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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Neato D8 is a robot vacuum and isn't designed to clean staircases.
The Neato D8 is a robot vacuum and isn't designed to clean the inside of your car.
The Neato D8 is only available in one color variant, 'Indigo', and you can see its label here.
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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.
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.
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.
The Neato D8 is better than the iRobot Roomba i3. The Neato has fewer parts that need regular cleaning, incurs lower recurring costs, and delivers better performance on bare floors and carpets. However, the iRobot does have an automatic surface adjustment feature and does a better job of climbing over rug tassels and power cords. This variant of the i3 also has a self-emptying feature, which allows it to dump debris from its internal dustbin into an external dirt compartment attached to its charging dock.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Neato D8 and Roborock S4 Max each have strengths and weaknesses, meaning one might suit you better than the other, depending on your needs. The Neato has fewer parts that need regular cleaning, charges substantially faster, and delivers superior performance on low and high-pile carpet. The Roborock has a surface detection system that enables it to automatically increase its suction power on carpets. It also has a much longer battery life, incurs lower recurring costs, and gets stuck around obstacles less frequently than the Neato.
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. If you're looking for a robot vacuum that feels even better-built, consider the Narwal T10. 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.
The Neato D8 is decently easy to maintain. It's easy to access the parts that require regular maintenance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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%.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.