Last updated on January 10th, 2019 by Garrick Dee

ILIFE Robot Vacuum Comparison

Buying a robot vacuum in 2013 would entail spending at least $500 for something that has decent navigation and cleaning features.

Two brands – iRobot and Neato dominate this niche but upstarts like ILIFE provide consumers with a cheaper alternative.

Dyson also has entered the fray but it hasn’t been as successful at least in Amazon.

All the brands I mentioned above are really good in their own right.

Each of them equipped with state of the art features, namely the S.L.A.M. algorithm which is the brains behind how these robots navigate.

This is the same feature used in the Google driving car.

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Manufacturers are pushing the envelope in terms of innovation but at an insane cost.

The Dyson 360 Eye for instance costs $1,000 and the Roomba 980 will set you back around $900.

It will be more expensive if you buy retail!

Let me introduce to you a new brand that caught my eye as I was looking in Amazon for cheaper options for consumers who cannot afford to spend close to a $1,000 on a robot vacuum.

The ILIFE robot vacuum is one of the more affordable robotic vacuums available right now in the market with 9 variants that cost between $100 and $200 when you buy it direct from GearBest.com.

Some variants are available in Amazon but a bit more expensive.

We compare all 7 variants (and counting) to give you a bird’s eye view on how each performs, the features, pros and cons and so on.


Spec comparison

Model
A4S
A6
A8
X5
V5
V5S Pro
V7
V7S Pro
V8S Pro
ILIFE A4S
ILIFE A6
ILIFE A8
ILIFE X5
ILIFE V5
ILIFE V5S PRO
ILIFE V7
ILIFE V7S Pro
ILIFE V8S Pro
Run time
120 - 150 mins.
160 mins.
160 mins.
90 mins.
120 mins.
2.76
120 - 150 mins.
140 mins.
100 mins.
Power
700 - 1,000Pa
950 - 1000Pa
950 - 1000Pa
550Pa - 850Pa
600Pa
550Pa - 850Pa
400Pa
400Pa
N/A
Diameter (inches)
12.2
12.01
12.01
11.81
11.79
11.81
13.39
13.39
12.99
Height (inches)
2.99
3.15
3.15
3.03
2.75
2.76
3.15
3.15
3.18
Number of
side brushes
2
2
2
2
2
2
1
1
1
Cleaning radius
180 - 200 sq.m.
180 - 200 sq.m.
180 - 200 sq.m.
180 sq.m.
120 - 150 sq.m.
90 - 150 sq.m.
80 - 150 sq.m.
150 - 200 sq.m.
150 - 200 sq.m.
Noise
≤ 65dB
≤ 65dB
≤ 65dB
≤ 65dB
≤ 55db
≤ 54db
N/A
55 - 60db
55 - 60db
Cleaning modes
(1) Auto clean
(2) Spot clean
(3) Edge clean
(4) Mini-room
(5) Schedule
(1) Auto clean
(2) Spot clean
(3) Edge clean
(4) Mini-room
(5) Schedule
(1) Auto clean
(2) Spot clean
(3) Edge clean
(4) Mini-room
(5) Schedule
(1) Auto clean
(2) Spot clean
(3) Edge clean
(4) Schedule
(5) Mopping
(1) Auto clean
(2) Spot clean
(3) Edge clean
(4) Schedule
(1) Auto clean
(2) Spot clean
(3) Edge clean
(4) Schedule
(5) Mopping
(1) Auto clean
(2) Spot clean
(3) Edge clean
(4) Schedule
(5) Mopping
(1) Auto clean
(2) Spot clean
(3) Edge clean
(4) Schedule
(5) Mopping
(1) Auto mode
(2) Point mode
(3) Border mode
(4) Path mode
(5) Mopping mode
(6) Self-charge mode
HEPA filter
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
Motorized brush
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Remote
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Charging base
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Smartphone app
No
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
No
Virtual wall
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
Dust Box Capacity
0.45L
0.3L
0.3L
0.3L
0.3L
0.3L
0.5L
0.5L
0.75L
Wet mopping
No
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Water Tank Capacity
No
No
No
0.3L
No
0.3L
No
0.45L
0.3L
Dry mopping
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Battery
2500mAh
2500mAh
2500mAh
2500mAh
2500mAh
2500mAh
2500mAh
2500mAh
2600mAh
Charge time
N/A
less than 300 mins.
less than 300 mins.
less than 5 hrs.
N/A
280 mins.
N/A
300 mins.
200-350 mins.
Warranty
Price

But first let’s look at the basic features that all of these robot vacuums have in common.

Navigation

I can say that all of these robots move around the same but I can’t since each one has its own quirk. I’ll not bore you with a long explanation, instead I’ve recorded videos of each of the variants navigate around a same room.

Depending on what variant you select, the pre-programmed modes installed will be different (please refer to the table above for the exact modes included on each of the variants. Below are the how each of the modes work.

If you look at their website, the terminologies they used are different to avoid further confusion I’ve asked a representative to if some of the terms they used are in fact the same.

Auto

This is the default cleaning mode of all ILIFE robots.

When you press the clean button the robot moves a few feet from the charging station and scans the entire room.

Based on the eye-test, the navigation system used here is very similar to the iRobot which means it goes in a random direction.

According to GearBest their robots use a set of wall sensors and five IR receivers to detect and avoid obstacles. It also features cliff sensors to prevent it from falling off stairs.

Edge

In this mode, the robot will focus on cleaning along the edges of the room. This is where the two side brushes come in handy.

Even in this mode, the robot still goes back to its default random cleaning mode.

Spot

In this mode, the robot will clean a very small area in a spiral motion.

This feature is great for cleaning a small and messy area.

Manual

Only variants with a remote included have this feature.

In essence, the robot vacuum will turn into a Remote Controlled cleaner going where you want it to go.

When I tested this out, it isn’t as polished as I hoped it would be because the robot will turn at 15 degree angles and it still goes through it default cleaning mode.

So you’ll be wrestling with the robot’s computer for control.

I’m not a big fan of this feature because robot cleaners shouldn’t have a lot of human intervention but it does have its uses.

Scheduling

This is where you set the time when you want the robot to clean automatically.

Take note that you can only set one fixed time for the whole week and it will clean at the same time every day.

Out of the 7 variants, only the V1 does not have a scheduling feature.


Cleaning Performance

Over the past few months I’ve recorded several videos testing these robots and see how they perform cleaning bare floor surfaces. I’m not going to go into detail about each of these videos as I’ve already done so in the video description and individual product reviews themselves.

If there’s one common theme out of all these videos, its that the ILIFE robot performed very well even against the more expensive Xiaomi Robot Vacuum. It didn’t pick up every since piece of debris but it picked up a majority of it.

All of these tests involve big messes, something that a robot vacuum will not encounter everyday but it is nice to see that even with this type of mess these robots will be able to handle it and not buckle to the challenge.


Side brush-es

Out of the 7 robots here, the A4, X5 and V5 Pro of them have two side brushes – both the V7 and V7S have only one side brush while the rest have two.


Mopping

With the exception of the V1 and A4, the rest of the robots in the ILIFE product line has mop.

The V5 and V7 does not come with a water tank so these two variants are only capable of dry mopping (or damp mopping if you soak and wring the microfiber pad).

Out of the 7, the V7S Pro has the largest and most advanced water tank.

Here are links to the videos of the mopping in action

You will notice from all these videos that the ILIFE does not have the advanced scrubbing action found in the iRobot Braava mops rather it uses the same random navigation pattern but only with the vacuum motor turned off.

It works well for maintenance clean ups on sealed surfaces such as tile.

However it will not scrub off dried up stains which is a downside.


Height

If you have a lot of furniture at home with low clearances like beds then you will appreciate this feature.

All ILIFE robots stand less than 3.15 inches tall – around .45 inches shorter than the Roomba and .75 inches shorter than the Neato BotVac.

The V5 Pro is the shortest of the bunch measuring just 2.76” tall and both V7 variants are the tallest at 3.15”.


Battery

All variants use a 2,600 mAh lithium ion battery that will last between 90 and 180 minutes depending on the variant. Using a lithium ion battery means less fade as the charge level goes down.

The run time will be good enough to clean up to 500 square centimeters.

Charging time will be around 300 minutes, regardless of variant.


Virtual Wall

This virtual wall is a similar design to the Roomba which means it sends an infrared signal that “blocks” tells the robot not to enter a certain area. In essence this device acts like a wall that blocks the path of the robot.

ILIFE X5 virtual wall

For a robot vacuum at this price range, it is a nice added feature.

Only the X5 has the virtual wall feature included.

Now let’s look at each variant closely and look at their features one by one.


ILIFE V1

In terms of features, the V1 is the cheapest of the 7 robots in this list but take note that it also has the least amount of features.

The only reason I could give you to buy this robot is the price.

Unfortunately the ILIFE V1 has be discontinued and no longer is available.

But don’t worry being entry level isn’t bad at all because this robot retains all the navigation and cleaning performance of its more expensive siblings like the X5, V5 and V5 Pro.

Like all ILIFE robots, this variant does a pretty good job avoiding obstacles and even if it bumps into one, it slows down almost to a stop and it will not damage your furniture.

Low profile design

Measuring at just 2.95 inches tall, this robot will fit under most furniture.

Since this variant does not have any motorized brush, don’t expect too much in terms of cleaning carpet but I’ll have to test it to find out how well or how it does so stand by for that.

Unlike the other variants in this list that have a 2,600 mAh, this robot has a slightly smaller lithium battery at just 2,200 mAh.

Shorter run time

This simply means that this will run less – according to the GearBest site it will run between 60 to 90 minutes and will take between 200 to 250 minutes to charge.

Speaking of charging, the biggest downside to this robot is the lack of a charging dock – a device that the robot goes back to when it detects that its batteries are below 20%.

What does this mean?

This robot will simply run until it stops then you’ll have to plug in the charger on the side. It is still capable of cleaning multiple rooms but it won’t be as efficient.

Another feature lacking is the remote which isn’t a big deal for me but this means that you won’t be able to schedule the robot to clean on its own at a specified time – this is a key feature that makes robot vacuums very useful in my book.

Bottom line

If you don’t mind not having the charging dock and scheduling feature and just want a simple robotic vacuum that performs well on bare floor then you’ll get yourself a good deal with the V1. It costs a little more than $100 and one of the best value robots in my book.


A4

ILIFE A4

In terms of power, the A4 has the offers the most powerful suction of all the variants available which makes it the most efficient option for bare floor and carpet.

It features a bristle type motorized brush that will work best on low and maybe medium pile carpet along with two side brushes for edge cleaning.

Twin side brushes

These side brushes that work in unison to funnel loose dirt to the main inlet.

The only other robot vacuums I know that has more suction would be the Roomba 980 and Neato vacuums but those are at least a few hundred dollars more expensive!

Update (April 4, 2017): ILIFE has unveiled two new robotic vacuums – the A4S and A6. These two variants have upgraded motors that’s more efficient and new beater bars that improves cleaning performance.

Guess how much the A4 is. In Amazon this would cost around $210. A better deal can be found in Gearbest where it costs less than $170 depending on the type of plug.

Cheaper option to the Roomba 650

If you’re familiar with the Roomba 650 this one looks almost like it with the exception of the extra side brush.

Other elements are similar including the placement of the dirt bin.

But I’m not complaining because Roomba has long been a benchmark because of its success and copying its design wouldn’t be such a bad idea.

This variant does not have any mop attachment so it will only vacuum.

Out of the box you will get two extra side brushes and an extra HEPA filter.

Check out how the motorized brush of the A4 compares to the V7S Pro.

ILIFE A4 and V7S Brush

The V7S Pro brush is much bigger and performs better particularly on carpet.


A4S

A4S is similar in terms of design to the A4 but with a few upgrades.

These include the brushless motor, larger batteries and a bigger bearing for the motorized brush. The improvements has translated into a much longer run time.

Here’s a video I recorded where I shared the differences between the A4S and A4…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQ96X_nclpk

Surprisingly the older A4 did a better job in terms of amount of dirt picked up but it took 10 minutes longer to achieve a similar result.

Another minor improvement would be the addition of the mini-room cleaning cycle. This cycle will run shorter compared to a traditional cycle that runs until the robot’s battery runs low.

Bottom line

The A4S is the most powerful out of the 9 ILIFE products here. It is best suited on bare floor surfaces like tilehardwood or linoleum as well as low to medium pile carpet.


A6

The ILIFE A6 is the latest and with a few upgrades ILIFE robot in the line up right now. It has the Gen 2 brush-less motor that’s far more efficient than the A4 and A4S.

This translates to a longer run time of around 160 mins. according to ILIFE.

New beater bar

It has other numerous other improvements that includes a different motorized brush that does not have any bristles…

This is a radical change from the previous variants. Not having bristles makes this easier to clean. ILIFE was pretty generous in including an extra brush out of the box.

Like the A4S, this also comes with a mini-room cleaning mode that allows it to clean smaller rooms without draining the battery.

This feature will lengthen battery life to a certain extent because it runs a shorter period of time versus the default cleaning mode that runs until battery is low.

Other improvements include a “virtual wall” that allows you to block off areas you don’t want this robot to go into without having to move a piece of furniture.

In terms of size, this robot is a bit narrower but slightly taller…

Both have the same bin placement which is at the back. But the release lever is at a difference location in the A6 which is at the top. So be careful when picking up this robot from the back that you don’t touch the lever or the robot will take a tumble.

Bin capacity is slightly smaller for the A6 –  – just 0.3 liters (versus 0.45 liters).

Bottom line

The A6 is currently the latest and with a few upgrades ILIFE robot available right now. Does the price justify it’s performance? It has the new Gen-2 “CyclonePower” motor that’s brushless. This means better efficiency and longer run time. It also comes with an extra rubber brush and a virtual wall. So that’s a lot of value for the money you’ll be spending and dare I say I’d recommend this over the iRobot Roomba 650.


A8

Does the ILIFE A8 represent a change in direction of ILIFE robot vacuums?

Before it came out, all of ILIFE’s robots have random cleaning patterns.

Brand new navigation

The ILIFE A8 is totally different in terms of navigation. Instead of relying on a bunch of IR sensors to avoid furniture, it has a camera to help it navigate.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woNp8clC65g

Gone is the thorough cleaning pattern that a lot of people have come to love because it does clean well for a robot.

The A8 uses a predictable back and forth pattern that’s a sharp departure from the A6, its older sibling.

Everything in the ILIFE A6 and A8 are the same with the exception of the navigation.

To learn more about the A8 please watch this video. Make sure to watch it until the end to see the cleaning test.

Navigation not as good as the A6

To be honest, I’m not really impressed with the upgraded navigation. Yes, it was efficient but it lacks edge cleaning and thoroughness. It left a lot of dirt behind and did not clean the area around the chair well.

I had high hopes when I first got the A8 but the new navigation is a disappointment. Maybe if ILIFE can find a way to integrate the SLAM system in the A8 and improve thoroughness, it would definitely improve performance.

Bottom line

Navigation upgrade is a disappiontment to be honest. It wasn’t thorough and edge cleaning was was totally absent. If you’re looking at purchasing this please do stick with the ILIFE A6.


X5

ILIFE X5

For homes like mine that only have bare floor then the ILIFE X5 would be a smart choice.

This robot is capable of sucking up dirt and wet mopping the floor.

Take note that these two functions are separate and you cannot use these two features simultaneously.

Mop/vacuum combo

But you can you it to dry mop and vacuum – a useful combo for cleaning statically charged dust.

Suction power is less depending on the mode you use.

When you use the “super mute” mode, suction drops down to 500Pa and in the normal mode suction power goes up to 850Pa.

No beater bar

The X5 does not have the motorized brush that the A4 has so do not expect this to clean carpet. This robovac is designed for bare floor.

It comes with two distinct tools for dry sweeping and wet mopping – the dust bin and water container.

Dry and Wet Container

In terms of functionality, the water tank has a simple design principle. Water simply tickles down through two posts on each side toward the microfiber mop below.

It does not have any mechanism that regulates flow so you wouldn’t be able to leave the water tank for an extended period.

Bottom line:

The X5 is a great budget alternative as a robotic sweeper and mop. This is the best bang-for-the-buck autonomous sweeper and mop. I cannot find another brand that offers the range of features that the X5 offers but remember that this variant will not clean carpet because it does not have any motorized brush.


V5

ILIFE V5

Homes that have a lot of hardwood flooring will benefit from the dual functionality of the V5.

This variant is similar to the X5 and V5 Pro but minus the wet mopping option.

It only with a few upgrades (with the coupon code) and you’ll get a lot for your dollar. Make sure to check the coupon codes in the “where to buy section“.

It is one of the best bargains in the robot vacuum industry considering the cleaning performance and navigation.

Out of all the Chinese branded robots, the ILIFE produces one of the best products, I say this not because I got all these for free but I did pretty well in my cleaning tests.

The V5 is a step up from the bare bones ILIFE V1. Both of these robots have the same layout underneath – two side brushes flanking the vacuum inlet in the middle.

Even if the V5 is just less than $10 more expensive, you’ll get a lot of upgrades.

First upgrade would be the ability to schedule the robot to clean at the time you want once a day, 7 days a week.

The second upgrade would be the addition of a mop so you can use this to dry mop in addition to vacuuming.

You will also get two extra side brushes and two extra HEPA filters, a remote with 2 double-A batteries!

Bottom line

If you don’t need the wet mopping functionality of the X5 or the V5 Pro, this is a good option that’s cheaper. Cleaning performance would be roughly the same for this three robots so this shouldn’t be an issue.


V5S Pro

ILIFE V5 Pro

The V5 Pro is a step up from the V5 and X5.

It has around 20% more power than the V5 and around the same power as the X5.

All three have the same layout underneath, meaning it has two side brushes, suction only vacuum and a mop attachment.

Simpler layout

The X5 comes with a 4 button interface (Clean, Plan, Home and Spot) while the V5 Pro has a simpler one button LED touchscreen layout.

Another difference is the remote –  the V5 has the same remote as the V5 Pro but minus the “max” button and it does not have a water tank.

Update (May 17, 2017): ILIFE has discontinued the production of the V5 Pro and replaced it with a few upgrades. This new version has four lithium batteries, longer run time, upgraded water tank and brushless motor. The upgrades will result in better mopping and much longer run time.

Run time

On a fully charge the X5 will run for about 90 minutes while the V5 Pro will run for longer – around 140 mins (that’s over 2 hours!).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiy1BtlSvPY

Price difference between the two will be minimal. It varies depending on which warehouse you buy it from. Make sure to check this section for the latest prices.

Bottom line:

With all the upgrades I’d pick the V5S Pro over the X5 because it has more polish, longer run time, better water tank and a better scheduling feature with a few upgrades.


V7 and V7S

ILIFE V7 and V7S Side by Side

These two variants are hybrid version of the A4 and V5 Pro meaning it combines the carpet cleaning feature of the A4 to the wet mopping functionality of the V5 Pro.

Editor’s note: GearBest has now discontinued selling the ILIFE V7S in their website.

This variant was replaced by the V7S Pro with several key improvements over the V7S namely, a new water tank that regulars the flow of water from the tank to pad and the ability to schedule this to mop on its own.

To see how these two differ, watch this video…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rDJCe5RJyg

Both of these models come equipped with a combination brush tool that looks like this.

double-v brush

Brush roll is similar to what the Neato BotVac Connected has which means it has a bristle plus squeegee design that works very well cleaning pet hair.

Unfortunately it does not match the Neato in terms of suction. Out of all the variants, the V7 and V7S have the weakest suction at only 400Ps.

But it makes up for it with a wet mopping feature. Both of these have the largest dust bin of the 7 – capable of holding 0.5 liters of dry dirt.

The similarities end there.

What’s the difference between the two?

The ILIFE V7 has a smaller microfiber mop than the V7S and it does not have a water tank which means it is only capable of dry dusting.

You could spray a cleaner on the mop but don’t expect it to mop a wet mop a large area.

ILIFE V7 and V7S

The V7S maybe the most versatile of all the robots featured here because it can clean rugs, bare floor and carpet in addition to its wet mopping feature.

Only the V7 has the smartphone app

One last feature found in the V7 but not found in the V7S is the Bluetooth remote control system through a smartphone app (yes it is available for both Android and iOs phones).

To download the app, just use a QR code scanner to scan the code on the box…

QR Code

It will open the website where you can download the app.

Here’s a close look at the screen shots of the app…

App
App

This means that you can control the robot using an app in your phone.

The downside is it is only compatible with Bluetooth and not WiFi so you need to be within a certain radius.

Currently the app is only available in Chinese.

But even in its current version you don’t have to learn Chinese to use it.

When the app fires up just press the big blue button on top of the status bar to detect the robot.

Make sure the switch underneath the robot is at the on position and the on the charging base.

After the app detects the robot, click on it and it reveals an interface that looks like a remote. The icons are pretty self-explanatory.

New and Improved: the V7S Pro

ILIFE just released an upgraded version of the V7S called the V7S Pro.

So what are the updates with the “Pro”? And is it worth with a few upgrades?

The biggest upgrade from the first generation variant would be the water tank.

A GearBest rep told me that the new tank has a regulator that stops water from dripping when robot is off.

As I looked closely at the water tank, I noticed that it really isn’t a pump per se because i

It does not have any motor or any electronics in it.

The device looks more like a valve connected to a device inside the robot to less air pass through in mop mode. It’s also the same device that shuts off air flow.

Watch this video to see what I mean…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7UC2wooudk

It is pretty simple system but definitely an improvement over the previous tank.

The downside is it still retains the same navigation pattern which means the robot will just drag a mop on the floor.

It does not have the short back and forth mopping motion of a Braava so agitation won’t be as good.

In terms of cleaning performance expect the same results because it uses the same motor, brush and bin.

Bottom line

Both the V7 and V7S adds a mopping feature to their vacuum system equipped with a motorized brush. The V7 is only capable of dry mopping because it does not have a water tank while the with a few upgrades capable of cleaning bare floor and carpet as well as mopping (wet and dry).


V8S Pro

The V8S Pro is ILIFE’s latest and perhaps their best robot vacuum to date. It combines the efficient navigation in the A8 and the thoroughness of the A6 in a bigger package.

As a bonus this robot is capable of mopping thanks to the mopping attachment.

So in essence, you have a robot that has two functions as a robotic vacuum and mop.

Not a refresh but a new robot

This is not simply a refresh like the V7S Plus is to the V7S Pro but a totally new product.

It has a bigger bin and water thank capacity because both the dust bin and water tank loads from the back, not from the top as in the V7 and V7S Pro.

Better navigation

Another improvement would be navigation. Instead of using a random cleaning pattern, the V8S Pro now as a predictable back and forth pattern that combines efficiency and thoroughness.

Watch this video to see the different cleaning modes of the V8S Pro…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuyHbE2iw0Y

Unlike the first generation Xiaomi and RoboRock S50 this vacuum does not have the SLAM algorithm so it won’t be as smart.

It will not know if it has completed cleaning a section or return to home base after a predetermined number of cleaning cycles.

This robot will just clean in a predictable pattern until the battery runs low or you ask it to return to the charging station.

Cleaning performance is a strong point and it’s pretty close to high end robots like the S50.

Bottom line

The V8S Pro is one of the best ILIFE robots I’ve tested. It combines efficient back and forth navigation and thoroughness found in higher end robots like the Xiaomi. But it does not have the SLAM algorithm so won’t be as smart.


Where can you buy these?

While the ILIFE is available in large online stores like Amazon, you can get a better deal if you buy it direct from the source – at GearBest.com.

For you folks who live in the United States you can purchase the ILIFE from their US warehouse. EU consumers can purchase this direct from the EU warehouse.

This means faster shipping times, less time waiting and more time using the robot and keeping your home clean.

For the latest prices on different ILIFE variants, just click on any of the links below.

I’ve included some coupon codes that GearBest has sent me.

A4S

  • A4SJZ (CZ warehouse) – $139.99 *Can ship to most EU countries within 7 days
  • QY2CMJ4935ROH (Gray US Plug) – $145.99 *Price with coupon code

A6

A8

V5

V5S Pro

X5

V7

V7S Plus

  • V7SPLUSJZ (CZ warehouse) – $159.99 *Can ship to most EU countries within 7 days
  • (China warehouse) – $176.99 *Flash Sale (14% OFF)

V8S Pro

*  Prices listed above may change – please only use it as a guide.


Conclusion

ILIFE allows consumers to enjoy the benefits of owning a robotic vacuum without having to spend more than $250.

All these robots have roughly similar performance. Each will vary in terms of the surface it can clean, accessories, run time and motor.

V1 is the cheapest option

The V1 is the cheapest and most basic of the 9 robots available right now. It does not have a remote or a charging base so you will need to manually plug this in after every cleaning cycle.

But this robot costs less than $80 so it’s really a bargain if you ask me. It’s even cheaper than some of the stick vacuums I’ve covered in this blog.

Options for carpet

The A4 is great for bare floor and carpet thanks to the combination of power and a motorized brush. ILIFE has since released two improved versions of the A4 – the A4S and A6.

Both come with the new Gen 2 brushless motor that’s more efficient and will last longer. Brushless motors are efficient compared to their brushed counterparts so it’ll run longer. Another improvement would be the mini-room cleaning mode that allows this to clean a smaller area without using up the battery.

The A6 is the newest ILIFE product to come out and could be the best. It has a brand new brush roll that does not have bristles. Instead it has rubber flaps that resemble a tractor wheel.

This is designed for better agitation and easier maintenance since there are no more bristles where hair can wrap around. Unfortunately this is also the most expensive variant at close to $230.

Better option than the V1

The V5 is similar to the V1 but it comes with a remote and charging station that costs around $112 or around $30 more than the V1.

A better option would be the V5S Pro just in case you need the mopping function. It comes with the upgraded water tank, motor and batter that’ll run much longer. But it’ll cost roughly $50 more than the V5 and double the price of the V1.

The X5 is a cost only almost $20 less than the V5S Pro and has the same functionality but with a scheduling quirk.

Lastly, the V7 and V7S Pro have the largest dirt bins (0.5 liters) of the bunch but have the weakest motors. But performance does not suffer because it has a well-designed motorized brush. The latter has a water tank that is great for home with tile or even hardwood.

All their products come with a one year warranty and free shipping to the United States.

66 thoughts on “Chuwi ILIFE Robot Vacuum Comparison”

  1. Hey,
    how do they work on multi rooms as they do everything kinda random – do they get to any room with open doors in a flat (especially the a4?

    1. Hi Julian,

      When you run the ILIFE robot vacuum, it basically runs until it detects it is low on battery power then searches for the charging dock. I’ve tested it the doors in our home open and it does go from room to room but in a completely random pattern. For best results, I’d clean one room at a time then move to the next room, I’ve run it in one room plus the hallway, it worked decently.

      The navigation system isn’t really high tech but I’m quite impressed that it does not bump into things really hard so it’s pretty furniture safe.

      If you run it a room with the doors closed chances are it will find it’s home base. If it’s a multi-room cleaning, the odds of it going back to the base get lower. There was one time, when tested it – it couldn’t find it’s homebase and ran out of juice in the hallway. No big deal. I just bring it to the charging dock.

  2. Hi Garrick,

    Thanks for the roundup. I’ve been looking into buying an iLife Vacuum Robot but have a hard time choosing which is best for us. This helps. Still a lot of doubts though. Better higher suction power or mopping… I find all prices rather close to each other not to be a big factor. Definitely compared to the bigger, none-Chinese brands.

    Do you have any experience if the wet mopping is more than a gimmick? We have black times in the kitchen area that get/look dirty as soon as a single drops falls on the floor an gets smeared around by someone stepping in it. Although we are mainly looking for vacuum cleaning, the mopping look interesting also, … if it works. (As for the vacuum cleaning, I don’t expect a full replacement for the traditional mopping, but for something that can extend the periods in between them.)

    I’m also focused on the rolling brush somehow, even though we only have bare floors. I’m not sure if it helps or just gets stuck on the many cat hairs we have on the floor.

    Lastly, were you able to see whether replacements parts are compatible on the different models? I see you mention getting a V7 combo brush on the A4, but are the side brushes also the same. At gearbest they don’t have replacement parts for the A4 yet.

    Sorry for the many questions. You are the first one that compares all the models 😉

    Best Regards,
    Tim

    1. Hi Tim,

      I’ve tried the mop and to be honest, it isn’t my favorite feature of the robot. You wouldn’t want to use it on oily or mucky floors, it’s more like of a finishing tool that you can use on already clean floors – as a maintenance tool. Think of it as a Swiffer but a robot does it for you. One think you can do with the mop is spray some cleaning agent on it, just make sure that you’ve vacuumed the floor first before dispatching the mop.

      On bare floor I’m pretty satisfied with the performance of the X5 (it does not have any beater bar) and it’s shown me that it can pick up hair, dust bunnies and lightweight dirt. I’d run it everyday and it keeps the floors clean. If your home as bare floors I’d go with the X5 over the A4 because of the maintenance needed for the beater bar.

      Yes, all the models use the same type of side brush. They are interchangeable so I don’t see any issues with that.

      Re: A4’s spare parts, which ones can’t you find?

      1. Thanks for the answers. I could not find a box with spare parts for the A4, only for the others. Since my post, I did find it though. It’s not listed in the Robot Vacuum section only in the Household Cleaning Tools> Brushes, unlike the other ones.

  3. Hello,
    Thanks you for this great review that compare all ilife models !
    Can you make a video that show the mop in action (for exemple put some small dried stains on floor and see how it clean that :))

    P.S: I already show what you said in comment about the mop, but a video will be very useful..
    I hesitate between the v7s and the x5, i think the x5 is the best for my home (tiles only).
    thanks you very much

  4. Hey

    Thanks you for this great review!

    I just ordered an A4 and I have some questions about the replacements of Roller Brushes in the A4 (“If you need more agitation or if you have pets at home, you can swap out the bristled type of this to the combo brush of the V7S”)
    1. The 7s and the 7 has the same roller brushes? (From what I found only the 7 roller is been sold separately. it cost 7$)
    2. Do you really think it will upgrade the A4? (I have a 3 room house with a dog + trimed carpert and a baby that is thowring food on the floor).

    Thanks!!

    1. Hi Roey, Thanks for the feedback. I stand corrected, I just got a sample of the V7S that has the double V brushes. I took it off and tried it on the A4 and it does not fit. If the brushes wear out on your A4 make sure to purchase the same brushes.

  5. Hi Garrick

    do you know if both V7 and V7s have same dust bin with same filters?
    i am after primary filter (plastic bent when i was drying it close to a heater :s)
    so no whole cleaner can’t function
    i can only find filter for V7, and support at Gearbest does not exist [random replies for anything i write to them]

    Cheers

  6. Hi Garrick,
    Thanks for your great work !!
    I wish my robot to be able to clean a carpet and I don’t interest with the wet mopping feature as I heard that it doesn’t really work well.
    Thus, it seems that A4 robot is the best suitable for me relative to the V7 robot, as the A4 has much strong vacuum power and equipped with 2 side brushes.
    The X5 and V5PRO robots are less suitable, mainly because they have low vacuum power and small dust cabin capacity.

    What would you recommend for me to order, the A4 or V7 ?
    Thanks,
    Yaron

    1. Hi Yaron, the A4 more than doubles the V7 in terms of power when you turn on the max feature that increases suction in expense of the noise. While I like the beater bar of the V7 better, performance wise it is hard to beat the A4 on carpet because of power and agitation.

      Actually the X5 and V5S has more powerful motors than the V7 but it does not have any beater bar so it’s pretty much useless on carpet.

  7. Hi Garrick
    i have received the filter and fitted perfectly, but now i face another problem: V7s refuses to vacuum clean! Wet mopping works fine,but once i change to dust bin and press clean, it beeps back and does nothing.
    Condition: cleaner on the charged, light is constant green
    press “Clean” button from the remote and it beeps 2 short beeps, then 1second delay and another beep
    light deems quickly, changes to yellow and then back to constant green.

    any idea?

    thanks in advance

  8. What is your advise between the A4 en V5S, on tile floor without carpets.

    Is the mob function a usefull thing on the 5Vs / (pro)? (not for spills i know).

    And is the underneath brush on the A4 making it a much better machine. (And again no carpets in the room).

  9. Phil from Belgium

    Hi Garrick,
    First thanks for comparing all this models , GREAT job , much appreciated.
    It helped us to made discussion.
    Finally we bought the A4
    Arrived this week / nice post & packing to Belgium Europe 🙂
    For now we have tested our “pet” (we call it our robo-dog) to clean in automatic mode.
    Wondering what’s the average time of the Chuwi A4 to vacuum-clean a regular room ?
    It looks as he spent a lot of time, not sure … maybe he has a “learn” function or something like that for first time cleaning ???

    Hope you have the answer?

    Thanks in advance,
    Phil from Belgium

    1. Hi Phil,

      Great to hear from you! Unfortunately the A4 does not have that feature :(. It mainly uses IR (or infrared sensors) to avoid obstacles and not bump into objects hard. This robot isn’t equipped with the SLAM algorithm, adaptive navigation system or any cameras which means it will simply run until the battery runs low (that usually takes 2+ hours) and it tries to find its home base. It’s simple but I really like how thorough it is in our small home.

      1. Thanks Garrick for the additional info.
        Indeed more tech stuff to come … for the next generation.
        Meanwhile , “robo” does his job :-))
        Greetz,
        Phil.

  10. Hi there
    The virtual wall is only included with one of the models currently. Can you buy one separately (if so, where?) and will it work with the V7s model?
    Thankyou

  11. Hi Garrick!

    Thanks for this great review! After researching, I chose to buy the Ilife A4 because it fits better with topology of my house.

    I would like to use a coupon for Gearbest but those two have reached its usage number limit (ChuwiA4 and IlifeA4MT).

    Do you have another coupon?

    Thanks in advance,
    Cheers from Portugal,
    Pedro

  12. This blog is exactly what I’ve been looking for. Thank you for all of your help- and your useful videos. I am going between the A4 and X5. I have all wood and tile floors.. and 1 thick shag area rug. So not really caring about carpet as I’m not sure any would be able to work on that rug, anyways. I do want the corners of the rooms to be swept well… and the mopping is intriguing. I think it would be a nice feature. BUT- I have wood floors and wouldn’t want too much water on the wood. So the mop isn’t a deal breaker for me. We don’t have any pets but we do have a young child. So more just deal with crumbs, dust, and human hair. Ha. What would you choose out of those two if you were in my position?

    1. If you only have bare floor, I’d go with the X5. Though the A4 has more power and a brush roll, it actually requires more maintenance because you have to remove strands of hair that get wrapped up. It isn’t hard but it can be tedious. The X5 does not have this maintenance step and even if it has a smaller bin, I find it easier to empty and less messy because of how the top pops open.

      If the area rug is a big concern and you need the robot to clean it for you then I suggest you go for the A4 if you don’t mind cleaning the motorized brush.

  13. Hi, the information provided is great. I have a question, I have on the first floor hardwood only and on the second floor carpet only. I am looking at the V7S as it can handle both. About the wet mop functionality, could I use Bona hardwood floor cleaner instead of water or that would not work?

    1. Depends on how thick the floor cleaner is. One thing I like to do is attach the mop damp with water and/or floor cleaner and just fill the tank with just enough water or cleaner to keep it moist.

  14. Good morning,
    First of all congratulations for reviews and videos.
    I have seen the comparison grids and the cleaning videos of ILIFE products, but unfortunately do not understand English perfectly and I have difficulty understanding all, I’m a bit confused also because of too many products.

    I need some clarification and advice:
    1) Is better cleaning with rolling brush (V7, V7S, A4) or without (V5, PRO V5, X5)?
    2) For a floor without carpet, which ILIFE ensures a better cleaning, removes dirt more a function of time? Could you tell me the first 3 in order of preference?
    3) For a floor without carpet, it is best to have the HEPA filter (A4, PRO V5, X5) or are also fine products without HEPA filter (V7, V7S)?
    4) The wet mopping by a good result? You advice wet mopping? Advice not to give up this function?
    5) generally, for a floor without carpet, taking into account all the functions and all the features of ILIFE products, you tell me the best 3 in order of preference?
    6) Perhaps I realized that the most complete and best product is V7S, advises against choosing V7S, or are also fine the other products?
    7) If I had to choose between XIAOMI and ILIFE, regardless of cost, what do you advise? Perhaps XIAOMI is more efficient and rapid, while ILIFE has more features; XIAOMI advice and give up more functions; ILIFE advice and give up efficiency?

    Requests will seem trivial but in reality are key to my choice.
    I thank you in advance
    Best regards

    1. Hi Matteo,

      1. If you don’t have any carpet I’d go with variants that have no motorized brush like the V1, X5, V5 and V5 Pro. But if you want something quiet go with the V7S.

      2. I don’t quiet get the first part of the question but to answer the second part, I’d go with the V7S, V7, V5 Pro, X5 in that order.

      3. Go with a HEPA filter if you’re concerned about allergens coming out of the robot while it is in its cleaning cycle.

      4. Wet mopping go with the V7S – larger mop = more area covered.

      5. Again, V7S, V7, V5 Pro, X5.

      6. I like the V7S because of the brush roll design – even if it does not have as much power as the A4 the brush roll compensates for it.

      7. I really like the Xiaomi – very efficient, it has a smart phone app and has the ability to clean multiple rooms without getting lost. The only reason I’ll pick the ILIFE over the Xiaomi is cost. Make no mistake, ILIFE is a very good product but Xiaomi is a few steps ahead in terms of technology.

      1. Thanks for the reply.

        Ultimately, the most important aspects for me are these to follow.
        Cleaning efficiency; cleaning quality; improved navigation; short times; back to the charging station; (Mainly for cleaning the floor without carpet and floor dry)

        Could you tell me, on the basis of these features, what are the best ILIFE for you in order of preference?

        I thank you in advance for availability
        Best regards

  15. hey
    quick question

    we have two cats and wooden floor (and some carpets)
    which ilife would u recommened? we do not need mopping

    thx
    tim

  16. Hi Garrick,
    Thanks a lot for this post, I am trying to decide between all the models but they all seem equally good! What would you recommend for a laminated floor, no carpets and no pets?
    I especially doubt whether the wet mopping option is useful or not. If it works fine it’d be great, but if it malfunctions and drops too much water it could damage the wooden floor

    1. For your flooring I’d go with either the V7 or the V5 Pro. The V5 Pro is noisier than the V7 because it has a more powerful motor but the motorized brush of the V7 is excellent so that makes up for the power discrepancy.

  17. Please be aware that the 45 day and 1 year warranty require you to ship the item back to China . USPS quoted me $110 to ship it back from the USA for repairs. The vacuum was only 116 new. It was a great vaccum until day 44.

  18. I have the V7 one. It’s not the greatest vacuum but quality for price is good. Bought it for 142$ with taxes and such (EU)

  19. Hi Garrick,
    I got the V7 in the end. It’s working great, except with the only carpet I have in my apartment. It’s quite thin, and normal fabric, however the robot keeps getting stuck when trying to get on it. With and without the mop, it cannot ‘climb’ on it. Does it happen to you?
    For the moment I have to roll up the borders of the carpet before starting the robot, it’s a bit annoying.
    Second problem is the Android App, it crashes when it finds the robot. I will try to send them a support message about that.

  20. Hi Garrick ,

    Did you check ainol A – S 11 ? Our home is nearly 140 square meter , using carpets , wooden floor and ceramic.
    Do you prefer Ainol or ilife v7spro ? Ainol has 1200 pa of vacuum, ilife’s only 600 and ainol’s dust container’s 3 times bigger.

    Thanks

    1. Hi Sinan I’ve reviewed the Ainol A-S11. Between this and the V7S Pro, I’d go with the latter because it’s much refined, more efficient and overall a better performer.

  21. Hi
    I have doubts regarding V5, A4, and V7
    I have one carpet but I have a big vacuum cleaner for it
    so I don’t need Motorized brush
    does V5 or V7 will know not to clean the carpet?
    regarding V7 my doubts is not having HEPA filter
    I don’t like vacuum smell
    what you are recommend?
    also I like V5 cause it smaller than V7
    Thanks
    Keren

  22. I’m glad that I’ve found your website because I was looking for a complete comparison between all ILIFE models. On the other hand I’m still not wiser as it looks like all models offer almost the same performance.
    The efficiency of a Xiaomi also is really impressive but the result doesn’t differ much.
    Perhaps one should only look at the price or battery runtime.

  23. Sean McKenzie-Mardelli

    I am torn between the X5 and the V5S Pro….. the X5 has the virtual wall feature but significantly less run time than the V5S Pro. However, some of your reviews imply that the X5 is more efficient so the shorter run time shouldn’t matter… what would you recommend between the two for a small apartment with wood floors?

  24. Hi,
    With a bare floor lots of furniture a cat and two childs☺, what you recommend?
    The A6 with power on vacuum or V7S pro with less power but the largest dirt bin’s?
    Thanks in advance
    Nuno
    Portugal

  25. Hi Garrick!

    Could you get any valid coupon for ILIFE A4S from any EU Warehouse? Now it is in stock only at G-W-5.

    Thanks in advance,
    Cheers,
    Pedro

  26. hi there and thank you for the amazing comparison.
    i recently saw that there is another model named ilife x620. but the info over the internet is not much at all.
    do we know if it is up to pae with the other ilife robots? i am thinking of getting one. thank you
    of course i am open to suggestions. i need a slim robot (no more than 7.2 cms height) that can do well on both carpet and floor). cheers

  27. Hi Garrick,
    Just curious about the A6 and its ability to detect a sunken living room. It drops off about 6 inches from all the other rooms.
    From what I have read so far I think it would recognize this and not crash, but my wife is concerned and does not want to chance
    it.

  28. Hey great work!!!
    I am undecided among these vacuums
    Ilife V5s
    ilifev7 plus
    ilife a4s

    or xiaowa , what u recommend for a house 100m and 2 cats?
    Grettings from portugal

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