Yeedi K700 Robot Vaccum Cleaner and Mop: A Brilliant Budget Dust Buster

Evaluation:
8/10
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1 – Absolute hot garbage
2 – Sorta warm garbage
3 – Strongly imperfect design
4 – A few advantages, many disadvantages
5 – Acceptably imperfect
6 – Good enough to buy on sale
7 – Excellent, but not the best in its class
8 – Fantastic, with some footnotes
9 – shut up and take my money
10 – Absolute Conception Nirvana

Price: $ 299.99

Yeedi k700 robot vacuum cleaner sucking dustSte Knight

Yeedi is a relatively recent addition to the robot vacuum family. The Yeedi K700 is the latest in its range, preceded by the K600 and the K650. These two models were simple robovacs. The K700 builds on the brand’s experience and adds an additional function: cleaning.

This is what we like

Ease of use
Quick and efficient cleaning
Cheap
VSLAM camera technology
Good obstacle avoidance
Great for beginners

And what we don’t do

Mop plate requires more pressure on the floor
Cannot vacuum and clean at the same time
Cannot control water flow in cleaning mode
No delimitation strip

Retailing at $ 299, the vacuum / mop hybrid is sold at the low end of the RVC scale. The tastes of Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo T8, for example, sells for just under $ 800. It has more features of course, but that gives you an idea of ​​the price range in the robot vacuum (RVC) market.

Since this is a fairly basic model, I didn’t expect much from the K700. But I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised with the performance of the device, despite a few hang-ups. Let’s take a look at what this bionic butler has to offer.

A familiar face

As for the contents of the box, you receive the K700 Hybrid Robot Vacuum / Mop, a remote control with batteries, a docking station, side brushes, a 300ml water tank for cleaning, a dustbin of 600ml for suction, two washable pads, a cleaning tool, two filters (one sponge, one high performance for the inside of the bin) and the instruction manual.

The Yeedi K700 looks, as you might expect, like most other RVC mop hybrids. Its circular design will be familiar to you if you’ve seen another RVC in the past. It comes in a white colourway, with an attractive copper band around the top to give the void a bit of flair. If we can say that the design of an RVC has flair, of course.

view of the yeedi k700 from aboveSte Knight

The top of the device carries the auto-start button (which will start a cleaning if pressed), as well as the VSLAM camera sensor (more on that later). The front edge of the K700 features the bumper to prevent damage to the robot and obstacle sensors. The right rear of the vacuum has the power slider and the reset button. The rear left has the trash / mop tank release button.

The rear of the K700 has a recess for placing the trash can or cleaning tank, depending on which mode you are using. (Note that this vacuum cannot vacuum and clean simultaneously.) The underside carries the two-wheel drive and a universal wheel for balance in the front. It also has the entrance for the vacuum cleaner, with the main brush, and the two side brush nodes on which to attach the side brushes. The lower front part has anti-drop sensors to prevent your vacuum cleaner from committing suicide by stairs.

Works straight out of the box, pretty good

Yeedi k700 remote controlSte Knight

If you’re new to RVC or aren’t particularly tech-savvy, you’ll love the simplicity of the K700. There is no app to find buried settings. The vacuum cleaner works pretty much right away. It’s this simplicity that makes the Yeedi a great entry-level competitor. You just need to turn it on and send it on its first scout mission to map your home.

As it uses a remote control, the experience is free from the unreliability of other devices. App-controlled robot vacuums must connect to WiFi in order to work. Not only that, but they also have to connect to it through the 2.4 GHz band. If you have a dual band router it can be a pain in the ass as I discovered with the Ozmo T8. No such messing around here. Just press “go” on the remote!

K700 power switch and reset buttonSte Knight

As mentioned, the first time the K700 leaves its charging station, it will zoom in on the ground to map your home. (It is only able to map one floor, so keep that in mind if you want to use it on multiple floors of the house.) It takes about 10 minutes in all, as the vacuum is actually quite enough. fast as it goes through collecting information. on the walls and all the doors he has to go through.

Overall, the setup is incredibly straightforward. There are no bells or whistles here. There are also no nifty apps to grapple with and navigate before you can actually clean your floor. This makes the K700 a great choice for novices or users who may not be so technically savvy.

Efficient cleaning for vacuuming and mopping

In terms of suction and cleaning, the K700 does wonders. Especially when you consider the price. I would say the quality of the cleaning is excellent on both counts. The only caveat is that the vacuum cannot do both vacuuming and mopping simultaneously. Let’s take a look at the two functions in more detail.

Vacuuming

Yeedi K700 vacuum cleanerSte Knight

I have to say I laughed out loud when I first cranked the K700’s engines. Like a sort of drag racer, it accelerates across the floor in a linear fashion (rather than using random mopping which takes three times as long). It goes so fast that it practically drifts through the 180 degree turn it makes to start cleaning the next straight. Hilarious.

However, the speed of the moving device means that it does the cleaning very quickly. I mean like 12 minutes kinda quick. That’s faster than the aforementioned Ozmo T8 could handle; it took 17 minutes to complete a cleanup. If you want quick and convenient cleaning, the K700 will be a great choice for you.

The published 2000 Pa suction power removes any debris that my soil might throw at it. Cat litter trails? Faded away. The floor of the walk? Faded away. Crumbs, dust, cat hair, it all disappears without a trace when the K700 patrols the ground. This high suction power also means that it works well on carpet. My cats are shedding right now, and there is cat hair EVERYWHERE. The vacuum sucks the lint out of the pile, which means I don’t have to manually vacuum the carpet upstairs.

Mop up

yeedi k700 trash can rear viewSte Knight

Ah, wipe it off. My favorite topic when it comes to RVC mop hybrids. OK, so here’s the clincher. No robot vacuum I have ever used contains elbow grease to properly clean a floor. It’s the same whether you buy a $ 299 model or a $ 799 model. The cleaning pad NEVER has enough purchase to make me feel like it has been cleaned properly.

Granted, this gives a cleaning good enough to stay above manual cleaning. So if you clean your floors on a Sunday, you can let the K700 take care of the rest for the week, and clean again the following Sunday. That way you can clean the floor on a human level and let the K700 charge it up as the week goes on.

The cleaning was enough for me to follow this pattern. I tested it for a few weeks and it certainly did the job. However, in terms of cleaning, unless the mop pad under the RVC is actually pressed against the floor instead of sliding over it, the floor is not clean for humans.

underside of Yeedi K700Ste Knight

There is also no control over water dispersion during cleaning. Obviously, this means that it is less complicated to control; a big hit in some ways as it will be easier for a beginner to operate without additional controls obscuring things. As he said this, he had a little trouble dealing with some sticky dried fruit juice that I deliberately splashed all over the floor to wash off.

This could be due to the universal mop pressure issue I mentioned above, however. Without several mop “highlights” – in which each one gradually releases more water – I have no way of knowing if it just hasn’t mopped up well in terms of ground pressure or in terms of the amount of water. water he was using.

Also note that the robot cannot tell the difference between a carpet and a hard floor. With that in mind, if you have, say, a wooden floor in the hallway and a rug in the adjoining living room, you’ll need to keep an eye out for the K700 or it will happily go and clean your carpet too. Either that or put in place a physical barrier so that she cannot cross the threshold. A magnetic “boundary strip” would have worked perfectly here, but unfortunately that is not an option here.

General cleaning

Overall with vacuuming and cleaning the K700 performs well. It handles dirt and dust perfectly with the vacuum function in operation. It also does a decent – if not perfect – job at cleaning floors. Just keep in mind that you will need to mop yourself every now and then to really get to the most stubborn dirt.

Excellent, in terms of performance

universal wheel and fall sensorsSte Knight

Yeedi claims a cleaning time of 110 minutes when vacuuming with the K700. I have found this to be true in a continuous running test. (Actually, it took 108 minutes, but we can forgive the two missing on this occasion.) In reality, vacuuming – for me personally – will never take that long because I’ll never live on a huge property.

Yeedi places 250 minutes as the total time for continuous cleaning. Again, the RVC has been running almost up to this point, with a score of 220 minutes. I imagine deviations can occur (on most models, not just the K700), when the sensors locate an obstacle that was not present during the mapping phase. Additionally, things like the legs (if you walk around while it tries to clean up) can confuse the robot. Again, I would never need it to mop this long in a real situation.

Side view of the k700 during aspirationSte Knight

Regarding charging, the instruction manual gives a time of about four hours for a full charge. This is an overestimate, as the test device sent to me charges about 30 minutes faster. So you don’t have to wait too long for its first charge. However, after that, it will still be fully charged, provided it is returned to the charging station after each cleaning.

It avoids obstacles and does not hit walls. This is thanks to the VSLAM camera on top of the K700. You should be aware that it may not necessarily be able to detect all obstacles, so make sure your phone’s charging cable is tidy and block stacks of wire in rooms where the Yeedi will be cleaning. It will only try to eat them and may get stuck and broken afterwards.

What’s the verdict?

Robot vacuum cleaner yeedi k700 front view from above

Considering the current price of $ 299, I think this is a market leader in terms of low budget robotic vacuums. Since it has a cleaning function and can map a floor in your property, you really can’t go wrong. Like I said, this is a great device for beginners or for those of us who mess around with the techie side. I imagine some less tech-savvy people will appreciate the fact that it can be controlled simply with the remote and doesn’t require a hard-to-navigate app with tiny script instructions.

What I mean is that the K700 has great potential for a large user base. Making a simple vacuum cleaner that still has high-end features is a wise move for Yeedi. They just limited the interaction with these features. Of course, it could process virtual walls thanks to the VSLAM camera, but it would require an app for you to draw the walls on a map for it. Keeping it basic worked a charm.

Overall, this is an inexpensive RVC for the feature set, and I personally can’t wait to see where Yeedi goes next. If you are curious about the more expensive end of the robovac market, take a look at the Roborock S6 Max V and see what Yeedi is up against. There are many devices that will make your wallet cry; I would advise you to test the waters with the Yeedi K700 and see if you like “lazy cleaning” first.

Evaluation: 8/10

Price: $ 299.99

This is what we like

Ease of use
Quick and efficient cleaning
Cheap
VSLAM camera technology
Good obstacle avoidance
Great for beginners

And what we don’t do

Mop plate requires more pressure on the floor
Cannot vacuum and clean at the same time
Cannot control water flow in cleaning mode
No delimitation strip

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