Xiaomi Jimmy JV51 Review: Xiaomi’s Answer to a Dyson V8

Last updated on November 19th, 2018 by Garrick Dee

The Jimmy JV51 is Xiaomi’s second cordless stick vacuum that they released in the market.

It’s somewhat similar to the Roidmi that I reviewed a couple of months back in that it has interchangeable tools.

This interchangeability makes this tool versatile capable of cleaning floors, stairs and upholstery.

The Jimmy is closer to the Dyson than the Roidmi thanks to the trigger switch and soft roller head which I like very much on bare floor.

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In fact I think this is a better option because of the dirt bin that’s more secure.

I’ve had trouble with Roidmi’s filter coming off every time I empty it and it can be messy at times.

If you look at the specs, the Jimmy has actually the same power as the V8 with 115 air watts max.

However don’t expect the same quality and attention to detail as the Dyson. But for the sub $230 price tag performance is pretty decent.

A quick look at the features

  • 400 watt digital motor spins at 100,000 rpm and produces a max of 115 air watts
  • 50 mm suction inlet assures that even larger debris gets in
  • Soft roller cleaning brush will pick up debris of different sizes
  • HEPA filtration will filter out up to 99.97 percent of allergens
  • 5 mAh lithium ion battery
  • 5 liter dust bin capacity
  • Takes 5 hours to fully charge
  • 1 year warranty

Pros

  • Same power as the Dyson V8 for less
  • Soft roller brush works great on bare floor
  • Versatile tool that can clean floors, upholstery and everything in between
  • Dirt bin is easy to disassemble

Cons

  • Brush tools don’t lock in place
  • Lacks a motorized brush

What to expect from the Xiaomi Jimmy JV51?

In terms of design, the Jimmy JV51 looks more like a Dyson cordless than the Roidmi.

This really isn’t a bag thing because anyone who shopped for a cordless knows that Dyson is top dog in this niche.

So it really isn’t a bad idea to copy a successful design.

Before I continue please watch this video so that you have an idea what this product is about, the performance and everything else.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKRUx8r5CdU

Xiaomi is really aggressive in product launches over the past few years and this product is a reflection of that.

Packaging is good with each component packed in a secure location. So you know that Xiaomi is a quality brand if they put some thought on how they package their products.

Out of the box you’ll get these items…

What's In The Box

For the price tag, this is a pretty decent value. You’ll get a mini-turbo brush, soft roller brush, two brush tools and a wall bracket (no shown in the photo).

These tools are interchangeable and usable with or without the wand.

I must say that Xiaomi is at least matching Dyson in terms of how they package their items.

Each component comes with its own box and plastic.

The material used is high quality corrugated board that’s recyclable which is important.

Here’s how the vacuum looks like with the wand and main cleaning head

Xiaomi Jimmy with wand and main cleaning head attached

It has substantial length – around 50 inches or so in my estimation.

Looking closely at the main cleaning head, it has the same soft roller bar found in the Dyson V8 and V6.

What makes this different from the Roidmi is the amount of clearance it has which makes it better suited for cleaning big piles of dirt as you’ve seen in the video.

In the Roidmi, since the standard brush and soft roller bar are interchangeable it does not have as much clearance.

This isn’t a big issue since both tools work great on various surfaces but it won’t handle a big pile or dirt as well.

For ordinary, daily cleaning type messes, this will not be a big issue since you won’t be cleaning huge piles of dirt anyway.

Ergonomics

Like the Dyson V8, this cordless has a trigger switch. The difference is once you squeeze it, it’ll stay on.

Ergonomics

To turn it off, you’ll need to squeeze it a second time. There are pros and cons to this approach. The biggest advantage of course is you don’t need to constantly squeeze the trigger so it’s easier on the hands and wrist.

However, not having the same trigger mechanism as the Dyson means less efficient use of power.

You’ll end up using more juice that what’s needed.

But for me this isn’t really a big deal because we’re just talking about seconds. The long run time somewhat makes up for this.

To access to max power simply press a button at the back.

Max switch

Turn on max suction isn’t hard. The responsiveness of the switch is pretty good.

Dirt bin

Dirt bin disassembled

Unlike the Roidmi, the Jimmy adapts the V8 bin design in which it is positioned vertically with a trap door at the bottom.

Filter

It does not have the mechanism in the V8 that pushes dirt down which makes it somewhat messy to empty.

However, Xiaomi designed the bin such that it’s easy to take apart and deep clean if necessary.

Filter

HEPA filter

Like the Dyson V8, the Jimmy also comes with a HEPA filter. However, you are limited to how many times you can wash it.

This isn’t a lifetime filter by any means and you’ll need to replace it at least once a year.

I do not see a second filter so you’ll have to keep this primary filter clean for the vacuum to function at its peak.

Mini turbo brush

Mini turbo brush

To help you clean upholstery, this cordless also comes with a mini-turbo brush that will help you clean not just dirt but also pet hair.

The brush itself has its own motor so agitation will be decent. But it doesn’t go all the way to the sides.

If you compare it to a Dyson mini turbo brush, the bristles aren’t as stiff but it will do a pretty decent job at cleaning fabric upholstery.

Removing the brush is easy – just twist a lever at the side then pull it out.

Other tools

Aside from the main cleaning head and mini turbo brush, you’ll also get two brush tools both of which are the 2-in-1 variety.

These tools have brushes that you can pull back to reveal a crevice like device that you can use to clean loose dirt.

Take note that there isn’t much length to these so reach will be limited.

Battery and Run time

Battery

One of my favorite features of the Jimmy is the removable battery that you can recharge even if it’s detached from the vacuum.

If you want to lessen the downtime, purchase a separate battery to double the run time. While you charge the extra battery, you can still use the vacuum.

According to Xiaomi, this cordless vacuum will run for about 45 minutes on normal mode.

Bare floor performance

Perhaps my favorite tool of the 4 that comes with this is the main cleaning head.

It has the similar soft roller attachment as the one found in the Dyson V6 and V8.

The high clearance makes it possible for this tool to clean piles of dirt you’ll see below.

Bare floor - before

If you have not, please watch the video above to more specific the cleaning performance section at the 14:20 minute mark.

You can clearly see that the tool will literally suck dirt in. Aside from the clouds of dust that was in front of the tool as it plowed through the big pile of dirt, it did quick work of this mess.

This is not something you’d want to use a standard cleaning head on as it will just push dirt forward and not clean it.

Here are some after photos. Judge it yourself and see how this cordless did on the big pile of dirt.

This is how the mess looks like after just a single back and forth pass.

Bare floor after first pass

Impressive isn’t it? And I didn’t need to use the max suction to pick up the big pile of dirt.

It didn’t take too much to clean this huge pile of dirt you saw above.

bare floor after a few back and forth passes

Normally you’d not clean a big pile like this but it’s nice to know that your vacuum is actually capable of handling such.

Rug performance

I don’t have carpet at home so the closest thing I could test it on that resembles it would be a rug.

Here’s the before photo just to give you a reference on what it has to deal with.

Rug cleaning test before

I thought that the absence of a bristled tool would limit the effectiveness of the Jimmy.

But surprisingly, it did a pretty decent job though I had to turn on the max to achieve these results.

After a single back and forth pass, this was what the Jimmy was able to pick up.

Rug after a single back and forth pass

It did leave a fair about of dust on the carpet.

So I decided to put it on max and this was the result.Rug cleaning test done

Not too shabby for a cordless vacuum. It was able to clean at least all of the surface dirt. Remember though that the rug is really low pile and expect the same performance if you have this type of carpet inside your home.

Don’t expect this to deep clean carpet because it isn’t equipped to do so.

Warranty

Xiaomi backs this up with a 1 year warranty.

Product specifications

AttachmentsSoft roller bar

Mini turbo brush

2 x combination brush / crevice tool
Brush roll on/offNo
Battery6 x 2.5Ah lithium battery / 54Wh
ChargerPlug-in charger
Charging time5 hours
Battery lifeup to 45 mins
Net weight6.39 pounds
Shipping weight6.61 pounds
Cleaning path9"
Overall length50"
Battery indicatorYes
Filter typeHEPA filter
Dust capacity0.5 liters
Air Watts115
VoltageAuto volt
Manufactured inChina
Warranty1 year

Where can I buy this?

You can buy this cordless vacuum from GearBest. Please click the link below to get the latest price.

To wrap up

The Xiaomi Jimmy is a great alternative to the Dyson V8. It has the same power and will give you roughly the same performance as the British made cordless. However it lacks the bristled cleaning head that would have made it a great option on carpet as well.

The good news is the soft roller head works pretty decently on low pile carpet or rug. It will clean at least the surface dirt. Set your expectations accordingly as this will not deep clean carpet.

Warranty is rather short versus the Dyson at just 1 year but the price difference is so big that it offsets the one year difference.

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