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The ILIFE V3s Pro is never far from the best-seller lists and it seeks to strike a great balance between price and performance. This model ranks among the most affordable units for pet owners and while it does lack some of the features and functionality available on more expensive robot vacuums, it is a machine that anyone new to the world of robovacs will be proud of. There are plenty of different models to choose from across the ILIFE range, and the V3s Pro ranks among the most affordable. In the full review below, we’ll see how it measures up to the competition and whether it is truly worth an introduction into your home.
- Tangle-free technology for pet owners
- Impressive slim profile at 3.3 inches tall and lightweight body at just 2.04 kg
- Strong suction for impeccable cleaning on hard floors and low-pile carpets
- Sensors to rival more expensive models, including excellent drop and navigation options
- Scheduling function for regular cleaning without any hassle
- Remote control included for easy activation
ILIFE may not be the first name on everyone’s lips when they research robot vacuums, but this company has come a long way since launch in 2010. Based in China, they boast innovation and creativity to rival the household names, with a surprisingly extensive range of robovacs.
The V series is their best-selling, and the V3s Pro is the most popular of all. Much of that undoubtedly comes down to the price, as this is a robot vacuum that can give more expensive models a run for their money without breaking the bank. Particularly unusual is that this model sells with pet owners in mind and that’s usually the realm of far more expensive models.
When we think of the best robot vacuums for pets, we tend to consider the likes of the Neato Robotics D450. It does a great job on pet hair and deodorising the air, but does so at more than four times the price of the ILIFE V3s Pro. We won’t pretend that the D450 is not an overall superior robot vacuum cleaner regardless of pet ownership. However, if you have a couple of dogs or cats in the home and want someone else to take care of clearing up anything that they can shed, the under £150 price-point of the V3s Pro makes it a lot more palatable.
Most pet robot vacuum cleaners are more expensive than ‘regular’ models because they boast stronger suction, unique body shapes and other features that all serve to make them more costly. ILIFE’s research and development department over in China manages to come up trumps, however, through under-engineering. Rather than adding on, they take away. Most robot vacuums can cope with moderate pet hair, this one included, but the company decided to remove the standard roller brush.
If you have ever owned an iRobot Roomba or a Eufy RoboVac, you’ll know what we’re talking about. Virtually every model from either company can clean up pet hair, but when you have spent 20 minutes cutting that hair off the roller brush, you start to question whether your robovac is as convenient as it could be. ILIFE has kept it simple on the V3s Pro and gone right ahead to ditch the roller altogether.
The overall performance of the robotic vacuum cleaner does not get off scot-free, and the ILIFE V3s Pro is ideal on hard floors and thinner carpets only. The side brushes that remain are not going to dig ground-in dirt out of carpets either. However, if most of your dirt sits at surface level, or you want a robot vacuum that complements a regular clean with an upright, then there is a place for the ILIFE V3s Pro in your home.
This model comes in at what we consider as an entry-level price, and so it is always nice to see some additional features of which there is no guarantee in this cost region. Even something as simple as a remote control can be hit or miss – the slightly cheaper Amazonbasics Slim Robot Vacuum comes with one, but the Roomba 606 at over £100 more does not. Not everyone needs a remote – they only work in the same room as the robotic vacuum cleaner itself – but we would much rather get one than not.
The ILIFE V3s Pro remote control is relatively basic even by robot vacuum standards, but it does the job. Point and click, and your robovac will get to work. Do it again, and the unit will return to its base and start charging without fuss. To be clear, you do not need to send this one home manually, and it will find its way back when the job is done, or the battery is low.
Speaking of batteries, the V3s Pro is hugely impressive here too. At 110 minutes of cleaning on a full charge, it comfortably beats our minimum requirements. That runtime almost doubles that of the Roomba 606 and even outdoes all the impressive Eufy Robovacs, if only by 10 minutes. There are some slight question marks over whether the dust box can keep up with the battery, as 0.3 litres is somewhat limited. However, if you keep on top of regular cleaning, potentially using the scheduling functionality on this model, then you should not run into any issues.
One final point that we must mention is how quietly the ILIFE V3s Pro goes about its business. It clocks in at 50 dB when cleaning – around the same as a normal conversation. That is quieter than the Eufys and significantly less than most Roombas, which tend to operate at around 60 dB.
ILIFE V3s Pro – Pros and Cons
- Lightweight and slim for easy moving and access under furniture
- Strong suction that can cope with tough dirt on hard floors and thin carpets
- Remote control and scheduling functions for impressive ease of use
- Relatively small dust box at 0.3 litres so will need emptying regularly
- Not strong enough for medium and thick carpets
- No boosted cleaning functionality on particularly dirty areas
ILIFE V3s Pro – The Verdict
If you want bang for your buck, do not want to spend too much to introduce a robot vacuum into your home and are a pet owner, then the ILIFE V3s Pro could be exactly what you’re looking for. You are not going to get the best robot vacuum in the world at a sub-£150 price-point, but this model proves that you have every chance of getting your hands on something impressively capable. There are limitations, such as this model being unable to do itself justice on anything but hard floors and thin carpets. That is partially down to the lack of a roller brush, but while that is a negative for some potential owners, it is a pro for anyone that wants pet hair gone without spending hours on maintenance each month.
ILIFE V3s Pro Review
The ILIFE V3s Pro is an excellent choice for a first robot vacuum, especially for those that may consider buying something more substantial in the future. Even if you are an experienced user, you may well be surprised by just how good this model is. It keeps things simple, which has a positive impact on the price. It is not as capable as some more expensive alternatives, but we get the feeling that this robot vacuum was designed with a clear goal and mainstream appeal in mind. There are no superior robotic vacuum cleaners at this price point, and it takes a significant additional investment to outdo the V3s Pro if your primary need is to clean up after pets.
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