One of the most popular and reliable brands of robot vacuum cleaners is Ecovacs and its Deebot line. However, there are strong competitors, such as Xiaomi, that stand out in the western market.
One of the most recent releases was the Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum-Mop P which, in addition to vacuuming, as the name implies, also includes a mop and its water tank. During the past few days this was my helper in the housework and now it is time to tell him all about his potential.
The Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum-Mop P robot vacuum cleaner in action
A robot vacuum cleaner, several names
Obviously a Xiaomi product could not have a simple description. In fact, it will not be the fault of the brand, but of the various stores, where each one names its products in the way it considers best.
In this case, the official name of the vacuum cleaner is Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum-Mop P, a name that appears in the dedicated mobile application. Then in some stores you may come across as Xiaomi Mi Smart Robot Vacuum or even as Xiaomi Mijia 2 in 1 Robot Vacuum Mop Vacuum Cleaner.
The trick is to always look carefully at the design and accessories available. Or better yet, follow the link we left at the end of the article. So, there are no mistakes.
The robot vacuum cleaner Mi Robot Vacuum-Mop P comes with a charging base and its electrical plug ,.
In addition, it comes with a powder-only tank and one suitable for mop use. This second tank, in addition to the waste bin, includes a small water tank. For cleaning with water, included the base for the mop that attaches to the base of the vacuum cleaner and two mops, washable.
Finally, it comes with two rotating brushes, one for use in the vacuum cleaner and the other for backup. The instruction manual is also included in the box… It will be useful if you understand Chinese or if you have the Google translator at hand.
The design of the Mi Robot Vacuum-Mop P is quite elegant. It has a glossy finish and curved lines. At the top there are laser sensors to map the area and two control buttons (Power and Home). It also has the lid that gives access to the deposit. Also, in this area there is an accessory to assist in cleaning the vacuum cleaner.
At the front it included a bumper and its anti-shock sensors, at the bottom, there are the various anti-fall sensors. Below is the main rotating brush, the side broom, the omnidirectional wheel and the main wheels capable of climbing up to two centimeters. It is a feature created with the intention of crossing small unevenness and carpeting.
Sensors and robot vacuum cleaner mapping
About this set of sensors we have drawn some conclusions. So, looking at the positives, the first one is related to the mapping that is done correctly, even in dark spaces. The vacuum cleaner does not hit walls or obstacles indiscriminately. Finally, it does not fall from heights.
Lighter rugs should be removed before starting vacuuming. All others may be retained. The Mi Robot Vacuum-Mop P easily aspirates carpets and rugs. However, with the use of mop, the ideal is to create limits on the rugs so that the water does not end up damaging them.
In terms of mapping, this is done completely after the first cleaning. After going through the entire available area, areas are automatically created, where you can later order cleaning.
Vacuuming and cleaning
The Mi Robot Vacuum-Mop P software offers four suction levels: silent, standard, medium and turbo. Then, using the water tank, it allows vacuuming with mop or simply the water cleaning feature. Water cleaning also lets you choose the level of water you want to use.
Note that this is not a simple passage of water and mop. The robots thus behave as if they are effertively mopping the floor.
The suction is done efficiently with a vacuum cleaning system. It is a system that provides a deeper cleaning, with a suction power of 2100 Pa.
Mop and water tank are optional and not recommended for carpets. The mop is attached to the vacuum cleaner and the tank slowly spills (in three different ways). It should be noted that for the cleaning with water it is necessary to change the garbage deposit. In other words, one of the tanks is used exclusively for suction and the other for cleaning and aspiration, with a small tank to put water.
With the robot in Chinese, some commands may not be immediately noticeable, particularly when deposits are changed. When installing the water tank, an error appears in the application that states that the tank is not placed correctly. At that moment, the vacuum cleaner emits words that are nothing more than asking if the tank is placed correctly. By clicking on the vacuum cleaner's power button, this information is confirmed, thus starting the desired cleaning.
And the final result?
Not being the most efficient robot vacuum cleaner tested on Pplware, the truth is that given the relationship between quality and price, the final result is positive. The suction mode is the common one, first it runs through the entire perimeter and then the zigzag area.
This process does not guarantee efficient cleaning close to the walls or corners, however, all other cleaning is satisfactory.
Autonomy is a very positive point in this robot. The Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum-Mop P allows you to vacuum an area of 150 to 200 m² with a battery cycle. However, if the cleaning is not completed, the vacuum cleaner does not have the desired behavior of returning to the base, loading and restarting its work until it is finished. Return to the docking station and stay there. Perhaps in a future update, such a problem will be resolved.
Control by the Xiaomi Home app
The Xiaomi Home app, although very complete, is not at all the most fluid apps out there. It has some errors and it may take a while to show all the information related to the devices connected to it, namely the Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum-Mop P.
Still, the application allows you to do all the remote control, even away from home, since the vacuum cleaner is connected to the Wi-Fi network. In addition, in addition to having vacuuming, stopping, back to base, it is possible to define areas of localized aspiration, make appointments and consult information on the cleaning history and also enable other features to be activated.
The map recording mode is quite complete with a positive evolution from the test to the previous version.
The Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum-Mop P is a competent vacuum cleaner, with quality and efficiency of suction. In relation to some popular brands in the national market, it may not have as efficient an aspiration, but it offers a more complete and intuitive app, more advanced features of cleaning with water and aspiration and, of course, a much more interesting price.
Also, the Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum-Mop P is available for 329 €, and you can also enjoy a special discount of 10 €, with the promotional code GEEKROBOT. Delivery is free and fast at no additional cost.
Pplware thanks Geekmall for supporting the equipment for analysis.