Neato XV-21 announced

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Neato XV-21

As I have predicted a few days ago, Neato Robotics has now announced the new Neato XV-21 Pet & Allergy autonomous cleaning robot. The XV-21 is a specially equipped version of the original Neato robot, now aimed at pet owners and allergy sufferers. The Neato XV-21 now includes a new bristle brush that is supposed to do a better job picking up pet hair, dander and fibers, and also lowers the noise of the robot significantly, especially on hard floors. The XV-21 now includes a new filter that increases the robot’s airflow and suction power and is better at filtering fine dust particles. There is no mention of HEPA grading though.

The Neato XV-21 Pet & Allergy will be available for $429 at the end of April, and the owners of previous models will be able to purchase the pet and allergy filter for $29.99 and the Pet and Allergy Upgrade Kit (new bristle brush) separately for $59.99. The filter and the new brush are compatible with all earlier Neato models (including XV-11, XV-12 and XV-15), but require the installation of the latest firmware version (firmware 2.6).

Neato XV-21 on hardwood floor
Neato XV-21 accessories
Neato XV-21
Press release: 

NEATO ROBOTICS LAUNCHES PET AND ALLERGY VACUUM CLEANER

Latest Neato XV-21 automatic vacuum cleaner features improved ability to pick up pet hair and dirt and reduce allergens on all floor types for cleaner, healthier homes

Newark, Calif., March 12, 2012 - Neato Robotics®, a Silicon Valley company that pioneers new technologies and products to free people from household chores, today announced a new automatic vacuum cleaner that's designed especially for pet owners and allergy sufferers. The Neato XV-21, which works on all floor types, includes a new bristled brush to improve the pick-up of pet hair, dander and fibers and allows the vacuum cleaner to run more quietly than previous models, especially on hardwood floors. A new filter, which is cleanable and designed for long-term use, provides increased airflow and suction power that allows the Neato XV-21 to pick up and retain more than three times the fine dust particles of the company's standard filter. The new brush and filter will work with all other existing Neato Robotics models on the market today, making it easy for current owners to upgrade their automatic vacuum cleaners.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recommends vacuuming frequently and reducing the amount of pet dander, fur and feathers in the home as two simple steps to help prevent allergy outbreaks. A 2011 study by Quest Diagnostics found that allergies are on the rise in the U.S. with one in five Americans now being affected. Allergies to dust mites, pet dander, ragweed and other allergens now account for more than 17 million visits to the doctor per year, according to the report.

With the Neato XV-21's ability to automatically clean homes on its own with no human assistance, allergy sufferers can avoid allergens in the air caused by cleaning that can sometimes trigger reactions. Customers can easily set an automatic cleaning schedule for the Neato XV-21 to clean every day, keeping homes neat and healthy and carpets well-groomed. It vacuums close to walls and corners, avoids bumping into furniture and returns automatically to its base to re-charge itself.

"Our customers have increasingly asked us for a better way to pick up even more pet hair, dander and fine dust in their homes," says Warren Flick, CEO of Neato Robotics, Inc. "The Neato XV-21 delivers on that market need with a combination of increased suction power and airflow and more than three times the fine dust pick-up of our standard filters. We continue to focus on delivering new, innovative products that save customers time and keep homes neat, clean and healthy.

The Neato XV-21 is available in Misty White with purple highlights and is designed to automatically and intelligently clean homes on a daily basis, ensuring clean floors and more free time for its owners. Using smart path planning and a methodical back-and-forth cleaning pattern, it thoroughly cleans all types of floors and creates that neat, "just cleaned" look on carpets.

Availability and Pricing

The Neato XV-21 will be available for purchase for $429 M.S.R.P. at the end of April through the Neato Robotics website and an expanding list of retail partners. The new pet and allergy filter ($29.99 M.S.R.P.) and Pet and Allergy Upgrade Kit that includes the new bristled brush ($59.99 M.S.R.P.) will work with all other existing Neato Robotics automatic vacuum cleaners and simply requires customers to download a free version of the 2.6 firmware upgrade using the USB port on the back of unit.

Comments

So, is the rest of the vacuum identical? With the upgrade it, are the XV-11 and XV-21 identical (minus the colors)?
For example, my friend's XV-11 isn't able to suck up smaller dog-food because they get stuck in the system. Have any "intake" air-flow changes happened?

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Exactly, with the upgrade kit, anyone can teach an old Neato the new tricks. In theory the new filters will increase the airflow, but that won't help the dog food problem.

So no beater bar, that's a bit of a shame....

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The new brush bar is a combination of a beater and a bristle bar.

I'm new to these things and I don't know what exactly it's called in english but I mean the brush that sits in the corner of the Vorwerk VR100 and helps clean edges and corners. That's not what I said before and you meant now is it? Great reviews btw... :)

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That would be the side brush, or as some people call it the whiskers.

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