- Review of:
- 360 S6 Robot Vacuum Cleaner
- Brand name:
- Reviewed by:
- Natalie Red
- Published On:
- August 21, 2018
- Edited On:
- December 11, 2019
Before I had a chance to test the 360 S6 myself, I was (and still is) a huge fan of the Roborock S5 and ECOVACS DEEBOT Ozmo 930. What makes the 360 S6 attractive and why would I recommend to have a look at this new-brand vacuum cleaner? The robot builds an accurate map of the cleaning area, it follows a purposeful navigation pattern, stores 10 different floor plans which is a rare thing even for high-end models, has strong suction and the app that offers many useful features. For a reasonable price tag, you get a machine with flagship features that not only sweeps but also can mop.
The 360 S6 is the brand-new robot vacuum cleaner. It comes with a budget price tag offering high-end features. What the 360 S6 has to offer? It has a powerful motor, excellent climbing ability, performs well on thin and medium-pile carpets and is equipped with the LDS laser that builds accurate maps. Moreover, the 360 S6 is perfect for multiple-level houses thanks to the ability to recognize its location and that the robot can store up to 10 different floor plans. The robot is smart, efficient and somehow budget.
Big thanks to Gearbest for letting us to test the 360 S6 robotic vacuum cleaner. Is it a decent competitor of the Roomba 980, the Roborock S5 or Neato Botvac? Let's find out.
The 360 S6 Video Review: Unboxing and Test
The 360 S6 Robot Vacuum Specifications
|Features||360 S6 robot vacuum|
|Cleaning time||60-90 min|
|Battery capacity||3,200 mAh|
|Dustbox capacity||400 ml|
|Water tank capacity||150 ml|
|Suction power||1,800 Pa|
|Obstacle climbing||0.67 in / 17 mm|
|Recharge & resume||yes|
|Area coverage||2153 ft2 / 200 m2|
|Noise level||55 dB|
|Where to buy||On GearBest for $279|
360 S6 Main features
- The 360 S6 can remember your floor layout because of the LIDAR mapping technology.
- 2-in-1 device: the vacuum can sweep and mop at the same time.
- The 360 S6 automatically identifies carpetted surface.
- The vacuum has strong suction delivering 1,800 Pa of air power.
- Even though the S6 has strong suction, it works quietly when operates.
- In the 360Smart app, you can set restricted areas to keep the robot from wandering.
- Zoned cleaning in the app makes the 360 S6 work within a specific room.
- The vacuum stores up to 10 different floor plans in memory.
- It resumes cleaning after the battery gets recharged if the device didn't finish the job before.
Design and Appearance
The 360 S6 somehow reminds me of the Roborock S5 and ECOVACS Deebot Ozmo 930.
In the box I got the robot, charging dock, adapter, cleaning tool, water tank, mop cloth, and three different types of plugs.
I have never seen that a robot would be equipped with the plugs that are easy to set, you just need to slide it into the adapter and click through.
The charging base is fantastic. It has the same black & white design all the Roborock robots come with. On the bottom of the dock, there is a room for a charging cord that supposed to be hidden inside the base so the cable would not lay on the ground. I find it useful as the robot gets a more sleek look with no cord around.
The robot is made in a black and white minimalist design.
On the lid, I see two buttons: power and home. It gets to lighten up when the robot gets back to recharge or starts working.
The dust box is very easy to remove. Just click the "open" button and the container jumps up automatically. This is the easiest way to remove the dirt box, and I love how intuitive it is. By the way, the robot is equipped with the "danger-aware" system that forbid the robot to work when the dustbin is out. Do I need to tell you how many times I did forget to insert the dustbox after cleaning?
When I owned the ILIFE V7, I found it running around without a dustbin inside a few times, so the "danger-aware" system is beneficial.
Underneath this robot reminds me of the Roborock S5. There are two side sweepers, two large wheels, and the main brush slot. The robot comes with a rubber bumper that supposed to prevent furniture from scratching.
The robot is equipped with an LDS laser located inside its "head." It rotates around accurately measuring the layout of the room to create a map. When the plan is created, the 360 S6 follows it by moving back-and-forth in straight lines. LIDAR saves battery life by reducing chances to go over the same spots twice.
The 360 S6 stores in memory up to 10 different floor plans thanks to which the robot is ideal for one and mode floor houses. Only a few flagship models on the market support multiple maps storing.
If you place the machine manually into the kitchen or any other room far from its base location, the 360 S6 starts rotating trying to figure out where it is, and then it restores the map of the room it's in and starts working. Firstly the robot methodically cleans the room starting with the outward borders before cleaning inwards.
LIDAR technology helps to save battery life by preventing the robot to go over the spots that were already cleaned
Sometimes the 360 gets confused and does not understand where it is. In case the device could not recognize its location, the voice system alerts about it, and you get a notification on your phone. Just press start once again, and the 360 S6 will understand its position to get the cleaning began.
I set forbidden zones to see how the robot cleans with it, and it never crossed the areas, the same happened with block off zones. The laser works accurately which means the device bumps into furniture very rarely, it slows down when it "sees" the walls. LIDAR allows it to work in the dark which never happens with those robot vacuums that are based on a camera sensor.
The 360 S6 comes with large wheels and doesn't have any issues with crossing 15 mm thick rugs or thresholds nor as with transforming from bare floor to medium-pile carpets.
For example, when I had the ILIFE V7, it had to take a few attempts to go over the medium-pile carpet in the bedroom. The 360 S6 manages to do it smoothly.
The 360 S6 saves up to 10 different floor maps and can recognize its location which makes it perfect for multiple-level houses
Wet mopping feature is incredible. The 150 ml water tank container comes with a mop cloth. The 360 S6 has the newest dripping technology that makes water leaking only when the machine is moving. In this mode, the cleaner works for about 30-40 minutes before the container gets dry. Unfortunately, the manufacturer does not mention if you can use any detergent, however, I add a little bit of it. Keep in mind that you don't have to add too much of the cleaning liquid into the water container. Please note that the robot is not able to remove stubborn stains.
For sure, mopping feature in the 360 S6 is not as efficient as manual mopping but it still worth having it especially during the days when you don't want to do it manually.
Strong Suction Power
The 360 S6 is one of the most powerful robot cleaners on the market even though it is a budget model. It delivers 800 Pa of suction power in the silent mode, 1,300-1,500 Pa - standard mode, and 1,800 Pa when the powerful mode is turned on. For example, the high-end Roomba 980 comes with 1,700 Pa. The S6 easily handles deep cleaning on thin and medium carpets and is a champ at catching pet hair.
I don't have pets but my hair is quite long and as you can tell I see it all over my place. The 360 S6 does a superb job at picking up my hair. The only thing that is a bit annoying - the cleaning brush gets tangled with hair after every cleaning cycle, so I have to spend some time to clean it. Again, I have long hair, maybe it will not be an issue with someone whose hair is shorter.
The Li-ion battery with 3,200 mAh of capacity lasts up to 90 minutes before it needs to recharge. It actually sounds great, since the robot works longer than 90% of other cleaners on the market. Thanks to the map that our robot holds in its memory, it knows the exact position it left before it went to recharge. Once the battery is fully charged, the 360 S6 gets back to the point it stopped to finish the cleaning.
The 360 S6 is equipped with a washable HEPA filter. It catches up to 99.9% of pollen, dust, and dirt decreasing chances of allergic diseases. Wash it with water and let it dry before using it again.
Carpet Boost & Noise Level
360 S6 comes with the Carpet Boost that boosts the robot's suction from 1,300 Pa to 1,500 Pa once it recognizes carpeted surface. When the robot is off the carpet, the suction power returns to a standard mode.
The 360 S6 is surprisingly quiet when working considering its strong suction, the robot makes noise that is equivalent to 55 dB. This sound level allows you to hold a conversation without the robot disturbing you.
The 360 S6 recognizes carpet flooring and automatically boosts suction power providing a deeper cleaning
Firstly it comes with the carpet boost technology that is helpful since I don't need to increase the suction to deep clean my rugs, the robot does it automatically. Because of the great climbing ability, the device easily climbs onto thin and medium-pile carpets.
Along with two side sweepers that catch dust from corners, the robot has strong suction and a bristled brush. They work together to transfer all the dirt, dust and pet hair right into the dustbin.
The dustbin got full fast even though a day before I ran my Xiaowa Lite. The 360 S6 caught 99% of rice and oats on my cleaning test and in general performed better than the Roborock Xiaowa did on the same areas.
Most of the cleaning robots struggle with the smallest particulars such as send and sugar, and the 360 S6 is no exception. While the 360 S6 does a superb job on hardwood flooring, you will have to run it twice over the same spots again especially if there are small debris.
The 360 S6 performs excellently on thin and medium carpets considering the price of about $350. I think this robot easily can compete with the high-end beasts such as the Roborock S5, Roomba 980 or Neato Botvac D7 Connected.
The 360Smart app
The app is minimalist yet featured. You can manage your robot's working using your phone. In the app you get:
- Recharge (Home button)
- Sweep (Start & Stop buttons)
- Modes. Switching between the Silent, Standart, Powerful cleaning modes.
- Block off. You can set an unlimited amount of restricted zones that the 360 S6 should not cross. For example for some reasons you don't want it to go to the bedroom. Just draw the rectangle on your phone, and the S6 will not cross the zone. You can change the size and shape of the figure making it bigger or smaller depending on your needs.
- Specify. This feature allows customizing a specific area where you want the 360 S6 to clean by drawing a rectangle on your phone screen. You can change the size of the rectangle, add as many zones as you want and choose how many times you'd like the vacuum to clean the selected area. After setting the cleaning zones, the robot will not cross it providing deep cleaning within the allowed space.
- Cleaning area. To be able to track how much of cleaning area the device already covered.
- Battery level. Check when it needs to recharge.
- Cleaning time. You can see for how long your robot has been working.
- History. In this tap, you can see the history of each cleaning such as cumulative time (how much time the robot spent cleaning so far), cumulative size (the area the robot covered in general), cumulative sum (how many times it got to clean).
Update: Oct 7, 2019: The app was updated and got a new minimalist design. I like the new interface, it is more stable and sleek. I've updated some screenshots below.
You can open each cleaning session and see where the robot has been and for how long it had been cleaning.
- Schedule. To set up a specific cleaning time up to 7 times per week.
- Do not disturb. When this mode is on, the robot doesn't resume unfinished cleaning and provides no voice during the scheduled period.
- Update. Where you get the firmware updates.
- Restore map. The robot holds all the plans it built in its memory. No needs to create the new map again.
- RC mode. Manage manual cleaning.
- Settings. You can adjust the volume level. Turn on/off the device light. Reboot the device. Change its name. Unbind (reconnect the robot to the app).
- Share device. Share the machine with another phone.
- Device info (serial No., completed version, MCU version, WiFi name, IP address, MAC address).
- Positioning to find where your robot is located.
- Maintainance. The app shows when you need to replace some parts of the robot such as its filter, main brush, side brush, and when the next time to wipe sensors.
- Reconnect the device.
- Turn on/off push notifications.
Update Oct 7, 2019: As you can see on the screenshot above, I used this robot vacuum more than 200 times, and cumulative usage time is more than 3,000 minutes. I didn't change the filter, roller brush, and side brush yet. It still works great without any problems.
The 360Smart app demo
On the video, you can see an old version of the app. It was updated recently; the new app looks as on screenshots above.
You can download the 360Smart app from Apple iTunes or Google Play:
What is the 360 S6 best for?
- Carpeted surface. Along with the bristled brush, the robot has a powerful motor that sucks up all the dirt providing deep cleaning on thin and medium-pile carpets.
- Bare floor. With the mopping option, you can wet mop all types of bare floors such as laminate, linoleum, tile, hardwood floor and so on.
- Pet owners. Since the robot comes with strong suction, it efficiently handles pet and long human hair.
- Medium and big-sized homes. The 360 S6 runs for the whole 90 minutes before it needs to recharge which is equivalent to about 200 square meters of cleaning area. However, it would clean the smaller house much faster without the need of resuming.
- Two and more floor houses. The robot is great at remembering its location. Once it maps out the floor it manages to hold it in memory which means the next time you place it on the same level, it will recognize the area and restore the map automatically.
Price & Where to buy
The 360 S6 - the best in its price range
Get the 360 S6 if you...:
- Live in a small-medium house. With 90 minutes of battery life and resumption, the 360 S6 is perfect for bigger homes.
- Have a pet. Strong suction will help you to get rid of pet hair.
- Have medium-pile carpets. With carpet identification and strong suction, the robot is able to vacuum carpets that are up to 17 mm thick.
- Have occasional rugs and mostly bare flooring. The 360 S6 performs great on hardwood floors thanks to the water container and mop cloth in the box.
- Want the robot to run when you are not at home. Wi-Fi supports allows the robot to go on its own when no one is home.
- Need extra power.
- Want a decent robot with efficient navigation. Because of the LIDAR, the S6 does not do the same spots a few times.
- Need a flagship robot vacuum cleaner with a reasonable price tag. For the price of around $350, you get a great machine that is suitable for any types of flooring.
Before I got to test the 360 S6, I was a fan of the Roborock S5 and ECOVACS Deebot Ozmo 930. The robot has the same high-end features coming with a lower price tag. With the minimalist design and smart features, the device has mopping and lasts for 90 minutes. Its mapping technology works accurately, allowing the robot to work in the dark. With the app, you can control the cleaner when you are not home and get informed by anything that's going on while the device is working. This robovac can compete with well-known brands at about half the price. Strong suction power, easy-to-get dustbin, and the large wheels make it the best for its value. Is 360 S6 the best high-featured but budget robot vacuum cleaner on the market? The best we've seen so far.
[Update: A year of using] It's been almost a year since I got the 360 S6. This guy does the job weekly. I have a mixed surface that is tile, laminate, thin and medium-pile carpets. As I mentioned before, I don't have a pet, but I do have long hair, and the 360 S6 picks it up like a champ. I use zoned cleaning when I want it to go to the high-traffic areas such as the kitchen or living room. I also occasionally set restricted zones around my working place because of the cords that are on the floor. I love the map saving feature as well, the robot never remaps my place, it follows one of the maps it had created before. Also, the 360 S6 mops my kitchen from time to time. Yes, it might not be the most useful feature of all the robot have but still is great for me especially if I don't have time (or simply don't want to) for manual mopping. I would still recommend this model to everyone who is looking for a great but not that expensive robot vacuum cleaner.