André has already tested the flagship vacuum robot Deebot X1 Omni and the Deebot T9 AIVI from Ecovacs. The Deebot T10+ is in between the mentioned models in terms of price and equipment. Reason enough to subject a manufacturer’s upper middle class model to a test report. In addition to an empty station, the T10+ also has a camera in its luggage. The obstacle detection algorithms (AIVI) have been improved and the voice assistant Yiko can also be added if desired. However, the emptying station is not such a car and all-rounder as in the top model, but is only used for the classic emptying of the dust container. Without this emptying station, the model is marketed as “T10”, with a drilled wiper function as “T10 Turbo”.
First, view the technical data of the T10 Plus. It is immediately noticeable that the suction power of 3,000 Pa is lower than the 5,000 Pa of the top model. For the T10 Plus, however, “only” 899 euros (RRP) is due. Compared to the competition, you should probably look at the Roborock S7+ (799 euros) or the Q7 Max+ (649 euros). One is blessed with a little more, the other with a little less performance. In practice, this is hardly distinguishable on this scale.
Specifications Ecovacs Deebot T10 Plus
- Vacuum and floor mopping robot with dTOF (laser)
- Dimensions: 353 x 353 x 103.3mm
- Suction power: 3,000 Pa
- Volume: approx. 66 dBA (suction power); approx. 68 dBA (vacuum and wipe)
- Battery capacity: 5,200 mAh
- Running time: up to 260 minutes
- Charging time: 6.5 hours
- Content of the dust container 400 ml
- Water tank capacity: 240 ml
- Special functions: Zone cleaning, 2D and 3D map creation, carpet detection, virtual no-go areas, microphone, speakers, video functions and much more
- Price: about 900 euros
Since, as mentioned, a vacuum robot is more about practice than about bare data, it is best to arrive at my experiences without many hitches. After all, the T10 Plus has been doing its rounds here for a few weeks.
The installation process was quick and easy. The usual: the robot creates a WiFi network and the app guides you through the steps. While other models have a flap on the top, the T10 Plus has a magnetic cap on the top of the robot as a special feature.
What seems to be a mess is the account management. After I logged out, I could no longer log in to my account. Apparently this was never registered. This assumption was confirmed when a confirmation email arrived at the first registration. A separate account is required for each smartphone, so you have to release the robot accordingly. As I know, you can just login on the second device with the same account – that’s not so easy here (unfortunately). A few other things about the app could also be improved – some detail in the further course of the test report.
At the first start-up, however, it soon became apparent that the software on the robot is probably much better under control than that of the app. The mapping was done in minutes with an impressive speed. The vacuum robot drove through each room and “looked around”. However, it was not necessary to drive into every corner of the room, in well-arranged rooms it was sufficient if he looked into it, mirrors or the like gave the robot no problems in mapping. The dToF module does a really good job here.
The obstacle detection AIVI 3.0 in the cleaning program also made an impression. The T10 Plus maneuvered gracefully through the aisles without bumping into anything. I actually would have liked a little more transparency about the detected objects in the app. The 960p camera installed for detection with a field of view of almost 148 degrees can also be used as a surveillance solution upon explicit request. The T10 Plus also provides information about this with signals. It also worked as described, of course it can’t be compared to conventional surveillance solutions, but it’s a nice “emergency solution” that can also be moved around the house.
The cleaning process seemed structured. The T10 has two side brushes and can also be sent to a room for double cleaning if desired. The customization options via the app are very diverse – great!
The extraction station has a capacity of 3.2 liters. You rely on a dust bag there. The disadvantage is that it has to be replaced regularly. On the plus side (for allergy sufferers) there is no further contact with the dust and the base station itself is not contaminated by fine dust particles. I like the size compact. It makes sense that such a station “roars” quite loudly during emptying. However, it did the job (almost) as expected.
However, long hair in the suction duct can sometimes become a problem and become tangled. As promised, the brush can handle long hair well, which can become a problem with other models in the household. One or the other hair gets caught in the cover. That’s fine and easy to remove too.
The 260 minute run time is more than exaggerated though, at least if you increase the suction power accordingly. Vacuum the entire apartment twice on the highest suction power, the battery couldn’t do it. Not exactly smart: the cleaning process does not continue until it is fully charged.
For wiping, the T10 Plus uses a mop that is pulled back. That was a bit drilled out, as with some competing products. The water flow is adjustable and in any case the microfibre cloth vibrates at the bottom with 600 vibrations per minute. It’s actually a bit more effective than just dragging.
What is special about the T10 Plus is that a panel in the robot is exchanged for the water tank instead of simply clamping it underneath in a flat version. It has a capacity of 240 milliliters and was sufficient for my living space of about 100 square meters. Since the camera system is on the “front” of the T10, the water tank must be attached to the back. This requires maneuvering the robot out of the charging station. For this I actually relied on the integrated language assistant “Yiko”.
It worked almost as described, but often felt misdirected. The same, of course, happens again when removing the water tank, which is not exactly elegant – especially since no water is refilled here as with the big brother. In addition, the mop cannot be lifted, so carpets are generally avoided in mop mode.
A few more words about the app. As already positively emphasized, the setting options are diverse. Depending on the room, the cleaning conditions can be set separately (sucking once or twice, with what water flow rate and with what suction power). The order for cleaning can be made: Practical if you are only on the road for a short time and the vacuum robot cleans for so long. Of course, you want to prioritize individual rooms that get dirty more often (kitchen, bathroom, etc.). Otherwise the usual: virtual barriers, no-go zones – everything is there. Multiple cards? 3 pieces, please.
The advertised 3D map is more of a gimmick, especially since you really have to work Sims-style yourself here – less intelligent than advertised. The detection of the bottom material is also not always reliable. Then it is better to quickly enter the above options manually for your own wishes and cleaning preferences.
A conclusion? The T10 Plus convinced me of the cleaning result. Vacuuming and wiping works very well here. The (significantly more expensive) top models show that you could give even more when wiping – if you ignore the fact that the base stations have become much more powerful.
The requested 899 euros are not trivial, certainly not compared to the competition. The package was also offered for about 700 euros, currently it is 799 euros with a voucher and cleaning wipes (Amazon). If you want to strike, it is definitely worth taking action with you. If you want to rely on a vacuum robot in this price range, you should definitely shortlist the competitive models below.
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