You’ve often heard that robots will someday take over the world and enslave humanity. If you are a firm believer of such, then the latest edition of the Yeedi K600 robotic vacuum brings us one step closer to the apocalyptic dystopia. However, in reality, the only thing it will take over right now is your house chores.
This entry-level robot vacuum cleaner recently hit the American market through Amazon stores with a price tag of $99.99. This is good news considering the overly priced Roomba models had dominated the market. It was mainly targeted at millennials, first-time buyers, and smaller families.
What makes the Yeedi K600 stand out from the crowd?
Let’s find out together. Here’s everything you need to know about the robovac.
Yeedi K600 Quick Specs & Video Presentation
|Suction power||1500 Pa (Max mode)|
|Clean area||3000 sq ft (estimated)|
|Battery capacity||2600 mAh|
|Expected charging time||4-5 hours|
|Expected run time||110 min|
|Movement algorithm||Random (infrared sensors)|
|Dustbin capacity||20 oz (0.6 liters)|
|Noise level||58 – 63 dB|
|Country of manufacture||China|
Ergonomics and Design
For a vacuum with this price tag, it’s surprising that aesthetics are just as excellent as other premium top tier models. The product weighs about 6.7 pounds with measurements of 13 x 12.8 x 3.1 inches giving it a circular shape.
A quick analysis of these specifications already hoists a few bells and whistles. For starters, its height of 3.1 inches is sufficiently tall for a robot vacuum that’s supposed to crawl under couches and other furniture. This could be problematic for owners with low-lying furniture, but it should work just fine for most people. Similarly, its weight is slightly more cumbersome when compared to other competing models. Nonetheless, they salvaged the design also with a small bumper on the front and an anti-scratch tempered glass at the top. The glass gives it a more premium look and feel, over other plastic oriented manufacturers.
Also lying at the top is the Yeedi Logo and a small activation button that protrudes over the glass. Similarly, the backside also has a little power switch, whereas the sides are made of thick plastic capable of handling a bit of rough-housing. Overall, the design is compact and delightfully uncomplicated.
As you turn the switch on and watch the logo light up, the real money maker lies underneath. Flipping it upside down reveals a pair of dual side brushes protruding from the edges, as well as the contact switch for its charging station.
At the middle lies prominent V-shaped rubber ribs in between a pair of wheels and a removable cap for the dust bin
To help you understand what this foot soldier can do, the following segment will be divided into different categories.
Input power, battery life and charging time
Right off the bat, the Yeedi K600 operates with Lithium-ion batteries with a specification of 2600 mAh. These batteries are capable of delivering a run time of up to 110 minutes, as seen on the product label. Even though they didn’t specify which mode of suction offers this threshold mark, my tests confirm that the robovac delivers 120 minutes of run time in Standard mode and 90 minutes in Max mode.
Once the battery starts running low, the vacuum will return to its charging dock plugged onto an electrical outlet and rest precisely on its charging pins. The time taken to recharge the batteries is average in the industry, at 4 hours.
Cleaning modes and suction power
The Yeedi K600 boasts of three cleanings modes: Auto, Edge, and Spot modes. The Auto mode is optimized explicitly for cleaning carpets with medium rotation on the side brushes and suction. For the edge cleaning mode, you will notice that the rotational speed of the side brushes is amplified while the vacuum tightly hugs walls and furniture.
Note that the brushes rotate in opposite directions to guide dust particles and other debris towards the center of the vacuum. Lastly, the spot mode increases on the suction and limits the perimeter of the room to a tiny area. You will notice the vacuum making short trips over a centralized location in an effort to declutter the floor of any debris.
On standard mode, the noise from the vacuum measures up to frequencies of up to 58 decibels. That means it can clean your house and let you take a power nap without disturbing your peace.
Another not so subtle feature is the vacuum’s turbo mode. This can be activated by double-clicking the auto button on the remote, which doubles on the suction power to up to 1500 Pa. As far as robovacs go, this isn’t a terrible deal considering its suction power is almost the same as smaller upward vacuums. The turbo mode was specially designed for deep cleaning on carpets as well as getting rid of pet hairs.
However, the next question to ask is, where do the dirt, dust, and debris go to?
As mentioned earlier, the height of the Yeedi K600 model is a bit over the top – no pun intended. While this feature limits its work perimeter, it also acts as an enabler for a larger dustbin. The robovac boasts of a large dustbin allocation of up to 20 oz (600 ml).
In dirt language, that’s a massive capacity that will typically take an entire day of cleaning to fill. In other words, you will not be burdened with the constant worry of having to empty your dustbin while in the middle of work.
Filtration system efficiency
The question of efficiency and filters is a gone case with the Yeedi K600 model. It uses a high-efficiency triple filtration system that captures up to 99% of particles, including dust mites and other allergens. If it were a true HEPA filter, like those found in air purifiers, it would have been capable of capturing even smaller pollen and mold spores. This would have cranked up its efficiency up to 99.97%.
Nonetheless, 99% seems good on paper and just as high a number as the added 0.97%. Note that you will still enjoy an allergen-proof home devoid of dust, pollen, and pet hair by the end of your daily cleaning cycles.
Robot vacuums can either be grouped categorically as smart or dumb, depending on their ability to scope out the room. High-end robot vacuums use cutting edge technology such as lasers and optical systems to identify heaps of specks of dirt, landmarks, paths, and even map the entire house. This feature automatically sets them up as smart robovacs.
On the other hand of the spectrum exists low end or budget robot vacuums that lack neither of these features. They use a method known as ‘bump and go’ that lets them change direction whenever they hit an obstacle. On most occasions, these are the kind of robots that will pass over a heap of dirt and go over an already clean surface, making it dumb to watch them work.
The Yeedi K600 falls under the midrange group of robot vacuums that are neither smart or dumb. The cleaning mode doesn’t change to turbo once it gets to a carpet since the vacuum cannot distinguish between the rug and the ordinary floor. You’ll have to adjust the cleaning mode on your own manually.
Emptying the dust bin may be a bit of a pickle. You’ll have to do this above the garbage can, or better yet, outside.
The other distinction that sets up the Yeedi K600 as a dumb robot is its cleaning in random patterns. It operates in ‘bounce mode’, which doesn’t always get all the dirt. Thus, the robot vacuum could be more efficient inside a tiny apartment than a larger living space. Nonetheless, it is still smart enough to return to its charging dock when it is running low on power.
Whether it’s a smart or dumb robot, it’s movement will heavily rely on the type of wheels it has. The K600 has a pair of medium-sized, heavily tracked wheels mounted on a retracting hydraulic system. The feature enables it to grip and climb over surfaces without much strain – an added advantage if you have carpets. However, you are only limited to switching between cleaning modes and directional navigation (teleoperation) with the remote.
Other Special features
The Yeedi K600 comes with anti-collision sensors that act as its eyes. They help by avoiding bumping into obstacles without any human help. Another set of sensors can be found on the underside of the device that prevents it from falling off stairs and other edges. However, like most robot vacuums, they cannot tell the difference between a ledge and a dark-colored surface such as a carpet. In most instances, the vacuum will completely ignore it and clean elsewhere.
Out of the box is the vacuum cleaner, a small hair-cleaning brush, a hand-held remote, a charging dock plus its cables. You will also get an instruction manual and a warranty card. The remote already comes with included batteries to save you with the hassle of finding some.
The standard warranty card that comes with the box gives you a grace period of up to 12 months. During this period, the company or store of purchase is liable for a refund in the event of a breakdown or performance issues.
- The Yeedi K600 offers good suction power capable of airlifting most dirt and debris off your floors
- Performance is also highly enhanced with its robust and efficient motor capable of running at 20,000 revolutions per minute. Similarly, its heavily tracked wheels can get over most surfaces
- The separate cleaning modes complete the job without much hassle
- Noises are reduced with the K600 which operates on quiet cleaning (on standard mode)
- It’s effortless to operate and comes with a large dustbin allocation that’s just as easy to empty
- The randomization cleaning algorithm has been highly optimized to ensure repetitive cleaning on most parts
- Lastly, price is the utmost added advantage to the K600. This little helper than performs just as efficiently as other much more expensive robot vacuums.
- Battery life and run time may be decent, but the amount of time it takes to recharge is a bit high
- The K600 is not WiFi-enabled and lacks a supporting mobile application. It’s impossible to pre-schedule cleaning patterns while you’re away, making the whole process manual. Newer models come with Alexa voice activation
- Lack of a proper navigation and guidance system renders the product inferior to other competitive robot vacuums
- The High Suction mode is noisy
Yeedi K600 FAQs
- Where to buy replacement parts
According to the manufacturer, the accessory kit will be available for purchase in the coming months.
- What type of carpet pile can it tolerate?
The Yeedi 600 can easily handle low pile to medium pile carpets. For maximum efficiency, the manufacturer recommends using the turbo mode for any type of carpet cleaning.
- Does it have a mop functionality?
While some consider this a gimmick as with Xiaomi’s Roborock S series vacuum cleaners, the Yeedi K600 best performs on dry floors. It does not have the mop feature.
- Is it impervious to damage?
The vacuum cleaner was designed to withstand falls of up to 4 feet. They can also handle the weight of a tiny house pet such as a cat or dog. Similarly, the tempered glass at the top makes it more scratch-resistant.
- How does it compare with the iRobot Roomba?
One user considered the Yeedi K600 a good substitute for a basic Roomba model. Functionality and performance are somewhat similar – give or take a few features – while the cost is an added advantage.
Yeedi K600 vs Lefant M501-A
Here’s a brief comparison with another robot in the same price range:
|Model||Yeedi K600||Lefant M501-A|
|Height||3.1 inches||3.1 inches|
|Diameter||13 inches||12.6 inches|
|Weight||6.7 lbs||4.4 lbs|
|Suction power||1500 Pa (Max mode)||2000Pa|
|Clean area||3000 sq ft (estimated)||3000 sq ft (estimated)|
|Battery capacity||2600 mAh||2600 mAh|
|Expected charging time||4-5 hours||4-5 hours|
|Expected run time||110 min||110 min|
|Brushroll||Dual rubber||Dual rubber|
|Movement algorithm||Random (infrared sensors)||Random (infrared sensors)|
|Dustbin capacity||20 oz (0.6 liters)||20 oz (0.6 liters)|
|Noise level||58 – 63 dB||54 – 60 dB|
|Filtration||High Efficiency||High Efficiency|
|Country of manufacture||China||China|
|Warranty||1 year||1 year|
|Price||$99.99||Price not available|
The Yeedi K600 is an excellent entry-level mid-range robot vacuum capable of handling most of your household needs. It’s lovely design and simplicity of use make it a unique gift for the less tech-savvy community. Similarly, it’s a huge steal, especially when the price comes to play. However, if you live in a large house, then you might want to look for other robovacs with better navigation and more favorable features. Otherwise, it’s a great helper for homeowners looking to lessen their cleaning duties in small apartments.