Ecovacs Deebot T20 Omni Review: The ECOVACS T20 OMNI comes with improved edge cleaning and mop washing with hot water . In addition, there is a strong suction power of 6000 pa and the TrueDetect 3D object recognition system . A new price-performance hit in the top range?
Ecovacs Deebot T20 Omni Review
Ecovacs Deebot T20 Omni Review & Photos below;
- ECOVACS T20 OMNI
- at Amazon for €999 (redeem €100 voucher)
- Technical data of the ECOVACS T20 OMNI
|ECOVACS T20 OMNI||ECOVACS X1e OMNI|
|suction power||6000 pa||5000 pa|
|navigation||Laser room measurement + TrueDetect 3D (object recognition)||Laser room measurement + AIVI 3.0 (object recognition)|
|apartment||ECOVACS Home ( iOS / Android )||ECOVACS Home ( iOS / Android )|
|dust chamber/water tank||0.3L / no internal water tank||0.4L / no internal water tank|
|working hours||at least 100 minutes||at least 100 minutes|
|loading time||6.5 hours||6.5 hours|
|Dimensions||36.2 3 x 36.2 x 10.35 cm||36.2 3 x 36.2 x 10.35 cm|
|gradients||up to 2 cm||up to 2 cm|
Scope Of Delivery
The expected contents are included in the scope of delivery. In addition to the cleaning station with pre-assembled dust bag and the vacuum robot, we also get a brush to clean the water tanks. However, there are no additional accessories.
Design & Processing
Externally, the T20 OMNI is very reminiscent of the X1e OMNI that appeared before it. The station and the vacuum robot are kept in white and silver. On the front is the TrueDetect recognition, which somehow seems a little out of place to me. Here you probably just use the same components as the larger AIVI recognition module. But that doesn’t limit the functionality either.
I have nothing to complain about in terms of quality. The plastics are strong and sturdy, while the station’s hatch and drawer open reasonably well. You are at a high level and competitive here.
As is now common in the higher-priced range, there are primarily two navigation systems. On the one hand we have a laser tower on the suction robot , which scans your apartment and can thus move precisely in the apartment. The TrueDetect 3D 3.0 object recognition then serves as support , which provides the vacuum robot with further information for avoiding obstacles in the case of small objects in front of the T20.
He has no problems finding his way and found his way around our office. Object recognition works, but it’s not perfect either. He overlooks relatively flat objects such as a coaster or a kitchen scale and occasionally he can also nudge higher objects in narrow spaces. Considering that this is not the best system (AIVI) from ECOVACS, it still works quite well. It is therefore advisable to keep some order; but if there’s something lying around, chances are pretty good that he’ll be able to handle it.
- Suction Function
Of course, ECOVACS also takes part in the never-ending race for suction power specifications for vacuum robots and increases this to 6000 pa with the T20 OMNI. Previously, the top ECOVACS models were 5000 pa. They are not the market leader here, since the Roborock S8 Pro Ultra offers a whole 100 pa more. In practice, however, the combination of suction power and rubber roller gives a very good cleaning result. It vacuums hard floors reliably and it also reliably cleaned the carpet in our endurance test. / Ecovacs Deebot T20 Omni Review.
However, I noticed two small problems. If he encounters larger dirt, the side brush likes to push it to the side ; if he was already there, it stays there. In everyday life, however, he rarely encounters such situations, which also applies to the second little problem. You have a 0.3 l dust chamber here, which is filled up quite quickly if you have a lot of dirt on the floor. In our oatmeal test with 100 g, he was a little overwhelmed. Luckily, you don’t have to empty the dust chamber yourself; instead, he does it regularly in his extraction station.
The suction station is again behind a flap. The dust chamber is sucked off again into a dust bag, unfortunately there is no bagless operating option. In the app you can choose between intelligent suction and automatic suction after each cleaning. The latter is self-explanatory, with the first he decides himself when it is time to start the extraction. Optionally, it can also be switched off completely.
A suction is always accompanied by a lot of noise that lasts 10-15 seconds. For example, pets could be frightened or the offspring or other roommates could be woken up early. In the do not disturb mode, however, you can set a period of time during which the vacuum robot and the station do not make a peep. Alternatively, you can also start a suction manually via the app.
Wiping function from the ECOVACS DEEBOT T20 OMNI
When it comes to the wiping function, we are in the prime discipline of the T20 OMNI. Rotating mops are used here , which for the first time at ECOVACS can also be lifted. The robot can also vacuum carpets with a height of up to 3 mm without touching the carpet with the mop.
Another improvement is in edge cleaning. Here the T20 can now rock to the side and bring the right-hand mop to the edge. This cleans the edge better, not 100% perfect either, but a definite improvement over the old system where a streak was left behind.
Since he always has to stop briefly for this, he also needs a little longer at the edges. You can select this function in the app, but it is only carried out in householder or auto mode and then only every 7 days. Although the 7-day rhythm is probably the right choice, why not give the option to select this function for every cleaning, as with the Narwal Freo?
Two improvements in the range of functions of the wiping function, how does he wipe now? Pretty good, because it can also wipe away dried stains. He didn’t remove everything in the first pass and also heavily dried up just a little, but that puts him on the same level as other robots with rotating mops and thus at the top when it comes to wiping results. / Ecovacs Deebot T20 Omni Review.
However, the ECOVACS T20 OMNI still has a trick when it comes to wiping. The cleaning station, where the mops are thoroughly washed with water and then dried using hot air, has been around for a long time.
In addition, the mop is now washed with water, which is previously heated to 55 °C . This allows the station to better remove dirt from the mops. After the wipe test with coffee and cocoa stains, the mops were well soiled. Normally you need more than one cleaning cycle with water, but here the dirt is removed very well the first time.
In the long term, you may also save yourself the manual cleaning of the mops, but we cannot make a clear statement on this at the moment. Now an automatic detergent dosing and that would probably be the station that leaves nothing to be desired. A few people would also like to have a direct water and sewage connection.
App & map creation
After setting up the vacuum robot with the ECOVACS Home App, the robot can use the quick mapping to create a map of your home. The robot does not yet clean, but concentrates on creating a map as quickly as possible. Then it automatically divides them into different rooms, which you can also edit in the event of errors and the like. Restricted zones and virtual walls are also available, with which you can limit the cleaning area.
The ECOVACS app has been very extensive for a long time, but I’m starting to find it very confusing. In the cleaning settings, for example, you can specify whether the vacuum robot should wipe, vacuum, vacuum and wipe or wipe before vacuuming. The passages are also increased here and the suction power is set. How he should wipe and deal with carpets is then in the menu, which you wipe up from below.
The same applies to the station settings. The direct button next to the start button lets you manually activate the functions of the station, but you can also switch on the hot water mop wash there and see the status of the tanks. The settings for the station, i.e. the wetness of the mopping pads, the interval for returning to the station or hot air drying, can then be found in the menu for wiping up under intelligent cleaning. Alternatively, you can get to the menu again via the settings menu in the top corner.
I think if someone who regularly sets up and tests vacuum robots has to look for the right menu here, it will be no different with the customers. Of course, getting used to it is probably another factor here, but I think that ECOVACS should start again and clean up here.
Once you have found the setting, you can adjust the cleaning to your liking. If you have then created regular cleaning plans, experience has shown that you don’t have to use the app much anyway.
Language Assistant YIKO
Another unique selling point at ECOVACS is its own language assistant YIKO. This can control almost all functions of the vacuum robot and you can also call the vacuum robot to you so that it cleans at this point. If the vacuum robot is in a place where it can hear you, that can be quite practical.
However, there is no integration with any smart speaker, so that you can communicate with it from another room, for example. The language assistants from Google, Apple or Amazon can still be used, but they can do significantly less than YIKO.
Conclusion: ECOVACS T20 OMNI is the number one wiping robot
The ECOVACS T20 OMNI is a very good vacuum robot that can also wipe very well. There is also a suction and cleaning station that can do things that others cannot yet do. When it comes to object recognition , the best version is probably saved for the top model, because although the T20 OMNI brings some innovations and looks like a top model, this position is probably reserved for a future X2.
Nevertheless, the hot water mop wash and edge cleaning are a clear improvement in the mopping function and make the T20 OMNI the best mopping robot we have tested for the moment. But there is a small deduction for the missing automatic detergent dosing, I still have to give the Dreame L10s Ultra and Narwal Freo a point .
This puts the ECOVACS T20 OMNI back in the top 3 of the best vacuum robots. It can beat the competition consisting of Roborock S8 Pro Ultra and Dreame L10s Ultra in mopping function, while it is on a similar level in suction function. The object recognition works a bit better in the two competitors and I like the apps of the two better.
If I had to make a decision and wiping is currently my number one priority, I would take the T20 OMNI purely in terms of performance. I’m looking for an all-rounder, the Dreame L10s Ultra , and I would grab Roborock if I want to hit the market leader and I like the wiper pad technology better.
- Very good suction and wiping function including edge cleaning
- Cleaning station with hot water mop washing
- Good value for money
- Object recognition could be better
- App needs to be cleaned up
But the pure range of functions does not decide a purchase, there is also the price. Here ECOVACS is taking the right step this time and has set an RRP of €1099 and has estimated a discount of €100 right at the time of publication. Interestingly, exactly the same pricing strategy as the Dreame L10s Ultra . Roborock with the €1399 to €1499 S8 Pro Ultra is far away here.
In terms of value for money, I can recommend the Dreame L10s Ultra or the ECOVACS T20 OMNI, both have a similar range of functions, but differ in individual areas and have other strengths.
ECOVACS T20 OMNI vs. X1 OMNI
Although the T20 OMNI is not from the top model series, it outperforms the X1 OMNI in some categories. The wipe and suction function is better, while it is inferior to the X1 OMNI in object recognition. It also has no internal water tank.