Xiaomi Mi Roborock Vacuum Review –
One Of The Best Robots In Business?
The Xiaomi Mi robot is an exceptional vacuum cleaner assembled in China, offering higher suction power and extended battery life within a very reasonable price tag. Xiaomi is a well-known Chinese brand associated with high-quality smartphones, laptops, and other consumer electronics. The company is also into smart sneakers, wearable devices and, apparently, very well made vacuuming robots. Xiomi Mi Roborock is a new edition in their ever expanding and improving line of Robot Vacuum Cleaners. Let’s have a look at it:
Roborock Mi Design And Features
When it comes to design, the Mi Robot looks very classic and classy at the same time. Unlike other high-end robot vacuum cleaners, the Xiaomi Mi does not use any metal or any other fancy material, instead. It feels a bit plasticky but it is nothing to worry about in real life. It suits it well and it doesn’t negatively impact the looks of the vacuum. It sticks to the highly popular oval shape, unlike Neato’s robot, for example, and it only weighs 14.5lbs.
There are two main buttons on top of the cleaner – one to turn it on and another to initiate the cleaning session. The Mi robot can be managed easily through its mobile app, but at the time of this review, only the Chinese version was available. The release date of the English version was announced but I’m not sure whether that was completed already or not. I’ll keep you posted if there is any news about it.
Packing is pretty basic and it includes no extra accessories whatsoever except for a charging cable. There are not over the top bells and whistles, but Xiaomi is aware of the fact that keeping the product simple but efficient is the best way to tap the market, especially for the price they’re selling it.
Xiaomi Vacuum Battery Life And Charging
The MI Robot comes standard with a 5200mAh lithium-ion battery pack which is capable of continuous vacuuming hard and carpet floors for up to two and a half hours.
This is class-leading battery life and at the moment, there is no other robot vacuum to top the battery autonomy of the Mi Robot Vacuum.
When the battery about to be depleted, the Mi vacuum goes back to its dock for recharging automatically. I had one for testing in the office and managed to find its way home without trouble every time during the two weeks of testing I’ve put it through.
The Mi robot is impressive and very much awesome in terms of battery life and autonomous cleaning. It can cover up to 2700 sq ft area on a single battery charge, which can easily address the needs of almost all medium and small-sized homes. Of course, like all robots, it can’t really climb stairs, but it should be able to clean in one charge most single-story houses without an issue.
Probably the coolest thing about the Mi Robot is that, after finding the docking station and recharging itself, it will restart the cleaning cycle from the same spot that it left off. Some robots are unable to remember where did they left off for recharge and will restart cleaning from the very beginning. Well, the Xiaomi isn’t one of these vacuums and it is intelligent enough the continue cleaning from the same spot that it left off when it went back for a recharge. How cool is that?
The Mi Robot has a bit of a smaller dust bin as compared to Roomba or Neato. It can gather and store 14oz of dust and fibers. It is not a lot of space, meaning that you’ll have to empty the bin more often. However, the bin is readily accessible and it takes only a few seconds to take it out and dump it in the trash. It also incorporates a sensor in dustbin which notifies you when dust bin is full, which is a very convenient feature and few robots have it. Most of the “big” brands in the Xiaomi price range doesn’t have the function and they’ll keep you guessing how full the dust bin leading to reduced suction power and inefficient cleaning.
The Xiaomi Roborock robot incorporates more computing power and sensors than most of the competitors on the market. It actually compares to some of the top end models Roomba ut without carrying the excessive price tag.
It uses a dozen different sensors for navigation throughout your home. The sensors include a cliff sensor, an ultrasonic radar sensor, a gyroscope, and an accelerometer. To help the SLAM movement algorithm, it has three dedicated processors. It also features an electronic compass and a speedometer. But perhaps the most striking of all features is the laser distance sensor, which allows The Mi robot to scan its surroundings horizontally up to 1,800 times in a second, a leader in its class. It uses the same laser LIDAR technology that self-driving cars like Tesla are using. Talk about advancements in the vacuuming world.
The Xiaomi Roborock navigation is superb. It initially maps the room and then it starts cleaning it methodically and thoroughly. You can even map out separate rooms and then you can just tell Alexa to go clean the bathroom, for example, and the Mi vacuum will obey the order and it’ll go clean just the bathroom – it knows where it is and can separate it from the rest of the house. How cool is that?
There are also a total of four cliff sensors are also present to prevent it from falling from stairs and such. That means if you leave it leaning on the top floor that it won’t fall over and smash itself falling down the stairs.
Filters And Cleaning
The airflow cyclones of in the Mi Robot are cleverly sealed, so the smaller dust particles and allergens will settle in the huge HEPA filter, instead of shooting back in the air, causing allergies and whatnot. The HEPA filtration works nice and efficiently, but unfortunately, the filter is not that easy to clean or replace.
There are no extra filters in the box so you’ll have to buy those separately. They’re not expensive or anything like that, but for the price you pay, it would be nice to have a few if they ever need replacing.
Mi Robot Vacuum Warranty
Now, that’s the tricky part.
Warranty and support of the Xiaomi Mi vacuum widely vary depending on where did you purchase the vacuum from. When it first came out, the Mi vacuum was only available through Chinese retailers like AliExpress and GearBest, for example. Today, that’s no longer the case and Amazon sells the vacuum with the full Amazon customer support experience.
Originally, the Xiaomi comes with a 12 months manufacturer’s warrant for defects and craftsmanship, but if you buy it from Amazon, you’ll be able to return or replace it hassle free via their impeccable customer support. I’d highly recommend buying it from the link below just to make sure you get genuine Xiaomi product at the best price possible.
Xiaomi Vacuum Cleaning Performance
As I mentioned above, the Mi vacuum is pretty simple in looks, but don’t let that fool you. It is a very capable model on par with some of the high-end robots from the likes of Roomba, Neato, Samsung and the lies of them.
The Mi vacuum counts on a single side brush that leads dirt and dust to the suction channel, which is then hoovered up into the dustbin. The suction power is really strong, but not enough to overthrow the sucking king – Dyson Eye 360. Don’t let that fool you – the Mi is strong enough to suck up even the most stubborn particles and dust off most floors anyway.
It brushes tight corners perfectly as well and it does it by staying at least one cm distance from walls and other solid things. There is no hard bumping and damaging the side skirts in the house.
Another fantastic feature of Xiaomi’s Mi robot is that it can adjust its height. By measuring the surface it is about the clean, it can raise or lower its brush roll height accordingly. That means it can sweep up and vacuum both hard floors, carpets, rugs and other tricky surfaces. It doesn’t get stuck very easy either – some of the rugs at the house have some messy ends with loose treads – no issue whatsoever.
It cleans very well almost all kinds of surfaces. The wheels come with independent suspensions helping it to avoid obstacles. Independently, it can climb slopes up to 15 degrees.
Pros Of The Xiaomi Mi Vacuum
Cons Of The Xiaomi Mi Vacuum
The Xiaomi Mi Vacuum is probably the most underrated robot vacuum on the market at the moment. While it initially was being offered at around the $200 mark, now it is, unfortunately, significantly higher. I’d assume people just realized how great of a vacuum that it is for the money and the demand for it drove the price up.
Overall, it is a fantastic robot with a top of the line navigation, adequate cleaning power, a decent app, and VERY lucrative price tag. It is no wonder that it is one of the top picks on our best robot vacuums list that can be found right here.
The only REAL downside is the aftermarket support you can get from Xiaomi. After all, they are a company based in China and still not quite established anywhere else. The only real option to get any sort of warrant or support is to buy from Amazon and hope you don’t get into any sort of trouble. If Amazon can’t resolve the issue you might have to post it to Xiaomi in China and that might take quite a while for them to receive and ship it back. Might be better to just return it to Amazon and hope for a quick refund or replacement your way.
If you can live with that and have some experience with Xiaomi’s magnificent mobile phones, the Xiaomi Roborock vacuum is a fantastic bargain that offers high-end feature and a very mid-level price, if that.
Overall, a HIGHLY recommended robot vacuum!