Robot vacuums with Alexa compatibility are slowly gaining popularity these days. It’s a big reason why my brother bought his robot from Samsung.
Unfortunately, he had to pay about $500 to get Alexa compatibility.
The Haier XHsuai T370 won’t cost you $500 and you’ll still be able to use this with Alexa.
But will this work as well as the Samsung PowerBot? How does it compare to the more popular ILIFE or Xiaomi robot vacuum?
Well, that’s what I’m here for. We will take a closer look at this bot and how it works.
Quick look at the features
- Dual function broom and mop
- The dual brush system will do a good job of cleaning corners and edges
- Nidec brushless motor produces 1500Pa of suction
- Uses an Epson gyroscope to navigate
- High Efficiency Filter
- Lithium-ion battery 8V 2600mAh working time for 120 minutes
- Compatible with Alexa
- A smartphone app is available so you can control this remotely
- The app supports English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Russian, Korean, Hebrew and Portuguese languages.
- 4 cleaning modes – spot, edge, automatic and scheduled cleaning
- Comes with a remote control
- 1 year warranty
- One of the cheapest Alexa-enabled robots out there
- strong suction
- Can be used as a wet wipe so you have two products in one
- It has a HEPA filter
- Responsive touch screen system
- It works for about 2 hours
- Even with gyroscopic navigation, it is not as efficient as I would like
- There is no virtual wall
- It did not perform well in the cleaning test
What do you expect from Haier XShuai T370?
Out of the box, this bot is optimized.
The premium quality is excellent – from the buttons, the remote control and how everything goes together. It really is a pleasant surprise. Compared to the Dibea D900, that’s head and shoulders above it on that side.
The T370 has a black finish with bronze trim around the edges. I like this color combo because it’s not as prone to dirt compared to a lighter tone.
At the top, you’ll see that there are 5 buttons – home, location, cleaning, and schedule, all with LED lighting and a touch screen.
In the middle part is the door that stores the 300ml dirt basket underneath. The design is similar to Jisiwei I3 but this robot is shorter.
View from the bottom
View from below without a doormat
Turn the robot over and you’ll see a design similar to the ILIFE X5 and V5 series – two side brushes and a narrow inlet without the motorized brush.
Under the nozzle is a mop attachment that acts as a water tank. So you can use this robot as a wet or dry mop.
Alexa owners will rejoice that this bot is Alexa compatible. Purchasing a Neato, Roomba, or Samsung PowerBot will cost at least $500. This robot costs less than $190 at GearBest and about $270 at Amazon.
The only other Alexa-compatible robot that costs under $300 is the Eufy RoboVac 11c.
It also comes with a remote control that gives you access to all of the robot’s functions. This includes scheduling, manual control, and access to all cleaning modes.
However, it does not come with two AAA batteries, so you will have to buy them separately.
The T370 dirt box is similar to the ILIFE X5, V5S and V5 Pro. It has a two-stage system that has an external filter that blocks large bits of dirt like hair and litter from the main HEPA filter in the back.
The dirt container holds about 300ml of dirt.
In addition to the remote control, Haier gives you another option to control this robot through a Smartphone app that you can download from the download place in play store or app store.
This application allows the bridge between the robot and Alexa.
The app itself is very simple and not as feature-rich as the MI Home app. It only has a scheduling feature at the moment. Hope they add more features in future updates.
Battery and runtime
Like ILIFE, Xiaomi and Jisiwei robots, Haier XShuai comes with a 2600mAh Li-ion battery which will work for about 120 minutes on a full charge.
Runtime is longer than Roomba 960 and BotVac D5. So this robot will cover more ground.
I was expecting a lot from this robot because it really has a good fit and a good finish. But I was disappointed with the results.
Since it does not have any motorized brush, you will not be able to use it on the carpet. This robot will only work on hard surfaces such as hardwood and tile.
The wet wipe function is an added feature for maintenance cleaning tasks. But don’t expect the iRobot Braava to perform because it will move in a straight back and forth motion.
First, let me show you some before and after pictures…
Although this robot has a more advanced gyroscopic navigation system, I find the cleaning pattern very interesting. It appears to start with cleaning a spot in the center of the room and then move in a systematic back-and-forth pattern and then clean the stain again.
There were cases where she stood there motionless which contributed greatly to her incompetence.
I like the back and forth pattern but I feel that the spot cleaning motion isn’t really necessary and only adds to the complexity. It seems very strange to me at least.
What’s in the box?
Here is the list of items you will get inside the box:
- Android T370
- Remote control (unfortunately batteries are not included)
- 2 extra side brushes
- Microfiber mop and bracket
- Cleaning Brush
- User’s Manual
What do consumers think?
Surprisingly, a lot of consumers gave this robot a high rating on Amazon due to the low entry price. This bot is one of the cheapest options with Alexa compatibility.
Plus points include the ability to use this with Alexa and the app, a low noise level, and a pretty decent cleaning performance that’s helped even pet owners keep their homes clean.
But this bot is not perfect despite the high rating.
It tends to get caught in tight areas like the backs of doors or chair legs. In my case, there were several instances where he was idle trying to push a chair or a wall.
Not sure how gyroscopic navigation plays a role but this needs to be ironed out.
Another problem is the app itself. Some consumers have complained that it does not respond to the “Alexa start Andy” voice command unless you start the system using the remote control or the app.
This is another bug that they must address if it is not.
Where can I buy this?
This robot is available on GearBest and Amazon. But here’s a hint – it will be cheaper to buy this at GearBest with a coupon code. If you buy this on Amazon, it will cost over $200, but it will ship faster.
- SDGBT370 (US/Los Angeles warehouse) – USD 189.99
- SDT370 (US/Los Angeles warehouse) – $139.99
- HXSC3EU (EU warehouse)
The Haier XShuai T370 would have been a great option if not for some quirks with the navigation and the app. Energy is not an issue with 1600 Pa’s of force on tap. I feel the navigation could use some improvements to reduce instances where the bot just stands still and does nothing.
When you combine all these issues, they add up and efficiency is affected.
If the Haier can clean up the quirks, perhaps removing the spot cleaning action in automatic mode will go a long way to improving efficiency. This is the perfect reason why a little more.