Over the past few months, I’ve been reviewing several Dibea products. Initially it was the D900 robot vacuum, then the C17 and F6 stick vacuum cleaner.
Now we will take a first look at Dibea D960 robot cleaner. It’s its latest version and I dare say it’s a better option than the Roomba 650.
This is definitely a better option than the D900 due to the build quality and finish.
And it has an on / off switch – something previously missing.
This allows you to easily reset the bot if there is any error code without taking out the battery.
It also comes in a gorgeous glossy black finish that is similar to A6 with gray accents. So it looks really elegant and won’t get lost in a modern home.
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So why is it a better choice than the Roomba 650?
First, it is cheaper. You can buy this on Amazon for less than $200. The Roomba 650, depending on when you buy it, will be around $100 more expensive.
Performance will be roughly the same and you’ll have less scuffs as it avoids obstacles better, while the Roomba 650 is notorious for bumping into things.
Quick look at the features
- High-performance 3-stage filtration system
- 1200 Pa
- Tamper Evident Scratch-Proof Glass Cover
- HEPA filter grade H11
- It is only 3 inches high, so it fits a lot of furniture
- Easily schedule up to 7 times a week with the remote control
- 12 months warranty
- Dustbin capacity about 350ml
- Li-ion battery 2600 mAh working time for 120 to 150 minutes
- Quiet operation is great if you have very young children at home
- Ideal for hard floors and low-pile carpets
- Decent sized bin
- A larger water tank can cover a large area of land
- The low profile design will fit a lot of furniture
- It has a HEPA filter
- Carpets will not be deeply cleaned
- Not as efficient as the D900 in terms of navigation but comprehensive
What do you expect from Dibea D960?
To get a feel for what this bot is all about, please watch this review I made…
This second generation Dibea robot has been further improved in terms of finish and functionality except for navigation.
Let’s first look at what this robot looks like.
The D960 has the same finish as the ILIFE A6. It’s a combination of black (to be more specific Piano Black) with gray accents but the difference is the shape – the A6 is round while the D960 is D-shaped like the Neato.
I love the darker black but it won’t stay that way for long trust me.
With just two buttons and the branding at the bottom, the interface is as simple as you can get.
View from the bottom
Unlike Neato BotVac, this bot uses two side brushes to better clean edges and corners.
In the middle of these two brushes is a motorized brush roller that removes dirt. It has the same design as the Neato, which means it uses a squeegee and bristles.
This design works great for picking up things big and small including hair. But expect long hair to wrap around this one.
Runtime and battery
The run time should range from 120 to 150 minutes depending on the surface being cleaned. Expect a shorter runtime on carpet because it requires more juice to clean.
This robot uses a 2600mAh Li-ion battery which will take about 5 hours to fully charge. Since it is lithium, the energy range must be linear.
I was expecting this robot to be just as efficient as the D900 but it wasn’t.
In my first cleaning test, the robot took over 20 minutes to clean the majority of dirt on the floor.
The Dibea D900 took less than 20 minutes so it was a bit frustrating for me. But the cleaning performance is great because it was able to clean almost everything.
Before I write my review, please review some of the before and after pictures…
In terms of cleaning performance, Dibea D960 is a good performer.
Of the 50 grams of dirt on the floor, she was about to pick up 48 grams! This is the Xiaomi RoboRock area and you don’t need to pay $500 for it.
Not as smart as Neato
The bad news is that this robot is not intelligent. It does not contain any app, compatible with Alexa and no WiFi. So scheduling is done through the remote control.
If you don’t mind all of these restrictions, save yourself a few hundred dollars.
I would say this and the A6 could compete head-to-head. What this bot has on ILIFE A6 will be the scanning feature.
The A6 does not have this feature and this is actually cheaper on Amazon or GearBest.
The Dibea D960 also comes with a separate mopping base that turns this robot into a mop.
Watch this video to see how the robot moves with the water tank running.
What I like about their design is that you don’t need to flip the robot over to install the mop. Just remove the existing dirt container and slide the water tank into place.
This is one less step in the process, and if it were easier, I’m all for it.
What comes in the box?
You will get the following items in the box:
- Dibea D960 Robot With Two Side Brushes And Dirt Box
- Water tank and bracket assembly with microfiber mop
- Microfiber mop
- English manual
- 2 extra side brushes
- Charging base and stopper
Where can I buy this?
The two places I would recommend buying this would be on Amazon as this would cost just under $200. It will be another GearBest site where this sells for roughly the same price.
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Dibea has really upped his game with the Dibea D960. Put this together with the older D900, you have something more refined and better quality overall.
In terms of cleaning performance, this is very close to ILIFE A6.
If you were debating between the two, I wouldn’t forbid you to buy either. This is close.
What this has on the ILIFE A6 and Roomba 650 will be the scanning feature.
And you don’t have to pay more for it.
The other thing I love is this robot’s ability to plunder itself from tough situations. If you watch the full video, you will notice that it has not jammed under the chair. She was able to backup and go on her way.
This wouldn’t be the case if I was using another bot like Alfawise X5.