s3nki by April 2022, 26 | 0
DreameBot D10 Plus - robot vacuum cleaner that doesn't need to be looked at for 45 days
Xiaomi's new machine was introduced to the world today, and I'm already giving it the test.
Perhaps it is no exaggeration to say that Xiaomi is the market leader among Chinese robotic vacuum cleaners. It doesn’t matter which sub-brand we’re talking about, be it roborock, be it Viomi, Dreame or Roidmi, maybe Xiaomi, all of their machines are on the verge of perfection.
Of course, there are minor differences, but these affect the software the most. The machines and the climbing wheels are purchased for the machines from the same Japanese manufacturer, and a lot of other things go into it. So, the basics are the same, at most there is some difference in terms of software and extra capabilities.
Dreame is currently my favorite among manufacturers. Initially, I loved roborock, a few years ago, amazing machines were released compared to the knowledge of the time. Then I loved Viomi, who launched powerful machines well below the price of roborock. And since last year, Dreame has been the seed brand for me, throwing up their machines with super innovations, but their prices haven’t gone anyway.
That's why Dreame's vacuum cleaner is at home right now, and that was why I didn't skip the task when I was approached and asked if I wanted to write an introductory test on their new machine, the D10 Plus. from the front.
Well, compared to the vacuum cleaners that arrived last year, the packaging is a clear step backwards, as we got a completely traditional box instead of a nice black cardboard. A sketchy picture of the vacuum cleaner, a very small amount of data, so I can’t say it’s a lure for that. Sure, the point will be inside, but you understand, anyone who doesn’t know the brand and has to take the box off the store shelf can decide whether or not to buy it here.
But here’s the article for you, so you can decide based on the facts instead of the box!
Cutting the tape will put a cardboard cover in front of our eyes, and lifting it up we will see that we get more than a plain robotic vacuum cleaner. There is also a large dock in the box.
In terms of accessories, the dock clearly stands out from the crowd, the rest like last year’s Dreame models, and a bit poor unlike the competition. Of course, we get the minimum so we can start using the machine, but nothing else is packed in addition to the vacuum cleaner.
So the list of accessories is short, here is:
- Water tank integrated with MOP
- Large dust container
- Roller brush
- Round brush (side brush)
- A piece of paper bag
- Two-twenty power cord
The Bot L10 Pro introduced last year, the Z10 Pro, and the subject of our present article, the D10 Plus, are exactly the same at first glance. In practice, this means that the “polishing” is the same, that is, the effect called piano varnish, although here, unlike last year’s predecessors, the cover is not black, nor gray, but white.
This is good because the black cover looks good until you start using it. If you use it, however, every fingerprint, every speck of dust will be visible on it from then on. Okay, that’s not a crazy big problem, since by default I don’t mind when I save I don’t go after it and see how dusty the lid is.
So the point is, with regard to the white color of the plastic elements, what we lose on the harbor (cool look) we win at customs (no dust is visible on it).
The first half of the top of the machine can be opened as usual, during which you will find the large dust container. You don't have to share this water tank, so it's really convenient size, for me it's quite approx. empty every two cleanings.
Under the lid we find the small brush with the blade, which can be used to remove the coiled hairs from the roller brush. Surprisingly, there is a reset button and a indicator LED for wifi under the cover.
At the top of the machine, as usual, we find the laser gun turret, and behind it are two pushbuttons, start-up and home jamming.
Bottom again, just the usual stuff. A round brush, a cylindrical brush, large rubber wheels in the middle, in front of a small rubber roller wheel. There are 4 sensors to protect against falling, and the MOP is integrated in the back with a water tank.
So, only one type of large tank comes with the machine, and that’s a huge dust container. That is, the manufacturer did not start with VIOMI, where we already got three different tanks for the V3. In the case of the Bot D10 Plus, the water tank is placed on the abdomen of the machine, exactly in the head of the MOP. The water is dispensed by a tiny pump that delivers the liquid to the mop through 3 tiny holes.
Returning to the dust container, we will find some interesting things here, as in addition to the usual one-piece opening, we will also find two extra Bottom. These latter openings also have a sequel to the bottom of the machine, but I will write about these later.
In addition to the machine, the other important thing is the docking station. It became huge. Not only is it large, but it also got a sloping platform on which the vacuum cleaner rolls up after cleaning, and we also find a pair of two mysterious openings in the belly of the vacuum cleaner on the parking platform.
Looking at the dock from below, we find something even more interesting, from one of the openings here runs an air duct made of transparent plexiglass. The dock itself is not only big but heavy as well, so there’s a reason why the machine box was so big and heavy.
Skills, paper form
Let’s start with the suction power, which is 4000 Pa for this vacuum cleaner. I don’t think it says much to many people, so you have to put this data into context to be understandable.
So, the suction power of robotic vacuum cleaners is the same as that of a normal crumb vacuum cleaner, which is not much. Still, the thing works, thanks to a lot of tricks. The operation of the round brush and cylinder brush at the bottom of the vacuum cleaner, the design of the air duct and dust container, and a lot more.
Manufacturers are trying to improve on the low suction power, of course. From the initial 400 Pa we first got to 1000, then came the 2000 machines, and the current peak machines are approaching 3000 Pa.
The Viomi S3, which is a very good vacuum cleaner is 2600 Pa, and the newer, more expensive Viomi S9, which comes with a self-emptying dock, is 2700 Pa.
And then here’s Dreame, who kicked the door at the vacuum cleaner manufacturers and not only jumped to 3000 Pa, but immediately opened with 4000 Pa suction. That’s almost double the performance of an average mid-range machine.
While this suction power is a very good value, it would be a shame to deny that while last year’s 4000 Pa was at its peak, this year even more powerful machines have appeared, not in the DreameBot D10 Plus price range. The maximum is now 5100 Pa, which can be found in the roborock S10 MaxV series, which costs more than two D7 Plus.
So the power of the machine is not to be underestimated, but the other abilities are mostly normal or rather average. Of these, the dock hangs out a bit, but I’ll write about that later.
So the DerameBot D10 Plus has a laser rangefinder, which is in the usual place, on top of the machine, and of course it revolves around. With this LIDAR system, the D10 Plus maps our apartment in real time and also plans the cleaning route in real time.
In addition to the laser, we also find an infrared sensor in the front, and additional infrared on the belly of the machine, next to the rim, which prevents them from falling down the stairs. The climbing wheels are standard, the factory data is essentially the same as any other robot, so the machine can pass through a 2-centimeter threshold without any problems.
The battery in the machine has a capacity of 5200 mAh, which according to the factory data is suitable for a flat of approximately 250 square meters, and when viewed on time, it can work for 2,5 hours on a single charge. If you run out of course you will go back to the dock to recharge yourself.
Even in the price category of the D10 Plus, it can be said that the water is supplied to the MOP not by gravity but by a small pump. This is good because it allows you to control the amount of water that reaches the floor during wet wiping, in this case in three steps. I haven't written the capacity of the water tank yet, it's 145 milliliters.
I didn't write about the dust container either, it's quite large, 400 milliliters, but as you'll see later, it won't be too important, because we also find a paper bag in the dock.
It is slowly becoming commonplace for new, premium machines to ensure that we can forget about the only hated operation, emptying the dust container. In a larger apartment, especially where there are children and pets, the robot's dust container must be emptied after each cleaning.
This loses a bit of the comfort provided by the robot, which means that it is enough to set up the machine and cleans the apartment every day after we go to work. More precisely, this can be done, but the tank must be emptied every day. How good it would be if you didn’t have to deal with that either!
The thought followed, and the bagged dockers were born!
They’re not really just docks, they’re vacuum cleaners in themselves, they just don’t have a wheel on them and you can’t connect a hose to them. However, they have everything you need for vacuuming, such as an engine, turbine, and dust bag.
And what does it take? Surely many have figured it out already. At the end of the cleaning, we need to suck the dust from the dust container of our parked robot into the dust bag. This saves the emptying of the dust container, as the bag can hold roughly 10-15 containers of powder.
So far, this is not special, at least in the premium segment. However, Dreame’s engineers have also thrown in an innovation here that is surprising at first, yet extremely reasonable.
And here we can return to the two openings on the dust container, the belly of the vacuum cleaner and the dock.
The docking machines I have had so far, which came from another manufacturer's workshop, had only one opening for sucking out dust, and at first we can think that this is enough. Why more? Well, we will be partly right, as it works well for the VIOMI S9 as well.
However, if you look at the pictures on the official, manufacturer’s side of the Dreame D10 Plus, the tantrum immediately drops as to why the two slots are better and makes the Dreame dock brilliant.
Well, the air is blown in one opening and sucked out in the other. In other words, they do not create a vacuum in the dust container, but on the contrary, an overpressure, which makes it much easier and much more efficient to remove the accumulated dust on the suction side.
Although, I should write this for experience, but I will insert here that this solution is not only more effective, but also much quieter.
Before I go into the operation of the machine, it is worth getting acquainted with the software!
The Dreame program is, of course, installed under the Xiaomi Smart Home application. This requires a fresh version that knows the machine, so we need to make sure we have the updates installed. Important information is that this software, unlike many competitors, already handles dark mode without error, so every little detail is displayed properly even when we use our phone in dark mode.
We love the Xiaomi Mi Home app, easy to use, user friendly. The installation of the vacuum cleaner is also simple, basically we just need to turn it on, start the program, it will detect and set it up. We give you what your name should be, we physically determine which room you are in, and then you can start working.
If the software does not recognize it, you need the + sign in the upper right corner, by clicking on it and then selecting it you can add the vacuum cleaners to the system.
We can't find crazy big curiosities in the software itself. You can choose four levels for suction strength, three for mopping. We can use timing, we can store 3 maps (I'll come back to that), there is a virtual wall and there is no go zone, so we can exclude complete rooms or just areas from cleaning.
So, we can say it's normal. However, a bug in the software that has ripped my hair off every Xiaomi vacuum cleaner so far has been fixed. And this is the placement of virtual walls.
The problem is that the software can't zoom in on the map enough to drag the virtual wall to where I want it. However, the Dreame software creates a tiny magnifying glass when you move the end of the wall so you can see the endpoint in a big way, you can pinpoint the location of the virtual wall.
This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but anyone who has tried to set up a virtual wall knows that with just one operation, it can take 10-20 minutes. Irritating!
Another good news is that automatic location recognition has also been damn good. After the first vacuuming, the birth of the first map, it is appropriate to set on the map where the living room, where the kitchen, etc. This is so that we can later issue cleaning instructions for some rooms as well, so we can say that all we have to do now is vacuum the kitchen.
This is a house where each room is separated from the other by a door is not a problem. However, where there are no doors, such as our American kitchen, robots treat the larger space as a space.
We have two such points where all vacuum cleaners have failed so far. The kitchen, which is somewhat separated from the living room, and the passage between the living room and the hall, which is large, and of course there is no door.
Well, in these places, Dreame vacuum cleaners were the first to be able to recognize how long the living room lasted and where the kitchen or hallway started.
Now that we’ve been able to start, let’s see that it’s done!
Let’s start with mopping, which is perhaps the weakest of the abilities.
Let’s say at the outset it’s worth clarifying that a robotic vacuum cleaner that is absolutely efficient at mopping doesn’t exist. Manufacturers are trying to improve the efficiency of wiping in one way or another, but unfortunately they don’t get much, though, machines with a rotating MOP still have light at the end of the tunnel.
The D10 Plus doesn't even wash, it just wipes. Unfortunately, the water tank is quite small, and this is only minimally improved by the fact that water consumption is extremely economical. In larger apartments, especially when setting the water to plenty of water, the capacity of the tank will not be enough.
The suction power can be adjusted in four steps. I would be happy to say that 4000 Pa is enough for everything, but unfortunately not. Even with such a force, some dirt remains in the carpet, at least if it is longer than in our country.
It would be hard to measure if this residue is more than it was with my older Viomi vacuum cleaner, but probably not, as it sucks better.
I could only partially try the long hairs and the vacuuming of the dog hair. My couple has long hair, but for some reason it only falls in the bathroom. We don’t have a dog, so I couldn’t do the hair absorption test.
What’s more noticeable is that Dreame’s software divides larger rooms into zones quite differently than the machines I’ve ever had. Sure, there were some that weren’t able to zonate large areas, but what they did was usually simply halve the rooms.
The laser sensor tells the machine how far the opposite wall is, so a relatively simple solution, if the room is large, cleans one half first and then the other.
Dreame machines do not work this way, they also take into account where there are more and where there are fewer obstacles (eg chairs, sofas, etc.). It is also interesting that the machines known so far went from room to room, even if no cleaning area was designated, the whole apartment had to be vacuumed.
Well, the Bot D10 Plus doesn’t care where one room starts, where the other ends. If it is more logical due to the cleaning route, the area will be merged.
Hopefully I’ve covered every detail in the article, maybe just two things. One is the 45-day price mentioned in the title, the other is the price of the DreameBot D10 Plus.
So, the manufacturer says the big advantage of this machine is that in a good case we don’t even have to look for 45 days. In practice, this means that the automatic dust container does not need to be emptied manually due to emptying the container. For this reason, I have written above that the physical size of the dust container is not a relevant data, as the machine empties itself after each cleaning.
Of course, 45 days is just a good sounding number (the manufacturer says that it is measured under laboratory conditions), as it also depends on the size of our apartment, the amount of dirt and dust. However, the fact is that we can forget about emptying the daily dust container. If the paper bag is full, it can be replaced in one go without the dirt spreading out.
The second is the price. As I wrote in the introduction, the official demonstration of this machine is today, or at least starting to sell in Europe today. We can buy it first from the Goboo store with a Spanish warehouse. You know, they're official Xiaomi salespeople. Shipping is free from them and if you drop off your package it will arrive in a few days.
There is no coupon for this machine now, there is only an introductory price, which is 399 euros, or roughly 158 thousand forints. If you liked the machine, you can buy it by clicking on the link below: