What Is The Difference: Xiaowa Lite vs Xiaowa Route Planning Version

Not that long ago Xiaomi released its budget robot vacuum cleaner - Xiaowa Lite. We have already compared it with the Xiaomi flagship model - Roborock where we talked about why you might prefer the cheapest version Xiaowa Lite over Roborock. But suddenly the newest Xiaowa Planning Edition showed up and brought some new features we'd like to talk about. So here we go: what 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. Xiaowa keeps this Xiaomi minimalist style coming in a black&white color combination and only three small buttons on the lid. The dustbin is hiding under the lid, easy to pull out. Underneath you will find a side sweeper and a bristle brush. Along with that Xiaowa has two large wheels that allow the robot to cross a slop up to 20mm height. There are sensors located all over the machine's body preventing it from falling and detect obstacles. Overall, Xiaowa looks fantastic!

Cleaning performance & Battery Life

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

Dustbox

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

App

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

What is the difference?

Suction Power

As you might notice, 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, Xiaowa Lite does a good job on carpets as well as more expensive robots.

Mopping Attachment

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

Mapping

The newest version actually maps an area where it has cleaned but not in the same way we have used to. It does not have a laser or a camera sensor like other smart machines. So how Xiaowa manage to create a map? 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+ Led motion tracking sensor. When it works, it slightly bumps into obstacles so its sensors "remember" the position of each, including leg chairs, walls, and basically everything it has touched. With this technology, the robot can identify places where it's already been which reduce operation time because the device will not go to the zones it's already cleaned.

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

Price & Purchasing Details

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

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


In the end

Both versions are worth buying. These are the decent machines that have long battery life, beautiful minimalist design, strong suction power. Ideal for a small and average home with pets. Suitable for mixed surface home as well as a household with a bare floor, and mostly carpeting floors.

Depends on your own preferences and your budget, it's up to you to decide which model to go with.

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