Review: Ecovacs Winbot W2 Omni

Farewell to dirty windows

The summer sun shines mercilessly through the dirty windows and all you really want to do is sit in the shade with a good book. Is this the way to go?

Published 1 July 2024 - 6:00 am
Ecovacs Winbot W2 Omni
Åsa Warme

Last year, I happened to hear about the existence of window cleaning robots and I quickly ordered the Ecovacs Winbot W1 Pro for testing.

As I belong to the category of people who would rather do “something else” (as in anything else) to avoid cleaning windows, I couldn’t help but give the product a thumbs up.

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The recharging station is quite large but stylish. Inside is the window cleaner itself, and behind it I find the included cleaning products (Photo: Åsa Warme Hallén)

Now there’s a successor in the form of the Ecovacs Winbot W2 Omni, and of course I’m curious to know what has happened in a year.

At the back of the station is a hatch that hides the power cable and safety cable with a carabiner. Here I also find two cleaning cloths. (Photo: Åsa Warme Hallén)

New since last time

While I appreciated its predecessor, I have to say that Ecovacs has taken a big step forward.

No, it doesn’t come in a fancy case like the W1 Pro did, but on the other hand, it’s not the case that will clean your windows either.

The cable that runs between the station and the window cleaning robot itself contains both the power cord and the safety cord. To avoid a total tangle, the station has a cable reel that helps me rewind the cord by pressing a button on top of the station. The same way you do on a traditional vacuum cleaner. (Photo: Åsa Warme Hallén)

The Ecovacs Winbot W2 Omni comes with a portable, rechargeable station to which the window cleaning robot itself is anchored with something like an umbilical cord. The result is that I don’t have to find power to clean my windows. I just need to make sure the station is charged and ready. And that’s great!

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On the underside, W2 OMNI looks like its predecessor. The fan that keeps it from going out the window and the rubber tracks that allow the robot to move. At the far corner of each corner are the sensors that detect the surface. (Photo: Åsa Warme Hallén)

On one charge, Winbot can clean about 55 square metres or about 110 minutes of use, and that feels like a lot.

The underside of the station is equipped with a huge suction cup and the instructions say to place it on a flat and smooth surface. I realise it might not always be that easy, but it’s a good idea. (Photo: Åsa Warme Hallén)

Is it up to the task?

I have to admit that my expectations are high as I go out for the first time to test it. I read on the website: “The industry’s first edge cleaning feature: WINBOT W2 OMNI is equipped with multiple sensors to seamlessly get past obstacles and prevent blockages. The edge cleaning feature improves edge cleaning by 65%.”

On two of the four sides there are nozzles that spray cleaning fluid onto the glass. (Photo: Åsa Warme Hallén)

And although it would probably still be a little better if I took the time and energy to do it myself, it’s actually really good. Above all, I don’t have to mess with water. Hooray for that!

The cable that runs between the charging station and the window cleaning robot itself contains both the power cord and the safety cord. To avoid a tangling, the station has a cable reel that helps me rewind the umbilical cord by pressing a button on top of the station. The same way you do on a traditional vacuum cleaner. (Photo: Åsa Warme Hallén)

The Ecovacs Winbot W2 Omni comes with a portable, rechargeable station to which the window cleaning robot itself is anchored with something similar to an umbilical cord. The result is that I don’t have to find power to clean my windows. I just need to make sure the station is charged and ready. And that’s great!

Photographing a dirty window is not easy. But in the image on the left, you can see one edge of a window that is very dirty. On the right is the same edge after the W2 Omni has been in action. Approved with praise.

Now there’s a remote control in the app, so I can still sit down and control the robot. And even though I don’t have to handle a lot of water, I can’t read a book or anything like that. I also have to lift my bum out of the lounger to move the robot between the windows. Apparently I can’t have everything.

Worth considering

A window cleaning robot is not nearly as self-propelled as a robot vacuum cleaner. I have to attach it to the window and I have to move it between the windows. It’s not like I just switch it on and leave the house. We’re not quite there yet.

The fact that it can’t handle joints is a minus, which unfortunately pulls down the rating.

Conclusion

The Ecovacs Winbot W2 Omni would be a typical “nice to have” for most people. However, if you have tall windows that are incredibly inconvenient to clean, it’s almost a “need to have”. I wouldn’t go so far as to say it replaces a really well-done manual window cleaning, but it’s certainly good enough – even around the edges! If you have a little money to spare and like gadgets that are almost borderline unnecessary in most cases, then I say: Buy!

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Ecovacs Winbot W2 Omni
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Easy to use. Rechargeable. Can't handle window bars

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