Yujin Robot iClebo Home robotic vacuum cleaner

iClebo Home review: An excellent robotic vacuum cleaner

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Pros

  • Excellent performance, very good battery life, great value and build quality

Cons

  • Sometimes got wedged between pieces of furniture (but managed to get free after a while)

Bottom Line

In our tests the iClebo Home delivered the best performance that we've seen to date from a robotic vacuum cleaner.

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Robotic vacuum cleaners may seem like a mere novelty, but they can be incredibly useful in a busy household, a house with a pet hair problem, a robot fancier's automated home, or for people with decreased mobility. The iClebo Home from Korean brand Yujin Robot is the best robotic vacuum cleaner to have passed through our Test Centre so far. It can be used on carpet, wood floors and tiles, and you can let it do all the work while you're out of the house.

iClebo Home: Design and features

Our first impression of the iClebo Home when we unboxed it was that it looked more attractive and sturdier than the other robot vacuum cleaners we've tested (such as the iRobot Roomba).

The circular LCD screen on top of the iClebo displays information including mode (auto, climb, spot or mopping), countdown timer setting (60 minutes), battery life indicator and whether the unit is meant to be running or stopped. If you choose to program the iClebo Home with a schedule, it will display the time when it's going to start vacuuming. If the iClebo encounters a problem, the unit will display an error code on its LCD (for example, E0). A list of error codes is available on the underside of the dust bin cover; it will tell you what caused the error and how you should handle it.

Below the display sit three silver buttons: power, mode and play/pause. Just below these buttons is the slide-off cover for the dust bin. Around the front of the iClebo Home is a soft rubber bumper sensor. In our tests, the iClebo Home rarely bumped into anything.

A micro-fibre cloth is included with the unit, and it can be attached to the base of the iClebo to wipe grime from a floor.

iClebo Home: Performance

The iClebo Home has a far more powerful direct drive motor than the iRobot Roomba vacuum cleaners we've tested and we were absolutely gobsmacked at how quiet it is while it operates. The iClebo could vacuum your bedroom while you sleep and it probably wouldn't wake you up.

We thought that since the iClebo Home has two side sweepers it would get caught on power cords lying on the floor (like the Samsung NaviBot did during our tests), but this wasn't a problem. When the iClebo Home encounters an obstacle, the side sweepers automatically stop and the iClebo moves to a better spot and starts cleaning again.

When it comes to actual cleaning, the iClebo's results put other robotic vacuum cleaners we've tested to shame. The iClebo Home does a thorough job of cleaning floors, so frequent emptying of the dust chamber is required. Compared to the Roomba 577 and 530, the iClebo Home was more successful at picking up dust, dirt and dander; every time we emptied the iRobot Roomba dust chambers the contents were mainly superficial carpet fluff whereas the iClebo dust chamber contained not only carpet fluff but spicks and specks of everything the Roombas missed. The iClebo uses four filters — HEPA, anti-bacterial filter, mesh and anti-static filters — to make sure dust that's picked up doesn't get back out.

In our battery rundown test, the iClebo Home's lithium-ion battery lasted four hours before it had to go back to the charge base. This allowed for the entire house it was tested in to be cleaned thoroughly. If the battery runs out during a cleaning cycle the iClebo Home will return to its base, charge its battery and then get back to work.

Cliff sensors, like those employed by the Roombas and NaviBot, are part of the the iClebo Home's arsenal and they work well. When the iClebo Home encountered a ledge, it stopped, corrected its path and kept on cleaning. In our tests, the iClebo Home made its way back to its dock with an almost perfect success rate — it was better than the Roombas and significantly better than the NaviBot in this regard.

The only problem we have with the iClebo Home is that the rubber bumper sensor. Although necessary for the unit's operation, it at times interfered with cleaning. Its porous and grippy surface sometimes made the unit get stuck when it encountered common household objects. For instance, in our tests it managed to get stuck between a leather couch and a coffee table; it was there for several minutes before it got itself out of trouble. Perhaps if there was a hard plastic strip only a few centimetres wide that clipped on to the top rim of the bumper sensor, it wouldn't get stuck as much.

Conclusion

The iClebo Home's virtually silent operation, along with its thorough cleaning performance, excellent filtration and ease of maintenance, make it a winner in our opinion. Currently iClebo robot vacuum cleaners are available for purchase online from Alpharobot.com.au. The Alpha Robot Vacuum store is offering an 18-month warranty on the iClebo Home unit. If you're in the market for an iClebo Home for Christmas, you can take advantage of a holiday discount — $699 including delivery plus bonus filters.

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Andrew

1

Obviously the reviewer only used this product for an hour or so before posting this up. iClebo have a major fault that isnt evident until you have used it for 5-10 hours. The australian distributor Alpha Robotics dont want to know you when it comes to warranty.

I would not recommend purchasing an iClebo. Your warranty means nothing and I have the emails to prove it.

Tony

2

I have used my iclebo for hundreds of hours over the last eight months & I have no issue with the rubber blade that Andrew talks about. I did have a main brush motor failure but Alpha Robotics were great, they were apologetic and they fixed it very quickly. I would say they warranty and service is as good as the Robot vacuum, it's fantastic! No hesitation recommending the company or the product!

Lisa

3

We bought our iclebo home at the beginning of 2011 and love it! It copes with mess from young kids, long hair, and saves heaps of time. We have never had any issue with the rubber blade, and the only time it didn't work as it was meant to Mark came to our house at a time that suited up, and fixed it. Great product for our time-poor lives.

Stephen

4

We have had a iCledo home unit now for three months and it has been great. Not sure about it being good with long hair ( wife and daughter both have long hair) as it gets wrapped around the brush but it is quickly serviced before each usage and given enough time does a great job of cleaning the floor. Rubber blade has not been an issue. Have not had any need for warrenty claim yet.

Rob Davidson

5

We have an iClebo, biggest heap of junk we have ever owned!
Does not clean the floors efficiently and now, just out of warranty, constantly stops
with an error. The only way to get it going again is turn the power off, wait a few minutes, then turn the power back on wait for it to reboot.
We hardly use it now, too much of a hassle.

Alpha Robotics

6

Well, we do not have any Rob Davidson on our data base as a customer, so a bit suspicious as to how genuine this is, but... Rob if you would like to contact us and let us know if you did purchase from us, and which name your iClebo was bought under. As we would still fix it for you free of charge, particularly if it is not long out of warranty. We know what it feels like as a buyer when something fails just outside of warranty, and we do look after our customers, just as we have done for other customers in the past.

Bill

7

I recently ( 8 weeks ago) bought an iclebo home and am very happy with it and my back is even happier. It does the job it is supposed to do and one can't ask for more.
I use it in the bedrooms ( wooden floors) and it clean very well.
The rubber blade has a thin edge, needed to put dust etc in the bin.
If used on an uneven floor the blade might have to be replaced a little more often.
I have no problem in recommending the iclebo.

Carl Edberg

8

I bought my iclebo robot about 5 years ago, so I guess It's an older version. I used it a couple of times and it broke down. Got it repaired very quickly (no problems with the service) and used it again and it worked great. But the problem is, that I didn't use it for 4 years, and when I tried to use it again last week, it just gave me an "E2" error. I know what that means, and how to fix the problem as the manual says, but it simply doesn't work. Help required! Anyone with the same problem?

Ken Gillman

9

Alpha Robotics- did you ever hear from "Rob"?
I am considering purchasing one, but on looking at the website I was a little unsure about what the current models are, and what the differences between them are.
Also, I have a few Persian carpets most of which have fringes between 2 & 5 cm long. To what extent might this be a problem for the machine? and can it be programmed just to clean the main body of the carpet without going off the end and over the fringes?

Alpha Robotics

10

Carl, may I ask which model you have? E2 (can not detect floor) may be simply that the sensors need cleaning, sometimes just wiping with a cotton bud is enough, but may also need a little methylated spirits get them thoroughly clean. If that does not work you can call us on 02 8209 1709 for further advice.
Ken, I know you have purchased from us since asking this question, so for everyone else, no, we never heard from Rob. He never purchased from us, and I wonder if he has the robot or if he had another motive for the negative comments. As mentioned before we do repair free of charge when it is not long out of warranty.

CHEN HAI HAN

11

I have a Iclebo arte for 8 months, battery flat recently. After replacing a new battery, it doesn't work? Any idea?

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Corey

3.5

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Pros
Carpet
Cons
Hardfloor
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What about the mop function? Does it do justice when cleaning tiles with the microfiber ?

Kerstin Bradley

5.0

2

Pros
good product, good service
Cons
nothing
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We bought our iClebo Smart about 12 months ago and are extremely happy with it. We use it on average 2-3 times a week and would not want to be without it. We have a big black dog with long hair and where no other vaccuum cleaner (we have a Dyson) manages to clean up all the hair, with the iCiebo our carpet looks as good as new. We use it regularly on slate flooring and have never had an issue.
We had a problem with the brush once - when I inserted it wrongly and it overheated - and Alpha Robotics replaced it instantly without any charge, even dropped off the replacement parts at our house.

Angela

4.5

3

Pros
Robots for cleaning
Cons
robot gimics
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iClebo works for me and has been doing a stirling job for months. With pets and children and general dust, it really helps me stay on top of things and provides a clean floor quietly for very little effort. Alpharobotics have been great so far with gracious help over the phone a couple of times and a generous attitude to a motor problem. I have had no problems with any other aspect of the machine, including the rubber blade on the dust bin. I feel that this company seeks to operate honestly and honourably and is being very helpful, even generous about a current repair and minor upgrade. The product is genuinely good and I would love to see more households being helped by this robot. With such an excellent product, distribution company and time pressured lives, support and perseverance are warranted for this new venture.

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