I have been waiting for a robot vacuum to come with mopping function for quite some time. It’s always nice that a vacuum can sweep the floor but you still have to mop. The pricefal has finally started to come down so we have solid features at an affordable price, the Alfawise V8S Pro comes in at $169 from GearBest.
The Alfawise V8S Pro sweeps and mops, it can be voice-controlled, has an Epson gyroscope to map rooms, has 1800Pa of suction and is quiet at 65dB. There are a few things you’ll want to know about the V8S Pro before you pick it up because it’s a bit more work than set it and forget it to have clean floors.
The first week with the V8S Pro I wasn’t sure this was the right product for me. I haven’t had a robot vacuum in my new Berlin apartment and I hadn’t considered my furniture choice. This meant it kept getting caught on a chair that had bars going across the floor. The floors also weren’t perfectly clean. Then there is the fact that you have to change the attachment to go from sweeping to mopping.
Whenever I mop my floor I move all my furniture out of the way sweep it and then mop. Honestly, only a monster would mop a dirty floor, so I came up with a system that worked for me. I scheduled two sweepings a day, Monday to Friday because even a robot should get time off (or I don’t want to be chased around my flat). I didn’t come up with a regular day for mopping, but one day a week (usually Tuesday/Wednesday after the floor had been swept) I would put the mopping attachment on and do a double mopping of the floor.
Before the V8S Pro would mop I would spray the spots that needed cleaning. Without changing the schedule I would spay the dirty spots before I left the house, without doing this the floor would still have marks. Mopping is essentially just wiping, the cloth get s very wet and the V8S Pro passes over the floor with a wet cloth. When I’m mopping the floor, I’m scrubbing!
I tried putting a dash of floor cleaning solution in the water tank and it seems to work quite well. The floors feel and look clean. But they aren’t perfect. Even though there is spot and edge mode and the mapping does a good job of making sure the entire floor gets passed over, you will have to clean directly beside the wall and the corners.
Here are a series of photos of where it stops mopping, it also gives you an idea of where the sweeping is less effective, though it does pick up dirt by the walls these three inches aren’t as clean as the rest of the floor.
It’s also worth noting that you’re going to have to mop your floors by hand once a month, depending on how clean you need your floors. I found that spraying problem spots with a floor worked well. My tile floors in the bathroom do get watermarks on the floor after I shower, so I need to spray down the bathroom floor too if I want it to look really clean.
The real test for me came when I dog sat Junacho the corgi for a weekend. This is a dog that sheds, a lot. I didn’t change my plan, the V8S did two passes with the sweeping mode I emptied it after the first out of curiosity and it was equally full after the second pass. Corgi’s do shed a lot! Then I switched to mopping this time I left the apartment and when I came back I did find a few stray hairs but overall there was almost no evidence of the fur explosion.