To the untrained eye, it may seem that most robovacs are pretty much the same. Almost all are round, almost all have a dust recipient which can be removed from the top case, almost all feature a charging dock and 1 or 2 side brushes. ainol A-S11 however comes with some unique features which can not be seen in i.e. an iLife or in any other Chinese robotic vacuum cleaner. This product can vacuum and wet mop at the same time. It accomplishes this by using a different set of reservoirs and by employing an electronically controlled water drainer. It has a removable brushroll which can be replaced by a bare floor air intake and on top, comes with UV sanitation, HEPA filtration and many other features which we will discuss in detail over the next couple of minutes.
To sum up this review, you’ll find out from me today:
- what are the specs & features of ainol A-S11
- how well it cleans bare floors and carpets
- how it compares with other robots which also wet mop
- its main positives and negatives
- where to find it the cheapest
As you can see, the cleaner comes in a round shape. The upper panel hosts an IR receiver, buttons for setting it up, an LCD display, and a cover that hides the dust box. Around it, there is a plastic bumper which carries all the sensors and helps protect the hardware inside. The bottom side has two wheels, a caster, a floating main brush, and four cliff sensors. The cleaner is white in color with the upper cover being rose gold/purple. Here are the highlights of this product:
and here’s my small video review:
This product has 2 suction modes, “standard” and “turbo”. According to the producer, the cleaner has a suction power of 1200 Pa. After heuristic tests, I’ve found that this is not really true. I would estimate the suction power at about 500-600 Pa. As I said, it comes with dual side brushes which contribute to the agitation. The brushroll is not as good as I’ve expected. On the other hand, one can switch between the bruhsroll and the standard air intake easily. The UV sterilization kills germs and bacteria as the bot sweeps the floor.
Input power & battery life
It comes with a lithium-ion battery which has a 2200 mAh capacity. The battery can run up to about 1 hour and a half. It takes around 4 to 6 hours to charge. If the charge runs out before the job is over, the cleaner will find the charger and move towards it to recharge automatically. However, it needs to be pretty close to it (about 6 feet).
When talking about the capacity of the container, we need cover both the dry bin and the wet tank. The standard bin can accommodate 30 oz, which is pretty large. The water tank has a capacity of 22 oz, which leaves 8 oz for the smaller bin. One of the biggest and most common problem associated with robot vacuum cleaners with wet mopping is the lack of a mechanism for preventing water from dripping on the floor, which produces an overly damp floor. The guys from ainol solved this problem by introducing an electric mechanism inside the tank, which can regulate the flow of water to the mop. Accessing the bin is easy, as you only need to open the top cover.
It has a 2-layer filter which combines a HEPA and a mesh to prevent microscopic allergens from coming back out of the unit. The package also contains an extra HEPA filter. These need to be replaced every 6 months or so.
Weight and Dimensions
Weights 6 lbs and measures 13.39 x 13.39 x 3.54 inches. These numbers are common; nothing out of the ordinary here.
When you buy the ainol A – S11, you get of course the robot body which already comes equipped with the mop bracket, an extra microfiber mop, 2 extra side brushes and 1 extra HEPA filter, the charging base, the adapter, a remote control (unfortunately, without the AAA batteries), the special water tank, a virtual wall, the bare floors air intake and the English manual.
Usability & movement algo
The ainol A-S11 supports a few cleaning modes which include l-shaped cleaning, spot cleaning and edge cleaning. You can command it remotely in the “full-go cleaning mode”, and if you press the “Turbo cleaning” button, you will enable the bot to work at full power. This cleaner is capable of cleaning up to 2000 sq. ft.
Just like other robotic cleaners, has an anti-drop and an anti-collision system. The cliff sensors help it not to fall off the stairs. It cannot damage any furniture thanks to its proximity sensors. It can climb obstacles which are not too high (1 inch). Its slim design allows it to go under most pieces of furniture. It also supports a virtual wall, meaning that you can block access to some areas. Unfortunately, I’ve tested this option carefully and it seems that this virtual wall really confuses the robot.
The sound produced is not too high in “Standard cleaning mode” (66 db). However, if you activate the “Turbo mode”, this cleaner becomes quite noisy.
The product is very well documented in the manual. The guides are actually written in a readable English.
Here I can list:
- the mechanism for regulating the flow of water from the water tank to the mop, including the 2 different bins
- the UV sterilization
It’s backed by a 1-year warranty.
At the moment, this unit can be found on sale here. Use the code AINOLAS11 if you shop from Gear Best and get $10 off. Occasionally, you may get better discounts or promotions. Don’t worry, I’ll update the link and coupon every time this happens.
ainol A-S11 vs iLife V5 Pro vs Seebest D730 vs Haier SWR Pathfinder
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To sum things up, this robot vacuum comes with a large tank, is highly flexible as one can use it as a wet mop and vacuum cleaner at the same time, has a good battery, 2 side brushes and an interesting UV lamp. At cons chapter I can mention the motorized brush with bristles which may be too soft for cleaning carpets and the faulty virtual wall. On bare floors the ainol has a good performance; on carpets, it performs above average. Here’s my VGMrv:
VGMrv table for ainol A-S11
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