The Airrobo T10+ charts a new course through our expectations of a robot vacuum cleaner. Most models tend to be either feature-laden for a hefty price tag or more affordable but lacking in certain features or technologies. However, despite costing less than £400, the T10+’s feature list reads as if it should cost well over £500.
It self-empties, comes with LiDAR navigation, has smart speaker integration and a mop attachment: a recipe for a well-deserved recommended price.
Airrobo T10+ review: What do you get for your money?
There’s nothing in the box of the Airrobo T10+ that’s particularly surprising. The robot itself has a familiar puck shape, with a diameter of 348mm and a LiDAR turret extending out of the top, bringing the overall height to 98mm. It’s a little too big to fit under the low shelf of my coffee table, although it managed to navigate under all the other furniture in my house that has reasonable clearance.
It uses a combination of collection tray and water reservoir for the mopping function, although you have to attach a secondary fabric plate to the underside if you want the robot to clean in addition to vacuuming. It also comes with a simple remote control (a plug-and-play unit, we suspect, as it’s identical to the one supplied with the £500 Proscenic M8 Pro), although I couldn’t find any reason to use it because it doesn’t do anything you can’t do better with the accompanying smartphone app.
The self-emptying charging station is reasonably compact and also very similar in size (259 x 208 x 348mm, WDH) and shape to the one that comes with the Proscenic M8 Pro.
When it’s done with a job, the robot backs up to the charging station, so its metal contacts touch and it can start charging its battery. This also aligns a tube on the charging station with an exit port in the robot’s collection bin and engages a secondary vacuum that sucks the contents of the collection bin into a bag inside the station. The bag has a capacity of 3.3 litres, so it will empty the 250ml collection bin several times.
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Airrobo T10+ review: how does it feel to use?
The Airrobo T10+ is controlled using a smartphone app, but it’s not one designed specifically for this purpose. Instead, it piggybacks on the third-party smart home app Tuya. I was a little worried at first but I admit I was pleasantly surprised.
Setup is pretty straightforward and once you’ve connected the robot to your 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network you’re straight into the Vacuum Controller which just suggests you turn off the device and let it begin to create a map.
When you do this, the LiDAR fires immediately, scanning the robot’s environment as far as it can see. Because it builds this map long before you visit any of the areas it maps, it means you can immediately start editing the map, passing through no-go areas to protect your cable nests or any other places with which you think the robot might be struggling with. . It’s the kind of stuff you’d expect from a well-designed app from a dedicated and invested developer, but here it is in a seemingly third-party app.
It’s not without its drawbacks, however. For example, it didn’t retain all the part names that I entered manually. It’s minor – it doesn’t matter if my kitchen is labeled ‘kitchen’ or ‘room 06’, but if I bothered to make the switch, I’d expect it to stay. This was not always the case with the Tuya app.
Other issues are mainly translation issues. Selecting how often the bin is emptied, for example, falls under a setting labeled “Dust Collection Treasure”, while switching to an alternate map if you want the vacuum to clean a different floor requires that you were pressing an option called “Reset Map”, which might put people off. There have been occasions where the Chinese have also slipped in, such as the screen where you choose the parts to set the cleaning robot.
This is arguably the worst of the robot’s few flaws, however. Everything else in the app works smoothly and exceeded my expectations. Once you’ve gone through a bit of trial and error, it’s simple to explore its many options, from scheduling automatic cleaning to switching the map to clean a different floor.
It’s worth noting, however, that I found the smart speaker integration to be lacking. I was able to connect the device to my Google Home, but while I could perform basic voice commands to start or end a cleaning, I couldn’t control it to the point of having it clean a specific room. The iRobot Roomba j7 is much better at this stuff, but you have to consider that it is much more expensive.
Airrobo T10+ review: is it good for orientation?
The Airrobo T10+ uses its card extremely well. Drop a pin on the map for a clean spot and the robot goes straight to that spot, skirting around permanent obstacles and negotiating tricky floor plans, even when it has to slip through doorways and make turns to get around. get to its destination.
When it comes to dodging obstacles, the T10+ is reasonably smooth around furniture, and it dodged everything in its maneuvers without getting stuck, even those with awkward angles that have previously surprised rival bots.
However, it doesn’t have the ability to detect socks, wires, and pet damage that the iRobot Roomba j7 has, so if you’re going to be using the robot on a schedule, you’ll need to keep your floor clear.
When it comes to cleaning patterns, the robot tackles areas smartly. When it first finds its way, it divides rooms into zones, creating a perimeter and filling in gaps. However, once it completes its first sweep, it automatically splits rooms and cleans an entire room in one go.
You can follow its progress from the app, where the cleaning path is clearly displayed on the map. If he hits an obstacle that he can’t get around, he tends to turn around, which can leave an uncleared space behind him. However, it will fill in these spaces afterwards before moving on to the next section. It is a complete and efficient system.
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Airrobo T10+ review: How well does it clean?
To test the cleaning ability of the Airrobo T10+, I ran it through our usual suite of tests. Starting with a 50g spill of uncooked rice on a hard floor, I used the app’s spot cleaning tool to bring the robot to the spill. He criss-crosses the perimeter around the spill, vacuuming as he goes, then covers the area inside with a series of perpendicular passes.
It turned out to be very effective. Although there was a bit of scatter and a few grains left visible at the end, it recovered 50g of our spill. On carpet, it didn’t work as well, but still did a reasonable job, gathering 43g of rice. A second pass recovered most of the remaining grains.
Flour is harder work. On a hard floor, the vacuum picked up 38g of a 50g spill. There was a significant residue left, and he drove through some of the flour before collecting it, which was transferred to its wheels and spread on the ground. This proved worse on carpets, picking up only 17g of the 50g spill, with lots of visible flour spilled far beyond the area covered by the original spill.
Overall, it collected 74% of the materials we spilled, which is only slightly behind the 76% collected by the Proscenic M8 Pro. However, it lags far behind the best robot vacuums, with the Roomba j7 collecting over 80%, the super-affordable Eufy Robovac G20 collecting over 90%, and the AEG RX9.2 hitting a near-perfect 96%.
Cleaning is done by attaching a plate to the bottom of the collection tray and filling it with clean tap water. The plate has removable velcro fabric at the bottom and a small pump transfers water from the collection tray to the fabric. This is then dragged behind the vacuum cleaner, wiping as it goes.
This is fine for rooms that are all hard, but managing where you want to mop and where you want to vacuum is more of a hassle and has to be done manually. It is also a quick cleanup. It can lift a new splatter of dirt, but it doesn’t have the elbow grease to lift dried or sticky dirt.
Airrobo T10+ review: Should I buy it?
While the Airrobo T10+ isn’t the perfect robot vacuum, it packs a lot for the price, with LiDAR navigation, a mop attachment and a self-emptying charging station. Until recently we expected to only see these sorts of options on the more expensive models, but here Airrobo has crammed them into a package that doesn’t break the £400 mark.
It is definitely a great value. When we reviewed the Proscenic M8 Pro it seemed like a bargain at its £500 launch price, but the similarly named Airrobo T10+ cuts another £100 off the price. It also works around one of the M8 Pro’s weakest elements, which is that its app won’t register more than one card for multi-stage cleaning. There is no such problem for the T10+.
It doesn’t compete with some of its rivals when it comes to rough cleaning skills, with the likes of the Eufy Robovac G20 and AEG RX9.2 proving better at cleaning up spills in our tests. However, none of these bots can also track with a mop and you will have to manually empty them. Additionally, our tests are tougher than the average job your robot will likely have to handle, and in general use I haven’t seen anything to suggest the T10+ can’t cope perfectly with everyday cleaning.
Its navigation skills are excellent but, likewise, it does not compete with the best. We love how the AEG RX9.2 is gentle around furniture, and the iRobot Roomba j7’s ability to spot and avoid random messes is unmatched. Both are, however, significantly more expensive.
All in all, the Airrobo T10+ is therefore a great buy. It achieves a lot, with only a few hiccups that keep it from achieving a five-star rating. However, it is the low price that is the winning factor here. If you’ve only got £400 to spend on your next robot vacuum, you get a lot of good bang for your buck with the Airrobo T10+.