It’s a reviewer’s dream to review the next version of a product after previously reviewing an earlier model. After just reviewing the yeedi vac max Robot Vacuum, I had the chance to review the yeedi vac 2 pro Robot Vacuum, giving me great perspective to examine the new, updated features. I also had the chance to review the optional yeedi self-empty station.
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Setting Up the yeedi vac 2 pro and self-empty station
While many newer robot vacuums now include self-empty stations, yeedi has chosen to make it optional. I see this as a plus. Not everyone wants this feature, nor do they want to pay the extra to have it. yeedi leaves the option up to the consumer. Additionally, it really doesn’t add that much extra setup.
The yeedi vac 2 pro ships with:
- vac 2 pro Robot Vacuum
- Docking station
- Oscillating mopping
- Washable mopping pad
- Edge brush
- Electrical cord
- Quick Start Guide and Instruction Manual
As with the earlier model, the yeedi vac 2 pro Robot Vacuum doesn’t come with an extra side brush. It also doesn’t ship with disposable mopping pads.
It separates the mopping function. While the vac max had one mopping assembly that required you to remove the mopping plate and pad, the vac 2 pro includes a separate assembly with the plate and pad attached.
I have all laminated and tile flooring, so I’m only using the Oscillating Mopping function.
Turn the robot over to attach the edge brush.
If you’re going to use the self-empty station, put the base station and cord that came with the vacuum to the side. If you’re not using the self-empty station, plug the cord into the base and the other end into a wall outlet near the floor.
The yeedi self-empty station includes:
- Dust container
- Ramp extension
- Dust bag
- Power cord
- Screwdriver and three screws
- Instruction Manual and Quick Start Guide
While the robot vacuum doesn’t include the extra pieces, the self-empty station does. Not only does it have an extra dust bag, it also includes a screwdriver to install the base to the dust container. It was great to not have to make the extra step of getting my toolkit out.
The self-empty station was easy enough to put together. It’s just a matter of putting the dust container on top of the base. It then just needs to be screwed together on the bottom of the base with the provided screwdriver and screws.
Note that the screws don’t follow the diagram exactly as the diagram in the Instruction Manual shows. The third one goes in the hole in the center, not on the side.
Stand the self-empty station up and set it at the desired location. If you will be vacuuming carpeting, you will also need to install the ramp extension. Also, plug the cord in between the station and the wall.
Set the yeedi vac2 pro on either the base or the self-empty station. Open the lid on the top and flip the red switch to turn it on. It will take around six and a half hours to charge.
While it charges, scan the QR code under the lid or in the Instruction Manual for access to the yeedi app on either Google Play or the App Store.
The robot vacuum is ready to be paired when the light on the top slowly flashes. Choose “yeedi vac 2 pro” from the list on the app.
A pop-up asks you to enable Location Services on your Android or iOS device. If you’re having issues, the question mark on the “Add a Robot” screen opens a setup guide.
You’ll be asked to enter your Wi-Fi credentials and need to be on a 2.4GHz or 2.4/5GHz dual-frequency network.
If you arrived at this point without switching the robot vacuum on, you’ll be asked to and will need to confirm in the app that you have. You will also be prompted to hit the reset switch (to the right of the On/Off switch) and confirm that you heard a ready message.
You’ll also need to pair it with a QR code. Tap the button on the app to create the QR code, then hold your phone above the vacuum’s camera for it to add the code and finish pairing it.
When it’s fully paired, you’ll get a message that says the yeedi vac 2 pro has completed the setup. Yet, there area few quick settings you need to go through.
The first is for the Do Not Disturb mode. Enabling this allows you to create a time frame when the vacuum will not operate, even during a scheduled cleaning, or to complete a cleaning session after it has recharged.
The second is for Continuous Cleaning. This will allow the vacuum to finish cleaning after it recharges unless it’s during a Do Not Disturb time.
If you will be using the Oscillating Mopping function, you will need to fill up the tank before it starts. Pull out the water tray from the vacuum at the front. Open the blue tab on the front and pour in water until it’s full. Close the blue tab and make sure all connections are dry before you plug it back in.
Using the yeedi vac 2 pro
With the app and robot all set up, you’re ready for your first cleaning session. In the first session, it will map your home with smart visual mapping and navigation.
Despite the image above showing that “cleaning is complete,” it really hadn’t gone through any sessions yet when I snapped the screencap. It also suggests the first session be completed in “Quiet Vacuum Power.” It should be noted that this mode wasn’t necessarily quiet. It wasn’t loud – but also wasn’t quiet.
As the yeedi vac 2 pro cleans, it maps out your home. It will edge it and move in near rows while it builds the map.
One of the major features of the vacuum is object avoidance. It worked as billed. It avoided a memory foam rug in my kitchen as well as a broom. This was a definite improvement over the yeedi vac max.
One thing that remained the same was an inability to cross a transition piece between my hallway and bathroom. It’s a very tall transition piece. The driving wheel got stuck, so I have to keep the bathroom door closed while cleaning or set a virtual boundary. Other robots, especially those with navigation, struggle here as well.
However, the vac 2 pro had no difficulties with a floor vent I have in the kitchen, unlike the yeedi vac max.
Once the first cleaning session is complete, the robot will return to its base. If you have a self-empty station, it will empty the dust bin when it returns. It is loud as it empties, as with all other self-empty vacuums I’ve tried. If you don’t have the self-empty station, you will need to open the top of the robot, pull out the dust bin, and empty it in the trash yourself.
The smart visual mapping completed a new map of my home. While the first yeedi robot vacuum I reviewed never completed this step on its own, the yeedi vac 2 pro completed it after the first run.
I will also say this is the best cleaning any robot has ever done – both the vacuuming and mopping. This is especially true of the Oscillating Mopping. It has a mechanism that shakes the robot to resemble your hand mopping and promises to clean up “stubborn stains.”
While I don’t have “stains” on my laminate flooring, dried spills that would normally remain after robot vacuuming and mopping sessions were cleaned. Color me impressed.
A custom area can be selected for cleaning so that you can only clean that one small section. Just select “Custom” and drag the box to the size and location you want.
Conversely, a virtual boundary, or no-gone zone, can be set to have the vacuum avoid it. Select “Edit Map -> Virtual Boundary,” and drag the corners to the area you want. The vacuum will avoid these areas.
This is another improvement. While the yeedi vac max avoided the area as it cleaned, once it edge-cleaned, it would ignore the virtual boundary. The yeedi vac 2 pro never cleaned inside that virtual boundary.
If you’re looking for a robot vacuum that does it all, you can end your search with the yeedi vac 2 pro Robot Vacuum. The one thing I wish it did have will be added soon in an over-the-air update. In June, the ability to merge/split a room will be added. This was sorely missing in the vacuum in the prior review. The living area of my home maps as one room. but I want to separate it into the living room, kitchen, and hallway.
To have merging and splitting of rooms, along with the best vacuuming and mopping I’ve had on a robot, optional self-empty station, and more, the yeedi vac 2 pro hits all the marks. It could be a little quieter, and I do wish it came with spare parts. But these things are very easy to overlook with the best cleaning I’ve had to date.
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