ILIFE A8 vs Xiaomi Mi Robot comparison: which one is better?

Posted on March 5, 2018

Recently ILIFE Robotics presented a new robot vacuum ILIFE A8. It's the first ILIFE model with an intelligent navigation system that builds path for more efficient cleaning. A lot of ILIFE fans been waiting for this feature since all other ILIFE robot vacuums don't have smart navigation. Why is smart navigation so important? Most of the cheap robot vacuums randomly move around your house, so they need more time to cover the entire area, sometimes they can't clean all the rooms or spend more time in one room and less in another. But anyway they are still good if you use them regularly a few times per week. More expensive models like ILIFE A8, Xiaomi Mi robot (and the newest Roborock version), Roomba 980 (or 960), Neato BotVac, Dyson 360 Eye and so on are equipped with a smart navigation system. They have a laser or a camera located on top that scans your house and a powerful processor builds a plan of all rooms and calculate the most effective path to clean it avoiding obstacles. In this article, we will try to compare ILIFE A8 and Xiaomi Mi Robot vacuum cleaners. We specifically chose the older version of Xiaomi robot vacuum since the newest version of Xiaomi robot (Roborock) is more expensive.

ILIFE A8 and Xiaomi Mi Robot specifications

SpecificationsXiaomi Mi RobotILIFE A8
Suction Power1800Pa (CyclonePower 3-stage cleaning system)1000Pa
Smart Navigation360-degree Laser Distance Sensor360-degree live-vision camera (PanoView system)
Battery Life150min130min
Battery Capacity5200mAh2600mAh
Noise Level68db64db
Dust bin capacity420ml300ml
Voice alert systemnoyes
Resumes after rechargingyesyes
Anti-collision systemyesyes
Anti-drop sensorsyesyes
Smartphone appyesno
IR Remote Controlnoyes
Filteration systemHEPA filterHEPA filter
Body Height9.65cm7.2cm
Body Radius34.54cm30.5cm

Advantages of Xiaomi Mi Robot

Xiaomi Mi Robot can be controlled via MI Home App (Android and iOS supported). There are a few interesting features such as tracking the progress (even if you are not at home), scheduling, start/stop button, return to recharge and so on. Mi Robot has a more powerful motor that delivers 1800Pa vs 1000Pa compared to ILIFE A8. So it can pick up more dust from rugs. The capacious 5200mAh battery provides longer run time — up to 150 minutes of cleaning. It is equipped with 12 different sensors that help the robot moving around the house and build an efficient cleaning pattern.

Xiaomi Mi robot appearance


  • Can be controlled and monitored via a smartphone
  • 5200mAh li-ion battery
  • Extremely strong suction


  • No extra accessories in the box (no extra side brush, filter or anything)

Advantages of ILIFE A8

ILIFE A8 is an improved version of A6 model. It has similar design and the same 300ml dustbin. You can use IR remote controller to schedule the robot, choose between 5 cleaning modes: auto, borders, the entire room, spotted spiral cleaning mode, and back home button. ILIFE A8 has a new feature — a voice alert system called i-Voice Assistant. The robot alerts about battery level or when the cleaning process will be finished. The slim body allows cleaning hard-to-reach places.

ILIFE A8 appearance


  • Slim 7.2cm body
  • Low noise level
  • i-Voice Assistant
  • Extra brushes and filters coming in the box


  • Does not come with a smartphone app

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Which robot is better, Xiaomi or ILIFE?

Both robots are good and worth the money to spend on providing great performance for their value. The robots from ILIFE and Xiaomi has a low price tag but can beat much more expensive flagship models from other manufacturers, they are full-featured robovacs with modern design, smart navigation and path planning system. It is hard to say which one is better, it depends on your own preferences.


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