Dreame Technology W10 Review: A Self Cleaning Robot Vacuum / Mop

The Dreame Bot W10 Self Cleaning Robot Vacuum and Mop addresses some common problems with 2-in-1 floor cleaners. These appliances typically struggle to remove deep or dry dirt from hard floors because their scrubbing method (a microfiber cloth damp attached to the bottom of the robot and dragged on the floor) does not provide the agitation necessary to loosen and remove it.

They also require a great deal of manual intervention, from emptying and refilling your small-capacity water tanks during cleaning to wringing and washing rags to prevent mold and bacteria growth, undermining the automated cleaning experience. The Dreame Bot W10 addresses these issues with a more rigorous, self-cleaning mop system that is similar to the Narwal T10 we reviewed earlier.

This review is part of TechHive’s coverage of the best robotic vacuums, where you will find reviews of competing offerings, as well as a buyer’s guide on the features to consider when purchasing this type of product.

The W10 robot itself is similar to other high-end robotic vacuums, save for a couple of major design tweaks. It has a D-shaped design that you don’t see often (the front end is square, allowing you to reach corners better than more traditional circle-shaped robots) and uses a pair of rotating mopping pads instead of a microfiber cloth. These pads continually apply clean water to the floor and scrub away dirt for easier removal. When the mopping job is done, the W10 returns to its base, where the pads are automatically cleaned and dried to prevent bacteria and odors.

To achieve this, the W10 uses an extra-large charging base that contains two 4-liter water tanks, one for clean water and one for dirty water. Before each cleaning job, simply fill the “clean” tank with fresh water. As the robot scrubs, it returns to the base periodically to fetch fresh water from the clean tank and deposit the used water in the dirty tank, then resumes cleaning until the job is done.

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The W10’s mopping pads are automatically cleaned and heat dried when you return to their base after a cleaning job.

The W10 has an in-app selectable quick mapping feature that allows you to explore the environment without cleaning and build a map in the Mi Home companion app to plot efficient cleaning routes. You can edit this map by combining, dividing and naming rooms, and setting virtual boundaries and “no-go” zones, all of which allow you to customize how you clean the W10. For example, you can send the W10 to clean a particular room rather than the entire ground floor level of your home. It can store up to three floor plans, making it a great option for multi-level homes.

You can choose from four cleaning modes: vacuum, mop and clean all in one. In vacuum mode, the W10 cleans in an S shape and will increase its suction when it detects carpets. It cleans in a top-down pattern, more like the way you would use a stick mop. There is also a spot cleaning mode that you can activate when the W10 is paused that will clean a 1.5 by 1.5 meter square shaped area around the starting point.

The Mi Home app allows a lot of customization. You can specify which rooms will be cleaned with a corresponding cleaning frequency based on how dirty they get, schedule cleaning jobs, and adjust the self-cleaning frequency, to name just a few. You can also adjust the suction power of the vacuum and the humidity level of the mopping pad and choose to have the W10 make one or two passes over the floor. The app also keeps a history of your cleaning jobs; tracks the use of the W10’s filter, brushes, and mopping pads; and it provides a remote control and a “locate my robot” feature that activates the W10’s voice assistant to help you find the rogue device.

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The W10’s quick mapping feature scans the environment without cleaning to build a map.

While the W10 goes a long way to making cleaning your floors a fully automated experience, keeping the appliance clean and running still requires a fair amount of manual work. The fresh water tank filter should be cleaned every three months and the dirty water tank should be removed and rinsed after each use to avoid odors.


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