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Over the last three years, I've tested and reviewed numerous robotic vacuum cleaners. Many were excellent cleaners, but several struggled unsuccessfully to vacuum my floors.
If you live in an apartment or small house, a robotic vacuum's most critical specifications pertain to its maneuverability, suction, and noise level.
For those with medium-sized or larger homes, a navigation system becomes essential. Without one, your robot might wander about for hours without cleaning the entire house. Battery life also becomes a critical factor.
Today I am taking a close look at the Dreame Bot L10 Pro Robotic Vacuum. It is suitable for homes of any size.
The Dreame Bot L10 Pro, which weighs seven pounds, is housed in a black plastic case. It is 13.8 inches in diameter. The main unit rises 3.1 inches from the ground, with its center-mounted Lidar housing adding 0.8 inches.
A rapidly spinning laser is housed within a top-mounted turret. The unit's removable dustbin, cleaning brush, reset button, and Wi-Fi indicator may be accessed by opening a hidden cover. This device can be started or sent home by pressing the appropriate button located on the upper surface of the vacuum. It may also be controlled via Amazon Alexa or the Mi Home application.
This vacuum maneuvers throughout a room, powered by a pair of large spring-loaded drive wheels. A sturdy caster is utilized to provide balance and the ability to change direction.
A side-brush sweeps debris within reach of the vacuum's main brush, which quickly grabs this material and deposits it into the dustbin. The L10 Pro's rate of suction can be set as high as 4000PA.
Its water tank can be slid beneath the robot, allowing the device to mop and vacuum simultaneously.
The Dreame Bot L10 Pro is equipped with a series of sensors intended to ensure it will not inadvertently tumble down a set of stairs. It is also fitted with a 3D obstacle avoidance system and LIDAR navigation.
Located at the bottom of this robot are the charging contacts and battery compartment. The 5200mAh Li-ion battery can power this robotic vacuum for about two and a half hours.
This device comes equipped with a power cord, charging dock, and a cleaning brush. A mop cloth, water tank, and a user's manual are also provided.
- Manufacturer: Dreametech
- Name: Dreame Bot L10 Pro
- Model: RLS5L
- Color: Black
- Weight: 3.2 kilograms (7 pounds)
- Diameter: 35 centimeters (13.8 inches)
- Height: 7.8 + 2 centimeters (3.1 + 0.8 inches)
- Battery: 5200mAh lithium-ion; 14.4 volts; 46 watts
- Battery charging time: 3 – 4 hours
- Battery run time: 150 minutes
- Dock: Input (100-240VAC); Output 19.8VDC 1A
- Dustbin: 568ml (19.2 fluid ounces)
- Water tank: 256ml (9 fluid ounces)
- Scheduling: Yes
- Voice control: Amazon Alexa
- Suction power: 4000PA
- Coverage: 250 square meters (2690 square feet)
- Navigational system: LIDAR
- Obstacle Avoidance: 3D laser
- Mapping: Yes. Includes exclusion zones
- Cleaning technique: Suction, main brush, and side brush
- Carpet boost: Yes
- Climbing ability: 0.79 inches (2 centimeters)
- Filter: Washable and replaceable
- Accessories: Recharging base, cleaning brush, mop cloth, water tank, and user's guide.
Dreametech is trademarked by Dreame Technology (Tianjin) Limited.
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Obstacle Identification System
A pair of precision lasers are incorporated into this robot's front bumper. They examine the area ahead, providing a 3D image of any obstacle blocking the robot's passage. This image is compared against a selection of stored object profiles and, if there is a match, the vacuum carefully circles the obstacle. Dreamtech is constantly updating its list of object profiles.
I placed a scale, a pair of reading glasses, and my laptop's AC adapter onto the dining room floor to test the obstacle identification system.
The robot correctly identified the bathroom scale as well as the AC adapter and its associated cables, quickly circling them. Sadly, probably because this item has not yet been entered into the L10 Pro's database, it simply climbed over the reading glasses and continued its scheduled cleaning.
The Navigational System
The Dreame Bot L10 Pro is equipped with LIDAR (light detection and ranging). A turret-based laser, mounted on the top of the robotic vacuum, illuminates objects to assist in determining their location, size, shape, and distance. This data is utilized to build an accurate map and guide the unit as it travels from room to room.
When I set up this robotic vacuum, I selected the option to map without vacuuming. After a six-minute jaunt throughout my house, the L10 Pro produced a good preliminary map.
The first cleaning attempt consumed 56 minutes and drained 49 percent of the battery's power. After two additional cleanings, the navigation improved to the point where the house could be vacuumed in 38 minutes using only 19 percent of the battery's reserve.
The Mi Home Application
This program allows a smartphone to monitor and control the robotic vacuum. It provides the ability to read the maps produced by the vacuum and adjust individual parameters. The operator can set exclusion zones that take effect while vacuuming or mopping.
This robot is equipped with a powerful 5200mAh lithium battery and can operate for up to 150 minutes.
It takes 38 minutes to vacuum the first floor of my medium-sized house. Generally, after the job is completed, the battery's charge level hovers at about 81 percent.
Unlike several robotic vacuums I have tested in the past, the L10 Pro managed to consistently clean my floors without lodging itself helplessly beneath a couch or a cabinet.
Thresholds—the strip of wood at the bottom of doorways where rooms connect—are sometimes too high for a robotic vacuum to cross. The L10 Pro competently navigated every threshold within my house.
Several rugs were used to test the ability of this robotic vacuum. The L10 Pro easily navigated my well-secured Turkish rug, the thick foam mat in the bathroom, and my two area rugs.
The robot tried to climb the low round stand that supported my tower fan. I quickly solved this problem by setting a tiny exclusion zone around the fan.
As the L10 Pro enters each room, it circles and begins to edge clean. Then the robot switches to a Z pattern, continuing to suck up all debris it encounters.
This vacuum may be scheduled to start at a specific time each day. It can also be controlled using the Mi Home application or the vacuum's start button.
Although four different suction levels can be selected using the Mi Home application, I stick to the standard mode. This intensity is powerful enough to collect debris from my hard floors while maintaining a surprisingly low noise level. I have also turned on carpet boost so that the suction level increases to maximum whenever the robotic vacuum travels over a mat or carpet.
A water tank and mop pad can be easily slid into position beneath this robot. This mopping system works reasonably well but is no match for a traditional mop when cleaning heavily soiled areas.
The L10 Pro performs exceptionally well, and because it is very nimble and benefits from the use of exclusion zones, it may be left to clean unintended.
Excellent battery life, combined with the robot's superb navigational system and its capability to map, ensure that even large cleaning areas are vacuumed quickly and proficiently. If you are looking for a trouble-free robotic vacuum, the Dreame Bot L10 Pro is worth a close look.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 Walter Shillington