Although Neato is fairly new to the vacuum industry, they're growing very quickly and have made quite the name for themselves so far! Neato is the developer of the XV-21 robot vacuum which is a hands-free cleaning machine! Over the years, Neato has taken the flaws from their previous models and after analyzation, they've come up with solutions to the weaknesses and have made each new model that much more effective.
Recently, one of the changes they made has actually boosted the effectiveness of filtering out allergens and particles from the air by up to three times what was possible with previous models. On their newest model, they also added a brush with bristles which enable the Neato to more effectively clean up pet hair that's been engrained into carpeting. Everything from the suction power, to the bristles, to the filters have all been developed with pet hair in mind.
The vacuum itself is very intuitive and it's very easy to pick up and use. There is an LCD display which shows everything from the battery indicator, to what mode it's set on. Not only this, but when the XV-21 gets low on power, it will return to the charging base all by itself so that you don't have to take time out of your day to do this. On top of this, the Neato knows what the rooms look like and keeps track of what it has and hasn't cleaned already. The entire time it's cleaning, it takes 360 degree images to be sure that everything has been properly cleaned and is left spotless.
Although the vacuum can work on carpet, it's not recommended for use on high-pile carpets. Even so, there are many other features built-in like the anti-drop sensor which make up for this small encumbrance. Also, if you're worried about battery life, the XV-21 has proven to be one of the longest lasting vacuums of it's kind and can run for up to 90 continuous minutes before it needs to be charged again.
Even with all these previous features mentioned, the best feature has been left until last. There's a scheduling system built-in to this vacuum so that you can set it once and never have to touch it ever again! It knows when to run, how to avoid obstacles, how to make sure each room is clean, and even when to go back to the charging station when the battery is running low.
The navigation system enables the Neato XV-21 to avoid any obstacles and even understand when it's entered into a different room! The vacuum creates a pattern that it will follow in order to ensure cleanliness without having to waste energy and go over the same area multiple times. When the vacuum actually begins it's routine, it follows alongside the baseboards of the room in order to pick up any debris that may have been pushed into the corners of the room. While this seems practical, it seems to overlap itself as well as leave strips that remain un-vacuumed once it's finished. There are varying reports about this, but it does seem to be a common complaint of customers who have purchased this product.
The XV-21 was designed to be compact and only 13" in diameter. This allows for easy storage and it also stays out of the way when it's doing it's job. Keeping furniture in mind, it was also designed to only be 4" tall so that it can fit under most furniture throughout the house. If you're concerned about the weight of the unit, don't worry, that was designed to be only 8.3lbs so that if you ever have to pack it up and transport it, it's not going to be unmanageable like an upright vacuum.
More than likely, the number one reason why Neato grew so quickly and was able to develop the XV-21 to be so efficient is because they listened to their customers needs. It's become too common these days for large companies to ignore their customers and just do what they think is best. This isn't the case with Neato and it shows with every new product they create! This particular model is able to cover over 600 square feet in less than 90 minutes and it has a built-in HEPA filter which many upright vacuums don't even have! It doesn't matter if you're a pet owner or just someone who's looking to save time, the Neato XV-21 is able to fulfill your needs and get the job done right!