Sometimes it takes only a very short time to clean your home, sometimes it would take an eternity, but in any case what is annoying is bring bulky household appliances along in which we could also stumble. For this reason i have been born for a few years wireless vacuum cleaner, among the most famous those proposed by Dyson, but definitely too expensive. And so here we come out of the meanders of the Xiaomi crowdfunding platform il Roidmi F8 Handheld Vacuum Cleaner which makes of its versatility a workhorse in addition to a smart side thanks to the Mi Home application, and that you can find at the store Gearbest.com at an affordable price using the discount code ITGBGIU057. But will Roidmi F8 succeed in replacing traditional vacuum cleaners? Find out in our full review ..
Previously we have already made a video in which we showed you the content of the home gadget, but it is better to make a summary because there are many things we're going to talk about. Therefore in the packaging that comes with a brown cardboard bearing the stylized design of the product and the adhesives concerning the international awards won in 2018, such as the Red Dot and the iF Design Award, we will find (there is also a version including an anti-mite brush):
- 1 Roidmi F8 main unit with built-in motor
- 1 Extension rod
- 1 Roller brush
- 1 Propeller brush
- 1 Magnetic wall support
- 2 HEPA Filters
- 1 Metal mesh filter
- 1 Dust tank
- 1 Flexible hose with spout
- 1 Multi-function brush
- 1 Fixed spout
- 1 Brush remove dust
- 1 Articulated head
- 1 Network charger with Chinese connection (for which you will have to have a European socket adapter)
- 1 User manual and documentation
As usual, although the Roidmi company is independent of Xiaomi, the design traces the sober one to which Chinese society has accustomed us with other products of the same kind, such as the Roborock Vacuum. In fact, all in all we have a glance at a glance white candid broken by some inserts in gray color as for the extension stick handle or the function keys. Roidmi F8 is completely made of plastic, decidedly resistant and of good quality, even if I announce to you that will tend to get dirty with very little due to the rough surface of the material used.
In any case, the feeling returned is by no means to have a product of low leverage, in fact anything else the construction is decidedly solid and attentive to detail. The whole unit has a weight of about 2,5 Kg which makes the Roidmi F8 suitable for air cleaning, like those to remove cobwebs, clean curtains and much more. But let's see together all the accessories in detail:
Made of aluminum except for the fittings that are made of plastic. On one of them is the release button and of metal pins for a better attack but above all to transfer the energy to control the various accessories. In total we have a measure of 56,5 cm (from extreme to extreme).
This brush is made of nylon velvet particularly soft to the touch and therefore ideal for use on delicate floors like wooden ones.
This brush it adapts to all uses but above all it allows thanks to the use of flexible nylon bristles combined with a rubber strip and a helix design of easily remove hairs of animals and hair without these being coiled around the brush.
Magnetic wall support
This support can be awall mounted using both the screws and the fisher provided, and through the adhesive on the back. But be careful, this support it is not meant to keep Roidmi F8 off the ground but only to keep it still when charging, then on balance the vacuum will go to the same level of the floor. Furthermore the slots on the sides allow you to keep the power cord in place.
Supplied we find two with one duration guaranteed by the supplier for 90 days. This type of filter absorbs very small particles up to 0,3 nm (micron), purifying up to 99% the air emitted by the engine. The filter is washable even if cleaning is recommended using the brush supplied. Also on the whole circumference we find one silicone gasket to avoid unwanted spillage of dust. The filters will be available for purchase separately.
Metal mesh filter
This filter actually consists of 3 different modules. The one in the network that intercepts the most coarse dirt then passing the powder into the second internal filter with a function of separation of dust from the air. Subsequently the passage takes place in the HEPA filter and then in a further sponge polymer filter, allowing a better filtering of allergens. In the upper part we find a semi-metallic ring that allows you to remove the filter from its seat. In the lower part instead we find a sort of silicone gasket that allows you to adhere to the powder tank.
Made of transparent plastic, the tank has a capacity of 0,4 liters, more than enough to clean a house of at least 110 square meters. We find in the upper part the slots for the accommodation of the filters while in the lower part we find the release button from the Roidmi F8 unit and a tab that will serve to open the tank to empty it from the coarse dirt collected. Really excellent finishes like the seals that run on each element to prevent the leakage of dust.
Flexible tube with beak
This accessory will allow us to aspire to all those places where we will hardly arrive with a traditional vacuum cleaner, such as inside drawers or, in closets or shoe racks. The pipe 38 size cm in a natural position but we can get to extend it up to 76 cm without having the fear of breakages.
This accessory manages to turn 360 ° in manual way both to the right and to the left. The nylon bristles allow the brush to be used cleaning of curtains, tablecloths, sofas, PC keyboards and much more. However, it is recommended to use it on soft materials.
Through it we could aspire on all those surfaces that generally take up little space, such as the folds of the sofas, or the step of the skirting boards, but also the joints of the stairs. Also being fixed we have the possibility in combination with the extension tube to suck in the corners of the ceilings.
Brush remove dust
We have already seen this accessory in other Xiaomi cleaning gadgets and we also find it on the Roidmi F8. Through this brush we could remove the coarse dust deposited in the wire mesh or HEPA filter, while the small blade presents in the head of the brush will allow us to remove hair / hair stuck in the brushes.
In a certain sense it is the main accessory of the lot, as it will be the one used mainly every day. In the forntale part there is a transparent plastic window that allows us to see which brush we have mounted while below it we find one silicone gasket to cushion shocks when we collide with objects and / or walls. Immediately below we find instead of the LED sensitive photos, which will therefore operate when the exterior lighting is at its lowest level, illuminating the area to be cleaned, such as could be under a piece of furniture. Light is detected by a sensor positioned in the neck of the suction channel. We can push ourselves up to a minimum ground size of 7,5 cm since the joint to 90 degrees vertically and the further joint from 45 ° to the right or left, will allow you to get to clean where other vacuum cleaners fail. The articulated head of Roidmi F8 is electric with power of 35 W. In the part below we find 3 several wheeled wheels, one of which is larger than the other two, and this allows a fluid sliding on the floor. This is not always the case, as it is in the smallest wheels tend to fit considerable hairs that in the long run restrain the movement. However we also find a further nylon bristle sheath that collects the hairs and at the same time prevents scratches on the floors and finally there is a small red button that allows you to remove the brush for cleaning or replacement.
I do not think should explain much, but I tell you that we have a output from 34.2 V / 1.0 A, while the attack is proprietary to 90 °. In the attack we also find the loopholes that will fit into the charging entrance of the Roidmi F8, thus maintaining the balance and preventing it from coming off. They will take about 2 hours and a half to fully charge the battery integrated Roidmi F8, a lithium unit from 2500 mAh imported from LG / Samsung able to last 55 maximum minutes in standard mode while we go down to 10 minutes if we use the cyclone function. On balance we could clean up over 350 square meters in standard mode without fear of overheating as we find different integrated security systems such as short-circuit protection, overcurrent, overload, temperature or excessive discharge. Too bad, however, you can not use the vacuum cleaner during the charging phase.
Roidmi F8 main unit
And we finally came to the heart of Roidmi F8 which consists of a brushless motor able to generate us 100000 rotations per minute, exploiting a power of 415 W that allows to deliver one suction power of 115 W. All this translates into an effective power of aspiration and centrifugation of 18500 Pa, equal to one air volume of 1100 L / min while keeping the noise level low. In fact, I'm alone 75 dB that are generated, but that does not mean that you can use it at night. At the grip level, the Roidmi F8 unit is really comfortable thanks to the large handle with 270 ° design in which we find a silicone plug that covers the entrance for charging, the switch button from normal to cyclone mode and the power button, which also performs as a switch of the two modes. Press and hold for about 1 / 2 seconds to start shutdown. On the body we find the various air vent ducts while on the neck of the handle are inserted 5 small LEDs of which 4 will indicate the percentage of remaining battery power, and the last one will signal when the dust tank is full or it will light blue when we are connected to the Mi Home app.
One thing that I appreciated is the attention to detail that the company has used to make the Roidmi F8, as the continuous seals on the elements such as that surrounding the mouth of the entrance to the tank. Roidmi did an excellent job creating something attractive and making it look really premium.
The accessories included in the Roidmi F8 package are all extremely useful, which they actually make versatile this portable vacuum cleaner. You can aspirate inside your car, "refresh" the whiteness of the curtains, eliminate cobwebs, clean inside drawers, reach places that even remembered the existence due to accumulated dust. And to the portability (dimensions 1191 x 259 x 158 mm) is added the lightness (2,5 Kg max, 1,5 Kg only the motor body) that increases the plus of the wireless use.
Frankly though I do not think the Roidmi F8 will ever succeed in replacing a traditional vacuum cleaner. The cyclone mode manages to clean thoroughly, but the duration is too limited, while in standard mode the power supplied can be good for all those who do not have pets at home and singles, or in any case to those who live little in their own homes but especially for small-scale dirt elements. Surely it is not suitable for those like me who has a family with two children, 2 cats, 1 dog, 1 little bird and IO.
In my case It is suitable as a support vacuum cleaner, as for the cleaning of sofas, curtains, beds, or for quick cleaning but absolutely NO carpets, even short-haired ones are trapped by the vortex generated by Roidmi F8. But spending, in my case, is not justified despite the versatility that unfortunately does not go hand in hand with pragmatism.
Finally, it does not lack that smart thread that badly does not do. Indeed Roidmi F8 can be managed associated to the Mi Home ecosystem through the homonymous app, through which we can set the standard power level choosing between 80 W, 130 W and 180 W. Scrolling from the bottom to the top we access the statistical data as percentage of residual charge, time of use in standard mode and in cyclone mode, percentage of filter autonomy and quality of the filtered air. We are also provided with the cumulative clean-up data in square meters and cumulative usage time.
From the settings we can search for firmware updates, rename the device, set up alerts regarding anomalies, reset the filter usage time e view the cleaning and filter records graphically.
The price is definitely competitive respect models of more noble brands, net of similar performances if not at times superior; power, versatility and ease of use make Roidmi F8 an excellent choice provided you are aware that it will never be a complete replacement for a traditional vacuum cleaner because of the autonomy of the battery and for the aspiration of more substantial dirt (in terms of size) that does not take place. I remind you that you can find the Roidmi F8 at the store Gearbest.com at an affordable price using the discount code ITGBGIU057 or at the platform IndieGoGo where you will also find the model with anti mite head.
Roidmi F8 is a light and silent but above all wireless vacuum cleaner that can clean up to 55 minutes without having to recharge the integrated battery. Excellent possibility to associate it with the Mi Home ecosystem. Competitive price compared to the competition, but perhaps intended for a niche clientele, which will never see families involved.
- VERSATILITY OF USE
- LITTLE NOISE IN THE UTILIZATION
- DOUBLE MODE (STANDARD AND CYCLONE)
- FILTER TO 4 STADI
- INTEGRATION WITH APP MI HOME
- LIMITED AUTONOMY IN CYCLONE MODE
- NOT EFFECTIVE WITH DIRTY GROSSOLANI RESIDUALS
- YOU CAN NOT USE DURING THE RECHARGE PHASE