Product: iMap 10.0
Key specifications: 18 sensors, octa-core CPU, LiDAR sensors, HEPA filter, 5200mAh battery
Cleaning your house is difficult. And if you have a house with a large area, it’s nothing short of a herculean task. What makes this mammoth task all the more strenuous is the fact that it is a two-step process wherein you first sweep the house clean and then clean it again using a mop. It’s exhausting. It is time-consuming and with our work-life balance going haywire these days, it is very difficult to follow up on cleaning every day. Enter: Milagrow iMap 10.0.
For those of you who don’t know, the Milagrow iMap 10.0 is a robotic vacuum cleaner that not only vacuum cleans your house but it also mops. It is tailored to meet the twin-cleaning needs of Indian homes wherein vacuum cleaning isn’t enough.
The Milagrow iMap 10.0 was launched alongside, the Milagrow iMap Max, which is better suited for commercial purposes, and the Milagrow Seagull, which is a better pick for budget buyers, last month. The Milagrow iMap 10.0 costs a whopping ₹89,990 in India, which is marginally less than the iRobot Roomba i7+ that we reviewed sometime back.
The obvious question here is: Is the Milagrow iMap 10.0 worth spending 90 grand on? Read on to find out…
Same old design but a little different
The Milagrow iMap 10.0 features a design that is similar to some of the other robotic vacuum cleaners, such as iRobot Roomba and Xiaomi’s Mi Robot Vacuum Mop-P, available in the market right now. It essentially looks like a gigantic hockey puck that has wheels at the bottom and a disc-shaped structure on top.
The iMap 10.0 comprises of a large circular disc that has wheels and two brushes at the bottom. While one brush helps the robotic vacuum cleaner to push dirt towards its mouth that pulls it in, the other makes cleaning areas such as carpets etc easier. In addition to the equipment for vacuum cleaning, the iMap 10.0 has an easily-attachable mop at the bottom, which…well…mops the floor after it is vacuum cleaned.
The disc-shaped structure on top with Milagrow branding houses the LiDAR sensors that enable this robotic vacuum cleaner to sense its surroundings. In simple words, it helps the robot to ‘see’.
This disc-shaped structure is placed right in front of two buttons, one that turns it on and the other that sends it home. These buttons lie right in front of a flap that opens to reveal storage space. This storage space has two components, one that collects all the dirt from vacuum cleaning and the other that stores water for mopping. Both these attachments can be easily removed (and attached) from this seemingly invisible storage space.
Another component of the entire package is a docking station. It’s a simple L-shaped structure where the robotic vacuum cleaner rests. It is also the place wherein it charges itself and gets ready for its next cleaning mission.
Overall, iMap 10.0 has a simple yet incredibly clever design. It hides the dust storage space and the water-container in plain sight. Although it is slightly bigger in diameter compared to Roomba i7+, it’s also slightly slimmer, which makes it easier for it to glide under furniture such as beds and sofas.
Cleans well, but there’s a catch
Now, the most important part: How well does the iMap 10.0 perform? Well, to answer this question in one line - it gets the job done.
The iMap 10.0 connects to the TuyaSmart app that controls the robotic vacuum cleaner. You can use it for a variety of purposes, which includes checking the battery level, setting cleaning schedules, checking the area cleaned, starting a cleaning mission, sending iMap 10.0 back to the docking station, manually moving the robotic vacuum cleaner for cleaning and finding the robotic vacuum cleaner in case you are unable to find it.
This app also shows a map of your house as captured by the robotic vacuum cleaner. This map can be used for designating the specific cleaning zones in your house. For instance, during my stint with this device I sent it for a cleaning mission in my kitchen while I accidentally spilt some juice on the floor. The iMap 10.0 promptly headed to the area and swiped my kitchen floor absolutely clean within minutes. On another instance, I asked it to (in case you didn’t know you can control it using Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant) clean some dust and bread crumbs in my living room and it ensured that the space for spotless within no time.
Another trick that you can perform with the app is set areas where you don’t want the robotic vacuum cleaner to go. For me, that area was the balconies of my house. When I set the virtual wall in the app, iMap 10.0 didn’t enter the space. What makes this robotic vacuum cleaner different from Roomba is that it doesn’t require a separate device to create a virtual wall and you can create as many virtual walls as you want. I ended up creating three, which is something I couldn’t do in case of Roomba i7+.
As far as cleaning is concerned, the iMap 10.0, as I had mentioned earlier, does the job well. What I particularly like about it the fact that it gives you the flexibility to set vacuum cleaning and mopping levels as per user requirements. So, if it is cleaning in a room where someone is sleeping you can set it to clean in quiet mode, which makes almost no noise. In my experience, it was easy to sneak it in and clean while on quiet mode. And if you want it to clean a carpet or a rug you can increase its suction power, which will obviously make more noise.
What I particularly like about this robotic vacuum cleaner is the fact that it moves in a snake-like pattern while cleaning (remember the game Snakes from old Nokia phones?) and it almost never bumps into anything like your large appliances and furniture all thanks to its special LiDAR sensors.
But there's a catch.
The iMap 10.0 cleans your house well. But the catch is that cleaning it is not exactly…well…pleasant. Milagrow provides a hook-like attachment that can be used to pull out hair or thread from the long brush at the bottom. I found the long brush easy to remove and clean. The real problem, however, is the storage space that houses the dry dirt and water for mopping. The moisture and water from the storage space often seep into the dry dirt bin, which makes it difficult and messy to clean. It basically entails getting your hands dirty, which I am not a fan of.
Lastly, the battery. The Milagrow iMap 10.0 comes with a 5,200mAh that is capable of providing up to three hours of wet and dry cleaning. But I would say it solely depends on your carpet area. I live in a house with a carpet area of about 1,500 square feet. It took the iMap 10.0 about two hours to clean my house completely. After one complete round of clean, it still had about 30% charge left for the next cleaning session. The following day it was able to clean two rooms before it had to run back to the docking station to juice up. In day to day usage, this robotic vacuum cleaner is good to clean your entire house on a single charge and a bit more if required.
Should you buy it?
In a nutshell: Yes. If you can afford it.
The Milagrow cleans and mops the house spotless. It has various settings that enable it to customise the cleaning modes as per the requirements of a given space. It also has settings that enable users to do targeted cleaning and even prevent the robotic vacuum cleaner from going in the areas where they don’t want it to go. True, it comes with a hefty price tag but it justifies that cost by offering twin cleaning capabilities. Simply said, the iMap 10.0 is best suited for the cleaning requirements of a large house.
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