It’s only recently that the cleaning robot segment in India has really started to gain attention, but brands like iLife have been in the business of making vacuuming and mopping robots for a while now. The company, with its India headquarters in Bangalore, claims to have over 3.3 million customers in 35 countries, with its robots said to clean an area of 610 square kilometers in customers’ homes every day.
The company has a small range of Cleaning Robots priced at Rs. 14,900 onwards, up to the flagship product in the range, Rs. 34,900 The ILife A10s Robot Vacuum Mop that I am reviewing here. successor of iLife A9sThe A10s features laser navigation, which enables it 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.
What is the iLife A10s, and what’s in the box?
Like its predecessor the A9s, the iLife A10s is a cleaning robot that can vacuum and mop. It has a distinctive disc-shaped body with wheels to rotate underneath. There are two sweeping brushes on the front, the vacuum zone in the middle, and space for a removable module at the back. For vacuuming, you should have the Dust Bin module fitted in there, and for mopping, the Water Reservoir module snaps into place.
The water reservoir module consists of a cloth that is attached at the bottom. iLife says the mop fittings have a ‘vibrating tank’ function that moves in all directions to release the water, which allows it to mop gently and effectively as it spins.
In addition to the sweeping brush on the front, the vacuum zone also features a roller brush to direct dust and impurities into the dust bin, and a dust filter to filter out fine particles. In the retail package, you get the charging dock and plate, an adapter to power the charging dock, and a remote control for manually controlling the ILife A10s without the app.
The power adapter can be connected directly to the robot itself for charging without a dock. The robot has a physical power switch, and it is recommended that it be kept on at all times, parked on the charging dock when not in use. The remote runs on two AAA batteries, and can be used to initiate cleaning, return the robot to the charging dock, or steer it around manually by pointing it at the robot and pressing the right button .
Parts for the iLife A10s including additional sweeping brushes, a rubber roller brush, and an additional dust filter are included in the box. The cleaning robot has a flexible front bumper to protect against collisions, and a raised module on top for laser navigation equipment.
iLife A10s Navigation and Mapping
Unlike the A9s, which relies on a camera to navigate, the iLife A10s is equipped with laser navigation, which is said to be more accurate and more sensitive to obstacles in the cleaning area. This enables the robot to work even in dark rooms. The A10s can store maps of your home, which can be used to optimize cleaning routines by setting no-go and carpet zones, invisible walls, room partitions, and more.
Competitive products in the cleaning robot segment such as 360 S7 And Mi Robot Vacuum Mop-P Use laser navigation to good effect, and the iLife A10s really comes close when it comes to navigation accuracy. In my experience, the device moved fast and was generally able to avoid collisions with obstacles including walls and the legs of tables and chairs.
However, I found that the device needed specific guidance on setting up no-go zones and carpet areas through the app. I needed to move objects like loose rugs and wires out of the way. The iLife A10s did, at times, get stuck in the sliding door tracks, and the wheels got tasseled on the sides of the rug. Navigation isn’t as flawless on this device as I’ve seen on competing options.
When installed properly and with no potential obstacles in the way, the iLife A10s went on a fast and predictable and sensible way to accomplish its cleaning task. It was able to completely clean my 900-square-foot home in about 45 minutes at once while vacuuming, and it took almost the same amount of time to clean the same space.
ilife a10s app
The iLife A10s Robot Vacuum Mop can be controlled using the iLife Home app, which is available for Android And iOS. Although I sometimes found it quicker to use the remote or even just press a button on the device itself, the app allowed for more specific control over the robot’s actions. These include controlling and monitoring it remotely, even when you’re not at home, managing maps, setting an order or list of specific rooms for cleaning, creating restricted areas and invisible walls, and more.
It took a while to set up the robot the first time, but once it was done, I didn’t have any connectivity or usage issues during my time with the app. The default screen of the iLife A10s app is a map of your home, along with status indicators that tell you the cleaning area covered and the amount of time it takes (while in use), as well as charging and battery status. You can also set suction power, side brush speed and water usage level, as well as update firmware, set schedules, and view logs of past cleaning tasks.
Usefully, you can install the app on multiple devices, so different members of your family can control it as needed, unlike the 360 S7, which can only be used on one device at a time. The app is generally very easy to use, and shows a live view of the robot’s location within your home as well as the areas covered and the time it takes to clean up. All of this, of course, requires a stable link with your Wi-Fi connection for your robot to function properly.
iLife A10s cleaning
Although not as comfortable with navigation as competing products, and with an app that feels a bit more simple than the 360 and Xiaomi’s companion app, the iLife A10s Robot Vacuum Mop is one of the more effective cleaning robots around. The company didn’t specify the vacuum cleaner’s suction power, but it’s more than enough for everyday cleaning of hard floors.
Having two sweeping brushes makes the iLife A10s pretty much capable of sweeping dirt out of its way and taking in vacuum zones, including edges and corners. While no cleaning robot is completely effective, the iLife A10s does a better job than most competing products that contain just one sweeping brush. Even as the dry spill resulted in a bit more mess, the robot was able to clean the area effectively.
However, like any cleaning robot, you’ll still have to manually remove dirt from edges, corners, and inaccessible places every few days, or use a handheld manual vacuum cleaner, such as Dyson Omni-Glide. I found the A10s to be very effective at vacuuming with its suction power around the 80 percent mark, and it also kept it from making too much noise while cleaning.
For wiping, the iLife A10s uses a separate fitting that holds water and vibrates while working to dispense it. Although this fitting has a small dustbin area to hold the dirt caught by the vacuum cleaner, it is best to run the vacuum cleaner with its dedicated dustbin fitting, which is able to catch all the dirt accumulated on a normal home run. Bigger and more effective. The mop tank can hold more than enough water for a thorough cleaning of the house, and a mop cloth is attached to the bottom to wipe away the released water.
When using mop fittings, the iLife A10s is great at mopping, works better than 360 S7 And Mi Robot Vacuum Mop-P. It is not recommended to add any cleaning agents or additives to the water tank, but I sprinkled a few drops on the floor before any cleaning work to good effect.
Like all cleaning robots, regular maintenance is necessary with the iLife A10s to keep things running smoothly. This includes cleaning and opening things with a sweeping brush and main brush, raising the water tank, emptying the trash, and cleaning the mop. Without regular maintenance, the cleaning efficiency of the iLife A10s can drop significantly. The app helps you keep track of the health of consumable parts like brushes and filters, and these will also need to be replaced from time to time.
iLife A10s Battery and Charging
The iLife A10s packs 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 about 90 minutes to complete both tasks when run one after the other. Although the app doesn’t show the device’s specific battery level, it did report that the battery was almost empty after about 90 minutes of running.
From this point, it took about four hours to fully recharge the iLife A10s. Charging is slow, but considering that you only need to run the robot once a day for vacuuming and mopping, it shouldn’t be too much of a problem.
The docking station should be placed in an area that is easily accessible and visible to the iLife A10s. The device is able to steer itself back to the dock, and is even able to use its generated map of your home to find the dock from a different room without a straight line. Usefully, you can also plug the charger directly into the robot; This was necessary on a few occasions when the battery completely drained and the robot was unable to start charging while on the dock.
ILife is an established brand when it comes to cleaning robots in India and across Asia, and the A10s is a good option to consider under Rs. 40,000. Laser navigation is a major advantage on this model compared to its predecessor, and it enables mapping, room-wise cleaning, the ability to set invisible boundaries and no-go zones, and more. Usefully, the cleanup is capable as long as you’re willing to vacuum and mop in separate runs.
Although I did encounter a few issues with navigation, my experience with the iLife A10s was pleasant overall, and I found that its cleaning effectiveness more than made up for these minor shortcomings. That said, I found the overall user experience much better with options like 360 S7 And Mi Robot Vacuum Mop-P; The iLife A10s isn’t as ‘smart’ as the competition, even with the advantage of laser navigation.
cost: Rupee. 34,900
- Effective Vacuuming and Mopping
- the remote is very useful
- Laser Navigation and Mapping
- easy to use app
- Vacuuming and mopping have to be done separately
- minor navigation issues