If you love the feeling of walking on scrubbed-clean floors, then a mopping robot vacuum might just be your next “splurge” purchase. The Redroad G10 is a self-cleaning robot vacuum that vacuums, mops, and even washes and dries its own mopping pads for you. Read on to find out if this low-maintenance home appliance is a good match for your home’s needs.
What’s in the box of the Redroad G10 robot vacuum?
Inside the vacuum, there’s a removable dustbin and vacuum roller. Inside the multipurpose docking station, you’ll find two removable water tanks. One is for clean water; one, for dirty water.
Redroad G10 vacuum and mop features
The G10 is a vacuum and mop with two separate functions. First, there’s the vacuum: This is a very quiet, light-lift vacuum. It has a brushless motor but does use a brush roll to help clean debris from your floors. The vacuum portion of this robot cleaner runs at a standard 1000pa but has settings for 600pa (Eco mode, which is practically silent), 2000pa on medium, and 2800pa on Boost mode. The vacuum cleans into a dust tray/dustbin with a 450 mL capacity.
Next, there’s the mop. This robot cleaner uses vibrational technology rather than spinning mop pads. The pad vibrates at up to 3000 times per minute to help scrub messes off your floors. Instead of putting a water compartment in the robot cleaner, Redroad has opted to store all of the water in the docking station. This station does triple duty as a charging dock, cleaner, and dryer. On soft surfaces, the G10 lifts its mopping pad and uses only its vacuum.
The docking station of the G10 has a 4.5L water tank capacity with room for both clean and dirty water. It meticulously washes your cleaning pads before, after, and during every mopping session. Every time the G10 cleans, its docking station uses a process that Redroad calls “electrolytic water deep sterilization” to thoroughly wash and rinse the pads with clean water, extracting the dirty water into the dock’s dirty water tank at the end of each rinse. Then, at the end of every cleaning session, the dock slowly dries your mopping pad to keep it hygienic.
The Redroad G10 has a standard life of 170 minutes (up to 240 minutes on Eco mode). It has a 5200mAh battery and operates at 72dB or less.
Redroad’s laser navigation
The G10 uses two types of navigational systems to optimize efficiency. To get an overall map of your home, it uses LDS laser navigation. That’s the same technology used in robot cleaners like the Kyvol Cybovac and the Dreametech D9. Then, for close-up encounters, the G10 also uses close-up precision sensors. These are fairly sensitive: The G10 will gently bump my delicate camera tripod, but will correct its route before it gets knocked over. For anything heavier, like a plant stand or a chair, the furniture stays in place and I’m not seeing any bumps or scratches yet on the robot itself.
I really prioritize having privacy in my home, so I love robot vacuums that use laser navigation. Laser navigation comes in many forms and goes by many names. You might see these vacuums labelled as using laser navigation, LiDAR, or LDS. What this means is that your vacuum will map your home using laser sensors instead of a camera. This type of vacuum operates well in the dark but in general can’t avoid things like cords or pet waste.
This cleaning robot’s build and navigation handle mixed flooring surfaces well, as shown in the two photos above.
Laser versus camera navigation
The other common type of robot navigation technology is called VSLAM, which stands for “visual simultaneous localization and mapping.” This process uses a camera. VSLAM is becoming popular because it can use computer learning to avoid certain objects (like cords and pet poop), but personally, I prefer the LDS system used by Redroad. I find that laser-navigated vacuums map and work much more quickly than camera-based ones. In my experience, they make fewer mistakes and pose less of a privacy risk—intimate images of consumers have been leaked by companies that use VSLAM before, and I think it’s reasonable to worry that it could happen again in the future.
Does the G10 map quickly?
This is all to say that I’m very pleased with Redroad’s navigational technology. The G10 takes about 50 minutes to fully vacuum and mop my home, which is average to quick for a self-cleaning mop. Additionally, during its initial mapping session, this vacuum blew every other robot vacuum I’ve tried out of the water. It accurately mapped my entire apartment in a mind-boggling 6 minutes! (Other brands have taken as long as an hour.)
If setup time is important to you or your home layout changes frequently, this is something I would keep in mind when purchasing a robot vacuum. Redroad’s mapping technology is lightning-fast and very accurate. The G10 navigates my home neatly and quickly every time, and unlike camera-based VSLAM products, it’s very private and works well in the dark.
But does the G10 mop quickly?
One thing to note about this vacuum is that it maps quickly, which is very handy—but it does not necessarily mop quickly. Expect to wait at least 5 minutes before your Redroad vacuum and mop begins mopping each time, as its charging and cleaning dock will need to thoroughly clean and soak its cleaning pad each time. This takes a little patience, but it helps make sure your floors are always sparkling clean and will never smell bad. (A mop pad that hasn’t been correctly cleaned will smell like mildew, which is a common issue with robot mops that are not self-cleaning.)
While it takes some getting used to, this wait time is actually great. Yes, it’s slower than turning on a robot vacuum without a mop—but it works well to keep your mopping pads clean. The G10’s dirty water tank fills slowly, but man, that water is dirty! I can never believe how much dirt this mop gets off my floors every time.
My experience with the Redroad G10 robot vacuum
Overall, I enjoyed using this self-cleaning mopping robot vacuum from Redroad. It’s definitely a luxury purchase. However, as someone who hates to mop, the only time my floors get this clean is when I use a mopping robot. As hard floors overtake carpet in popularity for hallways, living rooms, and sometimes even bedrooms, I find that robot mops are becoming a better and better investment for the average person.
In terms of both performance and price, I find the G10 sits in the middle of the road. It’s relatively affordable for a mopping robot, but its performance isn’t perfect. It cleans similarly to other mopping robot vacuums with cleaning pads including the iRobot Braava Jet M6 that I’ve reviewed here and the Xiaomi Lydsto R1 that I’ve reviewed here, but cannot clean as deeply as robot vacuums with mop-end mopping pads like the Dreame Bot W10 that I’ve also tried. The G10 is best for vacuuming up fine dust but leaves behind larger pieces of debris even on its highest settings. This may include pet hair, plant matter, and larger food crumbs.
For convenience, Redroad’s app really shines. It’s easy to use and comes with all the smart features you’d want. Some apps are hard to set up initially; this one is not. It connected to my Wi-Fi in seconds and maintains a stable connection easily. In the app, you can schedule cleans, clean by room, zone, and more, and customize each cleaning session with plenty of options.
Should you buy a mopping robot vacuum?
Again, I have to stress that this—like all robot mops—is a luxury purchase. But oh boy: If you have room in your budget for this luxury, it sure is nice to have around.
The Redroad G10 robot vacuum and mop isn’t a deep-cleaning tool. However, it still leaves your floors feeling smooth and clean overall. It’s a treat for flooring materials like tile, marble, hardwood, and vinyl plank. For homes with carpet, don’t worry; this robot will lift its mopping pads on soft surfaces, minimizing water contact and just using its vacuuming functions there.
Despite the fact that the G10 can’t deep-clean, I do think it is still be worth purchasing. It just depends on your home life. If you want to come home to floors that feel clean and smooth every day, then this is a very handy tool as long as you still vacuum separately when needed. (This applies doubly if you live in a busy urban area, where just leaving a window open will make your floors dusty within the hour!)
Redroad’s app and mapping technologies are stellar, the G10 is remarkably quiet, and even the product’s docking station needs very little maintenance. (I recommend emptying the product’s dirty water tank after every use to prevent bacterial build-up, but its clean water tank is so generously sized you could go all week without needing to fill it.) This is a great, fairly-priced option for those who want a little help with their chores but don’t necessarily need a top-of-the-line, deep-cleaning robot vacuum to do so.
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