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The Self-Refilling Robot Vacuum You’ll Love: Switchbot S10 Review

Hi! In this video, I dive into the innovative world of robotic cleaning with the Switchbot S10. Witness the future of convenience as I explore the self-refilling and draining capabilities of this cutting-edge robot vacuum. Say goodbye to the hassle of manually emptying and refilling your vacuum – the Switchbot S10 takes care of it all! Join me for a comprehensive review and demonstration of this must-have cleaning companion. Don’t miss out on the ultimate solution to a cleaner home! Let’s do this!


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This is the Switchbot S10. It’s a robot vacuum and mop that can refill and drain itself! First of all: full transparency. Switchbot sent this robot vacuum cleaner to me for free and I received compensation for making this video. But, as always Switchbot does not influence the content of this video and you will get an honest review of this robot cleaner from me. I have been waiting for this robot cleaner for quite some months now.

Last year Switchbot already came out with the K10+, which is the little brother of this robot vacuum cleaner. I made this review of that then. Should you be interested, check it out. I already knew then that the S10 was coming out and I was very curious to see how it would perform. In short, this robot cleaner can vacuum and mop, but it does it differently from other robot vacuums I know.

First, it catches the dust in an auto-empty station, but that’s nothing new. Other robot vacuum cleaners do that too. But, it can then also dry the mop automatically. And that mop is not a simple cloth pulled across the floor. No, it’s a spinning roller that runs across your floor. The best part is that it comes with an auto-fill & drain water station that you can connect to your water supply and drain in many ways. So your floor is now cleaned completely automatically. Well, you still have to empty the bag in the auto-empty station every few months, but that’s a lot less work than before.

What’s in the box?

Let’s see what you get with this Switchbot S10 robot cleaner.

The Vacuum robot

The vacuum robot itself is quite a large device with a diameter of 365 mm and a height of 115 mm. This does make it a bit larger than my Roborock S5 Max. The S10 has three simple buttons that allow you to start it, send it back to its charging station, or change the cleaning mode. The unit has LIDAR Navigation and AI Obstacle Avoidance. In addition to the rubber brush, the S10 has a Roller mop that automatically lifts when the vacuum navigates across a carpet. When the robot encounters a carpet, the suction power goes up to better clean the carpet. Furthermore, the mop cleans itself 300 times per minute when it is at work. The robot has a suction power of 6500 Pascal Pressure Unit. That’s 4500 Pa more than my Roborock S5 Max has.

Auto Empy and Dry Station

After the vacuum is done vacuuming, the vacuum is automatically emptied in the Auto Empty and Dry Station. This is something we see on other robot vacuums, but this vacuum does even more.

After the vacuum has finished mopping the floor, the mop is dried in a dry station for a long time. This ensures that the mop becomes neatly dry and no mold develops. This makes quite a bit of noise, so keep in mind to have the Switchbot S10 cleaning at times when you don’t want to be disturbed!

Auto Fill & Drain Water Station

And then there is the Auto Fill & Drain water station. This is what puts the Switchbot S10 above the other robot vacuums I know of. You can connect the Auto Fill & Drain water station to your water supply and drain, allowing the mop inside the Switchbot S10 to do its job automatically. So you never have to refill water or clean your mop again. Because many accessories are included, connecting is quite easy as I will show you in a few minutes. By the way, the Auto Fill & Drain water station does not need to be connected to electricity.

Optional: External Water Tank

In case you cannot connect the Auto Fill & Drain water station to your drain and water line right now, you can also use the optional external water tank. You can fill it with clean water and the dirty water is also collected in it. But, it is still best if you can connect the Auto Fill & Drain Water Station to your water supply and drain. That’s what Switchbot itself also recommends.

Optional: Water Leakage Detector

Switchbot also sent me a Water Leakage detector included in the box. Very handy in case you unexpectedly get a leak at your water line.

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Installing the Switchbot S10

When I received the box I was a little intimidated by all the connections. I am not a plumber and was afraid I would break something on my water line or drain. Fortunately, that wasn’t too bad in my case. The many accessories allow you to connect the Auto Fill & Drain Water Station quite easily. Switchbot has focused these accessories on the standard connections you see with washing machines and dishwashers. You can simply place the couplings that are included between the faucet and the drain. In my case, I used the faucet from my boiler because it is located in my utility room. I could also plug the drain hose directly into the drain for my boiler. It works the same with a washing machine connection. I had some problems with the water supply at first, but after reconnecting everything it started working without any issues. There are even fittings included that you can mount directly between your water supply pipes should you really have no other option to connect the Auto Fill & Drain water station.

The App

The Switchbot App is quite simple. On the main screen, you see an overview of the active map. You can edit this and add no-go zones and door thresholds here. The advantage of marking a door threshold is that the robot disables its cleaning function as soon as it crosses a threshold. This makes it easier to cross a threshold.

You can choose to clean the whole house or choose some rooms you want to clean. In addition, you can also specify an area you want to clean.

There are two options for cleaning: Vac & Mop or Vacuum. With both options, you can set the suction power and mopping water level.

Among the option stations, you can clean or dry the mop and have the dust vacuumed out of the robot by the Auto-Empty and Dry station. In addition, you can set the settings of the Water station and Dry station. For example, you can set the drying time to 2 hours so it makes less noise.

In settings you can create schedules so that you can set the days and times when the S10 should clean your house or rooms. Unfortunately, you cannot set which rooms to vacuum only and which to mop if you want to clean the whole house at once. You can also set Do Not Disturb times so the robot will not vacuum if you are sleeping in a room next to the living room, for example. You can set different maps, but I’m currently only using one. On my second floor, I have the Switchbot K10+ because it is better suited for smaller rooms. In Carpet Cleaning, you can set settings for carpets. For example that it adapts to carpets, or avoids them completely. Of course, you can also adjust the audio settings so that the robot does not make too much noise and speaks to you in the language of your choice. In WiFi settings, you can adjust, eh, well, your WiFi settings. And, you can see the robot’s history in the log files. For example, you can see how it cleaned your house. Under Maintenance, you can see which parts of the robot need to be cleaned or replaced.

Then there are other features such as setting AI obstacle avoidance, Child Lock, Auto-Resume Cleaning, and Reduced Collision Mode.

You can also operate the robot manually as if it were a remote-controlled car. I never use that option. But anyway, it can…

There is also an option to connect a Humidifier so that the robot vacuum also automatically supplies the Humidifier with water. However, this Humidifier is not part of the S10 package.

Should you lose your robot, you can summon it via the Find Robot feature.

And of course, this robot can be controlled via Google Assistant, Alexa, IFTT, and Siri.

At work

I have owned this robot for a few days now and I must say that I find it works better than my Roborock S5 Max. It neatly navigates around all obstacles in my house. Where my Roborock has to use its bumper quite often, the Switchbot S10 stops in time and navigates around the obstacle. I have not yet been able to try it out with cat vomit or dog poop. In fact, my Roborock went right through those. As soon as I know more about that, I will post and let you know. So keep a close eye on my channel.

My Roborock S5 Max also almost always got stuck on my door thresholds, but the Switchbot S10 goes over the thresholds with no problem. I have a long-haired cat and she leaves quite a lot of cat litter on the floor. Because I have a wooden floor with slots in between, my Roborock regularly had trouble removing the cat litter between those slots. I noticed that the S10 has much greater suction power, as almost no cat litter is left behind now. Refilling the water and cleaning the mop works brilliantly. The mop stays really clean and you can also see that the floor is swept nicely. I notice that the mop does not get very wet, but maybe that is not necessary. In any case, I am satisfied with the result.

Clean water is continuously added to the mop and the dirty water is immediately drained and collected in a separate container inside the vacuum cleaner. When the clean water runs out, or the container with dirty water is full, the vacuum cleaner returns to the auto-fill and drain water station to drain the dirty water and refill it with clean water. Then the robot vacuum cleaner continues where it left off.

I will continue to use this robot in the coming months and keep you updated if my opinion changes. Make sure you are subscribed to my channel so you don’t miss any of my posts or videos.

The negative sides

Then, the negative things I found about this robot.

  • Connecting this robot to to your plumping system might be a challenge if you’re not that technical.
  • I initially had some trouble installing the water station on my water line, but that may have been my own fault.
  • You cannot change the settings for each room when you want to clean the whole house.
  • The robot is quite tall compared to my previous robot. Therefore, for some people, it might not navigate as well under lower furniture. In that case, the Switchbot K10+ might be a better option.
  • And the last downside: There’s no Home Assistant integration for this robot vacuum. It’s about time that Switchbot opens up its API so that we can easily integrate Switchbot devices into Home Assistant.

Pricing

The price of the S10 without the water tank is €1099.99 or $1199.99 or 999.99 pounds. See the complete list of prices in the description of the video. You will also find some affiliate links there where you can buy this Robot vacuum. It won’t cost you anything extra and you help me a bit if you order through these links.

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