Versatile and efficient, Xiaomi presented its first range of patented robot vacuum cleaners in March.
With its name spread and its design now well known, The Mi Vacuum Mop 2 Pro marks the arrival of Xiaomi to the robot vacuum cleaner market. In fact, the Chinese giant is not on its first try, as it already has several associated brands to its credit. After Roborock and Dreame, Xiaomi arrives this time in France with its first official range. Can it compete with models that are already well established in the market? We do the test.
Design: an air of déjà vu… that works
Xiaomi’s Mi Vacuum Mop 2 Pro promised to concentrate all the brand’s experience in its first patented range. It is clear that the regulars of the genre should not feel out of place. The vacuum cleaner has an almost identical design to the Roborock S range, with a rounded and sober shape. At the top of the device, only the laser rangefinder adds a touch of fantasy, with a slight relief tinted red. There are also two physical buttons, intended to power on and return to the base.
Under the hood, we find the dust collector, while the removable water tray and mop are located directly below the device. Coming with two mops and a removable side brush, the Mi Vacuum Mop 2 Pro definitely has nothing to envy to the competition. Yes the vacuum ignores the automatic emptying station, just turn to the superior model (Mi Vacuum Mop 2 Ultra) to benefit from it. Equipped with a large rotating brush and a small side crumb tray, the model imagined by Xiaomi plays with timid innovations, but above all it prefers reassure its western usershitherto accustomed to the firm Roborock.
vacuum and wash
After a first complete mapping of the case, the Mi Vacuum Mop 2 Pro is quickly operational to start cleaning. As for the suction, the robot is surprisingly powerful given its (small) volume of sound. On hard floors and thin carpets, it quickly removes any dust and debris present. The HEPA filter stores little debris, allowing it to be effective longer before it needs to be cleaned or replaced.
Not surprisingly, the result is much less convincing on thick carpets. Robot vacuums are clearly not intended for this type of use, so we won’t be offended. In most situations, the standard mode is enough to get you through the dirt. However, it is possible to configure the device, so that it adapts to all situations. If we always tend to opt for the Turbo mode that reaches 3000 Pa, However, the silent mode is very practical at night.without significantly losing efficiency.
The washing part is often the least successful aspect of the product. In design first, Xiaomi chooses place the removable water tray right at the level of the feeder, which forces us to remove the vacuum cleaner from its base to refuel. It’s not much on a day-to-day basis, but this positioning makes us regret Roborock’s S5 Max, which allowed the device to be held without having to move it from its charging cradle.
In terms of efficiency, Mi Vacuum Mop 2 Pro promised deep cleaning thanks to its sonic vibration system built into the mop. After setting up the water flow, the result is quite mixed. The device is perfect for perfunctory daily maintenance, but it won’t be able to overcome a stubborn or stubborn task. However, we will appreciate the fact that even with a high level of water, it does not flood the ground and ensures a quick drying after passing.
As with Roborock, one of the great advantages of the Mi Vacuum Mop 2 Pro lies in the ability to fully customize your cleaning routine. Therefore, it is possible to choose the suction and washing powers, but also to define parameters for each room, which is very practical on a day-to-day basis.
The robot also shines for the effectiveness of your guidance system. Thanks to its rangefinder, navigation is precise and the Mi Vacuum Mop 2 Pro hardly ever stumbles. After going around the room, he starts an almost military cleaning to beat the dirt. The device goes almost everywhere and does not hesitate to overcome obstacles that were thought to be too high for him. However, it does tend to get tangled up in electrical cords and other small objects on the floor, so be careful not to leave anything lying around.
Application and Connectivity
Remotely controllable from the Xiaomi Home app, the Mi Vacuum Mop 2 Pro plays the continuity card with Roborock devices. Everything is done so as not to lose the user and that is good. The interface is clear and intuitive, it is a real advantage in everyday life.. At this particular point, there is a real leap forward compared to previous versions of the software, which sometimes lacked stability. Just enter a Wi-Fi password and pairing takes a few seconds.
In addition to centralizing all the brand’s connected devices, the Xiaomi Home application offers a global view of the status and behavior of the vacuum cleaner. Cleaning history, consumable wear, management and personalization of cards or automatic cleaning programming… everything is designed to make our lives easier. The map, in particular, can be fully customized with virtual walls or no-go areas. When the robot is running, it also offers real-time location, which is quite handy if needed.
Cleaning and maintenance of household appliances
It comes with a simple charging station, the Mi Vacuum Mop 2 Pro needs to be emptied regularly, once every two or three steps depending on the size of your home. However, the 0.5 l dust container is not particularly hygienic for cleaning, as dust often tends to escape when separated from the vacuum cleaner.
However, on the accessories side, we appreciate the quality of the HEPA filter, which is quite resistant to use. Quite the opposite of the main brush made of rubber and nylon bristles, which quickly becomes a veritable nest of bristles and hairs. Once again, it will be a matter of not skipping regular maintenance, which allows residue to be overcome before it builds up too much.
Daily, discreet and effective
Formidable for vacuuming, quite effective when it comes to washing, the Mi Vacuum Mop 2 Pro also benefits from several other important qualities. First its sound volume: during our test, we registered 53 dB in Silent mode, and up to 58 dB in Turbo mode. It’s not enough to drown out the noise of a conversation, so, stays surprisingly discreet. The quick drying of the mop is also a plus, while the small 150ml water tank is a nice surprise. With its slim format, we doubted its ability to cover an entire house. The device is finally working quite well.
Level of autonomy, everything will depend on your requirements. The robot reaches 3 hours of cleaning in standard suction, but logically its autonomy decreases in Turbo mode, or when the washing mode is activated. At full power, expect a little under two hours of use before returning to base. On a day-to-day basis, it is more than enough: it is also one of the most durable models that we have had the opportunity to test. In a 100 m² apartment, the robot never showed the slightest sign of weakness, sometimes going through a deep cleaning twice. Then count three hours to fully recharge its 5,200 mAh battery.
Price and availability
Marketed since March 17 at the price of €449Xiaomi Vacuum Mop 2 Pro is available on the brand’s official website, as well as most partner retailers. An interesting price positioning, despite the increasingly tough competition on the market.