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.
The Rydis H68 Pro RoboVacMop is a bit of an all-in-one cleaning machine. That is, when you can get it to do what it’s designed to do. Perhaps the biggest draw for some might be the inclusion of a wet/dry mop on the bottom end. Rydis models this design after similar and competing robot brands. However, to their credit, Rydis seems to have mostly hit the mark on this end. The width and the pressure applied to the ground when the wet mop is active makes it more functional than what you’ll find on competing brands. It’s still a far cry from replacing your actual, regular mop, and will still not clean better than a product like a Swiffer.
As it’s unlikely that you’re going to be buying the Rydis H68 just for the wet mop feature, your biggest concern is going to be whether it can or cannot get the cleaning job done. Here you’ll find a bit of a mixed bag. While the device does an adequate job of cleaning, it does not do a stellar job. It’s about as average as it gets regarding its cleaning methods and modes. Moneual touts this robot’s 5-in-1 cleaning technology, but it appears they should have paid a bit more attention to the software side of things. The robot has a tendency to flounder out of the gate when it’s set to certain cleaning modes.
The brush designs are solid, however. When it does get moving, it can and will pick up most loose materials. The two-whisker design has proven effective with other robot vacuums, and it has proven effective for the Rydis H68 Pro as well. As with many other robots with the circular design, it struggles getting into corners and getting as close as possible to baseboards. Also problematic is the fact that the central brush is not very wide. This causes the machine to leave a lot of loose material out if it’s not captured by the side whiskers.
Hair will be a problem, although cords are not likely to be much of a problem. Cleaning the brush is not fun, especially if you wait so long that it’s completely circled by hair. Moneual has a fairly active advertising department. Despite what their advertisements might have you believe, the vacuum is far from perfect. It gets credit for having a wet mop that’s more functional than most others who are incorporating the same feature, but does not win any awards for the functionality of its primary cleaning job. It gets most dirt, but not all, and excels on hardwood floors, but underperforms on carpet. Its suction strength is certainly more powerful than its most immediate competitor, the iClebo, but it has far fewer features than an iClebo.
Moneual eagerly advertises not only the smart mapping technology on the Rydis H68, but the many sensors on this device. Perhaps the most effective object avoidance feature is the cliff sensor. Depending on your living situation, this may be the most important one as well. The proximity sensors on the front bumper will help keep it from haphazardly slamming into objects such as walls or chair legs, but not all the time. It will occasionally appear to be stuck in corners for no real reason. It also does not perform well when it attempts to run over cords. It typically will not suck cords into the brush. However, it does struggle to roll over them at times. In all, it’s not going to run into everything, but it also fails at avoiding everything as well. The lack of any barrier technology is a gamble on Moneual’s part, and not in their favor.
There are few features to talk about for the Rydis H68. The device has a few extra settings that certainly distinguish it from robot vacuums that are similarly priced. It includes a remote control that can be used to hybrid cleaning mode (where it mops and vacuums), mop mode, or vacuuming mode. It cannot be manually controlled with the remote, however. It does include a smart mapping technology to determine its location. The effectiveness of this feature is debatable, however. Given how often it seems to get stuck in corners, it’s hard to imagine why, or even if, it’s actually mapping effectively. The only features of note are the wet mop and the intensive cleaning feature, which causes the robot vac to stick to an area more closely. These work to a reasonable degree but are still nothing spectacular.
The battery on the Rydis is far from exceptional. When utilizing the device for its intended purpose (vacuuming), it will only last for around 40 to 60 minutes before it needs to run back to the charging station. If you’re running it on mop mode, when the vacuum is not running, it can last twice that time. Charging takes about an hour as well. With many vacuums already seeing 1.5 to 2 hours to a charge, the life on this robot vacuum is almost embarrassingly poor. Perhaps even more unfortunate, the Rydis H68 often struggles to find its charging base. If it’s not in the same room as the base when it starts to die, expect that you will have to pick it up and carry it back to its station yourself.
Moneual does not win many awards for creativity. Their robot vacuum design is as plain and derivative as it gets. If you thought the machine looked familiar, it’s likely because the Rydis looks to be trying its best at mimicking a Roomba. It may have a somewhat nicer splash of red than a Roomba, but its overall design is far from impressive. At only 6 pounds, it also very lightweight. However, this weight is a result of very, very cheap construction. All of this points directly to the money troubles that the parent company ran into, and some of their overall shady business dealings with cheaping it out as much as possible to make a quick buck.
Aside from the charging station and a remote control, the Moneual is effectively bereft of accessories. If you’re hoping to replace parts, such as the wet mop pad, the main brush or the side whiskers or the battery, you’ll have a hard time finding them. You will have to look somewhere other than Moneual’s website. In fact, nowhere on their website does Moneual sell any accessories. You can still find various parts here or there on their official Amazon store.
Perhaps one of the biggest letdowns is the fact that Moneual did not include any form of barriers for this device. Most other manufacturers use, at the least, magnetic strips that set off the cliff detector and prevent the robot from going into places you don’t want it to. This is not so for the Rydis H68. You might find some success using barrier strips from another robot maker, but then again, why should you have to?
For what you’re getting, the Rydis H68 is almost well-priced. The key word here is “almost”. Because the company practically went belly-up due to a $3 billion fraud investigation, it’s currently running on fumes. With little in the way of actual customer service left, it’s a very risky venture if your device stops working properly. And given how cheaply they produce these vacuums, you can be sure that it’s going to fail much sooner than you’d like.
Here’s the fairest warning we can give you about the Rydis H68: If you don’t like it, don’t expect a refund. A few years back, the parent company, Moneual, was found guilty in a $3 BILLION fraud lawsuit. This related to different products, but the end result should have anyone worried. After receiving a bunch of returned merchandise from overseas due to a product recall, they rebranded and resold the same poor quality products to the Chinese market. This did not end well for them. The company filed for bankruptcy. They’re still scraping along, but just barely. This has had a fairly obvious impact on the overall quality of their current products and particularly on any customer service.
To their credit, the Rydis H68 is not the worst robot vacuum around. However, it is merely a reskinned version of the one they sell in Europe and Asia called the Rydis ME770. One of their promotional videos for the ME770 should help you recognize a few interesting facts. The features for the ME770 are the same as what you’ll find on the HP68. The only difference between the two devices is the name and the skin.
Ultimately, can you trust this device to get the job done? Sure. It will get the job done. But this depends on what “the job” actually is. If you’re trying to simply clean a rather wide, unencumbered hardwood floor, you’re probably going to be well pleased. If you have carpet, this won’t be the vacuum for you. If you have pets that shed, this won’t be the vacuum for you. If you have rooms you don’t want the robot to enter, this won’t be the vacuum for you. If your house is any less clean than a factory test floor, this really isn’t the robot vacuum for you. Unless you can get it at a rock-bottom price. Then the minor headache you may get trying to use it on occasion is worth it.