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ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS Review

Derek Hales

Written By: Derek Hales

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Voice controlled robot vacuum & mop

ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS

ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS

The ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS is a robot vacuum & mop with an auto empty base. Across our tests it had solid performance. Cleaning was great with 97.2% removal of all debris, mopping did well, and it was able to navigate effectively avoiding most of the objects in its path. It manages long hair and pet hair well, and cleans at a reasonable pace. The main selling point is the built-in voice assistant YIKO, which can respond to more commands than other voice assistants. 

Pros

  • Built in voice assistant
  • Optional air freshener
  • Auto empty base for reduced maintenance

Cons

  • Failed to avoid cables in our obstacle avoidance test
  • Need to remove mop for robot to clean carpet or rugs

Scoring

Voice assistant robot vacuum with auto empty base
  • Design - 98%
    98%
  • Performance - 97%
    97%
  • Quality - 97%
    97%
  • Usability - 95%
    95%
  • Value - 95%
    95%
96%

Summary

Across all of our tests the ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS had solid performance. During the cleaning test it handled the majority across all of our floor types and removed dirt and debris while mopping. Long hair got tangled around the brushroll, but was easily removed. Additionally, the X1 did a great job at managing pet fur. The X1 PLUS was able to navigate the space thanks to the LiDAR, 3D structured light, and RGB camera, and avoid objects most of the time. The built-in voice assistant can be useful and the fragrance capsule is an interesting addition with a pleasant smell. In my view, if a smart home that can be controlled with your voice is what you want, the DEEBOT X1 PLUS is a solid choice.

In This Review

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

Performance Tests

To test the ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS, we put it through a series of 9 different tests.

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 performance of the X1 PLUS, we use 4 different debris types (sugar, kitty litter, rice, and cereal) on 3 different floor types (hardwood, low pile carpet, and high pile carpet). We then run the robot on max suction power and check to see how much debris is removed by weight.  Here are the results:

Overall

97.2%

Hardwood

97.7%

Low Carpet

94.4%

High Carpet

99.5%

ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS before hardwood test
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS before hardwood test
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS after hardwood test
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS after hardwood test

Overall, cleaning performance was great for the ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS. It removed the majority of the debris on all floor types, only slightly struggling on low pile carpet with sugar. 

ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS before low pile test
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS before low pile test
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS after low pile test
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS after low pile test

Otherwise, the 5,000 Pa of suction power was more than enough for most of the debris. 

Mop Test

In our mopping test, we had the ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS mop our office and studio space, which has mild foot traffic over time. After we ran the mop, we noticed a decent amount of dirt and debris on the mop pad, but nothing overly impressive.

ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS mop attached
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS mop attached

The oscillating mop pad was able to scrub off dirt and debris from the floor, but for more serious jobs, you will want a dedicated mop. 

ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS detaching mop pad
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS detaching mop pad

For those worried about the robot getting carpet or rugs wet, it will avoid those areas while it has the mop attached to avoid any unwanted messes. 

Long Hair Test

To test the ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS’s capabilities to manage long hair, we place strands in the direct cleaning path of the robot vacuum. We then run the vacuum over the hair and check to see if any hair remains on the floor, and if any is tangled in the brushroll. 

Removed?

100%

Tangled?

Good

All of the long hair was easily removed by the X1 PLUS. However, a good amount of hair remained tangled around the brushroll after.

ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS after hair test
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS after hair test

Luckily, ECOVACS included a cleaning tool that can easily remove tangled hair. 

Pet Hair Test

For our pet hair test, we placed pet hair into high pile carpet until it is nestled within the fibers. We then ran the ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS on the highest suction power and checked to see how much of the pet hair was removed. 

ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS after pet hair test
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS after pet hair test

Overall, the X1 PLUS did a great job. The majority of the fur was removed, with a few strands of hair remaining in the carpet after cleaning. If your dog doesn’t shed a lot, the ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS should be more than capable. 

Obstacle Avoidance Test

For obstacle avoidance we wanted to see how well the ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS could avoid common objects that may be lying on the floor while cleaning. The X1 PLUS has an RGB camera and 3D structured light sensor, which is able to pass visual information to the on-board AIVI 3D software. 

ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS RGB camera
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS RGB camera

The software is able to recognize multiple objects and then direct the robot to avoid these hazards.

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

No

Pet Waste

Yes

Overall, the ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS was able to avoid most of the objects, except the cord. Near the end of the test, the robot ran over the cord, which it had previously avoided. 

ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS obstacle avoidance
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS obstacle avoidance

However, the software will continuously receive updates via the app, so I would expect improved performance over time. 

Our navigation test occurs over a period of multiple tests. We run the ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS in our office and studio space, and test to see how well it can navigate. We measure this with 3 core requirements: did it get stuck, can it fully clean the space, and did it make it back to the base? 

Returned to Base?

Yes

Fully Cleaned?

Yes

Stuck?

No

The X1 performed well, successfully navigating our office.

ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS Map
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS Map

This is no easy task to do as we have film equipment and other products scattered across the room. So, seeing the robot fully clean and make it back to base is fantastic to see. 

Cleaning Speed Test

Our cleaning speed test showed the ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS was able to clean out 1,000 sq. ft. office space within 40-50 minutes. 

Cleaning Area

~1,000 sq. ft.

Time

40-50 min.

This is on par with other robot vacuums we’ve tested. In addition, the robot can return, recharge, and resume cleaning, so cleaning speed isn’t a huge issue, unless you’re in a rush. 

Usability Test

Usability is excellent for the ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS. Setup was quick, it is simple to use, and easier to maintain thanks to the auto-empty dock. 

ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS base
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS base

One of the more unique features included with the robot is the ability to attach an air freshener to the robot so it can fill your house with a pleasant smell as it cleans.

ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS air freshener insert
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS air freshener insert

In order to use this feature, you need to remove the mop pad, which is a downside in my view. 

Setup

Setting up the ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS is incredibly easy. There aren’t many accessories, and the complete setup takes 5-10 minutes to complete with a single person. 

  • Place the base down
  • Place the dust container on base
  • Attach side brushes onto robot

With that done, ECOVACS recommends charging the robot completely before first use. 

ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS attaching dock base
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS attaching dock base

From there you can attach the desired accessories, but there aren’t too many to choose from. Here is what comes with the ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS:

  • DEEBOT X1 robot
  • Dust container
  • Base
  • Power Cord
  • Dust bag
  • Dual Side brushes (2x)
  • Water tank
  • Washable mop pad
  • Disposable mop pads (2x)
  • Air freshener attachment
  • Air freshener capsule
  • Multi-function cleaning tool
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS unboxed
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS unboxed

Controls & YIKO

Physical controls for the ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS are incredibly basic. There is a single touch button for starting / stopping a cleaning cycle and a switch under the cover that powers the device itself.

ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS button
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS button
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS power switch
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS power switch

Built into the vacuum is a voice assistant named YIKO. You can command this voice assistant to do various tasks that you wouldn’t be able to do with other voice assistants like Alexa. It can be told to “Clean here” to clean on your location or clean under furniture in a specific room.

ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS YIKO
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS YIKO

This may be a benefit for those who like to use their voice to start smart tasks, however, we found it wasn’t always the most responsive in testing.

In most cases, the robot did respond to our voices and completed the assigned task.

ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS front
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS front

If you would rather use a different voice assistant, the X1 is also compatible with Alexa, Google Assistant, or Siri with less functionality. 

App

The ECOVACS HOME app will be the main way to control the robot. With the app you get access to a wide range of features like map controls, custom schedules, and more.

It has multimap management, and the map is easy to interact with and customize.

ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS app cleaning log
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS app cleaning log
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS app map
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS app map

In addition, you get access to standard controls like adjusting the suction power, adjusting the water flow for mopping, and a “Do-not-disturb” mode for nighttime hours. 

Maintenance

Maintenance is greatly improved for the ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS thanks to the auto empty base. The base will automatically empty the robots dustbin as needed, reducing the amount of time you need to spend dealing with an on-board dustbin.

ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS dust bag
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS dust bag

Instead, you will need to less frequently replace the dust bag in the base. You will still need to wash the mop pads, fill the water tank, and maintain various pieces of the device. But the most frequent task of emptying the dustbin is taken care of for you. 

Noise Test

To test the noise level of the ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS we let it run on each mode and measure the level of noise created by the device. We use a sound meter and measure from about 3’ away for 30 seconds.

ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS
ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS

Here are the results:

Power ModeDecibel Level
Quiet32.5 dB
Standard45.6 dB
Max50.8 dB
Max+51.5 dB
Self-Empty63.0 dB

Our testing showed the ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS to have a noise range of 32-52 dB while cleaning. This is fairly standard with other robot vacuums we’ve tested, albeit a little quieter than average. 

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 PLUS
Diameter13.9″
Height4.1″
Weight9.4 lbs.
Floor TypeAll (indoor)
SensorLiDAR, RGB camera, 3D structured light
Suction Power5,000 Pa1
Charging time~6.5 hours
Dust Bin Capacity400 ml
Water Tank Capacity240 ml
Dust Bin Base0.8 gallons / 3.2 liters
Noise Level45.6 dB
Obstacle AvoidanceYes
Zone CleaningYes
Room CleaningYes
Digital MappingYes
ReturnsVaries by retailer
Warranty1 Year
PriceCheck Price

Should you buy the ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS Robot Vacuum?

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

  • Voice controlled robot vacuum & mop: The on-board voice assistant YIKO provides access to a wider range of commands. For messes under furniture you can tell it to clean there. If you need it to clean in your location, you can call it and it will come. If voice control over your home is important to you, this is a great addition. 
  • Great cleaning performance with a pleasant smell: In our tests the ECOVACS DEEBOT X1 PLUS had great results removing 97.2% of all debris. Additionally, the air smelled better after the test thanks to the air freshener capsule. While it may not be important to everyone, it is a unique addition to the robot vacuum.
  • Reduced maintenance: Thanks to the self empty docking station, maintenance is significantly easier. It automatically empties the dustbin on the robot as needed. Meaning you only need to replace the dust bag in the base, which is much less frequent.

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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.