Hi everyone! Welcome to Robotobzor! We continue reviewing new products of 2022 and in this article we will talk about the new flagship from the Hobot brand, which specializes in floor and window cleaning robots. In January 2022, another model called Hobot LEGEE-D7 was introduced. The visually updated model is very similar to the previous one – LEGEE 7, which we reviewed earlier. The same D-shaped case, which allows you to better clean in the corners, lidar, height. At first it seems that only the color of the case has changed. But from the start of the promo, we are shown that Hobot LEGEE-D7 is able to clean on carpets, which is not typical for floor cleaners of the LEGEE line.
So the whole point is that a new model is equipped with a turbo brush, in front of which there is an additional suction hole for advance collection of light litter, mainly hair and wool. In a standard robot vacuum cleaners, hair and wool are wound around the central brush. As per the manufacturer, pre-collection of hair and wool will reduce the problem by 80%. The side brush is three-beam, as in previous models, it is one. The suction power has not changed, it is 2700 Pa.
We see that 2 containers are installed inside the robot vacuum cleaner: for collecting garbage and for water. Hobot engineers have kept the unique system of water supply in front of the cleaning cloth in this model. Water doesn`t enter the surface through microfiber, but is evenly sprayed in front of the napkin. This ensures that the dirt will be dissolved with water and next, dirty water will be absorbed with an “almost dry” cloth. The pressure of the cloth on the floor reaches 600 grams, which provides good pressure for wiping dirt from the floor.
And here is the second special fact about Hobot LEGEE-D7 – when driving on carpets, the platform with a napkin automatically rises by 6 mm, as it works in popular model – Roborock S7. Thanks to this constructive solution, the robot vacuum cleaner is able to simultaneously vacuum and mop the floor, while leaving the carpets dry after cleaning.
And it is worth noting that the passage ability of the robot has become much better. According to the manufacturer, it is able to overcome 2-centimeter sills, while previous model couldn`t pass more than 5 mm. This is mainly due to the fact that the cleaning module has changed. Instead of two movable platforms with napkins, which the robots of the Hobot line are famous for, there is one fixed platform on which a microfiber napkin is fixed. Well, in front of the napkin there is a central brush, a suction hole for pre-collection of litter, as well as a side brush. The cleaning technology has been changed almost completely.
As for the special functions, the manufacturer demonstrates dividing of a room by zones, the selection of the necessary rooms for cleaning, 8 cleaning modes, support for connecting to a 5G Wi-Fi network, support for restricted areas, storing up to 5 unique cleaning maps in memory, continuing cleaning after charging at the base, lifting a napkin above the floor while charging, as well as support for creative voice alerts that you can record and install yourself in the application.
In addition, Hobot engineers have implemented a few more useful features that definitely make their product to stand out from the competition. The first is the setting of areas where the robot vacuum cleaner should not get stuck. The function is called Climbing Control Zone. In these areas, it will not tend to run over obstacles such as bar chair legs or dryer legs. He will simply gently go around them after touching.
The second is something like cleaning in areas with light obstacles, where the robot will go through obstacles, behind which there may be an accumulation of the litter. The function is called Curtain Zone. For example, curtains slightly raised above the floor or a hanging blanket that prevents the robot from moving under the bed. In such areas, the robot will pass through obstacles detected by the lidar.
Well, the third special function – is the so-called Smart Recharge & Resume Cleaning. When cleaning large areas, the robot vacuum cleaner calculates how long it takes to finish cleaning the area for which there was not enough battery power, and charges just enough to complete the cleaning. Means, it will not need to make a full charge cycle.
According to brand representatives, the robot vacuum cleaner will appear on the market in the second half of 2022 and it will cost about $600, like the previous model.
Unfortunately, this robot is not yet equipped with a napkin rinse station, but in any case, who doesn`t need this option, the demonstrated capabilities definitely accumulating interest in this robot. In addition, it is not yet clear how efficiently these stations work with competitors. Soon we will receive several models for review and it will be clear whether it is worth chasing this option now or if it is still “raw”, like most self-cleaning dust collector stations that many robot vacuum cleaners are equipped with.
However, very soon the Hobot LEGEE-D7 will be tested, and it will become clear whether it is worth considering it one of the best robot vacuum cleaners of 2022. On this note, I would like to end this preview. If you have any questions, ask them in the comments below.
Happy tech shopping. See you later!
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