Xiaomi Roidmi Eve Plus Robot Vacuum Cleaner Review: A Roomba Rival That Makes The Cut
RRP $ 450.00
“The Xiaomi Roidmi offers straightforward cleaning and an intelligent app that offers the user many customization options.”
Precise real estate mapping
Excellent cleaning performance
Solid battery life
An intuitive app
Instructions and app can be difficult to understand
Occasionally gets stuck on furniture
No longer the niche figureheads that only scoured the homes of the most serious tech hounds, robotic vacuums are now ubiquitous. While big names like Roomba and Dyson stand out for their performance, reliability, and customization features, the OG labels are also known for their high prices.
If you look at Amazon, you’ll find that there are hundreds of robot vacuum brands out there that promise high-performance cleaning from top brands at discount prices, but unfortunately, many models just don’t. Every now and then, however, a non-brand contender will come to the surface to compete against the biggest names in Clean Town. One such vacuum robot is the Xiaomi Roidmi, the subject of our test today.
Is that a worthy vacuum robot? As a matter of fact. Does it hold up against the best in vacuuming? Yes and no. Let’s take a closer look.
Out of the box
I often worry that the boastful designs and finishes of certain brands of robot vacuums clash with my home decor. Call me crazy but it drives me crazy While browsing around on the Roidmi a little before it got to my house, I wasn’t sure if the product stills I saw would carry over to the Vak’s personal demeanor. I’m happy to say I was pleasantly surprised.
The traditional puck-shaped shell of many robotic vacuums is fully present here, but the hard white casing and rounded black trim keep things minimalist and go with most furnishings.
The Roidmi is also ready for use straight out of the box. My model had an already existing charge of about 68% after unpacking, the battery level was quickly increased by a few minutes of basic charge. The Roidmi comes with the plug-in vacuum cleaner and charging station, replacement mop heads, an additional filter (with a QR code that you have to scan to add the vacuum cleaner to your app) and an operating manual.
Adaptive cleaning that gets the job done
The Roidmi’s carbonless motor generates a solid 2,700 Pa of adjustable suction power. My apartment has three types of floors – carpeting, laminate and tiles – all of which Roidmi viewed as a professional. By default, the vacuum cleaner is set to the standard suction setting, but Quiet, Power, and a powerful Max mode are also available, which can be found on the More tab in the Companion App (more on this below).
To see how the Roidmi would pile up against the rubble, cat litter was purposely placed over my carpet. For the laminate and tiles in the kitchen, I decided to use granules made from cat food. The bot’s rotating main brush did the lion’s share of the dirty work, handling even the deepest parts of the test throw with ease. Same goes for the food, where the two side silicone brushes also did a good job of catching stray pieces of meow mix along the baseboards.
The change from one floor surface to the other was handled smoothly by the two drum wheels, with the Roidmi climbing my carpet sleepers with ease. I could also hear the suction power automatically change when the vacuum cleaner hit my carpeted floor from a hard surface.
The bot’s rotating main brush did the lion’s share of the dirty work.
The vacuum cleaner uses 18 sensors to control the Roidmi through your whole house, avoiding your walls and furniture while the house is getting clean. My Roidmi moved from room to room and did an excellent job, but its performance was not perfect. Every time I used the vacuum cleaner, there were several moments when I had to get it out of a corner it was trapped in or out of furniture it couldn’t steer away from.
In terms of wiping, the Roidmi has three water dispensing presets to choose from (in-app), ranging from small to large quantities. As soon as you attach the mop head, the bot automatically recognizes that you have switched from vacuuming to mop mode. In use the Roidmi did a decent job of deliberately tackling soda spills, but I had to finish the job on my own elbow grease. I would say that wiping with your Roidmi should be reserved for less serious spills and dirt / grease stains.
Self-draining and a lot of power
As soon as the Roidmi finishes cleaning or you order it to return to its base, the rear-facing dust connector on the vacuum cleaner connects to the dust collector. The collector then picks up all the dirt, deodorises and filters the contents as it flows into the dust bag. The dust collector emptied my Roidmi efficiently and at a reasonable volume. In fact, the only complaint I have about the collector is that regardless of where I placed it in my apartment, the Roidmi would take its sweet time to find it.
Oddly enough, the bot would move only a few inches from the base, drive backwards, and then bump forward five or six times. Only then does the vacuum cleaner properly dock on the dust collector.
The Roidmi’s 5200 mAh battery is said to provide up to 250 minutes of continuous operation. I ran my vacuum cleaner through a handful of full home cleans (1,100 square feet) and at the end of each cycle I had about a third of the battery left to play with. Not too shabby if you ask me.
An intuitive app that can be difficult to understand
While you can simply turn the vacuum on to send the Roidmi off for a whole house clean, be sure to download the Roidmi Companion app (available for iOS and Android devices) for an expanded set of controls and map options .
The Roidmi apartment scan was so detailed that it even covered rooms and cupboards that were behind closed doors and walls.
As soon as I switched on the Roidmi, the LDS laser on board immediately scanned my entire apartment. The resulting card is logged directly on the main page of the Vac in the Roidmi app. You’ll also find some basic features here, like start / stop controls, a recharge command that sends the Roidmi back to its base, and various suction and wiping settings. There is also a battery level indicator, a tracker of how long the vacuum cleaner has been in use in the current cycle and how much living space has been covered.
The Roidmi apartment scan was so detailed that it even covered rooms and cupboards that were behind closed doors and walls. When the bot is active, you can easily track it in the app (it’s a small gray circle with a glowing blue ring around it). With four filters at the top of the home page, you can customize the cleaning experience.
If Entire Map is selected, the Roidmi will search your entire mapped residence. The partition allows you to define no-clean zones that the vacuum cleaner should avoid. Area allows you to pinpoint specific spots in the house that require careful attention. When you need to specify exactly which parts of a room to hit, you can tap and drag the cleaning square to zoom in and out. If Area is selected, you can use the add icon in the lower menu ribbon to add up to five different deep cleaning zones, to which the Roidmi will react one after the other. A final filter, Point, allows you to send the Roidmi to a pre-measured 1.6 meter cleaning zone. You can add more point zones, but you cannot adjust their size.
While none of these tabs and dropdowns were difficult to use and navigate, there is some language separation with the entire app that can be challenging for some. For example, a quick menu where you can adjust the suction sensitivity has an Enter / Save button labeled Set. It’s a big, red button at the bottom that probably leads most to suspect that after you’ve made your adjustments – which is correct. Nonetheless, Confirm may not end up with all users. I even questioned it for a moment before just tapping the button because I had nothing to lose.
The Xiaomi Roidmi definitely does the job when it comes to what a vacuum cleaner does best – vacuuming. Strong suction and effective brushes dig deep for the dirt your old stand just can’t find. There’s even support for Alexa and Google Assistant to control the vacuum with a handful of voice commands. That said, if you’re looking for the seamless app experience you find on titans like Roomba, you can find a good app that could use a bit of polishing here and there instead.
At around $ 449, the Roidmi holds up well on its sticker, though inventory for the product appears to be low on both digital and stationary shelves – so much so that it doesn’t even seem to be available for purchase on Roidmis Side.
Is there a better alternative?
Yes, but you’d pay more to get a robotic vacuum cleaner that requires less supervision. Roborock has two outstanding options to choose from: the intelligent S6 MaxV with its built-in camera for superior obstacle avoidance and the S7 with its sound wiping function.
There is also the iRobot Roomba i3 Plus with its self-draining dock. It’s an efficient cleaner that somehow manages to avoid most of the household obstacles and potential pitfalls. In any case, you will still be spending more money to pick up one of them through Xiaomi’s offer.
How long it will take?
It’s reasonably constructed, but comes with a one-year limited warranty that protects it from failure.
Should you buy it?
Yes, because for the price it offers a lot of value to combine the functions of vacuum cleaner and mopping device. The inclusion of the self-draining docks only sweetens the package.