For years now, some 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 are 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 than 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
- A versatile 2-in-1 vacuum that turns from a stick vacuum into a hand vacuum
- Interchangeable tools give this versatility to clean floors and upholstery
- Multistage Whirling Dragon Duct System spins the motor at high speed (up to1,100 liters per minute)
- The 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 light up on dark areas
- Comes with a smartphone app that connects to the vacuum via Bluetooth
- 1-year warranty
- Quality alternative to a Dyson V10 without having to spend over $500
- Excellent performance on the bare floor and low pile carpet or rugs
- HEPA filtration keeps dirt inside the bin
- Two power modes help lower noise if you don’t need the extra power
- Extended run time of up to 55 minutes
- The 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
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 the 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 massive main motorized cleaning head to the brush tool that locks snugly, this product is not your typical Chinese ripoff.
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 easily interchangeable beater bars.
It 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 practical 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 an excellent 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.
Another feature I like is the LED headlights that automatically lights up in low visibility areas under furniture. It will help you track dust under furniture and clean those hard to reach areas.
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.
For cleaning upholstery and other above the floor spots, this vacuum comes with the combo brush/crevice tool.
Here’s how it looks like:
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 on GearBest’s website.
|Attachments||Soft roller bar|
Combo crevice and brush tool
|Brush roll on/off||No|
|Battery||2,500mAH Lithium ion battery|
|Charger||Wall Mount Charger|
|Charging time||2.5 hours|
|Battery life||55 mins|
10 mins (max mode)
|Net weight||5.5 pounds|
|Shipping weight||9.3 pounds|
|Filter type||Quadruple filtration (washable)|
|Air Watts||18,500 pa|
One of the great features of the Roidmi stick vacuum is the performance on bare floor and carpet.
To give you an idea of how this vacuum performs, watch this video where I test this on a big mess.
Here’s how the soft roller bar does:
To my surprise, the soft roller cleaning head did an excellent 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 pull in the dirt. The combo bristles 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 turn on.
You can buy the Roidmi stick vacuum is available in GearBest for less than $420. And it’ll be eligible for the free shipping if you’re buying from the United States.
Use the coupon code “GBBFapp115” for more savings.
The Roidmi 2-in-1 stick vacuum is an excellent 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 many tools.
It 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.