A robot vacuum with Alexa compatibility is slowly gaining popularity these days. It’s a big reason why my brother bought his Samsung robot.
Unfortunately he had to pay around $500 to get Alexa compatibility.
The Haier XHsuai T370 won’t cost you $500 and you’d still be able to use this with Alexa.
But will this perform well as a Samsung PowerBot? How does it compare with the more popular ILIFE or Xiaomi robot vacuums?
Well that’s what I’m here for. We’ll take a close look at this robot and how it performs.
A quick look at the features
- Dual function vacuum and mop
- Twin brush system will do a decent job cleaning corners and edges
- Nidec brushless motor produces 1,500 Pa of suction
- Utilizes an Epson gyroscope to navigate
- High efficiency filter
- 8 volt 2,600mAh lithium ion battery will run for 120 minutes
- Compatible with Alexa
- Smartphone app is available so you can control this remotely
- App supports English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Russian, Korean, Hebrew and Portuguese languages
- 4 cleaning modes – spot, edge, auto and scheduled cleaning
- Comes with a remote
- 1 year warranty
- One of the cheapest robots available that supports Alexa
- Powerful suction
- Doubles as a wet mop so you have two products in one
- Has HEPA filtration
- Responsive touchscreen system
- Runs for around 2 hours
- Even with the gyroscopic navigation it’s not as efficient as I’d hope
- No virtual wall
- Did not perform well in the cleaning test
What to expect from the Haier XShuai T370?
Out of the box, this robot is refined.
uild quality is excellent – from the buttons, remote and how everything goes together. It’s really a pleasant surprise. Compared to the Dibea D900, this is head and shoulders above it in this aspect.
The T370 has a black finish with bronze trimming around the edges. I like this color combo because it isn’t as prone to dirt as compared to a lighter tone.
On top, you’ll see that there are 5 buttons – home, spot, clean and schedule, all of which have LED lighting and touchscreen.
At the middle part is the door that stores a 300ml dirt bin underneath. The layout is similar to a Jisiwei I3 but this robot is shorter.
Bottom view without the mop
Flip the robot over and you’ll see a similar design to the ILIFE X5 and V5 series – two side brushes and a narrow inlet without the motorized brush.
Underneath the nozzle is a mop attachment that doubles as a water tank. So you can use this robot as a wet or dry mop.
Alexa owners will rejoice because this robot is compatible with Alexa. Buying a Neato, Roomba or Samsung PowerBot will cost at least $500. This robot costs less than $190 in GearBest and around $270 in Amazon.
The only other robot compatible with Alexa that costs below $300 is the Eufy RoboVac 11c.
It also comes with a remote that gives you access to all the functionality of the robot. This includes scheduling, manual control and access to all the cleaning modes.
However it does not come with the 2 AAA batteries so you’ll have to buy it separately.
The T370 dirt bin is similar to the ILIFE X5, V5S and V5 Pro. It has a two stage system that has an outer filter that’ll block out large bits of dirt like hair and litter from the main HEPA filter at the back.
Dirt bin will hold around 300ml of dirt.
In addition to the remote, Haier gives you another option to control this robot and that’s through a Smartphone app that you can download where you download in the play store or app store.
This app allows is the bridge that connects the robot and Alexa.
The app itself is pretty simple and not as feature rich as the MI Home App. It only has the scheduling feature right now. I hope they add more feature in future updates.
Battery and Run Time
Like the ILIFE, Xiaomi and Jisiwei robots, the Haier XShuai comes with a 2,600mAh lithium ion battery that will run for about 120 minutes on a full charge.
Run time is longer than a Roomba 960 and BotVac D5. So this robot will cover more ground.
I was expecting a lot from this robot because it really had good fit and finish. But I was disappointed with the results.
Since it does not have any motorized brush you won’t be able to use this on carpet. This robot will only work on hard surfaces like hardwood and tile.
The wet mopping functionality is a plus for maintenance mopping tasks. But don’t expect iRobot Braava performance because it will just go in a straight back and forth motion.
First let me show you some before and after photos…
Even though this robot had a more advanced gyroscopic navigation system, I find the cleaning pattern interesting. It seemed to start off doing a spot clean at the center of the room then goes in a methodical back and forth pattern then spot clean again.
There were instances where it just stood there motionless which contributed heavily to its inefficiency.
I like the back and forth pattern but I feel that the spot cleaning motion is really not needed and just adds to the complexity. It seems too gimmicky at least for me.
What’s in the box?
Here’s the list of items you’ll get inside the box:
- T370 robot
- Remote control (unfortunately no batteries included)
- 2 extra side brushes
- Microfiber mop and bracket
- Cleaning brush
- User manual
What consumers think?
Surprisingly a lot of consumers gave this robot a high rating in Amazon because of the low entry price. This robot is one of the cheapest options with Alexa compatibility.
The plus points include ability to use this with Alexa, app, low noise level and pretty decent cleaning performance that helped even pet owners keep their homes clean.
However this robot isn’t perfect despite the high review score.
It has a tendency to get stuck in tight areas such as the back of doors or chair legs. In my case there were several instances where it was idle trying to push the chair or wall.
I’m not sure how the gyroscopic navigation plays a part but this needs to be ironed out.
Another issue would be the app itself. Some consumers complained that it does not respond to the voice command “Alexa start Andy” unless you start the system using the remote or app.
This is another bug that they have to address if it hasn’t been addressed.
Where can I buy this?
This robot is available in GearBest and Amazon. But here’s a hint – buying this at GearBest will be cheaper with the coupon code. If you buy this in Amazon it’ll cost more than $200 but it will ship faster.
- SDGBT370 (US/LA Warehouse) – $189.99
- SDT370 (US/LA warehouse) – $139.99
- HXSC3EU (EU warehouse)
To Wrap Up
The Haier XShuai T370 would have been a great option if not for some of the quirks with the navigation and app. Power isn’t an issue with the 1,600 Pa power on tap. I feel that the navigation could use some improvement to lessen the instances where the robot just stands there and does nothing.
When you combine all these issues, it adds up and efficiency suffers.
If Haier could clean up the quirks, perhaps remove spot cleaning motion in auto mode would go a long way in improving efficiency. This is the perfect reason why less is more.