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Narwal T10 Vacuum Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Reviewed Oct 19, 2021 at 08:57 am
Narwal T10 Picture
7.1
Bare Floor
6.6
Low-Pile Carpet
6.2
High-Pile Carpet
5.0
Pets
5.7
Stairs
4.7
Cars
4.6
Workshop
Vacuum Type
Robot
Bagless
Yes
Cordless
Yes
Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
Yes
Wet Compatible
Fully Compatible

The Narwal T10 is a uniquely designed hybrid robot mop/vacuum. It comes with separate mopping and vacuuming modules, which you can swap out for one another very easily. Unlike many other robot vacuums/mops, its mopping pads actually move, as opposed to being static cloths. Its docking station cleans and dries its mopping pads, so it shouldn't track dirty water around your home while mopping. That said, its vacuuming configuration is somewhat underbaked, with no brushroll to provide some level of surface agitation.

Our Verdict

7.1 Bare Floor

The Narwal T10 is decent for bare floors. It has no trouble clearing away small debris like rice, though bulkier material like cereal can clog its small suction inlet. It feels well-built, offers superb battery performance, and maneuvers itself fairly effectively. The mopping module is easy to install and does a great job of scrubbing away dried-on stains.

Pros
  • Effective mopping system.
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Superb battery performance.
  • Wide range of automation features.
Cons
  • High recurring costs.
  • Demanding maintenance requirements.
  • Bulky debris can clog suction inlet.
6.6 Low-Pile Carpet

The Narwal T10 is okay for low-pile carpet. Its lack of a brushroll means it has a very hard time sucking up fine and large debris embedded within carpet fibers. That said, it does feel amazingly well-built and has a very long battery life, so it can clean large spaces without running out of charge. While there's no automatic surface detection system, the vacuum has a set of magnetic boundary strips that you can put in place to prevent it from moving onto carpets while mopping.

Pros
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Superb battery performance.
  • Wide range of automation features.
  • Includes magnetic strips to avoid mopping carpets.
Cons
  • High recurring costs.
  • Demanding maintenance requirements.
  • Struggles with pet hair on carpeted surfaces.
  • Poor overall performance on carpeted floors.
6.2 High-Pile Carpet

The Narwal T10 is a mediocre option for cleaning high-pile carpet, though this isn't its intended use case. It doesn't have a brushroll to agitate carpet fibers, so it struggles with sucking up pet hair, fine debris, and larger material. It can also sometimes struggle to climb onto higher-pile carpets and occasionally gets stuck on rug tassels.

Pros
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Superb battery performance.
  • Wide range of automation features.
  • Includes magnetic strips to avoid mopping carpets.
Cons
  • High recurring costs.
  • Demanding maintenance requirements.
  • Struggles with pet hair on carpeted surfaces.
  • Poor overall performance on carpeted floors.
5.0 Pets

The Narwal T10 is disappointing when it comes to dealing with pet hair. While it has no issue dealing with pet hair on bare floors, it delivers poor pet hair cleaning performance on low and high-pile carpet due to the lack of a brushroll. Conversely, the absence of a brushroll means that you don't need to worry about hair wraps, and it has an onboard HEPA filter to trap allergens as it cleans. It's also very quiet, so it shouldn't be too disruptive for animals that are unnerved by loud noises.

Pros
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Wide range of automation features.
Cons
  • High recurring costs.
  • Demanding maintenance requirements.
  • Struggles with pet hair on carpeted surfaces.
5.7 Stairs

The Narwal T10 is a robot vacuum and isn't meant for cleaning stairs.

4.7 Cars

The Narwal T10 is a robot vacuum and isn't designed to clean the inside of your car.

4.6 Workshop

The Narwal T10 isn't designed for workshop cleaning.

  • 7.1 Bare Floor
  • 6.6 Low-Pile Carpet
  • 6.2 High-Pile Carpet
  • 5.0 Pets
  • 5.7 Stairs
  • 4.7 Cars
  • 4.6 Workshop
  1. Updated Sep 26, 2022: We've updated this review to Test Bench 1.1, which includes a broad range of new testing procedures to measure stain and water-clearing performance, suction power, crevice-cleaning performance, noise levels, and air filtration performance. We've also updated our debris and pet hair-pickup performance tests as well as our method of scoring user maintenance requirements, recurring costs, dirt compartment sizing, and suitability for the 'Workshop' usage section.
  2. Updated Sep 07, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.1.
  3. Updated Sep 06, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  4. Updated Oct 19, 2021: Review published.
  5. Updated Oct 14, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
8.5
Design
Build Quality

The Narwal T10 is amazingly well-built. It's made of high-grade plastic that looks and feels premium. The glossy top cover can be removed to let you access the dirt compartment and the power button. Unlike most robot vacuums, it doesn't have a brushroll and instead uses twin side brushes to direct debris into a suction inlet. The side brushes are part of an vacuum module that can be easily removed and swapped with a mopping module for use on bare floors. The vacuum itself feels quite sturdy for the most part, though the small internal dustbin could break if you were to drop it. Its base station is also solidly-built and features an LED screen that shows the vacuum's current status.

Out-of-the-box setup is quite easy, though you should download its companion app to access its full capabilities.

7.0
Design
User Maintenance

The Narwal T10 has quite a few maintenance needs, though most of its components are easy to access.

  • Dirt compartment: You can access the dirt compartment by lifting the vacuum's top cover and then pulling it out of its housing with its built-in carrying handle. You should empty it after every cleaning session by unlocking the release buckles while holding it over a trash can.
  • HEPA Filter: The filter is located inside the internal dirt compartment. You should wash it under water every two weeks.
  • Side brushes: The side brushes are attached to the vacuum module but can be pulled free. Make sure to cut away any tangled hair or stuck-on debris with the included hook blade every two weeks. If necessary, you can also wash them, along with the vacuum module attachment, with water.
  • Caster wheel: The directional wheel can be pulled out of the socket. Remove any stuck-on debris once a month.
  • Mop pads: The vacuum returns to its base station, where the mopping pads are washed and dried by a series of built-in water nozzles and air inlets, so they're considered to be self-cleaned. You can pull the mopping pads off and remove any stuck-on debris if necessary.
  • Water tanks: This vacuum's base station features two water tanks, one for clean water and the other for waste water. They can be pulled out very easily for refilling or cleaning. The clean water tank should be cleaned every three months and refilled once it's empty. Meanwhile, you should clean the waste water tank at the end of every mopping session.
  • Water tank sponge filter: The sponge filter is located inside the clean water tank and can only be accessed after you empty it. You should clean it every three months in conjunction with the clean water tank.

Any part washed with water should be allowed to dry for at least 24 hours before being put back in the vacuum.

5.5
Design
Recurring Cost
Bag Part Number No bag
Filter Part Number Narwal T10 HEPA Filter
HEPA Filter Part Number Narwal T10 HEPA Filter

The Narwal T10 incurs moderately high recurring costs.

  • Side brushes: You should replace the side brushes every three months. You can purchase them in packs of two from the manufacturer's website.
  • HEPA filter: You should replace the filter every three to six months, depending on your usage habits. You can buy replacements in packs of two from the manufacturer.
  • Mopping pads: You should replace the mopping pads every three months. You can purchase them from the manufacturer's website in packs of two.
  • Water tank sponge filter: No specific replacement interval is given in the user manual, but it states that you should clean or replace it periodically.

8.5
Design
Storing
Height
17.32" (44.0 cm)
Width
15.94" (40.5 cm)
Depth
14.17" (36.0 cm)
Cord Storing
Not Needed
On-Board Tool Storage
Not needed
Vacuum Rack/Station
Yes

The Narwal T10 has excellent storage capabilities. While the docking station is somewhat large, the vacuum is stored almost entirely inside it, reducing its overall footprint.

5.6
Design
Dirt Compartment
Volume
0.05 gal (0.20 L)
Full Indicator
No
Bag Included
No Bag Needed

The Narwal T10 has a small internal dustbin. It needs to be emptied more frequently than other robot vacuums like the Roborock S7. On the other hand, if you plan on using its mop attachment, its external clean water tank has a fairly large capacity of 1.25 gallons, so you shouldn't need to refill it very often.

Design
In The Box

  • Narwal T10 vacuum
    • Robot vacuum body
    • Internal dirt compartment
    • 1x T10 HEPA filter
    • Vacuum module
    • 4x side brushes
    • Mopping module
    • 4x mopping pads
    • Hook blade cleaning tool
    • Magnetic strip
    • Operational Manual
  • Base station
    • Base station
    • Clean water tank
    • Waste water tank
    • 2x clean water tank sponge filters
    • Power cord

10
Design
Range
Cord Length
N/A
Hose Length
N/A
Minimum Wand Length
N/A
Maximum Wand Length
N/A
Total Range
N/A

The Narwal T10's range is limited only by the room left in its dirt compartment and its remaining battery life. However, it can't climb or descend stairs.

7.8
Design
Portability
Total Weight
8.73 lbs (3.96 kg)
Weight In Hand
0.00 lbs (0.00 kg)
Carrying handle
No

The Narwal T10 is quite portable. It weighs slightly less than alternatives like the Roborock S7, though it doesn't have a carrying handle to make it easier to pick up and carry.

Note: This vacuum is slightly heavier with the mopping module. It weighs 8.97 lbs (4.07 kg) with the mopping pads fitted in place.

9.2
Design
Battery
Minimum Battery Life
135 min
Maximum Battery Life
172 min
Recharge Time
112 min
Recharge Dock
Yes
Battery Life Indicator
Yes
Removable Batteries
No

The Narwal T10 has superb battery performance. Running it in its high-power 'Turbo' mode with the vacuum module yields over 130 minutes of runtime, while it should run for over 170 minutes when using it in its default 'Normal' suction mode with the vacuum module attached. It's fairly close to its advertised battery life of three hours.

Design
Quality Of Life Features
Rotating Head
No
Power Adjustment
Yes
Self-Propelled
Yes
Headlights
No
Easy On/Off
Yes
Head Surface Type Adjustment
None

The Narwal T10 has a couple of quality-of-life features. Aside from its mopping capability, it has two suction power levels that you can change through its companion app: the default 'Normal' mode and the high-power 'Strong' mode. That said, unlike the Roborock S7 MaxV, there's no automatic surface detection system that would allow it to avoid carpets when mopping; you'll need to block off these areas manually with the magnetic strips included in the box. The base station also has a small LED screen that shows the vacuum's current task, an estimate of remaining time until completion, battery life, and whether or not you've enabled the child lock.

Design
Tools And Brushes
Brushroll
No
Brushroll On/Off
No
Removable Brushroll
No
Turbo Brush
No
Crevice Tool
No
Upholstery Tool
No
Soft Bristle Brush
No
Hard Bristle Brush
No
Extension Wand
No
Ceiling Fan Tool
No
Pet Grooming Tool
No

The Narwal T10 has a vacuum module with two side brushes that direct debris into the path of its suction inlet, and two spare side brushes are included. You can swap out the vacuum module for the mopping module, which comes preinstalled with two mopping pads. It also comes with two extra mopping pads. There's also a hook blade tool to remove any stuck-on debris from the side brushes.

Design
Alternative Configuration
Blower Mode
No

You can configure the Narwal T10 as a robot mop by detaching the vacuum module and fitting the mopping module in its place.

Performance
7.2
Performance
Bare Floor Performance (Hardwood, Laminate, Tiles)
Setting Used "Strong"
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L) 48%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) N/A
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L) N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L) N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L) N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L) 100%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) N/A
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L) N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L) N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L) N/A

The Narwal T10 performs decently on bare floors. It's very effective in dealing with smaller debris like rice. However, its lack of a brushroll and comparatively small suction inlet can result in bulkier debris like cereal getting stuck and clogging the opening.

5.0
Performance
Low-Pile Carpet Performance
Setting Used "Strong"
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L) 23%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) N/A
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L) N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L) N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L) N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L) 39%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) N/A
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L) N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L) N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L) N/A

The Narwal T10 performs inadequately on low-pile carpet. Due to its lack of a brushroll, it can't provide the necessary agitation to dislodge large and fine debris like sand or baking soda from carpet fibers, even in its most powerful 'Strong' suction mode.

5.9
Performance
High-Pile Carpet Performance
Setting Used "Strong"
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L) 34%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) N/A
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L) N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L) N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L) N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L) 38%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) N/A
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L) N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L) N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L) N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L) N/A

The Narwal T10 has middling performance on high-pile carpet. The lack of a brushroll means that it doesn't have the necessary means of working materials like sand and baking soda free of carpets.

6.9
Performance
Pet Hair Floor Performance
Bare Floor
99%
Low-Pile Carpet
52%
High-Pile Carpet
18%

The Narwal T10 pet-hair cleaning performance is mixed. It has no trouble dealing with hair on bare surfaces like hardwood or linoleum but struggles quite a bit when clearing it away on low and high-pile carpeting.

0
Performance
Suction
Maximum Suction
0.0 inHโ‚‚O (0.01 kPa)
Setting Used For Maximum "Strong" (App)
Normal Suction
0.0 inHโ‚‚O (0.00 kPa)
Setting Used For Normal "Normal" (App)
Hose Diameter
N/A

The Narwal T10's suction force isn't very strong compared to high-end models like the Roborock S7 MaxV. Its suction inlet is also positioned too high above the contact surface to generate a tight seal on bare surfaces, resulting in low suction power measurements.

9.5
Performance
Noise
Bare Floor
59.1 dBA
Low-Pile Carpet
57.8 dBA

The Narwal T10 is remarkably quiet when cleaning. With no brushroll to rub against the ground, it makes considerably less noise than most other robot vacuums. You'll hear what people nearby are saying even when the vacuum is running in its most powerful suction mode.

7.5
Performance
Maneuverability

The Narwal T10 is good at maneuvering itself. It begins cleaning by moving around the room's perimeter before vacuuming small sections of its coverage area. Swapping between the mopping and vacuum modules is easy and only takes a couple of seconds. It's also small enough to fit under tables and chairs, though only just. Unfortunately, it can struggle to climb onto high-pile carpets, and rug tassels can get caught on its side brushes.

Its mopping capability is quite impressive, as it cleans its mopping pads throughout its cleaning job rather than tracking dirty water around your house and has an air-drying system built into its docking station to prevent mildew buildup on the pads. However, while the vacuum can recognize which module is in use, it's still important you set up the included magnetic strips around carpets or any other surface you don't want to get wet. You can see a video of its mopping maneuverability here.

0
Performance
Pet Hair Furniture Performance
Sofa Pickup Post Test
Performance
Air Quality

The Narwal T10 does a good job of sealing in fine particles thanks to its onboard HEPA filter.

5.0
Performance
Cracks
Wood Cracks Post Test

Due to its low suction force, the Narwal T10 does a poor job sucking up debris from cracks and crevices. Using it in its high-power 'Strong' mode does little to improve its performance in this regard, as seen here.

8.0
Performance
Stains
Stain Pickup Post Test

The Narwal T10 delivers impressive stain-clearing performance. Installing the mop pads is very easy. It takes about 90 seconds for the base station to thoroughly wet its mopping pads and let it start cleaning. While it can lift away most of a stain without streaks on a single go-around, it's recommended you allow it to make a second pass since the appliance will return to its base station to re-clean its pads. You can see the results of the Narwal clearing a stain with two passes here.

0
Performance
Water
Water Pickup Post Test

The Narwal T10 can't suck up liquid spills. Its mop pads might be able to absorb small quantities of water, however.

Automation
6.8
Automation
Physical Automation
Automatic Recharging
Yes
Automatic Bag Emptying
No
Pathing Algorithm
Smart
Physical Boundary Markers
Yes
Scheduled Start Buttons
Yes
Cycle Control Buttons
No
Navigation Control Buttons
Return to Base Only

The Narwal T10's physical controls are a little limited. You can have the vacuum start cleaning without its companion app by using the control button, though you can only access most of its control parameters in its companion app.

8.0
Automation
Companion App Automation
App Name
Narwal
iOS Availability
Yes
Android Availability
Yes
Software Boundary Markers (No Go Zones)
Yes
App Scheduled Start
Yes
App Cycle Control
Yes
Navigation Control within App
No

This vacuum has a great companion app. It's pretty responsive and intuitive to navigate. The appliance itself uses a LIDAR sensor to draw a map of its coverage area as it progresses through its current task. You can use the app to set up no-go zones, set up individual cleaning areas and sequence cleaning sessions, check the vacuum's battery status, and enable or disable the child lock.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Narwal T10 is only available in one variant: White, and you can see our test unit's label here.

Let us know in the discussions if you come across another variant of this vacuum, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Vacuums

The Narwal T10 is a premium hybrid robot mop/vacuum. Unlike other hybrid robot vacuum/mops like the Roborock S7, this vacuum doesn't have an onboard water reservoir for wetting its mopping pads. Instead, it periodically returns to its docking station, which sprays its mopping pads with clean water from an onboard reservoir, cycles the wastewater to a separate tank, and air dries the pads to prevent mildew buildup, which should reduce hands-on maintenance requirements. However, to accommodate its easily swappable vacuum module, it doesn't have a brushroll, so its performance on carpets is poor overall.

If you're looking for alternatives, see our recommendations of the best robot vacuums, the best robot vacuums for hardwood floors, and the best robot vacuums for pet hair.

Roborock S7

The Narwal T10 and Roborock S7 each have their advantages, meaning one may suit you better than the other, depending on your needs. The Narwal has a more advanced mopping system, with a unique self-cleaning system built into its docking station. It also charges faster, though the Roborock does have a slightly longer battery life. In addition, the Roborock does a better job of vacuuming debris on bare floors as well as low and high-pile carpet and can maneuver itself more effectively.

Roborock S7 MaxV

The Roborock S7 MaxV is a more versatile option than the Narwal T10. Only the Roborock can mop and vacuum within a single cleaning job. The Narwal is designed primarily as a robot mop, with a far less advanced vacuuming capability. It doesn't have a brushroll, instead relying on a pair of side brushes to direct debris into a suction inlet, resulting in inferior performance on carpets. The Roborock's optional Empty Wash Fill Dock is even more advanced than the Narwal's base station. Not only does it wash and clean its mopping pads, but it also empties its internal dustbin and refills its water tank, reducing hands-on maintenance requirements. The Roborock's 'ReactiveAI 2.0' system also allows it to identify and react to common household hazards.

Roborock S6 MaxV

The Roborock S6 MaxV is better at vacuuming than the Narwal T10. The Roborock has a much larger internal dustbin, can automatically adjust its brushroll speed depending on the surface type that it's on, and delivers superior performance on all surface types. Meanwhile, instead of the Roborock's static cloth pads for mopping, the Narwal has a far more robust mopping system, with rotating cloth pads that provide a more thorough clean. Its docking station has a built-in cleaning and drying system for its mopping pads that should significantly reduce the chances of it tracking dirty water around your home. In addition, the Narwal charges much faster and lasts roughly as long as the Roborock on a single charge.

Ecovacs DEEBOT OZMO T8 AIVI

The Ecovacs DEEBOT OZMO T8 AIVI is a better robot vacuum than the Narwal T10. The Ecovacs incurs fewer recurring costs, is easier to store, and delivers superior vacuuming performance on all surface types. Unlike the Narwal, it's capable of vacuuming and mopping simultaneously. While the Ecovacs does have a longer battery life, the Narwal can charge in less than a third of the time. The Narwals mopping system, with its rotating pads and self-cleaning system, is also far more effective in dealing with stains than the Ecovacs' onboard water reservoir and static mop cloths.

iRobot Roomba S9

The iRobot Roomba S9 is a better robot vacuum than the Narwal T10. The iRobot has a much larger internal dustbin, can maneuver around or over obstacles like rugs more effectively, and clears more debris on almost all surface types. However, the Narwal does have a mopping system for dealing with messes on bare floors. Its LIDAR mapping system also allows it to navigate far more easily than the iRobot in the dark.

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