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How’s that for timing? It’s almost like Bagotte read my mind. No sooner did the Robovac reviews of the Bagotte BG700 and BG800 go live, than yet another new model hit the scene. The Bagotte BG600MAX is a brand-new addition to the company’s robot vacuum line up, having officially launched on 19 July 2020. The timing simply could not be more perfect. In both reviews, I commented that both the BG700 and BG800 made their predecessor obsolete. Bagotte was clearly unwilling to let the model number go out like that, and returns with a new and improved model that brings the BG600 bang up to date. Crucially, there’s not much of a price difference between the two, so if you had the original BG600 in mind, you won’t have to break open the piggy bank for the natural upgrade to the Bagotte BG600MAX.
- Excellent suction power and cleaning capabilities at 2,000 Pa
- Autoboost technology for more power on heavily soiled areas
- Smart navigation to ensure an even, thorough clean
- Infrared remote control for starting and scheduling cleans
- Auto recharge where the robotic vacuum heads back to base on low power
- Support for magnetic boundary strips
Our Bagotte BG600MAX Robot Vacuum Review
Bagotte has seemingly taken tips from Eufy in their approach to robot vacuum design. While their competitor has many more models in the range, their never shy about capitalising on the success of a known quantity. The original Eufy RoboVac 15C was a great model for its time, but gradually became outdated – as all technology does. As that happened, Eufy returned with the RoboVac 15C MAX, which went on to spend nearly a year at the top of our rankings of the best robot vacuums.
Just like Eufy, Bagotte hasn’t sought to reinvent the wheel with their MAX edition of the BG600. Consider this model as evolutionary rather than revolutionary, and you’ll have a good idea of what to expect.
As with the BG800, this new model certainly looks the part. I’ve always been partial to some purple, and the purple-blue finish on the BG600MAX really makes it stand out. Sure, it’s still the same circular black box at heart, but it does a great job of brightening up the place. Looks aren’t everything, of course, so let’s dive straight into the details and see exactly why this could be the third review in a row to see a robot vacuum manufacturer immediately making their own debut model completely obsolete!
In the Box
If there’s one thing that has always endeared customers and owners alike to Bagotte, it’s that they don’t skimp on the box contents. Buy some robot vacuums and you’ll be surprised to find anything more than the unit and the base in the box. That’s not the case here. As with the BG600 that came before, along with the BG700 and BG800, you’ll receive a spares pack in the box to go with the set already attached to the base unit.
That package of spares comprises a spare HEPA filter, an extra foam filter, four side brushes (the Bagotte BG600 MAX uses two at a time) and a cleaning tool for the robot itself. The cleaning tool aside, if you find yourself getting through the spares and want to stock up, you’ll find that the pack won’t break the bank either. Head over here and you’ll find the official Bagotte package. Best of all, if you’re upgrading directly from the original Bagotte BG600 and decide to put the old one upstairs, you’ll find that these spares fit any model the company produces – at least at the time of writing.
I’ve talked about the spares before even speaking on the unit itself. Unsurprisingly, you’ll find the BG600MAX itself, along with the base unit and accompanying charging cable.
Finally, we have the ever-present infrared remote control. It lessened in importance on the BG700 and BG800 models, as both rank among the best-connected robot vacuums we’ve ever reviewed. With support for everything from iOS and Android mobile apps to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, there’s no shortage of ways to set your schedules and start a clean.
However, just as with the original BG600, Bagotte has opted against network functionality on the BG600MAX. I’ll go into more detail later in the review, but for now I’ll say that the remote control (and bundled batteries) are a welcome, if not unexpected addition to the package.
Cleaning and Capacity
If any company intends to release a new and improved version of a robot vacuum, you’d better expect improvements in the cleaning department. There’s plenty of technology included in a Bagotte robovac, but sometimes you simply cannot beat some good, old-fashioned suction power.
The 1,500 Pa on the first BG600 still stands up to scrutiny to this day. However, there’s a noticeable improvement here with 2,000 Pa of suction on the BG600MAX. That comfortably beats out the 1,600 Pa on the BG700 and comes within striking distance of the 2,200 Pa at maximum power on the BG800. If you’re not into pascals and other measures of suction power, let’s just say that the original model was perfectly adequate – cleaning on the MAX edition is outstanding.
I’m fairly convinced that Bagotte buys its dust boxes in bulk. Just as the size and shape doesn’t change all that much throughout the range, the dust box capacity doesn’t change at all. We have the same space for 0.6-litres of dirt and dust here as we do on every other model. Unless you spend every morning seeking to achieve the spit and sawdust look found in old pubs, you’ll find that this robot vacuum can go for several days without emptying and it will comfortably do both floors of the average home without intervention – other than taking it up the stairs, of course.
There are three different clean settings on the Bagotte BG600MAX, comprising ‘low’, ‘auto’ and ‘MAX’. Unless you have a reason to go to the top all the time, the automatic setting should be sufficient. That’s especially true given that the robotic vacuum will automatically adjust the power depending on how much dirt it senses on a given spot. It’s an excellent judge of dirt, and avoiding any manual intervention will keep noise levels lower and extend battery life.
Battery and Charging
Speaking of battery life, the BG600MAX reminds me of the BG800. Leave it to its own devices on the auto setting with minimal need to reach full power, and you’ll comfortably get 100 minutes of clean time out of this robot. If you’ve got a shaggy dog that likes shedding and haven’t cleaned for a week, you’ll need the maximum output and, in return, you’ll receive around 50 minutes of cleaning time.
Robot vacuum batteries are much of a muchness, and you won’t exceed a couple of hours of active cleaning, even on models that are far weaker than this. If you don’t mind the lack of networking functionality, you’ll save a small amount of battery drain in its absence compared to the BG800 too.
If and when the battery level falls below 20%, the BG600MAX will make a point of heading back to base for a recharge. In line with the other Bagotte models, it will require around five hours to charge from empty. Fortunately, I’m yet to encounter a situation where I’ve needed to use my robot vacuum more frequently than every five hours – or every 24 hours for that matter.
Just as power levels can have an impact on battery life, the same can be said of noise. When running at normal levels, the Bagotte BG600MAX ranks comfortably among the quietest options around. A typical conversation between two people in the same room hits 60 dB. At low power, the BG600MAX falls as low as 40 dB – which is virtually silent in a home with at least some activity. Even at its peak, the maximum suction power on this robovac creates around 60 dB, which is nothing compared to the 70dB of the Roomba 981 I’ve lived with in the past!
For comparison purposes, the Bagotte BG600MAX is pegged at 55 dB, which is about as quiet as it gets and enough to ensure that it won’t disturb you. In short, this robotic vacuum won’t be the source of any noise complaints.
In 2020, robot vacuum filters fall into two main categories. They either come with HEPA filters, which we’ve come to expect as the standard. This is a good thing. Alternatively, they come without HEPA filters. This is bad and will have a significant impact on how we score any given device.
There are some slight exceptions from yesteryear. I remain fond, in a nostalgic sense, of the iRobot Roomba 671, not least because it was the first robot vacuum I ever personally owned. It didn’t boast a true HEPA filter, but used iRobot’s own technology to do the same kind of job, just without the official branding.
Anyway, that’s besides the point as it is indeed now 2020 and the Bagotte BG600MAX does include a HEPA filter, backed by an additional foam filter to boot. With spares in the box and replacement parts readily available, this model is as good as it gets from a filtration perspective. Anyone with pets, allergies or anything else that requires the best filtration currently available will have no issues here.
I’ve touched on connectivity on the BG600MAX already, but that’s no reason not to go into a little more detail. If you want to control your robot vacuum while lying on a beach on the other side of the world, may I direct you towards the Bagotte BG700.
If, on the other hand, you have no need or desire for wifi, apps or voice control, you’re in exactly the right place. This appears to be a hallmark of the BG600 series, as the original model didn’t connect to anything other than the infrared remote either. If this turns into an annual thing, whereby we receive the BG600MAXPLUS or something along those lines in 2021, I’d dare venture that it won’t have networking capabilities either.
There are all sorts of reasons to go with this model, even if some might consider the lack of connectivity as a downside. You might not have wifi at home, or you may be purchasing for someone in the same position. You might value battery life over networking. The gains on the BG600MAX in this area aren’t incredible, but they do exist. You might even have security concerns, although the options for a criminal mastermind that remotely takes over your robot vacuum are limited.
When it all comes down to it, I like gadgets and smart tech. A robot vacuum without wifi isn’t right for me on a day to day basis. The fact that this didn’t prevent the first Bagotte BG600 from becoming an international bestseller in 2019 and the first half of 2020 verifies that this isn’t an issue for everyone.
Plus, there’s still the infrared remote control. There aren’t many buttons, but you can do anything you might need at any given time, such as scheduling cleans or manually changing the power settings. It’s a credit to Bagotte that this robot vacuum will do most of the work for you. As noted, it will boost suction when required, head back to base when it needs a recharge and change the cleaning mode when its sensors tell it to.
The appeal comes from the fact that the more control and connectivity you have, the more options you can choose from. If you prefer to keep things simple and leave your robovac to get on with it, with excellent results to show for it, the BG600MAX could be just what you need.
Another area in which the Bagotte BG600MAX beats its predecessor is in navigation. In the absence of a mobile app, there’s no mapping as such. However, there are various sensors on this device that enable it to avoid obstacles, track where it has been and have a good guess at where it needs to go next. One of the biggest developments between 2019 and 2020 (and, as a result, between the release of the BG600 and BG600MAX) is how much more focused robot vacuums appear when going about their business. The sensors definitely aid in this and if you’ve owned the original, you’ll be hugely impressed by how much more efficiently the new model will clean the same area.
Bagotte BG600MAX – Pros and Cons
- Supreme cleaning capabilities based on suction and navigation
- Full set of replacement brushes and filters included in the box
- Among the quietest robot vacuums around on ‘low’ and ‘auto’ cleaning modes
- No app, wifi or voice control support
- Battery life can suffer when frequently at full power
- Unable to cope with thick high-pile carpets
Bagotte BG600MAX – The Verdict
Some people want or need a robot vacuum that doesn’t increase in price or drain the battery due to a wifi connection. If that’s you, or whoever you plan to purchase a robot vacuum for, then you won’t find anything better than the BagotteBG600MAX. It has the power, flexibility and intelligence to beat any of the competition and yes, it is a massive upgrade from the original BG600. With both being the same price at RRP, and often even cheaper than that, this is the third robot vacuum in quick succession to render the BG600 obsolete – all of which came from the company that created it!
Bagotte BG600MAX Review
This device guarantees a fantastic, efficient clean, and is all the proof I need that robot vacuums that can be left to their own devices still have a massive part to play. Critically, you might be wondering whether this is worth the upgrade over the BG600 if you already have one. I’m pretty thrifty, but I’d have to give that a resounding ‘yes’ as it really does represent that much of a leap forward. Best of all, if you’ve still got spares from the original model, they’ll fit this device too. Indeed, I’d go as far as to say that if you neither want or need voice control and mobile controls, this is the best value for money robot vacuum going.
Bagotte BG600MAX – Questions and Answers
Does the Bagotte BG600MAX Work with Alexa?
The Bagotte BG600MAX doesn’t come with any additional connectivity features outside the infrared remote control. If you would like the same kind of performance, along with the sleek style and overall Bagotte value for money, I’d recommend checking out our Bagotte BG700 review and Bagotte BG800 review.
Is the Bagotte BG600MAX Better than the Bagotte BG600?
This is an easy question to answer as the BG600MAX is literally a direct upgrade on the BG600. Everything, including the price, is as good as, if not better than the original model. There’s more suction power, more intelligent navigation for a spectacularly efficient clean, more different cleaning modes and an intelligent return to base function when the charge drops below 20%. The height, weight, remote control and dust box capacity remain the same – and that’s a spectacular win.
Is the Bagotte BG600MAX Suitable for Pet Hair?
With 2,000 Pa of suction in full flight, pet hair will be the least of your worries when the Bagotte BG600 MAX gets to work. There’s a HEPA filter too, so while this robovac isn’t targeted specifically at pet owners, they won’t be disappointed.
Does the Bagotte BG600MAX Support Boundary Strips?
It does indeed, and you’ll receive a two-metre roll in the box. That should be more than sufficient to ensure that your BG600MAX stays out of rooms you don’t want it to visit. It complements the impressive sensor setup well too, as if you’re worried about it running into furniture and obstacles, you’re highly unlikely to have any issues.
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