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ILIFE V5s Robot Vacuum Cleaner with Water Tank Mopping,Gold
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- Innovated water tank brings an auto damp moping spa for hard floor only (wood tile marbel laminate)
- New powerful motor with max mode and pet hair technology picks up furs,debris,dust and dirty easily and efficiently
- Automatically docks and recharge;programable scheduling,less working noise
- Small slim light design and smart sensors ensure ILIFE V5s goes easily under the sofas,beds,kickstands,around the furnitures,crossing the chair legs
- Less working noise for a quite comfortable home. smart sensors anti-bump and anti-fall.
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One robot. Two cleaning choice
Dry vacuuming by dust bin/wet mopping by water tank, easily shifts and perfectly complements for a thorough cleaning.
Advanced BLDC motor brings 40% more suction power, ensures a 20% longer life and decrease 10% working noise.
Automatically docks and recharge,programable scheduling,anti-bump, anti-drop.
Body size:11.8 x 3 inch
Filteration : primary and HEPA
Dust bin capactity:0.3L
Pet hair Care:Yes
Body control:Touch screen
Charging type:Auto charging/Manual charging
Package contents:robot vacuum x1,User manual x1,remote control x1,extra hepa filter x1,extra sides brush x1,cleaning brush x1,AC adapter x1, Charging dock x1,mop cloth x1.water tank x1
Founded in 2007, ILIFE has been developing on robotic vacuum cleaners for nearly a decade.
With a strong R&D team, ILIFE independently develop products from ID design, hardware, and software to mechanical housing, now ILIFE possesses numerous patented technologies in robotic vacuum industry, serving as one of china’s leading enterprises for robotic vacuum from R&D support to manufacturing capability.
All products are assured to be high quality control passed, and with international FCC CE ROSH Certificate, environmentally in harmony with your home.
In ILIFE, our top priority is product quality as well as user experience, and we are always devoted to continuous improvement.
Our vision is to bring each innovation into daily life, free people from onerous house chores, and give people more free time to enjoy a life of leisure.
Vacuuming sweeping mopping all in one
- Put dust bin into the robot and remove the mop holder, start vacuuming sweeping mode in the initial cleaning round.
- Instead the dust bin with water tank and install the mop holder, mopping mode makes a deeper cleaning on your hard wood floor.
smart sensors know your home
- Front obstacle sensors with Tpu bumper let V5s avoid barrier and protect your furniture.
- A suit of cliff sensors keep the robot from falling off stairs.
- Barrier-cross for height of 10mm max, while climbing for 15 degree max.
- Automatically docks and recharges, and is always ready to clean.
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|Item Dimensions||11.8 x 11.8 x 3 in||13.9 x 13.9 x 3.27 in||3.6 x 13.4 x 13.4 in||11.8 x 11.8 x 3 in|
|Item Weight||4.5 lbs||9.7 lbs||11.8 lbs||4.5 lbs|
Top Customer Reviews
First off, I have the younger (or is it older?) brother of this model, the ILIFE V3s so I will be comparing most points to that model.
While the V3s is already a really great vacuum, this guy is better in every way. The V3s is around $160 and this is $199. I would say definitely shell out the extra $40 to get this guy instead.
Here's some basic cleaning mode info on this vacuum first (all modes shown in video): Spot mode (when you need to clean a specific spot, just put the vac there, press the spiral button on the remote, and it will keep rotating out in a spiral to clean), Manual mode by remote control (you can control the vac by pressing the directional buttons on the remote control), Auto mode (cleans automatically by going in a random path, this can also be scheduled to run on a daily basis at a specific time), Edge mode (cleans along the edges of your home when you put it near a wall and press the Edge button. After running through the perimeter of your home once, it will go back to the base and auto dock.)
Now onto the details...
- Sleeker looking, faster, more powerful, and shorter (by about maybe .5" or so) than the V3s. Due to the shorter height, it goes under couches and other low furniture easily. With the older model, our couch was juuuust high enough for the vacuum to go through but if someone was sitting on the couch at the time, it would get stuck because the couch would droop a little due to the added weight.
- SPEED. It moves around much faster than the V3s and because of this, it can cover more ground.
- Amazing battery life. Rated 120min to 150min but actual time was ~180min(!!). MUCH better than the V3s (80-90min). Due to the huge battery life, it can clean my entire 960sqft apt with no problems. It's insane.
- Larger dust bin (see pic) than the V3s, which of course means it can hold a lot more dirt, hair, etc. Also means you don't have to empty out the bin as much.
- Ability to go slower when on rugs to allow for deeper suction. It knows when it goes over a rug and will move slower and turn up the suction power. For certain rugs/mats, it will go to the edge of it, back up, and clean most, if not the entire rug, before getting off. (Note: this only seemed to work on one of my bathmats, which was made out of a sorta soft fleecey material). It actually
knew where the edges were! I have a feeling it is able to do this because of the anti-fall sensor that prevents it from falling down edges or stairs.
- Turns are better than the V3s, makes sharper turns, and able to adjust itself around different sized corners. It knows to adjust its turn midway around a corner or table/chair leg depending on how big the corner or leg is, WITHOUT bumping into it first.
- Runs extremely quiet, almost whisper quiet. I'm not sure why the reviews for the V3s are saying its super quiet, because it is not. This model however, really is super quiet. Except when in...
- Max mode (which the V3s does not have). Max mode picks up a lot more dust/hair/etc. but is MUCH noisier (see video) due to the suction running at max power. You will definitely be able to hear it in another room so I don't recommend using it at night while sleeping. I'm also assuming it lowers the runtime due to the extra power usage. I'm not sure though because I never timed it while it ran in max mode.
- 3 point of contacts to the floor, 2 rotating brushes and a brush roll. V3s only has 2 points of contact (rotating brushes) and no brush roll.
- Smart enough that when it bumps into something while going straight, it will go around it, then continue going straight, instead of wandering off in another direction. This doesn't happen all the time but does happen enough to deserve a mention.
- Has larger wheels than the V3s so it is able to go over higher thresholds like the transition between a hallway into the bathroom. I have a quartz transition strip (.75" high) separating the hallway from the bathroom. The V3s was never able to go over this strip but the A4 has no issues. It rolls over the strip like a mini tank. It will also transition from hardwood floors to low-pile rugs with absolutely no issues. I can't speak for shaggy rugs though because I don't have any.
- Auto docks a lot better than V3s. Out of almost 2 weeks of usage, it was only not able to dock on its own, ONCE.
- Never snagged on anything..... well, except one thing, which I will mention below in CONS.
- Squeaky wheels when turning (you can hear it in the video). It might've been because the rubber wheels were brand new and were going against my hardwood floors but the wheels would squeak every time it made a turn. I've noticed it less now over time though.
- Bumps into things pretty hard, harder than the V3s did. The noise when it bumps into something hard is pretty loud (you can hear it in the video). However, this is most likely due to the fact that it moves much faster than the V3s. Not a huge deal but it can be kinda jarring at first.
- No microfiber mop, compared to the V3s. I missed it at first but I'm fine with it now because the dust and gunk that gets caught in the mop will just probably end up being scraped off when it goes over rugs anyway. Not to mention, I don't think it would work well over carpet.
- Still not that smart. It still bumps into things randomly and has a random cleaning path. Watching it clean can sometimes be frustrating because it doesn't clean in a pattern and can't "learn" or remember the layout of your home. However, I did notice it's somewhat smarter than the V3s because it won't repeatedly clean the same area over and over nearly as much.
- Doesn't recognize table and chair legs all that well like it does with walls and other larger objects. When it approaches walls or large objects, it will slow down, not bump into it, and turn another direction. With chair/table legs, it does not know how to do this. Not sure why though. Maybe the density or size of the legs is not significant enough? I wish it would recognize these legs though because this is where it mostly creates the loud noise when it bumps.
- Doesn't recognize dark colored objects well. This is very apparent when running in Edge mode. If you have white colored floor moldings, it will travel in a straight line along the edge but when it gets to dark objects, it will start to go off track and bump into the object to correct itself.
- Not easy to empty the dust bin. When you take out the bin, there is a big opening that's just exposed. The opening does not have a cover so if you tilt the bin downwards while pulling it out, you will risk spilling everything out. Also, when opening up the bin and tossing the dirt in the garbage can, the dust will just fly everywhere. Popping out the filter will also cause dust to fly everywhere. I absolutely HATE it when after I vacuum and emptying out the dust bin just ends up causing the dust to fly out again. The only solution I have found for this is to carefully dump out any large or hard objects caught in the bin, then use a damp paper towel to wipe over the dusty filter first, then washing the whole thing in the sink, instead of just banging it against the garbage can to shake out the dust.
- While Max mode cleans very well, it ended up damaging one of our rugs. It snagged on a loose thread on one of the corners and pulled at it until the thread got all tangled up in the brush, wheels, and brush roll (see pic). It was partly our fault though because that corner was already damaged and we never bothered to fix it. However, the V3s never did anything like this and the A4 also did not do this while on regular mode. Just make sure you have no loose, or even semi-loose things that can get snagged while running Max mode because this thing will eat it up.
All in all though, I still can't believe that this vac is able to perform so well, especially at this price point. There are so many other similar models out there but they all have bad to ok reviews only. There's also another model out there (the Anker one) that looks pretty much exactly like this one. If you look at the pics side by side, you can see that the only difference is the color. However, the A4 has a bigger battery. They both cost the same but the ILIFE A4 is definitely the better buy, even though Anker is a better known name. I have a feeling Anker copied ILIFE though because Anker is not known for making robo vacs, while ILIFE has been in this business for years. In the world of robotic vacuums, I think ILIFE is in a solid 3rd place, right after iRobot and Neato. But if you factor in the price, I would say its actually in 1st place.
This is the best cleaning robot ever. I don't personally own a Roomba but have seen them work. This thing is almost identical, but at the fraction of the cost. This thing is definitely worth it! It vacuums and it mops (with some adjustments). This review is based off of non-carpeted flooring only!
I have the robot vacuum work about once a day in my medium sized room and it will always have in its canister a bunch of hair and at least 2 2-3 inch in diameter dust bunnies. It tends to get wedged under arch type furniture (near the ground of course). The robot seems to be afraid of its charging base; it won't go near it (approximately 0.5-1 meters / 2-3 feet), which kinda sucks for me cause it fits perfectly under my desk with the charging base, but now he (yes it is a he!) won't clean under except when he leaves the base. All in all, his vacuuming skills are pretty good! He'll also return to his base with no problems unless he gets stuck on something.
I had it mop today, and it behaves practically the same as vacuuming except it is much quieter and works kinda funny. You essentially fill up the water tank and (the instructions say only add water) I added a little Mr. Clean because it feels cleaner and smells better. It mops almost identically to how it vacuums.
- Dang good for about $140 (can easily find it for that price at other retailers if it isn't that much on Amazon).
- Mops decently. The mop can also be taken off and thrown in the wash if you like it clean clean. Might need a steam mop to follow this puppy when he's done.
- Vacuums like crazy! It's dang good.
- He can push heavy objects. Probably up to 30-40 pound objects if he gets stuck or wedged in them. He got wedged under a portable AC and he moved it a good 2-4 inches to free himself.
- Seems to vacuum for about 2-3 hours on max on a full charge.
- I usually put the charging base on top of something once in a while so that he will vacuum everywhere, since he doesn't vacuum near the base. He will usually roam around for about 30-60 minutes when he's done vacuuming looking for the base, he will eventually find it no problem unless he gets stuck on something.
- Never put the charging base near an intersection of a pathway, otherwise he will never cross it and be stuck in one quadrant while vacuuming.
===== Update: August 29, 2016 ===== (the last paragraph is a tl;dr)
So, how has the ILIFE V5s working for me after about 3.5 months now. I have to say that it has its quirks (will talk about it below) when compared to a Roomba. Overall, I'd still rate the ILIFE V5s a 5/5. Why?
- It cleans my floor regularly. Has worked predictably and reliably since the day I got it.
- The replacement parts can be bought affordably from Amazon. (4 brushes, 2 filters, and 2 mop pads all for $14.99 at the time of this review).
- It was much cheaper than a Roomba. I think the cheapest Roomba on sale can be bought at about $400 (at the time of this review). I picked the ILIFE V5s up from a Chinese e-retailer for about $140 (after shipping).
- I can send the V5s to vacuum and forget it. Usually, before I leave my room, I set it and forget it. When I come back, 9/10 times I'll find it on the charging base. Usually it's user error that'll prevent him from getting back to the base (i.e., A cable is lying on the floor and he gets stuck on it, or I block the base with furniture).
- Navigation: I know some of my friends will say a Roomba navigates with intelligence (i.e., it can navigate your house and it kind of memorizes it), the V5s, seems to work with heuristics. That is, it tends to roam the room a little first, then clean the outside, roam, outside, roam etc. until the battery dies. It works effectively but if it is charged with cleaning a WHOLE floor, I think it might forget where its base is in a larger apartment / floor of a house.
- Getting stuck: he only seems to get stuck on arch type furniture. He doesn't get stuck easily except with mopping (see next comment). If he gets stuck he often will stay there and attempt to free himself a little, but then just let his battery die after that, if you don't rescue him in the next few hours. He will also repeatedly attempt to enter his base, but if there is something off to the side that triggers his bumper while he tries to park he'll reverse and attempt to park in the base repeatedly. Sometimes he will attempt to correct by going to the left or right but most the time he will fail to navigate around the object and will eventually die trying to return to the base (reversing and trying to park until battery dies).
- Mopping: it mops well and there isn't much to say about it. The only problem as the V5s ages when he mops is that his wheels seem to lose grip, so when he mops on a wet floor, he gets stuck much more easily than normal. For instance, if he has mopped the area and makes a second pass while the floor is still wet, he can get stuck on the wall because his wheels don't provide him with enough grip to hit the wall and activate his bumper; thereby, getting stuck on the wall (or furniture, or pretty much anything he hits gently).
- Bumping things: he can hit objects quite hard if his proximity sensors don't pick it up. For example if he hits a chair at an angle (his proximity sensors appear to be at about the 11 and 1 o'clock positions if the 12 is the path he is traveling forward in), and the chair is at his 12, he will smack the chair leg with full force. While most furniture this won't matter but if you have delicate items or something heavy on a night stand that isn't against a wall when he hits it, it can knock over some things. This does pose as a potential risk but one will learn over time that the V5s can be left unattended (I don't recommend doing this till you stay nearby the first handful of times you send the V5s to work).
I still love my V5s. I haven't had any battery problems or functioning problems. Most issues I lined out are usually human error and normal wear and tear of the item. Few quirks with getting him to work, but once you learn them the V5s is definitely worth the investment. I have seen other Chinese Roomba-like robots, and I have to say the V5s was definitely worth every penny. I've seen other Chinese Roomba-like robots go for about $100-120, and they are definitely not worth even half their price in headaches and how inefficient they are at vacuuming. So, I have to say despite the VERY MINOR quirks I've had with the V5s, it is definitely worth it for $140. I would highly recommend this item and would recommend anyone who is considering a cheaper alternative to the Roomba pick this up.
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