The new vacuum cleaner from Vorwerk is here – the Kobold VR300. We wanted to know: what can the new model do, how does it compare to its predecessor and is it worth the purchase? A test report.
The bar for the Kobold VR300 is quite high. After all, his predecessor, the Kobold VR200, was test winner at Stiftung Warentest and also convinced in the BASIC thinking test.
Vorwerk promises, however, that the new robotic vacuum cleaner smarter, easier and more diligent works than its predecessor. In addition, the VR300 works with both app remote control and Alexa voice control.
That sounds promising. Let’s see if the little house spirit can meet the high expectations in practice.
Scope of delivery of the Vorwerk Kobold VR300
Let’s take a look at the scope of delivery. Of course, the VR300 does not come alone, but brings with it brushes, containers and filters that it needs to suck its own four walls as thoroughly as possible.
- Main brush:The main brush absorbs everything where the VR300 drives over it.
- Side brush:The side brush tries – you know that of a sweeper – also to twirl crumbs and dirt under the main brush, which are not directly in the lane of the VR300. In addition, it is especially important for corners and edges.
- Dust container:In the dust container everything is caught, which absorbs the VR300. It can be easily removed with one movement and then simply emptied over the trash can.
- Filter:The filter – correct – filters the intake room air.
- Base Station / Dock:Almost the home of the Kobold VR300. Here he drives to the store. The base station is its fixed point.
- Miscellaneous:Connection cable and user manual
The scope of delivery of the new Vorwerk vacuum robot.
With nine inches of height under beds and couches?
In the next step, we look at the hard data and facts. The Vorwerk Kobold VR300 weighs about four kilograms is 34 by 34 inches tall and has a straight side (to be able to turn in corners) and opposite a rounded side.
Its height – nine centimeters – allows him to suck under beds, couches and armchairs. Here, of course, should be checked before purchase, if all the important places are reachable with this height. Small “obstacles” such as door sills or ledges are no problem for the practical helper due to its sturdy wheels.
The VR300 is nine inches high and fits under many couches and beds. (Picture: Vorwerk)
The battery power allows him to suck according to the manufacturer 60 to 90 minutes. The test runs after you get along well with it and because the VR300 immediately afterwards recharges at its base station, the battery presents no problems. Here, however, the performance varies according to cleaning mode (eg Eco mode on / off) and flooring (eg difficult carpet or simple tiles).
A battery charge is enough for about 120 square meters. Since the test apartment is 100 square meters and has relatively few complicated obstacles, there were never any problems with the runtime.
- Mass:approx. 5 kg (device and base station)
- Dimensions (L x W x H):34 cm x 34 cm x 9 cm
- Battery capacity:60 to 90 minutes
- Charging time (when the battery is empty):3.5 to 4 hours
Power consumption:approx. 85 watts (depending on floor covering) / approx. 65 watts (ECO mode)
- Blower (single-stage):50 watts (ECO mode 30 watts)
- Brush:about 30 watts
- Stand-by:about 0.5 watts
- Noise:70 dB
According to Vorwerk, the charging time is given as a very long three and a half to four hours. After all: After about an hour, the VR300 but again ready for use – provided that it was really completely empty previously. That did not happen in the test because the VR300 was always finished much earlier with his tour.
At 70 decibels, the Vorwerk VR300 is slightly louder than a TV in room volume. So if you want to relax while watching TV, you should prefer to let the vacuum robot run before or after.
The sturdy and sturdy wheels make it easy to overcome obstacles.
This is not a problem with an adjustable schedule. Theoretically, the VR300 can always suck when you’re not at home yourself (eg started by app when you’re getting in the car to go home) or always before getting up (for deep sleepers).
The new no-go zones are also suitable for this. For example, you can set the Kobold VR300 where it should not go or which parts it should bypass (in this example the bedroom). This is especially good for places that are very kabellastig (eg the office) or where many small parts are on the floor (for example, the nursery).
While it was rather difficult to solve by designing magnetic strips, you can now give the Kobold VR300 its no-go zones digitally.
In this picture you can see well the structure, which leaves the Vorwerk Kobold VR300. (Picture: Vorwerk)
While at that time the VR200 – the predecessor model – had to install software updates initially via USB stick, the new generation downloads them independently via the app.
In general, the app saves a lot of time and offers the user a variety of options for programming his robotic vacuum cleaner to do exactly what one wants.
And who wants it more convenient: Of course there is also an interface to Amazon Alexa. A small voice command is enough and the robotic vacuum cleaner from Vorwerk starts work.
Compared to the predecessor: VR200 Vs. VR300
Let’s take a look at what has changed from the VR200 to the VR300 over the past few years. What was already good on the predecessor VR200, also remains good in the successor model. But there are also some improvements.
The Kobold VR300 is more reliable in the navigation of the apartment, which is clearly noticeable when you run both in comparison. Particularly in the case of carpets, obstacles and difficult areas, the new generation scores noticeably.
With the contacts, the VR300 drives to the base station and automatically recharges
The cleaning card that the VR300 creates via the app is also particularly useful. On it you can directly control where and how much he has sucked – even from a distance.
Sensor technology is outstanding
The sensors on the VR300 are – as in the predecessor – outstanding. Stairs, steps or obstacles are detected and bypassed. In chair legs, the vacuum robot is a bit difficult, because sometimes it takes a relatively long time until he has found a “way out”.
Otherwise, he sometimes runs relatively close to obstacles and touches them only slightly, until he stops. That makes the observer sometimes startle, especially with fragile objects. In that case, it’s not a bug, it’s a feature because it tries to be as thorough as possible, rather than skipping a few inches.
Speaking of thoroughness: With salt, breadcrumbs, dust and sugar the VR300 has no problems in our test – on low-pile carpet as well as on tiles.
Conclusion: Premium product without major weaknesses
What can be concluded for a conclusion? There is not much that can be said about the VR300. He is fast, thorough, persistent, powerful and runs at a moderate volume. Any difficulties that arise are actually beyond the scope of responsibility of the robotic vacuum cleaner – for example, how many obstacles, chair legs, etc. are there in the apartment.
At € 949, the Vorwerk Kobold VR300 is a premium product – quite clearly. But one that meets the high expectations.
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