Ilife A11 robot vacuum review: Lidar and SLAM navigation with hours of two-in-one cleaning

Nancy J. Delong

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This week Ilife has launched its

A11 two-in-one robot vacuum cleaner

 — and it is a phase up in product or service development when compared to its former product, the

cyclone run iLife V9E

 that I reviewed in 2021.

The Ilife A11 has Lidar technological innovation coupled with CV-SLAM engineering. Lidar (mild detection and ranging) is a technological innovation similar to radar but works by using light to detect objects and navigate about them.

CV-SLAM (ceiling eyesight-dependent simultaneous place and mapping) utilizes an upwards dealing with huge-angle digital camera to detect the place close to the robot.

In the box, there is the A11 robot, the charging dock and a electrical power adapter. There are two mopping cloths and a mopping system to clip onto the robotic. Be aware that there is no protective base for the robot, so if your docking station is on a porous ground, it may possibly get damaged if you depart the robotic on the dock with its mopping fabric hooked up. Some other robot vacuum versions present this protecting base for the robotic and mop to sit on.

There is a two-in-1 dustbin and h2o tank and an supplemental focused dustbin if you do not want to use the robotic vacuum’s two in 1 capabilities.


  • Long battery existence
  • Simultaneous mopping and sweeping
  • Straightforward to join to the app

You should not Like

  • Noisy at Highest ability
  • Does not vehicle-detect carpet

There is also a silicone roller brush in addition to the equipped onboard brush. There is a spare HEPA filter and side brush. Also, there is a cleaning resource in the box to lower tangled hair and fibres from the roller, with a brush to clean out the crevices.

The user tutorial says there are two excess side brushes — but I could only find one in the box I been given.

Usefully, there is a distant handle and batteries that you can use to manually command the robot if you do not want to use the application to deal with the robotic.

You can established the present-day time, established the automated schedule for its cleansing and alter the suction electric power and management the drinking water movement. There is also a pretty detailed user guide.

The A11 speedily and very easily connects to the Ilife Vac app, which is easy to use and has numerous of the attributes typical in more high-priced robots.

Prior styles have connected to the Ilife household and the Ilife robot app, so if you by now have an IIife robot vacuum, you may need to have to use two applications to handle each robot.

The A11 is also a impressive robot vacuum with a suction energy of 4000Pa from its brushless motor. When working at 4000Pa in Max mode, the robotic is quite loud at 75dBa — but not intrusive when in normal use at about 70dBa.

It will run in 4 distinct modes: handbook, scrubbing, edge and place clear, in addition to automobile manner. You can define a distinct spot to be cleaned and specify if you want the location to be cleaned twice.

When it is cleansing in car method, it follows a structured path shifting in parallel lines together the place to cleanse. Some robots operate in a random vogue, but the A11 ensures that each and every part of the map is covered.


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You can established a agenda, specify which cleansing mode for each individual timeslot, established diverse days to do distinctive cleaning to give you a thorough selection of cleaning designs, location suction electric power and water supply for each individual mode.


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You can also look at the record of the cleansing total location and time in use. You can also see how a lot has been cleaned each and every time the robotic operates.

The A11 robotic vacuum will give about three several hours of cleansing from its 5,200mAh battery, and it will return to its charging dock when it detects that its battery is receiving small.

It normally takes about three hrs to fully demand the battery just before it will return to the very last place it cleaned to continue to clear the remaining location.

It has a 300ml dustbin which needs to be emptied about each 3 times. There is no automobile-empty station with this design — in reality, Ilife now does not have any products in its assortment that have an automobile-empty station.

It will vacuum and mop simultaneously and has a 200ml water tank built-in with its 300ml dustbin. If you only use the robot to sweep, you can improve the robot to use a 450ml dustbin which will give you up to a week’s worth of sweeping.

If you use the twin dustbin and water tank with the mop, you need to set zones to stay clear of the robotic mopping the carpet.

I found that throughout the time I utilized the A11 that it appeared to redraw its cleansing map, skewing it marginally and overwriting the original suitable map.

On the other hand, the robotic manages to uncover its way back again to the dock productively just about each time. The application will retail outlet up to three maps in its memory. When the map has been deleted, it is redrawn in the proper orientation — for a time.

The map can be split into distinctive zones and parts so that you can specify which spots are to be swept or mopped. Digital walls can be outlined exactly where the robotic will not mop. These are quite easy to configure by clicking and dragging the virtual wall space.

At an early chook rate of $289.99, legitimate for nowadays only, the

Ilife A11 two in 1 robotic vacuum

 is a pleasant two-in-one particular robot that effectively cleans flooring. 

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