Aldi mopping robot Medion MD 18999: test, price, specs, release

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Medion MD 18999 at Aldi © Medion, Aldi

The perfect addition to the Aldi vacuum cleaner? From August 24, 2020 you will find a mopping robot with two water tanks, remote control and powerful brushes at Aldi. The test!

With the MD 1899, Medion offers a properly cleaning entry-level device. Thanks to clever sensors, it patiently pulls its course. The mop brush bravely touches the dirt, but cleans stubborn stains too hesitantly. The robot mop will be available from August 24, 2020 in the branches or online from Aldi Nord and Aldi Sd and costs just under 200 euros. For the price, however, the wiping experience is not smart enough. Intelligent laser navigation, app and Alexa control or carpet recognition that prevents the precious flokati from standing under water after cleaning are missing. Annoying: Owners have to heave the Medion wiper into a charging cradle to charge and lift it out again to clean.

Per

  • Easy handling
  • Neat cleaning thanks to the brush
  • Two water tanks

Cons

  • Navigation not very smart
  • No carpet detection
  • Cumbersome charging

Assessment of the editors

satisfying

S.mart cleaning thanks to Aldi: The discounter has regular Vacuum robots on offer at affordable prices. If you want to wipe with a damp cloth after vacuuming, get yourself a suitable robot mop. The scrubbing cleaning aid MD 18999 will be available from Aldi Nord and Sd on August 24, 2020. Cost: just under 200 euros. In this practical test, COMPUTER BILD reveals whether the intelligent wiper is useful and worth the money. If you like it classic, you can grab the inexpensive 2-in-1 vacuum cleaner MD 18418, also available from Aldi.

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The Medion MD 18999 is a real knockout

When you unpack it, you immediately notice that the wiper is 28 centimeters in diameter, somewhat more compact than an Aldi vacuum robot, but at 14 centimeters it protrudes significantly. This makes it easier to snuggle between chair legs and fit under the bed, but does not run under every sofa and chest of drawers. Reason for the dimensions: The device houses two large water tanks, one for fresh water (0.85 liters capacity) and one for waste water (0.9 liters). A rotating roller brush and a rubber lip are used on the underside to smooth the mopping water and avoid stains. With the buttons at the top you start cleaning or change the suction mode. The wiping aid is wrapped in black and gray plastic and looks quite robust, also thanks to the springy impact protection at the front, which is supposed to prevent hard collisions with the furniture.

Medion MD 18999: underside with wiper roller © Medion, Aldi

On the underside, a cleaning rag is not used, as is the case with robotic vacuum cleaners with a wiping function, but a rotating wiping roller.

So thoroughly cleaned the Aldi wiper in the test

For the test run, the MD 18999 was quickly filled with water and the cleaning process on parquet and PVC flooring was started at the push of a button. At first glance, he was doing his job passably. With his brush he tackles the dirt more courageously than many combination whippers: They vacuum properly, but wipe the floor with the help of a cleaning cloth that strokes instead of scrubbing with little pressure that ensures a damp shine, but rarely for convincing cleaning results. The Medion mopping robot offers a little more here, but does not work miracles: it has to fit with coarse soiling and dried-on stains. This is certainly also due to the fact that only tap water is used for mopping. Medion only ‘allows’ the addition of one or two drops of non-foaming and PH-neutral cleaning agent, of course, in the case of severe contamination. If you hope that the MD 18999 will also suck: don’t expect too much. It picks up dust and small crumbs lying around, but despairs of coarse dirt, which many vacuum robots can easily clean away. So: before wiping, vacuuming is the order of the day.



Medion is smart, but not smart

Medion promises “intelligent navigation” for the smart wiping experience: Thanks to smart sensors and cleaning skills, cleaning does not take place according to the chaos principle, in which the cleaning assistant removes the apartment randomly and opens up some corners and niches. Nevertheless, the MD 1899 made a few extra laps in the test. It took him about 90 minutes to clean the 60 square meter, slightly angled test apartment, about three times as long as the competition or the in-house one Medion MD 18861 with laser navigation. Fortunately for the tester, it was just in time before the battery ran out. Because the Aldi wiper does not automatically return to the charging station and then completes its cleaning work with the battery filled up, which is what the charging station prevents: It is more of a charging cradle that the device cannot use on its own. Users have to collect the robot, put it there and place it again for cleaning. Carrying around the device, which weighs almost five kilos, including water filling? Not very smart! The same applies to the handling of carpets: while expensive models that automatically recognize and leave out when wiping, the Medion unwaveringly cleans them. The high-quality Flokati are not particularly happy about that. An app on a mobile phone or tablet is needed here, in which the mopping robot saves a virtual map, defines rooms or excludes certain areas from cleaning. Remote access via WLAN or voice control via Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant is also flat with the MD 18999.




Medion MD 18999: test result and price

With the MD 1899 Medion offers a properly cleaning entry-level device. Thanks to clever sensors, it patiently pulls its tracks. The mop brush bravely touches the dirt, but cleans stubborn stains too hesitantly. The robot mop will be in stores or online from August 24, 2020 Aldi north such as Aldi Sd available and costs just under 200 euros. For the price, however, the wiping experience is not smart enough. Intelligent laser navigation, app and Alexa control or carpet recognition that prevents the precious flokati from standing under water after cleaning are missing. Annoying: Owners have to heave the Medion wiper into a charging cradle to charge and lift it out again to clean.

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