Chinese tech giant Xiaomi has been making steps into the robot vacuum market. For their entry-level robot vacuum, they have done a solid job at producing a reliable and effective robot vacuum with solid technology. Looking at everything from cleaning technology to design and battery life, this article will overview the best of the Xiaomi robot vacuum.
Xiaomi has adopted the standard circular shape in a simple white. There is a bumper ring that protects the robot vacuum and obstacles in your home, although they promise to maintain a 1cm distance from your walls. The top side of the Xiaomi robot vacuum has a couple of buttons, one for Power and one for changing modes. At the front end, there is a turret that hosts the Laser Distance Sensor which is part of the navigation technology.
Dimensions & Weight
The dimensions of the Xiaomi are very standard for a robot vacuum, measuring at 13.6 x 13.6 x 3.8 inches and it weighs 8.4 lbs. For comparison, Roombas are normally 13.9 x 13.9 x 3.6 inches.
The cleaning specs of the Xiaomi Mi robot are very respectable providing solid results. To start with, the brushless motor has a max 1800Pa which makes it more than capable of cleaning carpets. As it progresses through cleaning, the main brush on the base of the robot vacuum will automatically adust its height to create the tightest seal with the floor possible.
There is a spinning brush on the underside of the front edge of the robot vacuum that pushes dirt and debris into the path of the main brush. Using the smart map it produces through its navigation technology, the robot will travel and look for dirt and debris to clean.
Xiaomi has created three-mode functions; quiet, active and standard mode. It is pretty self-explanatory what these mean. Quiet mode isn’t exactly dead silence but it is somewhat of an improvement. The dustbin of th Xiaomi robot vacuum is 0.42 litres which isn’t particularly big yet should be adequate to complete the job at hand.
A highlight of the Xiaomi robot vacuum is its Intelligent path planning and memory layout. Its Laser Distance Sensor measure 1800 times/second and builds a map of your home to ensure the most efficient cleaning routes. The robot as a whole uses 12 sensors incoherence for this path planning. Effectively, you could probably compare this to the Roombas 960 and 980’s iAdapt 2.0 and VLSAM & Mapping technology.
The battery of the Xiaomi robot vacuum is one of the most powerful you can get. With a capacity of 5,200 mAh, there really aren’t many robot vacuums with such a highly charged battery. Although, this number isn’t important, its the actual run time and juice you get that really counts.
One charge will power the robot for up to 2 hours 30 mins, which is indeed towards the top end of what robot vacuums can muster. Typical run time for a robot vacuum is around 1 to 1 hour 30 mins, whilst the biggest and best can go for 3 hours. The charge time of the Xiaomi Mi is around 2 to 3 hours.
The Mi Home app was created by Xiaomi to be a hub of control for their smart home devices. Although some users complain about the app not being user-friendly, it is highly capable of getting the task at hand done. With the app you set up and connect the robot vacuum then you have a new remote by which to control the device. For example, you start cleaning or select a cleaning mode through the app.
Being a Chinese device with almost all corresponding information in Mandarin, the Xiaomi Mi robot vacuum is quite a hard model to decipher. Although there isn’t a huge amount of information in English about it, it does have a very solid track record of performing to a high standard and being proficient at cleaning. An interesting choice of robot vacuum to consider. If you want something that is cheap for what it is and don’t mind not having English descriptions, then this could be for you.