The Alfawise A6 is another robotic vacuum supplied to me by GearBest, one of the fastest growing online retailers from China. I was looking forward to testing this product, since its design comes pretty close to the one seen on the iLife V7S (which I reviewed a while ago, and I absolutely loved it). I’m talking of course about its glossy pink case. This particular unit was to me the first of its kind; I never heard about the Alfawise company before. Upon a brief search, I’ve found that this manufacturer is also involved in other business areas, as it produces TV boxes, media players and other electronic equipment which has no direct connection to cleaning. Th A6 vacuum cleaner is able to do some things other robot vacuums can’t: it can of course vacuum, it can wet mop and it can UV sterilize the floors. But does it do them all well enough?
In the next couple of minutes, you’ll find out:
- what the the complete specs of this Alfawise
- how good is the Alfawise A6 on various types of surfaces
- how it compares to other similar robots
- what are its main drawbacks
- how to get it for a good price
Here are some pictures of this product which I made during my review:
Here is my video:
Specifications and Features
The producer brags with a suction power of approximately 800Pa. Unfortunately, I came to the conclusion it is lower than that. Since I am not able to measure it exactly, I can only estimate it at about 500-600 Pa. The brushroll is very similar to the one installed on the ainol A-S11. The bristles are also too soft to agitate the debris well enough. The air intake could be a bit wider. On the bright side, the unit features 2 side brushes, and the smaller dust particles get easily sucked into the dust recipient. Finally, UV light is consistent and powerful, killing bacteria. Given the configuration of this robot, I would say it performs best on hard floors.
This unit comes with one of the highest battery capacities I’ve seen on a robot vacuum – a 3350mAh 14.8V Li-Ion module juices up things. However, it can work continuously for 1h, which is not that much (compared to its contenders). It can recharge itself automatically when the power is about to run out. However, the robot needs to be close to the beacon to “see” it, I would say within maximum 8 feet. It takes roughly 2h for it to recharge completely.
The dust bin is located in the back of the robot. The main part includes the motor and the UV lamp, so you’ll have the detach the bin from these in order to empty it. I’ve seen easier ways of accessing the dirt collector, but once you get used with it, it shouldn’t bother you. The capacity is standard – the A6 can accommodate approximately 17 oz. of dirt.
Comes with a large HEPA filter. Also has a thinner plastic filter inside the bin. The air eliminated is clean and almost pure, as 99.7% of airborne particles larger than 0.3 microns are trapped inside these filters. As usual, you’ll need to replace the HEPA every now and then.
Weights almost 7 lbs., and measures 13.4 x 13.4 x 3.15 inches. It short enough to fit under furniture and couches, and light enough to be carried between floors.
As you probably saw in my video, the package is pretty complete. The Alfawise A6 comes with:
- the product manual and the quick starting guide
- the adapter (which can be customized for various types of power outlets)
- the charging dock
- the robot battery (which is not per-installed)
- the virtual wall
- the remote control
- the mop tray
- an extra HEPA filter, an extra mop cloth and an extra side brush
I appreciate the care of the producer. Lots of things are considered. All components can be used right out of the box. You don’t have to purchase additional batteries. The virtual wall can even be recharged using the adapter for the robot. Surprisingly, it produces a fairy low noise. I’ve measured it at about 65 dB, which is consistent with what the producer states. The proximity sensors do their job well. It even has a furniture protection mode called the “special bounce cleaning”. When operating in this mode, the robot slows right before hitting an obstacle, and to attain a collision free movement. Other cleaning modes are the standard random cleaning, polygonal spiral cleaning, spot cleaning and S-shaped cleaning.
It has an anti-drop system which ensures it won’t fall of anything. Doesn’t come with an app or anything like that, but the remote control is slim and intuitive. The charging dock can be programmed, so the robot can start cleaning when you’re at work. The are lots of tiny details considered by the producer. For instance, the unit includes a small cleaning brush which you can use i.e. to clean the filters and the bin. The virtual wall works like a mirror: the robot bounces 180 degrees after it “touches” it. The touch controls on the top of the case feel nice, and the main brushroll can be accessed in less than 1 minute.
At this chapter, one may mention the UV lamp which isn’t something you see in every robots, and the wet mopping capabilities. Unfortunately, the mop tray covers the on-off switch when installe, so you’ll have to make sure you turn on the unit before installing it onto the bottom of robot. Finally, I will also list here the fact that the virtual wall has built-in rechargeable batteries.
Comes with a one year warranty, a warranty enforced by most online wholesalers.
It’s an affordable product. Here’s a great place from where you could buy this.
Alfawise A6 vs ainol A-S11 vs iLife V7S Pro
All of these robotic vacuums are pink; other than this, they differ fundamentally in many aspects. Here’s a neat comparison chart:
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Conclusion and VGMrv
This particular robotic vacuum is a good performer, especially when used on bare floors. You can schedule it, you can control it directly with the remote control or you can let it wander on its own. Besides vacuuming, the A6 can also wet mop or sterilize floors with a UVC light. The suction is decent, and the noise produced is rather low. On the other hand, the producer should consider implementing minor improvements such as i.e. optimizing the cleaning patterns, increasing the operation autonomy or re-designing the brushroll. Here’s my VGMrv:
VGMrv table for Alfawise A6
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(VacuumsGuide.com Mark for robo-vacs)
What do you think of this robot? Do you find it any different than the rest? Would you buy one?