Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum — Powerful and Smart Vacuum Cleaner for less than $400

UPDATE 12/29/2017: Xiaomi just released a new version of their robot vacuum, check out our latest review of Xiaomi MiJia RoboRock Second Generation.

If you are looking for a powerful, functional and not expensive robot vacuum cleaner, the Xiaomi Mi Robot would be your best choice. Mi Robot is a new vacuum cleaner from Chinese fast-growing hi-tech company Xiaomi which has become very popular in the last few years. Xiaomi Mi Robot costs more than twice cheaper than main competitors with similar features. It has a perfect minimalist design, powerful and quiet brushless motor, intelligent path planning and home mapping system, long battery life and a smartphone App.

Product Specifications

Xiaomi Mi RobotSpecs
Vacuum MotorNidec brushless DC
Dustbin capacity0.45 liters
Dry/wet moppingno
Full bin indicatorYes
Side brushYes
Cliff detectionYes
Self dockingYes
Multi RoomYes
Suction Power1800pa
Smartphone appYes, WiFi connected iOS/Android App
FeaturesMapping, Intelligent Path Planning, Recharge&Resume
BatteryLi-ion, 14.4V / 5200mAh
Working Time150 min
Recharging time3-4 hours
Dimensions13.58 inches x 3.15 inches
Accessories in the packageCN plug, Charging Base, Brush cleaning tool

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Xiaomi Mi robot testing

Design & Features

Xiaomi Mi Robot has a modern and futuristic design. The diameter of the device is 13.5 inches, a height of 3.8 inches and a weight of 8.4 lbs. It has smart «brain» with 3 powerful CPUs (ARM Cortex A7 Quad-Core processor, TI Digital Signal processor, and ST ARM Cortex M3 Microcontroller) called Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) movement algorithm. The processors receive data from 12 different sensors that ensure the robot to build an efficient way of cleaning on its own. Powerful brushless DC motor delivers 1800Pa of suction power.

Mi Robot powerful DC motor

The Mi Robot Vacuum Cleaner has 12 sensors.

Xiaomi Mi Robot sensors

It is very easy to clean the robot, just open the lid on the top and threw away the trash from the container in one movement.

cleaning the robot vacuum cleaner

The Mi Home app lets you control vacuum's status remotely: watch the robot moves in real-time, toggle it off or on, schedule time for automatic cleaning and switch between suction modes - normal, quiet and active, etc.

Smartphone App to control the Mi Robot

The Mi robot has Laser Distance Sensor (LDS) located on the top case which allows it to scan all your rooms and create a detailed plan of your house. The sensor scans the perimeter of the room 360 degrees at 1800 times per second.

Laser Distance Sensor - Xiaomi MiJia robot vacuum

Automatically finding and returning to the recharging base after finishing.

Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum parking on the base

YouTube reviews of Xiaomi Mi Robot

What issues Xiaomi Mi Robot faces?

The robot can bump with its "head" not fitting under some furniture.

With all its strong suction, Xiaomi Mi Robot is not able to deep clean thick and medium-pile carpet flooring. However, it does a great job on bare floors and thin carpets.

Price & Purchasing Details

Xiaomi Mi Robot is available to buy on Amazon as well as on Gearbest.

It costs a little bit under $400 on Amazon coming with the Amazon's Choice label and a free two-day shipping for prime members.

On Gearbest Xiaomi Mi Robot for $249.99 if you apply the folloring coupone code GB-XM1111. Hurry up, the deal ends by the November, 11.

Pros of Xiaomi Mi Robot

  • affordable price — Mi Robot is much cheaper if you compare it with similar models
  • impressive run time — two and half hours of continuous cleaning (thanks to the 5200mAh lithium ion battery)
  • nice minimalist design
  • HEPA filtration and strong suction power
  • intelligent path planning and home mapping system
  • WiFi App for Android and iOS allows you to track, control and schedule the robot from your smartphone.

Cons of Mi Robot

  • does not have any extra accessories in the box
  • no virtual walls.

Alternatives To Consider

Xiaomi Mi Robot is one of the best on its price category with smart navigation and mapping.

If mapping is important to you have a look at Neato D3 Connected. It has similar cleaning performance and comes with about the same price.

Also, [the latest iLIFE A8 robovac]((https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009GXNBY0/?tag=omgrobotpartn-20) has a mapping feature and a price a little bit under $300.


Nevertheless that Xiaomi Mi Robot cannot deep clean thick carpets, it still able to handle pet hair, dust and dirt on a hardwood floor, tile, marble, laminate etc., and thin carpets. With 150 minutes of running time, Mi Robot is one of the longest lasting machines on the market. Is Xiaomi Mi Robot worth its price? Yes, it is!

If you are looking for a powerful robot vacuum with mapping and path planning, take a look at the newest 360 S6 robot vacuum, it has very similar features but also can sweep and mop at the same time, has washable filter, updates a map of a house in real-time and holds in memory the map of each floor.

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