Chinese electronics company, Xiaomi, may be known for its smartphones but the company has been expanding its portfolio for a while now. After air purifiers, televisions, smart cameras, smart bulbs, and even shoes, the next frontier Xiaomi wants to conquer is the water purifier space.

The Xiaomi Smart Water Purifier gives the company another shot at entering Indian homes. Like its air purifiers, the water purifier is also an Internet of Things (IoT) enabled product and does everything regular purifiers do with some added features through an app.

The Mi Smart Water Purifier has a five-step purification process, including polypropylene, activated carbon filter, reverse osmosis (RO), powdered activated carbon filter and ultra-violet purification. The final step happens in the tank and is meant to remove remaining bacteria and other microbes.

The best things about the Mi Smart Water Purifier though is the do-it-yourself (DIY) approach to changing filters. The panel behind the tap can be pulled off, revealing the three filters. You just twist and pull to remove any filter and fit it back the same way. It’s perhaps the easiest way to change filters that you can find in a purifier in India today. There’s a lid on the top which can be pulled off to access the 7-litre tank.

Most water purifiers in India require service personnel for changing filters etc, but Xiaomi takes that aspect away by making things simply. In fact, if it wasn’t for the need of a water supply, it doesn’t even need service personnel to set up the purifier. So, if you already have an air purifier, you can probably order this online and start using it straightaway.

Having said that, the connected aspect seems somewhat underwhelming. The Water Purifier shows you real time Total Dissolved Solid (TDS) levels in the water you drink. It also shows you the filter’s condition and how much water has been purified each day.

While having this information at your fingertips can be useful, how many of us have ever really checked said info? We didn’t test the Smart Water Purifier against industrial testing equipment, but there’s no visible change in how the water tastes, which is the most common way for people to tell if their purifier is making a difference.

What this means is that if you live in an area where the quality of water is good, you probably didn’t need this or any other purifier in the first place. Essentially, the connected aspect is something you’re happy you have, but will never really use per se.

It’s perhaps also worth mentioning that water purifier’s app didn’t work for the first week and a half since its setup. It started working after an update though.

If you browse the web for water purifiers that use both RO and UV technologies, they’re usually priced between the 10000 and 15000 range in India. So, at 11,999 the Mi Smart Water Purifier is competitively priced. Its IoT features may not be significantly useful, but it certainly adds to the product’s value. If you’re on the market for a water purifier, this is certainly worth considering.