Home Electronics & Tech Hobot Legee D8 robot vacuum mop – Snap review

Hobot Legee D8 robot vacuum mop – Snap review


If we have so little time left before robots become our overlords, it would be shortsighted not to exploit them while we can. Jeremy Proome put the Hobot Legee D8 to work, while carefully avoiding the topic of AI in conversations.

Robot vacuum cleaners allow you to stay on top of cleaning without you actually doing anything. They do all the work, while you’re out there to bring home the bacon.

Hobot’s range of robotic vacuum cleaners are strong candidates for the job and the new Legee D8 is arguably the most versatile and helpful of the bunch.

The Legee D8 is produces 5 000Pa of suction, which means it leaves little dirt in its wake, if any. It also has a cleverly designed dual-rolling brush system that prevents hairs clogging up the brushes. We tested it on dog hair, and it proved to be effective.

More than a vacuum

But what makes this unit special (besides its impressive suction power) is that it doubles as a mop. Using the AI-controlled spray-and-mop feature allows this little handy cleaner to polish up hard wood floors, tiles, or similar surfaces.

It uses a small back-and-forth movements on its mop brush to give the surface a light scrub. Keep in mind that all robot vacuums find it difficult to clean the very edges of a room, because walls prevent them from doing so. Also – the more cluttered and furnished your home is, the more your robo-minion will get stuck.

If you own a D8, you can pair it with the Legee LuLu, a cleaning, recharging, refilling, and drying station, that the D8 will park in when needed. The LuLu cleans the mop ‘cloths’, dries them, and gives the D8 a charge in the process. It’s like a car wash for your robo-vacuum.

And if you’re concerned about the size of the D8’s storage bin, it has a built-in trash compactor, reducing the hassle of frequent bin emptying.

Not quite human

For those that have been on the fence about getting an automated vacuum or similar device, the Hobot Legee D8 proves that these little robo-assistants are anything but a gimmick, helping you keep your house tidy and saving you the backache. It is no match for a keen-eyed and industrious human on a mission, but it is good at maintaining a high level of cleanliness around the home.

The Hobot Legee D8 retails for R11 500. It scores 5 out of 5.

5.0 out of 5.0 stars
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