Smart Home Reviews & Buying Guides
Summary: AirTags are small circular tracking devices from Apple that use Bluetooth and the Find My app to help you locate lost items.
With the help of optional accessories, you can attach an AirTag to your keys, wallet, luggage, and virtually anything else you’re worried about losing. You can even hide an AirTag on something you’re concerned might get stolen, like a bike or a car, or clip one to your pet’s collar in case Rover ever decides to make a run for it.
I’ve used Tile trackers in the past to stop misplacing my keys and wallet, but they’re mostly useful when you’re already in the same room as the item you’re looking for. AirTags leverage Apple’s existing Find My app and a new chip Apple developed itself called the U1, so I was very interested to see what they could do.
I tested a set of four AirTags over the course of about a month, checking out how easy they are to set up and use, how effective they are at helping you find lost items, and how well the Find My app and U1 chip work.
Each AirTag is a small white disc capped on one side by a slightly smaller silver disc. The silver disc is polished to a slick mirror finish, with the Apple logo emblazoned in the center. The entire unit is 1.26 inches in diameter and 0.31 inches thick, or roughly the size of a stack of three 50-cent pieces. In comparison to its main competition from Tile, it’s a bit smaller and has more of a premium feel.
While an AirTag looks great right out of the box, I did notice both the plastic shell and metal disc picked up a number of scratches over my month of testing. The metal cap also picks up fingerprints and smudges, although that’s less of an issue. You can keep an AirTag from getting scuffed up by sliding it into a protective case or keyring holder, but you’ll start noticing scratches sooner rather than later if you don’t.
Unlike their competitors, AirTags don’t come with any built-in attachment method. You can slide a Tile onto your keychain without any additional accessories, but doing the same with an AirTag requires a keyring accessory. Other accessories are designed to help attach an AirTag to luggage, your pet’s collar, and other items.
The best thing about the AirTag’s design is its easily user-serviceable battery. The silver disc rotates against the white disc, pops off, and reveals a standard CR 2032 battery (often known as a 'watch battery'). Apple usually makes battery replacement a hassle, so it’s nice to know an AirTag won’t be rendered useless when its battery runs out.
The AirTag setup process is exceedingly fast and easy thanks to deep integration with the Apple ecosystem. I’ve used other trackers that have fairly straightforward setup processes, but Apple did a great job streamlining setup even further.
To set up an AirTag, you need to place it near your iPhone. The iPhone will recognize the AirTag and start the setup process. You are prompted to select a name for the AirTag associated with the object it will be attached to, like keys or wallet, confirm you want to register the AirTag to your Apple ID, and that’s it. There is no special app to install and no complicated pairing process. It just works.
If you have an iPhone that’s equipped with Apple’s U1 chip (iPhone 11 onwards), this is the best tracker you’ll find, hands down. AirTags have the same basic functionality that’s built into competitors like Tile, but the U1 chip takes it to the next level.
Starting with the basic functionality, a lost AirTag emits a Bluetooth signal that can be read by nearby iPhones. So if you lose an item attached to an AirTag and mark it lost in the Find My app, you’ll get a ping any time someone with an iPhone gets close enough to the lost item.
You can then pull up the location of the lost item in the Find My app, head to that location, and have the AirTag emit a tone to help you find it. This is similar to the way Tile works, but there are far more iPhones out there than Tile users.
But if you have a phone that’s equipped with Apple’s U1 chip, like an iPhone 11 or iPhone 12, everything changes. When you get close enough with one of these iPhones to a lost AirTag, instead of relying on a tone or a rough idea of signal strength, the Precision Finding feature actually provides an arrow on your iPhone that points you in the right direction.
I tried shoving mine deep in the couch cushions and other areas where a tone would be muffled or silenced, and the accuracy of the locator was astounding. Both of my dogs have AirTags on their collars now, and I can breathe a little easier knowing I’ll be able to quickly track them down the next time one pulls a Houdini.
My one issue with AirTags is that you can’t use them to perform a reverse locate. With a Tile, you can double-press the button on the Tile itself, and your phone will ring. AirTags don’t provide that functionality.
One of the biggest strengths of Apple’s AirTags is that they don’t require any additional software. If you have an iPhone, you have the Find My app, and you don’t need anything else.
But the cost of this tight integration with the Apple ecosystem is that if you don’t have an iPhone, AirTags are useless to you. While you can read a lost AirTag with an Android phone, you can’t use an Android to locate a lost AirTag.
With an MSRP of $29.00 for a single AirTag or $99.00 for a pack of four, Apple has provided an attractive price point. Competing trackers are priced in this general range, with some being a bit cheaper and others being a little more expensive.
Keep in mind, AirTags aren’t really designed to be used without accessories. While you can snap a Tile Mate onto your keychain or attach a Tile Sticker to a remote control without any accessories, you need to buy a key ring, bag charm, luggage tag, or other accessory to achieve the same functionality with an AirTag. That can add either a little bit to the cost of an AirTag if you buy an aftermarket accessory, or a lot if you buy one of Apple’s own AirTag accessories.
There are a number of Bluetooth trackers on the market, but Tile is Apple’s biggest competitor. Tile trackers are available in a number of shapes and sizes, unlike AirTag, including the $15 Tile Sticker that’s smaller than an AirTag, and the $25 Tile Mate that’s a little bigger.
The biggest difference between AirTag and Tile is that Tile trackers work with both Android and iOS. If you use only Android phones, or you use a mix of Androids and iPhones, then you should go with Tile trackers instead of AirTags. While I’m more impressed with the tracking functionality you get from AirTags, it’s impossible to ignore the fact they don’t work with Android devices.
If you’re an iPhone user, then AirTags are the superior choice. Apple’s Find My network is more robust than Tile’s, so AirTags are a safe bet even if you have an older iPhone without the U1 chip. If you have an iPhone with the U1 chip, the AirTags’ Precision Finding feature leaves Tile in the dust.
We purchased the Google Nest Hub 2nd Generation so our reviewer could put it to the test. Keep reading for their full product review.
Smart displays provide additional benefits over smart speakers, allowing you to visually interact with a voice assistant as well as communicate via voice. Google’s Nest Hub 2nd Gen is the successor to the brand’s original Nest Hub (previously called Google Home Hub).
Since Google doesn’t update its smart speaker and display hardware as frequently as Amazon, we expected to see a slew of new features and hardware upgrades. What’s new and different about the new Nest Hub? How does it compare to other smart displays on the market? I tested the Nest Hub 2nd Gen to find out, evaluating its design, setup, sound, display, voice recognition, and features.
The Nest Hub 2nd Gen looks similar to the original Nest Hub, and it’s tough to tell the difference between the new and old models at first glance. Like the original, the new Nest Hub has a 7-inch screen that rests on a fabric-surrounded base. However, the new Hub has a more seamless look given the screen’s bezel is significantly less pronounced. The Nest Hub 2 also uses 54 percent recycled plastics to make the enclosure.
The Hub 2 measures 4.7 inches tall, 7.0 inches wide, and 2.7 inches in depth, and it’s available in four color options: Chalk, Charcoal, Mist, or Sand. It’s small enough to use as an alarm clock or bedside assistant without taking up too much space on your nightstand. It also serves well as a kitchen companion for smaller kitchens or for those who want a smart display that doesn’t take up too much space.
The controls are well placed, with the microphone off button placed on the back of the device so it’s accessible, yet not in the way. The hard volume buttons are on the back right side, but you can also adjust the volume with your voice.
If you already have the Google Home app downloaded, you can get the Nest Hub set up and ready in about 15 minutes. If not, you’ll need to download the app on your mobile device. Once you have the app, you just plug in the device and add the Hub to your account by scanning the QR code on the screen.
The Hub 2 will take you through several prompts, asking if you want to use features like voice match, sleep sensing, TV services, and more. Although it can be a pain to set these all up at once, it can save you quite a bit of hassle later on.
Although not much has changed in the looks department, the Nest Hub 2 has a few key differences when compared to the original Nest Hub. The new Hub adds Soli Radar, which can track minute movements. This allows it to track sleep data, as well as allow for gesture controls.
In terms of its hardware, the Hub 2 has a three-mic array instead of a two-mic array. The new Hub also has a faster processor, so you’ll get better performance all around.
The Nest Hub 2 has a full-range 1.7-inch driver. Music sounds rich and full, and I could hear the lyrics, melody, and bass clearly at every volume level. I was impressed with the music quality given the size of this device. There’s an equalizer too if I want to make the music more bass or treble heavy. Plus, with a smart display, you can see the lyrics onscreen and sing along.
For shows, movies, and videos, the audio is powerful and clear enough to engage you in an action scene, and you can clearly hear dialogue without the background music overpowering the speech. The Nest Hub 2 doesn’t sound nearly as good as the more expensive Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen), but the Show 10 has dual 1-inch tweeters, a 3-inch subwoofer, and a $250 price tag.
For voice recognition, the Nest Hub 2 has three far-field microphones, and Google Assistant can hear commands even when a song or show is playing on full blast. Google Nest devices have always thrived in terms of their voice recognition. Even when they have less mics under the hood than their Echo competitors, Google Nest speakers and displays tend to hear commands much better.
If you’re using the Hub 2 as a bedside assistant, the alarm is extremely pleasant. It sounds peaceful, with a sunrise alarm clock built in to help you wake up gently. You can use a hand swiping gesture to snooze the alarm, and it will give you another 10 minutes before it goes off again. You can also play soothing relaxation sounds right from the main interface or using a voice command. Relax to the flow of a river, waves breaking on the ocean, white noise, or other sounds to help you wind down.
One standout feature (or should I say deficiency) of the original Nest Hub is that it lacks a camera for video chatting. Some say it’s better for privacy, and that’s true in some ways, but Echo smart displays let you block the camera at any time with a physical slider switch, thus allowing users to have a camera only when they want one.
The Nest Hub 2 still doesn’t have a camera at all, which means in addition to losing the ability to video call, it also doesn’t have the built-in Home monitoring feature you get with the Nest Hub Max or the Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen). I found this to be a major bummer. You can make voice calls, sure, but you can do that on a smart speaker device without a screen.
The Nest Hub 2 has a 7-inch touchscreen with 1024 x 600 resolution. The display is bright, with good color clarity and sharpness. The main interface is clean, and it’s easy to navigate the display (although you can always just use voice commands). Security camera and video doorbell feeds come through well, and you can clearly see who’s at the door when someone rings your compatible video doorbell.
The Nest Hub 2 is powered by Google Assistant, and it’s the same Google Assistant you get with other Google Nest smart speakers and displays. Backed by a Quad-core 64-bit 1.9 GHz ARM CPU and high performance-machine learning hardware engine, the Nest Hub 2 presents a Google Assistant that’s intuitive and helpful.
However, I have found that Google Assistant isn’t always as good at finding location-specific statistics as it is at finding general statistics or statistics pertaining to a large area (like a state or country). For instance, if I ask for statistics about North Carolina, Google Assistant can usually provide them, but if I ask for statistics in smaller areas like Wake County, NC or Apex, NC, the Assistant has more trouble, even if those stats are available via Google search.
Google Assistant is excellent for an abundance of tasks though, especially when paired with a smart display like the Nest Hub 2. You can cook along with recipes, and Google Assistant will read you the steps and wait until you’re ready to go to the next step. You can read along with song lyrics, read or listen to a book, use interpreter mode to communicate in another language, control your smart home from the main screen or using your voice, and so much more.
As mentioned above, the Nest Hub 2 has Soli Radar, so you can control it using hand gestures (without even touching the actual screen). It can also track sleep data, and give you tips on how to get better sleep. Google Nest will likely find more uses for Soli Radar in the future too. The Nest Hub 2 also has an ambient EQ sensor for light adjustments, a temperature sensor, Bluetooth, 2.4 and 5 Ghz Wi-Fi, and Thread functionality will be available later on.
The Nest Hub 2 is an outstanding price at $100, especially given the addition of Soli Radar. If you prefer Google Assistant over other smart assistants like Siri and Alexa, this one device can serve as a sunrise alarm clock, personal assistant, sleep tracker, smart display for camera feeds, and mini TV. There’s so much value here, if only it had a camera.
The $100 Google Nest Hub (2nd Gen) is a smaller device than the $250 Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen), and it doesn’t have a camera. The Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen) has a 13MP camera for video calling and is more powerful than the Nest Hub 2 in just about every area—it has a significantly larger speaker system, a larger display screen, and more processing power.
The Show 10 can also move with you as you move around the room, keeping the screen pointed toward you as you interact with Alexa, talk on a video call, follow along with a recipe, or watch a show. The Nest Hub 2 does offer Soli Radar, which gives it some cool perks.
The Nest Hub 2 is better for those who prefer the Google Nest ecosystem, for those who want a smaller smart display for a kitchen or common area, and it’s an excellent choice as an alarm clock. The Echo Show 10 is better for anyone who prefers Amazon’s ecosystem, those who want to make video calls, and those who want a more powerful device.
We purchased the Amazon Echo Show 10 so our reviewer could put it to the test. Keep reading for their full product review.
A smart display lets you visually interact with a voice assistant in addition to interacting through voice commands, with a screen to display things like photos, song lyrics, videos, and recipes, enhancing your overall experience.
The Amazon Echo Show 10 is one of the most popular smart home hubs available, as it offers a camera for video calls, powerful audio, and a large screen that’s easy to view from a distance. Now on its 3rd generation, the Echo Show 10 has a new design and more features than previous models. I tested the Echo Show 10 to find out how it stacks up against other smart displays, evaluating its design, setup, sound, camera, screen, voice recognition, and features.
The Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen) has a completely new design, moving away from the boxy looks of the past and toward a look that’s both modern and functional. Instead of being a screen with a speaker included in its stand like many other Echo Show models, the Show 3rd Gen is more like a large speaker with a screen attached. The screen connects to the speaker via a ring, thus allowing the screen to rotate.
The speaker is relatively large, measuring about 5 inches tall and roughly 5.5 inches in diameter. There are no controls on the speaker portion, but the power adapter connects into a slot on the bottom of the speaker.
The Show’s screen is 10.1 inches, and the volume buttons, microphone off button, and camera slider switch sit on top of the display screen. In total—with screen and speaker included—the Echo Show clocks in at 9.88 x 6.77 x 9 inches, and weighs 5.64 pounds. It’s heavy, yes, but it’s also meant to sit in one place.
Echo Shows have always been exceptional kitchen companions, and the 3rd-Gen Show 10 is no different. Available in Charcoal or Glacier White, it looks sleek and stylish on granite or quartz countertop, and it doesn’t take away from the design of a kitchen.
Setting up the Echo Show 10 takes only a few moments, and it’s even easier if you already have the Alexa app downloaded.
Once you have the Alexa app, it’s as easy as plugging in the Show 10, connecting it to the internet, and following the prompts. Since the Show rotates, placement is especially important with this device. It needs enough clearance to rotate 360 degrees, and you also want to angle the screen in such a way where you have the best visuals.
In addition to its new design, the Show 10 (3rd Gen) has a number of new hardware features. The rotating screen makes it so the screen can follow you around the room. This means, when you’re on a call or watching a video while cooking, the screen can stay facing you without you having to adjust the device.
The 3rd-Gen Show is powered by a MediaTek 8183 main processor plus a second processor with Amazon AZ1 Neural Edge, while the previous-Gen Show has an Intel Atom x5-Z8350 processor. The camera is also improved on the new Show, moving all the way up to 13 MP. The 2nd-gen Show has only a 5MP camera, and the smaller Show 8 features a 1MP camera. The speaker on the new Show boasts an impressive 3-inch woofer and dual 1-inch tweeters—a large improvement over the previous generation’s dual 2-inch drivers and passive bass radiator.
Since the new Echo has a robust 3-inch woofer and dual 1-inch tweeters, the sound gets very loud. But, music sounds clean and distortion-free even on max volume levels, and movies and shows are immersive, with powerful background music and clear dialogue.
To evaluate sound quality on speakers, I have three go-to songs I use for testing: “Titanium” by David Guetta featuring Sia, “Chains” by Nick Jonas, and “Comedown” by Bush. I choose these songs because they have a mix of low, mid, and high tones. The Echo Show 10’s bass is punchy and pleasant, while the mid and high-tones still come through clearly.
I also watched comedy shows like “Modern Family,” action movies like “Bumble Bee,” and YouTube instructional videos on the Show 10. If the bass is too loud, I can adjust it using the equalizer in the Alexa app, but I found the default settings to be just right.
The Show 10 is loud enough to play music throughout my entire two-story home. I can even connect other speakers if I want better audio, but that isn’t really necessary since the Show 10 is so powerful on its own. One thing that really impressed me is Alexa’s ability to hear my voice commands even when my song or TV show is on full volume.
This has been an issue for me with other smart speakers and displays (especially Echo speakers), where the far-field mics wouldn’t do a very good job of picking up my commands in the presence of background noises. The Show 10 rarely misses a beat though, hearing almost every “Alexa” command I utter.
The Echo Show’s 13MP camera is a vast improvement over other Show models, but it's also an improvement over many other smart display brands like the Nest Hub Max (6.5MP) and even the larger Facebook Portal Plus (12.5MP). This makes for high-quality video calls.
Like the Facebook Portal, the Show’s camera can also pan and zoom, with auto-framing to keep it focused on you during calls. Echo’s camera can also rotate to follow you all around the room—not just on calls, but when you’re watching a video or interacting with the display in general. You can disable this feature if you want, but I found it to be extremely helpful.
The 13MP camera isn’t just beneficial for calls, but also home security. You can use the Show 10 to check on your house while you're away, as it basically acts as an indoor security camera. You can move the screen around and get a pretty good view of the room too. If you’re concerned about privacy, you can block the camera using the slider switch, and this will physically obstruct the camera’s view.
The display quality on the new Echo Show isn’t bad, but this is one area that didn’t see much change. The 10.1-inch screen has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. The screen is clear and bright, and you can see shows and videos from a reasonable distance. It also has features like adaptive color to help make your photos look better in different lighting conditions. However, there’s a thick interior bezel surrounding the screen, and this takes away from the overall aesthetic. I would have also liked to have seen an improvement in screen resolution over other Show models.
The Show’s ability to follow you as you move about the room is perhaps the biggest upgrade, as well as the improved camera that allows you to monitor your home and the enhanced sound quality. However, the Echo Show also boasts a Zigbee Hub, temperature sensor, and all of the newer Alexa features like Amazon Sidewalk, Care Hub, and Alexa Guard. The voice assistant on the new Show is the same Alexa as ever, but the screen allows Alexa to show you recipes, song lyrics, facts, schedules, the status of your smart home, and more.
The Zibgee hub means you can set up and manage Zigbee compatible devices, and with a temperature sensor, you can say things like, “Alexa, turn on the thermostats when it reaches 80 degrees.”
Amazon sidewalk isn’t unique to the new Show 10, but it’s a new optional feature for select Echo and Ring devices that basically allows them to act as Bridges to a shared network that helps the devices work better. Care Hub is another relatively new feature for Alexa that lets you remotely check in on your loved ones.
The Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen) retails for $250, but you can sometimes find it on sale for around $200. Some may look at the $250 price and think it’s way too high when compared to other Echo smart displays like the Show 8 or Show 5, which retail for $110 and $80, respectively.
However, the new Show 10 offers so much more than just a bigger screen—you also get a built-in Zigbee hub, much better sound, the ability to monitor your home with a built-in security camera, and a screen that follows you as you move about the room.
On the other hand, if you’re just looking for a basic smart display that can display photos, assist you in the kitchen, play shows and videos, and you don’t care about the extra bells and whistles,, you might be happier with one of the more affordable models.
The Google Nest Hub (2nd Gen) has a smaller screen than the Echo Show 10, and it doesn’t have a camera. This means you can make only voice calls—no video calls—but it also means you don’t have to worry as much about switching over a slider switch when you want privacy from the camera. The Nest Hub 2 has a new sleep tracking feature and gestures, given the addition of Soli Radar.
The Nest Hub is ideal for those who prefer the Google Nest eco-system, and for those who want a smart display for smart home control, to use as a virtual assistant, or to use as an alarm clock. The Echo Show 10 is better for someone who prefers Amazon’s ecosystem and wants a device that can make calls, blast music, and watch your home when you're away. The Nest Hub 2 is significantly more affordable than the Echo Show 10, retailing for $100.
Dreame Technology provided us with a review unit for one of our writers to test. Read on for their full take.
Robot vacuums have continued to advance their mapping and cleaning capabilities, adding in features like simultaneously mopping, 3D mapping, voice assistant compatibility, invisible barriers, and even self-emptying of the dust bin. As robots have evolved, more and more competitors hit the market, so the price of these high-tech bots continues to become more affordable.
Wyze released a robot vacuum with a LiDAR sensor for a mere $250, and iRobot released a self-emptying robot you can buy for around $400. Now, Dreame Technology has come out with the Bot L10 Pro, a robot vacuum and mop combo that uses a dual-laser LiDAR system.
I recently tested the Dreame Bot L10 Pro, running 50 cleaning cycles over the course of a few weeks. Read on to see my full review.
At first glance, the Dreame Bot L10 Pro looks a lot like your typical robot vacuum. It’s all-black, round, and it measures almost 14 inches in diameter. It has an eye-like mechanism that protrudes from the top and additional sensors on the front. Underneath, the main brushroll has the wired covering to help reduce hair tangling, and there’s a three-prong side brush to assist in grabbing dirt and debris as well.
The dust bin doesn’t clip into the bottom of the L10 Pro like you’d see on some other (vacuuming-only) robots, but rather it’s housed under a flap that swings open on the top of the vac. You lift the top flap to expose the 570 ml dust bin, as well as a tool for cleaning the main brushroll. This tool has a permanent place for storage in the vacuum, so it doesn’t get lost. The 270ml water tank clips into the bottom of the robot when you want to use the mopping mode.
The water tank is extremely thin—the thinnest I’ve encountered—and it comes with a single, reusable microfiber cloth pre-attached. The cloth slides into a lip and velcros in, so it stays on really well, but it’s also kind of a pain to take on and off for maintenance. The water tank also has a small wheel attached to the underside to help the bot maneuver better, but the package didn’t come with any extra reusable mopping cloths or disposable cloths. This was kind of a disappointment.
The design on the L10 Pro is quite similar to what you’d get on most higher-end robot/vacuum mop combos, and this design hasn’t changed much over the past few years. It actually reminds me quite a bit of robots like the Ecovacs OZMO 950, which has the dust bin and water tank in the same location. The water tank is much thinner though, and this does help the vacuum maneuver better over area rugs.
The L10 Pro boasts 4,000Pa suction power, which is impressive for a robot. To put that in perspective, the RoboRock S6 Max is rated at 2,500Pa and the Ecovacs Deebot N8 Pro+ is rated at 2,800 Pa. For a robot vacuum, 4,000Pa represents very strong suction. The L10 Pro can mop too, with smart water control to help determine how much water the bot needs to put out based on the type of flooring. For navigation, it has 3D environment mapping with intelligent object recognition and avoidance via a dual laser LiDAR system. But of course, none of this matters if the robot doesn’t clean the floors well.
I have a two-story home with hardwood floors on the first floor and in the common areas upstairs and carpeting in the bedrooms. I can tell the floors need cleaning when I start feeling crumbs on my socks when I walk around the kitchen and dining area, but I didn’t vacuum for a week prior to testing this robot to give the debris some time to build up.
When I started my first cleaning cycle, the first thing I noticed about the L10 Pro is that it moves quickly and with purpose. It traveled around my floors at what felt like warp speed, and it didn’t bang into things like other robot vacuums I’ve tested in the past. In fact, it never hit anything—it traveled around my home avoiding any obstacle it encountered.
The only time it experienced any hiccup was with my island bar stools, as they have a thin base instead of legs. The L10 Pro did go up over the base of the stools, but it never got stuck or had any issue continuing the cleaning cycle.
I tested another robot recently, and it continued to stop the cleaning cycle when it encountered those stools, indicating it was stuck. The L10 Pro seamlessly traveled over area rugs, around furniture, around corners, and edges. However, I do wish it would travel closer to the edges, as it tends to stay about ¾-inch away from the edge.
When the cleaning cycle finished, my floors were spotless—I couldn’t feel a single crumb on my socks. Because it mops and vacuums, the robot did a really good job cleaning dust and any sticky spots from the hardwoods in the kitchen. I also realized I left the downstairs bathroom door open, and it cleaned the bathroom floors really well too, which was a pleasant surprise.
For the next few weeks, I continued scheduled cleanings twice a day on the first floor of my home. The 5,200mAh battery had more than enough juice for cleaning the 1,500 square-foot area, and it had about half of its juice to spare at the end of each cycle.
I had to empty the dustbin every other day, as it’s not the largest bin. And, if I wanted to use mopping mode, I had to change the water and clean the microfiber pad after every cleaning cycle. I haven’t yet had to clean the brushroll, as it’s stayed relatively free of hair with the wired covering.
The L10 Pro connects via the Mi Home app. You use the same process you use with most robot vacuums, and the robot can only connect via 2.4GHz Wi-Fi networks. The app has just about everything you could want in a robot vacuum app—scheduling, invisible barriers, multi-floor mapping, a find my robot feature, and the ability to create cleaning zones. The app is intuitive, and I haven’t found myself searching around for any specific features because everything is easily accessible.
The manufacturer indicates the L10 Pro is compatible with Alexa for voice control, and the app has a section on how to access voice control as well. However, I was unable to connect with Alexa—perhaps because the vacuum wasn’t yet on the market at the time of testing.
The Dreame Bot L10 Pro retails for $490, which is a fair price for the robot, especially considering it vacuums and mops, and does so exceptionally well. Robot vacuums have gone down in price quite a bit, but units that exceed the average in terms of performance typically cost a bit more.
At only $250, the Wyze Robot Vacuum is more affordable than the L10 Pro, but it doesn’t have mopping capabilities. While the Wyze Bot has advanced LiDAR mapping that’s similar to that of the L10 Pro, the Wyze Bot’s 2,100 Pa suction power is much weaker than the L10 Pro’s 4,000 Pa suction power. For someone who wants an affordable robot with exceptional navigation that vacuums only, the Wyze Bot is still a solid bet. But, if you want a robot that can vacuum and mop that has more suction power, you’ll probably be happier with the Dreame Bot L10 Pro.