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Lately I've been very busy with vacuum cleaning robot tests. Apparently some manufacturers now have me as a serious tester on their screens, which means that my blog currently has a small focus on this product category.
In the current case, the Dreame W10 Pro drives the rounds in my house and struggles with all kinds of obstacles, which every vacuum cleaning robot has to overcome here. I would like to describe how good he is at this in the test report.
The manufacturer made the device available for me to test, but as always, this does not affect my rating. I'll still voice my criticism and present you with the unvarnished truth. The manufacturer also has no influence on my test report and he only saw it after it was published.
If you are looking for the Dreame W10 Pro in stores, you will surely find the W10, which is the predecessor of the Pro version. The main difference is the AI-based obstacle detection, which in the W10 Pro is supposed to ensure that the vacuum cleaning robot recognizes things lying around, such as cables, socks or the like, and avoids them instead of eating them up, as other models like to do.
For this function, which Dreame calls "Action AI", the vacuum cleaning robot has installed two cameras on the front, which give it a three-dimensional image of its environment.
In addition to the vacuum cleaning robot and the docking station, you will also find the following things in the package:
The structure of the Dreame W10 Pro is very simple. You put a brush on the robot, put on the mopping pads, pull out various transport locks and fill the fresh water tank with water and some all-purpose cleaner. Then just install the app and he can set off on the first trip to create the maps. In doing so, everything that the robot can reach is mainly driven to create a floor plan for future cleaning trips.
My wife was immediately impressed by the combination of vacuum cleaning robot and docking station. So far we have the Ecovacs X1 Omni robot (here in the test) in the living room and the station is quite large and black.
In terms of optics, the Dreame W10 Pro station is significantly smaller than the Ecovacs station, which is also due to the fact that it has no suction for the dirt sucked in.
The light coloring also ensures that the device is more easily integrated into the environment. The simple design is elegant and should suit many interior styles.
What immediately catches the eye with the Dreame W10 Pro is its special D-shape, which I have only seen with the Vorwerk vacuum cleaner robot. The benefit of this shape is that it's a little less "wide" and this small saving in width means it can drive through smaller gaps than its competitors. The difference in width is almost 5 cm (31,4 cm to 36,2 cm).
This means that – at least with our chairs – it is able to move between the chair legs and clean in places that the other robots cannot reach if you don't put all the chairs away.
In the app you can choose between 4 suction levels. By default, the 2nd level is selected (with the 4th being the strongest). So I sent him through the apartment in this shot and saw what he was doing.
Its first ride was straight onto the legs of our coffee table, which is a nasty obstacle really, as the square tubes run across the floor and there is a risk of the robot getting stuck.
The Dreame W10 Pro struggled a bit and probably trotted around on its feet for 40 or 50 seconds, but it freed itself and didn't eject an error.
Cables have not been "eaten" by it either, so I think it does quite well with the things lying around.
The “Pet Environment” setting option in the app caused us to laugh a few times. At first I thought it was about not hitting the pets lying around anymore or that pet hair was sucked up particularly well, but the ulterior motive of the developers was completely different:
Pet Environment (Discover): If you select "Pets", the robot will detect pet feces and take evasive action towards the pet feces. The cleaning areas are reduced and the cleaning efficiency is slightly reduced.
We once chose "No Pets" because we never have pet poo lying around here. Dogs and cats are lying around, but that's about it.
When assembling the W10 Pro, I noticed that there was only one side brush attached to the underside. This of course limits the width that the vacuum cleaner can cover in one trip. In addition, he can of course only sweep the edges of the room with a brush on one side and in one direction, since there is no side brush sweeping the edge area on the wall in the other direction.
I believe this limitation causes the W10 Pro to stay in a room a bit longer than other competitors. However, since it has the feature to continue cleaning after charging, that's not a huge criticism.
Our dog is busy loosing his summer fur and accordingly a lot of fur is flying around here. In the 2nd suction stage, the Dreame W10 Pro already collects a lot, but here and there there are still a few hairs on the floor after vacuuming.
As a test, I vacuumed the surfaces afterwards in level 4 and there were no more animal hairs to be found here. But level 4 is quite loud on the one hand and on the other hand the setting affects the battery life a lot, so it is not a permanent solution for me.
When it comes to mopping, the Dreame W10 Pro does pretty well. The wiping and vacuum cleaning robot has two wiping pads on the underside that can be plugged in or unplugged. If they are plugged in, the vacuum cleaner recognizes this and automatically switches to wiping mode.
In wiping mode, it sucks up the dirt and then wipes the floor with the pads. The rotating wipers are pressed onto the floor with pressure and thus clean very well.
After an adjustable area (5, 10 or 15 sqm), the vacuum cleaner moves to its dock during cleaning and washes the mopping pads. The robot not only distributes the dirt, but actually removes it.
For technical reasons, the wiping pads do not reach the edge when the robot moves along the wall. Therefore, unfortunately, a border with a width of about 5 cm (sometimes wider) always remains dirty. That's a bit of a shame, because competitors like the Ecovacs X1 Omni get a little closer to the edge here, but also leave a few inches free. But the difference is not big.
One thing that is absolutely incomprehensible to me is the way the vacuum robot drove over the area the first time it was wiped. It looked very messy and the vacuum cleaner also left a few spots unwiped and still reported that it was done with the job.
I thought to myself that this couldn't possibly be "normal" and completely deleted the map of the room and had it recreated. After that, the Dreame W10 Pro scanned the room normally when wiping: first along the edge and then in parallel lines across the surface.
So, after recreating the map and eliminating the problem, the Dreame W10 Pro has been systematic in its cleaning. Compared to the Ecovacs X1 Omni, the Dreame has a clear advantage when it comes to mopping: its mopping pads are pressed more firmly onto the floor, which means that even stubborn stains can be cleaned away.
The Ecovacs X1 Omni works with less pressure and this can also be seen on its wiping path, because there are always spots that have remained dry because the floor is slightly uneven and the wiping pads did not reach down to all spots. I couldn't see this with the Dreame W10 Pro.
Yes, you heard me right. The Dreame W10 Pro does not run with a Dreame app as you would expect, instead it is installed under the Xiaomi Home app. There are business ties between the two companies and I assume they agreed on one app for convenience for the user.
The installation is quite easy. You create an account in the app and can then add a new device. The connection between the app and the vacuum cleaner is then established via a QR code in the vacuum cleaner – everything is very uncomplicated.
In the app you can then change the settings for cleaning and create schedules and do much more.
The app works reliably, which I expected, since the Xiaomi app has been used for many devices for many years and is correspondingly mature.
There are many options to choose from in the app:
I can't criticize anything about the app for the vacuum robot. Everything is set up very intuitively and you quickly find your way around.
The Dreame W10 Pro is rated for pet hair, but now that we've had a vacuum cleaner that automatically empties its dust container into the dock during cleaning and that actually works, I would only recommend a device with such an auto-empty feature to any pet owner .
Unfortunately, the Dreame W10 Pro comes without such a function and you have to empty the dust container yourself. For us this means that I have to stand up every 10 minutes to get all the dog hair out of the dust container. Otherwise the device would be so clogged after 15 minutes at the latest that it could no longer vacuum.
On the other hand, if you are looking for a wiping robot that cleans its pads independently and then continues wiping, you will find an interesting device here. Due to the large fresh water and dirty water tanks, the Dreame W10 Pro is also autonomous for a long time.
The high contact pressure when wiping also makes it a recommended vacuum and wiping robot with a focus on the wiping function.
From my point of view, the Dreame W10 Pro is therefore a recommendation for everyone who has large floor areas that can be mopped. If you want to see him, you will find him here on amazon or via this product box:
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.
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