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[Pre Order] Viomi Robot Vacuum Alpha S9 UV (AU Stock) $599 Delivered @ Panmi Group Buying

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The Viomi Robot Vacuum Alpha S9 UV is available for pre order - expected to ship on 15/08 from their AU warehouse.

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Panmi is the exclusive distributor of major tech brands in Australia including Xiaomi, Segway-Ninebot, Viomi, Unagi, Surron and many more. Panmi’s expertise is in micro-mobility and personal transport, Smart Home, Smartphone and various other categories.

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  • +2 votes

    What colour is on offer?

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      Viomi S9 and S9 UV AU versions only have black colour…

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        Any news on when a white one will be released in AU?

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    Why do we care about "UV"?

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      Kills germs. Extends the 5 second rule to 10 seconds.

  • +1 vote

    So how are we rating the S9 these days? Wasn't it one of the general all round favourites here for a while? Our living areas are all tiled, but our old LG robot vac doesn't have any of the mapping features etc that the current crop have, so tends to go into areas we don't want it to and gets stuck, and now that we have a kid and toys are often left around, doesn't really get used.

    Seem some reviews saying the S9 isn't necessarily the absolute best cleaner, but it is best bang for buck. And to be honest, if the main living areas and hallways were cleaned regularly by the robot, the carpeted bedrooms would likely stay cleaner anyway as less dirt would get traipsed in there, and I'm happy to vacuum the bedrooms every few days by hand.

    Other model I have been considering is the new Dreame Bot L10 Pro due to it's dual lidar, but that lacks the disposal unit.

    • +3 votes

      I'd say the S9 (non-UV version) is only a favourite here in terms of its price for feature set (on paper) so far, as it'd be too early to judge its actual performance given deliveries of it only started in June this year. From most reviews it seems like the Dreame Bot L10 is the better pick between it and the S9 UV, however it's also currently $200 more and you lose the auto-empty and UV features, but you do get better suction and obstacle avoidance. Personally I don't think it's worth the current extra cost. Bear in mind that both these vacuums will probably drop quickly in price if the previous models are anything to go by (e.g. S9 launched at $799 this May and has been $549 in July, Dreame D9 launched at $599 last year and has been under $330 in June), so if you're keen on the L10, it may get cheaper if you wait a bit.

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        Paying extra for a better device doesn't bother me when it comes to something that will get used on a daily basis. It's not a price point decision, unless I'm paying more for no added benefit. I have a feeling the dual lidar may be of benefit to us, just depends how much better the increased "smarts" actually are, and emptying the vac every day or two doesn't really bother me vs the auto-empty ones.

      • +2 votes

        I received the S9 about a month ago and have had a great experience. There's a few cons
        - The maps can get lost if you leave a lot of toys etc around, it freaks out and wipes it.
        - Pretty simple device with not a huge amount of smarts (object detection not there in anyway shape or form)
        - gets stuck on 1cm rails (ie clothes dryers) as it can 'climb 2cm'
        - leaving the mop on is a bad idea on floorboards long term

        There is great features though:
        - Room identification and modification, so you can chop open plan areas into sections. You can name them too, but can't use that name meaningfully.
        - Scheduling is there is basic form, but the area needs to be tidyish before letting it roam free
        - Easy point and clean
        - Dust collector is a must. Haven't replaced the bag yet after a month of cleaning every few days
        - Mopping is good for interim cleaning but not a long term solution (leaves right in the corners a bit dirty as it's round!)

        Could improve:
        - No smart room integration - "Hey Google, clean the dining room"
        - When wifi is reset, IP changes and that changes the token (Home Assistant integrations) which is a minor thing

        Overall I'm happy with it and its definitely worth the price.

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          This as my first robot vac and it's been amazing. I concur with everything you've mentioned. My floors are free of small clutter so I've never noticed the cons you mentioned. There is a corner which is a mess of cables that it gets stuck on but I easily blocked it off with virtual walls.

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    so the other markets get it in white do we know when they will be coming to Australia? Also does anyone know how high of a object can this unit "climb" over ? like the straight edge that goes from wood floor to carpet or from wood flooring to tiles ?

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    I have a black Roborock and the black is not really nice to look at when it gets dust on it. Pity they aren't selling the white in AU. I didn't pull the trigger on this the other week in the hopes that a white version would be released, but sadly, no :-(

    Something to note: you will only receive it at this price if Panmi meet the minimum "group buying" order requirements: https://shop.panmi.com.au/pages/how-it-works

    • +2 votes

      For S9 UV, the stock is already on the way. No minimum order target is required to fulfill the orders

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        Ahh good to know, thanks! Any white ones being snuck in with the black stock? :-)

      • +1 vote

        So with the units expected to ship on 15/8, we have been burnt before so if they are not shipped by say the end of the month how hard would it be to get a full refund ?

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          Before the product is actually dispatched, just email us anytime to cancel the order and get a full refund. The process only takes 1 day.

  • +1 vote

    I have the Viomi s9 and a second gen roborock. If Roborock had a self emptying one at 599 I wouldve bought that since after daily usage I have only ever had to change the brushes and the battery in the Roborock but they broke off from the Xiaomi umbrella and went solo and the prices went loco. I took a punt on the Viomi for the same reason that I took a punt on the Roborock, because of the Xiaomi brand name and so far it works just as well and neither has any issues. The auto emptying is a bit of a gimmick tbh, takes a few goes to completely empty the bag but mopping is a tad better in the Viomi though still not good enough to use as an alternative to a manual mop. I have opened up both and they are pretty similar.. I am guessing all of these vaccums are pretty basic hardware wise.. the software is Xiaomi and I have been very happy with it from day one. The Roborock is white and the Viomi is black and I reckon I prefer the black.. only because the marks on the bumpers are making the white one look bashed up now. Anyways I dont really want or need the UV model but at this price point I doubt anything else can compete..speaking with only Roborock and Viomi experience btw.. I am not much for the marketing hype.. technology and hardware upgrades are good if they work not if they look pretty on paper. The Roborock gen 2 is still a solid machine IMHO and the Viomi does a pretty good job..a tad quieter, mopping is a tad better, has the self emptying thingy which is handy though not really necessary.

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      Awesome info, cheers! How does the Viomi go smarts wise? Can you lock in a room layout and it will still cope with the odd kids toy in the way in varied spots without freaking out?

      • +2 votes

        Mapping is great, you can designate areas where you dont want the unit to go by drawing a line. The Roborock is downstairs and Viomi is upstairs where we are most of the time. The Viomi will avoid the stairs . It also allows roomwise clean ups. Downstairs gets cleaned once a day. Upsatirs whole house once a day and in the evening just the kitchen and our office. Toys, clothing articles, door stops, Furniture legs..everything will be bashed and if they are heavier the vaccum will work around all the while bashing the surface..which is where the spring loaded bumpers get marked. They are not drones.. there is no obstacle avoidance.. it will try to move the thing to clean if it cannot it will work around as close as it can, if the item is small it will carry the item till it changes direction so kids toys will be carried away.

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          Cheers. Yeah, we have an older LG unit that behaves much the same, but has none of the mapping functions. Currently comparing this to the new Dreame Bot L10 Pro which seems to have better avoidance due to dual Lidar, from what I can see, but they aren't out there in mass yet so detailed user feedback is thinner on the ground.

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            @Maximum64: Did you end up go with this or the L10? I was looking at new vacuum robot to replace my second gen roborock this morning and happened to come across these two and now deciding which one to go with, or wait for the Z10, which is the L10 with automatic dust bin cleaning statio like this one.

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              @davidl820: Ended up with the Deebot T9+ due to it having an actual scrubbing function rather than just dragging a damp cloth around.

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                @Maximum64: Thanks. I don't really use the mopping function much so I will probably go with this.

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    I'm newbie in robot vacuum and recently moved in a place with floor board for rooms & living rooms + tiles for kitchen. Looking for an affordable unit that can vacuum & mop. Happy to spend a bit to make sure it lasts longer than 2-3 years (longer would be better).

    Is this deal a good one (quality & price)? Any advise on other brand and best time to buy?

    TIA

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    How is the UV ability of killing germs and bacteria in this Model ? And how is the mopping perform ? Thanks

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    How is the UV ability of killing germs and bacteria in this Model ? And how is the mopping perform ? Thanks

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      Your guess is as good as enyones on the UV I reckon. Its something you can't really verify at home.
      In general UV does kill germs, but need to be very intense or have a relatively long exposure time to work effectively.

      In general I'd say its just unnecessary - something thats relatively easy to add for marketing purposes but probably doesn't do much since it's going to be low power bulb (for battery run time) and moves over the floor quickly.
      mostly imo it's just something cool to brag to your mate

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    Does the 12-months warranty apply from date of delivery or date of order and do we contact Panmi for support?
    Also, does anyone know where the consumables like additional mopping clothes can be purchased?
    Lastly - is it possible to purchase an additional charging station (even if it's not automatic dirt disposal unit) that I can place on my 1st floor home? Interested to know the cost of it.

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    Is the Viomi S9 UV supported by the "Mi Home" iOS app? I can only see "Viomi S9" in the app but not the "Viomi S9 UV"

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      It does work - just select Viomi S9

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    Is the discount code still active? I'm trying to buy but it says it's invalid..

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      free delivery worked for me.

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    Can I confirm if these have started shipping?

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      I bought one on 22/8 and on their site they said in stock in Sydney and then on the 23/8 they sent me an AusPost tracking number.
      Tracking has never moved past shipment approved, which means it has NOT been picked up.
      Emailed them, they insist it has been picked up but "the post office is short of staff and the parcel volume processing is large".
      Has anyone else had a similar experience? I'm starting to suspect the local Sydney stock is a lie.

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          Thanks, but I send 100 parcels a day thru AusPost, and I looked at the tracking of the ones I sent on the 23/8 and they all got delivered within 2 days.AusPost is getting smashed and there are delays, but 10 days of zero tracking within Sydney - unheard of.

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        Can confirm that there is a big delay from AusPost deliveries as I got my unit on 24/08 (was ordered on 04/08).
        Pretty happy with the unit so far, does support multi level mapping and the automatic dirt disposal unit is a bonus.

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          Glad you like it. Which state are you in?

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    For anybody thinking of getting one of these, I found these video instructive

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSFsk7ockC8

    Sure he has a cheesy personality and a strong Indian accent, but he does demonstrate the machine in use.

    I am sold, ordering one now.

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      Can you tell me how quick delivery is please? I've been waiting 15 days without a single scan on the tracking.

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        Paid 6/9

        Picked up by Couriers Please 7/9 from Sydney.

        Due for delivery to Soldiers Point NSW today 9/9

        FYI - Soldiers Point is roughly 250km north of Sydney

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          Cool, thanks. Looks like mine has gone missing then. AusPost tracking from 23/9 Sydney to Sydney with no scans :(

          • +1 vote

            @cre8ive: Delivered today and has done one run through 1 floor.

            My first robo vac so I can't compare to anything else but my thoughts to date:

            • it misses quite a bit of dust/debris. Partly due to suction, partly due to the little paddle thing flicking it away, partly due to unknown reasons. I would say it missed 20% of obvious dust/debris it passed over. I would say I wouldn't consider buying a robo vac with less suction than this. We just run it on max full time as anything but max the suction wasn't enough for us. If I was buying a new vac tomorrow, I'd get one with more max suction.

            • it gets tangled up on the vertical blind plastic bits at the bottom of the blinds, and tangled up on power cords and also on non heavy rugs. It also gets caught up on tags hanging off rugs. I can see the little spinning paddle getting broken sooner rather than later.

            • it talks to you - "charging", "returning to base", etc which we thought was a nice novelty

            • setup was pretty straight forward but the manual could do with a lot of improvement. Basically you do everything in the app.

            • if the box didnt say UV, I wouldnt know it was. I can't see the UV while it is running and so I dont even know if the UV part is actually working.

            • auto dumping is great. Having had that, I wouldnt ever buy a robo vac without it. However I dont know if the vac can sense thats its own onboard bin is full, and also if it can sense if the dumping bin is full. I guess time will tell.

            • the bags it auto dumps into aren't reusable. Not sure what the official bags sell for each but it looks like on Amazon/EBAY we can get some bags for around $40 for 10. So $3 to $4 per bag which isnt cheap but not terrible either. I get the impression these vacs need other parts replaced every now and then two - I guess its the nature of the beast…

            • we ran on max power basically from the first 5 minutes. It went and recharged itself after about 50 minutes. Recharge took a bit over 90 minutes - then it went and finished it's clean. It was also mapping the floor for the first time as it cleaned.

            • I like the way it senses furniture in front of it and slow down before impact (or avoids impact) and also I like the design that it has a bumper that gives a little when it impacts stuff - which reduces the likelihood of damage to the vac and the item it hits.

            For $599 I think it's probably not worth it for my family - but my wife loves it more than me. I am curious why it only has 1 spinning paddle thing where most brands have 2.

            We are glad we didn't get the cheaper Aldi version because it doesnt auto dump and it's max suction is about half of this one's suction - and we want more suction, not less.

            Auto dumping is cool.

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    Paid 6/9

    Order booked for pickup by Couriers Please on unknown date 7/9

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    Got my one of these the other day. My quick review (I've previously owned roombas and currently have a roborock S5,)
    - black is a blue black and looks lovely. Until you cover it with fingerprints and it gets dusty
    - suction on "standard" or "quiet" is too weak too pull dirt from boots off wood flooring :/ nice and quiet, but kind of useless. Will have to run at the higher powers in my mixed carpet/wood house
    - first run gave me a good complete map and auto defined most rooms. I was able to draw virtual lines to define rooms that it didn't detect perfectly, and name them all. I could even schedule runs for different parts of the house at different times. Very handy for having it running while working from home.
    - Second run mid run I paused it and picked it up to confirm nothing was blocking the brush (due to aforementioned dirt not picking up issue), put it back down and pressed resume. It shat itself, said it couldn't find it's position, went searching for the dock, couldn't find it, and deleted the map and all the schedules. This was extremely annoying. It had better not do this again.