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Roidmi F8 Storm Review: Xiaomi’s Answer to the Dyson V10

Over recent years, a lot of Chinese manufacturers are trying to grab a piece of the cordless stick vacuum pie.

The Roidmi F8 Storm is one such brand from the Far East aiming to unseat Dyson as the best.

Is this product a good substitute for brands such as Dyson and Shark?

We’ll have a close look at the Roidmi F8 in this review and see how it performs and if it’s a good option that’s more cost-efficient.

Is this product a good alternative to the Dyson V10 or even the V8?

Roidmi F8 Cordless Stick Vacuum

The Roidmi F8 Storm is a versatile stick vacuum with switchable tools that give it comparable versatility to the more expensive Dyson V10. It’s got a unique design with a looping handle that extends to the back of the motor. This design gives more grip options depending on the area you are cleaning. Surprisingly, the older F8 has better airflow than the newer NEX storm with 37 CFM at the highest setting. It won’t match the Dyson V10 Absolute in terms of sheer airflow, but it’s pretty darn close. It has more suction than the Dyson V8.

Depending on the option, it comes with a pretty generous set of attachments that includes a hose, crevice/brush combo, mini-turbo brush, and the main nozzle with two brush attachments.

The all-white finish makes this product look like a Macintosh product, but it’s not.

Pros

  • Outstanding power and performance that will work well on a variety of surfaces.
  • The Li-ion battery will run for more than 50 mins on the lowest setting.
  • The soft roller is exceptional on hard surfaces, capable of picking up small to medium debris.
  • It has a fully-sealed system that does a good job of keeping allergens inside the bin.

Cons

  • The narrow pathway is prone to clogging when cleaning large stuff like Cheerios.
  • The large battery and body plus placement of the handle make this vacuum more top-heavy.
  • No replacement battery is available.

Table of Contents

Roidmi F8 Design

When it comes to design, the Roidmi F8 has a lot in common with the Dyson V8 and V10. It is similar in that it has interchangeable tools and giving it whole-home clean-ability.

However, there are some differences, and we’ll go through them one by one.

If you prefer a video review, please watch this video to see what I think about the Roidmi F8.

1. Body design

The Roidmi F8 body is cylindrical with the motor and dust cup aligned in the same direction. It gives the F8 outstanding airflow and primarily the reason for it getting better numbers than the Dyson V8.

It’s similar to the Dyson V10 in that the dust bin and motor are lined up, but there are differences with the placement of the wand.

The V10’s extension wand is right smack in the middle of the bin while the F8 sits slightly on top.

This placement makes the nozzle of the F8 narrower and more prone to clogs (more on that in the cleaning performance section).

2. Cleaning head

Roidmi F8 Soft Roller Brush
Here’s a close look at the F8’s soft roller bar. It’s got plenty of clearance that helps it clean small to medium size dirt. This tool can actually pick up cheerio sized debris but it clogs at the wand.
Roidmi F8 Carbon Fiber Brush
This is the carbon fiber brush tool in the F8. It’s also a good performer on carpet and hard floor. In my tests, it was able to deep clean 83.8% of coffee grounds on low pile carpet.

Another difference is the main cleaning head. The Dyson has two separate attachments – one with the soft roller and another for the bristled attachment.

On the older Dyson cordless vacuums like the V8 or V6, you’ll need to change the cleaning head on transitions from hard floor to carpet and vice versa.

The V10 not as much because the torque drive head has two gates that can accommodate larger rubbish.

The F8 only has one nozzle but two different brushes – the soft roller and carbon fiber brush.

Instead of changing the whole head, you’ll only need to change the brush.

3. Ergonomics

Roidmi’s looping handle provides the user with different grip options depending on the area that needs cleaning.

However, since most of the weight of this vacuum is on the top, it’ll put a lot of pressure on the forearm and wrist when cleaning spaces high up.

The Dyson only has one grip option since it uses a trigger as an on/off switch.

One advantage the Roidmi has is the vacuum stays on without the need to continuously squeeze a trigger.

In my testing, the Dyson V10 feels more balanced since the handle sits below the motor and dust cup.

The F8 is more straining because the handle is on top and back of the motor, so you’re carrying the whole weight of the vacuum.

How the Roidmi F8 Storm cleans?

To understand how the F8 cleans, let’s first look at the attachments to come along with it.

For the price, it does come with a generous set of tools that can clean nearly every part of the home.

Let’s have a close look at each of these contraptions.

Roidmi has one cleaning head with two separate brush attachments.

First is the soft roller brush that works extremely well on hard surfaces. I believe that this technology first seen in Dyson vacuums will be the future of hard floor cleaning.

Next is the carbon fiber brush. This attachment combines soft carbon fiber bristles and a stiff squeegee-type blade designed to agitate carpet.

You can use the carbon fiber brush on bare floor, and it will do well even on medium size debris because of the high clearance.

On the front of the main floor tool is a row of LED lights that helps track dirt. These lights turn on automatically when the vacuum is switched on.

The F8 does not have the light sensor in the NEX that only switches on the LED; it detects low lighting conditions.

Both these attachments are interchangeable and swapping them isn’t hard.

Other tools

Crevice/brush combination tool: This is a two-in-one tool that combines a crevice and brush tool. The brush part of it is useful for cleaning keyboards and vents while the crevice tool is great for reaching tight areas. One grip I have is the lack of reach – the crevice tool is too short, in my opinion.

Flexible hose: One of my favorite tools is the flexible hose, but this is only usable with the crevice and brush tools. It helps extend the range and maneuverability of the crevice/brush attachment making this another option for cleaning car interiors.

Mini-turbo brush: This tool is a miniature version of the main cleaning head. It also has a motorized brush that works great at cleaning upholstery and stairs. The bottom portion of it swivels forward and backward to help maintain surface contact.

Extension wand: It is a long tube where all the cleaning apparatuses can be attached. You can use the vacuum as a stick vacuum with this tool attached and without it, the vacuum turns into a handheld.

Magnetic dock: The Roidmi dock is unique in that it uses a strong magnet to hold the vacuum. It does not have the charging pins as the Roidmi NEX has so you’ll have to plug the charger direct on the vacuum itself.

The latest versions of the Roidmi F8 now has two filters – the primary HEPA filter (on the right) and a secondary foam filter (on the left). This adds another layer of filtration to protect the motor from fine dust.

Filter: The F8 comes with an extra filter out of the box. It is made from paper, so it isn’t washable and since it clogs up fast, especially in dusty environments buy an extra set.

Cleaning tool: This tool is useful for removing hair that wraps around the brush or for dusting dust around the metal shroud inside the dust bin or the filter.

All these tools combined give the F8 the capability to clean different parts of your house and vehicle.

It does not have the sheer volume of attachments as the Tineco Pure One S12, but it’s good enough for the average household.

Cleaning Performance

To see how well the Roindmi F8 handles dirt, I test it against common household messes. These include coffee grounds, cereal, and Quaker oats.

Both tools did well on hard floor and carpet picking up a majority of the dirt I scattered on the surface.

The high clearance of the main nozzle allows it to clean even Cheerios-sized debris.

One issue though is the wand clogging if you try to clean a lot of large-debris. The opening inside the wand and nozzle is quite narrow so don’t overload it.

Results

Overall

94.76%

Hard Floor

98.45%

Carpet (Surface Pickup)

93.75%

Carpet (Deep Cleaning)

92.1%

Hard Floor Tests

Here’s where the soft roller brush shines – cleaning hard floors. The beauty of this tool is the default power setting is enough in most cases to pick up small to medium-sized dirt.

It helps maximize run time to its fullest which is over 47 minutes. That’s a lot of time for cleaning floors even in more than one room.

The soft roller attachment did a superb job at picking up almost all of the quaker oats scattered on the surface.
It did equally well on finer bits of dirt like coffee grounds.

The biggest issue for me would be how the F8 clogs up when cleaning large stuff like Cheerios. It will clog up. The issue isn’t the lack of suction of agitation, but the narrow pathway leading to the dust cup.

Carpet Cleaning Test

When comes to surface cleaning, the Roidmi F8 did a superb job cleaning Quaker oats as it was able to clean most of it on low pile carpet.

The combination brush of the F8 did an excellent job at cleaning quaker oats.
The F8 struggles a little bit with fine dirt on carpet as you can clearly see the remnants of coffee grounds. It was still able to pick up most of the dirt – around 90% on the highest setting which is still a good score.

The Roidmi F8 is a capable vacuum that can clean dirt on carpet. It actually surprised me with its score on the deep cleaning tests I did – at 92.1% on low pile carpet.

How long does the Roidmi F8 Storm run?

One of the most important criteria one should look for in a cordless stick vacuum is how long the battery runs.

Looking at the Roidmi documentation, it says there that a full charge will run for up to 50 minutes based on my tests.

Take note that the figure is with suction only tools like the crevice tool at the default power mode.

To get an accurate real-world figure, I charge the vacuum and run it with and without the powered tools until the battery is drained and get the figures from there.

There will be margins of error in this test, so take it with some grain of salt. The goal here is to get a figure of what to expect on the low and high power setting using the powered and non-powered tools.

  • Default mode (with the main cleaning head): 47 mins and 26 secs
  • Default mode (with suction only tools): 50 mins and 33 secs
  • Max mode (with main cleaning head): 9 mins and 50 secs
  • Max mode (with suction only tools): N/A

Even with the main floor nozzle, this vacuum was able to run past 47 minutes! It’s almost 5 minutes longer than the Dyson V8 Absolute.

Using the suction only attachments, this will run for.

How easy is it to use the Roidmi F8?

Out of the box, all the components are packed in separate containers.

Let’s first look at the assembly

Assembling the Roidmi F8 is easy and self-explanatory.

All tools will securely latch in place thanks to the solidly built locking contraption.

However, detaching the tools will require a little bit of force as the quick release button isn’t as smooth as a Dyson.

The main cleaning head comes with the soft roller already attached.

Main cleaning head

Removing the main brush is simple but there are some quirks.

Underneath the nozzle is a button that releases a lock that holds the brush in place.

The quirk is that the side guards of the brush are smooth. Your fingers will have a tendency to slip as you pull it out.

This isn’t a major issue, but it’s still not as intuitive as other brands.

Make no mistake the lock is well-built and seems to be durable, but a quick start quick with large illustrations on how to change the brush would be helpful.

Dust cup

Another source of frustration (at least for me) is the dust cup. It’s not a serious design flaw but something that Roidmi can improve upon in future releases.

While Dyson has the hygienic system that pushes dirt out, the F8 only relies on a latch.

Emptying the dust bin can be messy no matter how careful you are.

Another potential issue is how easily the filter assembly slips of the outer shell of the bin if you turn it upside down.

I think this only happens if the rubber around the filter wears out when I put in the new filter, it was not an issue anymore.

Newer versions of the F8 seem to have this issue resolved, but it’s something worth noting.

Versatility

Here’s how the F8 looks like with the mini-turbo brush attached in handheld mode.

One of the biggest benefits of the F8 is you can use as a handheld vacuum.

Just remove the long extension wand and attach the tools directly on the unit.

It’s easy, and changing tools is almost as easy as a Dyson and Shark.

The addition of the flexible hose is huge because it makes cleaning small areas much easier.

Smartphone app

One unique feature that Roidmi has is a smartphone app that connects via BlueTooth. This software provides vital information about vacuum, most notably the battery and filter status.

If the filter is clogged, the app gives you a heads up when it needs to be replaced.

It also contains the manual just in case you want to read it using the phone.

Firmware upgrades are also available through the app.

Maneuverability

Yes, the Roidmi F8 main floor attachment can swivel so moving around furniture won’t be an issue. However, it can be hard to steer with the wand flat to the ground.

Roidmi has a solid floor cleaning tool that swivels with ease. This feature makes it easy to move around and underneath furniture.

This is a lengthy vacuum, so even for tall folks, there’s a bit of awkwardness using it. The extended handle does help in this regard because you can hold it at different positions.

Maneuverability in handheld mode is a mixed mag. The vacuum itself is light, but the length of the body will be a challenge in navigating narrow spaces.

Maintenance and replacement parts

The two components that need constant T.L.C. is the filter and cleaning nozzle.

  1. Clean & replace the filter: The Roidmi F8 filter has several layers to it. It is important to keep these parts as clean as possible to maintain performance. The main filter at the back isn’t washable since it is made from paper so use the brush to dislodge dust that accumulates regularly. Replacement intervals will depend on how much you use the vacuum.
  2. Detangle debris from floor tools: Hair and muck that wrap around the brush can affect the cleaning performance of the vacuum so keep these parts clean.

Roidmi does an excellent job of protecting the bearing with the plastic cover on the side.

So it’s just a matter of keeping the brush roll free from hair and dust bunnies.

There are several layers of filtration, but the most critical part is the main filter at the backmost part of the dust cup.

You’ll need to clean the filter once or twice a week, depending on how dusty the environment is.

Roidmi provides a brush tool for this task. Regularly check this filter to see if it is clogged or check the app for the overall status.

Replacement filters are readily available on Amazon, so there’s no issue with that.

No replacement battery

One potential issue in the long term is the lack of a replacement battery.

The battery itself is removable, but you’ll need a special torque screwdriver to remove the bolts that hold the cover in place.

Roidmi says that the production of these batteries is in the works, so let’s wait and see.

How much power does the Roidmi F8 have?

To measure power, I used an anemometer to measure airflow at the wand just to give you an idea of how much power this vacuum has in comparison with other brands.

Remember that there will be some margin for error in these tests so take it with some grain of salt.

The purpose of these tests is for comparison versus other brands.

All of these figures are airflow from the wand.

  • Low: 20 CFM
  • High: 37 CFM

Noise level

To accurately measure noise from the F8, I used a sound meter around two feet away for a few minutes.

Here are the results

  • Low: 63 – 67.7 decibels
  • Max: 78 – 80.3 decibels

At MAX power, the F8 is quite loud – almost 10 decibels louder than the Roidmi NEX.

Does the Roidmi F8 provide good value?

The short answer is yes. Roidmi did an outstanding job of building a high-quality product that will perform. It’s a mid-priced stick vacuum that does not lag far behind from options several hundred dollars more expensive.

Does it clean well enough?

Airflow numbers aren’t far off from the Dyson V10 which enables it to clean most debris quite well.

In terms of surface pick up, the F8 scored above average in nearly all tests except for the large debris test with Cheerios.

Using this vacuum to clean a large pile of cereal will result in clogging. Other than that hiccup, it was able to work almost flawlessly in the other tests.

One downside with the carbon fiber brush is it does not have as much agitation as a Dyson, Tineco, and Shark. It won’t deep clean carpet as well as those other brands.

How about maintenance costs?

Roidmi has pretty good parts availability – from the brush roll to filters; there are several vendors selling on Amazon.

The only issue I have (so far) is the availability of batteries.

I hope that Roidmi follows through with what they told me about having replacement batteries and the special tool to remove the screws.

Roidmi F8 Specifications

ModelRoidmi F8 Storm
Brush roll on/offNo
Battery2,500 mAH Li-ion
ChargerMagnetic wall mountable charger
Charging time2.5 hours
Battery lifeup to 50:33 mins.
Net weight3.3 pounds
Width10"
Overall length42"
Battery indicatorYes
Filter typeHEPA filter + Foam
Dust capacity0.4 li
Power23 cfm
VoltageAuto volt
Manufactured inChina
Warranty1 year
PriceCheck Price

Who should buy the Roidmi F8 stick vacuum cleaner?

The Roidmi F8 Storm is an outstanding option for people looking for a mid-priced cordless stick vacuum that cleans.

It’s got enough attachments for whole-home cleaning, and above-average performance that keeps floors, upholstery, and stairs free from dirt.

To summarize, the Roidmi F8 is an excellent option for people looking for these features

  • Need something that vacuums for an extended period: The F8 will run for over 47 minutes with the main floor nozzle attached. That’s more than enough time inside a small to medium-sized home.
  • Want a versatile 2-in-1 vacuum: The interchangeable tools make the F8 a very versatile vacuum functional in different configurations as a stick or handheld vacuum.
  • Need a vacuum that cleans well: In most of the cleaning tests I did, the F8 did almost flawlessly. There were some issues with the cheerios, and it didn’t deep clean carpet as well as the V10, but those were the only hiccups.

Click here for more information about the Roidmi F8 Storm.

Versatile and Above Average Performer
  • Ergonomics - 88%
    88%
  • Surface Cleaning - 96%
    96%
  • Deep Cleaning - 92%
    92%
  • Quality - 94%
    94%
  • Design - 93%
    93%
  • Value - 93%
    93%
93%

Summary

The Roidmi F8 will be able to pick up most types of debris except for the large stuff like Cheerios because of the narrow pathway of the extension tube. It’s the only hiccup during the cleaning tests that I did. Battery life with the main cleaning head is at a decent 47 minutes and 26 seconds which is plenty for most cleaning tasks. The looping handle does make it tiring to use for cleaning areas high up since you’re carrying the whole weight of the vacuum but it’s a non-issue for cleaning floors. Overall the F8 Storm is a good alternative to the Dyson V8 if you want something cheaper that will perform almost as well.

2 thoughts on “Roidmi F8 Storm Review: Xiaomi’s Answer to the Dyson V10”

  1. Are the brush head guide rollers plastic or rubberised? I am wondering if the head will scratch hardwood floors with extended use or if it is gentle on the floor?

    • Hi Andy,

      It’s made from hard plastic. You’ll need to clean this part regularly to minimize scratching.

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