There has been an explosion of robot vacuums on the market right now. When you search for the term on Amazon, you’ll not only see household names like iRobot or Neato, but you’ll also see other host brands that are not very popular but are well worth a look.
We’ll take a closer look at one of these products in today’s review.
A few weeks ago, lili-robot.cn contacted me about testing their product, the Leictraux B6009 robot vacuum and mop. We are here.
At first glance, this robot looks similar to Jisiwei I3 and Haier Xshuai T370. There are similarities but this robot is different in terms of navigation.
According to the manufacturer, this bot has an in-maps CPU that results in a predictable back-and-forth pattern like Xiaomi and Neato Botvac.
How does this compare? Is it better than these two brands?
Quick look at the features
- The internal CPU helps the robot build a map in its memory and navigate more efficiently
- wet wipe function
- HEPA filtration keeps allergens inside the container
- voice prompt
- Two stage filtration
- UV sterilization
- Two side brushes help clean edges and corners
- Comes with a virtual wall and a remote control
- Fall sensors prevent him from falling off the stairs
- Infrared sensors help avoid bumping into objects
- Expected Mobility
- Big Dirt Box
- Infrared sensors do a good job of avoiding obstacles
- It has a HEPA filter
- You can use it as a purely robotic mop with the vacuum motor and the brush turned off
- Decent uptime
- Mid-cycle paused several times during the test
- Cleaning performance not on par with other brands (it was only able to clean half of the dirt you threw up)
- I don’t know how effective UV light is
- The robot stopped several times in the middle of the cleaning cycle
What do you expect from Liectroux B6009?
Pulling this out of the box, you’ll get an oversized robot that’s about 3.75 tall and 13.5 wide. This is easily about 0.7″ larger than the ILIFE A6 and 0.15″ longer than the Roomba.
And when I include the notable infrared sensor on the front, it rises up to 4 inches. If you have furniture at a 4″ threshold, this robot will not fit.
Please watch this video to learn about the topic of this robot…
Out of the box, you get the robot, the remote, the default, two extra side brushes, an extra squeegee, and a squeegee/mop guide. Unfortunately, the virtual wall remote didn’t come with any batteries. A bit of a bummer but heck these are cheap.
The robot is gray/black with two touch controls on top. These interfaces allow you to access the robot’s default cleaning mode, battery status, and potential error codes if the robot is stuck.
When I opened the upper door that leads to the container, it fell and did not stay open. Not sure if this is by design or a design flaw but it is something to note.
View from the bottom
With the mop…
And a shot without a wiper…
Flip the robot over to reveal a dual-function machine that vacuums and mops. Contains two side brushes and one combo brush.
The neat thing about the Liectroux is that the bracket doubles as a water tank, so you don’t need to swap anything out if you want to wipe.
It also has a wiper function that turns off the motor and side brushes.
The dirt container this robot uses is very generous – it can hold a liter of dry dirt. It has a two-stage filtration system, which means it has a fine mesh filter followed by a HEPA filter that prevents microscopic dust from seeping through.
This robot is a bagless vacuum cleaner so there is still exposure to allergens.
This robot also comes with a remote control that gives you access to scheduling, different cleaning modes, power modes, and UV sterilization.
It doesn’t have any screen so you will have to use it in conjunction with the bot interface for scheduling.
By the way, it comes with the two AAA batteries it requires.
It also comes with a virtual wall that prevents the robot from entering areas you don’t want it to clean.
According to Liectroux, this robot uses an internal CPU to help it navigate. It is interesting how this robot navigates. Before my comment, please watch the video I recorded below…
It has a navigation system similar to Xiaomi but the difference is that it starts cleaning the middle part of the room first and then moves out to clean the edges.
This navigation on paper appears to be more efficient because it is so predictable but their lies are the problem.
Like Xiaomi before the firmware upgrade, this robot is very effective because it is a repairer. You’ll see why to test clean later.
This is clearly an upgrade over the randomness of other brands like ILIFE and older Roomba bots but at the cost of enough inaccuracies.
It could be a reason why it didn’t perform well in cleaning tests.
To smooth my comment, let me show you some before and after pictures to give you an idea of how this bot performs…
I dusted 50g of oats, powder, hair and rabbit dust that I previously collected from other cleaning tests.
It’s a torture test of sorts to see how the bot will access potential vulnerabilities.
I like to use powder because it’s white and you’ll clearly see if the brush picked it up or not. While rolled oats mimic the larger pieces of dirt.
This test revealed some weaknesses in the B6009. The first will be the cleaning performance. The two side brushes pushed a lot of the oat flakes out of reach.
The suction seemed weak because it only picked up half of the 50 grams of dirt scattered on the floor.
And while it did a solid job picking up dirt from the edges, it had a hard time cornering. The side brushes can be short, travel that doesn’t come close to the edge, or both.
Whatever the case, I was expecting big things from this bot after watching a review so this is a problem.
Finally, this robot stopped in the middle of the cleaning cycle 5 times. Yes this stopped 5 times.
Not sure why it stopped, it could be a dirty bumper but nothing was stopping the motorized brush so it could be a software issue.
This robot also doubles as a mop. What I like is that the stand has a built in water tank so you don’t have to swap anything just to wipe.
Watch this video to see it mop…
While it didn’t have the back-and-forth scanning you’ll see in the iRobot Braava, it used predictable patter that you wouldn’t normally find in a robot in this price range.
It will start in the center of the room in a back-and-forth cleaning pattern and then exit to the edges and then back to the base of the house. Unlike the ILIFE robot which has a random scanning pattern, this robot is more efficient.
What is inside the box?
To wrap it up
I had high hopes for this robot after watching a review video from YouTube but after testing it didn’t do well in the cleaning test, picking up only half of the 50g scattered.
The manufacturer should use a better performing cleaning brush and motor. The navigation isn’t bad as it uses a more efficient back-and-forth pattern but it didn’t clean corners well and doesn’t hug the edges like other brands do.
There are also some annoying quirks such as the robot not coming out of the charging station after pressing the clean button on the robot or the remote control. Another oddity that I don’t like is the robot stopping on its tracks in the middle of the cycle without anything blocking its path.
Overall, this product looks promising but the cleaning performance should improve and the manufacturer should figure out how to solve the annoying quirks you mentioned.