One of the industries I started paying attention to more in 2020 was the world of robot vacuums. After picking up a Neato D7 and Roborock S6 Max earlier this year, I’ve decided that I am finished with regular vacuum cleaners, and automated ones are the future for my family. Since August, I’ve been testing out the 360 S9 Robot acuum, so read on to see how it compares to the ones I already use.
One of the first things you’ll notice about the 360 S9 vacuum is it’s white compared to black for most of the other vacuums on the market. It’s a nice change for blending into a home’s decor as it doesn’t look like the typical electronic vacuum that you see in most people’s homes. A product’s looks only go so far, though. With products meant to clean your home, it’s all about how it performs in the task at hand.
I’ve been using the 360 S9 vacuum in the same area that I used the Neato D7 before, and I’ve been quite impressed. Both products do a great, comparable job of cleaning the entire floor of the home. Even this fall, as my dog has tracked leaves in from outside the house, it’s picked them right back up, so after I run a cycle, it’s right back to normal. Since the 360 S9 vacuum includes a mop, it gives it a leg up on the D7.
App wise, the 360 S9 vacuum app might be my favorite of all the robot vacuums I’ve used. When you first launch the app, you’ll be prompted to sign up for an account. Since it allows you to “Sign in with Apple,” I didn’t have to worry about setting up a username or password. Once you add the vacuum to the account, you’ll be prompted with four options at the bottom of the screen: recharge, clean, change mode, and tools. This setup means that I can quickly jump into the app and start (or sometimes stop) the vacuum without drilling down into the app.
The 360 S9 vacuum includes LiDAR mapping technology to map your home so you can easily spot clean particular rooms or specific areas in the future. You can also set up “no go” zones to keep it out of places you don’t want to be cleaned. We have a few frames stored under our bed, so I like that area to be avoided to damage them or get stuck. It does a fantastic job at avoiding things around your home, so it seldom gets stuck. You can also create and manage multiple floors in your home so you can clean various levels with a single device. One of my favorite features of the app is how if It gets stuck, it’ll suggest adding a “no go” zone automatically to that spot.