Review Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 950 Vacuum Robot: Firmware Update Released

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The Ozmo 950 is currently THE all-purpose weapon for the household and currently offers the functional ultimate. Now Ecovacs has released a firmware update that includes the following features and improvements:

 

  • Manual room division: owners of the O950 can now manually merge individual areas or divide larger areas into smaller ones.
  • Label function: Individual areas can be provided with icons so that they can be distinguished (living room, bathroom, etc.). Own designations are not (yet) possible.
  • Cleaning plans for each area: Day, time and rhythm can be created individually for each area and switched on and off.
  • Virtual walls with scale tool (in meters): Not only as a box, now it is also possible to draw lines on the map. The scale makes it possible to define borders even more precisely.

Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 950 Vacuum Robot App Firmware Update

After many were a bit disappointed by the announced map storage of several floors in the Roborock S6, Ecovacs is moving away with the new flagship model. It should also be able to recognize carpets while wiping. The  We have already tested the Deebot Ozmo 950. Spoiler: An all-purpose weapon for the household.

Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 950 vacuum robot design processing

Technical data: Comparison to Ozmo 930

Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 950

Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 950

Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 930

Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 930 vacuum robot

Suction power 1500 pa 1200 pa
Navigation Laser Space Survey with Smart Navi 3.0 Technology Laser Space Survey with Smart Navi 3.0 Technology
App Ecovacs Home (Android, iOS) Ecovacs (Android, iOS)
Noise level 45-66 dB (depending on suction level) 65 dB
Battery 5200 mAh 3200 mAh
Working time 200 min. 120 min.
Charging time 5 h 4 h
Dust chamber 0.4 l 0.47 l
Water tank 0.2 l 0.3 l
Overcoming obstacles up to 2 cm up to 2 cm
Dimensions 35,0 x 35,0 x 9,3 cm 35,4 x 35,4 x 10,2 cm
Weight 4,5 kg 3,9 kg
vCE mark/ warranty yes/ 2 years yes/ 2 years
Features ?️ Mapping with map storage of several floors
?️ Room arrangement
⛔ No-Go Zones and Zoned Cleanup
? App control
? Wipe function
? Voice control via Amazon Alexa and Google Home
? Carpet recognition (also with wipe function)
?️ Mapping
?️ Room arrangement
⛔ No-Go Zones and Zoned Cleanup
? App control
? Wipe function
? Voice control via Amazon Alexa
? Carpet recognition

The Ozmo 930 is still in our Top 5 of the best vacuum robots, purely from the technical data sheet, the 950 should be able to replace its older brother there. Although both models are packed with technology, the card storage of several floors and the detection of carpets when wiping could make the difference.

Scope of delivery

The Ozmo 950 is the first to emerge from a secure and tidy package (as usual from Ecovacs), and there’s also a lot more in the package:

  • Charging station with charging cable
  • two additional brush heads (two are mounted at the bottom)
  • 0,2 l small water tank with microfibre cloth
  • 5 cleaning cloths
  • additional HEPA filter (one already at dust chamber)
  • Attachment for direct vacuuming (good for cleaning carpets)
  • small cleaning tool
  • Operating instructions in every imaginable language
    • Manual and FAQ also in the app
  • short Quick Start Guide
Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 950 vacuum robot Scope of delivery
The scope of delivery of the Ozmo 950.

A generous scope of supply, all due respect. It is always nice to have some spare parts like additional brush heads and HEPA filters with you. But what gives me a headache are the 5 enclosed cleaning cloths. If these cannot be washed out, but can only be used once per wiping process, this is anything but environmentally friendly. We already know this from the Roborock S6, but the cloths here look a bit more machine washable. We’ll see.

Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 950 vacuum robot wipes with logo
Sure, already cool with the logo, but environmentally friendly?

When unpacking, it becomes clear that the water tank is identical to that of the Ozmo 900. Can you hope for such a good wiping function? More about that later. In any case, the enclosed attachment is nice, which enables the 950 to be directly vacuumed (without a brush in front of it). This is used in particular on long-floor carpets on which the brush does not grip.

Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 950 vacuum robot attachment
Direct vacuuming also has its advantages, which is why it is included.

Design and workmanship

First impression, if we look at the robot only optically: Really stylish device! Extremely high-quality plastic, matt black, nothing seems cheap. But the highlight in terms of design is the area under and around the flap on the top. The first thought here is that the material used is textile (which would be a blast), but on closer inspection you will notice that it is a slightly roughened plastic. Looks really good (and feels good too). Every editor in the office wanted to feel.

Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 950 vacuum robot Material Processing
The plastic is so cool.

On the upper side you can find the LDS (Laser Distance Sensor), which we also know from the Xiaomi models. This brings the robot to a height of 9.3 cm, but it is even lower than most models with a laser tower. In general, the robot doesn’t look as clumsy as comparable models. Before you buy, you should still check whether the robot fits under the sofa or the chest of drawers (anywhere you want it to vacuum). Otherwise, you may have to increase them.

Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 950 Vacuum Robot LED Elements
The robot measures the premises via the LDS on the upper side.

The processing is top as expected, no processing errors can be detected. As we already know it from the Ozmo 900 and Ozmo 930, there is a reset button, the on/off switch and the dust chamber under the flap on the top.

Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 950 vacuum robot flap dust chamber
The robot under his flap.

A CE mark can also be found on the underside of the robot, where the main brush, which can also be found, can be removed and cleaned easily.

Optically and in terms of workmanship the most beautiful Ecovacs model so far. What do you think about the design?

Charging station and working time

Basic requirement for vauum robots above the $200 limit? Find the charging station for charging the battery autonomously within a few seconds. No problem for the Ozmo 950, provided it is started from it. Since it can scan the environment for the station with its laser distance sensor (and always knows where it is), it is easy for it to do so.

Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 950 vacuum robot at charging station
After a working time of more than 3 h (!) the robot has to go to the charging station for 5 h.

After a full working time of 3 hours, the robot must return to the station. On average, a good vacuum robot has 2 hours of working time – 3 hours is quite an announcement. But hey, if you advertise to be able to store several floors as cards, you should probably also have the battery power for several floors. ? Of course, the working time varies depending on the “degree of difficulty” of the premises.

Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 950 vacuum robot loading station
The typical Ecovacs charging station.

As the battery level decreases, the robot “returns home” and recharges the battery. However, it also determines whether it has already finished cleaning all the rooms or not. If it is not yet finished, it automatically continues cleaning after charging the battery. You can call that really smart.

Ecovacs packs the same charging station as the Ozmo 900 into the package again, so the charging cable can be rolled up on the back again. So it does not get in the way and does not serve as a trip hazard (for the robot and the person).

Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 950 vacuum robot loading station cable reel up
Oh come on Tim, the cable can be rolled up more beautifully.

Operation and navigation of the Ozmo 950

Using the laser distance sensor, the O950 scans the premises, providing the most accurate navigation method available.

Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 950 Vacuum Robot Comparison Roborock S6 360 S7
Hardly any top model comes onto the market today without laser space measurement.

Ecovacs calls the software package inside the robot “Smart Navi 3.0 Technology“, which was also used on the Ozmo 900. This technology makes it possible to scan and create a map of the premises (mapping). The result is displayed live in the app, so you know where the robot is in the four walls (including the route).

Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 950 vacuum robot obstacles
The obstacle detection is exemplary, which means that the robot poses no danger to sensitive furniture.

The collision sensors prevent frontal collisions and falls from heights, such as stair treads. In general, obstacle detection by the laser distance sensor is exemplary; furniture is only lightly hit (if at all). It approaches the obstacle to within a few centimetres, brakes and then approaches the object to be cleaned to within a few millimetres. So even more sensitive pieces of furniture do not run the risk of falling over (e.g. vases).

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Ecovacs is already working on a technology that will enable robots to recognize cables and socks in the future. Especially cables are not a friend of robots, they get entangled in them or even destroy them in the worst case. Maybe we will be lucky and Ecovacs will present the “KI AIVI” at IFA (we will also be there) as a new achievement.

Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 950 vacuum robot Perspective
Will Ecovacs robots be able to detect and avoid cables in the future?

Overcoming obstacles and dust chamber

Ecovacs has also done some work on overcoming obstacles, the robot overcomes obstacles of up to 2 cm in height thanks to improved drive mechanics – provided these are slightly rounded. With completely straight obstacles, such as door thresholds, the end is at 1.5 cm – the Xiaomi and Roborock models can do more (up to 2.5 cm).

Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 950 vacuum robot Tyres
With its tyres, the Ozmo 950 overcomes obstacles of up to 2 cm.

During cleaning, a V-shaped main brush rotates on the underside. Further forward, two rotating brush heads are placed, which push dust and dirt in front of them towards the main brush. Under the main brush is the intake hood, i.e. the way to the 0.4 l small dust chamber.

Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 950 vacuum robot bottom side
The bottom of the O950.
Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 950 vacuum robot comparison flap Roborock S6
On most models, the dust chamber is located under the flap on the top.

The dust chamber can be found as usual under the flap on the upper side. Practically it can be emptied contact-free over the garbage can, so allergy sufferers like me have no problems with it.

Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 950 vacuum robot dust chamber
With a potential filling volume of 0.4 l, the dust chamber offers sufficient space for dust and dirt.

In addition, the vacuum robot sends voice messages about everything that is bothering it at the moment. However, this can be displayed in the app. Fortunately, because the voice presetting is much too loud and penetrating (because very active).

The “Ecovacs Home” app: control and functions

The new app from Ecovacs is called Ecovacs Home (Android, iOS). The robot can also be used without an app, but offers much less functions – which you wouldn’t want to miss with a $600 model. You could start and stop the robot manually using the control element on the top.

Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 950 vacuum robot control element
The robot can also be operated via the front operating element.

After downloading the app, the (disposable) mail address must be used for registration as usual.

Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 950 Vacuum Robot Home App
After registering in the app, select the O950 and then enter the WLAN password (2.4 GHz only).
Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 950 Vacuum Robot Home App WLAN Connection
Then switch on the robot, briefly press the RESET button and that’s it.

As usual from Ecovacs, the integration into the WLAN is uncomplicated and takes less than a minute. The vacuum robot is then displayed in the app as “Online”. The app then wants you to “introduce yourself” to the robot: Activate continued cleaning and set DND mode (Do Not Disturb)? Advisable.

Continued cleaning when the battery is low

With continued cleaning activated, the robot detects whether the cleaning of the rooms is complete or not. If the robot has not been everywhere when the battery power is reduced, it returns to the charging station, recharges the battery and then does the remaining work. Ergo recommended and smart.

The Do-Not-Disturb mode is used to define a period of time during the day (e.g. 22-7 hrs) during which the robot does not communicate via voice messages and uses the quiet suction stage. However, this also presupposes that the robot is explicitly allowed to run within this time period, for example because the working times have been deliberately set in this way.

On the quiet vacuum level, the operating volume is 45 dB, on standard 55 dB, on maximum 60 dB and on maximum+ 67 dB. These are average values; the quiet vacuum level is so quiet that you think the robot is not working at all. By way of comparison, we humans talk at an average volume of 60 dB.

Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 950 Vacuum Robot Home App Schedule Working Times
The working hours can be determined with little effort.

With the OTA technology (“Over-the-Air”) the DEEBOT has a simple update procedure. Firmware updates and thus new functions are loaded onto the robot via WLAN. To do this, the O900 must be located at the charging station so that the battery performance does not diminish during the download.

Further setting options

The variety of selectable settings within the app is very large. To give you an overview, I list these briefly with explanation:

  • Set suction power (Quiet, Standard, Maximum, Maximum+)
    • Working time and noise level vary accordingly
  • Set water flow rate (Low, Medium, High, Very high)
    • how much water from the water tank should land on the microfiber cloth?
  • Choose the language of the robot (German, English, French etc.)
  • Cleaning cloth reminder (when to change?)
  • Auto suction power amplification (carpet detection, increases suction power on carpets)
  • Cleaning schedule (define working times of the robot)
  • Restore map (reset current map)
  • Multifloor card (if cards from several floors are to be stored: Switch on!)
  • Switching voice messages on and off (unfortunately not volume adjustable, but only on or off)
Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 950 Vacuum Robot Home App Settings
Lots of settings for such a small robot.

In addition, the condition of the wearing parts (use of accessories) and the cleaning protocol (when, how long and how much work) can be traced.

But what is the most exciting and innovative attitude? That’s right, the multifloor map, which makes it possible to save the maps created for several floors. So you can use the robot in bigger houses without any problems. But before we can do that, we first have to create the maps. Next stop: Mapping.

Mapping: Map display in the app

As explained above, the vacuum robot measures the four walls using its laser distance sensor (LDS). It displays what it finds in front of it as a map in the app. Since he knows within seconds where he has to stake out a single area in the premises, he first travels the outer walls (or obstacles) and then “fills up” these drawn quadrants by traversing them in straight paths (called Z-shaped mode). See for yourself:

Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 950 Vacuum Robot Home App Mapping
First drive down the room at the outer edges, then from wall to wall in straight tracks.

The procedure is very efficient as the robot does not leave out any area of the premises. Unless, of course, there is an obstacle in the way that it cannot get past due to its dimensions (clotheslines are no problem). Before the first cleaning it is advisable to remove smaller elements such as toys, socks and cables, as the robot does not (yet) recognize them. But Ecovacs is working on it with its KI AIVI technology.

Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 950 Vacuum Robot Home App Mapping Carpet Detection
On the left and in the middle the mapping, on the right: The Ozmo 950 even draws carpets into the map.

What sets the Ozmo 950 apart from other models in this price range: It detects carpets (with carpet detection switched on) absolutely reliably and even records them on the map (see screenshot above). Why is this advantageous? This area can be delimited with a special “non-wipe zone” or virtual wall so that the carpet does not get wet when wiped. In addition, the vacuum robot increases the suction power as soon as it detects a carpet underneath it.

I once tried to show this in the video (Sound on, excuses the picture quality):

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By the live representation of the map one can understand also from on the way (office, university etc.) where the robot is at present. If you don’t watch the robot on its way in the app, the robot will also send push notifications to the smartphone (if you want).

Room layout, virtual walls and non-wipe zones

Probably everyone at home has their own area where they don’t want the robot to work – and they just aren’t willing to put cables or carpets away. For this you can draw virtual walls and non-wiping zones on the map (after having let the robot drive all the rooms once). Virtual walls (screenshot below red) are not crossed by the robot, non-wipe zones are ignored by the robot with the wipe function switched on.

Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 950 Vacuum Robot Home App No-Go Zones
On the left the automatically recognized room layout, in the middle virtual walls, on the right non-wipe zones.

This allows the robot, which is already acting intelligently, to be given even more precise instructions as to where it should work and where not. Examples at my home, where he should not work: The cable corner, where, among other things, the television is connected, glass bottles in the kitchen that stand on the floor. Logical, sensitive corners.

Where it shouldn’t wipe with me: under the desk and on the carpet. Briefly pull squares to the right place with your fingers, confirm, easy.

Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 950 Vacuum Robot Home App Mapping Room layout
This all looks more complicated than it is.

In addition, Go-To zones can also be drawn in, allowing the robot to specifically vacuum or wipe a specific area. For example, if you have tilted the cereal at the breakfast table. Laziness is becoming more and more common if you have a vacuum robot. Believe me. Just the way he works the carpet here:

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Even if this has already been said far too often in vacuum robot advertising and sounds hackneyed: If you have a vacuum robot as good as the Ozmo 950 at home, you really have more time for other things than housework. You don’t have to worry (if there are no cables or vases in the way) about letting the robot drive while you’re on the road. He simply does his job, ergo what you expect from him. And that even on several floors.

Card storage of several floors

Ecovacs calls “Multi-Floor-Mopping” one of the two exciting innovations. In other words, you can save several floors as maps and call them up again. Ecovacs provides the instructions in the app:

  1. Ozmo 950 and charging station to another floor.
  2. Start cleaning from the charging station.
  3. A new card is created and saved.

Of course, you still have to transport it to another floor by muscle power (or lifta?). This may take some time before robots can climb stairs. However, two steps in the app still have to be taken in order for floor storage to work.

  • Activate “Advanced mode” in the settings.
  • Activate “Multi-storey cleaning” in the settings.
  • Switch on location on smartphone.

After you have followed the first map with the second map, you can also save the second map. I have tried the functions in several buildings and floors – it works fine. Up to three maps can be easily recalled under the app menu item “Map management”. Looks like this:

Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 950 Vacuum robot Home App Card storage Floors
Simply recall the maps of the floors.

Thus the systematic cleaning from room to room reaches a new standard: Ecovacs succeeds in installing the card storage of several floors error-free on one device before Roborock, Xiaomi or ILIFE. We hope that the other manufacturers will make improvements to their top models – for example, by updating the firmware?

The wiping function

“During wiping, the DEEBOT automatically avoids carpets and only wipes the hard floor”. You can read this announcement on the Ecovacs page. And indeed: Even when using the wipe function, not a single drop lands on my carpets in several trips. Of course, you can also draw “non-wiping zones” on the map for safety’s sake.

To use the wipe function of the robot, you don’t have to set anything extra within the app, just follow the steps below and the O950 recognizes by itself that it should wipe.

Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 950 vacuum robot Remove water tank
1. remove the water tank from the bottom and fill it with water.
Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 950 vacuum robot water tank
2. place the microfibre cloth on the back of the water tank (this is easy).
Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 950 vacuum robot wiping function tank
3. place the water tank with the microfibre cloth on the back of the robot.
Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 950 vacuum robot wiping
4. Turn the robot around. There you go.

Water quantity adjustable

The amount of water that lands on the microfibre cloth can be adjusted in the app. If you could choose between low, medium and high water flow rate in the Ozmo 900 under the menu item “Water flow rate”, you will now find the additional option “very high“, but also the hint that the ground could get so wet that the robot with its tires could slip on it.

Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 950 Roborock S6 vacuum robot Controls
Ozmo 950 vs. Roborock S6: Top models with stable wiping function.

The amount of water you should set depends very much on which floor you want the robot to wipe and requires some trial and error. Sometimes the 0.2 l small water tank is empty too quickly or the floor too wet, then again there is too little water on the floor. But here you find a solution with which you agree.

The Ozmo 950 does not replace manual mop wiping, but once a month you will still have to wipe twice. For a vacuum robot, however, this wiping function can currently be described as “very good”.

Conclusion: Buy Ecovac’s DEEBOT Ozmo 950?

Recently I have been impressed by several models in the test phase, especially the Roborock S6 and 360 S7. When it comes to technology, features and the overall package, you have to be envious: The other manufacturers will have to follow suit, Ecovacs is presenting a flagship model that has been thought through from front to back. Only the suction power could be higher, but the cleaning results are still impressive – both on hard floors and on carpet.

Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 950 vacuum robot

Multiple floor map storage and carpet detection when the wipe function is activated – these are the two top features that make the Ozmo 950 not only a top model, but also a rather expensive one. Almost $800 is a price to consider if you really need this functionality. If you don’t have several floors, you can also use other models. Maybe you just want to vacuum, but don’t want to have it wiped off?

But if you’re willing to spend the money, you’ll get the most varied overall package you can expect. How do I know that? I recently had the iRobot Roomba i7+ here and am just trying out the Vorwerk VR300. Both models are above $900 – and are neither so powerful nor do they have so many functions.

Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 950 vacuum robot comparison Vorwerk Vr300
Which model would you like to see in direct comparison with the Vorwerk VR300? This duel goes to Ecovacs.

Would you spend $800 on a vacuum robot or do you say to yourself: For the money rather two Mi Robot 1S?

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I'm interested in Gadgets, that make our life at home easier - especially when it comes to cleaning the floor or the windows. I was able to test about fifty robot vacuum cleaners since now.

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Comments (7)

  • Profile picture from Jasmin
    23.08.19 um 19:14

    Jasmin

    Hi,
    Great Review.
    Wanted to ask, can you take a picture of the charging station voltage/Frequency data.. i.e. can I take the robot with me while travelling, as I move a lot between Europe and US.. and need to ensure this station is 110-240 V 50Hz/60Hz rather than US only or Europe only.

    Carry on the great job.

    • Profile picture from Tim
      26.08.19 um 10:32

      Tim CG team

      @Jasmin
      Hi Jasmin, sure I'm gonna make a picture for you, just give me a bit

  • Profile picture from Matt
    26.08.19 um 15:59

    Matt

    Hi Tim,

    I was wondering how the Ozmo 950 compares to the Roborock S6 for noise? In your S6 review you were quite impressed with the quiet operation, I think – how does the 950 Compare?

    Thanks for your help,

    Matt

    • Profile picture from Tim
      26.08.19 um 16:07

      Tim CG team

      @Matt
      Hi Matt, it depends on the suction level. If you choose the quiet mode, the 950 is more quiet than the S6. But comparing the other levels of both robots, the S6 is more quiet in relation to the suction power.

      • Profile picture from Matt
        26.08.19 um 16:51

        Matt

        Thanks Tim! We would run the robot at night so the volume is our main concern – which would you recommend?

        • Profile picture from Tim
          27.08.19 um 10:59

          Tim CG team

          @Matt
          Hi Matt, as said, both robots got quiet modes and are able to navigate in the dark, but i would recommend the ecovacs. It is an allrounder for your home, also having more functions than the S6. But you're good with both models, so don't worry choosing the one you like more

  • Profile picture from kitkat
    16.09.19 um 07:16

    kitkat

    not worth it.
    at china, this model named ecovacs T5 and about same price with roborock T6 (which is S6 in china).
    not sure why it sell so much more expensive at US, about 300 usd higher than roborock S6.

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