Just when we thought the next evolution in home cleaning is robot vacuum with mopping function, Narwal surfaced and changes all that. Narwal is a robot vacuum and mop with a twist. A wonderful twist, actually.
It is the first self-cleaning robot mop and vacuum that takes the legwork out of cleaning the mop. Not just cleaning the mop when it is done, but when it is at its job. Naturally, mopping is what really shines with this new robot vacuum.
It has large base station where it has not one, but two water tanks. One for clean water and the other, for the waste water from the base station cleaning the mops. Yes. That is mop in plural because, it has two mops.
Unlike robot vacuum and mop in the markets, the mops put pressure on the surface and spins too.
Truth be told, today’s so-called robot mop is nothing more than a machine dragging or pushing a cloth along and it is often aren’t as hygienic as we thought because, dirt and bacteria are being drag along and god knows, where they decide to park themselves at… in your home. This where Narwal really shines.
It will periodically return to the base station to have the mops clean and return to where it left off to continue mopping. In addition been sprayed, scraped and squeezed on the washboard as part of the mops-cleaning process, a ventilation system is in place to dry up the mops to prevent bacteria build up.
As a vacuum, it offers super strong suction from its 1,800 Pa motor while two side brushes with intelligent speeds ensure every corner will be taken care of.
Then there’s the smart mapping and navigation which uses both LIDAR and SLAM to map your home and the onboard software will know not to traverse to where it has already cleaned to prevent contamination.
As far as mopping goes, Narwal’s reservoir can cover up to 2,150 square feet and like many advanced robot vacuum, it has a variety of sensors like cliff sensor to prevent it from falling over edges and the ability to set no-go zone.
With Narwal Self-Cleaning Robot Mop & Vacuum it takes a step out of robotic cleaning, but it is not perfect. You will still need to roll up your sleeves to swap the corner brushes for the triangular mops. We only wish this could be automated too. I guess this is as close to perfect as it could for now.
If you are sold by the idea, you can pre-order Narwal Self-Cleaning Robot Mop & Vacuum on Indiegogo InDemand for a starting price of $639. Also, do note that shipping won’t happen until February 2020.
All images courtesy of Narwal Robotics.