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The Roidmi F8 Storm cordless stick vacuum’s release in the US has been highly anticipated, as Roidmi is a subsidiary of the tech giant Xiaomi, which is known for very high-quality products. The F8 Storm has been marketed as the less expensive alternative to the Dyson V8, and after putting the F8 Storm through our tests, I can say there is a lot to like about it. I was sent mine for free by Gearbest.com, but, as always, I expect the tests we do to speak for themselves and leave very little room for favoritism. So, links above to Gearbest.com, and let’s get started.
Before we get to the pros and cons, I will run through the features.
It comes with a soft roller, which subscribers of this channel know I really love for hard floors, but it also comes with a standard brush roll, which is good for both hard floors and carpets, that you can change out on the floor head.
Its attachment set is particularly good, including a crevice tool/dusting brush, a crevice tool/hose combo which I haven’t seen anywhere else, an extremely high-quality powered pet tool, extra filters, and an innovative magnetic charging dock.
It has three power settings—a low, med, and high, but the medium power is only accessed through the app. The app also keeps up with when to change filters, etc.
Alright, so, let’s jump into the pros.
One of the most significant pros was its cleaning ability. I literally did not encounter a single debris filed in our tests that it did not perform perfectly on. With the soft roller on hard floors, it did amazing, which is not surprising. As I have said before, I think soft rollers are the future of vacuum technology, especially for hard floors. But the really interesting thing was its standard cleaner head. I should mention that I performed all these tests in both low and high power, and not only did it do perfectly on carpets with fine debris, but it tackled pet hair, and large, and even extra-large debris with the same ease in both low and high power.
On hard floors, where cordless vacuums typically struggle, it, again, surpassed expectations. It perfectly picked up fine debris including the difficult to pick up sand, pet hair, and large to extra large debris in both low and high power.
Compare this to the Dyson V8’s motorhead on hard floors, and you can see why I am excited by it.
So, to sum this section up, if you have all hard floors, I would use the soft roller exclusively, but if you have a combination of hard floors and carpet or just carpet, then there is not reason to ever change the standard brush out as its design is one of the best I have seen on a cordless vacuum.
Another big pro is that it is a sealed system with HEPA filtration, which is only available with premium vacuums past a certain price range. As you can see, it’s not very common with most cordless vacuums, so that’s a big pro.
Its power was a pro. We measured the suction at 80 inches of water lift which is extremely rare for cordless vacuums. In fact, it was way higher than all the budget cordless vacuums and even most premium cordless vacuums.
Its airflow was measured at 24 cfm on low, 31 on med, and 37 on high at the wand, which, again, puts it at the top of the list for budget cordless vacuums, though slightly behind the Shark Ion P50 and the Dyson V8 and V10. At least on its high power, it actually had the exact same airflow as the Dyson V10 on its low and medium power settings.
We saw that its airflow was quite literally more than enough with tests like the crevice pickup test where it gave a top tier performance.
Its weight and maneuverability were a pro. Its base weighed slightly less than the Dyson V8, but I particularly liked how the handle gives you the option to hold it from side (like for normal vacuuming) or from the top, which makes it much less tiring when using it as a handheld. Most cordless vacuums do one or the other, and this is the first I have seen with the option for both.
The final pros are about its sturdy construction and looks. It feels really sturdy, all the components seem well built, and even its attachments, like the pet tool, seem extremely well-designed. Besides that, it just looks cool—like if Apple decided to get into the vacuum business. P.S. Apple, please get into the vacuum business.
Before we get into the cons, I’ll mention the battery life as its not quite a pro and not quite a con.
We measured it in low and high power with the cleaner head attached, and got 29:02 on low power and 9:33 on high. This is compared to the Dyson V8 which got 9:00 on High and 33:00 on low. So, it blows away the budget vacuums and is just about average for premium cordless vacuums. I didn’t have time to measure the medium power, but I’ll test it later and make a note in the description.
So, moving on to the cons.
Almost all my cons have to do with the dust bin.
It’s pretty small at 1 2/3 cups. This is compared the Dyson V8 at 2 ½ cups, and though I liked that it was easy to disassemble for cleaning, it is prone to debris getting stuck in the upper portion, especially with pet hair. So, it’s best to just open it from the top, remove the filter, and empty it that way.
Also, you do have to remove the dust bin to empty it, and you have to be pretty precise when putting it back.
The other con is that changing the brush roll from the soft roller to the standard roller is mildly annoying, but the bright side is that because its standard brush is so amazingly good at hard floors, there is almost no reason to ever change it to the soft roller unless you have exclusively hard floors in your home, in which case, there is no reason to use anything but the soft roller.
So, the Roidmi F8 Storm is one of the best floor cleaning cordless vacuums I have tested. There was literally nothing it couldn’t pick up in our tests, which is very rare.
It’s also a solidly built, completely sealed system, with the best standard attachment set I have seen yet. It’s also the least expensive premium cordless vacuum we have tested.
So, check the links to Gearbest.com above.
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