Walter Shillington writes about products he knows firsthand. His articles focus on healthcare, electronics, watches, and household items.
In today's world, you cannot get by with a one-size-fits-all philosophy. Not everyone has a size 32 waist, looks good in red, or wants to drive a subcompact.
Companies that understand this concept work hard to design items that appeal to specific population segments. And they create versions of their product that accommodate differences in size, preference, and needs.
Today, I am taking a close look at the Yeedi Vac Max and comparing it to three previously reviewed robotic vacuums. The robot most likely to catch your interest will be the one that most closely matches your needs and budget.
The Vac Max robotic vacuum spans 13.6 inches and is 3 inches high. An auto mode pushbutton and a navigational camera are mounted to its deck. A white plastic cover conceals the robot's dustbin, power switch, reset button, and wi-fi indicator.
A water tank, flanked by an assortment of anti-collision sensors and a bumper, fits snugly into the robot's back edge.
Two large rubber-coated drive wheels, an omnidirectional wheel, one side brush, six drop sensors, a carpet detector, a floor tracking sensor, and the main brush are located beneath the robot. A pair of metal contacts used to charge the battery are positioned near the front. Two outlets allow debris to be sucked from the vacuum when connected to the optional auto-empty dock.
This device is equipped with a 14.4V 5200mAh lithium battery capable of powering the Yeedi Vac Max for over three hours.
No-go zones may be configured using the Yeedi application.
Accessories consist of the charging dock, user's guide, brush cleaning device, and several mop pads.
- Manufacturer: Yeedi
- Name: Vac Max
- Color: White
- Dimensions: 7.7 x 35 centimeters (3 x 13.6 inches)
- Dock power requirement: Input 100 – 240V/50 – 60Hz
- Battery: 5200mAh lithium; 14.4 volts
- Battery charging time: 6 hours
- Battery run time: 200 minutes (standard mode)
- Dustbin capacity: 450 milliliters
- Scheduling: Yes
- Max suction power: 3000PA
- Suction levels: 600/1500/3000PA
- Cleaning modes: Auto, Area, custom
- Cleaning technique: Suction, main brush, and side brush
- Mop capable: Yes
- Water tank: 240 milliliters (8.1 fluid ounces)
- Navigational system: Vslam
- Mapping: Yes. Includes no-go zones
- Wi-fi capable: 2.4G
- Climbing ability (vacuuming): 20 millimeters (0.8 inches)
- Climbing ability (mopping): 9 millimeters (0.35 inches)
- Carpet detection: Yes
- Filter: Washable high efficiency
Yeedi specializes in designing and manufacturing robotic vacuum cleaners that are easy to use, smart, and efficient.
Visual SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping) systems determine the orientation and position of a robot by creating a map of its environment while simultaneously tracking the device's position.
Points of interest determined by the algorithm are tracked through successive camera frames to triangulate a 3D position. This data is used to create a 3D map and identify the robot's location. The Yeedi Vac Station derives this information from photographing the ceilings of the rooms being cleaned.
After mapping is complete, the robot can now determine both its own location and that of surrounding objects. This allows it to efficiently navigate a room while bypassing chairs and other obstacles.
The Yeedi vacuum easily navigated my thick foam bathroom mat and the well-secured Turkish rug.
A black colored metal grating guards the air intake located within my front foyer. While this obstacle sometimes traps the wheels of unwary robots, the Yeedi vacuum carefully edged around it.
While vacuuming, this robot can cross thresholds—the strip of wood at the bottom of doorways where rooms connect—of up to 2 centimeters (0.8 inches). Because several of my rooms have floors rising 1.25 inches above their neighbors', I have installed narrow ramps between them. The Yeedi vacuum competently coped with these hybrid thresholds.
This robotic vacuum is fitted with a 5200mAh lithium battery capable of providing power for up to three hours in standard mode. My medium-sized house can be cleaned within 62 minutes in standard mode.
The Yeedi robotic vacuum begins with a Z pattern which is heavily modified by information derived from its internally developed map. Specific rooms can be targeted for individual cleaning using the Yeedi application.
This robot can be set to vacuum at 600, 1500, or 3000PA. I generally use the lowest level because it cleans my house well in conjunction with the side brush and an exceptionally effective main brush. When this mode is selected, I can barely hear the robot unless I am occupying the room it is cleaning. The suction level automatically increases when the robot travels over a mat or carpet.
I can set no-go zones that prevent the robot from entering specific areas. More importantly, zones can be established that apply only to mopping operations. When my robot is mopping, it avoids carpeted rooms and edges carefully around my Turkish rug.
The drip rate of the water tank can be adjusted. I find this helpful because I like to use minimal water when mopping wooden floors.
This mopping system consists of a mop pad attached to a plastic mop plate. The mop plate hangs below the water tank, connected to it by a pair of plastic pieces that work somewhat like a set of hinges.
The robot drags the mop pad along the floor as it vacuums. When the vacuum climbs over the threshold between two rooms, the hinged mop plate is pressed upward, providing additional clearance. Despite this, ground clearance is reduced when the mop plate is attached.
Yeedi K650 Comparison
The K650 lacks a navigational system and exhibits neither as much suction nor the large battery found in the Yeedi Vac Max. It, however, benefits from a low price point and better than average mobility. Once started, this robotic vacuum quietly wanders around your house, sweeping and vacuuming until its battery runs low. Then it returns to its dock to recharge. If you are looking for an inexpensive device to vacuum an apartment or small house, the Yeedi K650 would be a great choice.
Yeedi Vac Comparison
This new budget model is more expensive than the K650 but boasts greater suction, and its VSLAM navigational system ensures your entire floor area is covered. Like the K650, this vacuum is intended for use in apartments and smaller homes.
Yeedi Vac Station Comparison
This configuration consists of a Yeedi Vac Max robotic vacuum combined with their new auto-empty dock. The Vac Max, which includes a 5200mAh battery, is intended for medium-sized to large homes. The dock is fitted with its own vacuum which empties the robot's dustbin every time it returns to recharge.
If you are searching for an effective budget vacuum for an apartment or small house, you will be impressed by the K650. The pricier Yeedi Vac adds navigation and superior suction.
The Yeedi Vac Max is a moderately priced robotic vacuum equipped with a navigation system and a battery large enough to handle medium to large-sized homes. Like other vacuums manufactured by this company, this device is quiet and nimble. The Yeedi Vac Max is recommended.
For those—like me—who would rather not have to empty the robot's dustbin every day, the Vac Station configuration 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.
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