The RCV 5 performs properly total, has a contemporary navigation system with impediment detection and is straightforward to make use of. We just like the clear app and the power to customize the map. Nonetheless, it’s too costly in comparison with rivals.
Kärcher is just not resting on its laurels. A few weeks in the past I had the chance to check one of many producer’s new air purifiers, now I’ve the pleasure of testing one other new product from the identical firm: the RCV 5 robotic vacuum cleaner.
A robotic vacuum cleaner from Kärcher? Sure, the model’s product portfolio will probably be broadened significantly in 2023 and it’ll quickly be related to extra product classes than high-pressure cleaners and heavy-duty vacuum cleaners.
The robotic vacuum cleaner follows the identical color scheme as Kärcher’s air purifiers and is available in white, versus the attribute yellow we’ve come to count on from the producer’s extra ‘conventional’ merchandise.
Trendy? I’ll depart it to others to determine, however the high quality is sort of good and all detachable components (mopping unit, mud container, brush curler) simply click on into place with an ideal match.
Set up is comparatively fast; you utilize the devoted app to attach the vacuum cleaner to your private home community, which then updates it with the most recent firmware. Then it’s time for a fast spherical, with out cleansing, to map the house by way of a laser-based navigation system.
The important thing right here is to clear the world as a lot as you’ll be able to to make the journey simpler and to get probably the most correct map attainable.
App and efficiency
Three cleansing modes
Editable map in app
Impediment avoidance hit or miss
The app could be very simple to make use of. As soon as the mapping is full, you’ll be able to edit the house and identify the totally different rooms, add digital partitions and various kinds of no-go zones. You may also customise the cleansing (suction energy and quantity of water for mopping) in addition to select between three totally different cleansing modes: vacuuming, mopping or a mixture of those.
The robotic makes use of laser sensors and a digital camera within the entrance to detect and keep away from small objects (corresponding to footwear, socks and cables) and it really works more often than not. I examined it by inserting an influence cable and a pair of headphones on the ground. It noticed the cable (and confirmed it on the map as an impediment) and easily prevented it – however the headphones had been sucked up with none concern.
On the subject of vacuuming, the RVC 5 performs very well on the entire, overlaying room after room systematically and comparatively shortly. Like nearly all robotic vacuum cleaners, it misses some dust in corners and the easier mopping unit needs to be seen as a complementary half for much more efficient mud assortment reasonably than a stain remover.
There’s no lack of accessibility and, aside from the headphone blunder, it successfully avoids widespread obstacles on the ground floor in addition to detecting and avoiding mopping carpets.
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Mannequin: RCV 5 Producer: Kärcher Battery: 5,200mAh Runtime: As much as 120 min Suction: As much as 5,000 Pa Mud bin: 0.33 litres Water tank: 0.24 litres Mapping: Laser (LiDAR) Communication: Wifi Related app: Sure Map operate: Sure Room division : Sure Suitable with Google Assistant/Amazon Alexa/Apple Siri: no/no/no Robotic dimensions: 350 x 350 x 97mm
This text was first printed in Sweden’s M3 and has been translated for Tech Advisor.