The Neabot NoMo Q11 is an impressive self-emptying robot vacuum

Self-emptying robotic vacuums are officially the next generation trend. It seems like every manufacturer is adding one to their product stable, with Neabot being one of the last. The NoMo Q11 is one of the most impressive vacuum / mop hybrids we’ve seen, and its reasonable price puts it within reach of more budgets than the premium models offered by top brands like iRobot. That said, the Q11 lacks some of the advanced features you’ll find in those pricier vacuum / mop systems.

The Q11 has a retro-futuristic look that sets it apart from the same aesthetic as most other robotic vacuums. If it were finished in avocado green instead of white, the boot-shaped dock / trash can would look right at home on a shaggy rug in any mid-70s living room. The robot itself, which sticks To a more standard circular design, it has a bit of sculpture on its lid around a bright blue LED strip that completes the nostalgic sci-fi look.

This review is part of TechHive’s coverage of the best robotic vacuums, where you will find reviews of competing offerings, as well as a buyer’s guide on the features to consider when purchasing this type of product.

The Q11 uses LIDAR (Light and Range Sensing) to navigate and avoid obstacles while vacuuming and cleaning. However, its quartet of laser beams emanate from inside the robot’s body, rather than a more typical upper turret. This significantly reduces the height of the robot, allowing it to more easily get in and out of under low-profile furniture. At the bottom, there is a rotating brush with bristles and silicone strips for better removal of pet hair and a single rotating brush for cleaning debris from the edges and corners of the walls. A 250ml dustbin is inserted into the back of the robot and a 300ml water tank can be placed at the bottom of the dustbin for mopping.

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The Q11’s LIDAR system is built into the body instead of a turret, lowering its height so it can get under furniture more easily.

The setup is pretty standard for a robot vacuum cleaner. The dock should be flush against a wall with about a foot of clearance on each side and several feet in front so the robot can maneuver in and out of the dock. Then insert the robot into the opening in the base to charge it. You can start and pause cleanings from a button on the top of the robot or pair it with the Neabot app for added control. The second option, which only takes a few minutes to connect the Q11 to your Wi-Fi, allows you to create and customize maps, control the amount of water used for mopping, schedule jobs, and track cleaning data.

Mapping is the most compelling reason to use the app. Once the Q11 fully navigates an area, it tries to divide it into logical color-coded cleaning zones. This was pretty accurate; it correctly divided my ground floor level into the living room, kitchen, bathroom, and hallway. Once you have a complete map, you can tell the Q11 to clean individual zones or rooms and set ban limits to keep the robot out of particular areas.

The Q11 vacuums in an efficient back and forth pattern and has no problem getting under furniture and over floor sills. Its obstacle avoidance system is sophisticated enough to recognize objects as small as a pet toy long before it bumps into it and adjust the robot’s heading so that it rarely bumps into anything. It even provides a visual cue by making the LED light up when approaching an obstacle.

With a maximum suction of 4000 Pa, the Q11 had no problem cleaning my floors of dirt, pet hair, food crumbs and other debris. Once the robot’s trash can is full, it returns to its dock, which sucks the contents into a 2.5-liter disposable dust bag. Neabot says that’s enough to hold about a month of trash, though obviously that will vary based on the size of your home and how dirty your floors get. But you can be sure that you won’t have to change the dust bag very often.

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The NoMo Q11 divides your floor plan into logical zones for personalized cleaning.

The Q11’s mop performance is on par with similar vacuum / mop hybrids. Because it drags a moistened microfiber cloth attached to the bottom of the water tank, it effectively removes dirt from the surface but lacks the scrubbing motion necessary to remove deeper dirt (see the Roborock S7 for an example of a robot that can scrub stubborn stains). That makes it best used for maintenance cleaning with your wand mop in reserve for tougher jobs. Importantly, the Q11 does not recognize when it is on carpets or hard floors, so setting prohibit limits around carpets is critical in open areas.

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