360 s10 Robot Vacuum Review, Specs & Price: You can get the flat 360 S10 vacuum robot from the German dealer Odiporo for only €294. To do this, you must redeem the odiporo-bindabei voucher in the shopping cart.
Voucher odiporo-bindabei / Highlights of the 360 S10:
- Flat design
- object detection
- Good cleaning performance on hard floors
When Ecovacs launches a vacuum robot like the Ozmo T9 with 3D obstacle detection, the competition is wide awake and alarmed. So it was only a matter of time before 360 Smart Life, former smartphone maker and now internet security giant in China, catches up technologically. Et voilà, the new 360 S10 detects small obstacles such as cables, socks, shoes and more. Our test shows how well this works.
360 s10 Robot Vacuum Review, Specs & Price
- 360 S10 vacuum robot
- Specifications: Comparison to Deebot Ozmo T9+
|360 S10||Ecovac’s Deebot T9 (+)|
|Price without offer approx.||599||€699 without, €899 with suction station|
|suction power||3300 pa||3000 pa|
|navigation||Triple-eye LiDARs with dToF technology||dToF laser sensor with TrueDetect 3D 2.0|
|apartment||360 Robot ( Android, iOS )||Ecovacs Home ( Android , iOS )|
|volume||45, 50, 57, 67 dB with increasing suction level||47, 51, 57, 67 dB with increasing suction level (four levels)|
|dust chamber/water tank||0.5L / 0.52L||0.42L/0.2L|
|loading time||5 hours||5 hours|
|working hours||3 hours||3 hours|
|battery pack||5000mAh||5200mAh Li-Ion|
|Dimensions||35.0×35.0x8.5cm _||35.3 x 35.3 x 9.3 cm|
|gradients||25°, up to 2 cm||25°, up to 2 cm|
|CE mark||with EU availability yes||Yes|
|features||Mapping with map storage of up to 10 floors|
selective room division (each room can be controlled individually with wiping and/or vacuuming)
Mop function with electric water tank
Voice control via Amazon Alexa and Google Home (probably not in DE)
Carpet detection (automatically increases suction and avoids carpets when mopping)
3D obstacle detection of small objects (~1 cm)
|TrueMapping 2.0 with map storage of multiple floors (three)|
selective room division (each room can be controlled individually with wiping and/or vacuuming)
Ozmo Pro mopping function with electric water tank and oscillating mopping plate
Voice control via Amazon Alexa and Google Home
Detect 3D 2.0 technology
Scope Of Delivery
A fine, brown box is waiting to be opened to receive the new “pet”. The robot survives the journey from China completely untroubled, at most with a little jet lag. But the packaging is not the problem, everything is packed safely and neatly.
In addition to the robot, the package includes:
- Charging station with charging cable and umpteen adapters (EU adapter already attached)
- Cable management on the back
- Mop attachment with attached microfiber cloth
- small cleaning tool under flap
- Operating instructions in various languages, including German
That’s it already! A few replacement brush heads, additional wipes, a remote control or a water-collecting mat would have been nice, but we already know from 360 Smart Life that the scope of delivery is not particularly generous. After crowdfunding, spare parts and accessories can then be found in the usual China shops.
Normally I get nervous when I see the adapters that come with it and I dig my own EU adapter out of the drawer, but this construction here is safer than you know from other China deliveries.
Personal criticism: where are the S6 Pro‘s minion eye stickers that could be used to create a ” driving minion “?
Design: 360 S10 hides the main sensor in the body
You unpack a pretty little guy here, no question. But for models above €400, they also have to score points in terms of feel and workmanship. I’m still missing a bit of material quality and fineness in the lines. Roborock is getting further and further ahead here, placing more and more value on small design gimmicks in addition to technology.
The S10 can hide its main sensor in the case when approaching an obstacle. So we do have a unique design feature after all. However, a height of 8.5 cm is more than would potentially be possible. The Dreame F9 without LDS but with an optical sensor is only 8.0 cm high. However, the development towards flat vacuum robots, which has been noticed more and more lately, is still correct and the 3D obstacle detection is a very elementary step.
Below the distinctive sensor are two control elements typical of vacuum robots. If you press the button with the charging cable symbol once, the S10 automatically returns to the charging station. If you hold it down for a few seconds, you activate spot cleaning, in which the robot cleans in a small radius around you.
A short, single press of the power button starts and stops the robot, holding it down for 3 seconds turns the S10 on and off. If you hold down both buttons on the top, you reset the network connection.
Like its predecessors, the S10 works with just one brush head, which is not a disadvantage compared to models with two brush heads if navigation and operation are good. Since the S10 is also to be sold throughout Europe, there is also a CE mark on the underside – but not on all delivery contents.
Charging station, dust chamber, water tank
The three points in the heading here are a bit unspectacular compared to the rest of the package. So feel free to keep scrolling. The S10 finds the charging station again autonomously after a potential working time of 3 hours (very good value, but measured at the lowest suction level), which did not pose any difficulties in the test phase. Provided you don’t switch them around during cleaning.
The charging station is a labeled, but still typical Chinese construction, the cable management on the back is positive here , which means that the charging cable does not get in the way of robots or humans. After a charging time of up to 5 hours, the robot is fully refueled. The dust chamber under the flap on the top offers a potential capacity of 0.5 l, the water tank used at the rear just as much.
Because both the water tank and the dust chamber are integral parts of the robot, you only have to attach the wiping attachment to the underside to activate the wiping function of the S10. The vacuum robot recognizes this automatically and also comments on the attachment.
3D obstacle detection and virtual restricted areas
Anyone who already owns or has owned a vacuum robot knows the problem of having to tidy up a little before cleaning a robot vacuum: Children’s toys, shoes and especially cables tend to get caught in the rollers of the small robotic household helpers. The 360 S10 is a real bulwark of functions and sensors that should be able to handle it. How? Because the S10 can recognize the outlines of small objects using a 3D camera (does not take photos or videos).
Before there was AI and 3D obstacle detection, the manufacturers invented virtual walls and no-go zones, which in the case of the S10 can also be used again in the 360Robot app (Android, iOS). This allows you to draw areas on the virtual map of the premises (mapping) and thus exclude them for the vacuum robot. This is already possible with the very first cleaning run, so that less cleaning is required in advance. With 3D recognition, that shouldn’t be necessary anyway.
If you look closely, you can see that you can not only draw in the usual squares for the no-go and no-mop zones, but also use circles or pentagons. The more precise, the better. The small obstacles bypassed are counted and displayed in the app. To be honest, I didn’t count, the values shown there seem a bit too high to me. No, way too high.
Nevertheless, the 3D recognition in my apartment is more than noticeable. The S10 always appears as if it has everything under control and reliably recognizes most small obstacles. You can’t say that with 100% accuracy, but from my point of view it recognizes the small obstacles even better than the Deebot T9. With the S10, I always felt safe letting it drive several times on its own, despite the fact that the apartment was deliberately not tidy in advance.
Visualized carpet boost
Another small highlight for a vacuum robot tester, which is third-rate in terms of performance: If the S10 uses the carpet boost on a carpet, i.e. the automatic increase in suction power to the maximum of 3300 pa, this is even displayed in the app. And it does so by means of a small, rotating icon. Where the suction level can be changed.
I have a strong feeling that many top manufacturers will buy an S10 to learn from here. Because the functions mentioned so far are far from everything.
The 360 Robot app
Many people have had a lot of fun with the 360Robot app ( Android, iOS ) – but also a lot of trouble. Every now and then the app disappears from the PlayStore for inexplicable reasons, but this is said to have been done with the latest app update in May of this year.
In general, the app is not very tidy and not always well translated into German in all places, but it offers so many functions that you quickly overlook the negative points.
The WLAN and app integration is quick and easy with Bluetooth, WLAN and location activated on the smartphone. If you still have difficulties connecting, either take a look at this guide or write to us in the comments.
Let’s anticipate. If the robot had already driven everything, you would expect the following interface when accessing the S10:
With this type of quick access, you don’t have to first draw a go-to zone on the virtual map, but can have a previously defined sofa, carpet, dining table or other area cleaned afterwards. We’ll almost certainly see this on all new models before long.
Sending the S10 to a specific location is also possible with the virtual remote control, with which you can even “drive on sight” thanks to simultaneous live mapping:
A good method, for example, to show the robot to impressed friends. However, this is only possible if the smartphone and robot are in the same WLAN, i.e. not when you are out and about.
“Cleaning makes me happy”
Before the first cleaning trip, it is advisable to make a few settings. For example, downloading and installing one of many language packs – honestly, you shouldn’t miss that! The DND mode ( Do Not Disturb), i.e. the time when the robot does not utter a voice, can also be set.
The German language pack brings out the polite (he says please and thank you) but also submissive side of the S10: he always starts his cleaning with the words “cleaning makes me happy “. Very positively adjusted round fellow.
With the abundance of functions and setting options, you run the risk of forgetting something.
Personally, I like the setting that the S10 only leaves the kitchen and bathroom last to avoid dirt being transported from there to other rooms. In addition, there is a horizontal and vertical deep cleaning for the entrance area, which makes perfect sense with dirty shoes coming in from outside. I’m sure we’ll see both of these settings in many other brands in the near future.
So that as the owner of the S10 you always know what the robot is doing – especially when you’re on the go and it’s working – the S10 sends push notifications, which you can of course turn off in the smartphone settings.
For my taste, this is almost too much information, and the 360 robot also comments verbally on everything it does. But he always remains polite and the voice is very refreshing (compared to many other voices recorded in the vacuum robot), so everything is good. If it bothers you, turn it off.
Live mapping with 3D map display (really cool!)
The 360 S10 is not called a smart vacuum robot for nothing, it actually applies to him. So the round household helper first plans his cleaning route before he really gets started. If he notices man-made changes on his route (e.g. a closed toilet door that was previously open), he replans again.
Of course, this is primarily relevant for the first cleaning trips, as he gets to know the four walls better with every trip and further optimizes the route.
If you want, you can have the robot drive through everything twice the first time so that it gets used to its new home better. This is how the mapping looks “live”:
This is a very precise mapping, but let’s be honest, we’ve seen it in other top models. But what we definitely haven’t seen before is the 3D map display. You can switch between 2D (as in the video you just watched) and 3D (the following video). The 3D map can be called up directly, even after a few meters during the very first cleaning run.
And this is what it looks like:
And because it’s so intriguing, one more thing, a little later in the map-making process:
So that there is no misunderstanding here, because the robot in the app estimates an area of well over 100 m²: I have a fine 80 m² at home, but not 134 m². He misjudged that (hihi).
Starting and ending at the charging station is important, otherwise you cannot use the selective room layout. Plus: The first trip should take place completely autonomously, without human intervention. All doors should be open.
Selective room division and storey storage
Selective room division means that the vacuum robot independently recognizes the room boundaries of a floor, distinguishes them and displays them in color on the virtual map. These can then be controlled individually – vacuuming, wiping or both at the same time. The suction and wiping intensity can be specified individually for each room. The map can also be rotated in 90° increments. In combination with the 3D view you have a lot of control over your premises.
For even more clarity and control, you can name the individual rooms and specify the “floor material” laid, as it is called in the app.
If you do not agree with the automatic robot division, you can also separate or merge individual rooms. This was necessary for me and is a bit of finger fiddling on the smartphone display (zooming in makes things a lot easier!), but it doesn’t take too long either. Personally, I don’t have any problems with something like that, but it should also be said that I can’t really imagine my parents doing it, despite the reading glasses. The 360 S10 is a little too high-tech to be a “robot for the whole family”. But the S10 doesn’t have that claim either.
Up to ten cards can be saved in the app and edited as shown here. In order to be able to use the robot properly on several floors, you can also save three WiFi networks. We didn’t check that, but the last 360 model was able to. So if you have a good neighborhood relationship, you could easily share the S10 with the neighbors below, above and across from you. Could that lead to a dispute? Certainly.
In addition, saved cards are not automatically replaced; the user must do this himself using “Reset card”. If you mark a card with a heart symbol as a favorite, it will remain saved until you return or replace it. So if you plan to use the robot with half your neighborhood, a previous workshop would definitely be appropriate.
Can also be used on carpets
Oh, I almost forgot one important point with all the functions: The suction power of 3300 pa at the highest suction level is sufficient for carpets, the medium suction level is already strong enough for hard floors. The operating volume (45, 50, 57, 67 dB with increasing suction level) is also okay. Of course, the volume depends on the test conditions and the distance from the sound level meter to the robot.
The wipe function: Let’s say it’s okay
The electric vibrating water tank is no longer a world first, which enables the robot to exert some pressure on the floor, as with manual wiping. The amount of water that drips from the water tank onto the microfiber cloth can also be adjusted in the app (three levels). To activate the wiping function, you have to attach the wiping attachment with the attached microfibre cloth to the underside and fill the 0.52 l water tank with – guess what – water.
Everything that should not be wiped can be regulated in the app on the virtual map using the no-wipe zone (draw in the appropriate place). There are also special carpet mode settings so the robot knows how to handle carpets. The S10 can also determine areas in which it should not wipe itself and draw them on the virtual map. Smart little fellow.
Although these modes are still in the beta phase, they already worked for me without any problems.
Stubborn, deep-seated stains stay where they are. Regardless of the water flow level, the wiping function does a decent job on the surface, but in no way replaces manual wiping with a mop. You have to lower your expectations significantly if you want to use the wipe function of the S10. Fortunately, wiping is not one of the main functions or selling points of the round household helper.
Of course, it doesn’t hurt to send the S10 through the four walls with a drop or two of floor cleaner every now and then. But if you are looking for a robot vacuum that wipes really well, you should take a look at the Roborock S7.
Conclusion: The best vacuum robot?
No, the headline is not lurid, but quite appropriate as a question. You can never complain about the price of the 360 models, but rather about the app, which has occasionally caused difficulties in the past.
So the S10 was clearly in our test as a contender for the best model of 2021. And if you are looking for a bulwark of features with strong hardware, the S10 is a very good choice. Really really good. I always enjoy vacuum robot tests, but the S10 is something very special.
In terms of functionality, the S10 is currently unmatched by any model. At most, one could complain about the mediocre wiping function and the material used. All in all, an extremely exciting household helper. What do you think of 3D obstacle detection? 360 s10 Robot Vacuum Review video below:
- 3D small obstacle detection really works
- 3D map display
- umpteen (app) functions, detailed mapping
- Navigation, working methods and dealing with obstacles
- Wipe function could be better for the price range