MAMIROBOT PPORO K7
$698, from sg.mamirobot.com Charge time: 2hr. Run time: 2hr. Extras: Mop plate, cloth, hand-held vacuum cleaner.
CLEANING PROWESS Average. It left coffee powder behind; I had to go over the spot several times in manual mode to get it completely clean. It’s more thorough in its intensive or corner-cleaning modes than regular mode. The brushes scattered the crumbs.
SENSITIVITY TO OBSTACLES It knocked into storage boxes and furniture, but with a soft front bumper, no damage was done. It’s most prone to getting stuck between chair legs.
EASE OF USE The remote control is clearly labelled but the machine’s screen doesn’t indicate selected modes. It spouts messages like “Check the brush, please”. It doesn’t have a pre-set daily cleaning function, only a time delay (two to 12 hours). It’s one of two machines that needs a direct cable connection to charge. The paillike dust bin is easy to remove and empty, but is flimsy. NOISE Moderately noisy.
VERDICT A value-for-money, no-frills buy that comes with useful extras.