Published on August 30th, 2023 | by Adrian Gunning

From Sadie to Lightning McClean – ECOVACS Reveals Top 10 Robotic Vacuum Nicknames In Australia As Popular DEEBOT NEO Returns To ALDI Special Buys

ECOVACS ROBOTICS, the world’s leading service robotics brand and Australian market leader, is teaming up with ALDI to celebrate the return of its popular DEEBOT NEO robotic vacuum and mop, which will hit shelves on Saturday, September 9 for just $399 as part of ALDI Special Buys. As Australians continue to embrace robotic vacuum cleaners, ECOVACS has also revealed the top 10 nicknames Australians have given their new DEEBOTs, as they increasingly become indispensable family members across the country!

Available at half its usual price while stocks last, the DEEBOT NEO’s ability to both vacuum and mop at the same time depending on the surface makes it the perfect option for those looking to try a robot vacuum for the first time or add a second cleaner to their home. Featuring TrueMapping laser-based mapping and navigation technology traditionally seen in ECOVACS’ more premium models and compatibility with the Auto-Empty Station, this model  has break-through innovative features for this price. Compatibility with Google Home or Amazon  Alexa means easy integration into a smart home, while its ability to be controlled by a smartphone through the ECOVACS Home App means that it can clean while you are on the other side of the house – or the other side of the world.

Developed especially for the Australian market and coinciding with the 25th Anniversary of ECOVACS celebrating its global leadership in home robotics, the DEEBOT NEO has left a strong impression on many Australian households who have embraced the convenience and time-saving prowess of robotic vacuum cleaners, with many taking to social media to share the endearing names given to their new family members. As pop culture and technology come together, Sadie remains a leading name in Australia, harkening back to the iconic 1967 song. Rosie and its connection to the futuristic cartoon cleaning robot of The Jetsons is also very popular, while Australians also enjoy putting twists on a wide range of celebrity names and famous characters in entertainment as Lightning McQueen, Vacky Chan, Optimus Grime and Fleetwood Vac all make the list.

“Beyond their remarkable efficient and time-saving benefits, our robot vacuums have evolved into beloved  home companions. Whilst these nostalgic and endearing DEEBOT nicknames are a lot of fun to chat about among our many loyal customers,they ultimately  reinforce the important role they are playing in more and more Australian homes. We are bringing Rosie to life!” said Karen Powell, Regional Director, ECOVACS ANZ.

“We are excited to welcome back the ECOVACS DEEBOT NEO to our Special Buys aisle. This time saving product has been incredibly popular with our customers in the past and those who missed out last time will be thrilled to have another chance to get their hands on this top of the range vacuum at the low ALDI price of just $399,” said spokesperson for ALDI Australia.

Australians Popular ECOVACS DEEBOT Names Revealed

ECOVACS Australia has revealed its Top 10 favourite DEEBOT nicknames as shared by Australians across a wide variety of platforms:

  1. Sadie (Sadie the Cleaning Lady)
  2. Rosie (a nod to The Jetsons)
  3. Lightning McClean
  4. Vacky Chan
  5. Vac Efron
  6. Fleetwood Vac
  7. Meryl Sweep
  8. Dustin Bieber
  9. Optimus Grime
  10. Hairy Botter

*This is an entirely subjective list compiled with love by the ECOVACS Australia team with new names being received and discussed on a daily basis as more Australians embrace home robotics.

Australian Case Studies

Annabel – “My parents love ‘Eric’, so I just had to get one too”

Annabel, a 26-year-old engineer from Sydney, gifted a DEEBOT NEO to her parents as a birthday present last year. The DEEBOT quickly became “Eric,” an indispensable member of the family with her mother declaring, “I’m leaving everything to Eric.”  Inspired by the impact at her parents’ home, Annabel then bought one for herself, naming it “Mopsy the 2nd,” a nod to her partner’s family dog named Mopsy with fitting allusions to its capabilities. Annabel now firmly believes that “any mundane task that you can automate – you simply should!”

Karlie Suttie – “’Keanu Cleans’ is an investment in myself and my time”

Karlie Suttie from Melbourne is an author, organising expert and half of the duo behind the mammoth Facebook Group “Mums Who”. Karlie posted in March here and shared a video here. She introduces her trusty companion to her followers, captioning “This is Keanu Cleans, yes I name all my tools. He is a DEEBOT NEO and is my favourite DEEBOT so far”.

Michelle – “Sadie’s better than I ever imagined!”

Michelle from South-East New South Wales purchased her DEEBOT NEO named “Sadie the Cleaning Lady” from the ALDI Special Buys in 2022. She commented on a public review platform that she uses the DEEBOT NEO on floating wood floors and still loves it a year later. “Sadie’s amazing! My floors have never looked so clean. I am a convert! So easy to set up and use.”

More Product Information

An Intelligent Experience – Advanced Mapping and App Customisation

TrueMapping laser-based mapping and navigation technology ensures floor maps are created in seconds. The DEEBOT NEO can intelligently navigate a user’s home, choosing which rooms and floors to clean, and customising the optimum cleaning path for each respective floor. TrueMapping uses dToF laser detection, with detection distance enhanced to 10 meters and the ability to detect objects as small as 0.1 metres. Integrated with industry-leading algorithms, the DEEBOT NEO can scan, map, and plan an efficient cleaning path quickly and with precision, a benefit enjoyed by those with larger homes. The Virtual Boundary function can be controlled via the ECOVACS Home App, allowing users to restrict the robot from entering and cleaning specific areas.

Powerful 2-In-1 Mopping And Vacuuming In A Single Pass

ECOVACS pressure-retention system optimises energy, and its fan blades are reinforced with high-strength glass fibre rotating at up to 19,000RPM. The result is long-lasting pressure retention and stable suction power at up to 2600Pa. Combine this with the Floating Brush 2.0 which comes with the latest suspension and brush design, and the robot is able to sweep and vacuum dust from even deep cracks or gaps in flooring.

The DEEBOT NEO also allows for mopping and vacuuming in a single pass with an electronically controlled water pump and water tank. The OZMO™️ Mopping System can efficiently clean the whole house without the need for repeated stops to top up the water and remove over 99%2[1] of tested bacteria. When the mopping plate is installed, the DEEBOT will automatically turn on mopping mode and users can manually manage the water yield through the ECOVACS Home App. If it encounters carpets while mopping, it will instantly detect and react by avoiding those areas so as not to wet them – if mopping mode is not on, it will automatically increase suction.

Other Key Features:  

  • Compatible with Auto-Empty Station: Available separately, the ECOVACS Auto-Empty Station can hold the dust and hair collected for up to 30 days, dramatically reducing the need to frequently clean the dustbin. Enjoy your home being cleaned for weeks with ease.
  • Automatic charging and continuous cleaning: Long cleaning paths are no problem for the NEO. If the battery is low, the DEEBOT NEO automatically returns to its docking station. As soon as it is fully charged, it continues cleaning the floor where it left off.
  • Mapping of several levels: Scan and store multiple maps of different floors of your home. The robot will customise its cleaning path once identifying which map it is in. You can also customise which room you’d like the robot to clean on each floor.
  • App control: You can use the app to conveniently control your robot from any situation and schedule a cleaning time or check the current cleaning status. Maps can be stored and individually adapted – with functions including Virtual Boundary, which limits the robotic vacuum cleaner’s operating area.
  • Customised Cleaning: customise specific suction power, water flow and cleaning sequences for each room in the home
  • Smart Home Device Compatibility: Experience convenient, hands-off controls via Google Home or Amazon Echo – simply link your smart home devices to your robot.
  • Stress free updates: The intuitive robot manages its own updates using ‘Over The Air’ technology. You can just update your APP to get the functions optimised and extended.
  • High Efficiency Air Filter: Breathe easy while your robot cleans. With its High Efficiency Filter, your robot will reduce airborne triggers while vacuuming.

Pricing and availability

The DEEBOT NEO is available as part of ALDI Special Buys from September 9 for $399, while stocks last. It is otherwise available at full RRP of $799 at ecovacs.com/au

About the Author


Adrian lives in Melbourne Australia and has a huge passion for gaming, technology and pop culture. He recently finished his a Bachelor of Journalism and is currently focusing on games journalism. When not writing and playing video games, Adrian can be found in Comics 'R' Us debating the pros of the DC Universe and cons of the Marvel Universe.

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