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Why the Deebot T9 is your next robot vacuum

Hoovering and mopping done!

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I love a good robot vacuum. It makes cleaning easier and my dog Juancho has an instant playmate. Sure, he takes a bit of time to get used to the new addition to the family but once he’s used to it, he’ll follow it around in a playful manner and tire him out. I recently had the chance to test the Ecovacs Deebot T9 Robot Vacuum Cleaner and it helped in keeping our home tidier while allowing me to focus on work and other personal commitments. While hoovering is one of the more entertaining chores one can do at home, nothing beats having the option to take it out of one’s to-do list.

Is the Deebot T9 worth the price tag? Should you replace your current vacuum with it? Allow me to give you a list of the things I loved about the vacuum and a few things you should be aware of before getting one.

It maps out your home

It was pretty interesting to see how the vacuum mapped out our home and planned its own cleaning routine based on that map. The best thing is you don’t have to be a real techie to handle it.

The app on your phone is pretty straight forward and since it gets to know your home through powerful sensors, the most you have to do is either schedule or start a cleaning program. You can even select which room you want to be cleaned!

It leaves your home smelling fresh

The Deebot T9 has a built-in air freshener that infuses the home with a clean, delicate fragrance as it moves. Our unit came with the ‘Wild Bluebell’ fragrance and I loved it. It’s not overpowering but it also leaves the room smelling fresh.

Other scent options are Cucumber & Oak and Bergamot & Lavender. Each capsule lasts up to 60 days before they need a replacement.

It empties itself

One of the major issues people with robot vacuums have is how often they have to empty the waste compartment. After all, having a robot instead of a handheld vacuum with a bag means its compartment is much smaller. Deebot’s solution is having its own Auto Empty Station which also serves as the device’s charging dock.

Once a cleaning cycle ends, the T9 makes its way to the dock and automatically empties itself, letting the dirt go into a convenient, 2.5 liter bag which ensures fewer trips to your waste basket.

But can it handle fur?

My dog Juancho is a Pembroke Welsh Corgi which means he’s quite the fur monster. This type of dog sheds all year round and that means we get corgi fur everywhere. Yes, it sucks the fur in quite well, picking it off tiled floors and even carpeted rooms easily. The main issue is that the fur gets stuck in the vacuum’s waste bin.

It docks into the Auto Empty Station and you hear the loud woosh supposedly taking the dirt from the vacuum to a convenient bag. However, when you check the vacuum’s waste compartment, all the fur is still in there. Not a deal-breaker but definitely a concern if you have a shedder for a pet. You can probably skip the Auto Empty Station as you’d still have to manually empty the T9 anyway.  

Control through the app

I can turn on the Deebot T9 to clean our home (while entertaining my dog) even when I’m outside and on the go. Since it maps out your home and uses the all-new TrueDetect 3D 2.0 technology, it’s able to easily detect obstacles that may come its way. A magazine that fell on the floor, dog toys left in corners. There are less chances of the T9 getting stuck so it’s able to complete cleaning even if you’re not there to watch it.

It mops your floors!

Ok, this isn’t the first robot vacuum to have this feature. However, it’s the first time I ever had a need for one that does this chore and I was thrilled with the convenience it brought! We have white, tiled floors in our living-slash-dining space so mopping is a part of life. Unless we want drool marks or a random paw print on the floor, mopping must be done quite regularly.

Thankfully, I have a husband who’s been into steam cleaning the floors before the Deebot T9 came in. The existence of this nifty addition to the family took a load off his back and now instead of mopping floors at night, we get more TV time together.

Attaching the OZMOTM Pro 2.0 Electric Oscillating Mopping System was quick and easy — it’s practically a no brainer. You just fill it up with water, slap a disposable, microfiber mopping pad (each unit comes with 10) and you’re good to go. Of course, the disposable pads can be quite a concern when it comes to added expenses and waste management. Maybe Ecovacs can come up with a mopping pad that we can wash and reuse instead?

All in all, the Deebot T9 is a great addition to any home. Two chores done means more time for family, productivity, and doing things you actually love. It’s currently available in Lazada.

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2022 GadgetMatch Approved Devices

Gadgets that truly deserve the GadgetMatch Seal of Approval

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We wouldn’t call ourselves “GadgetMatch” without tackling about other gadgets, right?

Aside from smartphones, our members also gave other devices the GadgetMatch Seal of Approval — whether that’s a smartwatch, smart vacuum cleaner, laptop, wireless earbuds. Heck, there’s even an air purifier!

Just like the other GadgetMatch Approved list, this is in descending order from most recently published.

Samsung Galaxy Watch5

“The Galaxy Watch5 proves to be the best Android smartwatch yet. It has a better battery life that accompanies athletes, and even fitness enthusiasts, in their quest to improve their bodies and performance. Add to that is holistic health and fitness features that sync exceptionally within the Samsung ecosystem.” — MJ

READ MORE: Samsung Galaxy Watch5 review: Best Android smartwatch yet?

Infinix Zero Book Ultra

“While the notebook’s MacBook-inspired design can hint at an Apple copycat, the Zero Book Ultra offers more than just a wannabee. It offers exactly what it promises on paper: a powerful slate of hardware capable of almost everything, even some decent gaming.” — Luigi

READ MORE: Infinix Zero Book Ultra review: A beast in familiar clothing

Apple 2022 iPad 10th Gen

“I used to say the iPad Air was the iPad for most people, but now the new iPad is making me rethink that — especially since there is a $150 gap between the two. With its new design, and colorful options, plus all the new features, I really think this will be Apple’s most popular iPad yet. And if you’re in the market for one but don’t want to break the bank, I highly recommend this is the one you get.” — Michael Josh

WATCH HERE: 2022 iPad Unboxing (Yellow) and Review: MAJOR Update!

Razer Basilisk V3 Pro

“Razer Basilisk v3 Pro is a solid gaming mouse fit for the competitive and casual gamer alike. It’s responsive and customizable enough to bring you the best experience possible when playing some of your favorite titles. Plus, it comes with all sets of hardware that make productive work feel like a breeze, literally.”

READ MORE: Razer Basilisk v3 Pro review: Hyper Speed, hyper responsive

Apple AirPods Pro 2nd Gen

“If you travel a lot or like to listen to music or podcasts on your long commute and like drowning out the real world, get the AirPods Pro.” — Michael Josh

WATCH HERE: Apple AirPods Pro 2nd Gen Review: Worth the upgrade?

Apple Watch Ultra

The Apple Watch Ultra combines the features of both watches in a much more affordable package. It might be version one of a new kind of device, nut I don’t think there’s anything close to it in the market today.” — Michael Josh

WATCH HERE: Apple Watch Ultra Unboxing and Review: Into The Unknown

realme Buds Q2s

“At PhP 1,490 (US$ 26 / S$ 36), you are getting a powerful and impressive package here that will definitely suit all of your needs from its standout audio quality, portability, and comfort.”

READ MORE: realme Buds Q2s review: An audio standout

Dreame H12 Wet & Dry Vacuum

“Accomplishing a few chores might give your mood a boost. So if you dream of spending less time cleaning, you can cut yourself some slack now. With the Dreame H12 Wet and Dry vacuum, you should not worry about sweeping and scrubbing messy floors in the little time you have.” — Noela

READ MORE: This cordless wet/dry vacuum might be what every busy bee needs

GameSir X3

GameSir X3

“GameSir went above and beyond in delivering a gamepad for mobile gamers that are desperate for physical buttons. With the GameSir X3, you get a complete package, and then some.” — Rodneil

READ MORE: GameSir X3: A cooler way to play on smartphones

Apple M2 MacBook Air

I would gladly use the new MacBook Air not just for its size and portability, but also because of its raw power. You saw the tests. It is no slouch of a machine. I don’t think I’ve seen a laptop that is this much a bang for your buck.” — Michael Josh

WATCH HERE: M2 MacBook Air Review: 2022’s Most Anticipated Laptop 

Apple Studio Display

“As an Apple user, who has long wanted the perfect monitor for my Apple setup but who couldn’t afford the Pro Display XDR, this was a no brainer for me. I love that the design ID of the Studio Display matches the rest of my Apple devices and the fact that it has a Center Stage camera built-in. It’s also got the best speakers on any Apple device to date. Which means it doubles as an excellent display for watching movies too.” — Michael Josh

WATCH HERE: Apple Studio Display Review: Worth the Splurge

ROG Zephyrus G15

Zephyrus G15

“The Zephyrus G15 (2022) brings with it a distinct look, top-notch gaming performance, and a really solid audio-visual experience. As a gaming laptop, this is about as perfect as it gets and is something I can easily recommend especially if you’re willing to splurge for it.” — Rodneil

READ MORE: ROG Zephyrus G15: Lean, mean, gaming machine

realme Buds Air 3

“The real stand out feature that this can truly brag about is its excellent active noise cancellation. It’s just perfect for those who really need to focus on a task at hand. Right now, I couldn’t think of a device that competes at this level with this price point.” — Apple

READ MORE: realme Buds Air 3 review: Noise off, rock on

Meross Smart WiFi Air Purifiers

“It’s one of the more affordable options in the market, and the cheapest one that supports HomeKit. This, combined with a vacuum and some house plants that help clean and purify the air in my apartment are a must.” — Chay

READ MORE: Meross Smart Wi-Fi Air Purifier review: 6 months later

Lenovo Legion Slim 7

“For what it’s worth, the Lenovo Legion Slim 7 is an ideal gaming device for both casual and competitive gamers. It’s slim form factor combined with powerful hardware provides the power and portability that the Legion brand consistently delivers. With a high refresh rate display and RTX-capable GPU, it even provides a solid boost to gaming performance.”

READ MORE: Lenovo Legion Slim 7 review: Is it too slim for your liking?


SEE ALSO: 2022 GadgetMatch Approved Smartphones

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This cordless wet/dry vacuum might be what every busy bee needs

Squeeze in chores between hustling!

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We all love a nice, clean home. But these days, it can be difficult to balance everything in our lives. If you live a busy life, you probably don’t want to face up to cleaning your home with the little spare time that you have. It should be reserved for relaxation, not for a giant mountain of chores.

The last thing we all want is to be surrounded by mess. For me, it’s a good thing that keeping my home clean is doable even though I’ve got a hectic schedule that seemingly makes it impossible.

What I’ve realized is that investing in new and more efficient equipment will allow us to get things done swiftly. This could mean anything from replacing a raggedy mop to buying a more powerful vacuum cleaner.

What’s in the box?

When the Dreame H12 wet & dry vacuum was handed to me, I felt thrilled to try it out! I always get intimidated by the idea of using large vacuum cleaners, but not with the Dreame H12.

It comes with user-friendly features and a wide array of accessories that would make doing chores bearable.

To begin with, there’s a charging base. It’s molded, so you can set the vacuum directly into a convenient socket. This base can be used both for charging and cleaning.

(1) H12 Main Body Unit (1) Floor Brush (1) Charging Base (2) Accessory Holder (1) Extra Filter (1) Power Adapter (1) Cleaning Brush (1) Detergent Floor Cleaner

User-friendly features

As easy as clicking on the button at the top of the handle, the H12 will begin to clean the roller brush as thoroughly as possible, which is why the process takes around two minutes to complete.

Since it’s much easier to clean small areas like my studio apartment, having the upgraded edge-cleaning roller brush effectively deals with those hard-to-reach corners and baseboards freely.

The Dreame H12 has two modes: auto-mode and suction mode. In Auto mode, the cleaner automatically adjusts water and suction to the desired level depending on cleaning tasks.

In suction mode, it shuts off the mopping feature and only vacuums liquid without mopping. It also has this Smart Dirt Detection feature that identifies dirt and adjusts its suction power automatically.

You can also monitor the condition of the floor with the circular cleaning indicator around the screen. A smart LED screen that displays the cleaning status and clear voice prompts is beneficial for new vacuum owners like me.

A green light indicates light dirt while an orange light means there’s medium dirt present. A super dirty floor will prompt the ring to glow red.

Other features

Other features of the H12 can be monitored via the screen which also prominently displays the battery percentage. But you don’t need to rely on the display all the time as the H12 can audibly provide alerts since it has voice prompts as I’ve mentioned.

You’ll never be able to keep every single speck of dirt off the floor especially if you were running low on time. Partly, it takes a very long time until the roller from the wiping vacuum is dried. Thanks to the Wet and Dry Cleaning feature of Dreame H12 that removes wet or dry messes in one pass.

A good feature that I appreciate here is the absence of a dust bag, which is known to be a hassle to clean. Instead, all the dust, dirt, and grime get mixed with the water, so you just need to pour out the wastewater. H12 has two transparent containers built into it.

The top is a 900ml water tank for clean water, used for the mopping function. The bottom is a 500ml dirty water tank, which also serves as a dust hopper. Both tanks are easy to remove, refill, empty, and release with a simple latch.

Vacuuming

A filthy property can affect a person’s health. The nice thing about Dreame H12 is it does self-cleaning on the roller brush to avoid bacterial cross-contamination. It also self-dries the brush to prevent bacteria growth and odor.

It’s amazing how vacuuming the floor, cleaning up the kitchen, and straightening up clutter always improve my mood. Even if it’s just 15 minutes of my spare time, it does really feel good.

Imagine having this cordless Dreame H12 that can run for about 35 minutes. I am able to clean my small house frequently without having the need to recharge it every time.

Is the Dreame H12 Wet & Dry vacuum your GadgetMatch?

Accomplishing a few chores might give your mood a boost. So if you dream of spending less time cleaning, you can cut yourself some slack now. With the Dreame H12 Wet and Dry vacuum, you should not worry about sweeping and scrubbing messy floors in the little time you have.

With sleek designs to match, You can now literally have the clean home of your dreams. The Dreame H12 retails for PhP 25,990.

Don’t miss the Dreame H12’s Launch on Shopee this August 15, to get an exclusive price of P21,890 (SRP: P25,990) plus gifts with every purchase. For more info, visit Dreame Philippines’ official pages on Facebook and Instagram.

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Top 5 Best Robot Vacuums: 2022 Favorites!

Robot vacuums depending on your budget and needs

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Recently moved into a new space? Or you just want to improve the condition of your home?

Well, shopping for a new robot vacuum might just do the trick!

Other than vacuuming floors, robot vacuums have become smart enough.

These robot vacuum cleaners can also collect dirt, mop floors, and even clean itself.

Although looking for the best robot vacuum isn’t an easy task, we’re here to help.

Here’s a rundown of GadgetMatch’s five favorite robot vacuums that you can buy today.

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