As the mother of a toddler, our home is rarely clean, and I’ll take any help I can get. The Neabot NoMo Q11 came into our lives and took one more chore off my list. Its powerful suction and smart mapping technology, along with the excellent functionality of the app, means I can schedule a vacuum whilst we are out, mop while we sleep, or command it to clean up the cereal my daughter has thrown around, and I don’t even have to empty it.
In this Neabot NoMo Q11 review I put it to the test to see if it's one of the best robot vacuums on the market. With self-emptying and a mopping function, it's got a lot of potential. Here's how I got on.
Neabot NoMo Q11: specifications
- Noise level: 65dB on max power but the dust emptying is a loud 84bD
- Battery Life: Up to 150 minutes
- Dustbin capacity: 2.5 litres
- Weight: 3.3kg / 7.7lb
- Full recharge time: 6 hours
- Features: 87mm slim body, 4000Pa suction,
- Smart features: Home mapping with no-go zones, AI obstacle avoidance, suction boost on carpet
The Neabot Nomo Q11 (opens in new tab) was easy to set up and connect, however after the initial setup the instructions were very minimal so it took me a few goes to work out the capabilities of the app. It is possible to use the bot solely through its two large physical buttons, however the app gives you much more control and an impressive range of features, once you’ve figured it out.
Clever mapping and smart technology
The room mapping was effortless and only took one scan to master, during which the bot even cleaned on its way round. Once complete you have the option to modify room boundaries, obstacles, set up “no go” and “no mop” zones.
As our house is on two levels we placed the bot upstairs and let it map out the upper floor whilst simultaneously cleaning. In the app, you can then select which map you wish it to work from and specify rooms, zones, or spot cleaning. We regularly set it off to sweep just the kitchen after we’d made a mess or clean up a spill in a specific area – so handy!
You have the option of 3 different suction strengths, we left it on the highest all the time (for the sparkliest clean) as the noise difference wasn’t enough to bother us, and the battery coped with both floors on full power without needing a recharge.
Handily, you can set a schedule for the bot to clean when most convenient for you and can even specify areas that should be swept twice, particularly handy in rooms such as the kitchen or hallway which get a little dirtier.
In general the Neabot NoMo Q111 had no problem with rugs, doormats, or moving between flooring types, although, much to our amusement, it did try to mount our daughter’s rocking horse base on it’s first sweep.
As with other robot vacuums, the Neabot Q11 had a tendency to eat cables/shoelaces and get itself tangled so it’s advisable to do a quick visual sweep before you set it going. Its clever sensors mean it won’t throw itself down the stairs though thankfully so you can leave it to it after that.
The bot itself is lower to the ground than many of its counterparts at just 87mm/3.4inches meaning that it can get under most sofas and furniture to all those neglected dusty areas that I hadn’t managed to touch for months.
Is the Neabot Q11 noisy?
Even on its highest setting (which is a pretty powerful 4000Pa – one of the strongest on the market) the Neabot Q11 is quiet enough that you can still easily hold a conversation over the top of it. The self-emptying dustbin however is much louder but thankfully only lasts a few seconds – take my advice though, you might want to avoid this around bedtimes!
How hands-free is it?
The self-emptying dustbin function with the Neabot Q11 is very convenient and means that you do not have to manually empty the bot at all, ever! The hefty 2.5litre capacity means you only have to change the bag every month or so, depending on the frequency of use. However, you can also turn off the automatic empty function and push a button in the app to empty when you decide (perfect to avoid noise at bedtimes) or clean out the bot manually.
The only issue we had was that it mopped a strip of our carpet once. This is because once the mop section is attached the bot will mop wherever it goes so even though I’d programmed it to only mop the kitchen it also mopped the carpet on the way back to its base. Our solution was to pick up and place the bot on the area to be mopped and block it in with “no mop” zones. When the bot had finished it simply waited for us to pick it up again and take it home again. Problem solved.
Does it really work?
General dust, dirt, hair, rice, cereal, and other foodstuffs my toddler likes to throw around, posed no problem for the Neabot Q11. However, some of those pesky sock bobbles that my husband leaves in abundance did manage to escape it on carpeted areas.
Whilst the cleaning was pretty impressive on the whole, it did miss a few corners. The reported 91% cleaning rate felt pretty accurate so we did still get the regular vacuum out every so often to tackle the tricky bits and pesky bobbles.
How does the Neabot NoMo Q11 rate online?
Online the Neabot Nomo Q11 generally rates pretty well although there aren’t that many reviews out there yet. Some talk about the bot not being able to find its base but we did not have this problem. It did occasionally leave its base for a little dance around and then go back to bed, normally after a little nudge from my inquisitive toddler who adored him and left crumbs next to him for his ‘breakfast’. Like us, most were impressed by the quieter volume and cleaning capabilities.
How does the Neabot Q11 compare to other robot vacuums?
The built-in mop function and self-emptying dustbin add an extra level of convenience and it beats most in terms of suction power. Its extra-low profile means it can reach many areas that other cannot and it is quieter than many. However unlike some others on the market it does not efficiently clean corners.
Should you buy the Neabot Q11?
Overall the suction power is excellent and the Neabot NoMo Q11 did a good job in most areas whilst not being too disruptive or noisy. It did an excellent job on hard floors and a good job on carpets but you will still need to get your regular vacuum out every few weeks for the corners and those annoying sock bits. That said it’s a clear winner in our house and has made our lives much easier (cleaner!)
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About this review, and our reviewer
Rachel Dorrington is a part-time stay-at-home mother to a wild child and part-time office dweller. Whilst she’s always loved all things interiors her real passion began when she moved into a new house with far more issues than first realised at 7 months pregnant. That nesting instinct has never left, the end of the DIY list has never been in sight since and the excitement is still very real. When she isn’t planning the next home project you can find her with her nose deep in a classic novel and a cup of tea in her hand.