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Xiaomi Mi Vacuum Cleaner Light Vacuum Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Reviewed Jan 25, 2023 at 10:45 am
Xiaomi Mi Vacuum Cleaner Light Picture
7.6
Bare Floor
6.8
Low-Pile Carpet
6.7
High-Pile Carpet
6.2
Pets
8.0
Stairs
6.9
Cars
4.2
Workshop

The Xiaomi Mi Vacuum Cleaner Light is a cordless stick vacuum. It's designed to be lighter and more compact than most conventional stick vacuums of this type, making it easy to maneuver, and it has a sleek, eye-catching design. Its three-stage filtration system also helps seal in allergens, and it has a fairly long battery life. Of course, the flip side of this compact design is a small dustbin that can't hold all that much debris. Its suction motor also isn't strong enough to lift debris from crevices and some carpeted surfaces.

Our Verdict

7.6 Bare Floor

The Xiaomi Mi Vacuum Cleaner Light is good for bare floors. It can easily handle pet hair as well as small and bulky debris on this surface type, while its lightweight construction makes it easy to maneuver. It can also run for over 40 minutes at a time in its default power setting, giving you enough time to clean most large areas. Aside from a few peculiarities with the design of its dirt compartment and cyclone filter, user maintenance is pretty easy, and the vacuum incurs low recurring costs.

Pros
  • Lightweight, portable design.
  • Good battery performance.
  • Low recurring costs.
  • Excellent performance on bare surfaces.
Cons
  • Low suction force at floorhead.
  • Tiny dustbin.
6.8 Low-Pile Carpet

The Xiaomi Mi Vacuum Cleaner Light is okay for low-pile carpet. It struggles somewhat with debris deeply embedded in densely-woven carpet fibers, so you'll probably need to make a couple of extra passes to deal with stubborn messes. Its dirt compartment is also pretty small and will need frequent emptying. Thankfully, it's decently well-built, very lightweight, and pretty easy to maneuver, though its rear-heavy weight distribution can take some getting used to.

Pros
  • Lightweight, portable design.
  • Good battery performance.
  • Low recurring costs.
Cons
  • Low suction force at floorhead.
  • Tiny dustbin.
  • No floorhead height adjustment.
6.7 High-Pile Carpet

The Xiaomi Mi Vacuum Cleaner Light is an alright option for high-pile carpet. It doesn't have much trouble dealing with pet hair or finer debris on this surface type, though you might need to make another go-around to clear away any heavier material. It's a little lacking in suction power, and since there's no brushroll height adjustment, it can get bogged down on shag-pile carpeting easily. Its floorhead's tendency to bounce around when the vacuum is pulled backwards is very noticeable on this surface. Thankfully, the vacuum is otherwise very maneuverable and has a fairly easy-to-maintain, durable design.

Pros
  • Lightweight, portable design.
  • Good battery performance.
  • Low recurring costs.
Cons
  • Low suction force at floorhead.
  • Tiny dustbin.
  • No floorhead height adjustment.
6.2 Pets

The Xiaomi Mi Vacuum Cleaner Light is a mediocre option for dealing with pet hair. While it doesn't have much trouble clearing away pet hair when using its floorhead on bare floors or carpets, the pair of included attachments aren't especially helpful for dealing with this kind of debris on upholstered furniture; the crevice tool is too narrow to be practical for this kind of use, while hair tends to get clumped in the bristles of its dusting brush. On the plus side, the filtration system is effective when sealing in allergens like pet dander, while its removable brushroll is pretty easy to clean. It's also very quiet, which is great if your pet is sensitive to loud noises.

Pros
  • Effective three-stage filtration system.
  • Quiet operation.
Cons
  • Attachments aren't well-suited to dealing with pet hair on furniture.
  • Not meant to clear liquid spills.
8.0 Stairs

The Xiaomi Mi Vacuum Cleaner Light is great for cleaning stairs. Its cordless design ensures you won't trip on a power cable, and its lightweight construction makes it pretty easy to carry up and down flights of stairs. Like most other cordless stick vacuums, you can detach its wand and floorhead to use it in a handheld configuration to clean tight spots. It delivers excellent performance on bare floors, but you'll probably need to make another pass or two to deal with messes on carpeted surfaces.

Pros
  • Lightweight, portable design.
  • Excellent performance on bare surfaces.
Cons
  • Limited attachment set.
6.9 Cars

The Xiaomi Mi Vacuum Cleaner Light is an adequate fit for cleaning the inside of your car. Since its cordless, you can effortlessly reach any part of your car's interior, while its compact, lightweight design makes it a cinch to carry around. Unfortunately, its selection of attachments is rather limited, as it only comes with a crevice tool and a small dusting brush, neither of which is especially useful for cleaning larger upholstered areas, like cloth seats or floor mats.

Pros
  • Lightweight, portable design.
Cons
  • Limited attachment set.
4.2 Workshop

The Xiaomi Mi Vacuum Cleaner Light is a poor choice for workshop cleaning, though that isn't what it's designed for. Its small suction motor can struggle with lifting debris embedded in cracks and crevices, and it isn't rated to suck up liquid spills or heavier debris like metal and wood shavings.

Pros
  • Excellent performance on bare surfaces.
Cons
  • Low suction force at floorhead.
  • Not meant to clear liquid spills.
  • 7.6 Bare Floor
  • 6.8 Low-Pile Carpet
  • 6.7 High-Pile Carpet
  • 6.2 Pets
  • 8.0 Stairs
  • 6.9 Cars
  • 4.2 Workshop
  1. Updated Jan 25, 2023: Review published.
  2. Updated Jan 23, 2023: Early access published.

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Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Xiaomi Mi Vacuum Cleaner Light is only available in one color variant: 'White', and you can see its label here.

Let us know in the discussions if you find another variant of this vacuum.

Compared To Other Vacuums

The Xiaomi Mi Vacuum Cleaner Light is a lightweight cordless stick vacuum. It occupies a fairly unique niche within the segment, being lighter than the pricier, slightly more conventional Dyson V12 Detect Slim, yet with a larger dirt compartment and a longer battery life than the similarly-priced Shark WANDVAC System. However, its attachment set is far more limited than either of those options, and it struggles a lot more on carpeted floors.

If you're looking for an alternative, check out our recommendations for the best cordless stick vacuums, the best lightweight vacuums, and the best vacuums for stairs.

Dyson V12 Detect Slim

The Dyson V12 Detect Slim is considerably better than the Xiaomi Mi Vacuum Cleaner. The Dyson is easier to maintain, has a longer battery life, takes less time to recharge, and comes with a much wider array of attachments. It also has a broad spread of convenience features, with automatic power adjustment capability and an onboard particle sensor. However, the Xiaomi is lighter and feels a little sturdier overall.

Samsung Jet 60

The Samsung Jet 60 is better all-around than the Xiaomi Mi Vacuum Cleaner Light. The Samsung has a much larger dirt compartment, takes less time to recharge while offering similar battery performance, comes with a much wider array of attachments, and has a far more potent suction motor, resulting in better deep-cleaning performance. On the other hand, the Xiaomi is lighter and feels slightly better built.

Shark WANDVAC System

The Shark WANDVAC System and Xiaomi Mi Vacuum Cleaner Light each have their strengths. The Shark comes with an upholstery tool and a hard-bristle brush, making it a better option for dealing with messes on furniture, and delivers considerably better debris pickup performance on carpeted floors. Meanwhile, the Xiaomi is lighter, more maneuverable, better built, and offers much better battery life. It also has a larger dustbin.

Dyson Omni-glide

The Xiaomi Mi Vacuum Cleaner Light is more versatile than the Dyson Omni-glide. While these are both unusually-lightweight cordless stick vacuums, the Xiaomi has a bigger dustbin and a longer battery life. Most importantly, you can also use the Xiaomi on carpets, unlike the Dyson. However, the Dyson's omni-directional floorhead makes it even more maneuverable on bare floors than the Xiaomi.

Roborock H7

The Roborock H7 is more versatile than the Xiaomi Mi Vacuum Cleaner Light. The Roborock has a larger dustbin, a longer battery life, recharges faster, and has a wider array of attachments and accessories, including a turbo brush and an adapter that enables you to use it as a bagged vacuum. The Roborock also does a better job of cleaning carpets. However, the Xiaomi is a little lighter, feels better built, and is easier to maintain.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
7.0
Design
Build Quality
Vacuum Type
Stick/Handheld

Build quality is decent. The vacuum is mostly made of plastic, though it does have a lightweight metal wand, most likely made of aluminum. The plastic used in its construction feels reasonably high-grade, but there are a few weak points. The wand has the unfortunate combination of sitting in its socket somewhat loosely, causing it to wiggle very slightly when connected to the motor unit and being difficult to remove from its socket. You'll also have to ensure that the cyclone filter is seated correctly in the dirt compartment, as you can't to connect the wand properly if the filter is misaligned.

7.0
Design
User Maintenance

User maintenance isn't especially difficult, though this vacuum has a few peculiarities that can make routine upkeep somewhat annoying.

  • Dirt compartment: You'll need to remove the wand to remove the dirt compartment and empty it. Removing the wand can take a bit of force, however. You'll also need to ensure that the gasket around the dirt compartment opening is completely free of debris, as any small amount of debris left behind will make it practically impossible to close properly.
  • Cyclone: You can remove this component after detaching the dirt compartment and then pulling the cyclone from its housing. From there, you can separate it very easily into its two component pieces, with the inner cotton filter being inside the cyclone. You should wash the assembly once a week. When inserting the cyclone assembly back into the dustbin, you need to make sure that it's aligned correctly, as this component has the unusual design feature of incorporating a pair of pins that connect to the vacuum's wand. If it isn't placed precisely, you can't connect the wand to the vacuum.
  • HEPA filter: This filter is located right on top of the cyclone, and you should rinse it once a week.
  • Brushroll: The brushroll is pretty easy to access, though it does tend to collect a lot of long hair. Its unusually-designed brushroll has bristles arranged in a series of straight lines rather than arcs curving around the roller. However, this doesn't make it any harder or any easier to clean than any comparable component.

7.5
Design
Recurring Cost
Bag Part Number No bag
Filter Part Number Mi Vacuum Cleaner Light HEPA Filter
HEPA Filter Part Number Mi Vacuum Cleaner Light HEPA Filter

Recurring costs are quite low.

  • Filters: You should replace the HEPA filter every two to three months. This part isn't currently listed on the manufacturer's North American storefront, but you can find it on some European versions of the site, as seen here. If you're based in North America, this third-party retailer offers a two-pack of HEPA filters that are listed as being compatible, though we can't confirm that they'll perform identically.
  • Cyclone Assembly/Cotton filter: No replacement interval is given for the cotton filter inside the cyclone assembly.

6.9
Design
Storing
Height
44.49" (113.0 cm)
Width
9.65" (24.5 cm)
Depth
7.68" (19.5 cm)
Cord Storing
Not Needed
On-Board Tool Storage
No
Vacuum Rack/Station
Yes

This vacuum is pretty easy to store. The rack station holds the vacuum upright and features two storage slots for both its attachments. However, the rack station doesn't double as a charging station like it does for the Roborock H7, as the vacuum charges separately via a separate power adapter. As such, you'll need to position its storage rack pretty close to a power outlet.

6.4
Design
Dirt Compartment
Bagless
Yes
Volume
0.07 gal (0.25 L)
Full Indicator
Yes
Bag Included
No Bag Needed

This vacuum's dirt compartment is pretty small. At about a quarter of a liter in capacity, it holds much less debris than a more conventional cordless stick model like the Samsung Jet 60. You can keep tabs on how full the dustbin is by looking through the observation window.

Design
In The Box

  • Xiaomi Mi Vacuum Cleaner Light cordless stick vacuum
    • Vacuum body
    • Dirt compartment
    • Cyclone assembly
    • HEPA filter
    • Wand
    • Vacuum head with brushroll
    • Quick User Guide / Instruction Manual
  • Various tools and brushes
    • Crevice tool
    • Soft bristle dusting brush
  • Rack station
    • Wall-mount storage rack
    • Power supply

Note: Despite being purchased from Xiaomi's store on amazon.com, we received this vacuum with an EU-specific plug. Let us know in the discussions if your unit also came with the wrong type of power supply.

10
Design
Range
Cordless
Yes
Cord Length
N/A
Hose Length
N/A
Minimum Wand Length
1.64 ft (0.50 m)
Maximum Wand Length
3.35 ft (1.02 m)
Total Range
N/A

Since this is a cordless vacuum, the range is limited only by the remaining battery life and the room left within its dirt compartment. Unfortunately, its wand is fixed in length, so you can't extend it to help you reach far away areas.

8.8
Design
Portability
Total Weight
4.08 lbs (1.85 kg)
Weight In Hand
2.01 lbs (0.91 kg)
Carrying handle
Yes

It's an amazingly lightweight vacuum. At just over four pounds, it weighs noticeably less than even other highly portable stick vacuums like the Dyson V12 Detect Slim. The overall feel of the vacuum is somewhat unbalanced, with the majority of the weight concentrated in the motor unit.

7.6
Design
Battery
Minimum Battery Life
16 min
Maximum Battery Life
49 min
Recharge Time
275 min
Recharge Dock
Yes
Battery Life Indicator
Yes
Removable Batteries
Yes

Battery performance is good. You can expect about fifty minutes of runtime in its standard power setting. That drops to about 15 minutes when using it in its 'MAX' power mode, which is a significant drop but not at all surprising for a vacuum of this type. Unfortunately, it takes over four hours to recharge, which is quite slow. That said, it recharges in less time than the advertised figure of five hours.

Note: Despite being purchased from Xiaomi's store on amazon.com, we received this vacuum with an EU-specific plug. To conduct battery testing, we used an EU-to-US plug adapter. It's unclear whether or not the use of this adapter led to a difference in recharge time.

Design
Quality Of Life Features
Rotating Head
Yes
Power Adjustment
Yes
Self-Propelled
No
Headlights
No
Easy On/Off
Yes
Head Surface Type Adjustment
None

The Xiaomi Mi Vacuum Cleaner Light has relatively few extra convenience features. There are two power settings: 'Standard' and 'MAX', which you can activate by pressing the labeled button. The LED light above the buttons turns red when the charge drops to a low level.

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

This vacuum only comes with a crevice tool and a soft-bristle dusting brush, which has an extremely small nozzle.

Design
Alternative Configuration
Blower Mode
No

You can detach the vacuum's wand and floorhead to use it as a handheld vacuum. You can attach all of the tools to the end of the wand to further extend your reach, but be aware that the wand itself isn't telescopic.

Performance
8.9
Performance
Bare Floor Performance (Hardwood, Laminate, Tiles)
Setting Used "MAX"
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L) 98%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) N/A
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) 97%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) N/A
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

This vacuum delivers excellent performance on bare floors in its 'MAX' power setting, as it easily clears away both small debris like rice and bulkier debris like cereal.

4.8
Performance
Low-Pile Carpet Performance
Setting Used "MAX"
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L) 41%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) N/A
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) 23%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) N/A
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

Low-pile carpet performance is poor, even in the vacuum's 'MAX' mode. This vacuum struggles with larger debris like sand and has even more trouble dealing with fine, lightweight debris like baking soda that's been embedded in low-pile carpet fibers.

6.6
Performance
High-Pile Carpet Performance
Setting Used "MAX"
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L) 42%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) N/A
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) 52%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L) N/A
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

This vacuum does an okay job of handling debris on high-pile carpet. It's reasonably effective in clearing away fine debris like baking soda but struggles somewhat with larger debris like sand. This vacuum also exhibits unusual behavior on carpets. When pulling it towards you in a sweeping motion, the floorhead can bounce up and down, causing it to lose contact with the ground and limiting its ability to clean.

8.2
Performance
Pet Hair Floor Performance
Bare Floor
100%
Low-Pile Carpet
63%
High-Pile Carpet
77%

This vacuum does a great job of handling pet hair. It can easily clear away this debris on bare floors, though you might need to make an extra pass on carpets to collect everything.

1.1
Performance
Suction
Maximum Suction
0.4 inHโ‚‚O (0.11 kPa)
Setting Used For Maximum "MAX"
Normal Suction
0.2 inHโ‚‚O (0.05 kPa)
Setting Used For Normal Default
Hose Diameter
1.1" (2.9 cm)

Suction performance is poor. Even at its 'MAX' setting, this vacuum doesn't exert nearly as much force as more conventional cordless stick vacuums like the Roborock H7.

8.7
Performance
Noise
Bare Floor
67.5 dBA
Low-Pile Carpet
69.6 dBA

The Xiaomi Mi Vacuum Cleaner Light is very quiet. It's even quieter than higher-end models like the Dyson V12 Detect Slim, though it's still likely that you'll have trouble hearing what nearby people are saying while the vacuum is running.

7.5
Performance
Maneuverability

The Xiaomi Mi Vacuum Cleaner Light is pretty easy to maneuver. Its slim, lightweight design makes it pretty easy to maneuver in tight spots or lift over obstructions, though it feels pretty rear-heavy, with most of its weight being suspended by your hand. Swapping attachments is pretty easy, though the narrow suction inlets for its soft-bristle dusting brush and crevice tool means they're unsuited for cleaning larger areas, like countertops or large couch cushions. Its floorhead also tends to bounce upwards when pulling the vacuum towards you.

5.0
Performance
Pet Hair Furniture Performance
Sofa Pickup Post Test

This vacuum performs badly when clearing pet hair from furniture using its included tools. The crevice tool has too narrow a suction inlet to be practical for cleaning larger upholstered areas, while pet hair tends to get clumped in the bristles of the dusting brush rather than being sucked into the vacuum. A miniature turbo brush, or even a simple upholstery nozzle, would go some way toward improving its ability to clear away hair on fabric. Any increase in performance in this regard is negligible when using it in its 'MAX' mode, so you're better off leaving it in its less power-hungry standard setting when cleaning furniture.

Performance
Air Quality
Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
Yes

The Xiaomi Mi Vacuum Cleaner Light does a great job of sealing in fine allergens like dust or pet dander. While the vacuum manual and the accessory page for the vacuum's filter list it as having an H13 HEPA rating, this isn't listed on the webpage for the vacuum itself. Regardless of its actual rating, the filtration performance test indicates that it's pretty effective in trapping allergens.

5.0
Performance
Cracks
Wood Cracks Post Test

The Xiaomi Mi Vacuum Cleaner Light does a poor job of dealing with debris in cracks when used in its conventional stick configuration with its floorhead. It doesn't exert enough suction power to pull debris from crevices, while its brushroll does little to sweep it free. Using the vacuum in its 'MAX' setting does little to improve performance in this regard, with the results of said test seen here. If you need to clean any crevices with this vacuum, you should use the crevice tool.

1.0
Performance
Stains
Stain Pickup Post Test

The Xiaomi Mi Vacuum Cleaner Light has no impact on stains when used with its conventional floorhead. Unlike the Samsung Jet 75, it isn't compatible with any dedicated mopping floorhead.

0
Performance
Water
Wet Compatible
No
Water Pickup Post Test
Automation
0
Automation
Physical Automation
Automatic Recharging
No
Automatic Bag Emptying
No
Pathing Algorithm
No Pathing Algorithm
Physical Boundary Markers
No
Scheduled Start Buttons
No
Cycle Control Buttons
No
Navigation Control Buttons
No
0
Automation
Companion App Automation
App Name
No App
iOS Availability
No
Android Availability
No
Software Boundary Markers (No Go Zones)
No
App Scheduled Start
No
App Cycle Control
No
Navigation Control within App
No

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