iLife A10 robot vacuum review: This bot can’t get out of its own way

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I’ve had nice experiences with earlier iLife robotic vacuums, so I anticipated the introduction of laser navigation with the brand new A10 would make this one even higher. However whereas the brand new vacuum does add some nice new mapping and cleansing customization options, its finicky efficiency makes it really feel extra like a piece in progress than a cultured product.

The iLife A10 measures 12.99 x 12.6 x 3.74 inches, that additional top as a result of laser turret on prime. It comes with a bristled curler brush preinstalled and a secondary rubber brush that’s higher for grabbing pet hair and bigger particles, plus two pairs of spin brushes, a charging dock and mat, an influence adapter, distant management, cleansing instrument, and an additional high-performance filter.

This evaluate is a part of TechHive’s protection of the perfect robotic vacuums, the place you’ll discover evaluations of the competitors’s choices, plus a purchaser’s information to the options it’s best to think about when searching for this kind of product.

The vacuum sticks near the aesthetic set by different manufacturers with a brushed black end and a tempered glass prime. A begin/pause Auto clear button is about into the highest in entrance of the laser turret, and there’s an influence change on the aspect. The A10’s 0.6-liter dustbin, which has been specifically designed to scale back the potential for the filter getting blocked, inserts into the again.

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You possibly can set auto enhance to scrub custom-made areas with heavy filth.

To arrange the iLife A10, you snap the 2 aspect brushes onto the underside. Each the brushes and the studs are color-coded yellow and blue to make sure you get the correct placement. Subsequent, place the mat beneath the charging dock, plug the dock in, and set the iLife A10 on it to cost. It took about two hours to succeed in full energy from empty in my checks; within the meantime, you’ll be able to obtain the iLife Residence app and comply with the prompts to attach the vacuum to your Wi-Fi community.

You possibly can management the iLife A10 with both the bodily distant or the app. The benefit of the app is that you could map the structure of the realm to customise your cleansing. As soon as it’s performed, the map is saved and you may divide the structure into areas or rooms, create no-go and to-go zones, and add invisible partitions. You possibly can schedule totally different rooms to be cleaned at totally different instances, and set suction to routinely enhance when cleansing particular areas. The power to save lots of a number of maps is nice in case you dwell in a multi-level dwelling. It can save you a distinct map for every flooring and simply choose the suitable one every time you clear.

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You possibly can customise maps by designating rooms, including invisible partitions, and creating no-go and to-go zones,

Sadly, the app proved too fussy to make use of as the principle controller. I needed to clear my downstairs degree thrice earlier than it saved a map of the structure. Throughout cleansing jobs, it usually appeared a step or two behind the vacuum, saying that it was nonetheless cleansing when it had already returned to its charging dock or displaying the next battery degree than the vacuum had. It additionally steadily misplaced connection to the iLife A10, requiring me to make use of the distant management to pause cleansing or ship the vacuum dwelling to recharge.

The iLife A10’s three cleansing modes—Auto, Edge, and Spot—could be chosen from the app or the distant. Auto gives whole-room cleansing in a zig-zag sample, Edge cleans alongside partitions, and Spot goes over areas of concentrated filth in a sq. sample. You possibly can alter the suction degree to satisfy your wants utilizing a devoted button on the distant management or by adjusting a slider within the app settings.

The vacuum did an honest job accumulating filth and particles. The rubber curler was the clear winner for tackling pet hair, as it will sweep it into the dustbin; hair merely received tangled within the bristles of the default curler brush. However getting full protection of my downstairs was a constant downside. For no clear cause, there have been areas the iLife A10 simply didn’t go into, and that was mirrored each within the filth left behind and within the related map, which regarded like a paint splatter as an alternative of neatly delineated rooms. I attempted creating new maps for subsequent cleansing jobs and all the time received related outcomes.

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