iLife A10 mopping robot vacuum review – how to connect Alexa?

iLife A10 mopping robot vacuum review

How to connect Alexa in iLife A10? Designate areas you need to clean and areas to avoid on the ILIFEHOME App and the robot will guide itself according to your custom map. The A10 Mop works with alexa, conveniently start and stop cleaning with voice commands. Custom Area, Carpet Area, To-Go Zone, No-Go Zone, Schedule. Discover more benefits in iLife A10 mopping robot vacuum review.

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In the box

  • A10 Robot Vacuum  *1
  • Dustbin *1
  • Charging Dock *1
  • Charging Mat *1
  • Remote Control *1
  • AAA Battery *2
  • Power Adapter *1
  • Cleaning Tool *1
  • Roller Brush *1
  • Side Brush *4
  • High-efficiency Filter *1
  • User Manual *1
  • Quick Start Guide *1
  • Water Tank *1 (A10 Mopping Only)
  • Mop Cloth * 1 (A10 Mopping Only)

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Large dustbin
  • LIDAR navigation
  • Quiet operation
  • Quick and accurate mapping
  • Navigates obstacles well

Cons

  • Finicky app
  • Mediocre suction
  • Misses a lot of debris

Specs – iLife A10 mopping robot vacuum

  • Model ILIFE A10
  • Dimension 12.9912.603.74 inches
  • Net weight 5.84 lbs
  • Cleaning mode Path, Spot, Edge, MAX, Resumes, Bow Cleaning
  • Suitability Tile, hardwood, carpet
  • Working voltage 14.8 V
  • Power 100-240VAC 50/60HZ 22W
  • Ability to cross obstacles ≤ 0.6 inches
  • Cleaning time ≥ 100 mins
  • Charging time ≤ 380 mins
  • Dustbin capacity 450 ml (Cellular Dustbin)
  • Gradeability 15 degrees
  • Charging type Auto / Manual
  • On board dustbin capacity: 0.6 liters
  • Smart home compatibility: Alexa, Google Assistant

Price

For $349.99, its suction and mapping capabilities simply don’t live up to the price. You don’t need to spend more to get a better model, such as the $299.99 iRobot Roomba 675, which automatically adjusts to different floor surfaces and detects and focuses on heavily soiled areas; the $249.99 Wyze Robot Vacuum, which has a HEPA filter and uses laser mapping; or the $299.99 Bissell SpinWave Wet and Dry, which can mop in addition to vacuum.

iLife A10 mopping robot vacuum review

Build

Dressed in dark grey plastic with subtle lines that mimic brushed metal on top and outlined in black, the A10 looks like a much more high-end robot than its $349 price tag suggests.

Design

At 12.9 inches around and 3.7 inches tall, it’s close in size to the Roomba 675 (which measures 13 inches around and 3.7 inches high), and weighs in at just under 6 pounds. The power switch is on the side of the circular body. The Auto button on top can pause and unpause cleaning or be held down to put the vacuum to sleep; beneath this is a dustbin release button. Other functions are launched via the remote or the iLifeHome mobile app for Android and iOS devices.

Accessories

the box includes a generous assortment of accessories including a charging dock, a charging mat, a remote control, a power adapter, a cleaning tool, a spare rubber brush, two side brushes, a spare filter, and the user manual. 

  • Spinning side brushes: captures debris from edges and corners
  • Wheels: two large wheels navigate flooring transitions and a smaller wheel at the front of the vacuum steers and navigates
  • Contact sensors: helps the A10 find the docking station
  • Edge sensors: sensors along the perimeter prevent the vacuum from dropping off edges or stairs

Brush

There are two brush rolls included with the iLife A10. The one installed on the vacuum is a combination of bristles and rubber fins. The second roll is all rubber with fins in a repeating V shape and looks similar to the rolls used on the iRobot Roomba i3+. 

Dustbin

In addition, the dustbin is generously sized, with a capacity of 450ml, so it should be able to make a least one full pass of a floor in your house without needing to be emptied. The dustbin on the iLife A10 sits at the rear and is easily removable by depressing the sturdy latch. The clamshell dustbin pulled apart easily for emptying, but not so easily that I feared it accidentally opening while taking it to the garbage can.

Battery & charging – iLife A10 mopping robot vacuum

The ILife A10s has a 2,900mAh battery, with a claimed runtime of 80-100 minutes per charge. This was enough to both vacuum and mop my 900 square-foot home. It took around 90 minutes to complete both tasks when run one after the other. Although the app does not show the specific battery level of the device, it reported that the battery was almost empty after around 90 minutes of running.

When it comes to the battery, the A10 can be manually plugged in or sent to its charging dock. That said, after pressing the Home button on the remote, the vacuum went toward the charger, approached it, then kept going around in circles without ever docking. I tried multiple times, but it failed to dock even once.

How to setup iLife A10 mopping robot vacuum?

To set up the iLife A10, you snap the two side brushes onto the bottom. Both the brushes and the studs are color-coded yellow and blue to ensure you get the right placement. Next, place the mat under the charging dock, plug the dock in, and set the iLife A10 on it to charge. It took about two hours to reach full power from empty in my tests; in the meantime, you can download the iLife Home app and follow the prompts to connect the vacuum to your Wi-Fi network.

iLife A10 mopping robot vacuum Cleaning performance

The remote has a small display, buttons for starting and stopping cleaning, and four arrow buttons for navigation. Schedule and Clock buttons let you set up a time for scheduled cleaning. There are also dedicated buttons for activating Edge and Spot modes, a button to switch between suction modes, and a Home button for sending the robot back to its charging dock.

In Auto, the robot plans a path and cleans it in a zigzag pattern. Spot mode puts it on a set path to clean a specific area with concentrated dust and debris. In Edge mode, the A10 moves forward until it detects a wall and then cleans around the edges of the room. You can also set various cleaning cycles to run at a specified time each day. 

Overall ScoreCerealKitty litterDog hair
iLife A1076.892.5377.3560.5
Roborock S4 Max96.2598.3896.3894
Eufy G30 Edge88.9498.780.8587.25
Roomba i390.1210094.8575.5
Neato D4*91.398.983.791.3

*Same test performed in a larger 15’ x 15’ area.

The iLife A10 performed best on hardwood, earning an 89.97% average pickup rate.  It was surprisingly good in our dog hair pickup, cleaning up 96.5% of the hair, though much of it was wrapped around the brush roll. That score was bested only by the Roborock S4 Max, which earned a perfect pickup score.

Mopping

For mopping, the ILife A10s uses a separate fitting that holds water and vibrates when working to sprinkle it. Although this fitting does have a small dustbin area to hold dirt captured by the vacuum cleaner, it’s best to run the vacuum cleaner with its dedicated dustbin fitting, which is larger and more effective at holding all the dirt accumulated over a typical household run. The mop tank can hold more than enough water for a full home cleaning, and has a mop cloth attached at the bottom to wipe up the released water.

App

Within the app settings, you’re able to adjust not only the suction power of the iLife A10, but also  the rotational speed of the side brushes. Most robot vacuums give you a choice between three or four speeds, but the A10 lets you choose a suction percentage between 1% and 100%. Similarly, the speed of the side brushes are on a 1% to 100% scale. Out of the box, the A10 was set at 34% suction and 76% side brush speed. In our tests, changing the suction amount didn’t drastically change the amount of debris collected. In fact, the difference was negligible.

You’re able to set up scheduled, room-specific and area-specific cleanings. Setting up a scheduled cleaning is also the only way to get the iLife A10 to clean an area more than once. Considering the vacuum missed areas in our lab tests, you’ll want to do that whenever possible.

Alternate of iLife A10 mopping robot vacuum

ROBOROCK E4

AtAt $300 (and often available for less), this is the least amount you can spend on a bot and get a decent experience. Yes, there are cheaper options, but those are mainly what are known as “bump and roll” bots. They roll until they bump into something, then trundle off in another direction. This also means they often miss spots.

The Roborock E4 uses a dual gyroscope and OpticEye sensor system to navigate your home by “feel.” It moves in a somewhat methodical pattern that covers all the ground it can reach.

The E4 also packs a powerful 5,200mAh battery, the same found in the higher-end Roborock S7 and unheard of in robots in this price range, allowing it to run for about 200 minutes. Its closest competitor for this spot, the Yeedi k650, only goes for 130 minutes. Since most bots can recharge and resume, run time isn’t as big of a deal as it once was. But it’s still more convenient if your bot can get the job done in one go.

As with most budget robot vacuum cleaners, there are no mapping features, so if you need to create keep-out zones — and a door won’t work — you’ll have to purchase some magnetic tape to create a barrier. The Roborock E4 also has an impressively large 640-milliliter bin and four suction levels (silent, balanced, turbo, and max), so you can run it for a light clean without much noise.

It’s compatible with Google Home and Amazon’s Alexa. But without mapping, voice commands are limited to start, stop, and pause. You can also add a mopping pad to this bot. It costs extra and, with a small 180ml reservoir, it’s not an effective substitute for a proper mop. But it will help get up any fine dust the robot’s suction action missed.

If you need a basic bot that will get the job done and don’t mind ditching the fancy features of the higher-end models, this is a good option. It’s a powerful robot that rarely got stuck in my testing, even on my high-pile, fluffy, tasseled living room rug I’ve nicknamed the robot killer. It could also tackle most transitions with ease.

The biggest downside is that, instead of using the very good Roborock app, for some reason you are stuck with Roborock’s parent company Xiaomi’s Mi Home app. But the app does let you add schedules, set a do-not-disturb period, and play with a few other features, which is really all you need to get the job done.

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