When shopping for robot vacuums, the first brands you may have heard of are Roomba and Neato.
But you will need to spend at least $500 to purchase any of these brands. The highest priced Roomba 980 costs nearly $800.
The good news is that you don’t have to spend that amount of money to get access to the same type of jobs. It certainly won’t have great navigation but it will still do the job well enough.
Eufy is a relative newcomer to the robotic cleaning industry, but they are making a buzz with their affordable products.
Much like other brands made in China like ILIFE and Xiaomi, Eufy offers a cheaper option that allows consumers who can’t afford a quality brand to own a robotic vacuum.
The RobotVac 11 is the latest Eufy product and a successor to the Anker RoboVac 10 with better runtime, larger enclosure and longer battery life.
It won’t clean any better than Neato BotVac but you don’t need to spend a lot for it.
Initially, when the RoboVac 11 debuted, it didn’t have any WiFi connectivity, but Eufy recently added a bot in its product line with this feature. This variant will cost just under $230 which is a bargain considering its performance.
Features at a glance
- The high-capacity lithium-ion battery will work for about 1-1/2 hours
- The two side brushes and the main motorized brush will thoroughly clean floors and edges
- HEPA filtration keeps allergens inside the container
- Scratch-resistant glass cover
- The remote control is included but does not come with batteries
- 12 months warranty
- Eufy 11c has WiFi connection and app to control the robot remotely
- One of the cheapest robotic vacuums with WiFi (if you choose the Eufy 11c)
- Decent performance at an affordable cost
- Dual sided brushes make this cleaner great for edges and corners
- Decent runtime of about an hour and forty minutes (based on a review by review.com)
- It is only 3.1 inches high – suitable for more furniture than Neato BotVac or Roomba
- HEPA filter
- It hit the furniture as hard as the Roomba 650
- Carpets will not be deeply cleaned
- Still more expensive than EcoVacs DeeBot N79
- There is no virtual wall or magnetic strip to prevent him from going into restricted areas
What do you expect from RoboVac 11?
When you look at its design and features, the Eufy RoboVac 11 is very simple. It has one button interface, dual side brush and one combo brush that work together to catch all kinds of dirt.
review.com says Eufy is either a subsidiary or affiliate of Anker. If you’re familiar with Anker, they specialize in chargers for mobile phones and tablets.
This is one of their latest products and looks very similar to the ILIFE A4S.
The slight difference will be the design of the button, the scroll, the height, and the design of the brush.
The A4S is 0.2 inches or so shorter, but the RoboVac 11 has a bundled brush that’s best to pick up on the rug.
Here’s a quick overview and some cleaning tests done by Smart Robots Review…
Judging by the video review, this robot won’t bump hard against furniture unlike what Jonathan Chen (from review.com) said.
You wouldn’t go wrong with this Neato or Roomba in terms of sophistication, but they will continue to do their job. Like ILIFE, this robot uses a battery of infrared sensors on the front and bottom to detect obstacles in the way.
It will circle around an area in a random pattern and will only run until it detects that the battery is low and then attempts to return to the home base.
This robot will be able to clean multiple rooms but I wouldn’t recommend letting it clean 2-3 rooms at most. The more likely it will not return to the base, the larger the space it cleans.
High capacity lithium ion battery
If you are thinking of buying Roomba 650, you should have a look at this product first.
Unlike the 650, this robot uses a newer Li-Ion battery that will run for about 1.5 hours. The Roomba uses a Ni-Cad battery that will work for about an hour and will take longer to charge.
Lithium batteries will also last longer in terms of service life, so this is a better investment.
Image courtesy of PCMag.com
RoboVac comes with a remote control that allows you to choose cleaning modes, schedule, and have it return to the dock. When compared to the A4S, the layout is better with a larger LCD screen.
It has more buttons but the functionality remains the same. The remote control requires two AA batteries, unfortunately, you will have to purchase these two batteries separately.
I advise you to get a rechargeable battery to save costs in the long run.
One of these functions is scheduling.
You will be able to schedule this bot to clean on its own, once per day, 7 days per week. But one limitation is that you can only schedule once for the entire seven-day period.
Unfortunately you cannot schedule this to clean at different times each day. Xiaomi, Roomba, Neato, and Dyson are the only bots capable of scheduling different times for each day. Xiaomi is more flexible and you can schedule multiple times each day.
Eufy also offers WiFi and a smartphone app with the purchase of the RoboVac 11c variant. But that would be about $80 premium over the standard version.
The app itself is very simple with the same functionality as a remote control but allows you to access the robot even when you are not physically at home.
If you own Alexa, this alternative is compatible, so you can just say “Alexa, ask RoboVac to start cleaning” and it will clean the house for you.
Eufy RoboVac 11 has 5 cleaning modes …
- default mode – When you press the button on the robot or the “play” button on the remote control, it triggers the default cleaning mode where the robot moves in a random direction and cleans until the battery runs low
- Edge cleaning mode – Instructs this bot to prioritize edge cleaning
- spot cleaning mode – The robot will go in a spiral motion and clean a small area but will return to default after that
- booklet – You will be able to control the robot using the directional buttons on the remote control like a remote control
- A single room – This mode is similar to the default mode but is for cleaning single rooms
I’ve tested several different types of robot vacuums and will be using the default cleaning mode and not worrying about other modes. The only time I would use the single room would be to clean a smaller room just to extend battery life.
Eufy says this robot is best used on bare floors and low-pile carpeting. It will be able to clean a thicker lint rug, but it will struggle to move and will not have a long runtime.
To see how this robot cleans on hardwood, check out our great mess-cleaning test…
One word to describe how clean Eufy was, impressive!
This is why I love such tests. It will show how these cleaning machines deal with major messes. This test reveals that this robot is able to clean dirt on the exposed floor.
The brush combo design used by Eufy is similar to that found on the Neato BotVac. But it’s narrower and won’t be as efficient.
Two side brushes that surround it make up for the lack of width and allow it to perform better on corners and edges.
It will not work well on carpet because it lacks suction for deep cleaning. Don’t expect this robot to deep clean carpets. Use this as a daily cleaner to pick up surface dirt. Its utility will shine under furniture thanks to the low profile design (it’s only 3.1 inches tall).
This machine will help keep the carpet under your king size clean and dust free. I doubt many of the menus will be able to reach the areas this bot can reach. It does this independently and is the main value that this product brings to you.
He will be able to use thin to medium pile rugs without any issues. But it will not pass over thick rugs.
There may also be a problem cleaning a dark colored rug due to the cliff sensors.
If you have black carpets and are planning to buy them, you will have to clean these carpets separately with a stick or hand vacuum cleaner.
Eufy backs this up with a one year warranty.
|Battery Type||lithium ion|
|charger type||charging base|
|Shipping time||6 hours.|
|Dirt Capacity (Dry)||0.3 liters|
|the show length||1.5 hours.|
|net weight (with battery)||6.7 EGP|
|Purchase Weight||9.2 EGP|
|bin full indicator||
|Cleaning sessions per week||7|
|brush cleaning tools||1|
|Accessories included||charging base
Remote control (AAA batteries not included)
1 extra HEPA filter
1 brush cleaning tool
2 extra side brushes
Even if this product is newer than Neato or Roomba, it has more reviews than Roomba 980, BotVac Connected, and EcoVacs DeeBot N79.
It has nearly 1,700 reviews and counting and is currently the best-selling robot vacuum on Amazon thanks in large part to its price-performance ratio.
Consumers who have owned this and the Roomba 650 say that this robot navigates better and does a better job of avoiding obstacles. The 650 has a bad reputation for being a furniture bug because it still uses the old algorithm that was more aggressive.
Only in the 800 series did Roomba make modifications to improve it in this area.
One big advantage Eufy has over any Roomba is its compact design. This robot is only 3.1 inches high and can fit under more furniture because it is shorter.
And it will do a very good job of cleaning pet hair thanks to the combo brush design.
Another great thing about Eufy is the customer support. If this product malfunctions, it will be replaced without any problems at all.
The quality may be a concern for some as I read about the side brush breaking and motor failure before the warranty period expired. But I already mentioned that the warranty claim is not a problem.
You can buy replacement parts on Amazon and they won’t cost much.
Where can I buy this?
This robot vacuum is available on Amazon for less than $230 and qualifies for free two-day shipping if you sign up for Prime.
This robot would be great indoors for small to medium sized homes with carpet or bare floors. If you find yourself struggling to keep up with pet hair, this robotic cleaner will do its job to help you catch pet hair.
It will not clean stairs or upholstery but will clean any flat surface inside. You will appreciate this very much when it goes under the bed as dust builds up very quickly.
It’s not the strongest but it has enough suction to pick up hard floors and surface dirt on carpet. The best part is that you don’t need to pay more than $230 for the basic version that doesn’t have any WiFi.
If you want a WiFi-enabled bot with Alexa compatibility, you’ll need to spend an extra $80 for the RoboVac 11c or go with the EcoVacs DeeBot N79.
Both products will perform relatively well and are great value for money.