Eufy RoboVac 11 Robot Vacuum Review
A new name for the best robot vacuum you've never heard of
We were excited to unbox the Eufy RoboVac 11 (MSRP $499). That's because it's the successor to the best affordable robot vacuum of 2016, the Anker RoboVac 10. We expected great cleaning performance, an affordable price tag, and no unpleasant surprises.
After putting the RoboVac 11 through our battery of standardized tests, we can say that this Eufy met most of our expectations and exceeded a few others.
However, we're going to add the same caveat we did to the RoboVac 10: this robot vacuum is great, but only when it's on sale. If you encounter the 11 for more than $220, don't buy it.
To decide whether a robot vacuum is worth its salt, we put each automated cleaner through our obstacle course. On average, the Eufy picked up 11 grams of dirt, which is more than average. To put that in perspective, it can pick up as much dirt as a full-size vacuum if you set it to work once a day.
You can use the included remote to program the RoboVac to automatically clean everyday—a task we found to be quite easy.
However, we highly recommend that you program this Eufy to clean while you're not at home. During our testing runs, cleaning cycles ran for one hour and forty minutes. In that time, it bumped into furniture often—and pretty hard. So basically, the Eufy picked up a lot of dirt because it jammed its brushes into every conceivable space it could fit.
And it fit in a decent amount of places: Given that it's half an inch shorter than the popular Roomba 650, the RoboVac can more easily clean under cabinets and couches.
However, if there's a place you don't want the RoboVac 11 to roam, you're out of luck. Eufy decided to not include any virtual walls of any kind with their new creation.
If you're shopping for a robot vacuum, there's now an overwhelming number of choices. But even though it doesn't come from a better-known brand, the RoboVac 11 isn't some fly-by-night. In fact, its predecessor—the RoboVac 10—was one of the best-selling robot vacuums on Amazon.
The newer model retails for about $20-30 more, but comes with some improvements: Its battery life, dust bin capacity, and run time have all been increased, and its new design looks good.
Sure, you can get better dirt pickup from pricier machines, but you're going to have to spend $100 more, at least. Our picks for a step up would be the $399 Neato Botvac D80—which adds boundary markers—or the $495 LG Hom-Bot, which lacks accessories but cleans really well.
Who should buy this?
You will be satisfied with the Eufy RoboVac 11 if you know what's it's for. It's designed to help maintain your floors in between manual cleanings. While the RoboVac 11 has a great price-to-performance ratio, it lacks many of the extras that some households require, like virtual walls to keep the robot from going where you don't want it.
However, if you need help with keeping the pet hair and dirt in your house in check, it's tough to go wrong with this reasonably priced robot vacuum.
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