by Garrick Dee
Updated March 13th, 2019
When ILIFE first came out, it took the consumer electronics world by storm thanks to its combination of quality and affordability.
For the first time, brands like iRobot had competition. And I must say that their robots are great tools to have.
I personally use one right now to clean my home whenever I don’t have the time to do so. Now the next generation ILIFE robots have come out. First it was the ILIFE A8 with its camera based navigation system that now has a more predictable back and forth pattern.
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Notable upgrades include a more efficient navigation and the larger bin. ILIFE also took away the beater bar which makes this great mostly on bare floor.
The absence of a beater bar makes this more comparable to the V5S and not the V7 or V7S Pro.
A quick look at the features
- The revamped system now has 6 cleaning modes that includes edge cleaning, spot cleaning and mopping
- Has the I-move 2.0 technology that is more systematic in how it goes about navigating a room
- Multi-task schedule function will allow you to schedule at different times each day of the week
- Large 750ml dirt bin with HEPA filtration
- LCD screen with 5 buttons that give you access to the default cleaning mode and scheduling
- Dual functionality of a vacuum and wet mop
- Twin side brush system gives this good edge cleaning performance
- 2,600mAh lithium ion battery
- Run time of up to 80 mins
- More efficient navigation
- Large dirt bin can hold more dirt than any other ILIFE robot vacuum to date
- Decent power
- Better scheduling system than previous ILIFE robots
- Easy to read LCD display
- No beater bar which means this will not be effective on carpet
- Short warranty (only one year)
- Mopping function not as good as an iRobot Braava
What to expect from the ILIFE V8S?
This robot is a sharp departure from its predecessor, the ILIFE V7S Pro and V7S Plus. In the place of a top-loaded bin is a tray type bin similar to the A-series robots. This change in design, allows a larger bin to be put in.
Before I continue please watch the video below to get a low down on what’s inside the box, features and cleaning performance test.
I like the color combination of this robot. The black and gray accents echo a more futuristic feel for the robot. If you’re a sucker for sleek design, this is the robot for you.
On top, you’ll see 5 buttons and an LCD screen. These buttons gives you access to the default cleaning cycle, path mode and scheduling.
There are no doors on top because the tray slides in and out from the back.
Flip the robot and you’ll see a familiar setup – two side brushes that flank the suction chamber at the middle. Yes, there isn’t any motorized brush with the V8S. If you want something with such, you can go either with the V7S Pro or the A6 (or A8) for that feature.
Underneath the suction chamber are rubber flaps that ensure that dirt doesn’t go past it.
One of the biggest selling points for the V8S is the upgraded navigation that they say is more efficient.
The beauty of this robot is that you have two options.
If you want to clean your home thoroughly just activate the default cleaning mode.
And this robot will go on start cleaning the edges then go in a random direction then back to edge cleaning and go on this cycle until the battery is low.
If you want something more efficient then go with the path mode where the robot will toggle between a predictable back and forth cleaning pattern and edge cleaning until it finishes the whole area.
One of the biggest improvements aside from the navigation would be the dirt bin. The one found in the V8S is huge.
How much can it hold? It can store as much as 750ml of dry dirt. It’s one of the biggest capacity bins there is in the market. Bigger than the Xiaomi, iRobot Roomba, Neato Botvac and even Dyson 360 Eye bin.
This means that you can clean more and spend less time emptying it.
No containment system
One downside for the V8S is the lack of a containment system like a virtual wall. That means if you want to block this robot from entering an area that’s off limits, you’ll need to physically block the path of the robot.
This robot also comes with a mop attachment that will allow you to wet mop tile. But don’t set your expectations too high because this robot isn’t a Braava that does a scrubbing motion.
It has the same navigation pattern as in vacuum mode. The only difference is it mops 7m x 7m quadrants for efficiency.
Another difference you’ll see in the V8S is found in the remote. There’s no more screen on it and you won’t be able to use it to schedule. All scheduling is done on the robot itself.
The remote will give you access to the different modes.
1. Auto mode
This is the default cleaning mode where the robot automatically calculates the most efficient cleaning path. With the more efficient cleaning pattern, this robot will perform better at cleaning multiple rooms.
2. Point mode
This mode is similar to the spot cleaning mode where the robot will clean go in a spiral pattern to clean a specific area.
3. Border mode
Select this mode and the robot will clean the outer parts of a room. This mode is the same as the edge cleaning mode in other robots.
4. MAX mode
The max mode turns up the suction to the max. Use this if you’re trying to clean a very dirty area.
5. Path mode
Similar to the auto cleaning mode, the robot will toggle between edge cleaning and the back and forth cleaning pattern. ILIFE says that robot will calculate the missing areas during the cleaning process to make it more efficient.
6. Mopping mode
Attach the water tank and the robot will automatically go to mop mode when you press the default cleaning button. During this mode, the robot will mop an area 7m x 7m then move to another 7m x 7m quadrant.
7. Self-charge mode
Press the home button, the robot will automatically go to the charging station.
I was a bit skeptical on how this robot will perform because the A8 didn’t perform very well. I was expecting this to have a similar cleaning pattern to the A8 but it has a better one.
In the first cleaning test, I laid out 40 grams of oats and powder to see how this robot will handle it. And the results were great. It was able to pick up 38 out of the forty grams of dirt.
Here are some before and after photos for your reference…
Edge cleaning is also another strong point unlike in the A8 as this robot was able to go through the entire perimeter of the room.
Yes, there some bits of oats left but that’s because of the charging station that does not permit the robot to go near a certain 2 x 2 foot radius. If ILIFE can upgrade this limitation then this robot will perform even better.
Where can I buy this?
You can buy this robot from Amazon for less than $260. And it is eligible for Prime’s free 2-day shipping if you sign up.
Unfortunately, Amazon does not offer extended warranties for this robot so you’re stuck with the one year warranty.
Another option would be buying this from GearBest and you can use the coupon code below to get more savings…
To Wrap Up
The ILIFE V8S is a step up from the previous generation V7S series. It has a better and crisper navigation that finds the home base even when cleaning multiple rooms. The large bin is great for cleaning larger homes because you don’t have to empty as often.
It comes with the new I-move 2.0 navigation that’s more efficient. One thing unique about the V8S is option to go random or predicable with the path and default cleaning mode.