The robot vacuum cleaner from LG blew up the CHIP test lab, but we managed to quell the uprising of the machines. What else is this incredibly independent device capable of?
The LG Hombot VRD710RRC is a robot vacuum that goes from one extreme to another. It is very quiet — but its motor is weak. Navigation is excellent — but it literally pounces on pieces of furniture. The robot has many smart cleaning modes — but no app. It is inexpensive — but sucks up dust worse than even cheaper models. Yes, and LG Hombot does its job so rudely that after the tests we had to restore the test lab. In the end, we gave this particular home assistant only a “satisfactory” rating.
tears off cables and fabrics
low suction power
Test results LG Hombot VRD710RRC
- Price-quality ratio
- Place in the overall ranking
11 out of 14
- Value for money: 66
- Navigation (40%): 71
- Cleaning quality (35%): 52.5
- Equipment and convenience (25%): 68.4
Lots of bells and whistles and low price
Despite the fact that the LG VRD710RRC robot vacuum cleaner costs about 28,000 rubles, you get excellent video camera navigation, time programming, remote control, display, firmware upgradeability and a large number of different operating modes.
The robot from LG remembers the room and builds more efficient routes. It is also able to re-pass sections and independently switch between different suction power modes. In addition, it is quite small (the height of the robot is 8.9 cm), but equipped with a fairly large 600 ml dust container.
With all these possibilities and such a wonderful cost, there must be a catch somewhere. And he is here — and not alone.
Brutal robot does not respect furniture
Some robotic vacuum cleaners are a bit rough with furniture. For example, if the device does not have ultrasonic sensors, it may bang loudly against a chair leg. Having hit the bumper, the robot understands: “Oh, there is something there.” After that, he calmly turns around and removes a more free area. Of course, sometimes such maneuvers leave scratches on the furniture, but in most cases these incidents are harmless.
But LG Hombot VRD710RRC knows no mercy. During the test, he moved chairs, pulled out cables and pushed the walls of our test obstacles a good half a meter before noticing that something was wrong. His climbing skills are also surprising: for example, a surge protector with several outlets was recognized by Hombot as an obstacle, and climbing over it, the robot turned off a running computer. But the vacuum cleaner refused to climb to a small height and could not climb small 2‑centimeter boards.
After such cleaning, it is necessary to make repairs
Hombot is the first robot vacuum that caused us to redo the test room. In our test chamber, the walls are lined with sound-absorbing material from floor to ceiling. This seemed to interfere with the robot very much, as its side brushes dug into the material again and again. But in such a situation, the motor did not turn off and did not start to rotate in the opposite direction, but continued to wind up the “caught” material until it tore off a piece or discharged the battery.
We made three launch attempts and after that collected several pieces of torn soundproofing, after which we decided to remove the lower part of the cladding throughout the room. But this was only a temporary solution to the problem. On the example of socks and Lego blocks, the robot from LG proved that it does not respect other people’s property at all. In some situations, it can do more damage than any of the robot vacuums we’ve ever tested.
Rough but weak
How does Hombot really behave, if you do not pay attention to his rude manners? It was only able to pick up about 17 percent of the quartz sand we scattered — not a bad result, but some cheaper models do a much better job of this. In addition, neither the motor nor the brush of the vacuum cleaner could collect an acceptable amount of woolen threads from the carpet. But the LG VRD710RRC is very quiet, and you can run it even when you are in the same room with the device.
You will find all robotic vacuum cleaners in our big rating. Below we have selected two alternatives to the tested model.
Alternative: Neato Robotics Botvac D3 Connected
Neato Robotics Botvac D3 Connected is our price-performance leader. This robot has almost no drawbacks, and among the advantages is high suction power and its own application. Top device for the middle price category.
Alternative: Samsung Powerbot VR7000
Samsung Powerbot VR7000 is a robot with excellent navigation and a calm disposition. It costs a little more, works slower, but does not leave behind chaos and destruction.
Characteristics and test results of LG Hombot VRD710RRC
|Battery life (according to the manufacturer)|
|Dust container volume|
|Dust container full sensor|
|Switch-on time programming|
|Switching day programming|
|App activation programming|
|Return to base station|
|Force of collision with obstacles|
|Navigation in the dark|
|Building a room map|
|Cleaning line width (without side brush)|
|Quiz: room cleaning time|
|Test: quality of dust removal|
|Test: hull strength|
|Test: the quality of cleaning corners from dust|
|Test: the number of collected wool fibers|
|Overcoming obstacles: the maximum height of the threshold|
|Overcoming Obstacles: Dangling Cables|
|Overcoming obstacles: thin carpet|
|Overcoming obstacles: socks|
|Overcoming obstacles: Lego constructor|
|Overcoming Obstacles: Fringed Carpeting|
|Overcoming obstacles: chair legs|
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