ILIFE V7S has a twin and we will be looking at it today.
Let me introduce you to the ILIFE V7 robot vacuum cleaner and mop.
At first glance both devices look quite similar – the only difference is the color but when you look closely, these two devices are a lot different than you might think.
While the V7S comes with a water tank, this robot does not have this feature.
Instead of the wet wiping feature, you’ll only get the dry wiping feature – it doesn’t have any water tank.
If you don’t need the wet erase feature, this would be a great option, unfortunately, it’s not cheaper than the ILIFE V7S Pro.
A feature that you may find interesting is the app that uses a Bluetooth connection to connect the phone and the robot.
This means that you can use your smartphone or remote control to operate or schedule the bot.
But there is a catch.
The app is only available in Chinese but even with this language barrier the interface is easy enough to use without translating it.
Quick look at the features
- It has two functions in one – vacuum and dry sweep (you can use these two features at the same time!)
- Remote control is included in the package (with 2 AAA batteries)
- You can schedule the robot to be cleaned at a specific time once a day (7 days a week)
- 4 shelf sensors prevent this robot from falling off the stairs
- The app is available for download and you can use it to schedule, start, stop and control the bot (currently only available in Chinese)
- 5 liter dirt basket
- Only one side brush
- The charging base has a storage space for the remote control
- Up to 150 minutes. the show length
- Charging time 5 hours
- Produces less than 60 decibels
- 1 year warranty
- Very long running time – up to 150 minutes.
- Very strong mobility (although not as high-tech as the Roomba 360 Eye)
- Easy to empty the dirt basket
- Decent dry dirt capacity
- Dry erase option available
- No wet scanning feature
- Lots of creaking (you’ll hear it in the video)
- The app is only available in Chinese
- No WiFi connection (uses Bluetooth)
What to expect from the ILIFE V7 Hybrid Mop and Suction?
In terms of size, the V7 and V7S are exactly the same.
The top of both bots has the same design and glossy finish except for the color – this one comes in a nice dark blue color with a clean single button.
Although it has the same mechanical structure as the V7S, the V7 is more different than you might think.
Dry mop and vacuum cleaner only
First, it does not have any water tank, so this robot will not be able to clean wet floors.
This robot is just a vacuum cleaner with dry-wipe capability. One option is to spray the mop with a cleaning solution so that you can at least dampen the mop on a small area.
I like that it is able to clean a dry mop and a dry mop at the same time especially in our house with bare floors only because the microfiber mop actually does a very good job of picking up the statically charged dust that the vacuum cleaner might have missed.
And it does it all at once, so it will save you time. Our floors have been relatively dust free since I used this.
When you open the box, it only contains a dry dirt bin, similar to what you’d get from a V7S which means it will be able to hold about 0.5 liters of dry dirt.
Parts of a dirt basket…
- plastic case
- Primary mesh filter
- Non-washable secondary filter.
It doesn’t have HEPA filtering unlike the X5, A4, and V5 Pro, so if that’s a concern for you, choose one of the other three variants.
V7 . app
One of the unique features of the V7 is the app that you can download through the Gear Best website.
One quick way to unlock the site is to use a QR code scanner on your smartphone to scan the code on the box.
After downloading the app, make sure your phone’s Bluetooth connection is turned on. Without it, you will not connect to the robot.
Also, make sure the bot is turned on.
Once you open the app, it looks like this…
On the left side of the image, it shows what the app will look like when it’s running. It scans the area to detect the robot and once it detects the app will display something similar to the right (see image above).
Click on the bot link and another window that looks like a remote control will appear.
The icons are self-explanatory – the icon on the far left is the home button or the dock button, and when you press this, the robot will stop cleaning and search for the home base.
The second button is the Edge Clean button. Before activating spot cleaning, you must hit the clean button first.
The third button activates spot cleaning. Again, to use the in-place cleaning feature, you will have to press the Clean button first to run the bot.
The last button on the far right is the schedule where you can tell the robot when to clean. Clicking on this icon will open another interface similar to the one to the right of the image above.
Apart from the app, this one comes with the same remote control as the twin.
The layout of the buttons is exactly the same, with the four arrow buttons surrounding the clean button and five additional buttons in the bottom two rows that allow you to access various features – scheduling, clock adjustment, docking and edge cleaning.
Only one side brush
Another similarity with the V7 is the number of side brushes – both have only one brush.
To be honest, I’m a bit torn from the benefits of a side brush. For everyday cleaning that doesn’t involve cleaning up a big mess, having at least two side brushes actually works on your bare floor.
If there is a small piece of paper at hand, the side brush grabs it and presses it toward the space.
And the vast majority of the time you’ll use a robot vacuum as a deep cleaning cleaner to prevent dirt build-up.
The V7 comes with the same dual V brush as the V7S which means it has bristles and a squeegee in a V style, hence the name.
The motorized brush combines stiff bristles with a squeegee similar to the Neato brush.
Watch this video to see how the V7 navigates (you’ll have to fast forward to the 7:39 mark because I’m starting to talk about the features)…
It does a good job of avoiding large obstacles such as walls, chests and doors but occasionally hits narrow objects such as the bed base and the black tower under the table.
Again, since both V7 and V7S share the same architecture, they will both have at least a similar navigation pattern in Void mode. V7S is very slow when it comes to wet wiping.
Here’s how the V7 gets around with the wiper attached (video coming soon).
Like the V7S, the V7 will perform better on bare floors thanks to the wiping feature.
They both have the same power, and the same brush roller, so performance on an exposed floor will be the same. Yes even in big mess situations like this…
Here is more video
What’s in the box?
ILIFE V7 vs V7S: Which is better then?
Now that you know what the V7 is all about for your next question, maybe this is better than the V7S?
It all depends on your needs.
I like the dry wiping feature which helps greatly in cleaning statically charged dust on the bare floor.
Dust is probably the hardest to clean because it’s almost invisible and this wiping feature helps keep it away.
Soak the mop in a cleaning solution and have a wet mop at your disposal.
The V7S cannot dry the mop and vacuum cleaner at the same time because the mop also covers the vacuum inlet. You can only use it for wet mop or vacuum cleaner depending on your needs.
Homes with tiled floors (especially inside the kitchen) will benefit the most from the wet mopping feature. Just be sure to clean the area first.
I’ve covered the V7S extensively in this review, so be sure to check it out if you’re looking for more information on it.
|Battery Type||lithium ion|
|charger type||charging base|
|Shipping time||Approximately. 5 hours|
|Water tank capacity||Nobody|
|Dirt Capacity (Dry)||0.5 liters|
|the show length||140 minutes|
|net weight (with battery)||6.5 pounds|
|Purchase weight||12.78 EGP|
|bin full indicator||
|Cleaning sessions per week||7|
|brush cleaning tools||1|
|Accessories included||charging base
Remote control (AAA batteries included)
2 extra filters
1 brush cleaning tool
2 extra side brushes
Where do you buy this?
ILIFE V7 is available on amazon and you can buy it from the link bellow.
ILIFE V7 is a great choice for homes that have a combination of bare flooring and very little carpeting.
Although there isn’t as much suction as the more powerful A4 or X5, the V7 did a good job on the exposed floor. When you add the dry wipe feature, you can use it as an everyday sweeper on most exposed floor surfaces, except for uncoated concrete.
It also has an app that uses a Bluetooth connection to connect to the robot.
This is a step in the right direction but ILIFE hasn’t released an English version yet, I’m waiting for that but the interface is simple enough to use and still usable even for non-Chinese speaking people.
The filters included are not HEPA filters but the basic mesh filter still does a good job of blocking most debris and comes with additional filters.
Overall, this is a powerful product that dries mops and vacuums at the same time, giving you a standalone cleaning tool that helps you keep your floors clean.
The long battery life is good enough for small and medium-sized homes that often have bare floors.
Don’t forget to clear all wires, stray toys and other big obstacles to increase the cleaning functions of this robot.