Visual and Specifications
Hydra has exactly the same features as most robots on the market. Oval and low profile, it can fit most of the tallest furniture in our home such as beds, dining tables, tables and more.
When we put our hands on the product, we noticed that at the top, we had buttons to start/pause the cleaning cycle and turn the dust chamber on/off.
On the side, we notice the presence of an anti-collision sensor responsible for inhibiting Hydra’s contact with any obstacles in that location. At the bottom we find two rotating brushes – responsible for sending the dirt directly to the collector -, rubber wheels, an on/off button and a support to mount the tank.
There is also a compartment to remove the battery in case the product needs to be replaced and repaired. After opening the box, we have a spare parts kit that includes the following items:
- two rotating brushes;
- two microfiber cloths;
- battery charging base;
- cleaning tools;
- water tank.
This model does not have a remote control to switch between modes. We’ll get to that later, however. Overall, the Multilaser Hydra is complete, well equipped with accessories and the separation between the water and dirt compartments is a very positive aspect of its construction.
There is only one way to activate the product’s cleaning cycle: through the button at the top. Just one tap to start cleaning. This model also lacks any kind of wireless connectivity. So there’s no Wi-Fi or Bluetooth here.
It is worth remembering that if the Hydra is close to the charging dock and the user presses this button, it will automatically reverse the charge. Therefore, it is worth keeping the robot vacuum away from the charging station. This model also doesn’t have a remote control, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing.
Overall, I found the device cleaning mode combination good enough to ensure that everything is properly sanitized. We’ll get to that later, however.
I must admit, when the Hydra test started, I really thought I would be disappointed. I have had the opportunity to test several vacuum robots and they generally have the expected standard in terms of performance.
However, I have to say I was impressed with the navigation system it uses during the cycle, and the ability to advise it through a damp cloth works well. From this part, a small water reservoir can be used, separate from the rest of the robot.
The manufacturer itself recommends doing a complete cycle in the room before attaching the cloth to the device, so that everything is properly clean and dirt does not spread into the environment. So I followed the previous advice and I can say that I really like both features.
Hydra is low noise and very effective at sucking out foreign particles. I have three cats at home most of the day and fur has been an issue in organizing and keeping my house clean.
After placing it in the room, I was amazed at how much dirt it removed.
Two rotating brushes ensure greater reach and direct trash directly into the reservoir.
Its boot system is also excellent, as while looping is not an option, it allows the combination of modes to complement the task, keeping everything clean quickly and efficiently.
It manages to pass between obstacles without hitting itself or “tangling” with them, which is something I really enjoyed during my use.
The water reservoir has an adjustment option where the user can choose between low, medium and high water levels.
The most suitable for me is the medium, but this has to be evaluated by the buyer at the time of use.
Another feature that fascinates me is the voice that can respond to the commands that the user executes.
I know it might sound silly at first, but in general it’s very helpful, especially for blind people who say things like “start cleaning”, “go to charging station” or “low battery” when using the product phrase.
Lastly, the battery life is great and promises prolonged use until it runs out completely. I have to use the device at 2:30 am (vacuum mode only), which is a good usability window even in larger environments.
It also returns to the charging station on its own, saving you the trouble of finding it when the charge is done.
Considering the construction and price characteristics of the Multilaser Hydra, its main competitor in the market is the Wap W300. To start with the similarities, both have two rotating brushes, one on each side of the device.
They also do not have any type of extraction brush on the nozzle, characteristic of the more robust and premium models.
Another advantage is the low noise during use, as they are comfortable even when we use them in the same environment.
The main differences are size, battery life and features. Although the Hydra is bigger, has more batteries and its features are selected automatically by the device, it is already a little different from the W300.
The German brand models are more compact and can be easier to get into the corners and spaces of places. The duration of the cycle is also much shorter, as after 01:30 (approximately) it automatically starts looking for a charging station.
Another advantage of the WAP model is the presence of a remote control, which is responsible for selecting the period and the movement of the robot. In this way, it is possible to choose where more attention should be given to cleanliness and hygiene standards.
However, I can say that the Multilaser model is more complete and has more advantages in general. Both versions cost between 900 and 1,100 reais,
I can say that the Multilaser Hydra is an option for mid-level vacuum robots.
With good performance, a coherent motion algorithm and separate compartments for water and dirt, it’s an excellent choice in its price range – around R$900 and up.
As I said above, I’m a little skeptical about the performance of this build, but I can say that I’m not disappointed with what I’ve experienced.
I believe the reservoir could be a little bigger, but none of this will affect the usability of the device.
So if you are looking for a robot vacuum with expected performance at a competitive price, the Multilaser Hydra is a great choice.