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Hands-on with the Roborock Dyad Vacuum Mop
Hands-on with the Roborock Dyad Vacuum Mop IBTimes / Jeff Li
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With the advent of robot vacuum cleaners, which has evolved into robot vacuum cleaner and mop combos, which then ascended into the era of self cleaning and emptying robot vacuum/mops - just vacuuming the house with cordless vacuum sticks suddenly feels very inadequate. But, vacuums alone are, after all, unable to clean the fine dust that mops can - so a hand held vacuum/mop suddenly makes a lot of sense.

Following our first look at Roborock's first vacuum/mop - the Dyad, which sounded great on paper and in the demonstration videos, we had to take a real-look at this vacuum-mop hybrid. What is it like spending time and using the Dyad? Read on for our impressions after two months with the vacuum/mop.

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Build and Maneuverability

To assemble the Roborock Dyad, there is only one thing that needs to be done. All it takes is for the aluminum tubular handle that comes inside the packaging to go into the body of the unit and form the Dyad's hand grip, and it's ready to go.

When it first came to our office, the Dyad's overall color scheme immediately brought to mind the quantum suit in Marvel Studios' Avengers: Endgame. With a matte white finish, accented by red and gray, the colors gives it a sterile and high tech aesthetic. Since the Dyad is made to dock and stand in the house, it doesn't hurt for it to look as handsome as it does.

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The Dyad is surprisingly heavier than its slim body would suggest. However, since most of its mass is in the lower part of the machine, it's actually easier to move around than an upright vacuum cleaner. And being cordless, you won't need to worry anymore about wrestling with lengthy power cords, getting tangled up among the furniture.

The design of the 'D' shaped handle, together with the double-jointed swivel on the motorized head, has made the Dyad an easy device to maneuver. Just by a light turn of the wrist, I'm able to get the cleaning head into corners and cleaning paths of my choosing.

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Thorough Motorized Mopping, Edge to Edge

Although cordless electrical mops are not new, the three counter-rotating rollers on the Dyad are definitely what sets it apart from other similar products in the market. The counter rolling action 'pinches' whatever it passes over and picks up and feeds both dried and wet mess into its suction nozzle. This is far superior to any single roller. What's more, it effectively adds a second pass to trap incoming debris.

In our office, since the only uncarpeted area is the kitchen and bathroom tiled areas, these were my our main test areas.By rolling in two different directions, the floor is also being simultaneously scrubbed in two different directions, which means you can say good-bye to those stubborn stains that you haven't manage to take care of. The good thing is that this is only one perk you get from Dyad's unique cleaner head. With the weight of the unit naturally pushing the rollers down, the tiles were getting a scrub that was far beyond what they were used to. Even better is that after mopping with the Dyad, the dampness on the tiles was at a minimum, and the water dried up in no-time. Compared to a traditional mop, this was one of the advantages that I was most impressed by.

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Even though there are three rollers, the two rear rollers are going in the same direction, and they split on either side of the motor. This extends the ends of the rollers to reach all the way to the edges of the cleansing head, giving it the reach it needs to mop the floor right up to where it meets the wall. This is very important since a build up of dust and stains often occur not in the high traffic areas, but in the corners of the floor. So that means that with the Dyad, you won't be needing to hand scrub even an inch of the corners afterwards - the edge-to-edge rollers will do the job for you.

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Ease of Maintenance

Another very impressive design in the Dyad was how easy it was to take its component parts out for cleaning and maintenance work. Both the clean and dirty water reservoirs were designed to be easily taken out single-handedly. The same ease can be found in filters in the dirty water reservoir, which are also very easy to remove and clean. The fine filter, being washable, is also readily replaceable (an extra filter is included in the package).

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The rollers themselves - the part that needs to be cleaned the most - actually washes themselves. All you do is to return the Dyad back to its stand, press the self cleaning button adjacent to the power button on the handle, and it will start the self washing cycle by itself. Initially I was worried that the shallow tray in the dock may spill over, but conclusively only very little water was left, which just dries up on its own.

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I personally took the rollers out every week to give it a thorough wash and dry, which was an very easy task. There are no tools needed for this; one press of a button and the front cover is removed; and all that needed to be done for the front roller to be removed was for me to lift a side lever. Though the two rear twists out from the sides in opposite directions, the Roborock has color coded the two rollers so that you wouldn't install them in the wrong side.

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What's more, the included cleaning tool has its own storage compartment in the dock, and this is certainly well designed. One of the sides has a hard brush that can be used like a baby bottle brush, cleaning even the passage that leads into the dirty water tank. And the other side has a retractable hair cutting hook used for removing hair entangled in the rollers.

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Final Verdict

Overall we were very impressed with the Dyad, especially with the many unique features that Roborock came up with. From the easy to remove components for maintenance, to the color coding components that make them easy to disassemble and assemble; from the three roller heads that mop even the corners, to even including a cable spool in the back of the dock: this is a very well thought out product.

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After using the Dyad for two months, we can wholeheartedly recommend the Dyad to anyone who has a hard time cleaning floor areas in the office or at home that needs more attention than vacuuming or sweeping. This is a vacuum mop that is easy to use, easy to maintain, and produces great results every time, and we're awarding the Roborock Dyad with the IBTimes Recommended badge.

Sam is a production engineer turned tech writer who specializes in seeking out gadgets that enhances productivity while still looking sharp. This is a contribution to an ongoing IBTimes review series on gadgets for Home Productivity.