Is Xiaomi MIJIA 1C 2-in-1 Robot Vacuum Cleaner Worth Buying?
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Is Xiaomi MIJIA 1C 2-in-1 Robot Vacuum Cleaner Worth Buying?

The Xiaomi brand of electronics is popular in about 23 countries. Xiaomi electronics are usually compared with top-ranking products from popular brands such as Apple, Samsung, etc. One thing Xiaomi products offer generally is the high quality at a lower price.

When it balls down to robot vacuum cleaners with high standard quality, the Xiaomi brand offers many options. Some excellent vacuum cleaner product line from Xiaomi include Roborocks and Mijia.

Mijia 1C is the latest vacuum cleaner released by Xiaomi in August 2019. We probe into its features and compare them with those of previous Mijia models. We aim to determine if the new Mijia 1C robot vacuum is worth investing in.

Xiaomi MIJIA 1C 2-in-1 Robot Vacuum Cleaner: Updates & Differences

Below we compare Mijia 1C with the previous Xiaomi Mijia STYJ02YM (released August 2019) to determine how Mijia 1C measures against its predecessor.



1) VSLAM+Quad-core CPU

Both Mijia models feature the same digital signal processor ALLWINNER TECH R16 Quad, from Texas Instruments. However, according to official reports, Mijia 1C is about 15% faster than Mijia STYJ02YM in terms of digital signal processing speed.



2) 2500Pa super strong suction, 4 options of suction power

As against 2100Pa suction pressure, Mijia 1C gives an extra 400Pa suction pressure. 2500Pa is the current record-holding suction pressure in the robot vacuum cleaning industry. 

Mijia 1C has 4 cleaning modes, which include quiet, standard, mid-range, and strong. Users can choose from the four modes to clean almost any kind of floor type.


3) Vacuuming+mopping with smart electric control water tank

Both Mijia models have 2 in 1 capacity. They can both mop and vacuum. They both feature smart control water tanks. Mijia 1C has a water capacity of 200ml, while Mijia STYJ02YM water capacity is 500ml.



4) App remote control for firmware updates, mode selection, timing, a real-time cleaning process

Both Mijia vacuum cleaners can be remotely controlled via the Mijia app. With this app, users can control firmware, real-time cleaning, mode selection, mode switching, and timing.



5) 8.2cm ultra-slim body

The ultra-slim body of both Mijia models makes them suitable for cleaning floors under furniture. Mijia 1C finds it easier to move and clean floors under furniture as it is about 1.4cm slimmer than Mijia STYJ02YM.



6) 15 sets of sensors

Mijia 1C has 15 sets of sensors for enhanced anti-drop and anti-collide functions. Mijia STYJ02YM has 12 sensors, yet it offers excellent obstacle escaping capacities. Mijia 1C with it 15 sensors offers better obstacle maneuvering and anti-drop capacities



7) Capable of climbing over 20mm obstacles

Both Mijia models are capable of climbing obstacles that are up to 20mm high and offer better surface cleaning. If the floor height that separates two adjacent rooms in your house is within 20mm, both Mijia models can climb easily, and give excellent room-to-room cleaning. 


Comparison: Xiaomi Mi Robot vs Xiaomi MIJIA 1S vs Xiaomi Mijia STYJ02YM vs Xiaomi MIJIA 1C

Brand

Xiaomi

Xiaomi

Xiaomi

Xiaomi

Model

Mi Robot

Mijia 1S

Mijia STYJ02YM

Mijia 1C

Alexa/ Google Home support

Yes

No

No

Yes

Product height

9.6 cm

9.6 cm

9.4 cm

8.15cm

Dust bin capacity

420 ml

420 ml

550 ml

600 ml

Water capacity

nil

nil

550 ml

200 ml

Suction pressure

1800 Pa

2000 Pa

2100 Pa

2500 Pa

Battery capacity

5200mAh

5200mAh

3200mAh

2400mAh

Battery life

150 mins

150 mins

110 mins

40 mins

Mop function

No

No

Yes

Yes

Number of cleaning modes

3

3

4

4

Remote control support

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Number of sensors

12

14

12

15

Multiple maps support

No

Yes

n/a

No

Room schedule function

No

Yes

Yes

No

Noise level

68 dB

68 dB

n/a

72 dB

Cleaning coverage

250 sq meters

250 sq meters

180 sq meters

60 sq meters

Crossing ability

15mm

n/a

20mm

20mm

Release date

September 2016

April 2019

August 2019

October 2019

Price

$260

$315

$315

$230


Product height

Size matters when a robot vacuum has to clean floors under furniture. The slimmer the device, the more likely for it to be able to access and clean the floor under the furniture. Clearly, Mijia 1S beats all the other three models due to its ultra-slim size.



Alexa/Google Home Support

Smart home appliances are becoming very easy to control by using simple voice commands. Google Home and Alexa support voice command feature for vacuum cleaners. 

Based on this criterion, only Xiaomi Mi Robot, the all-new Mijia 1C, can support this feature. This leaves out Xiaomi MiJia 1S and Xiaomi Mijia STYJ02YM of voice control function.

As Mijia 1C is relatively newer than Mi robot, it is hoped that its successful compatibility with voice assistants will soon be achieved.



Dustbin capacity

Once again, Mijia 1C trumps the others by having the highest bin capacity of 600 ml. This means when cleaning a dirty room, Mijia 1C will hold more dirt for a longer period than the other models. 

It also means users will not need to empty the bin during room cleaning frequently. The overall benefit of this is saving time when vacuum cleaning.


Water capacity

Xiaomi Mi Robot and MiJia 1S do not have water capacity because they are not designed to perform mopping functions. However, Mijia STYJ02YM and MiJia 1C are 2-in-1 vacuum cleaners. They can remove dirt and mop the floor at the same time.



Suction power

Suction power determines how well a robot vacuum can clean a floor. The higher the vacuum's suction pressure, the more capacity it will have to remove tough dirt such as hair strands from the floor surface. Mijia 1C currently has the highest suction power in the vacuum cleaner market. 



Battery size and capacity

The latest Mijia models have smaller battery size when compared with Mi Robot and Mijia 1S. This implies that Mijia 1C and Mijia STYJ02YM are more suited for small or medium-sized floor space. The older models should work well on medium and large floor space.

The number of cleaning modes: Due to high suction power on Mijia 1C and Mijia STYJ02YM, they can give an extra function mode. 2-in-1 capacity also increases cleaning modes.



Remote control

All four Xiaomi robot vacuum cleaners can be remotely controlled when connected to the Mi app.



Multiple map support

Only MiJia 1S and Mijia STYJ02YM have three or more cleaning maps. Hence, they are more appropriate for multilevel rooms.


Room cleaning and virtual walls

Mi Robot supports only zoned cleaning. The two latest Mijia models, both virtual walls and room cleaning.



What do room cleaning and virtual wall mean?

Virtual walls keep the vacuum cleaner from gaining access to some specific areas. This could be your store or an area where you have stuff that must not be tampered with. 

These virtual walls are created and activated when the robot cleaner is mopping the floor. Room cleaning selects only the rooms you need to clean from the other rooms in the building.

Zoned cleaning is similar to room cleaning in that it marks out a particular area for cleanup. The difference is that the purpose of zoned cleaning is to draw the attention of the vacuum cleaner to areas that require more cleaning work. For instance, you can zone clean an area of the room that is smeared with mud from the shoe.



Price

Mi Robot is the cheapest on the list. However, Mijia 1C seems to offer more value for money than Mi Robot. Premium prized Mijia STYJ02YM is quite costly, but its enhanced features justify the price.


CONCLUSION

After exploring the prospects and the consequences of using the latest Mijia 1C vacuum cleaner, we can conclude that it is worth buying. The interesting question is, "What kind of customer would Mijia 1C suit perfectly?" 

From the spec sheets, it is pretty obvious that Mijia 1C is suitable for cleaning small to medium rooms. Also, for people who need a less expensive 2-in-1 alternative to the premium-prized Mijia STYJ02YM, $230 is a good deal. People who have a large floor space can find more comfort using Mijia STYJ02YM.

Mijia 1C was meant for people with small to medium floor space, who need a less expensive but very powerful robot vacuum cleaner. If this defines you, then getting the latest Mijia 1C is a must.











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