What is the Difference? The Xiaowa Lite vs the Xiaowa Route Planning Version

Not that long ago, Xiaomi released its budget robot vacuum cleaner - the Xiaowa Lite. We have already compared it with the Xiaomi flagship model - Roborock - where we talked about why you might prefer the cheapest version, the Xiaowa Lite over the Roborock. But suddenly, the newest Xiaowa Planning Edition shows up and brings some new features we'd like to talk about. So here we go: what is the difference between the two beasts and why both are worth buying?

Xiaomi Xiaowa Lite and the version with pathplanning what's the difference between the two?

SpecsXiaowa LiteXiaowa Planning Edition
Suction Power(Pa)16001800
Running Time(min)120120
Moppingnoyes
Mappingnoyes
Appyesyes
Battery Capacity2600mAh2600mAh
Dust Box Capacity640ml640ml
Charging Time (min)120120
Climbing Ability20mm20mm
Schedulingyesyes
Cliff Sensorsyesyes
Auto-rechargingyesyes
Accessoriesrobot; charging base+adapter; cleaning tool; manualrobot; mopping mop; water tank; charging station+adapter; manual; cleaning tool
Warranty12months12months

What is the same?

Design

Both build the same way. The Xiaowa keeps the typical Xiaomi minimalist style coming in a black and white color combination and only three small buttons on the lid. The dustbin is hiding under the lid and is easy to pull out. Underneath you will find a side sweeper and bristle brush. Along with this, the Xiaowa has two large wheels that allow the robot to cross a slope up to 20mm in height. There are sensors located all over the machine's body preventing it from falling by detecting obstacles. Overall, the Xiaowa looks fantastic!

Cleaning Performance & Battery Life

With strong suction power, the robot's battery lasts up to 120 minutes, a rare thing considering its price. Along with a powerful motor, the side brush sweeps all the dust and dirt, while the main brush helps scratch it from the floor, then transferring the mess to the dust box. The suction power is strong enough for ridding thin and medium-pile carpets of pet hair, leaving your floors clean. The Xiaowa also works great on a bare floor catching every small particle in its path.

Dustbox

Both robots have the same dustbox capacity holding 640ml of dirt.

App

Both models come with the MiJia app. It allows you to manually manage the robot's movements, set the cleaning mode you need, schedule it to work at a specific time, see the battery life, and the accessories level life. In addition, the latest version allows viewing a created map.

What is the difference?

Suction Power

As you might notice, the Xiaowa Path Planning version delivers 1800 Pa while the Lite model - 1600Pa. Both perform great on a bare floor; the more powerful one cleans carpets slightly better. Considering the fact that even the flagship Roomba 980 has a 1670Pa suction, the Xiaowa Lite does as good a job on carpets as the more expensive robots.

Mopping Attachment

While the Xiaowa Lite only sweeps, the newest version can also mop. It comes with a water tank and mop cloth that is supposed to wet mop a bare floor. When the robot does not move, the mop doesn’t fill. Please note that if you want to clean stubborn stains, you'd better go with something like the Xiaomi Handheld Electric Mop because no one robot mop can do this--at least at this moment. In any case, the mopping attachment is perfect for tile, laminate, marble or hardwood floors, and it will keep them clean and fresh.

Mapping

The newest version maps the area where it has cleaned, but not in the same way we are used to. It does not have a laser or camera sensor like other smart machines. So how does the Xiaowa manage to create a map? The Xiaowa Planning Edition is equipped with a dual-gyro inertial navigation system and German six-axis BOSCH gyroscope. It also has a dual-optical laser + a LED motion tracking sensor. When it works, it slightly bumps into obstacles, so its sensors "remember" the position of each, including chairs legs, walls, and basically everything it has touched. With this technology, the robot can identify places where it has already been which reduces operation time because the device will not go to the zones already cleaned.

Maybe it is not the most accurate way of mapping, but it does its job well, helping the robot navigate As mentioned before, you can check the created map on your smartphone.

Price & Purchasing Details

So far, the Xiaowa Lite is only available on Gearbest for the price of around $280.

The more powerful version with mapping is on presale with a price tag of $490.


In the end

Both versions are worth buying. These are decent machines that have a long battery life, beautiful minimalist design, and strong suction power. They are ideal for a small, average home with pets, and are suitable for a mixed-surface home or household with a bare floor and mostly carpeting.

It depends on your own preferences and budget; thus, it's up to you to decide which model to go with.


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