Lugging around a heavy vacuum, mop, and bucket isn’t anyone’s idea of a fun Saturday or Sunday, but a weekly floor-tilt routine is essential to keep your hard floors in tip-top shape. The appeal of the Tineco Floor One S5 Smart Cordless Vacuum and Mop is obvious: By incorporating wet and dry cleaning capabilities into a single appliance, you cut the number of tools you need to remove each week by half, potentially reducing the amount of tools you need to remove each week. amount of time you spend cleaning your floors.
The S5 looks like most other cordless vacuums, but contains a couple of water tanks (a 0.8 liter tank for clean water and a 0.7 liter tank for dirty water) and a soft roller brush special used for vacuuming and washing floors. at the same time. A digital display on the top of the S5 lets you know when the dirty tank is full and the clean tank is empty, as well as the current battery level and when to run the S5 self-cleaning cycle. The screen also shows the output of the S5’s smart iLoop sensor, which detects how dirty your floors are. When the circular band around the screen is red, it means your floors are dirty and when it is blue, they are clean. In this way, the S5 provides you continuous information in real time while cleaning your floors.
The S5 requires minimal assembly. Just slide the handle onto the body of the S5 until you hear a click. Next, insert the power cord into the charging base and connect it to the wall. The S5 comes with several accessories, including an additional filter and rotating brush, cleaning tool, and bottle of floor cleaning solution, most of which can be stored in the charging base.
It takes four to five hours to fully charge the S5, and the voice assistant alerts you when the process has started and is complete. You can also pair the S5 with the Tineco app, although I found the Wi-Fi connection process to be buggy and the app has little use outside of its cleaning job history. To prepare for cleaning, remove the clean water tank from the front of the vacuum and fill it to the designated line with tap water. If your floors are particularly dirty, you can add a capful of the cleaning solution. Then put the tank back on the S5 until you hear a click.
Press the power button and recline the handle and the S5 will propel forward. If you are used to pushing a heavy stand-up vacuum, you will be surprised how little effort it takes to move this cordless model; it seems to just slide across the floor. By default, the S5 works in automatic mode, adjusting the brush speed, suction force, and water flow according to the amount of dirt on your floors. You can manually switch it to Max mode by pressing a button on the screen when you need to tackle heavier jobs like spills and mud. Here again, the voice assistant confirms the mode change.
Cleaning with the S5 is a pleasure. Thanks to its self-propelled and nimble twist and turn ability, the vacuum cleaner does most of the work and is easy to maneuver under and around furniture. I was able to take it into tight spaces where my bulkier conventional vacuum would refuse to go, such as under my couch and feet under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. However, it didn’t fit on either side of the toilets, so I had to resort to my standard tools to clean those areas.
Watching the monitoring cycle gradually change from red to blue as you clean is quite nice, but of course the proof is in the results. Whether I’m using it to vacuum up everyday dirt or spills, the S5 left my floors spotless. I was especially impressed that it didn’t leave any streaks or water after mopping, which is a common problem I’ve encountered with robot vacuum / mop hybrids.
The S5 requires regular maintenance, not only to keep it working optimally, but also to minimize odors. As mentioned, the monitoring circuit will light solid red when it is time to clean the dirty water tank. You will need to remove and empty the tank, rinse it, and use the cleaning tool to remove any remaining residue. I used the pet hair removal tool before pouring out the dirty water as I didn’t want those clumps to go down the sink drain. You will also need to rinse and dry the filter and tank lid. The filter will need to dry completely before replacing it, which usually means spending time in the sun, hence the inclusion of a replacement filter.
Running a self-cleaning cycle on the rotating brush is a bit easier. With the clean water tank at least 40 percent full, dock the S5 in its holder and press the self-cleaning button on the handle. The S5 will discharge clean water through the brush while the voice assistant keeps you updated on your progress. The complete cycle takes about 5 minutes. Some jobs will require a more thorough cleaning, and for these, you can remove the brush and use the same cleaning tool to remove tangles and debris before rinsing the brush with tap water.
Cleaning my floors has never been easier than with the Tineco Floor One S5. Not only did it deliver fantastic results, but cleaning was more efficient, without having to maneuver a cumbersome body and lanyard, I was able to cut my cleaning time in half. The 35 minute runtime may require a recharge or two during cleaning in larger homes, but it was enough to cover the entire ground floor level of my condo. The S5 won’t eliminate the need for your regular vacuum and mop, but it will reduce how often you need to call them, which is enough to recommend it.