The Xiaomi Xiaowa Review: an Affordable Robot Vacuum With Strong Suction

Review of:
Xiaomi Xiaowa Lite C10
Brand name:
Xiaomi
Model:
Xiaowa Lite C10 (C102)
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Published On: June 20, 2018

Edited On: September 4, 2018


Summary

I love this robot vacuum! Xiaowa has a very strong suction power and big wheels, thanks to this It performs very well on carpets and doesn't get stuck. The robot will be a good choice for pet owners since it picks up pet hair from carpet very well. I like the Mi Home app, it looks polished and easy to use, you can control and track the status of the robot online through a Wi-Fi connection. Xiaowa is the best robot vacuum in this price range.

Thanks to GearBest, today we have a great opportunity to test and review Xiaomi Xiaowa robot vacuum. Despite a low price of $199, this robot vacuum with a strong suction power can compete with flagship robot vacuums that cost more than $400. This robot vacuum comes in two variants: with mapping and without it. We are going to review the device without mapping and path planning feature. Let's have a look at the robot's specifications.

Xaiomi Xaiowa robot vacuum specifications

FeaturesXiaomi Xiaowa Lite
Suction Power1,600 Pa
Running time60-120 minutes (depends on cleaning mode)
Noise Level50-70 db (depends on cleaning mode)
Battery Capacity2,600 mAh
Schedulingyes
Mapping / Path planninno
Wet Moppingno
HEPA Filteryes
Virtual Wallsupports
Dustbin Capacity640 ml
Coverage area100 sq. meters
Obstacle Climbing20 mm (0.78 inches)
Remote ControlSmartphone App
Wi-Fiyes
Carpet Boostyes
Anti-drop / Cliff Sensoryes
Dimensions35.3 x 35 x 9.5 cm / 13.8 x 14.1 x 3.7 in
Weight3 kg / 6.6 lbs
Warranty12 months

Xiaowa Unboxing

Design and Appearance

When it comes to design, Xiaomi Xiaowa robot vacuum looks similar to Xiaomi Mi Robot. It's still the same white & black minimalistic look we love. The three buttons sit on the top: home, spot cleaning, and power button.

xiaomi-xiaowa-appearance

A 640 ml dustbin located under the lid on the top of the device. It is easy to pull it out and clean it. Underneath there are two large wheels that allow Xiaowa to cross obstacles up to 20 mm height. Thanks to this, the robot never get stuck when it crosses the border between a hardwood floor and medium pile carpet, those big wheels allow to overcome it with easily. On the side, there is one sweep brush, the main brush located between the wheels.

xiaomi xiaowa bottom view main brush and big wheels

Its charging dock looks elegant. It is small yet stylish and fits everywhere. The robot has a speaker and an air outlet on the back side. The small thing that located on the lid is the omnidirectional recharge sensor that helps to recognize where the charging base is located. You can also buy a magnetic stripe that sold separate and works as a virtual wall for this robot vacuum.

xiaomi xiaowa height

When you place the charging base against a wall ensure that 0.5m or above in two sides and 1.5m in the front are retained for it.

In the box, you will find a charging dock, a power cable, and a cleaning brush.

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Cleaning Performance on carpets

Inside, Xiaowa Lite got a powerful motor that delivers 1,600 Pa of suction power which is impressive compared with the most expensive Roomba 980 that has 1670 Pa suction power but costs twice as much. We've put the Xiaomi Xiaowa on a test on a medium-pile carpet and it handled it great and pick up all the debris which we scattered for the test! It sucked up even the smallest particulars from the carpet and left it cleaner than ever. Its dust box got full after about 30 minutes of running. Xiaowa easily handles thin and medium-pile carpets and rugs. It has bigger wheels compared to most of the robot vacuums.

Is Xiaowa Lite good for pet hair?

When you have a cat or a dog you face the issued with its hair that you see all over your home. Xiaowa's strong suction along with its main brush easily get rid of pet hair from any floor types. Compared to robots in this price range, there is no need to clean the main brush from hair very often. A carpet detect sensor helps to recognize carpeting surface and automatically increase suction power.

Cleaning performance on a bare floor

Xiaowa Lite doesn't have a mopping feature. However, it does a great job on bare floors such as laminate, marble, hardwood floor, tile linoleum etc. The robot does not scratch the floor. It Catches pet hair, dust, and dirt leaving the bare floor fresh and clean.

Cleaning Modes

There are four suction modes: silent, standard, strong and max. Also, the robot has carpet boost that turns on the suction power to maximum once it recognizes carpeting surface but you have to switch the feature to "on" in the smartphone app since it is "off" by default. Xiaomi Xiaowa runs without any noise when it is in "silent" mode. You can easily be sleeping when it working in this mode. The "max" mode is very loud and delivers maximum suction power.

Battery Life

On the max mode, the device lasted for about 60 minutes. In silent mode, it can work up to 2 hours on one charge.

Power light shows the battery level. When it's white - the battery capacity is more than 20%. When it's red - less than 20%. When the red light flashing it means that there is some error like the robo stuck etc. When power light is flashing slow - the device is charging or starting up. You can check current battery charging level in the smartphone app.

App

The Mi Home app allows tracking the battery level, cleaning schedule, how long the device has worked and change various settings. Also, you can send Xiaowa back to the charging base, start/stop cleaning, manually control the direction of movement and switch between its cleaning modes.

Xiaowa app control panel

The app sends notification where you can check what the robot is doing when it needs to recharge etc. However, you can switch it off of you don't want to receive any.

If you annoying by robot voice reports, you can adjust the voice volume to the lower level.

Xiaowa app: robot setup

In do not disturb (DND) mode the machine reduces its voice volume in the defined time period.

One of the coolest features is Carpet Boost mode. When turning it on, the robot automatically identifies a carpet and boost its power to maximum.

Timer cleaning basically allows to set up the time of cleaning whenever you want up to 7 days per week. Also, you can choose the cleaning mode Xiaowa will be working in.

Mi Home: Xiaowa Scheduling

In Consumables & Maintenance, you are allowed to track how often the accessories should be cleaned or when one of them needs to be replaced. It is a great feature that makes all the job instead of you so you don't have to check it manually all the time.

The app has a lot of user guide information on how to set it up, how to use the machine etc.

There is a video that shows how to clean the dustbin and the filter. The manufacturer recommends to clean it up weekly but if you are going to use your robot more often, we'd recommend you to do it every once in a while. Please do not wash the filter with water. Also, the filter is recommended to replace every 3 months.

The FAQs helps a lot with some questions you might have.

If you need to contact the customer service you can find all the contacts from the phone number to an email so it is never a problem getting in touch with the support.

Xiaowa User Guide and maintenance

Also, the Mi Home app allows manually manage the robot using your smartphone as a remote control.

When I got the robot, there was a notification in the app about the new firmware version available, it fixes a few bugs in the robot moving algorithms. So I think Xiaomi is still working on improving the robot vacuum firmware and maybe there will be new features delivered soon.

Screenshot of Mi Home Xiaowa firmware upgrade

The app itself is incredible. It is very useful and quite intuitive so you will not find yourself surfing around it with no clue what to do.

How often you should clean the accessories

TThe main brush is recommended to clean weekly. Use the cleaning tool to remove hair that stuck into the roller. The main brush is recommended to replace every 6-12 months.

The manufacturer advises to clean the side sweeper once a month and replace it within 3-6 months.

The sensors that located all over the robot's body have to be cleaned once a month by using a soft dry cloth.

No worries, you can find how to do all these things in the app on the "Product Guide and Customer Support" tab.

Navigation

Xiaowa Lite comes without mapping which means it doesn't remember where it has been. The navigation is similar to the way Xiaomi runs and different from what we've seen in other budget robot vacuums.

Its sensors recognize big obstacles pretty good and slow the machine down to not bump harsh into it.

The robot does not have any issues with docking itself to recharge. Once it recognizes a charging base, the device slows down its speed trying to park. Xiaowa Lite even can find its base being in other room.

In everyday use. My experience with Xiaowa

When I received Xiaowa I wasn't sure what to expect from this device. But it did surprise me. When the machine starts working it notifies you by voice (in Chinese). It takes a few seconds for the robot to start before it leaves its base. When it finished its first cleaning I was surprised of how much it picked up. The dustbin was full of dust even though I vacuumed the area with my ILIFE V7S before. When Xiaowa is running it makes noises. Obviously, it does. With 1600 Pa of suction a robot has to be this loud, this is why it is so powerful. But don't get me wrong, it's less noisy than any upright vacuum and you can keep your conversation going being in the same room with the robo when it's working. Worth to mention that I have chairs with chromium legs and Xiaowa sees it meaning that the machine slows down when it recognizes one of these. I have a thin rug and medium-pile carpets in my bedroom and living rooms and Xiaowa does its job well catching dirt and dust on its way.

UPDATE: Check out our latest video comparison of the Xiaomi Xiaowa and the newest 360 S6 robot vacuum:

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