The Narwal Freo made me a fan of robot vacuums.

The Narwal Freo made me a fan of robot vacuums.

The Narwal Freo: A Marvel of Cleaning Technology

Narwal Freo

Given how quickly technology is advancing, it’s become rather difficult to impress me. Sure, just about every company reaches out to writers like me making promises that its product will “change my life” or is “disrupting” this sector or that sector. I rarely, if ever, believe them. Maybe that’s because, after so many years, the majority of those claims fail to live up to the hype.

Take, for instance, cleaning robots. My wife and I have avoided them for a long time because we not only enjoy cleaning the house, but we’re also pretty good at it. After we spend a few hours polishing the place, it looks immaculate. But we don’t always have time to do so.

We’ve tried quite a few products to make it more efficient, such as a mopping system that attaches to our Dyson vacuum. That worked about as well as you might expect (poorly). However, when a marketing company reached out to me to test the Narwal Freo, I capitulated, assuming it would fall short of the company’s claims.

To my shock, it not only lived up to the claims, it surpassed them… by a long shot. I’m here to tell you now that both my wife and I are converts. The Narwal Freo was so impressive that we both realized we wouldn’t have to spend so much of our time cleaning the house. Seriously, I couldn’t believe it.

After unpacking the robot, setting it up (there’s quite a bit to do but it’s fairly simple), and sending it on its maiden voyage, we both stood back and watched it map the first floor of the house and then set about vacuuming and mopping. Mopping!

After the first session was complete, the floors actually looked as good as they would have had we spent the time cleaning them. When Margot Robot (yeah, we named it) went back to her dock, she expelled the dirty water into the dirty water bin, cleaned and dried her mop heads, and set about recharging.

Of course, my curiosity was piqued. I figured, our floors were already clean, there’s no way the Freo picked up any debris. And certainly, the water in the dirty collection container wasn’t that dirty. Was I ever wrong? The dustbin was packed with cat fur and other bits and the dirty water was actually dirty. How? We’re very clean people.

The truth is, the Narwal Freo is perfectly capable of getting into those hard-to-reach (or often forgotten) places to suck up all kinds of dirt. And the mopping system is just impressive. This determined little device can detect carpets and rugs, climb over small obstacles, get itself out of most jams, do a remarkable job of mapping the house, and has plenty of battery life to tackle a good-sized home.

But it’s not just the physical capabilities that make the Narwal Freo stand out. The app that accompanies the robot is a big help. As much as I’m not a fan of installing third-party apps on my Android phone, this was a necessity. Using the app, you can set no-go zones, schedule vacuuming or mopping sessions, send the robot out for a job, recall it to its base, and more. The app does have a bit of a learning curve and isn’t quite as user-friendly as it should be, but it provides a great deal of control and customization.

As with any piece of technology, there are some caveats. The Narwal Freo seems to have trouble working properly on the second floor, as it gets stuck or confused. However, the impressive performance on the first floor gives us hope that the issue can be resolved. Additionally, I prefer running the jobs while I’m home, as the robot can occasionally get stuck and needs a little assistance.

The only other downside is the expense of the cleaning solution for the mopping feature. It’s a bit pricey and doesn’t allow for customization. But considering how well the Narwal Freo performs, the cost is worth it. Replacement mop heads are also available for purchase.

In conclusion, the Narwal Freo is the single most impressive piece of cleaning technology I’ve experienced in a very long time. It not only vacuums and mops floors effectively, but it also saves time and energy, making it a worthwhile investment. So, if you’re tired of spending hours cleaning or simply want to maintain spotless floors effortlessly, I highly recommend you order a Narwal Freo. Just be prepared for some grumpy pets who miss the attention!