Nothing says the holiday season like having to constantly clean up because you’ve got people coming over, or people just left a mess. The current global pandemic might be putting a damper on that, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t still need a decent vacuum.
We had a chance to check out the 360 S7 Pro Robot Vacuum, a LiDAR powered smart vacuum cleaner that promises to quickly (and quietly) clean your floors. Let’s see if it’s worth the cash.
The 360 vacuum makes it simple to get going without much of a headache. You’ll get everything you need in the box, including a dock, power adapters for whatever country you’re in, the robot vacuum itself, a mop attachment, and the instruction manual. If you’re here, I’m assuming you’re not reading that instruction manual.
One interesting design decision that you’ll notice during setup is the nested power cable management within the dock. Instead of the normal cable sticking out on the floor, you can actually pop the back off and route the power cable inside of it. This means you’ll only have the bare minimum of cable running between the dock and wall, which is exactly what you want to keep things looking clean.
To get started you’ll simply download the robot360 app from the Play Store. This walks you through setting up the vacuum itself, which is pretty simple; after you charge it and turn it on, press the two buttons on top of the robot for 5 seconds and it goes into pairing mode. Click through on your phone and it handles the rest.
Using the 360 S7 Pro vacuum
Once you kick into the app, you’ll see everything that the 360 S7 Pro can do. You’ll probably want to let it do a once over of your living space at first so it can generate a map, which you’ll see on the app going forward.
Afterwards, you’ll be able to tweak that map to control where the vacuum cleans. You can set up no-go zones or no-go barriers to keep it from going into rooms you don’t want vacuumed (like a bathroom, for example) or divide the map into dedicated rooms so you can specify which room you want it to clean. If you’re just looking to clean a certain spot, there’s a zone feature that you can set, too.
You can really dig in and fine tune your vacuuming experience, too. Sounds weird, sure, but it’s actually pretty helpful. The scheduling tool will have the vacuum run every day at a certain time, and there’s a remote control mode so you can control the vacuum to certain spots to clean up spills or crumbs without needing to do a full clean. If you buy two, you could also theoretically race them. The manufacturer does not recommend this.
There are also some smaller tweaks, like a carpet mode that increases suction while on carpet and a do not disturb mode that silences the vacuum’s voice while it cleans, which is useful if you need to run a late-night cleaning.
There’s genuinely a lot to like with the 360 S7 Pro. As a simple vacuum, it’s highly efficient. It runs quickly, and the LiDAR helps it navigate even crowded rooms without bumping into things thanks to accurate maps, and it’s pretty quiet on top of that. I don’t know that I’d let it run during a movie, but casual TV shows are still a possibility with this in the background.
Additionally, you can toss on the included mop attachment to step up what the vacuum can do. If you’ve got hardwood or tile flooring you can also have it mop up certain areas of your house, whether you want a dedicated mopping mode or a hybrid mode that mops and vacuums simultaneously. It’s handy, but you have to specifically manage that so you don’t get your carpet mopped.
My preferred method of using these is to set a schedule during the week while I’m at a work so it takes care of vacuuming the floor each day, and just emptying the dust bin when I get home. I never regularly hear it running, but always have a vacuumed living room with minimal effort, and you can’t beat that.
The battery life seems to last plenty long enough to handle my entire living space, but the contact charging dock seems to juice it up pretty quickly regardless. It also works with Amazon Alexa and can remember up to three WiFi networks, but keep in mind that it only works on 2.4GHz networks, not 5GHz. While that can be frustrating for some newer routers or setups, that’s also pretty common for these devices, so I can’t fault the 360 S7 Pro specifically.
While it’s not cheap, the 360 S7 Pro strikes a good balance between high-end features and an affordable price tag. It’s a very accurate robot vacuum that surprisingly manages to stay quiet, and its hybrid mop/vacuum mode is a really cool feature. The app is sleek and simple to use, and the design of the vacuum itself is really great, despite being a fingerprint magnet. Having a minimal docking/cable solution is the cherry on top.
There are still some things that I’d like to see added (5GHz support, more voice assistant integration) but all in all, definitely not a bad deal if you just want something you can set and forget and keep a clean house.
You can snag a pretty big discount on the vacuum for Black Friday 2020, too. Clip the coupon on the Amazon page to knock an extra $100 off, bringing its price down to around $320.
360 S7 Pro Robot Vacuum | Amazon