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ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI Review

Derek Hales

Written By: Derek Hales

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Hands-off robot vacuum & mop with YIKO

ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI

ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI

ECOVACS’s latest robot vacuum and mop, the DEEBOT X1 OMNI, showcased fantastic performance across all of our tests. It had 96.5% overall debris removal in our cleaning tests, scrubbed a good amount of dirt and debris while mopping, and managed long hair and pet hair with ease. Additionally, it expertly navigated obstacle avoidance tests and fully cleaned our 1,000 sq. ft. office in 40-50 minutes. Most impressive is the OMNI station, which can empty, wash, fill, and dry your robot for you.

Pros

  • Robust empty, wash, fill, and dry charging station
  • Built-in voice assistant YIKO
  • Exceptional navigation performance
  • Great cleaning performance

Cons

  • Expensive robot vacuum & mop

Scoring

Voice assistant robot vacuum & mop; easy maintenance
  • Design - 100%
    100%
  • Performance - 100%
    100%
  • Quality - 100%
    100%
  • Usability - 100%
    100%
  • Value - 95%
    95%
99%

Summary

The ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI is the latest and greatest robot vacuum and mop from ECOVACS. It comes at a high asking price, but it more than makes up for it with bleeding edge technology. It had fantastic performance in all of our tests, showcasing excellent navigational ability, cleaning performance, and exceptional usability. The included OMNI station is incredibly useful, handling the majority of your daily maintenance tasks for you. If a truly hands-off device is what you are looking for, it is hard to beat the ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI.

In This Review

Cleaning Test | Mop Test | Long Hair Test | Pet Hair Test | Obstacle Avoidance | Navigation | Cleaning Speed | Usability | Noise | Specs | Summary

Performance Tests

At Modern Castle, we use 9 different performance tests to measure its cleaning performance, navigational efficiency, and overall usability.

Our testing series includes:

  • Cleaning test
  • Mop test
  • Hair test
  • Pet hair test
  • Obstacle avoidance test
  • Navigation test
  • Cleaning speed test
  • Usability test
  • Noise test

Cleaning Test

To test the cleaning capabilities of the ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI, we place 4 different debris types (sugar, kitty litter, rice, and cereal) on 3 different floor types (hardwood, low pile carpet, and high pile carpet).

ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI

We then run the vacuum on the maximum suction and measure how much of the debris was removed by weight.  

Here are the results:

Overall

96.5%

Hardwood

98.2%

Low Carpet

95.9%

High Carpet

95.3%

Across the board the cleaning performance of the X1 OMNI was excellent. It did miss some debris on each floor type, but not enough to warrant too much concern.

ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI before low pile carpet test
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI before low pile carpet test
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI after low pile carpet est
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI after low pile carpet test

The worst performance was on high pile carpet, where it missed a little bit of everything, but mostly sugar. 

ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI before high pile carpet test
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI before high pile carpet test
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI after high pile carpet test
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI after high pile carpet test

Regardless, an overall removal rate of 96.5% is still fantastic for a robot vacuum.

Mop Test

Mopping performance for the ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI was excellent. It uses dual-spinning mop pads to scrub dirt and debris off the floor.

ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI after mop test
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI after mop test

In our tests, the X1 OMNI did a fantastic job mopping as we noticed a healthy amount of muddy water in the dirty water tank. If you have the mop run daily, you will want to make sure to empty the dirty water tank weekly as it can build up a stinky scent if left for too long.

ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI after mop test
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI after mop test

Please note: the X1 OMNI will avoid carpet and rugs with the mop pads attached. If you need to robot to clean carpet or rugs make sure to remove the mop attachments first.  

Long Hair Test

Our long hair test checks how much hair can be removed from the floor, as well as if any hair gets tangled around the brushroll. We place long strands of hair on the floor, run the ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI over it, and then check the floor and vacuum for hair. 

Removed?

100%

Tangled?

Very Good

The DEEBOT X1 OMNI managed the hair well, removing all of the strands from the floor and managing to keep the majority of it from tangling around the brushroll.

ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI hair test
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI hair test

While some hairs did tangle, ECOVACS includes a multi-purpose cleaning tool to help remove the hair with ease.

Pet Hair Test

For the pet hair test, we rub pet fur into high pile carpet. We then run the ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI on the carpet with max suction and see how well it manages the pet hair. 

ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI after pet hair test
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI after pet hair test

In our tests, the X1 OMNI did great removing a significant majority of the hair. While some strands of hair remained in the carpet, the 5,000 Pa of suction power was able to remove the hair nestled within the carpet fibers. 

For deeper cleans, you may want a more powerful upright vacuum.

Obstacle Avoidance Test

Our obstacle avoidance test checks how well the ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI can navigate around everyday obstacles in its path. The robot utilizes an RGB camera and 3D structured light to identify objects and avoid them.

ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI RGB camera
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI RGB camera

To test these features, we placed a shoe, a mug, a cord, and some fake pet waste on the floor. We then ran the vacuum in that area and watched to see how well it avoided the obstacles. 

Shoe

Yes

Mug

Yes

Cord

Yes

Pet Waste

Yes

Overall, the X1 OMNI did well and avoided all the obstacles we placed in the direct cleaning path. In some cases, especially around the mug and cord, the robot would slightly nudge the object as it was navigating around it. 

Ultimately this isn’t a huge issue, however it could be a problem especially around sensitive equipment like a laptop or phone. 

ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI obstacle avoidance
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI obstacle avoidance

However, in most cases, the ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI should avoid the object and we expect this to only improve with software updates over time. 

To test navigation, we check whether the ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI can fully navigate our office and studio space without getting stuck and return to the base to empty and charge. 

Returned to Base?

Yes

Fully Cleaned?

Yes

Stuck?

No

After running the robot numerous times in our office, we found the X1 OMNI was more than capable of navigating the floor without issue and returning to the base. I never have to worry about whether the vacuum will make it back, as it has successfully navigated every time it cleans.

ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI LiDAR
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI LiDAR

The X1 OMNI uses LiDAR to map in tandem with the RGB camera and 3D structured light to feed information to its AIVI 3.0 and Truemapping 2.0 software. Clearly the hardware and software work as intended.

Cleaning Speed Test

The cleaning speed for the ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI was on par with what we see with other robot vacuums.

Cleaning Area

~1,000 sq. ft.

Time

40-50 min.

ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI app map
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI app map

We had the robot clean our office and studio space of about 1,000 square feet, and it did so in 40-50 minutes

Usability Test

Usability is where the ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI really shines. It has many features and tools that make the device more user-friendly. The OMNI station is sleek and has numerous features packed in that enhance the usability. In addition, it comes with tools and accessories that assist with cleaning.

ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI unboxed
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI unboxed

Here’s what comes in the box:

  • DEEBOT X1 OMNI robot
  • Dual side brushes
  • Mopping pad plates (2x)
  • Washable mopping pads (4x)
  • OMNI station
  • Power cord
  • Dust bag
  • Cleaning brush
  • Multi-function cleaning tool

Setup

Setup is simple, however, there are few steps you need to take due to how the product comes out of the box. 

  • Attach the side brushes
  • Attach power cord to base
  • Plug in base & charge robot
  • Fill clean water tank
  • Attach water pads to pad plates (optional)
  • Attach pad plates to robot (optional)
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI back of station
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI back of station

This process takes 5-10 minutes for a single person, excluding charging time, which can take up to 6.5 hours, according to ECOVACS.

Controls & YIKO

Physical controls for the ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI are basic. There is a single touch button on the top that can start / stop a cleaning cycle or send the robot home. Under the cover is a small red switch which can turn the robot on / off. 

ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI button
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI button
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI power button
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI power button

Built into the robot is a voice assistant named YIKO. This assistant gives you access to more commands than is commonly available with Alexa or Google Assistant. Commands like “Come here and clean.” or “Clean under the couch in the bedroom.” allow you to have more precise control over your robot with your voice.

ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI YIKO
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI YIKO

In testing, we found YIKO to be responsive, most of the time. Occasionally, we would need to repeat our command for the X1 OMNI to hear us and respond. 

If you would rather use Alexa or Google Assistant, the DEEBOT X1 OMNI is also compatible with both. 

App

For more control of the ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI you will need to connect to the ECOVACS HOME app.

ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI app controls
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI app controls

With the app you get access to a variety of features, including: 

  • Multimap management
  • Custom schedules
  • Zones, no-clean/no-mop, invisible walls
  • Suction power control
  • Mop intensity control
  • Cleaning history and reports
  • Battery level
  • Maintenance indicators
  • View through camera
  • Speak through device
  • Manual control
  • Do not disturb mode
  • Voice assistant settings

The interface is simple and the 3D maps created by the Truemapping 2.0 technology are a nice addition. 

Maintenance

This is where the ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI truly shines. The OMNI station can handle the majority of daily maintenance for you.

ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI base
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI base

It can:

  • Empty the dustbin
  • Empty the water tank
  • Clean the mop pads
  • Heat dry the mop pads

In the station are two 4 liter water tanks that hold clean and dirty water. These will need to be filled and emptied as needed. In addition, you will need to replace the dust bag as that gets full, and occasionally deep clean the robot and station. 

ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI water tanks
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI water tanks

Otherwise the ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI is incredibly hands-off. 

Noise Test

Our noise tests measure the level of noise generated by the ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI as it runs on different settings. We measure the robot from about 3’ away with a sound meter app. Here are the results:

Here are the results:

Power ModeDecibel Level
Quiet33.8 dB
Standard43.9 dB
Max45.4 dB
Max+46.3 dB
Self-Empty61.0 dB

Our test found the X1 OMNI to have a noise range of 33-46 dB. This is similar to the level of a quiet library at its loudest. When self-emptying it is notably louder at 61 dB, but it can be disabled during quiet hours via “Do-not-disturb” mode. 

Common noise levels:

  • 20 dB – rustling leaves
  • 30 dB – whisper
  • 40 dB – quiet library, babbling brook
  • 50 dB – refrigerator, moderate rainfall
  • 60 dB – normal conversation, dishwashers
  • 70 dB – traffic, showers
  • 80 dB – alarm clock, telephone dial tone

Specifications

Specifications
TypeRobot vacuum
ManufacturerECOVACS
ModelDEEBOT X1 OMNI
Diameter14.3″
Height4.1″
Weight9.7 lbs.
Floor TypeAll (indoor)
SensorLiDAR, RGB camera, 3D structured light
Suction Power5,000 Pa1
Runtime~2.3 hours (standard)
Dust Bin Capacity400 ml
Water Tank Capacity80 ml
Dust Bin Base3 liters
Water Tanks Base4 liters
Noise Level43.9 dB (standard)
Obstacle AvoidanceYes
Zone CleaningYes
Room CleaningYes
Digital MappingYes
ReturnsVaries by retailer
Warranty1 year
PriceCheck Price

Should you buy the ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI?

I would recommend the ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI if you’re looking for the following features:

  • Hands-off robot vacuum & mop: ECOVACS’ OMNI station includes many features to help maintain your robot vacuum. It can empty the dustbin, fill the water tank, clean the mop pads, and even heat dry them. More often than not, you are taking care of the station more than the robot itself. Additionally, the functionality the app adds dramatically enhances the overall user experience. 
  • Robust voice assistant: For those who want to control the robot with their voice, the built-in assistant YIKO is a great addition. Not only can it perform similar commands to Alexa or Google Assistant, but it has access to far more commands as well. Whether you need the robot to clean on your location or under a specific piece of furniture, YIKO has you covered. 
  • Robot that doesn’t get stuck: Across all of our navigation tests and obstacle avoidance tests the ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI never got stuck. The combination of LiDAR, RGB camera, 3D structured light, and on-board software are capable of successfully navigating and returning to the docking station.

For more information or to buy the ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI, click here.

About Derek Hales

Derek HalesDerek Hales is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of ModernCastle.com. He has been featured in Fast Company, Reader's Digest, Business Insider, Realtor.com, She Knows, and other major publications. Derek has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Kansas State University. Hales has been testing and reviewing products for the home since 2014.

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2 Comments on “ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 OMNI Review”

  1. I have Omni x1 it works great so far but the battery is a let down I don’t think it lasts long enough, if use max or higher vacuum levels it drains so quickly and because it take 5-6hrs to charge it can’t finish jobs quickly, this is big let down. I’m hoping they’ll offer a higher density and capacity battery upgrade soon!

    Reply
    • Yeah, I have noticed that as well. It can take 8-10 hours between cleaning time + charging time for the vacuum to clean my entire home.

      I’m in the middle of my first 100 day test at the moment. I’ll be doing an update to this review once we finish.