When youâ€™re looking for a complete home cleaning companion that doesnâ€™t break the bank, the Yeedi Vac 2 Pro could be considered a Google Home Essential.
How does this differ from other robot vacuums?
In simple terms, it doesnâ€™t. At least it doesnâ€™t all that drastically. What it offers that many other robot vacuums donâ€™t is a full cleaning system. That includes regular dust and dirt suction, a floor mopping feature, and a self-cleaning station all for under $500. When compared to the rather excellent Roborock S7, which costs almost $700 without the self-cleaning dock, Yeediâ€™s cheaper alternative looks all the more enticing.
Unlike many of the cheapest robotic vacuum cleaners, it doesnâ€™t just roll around your home bumping into walls, furniture, and other objects with no pre-planned route. Instead, it has sensors to detect any room boundaries with a bumper to prevent accidental collisions. You donâ€™t need to worry about denting your walls, taking chips out of furniture, or the Yeedi Vac 2 Pro generally being a nuisance.
There is a dedicated Yeedi app that is needed for the initial setup process and any added customization controls. Itâ€™s functional and works well for this base process, but lacks a little visual flair that we often associate with such apps. That isnâ€™t necessarily a negative, but the process of pairing with the Vac 2 Pro wasnâ€™t as seamless as I had hoped. It took a few attempts for everything to be set up correctly. I still donâ€™t know if that was an app issue or an account issue on my end.
When using the dedicated app youâ€™re able to adjust and tweak a number of enhanced controls like the vacuum and mop water flow strength, selected area cleaning, plus add full cleaning schedules and room sequences to suit your personal preferences. I love the component lifespan tracker. Itâ€™s really great to know just how long a cleaning brush is expected to last before you need to consider replacing or repairing it.
Google Assistant integration
Alongside the dedicated app, you can connect your Yeedi account and Vac 2 Pro to your Google account. As this isnâ€™t a first-party piece of hardware, you need to head into the Google Home app and link the Yeedi service to your account for it to appear as a device in your smart home.
Assign to a room and, voila, you have the Yeedi Vac 2 Pro in your home and ready to be controlled fully by your voice. Those voice controls are still limited to what Google allows. So asking your vacuum to clean the â€œkitchenâ€ might not work flawlessly unless you have added the room within the Yeedi control app. I kept things simple and mostly used â€œstart cleaningâ€ or â€œtell Robovac to go home.â€
In both instances, these worked very well with a very minor two- to three-second delay for the Assistant to register my command and then seeing the Vac 2 Pro react accordingly. Once I had integrated with my Home account and set up boundaries, I have solely used the system with Assistant voice commands with no issues whatsoever.
How well does it clean?
Just like any vacuum, robot or otherwise, the Yeedi Vac 2 Pro lives and dies by its cleaning prowess. In my extended time set to an automated cleaning period, itâ€™s a solid 7 out of 10 on the cleaning scale. Sure, it wonâ€™t quite match up to your existing â€œmanualâ€ vacuum cleaner and a little elbow grease, but it offers an easy daily program that takes care of things while youâ€™re busy getting on with your daily life.
I really like the mopping function, itâ€™s by far the most impressive aspect. With tiled and hard floors, it buffs nicely. That said, it still pales in comparison to a dedicated automated mopping solution like Yeediâ€™s own Mop Station Pro. I tend to use the mop option sparingly, as vacuuming is a more important regular task with a pet that casts hair and fur.
That said, I have nothing but good things to say about the mop add-on. It does a great job given that itâ€™s an extra accessory and certainly helps as scrubbing floors is not my idea of a fun task. Each cleaning pad is thin and attaches via Velcro sections. I was not exactly solid on the idea of the pads at first, but they have been fine in the couple of months Iâ€™ve tested.
The fact that the pads are reusable and machine washable is another great bonus. This hasnâ€™t stopped me from picking up a spare set for under $20. This just means I can switch the pads out if a room is particularly filthy. Plus these pads will wear down over time and eventually, Iâ€™ll need to replace them. A recent update has added â€œVirtual No-Map Zonesâ€ that allow you to ringfence areas where you may have carpets and other obstacles. You can set multiple areas and have the Vac 2 Pro just avoid when vacuuming, mopping, or both.
Previous automated vacuums I have used including the impressive but long-in-the-tooth Eufy 30C have struggled with floor obstructions and lacked mapping functionality. I have found that the vacuum roller can get stuck on half-chewed dog treats, but most of the time it reaches most of the most used portions of my home without issues. Itâ€™s interesting to see a heatmap that clearly outlines large obstacles in real time too.
The 0.45-liter bin on the underside of the Yeedi Vac 2 Pro fills quickly if you let it, but the auto-emptying functionality renders that a non-issue. The base station has a 2.5-liter bag that youâ€™ll need to replace every month or so, but that alone is perfect for those of us that often hate doing regular household chores. As Iâ€™m sure many of you will agree, itâ€™s impressive and frustrating in equal measure at just how much dirt can accrue just day-to-day if you let it.
Is it worth it?
When you consider the competition, the Yeedi Vac 2 Pro offers a pretty extensive cleaning package for almost half the price. Itâ€™s not fully automated given you need to change the mopping pad and fill the water tank, but thatâ€™s a fair compromise for most situations.
Yeediâ€™s hybrid approach and neat mapping features are reasons I think itâ€™s a great addition to most homes â€” especially those with pets. An automated vacuum might not fully replace a â€œrealâ€ vacuum cleaner and a little bit of elbow grease, but itâ€™s a good way to keep on top of two things if youâ€™re especially busy.
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