Self-draining robot vacuums are officially the next generation trend. It seems like every manufacturer is adding one to their product line, with Neabot being one of the last. The NoMo Q11 is one of the most impressive vacuum / mop hybrids we’ve seen, and its reasonable price tag puts it within the reach of more budgets than top-end models offered by bigger brands like iRobot. That said, the Q11 lacks some of the advanced features you’ll find in those more expensive vacuum / mop systems.
The Q11 has a retro-futuristic look that sets it apart from the same aesthetic as most other robot vacuums. If finished in avocado green rather than white, the boot-shaped dock / trash can would look comfortable on a shag rug in any mid-70s living room. The Robot itself, which adheres to a more standard circular design, has a bit of carving on its lid around a bright blue LED strip that completes the nostalgic sci-fi look.
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The Q11 uses LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) to navigate and avoid obstacles while vacuuming and cleaning. However, its quartet of laser beams emanate from inside the robot’s body, rather than from an upper turret, which is more typical. This dramatically reduces the robot’s height, making it easier for it to get in and out from under low-profile furniture. On the underside there is a roller brush with silicone bristles and bands for better pet hair removal and a single rotating brush to remove debris from the edges and corners of the walls. A 250ml bin fits into the back of the robot and a 300ml water tank can be attached to the bottom of the bin for cleaning.
The setup is pretty standard for a robotic vacuum cleaner. The docking station should be flush against a wall with about a foot of free space on each side and several feet in the front for the robot to enter and exit the docking station. Then you insert the robot into the opening of the docking station to charge it. You can start and pause cleanings from a button on the top of the robot or pair it with the Neabot app for better control. The second option, which takes just a few minutes to connect the Q11 to your Wi-Fi, lets you create and customize maps, control the amount of water used for cleaning, schedule jobs, and track data. of cleaning.
Mapping is the most compelling reason to use the app. After the Q11 completely traverses an area, it attempts to divide it into logical color-coded cleaning areas. It was pretty precise; he correctly divided my lower level into living room, kitchen, bathroom and hall. Once you have a completed map, you can ask the Q11 to clean up individual areas or rooms and set no-go limits to keep the robot out of particular areas.
The Q11 vacuums in an efficient back-and-forth motion and has no problem getting under furniture and over floor thresholds. Its obstacle avoidance system is sophisticated enough to recognize objects as small as a pet toy long before it hits them and adjust the robot’s trajectory so that it rarely hits anything. that is. It even provides a visual cue by making the LED glow as it approaches an obstacle.
With a maximum suction of 4000 Pa, the Q11 had no problem cleaning my floors of dirt, animal hair, food crumbs and other debris. Once the robot’s bin is full, it returns to its dock, which sucks the contents into a 2.5L disposable dust bag. Neabot says this is enough to hold about a month’s worth of trash, although this obviously varies depending on the size of your home and how dirty your floors are. But you can be sure that you won’t have to change the dust bag very frequently.
The cleaning performance of the Q11 is comparable to that of similar vacuum / mop hybrids. Because it drags a moistened microfiber cloth attached to the bottom of the water tank, it effectively removes surface dirt but lacks the scrubbing motion needed to make deeper dirt appear (see the Roborock S7 for a example of a robot that can rub stubborn stains). This makes it best used for maintenance cleaning with your mop in reserve for more difficult jobs. It is important to note that the Q11 does not recognize when it is on a carpet versus a hard floor, so it is essential to set no limits around the carpets in open spaces.
Overall, the NoMo Q11 is a polished product that offers ease of use and impressive cleaning results. If you’re looking for an affordable entry point into fully automated floor cleaning, put it on your shortlist.