At a price of about 25 thousand rubles, the Medion MD 17225 is one of the most inexpensive robotic vacuum cleaners with systematic navigation from our respective rating. This is noticeable, first of all, when analyzing the equipment, which, in comparison with such more expensive models as the iRobot Roomba 980, looks much more modest. In particular, the dust container of this robot can only hold 350 ml. Although this should be enough for several cleanings, this indicator is significantly inferior to the volumes of competitors.
With the Medion MD 17225, the German manufacturer, after the TV and PC markets, swung at the segment of high-end robotic vacuum cleaners. During the test tests, the device managed to surprise us with systematic navigation, good cleaning performance and long battery life. But with objects scattered on the floor, an inexpensive robot does not cope well, and its equipment could be better. However, the value for money pleases.
reliable road navigation
very good cleaning performance
WLAN and mobile app control
problems with cables and small objects
Test results Medion MD 17225
- Price-quality ratio
- Place in the overall ranking
7 out of 14
- Value for money: 86
- Navigation (40%): 77.7
- Cleaning quality (35%): 83.8
- Equipment and convenience (25%): 67.1
This is especially annoying because the Medion MD 17225 does not indicate when the tank is full. In addition, the list of functionality of this model lacks voice control and ECO mode. There are also no restrictive accessories with which you can determine the area for cleaning. But allergy sufferers can breathe freely: built-in dust and pollen filters must reliably keep harmful particles in the device’s container.
At the same time, the functionality regarding the software turned out to be luxurious. The control can be selected either by buttons on the case, or via an integrated WLAN module using a convenient free smartphone application. The latter allows you to program the robot as you like and, for example, determine a clear cleaning plan. Manual operation is also possible with targeted spot mode.
Medion has many enemies
It doesn’t get any faster: in our test room, the Medion MD 17225 took just 19 minutes to clean. Only the Neato Botvac Connected has been able to do this faster so far. The reason for such high efficiency in work is smart laser navigation. After a short scan, the MD 17225 begins to move in space in straight lines and thus covers almost the entire room. That’s just around the legs of tables and chairs, he cleans not quite clean. However, this is difficult for many robots.
In the dark, automatic navigation and a systematic change of rooms also work great. Door sills should not be higher than 10 mm, otherwise an otherwise good vacuum cleaner will not be able to move further.
In addition, moving interference becomes a real problem. In particular, the device willingly gets entangled in loose cables on the floor, drags Lego bricks around the room and cannot unhook from the fringe on the edge of the carpet. Therefore, before starting the robot vacuum cleaner, the room must be properly tidied up. But with obstacles such as table legs or thin carpets, the device copes well, elegantly circling them and not lifting up the edges.
High cleaning performance saves test results
Due to the round shape of the body, corners and tight spaces between objects remain dirty during cleaning, where the robot cannot pass. Except for this, the cleaning performance of this device deserves attention. Of the 200 grams of quartz sand we spread around the test room, the Medion MD 17225 was able to absorb almost 50%. Although at first these results seem insignificant, even compared to more expensive competitors, they look like the highest achievement.
Our advice: program the robot so that it starts on the road every day. Then all hard surfaces and carpets will gradually become really clean and you will only need to finish cleaning with a classic vacuum cleaner sometimes.
Alternative with systematic navigation: Neato Robotics Botvac D3 Connected
The Neato Botvac D3 Connected costs about $10,000 more than Medion’s robot vacuum cleaner, but offers significantly more advanced equipment and even smarter navigation. According to the results of the tests, there was not a single speck left that would have escaped Neato’s attention. And although it also has problems with scattered Lego bricks and socks, this robot vacuum copes well with loose cables.
Chaos Alternative: iRobot Roomba 681
The iRobot Roomba 681 is one of the best chaotic navigation robots we’ve tested. Despite the fact that the robot does not work systematically, but moves around the space in an arbitrary way, it achieves good coverage of the room and shows the result as a whole even better than that of the Medion MD 17225. Although it takes significantly more time to clean than its competitors, it This model does not have problems with cables and small objects. For the price, the Roomba 681 is about the same level as the device from Medion.
Characteristics and test results of Medion MD 17225
|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|
Test results Medion MD 17225
Photo: Midion, CHIP