Over the past few years, we have started to see a variety of robot vacuum and mop systems with self-emptying docs come to market at varying price points. The price range has increased, and we are seeing robot vacuums cost as low as $150 and over $1,500 for the more expensive ones with all the bells and whistles. We have tested many of these robot vacuum and mop devices and have found many good ones that cost less than $500. Recently, we tested TP-Link's Tapo RV10, a robot vacuum and mop with a self-emptying dock, which the company sent to us. And here is what we learned from testing this robot cleaning system in a typical home.
What is TP-Link Tapo RV10 Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop + Smart Auto-Empty Dock?
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The TP-Link Tapo Robot Vacuum & Mop + Smart Auto-Empty Dock is a robotic vacuum cleaner and mop that can automatically empty its dustbin into a 4L large dust bag. This means you can go up to 70 days without emptying the dustbin yourself.
The Tapo Robot Vacuum & Mop has 2000Pa suction power and uses four suction levels and three mopping levels so that you can customize the cleaning to your needs. It also has a zigzag path planning system to cover all areas of your home without missing any spots.
Simple control via the Tapo app is available for both iOS (App Store) and Android (Google Play) devices. Users can set schedules and change cleaning modes in the app.
It has a 2600mAh long-lasting battery to vacuum and mop your home on a single charge.
Auto-Charging in the middle of a cleaning run - The Tapo RV10 Plus automatically returns to the charging dock when the battery gets low and restarts right where it left off.
Carpet-Boost: This feature is handy if you have hardwood floors and carpets. When the RV10 Plus goes from bottom to carpet, it recognizes the change and will boost its suction to accommodate the dirt on your carpet.
The Smart Auto-Empty Dock has a tail-suction air duct 45% shorter than ordinary bottom-suction ducts but is very powerful. It has 27000Pa super-strong suction power to remove all the dirt and dust from your robot vacuum.
RV10 Plus has a HEPA air filter to remove up to 99.9% of the allergens as small as 0.3 microns.
This Tapo robot vacuum and mop comes with a 300ml water tank and uses 3 water flows to clean up to 200m (2100 ft.) of flooring in a single tank.
The last feature of this smart robot vacuum and mop is the noise level. The RV10 Plus comes with triple noise suppression, which can lower noise levels down to 53 dB while in use at the maximum suction levels.
How to set up your Tapo RV10 Plus Robot Vacuum and Mop
We found the setup process to be relatively quick and easy during our testing. To set up the Tapo RV10 Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop + Smart Auto-Empty Dock, we recommend you follow these steps:
Unbox your robot vacuum and mop.
Place the robot vacuum and mop on the charging dock.
Connect the charging dock to a power outlet.
Download the Tapo app from the App Store or Google Play.
Open the Tapo app and create an account.
Tap the "+" button in the top right corner of the app and select "Add Device."
Select "Robot Vacuum & Mop" from the list of devices. Then press "Tapo RV10 Plus"
Follow the instructions in the app to connect the robot vacuum and mop to your Wi-Fi network.
Once the robot vacuum and mop is connected to your Wi-Fi network, you can use it to clean your home.
To use the robot vacuum and mop, open the Tapo app and tap the "Start" button. You can also schedule cleaning jobs, view cleaning maps, and check the status of your robot vacuum and mop from the app.
To empty the dustbin, there are two ways for you to choose. You can manually remove the dustbin from the robot vacuum and mop and empty it into a trash can. Or, you can set the robot vacuum and mop to empty its dustbin into the charging dock automatically. This is the default setting on our port, and we recommend you use it. After vacuuming, it will ensure all the dirt is removed from the dustbin.
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To do this, open the Tapo app and tap the "Settings" tab. Then, tap "Auto-Empty" and select "On."
Here are some additional tips for setting up and using the Tapo RV10 Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop + Smart Auto-Empty Dock:
Make sure to place the charging dock in a central location in your home, with at least 3 feet of open space on all sides.
Avoid placing the charging dock in direct sunlight or near heat sources.
Remove any obstacles from the robot vacuum and mop path, such as cords, furniture, and clothing.
Keep the dustbin empty and the filter clean to ensure optimal performance.
Use the Tapo app to schedule cleaning jobs and view cleaning maps.
Set the robot vacuum and mop to empty its dustbin into the charging dock for convenience automatically.
With some setup and maintenance, the Tapo RV10 Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop + Smart Auto-Empty Dock can be a valuable tool for keeping your home clean.
How to use Tapo App
Tapo App Homescreen
How much does apo RV10 Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop + Smart Auto-Empty Dock?
The MSRP for apo RV10 Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop + Smart Auto-Empty Dock is $399.99 and is available on Amazon. Is this a reasonable price? If you look at the cost of a robot vacuum and mop with self-emptying docks and similar features as the RV10 Plus, it is priced in the middle of the road. It resembles eufy by Anker Robot Vacuum and Dreametech D10 Plus Robot Vacuum and Mop with Self-Emptying Base. These robot vacuums are priced the same as the RV10 Plus and offer similar features.
As for cleaning our floors, the Tapo RV10 Plus did a nice job of vacuuming our floors, both tile and carpet; the mopping was okay, but we have found the mopping for most robot vacuums is average. It is not as good as an old-fashioned hand-held mop on your floors. The vacuum did an excellent job of picking up the dirt in the room's corners on all suction modes. And the most powerful suction mode was not too loud.
The docking station performed well. Few self-emptying docking stations come with 70 days of dirt/dust storage. The largest we have seen was 60 days. Also, the suction power was very strong but loud when emptying the dustbin on the robot vacuum. It took 20 seconds for the station to suction out all the dirt, which was rather long. So, be aware if you have the RV10 Plus auto-empty the robot vacuum, it will be loud.
During testing, we round the Tapo app to be user-friendly. We could set schedules, adjust the suction power, and change modes. We would have liked to have seen two brushes underneath the robot vacuum, but the one it comes with is good. The other issue we had was the mapping. Robot vacuums come with a varying navigation system. Some use LiDAR, while others use cameras with object-detecting sensors to avoid hitting furniture or going off a ledge. Tapo uses smart systematic navigation that helps the RV10 Plus use a zigzagging route to clean your floor. This navigation did an excellent job of cleaning our floor. However, we could not set "no-go" zones or see a map of the area being cleaned until after the cleaning run. We would have liked to be able to adjust the mapping like other robot vacuums in this price range. We could use the spot cleaning mode in the app to have the robot vacuum clean a specific area, but setting this up in the app would have been nice.
If you are looking for a convenient and hands-free way to clean your home, robot vacuums are the smart devices for you to consider getting. However, you must decide what features you want in these smart cleaning robots. Do you want ones that can vacuum and mop your floors or just vacuum? Do you want to empty the robot vacuum manually or use a self-emptying docking station? What type of mapping do you want to have, and do you wish to adjust the floor map once your vacuum has mapped your home? And how quiet do you want your robot vacuum to be when cleaning with strong suction power? These are all valid questions for you to ask yourself before buying one of these smart cleaning devices.
The Tapo RV10 Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop + Smart Auto-Empty Dock is an excellent middle-of-the-road robot vacuum and mop. It's easy to set up and use on floors and carpets. It is better at vacuuming than mopping, but it will do the job. You can't adjust the navigation or add "no-go" zones. However, for the price, this 2-in-1 robot vacuum and mop with Self Empty Dock, Wet/Dry, Scheduling, Auto-Docking, and washable filter is a good robot vacuum to consider, especially if you have pets or allergies. The RV10 Plus is especially well-suited for your home because its powerful suction and various features will help remove pet hair and dust mites quickly and easily during each run.