Neato D8 Vacuum Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed May 19, 2021 at 09:58 am
Neato D8 Picture
8.1
Bare Floor
6.9
Low-Pile Carpet
7.6
High-Pile Carpet
8.6
Pets
6.1
Stairs
6.0
Cars
Vacuum Type
Robot
Bagless
Yes
Cordless
Yes
Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
Yes

The Neato D8 is a versatile robot vacuum. It delivers exceptional performance on bare floors and clears a good amount of debris on high-pile carpet. It feels impressively well-built, has a broad suite of navigation features, and is decently easy to maintain. Unfortunately, it has somewhat high recurring costs and can struggle with sucking up fine debris on carpeted floors.

Our Verdict

8.1 Bare Floor

The Neato D8 is a great choice for cleaning bare floors. It easily clears pet hair and small debris like rice without much of an issue, though it struggles a little with bulky material like cereal. It's impressively well-built and not overly difficult to maintain either. While its battery life is shorter than some other models, it should still provide a long enough runtime to clean most spaces. Unfortunately, it incurs quite a few recurring costs and can occasionally get stuck on obstructions like rug tassels.

Pros
  • Impressive build quality.
  • Exceptional overall performance on bare floors.
  • Superb pet hair cleaning capability.
  • Decently easy to maintain.
Cons
  • High recurring costs.
  • Can get stuck on some low-lying obstructions.
  • Struggles slightly with bulky material.
6.9 Low-Pile Carpet

The Neato D8 is okay for cleaning low-pile carpet. It easily sucks up pet hair and larger debris like sand but has a difficult time with finer material like baking soda. Thankfully, it's made of solid-feeling plastic and is decently easy to maintain. Depending on your choice of settings, battery life is excellent. It also does a satisfactory job of maneuvering itself, though it can get stuck on some low-lying obstacles. It also incurs high recurring costs.

Pros
  • Impressive build quality.
  • Superb pet hair cleaning capability.
  • Decently easy to maintain.
Cons
  • High recurring costs.
  • Can get stuck on some low-lying obstructions.
  • Poor performance in regards to sucking up fine debris.
7.6 High-Pile Carpet

The Neato D8 is a good option for cleaning high-pile carpet. It clears most pet hair and larger debris like sand while doing an okay job of sucking up finer debris like baking soda, though it may need a second pass to clear everything. It isn't too demanding in terms of regular maintenance and feels impressively solid too. Unfortunately, there are a few parts that need regular replacing, so recurring costs are a little high.

Pros
  • Impressive build quality.
  • Superb pet hair cleaning capability.
  • Decently easy to maintain.
Cons
  • High recurring costs.
  • Can get stuck on some low-lying obstructions.
8.6 Pets

The Neato D8 is an excellent choice for cleaning up pet hair. It does a superb job of sucking up pet hair on most surfaces and isn't too hard to maintain either. It even has a removable brushroll with an included cleaning tool to help make clearing hair wraps a little easier. The vacuum has an allergen-trapping HEPA filter, which is good if you have a heavily shedding pet. However, there are quite a few parts that need frequent replacing.

Pros
  • Impressive build quality.
  • Superb pet hair cleaning capability.
  • Decently easy to maintain.
  • Equipped with a HEPA filter.
Cons
  • High recurring costs.
  • Can get stuck on some low-lying obstructions.
6.1 Stairs

The Neato D8 is a robot vacuum and isn't designed to clean staircases.

6.0 Cars

The Neato D8 is a robot vacuum and isn't designed to clean the inside of your car.

  • 8.1 Bare Floor
  • 6.9 Low-Pile Carpet
  • 7.6 High-Pile Carpet
  • 8.6 Pets
  • 6.1 Stairs
  • 6.0 Cars
  1. Updated May 19, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated May 17, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
8.0
Design
Build Quality

The Neato D8 is impressively well-built. It's made of matte-finish hard plastic that looks and feels rather premium. There are a couple of control buttons on top of the vacuum, as well as its LIDAR navigation module. The rubber wheels are also quite dense, though its dustbin feels as though it could break if you drop it. The vacuum also provides audio cues when the dirt compartment is pulled out or when the vacuum is lifted into the air. Thankfully, the vacuum requires no assembly out-of-the-box.

7.0
Design
User Maintenance

The Neato D8 is decently easy to maintain. It's easy to access the parts that require regular maintenance.

  • Dirt compartment: You can access the dirt compartment by removing the vacuum's top cover. You can empty it over a trash bin once it gets full, which is indicated through its companion app, but make sure to remove the filter first.
  • HEPA filter: The filter is inside the dirt compartment, and you can easily remove it from its mounting position. You can remove stuck-on debris by hand or with another vacuum, but the manufacturer states that you shouldn't use soap or water to clean it.
  • Brushroll: You can access the brushroll by removing the side brush and brush guard beforehand. The manufacturer recommends cleaning the brushroll and its bearings after each use.
  • Side brush: The side brush can be pulled off without the use of a screwdriver or any other tool. You should regularly clean any accumulated debris by hand.

4.0
Design
Recurring Cost
Bag Part Number
No bag
Filter Part Number
945-0340
HEPA Filter Part Number
945-0340

The Neato D8 has many recurring costs. You can check the estimated replacement interval of each part by checking a sticker under the dirt compartment.

  • HEPA filter: The filter has an estimated service life of one to two months.
  • Brushroll: The brushroll should be replaced every six to eight months.
  • Battery: The battery, found under a cover held in place with screws, should be replaced every year.
All parts can be purchased from Neato's website.

9.0
Design
Storing
Height
4.53" (11.5 cm)
Width
13.39" (34.0 cm)
Depth
13.98" (35.5 cm)
Cord Storing/Management
Not Needed
On-Board Tool Storage
Not needed
Vacuum Rack/Station
Yes

The Neato D8 is fantastically easy to store. Its docking station has a slimmer profile than that of the Neato Botvac D7 and features a space for storing any excess length of power cable.

6.9
Design
Dirt Compartment
Dirt Compartment Volume
0.13 gal (0.50 L)
Full Dirt Compartment Indicator
Yes
Bag Included
No Bag Needed

The Neato D8 has an okay dirt compartment. It has roughly the same capacity as that of the Neato Botvac D7. Since you can't see how full it is from outside, you need to pay attention to in-app notifications to let you know when it's time to empty it.

Design
In The Box

  • Neato D8 robot vacuum
  • Dirt compartment
  • 3x HEPA filters
  • Brushroll
  • Brush guard
  • Small brushroll tool
  • Side brush
  • Recharge station
  • Charging cable
  • Quick Start guide

10
Design
Range
Cord Length
N/A
Hose Length
N/A

The Neato D8's range is limited only by the remaining battery life and room left in its dirt compartment. That said, it can't climb or descend staircases.

7.9
Design
Portability
Total Weight
8.05 lbs (3.65 kg)
Weight In Hand
0.00 lbs (0.00 kg)
Carrying handle
No

The Neato D8 is portable. It doesn't weigh very much, though it lacks a carrying handle to make it easier to pick up and move to another floor.

8.6
Design
Battery
Minimum Battery Life
40 min
Maximum Battery Life
71 min
Recharge Time
95 min
Recharge Dock
Yes
Battery Life Indicator
Yes
Removable Batteries
Yes

The Neato D8 delivers excellent battery performance. The 2100mAH battery has roughly half the capacity of the Neato Botvac D7, so it doesn't last as long overall. Using it in its most energy-efficient 'Eco' mode yields just over 70 minutes of runtime, while running it continuously in its 'Turbo' suction mode drops its battery life to about 40 minutes. However, this can vary drastically in the real world. Its battery indicator light turns from solid green to yellow when the charge drops below 35%, and the vacuum refuses to accept new cleaning tasks and begins searching for its recharge dock once the battery charge drops below 27%.

Design
Quality Of Life Features
Rotating Head
No
Power Adjustment
Yes
Self-Propelled
Yes
Headlights
No
Easy On/Off
Yes
Surface Type Adjustment
Manual

The Neato D8 has a couple of quality of life features. There are two power modes. 'Eco' reduces its suction power and makes the vacuum quieter while turbo increases its suction force and spins the brushroll faster.

Design
Tools And Brushes
Brushroll
Yes
Brushroll On/Off
No
Removable Brushroll
Yes
Turbo Brush
No
Crevice Tool
No
Upholstery Tool
No
Soft Bristle Brush
No
Hard Bristle Brush
No
Extension Wand
No
Ceiling Fan Tool
No
Pet Grooming Tool
No

This vacuum has a couple of tools and brushes. The five-armed side brush directs debris from the vacuum's periphery towards its main brushroll. There's also a small cleaning tool to remove any tangled hair wraps from the brushroll.

Design
Alternative Configuration
Performance
9.1
Performance
Bare Floor (Hardwood, Laminate, Tiles)
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
100%
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
100%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
43%
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
100%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
99%
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used "Eco"

The Neato D8 delivers superb performance on bare floors. It easily clears pet hair and small debris like rice. However, it has a harder time when it comes to sucking up bulky material like cereal.

6.7
Performance
Low-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
94%
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
72%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
72%
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
41%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
40%
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used "Turbo"

The Neato D8 has alright performance on bare floors. It sucks up pet hair without an issue and clears a decent amount of larger debris like sand, though it may take an extra pass to clear it all. Unfortunately, its performance in regards to fine material like baking soda is middling.

7.8
Performance
High-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
100%
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
77%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
68%
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
44%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
40%
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used "Turbo"

The Neato D8 offers good performance on high-pile carpet. It sucks up pet hair without a problem and does a good job of sucking up larger debris like sand, but it might take an extra pass to clear everything. Similar to how it cleans on low-pile carpet, it struggles more with finer debris like baking soda, but its performance in this regard is relatively okay.

7.0
Performance
Maneuverability
Under The Couch
Excellent
Under Low Table
Excellent
On Furniture
Not Possible
Rug With Tassel
Bad
Electric Cord
Ok

This vacuum has decent maneuverability. Its LIDAR navigation system develops fairly efficient cleaning routes, and the vacuum is small enough to easily clean under tables and couches. However, the vacuum can occasionally get stuck, requiring you to press the 'Play' button on its top surface for it to resume cleaning. It can struggle to negotiate obstacles like rugs, tassels, and electrical cords.

Automation
8.7
Automation
Automation (Robot Vacuum)
Remote Controller
Yes (App only)
Automatic Bag Emptying
No
Automatic Recharging
Yes
Schedule Programming
Yes
Boundary Markers
Yes
Random Pathing
No
Smart Pathing
Yes
App Name
MyNeato

The Neato D8 has excellent automation features. You can use the app to see a map of the vacuum's coverage area, set up no-go zones, check cleaning session history, or change the vacuum's power setting. Be aware, however, that you need to have a 2.4ghz Wi-Fi connection to use the app to control the vacuum.

Note: Some bugs did occur during testing in which the vacuum wouldn't move after pressing the clean button, even if the vacuum could be heard operating.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Neato D8 is only available in one color variant, 'Indigo', and you can see its label here.

Let us know in the discussions if you come across another variant, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Vacuums

The Neato D8 is a well-rounded robot vacuum. It performs best on bare floors, where it easily sucks up pet hair and small debris like sand, but it also does a good job of clearing messes on high pile carpet. It feels impressively well-built and isn't particularly demanding either. However, it has a shorter runtime than the Neato Botvac D7 and doesn't perform as well on low-pile carpet.

If you're looking for alternatives, take a look at our list of recommendations of the best robot vacuums, the best robot vacuums for pet hair, and the best robotic vacuums for hardwood floors.

Neato Botvac D7

The Neato D8 and Neato Botvac D7 each have their advantages, so one may suit you better depending on your needs. Both vacuums are similar in terms of maneuverability, ease of maintenance, recurring costs, and overall dimensions, but there are a few small differences. The D8 delivers better performance on high-pile carpet and takes much less time to recharge, though its maximum battery life is significantly less than that of the D7. The D7 also delivers superior performance on low-pile carpet.

Roborock S7

The Neato D8 is better than the Roborock S7. The Neato has fewer parts that require regular maintenance, has a bigger dustbin, and cleans more effectively on all surface types. It also takes much less time to recharge, though the Roborock has a much longer runtime. The Roborock also maneuvers around obstacles more easily, feels more sturdily built, and incurs fewer recurring costs.

iRobot Roomba S9

The iRobot Roomba S9 and Neato D8 each have their strengths, so one may suit you better depending on your exact needs. The iRobot feels better-built, has a longer maximum runtime, delivers better performance on low-pile carpet, and maneuvers itself more effectively. That said, the Neato clears more debris on bare floors and high-pile carpet, is less demanding in terms of maintenance, and is notably lighter in weight.

iRobot Roomba i7+

The Neato D8 is better than the iRobot Roomba i7+. The Neato is less demanding in terms of maintenance, incurs fewer recurring costs, and delivers superior performance on bare floors and high-pile carpet. Meanwhile, the iRobot maneuvers itself with less difficulty, performs better on low-pile carpet, and has an automatic debris-disposal feature that dumps debris from its internal dustbin to an external dirt compartment attached to its recharging dock.

Roborock S6 MaxV

The Neato D8 is slightly better for most use cases than the Roborock S6 MaxV. The Neato is less demanding in terms of maintenance, is smaller and lighter, and delivers superior performance on bare floors and low and high-pile carpet. It also takes much less time to recharge, though its battery life is shorter than that of the Roborock. The Roborock also feels better built, incurs fewer recurring costs, and maneuvers itself more effectively. It also has a mopping attachment, though we don't currently test this feature.

Roborock S6

The Roborock S6 is slightly better than the Neato D8. The Roborock is better-built, incurs fewer recurring costs, has a longer battery life, maneuvers itself around obstacles like electrical cords with less difficulty, and delivers better performance on bare floors and low-pile carpet. It also comes with a mopping attachment for dealing with sticky messes on bare floors, but we don't currently test for that. Meanwhile, the Neato is significantly more effective on high-pile carpet, has fewer parts that require regular cleaning, comes with a larger dustbin, and charges much faster.

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