We looked at 7 factors that will likely influence which robot vacuum you decide to invest in. These areas were Cleaning Ability, Objective Avoidance, Features, Charging/Battery Life, Aesthetics and Price. Each category is scored individually, with the final score reflecting the average of each of the 7 categories.
Looking at just the on-paper stats, the iClebo Arte should be one of the best robot vacuums on the market. It boasts almost all of the most advanced and useful cleaning features and functionalities that you’ll find on many other robot vacuum cleaners. Much like the Ecovac brand, it sports dual side whiskers intended to help get in close to baseboards. Like the robots from Neato Robotics, it uses a very methodic cleaning pattern. Like the Bobsweep Bob, it includes a wet mop attachment on the back. And much like the higher end robots from iRobot, it uses several cleaning modes as well as uses infrared mapping technology to help determine where it’s been and where it’s going.
Yet the biggest problem this robot vacuum has its lack suction power. There simply isn’t enough of it to really get the job done. This is highly noticeable when it encounters large clumps of dirt or fallen debris, and is particularly noticeable on carpets. While it does include all of the features that make it highly desirable as a piece of modern cleaning technology, it struggles to do the one, main job that it was supposed designed to actually do.
This is not to say that it cannot clean at all. On the contrary, the iClebo Arte does perform well in very perfect lab conditions. If you’re using it only on a hardwood floor and only to get up the occasional dirty spots or small amounts of dust and hair, you’re likely going to be very satisfied. However, you may start questioning that satisfaction after two months or so. The iClebo Arte appears to have a design flaw that causes dirt and dust to collect near several of its sensors. This causes it to believe it is coming close to running into an object. If you notice that it’s spinning in circles after leaving its base, you’ve fallen prey to this consistent flaw. Cleaning the dust away from the sensors might help, but many other users have equally identified that this does not seem to always fix the problem.
Adding on those troubles is iClebo’s somewhat shoddy customer service. They may get back to you. They may not. It seems to be a bit of a lottery with that one. The one shining factor on this robot vacuum is perhaps its mixture of cleaning modes the fact that it is one of the fastest robot vacuums on the market today. That said, it simply underperforms the competition at the same price point, and even performs worse than some robot vacuums that cost less.
To its credit, the iClebo Arte is mostly good at getting around objects. The sensor technology that it comes with helps it map out the room. The more you use it, the better it learns the area. It becomes less likely to get stuck on different objects. It has low profile and is able to get over room barriers and high rugs fairly easily. However, it tends to overestimate how much it is capable of rolling over. Chairs and tables that have use a continuous bar across the floor for support can be a hazard. Cords are also a danger to this bot, as it can easily run into them and then get stuck on them.
It rarely sucks in cords, but it does have a tendency to get stuck on them. In most cases, it will not run into walls, chair legs, or other objects too often. This is a plus, considering how fast this robot vacuum moves. It is also capable of avoiding falling down stairs, which is at this point an industry standard. However, we’re unsure of whether the known flaw related to dust covering the sensors impacts the cliff sensor. If it does, you could be looking at a very expensive fall if your iClebo Arte takes a tumble down the stairs.
The core, and somewhat impressive features on this robot vacuum relate to its cleaning ability. While most robot vacuums only include one cleaning mode, the Yujin Robot’s iClebo Arte has several. On “Auto Mode” the vacuum will act similarly to some of the other high-end robots. It will map out the area and do a methodical, side-to-side cleaning method. You can also turn on a “Mop Mode” which will turn off the section and instead focus on using the wet/dry mop attachment. This has been found to be mostly useless, however, as it suffers from the same flaw as other robot vacuums that have tried it: lack of applied force. The third mode sets the robot into a random cleaning pattern. The last mode allows the robot to climb over up to 20mm barriers, particularly between rooms and over high rug edges.
All of these modes can be controlled via the included remote controller. The on-board screen also displays a fair amount of information, something that other robot vacuums lack. This includes a battery meter. It is unfortunate that the cleaning strength of this robot vacuum does not match the impressive display of features, however.
Yujin Robot ups the battery power on their robot by having a very low suction strength. You can potentially get up to 2.5 hours of battery life from your iClebo Arte, far more than the majority of even high-end robot vacuums. The standard battery life, at 2 hours, is still on the high end and extremely impressive. Charging times are only around 90 minutes, meaning you’ll almost always get more usage time out of each charge than how long you’re waiting for it recharge. Nevertheless, the iClebo Arte sacrifices cleaning strength in order to accomplish this task.
If you’re looking to make a showpiece out of your iClebo, you may want to simply leave it turned off. It’s an extremely attractive looking device. Yujin Robot gave special attention to design, and it shows through the outer frame on this robot. Unfortunately, a robot is more than just its looks. The iClebo scores good points for have a design that makes it look like it should matter, but inevitably loses a lot of points for overall functionality.
There are just two replacement items you can purchase for this robot: a spare battery and a spare filter. That’s it. Yujin Robots does a good job of showing us the different parts and pieces of their robot, but does little to offer us replacement parts. While it’s commendable that you can buy spare batteries from them (although only from Amazon), the lack of anything more significant is troubling. Even the most stingy of robot vacuum companies offer a larger collection of accessories. Yujin may indeed be the stingiest.
Price: $320 – $400
Prices for the iClebo Arte can vary, depending on where you’re looking and the time of the year. At the price range, it has far more features than most robot vacuums that are of an equivalent price. However, its cleaning ability is more similar to less expensive robot vacuums. This makes the iClebo Arte a bit of a conundrum for buyers. Ultimately, what you gain in features, you don’t make up in cleaning power. If you’re looking into a starter robot, the iClebo is going to be too expensive for your tastes. If you’re looking to upgrade to something fancier, it’s price point might seem attractive, but you’ll quickly be disappointed by what it can do (or can’t do).
Ultimately, we cannot recommend purchasing the iClebo Arte — unless you are able to find it for a rock-bottom price. At present, it’s loaded with features that are actually useful. For all intents and purposes, the features that it boasts of having — multiple sensors, multiple cleaning modes, etc., — all work as advertised. What does not work as advertised is the cleaning power. Yujin Robot gives us some fairly solid propaganda videos to look. All are of their robot performing different tasks in head-to-head competitions with other robots. However, note what robots they are not showing themselves against: Roomba. Neato. Ecovacs. Even Bobsweep. The reason here should be obvious. The robots from those companies are superior in their cleaning ability.
The lack of cleaning ability comes down to design. Yujin oddly bucks convention, putting the suction area and the spinning brush at the back of the machine. This immediately makes it impossible for the robot to actually pick up material close to walls and baseboards. It cannot get corners at all. There’s just no way, by design, for it to do so. Having the suction area at the back end also means the device is collecting more dirt and dust on the underbelly than it should be. This may be part of the design flaw that impacts the sensors.
Overall, Yujin makes a good showing in physical design, and has an admirable attempt at a robot vacuum. However, the strength of the suction does not go far enough, and the overall design seems somewhat ill-conceived.