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As someone who hates vacuuming, I am a big fan of robot vacuums with LiDAR or VSLAM navigation and auto-empty stations. I have been using the AirRobo T10+ for the past two years, and it has done a decent enough job. At the time of my initial review, it was one of the most affordable self-emptying robotic vacuums available.

Since then, many brands have introduced more affordable options as well as premium robot cleaners that can automatically fill and empty their mops.

The Proscenic Floobot M9 is one of the latest mid-range options, positioned one step above the Proscenic X1. While this vacuum doesn’t have an auto fill/empty mopping station, it upgrades the vacuum to use a rotary mop which should significantly improve mopping performance.

Specification

The Proscenic M9 has an impressive set of features:

  • Dual rotary mopping system with 120 RPM & up to 6 N downward pressure
  • IPNAS 5.0 laser navigation
  • Self-empty station with UV sterilisation providing 2.5 L dust storage and 60 days hands-free cleaning
  • 4,500 Pa suction
  • 250 minutes, 2,690 m2 run time
  • 62 dB noise level
  • 20 mm climbing height
  • Multi-floor mapping & smart carpet boost
  • Physical remote control + app control
  • Third party integration: IFTTT, Siri, Alexa, Google Home, Home Assistant via Tuya

Unboxing

The Proscenic M9 comes well packaged with the vacuum unit separate from the charging dock.

In the box you get:

  • Vacuum unit
  • Charging / self empty dock
  • Water tank
  • Mopping pads x2
  • Side brushes x2
  • Filters
  • Manuals and paperwork
  • Cleaning tool

The vacuum itself looks very similar to the Proscenic X1 but with the addition of the rotary mopping system on the underside. It feels well-built and solid.

The dock/base station is tall but slimline in design. The dust collection is hidden away at the back rather than on show like some other auto-empty stations. The dust bag has a 2.5L capacity, which should avoid frequent changes.

Set-Up

Getting started with the Proscenic M9 is very straightforward.

You simply install the side brushes, place the vacuum on the charging pins and connect the base station to power.

The robot vacuum and app are based on Tuya and the set up process is identical to other Tuya devices, using Bluetooth to scan for the device and pass over the WiFi credentials.

Once connected, the robot, base station and accessories need to be mapped into the app. The app then takes you through a quick training guide on how to use the key features.

Within 10 minutes, I was ready to start my first clean.

Proscenic App and Settings

The Proscenic app is well-designed and easy to navigate. The status screen shows the map with cleaning history, next clean, accessories status and the robots current location.

The app allows full control over clean schedules, suction modes, mop water levels, no go zones, carpet recognition and much more.

Some handy features include:

  • Multi-map saving so you can store different floors
  • Zone cleaning
  • Remote control driving
  • Consumable status tracking
  • Cleaning history and statistics

The schedule system is flexible with options for daily, weekly or monthly cleaning. You can even set quiet hours for night time.

Overall, the app provides comprehensive controls over the robot in an intuitive way.

Navigation and Maps

The Proscenic M9 uses laser navigation (LiDAR) with their IPNAS 5.0 system. This allows for excellent mapping and navigation.

During my first clean, the M9 mapped out downstairs rooms successfully. It did generate more rooms than there are, but it looks like it has perceived L-shaped couches as a wall/doorway. However, you can go into the settings and merge adjacent rooms together.

Then, within the mapping setting, you can define no-go zones, no-mop zone, and define cleaning modes per room

We have a hard floor in our kitchen and toilet, then carpet in the living rooms and hallway, and the robot has been able to transition between flooring with no problem.

Obstacle detection was reliable, as well as identifying chair and table legs, raised flooring, and transitions. The 20mm climbing height easily handled transitions between rooms.

Overall the laser navigation results in efficient, logical cleaning paths as the robot builds the map. Rarely did I see any repetitive passes or missed spots.

Vacuuming Performance

With its quoted 4500 Pa suction power, I was expecting good vacuuming capabilities from the Proscenic M9.

It comes with a front roller brush plus dual multi-surface rubber brushes which are very effective at picking up debris on both hard floors and carpets.

On hard floors, the M9 picked up all visible debris in a single pass on normal mode. For a deeper clean, you can use max mode or schedule a second pass clean.

The M9 has no issues driving from room to room or transitioning between floor types to provide whole-home cleaning.

The cleaning performance of the M9 appears to be significantly better than the AirRobo I was using. I also found that my old robot vacuum would always self-empty properly, this then would cause the build in dust box to end up getting clogged up and the cleaning performance degrade quickly.  So far, I have experience no problems with the M9.

For homes with a mix of bare floors and carpets, the Proscenic M9 provides excellent daily vacuuming.

Mopping Performance

One of the key upgrades with the Proscenic M9 is the introduction of a rotary mopping system.

This uses two counter-rotating mopping pads designed to scrub the floors actively rather than just passively drag a damp mop.

The motor provides 120 RPM rotation to the padded discs along with up to 6N of downward force.

To test it out, I used the max water setting and let it mop half my kitchen dinner floor.

The difference between the mopped and unmopped sides was significant. The rotary action helped lift stains that a damp mop would simply smear around.

While not as effective as hand mopping, it saved me 30 minutes and did a decent job maintaining clean floors between deeper cleans.

The water tank provides up to 150 minutes of mopping, which is plenty for my kitchen. Mop pads are machine washable to keep things hygienic.

I’m impressed with the mopping performance; it is better than the generic cloth you get on other affordable robot vacuums, though it is obviously less convenient than the more expensive options, which have a refill/empty/drying station.

Third Party Integrations

The Proscenic M9 includes integration with IFTTT plus support for voice assistants like Alexa, Google Home and Siri Shortcuts.

IFTTT

The IFTTT integration allows you to create automations based on the vacuum status or control it remotely.

For example, you could flash Hue lights when you finish cleaning or receive mobile notifications on error codes.

Alexa / Google Home

Basic voice control works well for remote start, stop, dock and cleaning mode adjustments.

The robot is recognised as a controllable device called ‘Proscenic Vacuum’ once linked to your Proscenic account.

I created a few Alexa routines to start cleans with a voice command. Google Home worked very similarly.

Home Assistant

For advanced smart home integrations, the Proscenic M9 vacuum can be added to Home Assistant using the Tuya integration.

This allows status tracking, custom automations and even remote control drive. Pretty impressive for those running a home automation hub.

Price and Alternative Options

The Proscenic Floobot M9 is listed on Amazon UK for £499 RRP but had a £120 voucher discount at the time of review (10th Feb 2024).

It’s been available on Amazon UK for around 6 months now, with the lowest historical price being £378.99 during sales periods.

Proscenic X1

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The older Proscenic X1 is still available and is priced around £299. This lacks the auto empty station and rotary mop but could save you £100.

Ultenic T10 Pro

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Ultenic sell the T10 Pro which looks very similar to the Proscenic M9. It has the same style of mop but lower 4000 Pa suction for £400 after discounts.

Ecovacs Deebot X1 Omni

The Ecovacs Deebot X1 Omni has superior mopping thanks to auto fill/empty tanks, hot air drying and auto mop lift. But it commands a premium price of £800.

Eufy RoboVac X8 / X9

The Eufy RoboVac X9 Pro has similar mop refill/empty features but no auto empty for the vacuum at £550.

Or the Eufy X8 Pro has basic mopping but includes auto empty for £429.

Overall

If you’re looking for a robotic vacuum that can both vacuum and mop hard floors effectively, then the Proscenic M9 is an excellent option.

The laser navigation results in efficient, logical cleaning paths for vacuuming. Plus the upgraded rotary mopping system does a decent job maintaining lightly soiled hard floors.

Throw in the auto empty station for reduced maintenance, flexible app controls and home automation integration – you have an impressive overall package.

Yes you can get robots with more advanced mopping but they do come at a price. So if you want great all round cleaning performance without spending a fortune, the Proscenic M9 comes highly recommended.

Proscenic M9 Robot Vacuum Cleaner Review

Summary

If you’re looking for a robotic vacuum that can both vacuum and mop hard floors effectively, then the Proscenic M9 is an excellent option.

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