While brands like Roborock, Ecovacs, Shark, and Ecovacs highlight “best of” lists, there’s one brand that gets overlooked – Yeedi.
And we’ll look at its latest product – the Yeedi Vac 2 Pro.
This variant looks similar to the Yeedi Vac Station, and two upgrades enhance its functionality.
I’ve tested this product over the past week, and the results were (mostly) excellent.
One of the Cheapest with Obstacle Avoidance and Vibrating Pad
Yeedi Vac 2 Pro Review
The Vac 2 Pro is Yeedi’s latest product with two critical enhancements – front laser sensors for obstacle avoidance and a vibrating mopping module they call an “oscillating mopping system.” Another enhancement is the obstacle avoidance system with the front laser sensors, improving how it evades objects. Besides these two upgrades, the Vac 2 Pro is similar to the Vac Station with (slightly) less airflow. Consumers will have two options – the robot-only model and the robot + auto-empty base station. This robot is compatible with the Vac Statio base station, so it’s another option to consider.
- One of the cheapest with obstacle avoidance and vibrating pad
- Low profile design fits under low clearance furniture (under three inches)
- High-end cleaning performance thanks to its high airflow
- Efficient mopping performance with the oscillating pad
- Decent at deep cleaning carpet
- Cheaper than the Roborock S5 Max (with the discount)
- Above-average app features
- Doesn’t resist hair tangles well
- Robot tends to stall on a dirty pad
- It can save only one map level
Introduction to the Yeedi Vac 2 Pro
Before I go into the features, here’s an overview of the available options.
There are three variations to the Yeedi Vac 2.
The first option is the Vac 2 (without the “Pro”). This variant is similar to the Pro and has the front 3D sensors for obstacle avoidance, but minus the oscillating mopping pad.
The next option is the Vac 2 Pro, the model I’m reviewing. It has obstacle avoidance and oscillating pad but at a more premium cost. And according to Yeedi, it’ll run longer (220 vs. 110 mins).
Lastly is the Vac 2 Pro with the self-emptying base station. This model is the priciest since it comes with a base station but is still cheaper than the Roomba I3+.
When I got this robot, I didn’t know what to expect after testing the Vac Station, which was one of the best value options available.
These robots look very similar with the top-mounted camera, single side brush, and combo brush layout, but there are two noteworthy upgrades.
The most obvious is the front laser sensors, helping it avoid obstacles than any other Yeedi robot vacuum.
Yeedi used similar sensors as Ecovacs, and both brands share many components.
I tested this feature extensively with mixed results. It was decent with objects within the sensor’s line of sight, but there are notable blind spots.
The Vac 2 Pro was excellent at avoiding stuff like shoes, large toys, and even coiled wires. Anything large enough for the sensor to “see” will evade them.
Unfortunately, the blind spot issue makes me hesitant to recommend this for pet owners since there’s a high risk of touching pet feces.
Another trouble spot for the laser sensors is avoiding stretched wires.
There were instances where it avoided them, but having blind spots increases the risk of cords tangling on the brushes.
Oscillating Mopping Pad
The more underrated upgrade is the new mopping module Yeedi calls an “oscillating pad.”
I didn’t notice this feature until I tested it on stains.
Unlike the Roborock S7+ and S7 MaxV Ultra, with only a portion of the map vibrating, Yeedi’s version has the whole mop moving (or oscillating).
It helps the pad efficiently remove stains in a single pass better than any other brand at its price bracket.
Initially, I wondered why Yeedi put a placeholder container behind the robot, which didn’t have any function.
It turns out that this was a necessity because the new water tank was bulky and heavy with the motor for the oscillating feature inside it.
I tried removing the pad’s backing plate, but I couldn’t since it was a fixed piece.
Unfortunately, this robot doesn’t have a pad washing feature, so you’ll have to wash it by hand or throw it in a washing machine.
But it’s not bad since most robots in this price range don’t even have an agitating mopping element, let alone a pad washing feature.
This assembly also doubles as the water tank with a 180ml capacity – 60ml smaller than the Vac 2 (non-pro version).
Robot’s top views
The Vac 2 Pro is similar to the Vac Station, with a single button interface and top-mounted camera.
All the functionality is accessible through the app, so Yeedi didn’t need to put more buttons.
Using a camera reduces the robot’s vertical footprint, helping it fit under low-clearance furniture.
The Yeedi Vac 2 Pro is barely three inches tall, so I’ll fit underneath most furniture with a 3.1″ clearance.
It’s the most significant plus for Yeedi versus LIDAR robots like Roborock.
Even other camera-based robots like Roomba don’t have this low-profile design.
Underneath, the Vac 2 Pro is similar to the Vac Station, having the same layout and brushes.
It utilizes a single-side brush with bristled tips that don’t require any attachment tools.
While the side brush is decent at funneling debris towards the primary roller, it won’t be as durable as an all-rubber brush.
Another (potential issue) is its rapid spinning nature, resulting in debris scattering, which was the case during the experiments.
Another similarity with the Vac Station is the combo brush plus the flaps upfront.
This design was decent with debris pick-up, but the soft bristles hindered its potential for cleaning carpets.
You could see the two slots underneath the dustbin (behind the primary brush) for the auto-empty base station.
This variant retains the same dustbin as the Vac Station with the wide opening and rear filter.
It has a 420-ml capacity (similar to the Vac Station), but that increases fivefold with the self-emptying base station.
The wide opening makes it easier to empty and clean any excess buildup.
Self-emptying base station [optional]
Yeedi offers the Vac 2 Pro with the self-emptying base station.
It’s similar to the one in the Vac Station, with the same ramp-style dock and 2.5-liter bag capacity.
The bagged system makes dirt disposal straightforward and hygienic versus a bagless system like the Shark IQ.
Consumers can purchase this combination as a set on Amazon, which I’d recommend for the cost savings versus buying them separately.
The Vac 2 Pro is compatible with the Yeedi app, with some exciting features we’ll enumerate.
Connecting the app and robot is slightly different from the other robot vacuums I’ve reviewed.
Consumers will need to scan the QR code found here beside the dustbin.
Once you’ve scanned it, follow the steps on the app to complete the task.
But don’t worry, it’s a straightforward task that’ll take less than five minutes.
The most challenging part was getting the robot to read the QR code (above).
It didn’t scan it the first time I tried, but after pressing the small gray button beside the QR code, the process was seamless.
Once the setup is complete, the app will prompt users to create a map.
The Yeedi Vac 2 Pro doesn’t have a mapping run because it doesn’t use LIDAR, so it’ll be a long(er) process.
Now to the features.
1. Live Map
Yeedi is one of the rare VSLAM robots with a live camera.
Nearly all other brands I’ve tested (iRobot and Shark) don’t have this feature, so there’s no way of knowing where the robot is during the cleaning run.
It doesn’t have the lines you’ll see in LIDAR robots like Roborock, but it’s impossible for a camera robot because of how VSLAM functions.
2. Map Saving
The Yeedi app has a map saving feature but can only save one level.
I hope Yeedi will improve upon this limitation and consider a multi-map saving feature in future updates.
Users can customize the map by adding virtual boundaries and partitions and labeling each area, which we’ll look at below.
Update: Yeedi said a multi-map saving feature would be available in August this year.
3. Virtual Boundaries
Every home has off-limit areas, and this is where the “virtual boundaries” feature is handy.
It enables consumers to draw off-limits areas on the map to the robot.
This feature is similar to the no-go zones and is helpful, especially for folks with pets or young children.
4. Label Areas
After the map creation, consumers can label each area on the app using this feature.
They can choose from a list, but custom naming isn’t available.
The app is smart enough to recognize doorways, at least for homes with an actual door attached.
It automatically recognized it in my home – I didn’t have to (manually) add a partition.
5. Custom (or Zoned) Area Cleaning
Another helpful feature is the custom (or zoned) cleaning, where folks can select a specific area to clean.
It’s similar to spot cleaning in older tech robot vacuums, but this feature products better control because you can specify what area to clean.
6. Power and Water Level Settings
The Yeedi Vac 2 Pro has four power and three water level settings.
There isn’t much variance with the three lower power settings, and it has good enough agitation to pick up surface debris on hard floors, low pile carpets, and rugs, so I’d keep it at the two standard or max settings to maximize run time.
7. Cleaning Sequence
The Yeedi app also allows folks to customize the cleaning sequence – which room (or area) the robot will clean first through the app.
Lastly is the scheduling feature that automates the vacuuming chore.
This feature is excellent with the self-emptying base station because it fully automates the process since it empties the robot’s dustbin for you.
Consumers can schedule multiple runs (as many as they want) and further customize by selecting a specific day of the week, weekdays, weekends, etc.
How does the Yeedi Vac 2 Pro navigate?
The Yeedi Vac 2 Pro utilizes VSLAM, relying primarily on a camera sensor for navigation.
Like otherVSLAM robots like Roomba, it moves in straight lines.
During the initial run for map creation, it goes in the direction of the dock, but it goes in the more efficient path afterward (after the map is saved).
One advantage of Yeedi over brands like iRobot and Shark is it has a live map so that consumers can see its progress in real-time during the cleaning cycle.
Another plus for the Vac 2 Pro is its efficient navigation.
I test efficiency by doing a test run inside my tiny room with quaker oats scattered in strategic areas to see how much it picks up (and how long it takes).
The Vac 2 Pro finished the run in under 17 minutes – one of the fastest times versus other robot vacuums I’ve tested.
Also, it picked up most of the quaker oats after the first pass.
How much power does the Yeedi Vac 2 Pro have?
Yeedi claims that the Vac 2 Pro has (up to) 3000 Pa of suction. I don’t put too much weight on pascals because it’s not a very accurate metric for performance.
Previous robots I’ve tested claimed to have high suction did poorly in specific cleaning tests requiring high suction.
A more accurate gauge is CFM, which measures airflow directly at the cleaning nozzle where debris flows towards the dustbin.
Here are the results for the Vac 2 Pro.
- Quiet: 7.56 CFM
- Standard: 10.87 CFM
- Max: 13.39 CFM
- Max+: 20.52 CFM
It wasn’t as high as the Vac Station, but it still breached 20 CFM, which is (still) an excellent figure, especially for a robot in this price bracket.
High airflow robots tend to do better in cleaning tests, and the results for the Vac 2 Pro are above average.
Next, we’ll look at the cleaning test results where I put the robot through its paces on quaker oats, pet litter, quinoa, coffee grounds, and sand.
- Overall: 92.71%
- Hard floor: 97.75%
- Carpet: 98%
- Sand on hard floor: 99.26%
- Deep cleaning: 75.83%
It had decent overall averages but not as good as other premium options.
One culprit is the deep cleaning test scores, dragging the overall averages down.
Despite the high airflow, it picked up below 80% because it had softer bristles hampering how well it agitations dirt on carpets.
iRobot products are good with deep cleaning tests because these products have dirt detection and use all-rubber counter-rotating extractors (both are patented technologies).
Regardless, the Vac 2 Pro result is still one of the best for non-Roomba products and one of the least expensive alternatives.
- Quaker Oats: 98.6%
- Coffee Grounds: 98.2%
- Quinoa: 97.2%
- Pet Litter: 97%
The Yeedi Vac 2 Pro’s high airflow helps it score high marks on hard floors.
However, one issue is the fast-spinning side brush, scattering debris, and hurting the cleaning averages.
If Yeedi could lower the side brush speed, it would perform better, especially with large debris piles.
Furthermore, it picked up this much during the mapping run in my parent’s home at the lowest power setting.
This result was surprising because I wasn’t expecting it to pick up this much, but it was a pleasant surprise.
It has good enough agitation to keep dust and debris from piling up on your floors (even rugs).
Plus, the self-emptying base station further enhances its usability by emptying the dustbin for you.
Sand on hard floor result
Vacuuming sand is one of the most challenging tasks for robot vacuums, and it’s an excellent metric to gauge performance.
The Vac 2 Pro was excellent, picking up an average of 99.26%.
It picked up most of it after the first pass (in the highest setting), proving its high (20 CFM) airflow.
Hair wrap tests
I tested the Yeedi Vac 2 Pro on five and seven-inch strands on hard floors, and here are the results.
- 5-inch: 97.3%
- 7-inch: 37%
This robot is excellent, with five-inch strands picking up 97.3%. Here’s a look at how much hair is inside the dustbin.
And the primary brush.
Barely anything wrapped on the brush, but there was some accumulation on the axle.
Unfortunately, it didn’t do well with longer seven-inch hair – most of it wrapped around the brush.
These experiments show that consumers need to clean the brush regularly if they own pets or live with someone with long hair.
It’s part of robot vacuum maintenance to keep it running efficiently.
The Vac 2 Pro’s round frame hinders its pick-up on the edges, but it got most of the debris.
I scattered a lot of debris and got most of it, but it won’t be as efficient or as good as the Roomba S9+ (with the square front).
Nonetheless, for a round-framed robot, it’s a decent result.
Next, we’ll look at how the Yeedi Vac 2 Pro did on carpets – low and mid-pile.
I tested it on the same debris types, and the results were above average.
- Quaker Oats: 99%
- Coffee Grounds: 95.2%
- Quinoa: 99.8%
- Pet Litter: 96.4%
The Vac 2 Pro did reasonably well in the four experiments and picked up in the mid to high 90s.
It struggled most with pet litter and coffee grounds but still got a high percentage.
Nonetheless, compared to more expensive brands, the Vac 2 Pro holds its own with debris on this surface.
- Quaker Oats: 99.2%
- Coffee Grounds: 95.2%
- Quinoa: 100%
- Pet Litter: 99.2%
Surprisingly, the Vac 2 Pro did better (at least with the percentages) on mid-pile carpet (98.4% vs. 97.6%).
It’s only a slight difference, but it’s another proof of how the high airflow helps it pick up debris on carpets.
Yeedi should consider putting in a better brush roll to improve debris pick-up further.
Deep cleaning results
The deep cleaning test is the litmus test for any robot vacuum (regardless of price). I use 100 grams of sand on mid-pile carpet to check how much it picks up.
This experiment tests the agitation and airflow of any robot vacuum.
The Vac 2 Pro did well, picking up an average of 75.83% in three tests. Not Roomba-level, but it’s one of the best scores for any non-Roomba option.
Lastly, we’ll look at the Vac 2 Pro’s mopping experiments for the cleaning tests.
One advantage this robot has over other more expensive options like the Roomba J7+ is it has a module for mopping hard floors.
It’s not a basic water tank that drags a wet pad, but it’s got an oscillating element for better efficiency.
And I tried it on red wine and grape juice stains.
It was excellent on both tests, especially the latter, where most robot vacuums struggle because of their stickiness without a vibrating pad.
The Vac 2 Pro removed the grape juice stains without any stalling.
One issue with using these robots is that they leave a sticky residue because they don’t pick up the stain.
How noisy is the Yeedi Vac 2 Pro?
Another experiment I do for robot vacuums is the noise test using a sound meter from a few feet away.
Here are the results for the Yeedi Vac 2 Pro.
- Quiet: 61.4 dB
- Standard: 63.2 dB
- Max: 63.4 dB
- Max+: 73.3 dB
It’s (relatively) quiet in the three lower settings, but it breached 70 decibels in the max+ setting.
Fortunately, these three settings are (more than) enough for daily cleaning tasks, even on low pile rugs.
I’d only use the max+ setting on mid-pile carpet, but that’s it to maximize its run time.
How long will the Yeedi Vac 2 Pro run?
Yeedi uses a (large capacity) 5200 mAh lithium-ion battery with a claimed run time of 220 minutes, making it an excellent option inside large homes.
Pair the long run time with recharge and resume, plus the self-emptying feature makes it an appealing option inside larger spaces because of its autonomy.
Like most robot vacuums, the Yeedi Vac 2 Pro needs maintenance to function efficiently over the long haul.
I’ll enumerate the parts that need cleaning or replacement below. These steps are critical to robot vacuum ownership to maximize its service life and cleaning performance.
- Primary brush: The most abused component of a robot vacuum, dirt and hair will accumulate on it. Check and clean (at least) once weekly to minimize unwanted friction and preserve cleaning efficiency.
- Side brush: Next to the main brush, the side brush is the next most abused part. Hair will accumulate on its base so remove the side brush (weekly) to clear this buildup.
- Dustbin: Empty the dustbin after every run to prevent dust mites from breeding. Purchasing the Vac 2 Pro with the base station will automate this process.
- Dustbin filter: Ensure that the filter is clean by taking it out (weekly) and tapping it on a solid surface with an old newspaper on top to catch debris. It’s a technique I use with robot vacuum filters since most of the buildup is on the folds.
- Mopping pad: The oscillating pad will capture a lot of gunk from mopping floors. Remove the pad after every mopping run to handwash (recommended) to keep it clean.
- Drop sensors: Use a cotton bud or clean, dry microfiber towel to wipe the drop sensors.
- Bag [optional]: Throw the bag once it’s full and replace it with a new one (if you purchase the auto-empty base station].
|Model||Yeedi Vac 2 Pro|
|Battery||5,200 mAh Li-ion|
|Run time||Up to 220 mins.|
|Auto empty capacity||2.5-liters (optional)|
|Water Tank Capacity||180 ml.|
|Dirt Capacity (dry)||420 ml.|
|Recharge and Resume||Yes|
Where can I purchase the Yeedi Vac 2 Pro?
The Yeedi Vac 2 Pro is available in online stores like Amazon. Check the links below for available options and the latest pricing information.
There are three Vac 2 options available on Amazon.
- Yeedi Vac 2 on Amazon [standard water tank]
- Yeedi Vac 2 Pro on Amazon [oscillating pad]
- Yeedi Vac 2 Pro + self-emptying base station on Amazon
Disclaimer: I will earn a commission if you purchase through the link above, but at no extra cost, so it’s a win-win for us!
Is the Yeedi Vac 2 Pro worth it?
The Vac 2 Pro is (definitely) worth the price with what it brings to the table.
This intelligent robot vacuum offers above-average cleaning performance with obstacle avoidance and an oscillating mop, a rare combo in this price bracket.
Yes, there will be limitations to its obstacle avoidance system, and it tends to stall after mopping stick stains, but it’s an excellent option given its lower cost.
5 Reasons to purchase the Yeedi Vac 2 Pro
- Value for money: It’s the least expensive option with obstacle avoidance and a vibrating pad.
- Above-average cleaning: Its high airflow and agitation help the Vac 2 Pro pick up debris well.
- Optional self-emptying dock: Consumers can purchase this with the self-emptying dock, and it’s still cheaper than the Roomba I3 and I6, but with more helpful features.
- Evades objects: The 3D laser sensor helps it avoid obstacles.
- Excellent mopping: The oscillating fixture on the water tank provides whole pad agitation, making it more efficient than a Roborock S7.
The Verdict: Underrated Mid-Priced Robot Vacuum Option
The Yeedi Vac 2 Pro is an excellent option for folks who don’t want to spend a fortune on a robot vacuum with high-end features.
It’s the least expensive option I’ve reviewed with obstacle avoidance and an oscillating pad, providing excellent value.
Even with the self-emptying base station, the Vac 2 Pro is still cheaper than other brands with a vibrating pad with the benefit of obstacle avoidance!
Cheapest with Obstacle Avoidance and Vibrating Pad
Navigation - 95%
Surface Cleaning - 98.33%
Deep Cleaning - 75.83%
Quality - 96%
Design - 97%
Value - 97%
The Yeedi Vac 2 Pro is an excellent alternative for budget-conscious shoppers looking for a reasonably priced robot vacuum with above-average vacuuming and mopping performance. This robot is the only option (at least from what I’ve tested) with obstacle avoidance and a vibrating pad at this price bracket – something no other brands have, further adding to its value-for-money appeal. Sure it has its flaws, but it works well enough to warrant consideration.