The Eufy RoboVac 11 is the cheapest robotic hoover of the Eufy range and also one of the cheapest out there overall but it still manages to outperform our regular hoover. The hoover will go around the floor to do its thing and then return to its dock when its done or running out of battery.
All home gadgets need a name and this is no exception, our hoover is named Marvin after the paranoid android on hitchhikers guide to the galaxy.
• Drop sensor to make sure it doesn’t fall down the stairs to its demise.
• Power\warning light on top and audible warning when something goes wrong
• Bumper bar on front to detect if it has hit something and to protect your furniture
• Auto return to home when finished\low batteries
• Scheduled daily running time
• User replaceable maintenance parts
• Front sensors to reduce how much it knocks into things
• Quiet operation compared to some other hoovers
Once out the box the RoboVac was easy to setup and was plug and play. We were disappointed that the manual recommended placing the dock against a wall with 1 meter of empty wall either side and 2 meters in front. I’m sure that many people are like us and don’t have the luxury of large empty walls near a power socket, thankfully we were able to place the dock under a small wooden kitchen trolley which is barely bigger than the robot with a wall on one side and more furniture on the other and everything seems to work fine. Occasionally RoboVac will take a little longer to find its home but always gets there in the end.
The RoboVac feels sturdy and well made with user replaceable maintenance parts (some spares are included). It has a smart and simple design with a single illuminated power button\light on top.
It would be nice for the RoboVac to have a battery indicator as there is no way of know how much charge is left.
We thought that a robotic hoover would be a bit of a gimmick and we would still find ourselves sweeping floors and hoovering behind it. However, we were surprised and it a little embarrassed by how much dust and dirt was picked up. This hoover performs better than our cheap traditional hoover and best of all we don’t have to touch it. We found that the battery easily ran long enough to hoover all the downstairs rooms of our fairly small family home. Although the hoover is mainly aimed at hard floors we found it was perfectly capable of a medium pile carpet.
RoboVac will work around your floor in a random fashion and does not learn the layout of your room like some other robots, this means that you can move furniture or leave larger things on the floor and Eufy will just work around it. Smaller things like socks will likely get sucked up and cause the hoover to stop and beep. It has a large bin for a small device and can hold around a weeks worth of muck for our home.
Its feels very futuristic to wake up in the morning and find a hoover doing its thing and cleaning the home while you were asleep, it has saved endless sweeping of the hard floors in our home and also helps out on the carpets too.
I do wish that the model had smart control features to let us start the RoboVac using Alexa or automatically running when were not home, the remote control works well but it is limited to a single daily schedule and uses infra-red so the remote and RoboVac have to be quite close together to work. Eufy do have slightly more expensive models with these features that I think are well worth the increased cost.
Overall the Eufy RoboVac 11 is a great helping hand at home at a very reasonable price compared to its competitors and we highly recommend getting one in your home.