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Is it worth buying a Mopping and vacuuming robot? 10-year veteran users tell you

2021-04-26

Mopping and vacuuming robot

In recent years, the floor robot this product update is high-speed, vertical comparison under the use of experience is a general improvement. In the past, I think it did not reach the "must buy" level, more for the family cleaning icing on the cake. But now, with the maturity of this product, my point of view began to change somewhat.

Do you need a floor cleaning robot?

After all, it costs a certain amount of money to buy, so is this object worth it? Is it worth the price? The buyback will not be idle, do not want to buy a cheap to see how effective?

The first thing you need to do is make sure that you have a good idea of what you are getting into.

The positioning of sweeping robots

The sweeping robot is a good helper that can significantly reduce my cleaning workload.
With a real robot, we can stop cleaning ourselves? This is not possible; the vacuum cleaner should have or have, the mop should be used or have to use, the positioning of the robot is more "want to be lazy when the second choice" and "the perfect efficiency tool".

The cleaning is a relatively fragmented thing, each time, you do not spend a lot of time, but always somehow take up the time to do other things. If you are also busy in your daily life and feel that cleaning is more time-consuming, the advantages of a floor cleaning robot come into play. Still, of course, this refers to a robot with perfect functionality and a better experience.

The time saved allows us to rest, play and work more fully without having to worry about cleaning; furthermore, if we keep cleaning habits daily, we can also be more relaxed when washing so that we do not collapse when cleaning; finally, a clean environment can, in turn, improve our satisfaction with our "home" and enhance our sense of well-being. So from these perspectives, I think that the sweeping robot is worth having for every family.

The guide to buying a Mopping and vacuuming robot

Since it is worth having, the next question is the second one - what should I buy?
There are many brands in the floor cleaning robot market, and prices vary, so what parameters do I need to focus on to buy a floor cleaning robot? How to make a comparison purchase?

Back to the question above: can I buy one and use it?
I don't recommend it.

Low-end machines generally do not have navigation, obstacle avoidance and path planning features, the use of poor experience, the most common feedback is that there will be a variety of stuck, often to save him ... there is no way to do "let him do".

Since we want to buy, and what parameters should we look at?

01.Cleaning ability
Since it is a sweeping robot bought to clean, then we should focus on his cleaning ability. Many people think of suction when it comes to cleaning ability; suction power is a strong cleaning ability, so it is a little one-sided; cleaning ability is an all-around performance of multiple parameters, including suction, obstacle avoidance, navigation planning, tank side brush and other aspects of performance.

02.Suction power

The Xclea Mopping and vacuuming robot has a maximum suction power of 2700 Pa, one of the most vital representatives of suction power in a floor cleaning robot. The high power brushless fan, the main brush head that fits better on the ground, and the optimized linear air duct all make the high suction power shown in the data a more realistic cleaning performance.

03.Side brush and bottom brush
Side brush refers to the front of the robot "small sweeper."
Now the mainstream has a single side brush and bilateral brush design. The two methods have their advantages. The bilateral meeting is easier to gather the garbage, while the single-sided brush is not easy to get involved in wires, data lines and other things; in short, this does not affect the use of single and bilateral meetings are possible. Our sweeping robot is equipped with bilateral brushes; the addition of this feature helps the side brush cleaning efficiency, reduce the probability of shooting flying garbage; in the cleaning of places along the wall, the side brush will increase the speed, which is conducive to the cleaning of the wall seam corners.

Sweeper with side brush

Elevation view of the sweeper with side brush

04.The main brush head
The Xclea Mopping and vacuuming robot H30 has a dust port and the main brush at the bottom, which is the main force of vacuuming and cleaning.
Some sweeping robots are not equipped with a bottom main brush but only a tiny suction port for vacuuming. Although it can make the robot lighter and thinner, I don't think it's necessary ~ the design without the bottom brush sacrifices the cleaning ability, so I'd instead cleaned up a bit.

05.Navigation
As the navigation of a car, it is ultimately about the robot understanding "where I am" and "how do I go". Most sweeping robot manufacturers have implemented the navigation function to the flagship machine; several standard navigation modes on the market are LDS laser navigation, visual navigation and gyroscopic navigation.

LDS laser navigation

Gyroscope navigation: is considered a relatively backward technology, mainly for the cheaper sweeping robots used.
Visual navigation: see the world through the camera. Through the optical recognition module, it seems to be a compelling technology to draw a map to plan the cleaning route, but at this stage is not mature enough; the accuracy is slightly inferior to the LDS navigation technology introduced below. But it is a technology with high potential.

06.LDS laser navigation:
the mainstream navigation technology used by major brands, mature technology, high precision. As the name suggests is the use of a laser beam detection target radar system, generally using LDS laser navigation of the sweeping robot will have a "bump", his radar module. He will fire the laser and receive the reflected signal while cleaning and detecting the surrounding motion when switched on.

The "raised" LDS laser navigation


They will generally be used for the first time through this laser navigation system to draw a room map for us and to plan cleaning routes, naturally, now the mainstream of sweeping robots are using the "bow cleaning", this cleaning planning coverage is high, will not repeat cleaning has been cleaned the place. High content, efficiency is also higher.


07.Obstacle avoidance
The powerful function of obstacle avoidance is the most significant measure of a Mopping and vacuuming robot's "ease of use" - no need to deliberately clean up before use, turn on the machine to clean anytime, anywhere, without worrying that it will "go astray "and do not need to move often to save the trapped robot.



Automatic obstacle avoidance sweeper


The current mainstream obstacle avoidance technologies are LIDAR function, 3D structured light and 3D tof, mono / binocular vision obstacle avoidance, etc.
The current use of more mature binocular vision obstacle avoidance. Binocular obstacle avoidance is mainly used in drones, self-driving cars, and sweeping robots are also equivalent to a small cockpit, so it seems to apply to binocular visual obstacle avoidance function.

Binocular imaging is similar to human eyes, and the difference between the images taken by the left and suitable cameras is used to measure the distance for avoidance. Compared to monocular vision technology, binocular imaging is more three-dimensional, which can more accurately restore the three circumferences of the object (error), allowing more accurate avoidance. However, there is a disadvantage that it will be "invisible" when there is not enough light.


08.Dust box & Water tank
We provide a sizeable 3L dust bag; its capacity is equivalent to 2000m² area of 30 dust buckets, according to my cleaning frequency and habits of up to about 3-4 days one pour.
Water tank
Most Mopping and vacuuming robots are sweeping and dragging in one (of course, there are also pure sweeping and vacuuming); only comprehensive and carrying in one robot is equipped with a water tank, you can achieve while sweeping and dragging.


Mopping-and-vacuuming-robot with water tank


The percolating water tank is not controllable, poor range, and may cause floor damage when used for wood floors. The emergence of the electronically controlled water tank has primarily changed the status quo—intelligent adjustment of the amount of water, no water when sitting, to avoid soaking wet floor. (Remember not to use detergents OR disinfectants, and be careful to empty the water after cleaning is complete).


09.Continuity
The charging base will be equipped with a sensor that provides a positioning when the robot starts the program to return to charging.
The selection can be based on the size of the house to consider the range. For tiny homes, the content is generally not an issue, but we have to be concerned about range (because there may not be a way to clean the entire house at once).

The Xclea Mopping and vacuuming robot H30 Plus has a maximum operating time of 2.5h and a battery capacity of 5200mAh, which can clean space of 250m² at a time, which meets the needs of 90% of households. If the power is not enough to complete the cleaning task, the robot will interrupt the charging and continue to complete the job after it is fully charged, super capable!


10.Map Memory
The robot mentioned above can generate maps and plan cleaning routes through LIDAR and camera to improve cleaning coverage. The map memory function is usually done very well when the robot cleans for the first time, and then it will clean again according to the saved map and route planning.

An excellent sweeping robot will generally have multiple maps stored so that the robot can clean different environments, which is very useful in multi-layer homes and can be used as it is placed.


Multi-layer memory

Multi-layer map memory


11.Virtual walls and cleaning exclusion zones
As the name implies, the virtual wall is to make the robot think that this is a wall; the no-go zone is a no-clean zone, telling him that this place does not need to be cleaned today. These two features are very mature, and to determine whether a robot is worth buying, virtual walls and cleaning no-go areas should be available.

Tips,The virtual wall is recommended to be set in the kitchen and bathroom, which are more sensitive. The kitchen may have oil, water, food residue, etc., while the toilet may have water or other stains. To not collapse when cleaning later, I recommend setting virtual walls to these two places or making a no-go cleaning area.


Conclusion
The above list should also be more detailed about how to buy, what features and parameters should be concerned, if there is anything else do not understand the place welcome to raise, we will try to answer.


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