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

Last updated on November 19th, 2018 by Garrick Dee

For years now, a number of manufacturers from big name brands like Shark to small startups like Proscenic have tried to match Dyson in terms of functionality and cleaning performance.

Most of them fail because of one crucial element – build quality.

When it comes to such, Dyson is king. They are known to build quality vacuums that’ll last for years. And they back it up with a 2 year warranty.

There’s a new challenger right now thanks to the folks in MI Ecosystem. They are the same guys you brought you the Xiaomi robot vacuum and the S50 RoboRock. Now, they’ve got a new stick vacuum they call Roidmi.

This stick vacuum isn’t as cheap as a Proscenic or a Dibea but quality and performance is much better.

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Another Dyson alternative

I’d say it is one of the closest to Dyson of all the 2-in-1 vacuums I’ve looked at.

It isn’t as ergonomic (more top heavy that a Dyson) and won’t reach as high but it’s cheaper than the brand new Dyson V10 and V8.

This Xiaomi stick vacuum also comes with two brushes that will give Dyson a run for its money on carpet and bare floor.

Find out in this review if this product is worth the $300++ price tag Xiaomi is asking.

A quick look at the features

  • Versatile 2-in-1 vacuum that turns from a stick vacuum into a hand vacuum
  • Interchangeable tools gives this versatility to clean floors and upholstery
  • Mutistage Whirling Dragon Duct System spins the motor at a high speed (up to1,100 liters per minute)
  • Motor produces 18,500 Pa of suction
  • Quadruple filtration system that keeps particles up to 0.3 microns in the bin
  • LED headlights with light sensors automatically lights up on dark areas
  • Comes with a smartphone app that connects to the vacuum via Bluetooth
  • 1 year warranty

Pros

  • Quality alternative to a Dyson V10 without having to spend over $500
  • Great performance on bare floor and low pile carpet or rugs
  • HEPA filtration keeps dirt inside the bin
  • Two power modes helps lower noise if you don’t need the extra power
  • Long run time of up to 55 minutes

Cons

  • Top heavy design is less ergonomic as a Dyson V8 or V6
  • You’ll need to empty the small dirt bin often
  • Swivel not as smooth as a Dyson
  • Short warranty

What to expect from the Roidmi Stick Vacuum?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bxPCoH3uA0

I was hoping the Xiaomi would dabble in the 2-in-1 vacuum market and was glad they did.

The Roidmi is a testament to MI EcoSystem’s commitment to producing quality products. Like the S50 robotic vacuum, the Roidmi screams quality and performance.

Not your typical Chinese ripoff

From the hefty main motorized cleaning head to the brush tool that locks snugly, this product is not your typical Chinese rip off.

Xiaomi is aiming to challenge Dyson but they did not blatantly copy their design.

Instead, they’ve created something different that can match the performance of a Dyson with a different touch.

Let’s explore these features one by one.

Main cleaning head

One of the features I like in the Roidmi would be the motorized cleaning head. It comes with two beater bars that are easily interchangeable.

This is a different concept than a Dyson V8 or V10 that uses separate tools for the soft roller head and bristle brush.

Xiaomi did copy the design of the soft roller that uses a similar cloth-like material. I can’t blame them because this design is effective and you’ll see why in the cleaning test part of this review.

Combo brush design is not like Dyson

One thing that Xiaomi changed up was the design of the combo brush.

Instead of using just bristles, it combines it with a squeegee like material that does a good job at sweeping up dirt and agitating carpet.

To swap out the beater bar is simple. All you need to do is push a lever to release a small lock then pull out the brush.

Since there is no belt exposure, there is less hassle.

LED headlights

Another feature I like is the LED headlights that automatically lights up in low visibility areas under furniture. This will help you track dust under furniture and clean those hard to reach areas.

Motor

Xiaomi says that this stick vacuum comes with the Multistage Whirling Dragon Duct System that’s capable of sucking in 1,100 liters of air per minute. It can produce centrifugal forces up to 18,500 Pa.

Quadruple filtration system

This vacuum has a four layer filtration system that starts with the metal mesh, dust separation (or cyclonic), HEPA and sponge filter.

The manufacturer says that this 4-stage system will effectively filter out dust particles to avoid clogging and maintain suction. It also is capable of keeping allergens up to 0.3 microns inside the bin.

Combo tool

For cleaning upholstery and other above the floor spots, this vacuum comes with the combo brush/crevice tool.

Here’s how it looks like…

Tools

The variant I got had these accessories that came inside the box:

  • Main motorized housing with the soft roller bar
  • Combo brush that’s interchangeable with the soft roller bar
  • A combo brush and crevice tool
  • Extension wand
  • Brush cleaning tool
  • Magnetic wall mount and charger
  • Power cord

Take note that the Roidmi does not come with the mini-turbo brush or the flexible hose tool as seen in GearBest’s website.

Product Specification

AttachmentsSoft roller bar

Combo brush

Combo crevice and brush tool
Brush roll on/offNo
Battery2,500mAH Lithium ion battery
ChargerWall Mount Charger
Charging time2.5 hours
Battery life55 mins

10 mins (max mode)
Net weight5.5 pounds
Shipping weight9.3 pounds
Cleaning path10.08"
Overall length46.38"
Battery indicatorYes
Filter typeQuadruple filtration (washable)
Dust capacityN/A
Air Watts18,500 pa
VoltageAuto volt
Manufactured inChina
Warranty1 year

Cleaning Performance

One of the great features of the Roidmi stick vacuum is performance on bare floor and carpet.

To give you an idea how this vacuum performs, watch this video where I test this on a big mess.

Here’s how the soft roller bar does…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gg-me5AdVrM

To my surprise the soft roller cleaning head did a very good job on both surfaces. On carpet its power propels this forward and makes it easier to move around.

Clean a large pile of dirt and bare floor and the soft roller bar will literally pull in dirt. The combo bristle and squeegee brush also in its own right a decent tool. There will be more snow plowing effect using this versus a soft roller bar.

Go under furniture and the LED headlights automatically turns on.

Where can I buy this?

You can buy the Roidmi stick vacuum is available in GearBest for less than $300. And it’ll be eligible for the free shipping if you’re buying from the United States.

Use the coupon code “IT$APRM” for more savings.

To wrap up

The Roidmi 2-in-1 stick vacuum is a great option if the Dyson V10 is too much of what you’re willing to spend. It won’t have the same versatility as a Dyson because it doesn’t have as much tools.

This will only come with the two beater bars for bare floor and carpet. And the brush/crevice tool combo. Take note that this will not come with the mini turbo brush and the hose tool.

Performance is on bare floor and carpet is its strongest point thanks to the soft roller bar and combo brush. To my surprise the soft roller bar did a better job on carpet. So it provides great agitation even large piles of messes.

1 thought 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?

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