I traded my Dyson with Roidmi F8 with Xiaomi support – and it performed better than I'd imagined, Business Insider



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O Roidmi F8.
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I admit: I do not have the energy to clean my house.

Cleaning the house is usually the last and last thing that my husband and I have to watch every night after making sure the baby is fed, bathed and sleeping.

And while cleansing can be therapeutic in a few days, picking up the dirt at 10 o'clock at night after a long day at work is a great pain.

Usually we rely on our handy Dyson V7 Absolute to dust off the corners our baby likes to put on, but a recent charging problem (after a year of use) has made us helpless.

When I was first approached about experiencing the Roidmi F8 vacuum cleaner, I had never heard of the brand.

I later discovered that Roidmi was a brand created by Ruimi Technology, a Chinese company co-founded by Xiaomi Technology, Shunwei Capital and Haiquan Fund.

A representative of the brand told me that Ruimi had "several essential technology patents" and that the F8 previously won the iF Product Design Award as well as the Red Dot Design Award in 2018.

Having zero brand awareness meant I did not know what to expect, and to be honest, I was very skeptical of his claims to be on the same level as big brands like Dyson.

After a month in the unit, I'm happy to report that it exceeded all my expectations (although these expectations were very low at first).

Here's how Roidmi F8 was used:


In Singapore, the F8 is available via Aliexpress at prices starting at $ 199.99 (S $ 274, RM835) with free shipping to Singapore and Malaysia.

It comes in a white box with a strap.
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Three little the cartons are at the top level when the carton is opened. These boxes contain different parts of the vacuum cleaner, ie the roller brush, power adapter and a magnetic wall mount to park the unit.

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There is also a small white folder containing the user manual and the unit cable wrapped in translucent plastic.

The boxes were easy to remove, thanks to holes that allowed me to pull them by the sides.
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In the lower layer, there are all the different heads and parts of the vacuum cleaner. Here's what they look like after being unpacked.

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And here's what was in those boxes on the first level.

As you can see, the F8 was designed primarily with clean, minimalist colors. This is in contrast to Dyson vacuum cleaners, which are often bright and feature daring reds and flashy purples.

Everything was white and gray or orange.
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Here is a look at what was inside the envelope.

Smaller parts or accessories can be found here.
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The first problem I encountered with the F8 was its mistranslated instructions. Although I can read Chinese, I'm not very good at it and it was very annoying to find instructions in English that I did not understand at all.

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See how the F8 is when fully assembled. I really liked how stylish it looked, especially since most of the gadgets in my house are white in color and minimal design.

The F8 has a minimalist look, perfect for people who go after Apple or Muji.
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Another thing I really liked was the simple white wall mount that came with. The mound mingled on the wall and was barely noticeable.

I was also able to attach and separate the vacuum cleaner from the magnetic stand without any hassle.

The third thing I liked about the F8 was the LED light that lit the floor before it. This made cleaning in dark corners much easier.

See how much dust is hidden in this dark part of the room – the F8 has cleaned everything up in no time.
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Connecting the vacuum cleaner was also easy. Instead of pressing a trigger (like in Dyson I have), all I had to do was press a button and the vacuum cleaner came on.

I have no preference for any method, as both are easy, but I liked the way the F8 came on when the device was turned on.

Of all the different cleaning heads that the F8 came from, I enjoyed the smaller of them. It helps that the nozzle is attached to a flexible hose, making it easier to reach hard-to-reach areas.

My husband also tried the cleaner in the car, which was full of biscuits and crumbs that slipped from our son's tiny hands during the week.

The result was a clean carpet in less than three minutes, although we had a little trouble getting the vacuum out of the dirt to the end.

Very fast repair for a very dirty carpet.
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The F8 got stuck two more times when I was cleaning the house later. The first congestion was caused by a small piece of paper (about 4cm by 4cm), while the second was caused by dirt trapped in the wiper head. Although I have never encountered congestion with my Dyson cleaner before, I must admit that I used it much less often than Roidmi.

Now to the part where I say goodbye to all the dust I collected: tis where dirt is collected on F8.

Forgive the rudeness.
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I made the mistake of not removing the glass of dust on a box as I removed it. This is the result – dust trapped on the outside of the glass spreading across the floor.

This was a little disappointing as I did not expect much dust to get stuck on the outside of the glass after only a few days of use.

I had to get the dirt poured with my hands.
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Emptying the can was relatively easy. All I had to do was push a button and the glass fell.

However, there was still a lot of dust and hair trapped inside the glass and the filter, so I had to use my hands to wipe them. This was more than a problem, compared to the Dyson that ejects almost all of the dust at the touch of a button.

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Overall performance:

In terms of power, my husband and I felt that our Dyson was a little more powerful, but we also found it a little noisier.

This is not to say that the suction power in Roidmi F8 was bad. In fact, it was far more powerful than I had expected, and I was pleasantly surprised by the cleanliness.

The Roidmi F8 did not look as powerful as the Dyson V7 Absolute, but it was effective enough and cleaned very well.
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Being sold primarily online, there is no way to test the F8 before deciding whether or not to buy one. Based on my time with this, I would say that Roidmi is a great choice for people who are looking for an efficient cordless vacuum cleaner that costs not even close to half a mile.

The stylish design of the entire unit is also great for those who prefer a minimalist look in their homes. Extra bonus points too, for smart placement of an LED light.

However, the process of messy emptying and cleaning of the dirt that got stuck three times in a row took some points for the F8.

The F8 definitely wins in terms of value and design, but those who are looking for something a little heavier may want to first explore other options in the market.

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