Dreame Bot L10 Pro robotic vacuum cleaner
“With two lasers and lidar technology, this robot vacuum cleaner can be cleaned without having to babysit.”
Cleans efficiently with minimal supervision
Avoids most clutter with ease
Sufficient pressure when wiping
Good value at $ 490
The suction force could be stronger in the “standard” mode
Uninspired design we’ve seen before
Dreame Technology might not be a household name, but you will learn more about the company as the Xiaomi brand continues to infiltrate the robotic vacuum market. One of the company’s newest bots, the Dreame Bot L10 Pro offers great navigation thanks to its light detection and lidar rangefinder. With the help of two lasers, annoying obstacles on the tracks are also avoided.
This is an interesting combination, especially given that some other bots use cameras and artificial intelligence (AI) to avoid obstacles. However, it’s still not perfect after what I’ve experienced. The performance of the Dreame Bot L10 Pro in this area indicates whether Dreame Technology has a chance to be a great competitor in the future.
A Roborock clone
After just taking a cursory look at the Dreame Bot L10 Pro, I couldn’t help but make comparisons with Roborocks bots. Seriously, it is the likeness of popular models like that. From the semi-gloss plastic housing to the attachment of the mopping attachment to the bot, the design is not clear enough to be differentiated from the pack. On the other hand, Xiaomi is an investor in Roborock so the similarity in design doesn’t come as a shock.
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Much like most bots these days, it only has a single side brush. It’s the bristly strain that I’m not a huge fan of because it tends to fray faster. I prefer the rubberized brushes that Roborock uses in his bots as they tend to hold better. Thankfully, the L10 Pro’s side sweeping brush rotates at a speed slow enough to keep debris from being tossed around.
Lasers and Lidar to the rescue
Navigating a house can be tricky for any robot vacuum, especially when the floors are cluttered with random items. When testing the Dreame Bot L10 Pro, I am impressed that it can bypass most of the hazards. The lidar sensor not only helps it to clean efficiently in straight lines when there is a free path, but the two lasers used also help to avoid obstacles. Managed to clean a pair of socks on the floor, but wires still prove to be the biggest challenge – although better to avoid them than the iLife A10 and Trifo Lucy I recently reviewed.
Corners are also handled well as the side sweeping brush sweeps dirt and debris towards the bottom brush. Since the lidar sensor maps the environment, the Dreame Bot L10 Pro can set up virtual no-go barriers – ideal for blocking pet areas and rooms that the bot should not clean. You use Xiaomi’s Mi Home app to set up and control the L10 Pro. Unsurprisingly, it’s very similar to what I experienced with Roborocks app. At the moment it supports Amazon Alexa for voice control, but I hope the Google Assistant isn’t too far away.
Increase the mode for better cleaning
By default, the cleaning mode is instantly set to Standard, and I had problems vacuuming up cat litter on my wooden floor. It is designed for a suction power of 4,000 Pa, which is much stronger on paper than most other bots in its price range. I had to switch it to “strong” mode so that it could properly vacuum the debris in a single pass.
It impresses with its favorable cleaning performance and its good price-performance ratio.
When it approaches the carpet, the L10 Pro switches to overdrive and increases the suction power to its maximum output – while waking the dead in this mode due to its loud roar. Even with the increased suction power, it doesn’t get the same deep cleaning power as my cordless vacuum, but it does at least pick up superficial debris.
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The Dreame Bot L10 Pro can also wipe with the included attachment. What I like about his mop is that it is supported by a cushioning system to put pressure on the floor with the microfiber attachment. And you know what? It does an excellent job of mopping floors even though it only uses water – this is the same implementation used by many modern bots. All in all, it’s an excellent all-round cleaner that saves me time.
Since it is a combination, the Dreame Bot L10 Pro impresses me thanks to its favorable cleaning performance and its good price-performance ratio. I say good because at $ 490 there is still a sufficient price gap between these and high-end vacuum cleaners that have self-draining bins or cameras for home security.
How long it will take?
There is little to worry about how long it will take as long as you are performing routine maintenance on it – like removing tangles and cleaning the various sensors. I appreciate that there is an accessory usage section in the app that describes when to replace parts and how to clean them. There is a two-year limited warranty on the main body of the bot, but different warranty periods apply to certain components.
Is there a better alternative?
The only other robot that is superior to this in terms of features and performance is the Roborock S6 MaxV, a 2-in-1 combo with a built-in camera for home security and incredible obstacle avoidance. The iRobot Roomba i3 Plus is also a worthy competitor for the same price. It lacks the wiping function, but it comes with a self-draining loading vase.
Should you buy it?
Naturally. It cleans efficiently, avoids most hazards, and cleans and mops hard floors properly.