The Xiaomi Mi robot vacuum is Chinese made. While Xiaomi has yet to make a major dent in the U.S. market, it’s hugely popular in the East.
All things considered, the Xiaomi Mi is a well-rounded vacuum cleaner. The larger battery means a longer run time, and often a more complete cleaning cycle goes hand-in-hand with a longer run time. The vacuum is able to cover more ground during its cleaning cycle, also giving it the ability to go over the same area multiple times. The Xiaomi Mi robot vacuum is a good overall choice.
1 Laser detection sensor
2 Control buttons
3 Bumper ring
Although similar to the 12 other sensors, this one focuses more on scanning the Xiaomi Mi’s surroundings at 360° at 1,800 time per second.Therefore, combining all of these sensors allows this robot vacuum to map out its every movement around your home.
Some other physical attributes that play a role in how the Xiaomi Mi robot vacuum cleans include; the spinning brush and rolling brush located on the bottom of the unit. The spinning brush sweeps dirt and debris into the suction path of the vacuum, while the rolling brush agitates and lifts dirt and debris before sucking it up.
1 Rolling brush
2 Front wheel
3 Spinning brush
During our run time test, we allowed the Xiaomi Mi vacuum to complete a full cleaning cycle on the upstairs portion of my home. This area is carpeted with a medium pile carpet and gets what I would describe as moderate foot traffic.
HAIR | While we do have guests over fairly regularly, my house only includes me, my wife, and my dog (a poodle who doesn’t shed). I wanted to give you that as a bit of background so you can better understand how shocked I was at the Xiaomi’s inability to handle hair of even moderate length.
During the full clean cycle, the Xiaomi Mi robot stopped cleaning with an error message reporting that the main brush needed to be cleaned (stopping every 10 minutes or so).
Each time I cleaned the main brush, it was able to resume. The amount of hair that was present in the main brush was extremely minor. All that said, perhaps this was an issue with just my unit.
By comparison, I have seen my Roomba vacuums accumulate and manage so much hair within their brush and wheel base that they are effectively reinforcing the wheel axle with incredibly tightly wound hair.
Height – 3.8″
Diameter – 13.6″
Weight – 8.4 pounds
1 Charging base
2 Charging cord
3 Cleaning tool
The Xiaomi Mi scored 99% or above on the other three debris.
The Xiaomi Mi worked its way around the perimeter of our testing lane, then back down the middle as it made small switchbacks (sharp turns from left to right and vice versa) until it had reached the front of the lane again.
This robot vacuum completed all four of these tests in under 2 minutes (each), which in my opinion, had to do with the fact that the vacuum only sucked up 36% of the sugar.
Rice was not an issue for the Xiaomi robot vacuum as it scored another 100%. This vacuum cleaner showed improvement on the kitty litter test, moving from 90% on the low pile carpet to a 98% on the high pile carpet.
Last but not least, there was a small decline in the amount of cereal cleaned up, but it still reached a level of 93% cleanliness.
SETUP | On the flip side, setting up the vacuum may not be as easy. If you’re less worried about the language the Xiaomi Mi robot vacuum is speaking, then setup is quick and painless; unbox it, charge it, and put it to work.
Close up of the buttons and top interface of the Xiomi vacuum
If you’re not a fan of guessing games, or don’t know how to speak Mandarin, then you could be in for a treat.
This robot vacuum comes out of the box speaking Mandarin. In order to change the language you must download Xioami’s app, which has a setting for language preference.LANGUAGE | It’s great that there is at least an option to change the language, however, I would have preferred the ability to change the language on the unit itself. Or, better yet, it would have been nice if English had been the default for customers who are ordering from the United States and other English speaking countries.
Batteries are probably the single most important piece of a robot vacuum. The battery controls how long the vacuum cleans for, how long it needs to charge before operating, cleaning efficiency, and more.
LONGEVITY | As with almost all battery-operated devices, the battery is going to die at some point. Therefore, you will need to replace it. The Xiaomi Mi battery claims to last 2 years long before needing replacement.
CAPACITY | Xiaomi Mi’s massive 5,200 mAh capacity battery is one of the largest batteries we have tested to date.However, as far as its longevity goes, we’ll have to take the manufacturer’s word for it until we have more data.
I would recommend the Xiaomi Mi if you’re looking for the following features in a robot vacuum:
- Want a long lasting battery – The Xiaomi Mi robot vacuum comes with a 5,200 mAh battery that has the ability to clean for 2-2.5 hours. This is one of the longest lasting batteries we have tested to date.
- Need a good vacuum for hard floor surfaces – This robot vacuum did an excellent job cleaning up debris from our hardwood floor tests. It was evident that the hard floor surfaces are a better fit for the Xiaomi. The vacuum didn’t perform poorly on carpet by any means, but it did seem to have more consistency on the hardwood floor.
- Want a wifi enabled app to control the vacuum – Xiaomi Mi is made by MiJia, who also creates the app for this robot vacuum. If you choose to use the app, you have the ability to control everything on your phone or tablet. This even means users are able to control the direction at which the vacuum moves while cleaning.