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Tineco Floor One S3 in the test: How does the smart suction wiper perform?

Cleaning the house every week is unimaginable without a vacuum cleaner and a mop. So it’s hardly surprising that some resourceful experts in the field of smart household helpers felt compelled to develop a practical combination device. The suction wiper was born. One of the most popular manufacturers of the mixture of vacuum cleaner and mop is undoubtedly Tineco. With its Floor One S3, the manufacturer has had a device with app support on the market for two years now, which is not only supposed to be powerful, but also exceedingly smart. We put the promising household helper, which starts at an MSRP of 399.00 euros, through its paces. Let’s get started with the Tineco Floor One S3 test.

Suction wipers are becoming increasingly popular

If you like, Tineco is the manufacturer that has made squeegees quasi socially acceptable. In particular, the Floor One S3 is considered, in fact, the first really good squeegee. For this reason, the model, which went on sale as early as 2020, has also won a number of awards. Contrary to what is usual in the industry, Tineco has not yet taken its S3 out of the market. This is not only because the suction wiper is still convincing today. On top of that, it illustrates the commendable corporate strategy of the parent company Ecovacs. This one knows rather from suction robots like the Deebot T9 AIVI, which we had only recently in the test. This one is also more than a year old, but still available in stores.

Tineco Floor One S3 Scope of Delivery

Enough of the theory. Let’s be a look inside the packaging – It’s worth it. Thus, Tineco shows itself amazingly generous here.

Tineco Floor One S3 Accessories

The scope of delivery includes:

  • Tineco Floor One S3
  • charging cradle
  • Second mop roller
  • Replacement HEPA filter
  • Cleaning fluid
  • Cleaning tool
  • Accessory holder

Design and workmanship

Since we’ve already been able to put other squeegees through their paces, such as the Dreame H11 Max (test) as well as the Roborock Dyad (test), it goes without saying that direct comparisons start with the looks. Similar to the H11 Max, the Tineco Floor One S3 also looks rather bulky. This might bother one or the other. After all, the squeegee is of course anything but inconspicuous as a consequence of all this. You should be aware of this if you want to place the device in the middle of the living room.

However, since the Tineco Floor One S3 is similarly unexciting in its color scheme as its counterpart from Roborock, it can be concealed quite well in the appropriate environment. Tineco relies on a classic and equally chic combination of black and white. One of the technical, but also optical highlights is undoubtedly the squeegee’s large display. Here you have the most important parameters such as suction level and current charge level of the battery always in view.

Tineco Floor One S3

If you take a close look at the display, you’ll quickly notice that the Tineco Floor One S3 doesn’t just promise a lot of power. The WiFi icon signals that the squeegee can also connect to your wireless network. This is necessary if you want to use the device with the handy app. More about this in a moment. In terms of build quality, the combi device is beyond reproach. It does not creak at any point and everything just feels wonderfully high-quality.

The app as a unique selling point

While the Tineco Floor One S3 is very reminiscent of its Roborock and Dreame competitors in terms of looks, it offers a distinct advantage when it comes to connectivity. It is the only one of the three to have a practical app connection. Accordingly, the setup is a bit different – at least if you want to use the app. First of all, you download the Tineco app. Then you select the Floor One S3 from the manufacturer’s product range. Once this is done, you only have to switch on the squeegee. The Tineco app then registers the device and the setup can begin.

Tineco is not reinventing the wheel here. So the combo device simply creates its own hotspot, which you then have to connect to. It can then connect to your network. Once set up, the app’s pleasingly large range of functions becomes apparent. For example, you can check the battery status of the squeegee. You can also check the fill levels of the dirt and fresh water tanks. But the smartphone application doesn’t just perform control functions. You can also set cleaning details here. In particular, the performance of the wiping function or suction function can be regulated.

Tineco Floor One S3 App
The Tineco Life app is available for iOS and Android. (Image: Apple App Store)

For selection, there is an automatic mode as well as a power level. For the maintenance of the device, you can not only activate the practical self-cleaning here. On top of that, you use the app to always keep the squeegee’s firmware up to date. In the end, of course, you have to ask yourself whether the app is really such a great addition to the Tineco Floor One S3.

Tineco Floor One S3 Handle
The control panel is clearly laid out, but with a total of three buttons (on/off, mode and self-cleaning) it is completely sufficient.

What is certain is that the competition without app connection also offers the same scope of services without smartphone connection. Here, however, Roborock or Dreame relies on simple operation via the buttons located on the handle. However, I found the monitoring function enabled by the app practical. This way, you can check the remaining battery or the water tank’s fill level even without operating the Tineco Floor One S3. So all in all, the app is a good thing from my point of view.

Large display for a good overview

The handling of the Tineco Floor One S3 is exceedingly practical in the test. This is also due to the fact that you can conveniently put the squeegee down. Those who can remember our review of the Roborock Dyad may know that this was a major point of criticism with the device. After all, the Xiaomi subsidiary relied on a rather unusual stand, which ensures that the squeegee takes up plenty of space.

Tineco Floor One S3 Test
Unfortunately, the display in the charging cradle is upside down, which can cause confusion when it comes to the battery level. Here, the S3 has not 25, but 52 percent remaining battery

Another practical advantage of the Tineco is that it automatically turns off when you put it down. If you put it down, you can also see very well the two water tanks, which from experience play a major role in a suction mop. With 600 ml (fresh water tank) and 500 ml (dirty water tank), they are sufficiently large. A highlight is the large display. Here you can read off the most important parameters using different colored stripes.

In the middle you can see the battery level by the number. You can also look at the display when the squeegee is in its charging station. Unfortunately, the battery indicator is then upside down. It is a pity that the numbers do not turn 180 degrees in this case. To implement this technically can not be difficult, in my opinion.

Very talkative suction wiper

By the way, the fact that the Tineco Floor One S3 is pretty smart is not only evident from the app connection. On top of that, it is compatible with Amazon Alexa. In cooperation with the voice assistant, a skill is possible that allows you to query facts from the device. However, the Tineco also proves to be quite talkative apart from Alexa. The factory English voice output may sound appealing, but I personally do not need this for a vacuum wiper. Unlike a vacuum robot, for example, you are usually always directly at the device while using it. Consequently, you can simply take a look at the battery level or consult the app. A fun gimmick it is nevertheless and who it annoys, which can also simply turn it off.

Tineco Floor One S3: Very good cleaning performance

After all the technical gimmicks, let’s take a look at the heart of any suction mop. The cleaning performance. If this is where things go wrong, then the rest of the technical bells and whistles won’t help either. The Tineco Floor One S3 works according to the same principle as the Dreame H11 Max. Meaning that there is a rotating roller on the bottom of the device, which is permanently wetted with liquid to clean the floor. The moistened floor is then sucked up causing the dirty water tank to fill over time.

While I personally liked the Roborock Dyad’s system with the two rollers rotating in opposite directions better, the Tineco Floor One S3’s cleaning results are still very good in the test. Even stubborn dirt, such as dried jam stains, can be easily removed after several passes. A change to the maximum cleaning level is suitable for heavy soiling. In the vast majority of cases, however, the auto mode was completely sufficient in our test. Unfortunately, the Tineco leaves a small uncleaned edge over when you drive it along a wall or baseboard. Here, the Roborock Dyad with its thin edge acts much better.

Competitors offer more user comfort

In terms of connectivity, workmanship and cleaning performance, you don’t notice that the Tineco Floor One S3 already has two years under its belt. But there is one point where the squeegee unfortunately has to admit defeat to the Roborock Dyad and Dreame H11 Max. And that is the user comfort. While the competition can be maneuvered from A to B in a pleasingly agile manner, the Tineco seems a bit ponderous. Especially when you want to wipe under furniture, this can be a bit annoying.

Like the Dreame H11 Max, the Tineco One Floor S3 also has “only” one roller.

It shares another problem with the Dreame H11 Max. Finally, it is automatically pulled forward by the single rotating roller just like its competitor. Roborock is clearly ahead here for me, as the Dyad does not automatically pull the user forward due to the two rollers. This leads to the problem that you always have to maneuver the Tineco Floor One S3 with some force, at least on maximum level, to bring it on track. This could possibly be a bit unfamiliar for one or the other.

Practical self-cleaning

Tineco promises that its Floor One S3 should provide up to 35 minutes of cleaning. Good endurance is provided by a 4000 mAh battery. I easily got away with the cleaning time with my apartment of just under 83 m² and could certainly have cleaned a few more m². There are no nasty surprises thanks to the remaining battery indicator on the display. If you want to know exactly, take a look at the app. Here you can see how many minutes of cleaning are still possible.

You activate self-cleaning via the app or at the touch of a button.

Then, if the battery is dead, the Tineco Floor One S3 needs four hours in its base station to have a full battery again. Not new, but still cool, is the Tineco Floor One S3’s self-cleaning feature. To activate it, you simply place the squeegee in its base station. Here, it rinses once vigorously and simply vacuums the resulting dirty water away again. You should use this feature regularly, since the roller is already dirty after the first few cleaning cycles. Speaking of dirty.

Really cool: Tineco includes the right cleaning agent right away

You should even empty the dirty water that accumulates in the matching container after each cleaning. Otherwise, it can lead to unpleasant odors, which is especially annoying when the Tineco is placed in the living room. Otherwise, the maintenance of the DuoClean is very simple. Consumables like the HEPA filter and the cleaning roller can be replaced quickly. It is commendable that Tineco already encloses a spare filter and a second roller to its suction mop ex works.

Tineco Floor One S3 Test: Conclusion

Like the Dreame H11 Max and Roborock Dyad, the Tineco Floor One S3 is a very good suction mop. This already starts with the excellent workmanship and the pretty design. But it also leaves nothing to be desired in terms of cleaning performance. Even stubborn stains are easily wiped away with a little perseverance. Thanks to the large display, you can always keep an eye on the most important parameters. The practical self-cleaning feature ensures that it can get to work freshly cleaned every time.

Its app connection may only be a small gimmick, but it still has a unique selling point in this regard, which sets it apart from the competition. There is really little to complain about. Besides the somewhat stiff operation, it is also the small margin it leaves to the baseboard when cleaning that minimally clouds the otherwise very positive overall impression. Otherwise, the Tineco Floor One S3 is still a really good smart household helper two years after release and can convince in the test.

Tineco Floor One S3

Workmanship
Connectivity
Cleaning performance
Value for money

91/100

The Tineco Floor One S3 is a really good suction wiper that doesn't have to hide behind the competition even two years after its release.

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Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Bad Segeberg.

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