REVIEW: Airbot Hypersonics Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

Updated: Jul 28, 2021

Airbot Hypersonics Cordless Vacuum Cleaner


Airbot is one of the brands that sellers on local online platforms have aggressively pushed for a number of years now. The Airbot Hypersonics is the latest model from Airbot to reach the shores of Singapore.


At just under $200, the Airbot Hypersonics is a fraction of the price of a top of the line Dyson that costs over $1000, and just a third of the price of the impressive Roidmi X30 Pro that we have also reviewed. In spite of its more-than-reasonable price, the Airbot Hypersonics comes packed with impressive technical specifications that can rival even its pricier competitors.

Airbot Hypersonics Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
Airbot Hypersonics Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

In comparing the official technical specifications, the Airbot Hypersonics but up a good fight against the Roidmi X30 Pro, coming out tops with an impressive 27000Pa vacuum power. While we are unable to test for and verify the first few parameters, we were able to test some of the other specifications.


While Airbot's website listed the Airbot Hypersonics as weighing just 1.5kg, we found that our unit was significantly heavier, weighing at 2.2kg. This was similar to the Dibea F20 MAX which also weighed 2.2kg, and lighter than the Roidmi X30 Pro which weighed 2.6kg. We suspect the official reported 1.5kg weight of the Airbot Hypersonics was measured without the wind tube and attachment.


RUNTIME, CHARGING & DOCKING

We set all three vacuum cleaners to run on their highest settings from a full charge. The Dibea F20 MAX ran flat after 10 mins, and the Roidmi X30 Pro followed shortly after at around 12 mins. The Airbot Hypersonics impressed us by running for a full 15 mins before running out of juice. On the lowest settings, all three vacuum cleaners ran close to their official reported runtime.


The Airbot Hypersonics came with a rather chonky charging dock which doubles as a mount for the attachments provided. The handle of the Airbot Hypersonics slots into the charging dock, securing it in place. This provides a secure and sturdy dock, preventing the vacuum cleaner from detaching and falling onto the floor. We liked that the dock eliminates the need for plugging in a wire to the vacuum cleaner, making the Airbot Hypersonics truly cordless.

Airbots Hypersonics charging dock


The charging dock comes with a few mounts on the back to hold the attachments that comes with the vacuum cleaner. The attachments fit into the mounts easily, but we were only able to either fit the long crevice and brush attachments or just the dust mite brush. We were unable to fit all three attachments at the same time, which was disappointing. There appear to be another larger mounting point, but none of our attachments fit that point. It appears that the design of the mounting dock was recycled from previous generations of Airbot vacuum cleaners.

Airbots Hypersonics charging dock


While Airbot claimed a 4.5 hours charging time, our unit took over 5 hours to charge fully. Compared to the other two vacuum cleaners that we tested, the Airbot Hypersonics took the longest to charge. The Roidmi X30 Pro was fully charged after around 3 hours, and the Dibea F20 MAX took around 4.5 hours.


NOISE LEVEL

In our tests, we recorded the noise generated by the Airbot Hypersonics at 70dB on its lowest setting and 75dB at its highest setting. This was similar to the noise of the Roidmi X30 Pro which we recorded at 68dB and 75dB. The Dibea F20 MAX was significantly louder, recording at 72dB on low and close to 80dB on high.


FILTRATION

A good filtration system is especially important for the stick vacuum cleaner. In traditional canister vacuum cleaners, the exhaust is usually a distance away from the user. A weak filtration system in a canister system, while annoying, does not pose much of a health hazard to the user. In a stick or upright system where the exhaust is much closer to the user's face, a weak filtration system can potentially direct harmful germs and bacteria towards the user.


While Airbot did not emphasise much about the filtration system on the Airbot Hypersonics, there was a note on its website indicating a 5-srage filtration system that promises to filter out 99.97% of dust.


FUNCTIONS & USABILITY

The Airbots Hypersonics comes with five power settings. However, only three power settings (lowest, middle and highest) could be accessed using the manual mode. The feature that caught our eye was the automatic mode that was not present in the other two vacuum cleaners we tested. The automatic mode which is the default mode of the Airbot Hypersonics senses the density of the debris and adjusts its power automatically, adapting to different cleaning surfaces and situations. With the automatic mode, the user can go from tiled floor to carpet without having the switch the power setting manually. It can also detect heavier debris such as cat litter and adjust its power accordingly, perfect for households with pets or young children who like to make a mess.

Illustration of auto mode. Image from airbot.sg
Illustration of auto mode. Image from airbot.sg

The Airbots Hypersonics turns on and off using a power switch that is reminiscent of a trigger. A touch button allows you to switch between auto and manual mode and the three speed settings when in manual mode. In manual mode, touching the left of the button cycles through the three speed settings. To switch to auto mode, you have to touch and hold the right side of the button for 3 seconds.

Power trigger on the Airbot Hypersonics
Power trigger on the Airbot Hypersonics

When it comes to controls and buttons, 3 seconds is an eternity (when was the last time you had to hold a button for 3 seconds?). Without any form of tactile or sound feedback, switching between modes was extremely finicky as we were unsure if we were touching the right part of the button, or if it was even working. Often times, we ended up changing the manual speed when we intended to switch to auto mode. A simple solution would be to have 2 separate buttons, or even a simple push button instead of a touch button.


That said, we had little reason to switch to manual mode frequently as the auto mode did a great job most of the time. The auto mode worked well, increasing in speed when we use the Airbots Hypersonics on carpet, and returning to a lower speed when we return to tiled floor.


A series of LED lights indicate the mode, speed and battery life in a rather straightforward display. 4 LED lights indicate the battery life at 25% intervals. 5 LED lights indicate the power level, and another LED lights up with the auto mode is selected. Another LED light located next to the battery indicators lights up when the floor brush is jammed.


Touch controls and LED indicators on the Airbot Hypersonics


ACCESSORIES

In addition to the standard floor brush roller, the Airbot Hypersonics come with three other attachments - a long crevice tool, soft edge brush and a dust mite vacuum brush.

Airbot Hypersonics contents
Airbot Hypersonics contents

Like the two other vacuum cleaners that we tested, the brush roller on the Airbot Hypersonics is an electric brush that spins using the battery power even when the vacuum cleaner is stationary. Powered brushes are great for carpeted areas as the spinning power kicks up dust and debris, allowing the vacuum cleaner to suck up more dust and debris. Airbots also states that the roller brush itself is an upgraded version that is fluffier, creating more friction, leading to more effective floor brushing, although we were unable to find any significant difference upon closer comparison with the roller brush of the Dibea F20 MAX. Unlike the Dibea Hypersonics and the Roidmi X30 Pro, the brush roller of the Airbot Hypersonics does not include a light to help users see under sofas and beds.


The Airbot Hypersonics comes with a crevice tool which is pretty standard on all vacuum cleaners these days, help the user reach otherwise hard to reach corners. A soft brush and a dust mite brush was also included in the package. The dust mite brush looks similar to the standard brush roller but smaller. Like the standard brush roller, the dust mite brush is also electric powered, allowing you to kick up and suck up more dust mites and debris from sofas and mattresses.

Airbot Hypersonics attachments


Unlike the Roidmi X30 Pro, the Airbot Hypersonics did not include a cleaning brush and spare HEPA filter. They also did not include a crevice brush that can be attached to the crevice tool to improve usability. The Roidmi X30 Pro also comes with additional attachments such as the pet brush and water tank mopping module. However, taking into account the price disparity, it is expected that the Airbot Hypersonics come with less attachments.


CONCLUSION

The Airbot Hypersonics is a powerful vacuum cleaner that can hold its own against the competition. Its unique automatic mode that dynamically changes the vacuum speed based on the surface and debris size sets it apart from the other two vacuum cleaners that we tested.


While it lacks some of the additional attachments and accessories provided by the pricier Roidmi X30 Pro, it is an impressive machine and a solid buy at its price point.


The Airbot Hypersonics Cordless Vacuum Cleaner is available from online platforms such as Lazada and Shopee for $199 at the time of writing.