One of the most recent innovations in the world of gadgets are robotic cleaners. And after seeing how useful they are, I’m honestly surprised that we’ve had to wait this long for someone to come up with such neat machines. I was interested in them since the first time I saw one, because of two reasons – I don’t like cleaning, and I like gadgets. Robotic cleaners, such as the one we’re reviewing today, are the perfect mixture of both of those reasons.
I mean, no matter how much you might not mind cleaning, you have to admit that it can get tedious. Thankfully, the world of cleaning products and tools is constantly coming up with solutions to many of the problems that cleaning introduces. In today’s review, we’ll take a look at the Pure Clean PUCRC50 Mopping Robotic Cleaner, and whether it provides all the solutions you’re expecting. So, let’s get started.
The Pure Clean Mopping Robotic Cleaner
Pure Clean is a company which offers lots of robotic cleaners, for various types of budgets. The PUCRC50 is somewhere in the low-middle section of their catalog. As such, it will give us a perfect opportunity to introduce you to the world of robot cleaners. While it might lack some of the features that premium models offer, this little guy should be a great entry choice for lots of people. So if you’ve been interested in robot cleaners, this might just be the perfect place to start. Or rather, the perfect product.
The PUCRC50, as its name states, is a robot that does both cleaning and mopping of your floors. It has a pair of rotating brushes, meant to catch floor dirt and dust, as well as those on walls or edges. Of course, it has a powerful vacuum so that it actually picks up the gunk, instead of just sweeping it around. One of the things you might not expect is that it is also capable of wet mopping. Indeed, this robot is capable of doing just that, with an attachment that comes in the package. The robot doesn’t use random patterns and is only meant to clean one room at a time, to ensure the best results.
That’s the basic overview of the PUCRC50. In the next paragraph, we’ll be taking a look at what do you get when you buy this product. And then, we’ll take an in-depth look at the above-mentioned smart features.
Once the robot arrives at your doorstep, here’s what you will find in the package:
- Pure Clean PUCRC50 Automatic Mopping Robotic Cleaner
- The Mopping Attachment
- Charging Adapter
Don’t let the small list fool you – this cleaner comes fully equipped with all that you’ll need, and it’s pre-assembled. Which I would consider good, it’s basically a plug-and-play product. So, once you’ve unpackaged your new robot, it’s time to charge it. It has a 2200 mAH battery which enables it a runtime of up to 100 minutes, decent enough, but not extraordinary by any means. It takes around 4 hours to fully charge the battery, which might or might be slow, depending on your needs.
As mentioned, while this robot definitely has lots of features, it isn’t considered to be a ‘smart’ product. Mainly because it has no network connectivity and no app that you use in pairing to it. So it doesn’t come with anything like that in the package. This robot is meant to be a one-room-at-a-time cleaner and for that, it doesn’t really need to be ‘smart’. But more on that in the next section.
The robot has a bin for all the dirt and debris it collects, and emptying the been is a breeze. No hassling, you just open it, pop it out, throw it in the trash and put it back in. The capacity of the bin is 6.75 oz. Last but not least, you get the mopping attachment. Similarly to the bin, the attachment is really easy to attach. Fill the tank, stick the cloth to it, and click it in place. That way, the PUCRC50 will vacuum, sweep and mop at the same time, leaving your floors spotlessly clear.
The recurring theme of this product is that it is a beginner’s choice, which is mirrored when it comes to its smart features. As stated in the previous paragraph, this model doesn’t have any sort of antennas which would enable it to connect to your WiFi. Thus there’s no voice control, Alexa/Siri/Google Home integration or apps that you can use to control the settings. You just set it in a room that you need to be cleaned and turn it on. Then you can leave it to do its thing.
It has sensors that will prevent it from toppling over stairs or edges, as well as object detection. So it won’t charge straight into something that’s on the floor. Instead, it will clean around it, which is pretty smart if you ask me. Not that it couldn’t take a few bumps – it has a protective housing, so no worries. There’s also no mapping of your house, nor using random paths. The robot is meant to self-program itself when it detects debris on the floor. So don’t be surprised to see it circling around a spot, or roam alongside your room walls.
The way that all three of its main features (vacuuming, sweeping and mopping) are integrated is also very smart. The rotating sweepers catch any particles and push it toward the vacuum, which vacuums them up into the tank. Finally, the mop picks up anything that might’ve slipped by.
Possible Issues With The Pure Clean Mopping Robotic Cleaner
As you might expect, at its price point, this cleaning robot isn’t the ultimate cleaning tool. Some of the most common complaints are as follows.
First of all, the robot does get stuck from time to time, especially on rugs. Also, because it’s shaped as a rectangle, sometimes it might get stuck in places that a circle-shaped robot would be able to slip through. However, this is an exception, and most of the time, the robot manages to find its way around the room. The size of the dustbin also might be an issue for you, especially if you have lots of pet hair, which fills it up quite quickly. Luckily, it is very easy to dispose of it, but still, it wouldn’t hurt it if the bin had more space to store dust, hair, and debris.
This robot is definitely meant for cleaning hardwood floors, so don’t expect it to work wonders on your carpets. It will still help, but it doesn’t have a bottom brush that is usually used for the job. And finally, the robot is fairly loud. It’s obviously much quieter than a regular vacuum cleaner, but it isn’t silent either. So it might be best to set it and forget it while it’s cleaning, so it doesn’t disturb you while you’re trying to concentrate or relax.
Does It Clean Well?
The definite answer to this question is yes. Its main purpose is to clean, and it does that very well. Especially on hardwood floors. Thanks to its 3-in-1 combo, it usually manages to tidy up a room quite nicely. However, one of its weak spots are carpets. Since it doesn’t have a brush at the bottom, it can fail when cleaning carpets. So if you have lots of carpets in your home, you might want to look at other models instead. But if your floors are mainly hardwood, you will definitely be satisfied with PUCRC50’s cleaning capacity.
There’s also another important thing to mention here. Like most other robot cleaners, this one isn’t meant to be your only, standalone cleaning tool. It’s meant to be an accessory that you turn on a few times a week, in between your main sweeping, mopping and vacuuming. And it does that job in an excellent manner. Just don’t expect it to replace all of your cleaning efforts.
Another thing that this cleaner has going for itself is its size. It is very compact, and as such, can reach spots beneath heavy furniture such as beds or couches. And knowing what a hassle it is to move those around, I’m very thankful for its ability to sweep, mop and vacuum underneath them.
How To Use
Using the Pure Clean robot is very simple. You set up the charging adapter, and let the robot charge. As previously mentioned, the average charging time is around 4 hours. On the first charge, however, it isn’t a bad idea to let it charge overnight. Once it’s charged, take it to a room you want to clean and set it on the floor. Press the power button, and the robot will start cleaning. If there’s a lot of pet hair or similar debris, make sure to check the bin every once in a while. If it’s just vacuuming up some dust, the bin should last all the way through. Once the robot’s battery is about to die, it will notify you by beeping. It will still keep cleaning, however. Once the battery has died, or you notice that it has finished its job, set it back to charging.
If you want the robot to mop as well, you’ll need to fill up the water tank and attach it to the rear bottom part of the PUCRC50. Stick the mop pad to it, and it’s ready to go. Try not to walk around in the room that the robot is cleaning, so that you don’t bring additional contamination into it.
Cost And Pricing Information
Okay, now that we all know what are the upsides and the downsides of its product, it’s time to check the price and see whether it reflects the features. The Pure Clean PUCRC50 can be purchased on Amazon, where it is priced at about $100. It is stocked and shipped by Amazon, so your Prime benefits apply, which is always good. A hundred bucks is an excellent entry price, and I think it’s the sweet spot if you’re looking for a beginner’s robot. Other brands might be up to 3 or 4 times more expensive, and when compared to that, I’d call this an excellent price. Pure Clean manages to keep such an affordable price because of the lack of all the smart features, but if you are looking for them, you should check out some of our other reviews. This is firstly a cleaning device, and its price reflects that very well.
This robot isn’t the ‘smartest’ of the bunch, but it isn’t on the expensive side either. If you’re looking for a robot that will get the job done in a simple manner, you can’t go wrong with the Pure Clean PUCRC50 Automatic Vacuuming & Mopping Robot. If, on the other hand, you are looking for something with more capability and smart features, be ready to drop a few hundred more. The choice is yours.
Pure Clean Mopping Robotic Cleaner – Is It Worth It?
Easy to Use9
Excellent cleaning on hardwood
Very easy to use
Compact, yet powerful
A bit on the louder side
Can get stuck from time to time
Bin size could be bigger
An excellent entry-point to the world of robot cleaners. While it doesn't have too many features to be called 'smart', it has everything you'd expect at its price point. If you can get over its minor downsides, I'd recommend this robot to just about everyone.