Mamibot ProVac Plus2 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner Review
Ideal if you’re living in a smart apartment, the Mamibot ProVac Plus2 takes care of your daily vacuuming and is only £89 (buy at Amazon).
So what does one of the cheapest robovacs on the market offer?
The ProVac Plus2 is a 3-in-1 Robot Vacuum Cleaner. It not only sweeps and vacuums your floor, but it also mops. It’s designed to clean a range of flooring from wood, ceramic and low pile carpets.
A high-capacity Li-ion battery sits at the heart of the Plus2 and provides over 90 minutes on a full charge. The battery powers two side brushes, which sweep dust and debris into the dustbin.
The mop function is a feature that’s usually only found on robovacs that are 4, 5 times the price. It uses a detachable water tank and large mop, to truly clean your floors.
Mamibot ProVac Plus2 has several cleaning modes and can automatically change modes based on the cleaning conditions.
Like most robotic vacuum cleaners, the Mamibot navigates using sensors which detect objects and steps, and so prevent falling or bumping.
While overall the Mamibot ProVac Plus2 provides many useful features, it does leave a lot to be desired. So it scores 5/10.
- Vacuums and mops
- Silm design, so can clean under furniture
- Collects pet hair, dust and dirt
- Need to be plugged in as no dock
- Always cleans at least 45 minutes (no matter how small the room)
- Doesn’t always recognize obstacles
Unsurprisingly, the Mamibot ProVac Plus2 comes in the now-standard charcoal grey colour. That said, the almost square shape is a unique take and makes cleaning corners, easy.
The sleek design incorporates a range of features, most of which blend effortlessly into the shell.
On the unit’s top are a start/stop button and a door to the dustbin and filters. Moving down, the front contains a bumper and a power input on the rear.
Flipping the ProVac Plus2 over reveals the wheels and sensors which are used for navigation. There’s also the two side brushes, vacuum port and battery box. As well as 3 slots for the mop tank and cloth attachment.
As well as the Mamibot ProVac Plus2, the box contains an AC power adapter, welcome guide and manual. It comes with a 24-month warranty.
Out of the box, you’ll notice that the Mamibot ProVac Plus2 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner Review doesn’t come with a dock or remote. So to charge the battery, you’ll need to plug it in.
In terms of the battery, the ProVac Plus2 uses a 2600mAh lithium-Ion battery. Charging takes between 3 and 4 hours and when full, the battery provides around 90 minutes of operation.
It’s always worth factoring in the charge to operation ratio when buying any battery-powered tool as you don’t want to wait for hours while it recharges. With a 2:1 ratio, this robovac fairs quite well.
The battery powers a motor, which surprisingly creates very little noise (less than 55dB, to give it a number). You can set the ProVac Plus2 to work and catch up on your favourite TV show without much interruption.
A top-loaded 300ml dustbin sits under the removable top, which isn’t as user-friendly as a rear-loaded bin that can be easily released. As a relativity small dustbin, you might find you have to empty it fairly often.
While the ProVac Plus2 offers several vacuuming modes, it also mops. To use the mop function, you’ll need to attach the water tank (for which we can’t find a capacity) and washable mop pad.
In terms of navigation, there are 3 sensors which guide the unit’s 3 wheels and ensure it doesn’t bump into objects or fall down steps. If it does hit items, then the front bumper softens the blow.
From unpacking the box to the first vacuum is very simple. As the Mamibot ProVac Plus2 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner doesn’t use a charging base, you don’t need to spend time clearing space for one.
So out of the box, plug in the power cable and leave to charge for around 4 hours. Couldn’t be simpler!
When it’s fully charged, check the that the two brushes and the dustbin are correctly attached and you’re pretty much ready to go.
As an entry-level robovac, there’s no way to stop it from entering a space or room other than to shut doors. It will also, quite happily clean and mop anything that’s on the floor.
So before you set it off for its first vacuum, it’s worth shutting any doors and removing any valuables from the floor. With that taken care of, we’re going to start the ProVac Plus2 in the full cleaning mode.
As this is the default mode, simply press the on button and it’ll spring into action. It’s always worth watching your robotic vacuum cleaner the first few times.
When it’s finished vacuuming, it’s a good idea to try the mop function, even if it’s just for the fun of it! You’ll want to fill the tank and attach it along with the pad, then set to run.
There are two operating modes and you can use the mop attachment on both.
The first is Full Cleaning Mode. It has a run time on 90 minutes and so cleans a single floor. Of course, you’ll need to move it between floors and back to the charging point.
Single Room Mode limits the cleaning time to 45 minutes. This mode is ideal for vacuuming a single room. You’ll want to shut the door behind you to ensure the Mamibot ProVac Plus2 stays in the room. Once the 45 minutes are up, you’ll need to plug it in to recharge it.
Before diving into how the Mamibot ProVac Plus2 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner performs, it’s worth pointing out the obvious. It’s an entry-level robovac and so if you have high expectations, it’s not the unit for you.
As there’s no dock and therefore no auto-charging, you’ll need to be more involved than you might like. After every clean, you’ll need to connect the mains cables to recharge and check the dustbin.
Again as the dustbin is top loaded and sits under a panel, it’s a little cumbersome to remove. Putting it bluntly, if the bin is full, it won’t clean a square centimetre!
With the battery charged and bin empty, you can point and start, then go for a coffee or catch up on TV.
What isn’t apparent until you use your ProVac Plus2 is that the sensors only guide, they don’t track where the unit has been. This means unless you’re watching, it will keep cleaning until it finishes it’s mode time (90 mins for full clean and 45 mins for single room).
That aside, the results are good and even the mop function is impressive. It does catch and removes more dust, dirt and debris than you can with a traditional vacuum cleaner.
While it performs well on hard flooring, thicker carpets proof to be a challenge, as do rugs. On low-pile carpet, it has no problem cleaning under furniture.
Even with its many limitations, it performs well in small apartments and properties. But does need more user input than we’d like.
With change from £100, is the Mamibot ProVac Plus2 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner worth it? Our answer, sadly, is no.
It does have many positives including the mop function, good battery life and ease of use.
However, the negatives outweigh. The biggest disappointment is the lack of a dock. You’ll always need to locate the unit and plug it in. You might find it hasn’t be recharged and so this delays your cleaning schedule.
As the only control method is on the unit, there no remote. Unlike other devices, there’s no easy way to locate it or to change modes without having to find it first.
Another big problem is having a top-loading dustbin. Firstly the available space is limited meaning the dustbin is smaller than it potentially could be. Secondly, it difficult to remove and empty. There’s also no indicator to alert you that it’s full.
As prices of robotic vacuum cleaners have softened, we’d recommend buying the slightly more expensive DIGGRO KK320. It’s worth the extra money as it comes with a dock and auto charging, more cleaning modes and stronger suction.
Overall our score for the Mamibot ProVac Plus2 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner is 5/10.