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Ecovacs Deebot X2 Omni review: It's good to be square

By Zachary Chan - 24 Feb 2024
Launch SRP: S$1699

Ecovacs X2 Omni

Note: This review was first published on 27 November 2023.

Today, we delve into the realm of cutting-edge home automation with the Ecovacs Deebot X2 Omni, Ecovacs’ latest flagship robotic floor cleaner. In this review, we'll explore its design, features, performance, and the intriguing world of AI navigation.

The X2 Omni boasts a new distinctive square shape, a departure from Ecovacs’ previous models. This enables the robot to reach corners better and clean along walls. According to Ecovacs, it can cover an impressive 99.77% of open areas, although this specific percentage might be more of a marketing flourish than a practical metric. With dimensions of around 32 cm in width and just 9.5 cm in height, it's also Ecovacs’ most compact and flat robot to date. Watch my full video review below.

Besides the square chassis design, the X2 Omni also features a host of improved specs, advanced sensors, and AI upgrades that are the best-in-class among all previous Ecovacs robots. The X2 Omni delivers admirably. With 8,000Pa of suction power, it outperforms its predecessor, the X1 Omni (5,000Pa), significantly. It also has the widest roller bar brush (200mm), highest obstacle mounting capabilities (22mm), and the largest battery (6400mAh). It had no problems cleaning my whole apartment twice over, so that's about 200 sqm (2152 sqft) in overall size.

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In day-to-day cleaning tasks, it excels, efficiently tackling general dust and pet/human hair. However, it falls short when it comes to spot cleaning, struggling to handle concentrated spills like coffee grounds. In our tests, it actually spread some of the coffee grounds beyond the original location and left some between the grout of my floor tiles.

The additional mopping function is again great for day-to-day upkeep,, but I found that to be more effective, you should select the Mop After Vacuum option rather than the default Vacuum and Mop, which may save time, but once your floor is wet, it’s hard to pick up dirt later. More on this when I talk about navigation. The other minor inconvenience is the limitation of using standard floor liquid detergents for fear of damaging the robot’s internals.

The X2 Omni comes with a full docking station that will automate emptying of the dustbin, removing dirty water, replacing clean water, and the cleaning and drying of the mopping pads. The new feature on the X2 is hot air drying which helps reduce mould growth and odour from the mopping pads.

The X2 Omni introduces solid-state LiDAR technology, a departure from the typical rotating LiDAR found in most robotic cleaners. It also has updated RGB colour and depth cameras. Ecovacs also updated all of the X2 Omni’s AI navigation, and obstacle avoidance software onboard with Truemapping 3.0, AIVI 3D 2.0 features. It also supposedly has an object detection database that’s frequently updated via OTA firmware, which helps the X2 Omni identify things around your house such as a shoe, a cup, a blanket, or pet water bowl.

However, I found that when operating the X2 Omni, there’s actually a toggle in the app for AI Navigation, and when enabled, makes the X2 Omni navigate like "drunken baby crawling around the floor." While it ultimately seems to cover the whole mapped area at the end, it’s hard to understand what its algorithm is doing. Even in open areas without obstacles, it makes odd turns and seemingly random pathing. And this is where I come back to the Mop After Vacuum function I talked about before. If you left it at the default Vacuum and Mop simultaneously, places that it passes would already become wet from the mop, and if it’s moving erratically, this means that the vacuum function won’t work effectively on wet ground.

The X2 Omni also has its own voice assistant called YIKO, and this has also been updated to YIKO 2.0, which supposedly can handle natural conversation patterns and stringing multiple commands. However, in practice you’d rarely have to dictate any commands to the robot except for the occasional “Return to Station” or “Start Cleaning X Room” if you’re lazy, but I find it much more efficient to use the app to set-up cleaning parameters.

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Still, the Ecovacs Deebot X2 Omni is a commendable addition to the world of robotic floor cleaners. Its design innovations and advanced features make it a compelling choice for those seeking a smart and efficient daily cleaning companion. While AI navigation seems a touch unpredictable, it manages to fulfill its primary purpose – keeping the general areas of your home clean on a daily basis. As with any new technology or feature, understanding its nuances and adapting your living space for optimal performance is key to unlocking the X2 Omni's full potential. But don’t forget that you will still have to do a manual clean every now and then to get all the areas a robot will never be able to reach. 

As a flagship robot with a docking station, the X2 Omni does come with a steep SRP of S$1,699. However, you can periodically find a good discount. For example, during the current Cyber Monday period, we noticed that Courts is selling the X2 Omni for S$1,499. You can also check out Ecovacs official stores on Shopee and Lazada.

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7.5
  • Design 8
  • Features 8.5
  • Performance 7
  • Value 7.5
The Good
Square, compact and flat design
Strong suction
Long battery life
Decent object recognition and avoidance
Comprehensive app mapping and cleaning features
The Bad
Erratic AI navigation and pathing
Default vacuum and mop mode not as effective
Pricey
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