Proscenic M8 robot vacuum cleaner review – how good is suction power?

Proscenic M8 robot vacuum cleaner review

Is Proscenic M8 robot vacuum cleaner good for pet strain? The M8 pairs a rubber-and-bristle rolling brush and a single spinning brush with a 3000Pa of suction. A 2-in1 module containing a 280ml dustbin and 300ml water tank enables vacuuming and mopping simultaneously, potentially cutting your cleaning time in half. The robot also comes with several accessories including its charging dock, a remote control, cloth mops, a mop holder, and an extra side brush. Discover more in Proscenic M8 robot vacuum cleaner review.

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Pros & Cons – Proscenic M8 robot vacuum cleaner

Pros

  • Multi-level mapping
  • Quiet
  • Can mop as well as vacuum
  • Automatic dirt disposal
  • Vacuums pet hair effectively
  • Automatically boosts suction when on carpet
  • Uses LIDAR for room mapping
  • Integrates with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa

Cons

  • Glossy surface is a dust magnet
  • Large charging dock
  • Mop only does a light clean
  • Only works on 2.4GHz Wi-Fi
  • Mop can’t scrub deep stains and dirt

Specs

  • Maximum power:  3000 Pa 
  • Dust capacity:  280ml dust bin
  •  Water tank: 300ml 
  • Run time: Up to 150 minutes
  • Charge time: 160 to 190 minutes
  • Vacuum Dimensions: about 14″x14″x4″ inches / 350mm x 350mm x 98mm
  • Base Dimensions:  6.5″x 5.5″ x 4″ inches / 170mm x245mm x 100mm 
  • Weight: 8lb /3.6kg
  • Filter: HEPA filter
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Accessories:  Remote control, charging dock, mop cloth holder, 2 mop cloths, 2 HEPA filters, a cleaning brush, and extra side brush 

Proscenic M8 robot vacuum cleaner review

Design

The circular robotic vacuum sports a sort of faux brushed metal look, though its glossy surface immediately tells you otherwise. The robot itself has a diameter of 13.8 inches / 35cm and the height is 3.9 inches / 9.8cm at the tallest part in the center.

It has just two buttons on top, a start/ stop button, and a recharge button. The charging base measures 14.2 x 11.1 x 8 inches / 36.1 x 28.2 x 20.2cm (h x w x d) and has a bag-full indicator on the lid, so you know when it needs emptying.

Accessories

In the box, you’ll also get a spare HEPA filter, second side brush, two mop cloths, and a mop cloth holder. The charging dock houses a dust bag and dirt from the cleaner is automatically sucked into the bag after each vacuuming session, so there’s no need to empty a dirt bin. Which makes it more hands-off than other robot vacuums that have small dirt bins so need emptying regularly.

Brush

The Proscenic M8 side brush is shaped to enable the robot vacuum to sweep debris from hard-to-reach spots into its path. Unfortunately, the brush doesn’t do a good enough job so additional sweeping or vacuuming is needed for those areas. 

Sensor

The Proscenic M8 uses its highly sensitive laser ranging sensor and anti-collision sensors to expertly navigate your space, avoiding bumping into walls and falling down the stairs. The vacuum maps out the different spaces in your home and picks up most of the dirt in its path.

Suction power in Proscenic M8 robot vacuum cleaner

It has one of the highest suction power of up to 3000Pa, which is higher than the Proscenic M7 PRO with a 2700Pa. This suction power can clean various dirt from fine to large debris. It also has a carpet boost that can automatically increase its suction when detecting carpets since this floor type requires higher suction power. However, it also produces a loud noise when cleaning, which can interrupt conversations. When it automatically empties the dust bin, it also creates an extremely loud noise for a few seconds, which is common in auto-empty dust bins.

Cleaning

The single side brush does mean that there are times when it fails to pull in some piece of dirt, which is probably why Proscenic had to develop what it calls a “Y-Mopping” path to go over each path almost three times. Despite that, it still managed to get the job done quickly, but it also managed to get some dust stuck on its top in the process.

Mopping

Proscenic M8 a robot vacuum that mops too. Setting up this capability is effortless as it only requires you to attach the mop pad to the mop attachments and then slip it into the dustbin locking it into place. The next step is to fill the tank in the dustbin with water. When it’s in mopping mode, the robot vacuum will slowly release water onto the mop pad cleaning your floors as it moves along.

Charging & battery life

  • Max 250 min run time
  • Returns to charger when battery at 15%
  • Battery percentage can be viewed in app

As long as it can access it, the robot will return to the charger after every clean. According to Proscenic, a full charge takes 5.5 hours, but when we let the battery drop to just 15% it took just over three hours to charge back up to 100%.

In Hyperdrive, which is the highest suction power it vacuumed for around 100 minutes and once the battery reached 15% the robot wouldn’t start up again and requested to be charged. Reducing the suction power to eco will give the longest battery life – Proscenic claims this is around 250 minutes – but might not clean your floors as well as you’d like.

App

You can control the M8 with its remote or the new Proscenic app. Certain screens wouldn’t scroll during the setup process, and the app repeatedly failed to connect to my Wi-Fi. Apparently, connection failure is a common problem judging from several online reviews. These bugs will likely be fixed in future updates, but they kept me from accessing some of the M8’s most compelling features during my review period.

The app makes more functions available, including multi-floor mapping, virtual barriers, and cleaning zones. The app, however, which I was forced to upgrade to when I opened the old one, is buggy as heck.

Proscenic M8 robot vacuum cleaner Performance review

For straight vacuuming, you need only to press the “play” button on the remote. When it detects carpet, Proscenic’s Vboost technology automatically kicks in to increase the suction to max power. The M8 defaults to Auto cleaning mode, which automatically adjusts its suction to the type of floor it’s on. There’s also a spot cleaning mode for areas of concentrated dirt.

The suction reverts to the previous power level when it’s back on hard flooring. You can manually turn on Max suction from the remote, but running it consistently in this mode will drain the battery more quickly.

The M8’s first cleaning journey allows it to create a map of your home it will use going forward. The robot vacuum did a good job at avoiding hitting the walls and was able to easily move over a bump on the hardwood floors. But after the first cleaning, I saw that the corner and spaces next to the walls still had a significant amount of dirt.

Alternate of Proscenic M8 robot vacuum cleaner

Roborock S5 Max

Specs

Size: 13.8 x 13.8 x 3.8 inchesWeight: 7.8 poundsMapping: YesSmart home compatibility: Alexa, Google Assistant

Pros

+Attractive design+Spring-loaded mop pad+Customizable no mop zones

Cons

Expensive

Roborock’s update to the S5 hybrid, logically named the S5 Max, put a special emphasis on mopping performance. For starters, there’s a larger, 290ml electronic water tank. Plus, the detachable microfiber mopping pad is spring-loaded, meaning the pad will apply consistent pressure on surfaces as it cleans. This leads to more consistent mopping results.

This sleek-looking 2-in-1 offers several cleaning modes for vacuuming — Gentle, Silent, Balanced, Turbo and Max — but also offers customizations in mop mode, too. Choose from low, medium, or high water flow depending on the surfaces you’re cleaning. Better yet– the flow level can be adjusted from room to room.

Controlling the S5 Max is as easy as opening the Roborock app on your smartphone. The Wi-Fi-connected bot is capable of creating and saving editable maps of your home. Create a schedule, customize cleaning routes, and demarcate “no-mop” zones from the palm of your hand.

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