Proscenic 850T test: a robot vacuum and mop at a low price

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Some robot vacuums are expensive and packed with features. Others are affordable but basic. The Proscenic 850T seems to offer the best of both worlds.

On the one hand, it looks like it should sit side-by-side with the top-of-the-line models, with a wide array of flagship features including vacuuming and cleaning in one unit, a physical remote, and power. declared suction of 3000 pa.

However, its £ 229 price point puts it on the cheaper end of the price range, lining it up alongside robot vacuums that don’t promise as much.

Proscenic 850T Review: What Do You Get For The Money?

You also get what you pay for in the box. In addition to the robot itself, the package includes a small charging station, a remote control, a mop attachment that replaces the standard dirt collection bin, magnetic floor tape that you can use to prevent the robot from breaking. go where you don’t want it and spare parts for most consumables (two spare brushes, one spare filter, and one spare cloth). The only thing it doesn’t have is a docking station that can empty its collection bin for you, although we haven’t yet seen that in a robot vacuum that costs less than £ 600.

The robot itself measures 325 x 325 x 73mm and is shaped like a circular hockey puck without protrusions, which helps it fit under the lowest furniture. Its drip tray has a capacity of 500 ml, while the mop module can hold 300 ml of water.

On the underside there is a 140mm intake port with a single brush roll made up of a mixture of bristles and rubber fins. This sits in the center, between two large traction wheels, with large and small coasters on the front and back to keep the robot stable.

Proscenic 850T review: what does it look like?

The Proscenic 850T comes with a remote control to start it up on a basic cleaning task if you don’t have your phone handy. It has an LCD display with a clock and you can also use it to set up a schedule, although this is very basic. You can set it up to clean whatever it can reach at the same time every day and that’s it. You can also use the remote control to point the robot at a spill, perform spot cleanup, and send it home when it’s done.

The smartphone app offers a little more control, but not a lot. It does everything the remote does, but also creates a map as it goes. The only function of the map is to show you where it has been; it is not logged from session to session and you cannot use it to tell the robot where to go or what to avoid. Using the app, you can create more sophisticated schedules than the remote, however, with more options regarding schedules and repeats.

Because the mapping is basic, you can only really control where the robot is going by closing the doors or putting down the included magnetic strip. Unfortunately, only 1m of tape is provided, so you cannot section that much without ordering more.

If you are using the door closing method, you may want to close the robot in a room that prevents it from returning to its charger. Usually the robot will exhaust its battery when trying to return to its charging station, so there is a special “single room” option. This puts the robot to sleep once it has finished cleaning an area, rather than leaving it endlessly searching for a non-existent outlet.

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Proscenic 850T review: is it good for orientation?

In short, no. Numerous times during testing, the Proscenic 850T got stuck between the chair legs, stuck in tight corners, or tangled in cables that other robots are able to bypass. When stuck, he tends to keep spinning and banging against his cage, finding no way out. Other than that, it’s relatively soft around furniture and baseboards, feeling their presence and bouncing off objects with a very slight bump.

When covering an area, it comes and goes in long lines, inserting as much as possible into each pass before having to turn and start again. This is in contrast to most robot vacuums which explore one area, cover it, and then search for another.

So the Proscenic was fast: the app claimed it covered our 57 square meter cleaning space in 1 hour 4 minutes, although the app struggled to pinpoint exactly how much space it had covered.

Proscenic 850T test: Does it clean well?

On hard ground, the Proscenic 850T performed quite well. I spilled 50g of rice and 50g of flour on the floor and used the vacuum cleaner stain removal mode to fix it. Proscenic suggests that you place the robot directly over a spill in this mode, and it helps a lot. The vacuum turns on before the on-board brush begins to rotate, giving it the opportunity to clean up some of the mess before the vacuum begins to move. As a result, he collected 42g of rice and 44g of flour; the caveat is that the rest (a significant amount) was scattered far and wide by the rotating edge sweeper.

It has not been as successful on short pile rugs. Here he collected 38g out of 50g of rice, but still managed to disperse a lot of it beyond the scope of spot cleaning. He struggled even more with the flour, with only 20g of the 50g that was spilled. Only the top bulk flour was collected, with heavy dust left behind. This is a disappointing result of a vacuum cleaner with a quoted suction of 3000 pa.

I also tested the mop attachment but it is a very basic affair. The installation consists of replacing the dust collection tank with a water tank that can hold 300 ml of water. This has tiny holes in the base that slowly drip water into a mop cloth, which is velcro all the way to the bottom and dragged across the floor, “cleaning” as it goes. Be careful though: you can’t load the vacuum with the mop on and, if you leave it in one spot, you’ll end up with a puddle on the floor.

Alas, you cannot control the deployment of the mop other than physically removing it and replacing it with the collection bin and because you cannot separate the areas using the app you are left with physically preventing the mop from finding its way on rugs or rugs. This makes cleaning quite difficult if you live somewhere with a mix of soil types.

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Proscenic 850T review: should i buy it?

At first glance, the Proscenic 850T seems like a good buy, with a lot of features and a relatively low price tag. However, it disappointed in our cleaning tests, it tended to get stuck in places that other robot vacuums easily handle, and the app used to control it is basic. The cleaning function is also limited.

On that sort of budget, we’d go for an Eufy RoboVac 30C instead, which at the time of writing was selling for £ 220. It doesn’t come with a mop or have fancy mapping, but it did a better job of cleaning in our tests and is cheaper.

If you are looking for bells and whistles, we advise you to spend more money. The iRobot Roomba i3 + is an exceptional vacuum cleaner, with a self-draining base station that works wonderfully. It’s pricey at £ 700, although you can buy one without the self-draining base for £ 449.

For those looking for exceptional cleaning, especially with the ability to mark off areas to clean or ignore as needed, the AEG RX9.2 (currently £ 568) is our current favorite and is able to clean closer to walls. and corners than any other robot vacuum cleaner.

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