"Chinese Family Floor Cleaning Needs and Special Floor Cleaning Robot Technology Trends" White Paper Reveals Chinese Family "Scraping" Pain Points
On November 26, 2019, iRobot, a world-renowned home robot company, and Zhidian, the only consumer evaluation agency in China, as well as China Household Electrical Appliances Research Institute and Sina 玩真钱的炸金花, jointly released the `` Chinese household floor cleaning needs and special floor cleaning robot technology trends '' in Beijing. "white paper. The white paper has conducted in-depth research on the mopping habits and needs of Chinese households. At the same time, it has proposed the separation trend of sweeping and wiping functions. The "wiping" ability of the stain is even better.
China has surpassed the United States, the birthplace of sweeping robots, and has become the world ’s largest consumer of sweeping robots. In the just past Double 11, it is still one of the best-selling categories. Thanks to the emergence of sweeping robots, people have greatly reduced the time spent on sweeping the very tedious housework. However, since most Chinese households are laying wooden floors and tiles, sweeping the floor alone does not make the ground look as bright as new. Mopping the floor is still an essential step after sweeping the floor.
In response to the demand for robots to replace the manual cleaning of the floor, the emergence of dedicated floor cleaning robots dominated by international brands and sweeping and towing robots led by local brands have emerged in the market. But what exactly is the experience of Chinese consumers on the sweeper and tow machine? Can the mopping machine be cleaner? The problems these consumers generally report are yet to be studied.
With these questions in mind, Zhidian and China Household Electrical Appliances Research Institute, iRobot and Sina 玩真钱的炸金花 have launched related research on the "White House Flooring Demand and Specialty Flooring Robot Technology Trends White Paper". I hope that this research can deeply understand the real needs of Chinese households for floor cleaning, and at the same time test the cleaning performance of robots with different technologies to determine whether they meet the actual household cleaning needs.
At this white paper conference, Wang Yuanyuan, the editor-in-chief of Zhidian Lab, interpreted the contents of this white paper in depth. Introduction by editor-in-chief: According to data released to the public, the floor materials of Chinese households are mainly tiles and wooden floors, of which 43% are wooden floor materials, 56% are tile materials, and carpets only account for 1%. Therefore, in addition to the cleaning of floor dust and dirt, we also need to use wet mopping and dry wiping to clean the stubborn dirt on the ground. 91.18% of the surveyors thought that it was necessary to wipe the floor after sweeping. Among them, 48.48% of households need to clean the floor 1-3 times a week, while 21.21% of households clean the floor every day. For Chinese families, the importance of "cleaning" the land is very clear.
The questionnaire in the white paper also has data feedback: 70% of consumers have a strong demand for "sweep" and "wipe" functions before buying a sweeping and dragging robot product. However, in actual use, nearly half of consumers think that the experience of using the product's cleaning function is poor. The main notches are reflected in four major points: uncleanness, water seepage, lack of intelligence, and troublesome use.
Lu Jianguo, director of the Testing Technology Research Institute of the China Household Electrical Appliances Research Institute, introduced to us that the consumer has a very strong demand for "ground cleaning." Therefore, some sweeping robots have also added the "sweeping" function to the sweeping robot products as an accessory function, bringing the sweeping and dragging robot products to the market. But the actual experience on the client side is not good. The main reason is that the cleaning problem to be solved by "sweep" and "wiping" is completely different, so the behavior patterns required by the robot are also completely different.
It was also found in the research on "China's Household Cleaning Needs and Special Robot Cleaning Technology Trends White Paper" that removing stubborn stains requires a force to be applied to the surface of the stain, reducing the adhesion of the stain with water, and repeatedly wiping the stain through the cloth tape go. However, most of the sweeping and dragging robots cannot apply force to the stained surface well because of product design. Technically, there are few products that can be wiped repeatedly. This is the reason for the poor performance of the floor. At the same time, the disadvantage of the sweeping and dragging robot is that the sweeping and wiping are performed simultaneously. Many sweeping robots in places where the dust is concentrated in the room are not cleaned for the first time, which easily causes wet cleaning without sweeping, which affects the cleaning effect. Carrying a seepage water tank also allows the sweeping and dragging robot to return to the charging base with certain hidden safety hazards. The special floor cleaning robot can better design gravity on the cleaning pad, and repeatedly wipe to remove the stains to achieve deep cleaning of the floor.
In this white paper study, for the special floor cleaning robot and sweeping and dragging robot, Zhidian Lab performed a performance comparison of the floor cleaning function. In stubborn oil stains, coffee stains, and corner wipe comparison tests, the iRobot's Braava jet m6 dedicated scrubbing robot can better clean without leaving scratches. The other two sweeping and dragging robots left different wiping marks in the tests of stubborn oil stains and mixtures. The difference in the residual contrast of coffee stains was very obvious. The m6 special floor cleaning robot has an optimized reciprocating cleaning path, a heavier ground contact weight and a larger ground contact area, and a variety of rags. It has an excellent wiping effect for sticky stains on the floor and has obvious advantages.
Zhang Li, vice president of iRobot sales and marketing and general manager of China, also attended the conference. She expressed: "If home robots are to be rapidly popularized in Chinese households, the product experience must be well done. A good product experience is by no means a mere superposition of functions. If you want to clean the floor, the two equally important cleaning tasks All are done well, and give the user the easiest use experience. We think the best way is to develop a dedicated sweeping and mopping robot, and let these two machines realize the two-machine cooperation of sweeping and wiping first. IRobot just in October The launch of the Braava jet m6 scrubbing robot can already be linked with the iRobot Roomba 9 series and i series sweeping robots. "
In the laboratory evaluation, Zhidian also found that the sweeping and dragging two-in-one product is usually a circular design. The wiper can not wipe the corners due to the shape of the fuselage, and it has to be reworked manually. The iRobot's floor cleaning robot Braava jet m6 is cleverly designed with a square design, which allows a cloth with a width equal to the fuselage to be close to the corners for cleaning. The corner cleaning effect is better. In terms of wet wiping water, the sweeping and towing machine generally wets the wipe cloth by seepage, but the amount of seepage water is difficult to control.
iRobot's dedicated floor cleaning robot can directly soften stains more effectively through precise water spray technology, and the water volume control is more convenient and intuitive. In order to avoid getting wet on carpets and walls, in the wet wiping mode, the Braava jet m6 will go forward a certain distance, detect the situation of the obstacle in front, then back to the starting position, spray water forward within a safe distance, and then Wipe back and forth.
The Chinese family's need for scrubbing is strongly related to their own living habits. Many homes have the habit of changing home shoes when they enter the living room. They cannot bring in external stains. Tiles and floors are also very common, so the floor needs to be wiped repeatedly to be as new. Although the price of one machine can enjoy two functions of sweeping and dragging, the mopping effect must be discounted. From the perspective of improving the consumer experience, we can predict that the independent development of sweep and wipe functions for home floor cleaning robots will become a trend. This trend will inevitably affect and return to the original design concept of the product. on.
Editor-in-chief: Lu Mengqi