ILIFE V7S Plus Review: A V7S Pro with a New Water Tank
Both the V7S Pro and Plus are basically the same robot but with a few key differences. First would be the bin. In the V7S Pro, the water tank only holds water.
The new water tank has a tiny bit of space for dry dirt.
That could mean that the motorized brush will still spin even with the water tank inside the robot.
It also has the i-Dropping technology ensures that water will drip slowly to keep the microfiber mop damp throughout the mopping process.
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Another improvement would be navigation. ILIFE says that this variant will do better in terms of cleaning multiple rooms and going back to the dock. But we’ll find out in this review if that is the case.
First let’s look at the features of the ILIFE V7S Plus…
- Two in one functionality of a robot vacuum and mop
- Twin side brush system
- Double-V motorized brush
- 11 IR sensors that help avoid bumping into furniture and falling off stairs
- 300ml water tank
- 600ml dry dirt bin
- Run time of up to 120 minutes
- Three cleaning modes – Auto, Edge and Spot
- 1 year warranty
- Quiet operation – you can barely hear this robot when it’s moving around
- Decent performance on the areas it is cleaning
- Large dirt bin means it’ll cover a large area without you having to empty it
- Dual functionality of a mop and vacuum
- Not as expensive as a Roomba 650
- Still inefficient
- In my cleaning test it did not clean an area
- Short warranty
What to expect from the ILIFE V7S Plus?
Before I continue please watch this review I recorded…
This robot almost a replica of the previous ILIFE V7S Pro, the only difference would be the water tank.
The new water tank is a little bit different than the old version.
It has the same 300ml capacity but it has a little space to store dry dirt. I’m thinking that the motorized brush would still be on even at mopping mode.
Like the V7S Pro, it has the same pink and white exterior with a single button in the middle. Both the dirt bin and water tank load from the top door.
In terms of dimension, both the V7S Plus and V7S Pro are the same. It helps in terms of having a wider cleaning path but it hurts because it can’t go in tighter areas that smaller robots can.
Again, both the V7S Pro and Plus have the same design when you flip it over. The single side brush system will not do as well as a dual side brush system in terms of cleaning the edges.
But it makes up for it with the Double-V brush that does well on bare floor and low pile carpet.
If you look at ILIFE’s and GearBest’s product page, you’d think that this robot uses a predictable navigation pattern but it does not.
Like the previous version, the V7S Pro, this variant also uses a random navigation pattern.
In the cleaning test that I did, edge cleaning is excellent but it missed a spot. But if I’d have left it to run until the battery runs low, it would have cleaned it.
That’s the trade-off you have between a robot with a random and predictable navigation.
Remember that if you want something that’s as good as a Neato BotVac, you’d have to spend more than $500. And this robot costs half that.
According to GearBest this robot can hold up to 600ml of dry dirt. So that’s around 100ml more than the V7S Pro. But looking at both bins, it seems that both have a similar sized bin.
The biggest difference between the V7S Pro and Plus would be the water tank.
Just look at the two side by side…
If you look at the V7S Pro water tank, it fully enclosed while the V7S Plus has a small opening that I think is for storing dry dirt.
Since the robot only has one button, you’ll need to remote to access the other features of the robot such as scheduling and cleaning modes.
The design is standard in all ILIFE robots. You’ve got the big play/stop button at the middle that gives you access to the default cleaning modes.
Below it is the plan and clock buttons that sets the schedule and time respectively. The last row of buttons give you access to the different modes – spot cleaning, return to home base and edge cleaning (from left to right).
To see how this robot does on bare floor please watch the latter part of the video above.
Over all I like the way this robot performs on the areas it was able to clean. Out of the 40 grams of dirt, it was able to pick up around 37 out of the 40 grams. So if you compare it with other more expensive robot vacuums such as the Roomba 690 (or 694) and Xiaomi, it isn’t far off.
Though it missed an area, it will eventually get to it. But that’s the biggest disadvantage of a robot with a random pattern – it’s wildly inefficient.
So take the good with the bad.
|Battery type||Lithium ion|
|Charger type||Charging dock|
|Charge time||approx. 5 hours|
|Water tank capacity||0.3 liters|
|Dirt capacity (dry)||0.6 liters|
|Run Time||120 mins|
|Net weight (with battery)||6.61 pounds|
|Shipping weight||13.3 pounds|
|Full bin indicator|
|Cleaning sessions per week||7|
|Brush cleaning tools||1|
|Accessories included||Charging base|
Remote (AAA-batteries included)
2 extra filters
1 brush cleaning tool
2 extra side brushes
|Warranty||1 year (learn more)|
Where can I buy this?
You can buy this robot from GearBest for just a little over $200. And if use the coupon code “GBMAYZT10” and you can get more savings.
To wrap up
There really isn’t much of a difference between the ILIFE V7S Plus and the older V7S Pro. Both have the same motor, size, cleaning performance and features. The only difference I see would be the water tank in the V7S Plus that has a little space for storing dry dirt.
Will that add-on affect mopping performance?
I don’t think so. If you’re looking for a decent robot vacuum with mopping functionality then the V7S Pro would be suffice. It’s cheaper and has a bigger mop that’ll do better.