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Review ECOVACS WINBOT W950 Automatic Window Cleaning

Judy D. Evans
Written by Judy D. Evans

Whether mat, coloured or tinted glass surfaces, sunrooms, mirror or skylight – the ECOVACS WINBOT W950 reliably takes care of their cleaning. It is the most silent window cleaning robot of the Ecovacs Winbot series and Furthermore it is the first one to clean inclined surfaces. The window cleaning robot is ideal for cleaning framed and frameless glass surface. Due to the safety rope there is no window too high for the Winbot.
The Winbot 950 works by affixing itself to a pane of glass, using an inbuilt fan for suction, like a vacuum, and moving itself around with a pair of rubber tank treads. Surrounding the fan and treads is a circular squeegee, and then a removable, washable, microfiber cloth that you spritz with a spray window cleaner. There are edge sensors in the corner and a handle on top with a start/pause button.
Since the Winbot 950 is rather large—about 11 inches square and just shy of five pounds—it must be plugged in to maintain sufficient suction to keep it attached. It has enough battery power to keep itself on the window for 15 minutes, should power go out amid cleaning. The 14-foot-long power cord determines the theoretical limit to the window size a Winbot can clean: about 175 square feet.
The Ecovacs Winbot W950 can be operated on glass surfaces with or without frames. The glass thickness is not relevant for operating the window cleaning robot – therefore it can also clean triple-glazed windows. Additionally, the Winbot W950 is the first window cleaning robot to be operated on inclined surfaces. It also cleans sunrooms, skylights and the like.
The Microfiber-cloth of the window cleaning robot can easily be removed and washed by hand or in the washing machine (under 30°C, without softener). Please never put it into the drier.
The window-cleaning robot has to be charged before each operation. Please mind that the main switch of the robot has to be turned ON. As soon as the PLAY button keeps blinking blue the Winbot is ready for cleaning.
The Ecovacs Winbot W950 is the latest model of the Ecovacs Winbot Series. Compared to its precursor Winbot W930 the new model is extraordinarily quiet when in use. Furthermore they differ in design and operation area. The W950 is the first window cleaning robot for skylights and sunrooms (inclined glass surfaces).
My double-hung windows, however, were considerably smaller, with each pane of glass about 3.5 feet square. I plugged in the Winbot and held it up to the glass and pressed the start button. It took just under four minutes to clean the 12-and-a-quarter square feet I’d assigned it. At one point, the border of a rolled up shade created a barrier it couldn’t see or navigate away from. It beeped balefully until I used the included remote control to manually guide it back down to a place at which I could restart the cleaning.
Cleaning the outsides of my third-story windows necessitated use of the included tether, which fixes to the Winbot at one end and to glass on the other, using a large suction cup. For a moment, I imagined the Winbot losing grip and bungee jumping off my building, maybe swinging through my downstairs neighbor’s window like a wrecking ball. That, fortunately, never happened. It just sucked on, like a household ramora, and puttered about for an additional four minutes.
Product Specification:
  • Manufacturer: Ecovacs
  • Model description: Ecovacs Winbot W950
  • Thickness of window: unlimited
  • Usable with: vertical window with and without frame
  • Dimensions (approx.): 30,7 x 30,7 x 12,4 cm
  • Weight (approx.): 2,3 kg
  • Remote control: Included
  • Cleaning settings: Four-Stage-Cleaning
  • Navigation: automatic
  • Guarantee on the product: 2 years
  • Guarantee on the rechargeable battery: 1 year
  • Type of rechargeable battery: Lithium-Battery
  • Volume (approx.): 62 dB
Pros:
  • You want to clean framed or frameless glass surfaces
  • You are looking for a window cleaning robot for sunrooms or skylights
  • There are hardly reachable windows in you household that you cannot safely clean by yourself
  • You wish to clean different glass surfaces (like mirrors, windows, glass doors, etc.)
  • You are looking for a low-noise window cleaning robot
Cons:
  • Want to clean drawn glass
  • The cleaning area is smaller than 60 x 45 cm
Conclusion:
Cleaning the outsides of my third-story windows necessitated use of the included tether, which fixes to the Winbot at one end and to glass on the other, using a large suction cup. For a moment, I imagined the Winbot losing grip and bungee jumping off my building, maybe swinging through my downstairs neighbor’s window like a wrecking ball. That, fortunately, never happened. It just sucked on, like a household ramora, and puttered about for an additional four minutes.

About the author

Judy D. Evans

Judy D. Evans

Spent 2001-2005 developing strategies for cleaning company formation in Tampa, FL. Spent college summers lecturing about marketing with no outside help. Spent childhood building my own cleaning company in Pensacola, FL.

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