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ILIFE A4s Pro Vacuum Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Nov 20, 2020 at 09:31 am
ILIFE A4s Pro Picture
6.1
Bare Floor
5.5
Low-Pile Carpet
5.6
High-Pile Carpet
4.4
Pets
5.9
Stairs
5.7
Cars
Vacuum Type
Robot
Bagless
Yes
Cordless
Yes
Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
No

The ILIFE A4s Pro is a budget-friendly robot vacuum. It offers an excellent battery performance and comes with an electrowall, which is a small physical block that acts as a boundary marker. However, it really struggles on all surface types as it delivers a mediocre performance on bare floors and does an even worse job on carpet. Pet hair is especially tricky for it as hair can get caught in the brushroll or intake opening. It also requires a lot of regular maintenance and a few parts need to be replaced over time. Still, if you're on a tight budget and need a robot vacuum to clean bare floors, it's an alright option.

Our Verdict

6.1 Bare Floor

The ILIFE A4s Pro is mediocre for bare floors. It really struggles to pick up pet hair and large debris like cereal can easily fill up the dirt compartment, putting a temporary halt to its cleaning job. It does a significantly better job picking up small debris though. Still, this vacuum has a lot of parts that need regular maintenance and replacement over time.

Pros
  • Decently well-built.
  • Can pick up most small debris like rice.
Cons
  • Pet hair gets caught on brushroll and in intake on all surface types.
  • Hard to maintain.
5.5 Low-Pile Carpet

The ILIFE A4s Pro is inadequate for low-pile carpet. It has trouble picking up small and large debris while pet hair can cling to its brushroll and intake opening rather than ending up in the dirt compartment. Although it's decently well-built, this vacuum also requires a lot of regular maintenance and has a few parts that need to be replaced over time.

Pros
  • Decently well-built.
Cons
  • Pet hair gets caught on brushroll and in intake on all surface types.
  • Hard to maintain.
  • Struggles with small and large debris on carpet.
5.6 High-Pile Carpet

The ILIFE A4s Pro is disappointing for high-pile carpet. Although well-built, this vacuum struggles to pick up pet hair as well as debris on all surface-types. It also has several parts that need regular maintenance and replacement, which are recurring costs that can add up.

Pros
  • Decently well-built.
Cons
  • Pet hair gets caught on brushroll and in intake on all surface types.
  • Hard to maintain.
  • Struggles with small and large debris on carpet.
4.4 Pets

The ILIFE A4s Pro is poor for cleaning pet hair. It doesn't have a HEPA filter for trapping allergens and pet hair can get caught in the brushroll or intake opening rather than getting fully picked up by the vacuum. It also requires a lot of regular maintenance and some parts need to be replaced over time. On the upside, it's decently-well built and comes with a detangling brush to help tackle hair wraps.

Pros
  • Decently well-built.
Cons
  • Pet hair gets caught on brushroll and in intake on all surface types.
  • Hard to maintain.
5.9 Stairs

The ILIFE A4s Pro is a robot vacuum and it isn't designed for cleaning stairs.

5.7 Cars

The ILIFE A4s Pro is a robot vacuum and isn't designed for cleaning the inside of your car.

  • 6.1 Bare Floor
  • 5.5 Low-Pile Carpet
  • 5.6 High-Pile Carpet
  • 4.4 Pets
  • 5.9 Stairs
  • 5.7 Cars

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
7.0
Design
Build Quality

The ILIFE A4s Pro has decent build quality. It's made of hard plastic with a thin rubber bumper, which makes it feel sturdy. Its three wheels are also made of rubber. It requires little assembly right out-of-the-box, as its side brushes are already preinstalled. Unfortunately, the dirt compartment feels a bit more flimsy and could crack if dropped.

4.0
Design
User Maintenance

The ILIFE A4s Pro is hard to maintain as there are a lot of parts that need maintenance. On the upside, most parts are very easy to access.

  • Dirt compartment: You can remove this part by pressing the button on the robot's backside. It should be emptied after each cleaning job.
  • Brushroll: The brushroll can be removed after you've removed the brushroll guard. You should clean this part twice a week.
  • Brushroll guard: You can clean the brushroll guard with a dry cloth or the cleaning tool when necessary.
  • Pre-filter: This filter can be removed after taking out the dirt compartment. It can be washed when necessary.
  • Foam filter: This filter is located on top of the dirt compartment and can be removed and washed after each use or thoroughly cleaned every 15-30 days.
  • High-performance filter: The high-performance filter is located on top of the foam filter and can be cleaned after each use or thoroughly cleaned every 15-30 days. However, it shouldn't be washed under water.
  • Side brush: There are two side brushes that are held in place by two Philips screws. You can unscrew these parts and clean them when necessary.
  • Nose wheel: The nose wheel can be pulled out and should be cleaned twice a week.
  • Sensors: The sensors on the vacuum should be cleaned with a soft cloth when necessary.
  • Charging pins: The charging pins should be cleaned with a soft cloth when necessary.

If you wash any part with water, it must be air-dried before using them again. The dustbin, pre-filter, and foam filter are the only parts that can be washed under water.

5.0
Design
Recurring Cost
Bag Part Number
No bag
Filter Part Number
PX-F020
HEPA Filter Part Number
No HEPA Filter

It has quite a few recurring costs. There's also a discrepancy in reported time frames between the manufacturer's website and the manual and we report the manual's time frame. Some parts don't have reported replacement times, so we use the replacement intervals established by comparable robot vacuums.

  • The foam and high-performance filter: The manufacturer suggests replacing these filters every month to ensure the best performance. However, the filters should be replaced after six months at the latest.
  • Side brushes: The side brush should be replaced when visibly worn or damaged.
  • Brushroll: The manufacturer doesn't specify a replacement time for this part but the brushroll can be replaced every six to twelve months, if necessary.

If you need replacement parts, you can purchase them from the manufacturer's website.

9.1
Design
Storing
Height
2.95 in (7.5 cm)
Width
11.81 in (30.0 cm)
Depth
13.98 in (35.5 cm)
Cord Storing/Management
Not Needed
On-Board Tool Storage
Not needed
Vacuum Rack/Station
Yes

The ILIFE A4s Pro is very easy to store. It can self-dock onto its charging station or you can plug the power cord into the robot directly.

6.3
Design
Dirt Compartment
Dirt Compartment Volume
0.12 gal (0.45 L)
Full Dirt Compartment Indicator
No
Bag Included
No Bag Needed

The ILIFE A4s Pro's dirt compartment is acceptable. It's slightly larger than the eufy RoboVac 11S but it still needs frequent emptying. The dirt compartment is clear so you can see when it needs to be emptied, but it doesn't have a sensor to tell you when it's full.

Design
In The Box

  • ILIFE A4s Pro vacuum
  • Charging dock
  • Charging cable
  • Pre-filter
  • 2x set of high-performance filters
  • Foam filter
  • 4x side brushes
  • Brushroll
  • Brushroll guard
  • Dirt compartment
  • Remote (with 2x AAA batteries)
  • Electrowall (with 2x AA batteries)
  • Cleaning tool
  • User guide

10
Design
Range
Cord Length
N/A
Hose Length
N/A

The ILIFE A4s Pro has an unlimited range as long as it still has battery life remaining and room left in its dirt compartment. However, it can't go up or down stairs.

8.3
Design
Portability
Total Weight
4.96 lbs (2.25 kg)
Weight In Hand
0.00 lbs (0.00 kg)
Carrying handle
No

The ILIFE A4s Pro is very portable. It isn't very heavy, and while it doesn't have a carrying handle, it's easy to take with you to another floor.

8.7
Design
Battery
Minimum Battery Life
48 min.
Maximum Battery Life
110 min.
Recharge Time
218 min.
Recharge Dock
Yes
Battery Life Indicator
Yes
Removable Batteries
Yes

The LIFE A4s Pro has excellent battery performance. On its most powerful 'MAX' mode, it lasts for under 50 minutes. However, if used on its more power-conservative 'Auto Cleaning' mode, it can last for around 110 minutes. Although it's advertised to take less than 300 minutes to fully charge, we measured over an hour less. Also, the vacuum has a battery indicator light that changes from green when cleaning to orange when it has a low battery, and red when there's a malfunction.

Design
Quality Of Life Features
Rotating Head
No
Power Adjustment
Yes
Self-Propelled
Yes
Headlights
No
Easy On/Off
Yes
Surface Type Adjustment
Manual And Automatic

This vacuum has a couple of quality of life features. It has two power settings" 'Auto Cleaning', which is its default mode, and 'MAX'. Using the remote, you can also access different cleaning methods such as auto cleaning, edge cleaning, spot cleaning, or mini-room cleaning, which is suitable for smaller spaces. It also has an automatic 'Carpet Detection' feature, which increases its power when it detects thick carpets or harder-to-clean messes.

Design
Tools And Brushes
Brushroll
Yes
Brushroll On/Off
No
Removable Brushroll
Yes
Turbo Brush
No
Crevice Tool
No
Upholstery Tool
No
Soft Bristle Brush
No
Hard Bristle Brush
No
Extension Wand
No
Ceiling Fan Tool
No
Pet Grooming Tool
No

The ILIFE A4s Pro is equipped with two side brushes to help push debris into the vacuum's path. It also comes with a cleaning tool that has a hook blade on one side to tackle hair wraps as well as a brush on the other side for sweeping away dirt and debris.

Design
Alternative Configuration

The ILIFE A4s Pro doesn't have any other configurations.

Performance
6.4
Performance
Bare Floor (Hardwood, Laminate, Tiles)
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
55 %
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
91 %
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
55 %
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
89 %
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
88 %
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used "MAX"

The ILIFE A4s Pro has an acceptable performance on bare floors. It has a hard time picking up pet hair as it can stick on the brushroll and intake opening. It also struggles to pick up large debris like cereal as its dirt compartment fills up. It does a better job with small debris like rice, but it still doesn't pick up everything.

5.2
Performance
Low-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
43 %
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
68 %
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
52 %
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
26 %
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
23 %
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used "MAX"

The ILIFE A4s Pro has a poor performance on low-pile carpet. Just like on bare floors, pet hair can cling to the brushroll and intake opening rather than getting sucked up. While it can pick up some large debris like sand, it struggles a lot more with small debris like baking soda.

5.5
Performance
High-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
41 %
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
36 %
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
36 %
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
28 %
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
27 %
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used "MAX"

This vacuum has a disappointing performance on high-pile carpets. Pet hair sticks to the brushroll and intake opening rather than getting sucked up. It also struggles to pick up large debris like sand as well as finer debris like baking soda.

6.5
Performance
Maneuverability
Under The Couch
Good
Under Low Table
Good
On Furniture
Not Possible
Rug With Tassel
Bad
Electric Cord
Bad

The ILIFE A4s Pro has just adequate maneuverability. It can get underneath couches and tables; however, it can get caught on electrical cords or stuck on tassels. Using its random pathing, it can clean an area well. It also has a 'Carpet Detect' feature that boosts its suction power on shaggy carpet.

Automation
7.0
Automation
Automation (Robot Vacuum)
Remote Controller
Yes
Automatic Bag Emptying
No
Automatic Recharging
Yes
Schedule Programming
Yes
Boundary Markers
Yes
Random Pathing
Yes
Smart Pathing
No
App Name
No App

The ILIFE A4s Pro has decent automation features. While it doesn't have a companion app, it comes with a remote control, so you don't even need an internet connection to use it. The remote allows you to adjust its power mode, set different cleaning modes, arrange a cleaning schedule time, and direct the vacuum by manually controlling it. The manufacturer also includes an electrowall which acts as a boundary marker and it sets an invisible barrier that the robot won't cross.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The ILIFE A4s Pro comes in one variant: 'Black'. You can see its label here. There's also a variant available called the ILIFE A4 Robot Vacuum Cleaner. This variant is advertised to use a less recent cleaning system and doesn't come with an electrowall. Due to these differences, this variant may not perform similarly to our test model.

If you come across an A4s Pro that's different from our test unit, please let us know in the discussions and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Vacuums

The ILIFE A4s Pro is a budget-level vacuum. While many robot vacuums have trouble on carpet, this model struggles noticeably with pet hair, which clings to its parts rather than getting fully sucked up. It also uses a block-like boundary marker called an electrowall to keep the robot from accessing a certain area, which can be a bit limiting if you need to block out more space. On the upside, it offers an excellent battery life. Check out our recommendations for the best robot vacuums for pet hair, the best robot vacuums for carpet, and the best robot vacuums.

eufy RoboVac 11S

The eufy RoboVac 11S is a better robot vacuum than the ILIFE A4s Pro. The eufy offers better performance on all surface types. However, the ILIFE has fewer recurring costs. It also comes with an electrowall, which acts as a boundary marker.

eufy RoboVac 30C

The ILIFE A4s Pro is a better robot vacuum than the eufy RoboVac 30C. The ILIFE has fewer recurring costs and offers better overall performance across all surface types. However, the eufy has better automation features as it comes with an app.

ONSON GOOVI F007 Robot Vacuum

The ONSON GOOVI F007 Robot Vacuum and the ILIFE A4s Pro are similarly performing vacuums but you may prefer one over the other, depending on your needs. The ONSON performs better on low and high-pile carpet and its battery performance is better too. However, the ILIFE is better on bare floors and has fewer recurring costs.

Eureka Groove

The ILIFE A4s Pro is a better robot vacuum for bare floors than the Eureka Groove. The ILIFE can pick up more large debris and pet hair. It also does a better job on low-pile carpet. However, the Eureka is better-built and easier-to-maintain.

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