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(Last Updated On: May 24, 2020)

When it comes to keeping your floors clean, robot vacuums will save you a ton of time and energy, so you can get other important things done. With robot vacuums being more popular than ever these days, there are plenty of options on the market, but choosing a good one can be tricky.

Neato is one of best brands out there when it comes to robot vacuums, and two of their best models are the Neato Botvac D80 and D85. Both of these models include hi-tech, powerful cleaning features that will keep your floors looking immaculate. However there are some differences between the two that you should consider before making a decision. Let’s take a look at the two models and break down some of the differences and similarities.

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My Neato D80 and D85 Review

Neato D80

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The Neato D80 has a sleek, modern design and innovative, hi-tech features. This robot vacuum is ideal for efficiently vacuuming both large and small areas. It has a unique D shape and CornerClever technology that allows it to thoroughly vacuum even the toughest corners and spaces — including along walls and baseboards.

Unlike some robot vacuums that just roam around aimlessly, it uses a patented LaserSmart Navigation feature to scan the rooms in your home to determine the most efficient path to take. It’s able to sense obstacles instantly to avoid crashes, bumps and potential damage to your belongings. Additionally, you can also use boundary markets to control where it can and can go, so you’re able to block any rooms that you want it to stay out of.

Along with being smart and stylish, this robot vacuum is also very powerful. The SpinFlow Power Clean technology uses spinning brushes and powerful suction to lift and vacuum dirt and debris. You can use it on both carpets and hard floors. These powerful cleaning capabilities makes the Neato D80 a great option for pet owners. The brushes feature an anti-tangle design that helps to prevent clogs.


  • Custom scheduling feature for automatic cleaning
  • Sensors prevent falling off stairs
  • Brushes are interchangeable
  • High capacity dustbin means less emptying and lower maintenance
  • Automatically charges and resumes until the job is done
  • Covers up to 3000 square feet when charged


  • Sometimes has trouble returning to the docking port
  • Battery life may reduce over time
  • Some difficulty rolling over wires and bumps

Neato D85

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Being a newer model, the Neato D85 includes the features that come with the Neato D85 and more. It’s considered to be an updated and enhanced version that addresses some concerns that came with the first one, but they are still very similar nonetheless.

The Neato D85 features 3 different brushes that are perfect for picking up pet hair and very fine debris. They include the SideBrush, ComboBrush and Spiral Blade Brush. These brushes are a slight improvement on the brushes of the D80. They are made to be more thorough on long hair and carpet floors.

If you like a lot of customization features, this model has the option to choose either multi-room cleaning and spot cleaning, as well as new and improved boundary markers. So you can set up a custom clean anytime. These new boundary markers set a marker around the unit itself to help to prevent bumping and wall marks, and rubber bumpers that protect your walls and furniture in case of collisions.

Another great thing about the Neato D85 is that it’s much quieter than the D80. In fact, it’s almost completely silent while still providing an efficient clean. This means you can schedule a cleaning to take place at night while you’re asleep, with napping children, or when you’re on the phone, without being disturbed.

The scheduling is great because you can just set it and forget it. Scheduling combined with the automatic recharge and resume features, make this robot vacuum very low maintenance and convenient.


  • Includes additional attachment: spare standard brush, spare rotating brush, and 2 filters
  • Very powerful and efficient at cleaning pet hair
  • Full charge provides over 90 minutes of cleaning
  • Seamless transition from different types of flooring
  • Cliff detection prevents falling off steps
  • 3 air filters


  • Doesn’t always detect small obstacles
  • Some times has trouble navigating to docking port
  • Spinning brushes require frequent cleaning, depending on carpet fiber length

Similarities and Differences

The Neato D80 and D85 are quite similar, but do have some differences. To determine which one will be most ideal for you, it’s important to compare the two and note these similarities and differences. You’ll notice that a lot of the main differences between the two have to do with the upgraded features that come along with the Neato D85 being a new and improved version of the Neato D80.

Similarities in Neato Botvac D80 and D85

  • Same D-shape design on both models help with cleaning corners
  • LaserSmart navigation and mapping allows both to efficient plan a path
  • Automatic recharge and resume feature is present in both
  • Ideal for both carpet and hard floors
  • Boundary markers are included with both models
  • Both are great for cleaning pet hair
  • Edge cleaning system provides a thorough clean along edges and crevices
  • High capacity dustbins
  • The same powerful suction technology and dual action brush are present in both models

Differences in Neato Botvac D80 and D85

  • Neato D85’s brushes have been improved to better perform on carpet and when cleaning up pet hair
  • The scheduling function on the Neato D85 is much more precise than that of the D80
  • Battery life of the Neato D85 is longer lasting than the D80
  • The Neato D80 houses only 1 high efficiency air filter, while the D85 houses 3. Meaning that the D85 will be much better when it comes to purifying the air in your home
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