Review

Alfawise V10 Max vacuum robot for $220: Budget model with LDS

Of course, an LDS is no longer a unique selling point, after all, laser space measurement via the small turret on the top is the ultimate in precise measurement. Every new top model comes with the technology. Now also a budget model: the Alfawise V10 Max. You can read here why this is something special with this robot.

Alfawise V10 Max at GearBest for $219.99

  • Coupon: ALFAV10MAX

Technical data: Comparison to Roborock S6

Alfawise V10 Max

Roborock S6/T6

Roborock s6 vacuum robot model

Suction power 2200 pa 2000 pa
Navigation Laser Space Surveying Laser Space Surveying
App Laser Robot (Android, iOS) Xiaomi Home (Android, iOS)
Operating Volume 65 dB 58 dB (at highest suction level)
Battery 4300 mAh 5200 mAh
Dust chamber/water tank 0.45 l/ 0.45 l 0.48 l/ 0.16 l
Charging time 3-4 h 3 h
Working time 2 h 2.5 h
Weight 3,5 kg 3,6 kg
Dimensions 34 x 34 x 10 cm 35.3 x 35.0 x 9.65 cm
Gradients up to 1,5 cm 25°, over 2 cm with larger tyres
Features
  • Laser room measurement
  • wipe function
  • mapping
  • Voice control via Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Laser room measurement
  • Room division (single and multi-room cleaning)
  • wipe function
  • Mapping with card storage
  • Voice control via Xiaomi AI Speaker
  • Carpet detection (increases suction power)

Yes, it really says so: The no-name robot has just as much suction power as Roborock’s flagship S6. But we know: …good navigation is more important than suction. But the table also makes it clear that the S6 has one or two important functions more in the operating system.

Alfa…what?

Alfawise is one of the many own brands of the Chinese shop GearBest. The robots are not manufactured by GearBest itself, but by manufacturers experienced in this field such as ILIFE, Roborock and others. Who produced the V10 Max was unfortunately not revealed to us, but here again an “ODM”, an “Original Design Manufacturer“, was at work. If I had to guess the choice of engine, parts and functions, I would rely on Roborock. But that’s just speculation.

The V10 Max is not the first Alfawise model, almost chronologically the V8S Pro E30B and V9S BL517 appeared before. The latter also brought a laser distance sensor (LDS). At least visually, the models are very similar to the Xiaomi, Roborock and Qihoo models, but the general round shape plus LDS also offers little scope. And in order to choose (gender-)neutral and nevertheless modern colors, the robots are all black or white.

Scope of delivery of the Alfawise V10 Max

It is a budget model, that must be clear in advance. Nevertheless, I was a bit shocked when, after opening the box, a not exactly subtle plastic smell enveloped me. Although this has now disappeared, it does allow us to draw initial conclusions about the processing – and how the low price is achieved. From my point of view, however, this is far from being a criterion for exclusion from purchasing the robot.

In the scope of delivery you will find the vacuum robot as well as:

  • Charging station with charging cable
  • two additional brush heads (two already mounted on the bottom side)
  • 0,45 l large water tank
  • small cleaning tool under the flap
  • Attachment with attached microfibre cloth
  • additional microfiber cloth
  • Attachment for direct suction (good for animal hair)
  • additional filter
  • Operating and app instructions in English
An abundant scope of delivery.

For a robot that costs around $200, the scope of delivery is very generous. Yes, the parts are made of not too high quality plastic, but that’s what it’s all about. Even more: The attachment for direct suction (i.e. without roller or brushes) is well suited for animal hair.

This attachment is especially suitable for animal hair.

Design and processing

Probably the most critical point for the V10 Max. Understandably and laudably Alfawise prefers to save on the materials used rather than on the software and functions. Result: The vacuum robot looks rather cheap compared to the models from Xiaomi, Roborock or Ecovacs. Not so much that one should be ashamed of it, but not so much that one could overlook it. Those who attach importance to it currently either have to pay more money or take a closer look at the Mi Robot.

The V10 Max looks rather cheap.

Processing defects cannot be found, and from below the robot is even very similar to the Roborock models – albeit with two brush heads instead of just one. In addition, there is a roller that processes dust and dirt that has been vacuumed up before the filter. In the end, everything ends up in the 0.4 l dust chamber (average size), which can be replaced under the flap by the 0.45 l water tank (above average size). One for vacuuming, the other for wiping – logical.

The water tank for wiping…
The (slightly leaking) dust chamber for vacuuming.

The dimensions 34 x 34 x 10 cm make the V10 Max an average high and width vacuum robot with LDS. Even the weight of 3.5 kg does not stand out, on the underside there is also a CE mark. On the upper side are the typical operating elements; two buttons with which the vacuum robot is started, stopped and sent back to the charging station.

Alfawise V10 Max vacuum robot controls
The typical operating elements of a vacuum robot.

Why not try to save money in production at every turn and bring out an affordable model with good functions? I like the approach, design and material are secondary for me.

If the plastic used were of higher quality, the V10 Max wouldn’t look so bad.

Working time and charging station

The charging station is strongly reminiscent of the Xiaomi/Roborock stations, not only because of the black and white color choice. On the underside we have rubber surfaces that make sure that the station does not slip – for example when the robot drives onto the charging contacts and should not push the station away with it. The charging cable cannot be rolled up on the back and is therefore sometimes in the way.

The charging station looks like it was made by Roborock/Xiaomi.

Autonomous retrieval of the charging station after cleaning is no problem thanks to the laser room measurement, provided it has also been started from there. However, the latter is also absolutely necessary for the mapping to work without errors. After a working time of 2 h, the robot returns autonomously to its charging station and recharges the battery completely within 4 h. Average values.

After a working time of 2 h, the V10 Max has to go to its station for 4 h.

Operation, navigation and suction power

With the help of the laser distance sensor (LDS; the little tower on top) the robot scans the premises. Inside the robot, an AI and a SLAM algorithm (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping) is working, which allows the creation of a visual map. The collision sensors prevent frontal collisions and falls from heights, such as stairs.

The laser distance sensor (LDS) of the robot.

The V10 Max works with two brush heads and a main brush on the underside, which alternates with rubber lamellas and bristles. The brush heads at the front push the dirt to be vacuumed in the direction of the main brush, which is located above the feed hood. The 2000 pa suction power was given to the 1S as well as to the new S6 and is the current top value on the scoreboard.

There are two brush heads on the bottom.

To create a visual map in the app, the robot should always start from the charging station so that it has a local reference point. Like many top models, the Alfawise divides the premises into quadrants and then drives them in straight lines. Once it knows where the outer edges of the room are, it drives straight ahead until it encounters an obstacle. Then he turns around 90°, drives a few centimetres and turns around 90° again to drive in a straight line to the next obstacle. You can see this very well on the visual map in the app.

The V10 Max drives in a straight line.

The Alfawise V10 Max detects most obstacles early, brakes and has hardly any collisions during our several days of testing. The only thing that stands out negatively here is the working speed. For larger premises it takes considerably longer than comparable top models.

The more complicated the obstacles, the longer the cleaning process takes.

For those who like to use Amazons Alexa or Google Home at home, the voice control is certainly interesting. However, as with most current models, this is limited to the voice commands “Stop”, “Start” and “Back to Charging Station”.

App integration and control via “Laser Robot”

When registering in the app “Laser Robot” (Android, iOS) one still has the feeling that the app has been programmed quite elaborately. Sure, it is, but compared to others you quickly notice when you look at the interface: Large range of functions, no attention to design. The app is only available in English. WLAN, Bluetooth and tracking must be active.

App registration as usual via mail address.

As always at this point the note: Like most vacuum robots, the V10 Max can only be integrated into a 2.4 GHz network.

The app integration works the same way as with other models.

If the connection with the robot should cause difficulties, you can reset the WLAN by pressing and holding both buttons simultaneously (for about 3 seconds). If you still experience difficulties, simply describe your difficulties in the comments.

To reset the network connection, press and hold both buttons simultaneously (about 3 seconds).

Functions within the app

For a $200 robot, you can get a lot of functionality here – but in a less appealing app look. The functions and settings are listed:

  • vary suction power (three suction levels)
  • Schedule working hours (cleaning once a day is possible)
  • DND mode (Do Not Disturb; time during which the robot should not work)
  • Zone cleaning (Go-To-Zones, send robots to predefined positions by means of “square drawing”)
  • Room division (draw in rooms by means of squares)
  • is not divided up independently
  • Send vacuum robot back to the charging station
  • Remote control
  • Spot-cleaning (rotates in increasing circles around itself, here called partial)
On the left the remote control, in the middle the condition of the individual parts, on the right the scheduling of working hours.

In addition, the cleaning process can be traced with the completed journeys and also the condition of the individual parts. The latter is useful to be able to understand when to look for spare parts. Firmware updates can only be downloaded when the robot is at the loading station.

What is the update supply of Alfawise like?

In fact, sometimes a device where it is relatively funny to leave the robot’s voice on. It greets its user with “Hello Master” when switched on and says goodbye with “Goodbye Master” when switched off. Noble.

Mapping and No-Go-Zones

The V10 Max replaces the previously used card as soon as it detects only minimal differences in the apartment. In itself, it should update it as soon as it detects a new obstacle – but here, the card memory is lacking in the functional scope. Accordingly, the robot does not become smarter over time and does not optimize its cleaning path. What is interesting, however, is that the V10 Max first moves all rooms horizontally and then – if it still has battery power left – continues them vertically again (see screenshot below right).

The Alfawise V10 Max drives off surfaces horizontally and vertically (clearly visible on the right).

This procedure has advantages and disadvantages. The advantage is clear, the rooms are cleaned more thoroughly. However, the disadvantages are that it requires more battery power and, in case of doubt, it will not reach all rooms of an apartment or house before the battery is empty. Since it is already a little slower than other models, you should also look at the more expensive competition for rooms above 100 m².

The V10 Max is not the fastest of its kind.

But I am actually positively surprised that the live-mapping of the $200 robot is really “live”, you can see where the robot is at any time (even on the road). In addition, the obstacle detection is very precise and is drawn in great detail. Somehow I can’t get rid of the feeling that Roborock was at work here as a producer…

Zone cleaning and room partitioning

As if mapping wasn’t enough for a robot in this price range, the Alfawise V10 Max does in fact include zone cleaning and room division. But this works a bit differently than what we are used to from other household helpers (such as the Ozmo 950). The V10 Max doesn’t divide the rooms on its own, but lets its owner do it. So first you let the robot create its map completely, then you assign zones (rooms) on the map yourself. You can also name these zones, i.e. “Bathroom”, “Living room” etc.

We simply divide the rooms ourselves, why not.

Once you have defined the zones, you can control them individually – for example, you can tell the robot to vacuum only in the bedroom. A theoretical disadvantage of dividing up the rooms yourself can of course be that you cannot see where a room begins and/or ends. To do this, you need to know your four walls a little bit and you need a little practice, but then you’ll get the hang of it.

On the left go-to area, in the middle individually control the room, on the right mute the voice of the robot.

Oh, and for the sake of the robot, we better not talk about the wiping function. 😉

Conclusion: Buy Alfawise V10 Max?

We like competition on the market, even if it’s getting a bit confusing with the many manufacturers and models. “Think less, enjoy more” is written on the packaging of the Alfawise V10 Max – and it’s not at all inappropriate. The vacuum cleaner is so cheap that you don’t have to think much about this variety of functions – as long as you are aware that you are buying a budget model here. A solid household helper that doesn’t shine with high-quality materials, a chic app or a big brand name.

But with a really solid software package and a really more than fair price. If there wasn’t the Xiaomi Mi Robot in this price range (at least with a bargain price), the V10 Max would be my recommendation for round about $200. I like the idea of not attaching importance to appearances and thus keeping the price low. Of course it must be clear that there are many better models in general; it’s a question of money and demands. You shouldn’t expect more than is described here in the article, then you can be quite satisfied with the V10 Max.

What do you think about budget models?

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Tim

I'm interested in Gadgets, that make our life at home easier - especially when it comes to cleaning the floor or the windows. I was able to test about fifty robot vacuum cleaners since now.

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Comments (7)

  • Profile picture from Tyler
    26.12.19 um 02:14

    Tyler

    Please review this. The price plus specs can't be beaten, but I would love to know where the corners were cut.

  • Profile picture from Derrick Applewhite
    07.01.20 um 14:05

    Derrick Applewhite

    I will be glad to test it for them my home is a great place for this test my wife cant let a tiny anything be on the floor or anyplace else.so I would love to help with this test.

    • Profile picture from Guest
      09.01.20 um 14:48

      Anonymous

      Did someone test it already?

      • Profile picture from Michael
        11.01.20 um 09:59

        Michael

        Except questionable Reviews in Gearbest's online Store, there is No neutral review available. It would be great If you this robit

  • Profile picture from José Ignacio
    13.01.20 um 10:52

    José Ignacio

    Yes please. I am interested on this device because of its integration into de Tuya/Smart Life ecosystem… goode price and features?? (if true).

  • Profile picture from Karl
    06.05.20 um 12:47

    Karl

    After few months of using it in my experience it's absolute nightmare. Works properly 4 times out of 10. It gets confused sometimes where it is and then resets map. Then need to do mapping and zones again. Also the zones move a little bit so need to readjust the time to time. And it is having problems with phantom objects, doing weird circles even though there are no obstacles. I can't lift it to bathroom because it will reset the map even though on the map it shows right position even when it's moving. The water tank is cracked in 2 months but it hasn't been dropped or otherwise abused. And now the app says that the V10 is offline for some time. And it's not the first time it's doing it. Last time i dried to reset it, but i couldn't get it to work with android, it just wouldn't connect. Then dried with IOS where it connected perfectly. Biggest problem seems to be the app it uses. I strongly don't recommend this robot vacuum.

    • Profile picture from Peter
      21.05.20 um 14:09

      Peter

      Hello Karl,

      how is working your robot, because I ordered also this robot cleaner, but some times the app sasy the device is not online.We use IOS device and I did not know what is the problem.
      Maybe the wifi signal is too weak ?

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