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Yeedi Vac 2 Pro review: This robot vacuum and mop has high-end features at a lower price

If you like the idea of ​​a robot that can clean and mop your floors but doesn’t have to clean up before it runs and really don’t like those $800 price tags, budget vac maker Yeedi has a bot for you. The new $449.99 Yeedi Vac 2 Pro can vacuum and mop at the same time with an oscillating mopping system that actually scrubs. It also intelligently avoids mopping your carpets and has 3D obstacle avoidance so it can get the job done without being derailed by a pair of shoes.

Available today, the Yeedi Vac 2 Pro will launch alongside the $349 Yeedi Vac 2, which also has obstacle detection but only a standard mopping system with no carpet avoidance, despite having a larger water tank. Both models have 3,000 Pa of suction and can work with Yeedi’s auto-empty bin ($199.99), but the Pro has longer battery life.

I spent about a week with the Yeedi Vac 2 Pro, and while it does a good job of vacuuming and mopping and avoiding obstacles, it still costs $450. Add in the auto-empty base and you’ve got up to $650. For that amount of money, you can buy a Roomba i3 Plus (iRobot’s $550 mid-range bot with an auto-empty that doesn’t mop) and have some cash left over to buy a decent manual mop. While the Yeedi is a good robot with some high-end features at a lower price, it’s not cheap enough or smart enough to really bother the big boys.

I’ve used Yeedi’s very reasonably priced robots and like them, like the Yeedi K650 for $179.99. It does a simple job well. There’s no obstacle avoidance or room-specific cleaning, but it has a huge trash can and really sucks up the dirt as it bumps and rolls around your house. By leaping into the robotic vacuum arena where intelligent mapping, obstacle avoidance and oscillating mopping are played out, the Yeedi Vac 2 Pro punches above its weight, and while it holds its own on the hardware front, the mapping/ Software experience lackluster.

The new Yeedi’s best feature is its oscillating sweeping motion, meaning it scrubs your floors instead of just mopping them. And that worked well, leaving my floors a lot cleaner than most standard robotic mops (not as clean as the Roborock S7, but that’s $200 more). But it does have a cheap, flimsy scrap of mopping pad that doesn’t seem to hold up more than a couple of washes and doesn’t come with extra pads (you can buy replacements for $20 for a three-pack). Plus, the water reservoir only holds 180ml, so you’ll have to refill it with every run.

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The Yeedi’s water tank holds at least 180 ml and its mopping pad is wafer-thin.

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The vacuum’s 420ml tank is located under the lid. The mopping pad / water tank is attached below.

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The Yeedi uses a rotating side brush (not pictured) and a hybrid bristle/squeegee brush that was effective on both carpeted and hardwood floors, but required frequent cleaning.

While the Yeedi can now automatically avoid carpeted areas when mopping and increase suction power when walking over carpets in vacuum-only mode, this is a standard feature on many mop vacuums today. You’ll also need to remove the mop bucket when you want to vacuum your carpets, as it can’t vacuum them with the mop on. It’s not a huge task, but it means you’ll use the mopping function less regularly if you have a lot of carpets or rugs that you also want to keep clean. High-end options like the Roborock S7 have found a way to fix this by raising the mop when walking across the carpet. The Roborock also uses this function to air dry the mop during the charging process, with the Yeedi you have to remove it after each wipe.

The Yeedi vacuum has an impressive suction power of 3000 Pa and a large 5,200 mAh battery that promises a runtime of over three hours, which is in line with most top-of-the-line models. But it never lasted more than 85 minutes in the test and often returned with a weak battery. The Yeedi did a good job cleaning my house in neat, methodical rows, carefully navigating around objects without bumping into things, and covering most of my floor. Although it occasionally skipped large areas for no apparent reason.

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This robot vacuum cleaner is very efficient at navigating around furniture without knocking it over or getting stuck.

This is probably due to its navigation and mapping technology. Most high-end robot vacuums use lidar-based SLAM mapping and employ more precise laser technology to determine where your rooms are. Yeedi uses a camera on the robot for navigation, which is cheaper technology and much less accurate. This visual SLAM mapping failed to properly identify the rooms in my house and struggled to see the wider doorways.

The robot could only find two rooms in my 800-square-foot, five-room, ground-floor space, and it did so after two attempts. After its first mapping run, it was convinced I was living in a huge space. But even without specific rooms, I could create digital no-go zones, areas I don’t want the robot to go into, which is another basic requirement for any decent robot vacuum cleaner these days. You can only have one map at the moment, but Yeedi says multi-level mapping is coming.

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Yeedi didn’t automatically divide my house into rooms, but I was able to manually create an accurate map in the app.

Yeedi recently released a software update that added the ability to split and merge rooms on the map, allowing me to manually create rooms and use the room-specific cleaning features. However, its navigational intelligence failed a few times, with the robot missing an entire room a few times and completing the cleaning task before getting anywhere.

Obstacle avoidance is also less effective compared to more expensive competitors that use AI-assisted avoidance technology. The robot uses 3D strip light technology to recognize objects over an inch tall, avoiding floor mats, cords, pens and your kitten’s little accident. It’s good at avoiding larger items like a pair of shoes or a school backpack left in the hallway, but pens, headphones, cords, and socks all made it down.

The Yeedi is good at navigating around things, maneuvering through chair legs and over thick carpet tassels with no trouble. In fact, it’s one of the few bot-vacs I’ve tested that found its way out of my lounge chair trap (thin flat lounger feet next to an ottoman with thin flat feet). I could hear his engine getting louder and quieter as he navigated his way around the problem, like he was really thinking hard and finally breaking free after a few minutes. All of this means that while you don’t have to clean up as much if you want to make sure the robot finishes its run, you can’t take care of everything.

The Yeedi Vac 2 Pro works with Yeedi’s self-drain station to empty the bin, an add-on I would recommend to anyone considering a robot vacuum. It’s no fun emptying dust out of these tiny bins, and with a self-draining station, the robot can empty its own bin into a bag that Yeedi says will hold dust for about 30 days (replacement bags are $17 for three). You simply pull out the self-sealing bag and simply dispose of it without getting dust everywhere. But for an additional $200, this makes the Yeedi Vac 2 Pro a lot more expensive.

The Yeedi’s auto dump station worked well in testing, not clogging and effectively dumping the 420ml hopper on board the bot on most trials (I had to help it out once because the hopper was really full). Be warned, it’s a very noisy process that takes about 20 seconds. Unlike some high-end robot mops/vacuums, Yeedi’s Auto Dump Station is for dust only; It cannot empty or refill the mop bucket. You must do this yourself before and after each mopping session.

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The Yeedi Vac 2 Pro works with Yeedi’s existing Auto Empty Dock, which seems to have been a big hit in my household.

Yeedi’s app has seen many improvements since I first tested it a few years ago when it was pretty flaky. But it still has its moments, including slow loading and poor grammar in some areas. But the main features you want are there – room-specific cleaning (if it can find your rooms), cleaning zones, and the option to set a cleaning sequence (go to the kitchen first, then the living room, then the dining room, etc.), set schedules for the robot and adjust cleaning levels.

There are four levels of vacuum suction – and the robot is super quiet on the lowest level – plus three water flow levels for the mop (I always use the highest level for the best cleaning). You can turn on the continuous cleaning so he returns to his base and recharges when he needs to finish a job; There’s also a handy “Do Not Disturb” setting.

The Yeedi Vac 2 Pro ticks all the boxes – but some of its features, such as: B. the mapping, are simply not as well executed as those of the Roborocks and iRobots in this area. That’s not much of a surprise as this is a budget bot, and for $200 less than its closest comparable competitor, the Roborock S7, it might be a good fit for you.

When you step on the Roborock (which has sonic mopping, lidar mapping, and standard obstacle avoidance), your robot can vacuum and mop your floors and vacuum your carpets, all in one go. If you can do without robot mopping, the Roomba i3 is $100 cheaper and delivers a better, cleaner, and significantly better app/ecosystem experience, but lacks obstacle avoidance. Ecovacs has several remarkably similar options at various price points, but as I noted in my review of its flagship robot vacuum, its mapping also suffers from accuracy issues. However, if you’re on a $450 budget for a robot vacuum, really want a mop that can scrub and won’t get stuck, and don’t care about super-accurate mapping, the Yeedi Vac 2 Pro will get the job done.

Photos by Jenifer Pattison Tuohy / The Verge

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