Robotic Vacuums

Review Samsung POWERbot R7010 Robotic Vacuum

Judy D. Evans
Written by Judy D. Evans

The POWERbot R7010 is a robot vacuum and it does about what you’d expect, which is cleaning your home by itself. It will clean your entire home all by itself and it has sensors to keep it from running into walls and such. Samsung also touts that it has about 20X more suction power than its previous model, so it’s going to get more dirt up and out than other models out there. It does also clean up the edges of the room very nicely, so you don’t have to worry about needing to clean the edges of the rooms yourself.

While many autonomous vacuums do 90% of the job satisfactorily, the POWERbot R7010 is more advanced because of its features that make it good enough to compete with even a regular vacuuming job. This is because it incorporates new advances in technology to overcome some of the more common drawbacks of robot vacuums. On top of this, it leverages some high-quality components and design to make the overall experience easier.

One of the major drawbacks of standard robotic vacuums is the limitations they have in terms of thorough suction ability. Obstacles, tight spaces, and different surfaces are all something a person could easily deal with without having to think about it, but robot cleaners have a hard time with these considerations.

There are several advances built-in to the POWERbot R7010 design that make it more capable in this regard. Firstly, it has specific, external suction areas to address tight spaces and even walls.

Secondly, it has a smart-detection system that keeps it away from obstacles and hazards like flights of stairs. And finally, it has larger wheels that allow it to transverse problematic terrain – there is nothing more frustrating than seeing your robot vacuum snagged on a small fold of carpet, which shouldn’t be a concern with this unit. These wheels also allow it to operate well on different surfaces like rugs, glass, and tile.

The Samsung POWERbot R7010 has a pretty top-of-the-line mapping system, that not only more efficiently divides and plans the area to be vacuumed, but also keeps it away from obstacles. This is enabled with it’s Fullview 2.0 sensor, which gives the device a greater mapping of the surroundings than most robotic vacuums.

The battery has a very respectable 60 minutes of charge, which allows 1500 sq ft to be vacuumed in one charge. It can also return to the docking station when it is running low on charge, which is very handy since it prevents you ending up with a half-finished job and a vacuum that needs charging.

The vacuum component itself is also impressive – for such a compact device it has an extremely high powered suction function, up to 20 times more powerful than other products. And interestingly for pet owners, it has an automatic grinding feature for the content of what is vacuumed, meaning that you don’t have to worry about tangled hair and fur since it will be compacted already during use.

Product specifications:

  • Color: airborne
  • Dust Capacity: 0.1 gal
  • Cleaning Method: Dry
  • Cleaner Type: Robotic
  • Dust Collection: Bagless
  • Manufacturer: Samsung
  • Width: 14.1 in
  • Depth: 13.7 in
  • Height: 3.8 in
  • Weight: 8.82 lbs
  • Color Category: black, white
  • Included Tools: combo brush
  • Power Type: rechargeable batteries
  • Operating Autonomy: 60 min
  • Brand: Samsung
  • Product Line: Samsung POWERbot
  • Model: R7010
  • Product Type: vacuum cleaner
  • Vacuum Cleaner Type: general purpose
  • Cyclonic Technology: Yes
  • Dust Capacity: 0.1
  • Maximum Suction Power (Air Watts): 20
  • Max Speed: 0.3 mph
  • Details: edge cleaning, washable filter

What’s in the box?

  • Samsung POWERbot R7010 Robot Vacuum
  • 1 Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barrier
  • Charging Station
  • 1 Extra Filter
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • Manufacturer’s Warranty

Pros:

  • The “edge master” tool works well and is a plus for those who need more frequent edge cleanings.
  • The POWERbot has a strong degree of suction on all indoor surfaces.

Cons:

  • The battery life of the Samsung POWERbot is short.
  • This robot vacuum spends a lot of time trying to clean the edges.

Final Conclusion:
Overall, the POWERbot R7010 has a high standard of functionality but certain features are what make it stand out compared to other products. These features target the drawbacks most customers fault with robotic cleaners.

Among these are the suction power; since robot vacuums are more compact, they are often incapable of resolving more difficult vacuum jobs (like matted pet hair). Samsung really tried to address this, and a vacuum that boasts 20 times the suction power is certainly a big advance.

Secondly, they address the tendency of robotic vacuums to miss edge areas, enabling side suction and wider base suction. Finally, the intelligent power control and auto-docking make it easier to manage the device and less likely it will be ineffective in terms of power capacity.

This is bolstered by the high functioning wheels that allow it to bypass silly hindrances that would cause other robot vacuums to fail. Overall, it is a good, focused offering from Samsung and well worth looking at if you’re in the market for a high-functioning robot vacuum.

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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