Rarely does the world of tech enthusiasts and pragmatic end users overlap.
People who appreciate tech are willing to pay more for exciting features or well-designed products, while bargain hunters want to meet their objectives cost-efficiently. And it’s not often that these two worlds overlap. The Roborock Q Revo is one such example that gives you the best of both worlds.
Having reviewed this handy robot vacuum recently, we were pleasantly surprised by how well the Q Revo performed. What’s more impressive is that despite its mid-range billing, this plucky robot vacuum has been given desirable features that are usually found in top-of-the-line models, such as a fully-featured docking station. It’s almost as if Roborock started with a flagship model as a template and stripped away all the superfluous features that typical users don’t need to fit the price point. And kudos to Roborock for getting it right with the Q Revo.
You can check out our review for details, but here’s a summary of why the Q Revo is great value for those who want a ‘no-brainer’ robot vacuum that can save them time.
Suitable for apartments
The Q Revo’s feature set is perfect for typical Singaporean apartments. The new brush and dual mop system, coupled with up to 5,500 Pa of suction power, makes it easy to maintain cleanliness across a variety of floor configurations. The 5,200mAh battery is enough to cover the floor space with about two hours of cleaning on average.
If you have carpeted areas in the house, the Q Revo can simply lift both mops (up to 7mm) while it vacuums the area to avoid staining the fibres. However, if that makes you uneasy or if the carpet is exceptionally thick, you can simply instruct the robot to make separate trips for cleaning. If you’re particularly worried, you can even remove the mops easily as they are attached via magnets–it’s so convenient.
Easy to maintain
One of Q Revo’s best aspects is how easy it is to upkeep, and best of all you don’t have to pay top dollar to enjoy the privilege.
There is virtually no daily maintenance to deal with as the Q Revo is self-cleaning. The multifunction dock transfers physical trash from the robot into a hidden dust bag, so you only need to worry about replacing that bag after a few months. Furthermore, the dock will not only wash the mop pads automatically, but it will also dry them with heat to prevent them from developing a smell.
The app-enabled notifications system will nudge you only for pressing issues like an empty clean water tank. The good thing is that the Q Revo will continue to vacuum according to schedule without mopping. Should you forget to top up the water tank, the Q Revo can continue to keep the house clean.
Yes, the water tanks need to be refilled and cleaned every couple of days, but that’s fine as you need to discard the dirty water for hygiene purposes anyway. And yes, high-end systems will have dedicated water piping so that you never have to deal with the tedium of topping up water, but that has its share of disadvantages too. For example, you’re limited by where you can place the dock.
Periodic maintenance is a breeze, which may not be the case even in high-end robot vacuums. The mops, brushes, trays and filters can be removed in seconds if you want to remove stray debris and tangled hair, and these components are easy to clean as well. And unlike many other docking stations (even some higher-priced ones), the dock base is easily removable for hassle-free cleaning.
For new users unfamiliar with robot vacuums, the Roborock app is both streamlined and comprehensive so it’s easy to get started. You can schedule time for cleaning, room sequence and the number of cycles. You can also set zones to clean, or mark a specific spot to clean up. The app makes things pretty simple.
Hold on, where’s the catch, you say. Of course, there are limitations given the price. But one of the reasons why we think the Q Revo is great is because its strengths far outweigh the downsides, and even then, it’s not something that you can’t plan around.
Probably the most obvious one is the basic Reactive Tech Obstacle Avoidance feature, which is sufficient if your house is fairly neat. If you have good habits like keeping cables tidy and off the floor, it’s less of a disadvantage.
If you have pets at home, check the floors for droppings and puddles before starting a clean cycle, and thoroughly clean the floor to clear hair buildup before using the robot vacuum for the first time (which applies to all robot vacuums). If your pets don’t play nice, you can always create a custom schedule (or even room sequence) that helps you manage better. That said, it’s hard to know what your pet will do until it happens, but it’s always good to have control over what you can do, and when you can do it.
One other minor ‘inconvenience’ is the lack of dust bag sensors to detect if the bag is full. However, this is an event that requires your attention now and then. Schedule it on your calendar and it’s now hardly an inconvenience.
An affordable convenience
It might seem like hyperbole, or in internet-speak, ‘based’, to say that the Q Revo is a great advertisement for robot vacuum cleaners, especially if you need to convince someone about its virtues. But the truth is, Q Revo does deliver the essentials of what makes these machines a godsend in today’s hectic, unbalanced work-life world: it’s an effective, fuss-free tool that requires minimal intervention.
Best of all, the Q Revo is priced so aggressively that it’s almost a no-brainer. The list price reads SGD2,199, but effectively, this robot vacuum sells for SGD1,199. Even better news–the Q Revo will be priced at SGD1,099.90 for the upcoming 8.8 sale on Shopee and Lazada. So if you’re looking for a value-for-money robot vacuum that can pretty much do it all, then you owe it to yourself to add the Roborock Q Revo to your shortlist.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored article written in collaboration with Roborock.