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Dyson WashG1: First Impressions of the Mop Destroyer

It’s Dyson’s first dedicated wet floor cleaner which can tackle wet and dry debris, in one cleaning session, then clean itself.

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One of the worst jobs in the world is mopping. Despite many best efforts, the grime will probably end up being spread around the house thanks to poor wringing and cleaning of the mop itself. Electronic floor cleaners are designed to clean themselves as they perform their task. And that’s something the Dyson WashG1 does very well.

But before you rush out and drop a grand Australian on Dyson’s latest product, I’ll be shooting a detailed a review over the next week so you can see exactly how capable the WashG1 is on hard floors. You can get a sneak preview of the device in action in the video above.

So what is the Dyson WashG1?

It’s Dyson’s first dedicated wet floor cleaner which can tackle wet and dry debris, in one cleaning session, then clean itself. From the initial testing we did at the Australian launch, it was impressive. So good, it should destroy mopping as we know it for forever.

It has a litre clean water tank to cover flooring up to 290 square metres. Although it’s designed to clean floor with clean water, Dyson told us adding cleaning solution was fine. The unit uses two individually powered counter-rotating rollers with a pulse-modulated pump that distributes water 26 hydration points along the full width of each roller.

The rollers are made up of a highly absorbent microfibre, with 64,800 filaments per square cm. By locating two rollers at the front and back of the machine, dwell time on stains is increased during each pass. More time on the stain, the better the clean.

The big selling point of the WashG1 is the ability to clean and wash at the same time. It does this by using unique separation technology to divide debris and dirty water at the source. Dirty water is extracted from the rollers by solid extraction plates – then secondary nylon-bristled inner brush bars remove dirt and debris from the microfibre rollers – flicking it straight into a removable debris tray.

The debris tray has a 500-micron mesh to separate dirty water from the large debris. An extraction pump moves dirty water into a 0.8 litre capacity dirty water tank. Debris is kept at head of the machine while the dirty water in held in a separate tank.

Engineers have also designed the WashG1 without sharp internal surfaces or crevices, to help lessen grime build up inside the machine. Both water tanks have been designed with large openings to allow for easy maintenance and cleaning. You can actually throw them into the dishwasher too. As for the cleaning head, when in self-cleaning mode, the unit saturates both rollers with clean water on the highest boost setting.

Using the device is pretty straight forward. There are low, medium, and high modes with a separate boost mode button that purges each roller with the maximum amount of hydration when pressed.

The rollers span the full width of the cleaner head to allow for edge-to-edge cleaning, including corners. Each microfibre roller spins in opposite directions so they clean in both directions.

To help the WashG1 glide across the floor with minimal effort from the human doing the pushing, Dyson engineers fine-tuned each motor to spin at a consistent speed in accordance with the hydration mode selected. The unit also allows for easy reach underneath furniture.

So initial impressions are good. Dyson has put a lot of thought into this device and with hard floors becoming more and more popular, this should sell well. But wait for my full review before making a final call. If you can’t wait, the Dyson WashG1 wet floor cleaner is available for pre-order now for A$999.

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Roborock S8 MaxV Ultra Arrives May 1st

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Pack away your stick vacuums because the Roborock S8 MaxV Ultra robot vacuum is now available for pre-order and purchase in-store, in Australia and New Zealand, on May 1st, 2024.

Since its unveiling at CES, we’ve been eagerly awaiting its release date. The S8 MaxV Ultra includes a robotic arm and an extra mop to clean up edges and corners that usually need finishing by a human.

Djuro Sen explains the key features of the Roborock S8 MaxV Ultra on Sky News Australia Weekend Edition

“Our mission at Roborock is to create companions that will make everyday tasks simpler and more enjoyable through technology,” Richard Chang, Founder & CEO of Roborock.

“The S8 MaxV Ultra is the embodiment of that mission, combining smart technology with powerful cleaning to create a device that’s more than a vacuum—it’s a smart home companion that’s adaptable, efficient, and remarkably intuitive to use.” 

Unique to Roborock, the FlexiArm Design™ automatically extends the side brush when corners and low areas under furniture are detected

The features built into the S8 MaxV Ultra are pretty impressive. It really takes a major step towards complete automated floor cleaning.

TECHNOLOGY AND FEATURES

Corner-to-Edge Cleaning: Unique to Roborock, the FlexiArm Design™ automatically extends the side brush when corners and low areas under furniture are detected, allowing S8 MaxV Ultra to sweep up dirt from hard-to-reach spaces with a 100% corner coverage. The added spinning edge mopping system ensures precise cleanliness up to 1.68mm along edges. 

“Hello Rocky” Built-in Voice Assistant: Jumpstart your cleaning tasks and explore more capabilities with a simple “Hello Rocky”, even without a Wi-Fi connection. Control your S8 MaxV Ultra with voice commands ranging from start or stop a clean, clean a specific room, or clean around you for accidental spills, and many more.  

Automatic Pet and Pet Supply Recognition: With a simple button on the App, S8 MaxV Ultra will roam around your home and help you find your pet. When approaching pets, the robot vacuum will immediately stop its main brush, and move aside in advance to prevent frightening your beloved pets. Additionally, it also allows for deep cleaning around pet supplies.  

The Cleaning Mastery Duet: Clean better with S8 MaxV Ultra’s 10,000Pa suction power DuoRoller Riser® Brush and VibraRise® 3.0 Mopping System.  

Smart and Smooth Navigation: Reactive AI 2.0 Obstacle Recognition and Avoidance System identify and avoids obstacles precisely and recognises dirt types to clean adaptively, while the PreciSense® LiDAR Navigation System allow intelligent and precise navigation with mapping capabilities. 

Ultimate Convenience with RockDock® Ultra: Auto emptying, refilling, dock self-cleaning, 60°C hot water mop washing, 60°C heated air drying, intelligent dirt detection, and auto detergent dispenser. 

Effortless App Control and Connectivity: Enjoy the new Roborock SmartPlan™ technology and more customisable App features. Matter protocol support for simpler smart home connectivity. 

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

The S8 MaxV Ultra is available at an MSRP of A$2,999.00 via Roborock and selected retailers starting 1st May. Customers will receive a pre-order offer between 17th – 30th April with 1-year extended warranty and a free extra accessories pack, valued at $458.60.  

Image Matrix Tech will be hands-on with the Roborock S8 MaxV Ultra soon. A full review will follow soon after.

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