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Roborock Flexi Pro Wet and Dry review: Flexxing on Dyson

Same price, same vibe, better value.

Roborock Flexi Pro Wet and Dry
Roborock Flexi Pro Wet and Dry
Our Rating
4 out of 5 stars
4
Performance
3.9 out of 5 stars
3.9
Design
4.4 out of 5 stars
4.4
Expert testing
4 out of 5 stars
4

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Anula Wiwatowska
Jul 11, 2024
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Quick verdict: Roborock Flexi Pro Wet and Dry vacuum cleaner

For the same price as the Dyson Wash G1, the Roborock Flexi Pro Wet and Dry gets you much of the same performance with added bonuses. 

pro
Pros
pro Warm water cleaning and warm air drying
pro Great cleaning in one pass
pro Pretty well balanced weight
con
Cons
con App connectivity issues

Pitched as a Dyson WashG1 competitor, the Roborock Flexi Pro Wet and Dry Floor Vacuum does have a lot in common with Dyson’s mop. Both use microfibre rollers, both are cool water only, both have flexible mop heads and manoeuvrable designs, and both cost $999. While the Dyson stops there, the Flexi Pro adds self cleaning and drying using heat at the base station, edging itself forward to give you just that little bit more value for the price.

From a practical perspective, the Roborock Flexi Pro is an excellent hard floor cleaner but it does have one impracticality that irks me. App connectivity. Although Roborock advertises this as a feature, to me it is a bug. Not everything in your home needs to be connected to your home network, and when it comes to the Flexi Pro it might be too much work for the pay off.

Roborock Flexi Pro Wet and Dry

Using room temperature water, the Flexi Pro makes light work of a range of messes. It performs just as well on liquids as it does on small debris, and even sticky messes like maple syrup. During testing the device picked up each of these, in a bunch of different combinations in one pass. Performance doesn’t hold up well to baked on stains, but that is to be expected for a cleaning device like this. You’re better off with a steam mop for anything that has been holding tight to your floor for a while.

If you ignore the app component, it is very much a plug and play device. Roborock’s DirTect adaptive cleaning adjusts the power and saturation levels based on what kind of mess it encounters. This function is generally quiet, and effective, but you can manually switch out to a deeper cleaning mode. On max, the 730ml clean water tank drains quite quickly but it is still enough for 2-3 spot cleans. If you’re tackling a big job then you may need to empty and refill the tank mid-way through. The same can be said for battery life. The Flexi Pro lasts around half an hour at full speed, which should be plenty of time to get through most cleaning spells. If you’re on a real cleaning tirade then knocking it back to auto mode should get you an extra 10 minutes.

Once you’re done cleaning, the Flexi Pro takes care of itself. On the base station it uses 60 ̊ C hot water to saturate and clean the roller, while scraping off the debris and sucking it into the dirty tank. Afterwards it uses 55 ̊ C air to dry off the roller. Roborock claims this will take around 30 minutes, and in our testing the roller was mostly dry by the end of the cycle. It was definitely warmer.

Roborock Flexi Pro Wet and Dry: Design

Roborock Flexi Pro Wet and Dry folded flat

There isn’t anything overly special about the aesthetic design of the Flexi Pro Wet and Dry, but there is utility in its flexibility. Designed to fold almost flat, it easily gets deep underneath furniture provided that it fits. At 5cm the head can get under almost anything, but the 13cm body does limit how far into the depths you can go. While folded down it has just as good performance as when it is upright, so you’re not missing out on anything there.

The flexible neck also allows for better manoeuvrability around corners. With a 360 pivot the head can swivel on itself, which makes the process of cleaning less laborious, especially considering how heavy the machine is.

Weighing in at 5kg the Flexi Pro is about the same weight as other wet/dry vacuums, but it is still quite a bit to lug around - especially when you add the extra 730g of water to the tank. How the weight is distributed can make a huge difference in the feel of these vacuum cleaners. Eufy’s Mach V1 is bottom heavy so it can build up speed and become unruly to use, Dyson’s Wash G1 holds its weight up high so it feels lighter than it is. The Roborock sits somewhere in the middle. It isn’t so bottom heavy that the device runs away from you but it has more heft than Dyson. All around it is well balanced, and shouldn’t be too cumbersome for short cleans, but it also isn’t the best in class.

Roborock Flexi Pro Wet and Dry: App connectivity

Like all other Roborock devices, the Flexi Pro can connect to the manufacturer’s app, allegedly, and unnecessarily. By connecting you gain access to a handful of extra features that mostly revolve around the base station. It allows customisation like adjusting water temperature for self- cleaning, tracking self-drying and cleaning, and suction control while you’re using the device. All features I was unable to test.

The device only supports 2.4ghz connections, and I like most people who have upgraded their router recently, have an automatic dual-band router. This means both my 5ghz and 2.4ghz bands are combined under one connection and they switch automatically to whichever band is the most efficient at the time. Unlike the Roborock S8 MaxV Ultra, which handled my home connection fine, the Flexi Pro can’t seem to make sense of this. After at least ten attempts, hard resetting a bunch of devices, redownloading the app, and many profanities, I gave up.

None of these additional features are essential to the daily operation of the Roborock Flexi Pro, and even if they were, sticking them behind an app is impractical. Unlike robot vacuum cleaners where apps allow users to be more active in an otherwise passive experience, the user experience of a handheld stick vacuum is inherently active. It is more intuitive to press buttons on the device you are currently using than it is to pick your phone up to control it.

Sticking them behind an app when the device doesn’t support 5ghz connections is even more vexing. More and more modems and routers are moving away from seperate channels to the dual-band model, and while this isn’t exclusively a Roborock issue, it is something that needs to be addressed. Users shouldn’t be penalised for having a faster router.

How much does the Roborock Flexi Pro Wet and Dry cost in Australia?

Retailing for $999 the Roborock Flexi Pro Wet and Dry vacuum cleaner is available from a range of certified sellers in Australia. You might get lucky and be able to grab one at a discount, but you'll need to keep an eye out for deals.

Retailer
JB HiFi
MobileCiti
Bing Lee
Roborock

Prices are accurate as of the publish date. We may earn money if you purchase something through one of these links.

Is the Roborock Flexi Pro Wet and Dry vacuum worth it?

If you’re in the market for an upscale floor cleaner I would recommend the Roborock Flexi Pro over the Dyson Wash G1. App issues aside, the device is a simple and well designed tool that tackles wet messes with ease. For the same price as the vacuum giant, the Roborock gets you just that little bit more. Warm water self cleaning, self-drying, and the extras in the app if you want, and if you can get it to work.

Stick vacuum cleaners compared

Dyson is obviously a big player, but there are a bunch of other stick vacuum cleaner manufacturers available in Australia. We review products across Samsung, Dyson, Hoover, Acerpure, and well anyone else you can stick a vacuum at. Below we compare the main features of the top performers in the cordless vacuum space.
Anula Wiwatowska
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Anula is the Content and Social Media Editor within the Reviews.org extended universe. Working in the tech space since 2020, she covers phone and internet plans, gadgets, smart devices, and the intersection of technology and culture. Anula was a finalist for Best Feature Writer at the 2022 Consensus Awards, and an eight time finalist across categories at the IT Journalism Awards. Her work contributed to WhistleOut's Best Consumer Coverage win in 2023.

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