When it comes to robot vacuum cleaners, Dreame is undoubtedly one of the top manufacturers. One of the brand’s recipes for success is its wide range of products. The company not only offers flagship models such as the Dreame L20 Ultra(test). You can also find affordable entry-level devices such as the Dreame D10 Plus(test) in the portfolio. In today’s Dreame L10 Prime test, we take a look at a mid-range model. However, you can only tell that it is a mid-range model by the price. A look at the technical data and the features gives the impression that it’s upper class. You get a mopping function with two rotating mops, which the smart household helper can even lift. There is also a cleaning station, which ensures that the mopping surfaces always remain clean. However, a few core features are missing. Does this matter or are we looking at a new mid-range king? We’ll find out!
|Suction power||4.000 Pascal|
|Dimensions and weight||350 x 350 x 103.8 mm and 3.7 kg|
|Mop function||Yes, two rotating mops with lift function|
|Dust container||450 ml|
|Cleaning station||Cleaning station for cleaning the mop pads|
|Rechargeable battery||5.200 mAh for up to 150 min runtime|
|Navigation||LiDAR (top side) Ultrasonic sensor (front side)|
|App||Yes, Dreame Home or Xiaomi Home|
|Price||€ 807.22 *|
Scope of delivery
As the Dreame L10 Prime is not just a robot hoover, but a model with an accompanying cleaning station, the box is correspondingly large. In addition to the robot hoover itself and the corresponding base station, you will also find the two round mop pads and a side brush in the packaging.
Of course, the power cable that supplies the smart household helper with power is also included. A higher-priced Dreame L20 Ultra naturally shines with significantly more accessories. However, it is also in a completely different price category. All in all, I am completely satisfied with the scope of delivery.
Consumables such as the side brush can also be easily replaced if they are worn out. However, this should only be an option after six months of excessive use at the earliest. In my opinion, not having to buy a replacement pair of wiper pads is also not a major issue. If necessary, you can also buy them in a pack of four from your trusted online store(19.99 euros on Amazon).
Dreame L10 Prime test: Vacuum robot in a classic design
As the name suggests, the Dreame L10 Prime is the newest member of the L10 family. You can see this at first glance. After all, this model speaks the same design language as the Dreame L10 Ultra(test). This means that both the cleaning station and the robot hoover itself have a housing with a matt white surface. I particularly like the matt color scheme.
After all, it makes a robust impression and skillfully resists scratches and ugly fingerprints. In addition to the choice of materials, I also really like the quality of the workmanship. Here you get the usual high Dreame quality. The robot hoover itself measures 350 x 350 x 103.8 mm and therefore comes in a standard circular shape.
This shape is familiar to us not only from Dreame, but also from the majority of the rest of the robot vacuum market. The LiDAR sensor is enthroned on the top of the device. You will also find a minimalist control center with three illuminated buttons and the company logo. You can also access the 450 ml dust container via a maintenance flap. Dreame has also placed an LED light in the interior that provides information on the status of the network connection.
There are ultrasonic sensors at the front, charging connections at the back and another sensor next to ventilation slots at the side. A look at the underside reveals that the L10 Prime uses two rotating mops. These are inserted and removed using a magnetic mechanism. You will also find the side brush and the main brush here. Dreame uses a solid rubber solution for the latter, which should please pet owners in particular. After all, experience has shown that the choice of material prevents hair from getting tangled.
Dreame L10 Prime test: Cleaning station ensures clean mops
With its dimensions of 423 x 340 x 440 mm, the base station naturally takes up considerably more space than a conventional charging station. However, it is also more compact than cleaning stations including a suction station. The flap on the top gives you access to the two water tanks for fresh and dirty water. These each have a volume of 2.5 liters. During the cleaning tour, it is the station’s job to keep the mop pads of the smart household helper moist and clean at all times.
The robot returns to the station at regular intervals to rinse the two mopping surfaces with fresh water. Any dirty water produced in the process is sucked away and ends up in the corresponding tank. But why do you need this at all? Conventional robotic vacuum cleaners with a mopping function may still provide a clean floor at the start of their cleaning tour.
However, minute by minute, the mopping unit on the underside gets dirtier and dirtier. As a result, the robot eventually just spreads the dirt around the home. A cleaning station like that of the L10 Prime prevents this by ensuring that the mopping surfaces always remain clean. Your maintenance tasks for the robot hoover are therefore significantly less than for counterparts without a cleaning station.
You only have to dispose of the dirty water and provide fresh water when necessary. As there is no suction function, you also have to empty the robot’s dust container manually. From time to time, you should also clean the tray in which the Dreame L10 Prime is cleaned. A lot of dirt accumulates here over time. I think it’s really cool that Dreame has implemented a cleaning feature in the app specifically for this purpose.
With a click via the smartphone app, some water is then sprayed into the bath and you just have to wipe it out. To counteract bad odors and the formation of bacteria, the Dreame L10 Prime also offers a drying function. Once the mop pads have been cleaned, they can be dried with hot air for 2, 3 or 4 hours. This is anything but typical in the mid-range!
Dreame L10 Prime test: Installation
Setting up the smart household helper was child’s play. This is not only due to the fact that I have already been able to test and set up a large number of robot hoovers. In fact, the appliance comes almost fully assembled from the factory. Your assembly tasks are therefore quickly completed. First, find a suitable place for the cleaning station of the household helper. The kitchen or bathroom are a good choice.
Finally, it is a great advantage to have a sink in the immediate vicinity so that you can dispose of dirty water and refill with fresh water. You will also need a power socket nearby so that the station can be supplied with electricity. Once you have connected the station to the mains, it is best to fill the light blue fresh water tank directly. The robot hoover itself can also be set up in a flash. All you have to do is insert the side brush and the two mop pads. Now place the robot in the cleaning station so that it can charge its battery first.
Dreame L10 Prime test: Using the app
Once you have set up the smart household helper, the next step is to go to the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. Here you can download either the Dreame Home app or the Xiaomi Home app. I recommend the in-house app from Dreame. After all, it is now at least as good as the Xiaomi counterpart. Once opened, the app takes you by the hand in a self-explanatory manner and goes through the setup with you step by step. Among other things, you transfer the smart household helper to your home network. The big advantage of this is that you can access the device from anywhere. For example, you can check whether the robot is doing its job from your workplace. Alternatively, you can also start or stop it while you are on the move. Generally speaking, the smartphone application is only optional.
In principle, the smart household helper can also be controlled without the app. However, the control options via the three buttons on the device are quite limited. Here you can start or pause a cleaning process, perform spot cleaning or send the L10 Prime back to its charging station. To get the full range of settings and features, you should definitely use the app. It scores with a great overview. After a short familiarization period, you will find your way around. You can create cleaning schedules, adjust the suction and mopping power and much more. It is also possible to draw so-called no-zones or invisible walls. Voice assistants can also be activated via the app. You can choose between the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.
Dreame L10 Prime test: LiDAR navigation
Within the app, you can also play around with the map created by the robot hoover. For example, you can have certain rooms cleaned or define no-go zones that the smart household helper should avoid. This may sound extremely practical. However, setting options in the map are only useful if the device also reliably maps your home. Before the robot starts cleaning your own four walls, it first wants to create a map of your home. You have the choice between two different options. If you prefer quick mapping, select this option. In this case, the appliance does without vacuuming and mopping and only scans your home during its maiden voyage.
If, on the other hand, you opt for a normal cleaning run, the vacuum cleaner not only maps your home. It also cleans it the first time. Although this takes considerably longer, it kills two birds with one stone. A total of three maps can be saved in the app. This is particularly interesting for residents, as you can save different floors. Once the robot vacuum has mapped your home, it automatically creates a floor plan and assigns rooms to it. This works really well with standard floor plans.
If you have an exotic floor plan that is misinterpreted by the robot, you can easily make corrections in the app afterwards. The room division proves to be extremely helpful in practice. After all, you can assign the desired suction and mopping performance to each room. You can also specify the order in which the rooms are to be processed. The L10 Prime uses the LiDAR sensor on the top for mapping. The advantages of this technology based on laser beams are speed and accuracy when mapping. The smart household helper even finds its way around in complete darkness.
Dreame L10 Prime test: object detection with ultrasound
The LiDAR sensor is supported by an ultrasonic sensor on the front. This is designed to detect objects that get in the way of the robot vacuum. In contrast to the Dreame L10s Ultra(test), you don’t get AI Action object detection here. This recognizes even small objects thanks to the camera unit and simultaneous AI evaluation. However, the situation is different with the L10 Prime. Unfortunately, in practice it tends to overlook objects lying around in the room. Parents and pet owners in particular should keep this in mind. Toys are likely to be overlooked here.
For example, the robot hoover ran into my slippers several times. If you have open cables lying around the room, you should urgently ensure good cable management. After all, in the worst case scenario, the robot could get your cables tangled up. Should the smart household helper then run into a valuable piece of furniture or other objects, you don’t have to worry about damage to the robot vacuum or the furniture. This is because the robot drives through your home with great care. If a collision does occur, the bumper at the front ensures that it is cushioned.
Dreame L10 Prime test: Cleaning performance
The Dreame L10 Prime is not just a robot vacuum cleaner. Instead, the expert for smart household helpers also equips its robot with a mopping function. With many mid-range models, the mopping function is usually a rather useless addition. However, in view of the two rotating mops, which can even be lifted, the L10 Prime should leave a much better impression.
With a suction power of 4,000 Pascal, the Dreame L10 Prime naturally does not set a new record. The flagship Roborock S8 Pro Ultra(test), for example, offers an impressive 6,000 pascals. In practice, however, you should only notice the difference in performance if you mainly have carpeting. However, if you mainly have hard floors in your own four walls, you will hardly notice any difference. In practice, the L10 Prime scores with a very good cleaning result.
Thanks to the side brush, the smart household helper also gets dirt in the corners and on the skirting board quite well. Occasionally, however, something gets left behind. It would certainly not have been a bad idea if a second side brush had been used. As the owner of two long-haired cats and an equally long-haired dog, I appreciate the choice of material for the main brush. Dreame uses a fully rubberized brush here.
The advantage over classic bristles is that animal hair cannot get tangled up here. Instead, you can simply brush off the excess hair that is not caught by the vacuum. This saves you a lot of stress during regular maintenance of the robot vacuum cleaner. The ultrasonic sensor also performs well with automatic carpet detection. If the smart household helper detects a carpet, it automatically switches to boost mode, where it makes full use of its 4,000 pascals.
To be honest, I wasn’t really surprised that the suction power of the Dreame L10 Prime is good. I was much more excited about its mopping performance. The robot hoover relies on two rotating mopping pads on the underside, which rotate at 180 revolutions per minute. In combination with the contact pressure they exert on the floor, the vacuum wiper can remove even stubborn stains quite reliably. Carpet detection is also used when mopping. However, the vacuum cleaner naturally does not increase the mopping intensity here. Instead, the two mop pads are raised by 7 mm. This is to prevent your carpet from being moistened.
Unfortunately, this feature won’t really help you with a long-pile carpet. The cleaning station is an essential component for the high quality of the mopping function. After all, the smart household helper returns to the base at regular intervals during cleaning to rinse the mop pads. You can regulate how often this happens in the app. If you have the time, you should keep the interval as short as possible. After all, this will give you the best result. To prevent double mopping, the lift function is not only used on carpets.
The vacuum cleaner also raises its mop pads when it passes over areas that have already been cleaned. When mopping, you have a total of three different levels to choose from. On tiled floors, you are welcome to choose the highest level. For wooden floors, I would choose a lower water flow rate. The cleaning result after the mopping tour is extremely positive. However, you shouldn’t expect miracles from the Dreame L10 Prime either. The mopping function is suitable for keeping your floors at a consistently good cleaning level. However, you won’t be able to avoid mopping by hand once a month if you are meticulous in this regard.
Dreame L10 Prime test: Battery
In the test, the Dreame L10 Prime proved to be a little helper with plenty of stamina. If you let it run through your home on the lowest suction setting, the 5,200 mAh battery provides an impressive 210 minutes of runtime. However, most people are more likely to clean the appliance on the standard setting. Here you get up to 150 minutes of runtime – and that with the mopping function activated at the same time. That’s a really good value! If you then opt for level 3 or 4, the endurance decreases accordingly.
The household helper coped perfectly with my test area of just under 50 m². The battery level was 43% after cleaning was complete (standard mopping mode). Many robot hoovers are ahead in terms of time. After 50 minutes, it was done with my 50 m². However, this is not because the L10 Prime is a slow little helper without direction. Rather, the regular cleaning of the mop pads in the station simply takes a lot of time.
This ensures that robotic vacuum cleaners without a cleaning station and a comparably powerful battery can sometimes clean larger areas on a single charge. In practice, however, you should hardly notice this if you are not in the room being cleaned. If the L10 Prime runs out of juice during the cleaning tour, this is not a problem. In this case, it simply returns to its base station and recharges its battery. Once it has done so, it will resume cleaning at the spot that was last cleaned.
The Dreame L10 Prime is a really good robot vacuum cleaner and therefore a great addition to the mid-range of smart household helpers. If you are currently looking for a robot vacuum cleaner, you will not only get good cleaning performance, but also a high level of operating convenience. The L10 Prime comes in the usual high build quality and scores with a stylish, understated design. The suction results are also solid. Only people with a lot of carpeting should perhaps opt for a model with more suction power. After all, 4,000 pascals may well reach its limits with long-pile carpets. My personal highlight is the mopping function in combination with the cleaning station. The L10 Prime not only leaves behind great mopping results thanks to the fast rotating mop pads that press against the floor.
What’s more, the mopping surfaces can be raised by 7 mm, which prevents accidental wetting of short-pile carpets. There is even a hot air drying function in the cleaning station, which is usually only found in the upper class. However, some may criticize the lack of a suction function. As you have to empty the dust container yourself, this model is less self-sufficient than similarly expensive all-in-one solutions such as a Yeedi Cube(test). On the other hand, you get LiDAR technology, which ensures quick mapping of your premises. However, there is a problem with object detection. The ultrasonic sensors even missed my shoes in the test. Despite the minor points of criticism, you always have to keep the price in mind. At just under 600 euros, this is an extremely fair price.