Life gets messy. Over the years, I’ve learned that the secret is to deal with messy situations right away. That’s why it’s important we all invest in a handheld vacuum. As the owner and cleaner of a popular high-tech Airbnb suite, I personally clean a lot. So much so, I built a dedicated cleaning station inside the furnace room. It’s no wonder that I get excited about the latest vacuum cleaners.
I’m reviewing the Roidmi P1 Pro portable vacuum cleaner. With a compact cylinder design, it doesn’t look like a vacuum at all. Nevertheless, its portability makes it perfect for quick cleanup jobs in a variety of situations. Pun intended, does this portable vacuum suck? Is it a worthy investment for someone like myself who enjoys cleaning? These are the questions I seek to answer in this review.
Notable specs: Roidmi P1 Pro
- Cordless handheld vacuum with 110K RPM digital brushless motor
- Lightweight unibody design weighs just 1.1 pounds
- Ultra wide-angle LED lighting illuminates cleaning path
- USB-C charging fully charges in just 2.5 hours
Design of the Roidmi P1 Pro
Shaped like a can of cooking spray, the tube-like design reinvents what a portable vacuum should look like. It measures just under 11” tall with a 2.36” width and depth. Best of all, it weighs only 1.1 pounds making it extremely portable.
The Roidmi P1 Pro has two compartments that connect together. The bottom portion has a white matte finish with a glossy silver logo. A power button sits in the centre with a textured area on the back for grip. Above that, you’ll find the USB-C port and a wide-angle LED light. On the very bottom is a lanyard that can be used to hang the Roidmi P1 Pro or wrap around the wrist during use.
The top portion is transparent and houses the suction nozzle and dust bin. The suction nozzle pops out through the use of a hinge and locks in place through a magnetic connection. To remove the debris, the transparent compartment can be unlocked and twists off from the bottom.
Battery life and suction power of the Roidmi P1 Pro
To use the Roidmi P1 Pro, the suction nozzle needs to be pulled out. From there, holding the power does two things. First, it activates the vacuum. Second, the LED ring around the power button indicates the battery level. Fully charged, the Roidmi P1 Pro has a battery runtime of 25 minutes.
Pressing it a second time activates the higher suction mode. For quick cleanup jobs under 10 minutes, I recommend going straight to this mode. If you’re cleaning a car, it’s best to start at the original suction so you don’t run out of power.
Using the Roidmi P1 Pro
Reviewing this vacuum turned into a household cleaning job. As I moved from room to room, I found ample scenarios where the Roidmi P1 Pro would be useful.
First, I used it in the wall corners to remove spider webs. In the past, I’ve used a broom but then the webs always get stuck to my broom. That was the next thing I cleaned with the Roidmi P1 Pro. I also used it to clean the bottom of chairs, around houseplants, and even a shelf for a vertical indoor herb garden I built in my kitchen.
In that sense, the Roidmi P1 Pro is super versatile. I also used it to clean my computer keyboard, inside my vehicle, and my couches. One thing I noticed was that it works best with straight lines front to back. It’s not like a stick vacuum that can go forward and back interchangeably. Instead, you need to go in a single continuous direction.
It does have issues picking up larger items like dead leaves from houseplants. After a cleanup job, I noticed many leaves got stuck behind the suction nozzle. At some point, you may have to manually take out debris that doesn’t get sucked into the dust bin.
Cleaning the Roidmi P1 Pro
A lot of people don’t regularly clean their vacuums. Thankfully, the Roidmi P1 Pro is easy to clean. The dust bin and dust filter can be cleaned with water. Both units need to be dry before putting them back together. Personally, I would just let it dry overnight.
I could not find any information on how often they recommend regular cleaning. By virtue of the incredibly small dust bin, I think users should clean it after 5 or 6 uses. I noticed that the dust filter gets dirty quickly. Without regular cleaning, I think the suction power will be severely compromised.
Final thoughts on the Roidmi P1 Pro
There are a lot of portable handheld vacuums on the market today. But I don’t think there is anything as portable as the Roidmi P1 Pro. It’s compact, light, and can be taken anywhere. It has a very unique design and once you start using it, you can’t stop.
The big thing to remember is that having that portability comes at a price. In this case, it’s a super small dust bin. To get the best use out of it, you will need to empty it often. Also, don’t expect to suck up big items like dead leaves. In most cases, I recommend picking up big stuff first with your hand. Still, I appreciate and respect this innovative, compact design.
Basically, this vacuum sucks. That’s a dad joke. However, you need to go with slow, straight lines to get the best performance. I found the secret is to use it like a lawnmower. That might take some time to get used to, especially if you use a traditional vacuum. I just pretend I’m cutting grass, then it comes naturally.
I think parents and pet owners would get the best use out of this portable vacuum. It’s the perfect tool for quick cleanup jobs, especially in tight spaces like vehicles, couches, and even keyboards. When messes happen, this is a quick way to clean up without too much fuss.
You will, however, need to clean it often. The dust bin is small and the dust filter gets clogged up fast. As long as you’re comfortable doing that on a regular basis, it will provide great suction over its lifetime. If you’re a clean freak and want a portable solution, the Roidmi P1 Pro portable vacuum is something you should check out.