The cordless wet-dry vac-mop is now officially a thing; a device that allows you to mop your floors without a bucket. This product category has only been around a few years, but already we’re seeing big improvements to the devices. The new Tineco Floor One S7 Pro is Tineco’s newest option and it boasts some improvements over the previous model, the Floor One S5, and even over some other competitors. But it’s increased the price substantially—so are the new features worth the substantial extra cash? In this review I’ll try the vacuum mop out here in my home, run it through some cleaning tests, I’ll go over the pros and cons, and let you know if I think this is a worthy cleaning solution for your home.
Tineco Floor One S7 Pro Vacuum
The Tineco Floor One S7 Pro works as a solid mopping device, so long as you don’t try to use it as an all-in-one vacuum-mop. That said, its premium features don’t necessarily stand up to the high price tag.
- Effective as a cordless mopping device
- Good at picking up liquid and dried-on stains
- Reasonable tank size
- Small footprint
- Not a vacuum replacement
- iLoop dirt detection not particularly effective
- Pricey, considering limited premium features
What is Tineco Floor One S7 Pro?
The Tineco S7 is an upright, cordless stick vacuum and mop combo that allows you to clean your tile, hardwood, and other non-carpeted surfaces quickly and thoroughly without leaving a lot of water behind.
The tineco S7 pro uses a centrifugal air drying system too so you don’t have to worry about lingering water, and one of the big pluses here not having to sweep before mopping your floors, since the machine is made to vacuum too—kinda. While it will vacuum up stray bits on the floor, it’s not also a dedicated vacuum, or one you can use on carpets.
The battery-powered system allows you 40 minutes of cleaning before you need to bring it back to the base station for recharging. The battery-powered the S7 pro tineco offers more mobility than a unit that needs to be plugged in. It’s easy to swivel and get into smaller areas.
Watch my video review of Tineco S7
Differences between the S7 and the S5
The S7 has some improvements over the previous model, the S5. The most visible differences are a larger and more elaborate info screen, and a big light across the front of the new S7’s cleaner head. There’s also what Tineco calls its SmoothPower bi-directional self-propulsion system. In plain English what that means is that the vacuum will both push and pull itself forward and backwards; requiring a lot less effort from you.
Previous vacuums in this style often had forward propulsion, but then you had to work hard to pull it back towards you before it would drag it off forward again. This back-and-forth motion is a little unnerving initially, but actually makes cleaning quite effortless as I found out in my hands-on testing.
The running time between charges is now five minutes longer, up to 40 minutes. The Clean and Dirty tanks have been redesigned and are slightly larger than they were. The biggest improvement between the two models is that the Tineco floor one S7 pro is capable of cleaning edges with both sides of the unit, whereas the S5 can only clean with one edge. That will make a big difference in not having to readjust your mop to get at those edges.
The price has also risen substantially on this model. The S5 model sold for about $499USD/$629CAD (and even competitor Roborock’s Dyad Pro is sitting around $449 or less). The new Pro version jumps up to a pricey $799/$999CAD.
Vacuum and mopping; really all that new?
One of the selling features with this device is that it can more effectively vacuum at the same time it’s mopping your floors.
Despite being billed as a “vacuum and mop”, this device is not designed to be used as a vacuum only, since it always has water flowing. But of course, there are ways around this if you’re feeling lazy.
Can you use Tineco Floor One S7 Pro smart wet dry vacuum cleaner on carpets?
If you don’t fill the clean water tank, you could certainly use the vacuuming function of this device. However, in my tests, I found the S7 Pro Tineco only marginally effective as a standalone vacuum. The suction power does not appear to be very strong at all; when I tried to get it to hold a small piece of paper, there was barely enough suction to keep it there for very long.
So yes, you could vacuum with it, but I don’t think it would be nearly as effective as using an actual vacuum. Even with no water in the tank, you could also use it on carpet, but again because of the lack of suction it’s not really going to help you out much.
The S7 is self-propelled and will pull itself along, making cleaning less effort. It also has cleaning rollers that go all the way to the edges of the brush head so you can get right up to baseboards and edges— I found it was actually quite good at getting little grainy bits from along walls, baseboards, and cupboards.
Cleaning tests: how well does Tineco Floor One S7 Pro clean?
I tried out the Tineco in various at-home situations. I used it simply as a vacuum, as I noted previously. But since it’s meant as a wet-dry vac-mop hybrid, the fair cleaning tests are on spills and dried-on dirt.
Getting ready to clean simply involves filling the clean water tank with cold or warm water, and adding Tineco’s cleaning solution if you wish.
When it came to the floor mopping capabilities I was able to try it on muddy paw prints and damp fall dirt, as well as spills like coffee and wine. Here the Tineco S7 Pro impresses; The spinning brushes underneath the Tineco S7 power messes off the floor, the fact it uses clean water to wipe up after it’s inhaled a spill does actually leave your floor quite clean.
From more liquidy messes to thicker sludge like spilled cereal, the S7 Pro Tineco is actually a great multipurpose floor cleaning tool.
The S7 Pro will remind you to clean it after each use and that’s absolutely mandatory if you’re wiping up something like milk, dairy or anything else that will start to smell.
I used the S7 on tile, and hardwood and it did a great job on both. I didn’t find that it left the floors too damp or streaky either; they were wet after I finished cleaning, but not so wet that they were hazardous or that they didn’t dry quickly.
While the vacuum does pick it up dry debris while it’s mopping, one of the downsides of this is that it does kind of form a wet mess inside the dirty water tank, and the internal filter gets full quickly. With that said, a small strainer does do a good job of keeping the debris from the water.
Base Station Self-Cleaning
When you return the S7 to its base station it will perform a quick self-diagnostic to see whether a cleaning mode is needed. The cleaning mode will fully clean the roller brush and the inner water hose and then use its ‘centrifugal drying technology’ (aka it spins the roller fast) to remove the water from them.
The base station itself does need to be plugged into the wall to run and also has room for an extra roller and a cleaning brush.
With this type of device, you do have to manage the dirty water and clean water tanks by hand. The clean water tank is easy to fill with hot water. The dirty water tank has a removable top with a filter in it, made for quick and easy cleaning.
The unit will also let you know if you haven’t installed either of the tanks correctly.
The S7’s LED readout will let you know how long you have left before the battery runs out. It also contains a sensor that will change colors from red to blue depending on how clean the area underneath the S7 is. It also lets you know how much suction power and water flow the S7 is putting out.
iLoop sensor for dirt detection
Tineco claims its iLoop sensor can detect how dirty your floor is, and when there’s more debris on your floor, the S7 will increase the amount of suction power; when there’s less or no debris, it will lower it.
The most part I have found this technology to be quite lacking; both in this device and in other brands. I just don’t see it working. In my tests when I would run the S7 pro over and obviously dirty spot, the sensor would not change; A red dirt monitoring loop supposedly indicates more dirt is detected while a blue live indicates less. Yet sometimes cleaning relatively clean areas, the dirt detection feature would turn on. I’m not quite sure what it’s detecting, and since I find this device to be quite effective at overall cleaning, I guess it doesn’t matter that this is probably just a marketing line.
There are other modes that are available through the LCD readout, including Auto, Ultra, Suction, and Max mode.
With Auto mode the iLoop sensor supposedly automatically detects how dirty the floor is the uses the appropriate amount of detergent and suction power. With Max mode, the device uses maximum suction power and more water to deal with deeper stains. In ultra mode, the manual says “the appliance will prepare for 30 seconds and then start to work. This mode is suitable for deep cleaning”. I’m not quite sure what this means, except it perhaps it is saturating the rollers in advance to make sure they are better able to power off dried stains.
Overall review: Tineco Floor One S7 Pro
Let’s go over the pros and cons of this vacuum. Overall it is most effective and impressive as a cordless mopping device. The back-and-forth self-propulsion works really well and definitely makes mopping a lot less laborious. It picks up pretty much any type of liquid and can also power off dried on stains too. Water tanks seem to be a reasonable size to get most of my 1000 square-foot main floor clean, and the self-cleaning properties ensure it doesn’t get stinky between jobs. It also has a relatively small footprint.
On the con side, this device is not designed to replace your vacuum; the “vacuum” portion of this device just means that it helps you manage lingering bits so you don’t need to do a full vacuum before you mop. One of the other downsides is that if you vacuum up any gummy bits, they become kind of messy and gross if they get into the dirty water tank. Perhaps a small price to pay to not having to be down on your hands and knees cleaning up spilled cereal. I also don’t find the dirt detection from the iLoop sensor to be a real thing. The price for this model is also a bit on the high side, when considering the Pro branding and purported premium features. Tineco Floor One S7 Pro sells for about $799/$999CAD.
I was all set to recommend this wet-dry vac-mop until I checked the price. Now I’m pretty torn. In my opinion, I think Tineco is kinda picking the devil’s lettuce when it comes to the pricing here. I think the small gains made in this device —like to addition of the push-pull propulsion (since older models had some degree of that), LED light and a fancier info screen are not worth the substantial extra money it will cost you. Particularly since the vacuum suction power is incredibly lackluster, and it can’t operate as a standalone vacuum.
My opinion as long as the Floor One S5 is still available for sale (and I see it quite often on sale cheap right now too…) I think that would be the one to get in terms of best bang for your buck.
Now with all that said, if you’re excited for the newest S7 model, and you’ve got the funds, this is an effective floor washer. Definitely a lot better than the old mop and bucket.
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