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After one pass, the W10 recognized different rooms in my space so that I could create no-go and no-mop zones.
You do not have to use the app if you do not want to. You can use your voice assistant to start and stop the robot, or you can press the button on the top of the unit for an immediate clean.
However, the Xiaomi Home app is useful for setting cleaning schedules, controlling how much water you want to use for mopping, and how many times you want to clean the space.
I set the Dreame Bot W10 to clean different areas of my space, configuring zones and rooms to clean at different times of the day.
I have configured the Dreame Bot W10 to leave its dock to wash three rooms.
It will wash a specific area, 5, 10 or 15 square metres, then will return to its charging station, wash its mops and return to the space to finish cleaning.
I found that if I set the mop to return after cleaning 15 square metres, the mop became a little dry towards the end of its run - even though my settings were on the wettest mop setting available.
Setting it to 10 or even 5 square metres meant that I could see the wet stripe on the floors as the unit glided past.
I am ashamed at how dirty the water is, considering that the robot has been washing the same floors three times per day for over a week -- and I am the only human living in this space.
I suppose that it is laudable that the Dream Bot W10 can pick up so much dirt after washing the floors so many times.
I emptied the dirty water tank and replenished the clean water tank daily.
Dreame advises that only water is used in its tank, but it will soon offer low foaming cleaning fluid from its Amazon Stores page.
I think that for such an expensive item, I would expect there to be a bottle of cleaning fluid in the box as it is on the ILife Shinebot W450.
Other issues I had with the W10 were down to my own laziness.
I am not used to emptying the onboard dustbin as many robot vacuums I review now have an auto-empty station. I kept forgetting this simple task.
However, with three times per day cleaning, I had to replenish the fresh water and empty the dirty water daily, but it did take many days before this turned into a habit.
I expect that the base station would have to be a lot larger to accommodate a dust bag in addition to the two water tanks.
Another niggle was concerning the base plate. This is watertight, so it will not damage your hard floors. Dreame Tech recommends that you unclip the base plate mop washboard and wash it every two weeks.
The scraping bar fins for the mop and the configuration of the washboard means that this is a fiddly job – best cleaned with a soapy wet paintbrush to get into all of the corners.
However, I am nit-picking here and trying to find something I do not like about the W10 – there is little not to love with this robot cleaner.