We liked the Ecovacs deebot T9 AIVI (test report) in the test, even if not everything was perfect. This also applies to the manufacturer’s top model, the Ecovacs Deebot X1 Omni (test report), which looks chic and, thanks to the large cleaning station, can suck up dirty water and clean the mopping pads, but in terms of pure cleaning performance it did not come close to the cheaper competition. The new T10 generation from Ecovacs comes either as a “simple” T10 model without a suction station, as the Plus model tested here with a suction station, or as a turbo, which has the rotating pads of the X1 instead of the vibrating wiper cloth of the other two T10 siblings. However, the station does not really clean, it only supplies the tank of the vacuum cleaner with fresh water. Hopefully, the T10 series has learned from the problems of its predecessor – stuck or class nerd? We’ll clarify it in the test.
From the outside, the new Ecovacs Deebot T10 (Plus) is based on the X1. This is noticeable in the robot itself, above all through the increased dimensions and the upper cover, and the suction station has also become significantly wider and is much more reminiscent of that of the X1 Omni. The cover mentioned is no longer divided into two on the T10 as before. Accordingly, it is no longer folded up on a hinge to access the dust container and power button. Instead, as with the X1, Ecovacs now uses a continuous cover plate as the top, which is held magnetically on the robot. The T10 model looks a bit smarter due to the missing division, but we find the fact that the lid has to be put down somewhere separately after removal to be less practical.
The rest is largely identical to the predecessor and X1: There are two side brushes and, like the X1, a single, floating main brush with a mixture of rubber lips and rows of bristles. The water tank is pushed back into the robot, but no longer protrudes. If you don’t want to wipe, use the supplied tank dummy, which again offers the scent atomizer feature of older models. However, the corresponding fragrance capsules are not included in the scope of delivery – we find that incomprehensible at swm price. At the front of the bumper, Ecovacs again installs its AIVI obstacle and object detection hardware, but the cross lasers of the X1 are missing here. The T10 relies heavily on its 960p camera.
Commissioning and app
The T10 Plus can be easily connected to the smartphone via the Ecovacs app by following the well-documented installation steps on the mobile phone display. After that, there are few surprises – anyone who has already had another Ecovacs robot will be able to cope here immediately. Basically, the app offers all the features that the competition has. This ranges from automatic carpet detection with (when using the tank dummy) automatic suction power increase to the determination of cleaning plans, virtual borders, floor plan adjustment and much more. In addition, the T10, like the X1, has the in-house voice assistant Yiko, a 3D map and features to use the robot’s front camera as a security camera. Everything works perfectly.
Contrary to the competition, which sometimes also offers 3D maps, these together with Yiko even make some sense in the T10. Because certain virtual furniture that is automatically recognized and inserted or subsequently manually positioned, such as sofas or the kitchen table, can be determined by voice as a targeted cleaning destination. For example, the T10 only sucks under the couch – the competition cannot do that. In general, using your own voice assistant is practical for anyone who does not already use other voice assistants. Because they can do without any additional Homepods or Echo devices in the household – however, we think it is unlikely that someone without a language assistant in the house would really be happy if they brought it home with the vacuum robot. In addition, voice recognition often works much better with established systems such as Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant than with Yiko. By the way, she also listens when she is actually deactivated – at least with the X1, Yiko keeps bawling when she is switched off, because she feels addressed and informs that she wants to be activated.
navigation and cleaning performance
The navigation of the Ecovacs Deebot T10 Plus is exemplary. The robot finds the right mix of vehemence, should it not be able to get out of a situation or into a bottleneck right away, and gentleness when handling furniture. Otherwise, it moves dead straight paths and, contrary to previous versions with object recognition, moves closer to obstacles – like a robot without AI. As a result, it can now get into corners and close to walls and furniture without any significant time delay. Ecovacs has clearly made improvements here. The situation is different with object recognition. Although the manufacturer is now using the latest version 3.0, in our opinion the object recognition does not work noticeably better than before – and no better than that of the competition. Because even she still has her problems with the correct interpretation of what what the camera shows. In the test, it happened time and again that the T10 first recognized objects placed in its path, but then drove over them later anyway. As with the competition, you should still be happy if the obstacle detection works and the vacuum cleaner “eats” fewer things left behind, but you can’t really rely on that. So far, the best cut in terms of object recognition Samsung Jet Bot AI+ (test report) from.
In the test, we are not entirely convinced of the suction power. The T10 Plus achieves a decent, but not outstanding result on hard floors. The main culprit seems to be the excessive speed of the side brushes, because of which it repeatedly doesn’t transport dirt to its main brush, but completely out of the way. It looks a little better on carpet, but other top models suck up very fine dirt even better. If you drive regularly, this shouldn’t bother you in everyday life, and the house or apartment should be cleaned well.
A highlight, however, is the wipe function called Ozmo Pro 3.0. As with the predecessor, a wiping cloth vibrates at high frequency and thus loosens dirt much better than without this movement. With the T10, the frequency has been increased to 600 instead of 480 shaking movements per minute. At the same time, water is now better distributed on the wiping cloth through an additional nozzle and the cleaning noise has become significantly quieter. This is probably the best new feature of the Deebot T10. However, one should not forget that the robot, contrary to models like the Roborock S7 (test report) or the newer Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra (test report)cannot lift on carpet or clean in between. With the wiping technology used, the T10 only drives on hard floors and ignores carpets, and the wiping cloth becomes dirtier and dirtier as the cleaning process progresses. The battery life is exemplary with up to 180 minutes at a time.
The suction of the station on the T10 Plus works reliably and well, the volume is no higher than that of the competition. If desired, the robot drives onto a plastic plate included in the scope of delivery for loading and vacuuming, which serves to protect the floor from moisture. The power cable of the station, which offers space for spare bags or smaller cleaning utensils in addition to the dust bag, can be adjusted to the required length thanks to cable management.
The Ecovacs Deebot T10 Plus with suction station costs 899 euros in the manufacturer’s RRP and is currently only available in white.
The Ecovacs Deebot T10 Plus is a good vacuum robot. It makes up for slight weaknesses in pure cleaning performance with regular trips at the latest. It then convinces with excellent navigation, even if you shouldn’t rely too much on object recognition, as with the competition. After all, it no longer offers any disadvantages when cleaning edges and corners, and the T10 has also increased its speed somewhat. Object recognition often works quite well – but not always.
The good wipe function of the T10, which has been improved even further compared to its predecessor, should be emphasized. Now if the T10 could lift the wiping cloth and clean itself, the robot would be really convincing. So it remains a good, but quite expensive vacuum robot. Especially with ever cheaper competition from the Far East, this could become a problem for Ecovacs in the long run.
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