Updated October 5, 2023
Known for its smart home products like smart plugs and video doorbells from affordable brands like Kasa, parent company TP-Link has entered the robot vacuum market with its new brand Tapo. We covered the announcement earlier this year and we have been excited to test a model out in our lab. The TP-Link Tapo RV10 Plus (available at Amazon for $399.99) delivers on many levels. It's a highly affordable robot vacuum-mop hybrid that also self-empties. In terms of cleaning, the RV10 ranks in the middle of the pack, but it’s hard to beat how affordable it is. If you want to go a little higher up the robot vacuum food chain, we suggest checking out the slightly more expensive iRobot Roomba i3+, which offers better cleaning.
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About the TP-Link Tapo RV10 Plus robot vacuum and mop
What we like
What we don’t like
What owners are saying
Should you buy the TP-Link RV10 Plus robot vacuum and mop?
Sized to fit under furniture
Great at transitioning between thresholds
Less than average cleaning performance
The Tapo RV10 Plus is a robot vacuum-mop hybrid that comes with an auto-empty dock that can hold up to 70 days of dust and debris. We tested the vacuum power and mop function on a variety of surfaces to make sure the RV10 Plus is worth the money.
This robot vacuum-mop hybrid has a 300 ml water tank that moistens a stick-on mop cloth. The RV10 Plus is also compatible with the Tapo App, which allows users to schedule cleanings, check status, and set the suction level.
The RV10 can also be controlled via voice command through smart speakers like Google Home and Amazon Alexa.
At just over three inches tall, the RV-10 can more easily fit under furniture.
The RV10 Plus stands 3.1 inches tall, shorter than most Roombas at 3.6 inches tall. Being thinner allows the RV10 Plus to get under more obstacles, like couches, beds, and end tables.
TP-Link also designed the RV10 to climb thresholds up to .79 inches tall. During testing, we observed this robot vacuum transition from hardwood floors to normal carpet without any issues.
The Tapo is one of the most affordable self-emptying robot vacuums we’ve ever tested.
One of our favorite things about the Tapo RV10 Plus is its self-emptying dock. Whenever the robot finishes a vacuuming cycle, the contents of its dustbin get suctioned into a self-sealing dust bag. The bag has a four-liter volume, which translates to about 60-70 days worth of debris.
We’re a fan of self-emptying robot vacuums. They allow you to empty a robot vacuum without having to smell, see, or touch anything unpleasant.
Best of all, the Tapo RV10 Plus is one of the most affordable self-emptying robot vacuums we’ve ever come across.
The Tapo RV10 Plus is already pretty quiet during operation. But one thing we noticed is that the app allows you to lower its noise level, and this sets it apart from other robot vacuum brands.
On its quietest setting, it runs between 53-55 dBA, depending on the floor surface. This is significantly quieter than other robot vacuum cleaners in this price range which can get up to 60-70 dBA.
You can also set the RV10 Plus so that it doesn’t empty its dock overnight, which means it won’t disturb your sleep. Its low noise level also makes this robot more pet friendly.
We left a few drops of chocolate syrup for the RV-10 to clean and this was the result.
When we test a robot vacuum, we put it on an obstacle course with debris for it clean up.
On average, this Tapo picked up 7.5 grams of dirt per cleaning run, which is below average. Similarly priced robot vacuums like the Eufy 11S picked up around 10 grams of dirt per run.
When it comes to cleaning pet hair, the RV10 does OK. It missed a few tufts of hair on our obstacle course, but what it did find, it suctioned up with no issues.
It also gives middling results when it comes to its mopping prowess. Our tests show that the RV10 Plus is designed to maintain floors, not to clean up stains and bigger messes.
We tested the TP-Link Tapo RV10 Plus pretty early in its life cycle, so there aren’t a lot of user reviews out there. On Amazon, it scores a 3.5 stars out of 5 with 48 total reviews.
Users cite liking the self-emptying dock and user-friendly app. However, others talked about how they dislike the navigation and poor cleaning performance.
During our testing, the RV10 Plus never got stuck or lost.
If you’re on the fence about buying a robot vacuum, the TP-Link RV10 Plus is the perfect way to dip your toe in without spending a ton of money. It has the same basic framework of features that higher-end robot vacuums do at a much lower price tag.
The RV10 Plus and its self-emptying dock has a similar footprint to other brands so you can see how much room it takes up. And, you can test if a robot vacuum gets along well with your floor plan and pets.
However, if you’re more confident in your level of interest, we’d suggest checking out the iRobot Roomba i3+ instead, since it cleans better than this Tapo and the price is about the same.
The Tapo RV10 Plus is a robot vacuum-mop hybrid that comes with an auto-empty dock that can hold up to 70 days of dust and debris.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.
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