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Best Robotic Vacuum for Apartments and Small Homes
Over the last year, I've tested and reviewed five of the newest and most advanced robotic vacuums available for sale. Each of these units was equipped with a LIDAR navigational system and capable of cleaning a large house quickly, efficiently, and without supervision. Several of these robots could be fitted with mops, one came with an automatic dust-emptying base, and another utilized a pair of cameras to detect and identify obstacles.
If you live in a large house, a LIDAR equipped robot is your best choice. These devices create an accurate floor plan that allows the robotic vacuum to clean your house as quickly and thoroughly as possible. Barriers and no-go zones can be established, ensuring the robot does not stray into areas you wish it to avoid.
But what if you live in an apartment or a smaller house? Is an expensive LIDAR equipped robotic vacuum really necessary? Can you get by with less?
Today I am reviewing the capabilities of Yeedi's budget-friendly K650. Hopefully, that will answer these questions.
The Yeedi K650 weighs in at 6.8 pounds, is 13 inches in diameter, and rises 3.1 inches from the floor. A start button and Wi-Fi indicator are positioned atop its upper deck. The unit's power switch and Wi-Fi reset button are located on the side.
This vacuum's dustbin, flanked by an assortment of sensors, slides into the robot's back edge.
Located beneath the device are two large rubber-coated drive wheels, an omnidirectional wheel, four drop sensors, two side brushes, and the main brush. A pair of metal contacts, used to charge the battery, is positioned near the front of the vacuum.
This device is equipped with a 14.4V 2600mAh lithium battery, which can power the robotic vacuum for almost two hours at medium suction.
The device comes equipped with a charging dock, power adapter, extra main brush, cleaning tool, and an instruction manual.
- Manufacturer: Yeedi
- Model: K652G
- Country of origin: China
- Color: White and black
- Weight: 3.1 kilograms (6.8 pounds)
- Diameter: 33 centimeters (13 inches)
- Height: 7.9 centimeters (3.1 inches)
- Dock power requirement: Input 100-120V (US) / 220-240V (EU)
- Battery: 2600mAh lithium; 14.4 volts
- Battery charging time: 4 hours
- Battery run time: 110 minutes (medium suction)
- Dustbin: 800 milliliters (27 fluid ounces)
- Voice control: Alexa and Google Home
- Suction levels: 600Pa/1200Pa/2000Pa
- Cleaning modes: Auto, Spot, Edge
- Cleaning technique: Suction, main brush, and side brushes
- Mop capable: No
- Navigational system: No
- Wi-Fi capable: 2.4G
- Climbing ability: 18 millimeters (0.71 inches)
- Noise level: 56 dB (quiet mode)
- Carpet detect power boost: No
- Boundary strip capable: Yes
A robotic vacuum's usefulness depends on its ability to start automatically, effectively vacuum the designated cleaning area, and then return to its dock.
To prevent the vacuum's wheels and brushes from becoming entangled, I have secured all cables and wires within the testing area to nearby baseboards.
Robotic vacuums sometimes sandwich themselves between the floor and the bottom of a couch or cabinet. Happily, the Yeedi, due to its height, did not experience this problem within my house.
Thresholds—the strip of wood at the bottom of doorways where rooms connect—are sometimes too high for a robotic vacuum to cross. The Yeedi K650 navigated every threshold and ramp within my house without difficulty.
Rugs and Carpets
The K650 maneuvered quickly across my well-secured Turkish rug and the thick wool mat located in the living room. It was even able to mount and clean the thick memory foam mat in my bathroom.
When the robot's battery power begins to run low, the K650 automatically returns to its base and charges. To ensure this vacuum can dock successfully consistently, I left plenty of space on either side and in front of its base.
This vacuum can be started by pushing the button located on its upper deck, using the Yeedi application, or voice commands via either Google Home or Amazon Alexa. Usually, I press the robot's start button.
The Yeedi K650 utilizes a random cleaning pattern. Over its approximately two hours of operating time, the robot always manages to find and clean all six rooms on my house's main floor.
If required, this vacuum can be set to spot clean or concentrate on the edges of the rooms.
This vacuum routinely picks up more debris than its LIDAR-equipped competitors because it is out there persistently cleaning for a far longer period. If this were a particularly loud vacuum, its lengthy operating time would be considered a drawback. Fortunately, Yeedi has kept noise levels relatively low.
The K650 performs far above expectations. It is extremely agile, and whenever it encounters a problematic situation, this robot always manages to extricate itself.
Despite the lack of features such as carpet boost or a sophisticated navigational system, the K650 consistently sucks up impressively large amounts of cat hair and dust.
If you are looking for a budget-friendly robotic vacuum capable of cleaning an apartment or a small to medium-sized house, the Yeedi K650 is strongly recommended.
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