Mopping vacuums have been around for about a year now, first starting with robot vacuums but then spreading to handheld devices. This September, Dyson joined the mopping vacuum chat with the release of its Dyson V15s Detect Submarine in the US.
Tineco Floor One S7 Pro Wet Dry vacuum has been on the market since July 2023, retailing at $1,299, and since then, I’ve had the pleasure of trialling it. It’s a vacuum for cleaning hard floors, blending, vacuuming and mopping. It sucks up dry dirt and debris but also mops with water to remove any wet mess.
I already had a mopping robot vacuum (an Ecovacs model), so I didn’t think I’d have any need for this handheld vacuum, too, but how wrong I was. While the robot vacuum is great to have roaming around cleaning while I’m working or have even left the house, it doesn’t get into corners. Because of its circular shape, it cleans near a corner but, annoyingly, doesn’t get to the edge.
The Tineco vacuum, though, can get right into any corner, plus it’s easy to use. It has an LCD screen that shows its cleaning mode, remaining battery life, dirty monitoring loop and levels in the clean water tank.
It’s also easy to maneuver with its ergonomic handle and voice prompts that essentially tell me what it’s doing and how it’s feeling. Oh, and it has a headlight on the front of the roller brush that reveals hidden debris on my floors.
I’m not one to read instructions – I just want to open a box, put together the device’s parts in a few steps and for it to start working. This was the case with the Tineco vacuum. I always use the vacuum in Auto mode and find it does the trick, though I’m sure you could experiment with using other modes, including Max, Ultra and Suction.
I also like its self-cleaning feature – I simply put it on its base and hit self-clean and the wheels will start spinning as it cleans itself. You can choose between quick self-cleaning, which takes two minutes, or super self-cleaning, which takes about six minutes.
The only two negatives I’d say about it is that it’s a bit harder to store in my small apartment than my Dyson vacuum, as it comes with a base, as I mentioned, that’s about the size of a laptop and has a few holders to store extra vacuum accessories like a brush roller.
I’d also say that it can be annoying to replace the dirty water tank every clean. I initially tried to get away with not emptying it between cleans, but when a pungent smell would start filtering out, filling a whole room, as I vacuumed, I quickly realised it was a must.
When I do dump out the dirty walk, though, it’s incredibly satisfying to see all the dirt, dust and hair I’ve sucked up. The 701ml clean water tank also doesn’t need to be refilled as often.
The verdict? It’s certainly expensive, but as someone who owns both a Dyson vacuum and an Ecovacs robot vacuum, I can say that this one device offers the best features of both of those devices. Like a good handheld vacuum, it’s easy to maneuver, get into corners and has a helpful LCD screen that shows you all the updates.
And like a good mopping robot vacuum, it eliminates the need for mopping (I don’t even own one anymore), wiping down my hardwood and tiled floors so they’re free of stains and spills. When you think of the 2-in-1 factor, plus how much hassle it saves, the price does sound a bit more reasonable.
If it’s worth it for you, though, I’d say it depends on how much home floor surface you have to clean (the more, the more worth it this vacuum is), the type of floor surface you have (more hard floors make it more worth it) and how often your floors get dirty (the more often, the more worth it).