The iLife A4 robotic vacuum cleaner and its new replacement, the iLife A4S (click to read our review), are some of the cheaper robotic vacuums currently available, but they still can compete with some of the more expensive models currently available.
Our Impression: iLife A4 Robot Vacuum Cleaner
For those who are looking for an affordable robot vacuum option, the A4 and A4S from iLife offers a good choice.
While the design is lacking and the choice of cleaning modes is weak, the robot does clean well and comes at a price that is remarkably affordable.
As one of the cheaper robotic vacuums available, the A4 does provide impressive amount of cleaning power.
One notable difference that makes the cleaning power of this robot better than the typical budget vacuum is that the side whiskers are longer, which helps the device clean walls and baseboards better than most.
When it comes to object avoidance, the A4 does a great job.
It has a front bumper and forward facing sensors that keep it from bumping into anything at all.
The iLife A4 vacuum also has cliff sensors to keep it from falling down stairs.
Automation & Scheduling
When it senses power is low, the iLife A4 automatically docks and recharges so it is always ready to do its job.
You can schedule a cleaning time for the vacuum, in order to keep up with everyday messes in your home.
What it Misses
Overall, the main drawback of the A4 is that its cleaning method is inefficient.
However, this is compensated by the fact that it offers a longer battery life, so it has more time to make up for that.
In order to keep the A4 running at peak performance you will need to regularly clean the connectors and the motion link on the bristle brush.
You will also need to regularly clean the front wheel housing. To do this .you will need to remove the wheels using a screwdriver and then clean out all the dust and debris.
The dust box and HEPA filter should be cleaned after every use.
The A4 features a dry mop that picks up dirt & dust from the floor. The dry mop is reusable and helps keep hard floors cleaner.
Size: 12.2 inch diameter
Height: 2.99 inches
Weight: 4.96 pounds
Charge Time: 300 minutes
Cleaning Time: 120 to 150 minutes
Battery Size: 2600mAH
Noise Level: less than 65 db
Dustbin Capacity: less than 0.45 L
Self Charging: yes
Remote Control: yes
Power: 22 W
Output Voltage: 19V output voltage
Cleaning Mode: border cleaning, spot cleaning, automatic cleaning, mini room cleaning, schedule cleaning
Noise: under 65 dB
Cleaning Area: 180 to 200 square cm