Is your new year’s resolution a n0-fuss life? Then smart appliances are what you need for a stainless living, and when it comes to choosing one, robotic vacuum cleaners top the list. If you’re looking for one, simply don’t miss the new ILIFE V8s. Their new product makes life easy for the chore haters. But don’t take my words for granted, dig deep into this review and see for yourself what are the pros and cons of this new robot vacuum from one of the main Chinese manufacturers of such appliances.
ILIFE V8s design
Here’s how the robot looks like:
ILIFE V8s in numbers
|Suction power||1200 Pa (estimated)|
|Clean area||2000 sq ft (estimated)|
|Battery capacity||2500 mAh|
|Expected charging time||3 hours|
|Expected run time||120 min|
|Full bin sensors||No|
|Dustbin capacity||25 oz (0.75 liters)|
|Noise level||62- 66 db|
|Country of manufacture||China|
ILIFE V8s specifications
The robotic ILIFE V8s is meant to clean hardwood and tile floors. Since the robot doesn’t incorporate a brushroll and is designed to clean mostly hard surfaces, the producer thought to add a mop. Cleaning can be manipulated and fine tuned using all the 4 available cleaning modes: Auto, Path Programmed, Edge and Spot. The difference between Auto and Path Programmed cleaning modes is that the robot moves randomly in the first, and uses its gyro sensors to move in a more “regulated” manner in the second, a technology hilariously titled i-Move by the producer. In the MAX mode, the motor of the robot generates approximately 1200 Pa. Coupled with the 2 side brushes, this is enough to get all the dust and debris out of your grout lines.
The side brushes are greatly improved since the iLife A6. These can be manually detached and attached back, whereas with the older model you had to use a screw to do that. This is particularly useful for people with long hair, which need to do a regular maintenance.
Another super-useful improvement – the air intake which is passively auto-adjusting. This helps the robot to be more efficient, especially when vacuuming pet hair.
As for mopping, the device gives you full freedom to choose the amount of water spray from its 3 different working levels thanks to its so-called i-Dropping system.
Input power/battery life
This intelligent cleaner draws its strength from a one Lithium-Ion 2500 mAh battery and can continuously be on operation mode for at least 120 minutes. When using for the first time, make sure you charge the ILIFE V8s for 10-12 hours without a pause. However, you’ll need to charge it for 200-350 minutes approximately before every operation of 80-120 minutes. Also note, the remote control of this robot vacuum device needs AAA/RO3 batteries. When the power is low, the robot can find it’s dock thanks to a sensor which uses infrared technology.
Compared to its sibling, iLife A6, this new V series vacuum can hold in its bin much more dust. The size of the bin is 25 oz (750 ml), one of the biggest out there. You can empty the recipient by sliding it of the back of the robot. I’m not particularly found of this way of access – I prefer bins which can be accessed from the top of the robot, by flipping a lid. The mop tray can store 10 oz (300 ml) of water.
Filtration system efficiency
The filters of the ILIFE V8s are placed inside the dust recipient, making your cleaning experience an ease at every step. These consists of a large HEPA and a spongy layer, like you see in the picture below:
Weight and Dimensions
This slick gray & black robotic cleaner weighs 5.9 pounds (2.7 kg) and comes with a diameter of 12.6 inches (32 cm) and height of 3.18 inches (8.1 cm). It’s short enough to go under beds, sofas and other similar pieces of furniture, and light enough to carry it between floors.
The warranty period of this product is 1 year. I recommend you to buy it from a wholesaler such as Amazon if you want to enjoy a full protection and avoid unpleasant situations. Nevertheless, note that this machine needs at least a weekly maintenance if you want it to outlast its shelve life. Cleaning the spinning side brushes, charging dock, emptying the dustbin, washing the mop pads and patting the HEPA filter will keep it going for a long run.
The product itself is plug and play. You’ll get the robot body per-assembled with 2 side brushes and a spare set set, a mop tray with a cloth already on, 1 additional HEPA filter, the remote control, the home base and a power adapter. The package also contains the product manual, written in a much better English then its predecessors.
- The scratch-free glossy finish, the LCD display and the neat mechanical keys promise a super blend of technology and aesthetics.
- Rover wheels move across floors of every type without scratching them.
- The remote control has a range of more than 13 ft. (4 m).
- Scheduled cleaning allows you to program the device in advance.
- Improved internal gyro and external sensors detect walls, corners, edges.
- Quiet, at 66 db in Max mode.
- Awesome design
- User-friendly features
- Robust motor
- Spacious dustbin and water tank
- Good battery
- Easy maintenance
- It can’t connect to a smartphone
- No internal map (lacks the range laser sensor seen in premium robot vacuums)
- Doesn’t work on carpet
Finally, with all the features and diligent robotic functionalities, this robot vacuum cleaner excels far from being just a sweeping, mopping and cleaning machine. Like ILIFE accustomed us for so long, compared to the other vacuum cleaner prices in the global marketplace, its very competitive. I believe it makes a smart choice for every home and office with hard floors.