Best Window Cleaning Robots in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update July 12, 2019
A window cleaning robot is a safe alternative to using ladders. It's a small unit that uses a built-in computer and numerous sensors to create the ideal cleaning path for your very window. You just need to attach soft mops, plug the robot in, put it on your window, and press start to get your windows squeaky clean. This intelligent robotic solution can integrate into your everyday life, making it easier. Just kick back and relax! ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
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PROS

This window washer features two additional cleaning wheels so as to increase the moving speed up to 12 cm per second, meaning it can clean 1 sq meter in just 2.4 minutes.

CONS

This window vacuum is rather loud during operation.

OUR VERDICT

The Hobot 288 is an advanced window robot that can clean large, heavily-stained surfaces and do it quite swiftly. Boasting the latest AI technology S2.0, it's currently the fastest robot for cleaning various glass surfaces.

detailed parameters
Power

72 W

Motion Options

3 programs for automatic cleaning (Liner, Zigzag, N-way)

Noise Level

65 dB

Controls

APP control, Remote control

Set

Safety cord (attached to the robot), Power adapter (100~240V, 50~60Hz), Extension cord (4 meters), 6 microfibre cleaning cloths

Warranty

Limited warranty, service, and repair of product

PROS

Prior to polishing, the robot sprays the front microfiber pad with a special WinBot cleaning solution that moistens, loosens, and absorbs dirt. The cleaning solution is included in the box.

CONS

It's suitable only for framed windows.

OUR VERDICT

If you need a good robot from a renowned manufacturer which wouldn't cost you an arm and leg but would be easy to use and maintain, the WINBOT W710 by ECOVACS is a sound choice.

detailed parameters
Power

35 W

Motion Options

Automatic cleaning patterns

Noise Level

55 dB

Controls

Remote control

Set

Safety cord, Extension cord (4 meters), 2 cleaning pads, Cleaning solution

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The robot is equipped with a powerful centrifugal fan that maintains the pressure well even if small leaks happen. This new technology makes this robot the perfect companion to tackle a diversity of surfaces.

CONS

You'll need some time to figure out how much solution you need to apply so as to avoid streaks.

OUR VERDICT

The HOBOT-198 Glass and Window Cleaning Automatic Robot is suitable for a variety of surfaces. Thanks to a centrifugal fan, it works perfectly on rough glass, mosaic glass, tile, and glass ground.

detailed parameters
Power

80 W

Motion Options

3 automatic cleaning path options

Noise Level

65.5 dB

Controls

APP control, Remote control

Set

Power cord (4 meters), High-strength safety rope and buckle, 12 microfibre cleaning cloths

Warranty

Limited warranty, service, and repair of product

PROS

Equipped with a powerful motor, the robot consumes 75W of energy and delivers a strong suction power of 2,800 Pa that can make your standard 3838 window crystal clean in less than 3 minutes.

CONS

The cleaner doesn't always return to the start position, so you may need to drive it manually.

OUR VERDICT

The Alfawise WIN660 offers you a simple, affordable, and effective way to clean your windows while putting in minimum effort. Hiring a person to clean all the glass surfaces in your house will probably cost as much as this cleaner, if not more.

detailed parameters
Power

72 W

Motion Options

3 automatic cleaning path options

Noise Level

65 dB

Controls

APP control, Remote control

Set

UK adapter, Extension cable, Remote control battery, Safety rope, 4 cleaning pads, Empty cleaning solution bottle

Warranty

1 year

PROS

It comes with 12 microfiber pads, meaning you can save money on replacements in the long run. Moreover, the pads have a double-sided design and once one side gets too dirty, you can use the reverse side.

CONS

Extra-dusty windows may be a challenge for this robot.

OUR VERDICT

If you look for a manoeuvrable cleaner that is suitable for windows as well as other vertical or horizontal objects, give the Houzetek robot a try. It does a good job of cleaning medium-soiled surfaces.

detailed parameters
Power

80 W

Motion Options

4 automatic cleaning path options

Noise Level

~ 60 dB

Controls

APP control, Remote control

Set

Adapter (100~240VAC, 50~60Hz), AC power cord, DC power extension cable (4 meters), 12 cleaning cloths

Warranty

1 year 

Hobot 288

One of the Fastest

Hobot is a reputable Taiwanese company that is focusing on the production of home robots and it's currently one of the leaders in the window cleaning industry. The Hobot 288 is one of the most advanced robots in the lineup. It's a revolutionary product boasting innovative software and the latest AI technology S2.0.

Aiming to create the fastest window robot in the world, the folks behind Hobot have made this model with an innovative vacuum motor. It features two additional cleaning wheels so as to increase the moving speed up to 12 centimetres per second, meaning the robot can clean 1 square meter in just 2.4 minutes. And owing to the addition of new-generation microfiber cloths, the cleaning quality will be the same, if not better, compared to high-end window robots that work much slower.

The said vacuum motor in conjunction with a powerful centrifugal pump firmly secures the robot on virtually any surface, including windows, mirrors, mirrored glass, rough glass, engraved glass, mosaic glass, and tiles. However, the cost for that super power is, unfortunately, a bit too loud operation.

Designed with accurate laser sensors, the Hobot 288 intelligently detects and avoids obstacles and frames in its way. Plus, the built-in UPS along with a high-tensile tether prevents it from falling in case of a power outage.

Review of Hobot 288 Window Cleaning Robot

Cleans Everywhere

Another perk of the Hobot 268 is that it can reach just any corner of the window, which is achieved owing to its square design. The unit cleans the windows in a zig-zagging pattern, either in a horizontal or vertical path. All operations may be controlled via the included remote or your smartphone. The 288 robot does have Bluetooth and comes with a free app to control it remotely.

Unlike most other window cleaners, the Hobot 288 is supplied with two different cleaning pads - the blue one is for dry cleaning, while the yellow pad is for wet cleaning and polishing. And what is great, the exclusive pneumatic pad holds the discharge between the tracks and cleaning cloths. That's why the Hobot 288 can clean even the dirtiest surfaces.

So, if you're looking for a good window electric cleaner that can clean large, heavily-stained surfaces and do it quickly, the Hobot 288 is the best bet. It's a great compact robot that packs a punch.

Hobot 288 Window Cleaning Robot in the use

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Ecovacs Winbot W710

Made By the Leader

If you'd ask us who manufactures one of the best window robots in the industry, we'd confidently answer, "ECOVACS". This Chinese brand delivers innovative cleaning robots to help families worldwide "live smarter and enjoy their life". With over 10 years of successful experience, the ECOVACS produces advanced robot cleaners for floors and windows. Its WinBot W710 is one of the first models that have entered the market of window cleaners. For this reason, it's a bit outdated (but very affordable) but still very efficient.

The unit comes equipped with a 3-stage automatic cleaning system that utilises both wet and dry cleaning. It's an average-size unit that has no problems with large windows, mirrors or other glass surfaces. It easily manoeuvres along obstacles and can reach corners. The smart sensors on the front of the unit detect where to go and what to avoid.

Admittedly, the robot does a decent job on both the outside and the inside of the windows. The only slight downside is that the W710 robot is designed for framed surfaces only. That said, it's surrounded by soft material so it will scratch neither your windows nor their frames.

Review of Ecovacs Winbot W710 Window Cleaning Robot

3-Stage Cleaning System

As mentioned, this electric cleaner boasts a 3-stage cleaning system, and works as follows:

  • At first, the robot sprays the front microfiber pad with a special WinBot cleaning solution that moistens, loosens, and absorbs dirt.
  • Then, the squeegee beneath removes the remaining dirt from the window.
  • Finally, the rear pad wipes the surface dry, getting rid of any water/dust streaks.

Once the cleaning is done, the WINBOT W710 will notify you about it with a tune. To remove the unit from the window, you just need to slide the button to the "Off" position, insert your finger in the air release trigger, and gently pull it up. Afterwards, you can detach dirty pads and clean them under rinsing water.

All in all, if you need a good automatic window cleaner from a renowned manufacturer, the WINBOT W710 by ECOVACS is a sound choice. It won't cost you an arm and leg but will be easy to use and maintain.

Ecovacs Winbot W710 Window Cleaning Robot in the use

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Hobot 198

Sleek and Smark

The Hobot 198 is one more decent window cleaning robot that can give users a break from cleaning windows by hand. Aesthetically, it's quite small but sleek and manoeuvrable to easily travel up and down a window. On the top, the unit has two hanging holes allowing you to attach a safety string so as to prevent the unit from falling off of a window. Though it's just an additional safety measure since the Hobot 198 is equipped with a powerful centrifugal fan that maintains the pressure even when small leaks happen, which makes it suitable for use even on rough and mosaic glass.

The robot cleans in a zigzag path, covering the entire window. That is to say, it can work in a few different patterns but the main zigzag style is always the same regardless of the mode. You'll get the option to send the robot up and down the window, left to right and vice versa. The microfiber pads on the bottom can crank both clockwise and counterclockwise to deliver a good wipe across the whole cleaning area.

All these modes are clearly indicated on the remote or smartphone app. The interface of the said app is nearly identical to the remote’s interface, so you'll quickly get the hang of using it - just overlap rings pointing in the direction you need the Hobot 198 robot to travel.

The unit is capable of both dry and wet cleaning. When dry cleaning, it can easily remove dust off of a window. But if used with a window cleaning solution, it cleans even caked-on dirt. However, you'll need some time to figure out how much solution you need to apply in order to avoid streaks.

Review of Hobot 198 Window Cleaning Robot

Ease of Use

Maintaining the Hobot 198 window robot is simple for the most part. It comes fully assembled right out-of-the-box. Even cleaning pads and rings are already attached to the unit, so actually, all you have to do is charge the backup battery before use.

Prior to attaching the robot to the window, you can apply a cleaning solution to the pads. However, if you prefer dry cleaning, you can skip this step and directly place the robot on the window and switch it on.

After the cleaning is complete, it will sound a small alarm to notify you to remove it from the window. The cleaning process involves removing the microfiber pads and washing them. Due to the yellow of the pads, the dirt will be well visible and you'll be able to clearly understand whether the pad needs to be washed or replaced. Take note that the cleaning pads are machine washable and can be reused several times.

To wrap things up, the maintenance actually boils down to cleaning/changing the pads and charging the battery. So, you won't need to put in any extra effort or costs to maintain this robot. It's effective, easy to use, and is suitable for a variety of surfaces including vertical.

Hobot 198 Window Cleaning Robot in the use

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Alfawise WIN660

Smart and Affordable

The Alfawise WIN660 is a smart robot that won't break the bank but will ensure a good cleaning performance. Equipped with a powerful motor, the robot consumes 75W of energy and delivers a strong suction power of 2,800 Pa that can make your windows crystal clean in quite a short time. To be more precise, the robot is claimed to clean a standard 3838 window in less than 3 minutes. By the way, it comes with a 5.5-meter power cord which is enough for cleaning average windows without a need of extensions.

The window washer can operate in the Z (left to right) or N (up and down) pattern, as well as mixing them, depending on the windows you're going to clean. We've found that tall windows or mirrors could benefit from N path, while wide windows would go better with the Z path. Yet, take note that the washer can hardly handle stubborn stains and may leave a little dirty rim at the edges (around 1 centimetre).

Unlike round-shaped robotic cleaners, this window vacuum is much better at cleaning corners owing to its square-shaped body.

All the setting can be controlled via the included remote or your phone. You can install the WinCleaner app to your phone via Google Play or iTunes. It's a free app that actually duplicates the functionality of the remote.

Review of Alfawise WIN660 Robotic Window Cleaner

How It Works

The Alfawise window washing machine is very easy to use. After unpacking, you simply need to attach the microfiber cloth to the bottom, spray a cleaning solution on it (optional), hold the power button on for two seconds, stick the unit to the window, and press the "on" button again to start the cleaning.

The strong motor generates decent suction allowing the device to stick to any glass surface, be it a window, mirror, or glass door. Four built-in sensors help the robot to detect obstacles and edges, allowing it to work on frameless windows as well.

At the end of the cleaning cycle, the Alfawise WIN660 starts beeping so that you remove it. Unfortunately, the cleaner doesn't always return to the start position automatically, so you may need to drive it manually. Yet, it's not a dealbreaker, especially considering its amazing suction power and cleaning quality.

In a word, the Alfawise WIN660 offers you a simple, affordable, and effective way to clean your windows while putting in minimum effort.

Alfawise WIN660 Robotic Window Cleaner in the use

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Houzetek W110-T

Good Alternative

If you hate cleaning windows manually and don't want to hire costly services, the Houzetek Smart Glass Cleaning Robot is the go-to option. It's an affordable robotic cleaner that can make the window cleaning job more enjoyable and effortless. It's a perfect substitution to the ladder, a bucket of water, and a sponge in your hands.

Though we can't say that this robot is exceptionally powerful, it does decent work on the surfaces that are basically clean. Still, take note that you may need to run it 2-3 times on heavily soiled windows. That being said, you may do a slight dusting of extra-dusty windows before setting up a robot. Anyway, cleaning glass surfaces will be much easier with this robot than doing the job alone.

For convenient control, the unit comes with the remote allowing you to select the direction in which you want the washer to move. Also, you can operate the device via the special app that has the same functions as the IR controller. You can set the robot to move up then down, left then down, or right then down.

Review of Houzetek W110-T Robot Window Cleaner

So Many Pads

The Houzetek automatic window washer comes with as many as 6 pairs (12 pieces) of the microfiber pads, meaning you can save money on replacements in the long run. Moreover, the pads have a double-sided design and once one side gets too dirty, you can simply attach the reverse side. Therefore, if you have lots of windows, mirrors, glass doors, and tiles, this cleaner may be a sound option. Importantly, the unit also works on horizontal surfaces and shows good results at cleaning glass tables or floors.

When the washing is complete, it will sound an alarm asking you to remove it from the surface. After that, you simply need to detach the microfiber cloths and wash them.

To sum it all up, if you are looking for a manoeuvrable cleaner that is suitable for windows as well as other vertical or horizontal objects, give the Houzetek robot a try. It's definitely worth the price and does a good job of cleaning medium-soiled surfaces.

Houzetek W110-T Robot Window Cleaner in the use

 

What Is a Window Cleaning Robot?

Whereas we can hardly surprise anyone with a robot vacuum cleaner and its benefits, a window cleaning robot is a fresh gizmo in the world of household appliances. It's a special robot designed for cleaning glass surfaces. It has an onboard computer and smart sensors that automatically scan the size of your windows or mirrors and then creates an optimal cleaning path. Window robots clean very intelligently, avoiding any obstacles in their way. They are fitted with quite powerful motors that ensure enough suction to let them be stable on your windows. Once the cleaning is done, robots return to their starting point and notify you about that.

Usually, they have backup batteries but still need a connection to the mains. Luckily, most automatic glass cleaners come with extension cords allowing them to reach hard-to-clean areas. The units use interchangeable soft cleaning pads that can effectively remove dust, pollen, grease, and other dirt from a surface. For safety reasons, they are surrounded by soft material that will neither scratch glass nor window frames.

With a window cleaning robot, you won't need to spend lots of time and effort for wiping glass surfaces around your house. Plus, this intelligent robotic solution is a great alternative to dangerous ladders and chemical sprayers. Leave all that behind, do what you love, and let a window robot do its job.

Steam mops and vacuums are other useful household appliances that can make your life a bit easier.

What Features to Compare

Type

First of all, you need to decide on the type and connectivity of the appliance. When it comes to window cleaning robots, there are two major connectivity options, motor-powered suction and magnetic connectivity. Magnetic window cleaners aren't very popular today because of their principle of operation. You'll need to attach a robot on one side and a magnetic cleaning piece on the other side of your window, which may be pretty tricky in some cases. This type of robots is good for cleaning double-glazed windows which are hard-to-reach from the inside.

As for motor-powered cleaners, they are one-sided models that can wipe clean almost any window no matter its thickness. They create strong suction to safely stay in place. Motor-powered robots are very convenient to use, since you only need to place them on the window or any other surface. However, the connection might somehow fail if you use it on an uneven surface.

Shape

Today the market offers both oval and square-shaped cleaners. For small, uniquely-designed windows, we recommend you to get an oval robot, as it is more compact and manoeuvrable. Square models are usually bulkier, yet they can cover large surfaces and get into the corners.

Performance

Although almost all window washing robots are mains-powered, they have a built-in battery that can save the robot from falling in case of power failure. Needless to say, robots with higher battery capacity usually cost more. The motor also matters, as the more powerful it is, the faster cleaning speed a cleaner has.

Controls

Robots for windows typically come with remote controllers enabling you to set the cleaning schedule or choose one of the automated cleaning options from the comfort of your couch. Some manufacturers even offer special apps for smartphones, allowing users to control robots through their gadgets.

Extras

Finally, consider what's in the box. Most robots come with long extension cords for large windows as well as with safety ropes protecting them from falls and breakage. It's important to make sure that the power wire is long enough to suit all your cleaning needs. Also, take a look at the interchangeable cleaning pads, brushes, and other spare parts included in the package. The more, the better.

Did you know?

The First Cleaning Robots

The first household cleaning robot was introduced in 2001. It was released by Electrolux and was called Trilobite. It was designed for cleaning floor surfaces only. The vacuum used smart infrared sensors to avoid obstacles and navigate through a home. Customers could even create a fence (using magnetic strips) to keep the cleaner out of the rooms they didn't want it going into. One year later, the iRobot company made a breakthrough and released the Roomba, the most popular robot cleaner so far.

Window cleaning robots were a bit far behind. Only in 2011, ECOVACS ROBOTIC launched the first window robot called the WinBot 5 series. It could perform one of the most annoying household tasks, leaving your windows clean and streak-free. Ever since the same company has designed numerous intelligent robots, and the Winbot X is one of them. What’s so special about the Winbot X? It’s an innovative machine that can clean windows without constant AC power, meaning no clutter from hanging cables and no need for an outlet nearby.

Commercial Cleaning

Commercial window cleaning has always been a very serious yet dangerous business. The job of cleaning tall buildings is still one of the most dangerous occupations in the world. But with the invention of automatic window cleaners, things are getting easier and safer. Moreover, robots can clean those windows people just unable to reach.

To clean high-rise building, people don’t have to hang in a basket anymore. They just need to set up a powerful window robot on the side of the building, and it will complete the rest. This intelligent device is packed with sensors to calculate the best cleaning path as well as interpret the weather conditions. For example, if the wind becomes too strong, a commercial robot simply shuts down until the weather improves. And after the cleaning, the robot returns to its initial position. All commercial models are suspended with industrial-strength cables that will never fail.

Window Cleaning Robots Can’t Be Used in Bad Weather

Window cleaning is recommended to be done when the window glass is out of direct sunlight. If you’re going to use it outdoors, the temperature should be in the range from 5ºC to 45ºC. Cleaning won’t be effective if it’s raining or snowing outside. Usually, robots can be used below 2,000-meter elevation only to maintain a secure vacuum seal with the surface.

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Publish Date: 2019-06-04 11:06:18