After you reach a certain age — I kid you not — robots that clean your house for you become some of your most beloved gadgets (seriously). In my house we’ve got three pets and a toddler running around: things get messy quickly and I find that my wife and I have less and less time (or willpower) to clean as much as we’d like (or maybe should is a more apt word). So, I repeat: cleaning robots are Awesome.
At the moment I’ve got three beloved robotic cleaners in my arsenal: a Neato BotVac (vacuum), an iRobot Braava (sweeper) and, the newest addition, the ILIFE A4 Smart Vacuum Cleaner. The A4 is billed as a full-on vacuum cleaner, but I actually found that it doesn’t work the best on carpeted areas (at least not compared to the much pricier Neato BotVac). If you are looking for a robotic vacuum, I will say this product can handle surface carpet cleaning alright, but I just don’t think it gets super deep (way down where the real dirt and grime persists). It does, however, work very well on hard floors. And in that sense I’d call it a great budget alternative to a robot like the Braava.
When the opportunity presented itself to review the ILIFE A4, I quickly pounced. Looking over the product information I was sold in an instant. The price is incredibly affordable (essentially half that of the Braava), it’s got a 3-step cleaning system (suction, rotating brushes and side brushes), features a solid battery capacity (2600 mAh to be exact) and a sensor suite that should (in theory) help the vacuum successfully avoid obstacles.
Since I found that this robotic vacuum works best on hard floors, that is what I’m mainly going to concentrate on when I describe how well it cleans in this review.
The area that I tested the A4 in was my laundry room which has a linoleum floor and also happens to be where we keep our cat’s two litter boxes. If you’re a cat owner yourself, you probably know that cats tend to drag plenty of litter out of their litter boxes which then drops around the surrounding area. Before I got the A4 this area had to be constantly swept by hand. Since the A4’s arrival, that is no longer the case.
After running the A4 the laundry room floor has ...