It was frankly disappointing for Al Fouyzi’s first test. Navigation was fine and not as clean as I would have liked it to be.
So when they asked me to test their new bot, I wasn’t really sure if I wanted to, but I accepted because I wanted to see if they improved their product.
Now here I am with the new Alfawise X5.
It’s the newest robot vacuum and now has WiFi connectivity, a smartphone app, and Alexa compatibility.
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Another improvement is the supposedly more efficient gyroscope navigation.
Are the promotions enough? Or are these just the smokescreens of another inferior product?
Let’s find out in this review.
Quick look at the features
- Dual-sided brush system helps capture dirt along edges and corners
- 1000Pa suction will clean bare floors and low-pile carpets
- 2-in-1 function of robot vacuum and mop
- Compatible with Alexa
- Has a WiFi connection with a smartphone app that allows remote access to the robot
- Three cleaning modes – zigzag, edge and point cleaning mode
- Li-ion battery 2600 mAh working time for 100 to 12 minutes
- Charging time 3 hours
- Dust bin capacity 600ml
- Water tank capacity 600ml
- It produces only 60 decibels
- 1 year warranty
- The Smartphone app is very stable and has a scheduling system that allows multiple cleanings to be performed in a day just like the Xiaomi app
- Versatile functions – can be vacuumed and wiped clean
- 600ml dust bin and water tank will cover a large area of the floor
- Pickup is decent on the bare floor
- The side brushes work well to clean the dirt from the edges and corners
- Navigation is not as efficient as I would have liked from a gyroscope system
- Doesn’t clean edges as well as often as other brands like ILIFE A4S or Dibea D900
- During testing, it hit the charging base several times
- poor filtration (no HEPA)
What to expect from this new robot from Alfawise?
I must admit that I was not happy with the performance of the first generation Alfawise A6. So I wasn’t expecting much from the new X5 but the build quality is higher than the previous generation.
Please watch this video to see what’s inside the box and how it works…
The first improvement will be the design. Instead of using the regular vanilla white and pink color scheme, the new X5 features a predominantly black design with gray accents.
At the top you will see three touch buttons.
At the bottom are two side brushes surrounded by two motorized brushes. It’s a similar design to the Roomba 650 but the Alfawise comes with two side brushes instead of the one from Roomba.
The dual side brush system makes the robot vacuum cleaner at edges and corners because it has a greater reach.
This robot also comes with a mop holder/water tank that converts this into a robotic mop.
To turn this into a robotic mop, you will need to remove the dirt container and move the water tank into place.
Water tanks and dirt box
The dual functionality of this robot requires it to have separate containers to hold water and dry dirt. To use this as a vacuum cleaner, you will need to insert a dirt basket that slides into the back.
If you want to use it as a mop, replace the dirt bin with the mop. They will both hold 600ml of dry dirt and water respectively, so it’s quite a lot. The water suspension will double as an arc and there is no need to turn the robot upside down which is a plus for me.
The X5 comes with a 2600mAh Li-ion battery that takes 3 hours to recharge and will work for up to 120 minutes.
Since it is a lithium battery, there will be minimal power fade and the power is linear.
Out of the box, you’ll get a remote control that gives you access to all of the robot’s functions from the different cleaning modes to power settings.
It also has directional buttons just in case you want to control where the robot goes and cleans up. But for me, I never use this feature and just press the auto button instead.
Although the remote control is great, the X5 has another feature that may make the remote control obsolete…
Alfawise also comes with a smartphone app they call the TuyaSmart App.
The app itself is very simple in terms of functionality. It has the same functionality as a remote control but that’s the cool part – you’ll be able to reach the robot even if you’re not at home.
Since the application is simple, it is very responsive. Not once did it crash or flash an error code.
Connecting it to the robot is simple and only requires a few steps. But you will need a router in order to connect.
My favorite feature is scheduling. This app will allow you to schedule this bot to clean as many times as you want in the day.
Let’s say you’re in OC mode about keeping your house dust-free. You can set the schedule once in the morning, once in the afternoon, and again in the evening. It is flexible. I would argue that you may not even need the remote control unless you don’t have a smartphone which is rare.
Alfawise says this robot uses a gyroscope navigation system that moves back and forth. I was expecting it to be like the Dibea D900 but it’s not the same.
Please watch the last part of the video above to see how this robot navigates.
If you do, you will notice that it starts in a back and forth pattern and then something strange happens, and it will go in a random direction and spin in between.
He’s only gone to clean the edges a few times but one of the few times he’s done a pretty decent job picking up dirt from the edges.
Before my comment, let me show you some before and after shots…
For the most part, this robot did a good job of cleaning up all the dirt I was on the bare floor. Cleans up big messes in the middle and edges of the room.
Although she only cleaned the edges a few times, she was able to remove dirt from those areas.
The biggest weakness is cleaning the areas around the furniture.
If you have an office chair inside the room I suggest removing it as this robot will not be able to move around it.
This robot absolutely hates furniture if that’s the right term.
Out of 50 grams of dirt, this robot was able to clean nearly 44 grams which is very good. Almost the same level as the ILIFE robots I’ve tested so far.
What’s in the box?
Out of the box you will get:
- Charging base and charger
- Alfawise X5 Robot with Dry Dirt Box and Attached Side Brush
- English manual
- Water tank and mop
- magnetic tape
- Cleaning Brush
- 2 extra side brushes
- 2 double sided tape
- Extra microfiber towel
|Battery Type||lithium ion|
|charger type||charging base|
|Water tank capacity||600 ml|
|Dirt Capacity (Dry)||600 ml|
|the show length||100 to 120 minutes|
|net weight (with battery)||5.51 lbs|
|Purchase Weight||12.26 EGP|
|an offer||12.6 inches|
|bin full indicator||
|Cleaning sessions per week||7|
|brush cleaning tools||1|
|Accessories included||Charging base and charger
Dirt Basket 600ml
600ml water tank
2 extra side brushes
2 double sided tape
Extra microfiber towel
|Guarantee||1 year (learn more)|
Where can I buy this?
This robot is available on Amazon for just under $295 which is a lot of dough if you ask me. But to get the best price, you may want to shop GearBest as it will cost you well under $200 with the coupon code.
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- AlFWX5 (China warehouse) – $179.99
The Alfawise X5 comes with the same brush configuration as the Roomba 650 but is over $100 cheaper! With an extra side brush, expect this robot to clean the edges better.
It performed much better than the first Alfawise bot I tested but I still felt the navigation was too complicated. This robot will start with a back and forth motion, then go in a random direction, and then return to a back and forth motion.
Cleaning the edges is decent but it doesn’t go into this mode very often. You will have to use Edge Cleanup mode to clean all edges.
I was hoping this robot would at least have the same navigation as the Dibea D900 but it didn’t.
In terms of cleaning performance, it successfully cleaned 44 out of 50 grams of possible dirt. This is almost the same level as the ILIFE robots. But please remove any chairs (especially office chairs) as this robot will have a hard time cleaning the surroundings.
Overall, this is a good performing robot for the price.