Neato XV-21 Pet & Allergy Automatic Vacuum Cleaner
Neato might not have the same brand recognition as iRobot but there’s a growing number of loyal customers who believe they offer a superior product. While much of this preference comes down to personal taste, the Neato XV-21 does offer several features which set it apart.
Neato's RPS Technology uses lasers to scan the area and create a constantly updated "map" allowing methodical cleaning and better object avoidance. This means the XV-21 goes back and forth more like a human would and is less likely to terrorize pets by constantly bumping up against them. Although this robot vacuum does not use a HEPA filter, performance is excellent on all floor types, thanks to strong suction and its ability to self-adjust to varying surfaces.
The XV-21 possesses several programmable settings, including a scheduling feature. The unit returns to the base to recharge like the Roombas do while the bag-less bin holds a decent amount of waste. Although the XV-21 is generally problem-free, it does tend to have more issues than its Roomba counterparts.