We tried Xiaomi's smart heater: hello to home automation, goodbye to the cold

Xiaomi has become one of the leading brands in Spain thanks to the great value for money of its mobiles. However, the company's ambitions go far beyond selling mobile phones, and although it is defined as an internet company, its smart devices have great value.

We have spent the last few weeks using Xiaomi's smart heater, one of the products that have caught our attention the most from the company's immense catalogue and one of the most interesting for smart functionalities and device performance. Is it worth it?

Xiaomi's smart heater is ideal for cold winter

As a traditional heater, it is a product that is quite well. Its maximum consumption is 2200 W, although it does not always consume this amount of energy, as it automatically regulates its consumption depending on the cold of the room. When working at full power, it takes a few minutes to heat the largest room in the house, and in that sense, it is appreciated that its maximum power.

We have two vents, one large and front.

And another one in the back. Each of them has its own airflow, which circulates from the bottom without any fan, achieving an almost absolute silence in its operation.

We also have a tilting railing, which is at a close and prudent distance so that we can hang towels or wet clothes and dry it.

At the bottom, we have two legs fastened by two screws each that provide stability to the heater.

We appreciate a touchpad on the side, plus a physical switch to turn off the power. Touch buttons allow us to access the basic features of the device. From top to bottom, we have the following buttons:

  • Turning the heater on or off: Turn off the heater but stay connected to the power, allowing you to activate it again from the app or through smart home routines.
  • Wi-Fi: Turns wireless connectivity on or off.
  • Temperature: Sets the temperature that the heater will attempt to reach and maintain in the room.
  • We have for 18, 20, 22, 24, 26 and 28 degrees.
  • Timer: Set a timer to turn off automatically after 1, 3, or 5 hours.

All these touch functions are also found in the mobile application, although in the case of the touchpad it can work without having to use the application or without having to be connected to the internet.

An app adapted to the latest features of Android and Google Home

Beyond being a heater, Xiaomi's differential point is to be one more product of its home automation ecosystem. By downloading and installing the My Home app, you can control the heater and even lock the touchpad so that children can't change the settings.

The control of the application is very useful for, for example, to start heating the living room when we are not already at home (although with how fast it heats up, in the end, we have never turned it on like this) but it is also useful to check if we have left it on and thus turn it off when we are not at home.

My preferred part of the application is the automation possibilities it offers. Because the radiator itself has an environmental thermometer, we can create routines to turn on automatically when the room temperature drops below a certain figure, among many other options.

The Xiaomi Home application is also adapted to the latest Android news, being able to have shortcuts in the home automation menu of Android 11, as well as in Xiaomi's own with MIUI 12 mobiles.

In addition to these integrations, we have integration with Google Assistant, so you can ask your smart speaker to turn on the heater without even having to pick up your phone.

Very large to heat large rooms or small houses

Xiaomi's smart heater has delighted us, but in turn, it has left us wanting more. This model is large and powerful, which makes it great for large rooms, but it is too powerful for the bedroom, much more for the bathroom. It can perfectly heat a large living room, but also a small house.

As comfortable as the integration between Mi Home and Google Assistant is, we would love to have cheaper versions but with smaller size and power to maintain an optimal temperature in rooms that are too small.

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