A few weeks ago Zigma sent me their Zigma Spark Robot vacuum cleaner with mopping function to review ahead of it’s UK launch. I’ve been using it for a few weeks and here are my thoughts.
The Zigma Spark is one of the most well thought out products I’ve come across for a while and it basically gets everything right.
The spec of this vacuum is pretty impressive: it has 1,500PA suction power which can be adjusted in the app, a cliff-detection setting to stop it falling, an impressive 600ml dust tray (double that of my existing robot vacuum) and up to 120 minutes of battery…which you’ll never get through unless you live in a mansion!
On top of that the bump on the top of the device is a laser which spins round to accurately map your room. This means you can watch the map fill in via the smartphone app as it cleans your house (it’s really quite mesmerising). This also adds a huge amount of logic to the hoovering routine, it covers the whole place once, knows its done and takes itself back to charge.
In the box you get: the vacuum, the charger, the dust tray, a spare filter, some spare brushes, a brush to clean the removable roller blade, a remote control and a mopping accessory with two cloths.
The design is black and will fit nicely into any home. The front bumper is soft to protect your furniture from bumps and the dust tray slides out easily. It’s pretty slim too which means it can get under some furniture.
Once it’s unboxed setting up is as simple as download the Zigma app (for iOs and Android), creating an account and following the steps. From there you can start it via the app, via Alexa or Google Assistant, via the remote or by pressing the button on top of the device.
The app has some really clever UI tweaks depending on the function the vacuum is performing to avoid overwhelming you with menus. For example when you start the vacuum process you can then adjust the suction power via a sub menu that appears, the same applies to water flow with the mopping function.
Within the app you can also view the map created (with a function to save maps to reload later coming soon), add specific areas to concentrate on cleaning or avoid and add virtual walls. You can even record your own voice (on the off chance you wish to make your vacuum speak in your voice!). The map updates in real-time which shows you just how accurate this device is at cleaning your rooms effectively.
But how well does it clean?
The simple answer? Incredibly well! – It picks up 99% of things with no issues and even during the toughest test I gave it which involved me emptying the cat little mat out on the floor it picked up pretty much everything after 2 trips round without flicking too much of it around.
The automation features which let you programme how often it runs automatically also mean you don’t even need to worry about starting it (you just have to empty the dust tray every so often).
The mopping function is another well thought out function. To use it you simply add water (which should be cold but floor cleaner is ok) into the tank and swap the tank out with the dust tray. The vacuum automatically detects that it has the mop and let’s you adjust the mopping pattern and water flow. The Y pattern option means that it goes over each part of the floor from different angles.
This function is great to have but certainly more for everyday mopping and not tough stains…it didn’t get a tomato stain off the kitchen floor (but did loosen it).
What’s the verdict?
The Zigma Spark Robot Vacuum packs in tons of features and most importantly actually cleans your house effectively. The laser mapping means it does it in a logical way, it can get into corners and rarely gets trapped.