Proscenic M7 Pro Review | PCMag
Not every robot vacuum does a good job of sucking up pet hair and removing debris from medium-pile carpeting. With an impressive 2,600Pa of suction power, the $499 Proscenic M7 Pro excels at both. Its strong suction power combined with a HEPA filter makes for a robot that not only vacuums hard floors and carpeting well, but helps remove allergens from the air. It comes with a remote, and it supports app and Alexa voice control. From its companion app, you can start and schedule cleaning jobs, select specific rooms for it to clean, and set up boundary zones for no-go areas. It also works as a basic robot mop, but its water tank is small, and so it won’t cover a large area in one pass. Overall, though, it offers excellent vacuuming prowess and a good amount of features for its price.
Design, Features, and Battery Life
The M7 Pro looks similar to the Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI, with a round design and a raised laser sensor on top. It measures 13.5 inches in diameter and around 3.75 inches tall. On the bottom, it has two side brushes and a main rolling brush. It boasts 24 sensors, including anti-fall and anti-collision sensors, to avoid obstacles like stairs, to map your home, and to plan the most efficient cleaning path.
The raised laser sensor, which helps it navigate and map your home, makes the M7 Pro a touch taller than other floor-cleaning robots I’ve tested, but it will still fit under most furniture.
I like that the robot has a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter, which captures allergens from the air. If you’re an suffer from allergies like I do, make sure to look for a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
You can control the M7 Pro using the included remote, with your phone via the ProscenicHome app (available for Android and iOS), or with your voice using Amazon Alexa. From the app, you can switch cleaning modes, schedule cleaning sessions, create virtual boundaries so the robot avoids certain areas, and select specific rooms or areas you want vacuumed and mopped. The app also keeps a record of cleaning jobs, showing the date and time, duration, and square meters covered (there doesn’t seem to be a way to change this to square feet). You can click into each record to see a map of the exact route.
The M7 Pro is powered by a 5,200mAh battery that Proscenic says allows for 90 to 150 minutes of cleaning, depending on which mode you’re using. Fully charging it back up takes around 4 to 4.5 hours.
On its first test run, the M7 Pro covered around 530 square feet in one hour, and still had 60 percent battery life remaining. I ran it on Standard Mode for this first test, but there’s also a Powerful Mode that increases the suction power and volume, and a Quiet Mode for sensitive ears. On subsequent tests, I noticed that Powerful Mode drains battery more quickly than Standard Mode, which isn’t surprising.
In testing, the M7 Pro cleaned for a total of 103 minutes in Standard Mode before it got down to 28 percent battery and went back to its base station to recharge. I tried to run it again to see how much longer the battery would last, but it said to please wait until it was fully charged to start another cleaning job.
That’s just average battery life, beating the iRobot Roomba S9+, which lasted a mere 60 minutes in testing, but coming nowhere close to the Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI’s 170 minutes.
Setting up the M7 Pro is easy. You connect the power cord to the charging base, plug it in, and place the base against the wall. Proscenic recommends placing the base station around 1.6 feet away from objects on either side and 3.9 feet across from anything.
To turn the robot on, press and hold the Power button on top and the light will turn blue, then press the Home button to send it to its charging dock. Once the robot starts charging, the light turns green.
Download the ProscenicHome app, create an account, select Add device, select the M7 Pro from the list, then press and hold the M7 Pro’s Power and Home buttons at the same time for five seconds to begin connecting it to your Wi-Fi. You then enter your Wi-Fi password in the app, jump over to your phone’s Wi-Fi settings, and select the Proscenic device (which appears as a network), then return to the ProscenicHome app and wait for it to finish connecting.
I had no problem setting it up and getting it connected to my Wi-Fi. It was simple and intuitive, and took only a couple of minutes.
During its first test run, the M7 Pro only got stuck once after picking up a portion of a ripped up dog toy hidden under my TV stand. I removed the toy from its brush, and it completed the job without incident. During subsequent runs, it got caught on long curtains.
As it works, the robot maps your home and its exact cleaning path in the app. A glance at the map shows exactly where it is and all the places it has already covered. The app also shows how many square meters it’s covered, its remaining battery, and total cleaning time.
The robot had no problem traversing different types of flooring, including carpet, laminate, and tile. It automatically increases its suction power to Maximum when it detects carpet, a feature I’ve only seen on pricier robot vacuums like the $800 Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI. When it rolls off a carpet, it automatically lowers the suction power.
Weaker robot vacuums—like the iLife A9, which has 1,000Pa of suction power—struggle to clean all the debris from medium-pile carpet, but the M7 Pro has no such issues. Thanks to its strong 2,600Pa suction power, it cleans hard floors, low-pile, and medium-pile carpeting equally well. The trade-off is that it’s not the quietest robot vacuum I’ve tested, especially when it’s working over carpeting.
Setting up Area Cleaning in the app is simple. You select Custom Area > Add Custom Area, and a box will pop up asking for the area name. Type in the name of the room, press Confirm, and a green box appears on the map. Move the green box to the room you want to label and press Save Area Temporarily. You can add up to five Custom Areas.
To clean a labeled area, tap More > Multi-Zone Cleaning, select the rooms you want to clean, and press Clean Now. Once I got it set up, the Area Clean feature worked as advertised; after selecting the rooms I wanted it to clean, the robot went right there and got to work.
The M7 Pro works well with Alexa voice commands. To set it up, I opened the Alexa app on my phone, then searched for and enabled the ProscenicRobot skill. I then used my ProscenicHome account credentials to sign in, and it was good to go.
All you have to do is say, “Alexa, ask smart bot to start cleaning,” and the M7 Pro fires right up in Auto Mode. You can say, “Alexa, ask smart bot to stop cleaning,” to pause the robot, or say, “Alexa, ask smart bot to start charging,” to end a session early.
When finished, the M7 Pro successfully went back to its base station on its own. After more than 100 minutes cleaning my floors, its 600ml bin was completely filled with dust, pet hair, and a few stray feathers that must have escaped my pillows. The floors looked and felt a lot cleaner. The dustbin is easy to remove and empty.
The M7 Pro works best as a vacuum, but it can also mop. It comes with a tiny 110ml water tank, onto which you attach a machine-washable mop cloth. It also comes with a package of 10 disposable mop cloths.
Besides its small water tank, its main mopping limitation is that it doesn’t automatically avoid carpeting. For this reason, it’s best if you use Area Mode when mopping, so it stays in a designated space like your kitchen or bathroom. When used this way, it works fine. I used it to mop my kitchen floor in Area Mode, and it left the tile looking clean and smudge-free.
Still, if you have the base station on carpeting, you’ll want to babysit it when it’s mopping and remove the water tank when it’s done. Otherwise, when it goes back to its base station, it will get your carpet wet.
The Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI and M7 Pro water tanks side by side for a size comparison
In comparison, the Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI has a 240ml water tank, which is more than double the size of the M7 Pro’s, and it automatically detects carpeting and keeps away from it while mopping.
Proscenic makes an Intelligent Dust Collector for the M7 Pro, which can empty the bin without your help, like the iRobot Roomba s9+ and i7+. As someone who is allergic to dust, I love the idea of never having to come in contact with it.
Unfortunately, the Intelligent Dust Collector doesn't come with the M7 Pro—you have to pay an extra $100 for it, and at the time of this writing it is out of stock in the US, so I was unable to test it.
Without this accessory, you need to manually empty the dustbin into the trash after running the robot. Proscenic also recommends dusting off the HEPA filter and washing the dustbin with water once a week. You should also clean the main roller brush and side brushes weekly.
Comparisons and Conclusions
The Proscenic M7 Pro doesn’t blow me away when it comes to battery life or its mopping abilities, but with 2,600Pa of suction, it's even stronger than the $1,100 Roomba s9+ (2,500Pa). That makes it a good option for pet hair and medium-pile carpet, which weaker robot vacuums often struggle to clean.
The mopping feature is a nice bonus, but I wouldn’t specifically buy the M7 for it. It’s fine for mopping small spaces, like a kitchen or a bathroom, but may require a bit of babysitting if you also have carpet in your home. For a more capable robot vacuum/mop hybrid, I suggest checking out the Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI, which is double the price of the M7 Pro at $799.99, but has a large water tank, excellent battery life, and can automatically steer clear of carpets when mopping.
Meanwhile, if you have no pets and you only have hard flooring or low-pile carpeting throughout your home, you don’t necessarily need to spend $499 on a robot vacuum. More affordable options like the $279.99 iLife A9 will get the job done just fine without breaking the bank.
The Bottom Line
The Proscenic M7 Pro is a smart, powerful robot vacuum that can also mop small spaces.
Proscenic M7 Pro Specs
|Dimensions||13.5 by 13.5 by 3.75 inches|
|Battery Life (Tested)||103 minutes|