ILIFE V1 Review: As Bare Bones As You Get
This robot is the most basic of all the ILIFE robots I’ve tested and today you’ll see what this robot is all about – what it can do plus some of the features that it lacks which will hopefully help you decide whether or not to purchase this product.
It is actually the cheapest of all the ILIFE products I’ve tested – around $15 cheaper than the V5 but I must warn you that this does not come with any remote or a charging base so when this robot runs out of battery you will have to manually plug in the charger.
This is a big downside since there will be more involvement from you. The good news is, it has the same cleaning performance as other ILIFE vacuums and as you’ll see in the video recordings below, performance does not suffer even it is the most basic.
Want to find out more? Well let’s start out with the features:
- Dual filter system – a primary mesh plus a HEPA filter to prevent allergens from coming back out
- 300 ml dust box capacity
- 70 to 90 minute run time
- 200 to 250 minute charge time
- Less than 3 inches tall (2.95 inches to be exact)
- Has 4 spare HEPA filters included plus 2 extra side brushes
- Equipped with the OBS all-terrain detection system that protects furniture from getting scratched
- Cliff sensors ensure that this robot does not fall off cliff points like stairs
- One year warranty (see details here)
- Cheapest of the all the ILIFE robot vacuums
- Measures less than 3 inches tall which means it will fit under a lot of furniture and clean hard to clean dust bunnies
- Has HEPA filtration
- Does a good job of not hitting furniture hard during my tests
- No charging dock included and no remote
- You cannot schedule this robot to clean on its own
- After battery runs out you will have to plug in the charger (not as hands free as I would like it to be)
What to expect from the bare bones ILIFE V1?
This robot is the very definition of bare bones – it comes with the bare essentials that will allow it to clean your home but it lacks several features that may make you want to think twice before buying this considering the minimal price difference between this and the ILIFE V5.
Here’s a close up of the “clean” button.
As you’ve notice in the two photos above, this robot has only a single clean button. This activates the default cleaning cycle of the robot. The interface doesn’t allow you to schedule, do edge or spot cleaning.
It is as simple as it gets.
Underneath you pretty much get the same layout as the X5, V5 and V5 Pro meaning, it has a narrow inlet flanked by two side brushes.
It does not have any motorized brush which make this more suitable on hard floors rather than carpet.
No Charging Dock
First off this robot does not have any charging dock, I was a disappointed with the omission because I know what this means – after every cleaning cycle you will have to manually plug the charger.
I’ve also tested the charging base of the V5 and see if it will work but it does not. The V1 will not go back to the charging base after using up its battery.
Here’s how the plug looks like…
Another omission would be the lack of a remote which really isn’t a big deal since pressing the clean button does not take a lot of effort.
The biggest downer though would be the lack of the scheduling feature that makes robot vacuums such a useful tool in keeping our homes clean.
That means every day you’ll have to get up every day unplug the robot from the charger and press the clean button. The few extra steps may or may not be a deal breaker for you but that is completely subjective.
The smaller battery size means that it will run shorter – between 70 to 90 minutes and will take between 200 and 250 minutes to fully charge.
It also comes with a HEPA filter plus 4 extra inside the box.
Bare Floor Performance
As you’ve seen in the video above this robot has pretty good cleaning performance despite the lack of extra features that its more expensive counterparts have.
It managed to clean 47 out of the 50 grams of oats and powder scattered on the floor before I prematurely stopped it. Some of it when over the door stopper area that the robot could not reach, other small bits where left in the middle.
You can use the coupon codes “ILIFEV1EU” if you’re buying from the EU warehouse and “ILIFEV1LA” if you’re buying from the LA warehouse.
It would be difficult for me to recommend this robot not because it isn’t a good produce but because it lacked key features you need from a robot vacuum for it to function at its full potential.
The V1 lacks a charging dock that it would go to automatically after every cleaning cycle and a remote that will allow you to schedule it to clean on its own without you having to press the clean button every single time.
Performance wise, it held its own even against its more feature-rich siblings that have remotes and charging stations. Remember that this robot is only $15 cheaper than the V5 and given that it lacks the features I mentioned above I’d go with the latter.