When you think of the robot vacuum market segment, manufacturers like Dreame, Ecovacs or Roborock quickly come to mind. However, some well-known companies are rather underrepresented in this industry. Philips is one of them. Although the company has always been broadly positioned in the field of household appliances, the US company left out the field of robot vacuums for years. This is now a thing of the past. The Philips R6 Slim is the company’s first serious smart household assistant. And the first information already reads well. The robot not only comes with a modern LiDAR sensor system. Also included are rotating mops, which promises a good wiping performance in addition to vacuuming.
Philips R6 Slim comes with two rotating mops
With the Philips R6 Slim, the US company wants to kill two birds with one stone. Thus, the manufacturer equips the smart household helper with all sorts of modern technology and good performance. In terms of suction power, the R6 Slim is certainly not one of the front-runners. However, that should certainly be enough for most people. Dust and other dirt is then picked up with the help of the main brush. Thanks to the side brush, dust in the corners should not be a problem. More exciting than the suction power, which is rather average, is certainly the wiping performance.
Unlike many other manufacturers, Philips does not rely on a rigid wiping plate that is simply dragged across the floor. Instead, the Philips R6 Slim uses two rotating mops. These are supposed to be able to clean even stubborn dirt thanks to their 120 revolutions per minute coupled with a contact pressure of 6 Newton meters. It should be able to detect carpets with the help of ultrasonic sensors and avoid them accordingly. We were able to see for ourselves how much better the cleaning results of suction mops with rotating mops are when we tested the Ecovacs Deebot X1 OMNI (test) and the Dreame L10s Ultra (test).
Also suitable for flat furniture
The trend of many manufacturers is towards different versions of their vacuum robots. For example, the Roborock S7 (test) comes in four different versions. Philips is apparently taking a different approach. Thus, the Philips R6 Slim is supposed to come with a matching base station as standard, which promises all sorts of features. Namely, the two mops are cleaned here, which not only ensures hygiene. On top of that, this prevents unpleasant odors and stops the problem of dirt collected by the mops being spread throughout the home. Despite the bulging equipment, the R6 Slim comes along with the dimensions of 352.8 mm x 340 mm x 100 mm pleasantly compact. Thus, it should also find space under quite flat furniture.
Price and Availability
The battery life is also really remarkable at 230 minutes. However, connoisseurs in the field of robot vacuum cleaners will be aware that this will be the time that the vacuum wiper can last on the lowest setting. A reliable LiDAR sensor system, which ensures the best orientation even in absolute darkness thanks to laser technology, should round off the overall package. If and when the Philips R6 Slim will be launched in this country is unknown. So far, we only know that the US company wants to launch the smart household assistant in China. The price there is the equivalent of 492 Euros. Considering the good features, that sounds quite fair.