI

The Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI features a 5200 mAh battery. 🔋

The maximum runtime depends on the suction power setting and whether mopping mode is turned on (the rotation of the mop pads consumes additional battery capacity).

We were able to gather the following results while cleaning our 80 m² flat:

  • Vacuuming only ("Standard" level): 81 % battery remaining
  • Vacuuming ("Standard" level) and mopping: 75 % battery remaining

If the battery runs out completely, the charging time is ~6.5 hours.

Is a charge & resume function included?

Yes. This means that if the battery runs out during a cleaning trip, the robot will independently return to the docking station and charge the battery.

As soon as sufficient energy is available, the cleaning run is continued at the previously terminated point.

This allows even larger living areas to be cleaned.

Thanks to the powerful battery, the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI is ideally suited for even very large homes.

Reviewing the volume of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI

In the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI App, three different suction power settings can be set. The volume also varies according to this selection. 🔊

We were able to measure the following values in our review:

  • Quiet level: 50 dB
  • Standard level: 52 dB
  • Max level: 56 dB

The volume of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI is shown on a decibel scale.

The volume of the mops being cleaned at the base station is also quite low. (58 dB). When the two pads are drying, a quiet ventilation noise is produced (40 dB). This noise is not really disturbing.

In contrast, the emptying process is quite loud (approx. 70 dB). However, since this does not last more than ten seconds, it’s not too big of a deal. (Perhaps don’t carry out the self-drainage process at night, though). 🙉

If you are very sensitive to noise, the Deebot X1 OMNI is a good choice. It is one of the quieter vacuum robots on the market.

Size, design & quality

Size, design and production quality of your robot vacuum cleaner (as well as the base station that may come with it) are also important factors to consider when buying your device.

Let’s take a look at these below. 👇

Robot vacuum cleaner

The Deebot X1 OMNI weighs 4.4 kg and has a diameter of 36.2 cm and a height of 10.35 cm.

The Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI is measured with a ruler.

The X1 OMNI is certainly not one of the flattest vacuum robots on the market. Therefore, we recommend you measure "critical" areas (e.g. under the bed) carefully before buying. 📏

Ecovacs has really gone the extra mile with the visuals. The design of the complete X1 series was created by the famous Danish industrial design studio, Jacob Jensen.

The design of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI is drawn on paper.
© Ecovacs Robotics

The design of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI Robot Vacuum Cleaner as seen from the front.

Who is Jacob Jensen Design?

Jacob Jensen was a famous Danish industrial designer. In 1958, he founded his own design studio, Jacob Jensen Design.

Jacob Jensen had a knack for designing practical yet aesthetically pleasing products, ranging from clocks and telephones to smoke detectors.

In total, the studio has designed more than 500 products.

Some design works are exhibited in several major art museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Danish Design Museum (Arkiv for Dansk Design).

The Jacob Jensen Design Studio signature is displayed on the device. The robot looks very aesthetic and futuristic at the same time, and the individual elements are very well coordinated.

The lid - which has a metallic / chrome-plated look (but is made of plastic) - is magnetically attached and can be removed with the help of a handle.

The Ecovacs Deebot X1 Robot Vacuum Cleaner is seen from above

The lid of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 is removed

Cool feature: fingerprints aren’t visible on the lid. On top of that, hardly any dust settles on it. ☝️

In addition, a control element (touch button) is located on the upper side.

P. S.: The Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI is available in silver (with black accents) and white. We love that everyone can choose the colour that matches their interior.

The Ecovacs Deebot X1 is shown in silver and in white against a white background

The less visible elements (i.e. the underside) are nothing special. Here, Ecovacs stays consistent with its other models:

  • 2 side brushes
  • 6 Crash sensors
  • Main brush
  • Rollers

All elements are well coordinated and fulfil their purpose. ✅

The Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI is held in the hands and the underside can be seen.

The AIVI camera and the 3D TrueDetect laser are stowed in the front of the bumper (behind a pane).

The camera, as well as laser technology for obstacle avoidance, can be seen.

Conclusion: The Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI’s design is definitely a highlight. It looks futuristic, but at the same time minimalist and modern. The individual elements merge fluidly into one another.

Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI Base Station

The station has the following dimensions: 45 cm x 57.5 cm x 42 cm.

Measuring the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI Station with a ruler.

It’s pretty clear from these figures: the station is huge and cannot really be "hidden" in your flat.

Tip: Think carefully about where you want to place the station in your home.

P. S.: The multifunction station is also available in white and black. 👍

Jacob Jensen Design Studio has also done a good job with the station. Compared to competing stations, the Ecovacs station looks modern and chic.

The Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI Station stands on the table.

The individual elements merge smoothly into one another. The edges are soft and rounded. It looks really great.

The station has a carrying handle. This makes it "easier" to transport. However, with a weight of 18.7 kg (without the water tanks being filled), you’re not likely to be lugging the station from A to B.

There is a cable management system at the back. Excess cables can be rolled up here and stowed away inconspicuously.

The Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI's cable management system is shown in close-up.

On the top there are three touch controls and the chrome Ecovacs logo.

The station of the Ecovac Deebot X1 OMNI is seen from above.

The construction of the base station is also well-thought-out. When you open the top compartment, you will find the two water tanks (clean and dirty) as well as a compartment where a cleaning brush and spare mops are stored.

The organisation of the upper compartment of the Ecovacs Deebot Station can be seen.

In the middle compartment is the dust bag, which collects the vacuumed dirt from the mobile dust box.

The organisation of the middle compartment of the Ecovacs Deebot Station can be seen.

The middle compartment of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI Station with the dust bag for the suction station can be seen.

There is little to criticise about the appearance. The individual elements are well coordinated. The station looks high-quality.

The size of the station is what might catch you off guard. Your home must be large enough to store the station easily (and look at home there, too).

Also bear in mind: Since the water tanks have to be filled and emptied frequently, the station must always be easily accessible for you.

Package and assembly

It’s important to know what is included in your order when you buy an Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI, as well as how difficult the setup is.

We’ve outlined our experience here.

Assembly and first steps

Let's have a look at the steps that need to be taken before you carry out your first robot cleaning session:

  • Remove the robot vacuum cleaner and the station from the packaging.
  • Find a suitable place in your home. Attention: There should be about 50 cm of free space to the front and sides so that the device can move around the station undisturbed. In addition, the station should be easily accessible for you because you often have to fill/empty the water containers.
  • Connect the station to the mains and place the robot vacuum cleaner on it so that the battery can be charged. 🔌
  • In the meantime, you can set up the app. The steps for this can be found in the "Mobile phone app" chapter. 📱
  • When the battery is fully charged, you can send the robot hoover to create a map of your home. (More on this in the "Home mapping" chapter). 🗺️
  • Now your household assistant is 100% ready for use. The map is stored in the Ecovacs Home app and you can access all the app features that make your daily cleaning tasks much easier.

Package contents

The delivery package includes only the absolute essentials.

  • All-in-one base station (auto-empty station and cleaning station)
  • 4 mops (2 of which are replacements)
  • Cleaning brush for the mopping station
  • Small tool to remove stuck hairs (e.g. in the brushes)
  • 2 bags for the emptying station
  • Instructions

The entire package of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI is on the table.

Spare parts, such as mops or replacement bags for the emptying station, can be purchased from the Ecovacs Store on Amazon UK.

Is the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI good value?

In a good investment, price and performance must be in reasonable proportion to each other. ⚖️

Does this apply to the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI?

We don't necessarily think so.

There is not much to complain about in terms of performance. The cleaning robot is jam-packed with innovative features.

The price, on the other hand, is staggering. 😱

You could nearly buy a small car for the price of this device! 🚗

With such a high price tag, we expect absolute perfection. 💎

The weaknesses mentioned in the previous chapters stand out more when you consider the cost and, as such, they tarnish the overall impression.

If budget is not an issue for you, then you should definitely consider buying the luxury X1 OMNI. Below, we have listed some high-quality but noticeably cheaper alternatives for you. 👇

Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI UK review - Our conclusion

We have extensively tested and reviewed the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI.

And we have to note: This luxury robot is packed to the brim with technology. 🤖

Between the auto-empty station, the self-cleaning station, the rotating mop pads, camera monitoring, automatic obstacle detection, etc…

…the numerous functions all play their part in making daily floor cleaning almost completely automatic.

However, during testing, we noticed that the many features are not yet perfectly coordinated. Again and again, small issues occurred in various areas.

Since the majority of the problems can be found on the software side, we are hopeful that Ecovacs will rectify the situation in a timely manner via a software update.

Nevertheless, something like this should not happen with a device in this price range - we expect absolute perfection.

If price is not an issue for you, then this luxury cleaning assistant is a top-of-the-range option with every feature you could ask for from a robot vacuum cleaner.

If that’s not the case, check out our alternatives - they also have some pretty handy features, just at a lower price tag. 👇

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  • My robot vacuum cleaner is having difficulties entering the station. What should I do?


    There are occasional reports on the web that the robot has problems navigating the mopping station (see video).

    We haven’t experienced this problem ourselves. 

    It appears to be a rare defect. 

    If this occurs with your device, we advise you to contact customer service and arrange for a replacement.

  • Is there a sensor that detects the filling level of the mobile dust container and sends the robot vacuum cleaner to the auto-empty station if necessary?


    No, there is no such sensor. Since the mobile dust box is vacuumed out after cleaning is complete at the latest, a sensor is not necessary.

    From our point of view, a corresponding sensor would only make sense if you live in a very large (and very dirty) flat, where the mobile dust box might become full in the middle of the cleaning session. 

    However, this is unlikely to be the case.

  • Does the X1 OMNI have a HEPA filter?


    Yes, the robot vacuum cleaner itself has a sophisticated filter system consisting of:

    Filter network (pre-filter)

    The pre-filter of the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI can be seen in the close-up view.

    Fine dust filter + HEPA filter

    The fine dust filter and the HEPA filter are held in the hands.

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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