Roomba paved the road to mass usage of robot vacuums. Marketed as an easy alternative to the tiresome and time consuming vacuuming or perhaps the ultimate Christmass gift, the robotic vacuums have seen great sales and global usage over the past years. They are the first robots that are used massively in our households and the first devices to use WiFi as a mean to be controlled from a distance. Lots of companies provide various models that have small differences in power or design. However, they all suffer from the same disadvantage: they need to be cleaned manually, after one or more usages. Dust, hair and other particles are transferred to the garbage bin, but usually a part of them travels through the air back to our house. In our brand new Neabot NoMo review we get to see the first robot vacuum that solved this problem – plus some more 😉
Neabot is a company that was founded in 2019 with a mission of providing every household with a better home cleaning experience. Their task is to empower their clients to spend more time on things they love and less time on daily chores. Neabot introduced its first product, Neabot NoMo robot vacuum, in May 2020 on Kickstarter. After its success on the fundraising platform, it started global sales. The difference of NoMo with the other robot vacuums, is that NoMo has a self-emptying dustbin!
Neobot NoMo can be found in Gadgetplus along with its accessories.
Neabot NoMo review: Specifications
|Mapping / Path planning||yes|
|Mapping Sensor Type||LDS|
|Objects recognition (front camera)||no|
|Recharge & Resume||yes|
|Automatically Docks and Recharges||yes|
|Noise Level||55 db|
|Side Brushes (one or two)||2 pcs|
|Suction Power||2700 Pa|
|Сleaning Area||2153 ft2 / 200 m2|
|Dustbin Capacity||400 ml|
|Automatic Dirt Disposal||yes|
|Barrier-cross Height||0.79 in / 20 mm|
|Battery Capacity||5200 mAh|
|Run time||120 min|
|Rated Power (Watts)||N/A|
|IR Remote Control||yes|
|Wi-Fi / Smartphone App||yes|
|Wi-Fi Frequency Bands||2.4 GHz|
|Amazon Alexa Support||yes|
|Google Assistant Support||yes|
|Magnetic/Optical Virtual Walls||no|
|Digital Blocked Area||yes|
|Manual movement control||yes|
|Selected Room Cleaning||yes|
|Anti-drop / Cliff Sensor||yes|
|Full Bin Indicator||no|
|Robot Width||13.78 in / 35 cm|
|Robot Height||3.86 in / 9.8 cm|
|In the box||1x Neabot Robot Vacuum,1x Neabot Self-Emptying Dustbin, 2× Side Brush, 1x HEPA Filter, 2× Dust Bag, 1x Remote Control, 1x User Guide, 2× Battery AAA (For Remote Control)|
Description and Usage
NoMo Robot Vacuum is composed from the typical rounded robot vacuum and a charging base that includes a dust bin. In the retail box we can also find a remote control, and user guides on how to connect the system with our mobile phone. It took some time to connect the vacuum with the wifi and my Android smartphone but after that, we were ready for first use. The charging base / dust bin had already a bag in, and the vacuum was charged enough to make a first pass and map the house.
For our Neabot NoMo review, I used the vacuum in my own flat. We’re talking about an average flat that is 115 m2 large, single floored, with winter carpets on, and a number of chairs and tables. I clicked on the Clean button in the mobile app and the robot charged to the floor. The two side brushes and the roller brush below the robot, effectively extracted and vacuumed dirt, while the robot identified the carpets and boosted its suction for extracting hair and other debris from them. Neabot mapped all rooms, got tangled a bit in my pc cables but cleaned the whole flat in 45 minutes.
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The wall sensors let NoMo strole very closely along walls and around objects without touching them. It can easily cross obstacles like doorsills of up to 20mm, easily going through the home without hindrance, for full coverage cleaning. The robot has anti-collision sensors and soft cushion bumpers to avoid obstacles and protect your furniture. It uses a z-shaped vacuuming pattern, instead of just randomly traveling around, which tends to be a more efficient way to clean. It cleaned the whole house properly – plus corners. NeaBot NoMo uses Lidar Navigation, and Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) technologies, for mapping thus making the NoMo robot really smart on mapping and following the best possible route. It took 3-4 usages more to learn the house properly and program its path. At the fifth time of usage, the cleaning time fell to just 32 minutes.
The robot vacuum has an option for heavy duty cleaning ( in case you have a pet or you dropped something in the floor) with suction power of 2700Pa. In case you drop sugar for example, you can direct the robot to clean the exact spot you want, and it will clean the localized area around it (area of of 5*5 ft / 1.6*1.6 m).
After each cleaning the robot vacuum returns to the charging station / dust bin and self-cleans. It automatically transfers the dirt collected inside the robot into the bag-lined dustbin, without me having to touch the mess. Inside the robot vacuum there are filters and cleaning kit. All can be cleaned after a time of usage. The bin has a small bug – similar to the ones we can find in typical electric vacuums. The auto-sealed dust bag holds 2 to 4 weeks of dirt and debris.
As you will see in this Neabot NoMo review, one area where this smart vacuum excels, is in its application. It has 5 languages (English, French, German, Spanish and Chinese), two options for units (square feet and square meters) and the ability to be updated. The first time I opened the app, it updated the firmware of the vacuum thus making a great impression on me!
The app has a Schedule page where there are options about Clean and No-disturb. In the Add Cleaning Plan we can set up the time, days or every day of usage, and the option to clean all the house or specific areas. In the Add No-disturb Plan we can set up the times we don’t want the vacuum to start working. This is a mean to stop any manual start from the vacuum itself, or through a voice Assistant. What is also good, is the ability to schedule cleaning per room and per hour. For example you can clean the bedrooms every two days at 11 in the morning and the kitchen two times per day after each breakfast/lunch/dinner!
NoMo app: smart features
The app has a Smart Maps page as to add 3 types of areas: Areas for single pass clean, areas for double pass clean and areas to be prohibited. In the latter I have added my office area, as to stop the vacuum from getting tangled in the various PC cables, and the area under the kitchen table. While the vacuum can pass over carpets or cables, my kitchen table chairs have horizontal floor support that manage to tangle the vacuum in the space between two chairs.
Thank god, I realized that because I got a notification in my smartphone that the vacuum was stuck! After going there, I found NoMO vacuum tangled but also powered off, so as not to disturb or waste the battery. Solving this issue was easy, as it only needed me to add the two areas and the robot vacuum avoided them since. The house is clean in less than half an hour with 30% loss of battery. Neabot claims cleaning usage up to 3.5 hours per charge for a space of about 200m²(2150 ft²).
The application has an Empty Bin button, as to order the robot to clean in case you want to change the dust bag and want a final self-cleaning feature.
Finally there is a Settings tab. In there we find settings about the Suction power at 2700pa, 1200ps or 700pa. There is an option about Dustbin Emptying Frequency to more/less options. Since I don’t have a pet, I chose 1200pa plus Less options. You will also find there some Sound Voice and Volume options – yes, the NoMo robot vacuum can announce its actions.
Finally the robot has hands-free control with Google Assistant or Alexa, for those of you who use these assistants.
Neabot NoMo review: Conclusion
I like that the robot has a smart mapping option and returns to its base station in order to charge. What was really interesting also was the self cleaning feature, along with the fully washable filter and vacuum parts. The NoMo application is really helpful, but I wish it had more language options and I wish that for the future.
The remote control and the in-vacuum buttons are good to have but without the mapping in the application there is a chance to find the vacuum tangled in cables or other objects.
I would love the vacuum to be a bit less noisy – especially since the self-cleaning process is very loud. This issue however was solved by scheduling a day cleaning the time I am making my daily 5km run. I can make this 5 km run because I am not spending this time to manually clean the floors. I think that is an excellent deal from my side. Neobot NoMo did what it promised, it cleans my house daily and effortlessly, and I gained 30+ minutes more of personal time!