Like robot lawn mowers, robot vacuum cleaners are now a pretty common sight thanks to improvements in battery life, onboard smart capabilities and economies of scale. The 360 S9 (opens in new tab) is one of the newest models on the market and until the end of August 2020, it comes with a significant discount that makes it rather appealing should you be looking for a relatively affordable model that can mop and vacuum with aplomb.
The 360 S9 relies on three separate technologies to navigate around the rooms on its chore list; a traditional 2D map system that can store up to 10 floors, ultrasonic (roughly similar to how bats operate) and LIDAR (Laser imaging, detection, and ranging), a set of technologies that are pretty common in self-driving vehicles.
Together they give a certain degree of autonomy to the 360 S9. Other features include virtual boundaries and no-go zones, custom cleaning presets, the ability to vacuum and mop simultaneously, a customizable mopping water flow, up to 180 minutes cleaning time, a clever reversing feature (to remove anything that might have been trapped) anti-drop sensors and a 2200Pa suction power.
The S9 is not without fault though: its suction power could be better, as could its dust bin and the water tank capacity. It doesn’t claim to filter air or empty its bin automatically as well. At least one user has also reported that it only operates on the 2.4GHz Wi-Fi band which can be congested as it can interfere with other devices.
Bear in mind
- If this product is unavailable in your region, you may need to use a specialist parcel forwarding service to take advantage of the deal.
- If you’ve managed to get hold of a cheaper product with equivalent specifications, in stock and brand new, let us know and we’ll tip our hat to you.