Tineco may not be a name that springs to mind when it comes to vacuum cleaners, but for the past 25 years the brand has been manufacturing innovative floor cleaning devices that aim to give models from manufacturers including Dyson and Shark a run for their money.
Type: Cordless vacuum and mop
Dustbin capacity: 0.15 gallons
Suction power: 220w
Battery life: 35 minutes
Battery charging time: 5 hours
Suitable for: Hardwood floors and tiles
Dimensions: 10.62 x 8.66 x 4.25 inches
Weight: 9.9 lbs
Storage: Comes with docking station
Warranty: 2 years
The Tineco Floor One S5 Pro 2 is worth considering if you’re after one of the best vacuum cleaners for home. This compact cordless vacuum can mop hard floors as well as sucking the dust and debris from them, and thanks to the separate clean and dirty water tanks, it offers a deeper clean than a traditional mop, which just pushes dirty water around your floors.
It has four modes including Auto, which uses Tineco’s iLoop smart sensor technology, to adjust the suction, water flow and roller speed based on the level of both wet and dry dirt and debris on your floors. There’s also Ultra, which claims to electrolyze tap water to ensure a 100% natural deep clean.
The Tineco Floor One S5 Pro 2 is battery-powered so you’re not tethered to the nearest electrical socket, and it has an automatic self-clean program along with an onboard voice assistant that’ll remind you to do tasks such as topping-up the clean water, empty the dirty water and even starting the self-clean program.
We put it through its paces on the hardwood and tiled floors in our home to assess how it copes with fresh spills and ground-in dirt, as well as seeing just how useful those smart features actually were. Read on for our review on whether this costly cordless floor cleaner is worth the investment.
Tineco Floor One S5 Pro 2: Design
The Floor One S5 Pro 2 has a matte monochrome finish that fuses sleek lines with a slim, compact design, to create a premium looking appliance. The brush roller sits at the front of the floor cleaning head, while the 0.15 gallon dirty water tank, which is located in the main body of the vacuum, resides on the front of the appliance. The 0.18 gallon clean water tank sits on the back of the appliance and has a longer, slimmer design than the dirty water tank. Both can be easily removed using the release buttons, and make a satisfying click when replaced.
It also features a 2.1-inch color display, with an LED light ring that changes color from blue to red as more dirt is detected. This is a useful way of highlighting any particularly dirty areas, so you can make several passes with the vacuum in these spots to ensure they are thoroughly cleaned. The display also shows the battery level and the cleaning mode selected.
Only suitable for hard floors as there’s no way to vacuum without water, the cleaning mode can be selected using the button on the top of the loop handle, while the appliance can be switched on or off using the button below this. Once the appliance has been turned on, the suction and washing will start when the handle is tilted towards you, and will stop when the vacuum is returned to the upright position.
Tineco Floor One S5 Pro 2: Features and accessories
The Tineco Floor One S5 Pro 2 comes with the following accessories:
• Two brush rollers
• Two dry filters
• Dry filter holder
• Accessory holder
• Deodorizing and cleaning solution
• Cleaning tool
• Charging base and cable
Unlike many cordless vacuums, the Tineco Floor One S5 Pro 2 doesn’t come with a wealth of attachments, but that’s because it can’t be converted to a handheld cleaner. Instead, as it’s designed to vacuum and mop hard floors, it comes with a floor cleaning head only. The Deodorizing and cleaning solution should last for several uses as it only requires a capful to be added to the clean water tank.
We liked that it came with an additional brush roller and dry filter, which ensures the vacuum isn’t out of use when those components have been cleaned and are drying for the recommended 24 hour period before use.
The charging base ensures the vacuum remains powered up ready for when you need it. The handy holders, which attach to the charging base, mean you can keep the additional roller and filter safely stowed when they have been cleaned and are drying.
As we’ve already mentioned, the cordless floor cleaner has four different cleaning modes that are suitable for everything from everyday and deep cleans of hard floors to mopping up liquid spills.
Tineco Floor One S5 Pro 2: Setup and assembly
The majority of the packaging is easily recyclable cardboard, however we were disappointed that almost every accessory, as well as the vacuum itself, came wrapped in a plastic bag. That said, there are no chunks of styrofoam to dispose of. As with many cordless vacuums, there’s nothing really to assemble apart from slotting the handle into the main body.
The Floor One S5 Pro 2 is battery-powered, and does require charging for around five hours for the battery to go from zero to full. It comes with a charging base, which does take up more space than if the vacuum could be charged with the power cable alone. We were also disappointed it doesn’t have a swappable battery, which means there’s no interruptions to your cleaning session if you have a larger house.
The instruction manual contains all the info you need to assemble, use and even clean and maintain the cordless vacuum and washer.
Tineco Floor One S5 Pro 2: Performance
When it came to hard floors, this vacuum and washer impressed us with its ability to suck up dirt and debris and leave both laminate and tiled floors clean and only slightly damp, so they dried within minutes.
It coped well with both fine dust (in our case a mixture of flour and biscuit crumbs) and larger debris such as oats in our kitchen in one pass and without spreading the dirt further around the floor, something we’ve experienced with other floor cleaning heads in the past. The Floor One S5 Pro 2 was able to collect all the debris from baseboards on Auto mode and we were also able to clear up some water that had been splashed on the floor during an enthusiastic washing-up session in seconds using the Suction mode on the vacuum.
However, while it can wash floors, it doesn’t offer a scrubbing function. As a result, it was unable to fully remove coca-cola and squashed raspberries that had been left to dry on our kitchen’s laminate flooring.
In the bathroom, the appliance was able to remove a blob of toothpaste that had been recently dropped, but it required several passes and there was a distinct minty smell around the vacuum afterwards until we activated the self-cleaning program. It also struggled to clean the grout lines between tiles.
We did find the vacuum wasn’t as easy to maneuver across floors as other cordless floor cleaners we’ve tried, in part because of the additional weight from the water tanks when they contained liquid. We also found that unlike when using a traditional mop, we weren’t able to reach under some low-lying furniture and narrow spaces.
The vacuum offers Ultra mode, which electrolyzes the contents of the clean water tank for what Tineco dubs a “100% natural deep clean”. We tried this mode and found it was equal to the cleaning performance of the vacuum when used with the bundled solution on Auto mode. In both cases, the appliance completely removed dried tea stains from our hard floors in three passes. It’s a good alternative if you’ve run out of cleaning solution or simply forgot to add it to the tank before topping up with clean water.
On Auto, we found the battery lasted for just shy of 35 minutes until it needed recharging, but when we switched to Max mode this reduced to 25 minutes.
Our decibel meter registered 68db when used on Auto Mode and 70db when the appliance was switched to Max mode, or the self-cleaning program had been activated, which is the same amount of noise as a dishwasher creates when mid-cycle, and in our eyes is an acceptable level.
Tineco Floor One S5 Pro 2: Care and maintenance
The Floor One S5 Pro 2 has a 1.5-gallon dirty water tank, which we found needed emptying after we’d been using the vacuum and washer for 15 minutes on Auto mode, and six minutes on Max mode. In both cases, just 30 seconds after we emptied the dirty water, the vacuum nagged us to refill the clean water tank, so we’d recommend doing them both together.
When it does need emptying (an occurrence that’s indicated by the appliance stopping working, a red light on the display and a voice prompt), the task is extremely simple. Remove the canister using the integrated release button, take off the top and then tip the dirty water straight into your toilet - you could opt for the sink but that will leave the debris vacuumed from your floor in your sink - something we prefer not to deal with.
During testing, we didn’t find any dirt or hair getting stuck in the canister, but if this does happen, Tineco has included a brush that ensures you can dislodge these items.
As we’ve already mentioned, the vacuum and washer comes with brush rollers and two dry filters, as Tineco recommends these should be cleaned and dried after every use, so the appliance won’t be out of action while this is happening. There’s a handy self-cleaning feature which can be activated when the vacuum is on its charging base, to make the cleaning process slightly less hands-on.
Additional cleaning solution and replacement parts such as the brush roller are available direct from Tineco and there’s a warranty that’ll cover the vacuum for defects within the first two years.
Tineco Floor One S5 Pro 2: Price and availability
- $599.99 / £629.99
This is the most expensive of the four models that make up Tineco’s Floor One S5 range in the US (there’s only one S5 model in the UK), and at $599.99 / £629 it's certainly at the more expensive end of the cordless vacuum market - matching the price tags found on Dyson and Shark models. At time of writing, the Floor One S5 Pro 2 was discounted by $60 in the US, with its RRP being listed as $599.99.
The Floor One S5 is priced at $499.99 and offers the same ability to mop and vacuum, but it doesn’t feature the suction-only mode found on the S5 Pro 2, nor is there the ability to electrolyze tap water for natural deep clean.
Alongside the Floor One S5 and Floor One S5 Pro 2, is the Floor One S5 Combo for $449.99, which can be converted into a handheld device that can vacuum up dry materials. Finally, this is joined by the Floor One S5 Steam, which uses steam, rather than a cleaning fluid to remove stubborn stains and grease from your floors.
All of the models are available from Tineco direct as well as Amazon.
Tineco Floor One S5 Pro 2: User reviews
At the time of writing, the Tineco Floor One S5 Pro 2 had an overall rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon, with 85% of reviewers giving it either 4 or 5 stars. The floor cleaner was praised for its cleaning performance: “This wet vacuum has really turned my least favorite chore of mopping my floors into something I don't mind at all. It is quick, painless and easy to do!”.
The edge-cleaning impressed many reviewers, with one saying it “definitely gets closer to the wall than the previous vacuum”. However, the battery life divided owners, with one commenting that they can only just clean an area of “700 ft square without recharging it”.
Others meanwhile felt the voice prompts were “pretty useless” and according to one user was hard to hear and the vacuum “will not repeat it”.
Tineco Floor One S5 Pro 2: What the experts say
We spoke to a product manager at Tineco, who explained that the Floor One S5 Pro 2 was launched following feedback from users of its previous hard floor vacuum and washer, the Floor One S3.
“We've received many comments and suggestions for this product [Floor One S3]. Then we started improving it to meet every user's needs,” he said, explaining how the Floor One S5 Pro 2 was born.
“We are always trying to improve and provide a better user experience, such as LCD display, suction mode, large water tanks, etc. And we always believe that every improvement will help this industry get better”.
Should you buy the Tineco Floor One S5 Pro 2?
If you have hard floors in your home and want to cut your cleaning time with a device that can mop as well as suck up dirt and debris, this Tineco model is worth the investment. Easy to use, it offers good pick up for both fine and larger debris, and has a self-cleaning program that makes maintaining the appliance a hand-off task too.
However, as it doesn’t have a suction mode that doesn’t use water, it isn’t suitable for carpet and it lacks a scrubbing function to remove ground-in stains. It’s also fairly pricey, and the same as what you’d expect to pay for brands such as Dyson and Shark. But if it's within your budget, it’s worth the investment.
How does the Tineco Floor One S5 Pro 2 compare to competitors?
There’s not a huge range of vacuum/mops on the market right now - in fact the only competitor we’ve reviewed at time of writing is the Ultenic AC1 Cordless Wet Dry Vacuum, which at $379/ £239.99 is cheaper than Tineco’s model. However, it lacks the same level of premium design, and the self-cleaning program isn’t as thorough.
In comparison, the Yeedi vac 2 pro is an entry-level robot vacuum cleaner and mop that’s more affordable at $359 / £459.99 but it can only vacuum or mop, not do both simultaneously, and it can’t clean itself. We think you’d get more value from the Ultenic, especially if you only want to clean up a quick spill.
Alternatively, there’s a wide range of steam mops on the market that do a great job of using water to wash hard floors but don’t offer the suction of a vacuum. The Shark Lift-Away Pro Steam Pocket Mop is one of the more expensive models at $175 / $149.99 but it converts into a handheld steamer.