Walter Shillington is an avid collector of mechanical timepieces. While he focuses mainly on watches, Walter also reviews household items.
When I review a robotic vacuum, my attention focuses on its ability to clean a house unsupervised. If the only requirement is to empty the dust bin and, on a weekly basis, clean the vacuum’s filter and brushes, my article is likely to be sympathetic.
Last month, I reviewed Kobot’s RV353 which, at $125.00, is very attractively priced. This well-constructed vacuum cleaned effectively and would run for up to 90 minutes between charges. Unfortunately, due to a limited suite of sensors, it often encountered situations in which the robot became entangled and could not extract itself.
Today I am testing Amarey’s A800 robotic vacuum. While it is considered a budget cleaner, the A800 is slightly more expensive than the Kobot. My expectation is that this will translate into increased capability and less frustration.
The Amarey A800 weighs in at 5.7 pounds (2.6 Kilograms). This robotic vacuum spans 12.7 inches and is 2.7 inches in height.
Its body is composed of black colored plastic with a scratch-resistant glass top. The removable dust box is set into the side of the robot and top-mounted pushbuttons are used to either start the device or send the vacuum scuttling to its dock. A number of proximity sensors line the A800’s edge and three drop sensors are fitted beneath its body.
A pair of rubber-coated, spring-loaded wheels and a caster are used to drive the Amarey A800 across the floor. Two side brushes sweep debris toward the center where the main brush, aided by suction, vacuums it into the device’s dust bin. The main brush, much like the furniture brush used on my Jimmy JV51, is composed of alternating rows of bristles and rubber flaps.
The unit’s three-layer filtration system insures accumulated debris will remain within the dust box. It is comprised of a metal mesh, washable foam pad, and a high efficiency paper filter.
This robot is equipped with a rechargeable, 14.52V, 2600mAh lithium battery, which can be accessed from beneath the unit.
The packaging includes items such as a charging dock, AC adaptor, remote control, and a user’s guide.
- Brand: Amarey
- Model: A800
- Country of Origin: China
- Height: 2.7 inch (6.85 cm)
- Circumference: 12.7 inch (32.3 cm)
- Weight: 5.7 lb (2.6 kg)
- Barrier cross height: 0.71 in (18 mm) with 15-degree slope
- Brushes: Two side brushes and one main rotating brush
- Accessories: Remote control, power adapter, charging cradle, spare filters, two extra side brushes, brush cleaning device, and user guide
- Control: Operated via robot mounted buttons or remote control
- Noise level: 58 db
- Power source: Li-ion 14.52V, 2600mAh battery
- Suction power: 1400 Pa
- Cleaning modes: auto, spot, edge, single room
- Floor types: Hard floors and low pile carpets
- Dustbin capacity: 500 ml
- Working time: 120 minutes
- Recharging method: Automatically docks and recharges
- Recharging time: Four to five hours
- Features: Low profile design with strong suction
Amarey is a brand owned by AnKobot. This company, a division of SanKobot, is headquartered in Shanghai, China. SanKobot was founded in 2016 and quickly expanded operations to Singapore, Israel, USA (Silicon Valley) and Taiwan. Their field of expertise relates to visual and AI technologies.
Although vacuuming may be initiated by pressing a robot-mounted button, the included remote control allows more sophisticated operation. There are four cleaning modes; auto, spot, single room, and edge. When the home button is depressed, the robot ceases work and returns to its charging station. The MAX button will increase suction in situations where this is required. I found it easy to schedule a daily cleaning routine but when setting this up, the remote must be within the same room as the vacuum.
The charging station is equipped with a short-range beacon intended to aid during docking.
I found the user’s guide easy to understand and all necessary information was covered.
Spare side brushes, filters, and a brush cleaning tool are also provided.
The Amarey A800 is equipped with an excellent suite of sensors. These are used to prevent the robot from falling down steps, aid in navigation, and guide the vacuum as it returns to its dock. This robot will identify tall obstacles, such as walls, before reaching them; slowing to a stop and then continuing its routine. When I, rather rudely, stepped in front of it, the A800 avoided contact by cautiously circling around.
If a wheel or brush is prevented from turning, the specific problem is noted and the robot will beep to notify the user.
The Amarey A800 did not experience difficulties climbing the ramps that compensate for the one-inch difference in height between several of my rooms. Warm air vents and returns did not bother it in the least.
The entrance to my office is accessed from the dining room. Slightly damaged wood flooring—there are deep gouges that I have yet to repair—terminate at a three-quarter inch threshold. While cleaning, a robotic vacuum must navigate the gouges, mount the threshold and climb onto a slippery metal strip that holds the office carpeting securely in place. Most robotic vacuums struggle to transit this entrance and the A800 was no exception. One day I will build a narrow ramp and fit it to the dining room side of this threshold.
The A800 performed well, navigating and vacuuming the short pile carpet in my office. It is not recommended for use with high pile carpets.
Robotic vacuums can become entangled on cords and cables. If cables are properly secured—I bundle them with tie wraps or attach them to baseboards—they will not pose a problem.
If you are considering the purchase of a robotic vacuum, you probably want to know if you’ll have to pull up your rugs each time you clean. Robots can usually traverse larger rugs, but a small mat will work if it is heavy enough not to get pushed around. Extremely flexible rugs are not recommended. If you can easily fold over the corner of a rug, so can your robotic vacuum.
Sometimes these robots will put themselves into a situation where they become wedged between the floor and an obstruction from above. Because of its low 2.7-inch profile, this only happened once to the A800 throughout my tests. Sadistic by nature, I waited and watched as the robot struggled. After two minutes, to my surprise, it managed to free itself.
Taking advantage of this vacuum’s two full hours of battery life, Amarey designed a sophisticated automatic cleaning routine. At first it seemed to alternate between a zig-zag and an s-shaped pattern. Then, while I was slurping a cup of coffee in the kitchen, the robot entered and began to edge clean. Because it utilizes a series of different patterns, this vacuum performs very effectively.
For specific cleaning tasks, spot, single room, or edge patterns can be chosen.
Because the infrared docking location system used for robotic vacuums is limited in range, it is best to position the A800’s dock along the wall of a room central to your cleaning area. Ensure the space forward of the dock is clear and leave six inches of elbowroom on both sides of the robot when it is docked. This six-inch gap allows the robotic vacuum room to maneuver as it departs the dock.
The dust box is fitted with three filters. The steel mesh screen is equipped with handles and should be removed and washed under a tap every few days. Hidden beneath is a washable foam pad and a paper high efficiency filter.
The two side brushes can be pressed into place. When they become worn, these brushes should be replaced.
To remove the main brush, simply pull off the plastic guard and slip out the brush. After it has been cleaned with the provided tool, reverse this procedure.
This vacuum combines impressive battery life with excellent maneuverability and decent climbing ability. The A800’s suction is greater than that of most robotic vacuums on the market, and it’s automatic cleaning routine is the most efficient that I have encountered. Amarey’s A800 robotic vacuum cleaner is highly recommended. The manufacturer has provided the coupon code CAI2HR19.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Questions & Answers
Question: What is the auto setting for on the remote of the Amarey vacuum?
Answer: The auto setting is used to command the robot to clean at a specific time each day.
Question: Will the Amarey A800 have problems on dark or black flooring?
Answer: I did not encounter problems of this type during my tests. My flooring ranges from light colored tiles to stained wood of light to medium coloring. Sometimes the drop sensors of a robotic vacuum will mistake very dark flooring or rugs as a drop and avoid those areas. Unfortunately, I did not run tests to check this. Perhaps I will buy a dark rug and use that in future tests.
Question: My Amarey won't work anymore. It keeps blinking 4 times with a solid red light at the charging station. I left it on there for a whole 8 hours charging but once I start it, it attempts to leave the dock but then goes from blue light to the red solid blinking 4 times. Now it just beeps 4 times on red light when I put it to charge. What do I do to fix it?
Answer: It appears that your vacuum has a bad battery or has problems charging. I suggest you contact Amarey support at Amarey.com.
Question: My amarey a800 senses the stairs going down but stops and has to be rescued instead of figuring it out and continuing. Very frustrating. Is my unit defective?
Answer: It would be frustrating. Best to contact the company at: https://iamarey.com/ and ask their support team.
Question: Does the Amarey vacuum come with the sensors or do I have to buy them separately? Would any sensor work?
Answer: This vacuum is equipped with the standard suite of sensors, including drop sensors to ensure it will not fall down a set of steps. When I received my unit, it came with an accessory in the form of a strip of magnetic tape. This tape can be placed around areas where you do not want the vacuum to enter, creating a forbidden zone.
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