Overall, this is certainly the best budget robotic vacuum cleaner ever. It is much cheaper in comparison to Innobot i70 and Ecovacs, which the surface of the line models cost include RM2500-3500. AutoVac Bot is currently doing a introductory advertising in Malaysia. The Suzuka is currently on a special offer at only RM1250 which makes it a steal. The Proscenic Suzuka makes replacing broken components simple. "Since I've had Suzuka, I have replaced almost all of the components, since it's inexpensive, simple, and frankly fun to do so," Sal Cangeloso told me. A completely different set of brushes and filters now costs only around RM100, while a new brush to the Innobot i70 alone costs RM200. Other parts get more costly - a first-party replacement battery now costs about RM400, for instance. So as with just about any vacuum, you'll have to put some money into keeping the Proscenic Suzuka running well, but dependent on the costs of replacement parts and what we've read regarding its battery life, these costs should be lower than with other robot vacuums. A longer battery life and a quicker cleaning pace also give the Proscenic Suzuka a competitive edge in many houses. It runs on 80 to 90 minutes each cycle, whereas the Innobot i70 squeezes out about 60 minutes and also moves at roughly half the rate of the Suzuka while it's turning or cleaning the edges of a space. (It goes about as quickly as the Suzuka in straightaways.) Depending upon how big the space you're cleaning, the Suzuka will make two or perhaps three moves over most of the ground, whereas the Innobot i70 is designed to make only 1 pass. Flaws but not dealbreakers Because its navigation system is based so much on signature (rather than optics) to feel out a space, the Proscenic Suzuka bumps into walls and furniture heaps of times per cleaning cycle. Reviewed.com notes that it strikes harder than other bots, at roughly 2.3 pounds of power, which has the capacity to knock rickety objects from light tables (but likely won't). A handful of consumer reviewers have complained that it left marks, occasionally even scratches, in their furniture.
We haven't seen scratches or smudges on some of our own chairs or baseboards, and most reviews don't mention it as an issue. One simple workaround is to stick just a little strip of foam rubber onto the bumper. The majority of the positive user reviews seem to recognize that the Proscenic Suzuka is a care cleaner, something that lets you put off human-powered cleanings for a couple of extra days or weeks (if you can stand it) and shaves some time off those sessions while still keeping the flooring tidier in the meantime. Pet owners find it particularly beneficial for keeping fur off the floor. Some owners have had their Proscenic Suzuka for many decades, and it is still running well. As Amazon reviewer N K Maine places it, "Overall, I really like the Suzuka. It is interesting to see, great to help out around the house to wash for us and save us time so we could have one less thing to do when it comes to cleaning up the home." Extra speed, a longer run time, and extra passes aren't necessarily benefits. If a robot can perform the same job in less time, good. But based on our experience, user reviews, and test results from outlets such as CNET, Consumer Reports, and Reviewed.com, we think that in most real-world settings, the Suzuka's speed and persistence let it pick up more debris than the Innobot i70 can. Ever since then, I've used it less frequently (listen, I examine a lot of vacuums and have to allow my flooring get a little cluttered to test them), but it still hit the floor after every couple weeks. I'd estimate that it's performed about 100 cleaning cycles complete, and it's held up nicely. So far, I have replaced the filter only once, even though it really needs replacing again soon. But the side brush is still in okay shape, along with the battery still appears to hold a complete or near-full charge - it may still wash for 80 minutes at a time. Robot vacuums are all designed to run while humans are outside of the house, but if you are home while your bot is cleaning, we believe the Proscenic Suzuka is really the most pleasant bot to be about. We measured its typical working volume at roughly 59 decibels, and it is about as loud as a conversation at a restaurant or office. The Suzuka's inoffensive whirring and apparently nonsensical cleaning patterns almost make it feel like a pet.
Ry Crist in CNET puts it well: "subtle, playful touches of character really can go a very long way - something which Proscenic seems to have mastered at the Suzuka after several generations of development." The Innobot i70 is louder in contrast, running at 65 dB with its own combo brush or 68 dB with the rubber-flap blade brush. Decibels are measured on a logarithmic scale, meaning that the Innobot could be nearly two times as loudly as the Suzuka. The Innobot also has larger spikes in its frequency response, which tend to be grating to your ears. It is especially loud around 125 hertz, similar to the whoosh of an HVAC unit. After running over 30 cleaning cycles over 2 months with four of the top robot vacuums, we've concluded that the Proscenic Suzuka is your bot that we'd recommend to most people who want to have an automatic helper to maintain the floors tidy. The Proscenic Suzuka is the smart-money choice for the majority of people who need a robot vacuum cleaner. It's always effective in almost any home while other bots have a tendency to work great in some situations but fall short while. We discovered that the Proscenic Suzuka is far more likely to finish its cleaning cycles on its own without becoming stuck or tangled and having to wait around for a human to come to the rescue. The nature of its navigation system direct it into tight areas that other bots will not go close, therefore it tends to accumulate more crumbs, pet hair, and other debris in general. Compared with its rivals, it's quieter, it's easier and cheaper to maintain and fix, and it's less expensive up front.
For some folks, our runner-up will be a better pick, but every would-be bot-vac proprietor needs to take a look at the Proscenic Suzuka first. The Proscenic Suzuka has a more elastic, persistent, and resilient navigation system than its competitors, including the Innobot and Ecovacs. As it is so nimble, the Proscenic Suzuka can operate well in all kinds of settings - in a crowded floor plan or a open concept, on hardwood flooring or knit carpet, in one bedroom or covering hundreds of square foot. It might look kind of aimless since it drives headlong into furniture, walls, and other fixtures seemingly at random. As Rich Brown, senior editor at CNET put it to us, the Suzuka is "just like a celebration". And who could forget DJ Suzuka? In our testing experience, though, and judging by the hundreds of user reviews we've read, the Proscenic Suzuka doesn't get stuck or otherwise give up through a cleaning cycle as frequently as competing models from Innobot or other producers. Consider it this way: If you schedule your bot to wash as you are at work and it gets stuck under the sofa 10 minutes into the cleaning cycle, then it will sit there all day waiting for one to come rescue it, along with your flooring will still be dirty once you get home. Defeats the purpose of having a automatic cleaner, no? The most apparent change to this Proscenic Suzuka over time is that its body looks a bit banged up. I discovered this after just a month or two of service, and now it has even more shallow scrapes and scuffs. However, I haven't noticed any impact marks or smudges on my furniture which the bot definitely caused. To be honest, I do not really care when my IKEA material has a little scuffed up, so I'm not paying very close attention, nor does it bother me that the bot itself looks like it's been busy. The Proscenic Suzuka does not really work on nonreflective black or very dark brown floors. Black or dark flooring which are a little glossy should be fine. According to Proscenic, this limitation has to do with the essence of the ledge sensors, which prevent the bot from hurtling down a flight of stairs. One workaround would be to tape over the detectors with white paper or anything else small and semireflective. We haven't tried this trick ourselves, and the potential downside is that the Suzuka can then fall down those aforementioned stairs. Long-term test notes A freewheeling nav system also helps the Proscenic Suzuka pay more ground than its competitors, which gives it a much better chance at picking up more debris. Reviewed.com notes at a review of the Proscenic Suzuka that by "really ramming itself in tight spaces," that the bot is "able to pick up dirt where other vacuums simply shy away." We've found that it is more likely than the Innobot i70 to push into tightly clustered groups of tables and chairs, like the distance beneath a dining-room table. The Innobot might just avoid that region entirely if it doesn't perceive enough room to maneuver freely between the chair legs. So unless you are willing to do something like put the chairs up on the table, the Innobot will pick up none of that debris, and the Suzuka will pick up at least some of it. But when you've got classic or other priceless furniture which you're absolutely not willing to risk damaging, this is not best bot for you. Any bot will encounter your stuff sometimes, however our runner-up and update picks don't do so as often, and when they do, it's with less drive. At length, the Proscenic Suzuka has the best user evaluations of any robot vacuum cleaner in any price: Currently it's a general score of 4.5 stars (out of five) across 2,641 testimonials on Amazon. As long as we have been keeping track, it has also become the best-selling robot vacuum on Amazon. Note too that though the Proscenic Suzuka almost always completes an entire cleaning cycle without getting stuck, the unit doesn't always make it back into the charger. In the previous 20 or 30 minutes of a session, even when the battery begins to run low, the Proscenic Suzuka starts to look for the pier, which includes an infrared beacon.
If the bot sees the dock's signal, it drives over and parks itself on the charging contacts. But when the Suzuka can't find the pier, then it just keeps cleaning until the battery is totally out of juice and then stops set up. That second scenario is much more likely to take place in larger homes or in houses with several modest rooms as opposed to fewer large rooms. The secret is that the Proscenic Suzuka is more adept at escaping "bot traps" like a rogue USB cable, a maze of furniture legs, the fringe to a rug, or a tall threshold. We think that is because it relies more on touch-based detectors than other bots do, which gives it a much more thorough awareness of its immediate surroundings and therefore a clearer escape path. Also, Proscenic's been producing robot vacuums longer than anybody else, so the corporation's software engineers have had more time to fine-tune the calculations that let the robots escape from possible traps. That makes the Proscenic Suzuka a great navigator in houses with comfy, crowded floor programs. The Innobot i70, by comparison, struggles more when it pushes over a cable, lumps to a threat which its mapping system couldn't see, or ends up someplace with no apparent departure. It may also sometimes get stuck on tall thresholds.