Do robot vacuums actually work? Proscenic 850t test trends now

Do robot vacuums actually work? Proscenic 850t test trends now
Do robot vacuums actually work? Proscenic 850t test trends now

Do robot vacuums actually work? Proscenic 850t test trends now

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If you wish you could delegate the tasks of vacuum cleaning and mopping your home to someone, or something, else, then we have some good news.

An entry-level Proscenic 850T robot vacuum cleaner is available on Amazon for £229. This is less than half the cost of similar robot vacuum cleaners by Shark or iRoomba.

The compact but powerful 850T can be operated via remote control, or you can connect it to your home's Wi-Fi network to use it via an app on your phone or through smart devices like Amazon Alexa. Simply say, 'Alexa, power on the Proscenic 850T vacuum cleaner, and it will be off on a dirt-busting mission.

But can it cope with a three-bedroom house full to the brim with four children and parents that enjoy muddy outdoor activities such as cycling and running? 

If you are tired of the physical labour of pushing around a manual vacuum, this could be your new favourite household appliance.

Power on via the app or through Alexa and sit back as the powerful suction sucks up dirt, crumbs, hair and more. When finished, it will return to its charging dock automatically.

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How we tested

We wanted to test whether a robot vacuum cleaned as well as a cordless or stick vacuum. To do this, we let it loose in each room of the house, to test how well it mapped out each room and reached under nooks and crannies, and followed up with a manual vacuum cleaner to see if that sucked up anything extra.

Writer Zoe Griffin tests out the Proscenic 850T robot vacuum cleaner and mop on hardwood floors as well as vinyl tiles and carpet

Writer Zoe Griffin tests out the Proscenic 850T robot vacuum cleaner and mop on hardwood floors as well as vinyl tiles and carpet

We tested it on hardwood floors in the hallway and living room, as well as on vinyl in the kitchen and on the carpets upstairs. To try out its capacity to avoid stairs, we tested it on the landing and watched it closely, should we need to catch it from a fall.

Set-up

Opening the box, you'll see the main vacuum cleaner unit, a charging dock, spare mop attachments, a remote control and a leaflet about how to connect the vacuum to my home's WiFi network via the Proscenic Home app.

If you're in any way concerned about WiFi networks and passwords, you'll be happy to hear that you can control the vacuum easily via the remote control.

The Proscenic 850T robot cleaner can be operated via remote control, through the Proscenic app or directly through Alexa devices (once linked via the app)

The Proscenic 850T robot cleaner can be operated via remote control, through the Proscenic app or directly through Alexa devices (once linked via the app)

But if you want to set timers, schedule cleans,  map out a room and other clever features, it's very easy to connect the robot vacuum to the app following step-by-step instructions. To reach full connectivity via the app took me less than five minutes.

A further step is to connect it to Amazon devices such as Echo dot speakers or the Amazon Alexa app on a smartphone. To do this is slightly more complicated as you need to download the Alexa app and check the Alexa icon on the Proscenic

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