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Roomba vs iLIFE Comparison Review

Roomba vs iLIFEThe Roomba vs. iLIFE debate seems to be an unending one. But today we want to put the matter to rest by comparing the two brands from different angles like cost and value, performance, maintenance, durability, autonomy and so on.

Ultimately, we will give our verdict on which is the best option between the two. So, if you are in a shopping dilemma, keep it right here.

As a sneak peek, iRobot is a renowned American robot vacuum brand that combines the best technologies to manufacture high-end robot vacuums. The company has been in business since 2002.

On the other hand, iLIFE is a Chinese brand synonymous with cheap, but reliable robot vacuums including integrated robot vacuums with mop. This one is a little bit new having been established in 2007.

Now, let us dig deeper and find out why we chose these two brands and not any other.

Good Choice
iRobot Roomba 690 Robot...
Clever Choice
iRobot Roomba 890 Robot...
Best Choice
iRobot Roomba 960 Robot...
Nice Choice
ILIFE A4s Robot Vacuum...
Budget Choice
ILIFE V5s Pro Robot...
Great Choice
ILIFE V8s Robotic...
Star Rating
Brush
Dual Multi-Surface Brushes
Dual Multi-Surface Rubber Brushes
Dual Multi-Surface Rubber Brushes
Tangle-free roller brush
Two side brushes
Two side brushes
Filtration
AeroVac filtration system
AeroForce filtration
AeroForce filtration
HEPA style
HEPA style
HEPA style
Suction power
550-600Pa
900Pa
900Pa
1000Pa
850Pa
1000Pa
Bin capacity
0.3L
0.3L
0.3L
0.45L
0.3L
0.75L
Cleaning extras
Dirt Detect series I
Dirt Detect Series II
Dirt Detect II
Mini-room Mode
Mopping
Mopping
Battery
1,800mAh
1,800mAh
2600mAh
2600mah
2600mah
2500mah
Automatically Recharges
Running time
60 minutes
60 minutes
90 minutes
140 minutes
140 minutes
120 – 140 minutes
Wi-Fi
IR remote control
Scheduling
Navigation
iAdapt 1.0
iAdapt 1.0
iAdapt 2.0
SLAM
SLAM
SLAM
Boundary Marking
Good Choice
iRobot Roomba 690 Robot...
Star Rating
Brush
Dual Multi-Surface Brushes
Filtration
AeroVac filtration system
Suction power
550-600Pa
Bin capacity
0.3L
Cleaning extras
Dirt Detect series I
Battery
1,800mAh
Automatically Recharges
Running time
60 minutes
Wi-Fi
IR remote control
Scheduling
Navigation
iAdapt 1.0
Boundary Marking
User reviews
Clever Choice
iRobot Roomba 890 Robot...
Star Rating
Brush
Dual Multi-Surface Rubber Brushes
Filtration
AeroForce filtration
Suction power
900Pa
Bin capacity
0.3L
Cleaning extras
Dirt Detect Series II
Battery
1,800mAh
Automatically Recharges
Running time
60 minutes
Wi-Fi
IR remote control
Scheduling
Navigation
iAdapt 1.0
Boundary Marking
User reviews
Best Choice
iRobot Roomba 960 Robot...
Star Rating
Brush
Dual Multi-Surface Rubber Brushes
Filtration
AeroForce filtration
Suction power
900Pa
Bin capacity
0.3L
Cleaning extras
Dirt Detect II
Battery
2600mAh
Automatically Recharges
Running time
90 minutes
Wi-Fi
IR remote control
Scheduling
Navigation
iAdapt 2.0
Boundary Marking
User reviews
Nice Choice
ILIFE A4s Robot Vacuum...
Star Rating
Brush
Tangle-free roller brush
Filtration
HEPA style
Suction power
1000Pa
Bin capacity
0.45L
Cleaning extras
Mini-room Mode
Battery
2600mah
Automatically Recharges
Running time
140 minutes
Wi-Fi
IR remote control
Scheduling
Navigation
SLAM
Boundary Marking
User reviews
Budget Choice
ILIFE V5s Pro Robot...
Star Rating
Brush
Two side brushes
Filtration
HEPA style
Suction power
850Pa
Bin capacity
0.3L
Cleaning extras
Mopping
Battery
2600mah
Automatically Recharges
Running time
140 minutes
Wi-Fi
IR remote control
Scheduling
Navigation
SLAM
Boundary Marking
User reviews
Great Choice
ILIFE V8s Robotic...
Star Rating
Brush
Two side brushes
Filtration
HEPA style
Suction power
1000Pa
Bin capacity
0.75L
Cleaning extras
Mopping
Battery
2500mah
Automatically Recharges
Running time
120 – 140 minutes
Wi-Fi
IR remote control
Scheduling
Navigation
SLAM
Boundary Marking
User reviews

Why we chose iLIFE

iLIFE is the exact opposite of Roomba in terms of price.

  • Chinese brands are known to be cheap and often disrupt the international markets; that’s what ECOVACS, iLIFE, and Xiaomi are up to. The most expensive iLIFE robot vacuum costs a quarter of what the latest Roomba will set you back.
  • Besides the price difference, iLIFE offers something unique, and very fundamental which many robot vacuums including Roombas lack. This is the mopping function which the Shenzhen-based company has advanced slowly, and so far, it is the only robot mop with an intelligent water dripping technology; i-dropping.
verdict

Think of a floor cleaner that vacuums and mops simultaneously, at a fraction of what Roombas cost; that’s what iLIFE is.

Popular iLIFE & iRobot models

iLIFE models

ILIFE has two series; the iLIFE A series for carpets and the V series which integrate mopping function. The popular models are the A4s, V5s Pro and the new V8s.
iLIFE models

  • The A4s is quite an old model designed for carpets, and its popularity is purely because of affordability.
  • The V5s Pro is the best choice for hard floor owners because it vacuums and mops and is available for less than $200 – an amount that can’t get you the old Roomba 650.
  • Even though there’s also the V7s Pro, this one has everything its successor has.
  • Last is the iLIFE V8s, and its popularity is because of the hype that comes with being the latest iLIFE robot vacuum.

What we like in iLIFE robot vacuums

  • iLIFE robot vacuums come with mopping function which complements just sweeping and vacuuming. You don’t need to invest in another cleaner, but with a Roomba, you will still need to get the Braava Jet 240 or 380 to mop the floor.
  • ILIFE robot vacuums also have a longer runtime. Each one of them does more than 100 minutes while the only Roomba that can exceed 100 minutes is the 980 which is not in our review today.
  • These vacuums are also low profile and very sleek.

iLIFE vs Roomba: Face to face comparison

Now, to the main business of the day; we have compared the top models from the two brands highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of each brand.

1. Cleaning

The cleaning performance is the most crucial consideration when choosing a robot vacuum. That is an excellent playground to test the two brands. Just for the record, Roombas are robot vacuums while iLIFE has robot vacuums and robot vacuums with mops as well. There are also several other differences between Roomba vs. iLIFE that we will be discussing below.

Cleaning orientation

As you all know robot vacuums are highly specialized. You need to buy a cleaner that is specially designed for your cleaning needs; be it hardwood floors, pet hair, carpets and so on. Many of the robot vacuums combine two or more cleaning abilities.

Let’s see how Roomba compares to iLIFE in terms of cleaning orientation.

iLIFE

iLife cleaning orientation
When it comes to iLIFE, the A4s is designed for bare floors and carpets. It also picks up pet hair very well.

As for the V5s Pro, it is not ideal for carpets but will do a great job vacuuming and wiping bare floors and picking up pet hair. This is the same for the iLIFE V8s.

verdict

Roombas boast raw cleaning power and have a slight advantage over iLIFE models as we will see in the final cleaning tests. However, the extra mopping function gives iLIFE a huge boost and in fact makes the brand the best for bare floors and pets as it vacuums and mops the stains and grime that pets leave behind.

Motor and power

Attention

Under the hood of robot vacuums is a crucial component called the motor. Its responsibility is producing the suction power that vacuums the dirt from the floors.

There are different types of motors in the industry from the low end to high-performance motors.

Important

Even though motors are rated in Watts, the power of the vacuum is calibrated in Pa which with high Pa implying better performance.

So, between Roomba and iLIFE, which brand has high suction?

iLIFE

iLIFE A4s has been specially designed for carpets and comes with a much powerful motor that delivers 1000Pa.

The V5s Pro is a little powerful than the V5s as it delivers 850Pa in Max mode while the new iLIFE V8s delivers 1000Pa.

verdict

Even though iRobot turns the tables when you bring in the Roomba 980, the popular iLIFE and Roomba models rank the same when it comes to power output. Our pick, however, is the Chinese brand because they are cheaper and hit 1000Pa while Roomba’s 2nd Gen motor manages 900Pa.

Brush system

There are two brush systems in robot vacuums cleaners.
We have the primary brush whose role is agitating and picking up dirt. On the sides, you may have two or a single sweeping brush that sweeps the paths of the vacuum.

Attention

Carpets require tough bristle brushes while the bare floors are good with soft brushes or rubber extractors.

So, what do these two brands offer?

iLIFE

ILIFE V8s brush
The iLIFE V5s Pro has two side brushes but no primary brush so, expect dismal performance.

This is the same for the new iLIFE V8s.

The A4s also has dual side brushes and a special motorized bristle brush to tackle carpets and stains.

verdict

Here, the only iLIFE model that can match Roomba is the iLIFE A4s. The spiral-shaped bristle brush picks up dirt , but it is not as good as Roombas dual multisurface brush system which is specialized on that there is one brush for breaking down dirt and another for picking up the dirt.

Filtration

Besides sweeping and picking up dirt, robot vacuums also purify the air by capturing the tiny particles that cause bad odor and trigger allergens.

Important

Here, you need to consider true HEPA filters which have a 99.97% efficiency and filter down to 0.3 microns. However, most of the robot vacuums out there have HEPA style filters which go down to 10 microns and may have an overall efficiency of 85 – 90%.

iLIFE

For iLIFE vacuums, we just have the same filters in all the models. These are HEPA style filters as well and have a good efficiency as well.

verdict

Here, it is a tie because they all have HEPA filters. However, we feel iLIFE is the winner because it is cheaper and offers the same thing as the Roombas.

Bin capacity

Robot vacuums come with dust cups and need frequent emptying and occasional washing.

Attention

An ideal robot vacuum should have a large bin to reduce the frequency of emptying. A full bin indicator is also essential to alert homeowners when the bin needs emptying.

Roomba and iLIFE vacuums have different bin capacity and emptying technology so let’s review them to find which one is the winner.

Roomba

iRobot robot vacuums have a much similar design, and so is the dust bin.

They all have a 0.3L bin and come with a full bin indicator.

This notifies the homeowner when it is full because once it is full, the Roomba stalls.

verdict

Here, the dilemma is between a large dust box vs. full bin indicator. It is thus hard to call a winner because each has its advantages and disadvantages. However, we are more inclined to the iLIFE V8s because of the 0.75 L bin.

Cleaning extras

Apart from the features we all know, some robot vacuums offer something unique apart from the sweeping and vacuuming.

Luckily for Roomba and iLIFE, there is something unique offered so let’s see what cleaning extra is worth.

iLIFE

mopping function iLife
As for iLIFE, the V5s Pro and V8s both offer mopping.

They come with extra water tanks and microfiber clothes for dry and damp mopping depending on your needs.

In case of water spills, the dry mopping function will come in handy while the damp mopping is for clearing paw marks, stains, and grime among other sticky messes.

verdict

Here, iLIFE carries the day because mopping is a more practical cleaning extra. Sweeping and vacuuming only doesn’t guarantee the best clean, but a single pass with a damp cloth brings back the shine on your hardwood floor, tile or linoleum. Dirt Detect comes in handy rarely when kids spill cereals or sugar.

Cleaning Test Results

To create a real household dirt environment, we used the common dirt for example sand pebbles, kitty litter, cereals, salt, and flour.

So, how did the two robot vacuum brands deal with the dirt?

Hardwood

iLIFE

When it came to iLIFE, the V5s Pro performance was similar to the 690 with a few flour patches remaining behind.

However, all the other dirt vanished. The A4s and V8s both come with the same power and completely vacuumed all the dirt including the flour.

Rice

iLIFE V5s Pro
98%
iLIFE V4s
100%
iLIFE V8s
100%

Flour

iLIFE V5s Pro
96%
iLIFE V4s
97%
iLIFE V8s
96%

Sugar

iLIFE V5s Pro
98%
iLIFE V4s
100%
iLIFE V8s
100%

Kitty Litter

iLIFE V5s Pro
96%
iLIFE V4s
100%
iLIFE V8s
100%

Sand

iLIFE V5s Pro
98%
iLIFE V4s
100%
iLIFE V8s
100%

Cereals

iLIFE V5s Pro
100%
iLIFE V4s
100%
iLIFE V8s
100%
verdict

The battle here is between iLIFE V8s vs. Roomba 890 and 960. Though both brands do a good job, we crown the V8s as the winner because of the mopping function that finishes the job splendidly.

Carpets

iLIFE

When it came to iLIFE, the V5s Pro and V8s are not designed for carpets. This was evident as the duo failed to vacuum most of the dirt on the low and medium pile and there was no need to try them out on the high pile.

It is only the A4s that did a good job on carpets, but only the low pile and medium pile. We tested it on the high pile, and we were disappointed as much of the dirt beneath the pile remained untouched.

Rice

iLIFE V5s Pro
94%
iLIFE V4s
100%
iLIFE V8s
100%

Flour

iLIFE V5s Pro
90%
iLIFE V4s
94%
iLIFE V8s
94%

Sugar

iLIFE V5s Pro
94%
iLIFE V4s
95%
iLIFE V8s
95%

Kitty Litter

iLIFE V5s Pro
94%
iLIFE V4s
95%
iLIFE V8s
95%

Sand

iLIFE V5s Pro
96%
iLIFE V4s
100%
iLIFE V8s
100%

Cereals

iLIFE V5s Pro
96%
iLIFE V4s
100%
iLIFE V8s
100%
verdict

The iLIFE V5s, V8s and Roomba 690 are not favorites here leaving the contest to Roomba 890 and 960 vs. iLIFE A4s. It is hard to pick a winner because the three have almost the same vacuum power and overall performance. Our choice, however, is the iLIFE A4s because it has slightly higher vacuum power at a cheaper price.

Pet Messes

iLIFE

iLIFE also did a great job picking up kitty litter and pet hair from bare floors, but on carpets, only the A4s passed the test because it has been designed for carpets.

The V5s struggled on carpets and wasn’t able to pull up the small hairs attached to the carpet fabrics; remember the brush is non-motorized.

Rice

iLIFE V5s Pro
90%
iLIFE V4s
97%
iLIFE V8s
97%

Flour

iLIFE V5s Pro
86%
iLIFE V4s
90%
iLIFE V8s
90%

Sugar

iLIFE V5s Pro
90%
iLIFE V4s
93%
iLIFE V8s
92%

Kitty Litter

iLIFE V5s Pro
90%
iLIFE V4s
93%
iLIFE V8s
93%

Sand

iLIFE V5s Pro
95%
iLIFE V4s
97%
iLIFE V8s
96%

Cereals

iLIFE V5s Pro
95%
iLIFE V4s
97%
iLIFE V8s
97%
verdict

Here, the battle pits Roomba 890 and 960 vs. iLIFE V8s. Again, it is hard to call a winner because each has advantages as well as disadvantages. Roomba picks up pet hair well while iLIFE V8s will wipe the paw marks left behind, and other pet messes like urine.

2. Battery and power management

One of the areas many vacuums cleaners differ is regarding their autonomy which refers to the battery runtime and how the robot vacuums manage its power.
Important

The autonomy of a robot vacuum is critical as it determines how long the vacuum will run and consequently, the floor area it can cover on a single charge.

iLIFE

On the other side, we have iLIFE A4s that has a2600mah battery that will do 120 – 140 minutes, but there is no resume function.

Next up is the ILIFE V5s that also has a long 110-120 minutes runtime and also lacks the resume function.

The latest model maintains the same Li-ion battery (2500mah) battery, and yet again, we don’t have the auto-resume function meaning the V8s will be stuck at the charging base yet there is still work to be done.

verdict

Here, you find that Roomba 960 carries iRobot’s flag really high because of the resume function, but generally, the runtime is shorter. The long recharge time is also a letdown. So, if you want a complete cleaning on a single charge, the iLIFE models take center stage because of almost twice the runtime of average Roombas. Were it not for the fact that the 960 has resume function, iLIFE would have been the outright winner, but then, this is a tie.

3. Smart convenience and scheduling

Robot vacuums have become increasingly popular because of the convenience they offer in terms of operation and automatic operation.

Before we wind up, let us see which brand between iLIFE vs. Roomba offers the best usability.

We are going to consider three main aspects;

  • smart connectivity,
  • remote operation,
  • scheduling function.

Smart connectivity

Important

Smart home technology has grown exponentially, and today, everyone wants a smart robot vacuum. These have Wi-Fi which allows them to connect with other smart devices like Smartphone apps, smart hubs, voice control, and other integration.

iLIFE

Unfortunately, none of the iLIFE models comes with Wi-Fi. Well, not everyone wants a smart device.
without Wi-Fi
So, a robot vacuum without Wi-Fi still has its own fair share of fans.

verdict

Definitely Roomba carries the day here. Very few people would forego Smartphone operation and Alexa compatibility for whatever reason.

IR remote control

A physical remote is still an excellent accessory that comes in handy for senior citizens and homeowners with mobility problems.
Some robot vacuums come with IR remote controls while others don’t have it.

As it’s said, you’d rather have it and not need it than need it when you don’t have it.

Roomba

Roombas work with remotes but not every Roomba comes supplied with one.

One astounding thing is that IR remotes are less popular now that you have the Smartphone app. But it is not such a bad thing to have.

verdict

For the homeowner looking for remote control, none of the Roombas in our comparison review comes with a remote control in the standard package. That means iLIFE carries the day as they come with the remotes in the package at no additional cost.

Scheduling

Important

This is a function which enables homeowners to program their vacuum cleaners. You don’t need to be around for the vacuum to clean; just set the preferred time, and it will do the job without further prompting.

iLIFE

iLIFE robot vacuums also come with the scheduling function and can also be scheduled for seven days using the remote.

verdict

This is hard to call because both iRobot and iLIFE models come with schedule function. But we feel Roombas deserve the top spot now that you can schedule cleaning sessions from miles away using the App.

4. Navigation, mapping, and maneuverability

Roombas are known for their advanced navigation and mapping system. On the other hand, iLIFE boasts a robust maneuvering system.

In this section, we want to compare how the two vacuum brands find their way around your house.

Navigation system

iLIFE

iLIFE and Chinese brands have been left behind. The company still relies on a SLAM navigation system which uses sensors only.

The best among iLIFE vacuums is the V8s because it has the latest software. However, they all get stuck from time to time and are not best for high-traffic rooms.

verdict

Definitely iRobot carries the day because of the VSLAM navigation. Even if Roomba 960 is out of the equation, still iAdapt is ahead of iLIFE.

Floor Mapping

Important

Apart from navigation, how your robot vacuum moves around is really important. It determines the turnaround of the cleaning and most importantly, the coverage. A good robot vacuum should be fast and efficient in that it cleans in the shortest time possible and covers the entire floor.

iLIFE

iLIFE, on the other hand, lacks a systematic cleaning pattern. This is because it relies on sensors only for localization.

At least for iAdapt 2.0, the Roomba acknowledges the presence of landmarks like sofas and tables in real time.

verdict

Roombas are the best because they also have the best navigation system. Basically, the better the navigation system, the more efficient the vacuum cleaner. That said, buy the Roomba if you have large apartments to get fast turnaround and entire level coverage. But for an average apartment with normal traffic, iLIFE still delivers.

Boundary Marking

For many homeowners, there’s the need to contain robot vacuums. The dog feeding area doesn’t need to be cleaned often, and the guest room too. iRobot os an industry leader here though Neato Robotics has overtaken it.

iLIFE

So far so good, iLIFE doesn’t have any boundary marking technology.

verdict

iLIFE’s lack of boundary marking technology is one of the hefty prices you have to pay when you settle for iLIFE. If you have a dog feeding area and any other spot you don’t want your cleaner to reach, pick Roomba.

Maneuverability

Maneuverability is all about how the vacuum cleaner moves around.

iLIFE

iLIFE also comes with self-adjusting cleaning heads and transition with ease from bare floors to carpets.

The large off-road wheels will also go over obstacles with ease.

verdict

All the two brands have efficient maneuvering systems. It is hard to decide on a winner because so far, we haven’t seen any problem with any of their models.

Winner: Roomba or iLIFE?

Important

Roomba is indeed the best robot vacuum brand, and iLIFE hardly offers it a real challenge when it comes to floor cleaning and convenience. However, for the budget buyer who wants a 2-in-1 cleaner that vacuums and mops, iLIFE is the ultimate brand.

Buy iLIFE if you want

  • Mopping function – The V5s Pro and V8s come with water tanks for dry and wet mopping.
  • Cheap robot vacuum – The latest iLIFE robot vacuum costs $250 which is $100 cheaper than the cheapest Roomba.
  • Longer runtime – iLIFE robot vacuums do a minimum of 100 minutes while none of the listed Roombas can do 100 minutes.

FAQ

FAQ

Is there a Roomba that can mop?

No, Roomba is a series of robot vacuums only. If you want a robot mop from iRobot, you can get the Braava series which includes the Braava 280 and 380.

Is there a robot vacuum that mops?

Yes, there are some brands, iLIFE included that integrate the mopping function in their robot vacuums. The iLIFE V5s Pro and V8s are examples of robot vacuums that can mop.

Is iLIFE better than Roomba?

As far as features are concerned, iRobot is ahead because of the navigation system,I resume function, dirt Detect, virtual Walls and connectivity. However, when to cleaning versatility, iLIFE is the best because it can vacuum and mops simultaneously.

Which is the best iLIFE vacuum for pet hair?

The A4s is an excellent choice because of the brush and high suction power. It can easily lift pet hair attached on surfaces.

CONCLUSION

There you have it, a full comparison of Roomba vs. iLIFE. Which one do you like?

Talk to us in the comments section below. If you have any questions, you can as well contact us; our experts will answer your questions. So until next time, have a wonderful shopping experience.

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