You maybe haven't heard of ILIFE. Let us introduce you to this company and tell why we think it is a manufacturer that produces one of the best budget robots on the market. Founded in 2010 located in Shenzhen, it has two large manufacturing bases in Shenzhen and Dongguan. ILIFE is one of the leading companies in the intelligent cleaning robot industry in China. What makes robot vacuum cleaners from ILIFE this good? Let's find out.
ILIFE has three model lines: A series, V series, and W series. The A series (except the A4S) comes equipped with a rubber cleaning roller that makes them perfect for pet hair. The A8 and A9S are the only robot vacuums from ILIFE that map a cleaning area. A-line is equipped with a more powerful motor that delivers stronger suction making the devices suitable for thin carpets.
The V series are hybrid vacuum cleaners. They mop and sweep (except the newest V4). This line is not as good for carpets as the A-line though is better for hard floors.
W-series only have one robot mop - the ILIFE W400. It is specially designed for mopping bare floor and not suitable for carpets. It has a vibrating motor that moves mop cloth thus being able to reduce even stubborn stains.
ILIFE V-series model line comparison chart
|Features||V8S||V7S Plus||V5S Pro||V3S Pro||V4|
|Run Time (min)||120||120||150||120||100|
|Control||IR remote controller||IR remote controller||IR remote controller||IR remote controller||IR remote controller|
|Suction Power||N/A||400 Pa||850 Pa||850 Pa||N/A|
|Noise level||68 dB||68 dB||54 dB||55 dB||N/A|
|Dustbox Capacity (ml)||750||300||300||300||300|
|Water Tank Capacity (ml)||300||300||300||-||-|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||2,600||2,600||2,600||2,600||2,600|
|Charge time (min)||300||300||280||300||280|
|Climbing ability (in/mm)||0.79 / 20||0.59 / 15||0.59 / 15||0.59 / 15||0.47 / 12|
|Height (cm / in)||8.1 / 3.1||8.4/ 3.3||7/ 2.76||8x3||3.03 / 7.7|
|Weight (kg / lbs)||2.7 /||3 / 6.6||2.05 / 4.51||2 / 4.41||2.2 / 4.85|
|Type Of Brush||2 side brushes||1 side brush + bristle brush||bristle + 2 side brushes||2 side brushes||2 side brushes|
ILIFE A-series model line
|Run Time (min)||130||160||140||150||90|
|Cleaning Coverage (sq.m./sq.f)||N/A||200/2153||200/2153||200/2153||N/A|
|Control||IR remote controller||IR remote controller||IR remote controller||IR remote controller + app||IR remote controller + app|
|Suction Power (Pa)||1,000||1,000||1,000||1,000||1,000|
|Noise level (dB)||68||65||65||68||70|
|Dustbox Capacity (ml)||300||300||300||600||600|
|Water Tank Capacity||-||-||-||-||300 ml|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||2,600||2,600||2,600||2,600||2,600|
|Charge time (min)||N/A||250||250||300||300|
|Climbing ability (in/mm)||0.47 / 12||0.47 / 12||0.59 / 15||0.59 / 15||N/A|
|Height (cm / in)||7.2 / 2.8||8 / 3.15||7.6 / 2.9||8.1 / 3.1||7.6 / 2.9|
|Weight (kg/lbs)||2.9 / 6.5||2.55 / 5.62||2.2 / 4.85||2.55 / 5.62||2.55 / 5.62|
|Type Of Brush||rubber + bristle + 2 sweepers||rubber + 2 sweepers||bristle + 2 sweepers||rubber + 2 side sweepers||rubber + 2 side sweepers|
ILIFE Robots Navigation
All the robots from ILIFE, except the A8 and the newest A9S, have a random cleaning pattern. This means that the machines don't build a cleaning route or make a map of an interior. Considering the price range of $125-$300, this is expected.
If you want a robot cleaner that will do these things, go with the newest A8 or A9S that are on sale for about $300-330 now. The ILIFE A8 also has an "Auto-charge and Resume" feature that makes it go to recharge when its battery runs out and then resume cleaning from the point it left off.
If you want to make your robot run only while you are home or you don't have a big house, there is no need to pay extra for mapping. With smart navigation, robots do the job faster than other machines; but if you don't mind your robot spending half of an hour more on cleaning, consider buying a cheaper version without mapping.
Robot vacuums mentioned in the article:
- ILIFE V4 — from $149.99
- ILIFE W400 — from $249.99
- ILIFE A7 — from $350.00
- ILIFE V8S — from $299.00
- ILIFE A8 — from $249.99
- ILIFE V3S — from $128.00
- ILIFE V3S Pro — from $128.00
- ILIFE A4S — from $141.99
- ILIFE V5s Pro — from $169.99
- ILIFE A6 — from $199.99
ILIFE Cleaning Modes
- Auto is for moving automatically around the house.
- Edge cleaning mode work on corners.
- Spot mode turns on the maximum suction power and makes the robot move around a specific area.
- Scheduling sets it to work at a specific time.
- Manual manages the robot by a remote controller to move your home assistant where you want it to go.
The V-models use bristled cleaning brushes that work better on carpets, scratching dirt and dust from it. Along with this, ILIFE robots have a side brush (or sometimes 2) that supposed to clean corners and edges. These brushes catch small things from the floor and transfer them to the dust box.
Rubber brush is a great helper for pet owners. It is designed to be tangle free, so long hair doesn't wrap around it (annoying when it comes to untangling hair from bristled brushes). It also works better on a bare floor. The A-line machines have a rubber roller (except A4S).
Suction power & cleaning performance
Even though the V-series come with a bristled cleaning brush, they do not have enough power to work on carpets. They are more suitable for sweeping that vacuuming. Since the V-model line is 2-in-1, the "V" robot vacuums are better for homes with hard floor or a mixed surface.
The A-series models have stronger suction of 1,000 Pa. These are not the most powerful machines, yet they work better than the V devices on carpet. Thanks to the rubber brush, the robot vacuums are ideal for pet owners. Overall, the "A" robot vacuums are suitable for thin carpets, bare floor, and pet hair.
The ILIFE W400 is only suitable for bare floors. With this machine, you don't have to do mopping by yourself.
All the latest models are equipped with HEPA filtration, originally called a high-efficiency particulate absorber. It is anti-allergen making it perfect for people with respiratory issues like asthma and allergies.
Wi-Fi Connection + App
Unfortunately, almost all the ILIFE cleaners don't have the ability to connect to Wi-Fi, meaning you can't control it with your smartphone, only via the remote controller.
If you want your robot to be a part of a smart home system, stick with the ILIFE A8 or A9S. The app allows you are choosing cleaning mode and schedule the robot.
Mopping Function and hardwood floor performance
Yes, a robot that sweeps and mops could be the perfect gift for everyone, right? Not many brands offer a mopping feature, so iLIFE is kind of a winner here, having half of the robots in its model line with this option.
So how does it work? Usually, a mopping robot comes with a water container and a mopping pad. All you need is to insert the water box into the robot (or instead of a dust box), attach the mopping pad (if you want the process to begin once you press start and let the mop dry), start the robot, and it will do the rest. No need to clean the floors by yourself anymore!
The new ILIFE V8S is good on bare floors having a water tank in the box. The latest feature of the V8S is its invisible barrier. When it mops, the robot creates a blocked area behind it, moving forward in a 23ftx23ft area.
Models such as the V8S, V7S Plus, V5S Pro, and V3S are perfect for homes with mostly bare floors.
The ILIFE A9S and W400 are winners when it comes to mopping. They both come equipped with a vibrating mechanism that imitates human movements, and it is helpful when it comes to mopping performance.
The ILIFE A-series do a great job on hardfloor as well but if you want mopping - stick with other models.
Basically, every robot from the family we've talked about handles pet hair. Some of them do it better. If you have a bare floor, no need to pay extra for strong suction power, as models like the V5S, V3S or V7S Plus can get rid of it.
For example, the iLIFE A6 and A7 are designed for pet hair thanks to the rubber roller
In case you have carpets and rugs, go with the A4S, A8 or A9S. These machines catch pet hair from carpeted surfaces with ease.
Most ILIFE robots come with a 2600mAh Li-Ion battery that lasts longer than the most more expensive devices on the market. A costly product overall has 90-100 minutes of working time tops, while the cheapest ILIFE machines clean 120 minutes and more. It is enough to cover a 120-200 square meter household in one charge.
Amazon Alexa / Google Home Support
Unfortunately, the ILIFE models are not compatible with Alexa or Google Assistant.
How to Control ILIFE Robot Vacuum Cleaners
As mentioned before, most robots from the ILIFE family don't have an app or Wi-Fi. To control the machines, use a remote controller that comes in the box, or you can do it manually by pressing buttons on the device itself.
Anti-Collusion / Anti-Drop Sensors
All the robots are equipped with sensors that prevent falling from stairs and help avoid obstacles.
Auto-recharge is a function that makes the devices to go back to their docks once the battery runs out. All the ILIFE machines have it. In case you want your home assistant to keep going after recharge, just press start, and it will go to work again. The A8 also resumes its cleaning session after recharging.
You can schedule your robot to work at a specific time.
The robots operate quieter than most robovacs on the market and definitely less loud than any upright vacuum.
Maintenance: how to care for your robot Vacuum
If you want your home assistant to last longer, you need to know how to maintain it. First, never forget to empty the dust box. Would be better if you do it after every cleaning session. The HEPA filter should be cleaned every once in a while. Check the sensors as these have to be clean enough so your robot can navigate around. Have a look at the wheels from time to time. Hair shouldn’t be wrapped around them such that the device can't move properly. The main thing is to tend to the cleaning brush. With the rubber ones, it's easy; just keep it clean, and that's it. If you have a bristle brush, you need to untangle hair after every cleaning. Yes, it might be annoying, but it's much easier than maintaining an upright vacuum.
In the end, it doesn't take a lot of time. Don't forget about these simple rules and your robot will make you happy for years.
Who are ILIFE robots designed for?
With everything we've said, the last question is: who might be a potential buyer of ILIFE cleaners?
- A buyer who is not ready to spend ~$400 and more on a vacuum cleaner. Since all the machines are budget, the most expensive the ILIFE A8 will cost you ~$300.
- Small and average-sized home owners. Even though most of their robots have decent battery life, they don't come with a mapping feature (only the A8 does) which makes it harder to cover a big house without missing a spot.
- Pet owners. Although these are not the most powerful devices on the market, they handle pet hair with ease, especially those with the rubber brush (such as the ILIFE A6, A7, A8 or ILIFE A9S) or the anti-tangle design (the ILIFE V8S or V4).
- Mostly bare floor homes. Yes, some models are good on carpets, but these devices work well on bare floors, too. The ILIFE is the winner when it comes to vacuums that mop.
- Minimalist design homeowners. Since this type of lifestyle means having fewer things, the iLIFE robots will not bump into much when working.
There is no best or the worst robot vacuum cleaner. Some robots are older so they use older technology; some was released this year.
Considering price, cleaning performance, suction power and other features, we would recommend getting the latest ILIFE A9S. For $300, you get a nice-looking robot vacuum with a mapping feature and a vibrating mechanism that performs flawlessly on hard floor. The robot is perfect for mixed surfaces and pet hair.
Another robot is also worth attention is the ILIFE V8S. It is a two-in-one model for those who want a combined mopping/sweeping device. It has strong suction power, large wheels that climb up to 20mm height obstacles, and a long-running time though it doesn't do medium and thick carpets, only suitable for thin ones. At $260, the ILIFE V8S has everything you need to clean your floors.
If you are tired of manual mopping, get the ILIFE W400. It is a great machine that will set you free of this job.
To Wrap It Up
ILIFE is a company that has given us the opportunity to have a decent robot vacuum cleaner for less money than you would spend on a device from a favorite brand. Yes, they might not be as powerful as the expensive competitors, but they are still worth it. If you make your device work every day, it will decrease the need of using an upright vacuum. The decent battery life makes them work longer than most machines on the market, and the minimalistic design looks fantastic. You can get all this in the $150-$300 price range, so maybe let the ILIFE robot come into your life? You will never regret it.