Xiaomi Mi 1C SKV4106GLVerifiedMPN:SKV4106GL
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Had this vacuum for 3 yearsI got this 3 years ago when I lived in a 3 storey apartment. I liked its portability with 2 sets of stars and multiple carpeted bedrooms to clean. The dust storage is quite small and needed 4-5 empty runs for a full clean. It performed well in that apartment.
After one year we moved to a 4 bedroom house. The vacuum has struggled to keep up with a larger carpeted area. The spring keeping the valve shut into the dust compartment is broken and the suction power has dropped off a lot.
I still find it a handy vacuum to clean up after DIY but I recognise that it can’t work as a main vacuum in a larger house. Show details
Possibly the best value-for-money appliance we've ever ownedWe purchased the Mi 1C stick vacuum cleaner nearly 12 months ago, and there is rarely a day my wife and I don't use it. The same product goes by several names on the internet: Mi/Xiaomi/Mijia/Dreame, but I'll simply refer to it as the Mi 1C.
We were not actively looking to buy a new vacuum at the time. In fact, we already owned an excellent German-made 2200W Miele HS15 barrel vac and a portable Black & Decker PD1820L-XE Dustbuster Flexi 18V Lithium-ion portable. But, when the Mi 1C popped up on OzBargain for just under $200, I couldn't resist.... Read moreAs a pet owner (a cat that seems to be moulting 12 months of the year), I was keen to find out what the perceived hype around vacuum cleaners with motorised rotating brushes was all about. In this format, as a cord- and bagless stick vacuum, this type of appliance was pioneered or at least popularised by Dyson, but no amount of floor care miracles could, in my view, ever justify the price tag Dyson puts on their comparable units. The Mi 1C comes with a plethora of attachments that all serve a more or less specific purpose, and unlike with many other small appliances, including most vacuum cleaners we've owned in the past, we actually do find that we use every single one for the appropriate cleaning task, at least on occasion. Included in the box we received were: - the central vacuum unit with a built-in 2500 mAh Li-Ion battery, which houses a cyclonic separator and HEPA filter (both removable, more on this later). - a solid-built yet lightweight aluminium floor extension rod/tube. - the so-called Soft Roller Brushbar. This is the primary floor tool and houses a 21 cm wide, 40W powered rotating brush in a circa 25 cm wide casing. The roller can be easily removed from the casing for cleaning, but we have, in all honesty, never felt the need to do this so far. The brush roller is covered in a very dense but soft, velvety material, interspersed with a strip of slightly stiffer but still gentle bristles spiralling around the length of the cylinder. The roller is officially intended for hard surfaces, like wooden floorboards or tiles, but we find it does an equally excellent job at picking up dust, loose dirt as well as both human and pet hair off low to medium pile carpet with ease. All detritus and hair are efficiently pulled off the floor and then picked up by the vacuum cleaner's ample suction. Only very occasionally do we find that we have to remove a string of tangled hair that ended up wound around the roller, which is a similar experience we've made with just about every other vacuum cleaner. - the Electric Mite Brush. As the name suggests, this attachment which is another motorised rotating brush, this one sporting a 10 cm double-helix/spiral-shaped brush roller driven by a 20W motor, is primarily intended to deal with dust mites. It's the perfect choice for cleaning bedding and upholstered furniture, but we find it also aces picking up cat hair, lint or other fluff off most types of clothing. Myself being allergic to dust mites, or rather their excretions, I find it's a great relief to vacuum our bedding with this attachment. - a 1.5x4 cm angled crevice tool - a 6 cm wide detailing head. Both this head and the crevice tool come with a built-in brush that can be slid up or down the length of the attachment to aid with vacuuming both hard (with brush) and soft surfaces (no brush) - an Australian AC mains plug-pack charger - a handy wall-mountable charging cradle. The charger can either be plugged directly into the vacuum cleaner or connected to this charging cradle. On the underside of the vacuum is a pair of metal electrodes that mate up with a matching pair of spring-loaded contacts in the cradle when the vacuum is inserted. This is done by simply slotting the end of the vacuum's handle into a hinged receptacle on the cradle then letting it tilt back into place where it is then securely held in the cradle for charging. Depending on where and at what height the charging cradle is secured to the wall, it is not necessary to remove the attached tool (including the primary floor tool on the extension rod). In addition, the cradle has two slots or sockets at the bottom that can be used to store two of the attachments (in our case, usually the crevice and detail heads). The vacuum body and attachments are all made of a matte bright white hard plastic that has a quality feel to it and, even after a year of near-daily use, shows no signs of cracking, fading, yellowing or other deterioration besides some minor staining and scratching that clearly has to be expected from this sort of tool. All of the above attachments can be clipped directly onto the motor unit with a simple spring-loaded button mechanism to get up and close to the area you're cleaning. Alternatively, the extension tube can be fitted in between the main unit and any vacuum head to increase its reach by 72cm. The vacuum, plus extension rod and motorised floor tool, weigh in at circa 5kg. I'm 185 cm (6'1"), my wife 168 cm (5'6"), and we both find even this heaviest setup to be perfectly ergonomic to work with. Armed with this arsenal of tools and possible combinations with/without the extension, it's easy to clean up the entire house without ever needing to resort to awkward contortions. The rod contains a set of electrical leads, which means the powered/motorised Soft Roller Brushbar and Mite Brush both operate when attached at the end of the extension. The male and female electrical contacts are arranged in a way that makes it safe to handle and attach/detach tools without any risk of ever touching live wires (aside from this, the voltage and current supplied to the 20-40W powered heads are rather harmless, being less than those found in most modern mobile phone USB charger cables). At the back of the vacuum cleaner's handle is a simple sliding switch that can be used to select between 3 different power settings that essentially control the amount of suction generated by the motor. As you would expect, higher suction comes at the cost of more noise and shorter battery life. We usually only utilise the lowest "eco" mode and medium/standard setting and find these sufficient to vacuum hard floors and carpets during normal everyday use. Even on the lowest setting, with its relatively low suction, the vacuum is capable of picking up loose dirt, no doubt primarily thanks to the motorised roller brush quite literally doing the heavy lifting. While I have admittedly never actually timed the battery life from a full charge down to the point when the motor finally cuts out, I would accept the claims made by the manufacturer that the 1C runs for up to 60 or 30 minutes respectively on its low and medium settings. We've virtually never run out of charge while vacuuming on low and medium unless we forgot to charge the battery in between uses, which is mostly a thing of the past since we installed the charging cradle and have made it a habit to store the vacuum in it. We rarely find it necessary to employ the highest setting to collect even the most stubborn kinds of dirt, like sand off a carpet. In this turbo setting, the vacuum does make a hell of a lot of noise which is a good indication of the amount of suction this little unit is able to generate when necessary, but also of the trade-off for a significantly shorter runtime. Mi advertises a runtime of only 8-10 minutes on High, and again I'm inclined to believe this to be an accurate average. The battery level is indicated by two sets of tiny white LEDs located at both sides of the handle, as seen in some of my photos. An empty battery takes a couple of hours to charge, Mi states 3.5h, and again this sounds like a fair claim from our experience. The vacuum is operated using a momentary switch in the pistol grip handle. This "trigger" is light enough to pull and hold even for extended use without being too loose or easy to engage accidentally. The HEPA microparticle filter can be removed from the top of the main body with a simple turn. Likewise, the cyclonic separator unit, which traps the vast bulk of dust and all larger dirt, can be removed for cleaning after opening the latch found at the bottom of the central unit's waste collection compartment. We truly have very little to complain about this appliance at all, but if just to leave room for improvement, perhaps two things are perhaps worth mentioning: 1. it would be great if the vacuum had a removable instead of a hardwired battery. It's my understanding that there are already newer and/or more upmarket models on the market from the same manufacturer, that come with two removable battery packs, one of which can be charged in the charging cradle, while the other is in use. 2. the waste collection compartment is a little on the small side. We find ourselves emptying the vacuum numerous times when vacuuming large rooms or the entire house in one go. However, seeing the large amount of hair, dust and other dirt the Mi 1C still manages to pick up, mainly in the carpeted areas of our home, even after we've made a thorough pass over the floor with our plug-in bagged Miele barrel vacuum, is nothing short of astonishing. So it's actually rather satisfying to see what you've collected in the shortest amount of time and to empty the waste trap into a bag or bin with a simple push of the button that releases the latch. Both the HEPA filter and the cyclonic separator can be washed under running water. We have done this only once, very recently, after nearly a full year in operation. After having vacuumed a heap of fine dust from drilling holes into plasterboard, that looked like it was caking onto every part of the vacuum due to ambient moisture, it seemed like the right thing to do. It was straightforward to remove both filters and give them a thorough clean under the running tap. I also chose to open the orange coloured cyclonic separator, which consists of two parts held together by several clips. This process doesn't appear to be intended to be carried out by consumers, but IMO it is still relatively easy to do and allows you to remove even the last traces of dust from inside the unit. Perhaps this is a third point where the manufacturer could still improve this already amazing product, by making it easier to separate the two halves of this stage-1 filter. As clearly documented in the user manual and on the HEPA filter itself, it is paramount to let all filters dry completely before installing them back into the vacuum. The vacuum is not suited, nor supposed to be suited to deal with moisture. We can wholeheartedly recommend this appliance to anyone in the market for a space-saving, versatile and effective cordless vacuum cleaner that is punching well above its weight (i.e. price range).
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- GTIN13: 9346112012526
- MPN: SKV4106GL
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