Overview of the smart robot vacuum cleaner ILIFE A9s: cleans-washes, builds walls


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ILIFE continues to improve its robot vacuum cleaners. Last year, it launched a vacuum cleaner with

camera, vacuum cleaner controlled from a smartphone,a vacuum cleaner with a wet cleaning function and even a vacuum cleaner intended only for washing floors. A natural question arises: why not create a vacuum cleaner that would use all these technologies at once? The ILIFE A9s model is precisely a robot vacuum cleaner that embodies all the company’s developments - a universal cleaner that can keep any floors clean - from tiles to carpets, easy to operate and quite technologically advanced for its time.

What is it

This is a robot vacuum cleaner, which is a developmentpopular model ILIFE V8s with dry and wet cleaning function. From the ILIFE A8 model, he inherited a camera for navigation and voice comments of his actions. And from ILIFE A7 - Wi-Fi support and control using the proprietary ILIFE Robot application. Now you can follow his route directly on your smartphone, observing how accurately his movements cover the entire room. Another innovation was the inclusion in the package of a special accessory called Electrowall - this is a special sensor that uses infrared radiation to create an invisible wall that the vacuum cleaner cannot overcome. Thus, his access to the premises is artificially blocked. There is nothing particularly revolutionary about this accessory; it was produced before, but was always sold separately. This move is called “Try and Buy” in marketing textbooks - in order for users to start buying these electronic walls, you need to teach them how to use them. The hypothesis, in this case, is simple: a large house may need more than one such device, and if the user gets a taste for it, he will buy them additionally, and this will already be a motivated purchase - he will understand not only why he needs these accessories, but also know exactly the required quantity.

What is in the box

This time the delivery package is more generous than everearlier. A dust container and a rubber brush are already installed inside the vacuum cleaner. There is a separate container for wet cleaning with two microfiber cloths. Charging station with power supply (standard for all ILIFE vacuum cleaners). Two additional brushes for raking dust under the body (there are four in total). A spare HEPA filter, another hair brush (recommended for use if there are animals in the house), a standard tool for cleaning brushes (a plastic fork with a brush on the other end). Remote control with two AAA batteries. Power wall with two AA batteries. And a set of papers - a user manual in 6 languages, a warranty card and a booklet with brief instructions for novice users.


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Let's take a close-up look at the details.The broom brushes, as always, are not interchangeable - the left one has yellow plastic inserts, the right one has blue plastic inserts. They are easy to remove and install, and the color coding prevents confusion. The warranty card contains an email address for technical support in Russian. The remote control is exactly the same as that of the ILIFE A8 vacuum cleaner - the general rule is that if there is a display on the body of the vacuum cleaner, it is not on the remote control, and vice versa. True, in place of the Wi-Fi button, the ILIFE A8 simply had an extra key without an inscription.


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This was my first time encountering an “electric wall.”As you might expect, there is no rocket science here (despite the price of $37). The case is made of ordinary polished plastic, the operation status LED and the on/off switch. The sticker on top clearly demonstrates how to orient the device in a room to prevent the robot from moving through an invisible wall.


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The operating principle of the power wall can be seen inthis manufacturer's illustration. The instructions say that the range of such a wall is 3 meters. I must admit, I could not come up with scenarios for using this accessory in my own conditions. Why put it in the opening if you can just close the doors to the room? But I do not rule out that someone will find such a device useful and will use it.


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The charging station is no different from other ILIFE stations - they are all interchangeable. Is that on the plate different labels with the names of the models.


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According to the instructions on the left and right of the charging stationmust be at least a meter, and in front of it - about two. In my case, on the one hand, it was half a meter, which did not prevent the robot from performing maneuvers and returning for charging on its own.


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Appearance

I don't really like polished surfacessuch equipment (the front panel of one of the vacuum cleaners was very quickly scratched), but, to the credit of the engineers (it feels like they read my review), in ILIFE V9s all polished parts are protected in one way or another by protruding bumpers, including on top. This vacuum cleaner, as I already said, does not have a display. On the front panel there is a camera lens, a universal button (I love devices with one button - and a robot vacuum cleaner doesn’t need any others - start/stop, and you don’t need to read any instructions) and an LED for connecting to a Wi-Fi network. Next to the power button on the side panel there is a connector to which, if necessary, you can connect the charger directly.


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What you need to know about the tray of the ILIFE robot vacuum cleanerV9s? Firstly, in appearance, he is no different from his brothers. Secondly, all rotating elements need to be removed and cleaned from time to time (and the brushes also need to be replaced). This applies to the brushes and the front swivel wheel (removable if pulled vertically upward). The main wheels, however, are not removable, but they are also easier to clean. It’s also worth wiping the charging contact plates about once a month.


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Dry cleaning

A standard container is intended for dry cleaning.It is very easy to open, clean and disassemble - there is a membrane inside, a foam rubber cloth and a HEPA filter underneath. My experience suggests that it costs about once a year to change it during weekly cleaning. A branded set of 4 HEPA filters and two pairs of broom brushes will cost $20. Perhaps it was my imagination, but ILIFE V9s has a little more suction power than its counterparts, in any case it is definitely louder. There are no questions about the quality of cleaning - even if you run it every day, it will collect its portion of dust in about a third of the container.


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Wet cleaning

What you need to know about wet cleaning withrobot vacuum cleaner ILIFE V9S? Firstly, it should be carried out only after dry cleaning. Secondly, he does not wash floors in the usual sense (and certainly does not scrub them - you need to correctly assess his level of capabilities). The effect of such cleaning is comparable to wiping the floor with a damp cloth. Which is exactly what a vacuum cleaner does. The napkin in the form of a half circle can be easily removed (it is attached with Velcro and secured with two elastic bands on the special protruding ends of the container). It can be washed (including in a washing machine). One interesting thing is that the flow of supplied water can be adjusted in the application. Not that there is any need for this, but there will always be a user who finds the water flow excessive or, conversely, weak. It is for such cases that the adjustment is intended - you can choose one of three options.


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Where to get new brushes and filters when they reach the end of their lifespan

The important question you always ask yourself iswhen buying something that one way or another requires maintenance and replacement of some components. HEPA filters, as I already wrote, are standard at ILIFE and cost $20 for a set that includes 4 HEPA filters and two pairs of broom brushes, which will last for another couple of years. A rubber brush costs $20, a new carpet brush costs $12. Wipes for wet cleaning are not on sale yet, I suppose the logic is this: in a couple of years they will be on sale (as now there are wipes on sale for models from two years ago), so in a couple of years you can buy them, if you wish. Well, or buy a new model of vacuum cleaner by that time - we replace a smartphone for $300, relatively speaking, once every two years.

What can the mobile application

To control the vacuum cleaner from a smartphoneThe same ILIFE Robot application is used. It has a version for iOS. First you need to connect the vacuum cleaner to your home Wi-Fi network. To do this, you need to press and hold its only button on the panel for three seconds. Then launch the application and connect to the access point (it’s easy to find - it will have the word Robot in the name). Then enter the password for your Wi-Fi network and the robot is ready for remote control! There are not many settings in the application - you can choose one of three options for water flow when wet cleaning. You can control the movements of the vacuum cleaner using a virtual joystick and watch how it builds a route map, avoiding obstacles. Another useful function of the application is analysis of the life of the filter and brushes. It is not clear how this resource is calculated, most likely based on the total operating time. In practice, of the three options for controlling the vacuum cleaner (remote control, smartphone or pressing a button), I most often used the most primitive one and did not require any devices - I walked up and pressed the button twice (the first press wakes the vacuum cleaner from sleep, the second starts cleaning) on ​​the button. No need to remember where you left the remote control, no need to take out your smartphone and launch the application. But what’s really more convenient to do through the app is, of course, setting up a cleaning schedule timer for the week. It’s more comfortable than poking your fingers at the remote control, going through options. Unfortunately, ILIFE V9s is not able, despite the presence of a camera, to build a map of the room. The camera is only needed to improve navigation. Although, perhaps, this is the only thing this model lacks.


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Neighbors in the lineup

To date, ILIFE A9s is the most technologically advanced (and, accordingly, the most expensive) robot vacuum cleaner from the manufacturer. Below it in the line are the models:

  • ILIFE V8s is a popular model (more sold3500 pieces in the official store on Aliexpress) with dry and wet cleaning functions. Price $230 (we have a review of it on our website). An excellent option for those who do not like to “overpay”.
  • ILIFE A7 is the company's first model with app control. Dry clean mode only. Price $248 (read review)
  • ILIFE A8 is the manufacturer's first robot vacuum cleaner with a camera. Dry clean mode only. Price $268 (read review)
  • ILIFE W400 is a special robot created only for wet cleaning and capable of really scrubbing floors (launders dried stains on the floor for 3-4 cycles, this is in the review). Price $ 229
  • ILIFE V7s Plus - the most popular model of vacuum cleanerThis manufacturer with a function of wet cleaning. Sold over 8,000 units in 2 years. Price $ 177 - it is at the very end of its life cycle. (We also have a review of its modification with the name ILIFE V7s Pro).

From all of this list, real interest canto represent either ILIFE V9s, or its previous, cheaper versions - V8s and V7s, which is what sales show. Although someone, for sure, will be useful and W400 - where need frequent wet cleaning. If wet cleaning is not needed at all, I would confine myself to the ILIFE A7 model, as the most technologically advanced one.

Issue price

The ILIFE V9s vacuum cleaner is just starting to be sold,its price tag is now $ 330, but on March 28, a large-scale sale on Aliexpress commemorates the anniversary of the square and can be bought at a special price of $ 257, which looks like a bargain. For competitors, models with control through the application are more expensive, as a rule, from $ 300, and those that know how to build room maps are even more expensive.

In the dry residue

The ILIFE A9s robot vacuum cleaner combines,Finally, all possible manufacturer technologies for automating house cleaning. It has a camera for improved navigation, support for an application that makes it easier to set up a cleaning schedule and monitor the wear of consumables. It does a good job of keeping the house clean automatically (if you run it every day, it’s worth cleaning the container at least once every three days - in any case, don’t force it to work unattended when you go on vacation for a week or two), has a useful wet cleaning mode. Finally, the package includes an accessory that allows you to block the vacuum cleaner’s access to rooms where its appearance is undesirable (well, in case you don’t have a door or something). The only thing this model lacks for complete happiness is the ability to build and remember a map of the room and navigate it - each time he will start drawing the route anew.

5 reasons to buy the ILIFE A9s robot vacuum cleaner

  • the desire to shift the daily maintenance of cleanliness to the equipment;
  • universality in work - dry and wet cleaning;
  • the ability to control the vacuum cleaner remotely using the application;
  • electronic wall sensor included;
  • Excellent and modern housewarming gift.

2 reasons not to buy a robot vacuum cleaner ILIFE A9s

  • does not know how to build and store a map of the room in memory;
  • There are cheaper models with wet cleaning, for example, ILIFE V8s.

Technical characteristics of the ILIFE A9s robot vacuum cleaner

Type of cleaning
dry and wet

Dimensions
330&#215;330x76 mm

Weight
2.55 kg

Power
22 W

Battery
2600 mAh

Battery life
up to 2 hours

Full charge time
up to 5 hours

Volume of waste container
0.6 liters

Modes of cleaning
auto, zone, perimeter, schedule, increased suction power

ILIFE A9s

Robot vacuum cleaner with the function of wet cleaning and control from a smartphone

The model ILIFE A9s is the successor of the popularV8s and uses all the technological capabilities borrowed from other models: the camera on the panel helps to navigate in space and more efficiently clean the room, and the mobile application support allows the user to customize the cleaning schedule without complicated manipulations with the remote control and monitor brush wear. The package includes an accessory, usually sold separately - an electronic wall sensor that creates an invisible barrier to areas in which movement of the robot will be prohibited.

Buy in the company store on AliExpress

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