Neabot NoMo Q11 review: The self-emptying robot vacuum

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Neabot NoMo Q11 review: The self-emptying robot vacuum

Just when you think robotic cleaners could not be more convenient, the next generation comes. The Neabot NoMo Q11 is one of a handful of robotic vacuum cleaners and mops that not only do the cleaning for you, but also empty their own built-in trash cans.

I noticed in a recent piece of Smart Home Diary that technology never stands still …

My first rule for buying expensive things was always: Buy the right one once.

What many people do is buy something relatively inexpensive, then decide that they want a better one, and sometimes later decide that they want one even better than that. The end result is that they buy the thing they should have bought in the first place, plus one or two other models. I have always tried to cut off the middleman and buy the thing that would keep me happy for decades to come. It worked for hifi. It worked for headphones. It worked for household appliances. It even worked a bit for bikes.

But you can not do that with technology in general – and smart home technology in particular – because (a) things are just not built to last as they once were, and (b) technology is constantly improving, so buying the best item today is no protection against craving a better one a little later.

Back in 2018, a robotic vacuum cleaner was the height of labor-saving devices that vacuum automatically every morning while we are still in bed. A year later, mop functionality was added, to allow robocleaners to wash wooden floors as well as vacuum them. And now we have self-emptying …

With a normal robocleaner, with our 2-bed apartment, we had to empty the trash about every 2-3. day. That’s the very definition of a first world problem, but it’s another thing on the to-do list, so I was curious to try one that can empty its own bin. Go into Neabot NoMo Q11.

See and feel

The cleaner itself looks like, well, most of them. The vast majority of the models on the market are round, and pretty much the same size.

The Q11 looks a bit more high-tech than most with a bright blue LED strip on top (which you can disable in the app if you wish), but is otherwise pretty standard-looking.

The thing that absolutely is it not normal appearance is the dock! Instead of a flat plate with battery contacts, this one looks like a futuristic huge, shiny white boot. An open-toe shoe for a giant Stormtrooper, perhaps.

The reason for this size is that it is not only a charger but also an extra vacuum cleaner. This one waits for the robot to dock and then sucks the dirt out of its dust tray into a much larger 2.5-liter dust bag. That one should only be emptied about once a month.

The dock is not exactly discreet, but in a modern home with lots of gadgets, it does not look too out of place. However, I could imagine it could be in a more traditional house.

Setup

Setup is the usual process for network gadgets of this kind that I absolutely hate:

Anything that requires me to open an app, start the setup process, and then switch my iPhone to a Wi-Fi hotspot generated by the device itself before returning to the app, always makes my heart sink. I do not think I can remember a single time where it has worked the first time, and in the worst cases you may end up running through the loop four or five times, only to eventually make it work by sacrificing a goat .

Surely this took three tries before it worked. It is at least a one-time process.

The app is also quite intuitive. Once I had added and named the cleaner, I really needed to look for a place where I could set the cleaning schedule:

  • Tap the name of the robot
  • Tap the grid at the top right
  • Touch Cleaning Schedule
  • Touch Scheduled Cleaning List

Press the grid before knocking on the robot. But again, you typically only use the app once to set the schedule, and then you forget about it.

In use

Neabot claims that the 4000Pa suction in maximum power mode is the strongest on the market, and whether that is the case or not, it is certainly extremely powerful! There are two lower power levels and the standard is 1500Pa, which I found was enough for daily cleaning.

A very welcome surprise was how quiet it is in use. My Apple Watch measured it at around 57-60dB at one meter, and subjectively it felt like a very comfortable noise level that is much quieter than its predecessors.

What is does not quiet is the suction motor in the quay! The robot docks itself with a quiet beep and a mumbled ‘Finished cleaning’, and then it sounds as if a 747 is starting to start! This does not take long, about five seconds or so, but you certainly do not want to schedule a cleaning to finish while you sleep …

Like most robot cleaners, the Q11 uses a LiDAR system to map your home, and the efficiency of the mapping algorithms just seems to be getting better and better. The robot took off, mapped the perimeter of the apartment and then clears back and forth very efficiently. The total time is about the same as our two previous robots, at about 35 minutes, but it reaches some areas the others could not as it was able to get under more furniture thanks to the slightly shorter height.

It intelligently attempts to map the home in zones marked with different colors. In our case, it divided the apartment in two, in a quite sensible way – efficient living room and kitchen as one zone (in blue) and the rest as another (in yellow). You can then use the app to tell it to clean a single zone. It also has the usual stain cleaning option to clean up any spills.

The mop performance is also very good, although this is only suitable for homes with mostly hard floors, as it – bizarrely enough – has no possibility to automatically recognize and avoid carpets and rugs. You can set no-go areas, but since our only carpeted area is in the bedroom, it was easier just to close the door.

I have only two complaints. First, there is no HomeKit or Siri shortcut support (it supports Alexa). It’s not a big deal as I mostly just set the schedule and move on, but if you want an unplanned cleaning, use the app to boot instead of Siri. Second, even though the app lets you pause and restart the cleaner – which can be handy if you want it to wait until you’ve made breakfast or whatever – there’s no way I can see to ask it to dock. To do so, press the Dock button on the robot itself.

It has once been confused and has spun in circles when a large package arrived between the one who started and finished the cleaning, but otherwise it has worked flawlessly and takes an efficient route back to the quay with less hunting than other models we have tried.

Price and conclusions

Robot vacuum cleaners are available in all price levels these days, from not much more than $ 100, which is pretty wild for what was once a luxury product category.

A typical premium model is sold these days for around the $ 300-400 level in real life, though official prices may be much higher.

The Neabot NoMo Q11 is officially sold for $ 700, and is currently available for $ 600.

Whether the self-emptying ability justifies the surcharge will depend on how lazy you are, or possibly how much back pain you suffer when you bend down! Personally, I love the fit-and-forget nature of this setup, with only a monthly reminder to empty the dock bag. Your mileage may vary.

The Neabot NoMo Q11 self-emptying robocleaner is available from Amazon for $ 599.99.

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