I’ve been making a series of videos and articles about ILIFE robot vacuum over the past few months, and this time we’re going to have a look at ILIFE V1 robot vacuum.
This robot is the simplest type of ILIFE robot I have tested and you will see what this robot is all about.
We’ll take a closer look at the features, performance, and what’s missing to help you make the right decision.
It’s actually cheaper than all of the ILIFE products I’ve tested. Unfortunately this product has been discontinued.
Please check out a similar variant called V5 that has a charging base and remote control. If you need something with a mop, check out the V5S Pro.
But I must warn you that this does not come with any remote control or charging base, so when this robot runs out of battery, you will have to connect the charger manually.
This is a major downside as there will be more participation from you. The good news is that it has the same cleaning performance as other ILIFE vacuums and as you will see in the videos below, performance is not affected even if it is simpler.
Quick look at the features
- Dual Filter System – Primary mesh plus HEPA filter to prevent allergens from escaping back out
- Dust bin capacity 300ml
- 70 to 90 minutes running time
- 200 to 250 minutes charging time
- Less than 3 inches (2.95 inches to be exact)
- Contains 4 extra HEPA filters attached plus 2 extra side brushes
- OBS All-Terrain Detection System protects furniture from collision
- Cliff sensors ensure this robot does not fall off cliff points such as stairs
- 1 year warranty (see details here)
- The cheapest of all ILIFE robot vacuums
- It measures less than 3 inches long which means it will fit a lot of furniture and clean hard-to-clean dust bunnies
- It has a HEPA filter
- It does a good job of not hitting the furniture hard during my tests
- No charging base and no remote control included
- You can’t schedule this bot to clean by itself
- After the battery runs out you will have to plug in the charger (not hands free as I would like)
What do you expect from ILIFE V1 bare bones?
This robot is the definition of bare bones. It comes with the basics that will allow it to clean your house but it lacks several features that might make you want to think twice before purchasing this considering the minimal price difference between this and the ILIFE V5.
This is a close-up of the “clean” button.
As you have noticed in the two images above, this bot only has one clean button. This activates the robot’s default cleaning cycle. The interface does not allow you to schedule or do edge or spot cleaning.
It’s as simple as it gets.
View from the bottom
Underneath it, you get pretty much the same build as the X5, V5, and V5 Pro which means it has a narrow entryway flanked by two side brushes.
It does not contain any motorized brush which makes it more suitable for hard floors rather than carpets.
No charging base
This robot does not have any charging base which is disappointing as it means that you have to manually connect the charger after each cycle.
I also tested the charging base of the V5 and see if it works but it doesn’t. The V1 will not return to the charging base after its battery is used up.
Here’s what the plug looks like…
Another omission might be the lack of a remote control which isn’t really that important because pressing the clean button doesn’t take much effort.
The biggest problem, though, is the lack of a scheduling feature that makes a robot vacuum a useful tool in keeping our homes clean.
This means that every day you will have to unplug the robot from the charger and press the clean button. A few extra steps may or may not be a deal breaker but that is completely subjective.
This robot is equipped with a Li-ion battery with a capacity of 2200 mAh which is slightly smaller than the 2600 mAh found in other ILIFE robots such as A4, X5, V5, V5 Pro, V7 and V7S.
The smaller battery size means that it will last for a shorter time – between 70 and 90 minutes and it will take between 200 and 250 minutes to fully charge it.
Also comes with a HEPA filter plus 4 inside the box.
bare floor performance
When it comes to performance, this bot did not disappoint even against the V5 Pro, it was able to hold it.
If you watched the first video, I was able to clean 47 out of 50 grams of oats and powder scattered on the floor.
I stopped the bot prematurely because I didn’t want to record a very long video otherwise it would have taken more.
Some when it’s above the door stopper area that the robot can’t reach, while other small parts are left in the middle.
This robot is available on GearBest and the cheapest type of robots ILIFE.
Click the links below for the latest prices plus some coupon codes:
- ILIFEV1 (China and EU Plug)
The V1 performed really well when compared to its more expensive sibling, the V5 Pro.
What makes it hard to recommend is the lack of basic core features in the automated vacuum.
It lacks a charging base where it can automatically switch over and dock after a cleaning cycle. Without it, you will have to manually connect the charger each time.
It also lacks a scheduling feature that allows you to schedule it to clean on its own. You will have to press the clean button every time.
In terms of performance, it’s held it even against its more feature-rich siblings that have remote controls and charging stations.
If you don’t mind the limitations, this is the best cheap robotic vacuum cleaner available right now.