Review of Atvel F16 — washing upright vacuum cleaner
The line of Atvel cordless vacuum cleaners has 5 models. The most interesting of them is definitely Atvel F16 — a rare representative of washing vacuum cleaners. It simultaneously collects small debris, washes floors and sucks dirty water into a large container. Atvel F16 will significantly reduce the time for cleaning after a flower transplant and for eliminating some kind of catastrophe in the kitchen. In addition, the vacuum cleaner rinses out its working tools on its own — just put it on the docking station and press the button on the body. You can buy a functional vacuum cleaner for only 190$. The offer is quite interesting! Later in the article I will talk about the design and equipment of the Atvel F16, as well as test it in the field.
The robot arrives disassembled:
- the main unit, consisting of a motor compartment, a dust collector and a brush;
- handle bar;
- container for water;
- battery block.
Putting these elements together, we get the same vacuum cleaner that is drawn on the box. But besides him, in the box you can find a lot of useful accessories:
- bristly turbo brush for carpets (a soft roller is already installed in the socket of the vacuum cleaner);
- maintenance tools: brush and brush;
- hex wrench;
- docking station and adapter;
- compartment with a slot for storing the roller.
Up to the maximum configuration, only a spare HEPA filter is missing.
|Cleaning type||dry and wet|
|Dust collector type||container|
|Dust container volume ml||680|
|Additional functions||liquid collection function|
|Power type||from battery|
|Battery type included||Li-Ion|
|Battery capacity mAh||2600|
|Operating time min.||28|
|Suction power W||150|
|Noise level dB||70|
|Additional Information||HEPA12 filter, dirty water container volume 450 ml, clean water container volume 680 ml|
|Dimensions and weight|
Design and build
The engine compartment passes into the working unit by means of a swivel, and a rod with a convenient handle is inserted from above.
In the suction socket, you can install either a soft roller, which is great for complex cleaning, or a turbo carpet brush. It is not difficult to replace the working tool; for this purpose, a special lock is provided on the side.
Also at the base of the worker are additional elements:
- rubber scraper (collects moisture residues);
- large and small support rollers;
- grate, opening which, you can clean the air duct.
The dust collector is installed on the front side of the engine compartment. Dry debris and dirty water are collected in a large bowl, while air passes through a mesh and HEPA filter.
The battery pack is located in the slot on the back of the vacuum cleaner. A charge of 2600 mAh lasts for 30 minutes. If this time is not enough for cleaning in your apartment, you can buy a second battery pack and use it after the first one is discharged.
A 680 ml tank is installed on the platform next to the bar. Liquid is supplied from it during wet cleaning.
Management is carried out using a handle with two buttons: turning on cleaning and selecting a mode. Additionally, under the handle there is a water supply regulator. When operating, you can focus on the display data. It shows the selected power, battery status and predicted run time.
Next to the display there is a button to turn on self-cleaning. If you place the vacuum cleaner on the docking station and press this button, the robot will automatically wash the roller in the tray and collect the dirty water in the container.
Dry and wet cleaning
Atvel F16 performs a three-stage cleaning:
- The rotating roller cleans the floor from adhering dirt. If you need to clean carpets, the roller should be replaced with a turbo brush.
- The vacuum motor draws debris into the dust collector. In “Eco” mode, the suction force is 5000 Pa, and in “Max” mode it increases to 5500 Pa. The difference in autonomy is only 3 minutes, so it is preferable to use the maximum mode.
- When you press the lever under the handle, water is supplied under the working unit. The vacuum cleaner does its job and immediately sucks up the dirty liquid, leaving the floor only slightly damp.
Atvel F16 draws in garbage well and cleans carpets from wool, but the main purpose of this model is complex cleaning. The vacuum cleaner can simultaneously vacuum and mop floors, collect spilled ketchup, wipe dried coffee. Remember what you did earlier with an egg that fell on the floor: you had to carefully collect the shell, then invite Rex to lick off all this slurry, and at the end you still need to wipe the floor with a rag, rinse it out. But with Atvel F16, any disaster in the kitchen is eliminated in 30 seconds, without running around and nerves.
To evaluate the effectiveness of the vacuum cleaner, I conducted several tests.
Test #1 — Mud after transplanting flowers
The soft roller washes the floor well and rubs the surface to a shine in several passes. But if the villi of the roller become clogged with dirt, it begins to leave streaks. To avoid this, it is better to first collect the dirt with a turbo brush without water supply, and then put the roller and carry out a comprehensive cleaning.
Test number 2 — Groats on a laminate
This task did not cause any difficulties for Atvel. All the garbage was instantly in the dustbin.
Test #3 — Wool, Sand, and Small Debris on Laminate
The result is the same. The brush easily picks up even large particles of debris, such as cat litter.
Test #4 — Small Garbage on the Carpet
For Atvel F16, this is the most difficult task, however, he coped with it. But for high-quality cleaning of the fleecy coating, each area needs to be brushed 2–3 times.
Maintenance of the vacuum cleaner after cleaning does not take much time. It is enough to put it on the station and press the self-cleaning button. After that, it remains only to pour out the dirty water and clean the filter.
It’s time to take stock
Atvel F16 is a washing vacuum cleaner that solves a wide range of tasks, from collecting specks on linoleum to cleaning tiles in the kitchen. You can switch between dry and wet cleaning on the fly, the water supply is regulated by a lever on the handle. In the basic configuration, Atvel F16 will be able to serve a small apartment with 3–4 rooms, but with additional battery packs, the cleaning area increases significantly. There are few vacuum cleaners with such functionality on the market, and they all cost significantly more than Atvel.