Dreame Bot L10 review: A better “seeing” robot vacuum

Dreame Bot L10 review: A better “seeing” robot vacuum

In its marketing materials, Dreame Technology emphasizes the advanced tech inside its Dreame Bot L10 Pro hybrid robot vacuum/mop. While there are certainly some innovations under the hood here, they don’t revolutionize the device so much as super-size some of its capabilities.

Specifically, the L10 Pro scans its surroundings with two lasers to better understand the layout of your home, and it boasts an impressive 4000Pa max suction at a time when robot vacuums are typically topping out at 2500Pa. Those innovations, along with easy app control, make the L10 Pro an above-average floor cleaner.

This review is part of TechHive’s coverage of the best robot vacuum cleaners, where you’ll find reviews of the competition’s offerings, plus a buyer’s guide to the features you should consider when shopping for this type of product.

That said the robot has an unremarkable design. A panel of buttons (power/auto clean, spot clean, and dock) and a turret housing the LDS laser sensor sit on top. The top lifts partially to provide access to a .57-liter dustbin. On the underside are a removable rolling brush, side brush, and various wheels and sensors. A 270ml (.71 gallon) water tank is included for mopping.

The only assembly required is to snap the side brush onto the bottom of the vacuum. Then you just plug in the dock and set the vacuum on it. While it’s charging, you can download the Mi Home/Xiaomi Home app, which will enable you to customize cleaning jobs, get device-status notifications, and fine-tune your control of the robot. Once you select the L10 Pro from a list of devices, the app prompts you through the steps to establish a Wi-Fi connection. This setup process along with a firmware update only took about five minutes.

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The L10 Pro has a max suction of 4000Pa, nearly twice as powerful as other robot vacuums.

The first time you run the vacuum it creates a map of your floorplan and attempts to recognize the different rooms. It’s fairly accurate at this—it correctly divided my downstairs level into the living room, kitchen, and entryway—but it erroneously added a couple of extra areas. I was able to easily correct this by putting the map in editing mode and merging those two areas with the living room. You can also split areas and rename them.

Ensuring the accuracy of your map is important because it unlocks a clutch of custom-cleaning options. You can dispatch the vacuum to clean a single room or clean multiple rooms in a preferred sequence. You can also clean specific areas within a room by creating zones on the map. And you can create virtual walls and restricted areas to keep the robot away from items that could get damaged or interfere with the robot’s functioning (I’m looking at you, tangle of charging cables).

Once it has a map of the space, the L10 Pro navigates in an efficient S-shaped pattern through each room and finishes by cleaning along edges and walls. It anticipates obstacles and slows as it approaches them to avoid a collision, and there was little contact with furniture in my testing. Transitioning the thresholds between different types of floor wasn’t an issue either, as the robot can cross barriers of up to about three-quarters of an inch.

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The L10 Pro creates a map of the floor plan, complete with room divisions, after its first cleaning job.

You can choose from four cleaning modes, each using greater suction: Quiet, Standard, Strong, and Turbo. Standard, the default, was powerful enough to suck up dust, food crumbs, and pet hair from hard floor surfaces; as expected, I usually had to bump up to Strong or Turbo to clean carpeting effectively.

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