Contemplating its low worth, the Proscenic Floobot X1 robotic vacuum cleaner has quite a lot of options, together with laser navigation, a self-empty station, sonic mopping and app management. I discovered that cleansing and mopping efficiency wasn’t fairly nearly as good as I’d hoped for, as navigation let the facet down and the app was a bit clunky to make use of.
- Good worth
- Laser navigation
- Self-empty station
- Clunky app
- Primary navigation
SortThis can be a robotic vacuum cleaner and mop.
MoppingMakes use of a sonic mop for scrubbing.
Costing lower than £400/$400, the Proscenic Floobot X1 is packed stuffed with options, together with laser navigation, a sonic mop and a self-emptying station.
That appears virtually too good to be true, and the marginally clunky app and under par navigation do barely let the facet down.
Design and options
- Clunky app
- Self-empty station
The Proscenic Floobot X1 ships with a formidable quantity of equipment, together with a self-empty station. It’s slightly fiddly to arrange because the plastic base, which protects the ground from getting moist after mopping, must be clipped collectively; then, the charging dock sits on high, however isn’t screwed into place.
Whereas the dock is heavy sufficient to stay secure on the bottom, if you happen to ever want to maneuver it to scrub behind, it’s all a bit fiddly to maneuver and reassemble.
Contained in the self-empty dock is a 2.5-litre self-sealing bag, which holds sufficient mud to final round 30 days. With alternative luggage costing round £19.99 for a pack of six, they’re fairly good worth and in-line with what the competitors expenses.
Externally, the Proscenic Floobot X1 appears very similar to another robotic vacuum cleaner because of its spherical physique. Right here, there’s no LiDAR dome on high, as you get with the TP-Hyperlink Tapo RV30, because the Proscenic Floobot X1 doesn’t use LiDAR.
As a substitute, it has laser-assisted navigation through the sensors on its entrance. It does imply that the robotic has to show round to map out a room, though lasers a minimum of imply it’s quick for the X1 to finish the map.
Beneath, there’s a single side-sweeper brush, which implies that the X1 has to align itself accurately with the perimeters of a room to comb mud out from the perimeters.
There’s additionally an ordinary flooring brush with stiff bristles. This brush shouldn’t be an anti-tangle model, so hair will must be minimize away. In the event you can’t stand this job, you’ll want a cleaner with an anti-tangle design, such because the iRobot Roomba J7+.
There’s a mopping bracket within the field, which clips into place beneath. This can be a sonic mopping bracket, just like the one used on the Roborock S8 Professional Extremely. Utilizing related know-how to an electrical toothbrush, the material is vibrated to agitate and take away dust.
Water is fed by a 250ml water tank, which sits across the 240ml dustbin. Whilst you gained’t have to fret about emptying the bin, it’s value cleansing out the filter each month.
Proscenic supplies a bodily distant management within the field, which can be utilized to start out and cease a clear, ship the robotic again to its dock and even to regulate suction energy. Given the app’s state, the latter characteristic could also be helpful.
Utilizing the Proscenic app, the X1 will be related to your Wi-Fi community for distant management and for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice management. Utilizing the app is a good suggestion, as it could actually retailer a number of maps, letting you choose between totally different flooring in your house.
I did discover the app a bit clunky to make use of. It begins off effectively, making a map after which guessing the place rooms are; I might merge and cut up incorrect rooms. And, every map can have areas added to it, for fast cleansing. For instance, I might add a field across the eating desk.
That’s the nice half; the draw back is that the app may be very fiddly to make use of. I hunted round to search out the robotic’s energy settings, however I couldn’t. In Auto mode, the Proscenic Floobot X1 will simply run at its default energy mode, upping suction energy when its optical sensor detects that the robotic is on carpet.
The identical sensor will trigger the robotic to back-off and keep away from carpets whereas the mop bracket is hooked up. As there’s no mop elevate operate, the Proscenic Floobot X1 can’t transfer over carpet when the mop bracket is hooked up, so place its docking station fastidiously.
To regulate mopping and energy settings, I needed to set an choice on a per-room foundation. That’s fiddly to do and never very versatile; you may see why the distant management could also be useful.
For every room, I might set the suction energy (4 ranges, together with off) and the water movement (4 ranges, together with off). This permits for vacuum-only modes and for mopping-only. In addition to setting the cleansing energy by room, it’s attainable to set what number of passes the robotic ought to make: one or two.
- Not probably the most ready navigator
- Wants two passes for deep stains
- Common mopping efficiency
I put the Proscenic Floobot X1 by the paces in our dwelling equipment take a look at lab. I discovered that it wasn’t the very best navigator, and would typically battle, getting caught across the lab and calling out for assist.
There’s a small step from the principle room down into the kitchen, and this brought on issues for the X1. On a number of events, the X1 received caught on the step, with a wheel hanging over the facet; on one event, it simply fell off the step into the kitchen, so I needed to shut the door for future cleans.
I examined its vacuuming means with a number of checks. First, I sprinkled a teaspoon of flour onto the carpet and allowed the Proscenic Floobot X1 to maneuver round cleansing. Set to at least one go, the pick-up was poor, with quite a lot of mess left behind.
Working the robotic for a second time, I discovered that it did a greater job, though there was nonetheless a good quantity of mess left behind.
I moved to my exhausting flooring, and located related points right here. With a single go, there was nonetheless a piece of dust left behind from my middle-of-the-floor flour spillage. Once more, a second go was required.
With flour sprinkled towards the kitchen plinth, the Proscenic Floobot X1 struggled to select up the mess, leaving quite a lot of it behind.
Mopping was additionally so-so. Though the sonic mop ought to imply that the X1 can scrub deeper stains, it struggled to take away harder marks on the ground, however did do effectively with lighter, contemporary stains. General, I didn’t assume that the sonic mopping right here was a lot better than from static mops used on different robotic vacuum cleaners.
I measured the Proscenic Floobot X1 at an affordable 66.7dB, which is loud sufficient to listen to, however not too distracting.
Battery life can be ok for the duty at hand, with the Proscenic Floobot X1 cleansing your complete lab on a single cost.
Do you have to purchase it?
You desire a robotic with a distant management
If you wish to skip apps and voice management, then the bundled distant management could make this robotic easy to make use of.
You need higher cleansing efficiency and extra options
Equally-priced rivals cleaned and mopped higher in my checks, and there are robots with much better apps.
There’s no denying the worth of the Proscenic Floobot X1, significantly because it contains sonic mopping and a self-empty station. Nevertheless, navigation and common efficiency have been solely common, and I’d somewhat spend a bit extra on the TP-Hyperlink Faucet RV30 or an alternate mannequin in my information to the very best robotic vacuum cleaners.
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This vibrates at excessive velocity to wash away on the flooring and take away cussed stains.
When the robotic docks, mud is sucked right into a 2.5-litre bag for straightforward disposal.
First Reviewed Date
Vacuum cleaner sort
Proscenic Floobot X1
330 x 330 x 74 MM
Proscenic Floobot X1
Robotic vacuum cleaner and mop
4 energy modes, 4 water movement modes
200 minutes min
1x facet sweeper, flooring brush