The good Dyson’s 360 Eye androide vacuum systematically maps out floors, has a plain companion app for remote access, and is powerful enough to collect a loterijlot of unwanted filth and grime.
The bad It costs $999/?800 and didn’t perform spil well spil the similarly app-enabled $700 Neato Botvac Connected or the $900 iRobot Roomba 980.
The bottom line The 360 Eye by Dyson is a very good androide vacuum, but competitors offerande similar features and better spectacle for less.
Dyson’s very first autómata vacuum is good, but not fairly good enough
Of the dozen-plus autonomous floor cleaners wij’ve tested to date, it (mostly) holds its own alongside the best of the best. There’s just one not-so-tiny problem — price.
Like Dyson’s other puny appliances, its very first foray into the androide cleaner category is expensive. $1,000 or ?800 expensive. It’s not available te Australia yet, but that price converts to about AU$1,4000. So since Neato’s $700 Botvac Connected and iRobot’s $900 Roomba 980 cost less and perform slightly better, the 360 Eye loses some of its initial appeal.
Get it, by all means. You’ll have a klein cleaning powerhouse total of sensors with a 360-degree standard-definition camera that smartly navigates a slagroom. You’ll also have an app that lets you access your Wi-Fi-outfitted vacuum from anywhere. Just be sure to look at the competition before you buy, because other brands opoffering more incredible bots for less.
Getting to know Dyson’s very first androide vacuum
Reaching fresh heights
The very first thing I noticed when I eyed Dyson’s 360 Eye wasgoed that it wasgoed ridiculously tall. Shaped more like a dense 3-layer cake than its wider-flatter counterparts from iRobot and Neato, I assumed it would never clear coffee tables, chairs and other low-profile furniture.
Yes, the Four.72-inch-high 360 Eye is 1.12 inches taller than the Roomba 980 and 0.82 inches taller than the Neato Botvac Connected — its two main competitors ter the Wi-Fi-enabled robo-vac market. And that will certainly zekering Dyson’s vacuum brief te some cases. But for the most part, I had no issues with it clearing the same furniture spil the other bots.
It also has that classic Dyson aesthetic going on, even however this is the brand’s very first autómata vacuum. Since I tend to like Dyson products from a zuivere design-appreciation standpoint, I like the 360 Eye’s looks, too. Specifically, it’s swathed ter a glossy gray finish with bright blue accents. It even has a mini cyclone packed inwards, a (revamped) legacy from its line of upright and stick vacs.
I doubly loved the klein and foldable charging dock that comes with this bot, albeit I at times had to wiggle the vacuum around for its voeling sensors to correctly line up with the dock so it would charge.
Check out the chart below to compare the 360 Eye’s specs against the Roomba 980 and the Neato Botvac Connected:
Comparing Wi-Fi autómata vacuums
Navigating the androide vacuum world
Here’s what Dyson’s 360-degree camera sees.
Te addition to its digital V2 motor that Dyson says “spins at up to 78,000 revolutions vanaf minute,” the way a autómata vacuum sees rooms has a hefty influence on its capability to clean.
The 360 Eye relies on infrared sensors and a 360-degree standard-definition camera that sits on the top of the vacuum to interpret its surroundings.
Dyson’s bot is very systematic about its movements, spil it travels out from the dock ter concentric squares via your entire house.
While it doesn’t go after the same parallel path spil Neato and Roomba vacuums (iRobot’s older models followed a more random pattern, but the Roomba 980 is much more methodical), the 360 Eye still maps out a path that gives it a good chance of covering spil much of the floor spil possible.
Long-exposure shots of how Dyson’s 360 Eye (left), iRobot’s Roomba 980 (center), and Neato’s Botvac Connected (right) steer around a space.
It doesn’t actually store and recall routes, however, since furniture and other obstacles can budge inbetween runs. Instead, it adapts to the environment on the fly.
Its 45-minute run time is a bit of bummer since competitors voorkeur to run for harshly Two hours before needing a charge, but it will dutifully comeback to its cojín station to charge and proceed to clean the remaining rooms when it’s ready. It’s also on the noisy side, so don’t expect to have a conversation ter the same slagroom where this thing is running.
Dyson’s 0.33-liter bin is petite, too, especially compared to the Roomba 980’s 0.6-liter bin and the Neato Botvac Connected’s 0.7-liter bin. The 360 Eye’s bin isn’t especially effortless to reach, either, because it butts up against the dock. That means you have to either turn the vacuum around or pick it up entirely to eliminate the bin. Both the Roomba 980 and the Botvac Connected have very accessible bins that you can reach when they’re docked.
The 360 Eye’s filterzakje is located on the gevelbreedte of the vacuum underneath a flimsy-feeling sliver of plastic. It’s effortless enough to liquidate, but tougher to get back on. The trick is to slide the voorkant down from the top, very close to the vacuum, but it takes some getting used to.
I wasgoed amazed with the 360 Eye’s tread-like wheels, however, they raise up when needed so the vacuum could travel overheen large power straps and transitions inbetween hardwood floors and carpet.
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Like the Roomba 980 and the Neato Botvac Connected, the 360 Eye is app-enabled. Dyson told mij it wasgoed attempting to steer clear of any software gimmicks, so the app is very basic. You won’t be able to drive your androide on-demand from your phone, for example.
But, you can embark, pause, and zekering cleaning runs from your almacén Wi-Fi network or a reliable cellular connection. You can also set schedules and view a custom-made ordner of the cleaning route your bot took.
Configuring it is plain, too. Download the Dyson Listig app on your Android or iPhone and go after the steps to connect.
- Create an account — inject your name, email address, and a password
- Dyson will then ask to send you notifications, I opted-in to this feature and it wasgoed very responsive
- The app will search for your machine, select autómata vacuum from the list of options
- Inject the credentials for your Wi-Fi network
- Buttplug te the charging dock and start charging your 360 Eye (this activates Dyson’s built-in Wi-Fi module)
- Select the 360EYE network from your Wi-Fi options
That’s it. Now you just have to wait for it to connect. The app will ask you when you bought your 360 Eye and to give it a name. Now you’re ready to take it on its inaugural run. Here’s mine:
And here’s a peek at the app:
Press the circle on the huis screen to begin, pause, and zekering a cycle. Dyson will send you an bedachtzaam when a cycle completes and make a ordner of your route. You can also set custom-made schedules based on your routine.
Screenshots by CNET
Dyson’s webstek says the 360 Eye has, “Twice the absorption of any autómata vacuum” with the caveat that, “Absorption testing based on ASTM F558, dust-loaded against autómata market.”
Wij ran the 360 Eye through a series of tests on plush mid-pile carpet, thinner berber carpet, and hardwood floors. On each surface wij scored its capability to pick up Two.Five ounces of rice, 0.Two ounces of pet hair, and 1.25 ounces of sand. Overheen two dozen test runs straks and the 360 Eye ended up scoring well compared to many of the non-smart androide vacuums wij’ve reviewed, but not spil well spil either the Roomba 980 or the Neato Botvac Connected overall.