Yeedi Floor 3 Station Test: A price-performance hit?
Meanwhile, it is almost complicated to find a robot vacuum cleaner that can really only vacuum automatically. Especially mid-range and especially high-end models almost always offer an additional wiping function nowadays. Unfortunately, this is only really effective in the rarest cases. Especially when manufacturers rely on a rigid wiping plate, the feature is even rather counterproductive. After all, the dirt is distributed here in the apartment rather than eliminated.
Sooner or later, users then usually dismount the wiping surface to fix the problem. Yeedi is taking a different approach with its KKK series presented at IFA 2022. Here, two rotating mops are used, which in turn are the closest thing to a natural wiping motion. Even though the names of the devices, which were still titled KK models at the technology trade show, have changed in the meantime, the equipment remains the same. Reason enough to take a closer look at the top model of the three-headed family addition in the Yeedi Floor 3 Station test.
From KK series becomes Yeedi Floor 3
At its product launch at IFA, Yeedi still titled its new additions the KK Series. But this name is now history. So one has agreed internally on the more appropriate name Yeedi Floor 3. As is usual in the industry, the product is to be launched in different versions. In total, there will be three different models over time. The Yeedi Floor 3 will be the basic model. This consists of a vacuum cleaning robot and the corresponding charging station. In particular, people who have no problem emptying the robot themselves every few days should be interested in this model. Moreover, thanks to the low height of the charging station, it can also be hidden unseen under furniture.
It continues with the Yeedi Floor 3 Plus. In this set, however, the Yeedi Floor 3 is once again used as a vacuum mopping robot. But the base station is not a simple charging station. Rather, the collected dust of the smart household helper is collected here. After each cleaning tour, the station vacuums the vacuum for this purpose. According to Yeedi, the bag should have such a capacity that disposal is only necessary about every 75 days. Yeedi then goes one better with the Floor 3 station. This does not offer a suction station, hides in itself however a whole washing plant for the two mops of the suction mop. In Europe, only the Yeedi Floor 3 Station will be launched at first. Whether the other two versions will also come, is so far still unclear.
|Dimensions Robot Vacuum Cleaner||35.0 x 35.0 x 8.4 cm|
|Dimensions cleaning station||46.6 x 44.5 x 45.3 cm|
|Weight suction robot||4.1 kg|
|Suction power||5,100 pascals (4 suction levels)|
|Volume dust container||400 ml|
|Volume water tank||200 ml|
|Battery capacity||5,200 mAh|
|Runtime||max. 180 min|
|Navigation and sensors||– 3D ToF for map creation.
– Obstacle detection with camera
– Crash sensors on underside
|Operation||App support, voice control (Google Assistant + Amazon Alexa)|
|Price||€ 799.99 *|
Scope of delivery
Let’s first take a look at the scope of delivery. There are no big surprises here. In addition to the mop station and robotic vacuum mop, we find a few accessories. You just have to install the two round mop pads as well as the two side brushes at the bottom and place the collection tray in the base station.
The device is already completely assembled. Of course, Yeedi also includes a Quick Start Guide, power cord and user manual. With the help of the practical cleaning tool, you can then free the robot from stubborn dirt.
Yeedi Floor 3 Station Test: Flat Design
- Flat design with 8.4 cm height
- High build quality
- White, classy design
If you get a vacuum robot including cleaning station in the house, of course, aesthetic aspects also play a major role. Since the mop station with its height of just under 45 cm is difficult to hide under furniture, you have to place it necessarily quite present. Accordingly, Yeedi also relies here on a noble and restrained white. A chic contrast here are the color accents in chic rose gold.
On the one hand, these enclose the lid on the top of the base station. On the other hand, there is another color accent in a circle on the robot vacuum cleaner itself. In its basic form, the Yeedi Floor 3 is immediately recognizable as a vacuum robot. After all, the manufacturer relies on a circular design here, which corresponds to devices of the competition with a diameter of 35 cm. However, Yeedi takes a different approach when it comes to height.
At just 8.4 cm, the robot vacuum cleaner is in fact significantly flatter than many other models. This is obviously due to the lack of LiDAR sensors. The corresponding laser navigation requires a small turret on top in competitors like the Dreame L10 Ultra (test).
Flat furniture is no problem for the Yeedi Floor 3.Accordingly, the Dreame measures just under 10 cm in height, for example. For flat furniture, the Yeedi definitely has a big advantage here. But whether that also makes for poorer navigation, we will elaborate later.
Yeedi Floor 3 Station Test: High build quality
- Two rotating mops
- Main brush not made of solid rubber
- Two side brushes
Otherwise, the smart household helper scores with a clean top. There are no device buttons here. These are only on the base station itself. A small notch on the robot vacuum allows you to remove the robot’s maintenance cover. This adheres magnetically to the device. Here you can reach the dust container to empty it. Furthermore, the corresponding button is located here to pair the vacuum cleaner with your app or to connect it to the home wireless network. On the back, you can reach the water tank.
The heart of the navigation system – the Time of Flight sensor (ToF) – is located at the front. Furthermore, the technology for obstacle detection slumbers behind the small window. To prevent damage to the robot itself and your furniture, the obligatory bumper is of course not missing. The two mops and two side brushes are located on the underside. In the middle you can see the main brush, which transports the dust into the suction hatch. Unfortunately, Yeedi does not rely on a solid rubber solution here, as more and more vacuum robots have done since the Roborock S7 (test).
Instead, however, a mixture of rubber and classic bristles is used. Owners of pets with long fur in particular should keep this in mind, as experience has shown that the maintenance effort is higher here. Otherwise, you’ll find the classic fall sensors, which are supposed to prevent falling down the stairs. All in all, Yeedi once again scores with an excellent build quality and chic looks. Only the high-gloss finish seems a bit susceptible to scratches. Here I would have liked a matte solution better.
Yeedi Floor 3 Station Test: abandonment of LiDAR technology
- ToF sensor instead of LiDAR
- Object detection works satisfactorily
- Fall sensors protect against stair damage
When it comes to navigation, Yeedi takes a different approach than many competing models. For example, even mid-range vacuum robots now rely on LiDAR sensors. However, as befits Yeedi, no laser navigation is used in the Floor 3 Station. Now the question arises as to why this is the case.
One answer could certainly be that Yeedi does not want to stand in the way of its parent company Ecovacs with its robot vacuum cleaners. The latter offers a majority of its models such as the Deebot X1 Omni (test), the Deebot T10 Plus (test) or the Deebot T9 AIVI (test) with LiDAR sensors. The omission of the LiDAR sensor provides a decisive advantage for the Yeedi Floor 3. Thus, it allows to dispense with the obligatory navigation tower on the top.
Yeedi Floor 3 Station Test: ToF with good results
Accordingly, the Yeedi Floor 3 also comes along flat. Thus, the vacuum robot drives even under flat furniture. Yeedi compensates for the lack of LiDAR sensor technology with its ToF sensor, which works on the front of the device under a small round transparent protective cover. The heart of the sensor is a camera. It orients itself based on corner points in your home. This includes not only furniture, but also walls. In combination with light sensors, the vacuum robot then creates a map of your own four walls. Compared to its predecessor, Yeedi has significantly improved its technology. And you can definitely feel that.
Finally, the system created a detailed map of my entire apartment after just under 10 minutes. LiDAR sensors actually always had the edge over cameras, especially when driving in absolute darkness. But due to its light sensors, the Yeedi Floor 3 is able to find its way around even at night. This is also noticeable in the general driving style. Thus, the smart household helper finds its way around very well within its own four walls and never seems disoriented. However, I find that the final result cannot keep up in some places compared to top models with LiDAR sensors. Especially in the direct comparison between the two maps, it is noticeable that laser technology simply works more accurately and creates more detailed maps.
Yeedi Floor 3 Station Test: object detection with 3D camera
In order for the Yeedi to find its way around, however, the smart household helper not only works with the ToF sensor. On top of that, it offers so-called object recognition. This is to ensure that objects lying on the floor are detected and bypassed. Especially with cables, socks or children’s toys, a well-functioning detection is the be-all and end-all.
According to Yeedi, the vacuum robot should be able to reliably avoid even small objects with a height of just 3 cm. Unfortunately, this only worked in exceptional cases in the test. Small Lego bricks were often overlooked by the Yeedi Floor 3, especially in poor lighting conditions.
However, I don’t want to chalk up the rather satisfactory obstacle detection as too much of a criticism. Here, the competition is not really better for the most part. One exception is the very good AI Action System of the Dreame L10S Ultra (test).
The Yeedi also offers drop sensors, of course. These are intended to prevent the smart household helper from accidentally falling down the stairs. On top of that, further sensors avoid collisions with furniture or walls.
Yeedi Floor 3 Station Test: suction performance
- 5,100 pascals of suction power provide good results
- Four different suction levels
- Wiping performance is excellent
Fancy design and good navigation capabilities won’t help, of course, if a smart household cleaner fails at cleaning your floors. The Floor 3 is a so-called suction mop. This means that it can be used not only as a vacuum cleaner, but also as a mopping robot.
When vacuuming, the robot left a good impression. The suction power of a proud 5,100 pascals definitely pays off. There are a total of four different suction levels to choose from when cleaning. The Yeedi hardly had any problems with my hardwood and tile floors. It also mastered carpeting.
Of course, a little dust remained in one or the other corner, but that is to be tolerated. The only thing that really bothered me about the robot vacuum is the main brush. Here, already after the first cleaning tour, the hair of my two cats and my dog got caught. Consequently, one comes here around the regular dehairing of the brush probably not avoid.
Yeedi Floor 3 Station Test: mopping performance
Much more exciting than the suction power is of course the wiping function of the Floor 3. And here the smart household helper can really show off. This does not really come as a surprise to me. After all, with its Mop Station (test), Yeedi was one of the first manufacturers on the market to rely on a revolutionary mop function with rotating mops.
Unlike rigid mop plates, the two rotating mops don’t simply spread dirt around the room. Instead, the squeegee returns to the base station after a set number of square feet cleaned to have the two mop surfaces cleaned and freshly moistened.
The robot then continues its work. And the results are really something to behold. Even dried-up remnants of jam or ketchup could be wiped up by the two wiping plates.
Yeedi Floor 3 Station Test: base station
- Base station cleans mops
- Fresh and dirty water tanks of 4 liters each
- Suction station for dust is missing
The highlight of the Yeedi Floor 3 station is the eponymous base station. This offers various functions. Thus, the Yeedi Floor 3 returns to the station at regular intervals during the cleaning tour to have its two mops cleaned. The two water tanks inside the station are used for this purpose. While the fresh water tank in the classic mop station still had a capacity of 3.5 liters, 4 liters fit in that of the Floor 3 station.
For cleaning, the station first fills its collection tray with water. Following this, the robot vacuum’s two mops rotate to rinse off the collected dirt. After that, the station vacuums the dirty water and collects it in the second tank, which also has a volume of 4 liters. The robot can now continue its cleaning. Once the cleaning is finished, however, the smart household helper once again takes up space inside the station.
Here it is being extensively cleaned again. But that’s not the end of it. Because the Floor 3 Station also dries the two mops to ensure greater hygiene and prevent the formation of unpleasant odors. But like the Deebot X1 OMNI, for example, the Floor 3 Station also relies on hot air, which also kills bacteria with its 40 degrees. This not only ensures faster drying, but also more effective and hygienic drying.
All in all, I am very convinced of the station. After all, it ensures hygienic wiping performance and keeps the squeegee clean. Nevertheless, a small drop of bitterness remains. Finally, a suction function for the collected dust would round off the usefulness of the base station. Then one would have to worry as a user namely about almost nothing and only regularly refill fresh water and change the dust bag about every one to two months.
Yeedi Floor 3 station test: ease of use with app
Of course, the Yeedi Floor 3 Station may also not be missing an app. Here, the in-house Yeedi app is used. In this, the setup is child’s play. When you turn on the robot vacuum for the first time, it asks you to scan the QR code under the lid. This in turn directs you to the app store, where you only have to download the Yeedi app. With the help of the app, the robot is connected to your network in a flash. It is a bit annoying that you have to create an account with Yeedi to use the app. But that is unfortunately the case with almost every provider nowadays. You can then access the map of your home in the app. After the first trip, the Yeedi creates it automatically and also assigns corresponding rooms.
If this does not correspond to reality, you can adjust the mapping. With the help of the map, you can then plan a targeted cleaning. For example, one room can be vacuumed or mopped more than the other. You can also create no-go zones or invisible walls. I find this extremely practical, for example, when feeding my animals, as they are not disturbed by the robot vacuum. Otherwise, the catalog of features is comparable to that of other models. For example, you can create cleaning schedules that ensure that your apartment is always perfectly cleaned when you enter the house.
With the Yeedi Floor 3 Station, the expert for affordable vacuum robots has managed to pull off a real coup. After all, the company offers a lot here at a comparatively low price. For less than 800 Euros, the smart household helper not only comes with a chic look and great build quality. I am also impressed by the cleaning performance thanks to the strong suction power and the two rotating mops. You have to make slight concessions when it comes to navigation.
While the ToF has been significantly improved, I still don’t think it can keep up with LiDAR sensors from the competition. However, those who want a flat vacuum robot may be able to live with that. Furthermore, I would have liked Yeedi to include an extraction system for the collected dust in its base station. So I have no choice but to refer to the Dreame L10 Ultra (test) with suction function as an alternative. This costs only a few euros more and beats the Yeedi Floor 3 station in some important disciplines.
Yeedi Floor 3 Station
Value for money
The Yeedi Floor 3 Station offers a lot of performance at a fair price. However, the competition is a nose ahead.
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