Ecovacs Winbot W1 ProVerified
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I love big windows but hate cleaning themThis was a gift from my family. I have a lot if large windows in my home. The Winbot Pro 1 does a great job, and I enjoy using it, but I would like to suggest that the company sell the cleaning solution in 1 litre bottles. Currently it costs $59.60 for 920mL but it is sold in 230mL bottles only, expensive and a lot of unnecessary plastic packaging. Show details
I have clean windows, thanks Winbot W1 Pro!!Does exactly as stated, it clean the windows, and does a great job. As a family with 3 young children we don't clean the windows often, but boy did we notice the difference when this little unit cleaned the first window!
Positives are the winbot cleans the windows well, and covers the entire window area. It's simple enough to setup, and does a better job than this busy dad. We've never had windows so clean!! Maintenance is easy, just add the cleaning fluid and wet the cloth.
Negatives, the user interface on the App was not the most intuitive ... Read moreand some warnings when the BOT got itself stuck were layered over the top of other sections and hard to read, but being an App no doubt a future update will fix this up. The Winbot does gets stuck on occasion on our sliding doors, where the door meets the privacy screen, in this case a reposition helps it to continue, and sometimes a second reposition is needed to complete the window. The process is pretty efficient to move the winbot from window to window, but you do need to attach it inside and outside for every window/sliding door/glass panel which does take some time. Overall the winbot does a great job, and our windows have never been so clean!
Better than expected!I wasn't sure what to expect when I got this, but I was certainly hoping for the best because I really dread cleaning large windows, especially high and hard to reach ones. The Winbot is so good! I just set it on the window and hit go and it takes care of the rest. My one gripe is that it's very loud so if you're someone who is sensitive to noise like me, you're going to want to make a plan. I pop on my noise cancelling headphones and listen to music while I do the rest of the housework and it's worked out fine. The noise is to be expected when... Read more you think about the fact that it's sucking hard to keep itself on the glass. Speaking of, it is totally secure when doing this. I was a little concerned that I would have to worry about it falling off but it's really not an issue at all. It's not suitable for all window types but if you have a large area window it's probably for you. I was pleased to discover that it's pretty smart about navigating around obstacles such as the child locks which protrude on my windows. In terms of ease of use, you need only top up the cleaning solution which is easy and apply a clean cloth. The cloth should be rinsed between each windowpane but it's really easy to remove and re-apply the cloth so this is no biggie. There's a cord which is supposed to secure it to the top of the window and prevent it from falling but to be honest I didn't bother with it, and it was fine! If you're concerned about this, it's there. The quality of the job was fantastic and if you didn't get the result you wanted (perhaps your windows are dirtier than mine) you can just set it in the app to do additional passes. I would highly recommend this product; it has been a pleasant surprise! One more tip: I used it on my wardrobe mirrors as you will see in the video, and it was great for this too.
Does an ok clean but is cumbersome and doesn't meet expectations at the price pointWinbot W1 Pro is a nifty little robot and gives a pretty good clean, but for me its a good start on a prototype, not a well finished appliance in its current price range.
* Terrific clean on large windows and properly affixed glass or mirror surfaces such as wardrobe doors and firmly affxed large wall mounted mirrors and display glass.
* For those larger area’s close to power points and within the limits of what the cord attachments allow, it is quick and fairly easy and efficient to change over between frames, windows, affix and ... Read morerelease the suction once you get the hang of it. * Fairly easy set up and app connection out of the box, the packaging is beautiful and functional, easy to grab, put back together and store including being light and easy to carry. * You can register the product in the Ecovas app, see all compatible accessories and join family of other Ecovacs appliances if you also have the vacuum or other products. * Fairly quick response of a few hours from Ecovacs support to any questions, albeit a bit evasive and scripted. * Window cleaning solution is included and it’s pretty good. * Cleaning pads are included and also very good quality and effective. The not so good… * The safety cord I’m betting in most homes is pretty useless with a decent point to attach it to being readily available non existent, impractical, not stopping drop onto something else potentially delicate, too long or not long enough and its just awkward and mostly a benign cord that bangs around. * The advertising is a bit misleading, it refers to the battery that needs to be charged but that is a backup in case of power failure to maintain suction during operation. There is a downtime of up to 2 hours to charge the battery before each use purely for this safety feature but without any real benefit of cord free appliance one expects for the effort of charging at this price point for a single function unit. If a battery can power suction hold surely it can also move it? * The instructions with regards to the window cleaning solution are confusing. It says to use the provided solution in the reservoir but another area of instructions also says don’t use any cleaning solution at all in the reservoir. I’m not sure if that means only EcovacsWinPro solution is ok therefore getting you on the hook to keep buying it but we all know these are much of a muchness. I kept it safe and used only water in the reservoir and a spray on the window both Ecovacs and my own. Both did a good job. * Water reservoir is limited and is very difficult to manually monitor and check to refill and a transparent gauge or light alerting you to this being low would be really helpful. The instructions are also about 20ml off the actual reservoir capacity so you need to remember and be careful not to overfill. It’s all round awkward to fill, empty and a big oversight of the basics with an electrical cord attached. * Having the unit reliant on corded power instead of rechargeable can really make this unit a clunky time consuming task. Most homes are going to have large glass spans close to outdoor openings and if your house has been built to code in the last couple of decades power outlets will be a regulated distance from openings limiting the reach of the units power cord. * Note the quick glance specifications say run time 60 minutes.... what does that mean? Its not battery operated, most homes electricity supply is continuous and the water capacity nowhere near lasts 60minutes of ongoing use so again it is interrupted to do a 2 hour charge on a battery that is a non functional backup. * Traditional extension cord isn’t recommended as it is too heavy and drags so what you will need is a property coil outlet extension and a decent one of those if you want to enjoy outdoor use as well is another $100+ to add to cost of the unit. As soon as you start lugging the unit, power outlet real, cleaner spray, water jug across different areas of the home especially in vertical living, it quickly becomes multiple trips, clunky and time consuming wondering if it’s worth the effort. * The motor and suction is a bit loud as is the banging around of the cords that may limit how often and when people can use it in close proximity living of shared walls and units but I think most in that situation probably have to consider theses things with outdoor, vacuum and similar higher decibel tools and appliances. * It’s inconsistently reliable. It often needs to be reset asking to be connected to power to achieve suction when it is in fact connected to power. It doesn’t always go straight up and down in neat little square configurations as the advertising indicates and that makes it very clunky, hard to control, and a bit worrying on things like shower screens bumping into hinges etc and preventing placement with some predictability that it may avoid that. * Lots of down time in some of those areas with standing around to ensure it won’t drop in delicate areas of most bathrooms, maintains suction and needs a bit of manual guidance and frequent resetting. * The tech similar to the robot vacuum is a great idea and brilliant when it works but is consistently inconsistent being underdeveloped AI and overly sensitive getting lost, confused or lacking in truly useful features that work really well such as auto correct sensors, mapping, no go zones, being able to bring it down when it gets lost etc. If your’e not going tech well and maintain it properly just don’t do it. Nobody needs a decent appliance let down by bad tech increasing their ever growing frustration in app fatigue and the time waste this often results in when it can operate often more efficiently and accurately without it on unit based sensors. * If it gets tuck you have to manually bring it down so those out of reach high windows are still out of reach with the WinBot Pro because when the unit gets lost and stuck - and it does a fair bit - it has to be within physical reach to be manually retrieved. Its’ a case of what is the point because units like the WinBot Pro should be resolving this as its number one issue in my view. It really needs some type of magnetic easy connect retriever smart extension pole and capacity to use the app to activate and release suction reliably bring those spaces out of reach to in reach. The verdict… If you have large spans of glass, easily reachable at their highest point with no more than a step ladder, and PowerPoints with enough reach and easily accessible to all your windows this unit may be worth it. Receiving this as a product reviewer I’m really happy to add his to my cleaning appliances and will continue using it on some windows. I’d probably also be reasonably satisfied to of purchased this at the max RRP $299 price point and below. However at the current RRP $799 I would be returning this unit for the lack rechargeable battery operation and some type of magnetic safety extension pole and ability to activate and disengage suction for those out of reach windows. The question I ask, and think many would for a standard home that is not a perfect testing environment, is the price with the limitations of where it can be used, time consuming clunky add ons and manual assistance, and those out of reach windows remaining out of reach, justifiable compared to what you can do yourself and in probably less time with similar results machine free or with a manual magnet cleaner? Sadly for me sadly the answer is a firm no but I’m a keen observer and potential future buyer if this unit is further developed to address these issues.
It works, though with a few caveatsWho doesn’t like the idea of robots doing housework for you? And of all household chores, window cleaning has to be near the top of the `most tedious’ list. Not to mention difficult.
If this product works, it should therefore be a winner. So, does it work? Read on for my verdict.
First things first.
Unboxing reveals a neat package in a handy container. There’s the Winbot W1 Pro, power cord, safety cord, cleaning fluid, two cleaning pads, measuring cup, instructions, and that’s it. Straightforward.
The first thing you do is connect to power and... Read more
Fit for OTHER cleaning uses too including WARDROBES. I tried it using Windex!I'm already an Ecovacs customer. I already purchased the Ecovacs T9+ with my own money (got it on sale at JB), so was keen to product test this windowbot after being impressed by the T9+ which was a life changer for me and my extreme cleaning laziness.
I was skeptical because I figured the setup would be more time and bother than actually just wiping it with a cloth, turned out I was wrong. I discovered that it's also great for the very common floor to ceiling mirrors on bedroom wardrobes, or anything glass - balcony fences, pool fences etc.... Read moreThrough trial and error I discovered that using a DRY mop pad, (instead of the recommended wet), with the hopper filled with Windex does mirrors wonderfully. I have no idea why the manufacturer doesn't suggest this because it's time consuming and dangerous to climb up on a ladder and wipe the top of the mirror glass on the bedroom wardrobes near the ceiling - this bot does it perfectly. Set up is easy, I just squirted the solution into the hopper and pressed it to the glass and it automatically took off. You may as well set it to do a double clean in the app and it's not fast, it goes over it quite thouroughly. It would be ideal for people living in highrise apartments with floor to ceiling external walls, those with glass pool fences (you may need an extension cord.) Downside is that it can leave a mark on the last place where you pulled the unit off the glass, you'd give that a quick wipe after you take it off.
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