Donkey E1 Lite review: a smart robot for cleaning

Here at Xiaomi today we do not limit ourselves to only one type of devices; it’s true, we mainly focus on smartphones and similar products, but sometimes we feel the need to feature cool gadgets such as the Donkey E1 Lite, a robotic vacuum designed to keep your home clean without your direct intervention. Do not let the name fool you, it’s kind of funny we know, but the Donkey E1 Lite is actually a reliable cleaning bot and not a toy or a mere curiosity, this robot can easily become a vital tool for cleaning duties, something as important as a broom or a vacuum.

Donkey E1 Lite

The Donkey E1 Lite is a level floor cleaner robot with Vacuum features, it’s suitable to deal with every kind of filthiness and impurities that you can have at home, like dust, dirt, pieces of food, pet hair, Etc. This tiny robot is perfect for cleaning floors made of the most common materials such as ceramic, marble, tiles, wood floors, carpets, and other materials. The Donkey E1 Lite is capable of cleaning beneath low furniture, tables, and reduced spaces, but that’s not all, this vacuum is smart and features edge detection, which means that it can clean against the wall just fine.

If you wish to know all the features and all that the Donkey E1 Lite has to offer, then keep reading



You might think that the design of a robotic vacuum doesn’t mean anything, but actually, it does (a lot), they need to be small and compact to reach those hard-to-get places, such as corners or under the couch. Therefore, the Donkey E1 Lite has been designed with these goals in mind, the body is slim and tiny: only 11.81 x 11.81 x 2.99 inches, and its weight isn’t excessive at all (2.500 kg). The body is made out of plastic and delivers a nice impression with its fancy design and red color.

Donkey E1 Lite

Those who are familiarized with this kind of devices won’t notice too many differences with other models of robotics vacuums, but for those of you who are new to this trend, we’ll briefly explain you its main components.

Donkey E1 Lite

Firstly, you can find the dustbin on the top, but it features a cover to keep it closed. If you take the cover off you can see the filter and empty the dustbin. An interesting feature is that a led indicator will notify you when the dustbin requires cleaning.

Donkey E1 Lite

On the surface, you can find several buttons and indicators, such as the power button. There is a touchscreen so that you can change the cleaning settings of the Donkey E1 Lite. Take a look at the pictures below for more details.Donkey E1 Lite

It’s a little bit complicated to describe the orientation of the items due to the circular shape, but at the sides, you can appreciate some of the sensors that the Donkey E1 Lite uses in order to efficiently move around the house.

Donkey E1 Lite

You’ll also find the power input alongside a switch.

Donkey E1 Lite

On the bottom you can find all the components that make the cleaning possible, as you can appreciate by taking a look at the pictures, this is where the mouth of the vacuum and the brushes can be found. However, there are other elements placed here, such as the sensors and wheels.

Donkey E1 Lite



The Donkey E1 Lite performs well in most situation and home environments, its 4 IR anti-collision sensors allow it to easily navigate the space of your house. This is not a dumb robot that will crash with your walls or furniture, it’s exactly the opposite. However, cleaning is the main purpose of this robotic vacuum, for such reason, we must evaluate it as such. The Donkey E1 Lite performs 2 main activities: suction and sweeping and it carry out these tasks pretty well since is capable of cleaning almost any surface possible, from ceramic, cement, and even carpets, this robot has you covered.

Donkey E1 Lite

This robot features 4 kinds of cleaning modes from where you can choose, such modes are:

Spot clean: The robot will clean an area specified by you, you only have to place it there and then activate this mode.

Edge clean: this mode is suitable to clean those corners and surfaces with walls nearby.

Zigzag clean: The Donkey E1 Lite will perform movements in zigzag while cleaning everything in its path.

Random clean: like the name suggests, it cleans the floor randomly while describing a circular trajectory.

Donkey E1 Lite

When it comes to navigation, the Donkey E1 Lite is one of the best choices out there since it does not only features 4 IR sensors, but also IR sensors at the bottom to detect high gaps and avoid falling down. Therefore, you don’t need to worry about stairs and ledges, because as soon as the robot detects one it will automatically change its direction. It’s also worth mentioning that it’s able of climbing 15 degrees slope heights without major issues.

An important feature is that it’s capable of charging automatically, you only need to plug the charge station and place it nearby so that the Donkey E1 Lite can dock. The robot will perform this action when the power is about to run out, to be more specific, when the battery has only 20% left. However, there is a minor flaw since the device doesn’t come back immediately, instead, it will continue its cleaning duties while returning. If you own a big house this could be an inconvenience since it’s possible that the battery gets depleted on its way back to the dock.

The Donkey E1 Lite is a quiet product since the noise only reaches 50db, a low level of noise that results tolerable for most people.


Battery and control

The Donkey E1 Lite is powered up by a 1500mAh Battery that can deliver up to 100 minutes of working time and needs around 5 hours to be fully charged again.

Donkey E1 Lite

Another major aspect of the Donkey E1 Lite is its control, which sadly has a limited controller distance (4 meters approximately), but allows you to remotely change the settings.


What’s in the box

The package contains everything you need to keep your house clean:

Donkey E1 Lite

-The Vacuum Cleaner Donkey E1 Lite

– A charging base

Donkey E1 Lite

-A remote controller

-One adapter

Donkey E1 Lite

-One filter

-Two side brushes

-And a couple of AAA batteries for the controller



Product Details Brand: Donkey
Input Voltage (V) : 14.8V
Battery Information Battery Type: Lithium-ion Battery
Battery Capacity: 1500mAh
Dimension and Weight Product weight: 2.500 kg
Package weight: 3.530 kg
Product size (L x W x H): 30.00 x 30.00 x 7.60 cm / 11.81 x 11.81 x 2.99 inches
Package size (L x W x H): 50.00 x 35.00 x 12.00 cm / 19.69 x 13.78 x 4.72 inches
Package Contents Package Contents: 1 x Vacuum Cleaner, 1 x Charging Base, 1 x Remote Controller, 1 x Adapter, 1 x Filter, 2 x Side Brush, 2 x AAA Battery


Donkey E1 Lite: Our verdict

Donkey E1 Lite

The Donkey E1 Lite is an affordable robot vacuum that features the standard functions that you could expect for a product of its price. Its design is quite attractive no one can deny that, and the robot performs nicely while cleaning house spaces such as living rooms, bedrooms, etc. We want to point out the smart recharge system, which results quite useful and contributes to the autonomy of the product.

However, nothing comes without flaws, and the Donkey E1 Lite has certain aspects that could use some improvements, such as the battery since we’ve seen similar models with similar price but longer duration batteries. We also consider that the controller distance is poor, only 4 meters, you are still forced to get close to the device. The lack of an Android/iOS App is disappointing these days.

But overall, the Donkey E1 Lite is a reliable and affordable robotic vacuum that can become your cleaning partner if you are willing to give it a try.


Where to Buy

Buy it from here

Buy Donkey E1 Lite on for $139.05 USD Dollars


Fabrizio Bulleri

Site Manger and Editor-in-Chief at Xiaomitoday.

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