Just a few months ago, I tested a premium smart robot vacuum cleaner from Viomi, a sub-brand of Xiaomi. Currently, an updated model of a robot vacuum cleaner called Viomi V3 has already been released.
I’ve been testing a new generation of the device for several days and can share my impressions about the quality of cleaning, the main advantages, and disadvantages.
It is difficult to name a new smart robot vacuum cleaner a budget one since Viomi V3 will cost you up to $480. Compared with the predecessor Viomi V2 Pro, the price tag lies in the range of about $360. The difference is significant, so let’s see what you need to pay for, compared with the previous generation.
Viomi V3 is a true flagship smart robot vacuum cleaner that has a powerful suction system with a force of 2600 Pa, 2 in 1 cleaning mop and vacuum, 4900 mAh battery capacity, a laser navigation system, the presence of a Y-type manual cleaning system with AI technology and many other useful functions.
I am very impressed with the technical features of the new generation of the robot vacuum cleaner and therefore I want to quickly consider the device in practice.
Viomi V3: Specifications
|Noise:||less than 75dB|
|Dust Box Capacity:||550ml and 550ml|
|Cleaning Modes:||Edge, Spot, Planning|
|Charging time:||180 mins|
|Operating time:||about 2.5 hours|
|Dimensions:||350 x 350 x 94.5 mm|
The robot vacuum cleaner comes in a typical and ordinary cardboard box, but it is quite durable. The device came to me without any damage and I am very happy about it. On the front of the box, you can find a sketch of the robot vacuum cleaner and the name of the model.
Inside the box, each element lies in a separate box so that during transportation the internal components do not break each other.
Here I discovered – this is a robot vacuum cleaner itself, a charging dock, two containers for dry and wet cleaning, a power adapter, a side rotary brush, an additional HEPA filter, instructions, and several disposable sterilizing rags.
Indeed, the equipment is very large and inside the box, you can find everything you need for the full use and cleaning of your house or apartment.
The appearance of the new generation of smart robot vacuum cleaner Viomi V3 has remained almost unchanged like the previous generation. The new device is made in black, and last year’s Viomi V2 Pro model had a black body base, but the front top cover was gray.
For me personally, a purely black performance looks more attractive than with a gray combination, but I do not plan to argue about tastes.
As for the dimensions, they remained the same – it’s 350 by 94.5 mm, the same goes for the weight – 3.6 kg. If you have very low furniture, I mean the distance between the floor and the sofa, then a smart robot will not be able to clean the vacuum cleaner. This is a big problem for most devices in this class.
The upper part of the robot received two mechanical control buttons – this is the power and goes back to the charging dock. There is also a tower with an LDS laser control system that works with SLAM algorithms.
Under the lid there is an additional brush for cleaning hair or other debris and, of course, the container itself with a HEPA filter. The volume of the container is 550 ml. I want to note that the capacity for water is a similar volume of 550 ml.
The manufacturer Viomi considered that users would find a convenient solution for combined cleaning, both vacuum, and mop. Therefore, there is another container with a capacity of 300 ml for dust and 200 ml for water.
On the side ends, there are charging contacts and various sensors that help the robot vacuum cleaner navigate in space.
At the bottom of the new Viomi V3 device are all typical components. This is a rotary main brush that sucks the main debris into a container. There is also a side brush, one steering wheel, and two wheels that transmit the moment of movement.
The build quality is high and I have no complaints about the build. The materials used are worth the price, so the new generation of Viomi’s smart robot vacuum cleaner can easily compete even with the flagship Roborock T7.
The kit does not include a separate control panel, so you need to control the device through a mobile application. I’ll talk about it a little later, but now let’s talk about performance and features.
The most significant improvement to the new Viomi V3 vacuum cleaner robot is its performance. The device received a suction force of 2600 Pa and this is probably the most productive robot vacuum cleaner that I tested.
The 4900 mAh internal battery capacity is not the highest. If you look at direct competitors, for example, Roborock T7, which has a battery capacity of 5200 mAh.
Although I can not say that the battery life of Viomi V3 is much worse than that of the Roborock model. The robot vacuum cleaner can work for about 150 minutes or carry out cleaning with an area of 250 square meters.
As for noise, it is slightly higher than other competitors. At maximum operating mode, the device shows a noise of about 75 dB, but do not forget about high performance. Yes, this is slightly higher than that of other models of robotic vacuum cleaners, but for me, it did not become a big minus. For example, standard wired vacuum cleaners make a louder noise and can reach up to 85 dB.
Now I wanted to talk about the updated model of operation. In total, the Viomi V3 smart robot vacuum cleaner has two modes of movement – these are S-type and Y-type. The latest Y-type driving mode handles dead zones well.
As I mentioned, the device received a smart three-level water supply system during mop cleaning. Thanks to what during wet cleaning on the floor will not leave wet spots.
I would like to say about the presence of three types of cleaning – it is a vacuum, mop and 2 in 1 combined, that is, mop and vacuum at the same time.
The Viomi V3 robot vacuum cleaner uses Xiaomi’s standard Mi Home app. It has many useful functions and therefore it will not cause any difficulties to manage and use the device.
The main page of the application shows a map of your apartment. Above there is information about the cleaning time, area, and the remaining battery level.
In the lower part, you can select three cleaning modes – this is a vacuum, mop, and combined 2 in 1. There are also operating modes, there are four modes available in total. This is a quiet mode with a power of 600 Pa, standard at 1000 Pa, powerful at 1500 Pa, and the last maximum at 2600 Pa.
Quality of cleaning
I already talked about all the features, and now I propose moving to the most important section – this is the quality of cleaning. The new generation of robot vacuum cleaner Viomi V3 has every chance to become the smartest, as well as a high-quality device in terms of cleaning.
I conducted tests and made certain conclusions. For example, after cleaning the entire apartment, which was clean for me, the robot vacuum cleaner collected a significant amount of dust and dirt in a garbage container.
Next, I conducted several tests for Viomi V3. I scattered various debris on the floor, from small to large. In several passes, the device coped with the task perfectly. I scattered the same rubbish on the carpet, including the hair from the cat. The result was positive, even the hair from the cat did not remain on the carpet, which is very surprising.
Conclusion and Reviews
Viomi V3 is a universal assistant for your home, which has received a large number of positive functions and features.
For example, most manufacturers take small steps in the production of a new generation of robot vacuum cleaners, but this does not apply to the Viomi brand. Significant work has been done here and the updated version of the device has received good performance and cleaning technology, compared to its predecessor.
Although a significant minus, I can attribute the cost of production, which grew by more than $ 100. I did not find other shortcomings during use. My cleaning experience was very positive and I did not need to finish the work that was started by a smart robot with a vacuum cleaner.
Price and Where to buy cheaper?
If you have the right budget for up to $500, then the V3 will be a good companion for your home. Now the price tag for Viomi V3 is about $509, but with a purchase of over $499, each user receives a discount of $30. Therefore, the final price is $479.99.
I really liked the work of the new generation of the robot vacuum cleaner, its performance, as well as various modes of operation.