Since I’m giving away in a few days a SeeBest D730 (with the help of my friends from Gear Best), I’m also reviewing this product, to help those who might miss this prize with some revealing insights. In case you missed it, SeeBest is another Chinese producer who evolved in the last couple of years based on a plenitude of electric appliances. The D730 is just one of their many robot vacuums. Other bots include the C561, C565 or the C571, automatic mops such as the A6 WOWCA or the mite killer P8 Repeller. The D730 was launched last September, in Germany, at the IFA 2015 trade fair, as a robovac designed to work on hard floors such as tiles, marble, hardwood and so on. In this 2-minute piece, you’ll find out:
- all the specs of this product
- how good is the SeeBest D730
- a comparison with the other SeeBest robotic vacuum cleaners (C561, C565 and C571)
- from where to purchase it
My friend Radu is out of the country for a few months, so this video is the best I could do:
Here’s a better one from GearBest.com:
After testing the product, I’ve found that this vacuum has a decent suction power. The producer advertises it at 1000 Pa, which is one of the highest values in the market. This is coupled with a 4″ suction inlet. That’s not as large as in other models, but the 18 W motor can suck pet hair, dust and even big particles like Cheerios of your floor. A rubber hood is glued on the suction inlet, which helps the bot to accumulate more debris, as it wanders through the environment.
Input Power / Battery Life
The 2200 mAh NiMH battery is not as efficient as their Li-Ion counterpart, but still manage to hold up to 90-120 minutes (depending on if you are using the robot with the mop attached and filled with water or not).
Just like the previous bot I’ve reviewed (Jisiwei S+), the SeeBest can hold 17 oz of dust and debris. The difference is that its tank is easier to be removed from the unit (check the gallery of photos). Unfortunately, getting the debris out of the bin itself is a pain… Still, I am happy I don’t have to do this as often as I would have if I’d use a Roomba (which can only store 14 oz).
The unit can do its job in several ways: Auto Clean (moves semi-randomly), Edge Clean (cleans around the room edges) or Spot Clean (cleans around a designated spot). You can also control it manually with the remote control. Unfortunately, the bot doesn’t build a map of the environment, and just like the iLife v5 PRO, relies on infrared light to dock for recharging (that means it may not always reach for the charging bay). In fact, the software and the product itself is very similar to the V5, thus I’m also going to compare these 2 below. You also have the option to limit a certain part of your home from being vacuumed, by separately purchasing a virtual wall (which is optional and is not included in the main package). 4 sensors prevent it from falling down the stairs, and 12 sensors allow it to avoid obstacles, or at least to slow down as the robot reaches their proximity.
The filtration system is made out of 2 components: a framed layer and a cotton filter. The filtration grade is HEPA (it traps particles as small as 0.1-0.3 microns), which is a nice touch, especially from a product such as this.
Weight and dimensions
As many other robovacs, it has a small height of only 3,4″ which allows it to duck under most pieces of furniture. It measures in diameter 12.2″, which means it’s smaller than other units (e.g. Jisiwei). It weights 5.7 lbs.
The producer offers a 1 year warranty on all parts, including battery. You will have to crosscheck this with the US supplier, but in most cases, the length of the warranty remains unchanged.
As you see from one gallery photo, besides the SeeBest D730, the box contains:
- the mop tray and 2 cloth pads
- a charging base and an adapter
- 2 additional side brushes
- 1 additional filter
- a remote control (but without the necessary AA batteries)
As special features, one can enjoy:
- The 2-in-1 product (mops and vacuums at the same time)
- The LCD remote control, which make it easier to command and schedule the unit
- The super absorbent MOMO 2.0 clean cloth, which improves the wet mopping functionality
- The alarm system, which signals if the robot is stuck or encountered a problem
- The virtual wall, which however, has to be purchased separately, and costs around $30
You can get this unit to work in under 1 minute. After unboxing, you can start it by flipping the switch beneath, and then pressing the front case button. For accessing all the functionalities, you’ll have to put some batteries in the remote control. The unit produces a medium sound, which I’ve measured at 60 db (a bit more than what the manufacturer advertises). The LCD remote control is easy to use. The only drawback is the difficult process of emptying the bin.
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SeeBest D730 vs C561 vs C565 vs C571
|SeeBest||D730||WALL-E 1.0 C561||EVE 2.0 C565||WALL-E 2.0 C571|
|Battery capacity||1800/2200 mAh NI-MH||1500 mAh NI-MH||1500 mAh NI-MH||1500 mAh NI-MH|
|Suction power||1000 Pa||600 Pa||600 Pa||600 Pa|
|Dust capacity||17 oz||12 oz||12 oz||12 oz|
SeeBest D730 vs iLife V5 PRO
|SeeBest||D730||iLife V5 PRO|
|Battery capacity||1800/2200 mAh||2600 mAh|
|Suction power||1000 Pa||850 Pa|
|Noise||60 db||50 db|
|Dust capacity||17 oz||10 oz|
|Price||around $200||around $130|
Conclusions and VGMrv
SeeBest D730 is comparable with the iLife V5 Pro, and comes with superior suction power and a bigger bin. The unit is easy to use, and works well on ceramic tiles, wood, marble, mosaic and other flat surfaces. Overall, I like this unit, it’s sturdy and well built. Here is the VGMrv (VacuumsGuide.com Mark for robot vacuums):
VGMrv table for SeeBeast D730
|Weight and Dimensions||10|
(VacuumsGuide.com Mark for robo-vacs)
As you see, the unit scores well on may chapters, but still lacks on some aspects. What do you think about the D730? Would you buy this cleaner? Have a question for me? Share your thoughts with us.