We are heading towards automation. There are restaurants in the world that have no waiters and the food is served by robots. As the world moves towards automation, there are pressing problems that people face that can be automated. For that reason, a company called Roomba came up with self-cleaning robots. There are circular discs that clean up the mess in your house.
Over time, these robots became better at cleaning and navigating the house with the power of AI. But there has always been once pressing the issue with these devices and that’s the price.
The value generated for the price wasn’t enough and that’s why a company like Roomba wasn’t able to make a bigger deal out of these devices.
But then came Xiaomi.
Xiaomi Vacuum Cleaner 2
Xiaomi has always been known for taking a product and drastically reducing the price without affecting the quality. And they’ve done the same thing for a robot cleaner.
We cover the Xiaomi Mi Smart Robot Vacuum Cleaner in this review and we summarize whether it’s a good buy or not!
Inside the Box
Inside the box, you get the Robot Vacuum Cleaner, The Adapter and a Charging Dock. The Charging Dock is this small device that is placed on the floor, where the robot vacuum cleaner automatically places itself and starts charging. This is a pretty nifty device.
The design of the Mi Smart Robo Vacuum is pretty simple and elegant. It’s how most Roombas look. It has a pristine white finish that looks like most Xiaomi devices. The best part is, it looks elegant and will not look glaring or bad at your home.
On the top, there is a home button and the power on button. The device can be turned on from there or through the app. The base of the Robot Vacuum Cleaner has the sweeper which basically performs the functions of a broom.
There is a strong suction at the base and also the vacuum cleaner has shock absorbers so that it can navigate through uneven terrain.
It might look like a plain and simple design, but it has various sensors built-in, which are Laser Distance Sensor, Wall Sensor, Dustbin Sensor, Collision sensor, Ultrasonic Radar Sensor.
In the down panel, there are more sensors that are fan speed sensor, electronic compass, cliff sensor, gyroscope, accelerometer, Drop sensor and speed meter.
This is one of those devices that looks great and has numerous functions in a very simple setup.
Function and Use
Now let’s get to how the Smart Robot Vacuum Cleaner works.
Now you might think this is just a glorified vacuum cleaner, but that is just putting it mildly. The Mi Smart Robot Vacuum Cleaner is a computer vacuum cleaner.
It has a Laser Distance Sensor which scans the entire room or your entire house and maps how your house looks. It scans 1800 times per second. The software inside which is called Simultaneous Localization and Mapping is an algorithm that figures out the most efficient path for cleaning the house. This is important because this is a device that runs on battery, it needs to cover a good distance before it runs out of power.
The Intelligent Route Planning ensures that the robot takes a Z path approach to clean your house. When you open the app, you can see the real-time path taken by the robot to clean your house.
It has a 3-dimensional cleaning system which ensures it cleans up everything that is dust, granules and other crud in the house.
The App is not only for show but also has other features such as manual control, where you can guide the robot to clean a particular portion of the house. This is my favourite part because more often than not, I know where my house is dirty and I want it to be clean.
So when I am out of the house, I let the smart Robot Vacuum to do whatever, but when I’m in the house I manually lift the cleaner and set it up in one spot, where it can clean that area. This is much better for me and makes my life super easy.
The battery is a 5200 mAh, which in my personal opinion is a bit less. This gives you 2.5 hours of cleaning continuously. If you want to know how much distance it can cover in that time, then it is 250 sqm.
If you are wondering, the quality of the cleaner and what it can clean out. It can clean out, steel beads, soybeans, dust, millets. Looking at these items, it’s pretty clear it can clean out sizeable debris.
But the problem is, it doesn’t clean wet grease or wet puddles and this is a problem for many people. So the best way to use this cleaner is to actually use it as a sweeper and then you use a mopper after the robot vacuum’s work is done.
The Xiaomi Mi Smart Robot Vacuum is a bit of a hit or a miss. It depends completely on your requirements. As a complete, all-out cleaning tool, it does not do much, because it cleans out onyl dry dirt and dust. In my house, we clean the floor with a broom and remove any dust particles, fallen hair, dead skin cells and other dry dirt before we mop.
In this particular activity, the Xiaomi Smart Robot Vacuum Cleaner succeeds exceedingly well. This means, I don’t have to waste my time with a broom, cleaning up the dust, I just have to mop. So I save around 20 minutes on a daily basis and retain my energy as well.
I save around 2 hours a week by using the Smart Robot Vacuum Cleaner.
Finally is it worth the price?
Considering I can use this device for at least 4 to 5 years, that means I save hundreds of hours and effort over many years, which makes this product absolutely worth it.
- Automated House Mapping
- Automated trajectory planning
- 360-degree cleaning technology
- Completely automated, no intervention required
- Works with an app which can be controlled
- Cleans up major dry dust and particles
- 2.5 hours of continuous cleaning
- Much cheaper than the rivals
- Does not clean wet waste
- Can be a tad expensive
- Good only for small houses