Self-emptying robot vacuums are growing in popularity after Roomba released the I7 a few years back.
One reason is the autonomy it brings to the table of not having to empty the dustbin manually for weeks.
Ever since the I7, other brands have scrambled and unveiled their own versions, and we’ll look at one of the more affordable options here – the Ultenic T10. I’ve spent the past few days putting this robot through tests to see how good it is and if it’s worth your consideration.
Large 4.3-Liter Bag Holds Up To Two Months Worth Of Dirt
Ultenic T10 Review
The T10’s most significant selling point is its massive 4.3-liter bag, capable of holding up to two months’ worth of dirt. It means hands-free convenience for this time frame. Of course, it could be less depending on other factors like usage frequency (and if you have pets). Ultenic also includes two additional bags, so you don’t have to purchase extra bags for up to six months.
- Large capacity bag holds up to two months worth of debris (3 liters)
- Decent performance on hard floors
- Unique containment feature that combines virtual boundaries and no-go zones
- Navigation is efficient and thorough, thanks to the criss-cross pattern
- Not too expensive
- Subpar performance on carpet
- The base station should be placed on a flat surface
- Stalls somewhat mopping floors
- You can only save one map level
- 1 Large 4.3-Liter Bag Holds Up To Two Months Worth Of Dirt
- 2 Introduction to the Ultenic T10 Self Emptying Robot Vacuum
- 3 Ultenic app features
- 4 How much power does the Ultenic T10 have?
- 5 Cleaning performance
- 6 Mopping test results
- 7 How noisy is the Ultenic T10?
- 8 How long will the Ultenic T10 run?
- 9 What comes in the box?
- 10 Availability of Parts
- 11 Maintenance
- 12 Product Specifications
- 13 Where can I buy the Ultenic T10?
- 14 Does the Ultenic T10 provide excellent value?
- 15 The Verdict: Affordable Auto Empty Robot On Hard Floors
Introduction to the Ultenic T10 Self Emptying Robot Vacuum
The rise of auto empty robot vacuums is a reflection of the increased demand for convenience. Since iRobot launched their first self-emptying robot, the I7, other brands have jumped on the bandwagon.
One of them is Ultenic with its T10 model. Its main selling point is the affordability along with the extra-large 4.3-liter bag.
Ultenic says it’s large enough to hold up to two months’ worth of debris.
The 4.3-liter capacity is larger than some of its competitors, namely the Ecovacs N8+ Pro, Neabot, and Horniture Q6.
Ultenic adds more value or money by throwing two extra bags out of the box for good measure. Replacement bags are not expensive considering the volume, and each pack sold comes with three. You’ll be spending less than $20 annually if each bag lasts for two months.
Auto Empty Base Station
The Ultenic T10 is one of the least expensive auto empty robot vacuums with smart navigation with one of the largest bag capacities.
There are two types of self-emptying robots, bagged and bagless. My preference is going bagged since it reduces allergen exposure to almost zero since the bag seals itself as you pull it out.
However, users can’t place the base station on carpet because of potential alignment issues due to the vertical port placements.
A slight deviation will hamper airflow from the robot to the dock.
The app provides users several options for deploying the self-emptying feature.
You can choose to empty it after every run, every two runs, every three runs, or never. It also provides a quick access tab in the main interface.
I want to keep things simple, so I’ll stick with emptying it after every run.
Detects when the bag is full
There’s no need to babysit the bags since the T10 has a sensor that checks if it’s full. Once it crosses that threshold, a light flashes on top of the base station to alert users.
Depending on the cleaning frequency, how dirty or clean the environment, and if you have pets, each bag should last up to two months.
It will be less if you have pets since pet hair will occupy more space in the bag.
Two extra bags
Consumers will get two extra bags out of the box, which adds to the value-for-money aspect of this robot.
The T10 utilizes the traditional round frame for the T10 with the laser sensor at the middle.
Two buttons engage the default cleaning mode and dock functions. But you’ll need to download the Ultenic app to unlock all the features.
Underneath, this robot has a single side brush and a combo brush, with two rubber wheels flanking it.
Behind the brush is the dustbin/water tank that also acts as a placeholder for the mopping pad.
The T10 dustbin loads from the back, and unlike other robot vacuum and mop hybrids with a separate water tank, this model has it integrated with the dust container.
Ultenic doesn’t specify the dustbin capacity, which is irrelevant since it has the self-emptying feature.
Should you need to empty the dustbin manually for some reason, the top-mounted door makes it straightforward.
It has a three-layer filtration with a HEPA filter to help keep allergens inside the dustbin.
Ultenic app features
The T10 is compatible with the Ultenic app that you can download by scanning the QR code on the manual or this sheet on the robot.
Another option would be searching for “Ultenic” on Google Play or the Apple App Store.
Ultenic did an excellent job with its smartphone app, providing a clear and concise interface with easy access to various functions.
Above the map is quick access to various options such as Area Clean, PowerMop, Room Clean, Area Clean, and Spot Clean.
- Area clean: Engages the default cleaning mode where the robot vacuums the whole map.
- PowerMop: Tells the robot to mop the whole map level. You’ll have to attach the mopping pad for this option to function.
- Room clean: Let’s users select a room to clean.
- Area clean: This is similar to room clean, but it cleans “areas,” which you’ll have to draw on the map.
- Spot clean: A box pops out you can place anywhere on the map where the robot will clean. Unfortunately, there’s no option of resizing the box.
Underneath the map, you’ll see a big arrow button that turns on the robot. The green socket icon is the dock function, telling the robot to go back to the base station.
Only One Map
Unfortunately, the Ultenic app can only save one map level. I was hoping it could save at least two. Other brands like Roborock can save up to four levels,
Roomba up to ten levels, and thats’ with the I6 and S9 with the auto empty dock. So it’s a bit disappointing, but it’s something easily fixed since it’s a software feature.
One of my favorite features of the Ultenic app is containment. Instead of using boxes and lines, they’ve combined the two to make a hybrid containment feature.
Boxes are still available, but the option to create complex shapes adds to the usability factor. You can use a single zone to block multiple areas.
It’s similar to the area manager feature (check below) in that you can add up to ten corners and manipulate each one to form abstract shapes.
After the robot maps out your home, it automatically adds divisions to it based on internal calculations. These divisions aren’t always accurate, which brings me to the app’s room manager section.
It enables users to merge or create partitions manually. Depending on your home’s layout, you may or may not need to use this, but it’s nice to have that option.
On the lower right portion of the mop is another quick access area to various functions.
I mentioned in the video review that users could only adjust the number of runs in the area clean section, but that wasn’t the case.
It’s possible to adjust the number of runs within the room manager tab.
The area manager tab has similar functionality to the room tab. Only it cleans an area instead of the whole room.
You can draw up to ten of these “areas” on the map. One tweak I like is the ability to create more complex shapes. It’s possible since users can add up to ten corners to make abstract shapes impossible with other apps.
This feature is the first of its kind and helps with usability and convenience since these zones are savable – there’s no need to redraw them.
Another helpful feature in the Ultenic app is the option to schedule multiple runs per day.
Users can set the time and choose the area to clean using the area or room feature.
It shows past cleaning runs, including the time, area size, and much more. If you want to see how much ground this robot has covered, this feature will provide a bird’s eye view of it.
Part’s Life Cycle
This tab provides a heads up to users when to replace (or clean) three critical components – filter, side brush, and main brush.
Auto Empty Setting
Users can choose the emptying frequency – after each run, after every three runs, after every two runs, or never.
How much power does the Ultenic T10 have?
Most robot manufacturers use Pascals (or PA) to disclose suction. Unfortunately, I haven’t figured out how to measure actual suction figures on a robot vacuum, so I rely on an anemometer to check the air flowing through the brush roll.
Here are the results of the Ultenic T10
- Eco: 7.56 CFM
- Normal: 11.33 CFM
- HyperDrive: 14.52 CFM
The HyperDrive or max setting result is decent but below average compared to other brands within its price bracket (16.86 CFM).
You can see the effect of this below-average airflow in play in the carpet cleaning test (more below), where it didn’t do so well.
Next, we’ll look at how the Ultenic T10 did on various debris types like quinoa, pet litter, hair, coffee grounds, sand, and quaker oats.
- Overall: 85.38%
- Hard floors: 98.7%
- Sand on hard floors: 99.1%
- Carpet: 94.15%
- Deep cleaning: 49.55%
One glance at the results, and you’ll see the strengths and weaknesses of this robot. It did its best work cleaning hard floors as it picked up the most on this surface.
Hard floor results
- Quaker oats: 93.2%
- Coffee grounds: 100%
- Quinoa: 99.6%
- Pet litter: 99.4%
Except for quaker oats, it picked up in the high 99s. One reason it didn’t do well vacuuming quaker oats is the side brush chunks of it. It doesn’t spin as rapidly as a Roomba but fast enough to scatter to a broader expanse.
Sand on hard floor
While the T10 did well on light debris, it struggles somewhat with heavier stuff like sand. It still picked up a respectable 99.1%, but you can see the lack of airflow in play cleaning it.
The T10 picked up a good chunk of sand, but you could see traces of it afterward. It’s a notch below other brands I’ve tested, like the Roomba 980 and Roborock S5 Max.
Hair wrap test
I also tested the T10 on hair strands five and seven inches long (one gram).
Here’s a result after the five-inch test.
And after the seven-inch test.
- 5-inch hair: 42% inside the bin; 58% on the brush
- 7-inch hair: 12% inside the bin; 88% on the brush
It didn’t do well in both tests but did worse on longer seven-inch strands, with most of the hair on the brush.
This experiment shows that users will need to untangle hair wrapped on the brush regularly. I wouldn’t recommend this if you have many pets as pet hair may cling to it.
Despite the round frame, this robot had decent results cleaning the edge. I scattered coffee grounds, and it picked up most of it after a two-pass run.
- Quaker oats: 94%
- Coffee grounds: 86%
- Quinoa: 99.8%
- Pet litter: 93.8%
The results here reveal that the T10 will do reasonably well on light surface debris. However, it struggles with tiny particles (such as coffee grounds) and heavy debris (like pet litter). The lack of airflow is the main culprit why it didn’t do as well on this surface versus hard floors.
Mid pile results
- Quaker oats: 96%
- Coffee grounds: 88.4%
- Quinoa: 100%
- Pet litter: 95.2%
Next, we’ll look at the results on mid pile, where it mirrors the numbers on low pile but slightly better. It does well with not-so-tiny surface debris but not so well with heavier stuff.
Deep cleaning results
I checked how well the Ultenic T10 did on embedded dirt by rubbing 100 grams of sand on mid pile carpet. It picked up an average of 49.55%, way below average versus other top-flight robot vacuums.
Combine this with the non-compatibility of the empty auto dock on carpet due to alignment issues; I cannot recommend this option on this surface.
Mopping test results
The Ultenic T10 doubles as a robot mop thanks to the mopping pad attachment and water tank. They didn’t specify the capacity of the water tank, but my estimation would be between 250 and 290 ml.
I tested it on these red wine stains. It’s a benchmark I use to determine how well a robot can mop floors.
It did well at mopping stains, removing all of them. However, I noticed the robot stalling on several occasions. I think it was the wet surface since I started a damp pad, but I do similar tests with other robots and don’t see them stalling that badly.
I tried using the PowerMop setting with a dry pad on a surface without any stains, and it did better. So I won’t recommend the T10 on a stained surface, but only for light-duty mopping.
One difference between Ultenic and other brands in the water tank is integrated with the dustbin.
It’s an electronic water tank so that users can control flow through the app.
But I noticed during several of my tests water dripping onto the floor when not in use. This means you’ll have to empty the water tank after every use.
Another quirk is you’ll have to move the robot to attach the dustbin or pad because of the port’s location. It’s an extra step, but it shouldn’t be a deal-breaker if you don’t need the mopping function.
How noisy is the Ultenic T10?
I used a sound meter to measure noise, and here are the results for the T10.
- Eco: 62.6 dB
- Normal: 65.0 dB
- HyperDrive: 69.5 dB
It was below 70 decibels, so the noise was bearable, but the auto-empty dock will be louder (above 80 decibels) when it empties the dustbin – just a heads up.
How long will the Ultenic T10 run?
This robot is equipped with a 5200 mAh Li-ion battery and will run up to 280 minutes in the lowest power setting.
But you’ll need to use at least the middle (or normal) mode to get decent results, which will cut down that number.
Fortunately, the shorter run time shouldn’t be an issue with the self-emptying feature plus recharge and resume. It will resume cleaning after it recharges to the exact spot it left previously.
What comes in the box?
- Ultenic T10 robot vacuum
- Auto empty base station
- Power cord
- Remote control (plus two AAA batteries)
- Water tank
- Two mopping pads
- One extra HEPA filter, sponge, and side brush
- Three 4.3-liter dust bags (one is already installed in the base station)
- User manual and quick start guide
Availability of Parts
For new brands like Ultenic, one potential issue would the availability of parts. Right now, the only place to buy components like the bag, side brush, main brush, and filter is Ultenic’s Amazon store. This brand isn’t popular enough to warrant third-party manufacturers to sell aftermarket parts, so it’s a wait-and-see in this area.
Robot vacuums will need a certain amount of TLC to function at their best. And with the amount of money you’ll be spending to purchase these products, it makes sense to do simple maintenance tasks to ensure longevity.
I’ll enumerate several components you’ll need to clean or replace.
- Main brush: The brush roll is one of the most abused parts of a robot vacuum. Stuff like hair and dust may stick on the bristles or wrap around the axles. Check this part once a week to check for any debris accumulation.
- Side brush: Another abused part. Hair tends to wrap on the tentacles or base. Clean this part once a week to prevent any unnecessary friction and wear.
- Side wheels: Debris may stick on the rubber wheels and cause damage on easily scratched surfaces like hardwood. Make sure to clean both wheels with a clean microfiber towel – at least twice a month.
- Caster wheels: It’s the part that helps steer the robot. Like the side wheels, contaminants may stick on them. Use a clean towel to clean once or twice a month.
- Dustbin: Opt to empty the dustbin after every run to prevent dust mites from breeding inside it.
- Filters: The T10 has three filters – mesh, foam, and HEPA. Check these once or twice a month. The HEPA filter isn’t washable. One way to extend its service life is by tapping it on a solid surface to dislodge dirt trapped on the folds.
- Sensors: The T10 has a bevy of sensors around and underneath to aid in navigation. I wouldn’t touch the laser sensor but use a handheld vacuum to pick up as many surface contaminants, but that’s about it. You can use a clean cotton bud and gently rub the other sensors like the bumper, edge, and cliff sensors. Avoid using anything wet as it may short these electronic components.
- Auto empty station: There’s not much to do here except ensure the vacuum port is free from any debris. Replace the dust bag once it’s full and clean the fan filter if it gets dirty.
|Battery||5,200 mAh Li-ion|
|Run time||Up to 280 mins.|
|Water Tank Capacity||580 ml|
|Dirt Capacity (dry)||580 ml.|
|Auto empty capacity||4.3-liters|
|Recharge and Resume||Yes|
Where can I buy the Ultenic T10?
You can buy this self-emptying robot vacuum on Amazon. Check the link below for the latest pricing information.
- Ultenic T10 on Amazon
Disclaimer: I will earn a commission if you purchase through the link above, but at no extra cost to you, so it’s a win-win for us!
Does the Ultenic T10 provide excellent value?
That would depend on the current price of this model. Right now, I would say yes because it’s one of the least expensive options, and with the in-store discount coupon, you can save a bit more.
Having the large 4.3-liter dust bag makes it compelling since it’s a lot and can hold up to two months’ worth of debris. So technically, you won’t be touching anything for that time frame.
Cleaning performance could be better, especially on carpet, but hard floors would be the best surface to utilize this robot since you can’t store the base station on it.
4 Reasons to purchase the Ultenic T10
- Large bag: The 4.3-liter capacity is plenty and will hold a lot of dirt.
- Affordable cost: This model is one of the cheaper self-emptying smart robot vacuums.
- Excellent app experience: One underrated aspect of this robot is its app, providing superb user experience and usability.
- Efficient navigation: It traverses efficiency, and the above-average obstacle avoidance is another deciding factor for me.
The Verdict: Affordable Auto Empty Robot On Hard Floors
While the Ultenic T10 won’t blow you away with sheer performance, its affordability and the massive 4.3-liter bag make it a compelling option for budget-conscious shoppers who don’t want to spend more on a Roomba.
It will excel the most on hard floors as it has enough airflow on this surface.
There are some features I didn’t like, namely the inability of the base station to be placed on carpet.
If this isn’t a concern and you want a reasonably priced robot vacuum with the self-emptying feature, this robot can be a good option.
Smart Navigating Self Emptying Robot At A Reasonable Cost
Navigation - 95%
Surface Cleaning - 97.32%
Deep Cleaning - 49.55%
Quality - 95%
Design - 94%
Value - 96%
The Ultenic T10 won’t match a Roomba or Roborock in terms of cleaning performance, but it makes up for it by being a less expensive option. Consumers will benefit from its 4.3-liter bag that will last up to two months. If you don’t mind the quirks such as the hard floor only placement of the base station and not-so-good performance on embedded dirt, you should put this on your auto-empty robot vacuum shortlist.