Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum Review: Premium Features at a Not-So-Premium Price

Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum ReviewNeato has a new competitor called the MI Robot Vacuum that has most of the features found in it at a few hundred dollars less!

When I first laid my eyes on this robot in the flesh, my first reaction was WOW, from the packaging down to the actual product inside.

The design is almost at par with brands that cost a few hundred dollars more.

It has a sleek, minimalist but fully functional design that isn’t common for a Chinese brand.

But Xiaomi isn’t just your run-the-mind brand; this is a global brand that plans to dominate the connected world.

This brand is a step up from the ILIFE robot vacuum series because of the improved navigation and battery.

It also comes with an app compatible with Android and iOS devices called the MI Home App.

This app allows you to schedule, start or stop, recharge, and even track the robot’s progress as it cleans your home even when you’re not there.

Here’s the packaging…


packaging side

Unlike the ILIFE series, which uses infrared sensors, the MI uses laser-guided sensors (they call this Laser Distance Sensor or the LDS) located under the top round shell on top.

This is the same navigation system used in the nearly $600 Neato BotVac Connected.

In terms of accessories that come in the box, this one has no extra filters or side brushes.

It does not have any remote (you have to download the app – more on that later). The only extras it gives you are a cleaning brush and the lovely mac-like charging station.

It is disappointing that this product does not have extra filters or side brushes.

But that’s just a minor omission. The main goal here is to find out how intelligent this robot is and how it performs.

A quick look at the features

  • It uses 12 different sensors to map out an efficient cleaning pattern, avoid dropping off stairs and remember the areas it has cleaned
  • The primary sensor is the Laser Distance (or LDS) sensor that scans the location 360 degrees (1,800 times per second) to form a virtual map in its memory of your home’s interior layout
  • Helping out in creating this virtual map is the Simultaneous Localization and Mapping Algorithm (or SLAM)
  • It uses three processors to save this virtual map and then calculate the most efficient route possible
  • It has a 5,200 mAH lithium-ion battery that will last for 2.5 hours on a single charge
  • Powering the vacuum is a powerful and efficient Nidec DC Motor that produces 1,800Pa of suction power
  • 10 mm edge cleaning – the robot will stay without 10mm of the wall and will make use of the side brush to clean the edges
  • It does not come with a remote, but you can use the MI Home App that you can use to schedule, clean, and track its progress remotely since it uses a WiFi signal



  • A few hundred dollars cheaper than the Neato BotVac that uses the same SLAM algorithm and WiFi-enabled app
  • Extended run time thanks to the 5,200 mAH battery
  • WiFi app allows you to control and track remotely
  • You can schedule to clean more than once a day
  • It uses an efficient cleaning pattern
  • Has HEPA filtration


  • It does not come with anything extra, like an extra side brush or filter
  • This robot struggles a bit in terms of edge cleaning
  • No English manual (so far, it’s only in Chinese)
  • The app needs more refinement (plus better instructions)

What to expect from the MI Robot Vac

Outside the Dyson 360 Eye, Roomba 900 series, and Neato robot vacuums, the Xiaomi MI robot is one of the more “smart” robot cleaners we have right now in the market.

While they did not add a lot in terms of extra tools or accessories, it has many features that make it a worthy competitor to other premium brands like the Roomba 980 and BotVac Connected.

Let’s start with the brain as the navigation system

The MI Robot uses 12 sensors to avoid hitting objects and going in a random direction. It scans a room to give it a bird’s eye view of what it has to work on before establishing a cleaning path.

Below are the sensors on the robot’s top, sides, and bottom, plus the other components.

Top view

Top view

Bottom view

Bottom view

On top of the robot is a circular dome that houses the LDS or Laser Distance Sensor, which uses a laser to scan obstacles and map out the room’s layout 360 degrees.

Laser Distance Sensor

On the left side of the robot is a wall sensor that detects anything solid so the robot can maintain a 10-millimeter distance between itself and the wall.

Wall Sensor

The Ultrasonic Sonic Sensor in front of the robot is the “eyes” of the robot.

Ultra Sonic Sensor

Underneath are four cliff sensors that tell the robot to stop when there are drop-offs.

In front of the robot is a bumper that recoils upon impact. Inside are collision sensors that detect, so it tells the robot to stop when it detects an object.

Inside are three processors:

  • ARM Cortex A7 quad-core processor from All Winner Tech
  • Digital Signal Processor from Texas Instruments
  • ARM Cortex M3 Microcontroller

These processors gather data from sensors to track movement in real time, calculate the location and determine the most efficient route.

This is a sharp U-turn from cheaper robot vacuums like the ILIFE, which used a more straightforward system that relied on infrared sensors for navigation.

There is a massive improvement in terms of sophistication and refinement here.

Simultaneous Localization and Mapping

The SLAM, or Simultaneous Localization and Mapping, is software used by the world’s leading robotics manufacturers.

Brands like Dyson, iRobot, and Neato use this in their products to help their products navigate.

This technology is also found inside Waymo, a.k.a. the Google self-driving car.

It draws a map of your home inside the robot’s internal memory that helps it remember the areas it has cleaned and those that aren’t.

I’m unsure if the MI uses the same algorithm as those three brands I mentioned, but the foundation is similar. This system allows it to track its exact position and remember the areas it has cleaned.

In layman’s terms, the MI robot cleans in a more efficient back-and-forth pattern and does not go into the same area more than once.

This means that it will clean a larger area and is fully capable of cleaning multiple rooms (up to 250 square meters, according to the info on the GearBest site), equivalent to a small to medium-sized home.

Can this clean multiple rooms?

Thanks to the SLAM algorithm built into the system, this robot builds an internal map of your home and methodically cleans it one room at a time without the need for any virtual wall or lighthouses.

Check out this video by MI Hong Kong to see the difference between this and a robot that navigates in a random pattern…

I’ve also recorded a video showing how this robot will work inside a small home.

I’ve also tested this if it could clean two rooms and a hallway in our small townhouse.

Here’s the layout of my home…

Cleaning 3 rooms

Mi Home App

This is perhaps my favorite feature of this product.

It has WiFi connectivity which means you can start or stop this from anywhere as long as you’ve set it up and connected it through a router.

Take note that the app will not work without the router.

You don’t have to pay upwards of $600 have access to this feature.

Before I continue, I’ll share with you how I connected the MI Home App to the robot…

Downloading the app is easy; if you own an android device, you can download it through the play store by searching for the “MI Home App.” Do the same process in the App Store for iPhone or iPad users.

Mi Home app download

Once you fire the app, this window will appear, asking you to select a locale – make sure to click on Mainland China.

Select locale

Create an account…


After signing up and logging into your account, you will probably see something like this on the screen.

Profile page

Click on “My Devices,” and you should see this window…

No device connected

Click on the “+” button on the upper right to add the robot vacuum, and these windows will appear…

Connect to the robot

You will first see the screen on the left. Just tap the “add manually” button to bring up the screen on the right.

Once you see the right screen, please tap on the icon that looks like the MI Robot (red arrow pointing to it).

Ensure the robot is attached to the dock and the WIFI is blinking.

When the app detects the robot’s WiFi signal, it asks you to connect to your router’s username and password.


Once you’ve connected to the app, that’s where the fun begins. You can use this tool to control the robot remotely but keep the router on because this will be the gateway to the robot.

This is the main interface once you’ve connected the app to the robot…


The map above is the blueprint of the third floor of our townhouse. Yup, the SLAM algorithm, and laser distance sensor are working together to create the map above.

I read on GearBest’s product page that you can remotely view the real-time progress of the robot, but so far, I wasn’t able to do so.

Some neat features…

1. Scheduling

You can schedule cleaning more than once per day.

This is one of my favorite app features- you can set it to clean more than once per day.



The screen on the left shows you the times I’ve scheduled the robot to clean – 13:04 (or 1:04 pm) and 5:50 pm (or 5:50 pm).

You’ll notice that the software uses military time, so setting it a 1:00 means that the robot will clean at 1 am.

The screen on the right is the interface where you schedule. To save, tap on the icon on the upper right.

Xiaomi added even more flexibility by allowing you to schedule on weekdays, weekends, or every day. It also has a custom option where you can schedule on certain days.


2. Log

The robot logs every cleaning session it has made. This includes the time it took to clean, the size of the cleaned area and the duration.


Since the app is only available in Chinese, I could not explore it any further, but it is a step in the right direction when you talk about China-branded robot vacuums.

I’ve recorded a video to show you the app’s different features.

It still lacks some polish, but Xiaomi has dramatically improved the app. The latest version added real-time updates – you can track the robot’s location in real-time.

MI Home App in English!

Update (May 19, 2017): The MI Home App is now in English. Watch this video to find out more…

Nidec Brushless Motor

MI didn’t hold back here – this robot vacuum uses a Nidec brushless DC motor from the same supplier that supplies the motor for the Roomba 980.

Xiaomi has a more powerful motor (1,800 Pa) compared to the Roomba 980 (1,670 Pa) and BotVac D8500, according to Engadget.

Torture tested for 2,000 hours, this motor is built to last.

5,200 mAH Lithium Ion Battery

The 5,200 mAH lithium battery gives this robot 2.5 hours of run time. Since there is minimal power fade, it will provide consistent suction.


When you combine this much run time with an efficient navigation pattern, this robot will cover a lot of ground – 250 square meters on a single charge!

Xiaomi or GearBest did not specify exactly what the charging time is. It would be best if you charge this overnight before the first use.

Not only will this battery give you a longer run time, but it also has a specially designed CC and CV charging system and several systems that protect it from overcharging, over-discharging and overheating. It also has protection against short-circuiting, over-current, and over-voltage.

Covering the battery is a stainless steel cover and PTC/CID protection.

All these systems ensure that the battery will last up to 2 years.

Single Side Brush

Unlike the several ILIFE robot vacuums that use two side brushes, this one only comes with a single side brush that helps it reach the edges when it cleans the perimeter.

And also it automatically adjusts the rotating speed depending on the surface it is cleaning.

Main Motorized Brush

Here’s what the Neato’s brush looks like…

Neato brush

Now compare it to the MI…

Mi motorized brush

Aside from the color, the design is almost the same.

In terms of design, it is similar to the brush inside the Neato Botvac. This design is proven in tests to pick up pet hair very well.

Rubber wheels

Underneath the robot is three wheels.

flipped over

A single caster wheel up front steers the robot. Two large rubber wheels at the back help it moves through different terrain inside your home – carpet, tile, hardwood, or linoleum.

These wheels are self-adjustable, meaning they will automatically adjust their height depending on the surface they clean.

Dirt Bin

Opening the top cover will reveal the transparent dirt bin that has a 420ml capacity.

Cover open

It’s a bit smaller from a robot this size, but I guess with the size of the battery and the DC motor, you can only cram so much inside.

filter out of the robot

filter opened

I noticed the lack of a mesh filter that protects the paper element filter.

Also, it does not come with any cleaning brush that you can use to scrap away dust bunnies off the filter and bin.

I asked GearBest whether this robot has HEPA filtration, and they said yes, it does have HEPA filtration, so the filter isn’t washable.

Charging Base

charging base

Charging base

When you compare this to the Neato charging base, it looks the same.

As you can see in the photo above, it has space on the back to store part of the cord.

When the robot detects its battery level at 20%, it stops what it’s doing and goes back to the base.

If there are areas it wasn’t able to clean, it goes back and resumes precisely on the area it left when it docked.

Virtual Wall

The MI robot vacuum uses a virtual wall, but it is a magnetic tape strip similar to a Neato BotVac.


For this to work, you will have to lay it out in an off-limits area. A good example would be the pet area of the kitchen, where there are puppies that this robot might scare away.

Take note that the virtual wall isn’t available out of the box, and you will need to purchase it separately. These are available in GearBest for around $16 for a 78″ long strip of magnet.

Bare Floor Cleaning

Xiaomi has more power compared to the Roomba 980 and BotVac Connected. When you combine that with the brush roll design, you have a very decent floor cleaner.

It has more than enough suction to tackle bare floor. When you compare it to the ILIFE A4, it almost doubles the suction. Also, the A4 didn’t have problems cleaning large messes.

Having more suction does not hurt, especially if your home has old-school hardwood with lots of deep cracks.

Here’s a video I recorded testing the MI Robot against a huge mess like this…

To show you how big a mess I created for this test, just look at these photos…




Having 1,800 at its disposal, I was expecting Xiaomi to inhale this mess, but it didn’t.

When it came to cleaning fine baby powder, it struggled. It looks like it does not like cleaning really fine stuff like that.

Here are the after photos…




You will notice that it left a trail of powder but managed to pick up most of the cut paper and rolled oats.

Despite the predictable pattern, it missed some spots (watch the whole video to see).

To clean up the trail of the mess, I used the ILIFE V7 with the mop attached, and it cleaned up almost everything.

These are the instances where having a mop helps.

ILIFE V7 cleaning after the Xiaomi

Improved Navigation

Ever since I published this review, Xiaomi has since released updated firmware that improved cleaning performance.

I mentioned previously that this robot may be too efficient but with the update. It goes through the room twice, around the perimeter and inner parts of the room, thus improving its cleaning performance.

Here are some before photos…

Cleaning test part 2

Cleaning test part 2

Some after photos…

Cleaning test after

cleaning test after

I must say that the firmware update did a lot to improve how this robot cleans. It added a level of thoroughness that was not present before.

Now if they could only come up with an English app…

Rug / Carpet Cleaning

We don’t have any carpet so I used a large rug to simulate low-pile carpet cleaning.

The rug had two black stripes and floral designs on both sides, so this isn’t your typical carpet.

This robot seems to hate patterns and does not go over anything black. If you have black carpet or rugs, don’t buy this as it will not go over those.

Also, I noticed that the MI Home App made significant upgrades to the app.

The biggest improvement would be real-time updates that allow you to monitor the robot’s location.

Again the downside is the core function of the app is Chinese.

Where to Buy Supplies?

When this product was first released, consumable parts like the HEPA filter, motorized brush, and side brushes weren’t available for sale.

This was a big concern, but it shouldn’t be anymore because these are available for sale.

Update: GearBest is selling these accessories as a set.

But what if I only need the filter and not the side brushes? The only reason why I recommend this is you can get is that you can use the coupon code “11nov329” to save around $8. Without the coupon, just buy these separately.

Product Specifications

Battery type5,200 mAH
Lithium ion
Charger typeCharging dock
Charge timeNot specified
Water tank capacityNone
Dirt capacity (dry)approx. 0.45 liters
Run Time question mark2.5 hours
Net weight (with battery)8.4 pounds
Shipping weight15.32 pounds
Width13.58 inches
Height3.15 inches
Dry Mopping
Wet Mopping
Multi Room question mark
Self docking question mark
Remote control
Hepa filtration
Cliff detection question mark
Self adjusting question mark
Side brush
Full bin indicator question mark
Stair Cleaning
Cleaning sessions per week question markUnlimited
Extra FilterNone
Containment question markNone
Brush cleaning tools1
Accessories includedCharging base

Brush cleaning tool

CN plug
Voltageauto volt
Manufactured inChina
Warranty1 year (learn more)


The MI robot vacuum is a great alternative to the Neato BotVac and Roomba 980. It has the same SLAM algorithm found in more expensive robots.

This algorithm is responsible for this product’s efficient and multi-room cleaning capabilities.

The best part is you don’t have to spend $700 on it.

Thanks to the large capacity of the 5,200 mAH lithium battery, it will run for around 2.5 hours before needing a charge.

Suction power is also above the competing brands I mentioned at 1,800 Pa. This machine can clean low to mid-pile carpet, but do not expect it to be deep cleaned.

It will miss some spots here and there in terms of cleaning performance. My biggest concern would be edge cleaning because it didn’t perform as well as the ILIFE.

The app is a step in the right direction, but it isn’t a finished product because it lacks crispness.

Xiaomi has updated the app, and now you can monitor the robot’s location in real-time!

Remember, as with all robot vacuums. This will not deep clean carpet as it lacks suction.

This robot would be best utilized as an everyday cleaner that keeps dirt from piling up. In homes with only bare floors, you can use this as the primary cleaner complemented by a handheld vacuum.

About the author: Garrick, the visionary behind Cordless Vacuum Guide, brings over a decade of hands-on expertise in cordless vacuum testing to his insightful reviews showcased on this platform. Beyond his passion for empowering consumers with informed choices, he cherishes precious moments with his family, exploring global cuisines and exploring different horizons with his beloved wife and son. Follow him on Youtube, Tiktok, Facebook, and Instagram.

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  • Binnetie Sep 19, 2016 @ 11:41

    Thank you so much for the review. Currently i’m in for a robot vaccuumer, and i’m thinking of an Neato Botvac D85, but for a lower price you can buy the Xiaomi!
    Do you think it’s a Neato/Roomba killer? Does it have support for future firmware updates?

    • Garrick Dee Sep 22, 2016 @ 11:32

      Binnetie, make no mistake that the MI Robot Vac is a big step in the right direction for a Chinese brand but I feel after testing this robot for a few days now that it still lacks some of the features that a Neato has.

      Neato has a more thorough cleaning pattern. What I mean is, it does several edge cleaning passes and does not only go in a horizontal back and forth pattern, it also does a vertical back and forth pattern which is more thorough.

  • Frankie Sep 22, 2016 @ 6:23

    Thanks for the review. I hoped for a cheap option with intelligent route planning but i am a bit disappointed that it struggles with fine dust like baby powder, did not expect this because of the high PA
    In your text you did not write much about how the multi room-feature works. Does it work well as long as the doors are open and does it get better once the Mi made a map of your home with the different rooms?

    • Garrick Dee Sep 22, 2016 @ 11:17

      Frankie, I’ll try to record a video cleaning 2 rooms + the hallway… so standby for that 🙂

      • Ariel Sep 22, 2016 @ 20:20

        Hey Garrick,
        Is there any option for a recommendation for a robot cleaner?
        my house is 5 bedrooms, does the xiaomi will be good for a nice dust cleaning? (not for replacing my wife weekly mopping).
        or is the Ilife V7s is good also?


        • Garrick Dee Sep 23, 2016 @ 6:52

          Ariel, the Xiaomi would be a good option. It is primarily designed for maintenance clean ups and not for cleaning large messes as you’ve seen in the videos (which I did just to test how far it could go in terms of cleaning). I like the efficiency – it only takes it 12 minutes to clean our room that is 11 square meters. It also clean multiple rooms. I’m not sure how your home is laid out but it can clean multiple rooms and smart enough to go back to home base. I’ll do a video where I’ll try to have it clean 2 rooms and a hallway.

  • Morton Sep 26, 2016 @ 23:34

    Hmm, it seems that Xiaomi filled this with so many marketing bells and whistles that they forgot about the basics… such as the remote!

    I’m still considering this one, though. Currently, I’m torn between the Ilife A4, the Minsu 2015 (nothings seems to be known about that one yet…?), the strange newcomer BlitzWolf (seems very good on paper, but I’ve heard now that it’s a rebadged QQ6?), and this Xiaomi. All but the Xiaomi come with extra parts and remotes (and a lower price, actually).

    For me, climbing on and dealing with carpets is the major point, so… I’m still torn.

    (To get boring: again, I can’t believe that Xiaomi didn’t include a remote with this one. One of the most basic components! To read the description of this vacuum… and then hear that it doesn’t come with a remote – that really sounds like a parody!)

    • Garrick Dee Sep 27, 2016 @ 0:36

      Yes a remote would be nice but I’m guessing they’re copying what the Neato BotVac did – App based control with a very efficient cleaning pattern, too efficient I must say lacking in thoroughness.

      Their App is actually pretty good if you consider that this is their first robot vacuum. It would be nice if they come up with an English version and upgrade the navigation algorithm within the robot but they’ve got most of the bases covered with the app – battery status, cleaning log, scheduling, etc.

      I have not tried the MinSu but based on what I’ve read, it would be better suited on bare floor because it has a mop. The A4 has better suction but no mop so it would be a better carpet cleaner in my opinion.

  • faizal zain Oct 17, 2016 @ 17:28

    i bought this vacuum a few days back, in terms of firmware update, xiaomi is good at it. i own a few of their products, and they update consistently, in fact there’s a new firmware for this vacuum when i first link this to mi home app.

    apparently there’s an option to set strong, regular, silent mode and another option to set fan speed as well, i use google translator app to translate all options in the menu.

    i’m not sure it is the new firmware or what not, but i can see it passes same spot a few times and and do edge cleaning at least 2 times.

    • Garrick Dee Oct 29, 2016 @ 2:33

      Just curious Faizal, what app did you use to translate?

  • Aman Nov 2, 2016 @ 23:58


    Nice review. One question though if it hasn’t finished vacuuming and it runs out of battery does it recharge and starts from where it left?

    • Jaime Nov 8, 2018 @ 19:25

      Yes. It recharges and then goes back to the start it left off at and finishes. This won’t be necessary though unless you have a really large house. It has a very long battery life.

  • muller Nov 12, 2016 @ 8:19

    How can we compare the xiaomi mi robot with the iRobot or neato without supplying spare parts such as brushes, filters,etc…
    Anybody has a link for those spare parts ?

  • Mihai Olimpiu Nov 23, 2016 @ 1:42


    Xiaomi Mi Robot vacuum – Mijia – English interface

    This video is just a POC, the MI Vac app plugin was translated 99%, as some messages are still hardcoded.
    Mi Smart Home is a suite of apps that control all the smart devices of Xiaomi. The devices can be seen in a list inside the app and in order to control them, a plugin is downloaded from a chinese server. This means that the plugin is in chinese. Of course this can be changed, as you can change the downloaded plugin in chinese, with mine which is in English/Chinese.

    App uses system language, so you need to set your phone to english language so it works properly.

    The plugin must be placed in Data/Data/com.xiaomi.smarthome/files/plugin/install/mpk/number, with a file manager that has root access. As a file manager, better use es file explorer from playstore. If you use supersu, you must grant it with root access, in order to replace the plugins correctly. Files must be renamed to have the same name as the installed one.

    To edit the text strings, Apk Editor + Google translate were used.

    Dropbox links:

    Mi Vac plugin:
    Main app v3.9.20 (install it first):

  • Marco Dec 7, 2016 @ 16:03

    thanks Mihai!

  • Daniel konieczka Dec 14, 2016 @ 11:49

    Thanks for all your great reviews Garrick.
    I was wondering what is involved in replacing the battery on the Mi robot.
    Where is it located?
    Where can you purchase a new battery?

    • Cory Apr 26, 2017 @ 2:08

      You can order replacement parts on AliExpress.Com

      • Daniel Konieczka May 16, 2017 @ 22:37

        It looks like you can order everything except a replacement battery.

  • Pauline Dec 22, 2016 @ 14:12


    Can I check do you keep the charging station on at all times ? Or only switch on when u are cleaning

  • Ankerssm Jan 3, 2017 @ 5:13

    Does anyone know how well this vacuum climbs over thresholds compared to the roomba? Better worse or same?

    • smoothmoose Jan 27, 2017 @ 19:19

      Yes, I would be interested what height threshold it can climb and if there is height that may cause it to get stuck. I bought another robovac that I will be returning and it constantly gets stuck on a 20mm threshold and sometimes even a 10mm threshold, even though it is spec’ed for 15mm.

  • jooorg Jan 20, 2017 @ 21:29

    That’s cool.

  • Stefano Feb 6, 2017 @ 10:36

    Hi there.

    I recently bought a xiaomi roboto vacuum. I Couldn’t more enthusiast about this choice. The little robot is powerful and the possibility to control it via wi-fi is a very good feature.

    I have a little question. I used to own a roomba 580 that lasted for about 7 years. Altough I had to do some maintenance.. ie I had to change the battery with a new one after the first 3 years.

    Is Xiaomi (or other company on the internet) selling a replacement for battery? I found only several shops that sells additional brushes or filters. If not probably this is a huge con. Any news on that point?

    Thank you for the wonderful review!


    • Garrick Dee Feb 6, 2017 @ 10:44

      Yes the battery is replaceable but so far I have not seen a replacement battery for sale just yet.

    • randolph Feb 27, 2017 @ 11:34

      Not quite such a good deal when you have to replace robot every time you need a new battery.

  • Hen Mar 20, 2017 @ 18:36

    Have you tried mounting usb wifi camera on top of the proximity sensor? Please let me know coz i want to see how it goes.. Thanks

  • Rene Mar 31, 2017 @ 8:40

    Hello Garrick,
    I just bought the Roomba 980 yesterday and absolutely hate it. I am thinking of getting a Xiaomi or Neato Botvac Connected. Which would you recommend? The reason I hated the Roomba is because of the navigation system. It couldn’t go round obstacles and gets stuck in my kitchen because of a really tiny drop in height. It would get stuck in its own “head” sometimes and forget to go to other areas. My main concern with xiaomi is the lack of replacement battery available and I worry that Neato is not as competent as Xiaomi. Any helpful advice you could give would be deeply appreciated. Thank you!

  • Gilles Jul 13, 2017 @ 15:29

    Thanks for the review. Sorry for my bad english.
    Is it possible to use it for many floors ? The idea is to put the vacuum on each floor but I’m wondering if it will cause some problems because the charging station will stay on the first floor.

    Could I use more than one charging station ?

  • Kristen Aug 23, 2017 @ 20:48

    While looking for a robotic vacuum this brand seems like a good value. But for the price i’ve seen a lot of good comment about a rollibot? Has any one tried this band? http://rollibot.com/

  • Dani Turienzo Sep 6, 2017 @ 9:34

    Does it store multiple maps in memory? I mean, If I bring it to the upstairs floor some days and to the downstairs floor some others, will it remember both layouts?
    Also, would it be possible to have 2 charging bases (one upstairs and one downstairs) so it can go back to charge in both floors?
    I’m surprised no one had this doubts before! 😀

    • Garrick Dee Sep 20, 2018 @ 9:35

      It saves the cleaning sessions of previous cleaning cycles but it does not store it. As far as I know the only robots that does that are the Neato BotVac D7 and the ROomba I7.

  • John Oct 4, 2017 @ 15:53

    It should be noted that the iPhone app stopped working about a week ago, so while you can still launch a cleaning run by pressing the button on the robot, you’ll no longer be able to schedule cleanings, start spot cleans, remote control the robot, or know when it’s time to replace filters and parts. Before buying, I recommend keeping an eye on the App Store reviews to see if they’ve fixed it.

  • Hugo Nov 14, 2017 @ 10:19

    Hi there, first off, really nice video thanks for it.

    I just got mine, but whenever I try to connect it to my router my MiHome App keep up to 90% of the connection and then gives me a “The connection timed out”.

    I tried everything, from setting it to Mainland china to hardware reset, I can’t get pass this 90% barrier. Do you happen to have any tips?

  • Otto Souta Jan 6, 2018 @ 2:10

    Hi, can you tell if the Xiaomi Mi is able to clean rooms on different floors? Would it mean taking the charging station to those floors, or just the robot?
    Thanks for nice review and videos!

    • Garrick Dee Sep 20, 2018 @ 9:34

      You’d have to move the charging station to the floor the robot is cleaning. There’s no robot vacuum yet that can climb stairs 🙂

  • Miguel Feb 17, 2018 @ 2:23

    I have a bunch of smart house products and the vacuum is the one that utilizes more bandwidth that all. In one day it transmits 130 to 155Mbps to a site miliao.com, remember that is not download like updates, is upload. This is not only when is in use, it does it all day. I know it could be the cloud for the company but I still think is a lot of traffic. What it is doing? Can anyone monitor the traffic utilization to see if mine is normal.

    Hostname: rockrobo
    Device Type: XiaomiEl
    Activity: 32.9 Kbps (All the time)
    Down Pkts/Bytes: 992,496 / 217 MB
    Up Pkts/Bytes: 2,218,802 / 1.28 GB

  • James Mar 23, 2018 @ 18:11

    Hey Derrick, I have really dark brown almost black hardwood floors. reading your review you suggested it didn’t work on black carpets? does it have this problem on a very dark floor or is it just a problem with the transition to a dark floor?

  • Patrick Barrett Sep 15, 2018 @ 18:35

    I bought this vac when my Neato MV-21 broke down. It’s suck is supposed to be one of the best, I callit one of the Worst! No suck, leaves it on the floor for me to finally pick up. Stops every 15 min with brush blocked. Nothing but a few strands of hair. at the end, the bucket is hardly full, doesn’t do carpets at all. only hardwood floor. Nice battery life and modular inside, which is good since you have to do your own repair. But if the DOG WON’T Hunt, all you can do is kill it.

  • Jaime Nov 8, 2018 @ 19:22

    I have had a xiaomi for 2 years now. It is still going strong – I love it. One thing you didn’t cover is that Xiaomi says that the robot actually learns. I have witnessed this myself. In my old home there was a threshold that it could not climb back up and over once it fell off of it. It was the perfect height that the robot would travel down over it, but just barely too high to climb back up it after passing by. After several weeks I noticed that the robot would fall off of the threshold and then travel all the way around the house, and come back into the room it was in through the other door. I also noticed that it got stuck less and less as it learned where obstacles were. I just moved to a new house and when I first sent the robot on its way it could not get into the bedrooms. The carpet was too shaggy for it. It couldn’t make it pass the threshold. After a few days she started going into the bedrooms but then would get stuck in the shag of the carpet. I’ve been here 3 weeks now and she goes into each bedroom on the carpet and vacuums the entire room. There is a separate area of construction where the tile floor has been torn up. When I first moved in the robot would get really stuck. But I leave her and let her figure it out. For the first few days she got stuck constantly. After a few days she was able to vacuum the area, but she got confused and never continued PAST the construction area to clean the bedroom, bathroom, and closet beyond the torn up floor. After a few week she now navigates the construction area without getting stuck, and she continues on to the rooms beyond.

    I’m not sure HOW the robot learns, since my impression is a new map is generated after each cleaning. But I’ve definitely witnessed it and did read on the Xiaomi site that the robot uses AI Learning.