HIZERO F803 cordless bionic floor cleaner (power mop review)
The HIZERO F803 cordless bionic floor cleaner is a motorised mop and sweeper all-in-one to help reduce hard floor cleaning time. To be precise, it is not a vacuum but a mop and sweeper that can remove most floor dust and detritus.
Not being a vacuum has advantages too. No dust blown back into the air, quieter, no need for a massive battery and less weight at only 3.9kg. It also means that it has a clean water bottle, and the dirty water is wicked back to the dirty water bottle, leaving floors considerably dryer than any mop could. Solid detritus goes to a waste tray.
We used two separate reviewers and houses to see how this stacks up.
CyberShack owner Charlie Brown has mix of hardwood and slate floors, not to mention ‘a dog and two cats, combined with the humans in our family – we all do a really good job of bringing in the dirt’.
CyberShack reviews editor Ray Shaw has a large waterside apartment with a mix of bamboo floors, ceramic tiles and carpets. While foot traffic is only he and his wife, the beautiful sea breezes blow in more than their fair share of dust and salt grime.
HIZERO F803 cordless bionic floor cleaner
|Manual||PDF – suggested reading if you want to buy one|
|Price||$899 with free Australian delivery|
|Warranty||2-year back to base (Offices in Victoria, NSW, Queensland and Western Australia 1 800 662 301|
|Country of Origin||China|
|Company||Global Chinese company (Est 2013). The brand favourably competes with Bissell and Karcher.|
HIZERO is exclusively distributed in Australia by the same company distributing LAURASTAR ironing appliances for over 24 years (Innovative Home Solutions Pty Ltd).
|More||Five tips for choosing a cordless power mop|
Charlie: The easiest way to describe it is to call it a rechargeable stick mop with a built-in sweeping function. It promises to sweep up dirt, dust, animal hair and other foreign particles, and at the same time mop and buff the floors.
Ray: The HIZERO F803 cordless bionic is well-made, easy to assemble, and it makes sense. A large rotating polymer roller wets/washes the floor, sweeps up detritus, and wicks away water. There are only two buttons – on/off and a setting 1 or 2 for regular/heavy cleaning.
It looks like all major parts – including the battery – are replaceable, which is a massive bonus for a long-life keeper.
As there is no app, all you need to do is charge, fill with water/cleaner and go.
Charlie: The unit has two water tanks. One tank contains clean water that can be preheated to up to 40°. You can add the HIZERO detergent to the tank or just use freshwater. We tried both with room temperature water and the results were best with a little bit of floor cleaning detergent. The floors looked spotless once we finish cleaning them, but we exhausted the clean water tank quite quickly. A standard 10 x 15m (150m2) hardwood floor completely emptied the tank. Larger tanks for larger homes would be helpful here.
Ray: Smaller homes or apartments won’t have the water issue and the device tells you when to refill the clean water and empty the dirty water tank.
The 2150 mAh battery gives about 60 minutes of cleaning time regardless of cleaning mode. The 24V/1A/24W recharge is slightly slow – between 3 and 4 hours. Over three weeks, we confirmed these times.
But one of the biggest bonuses is a replaceable 18V/2.15A/38.7W F8Z-BTA04 battery pack that you should be able to buy for <$150. Given that the battery likely has at least 200 recharge cycles (it could be 500), it should last five years or more with weekly use.
Consumer or commercial?
This is a consumer-grade device suitable for hard floors like sealed timber, laminate, ceramic tiles etc. It uses HIZERO cleaning solution (2L for $37.40)
The polymer roller ($38.95)and brush roller ($28.95) needs replacement every six months. There is a kit with both rollers and 1 litre of cleaner at $86.60. There is a warning not to expose the polymer roller to alcohol, vinegar, bleach, alkaline washing powder, or degreasers, limiting its use in commercial situations where disinfectants are required.
The HIZERO F803 cordless bionic is a motorised sweeper and mop – no degree required. Assuming you have set it up, all you have to do is turn it on and mop.
But not like a traditional mop where you might swish it around. This does its best work in a forward and backwards motion. Forward wets and scoops up any detritus and back wicks the water away, leaving a fine, quick-drying water film.
Charlie: The traditional method of pushing and pulling back the unit is not the best way to clean. This works best if you operate it like a push lawnmower. You direct the unit across the floor, then turned back and focus on the area right next to the already cleaned section. As you work your way back and forth across your floor it’s swept and mopped.
Ray: It needs more precise movement, and while it is on wheels and the roller propels it forwards, there is some resistance bringing it back. And there is some resistance to changing directions or hefting the device. For that reason, we cannot recommend it for those with Arthritis or stiff wrists. There are more manoeuvrable mops like Karcher FC 7 that glides effortlessly over the floor. For all others, the 3.9kg heft is not an issue.
More precise forward and backwards strokes are best; otherwise, you will leave too much water on the floor.
Results – impressive
Charlie: The results of using a HIZERO were better than I expected. Because the floors hadn’t been mop cleaned for a while we had a number of baked-on dirt spots that it removed easliy. Even though the sweeper removed the bulk of the dust before mopping, the dirty water tank was heavily soiled.
Ray: I have never liked manual mops as all you do is swish dirty water around. I have never liked robomops that drag a damp cleaning cloth over the floor. So this is so far ahead of these there is no comparison to a standard mop. Floors are clean, and hard to remove dried milk, or coffee stains are gone. In all, it is one of the best motorised mops I have used.
But the caveat is that it is not a vacuum cleaner – it is a fairly effective sweeper – so, you may want to run a robovac or Dyson Stick over the floor first.
Battery life and cleaner operation
HIZERO claims 60 minutes life – tests prove that is close enough. But it also claims you can clean 100m2 in 8 minutes. We cleaned 60m2, and it took closer to 20 minutes. I have been mopping for a very long time, and I don’t think I am slow!
It also claims 1 litre of water/cleaner for 100m2. That is not far off as we needed to refill at 50m2, and there was about a third of a 500ml tank left. The wastewater collection is very efficient – the remaining water on the floor is minimal.
We tested level 2 cleaning, but it left too much water on the Bamboo floor. Noise is about 60db – quiet.
After every use, you should clear the detritus tray. Clean the rotating brush and run cleaning mode on the polymer roller (about five minutes).
It is easy, although a little time-consuming. If you don’t thoroughly clean it, the mopping results will decline. It comes with a plastic stand to store the device and rollers (optionally) when not in use.
Ray: We have used the HIZERO F803 cordless bionic for about three weeks (three mops), and while that cannot possibly reflect long term use, we feel it has the quality build for a long term investment. Also, remember that you need to replace rollers regularly and keep it clean.
Given that it left streak-free clean tiles and bamboo flooring, we can’t fault it. Our only caveat is that it is not for those with limited wrist movement.
Charlie: This is best for small apartments or homes with hard floors and heavy traffic. We felt that it was still going to be quicker for us to use a stick vacuum cleaner first then a mop and bucket to finish off.
But if you are looking for a quick clean or a regular cleaning solution The HIZERO gives a fantastic result in a short amount of time.
Our rating system starts with a pass mark of 5/10. It certainly achieves well above that. Add a two-year warranty and the excellent clean, which knocks that up a notch or three.
HIZERO F803 cordless bionic floor cleaner$899
- Excellent results if used properly
- 60 minutes battery means about 100m2 cleaning
- 500ml water tank is good for about 50m2 (7 x 7m)
- Slow charge time
- Need to be thoroughly cleaned after each use
- Factor in the cost of consumables
- Requires floor space and nearby power for the storage stand