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Ecovacs Winbot 950 keeps a tight grip to clean your windows

If you're looking for an easier way to get your windows shining and dirt free, the Winbot could be just the thing.

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If you have large panels of glass at home, you'll love the Winbot 950.

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I hate cleaning glass. It's usually tough work and the water stains never seem to come off, no matter how much cleaning fluid I use or how hard I scrub. And it's worse with windows, especially if you live in a high-rise apartment like I do. Unless you want to risk falling to your death, leaning outside to wipe your windows clean is a terrible idea.

Thankfully you can get your windows cleaned safely if you have Ecovacs Winbot 950 lying around. The Winbot 950 is a window-cleaning robot that attaches to the glass via strong suction power. It uses this suction to create a vacuum seal and then moves around your window, cleaning as it goes.

The robot cleaner is easy to set up, though there are plenty of cords to deal with. There's an extension cable, a safety cord and the power adapter. You'll want to make sure the safety cord is looped in and secured on the safety suction cup, which is then adhered to the inside of your window. Spray some of the cleaning fluid, and you're almost ready to go.

Turn on the power, place the Winbot against the window and then hit the start button to get it going. If you're worried about the Winbot falling to its death, well, the good news is that even if the power cuts out, the backup battery has enough juice to keep the Winbot attached for about 15 minutes.

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The Winbot 950 is also useful for cleaning the outside of your windows, especially if you live in a high-rise apartment like I do.

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The Winbot will then move up, down, and side to side on the window, cleaning it through the micro-fiber pads at the bottom. The window seemed a lot cleaner once it was done, but if you're not satisfied you can tell it to go again. Once that's done, simply hold on the start button to turn off the vacuum seal and pick it up before it falls off the window.

The Winbot is a tad pricey at $399 (that converts to about £305 or AU$515) to just clean the outside of your windows, but if you live in an apartment, it's a handy way to get shiny sparkling panels. But if you really don't have lots of glass windows or panels in your home, you're better off cleaning them by hand.

Quick specs

  • Weight: 2.3kg
  • Usable on: Framed, frameless, frosted filmed glass, glass with decals, colored glass
  • Noise: 64dB(A)
  • Mop size: 272mm x 272mm (10.7 inch x 10.7 inch)

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