The new Dreame Bot W10 vacuums and collects waste, but seems to focus mostly on the washing function. It has two rotating mops and a base with two water tanks that washes and dries its pads.
Dreame is releasing a new hybrid device, capable of vacuuming and washing the floor. If it is not an innovation in itself, the Bot W10 is still a UFO of its kind. It is one of the only ones on the market to have a self-cleaning base with a clean water tank and a dirty water tank, each of 4 l. The robot then washes and dries its two rotating mops, which also rotate at 180 rpm and exert a force of 10 N on the floor. However, there is no water tank in the robot's interior; only a 450 ml waste collector is hidden underneath. With its 4000 Pa suction power, laser rangefinder and multi-stage option, Dreame's Bot W10 seems to be a powerful 2-in-1 and a formidable competitor.
Convenience of use
When first used, the W10 maps its environment without being equipped with its two mops. Once this procedure is complete, the robot returns to its base, ready to mop the floor. To do this, the user must hook the pads under the Dreame with a magnetic attachment. The W10 can then vacuum, mop or do both at the same time. However, once the mops are installed, the robot will automatically avoid the carpets: it is therefore impossible to vacuum them when a washing session is launched.
While the manufacturer's robot vacuum cleaners are traditionally round in shape, the floor cleaning robot adopts a D shape, which is useful for nesting more easily in corners.
However, mops do not allow for such precise cleaning. Positioned at the back of the unit, they don't fit over wall baseboards or corners, for example.
Because of its Lidar sensor, the W10 is 10.5 cm high, compared to 7 cm for the Yeedi Mop Station. This growth could be detrimental to low furniture.
The robot can be controlled via the mobile application, its on-board control panel or from its docking station. The latter is impressive, measuring 43 cm high by 40 cm wide and 37.5 cm deep. So you really have to think about the location of this base, which may be a little too bulky for small apartments. But it was needed. This station holds two 4L tanks: one that the user fills with clean water and the second that the robot fills with dirty water. On the other hand, the robot has no water tank under its hood. Once fully loaded, the station then delivers clean water to the W10 before each wash and regularly cleans the mops during the session. Every 5 m², 10 m², 15 m² or at the end of the cleaning session, the robot returns to the base to wipe its pads, extract the dirty water and dry them. The Dreame can then continue the cleaning with rinsed mops and avoid spreading the dirt.
Connectivity and application
Like the Dreame Bot L10 Pro, the Bot W10 does not have its own application. You have to go through the one of Xiaomi, the incubator of Dreame - which avoids, by the way, an umpteenth application. Pairing is done either through a QR Code or by searching for the robot via the application. Then, connecting the Dreame to the wifi is very simple and fast. Once registered, the robot is available on the homepage of the application, and its features appear.
In addition to the remote launch of the cleaning, we find different options offered by the robot. First, the user can choose to vacuum, wash or vacuum and wash at the same time, while having the ability to select the power for each mode, and even customize these settings for each vacuum area.
If the Bot W10 cleans its own mops, it is possible to choose the frequency of return to the base to perform this operation. It can return, after cleaning an area, every 5 m², 10 m² or 15 m². This is a valuable option that allows you to continue cleaning with minimally cleaned mops. Initially, we had opted for a return every 15 m², but the W10 does not have a water tank, its pads were dry at the end of the distance covered. Note that the user can also force the pads to self-clean.
As with many devices of this type, it is possible to prevent the W10 from navigating to certain areas. To do this, virtual walls and forbidden vacuuming and washing areas can be added on the map. We were bluffed by the effectiveness of these beacons.
As for the rest, it is difficult to detail the application in its entirety as it is so complete. The user can schedule cleaning sessions and view the history of these sessions, check the health of the robot's filters and brushes or manage the maps. And yes, one of the W10's strong points is its multi-stage option, which allows you to save three different maps.
The waste collector is nestled under the hood of the W10. With a capacity of 450 ml, it is more imposing than for some robot vacuum cleaners, including the Samsung Jet Bot AI+. Obviously, the docking station does not empty it automatically. The user must unclip it and empty it into the trash. A little extra: a flap closes the tank to retain the waste inside the collector.
As for the skates, the station takes care of cleaning and drying them, even if they are still a little damp after the washing session. However, the skids do not come off to be washed in the machine. So you'll have to wash them by hand if they get a little too dirty.
The good news is that the station's support can be detached and put under water to be stripped, which the Yeedi Mop Station does not allow.
The Bot W10 has a laser rangefinder and a multitude of sensors that make it capable of detecting obstacles and determining whether or not it can get under furniture.
Lidar technology also helps optimize the robot's cleaning path. Dreame even claims that the device updates a map "about 12 times faster than before" compared to other devices in the Dreame Bot collection.
When put into a situation, the robot takes a few seconds to find its way around its environment before walking along the walls of the area to be cleaned. Once the room is bypassed, the W10 zigzags methodically around the area. It passes over chair rungs, vacuums and washes around table legs, but swallows cables in its path. He even lost one of his two mops when he was tangled under the desk. It must be said that the ordeal was not easy. The same thing happened with the tea towels that were strewn around him, he passed over them without understanding that they were indeed an obstacle. And if the robot runs perfectly along the walls, it does the same with curtains, which it therefore considers as such.
Finally, Dreame communicates a lot about the robot's ability to navigate in the dark. So we put it in situation in our lab. Before the vacuuming session, we asked it to create a new map, in order to reproduce a classic cleaning. Once the map was recorded and the lights were off, the W10 navigated, once again, in a methodical way: it vacuumed along the walls, then squared the room in a zigzag. Challenge taken up!
To evaluate the washing efficiency, we soiled the floor of our lab with several substances: sweet drink stains, water-diluted carbon, lipstick and fat. We let it dry overnight before starting the cleaning session.
Set to the intermediate vacuum mode and maximum pad wetness level, the Bot W10 proved to be formidably effective. Sugar, fat and carbon black are completely gone; no streaks for the latter either. Lipstick is still visible, but these stains are particularly difficult to clean, and they defeat most floor scrubbers. Only the Yeedi Mop Station had similar results to the Dreame Bot W10.
The Dreame vacuums and washes for 2 hours 12 minutes, just like the Hobot Legee 7. It's a decent duration, even if we would have liked it to have more endurance. The Yeedi Mop Station, on the other hand, navigates for 3 hours.
When the robot reaches 15% of battery, it asks to go back to its base and needs 4 hours of charge, knowing that it washes its mops and dries them during several minutes at the beginning of the charge.
The Dreame W10 is a quiet floor cleaning robot. When it vacuums and washes in standard mode, it only reaches 54 dB (A). Only the Yeedi Mop Station and the iRobot Braava Jet m6 do better in our comparison.
Full marks for the Dreame Bot W10 which carries out its 2-in-1 functions. Its brushes and different tanks allow it to vacuum and wash the floor autonomously. The navigation is ensured by a laser telemeter that helps it to orient itself methodically, and its recharge base fills up with water (clean and dirty). The picture is almost perfect, but the docking station is very cumbersome and does not automatically empty the dust collector like the Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra.