August 31, 2016      

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has introduced the Mi Robot Vacuum, a $250 cleaning robot that resembles and challenges the iRobot Roomba. And Xiaomi is taking the same approach to the Mi Robot Vacuum as its does with its smartphones: high-end specifications at an affordable price.

The Mi Robot Vacuum can clean all floor types and features Laser Distance Sensor (LDS) and Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) to scan its surroundings 1,800 times per second in 360 degrees. It also has 12 sensors, including ultrasonic radar, cliff sensor, gyroscope and accelerometer, three processors and four CPU cores for real-time mapping and positioning, and a main brush with adjustable height for uneven surfaces.

Must-See: Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum

The Mi Robot Vacuum, which will go on sale in China starting September 6, features a Nidec brushless DC motor, claims to be ultra quiet, and uses a 5,200 mAh battery that promises 2.5 hours of cleaning.

The Mi Robot Vacuum also claims to have more suction power (1,800 Pa) than the Roomba 980 (1,670 Pa).

A companion app lets you check the status of the Mi Robot Vacuum, remotely toggle it, switch between three cleaning modes (normal, quiet and active) and set schedules for automatic cleaning.

“The technology to calculate the best cleaning path is a breakthrough in the domestic market, and that can compete with international robot vacuum cleaner makers,” said Xiaomi co-founder and vice president Liu De.

When its battery is running low, the Mi Robot Vacuum will go to its docking station, recharge itself, and then return to the last cleaning location.

Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum

At first glance, the Mi Robot Vacuum stacks up real well, maybe better, than some other top robot vacuums. It claims to have a longer battery life than the pricier Roomba 980, Roomba 960, and Dyson 360 Eye. It also has more suction than both Roombas, and is much cheaper than all three models compared below. Unfortunately, like most Xiaomi products, the Mi Robot Vacuum probably won’t be available in the US anytime soon.

Check out the comparison chart below to see how the Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum stacks up to some of its competitors.

Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum iRobot Roomba 960 Robot Vacuum iRobot Roomba 980 Robot Vacuum Dyson 360 Eye Robot Vacuum
Price $250 $699.99 $899.99 $999
US Availability No Yes Yes Yes
Size 13.5 inches wide x 13.5 inches long x 3.8 inches tall 13.8 inch diameter x 3.6 inches tall 13.8 inch diameter x 3.6 inches tall 9 inch diameter x 4.7 inch tall
Weight About 8.4 lbs 8.5 lbs 8.5 lbs 5.4 pounds
Battery Life 2.5 hours 75 minutes 2 hours 45 minutes
Color White Black, Gray, Brown Black, Gray, Brown Nickel, Blue
Suction Rating 1,800 Pa N/A 1,670 Pa 78,000 RPM
Dust Bin 0.42L 0.6L 0.6L 0.33L
Shape Circle Circle Circle Circle
Schedule Cleaning Yes Yes Yes Yes
Recharge & Resume Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mapping & Navigation Laser Distance Sensor
Real-time mapping & positioning
iAdapt 2.0 with Visual Localization iAdapt 2.0 with Visual Localization 360 Degree Vision System
Cliff Sensor Yes Yes Yes Yes
App Control Mi Home app iRobot HOME App iRobot HOME App Dyson Link