It is only recently that the hygiene robot segment in India has really caught the attention, but brands like iLife have been in the business of making vacuuming and mopping robots for some time. The company, which is headquartered in Bangalore, India, claims to have 3.3 million customers in 35 countries, with its robots said to clean an area of 610 square kilometers per day in customers ’homes.
The company has a small range of cleaning robots, priced at Rs. 14,900 then, going to the major product in the range, Rs. 34,900 ILife A10s robot vacuum mop which I am reviewing here. The successor to the ILife A9s, the A10s have laser navigation, which enables you to save maps of your home and follow specific cleaning instructions based on its layout. Is this the best cleaning robot you can buy right now? Find out in this review.
- 1 What is the ILife A10s and what is in the box?
- 2 ILife A10s Navigation and Mapping
- 3 ILife A10s App
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What is the ILife A10s and what is in the box?
Like its predecessor A9s, the ILife A10s is a cleaning robot that can vacuum and mop. It has a typical disc-shaped body with wheels at the bottom for spinning. There are two clean brushes in the front, a vacuum zone in the middle and space for a removable module on the back. For vacuuming, you have to install the dust bin module there and for mopping, the water storage module will come in place.
The water reservoir module has a cloth that is attached to the bottom. ILife says the MOP fitting has a ‘vibrating tank’ function that rotates in all directions to release water, allowing it to mop gently and effectively while moving.
In addition to the front brush, the vacuum zone has a roller brush to direct dust and impurities into the dust bin and a dust filter to filter fine particles. In the retail package, you get a remote control to manually control the ILife A10s without a charging dock and plate, an adapter to power the charging dock, and the app.
The power adapter can be connected directly to the robot, to charge it without a dock. The robot has a physical power switch and it is recommended that it be parked on the charging dock when not in use. The remote runs on two AAA batteries, and can be used manually to start cleaning, to send the robot back to the charging dock, or by pointing to the robot and pressing the right buttons.
Included in the box are spares for the ILife A10s, extra sweeping brushes, a rubber roller brush and an additional dust filter. The cleaning robot has a flexible front bumper to protect against collisions and a raised module for laser navigation equipment.
Unlike A9s that rely on the camera to navigate, the ILife A10s is equipped with laser navigation, which is known to be more accurate and more sensitive to obstacles in the field of hygiene. This enables the robot to work in dark rooms. The A10s can store maps of your home, which can then be used to customize the cleaning routine by setting up no-go and carpet zones, invisible walls, room divisions and more.
Competitive products in the cleaning robot segment such as the 360 S7 and Mi Robot Vacuum Mop-P use laser navigation for better results, and the ILife A10s are really close in terms of navigational accuracy. In my experience, the device moved quickly and was generally able to avoid collisions with obstacles with walls and legs of tables and chairs.
However, I found that the device needs specific guidance by setting a no-go zone and carpeted area through the app. I needed to get things out like loose rugs and wires. The ILife A10s, on occasion, got stuck in the sliding door track, and received a tassel on the edge of the rug stuck in its wheels. The navigation on this device is not as flawless as I have seen on competitive options.
When properly set up and with no potential interruptions, the ILife A10s is moved in a fast and expected and sensible way to complete its cleaning task. It was able to completely clean my 900 square foot house once in 45 minutes, and took approximately the same amount of time to store the same space.
ILife A10s App
The ILife A10s robot vacuum mop can be controlled using the ILife Home app available for Android and iOS. Although I sometimes felt quick to use the remote or even pressed buttons on the device, the app allowed more specific control over the robot’s function. This includes remote control and monitoring even when you are not at home, managing maps, setting orders or specific room lists for cleaning, creating restricted zones and invisible walls, and more.
It took a while to set up the robot at first, but once done, I had no connectivity …