In this video, I check out the Yeedi Vac 2 Pro Robot Vacuum and Mop + Self-Empty Station.
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This robot vacuum bundle offers both vacuuming and oscillating mopping functions. It has a maximum of 3000PA suction power and 3D obstacle avoidance sensors that allow it to navigate random obstacles around your home whilst using intelligent visual mapping to learn your home layout and clean more efficiently. Its self-empty station both charges and empties the Vac 2 Pro into its 2.5L removable dust bag after it cleans, locking away 30 days worth of dirt, meaning you empty it less often and all dirt is contained in its self-contained dust bag.
In the box, you get a paper instruction manual and quick start guide, a single sweeping brush, an oscillating mop and water container, the Vac 2 Pro vacuum and mop itself, and there is a small base charging station and power cable.
Design & Features
The Vac 2 Pro comes with its own small base station to dock and charge the Vac 2 Pro and the bigger Empty Station is an optional extra. It comes with a paper instructions manual and quick start guide, there is the main base plate, an extra clear plastic ramp specifically for carpets, there is the empty station itself with one waste bag preinstalled, there is also a spare waste bag, and there are a few screws to tools to attach the base to the Empty Station.
Installation is quick and simple. You plug in either the charging station or Empty Station into a wall socket. Locating it in a clear zone in your home. The Empty Station needs more room, vertically, than the smaller stock charging station, which is small enough to easily sit underneath a sofa or furniture. So you might struggle to find a suitable location for the much bigger Empty Station.
Mapping & The App
With the docking station located and powered, I then download the Yeedi app onto my iPhone and connected to it over my WiFi network, by simply entering its details and showing a generated QR code to the vertical camera on the Vac 2 Pro.
Once connected to my network it was time to send the vacuum around my home to map its environment. It did this quietly on its lowest power setting and it zig-zagged around the house whilst displaying its location and what it was mapping very clearly in the app.
Once the mapping was complete, I found the app showed a much nicer way of presenting my home than some other apps, with a clear indication of the solid walls between rooms and a fairly accurate display of what areas it can get to, and what it thinks are individual rooms are shown with its own labels.
Heading into map manager I could divide, merge, and add virtual no-go boundaries where I didn’t want the vacuum to go. I can also edit labels for each detected room. If the vacuum doesn’t detect all the rooms in the home, I wasn’t able to detect them and add them to an existing map. Instead, I had to run an entire mapping routine again.
Once all the rooms in my home were mapped I was able to choose from Auto, Area and Custom cleaning modes. The auto mode will clean the whole home, the Area mode allows you to manually select a specific number of rooms to clean, and the Custom mode lets you draw a box area in your home for the vacuum to go to and clean.
Other options in the app offer how many times you want the vacuum to clean or mop, and manually select the vacuum power levels, from Quiet at 300PA, Standard at 600PA, Max at 1500PA and Max+ at 2800PA, with its max 3000PA power reserved for rugs and carpets. Whilst in its mopping mode, you can set the water flow level between Low, Medium and High.
There are more common options also in the app to set up a cleaning schedule, alter the vacuum’s voice volume and language, and finally, there are cleaning settings to customise the vacuum’s behaviour to how it interacts and navigates your home, from resuming a clean after a recharge, setting a Do Not Disturb schedule, making it return to the station to auto empty its contents after cleaning, increase suction over carpets and rugs, to tweaking obstacle avoidance to reduce risks of getting stuck under furniture and preventing the vacuum from falling from low steps.
The Vac 2 Pro and Empty Station combo from Yeedi currently retails for $499.99 from Amazon US. The Vac 2 Pro on its own costs $349.99 in the US, £330 in the UK and €310 in Germany, and the optional Self Empty Station on its own is $199.99 or €199.99, so you save around $50 by buying the Vac 2 Pro and the Self Empty Station together. And I’ll leave links to the combo and the individual products below to learn more about them and to buy them.
My time with the Vac 2 Pro has been surprisingly positive for a robot Vacuum without LiDAR functionality. Most vacuums I have tried without this way of navigation usually fall flat on their performance. But the Vac 2 Pro was able to navigate my home well enough, however, being optical, it doesn’t operate well enough in dark or poorly lit rooms. The mapping is done by looking at the ceiling, and it mapped my rooms really well with this method, better than some LiDAR vacuums.
Its object avoidance is good, but not the best, as it can go over small pet trays and push low obstacles such as floor scales along than stop and avoid them. But it did navigate complex things such as between narrow-legged dining chairs that most of the vacuums I have experienced would have trouble with and either avoid them completely or get lost under them.
At Max and Max+ levels, I found its battery had plenty left after cleaning up to 42sq metres of floor space and it managed to regularly clean this space for an average of around 69 minutes. Once the Vac 2 Pro has completed a clean, it will return and dock with the Empty Station, which then fires up like a regular hoover for 20 seconds to suck all the contents from the centralised waste bin inside the vacuum, and into the internal waste bag, for easy disposal once full. Usually, I didn’t have to touch the bin inside the vacuum, but at times when the vacuum returned to recharge or failed to return to the dock in any way, the vacuum’s bin wouldn’t be emptied.
The Vac 2 Pro has more unique functionality for its mopping. It uses a separate XXXml water tank with an oscillating floor mat underneath. So instead of just dragging a moist pad around your hard floors, its moist pad will now move back and forward in a scrubbing motion to improve its cleaning performance. Matched with its smart navigation I found the mopping on the Vac 2 pro to be better than some others I have tested. I put down some dry tea, cat litter and dry muddy boot prints and the Vac 2 Pro handled this very well, and with its 2x mode it can tackle dried-on stains without a problem. With an independent water tank and a centre-mounted waste bin, the Vac 2 Pro will clean and mop at the same time too, so it will spend less time and there’s no need to swap out waste and water tanks.
At $499 for the vacuum and Empty Station, the Vac 2 Pro is a decent and very competent vacuuming and mopping robot. I found it app was great too, and its overall performance, navigation and mapping made me realise that optical navigation can get very close to being comparable to my favourite LiDAR vacuums.
This was my first robot vacuum with a separate self-cleaning docking station. I appreciated its narrow profile when compared to other vacuums out there, and although I found when it sucked out the contents to be very loud, it was convenient to have the waste container on the vacuum emptied on a regular basis, which is a good feature if you vacuum often. I do wish the Empty Station was bagless though, and it instead contained something like a bagless Dyson waste container that could be pulled out from the Empty Station and its contents emptied without the need to purchase separate paper waste bags every few months.
Without a LiDAR sensor on top of the vacuum, I also greatly valued its much lower profile. Its small stature was now able to go underneath beds, sofas and side tables to clean my home more thoroughly than the bigger and taller vacuums that just wouldn’t fit underneath them.
So overall there is a lot on the Vac 2 Pro. If it wasn’t for the low light performance and the need to buy bags for its Empty Station, with its low profile, its quiet cleaning modes and powerful cleaning and moping functions, its decent app, and its convenient Empty Station it would easily be my go-to vacuum for my home. But even with these two small issues, whether you spend just $350 for the main vacuum or add an extra $150 for added convenience of the Empty Station, it won’t stop me from recommending the Yeedi Vac 2 Pro robot vacuum for your home.
0:00 – Brief overview
0:47 – Unboxing
1:30 – Installation
2:12 – Mapping
3:07 – Cleaning Modes
3:27 – Settings
4:34 – My Impressions