Robotic vacuums are incredibly common nowadays, and now often include the ability to mop the floor as well. But often these common cleaners end up doing one job well, or both jobs rather bad. Recently, I’ve been using Yeedi’s Vac 2 Pro and Mop Station Pro, two devices that really set their sights on doing one job well, the latter that really opened my eyes to how these bots manage to keep the house clean.
Yeedi Mop Station Pro – How To Clean
Yeedi Mop Station Pro is a robotic vacuum cleaner that focuses more on the mopping aspect of the equation. The core of the product is a robot with a vacuum attachment and a scanning attachment. The first will suck up hair and dust with a 3000Pa suction capacity and hold enough debris to clean a few rooms in my experience. Even with tons of pet hair, the vacuum attachment has enough space in the trash so it doesn’t require emptying during the operation.
But the scanning facility is the more interesting of the two.
It has a vacuum cleaner and a small dustbin, yes, but it focuses on giving your floors a deeper clean with its mops installed in the back of the system. These mopping pads rotate as the robot navigates your home to perform effective cleaning, and it also retains water to really clean the floor. Then the entire robot returns to its large docking station which automatically cleans the mop pads and changes the water with a clean water tank and a waste water dump box.
I’ve been testing this system over the past few weeks and have been very impressed so far. My house is exclusively hard floors with a few area rugs, and I’ve always thought I’d get an effective cleaning with another robotic broom and its basic mops. But the amount of extra dirt that the Yeedi Mop Station Pro picked up on each run shocked me—to be honest, it was a bit disgusting, really. The sewage bin immediately filled up with murky brown water, but my floors were left mostly clean. Some of the trickier places, like in the kitchen, only need stronger pressure to rub your elbows in, but if you thought your current robot vacuum with a built-in mop really does the job, I bet you’re wrong.
From my testing so far, I’ve found that wiping pads should be replaced once a week – you can reuse them after cleaning in the washing machine – and wastewater should be emptied at least twice a week when running the daily regimen. Your purified water tank may need to be filled every day, depending on the size of your home. In my case, the Yeedi Mop Station Pro cleans about 1,200 square feet, give or take, and takes care of the dust and dirt that comes from owning two dogs.
There are of course some downsides as well. The station, for example, is leaked. It also produces a lot of ambient noise when using the air drying function. And in fact, you need to clean the plant at least once a week, otherwise it becomes very large and can start to form mold if you leave it for a long time – it is dark and damp there, so it is important not to forget about.
You might still need a conventional vacuum cleaner too
But the main part of the equation here is that you still need something to unload. Yeedi Mop Station Pro can pick up a very small amount of dust and pet hair when you are in “vacuum and mop mode”. I’ll have to constantly empty this box if it’s the only void I have, so I’m actually inclined to leave that job to the Yeedi Vac 2 Pro which the company also sent in for this review.
Damien Wilde has spent more time with this device and will have another entry in Google Home Basics Series on it soon.
The short story, though, is that the Vac 2 Pro has done a great job picking up hair and debris in my house over the past few weeks. Even with two dogs constantly shedding (and their friends regularly come over to cover the floors more), it holds up well at cleaning floors effectively as well as emptying itself at the docking station. When other automatically empty docks have encountered clogs even once a week, I have had only minor clogs on this system for the past several weeks. The station relies on bags to empty it out, which I don’t consider ideal, but a single bag lasts the better part of a month in my experience, and the (unofficial) refills aren’t that expensive.
What really caught my attention, as mentioned, is how well these two systems work together. Using a dedicated vacuum cleaner and mop mostly from the same brand opens up a lot of possibilities. Given Yeedi’s offering, the company’s app allows users to instruct devices to prioritize rooms. Although this is a little tricky since these two products come with completely different maps, it allowed me to turn the vacuum on early in the morning and have the mop follow it for a deeper clean, and even tell each room to do it first. You could probably replicate a similar system when mixing brands with Google Assistant actions and built-in delay options, but it would have been nice to have the option within the same app when using both Yeedi products.
Of course, you can ignore a lot of these tips if your home has a lot of carpeting. The Yeedi Vac 2 Pro works well on thinner Ruggable rugs, but the Mop Station Pro has a lot of trouble with rug edges, and also has no way of keeping the rugs dry if they are to be run over. This is in contrast to the Roborock S7, for example, which can raise the wiping pad when facing carpet.
On a similar note, Yeedi is also touting “3D obstacle avoidance” on the Vac 2 Pro. On this machine, I found that it would snag on blankets or wires much less often than in the Mop Station Pro, which lacks this feature.
How is the Google Assistant integration?
Like everything else in our area Google Home Basics A series, Yeddi Cleaners supports Google Assistant for commands and appears in the Home app, and they do quite well in this regard.
You can add a Yeedi broom to routines or manually ask the assistant to start cleaning. If you ask them to clean a specific room, the vacuum cleaner will work as they say, but this is where the map in the app becomes less ideal. Since it doesn’t recognize the main part of my house as multiple rooms, it cleans up a lot of space when I say “living room”. Additionally, the lack of an option to manually name a room means that you have to remember the name of each room – I have to ask the robot to clean up my “study” even though it’s actually my office.
But hey, this is still better than a lot of other robot vacuums that work with Assistant.
For the Google Home app, you’ll have fewer options, with only a start/stop and dock button available, but you can also use these products with Google Home Routines, and new options for device launchers open up a world of possibilities for how you can operate these.
The important thing I want most people to take away from this is that robotic floor cleaners don’t have to be an all-in-one system, and it might be better if they aren’t. Having a machine that focuses on sucking up dust, hair and other debris and another machine that focuses on scanning deeper has really shown its value to me, and I’m not sure I’d go back to a system that tries to do both at once.
Yeedi isn’t the only brand that offers this kind of solution, but it’s an affordable way to do it. The setup I tested costs about $1,300 at retail, but is often on sale and can easily drop below $1,000 sometimes. It’s still pricey, but it’s not much more, and could be less, than some robotic vacuums that attempt to do both functions in one device.
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