"This Moneual bot is quite inconsistent"
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This Moneual bot is quite inconsistent
Hi, I'm Megan Wollerton for CNet appliances.
And this is Moneual Rydis H67 Pro.
So while this $400 robot floor cleaner has a lot of features, I kinda wish they had stuck to the basics.
Because they get bogged down in options and kind of skipped out on performance.
First of all, it's designed to vacuum.
It has a mop mode.
And it also has a hybrid mode which can vacuum and mop simultaneously.
In addition to that, it has an intensive mode, which is kind of like a spot-cleaning mode.
It cleans in a three by three foot space.
It also has a shadow cleaning mode.
That's kind of unique for robot floor cleaners.
It goes into spaces that are shadowed.
It goes under your bed, under your table, under your couch.
Anywhere that has extra dust bunnies, and cleans.
So looking at this thing, it's basic, if not a little bit boring.
But when you actually look at the display, it's kind of confusing.
Not only is it confusing, it also doesn't really work that well.
I push the big M button for mode, and sometimes it goes to the mode, sometimes it doesn't.
It was hit or miss, an inconsistency that you really, really don't wanna see when you're trying to simplify your floor cleaning.
Also, on navigation, it has no idea when it's finished a cleaning cycle.
It will run, and run, until the battery is low, and then it will go back to the dock.
And half of the time, it doesn't even get to the dock easily.
It can take ten, 20 minutes just to find the dock.
We did speak with a Moneual representative who said that it will clean as long as it senses debris or until the battery runs low, but we didn't really experience that.
We only noticed that the battery would run low and it would try to head to the dock.
Unfortunately, these design and usability flaws also transfer to poor performance.
More than anything we noticed, inconsistency in the testing.
The only time it was consistent was on the rice test.
It picked up most of the rice.
It did skip the corners, but everything else was clean.
On the pet hair test, I got error message after error message.
It asked me to check the brush over and over and over again after 10 seconds, 30 seconds, 45 seconds of testing.
Basically defeating the purpose of having a hands-off automated floor cleaner.
Tons of pet hair would get stuck around the axle of the brush and jam it up.
And on the sand test, I got regular messages to check the wheels.
I checked the wheels, I took the wheels apart, I cleaned the wheels, and even after that I still got the error message.
So that test was also pretty bad.
The mop test was another story.
We tested it on hardwood, vinyl, and ceramic tile floors.
And it would alternate between cleaning the floors and stalling right after leaving the dock and not cleaning anything at all.
Unfortunately this robot vacuum is just too inconsistent to trust it to clean your floors regularly.
You might as well just do it yourself.
It would be way more efficient and much less expensive.
For CNet appliances, I'm Meagan Wollerton.
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