Budget-friendly robotic vacuums, or entry-level as they are known, are becoming more and more preferred in houses across the country. Not only for their lower price but additionally for their ability to clean sufficiently for most houses. The Lefant M201, as well as the Ecovacs Deebot N79S, are 2 such robots and that I will compare today.
While each provides a lower cost than the extra expansive and also function-filled rivals, they also provide you with adequate power to finish the job; provided you can stand with some features not being available and others being below normal.
This review will compare those features (or lack thereof) and how the two robots confront each other in a side-by-side showdown. Which one is perfect for you? That depends upon how you really feel about the abilities of each option.
The Differences between Ecovacs and Lefant
While they are similar in circle layout and most capabilities, there are differences that you need to be aware of. Those differences might make or break your choice and are listed here.
The Ecovacs N79S has a slightly larger collection bin capacity than that of the Lefant M201.
At maximum speed, the Ecovacs can generate more suction power than the Lefant.
The Lefant M201 features a unique brushless inlet design which does not block with pet hair; the Ecovacs is equipped with two side brushes, a main roller brush.
The Lefant M201 with an 11” diameter is smaller sized than the Ecovacs N79S with 12” diameter, while the Lefant is slight higher than the Ecovacs, 2.8” vs 2.24”.
The Ecovacs N79S has one HEPA quality filter; the Lefant has two.
The Lefant will clean low and medium pile carpets; Ecovacs will only clean low pile carpets.
Each model comes with Wi-Fi communications, along with a mobile app and voice commands; the Ecovacs N79S also has a simple remote control.
The Similarities Between the Two
Some features seem to be similar. Robots have a great deal of the exact same parts and same functions. Now let’s see how the two are the same.
Both boast a runtime of as much as 100 minutes (under perfect conditions).
The Lefant and the Ecovacs Deebot each count on their sensors only for navigation and do not have a mapping ability.
Both robots can be scheduled for cleaning at defined times.
Both robots have three clean modes: spot clean, edge clean, automatic clean.
Comparing The Vacuums Thoroughly
Knowing the specs can assist your decision. Recognizing what those specs suggest in detail is even better. Below is the information for each vacuum as they fight for superiority.
The Batteries Are Nearly Identical
Both of the robots make use of a battery pack that will drive each vacuum clean for up to 100 minutes.
Of course, those data are subjective to a number of aspects. When the companies upload their forecast optimum runtimes for their items, you need to keep in mind that these numbers are based upon lab-quality testing.
Your residence will certainly not be lab quality. You will have differing quantities of carpets, different types of hard flooring, more obstacles, furnishing and, of course, dirt.
Each of these plays a part in the length of time the battery really lasts. When the battery gets low on charge, another thing to consider is how the robot reacts.
Both of the robots will return to the charging dock when their batteries drop under 10 percent. This means that for a full battery charge you can only get 85 to 90 percent of the battery utilized for cleaning.
The bright side is that even at 85 percent, the battery is generally enough to clean a whole home. If your floor plan is under 1400 square feet of all hard floors, or under 1100 square feet of hard flooring and carpet, either robot should not have trouble cleaning everywhere in one single charge.
For those lucky homes, the robot will certainly finish cleaning as well as return to the docking station, recharge and be prepared to go the next time you need to send it out.
However, you must note that neither the Lefant M201 nor the Ecovacs Deebot N79S will automatically return to clean after the batteries have recharged completed. If there is still floor area to clean, you will need to tell the robot to get back to the point work manually.
The only common control option for M201 and n79s is that they both have local controls or buttons on the machine itself to tell it how to clean.
The local controls are pretty limited, nonetheless. Both have a single button that will activate the robot on the first press and send it out to clean by using the automatic cleaning cycle on the second press.
APP & Remote Control
There, the resemblances stop. The Ecovacs Deebot N79S comes with a simple remote control that you can use to begin, stop, pause or restart a cleaning cycle. You can also send the robot back to the charging dock station to recharge the batteries. Keep in mind that first, you must quit the cleaning cycle before pressing the home button.
The remote has an LCD screen display so that you can see the date and time, along with the selected scheduling periods when you set or delete a schedule. There are also mode menu selections.
You can decide to have the robot do an automatic cleaning cycle which will send it out to your home and have your flooring cleaned in the way it considers perfect. This leads to a sporadic cleaning pattern that finally covers the entire floor.
You can additionally choose spot cleaning mode for, especially greatly stained locations. The robot will focus on a single spot, spiraling outward to concerning a two-foot radius deep cleaning that location.
Lastly, you can choose the edge cleaning mode. This will force the robot to detect the wall and run along the baseboards of your home cleaning just the edges. If you have shedding pets, this is an essential option as their hair seems to somehow find its way to the edges and corners of the residence.
The Lefant M210 doesn’t have a remote control. Rather, they utilize Wi-Fi communications to connect to your home network. You can use this connection to sync the mobile app on your smartphone to the robot and control it that way.
The mobile app isn’t the best version of a robotic remote control out there, but it finishes the job. You will be able to pick all the same cleaning modes that the Ecovacs has: automatic, spot cleaning, and edge cleaning.
You can additionally start a cleaning cycle, pause, restart or quit a cycle in progress or make the robot go back to the charging station. Utilizing the app, you can also switch max cleaning settings, at any time, which boosts the electric motor speed as well as suction power up to double the common rates.
You can view the status of the robot and the battery charge level as well. You will also be able to create, edit or delete a cleaning schedule. These schedules can be set at any time from anywhere as long as your phone is connected to a network.
You can even create a schedule while you are at the workshop to have the robot clean your homes while you go to work.
Making use of the wireless network additionally allows you to sync the robot to Amazon Alexa, enabled gadgets and other third-party, voice-controlled apps such as Google Home and IFTTT. By doing so you can then manage the robot with your voice.
The voice commands are really limited, however provide you the capacity to locate the robot, examine the status, as well as start, stop, resume or quit a cleaning cycle and send the robot to the charging station.
The Ecovacs Deebot N79S wins this round. Although mobile apps and voice controls are sufficient, the included remote adds easier control and can be used in more circumstances.
One Filter Sounds Impressive; The Other Actually Is Impressive
The Ecovacs Deebot N79S uses what they call a high-performance filter. While this may seem outstanding, it is a fairly basic filter overall.
The filter isn’t HEPA certified or even HEPA quality. It is a three-stage filter, but at most will only catch bits to 5 microns in size. This implies that a lot of the allergens at home will get through, make it past the exhaust, and also back into your air, falling on the floor.
If you are an allergy sufferer, dust like pet dander, dust mites as well as pollen that are tracked into your home will remain, to some degree. In order to keep the motor position clean, and the floors clean, though, the filters play a role.
If you are trying to find HEPA quality filters, however, the Lefant M201 has you covered. Their filter is composed of a HEPA-certified filter to capture particles down to 3 microns in size.
This will catch approximately 99 percent of all in-home allergens. While it won’t replace your home’s filtration device (and you shouldn’t expect it to), the filter will gather and maintain these allergens from the floors and carpeting in your home. HEPA filtration is much better than not.
The Navigation and Sensors work Well in Both Robots
Neither the M201 nor the N79S will map your home using cameras or lasers. These costly enhancements are only discovered on premium versions such as the Roomba 980 and The Neato BotVac Connected line.
What you get, instead, is sensing unit-based navigation, which can make the robot seem to be random and sporadic. This type of navigating is one of the most simplistic as well as a basic methods available. It is still around for one straightforward reason: it simply works.
The drop sensors on both of the robots prevent them from falling down stairways or getting caught on large ledges. Large, certainly implying a threshold or barrier with an elevation difference of concerning a half as well as an inch.
The anti-collision infrared sensors aid two robot vacuums identify potential stuck areas and also adjust the cleaning path instantly.
Thanks to their small-sized style, which makes them slides under and around the bed, sofa, as well as other furniture effortlessly for a thoroughly clean with high coverage and ultra-low failure rate. It will normally (though not always) make contact to see if the thing is passable. If so, the robot will go straight over. If it is not, the robot will automatically change its direction. The rubber bumpers around the robots protect them from damage to walls, furniture, and the robots themselves.
If you desire a mid-tier clean with an entry-level robot, either the Lefant M201 or the Ecovacs N79S are good options. Each has its own good as well as bad that might discourage certain individuals from purchasing, nonetheless, of the price and also features, you really can not go wrong.
If you aren’t bothered with in-home allergens, neither do you need nor want to fuss with a remote controller, the Lefant M201 could be your answer. It will clean your entire floors area, edges, baseboards and carpets (low and medium pile only) and it will do so effectively and efficiently.
Nonetheless, the Ecovacs N79S will certainly do the same (other than on low pile carpet only, not medium or high pile), and offer you more control options.
In the end, the appropriate option will be the one that works best for your requirements.