Xiaomi (or Mi) have just released the Mop Pro 2, the successor of the Mop Pro, and the question on everyone’s mind is always, what is bigger and badder about this later model?
In terms of style, there’s not a lot to comment on. The nuanced improvement in the Mop Pro 2 does come down to slight functionality improvements – those being the Multi-Floor Mapping function and the Sonic Vibrating Mop.
At the moment the Mop P retails for NZD529 and the Mop P 2 NZD589. This article is designed to help you decide if the extra $70 is ultimately worth it for the extra improvements.
1. Vacuuming performance
Basically, there isn’t a huge difference in vacuuming performance between the Mop Pro and the Mop Pro 2 even though the Mop Pro 2 has a higher suction power (3000 pa vs 2100 pa on the Mop Pro). When we put both robots through our cleaning tests this didn’t materially result in much of a difference – they both handled fruit loops, seeds and hair no problem.
The Pro 2 however runs for around 40 minutes longer then Mop Pro (their run times being 150 and 110 minutes respectively) however, if both have the ‘continuous-cleaning’ function on, this shouldn’t matter as each robot can return to the base if it runs out of charge and automatically begin cleaning again from where it left off. It’s a no-brainer that we would say the Mop Pro 2 will be better suited for larger houses because of this.
2. Sonic Vibration Mopping
The Pro 2 now comes with a mopping system that supposedly uses 10,000 vibrations per minute* to power clean even stubborn stains. With the Pro 2 the entire unit vibrates while mopping – making it better at taking care of the more stubborn stains.
While its not clear how MUCH more effective this vibrating mop actually is, we do think it gives it that little more “oomph” when it comes to older stains. Static mops (e.g., non-moving mops like the Mop Pro) are OK, but having that extra amount of force is probably worth it if you’re using the mop function frequently.
3. Multi-floor Mapping
This was definitely one the limitations of the Mop Pro. Multi-floor mapping capabilities take the Mop Pro 2 to a new level. It means that once you’ve got your maps saved on each floor, you can lift up the robot, place it anywhere on the ground, it will recognise where it is and go on its merry way to complete a clean. If you have two stories, or even a step down into a different part of the house (e.g., the garage) this feature is definitely worth it from a convenience perspective.
Both robots use LiDAR for positional navigation. They’re methodical and gentle on walls and furniture. You can schedule cleans, create virtual barriers and no-mop zones. The Mop P’s use LiDAR. The laser spins under the turret on top of the robot and this helps measure out all of the distances around the robot.
These functions mean you can use room select, zone cleaning, no-mop and no-go zones in the app.
All in all…
Both are great robots and will immediately help first-time robot users keep their floors clean. Ultimately, the choice comes down price – which isn’t really that much different. The key decision making factors to consider are that the Mop Pro 2 has a more effective mop and an extra 40 minutes of battery time and multi-mapping functions which is useful if you have more than one floor in your house. If you have an extra $70 when you’re making your decision, we would definitely say it’s worth it.