iLife has been constantly improving their products. They started at V1, made a lot of steps forward to V7 and now they are at V7S Plus (not to mention they also released the new A series). From a closer view, you will realize both V7S Pro and V7S Plus are typically similar robots. I.e. both look the same. Both are built with i-Dropping technology that makes sure water drips gradually to ensure a homogeneous damping of the microfiber mop in the process of mopping. However, they have a few key differences which justify the change in their name. Let’s see what else they have in common, and more importantly, what differentiates them.
The product looks the same with the first version of V7:
Suction power and cleaning
Generally, this robot performs very well. I remember how wonderful my first tests were, with the V7 a few years ago. It can closely be compared with other more expensive vacuum robots such as the Roborock from Xiaomi. The only disadvantage associated with a random pattern is the inefficiency. However, as far as the suction goes, the 600 Pa delivered by its air pump are well-used for creating a good constant airflow. This means the V7S Plus can suck everything from cornflour to cheerios, thanks to its single side brush system. Moreover, it comes with the Double-V brushroll we can also see i.e. in iRobot’s Roomba, a design which performs efficiently on bare floors and low-pile carpets.
The model obtains its power from a 14V / 2600 mAh Li-Ion battery that offers great reliability. It avails an average functional time starting at 140 to 150 minutes. You can just put it on the dock and connect it to the charging cable. Charging takes 4-5 hours to complete. I find the quality of the battery to be surprisingly good.
Dust & Water bins
The water bin downsized to 300 ml (10 oz). It can also store 2 oz of dry dust. The dust bin remained unchanged at 300 ml (10 oz). These number are enough IMO for most of us. Unless you need to clean a 4000 ft. mansion, I believe 10 oz can accommodate a full cleaning session. You still need to empty the bin after every clean-up.
There are 2 layers of filtration created by the 2 separate filters, which are located inside the dust bin. These are not HEPA, but then again, they can be washed and reused multiple times. There’s also a spare filter inside the box, so I estimate at least 1 year until you would need to change anything in this area.
V7S Plus comes in white and pink exterior and a single button at the middle. Both the water tank and dirt bin can be loaded from the top door. Considering the 13.5 inches in diameter and 3.2 inches in height, the V7S PLUS and V7S pro are identical. The large diameter facilitates the provision of wider cleaning although it may not go through tighter areas which smaller robots can easily pass. I would have loved a larger brush like the one we can see in the Neato models. The height however is reasonable. The robot can travel under my sofa and cabinets with no problems at all.
According to iLife, the V7S+ performs better in terms of cleaning many rooms and finding its way back to the dock. I’ve noticed smoother trajectories, but I am somehow reluctant to the whole multi-room navigation. We’re talking here about a robot which moves semi-randomly. This is now the trade-off associated with a robot that comes with a predictable and random navigation. Remember that in case you would want something as good as Neato BotVac, you are likely to spend above $500 and the cost of this robot is almost a third of that price. As usual, this iLife provides cliff detection based on 4 downward facing sensors and which allows it to detect any sudden cliffs at the front. Away from that, it features the same cleaning modes: Auto Cleaning, Spot Cleaning, Edge Cleaning and Scheduled Cleaning.
As usual, the warranty is provided by the wholesaler, and in this case, depending on from where you buy it, you will most likely enjoy a grace period of 1 year for the robot and 6 months for the batteries.
1. Remote control – This robot comes with a single button, and therefore, if you need more complex options (such as the cleaning modes and scheduling), you need to use a remote in order to access them.
2. On/off button – It’s located on the bottom of the product.
3. Mopping with the i-Dropping technology – Drip-feeds the water from the water tank, for a more efficient mopping.
This product is easy to use. First, you need to take out the device and charge it. If you want to use it in the mop mode, change dust bin with the water tank and add the mopping pad. Put the device on the floor and you will be all set up. Once you have done this, you can control it using the remote. Plug in the dock, place the robot there and push start. The rest is up to the V7S Plus. Easy peasy. One more thing, it emits a noise below 62 db, which is lower than most robot vacuums. And at 7 lbs, you can carry it around with no back pain. The anti-drop and anti-collision systems work well and protect both the robot and your home contents.
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