Robotic vacuum cleaners have come a long way from being awkward, bulky bots that bump into every obstacle to being sleek, intelligent units with enhanced motors and amazing performance that go beyond simple sweeping and vacuuming. Take the Coredy R500+, a vacuum-mop hybrid bot with high-quality features where it matters most. Let’s take a closer look at what this black-and-blue combo bot brings to the table.
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First things first, how well it performs. The R500+’s motor is able to produce up to 1,400 Pa of suction power which is actually quite strong by budget robot standards. This much cleaning power gives the R500+ the ability to clean bare floors and medium-pile carpets without breaking a sweat.
Basically, it can handle any vacuuming task that some of the best robots can while also being on the more affordable side of the price spectrum.
One of the first things we noticed about the R500+ is its somewhat rough way of navigating floors. It works beautifully at avoiding head-on collisions and cliffs, but it moves in a random pattern. It’s essentially a hit-or-miss type of bot—just pray that anything it missed during the first vacuuming cycle will be picked up in the next.
The R500+ also experiences trouble when rolling on shaggy area rugs, and it doesn’t sense dark-colored surfaces very well. It’s best to place a strip of boundary tape around suck surfaces and obstacles to prevent to prevent the R500+ from getting trapped.
Speaking of which, the R500+ is fully compatible with Coredy’s boundary strips. Upon detecting the strip in its immediate area, the robot will automatically turn around and continue cleaning in another direction.
These strips will come in handy to stop the R500+ from tipping vases, spilling pet food bowls, and wandering into rooms where it is not allowed to clean. The R500+ kit does not include these boundary strips; you’ll have to purchase them separately (a shame, we know).
120-minute Battery Life
Inside of the glossy disc-shaped exterior lies a beefy 2,600-mAh battery that, on a full-charge, supplies up to 120 minutes of continuous cleaning. How much of your floors or how many rooms the R500+ can clean per charge depends on the layout of your home, but to put into perspective, this robot has no trouble cleaning six average-sized bedrooms before needing to refuel.
When its battery runs low, the R500+ will attempt to glide on over to its floor charging dock. Due to its somewhat poor navigation, it doesn’t always reach its destination and more frequently than not will need to be fished out from underneath couches. Just try and be mindful of where the robot is.
As you might expect, the R500+ is not compatible with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Instead, Coredy provides a handy remote control that gives you access to all of the basic commands and programmable schedulers. They even threw in a pair of AAA batteries to help to robot settle in to its new home.
You’d think that the remote control would also have a Find Me button for when the R500+ finds itself trapped in the wilderness of your home, but you’d be sorely mistaken.
45-decibel Noise Output
When the quietest of the five cleaning modes is activated, the R500+ produces a gentle 45-decibel hum—about the same noise output as a microwave—and only 65 decibels on its highest setting. Though not technically whisper-quiet, the R500+’s motor shouldn’t be so disturbing as to wake sleeping children and pets. As long as the filter is cleaned and replaced regularly, it should produce ear-splitting shrieks while at work.
Water Tank and Mopping Pad SOLD SEPARATELY
Remember how we said that the R500+ is a hybrid robot that vacuums and mops? Well, we’ve talked mainly about how well it vacuums, but you should know that it can only mop if you pick up the water tank and mopping pad which are sold separately!
However, even if you don’t purchase the water tank, you’re really not missing out on much. At best, the pad picks up tiny dirt particles that the 1,400-Pa suction may have missed. Don’t expect this bot to remove old spaghetti stains or mud tracks.
Verdict: Should I Get the Coredy R500+?
As a robotic vacuum cleaner, you really can’t ask for much more from the budget-friendly Coredy R500+. It delivers a powerful suction that removes dust and debris from most floor types, starting from bare floors to medium-pile carpets.
It also sports a healthy battery that provides plenty of cleaning time per full-charge. What’s sad about the R500+ is that the boundary strips and water tank/mopping pad are sold separately, but the silver lining is that you can definitely make do without them.
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