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We recently covered the Coredy R500+, which we concluded felt like a reasonable but limited machine that felt more like a starter kit. While it would clean your floors effectively, the true potential of that robovac stemmed from additional pieces of kit like the water tank and boundary strips. With the Coredy R650, we have to admit that the manufacturer probably hasn’t even seen our advice, let alone taken it on board, but the result here is a robot vacuum that feels less like a baseline unit to customise in whichever manner you see fit, and more like the real deal. The wet clean functionality, which wasn’t all that spectacular even if you did plump for the water tank addon, has been ditched altogether, with the focus shifting instead to the best possible clean. Crucially, the boundary strips are also included in the box, and while the price is significantly higher than on the R500, that is not the only perk of plumping for this model.
- Improved suction over its younger sibling at 1,600 Pa, compared to 1,400 Pa on the R500+
- Full support for boundary strips, with 13 feet of strips included in the box
- Excellent cleaning time, with 120 minutes on a full charge
- Low profile design to clean hard to reach spots throughout the home
- Remote control included, complete with scheduling functionality
- HEPA filter makes for excellent results for pet owners and allergy sufferers
The obvious comparison for the Coredy R650 is the R500+, and we have to admit that we came into this review hoping for a bit of improvement. As covered in the introduction, the R500+ was not a bad robot vacuum, but nothing exceptional. The decision to sell it as an upgradeable model was a creative one, but we have grown accustomed to getting the best bits in the box. The R650 seems to have this aspect solved, and we approached this one with a bit more interest.
At the R650’s price point, it faces some stiff competition. The Eufy RoboVac 15C MAX, Proscenic 800T and iRobot Roomba 671 all spring to mind as being around the same price, and there is one notable omission from this model.
Those three close competitors all come with support for a mobile app and voice control through Amazon Alexa, along with Google Home in the case of all but the Proscenic at the time of writing. This is no reason to mark the Coredy R650 down too far, as not every potential buyer will even need a mobile app. If it’s low on the list of priorities, then that provides Coredy with an opportunity to fill in with additional tech elsewhere.
The first port of call in the absence of a phone app is the remote control, and that is very decent. It uses infra-red, so you’ll need a line of sight to the robot, but there is more to the controls than starting a clean. The remote itself has a screen so you can tell exactly what you’re doing, and the main perk for owners of the R650 is that regular cleans can be scheduled in advance.
The dust box is a little smaller than our benchmark of 0.6 litres, clocking in at 0.5, but we were reasonably happy with this as the slight drop in capacity is the result of a subtle design change. If you’ve owned a robotic vacuum cleaner around this price point previously, then you’ll be used to the idea of popping the dust box out to empty it into the bin. There’s no need for that here as Coredy has come up with a potentially tidier solution where the fixed dust box empties straight into the bin, without its removal from the robot itself.
Cleaning prowess here is every bit as good as we’d expect at this level, based primarily around the 1,600 Pa suction. That’s a 200 Pa upgrade over the R500+, and the capabilities of this model are boosted by a good selection of primary and side brushes. We also like the rubber brush design used here, commonly found on more expensive models. These brushes are designed for tangle-free cleaning of pet hair without compromising on the overall quality.
Crucially, what is already excellent cleaning, which is more than capable of dealing with hard floors, thin carpets and even medium-pile carpets and rugs, is backed by an outstanding battery. Starting from a full charge, the Coredy R650 will clean for a full two hours before it needs to head back to base. That enables it to pull ahead of some of the closest competitors in larger homes, and this device should have no issues with multiple levels in larger homes.
Another upgrade over the R500+ comes in the form of a washable HEPA filter. The fixed version in the alternative model is good, but the R650 starts to justify the slight price increase when you factor in that the filter will not need to be replaced as soon, if at all. With the HEPA rating to complement the tangle-free brushes, this Coredy robot vacuum immediately enters the conversation of best robot vacuums for pets at a low-midrange price point.
Rounding off the overall package are the boundary strips that we made quite a big deal out of previously. Sure, it is not the most exciting concept in the world, and a step below the more advanced virtual walls, but it is a relatively cheap and effective means of keeping the robovac away from specific areas. That is another feather in the cap of the Coredy R650 for pet owners, and it is clear where this model truly shines.
Coredy R650 – Pros and Cons
- Strong suction that is capable of cleaning hard floors and low to medium-pile carpets
- Excellent remote control that combines basic functionality with scheduling
- Outstanding runtime makes the R650 suitable for homes of any size
- The lack of a mobile app and Amazon Alexa compatibility is unusual at this price point
- Lacks the wet cleaning of the R500+, although this is not the drawback it may seem
- Unsuitable for thicker carpets
Coredy R650 – The Verdict
We found the Coredy R500+ to be something of a pretender, but the R650 is a definite contender. The slightly older model targets a lower price point and compromises in some areas – most memorably the water tank, sold separately, that boasts a wet clean that never manages to breach the ‘adequate’ barrier. We admire the fact that Coredy decided to drop the feature altogether rather than attempt to keep it alive. If you want a robot vacuum that can mop the floor too, then the Proscenic 800T will be more in line with your expectations. If a dry clean is more up your alley, then this model will not disappoint in the slightest – it has the power to compete with models in the next pricing tier up and enough great features to make your life easier.
Coredy R650 Review
You should consider the Coredy R650 if you have a lot of floor space to cover, as the battery life is at the top end of what you can expect around this price, and it has no trouble with virtually any kind of flooring – only the thickest rugs and carpets will need you to go over them manually. The relatively poor connectivity will be a deal-breaker for some, but if you are okay with just an infra-red remote control, this robovac does everything you’ll need. This robotic vacuum cleaner is able enough to make us hope that Coredy focuses on this kind of price point going forwards and anyone that opts to grab the R650 will not be disappointed. It will stand out as a particular hit among pet owners and allergy sufferers – we would go as far as to say that there are no better options for the price – but a mainstream audience will be equally thrilled with their results.
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