In the market there is a new category of products. These are robots that are capable not only of sweeping dirt, but also of actively washing floors Thanks to two rotating cloths that exert force on the surface. To date, there are many solutions and in most cases they are placed in the developed range.
However, some products manage to perform well at relatively reasonable prices but we warn you, We start from around 500 Euros and go up to over 1300 Euros For most technological and modern products. However, like all new technologies, it is hoped that these products will become more accessible in the future, as truly functional and useful in everyday use. Prices are for the publishing period during White Friday 2022 and may vary.
How are robot cleaners made?
Robots capable of washing today fall into three main categories. Basic types have a tank capable of managing the water flow with manual control or via an app and a small cloth attached to the back that the robot pulls out as it cleans. Its efficiency is equivalent to that of a damp cloth. Then there are the robots with a vibrating cloth. for example Cecotec Conga 9090IAor theEcovacs T9 AIVI. These robots are equipped with a dedicated water tank and a damp cloth always but with a small actuator that makes them vibrate up to 480 times per minute. Its effectiveness is greater and is actually equivalent to forcibly wiping a cloth. Both techniques have limitations: wash cloths tend to get dirty and lose their effectiveness after a few square meters of cleaning.
Finally, there is a file Robot with two anti-spin wipers. In this case, there are two circular supports that attach to the back of the robot using magnets. The two mops are pushed toward the floor and rotate in opposite directions to improve efficiency.
How do reverse circulation plates work?
Counterrotation mop robots have a special structure that in most cases requires a special base to allow for correct operation. While traditional robots incorporate a water tank, In this case, it is the norm that wets the roller clothes. In fact, a small pump does the job of sucking water from the tank inside the base and wetting the robot’s clothes. The robot leaves for a cleaning session and returns to its base at regular intervals.
This process allows you to clean the garment, remove dirt, and wet it again, so that the robot can advance smoothly and maintain high efficiency. Once the entire surface has been cleaned, the robot loads again and the mops are washed for the last time and, depending on the type, dried with cold or hot air, in order to avoid the formation of unpleasant odors. However, there are also some robots that do not need the washing base but are still equipped with two mops and in the future we will see more and more of them.
YEEDI MOP STATION 2-IN-1: THE MOST EASY
my hand The 2-in-1 mop station is the cheapest alternative among floor cleaning robots with a price often equal to or less than 500 euros. The washing base is equipped with two tanks of 3.5 liters each, one for clean water and the other for dirty water. The robot returns to the base to clean and sterilize the rotating brushes to ensure effective washing. The suction power is 2500Pa, which ensures excellent efficiency.
when washing, The brush is pushed towards the floor with a force of 10 Newtons and rotates at 180 revolutions per minute For deep cleaning at all times. After a cleaning session, the 2-in-1 mop station returns to the base allowing you to clean and dry mops in a completely automatic way. Thanks to the optical sensor, the robot can create a map of the environments and by strength of 2500 Pa It is enough for daily cleaning. Excellent autonomy thanks to the large 5200 mAh battery which guarantees around three hours of playback.
DREAME L10S PRO: The most compact
Let’s start directly from the exception he represents Dreame L10S Pro. Recently arrived on the market, it is the only robot with washcloths that does not require a dedicated base. This certainly implies smaller dimensions, but also slightly lower effectiveness on large surfaces. Indeed, mops tend to get dirty and after each wash it is necessary to remove them and proceed to hand or machine wash.
However, this robot is valued for all those who do not want to give up high efficiency: there is Lidar mapping with the help of an optical sensor that is able to recognize even small objects and animal feces. The water tank has a capacity of 190 ml, enough for an apartment of more than 120 square meters, while the powder volume is about 400ml. It has a great advantage: thanks to the carpet sensor, when it passes over it, it automatically lifts the clothes, thus absorbing dirt without wetting the carpet. With a suction power of 5000 Pa and a battery of 5200 mAh.
ECOVACS X1 OMNI: The best of the bunch
It is positioned just at the upper end of the market with an extension List price 1499 euros. Ecovacs X1 Omni hit the market in April 2022, and today you can take advantage of many discounts Which brings the price to around 1,000 euros. It is undoubtedly among the most complete. Powerful thanks to the suction of 5000 Pa, with two large diameter anti-rotating brushes that operate with a force of 6 Newtons, spinning 180 times per minute and vibrating up to 600 times per minute.
At the front there is a very advanced sensor consisting of an RGB camera designed for spatial imaging, which allows optimal interaction with the surrounding environment and allows the robot to avoid any kind of obstacle, from cables to excrement. The camera that can also be used as a surveillance camera through the dedicated app. The base, plus two water tanks of 3.2 liters each, is capable of automatically emptying the dirt tank for fully autonomous operation. The Yiko voice assistant completes the equipment, which allows you to control all functions of the robot using your voice. The Ecovacs X1 is also available in Turbo and Plus versions, but the latter ditches the two reverse-spin wipers.
Dreame W10: the first of its kind
The Dreame W10 was an early adopter of the reverse-rotation cloth technology. It has 4000Pa strong suction and 6400mAh battery (largest piece). The washing station allows you to wet, clean and dry clothes to avoid the formation of unpleasant odors. The tanks have a capacity of four liters, for unparalleled autonomy. On the other hand, it is also one of the most complex.
It is the only one in this category that has a D-shape instead of a round one. This allows it to clean well along the edges and especially at the corners. It’s also one of the robots with the largest front brush, at over 24cm long, and can sweep completely with just a few swipes. Lidar mapping is accurate and allows you to segment the environment according to your preferences. However, a sensor for recognizing small objects is missing, while there is a carpet sensor, which is automatically avoided during washing.
Dreame L10S ULTRA: an excellent price-performance ratio
Dreame L10S Ultra focuses on the relationship between performance and price. In fact, it integrates all the desired functions: mapping via Lidar, object recognition via the front optical sensor and the possibility of using it as a surveillance camera. The anti-spin mop pads spin at 180RPM and release automatically when the robot steps on the carpet. during washing.
The center brush is ideal for pet hair that is suctioned out without any problems. The two tanks have a capacity of 2.5 liters, and are the only ones of their kind to also include a detergent bottle that is automatically dosed by the wash base. The base is also capable of automatically emptying the dirt collection tank. The suction power is 5300Pa and the battery is 5200mAh. In short, everything you could want for a starting price of 1,199 euros.
ECOVACS T10 Turbo: the newest has arrived
The Ecovacs Deebot T10 Turbo is among the newer entrants. This is the latest version of the T10 range, already in the Standard Edition and in the Plus Edition. The T10 Turbo is the only one in the range that uses the two opposite spinning cloths. The washing station has two 3.2L tanks inside and is able to wash and dry clothes with hot air to prevent odor formation.
On the front is an AIVI 3.0 sensor, which not only recognizes up to 18 different types of objects such as cables, clothes and droppings, but also allows it to be used as a surveillance camera. Finally, the robot has 3,000Pa of power and a 5,200mAh battery, which is more than enough for most users’ habits.