Convenience of use
Vileda is a regular in our laboratory and this time it’s the Looper which arrives in a rather discreet box. We therefore suspected that the device would not be the most massive. And we were right. With only 1.6 kg on the scale, the Looper is – by far – the lightest floor cleaner in our comparison at the moment.
For once, you have to assemble the electric broom before you can use it. A cable should be plugged into the connector and then slid into the handle. This step does not prohibit the user from disassembling the blade afterwards; it will just take longer.
We now fill the 450 ml tank, to which it is possible to add non-foaming detergent according to Vileda – that of the Tineco Floor One S5 has a capacity of 800 ml. If the Looper tank is very easy to fill, it has no handles to facilitate its extraction. So don’t have slippery hands!
All that remains is to attach the two microfiber mops to the broom, and it’s ready. We then grab it and press one of the only two buttons on the handle to turn it on. Only one speed is provided by the manufacturer, unlike Roborock which has provided two different intensities for its Dyad.
Either way, the wipes start spinning and all that’s left to do is spray the water on the floor. This is where the second button comes into play. The broom therefore does not automatically manage the flow of water; it’s up to the user to do that. It will also be necessary to go there with parsimony, because the ground can quickly be soaked.
The Looper starts wandering around our lab. Its motorized head tows the broom and allows the user to save energy. It goes easily under furniture, but proves capricious when asked to turn its head. The passage between two pieces of furniture is therefore not easy.
During cleaning, it is possible to take a break and put the floor cleaner in parking position. A very significant option, and which we regretted the absence on the Kärcher FC3 wireless. It then stops automatically, until the on/off button is pressed again. Finally, at the end of the washing session, the Looper can park on the tray provided. It was designed to prevent the mops from getting moldy, but we still think it’s best to remove them after each use.
To appreciate the effectiveness of the Looper, we start by making different stains on the floor of our laboratory: oil, soda, carbon black and lipstick. These stains then dry overnight before we clean up. We then equip the broom with its mops and fill its tank.
We have to go back and forth twice to eliminate the soda, the less stubborn substance. It will take five for the oil, which is a little disappointing. On the other hand, the Looper is illustrated by removing all the carbon black in as many round trips. As such, it does, for example, better than the Dreame H11 Max. Now only traces of lipstick remain to be cleaned. Unfortunately the verdict is final: they are still visible after repeated passages of the floor cleaner. But let’s be honest, only two devices got the job done, both in six round trips: the Kobold Multifunction Cordless Vacuum Cleaner and the Kärcher FC 7.