Xiaomi MiJia RoboRock Robot Vacuum Review – Next Generation Xiaomi
When Xiaomi introduced the world to their first robotic vacuum, a lot of people were skeptical (myself included) on how it would perform.
Well to make the long story short, the first generation Xiaomi exceeded expectations.
And I’d say it was more successful than much-hyped Dyson 360 Eye in terms of reviews and sales.
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This 2nd generation Xiaomi robot will upwards of $560 depending on the plug type. So that’s a few hundred dollars more expensive. So is it worth the premium?
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If you want this robot now is the time to purchase but don’t forget to watch my video review if you want to catch a glimpse of what this robot is all about.
Let’s closely look at the features and improvements that this product has over the previous generation Xiaomi.
To help guide you in this review I’ve created a table of contents section…
- Features at a glance
- Pros & Cons
- What to expect from this 2nd generation Xiaomi robot or the Mijia RoboRock?
- What are the improvements in this second generation Xiaomi?
- Cleaning Performance
- Where can I buy this robot?
- To Wrap It Up
- Top-mounted Laser Distance Sensor (or LDS) that scans its surroundings 360 degrees, 180 times per second to map out the area it’ll clean
- Inside the robot are three processors that tract its movements real-time
- The Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (or SLAM) algorithm helps it calculate the most efficient cleaning path making this robot fully capable of cleaning multiple rooms without getting lost
- MI Home App allows remote access to this robot even if you’re at work
- 2-in-1 functionality of a robot vacuum and mop
- App has a feature to customize an area you want it to clean
- 5,200 mAh lithium ion battery will run for about 2.5 hours or cleaning a house 250 sq.m before having to recharge
- Suction improved from 1,800 Pa to 2,000 Pa
- Capable of climbing obstacles up to 2cm tall
- Washable HEPA filter
- Improved power
- Now has a mopping functionality
- APP feature gives you more control on the areas you want to clean
- Larger dust cup capacity than the previous generation
- Smartphone app allows remote access
- Washable HEPA filter
- More expensive – almost as expensive as a Neato BotVac Connected
- Mopping function will not remote dried up stains – it’s only great for
Watch this video to get a glimpse of what this product is all about…
If you have not read my review of the first generation Xiaomi, please read it over here.
Initially before upgrading the firmware and app, I was disappointed with how it performed in the first cleaning test. I mentioned at the time that “it was too efficient” meaning it lacked thoroughness.
But after the firmware upgrade, everything changed. Cleaning performance improved more than two-fold because of the thoroughness.
Expect more or less the same performance because this product uses the same motorized brush, single side brush but with slightly more power.
From the top you’ll immediately notice the difference between the first and second generation Xiaomi. Whereas the first get robot’s buttons are at the bottom of the fascia, the newer generation is at the upper part right before the LDS sensor.
Unlike the Neato Robotic vacuum where you can schedule on the robot itself, Xiaomi’s scheduling all done via the app.
Flip the robot over and you’ll see basically the same layout as the previous generation Xiaomi. It is a single side brush that’ll help clean dirt on the edges and corners and sweep them towards the middle.
But there’s another function that Xiaomi added to this new machine that’ll I discuss below.
Biggest upgrade in my opinion would be the addition of the mop. Some folks have gone as far as using double sided tape to stick a microfiber towel at the bottom of the robot.
With this new product you don’t need to go through all that trouble because it comes with a mop.
And it’ll give you the ability to wet mop or dry mop with the vacuum on.
Xiaomi says it uses a “smart water effusion” system that where water only trickles down so you won’t have a big puddle of mess.
I have not tested this product so I do not know how well it works. But I’ll update this article once I get my hands on the test unit.
But to give you a glimpse of how it mops, please watch this video…
More Powerful Motor
The first generation Xiaomi was already a beast in terms of power with 1,800 Pa of suction. This second generation robot adds 200 Pa to the equation.
Does that make a difference in day to day cleaning tasks? Well, probably not but it’s a step in the right direction. And having more power is something you’d want if you have lots of carpet at home.
I mentioned earlier that you can use a smartphone app to control this robot autonomously even when you’re not physically at the same location.
It also gives you the ability to schedule this multiple times in a day, something that you can’t do with the Neato BotVac or Roomba 980.
Another feature found in the new Xiaomi is that allows you to clean a specific part of your home without having to physically block it or use a virtual wall (something that iRobot uses). This is a huge improvement in my opinion because it gives you more control and options.
The more options you have the better it is.
One improvement I really like is the “zone cleaning” feature where you can ask the robot to clean a specific part of your home. There’s no need to put any physical barrier or any magnetic strips of tape.
All you need to do is draw the area on the app then the robot does the rest. It’ll go around the area twice then go back to the charging station.
Washable HEPA filter
Another big improvement would be the washable HEPA filter. No longer will you have to replace it as soon as it gets soiled, just run it over water, let it dry then you’re ready to go.
But here’s the catch, you can only wash it once a week.
Unfortunately you’d still have to replace the filter but not as often as the old Xiaomi. This will reduce costs because you’ll buy filters much later.
Larger Dust Capacity
The dust bin is also slightly larger at around 0.50 liters which is 0.08 liters bigger than the first generation Xiaomi.
Not a huge improvement but at least it has a bit more storage space. Compared to the Roomba 980 that has a 700ml dust bin, the Xiaomi bin pales in comparison.
So you’ll have to empty this more often compared to a Roomba.
5,200 mAh battery
Xiaomi has perhaps the largest capacity lithium ion battery in the industry.
Having this much capacity is does add to the weight but who cares? This is an autonomous cleaning robot that does the job for you.
Unlike the Dyson 360 Eye that only runs 45 minutes, this robot will run for 2.5 hours! Think about that, a Dyson will cost close to a thousand dollars while this will cost $600 at most.
Now that is value for money!
Laser Distance Sensor
Like the first generation Xiaomi, this also uses a Laser Distance Sensor to map out the shape of the room.
This is the same technology found in the first gen Xiaomi. But they did something interesting. Engineers relocated the sensor towards the middle of the robot instead of leaving it close to the back.
I’m not sure why they did this, it could be because of clearance issues so that the there’s less risk of the elevated cover rubbing on an overhanging cabinet. Or it just consmetic to make room for the instrument cluster located at the back.
Inside the robot are 3 processors that help the robot process all the information gathered by the LDS sensor to map out the most efficient path.
To put it simply, divides the rooms into subsections when it cleans.
Again you’ll see this in the videos I’ll post so please bookmark this page or subscribe to my YouTube channel to see that video when I post about it.
At the heart of all this is the Simultaneous Localization and Mapping algorithm (or SLAM) that drives the robot around different areas inside your home. This is the same technology that you’ll see in the Google driving car a.k.a. Waymo.
Despite the slight bump in power do not expect a dramatic improvement in cleaning performance. This robot will have the same performance as the first generation Xiaomi.
Check out these before and after photos…
It did a really good job cleaning the middle parts of the room. It picked up nearly every bit of dirt I scattered on the floor. But it struggled somewhat cleaning the edges near on both sides of the door. The side brush did struggle in reaching all the way to the edge on corners.
One of the biggest upgrades in the RoboRock would be the mopping feature.
It comes with a bracket that can hold up to 60 ml of water and two microfiber pads.
Things I like:
- You don’t need to flip the robot over to attach the mop bracket – just slide it until you hear a “click”
- Mop is easy to attach and remove
- It comes with one extra pad so you can still use one mop while the other is in the washing machine
Things I don’t like:
- You can’t turn off the vacuum
- It has the same pattern vacuuming as it has mopping – I was hoping that it would have a separate mopping function
If you’re doing a small room just fill the tank halfway or else it’ll leave streaks.
Right now, the only place that you can buy this would be in GearBest and Amazon. Buying in GearBest would be cheaper. Check the links below for the latest price and coupon codes.
So the big question is this robot worth the $600 price tag? It really depends on your preferences, the size of your home and if you can afford one.
This robot would suite best in a medium to large sized home thanks to its 2.5 hour range and efficient cleaning pattern.
You wouldn’t need to worry about it getting lost because it’ll rarely get lost thanks to all the gadgetry installed.
It also has the best smartphone app in the business (in my opinion) because of all the options it gives you.
This is the only app I’ve seen (aside from the Dyson 360 Eye) that can schedule more than once a day. So you can schedule this morning, noon and night if you so choose.
The new app that you can use with the second generation Xiaomi allows you to program it to clean a specific area of your home. And best part is you don’t need to physically block it with a magnetic tape.
It’s the tech that you’ll get that makes this a great budget option (if consider $600 cheap) to the Roomba 980.
You’ll get a robot that’ll run for 2.5 hours and clean every room in your home with efficiency.
If you live in a mansion it’ll clean on its own after recharging if it can’t cover the whole area in a single charge.