Xiaomi has introduced a new budget robot vacuum cleaner Viomi SE at an affordable price and with good technical features and specs.
Today in this article I will talk about the main technical characteristics of the robot vacuum cleaner, how it differs from its predecessors and competitors. This is my first review on this model of a vacuum cleaner. Therefore, I will tell you more about cleaning a little later, how the vacuum cleaner gets into my hands for a full review.
It is not difficult to guess from the name of the model, namely by the letters SE, that the robot vacuum cleaner received a slightly simplified performance than the Viomi V3. Thus, the price of the device is less – only $299. I want to note that this price is an auction and it will be valid from September 21 to October 4. The usual price for a vacuum cleaner is $460.
Many modern robotic vacuum cleaners cannot do without dry and wet cleaning. Thus, Xiaomi Viomi SE, although it has a budget vacuum cleaner, has both cleaning methods. Also, I cannot ignore such qualities. This is a laser navigation system, 2200 suction power, many different sensors, and other functions of which I will tell during my review.
Incidentally, this is probably the most affordable robot vacuum cleaner with a laser navigation function. Therefore, the cleaning and working methods of the algorithm will be at a high level. Let’s take a look at the appearance device and its design features.
Xiaomi Viomi SE: Specifications
|Xiaomi Viomi SE:||Specs|
|Dust collection capacity:||300ml|
|Water Tank Capacity:||200ml|
|Noise:||less than 72dB|
|Charging time:||3 hours|
|Operating time:||about 2 hours|
|Dimensions:||350 x 350 x 94.5 mm|
Design, build quality and materials
Up to this point, two robotic vacuum cleaners from Viomi have passed through my hands – these are Viomi V3 and Viomi V2 Pro. Both models were made in dark colors. Now the manufacturer decided to slightly correct its preferences and released the Viomi SE robot vacuum cleaner in white.
In addition to white, the new model of the device received gold elements on the top of the case. As you can see from the picture, the laser navigation system itself is finished in gold, as is part of the hinged cover. It looks quite interesting and the combination of gold and white does not make the appearance of a robot vacuum cleaner budget.
If we talk about the quality, then it is at a fairly high level and I cannot say any comments about the robot vacuum cleaner from Viomi. The body is made of high-quality glossy plastic. Also, it is not so smeared and wrinkled, like, for example, black glossy plastic.
The dimensions of the robot vacuum cleaner are standard, like most competitors are – 350 x 350 x 94.5 mm, and the vacuum cleaner weighs about 4.4 kg. But for the last indicator, I have questions. Since most of the competitors weigh between 3.5 and 3.6 kg. Therefore, excess weight will definitely not be beneficial in the direction of battery life. But I’ll talk about it a little later.
As for the controls, there are two buttons on the upper part – this is the power button and the go button to the charging dock. In addition, the vacuum cleaner is controlled using a mobile app and Alexa voice control function.
Under the lid, there is a 2 in 1 container, which is designed for dry and wet cleaning. The dry container received a 300 ml volume and a 200 ml water container volume. As usual, filter elements such as a HEPA filter can be found in a dry box.
There are 12 different sensors throughout the body. This is a collision avoidance sensor, a fall protection sensor, a suspension sensor, even a recharge sensor, and many other sensors.
At the bottom of the smart robot, the Viomi SE vacuum cleaner has two main drive wheels that can overcome obstacles up to 2 cm. There is also a main rotary brush in the center and one side brush in the front of the robot.
As for the appearance and design, then I talked about everything about Viomi SE. Therefore, let’s now compare the technical features and why the light version is worse than its flagship Viomi V3 robot vacuum cleaner.
Performance, functions, and features
As I mentioned at the beginning of the article, the Viomi SE has a suction force of 2200 Pa and has 15000 rpm rotation of the main brush.
If we compare it with the Viomi V3 model, then it received 2600 Pa, but the Viomi V2 Pro model – 2100 Pa. That is, it is slightly more than the second generation but lags far behind the third generation. When compared with competitors, then 2200 Pa is the average value for the 2020 model range of robotic vacuum cleaners.
On the other hand, if the suction power is average, then the battery capacity of Viomi SE was only 3200 mAh. This is slightly less than the V2 Pro which has 3600mAh, while the V3 has 4900mAh. But this does not mean that 3200 mAh is a small value. For example, this battery capacity is enough for cleaning about 200 square meters or up to two hours of cleaning.
At the same time, the full charge time was about 3 hours, which is not as bad as for a budget vacuum cleaner robot.
A little about the control methods, now the new Viomi SE robot vacuum cleaner has received a mobile application control called Mi Home. This is the same app like most other smart devices from Xiaomi.
Connecting the vacuum cleaner to the app is very simple and intuitive. So, the functions and features of the application are no different from other models of robotic vacuum cleaners. For example, I will mention features such as automatic cleaning with drawing a map of your apartment. If we talk about the operating modes, then they are quite smart and well-thought-out, which allows you to efficiently and quickly clean.
Of course, you can set four performance modes – quiet, standard, productive, and maximum. Each of them is necessary for a specific job. For example, for ordinary cleaning on a hard surface, the standard mode is quite enough, but when cleaning carpets, the maximum mode is needed.
Features such as a timer, virtual wall, and more are standard features that the Viomi SE robot vacuum cleaner also has.
Okay, and lastly, I want to talk about noise. Since the suction power is not as great as that of the Viomi V3, the new budget Viomi SE will have a little less noise up to 72 dB.
After full testing, I will definitely update this review and describe how the robot vacuum cleaner copes with cleaning on various surfaces.
Conclusion, reviews, pros, and cons
Xiaomi Viomi SE is a stylish and fashionable robot vacuum cleaner. The device does not lag behind other competitors in its technical features and performance.
And the price tag is currently very attractive, as for a smart robot vacuum cleaner with a laser navigation system, dry and wet cleaning.
On the other hand, I still need to check the quality of the cleaning. Therefore, now it is difficult for me to recommend the device. As soon as I get my hands on the device, I will update this article and add a full conclusion about the quality of cleaning and its features.
Price and where to buy cheaper?
As I wrote at the beginning of the review, there is currently a promotion for the Xiaomi Viomi SE smart robot vacuum cleaner. The price is quite attractive at just $299.99 with a 35% discount.
Considering its low cost, the device is definitely worth your attention. Since it got laser LDS navigation, a lot of sensors, and good performance.