Some people believe that a house isn’t a home without a pet and whilst we’ve already got two beautiful cats we decided to add another pet (if you could call it that) to our loving family. We went ahead and treated ourselves to a Eufy Robovac 11.
What is it?
The Eufy Robovac is a ‘high suction, self-docking, self-charging, drop sensing robotic vacuum cleaner’. Quite a mouthful isn’t it?
Why do I need it?
You don’t know you need it yet. This is one of those gadgets you don’t know you need until you have one, and then once you get it you question how you lived your life so far without it. To answer the question, in case it isn’t clear yet, you need it because it cleans your home (well) whilst you do the things you actually want to be doing.
What’s in the box?
Apart from the Robovac 11, the charging/docking station, a power adapter and a remote control, you also receive some helpful spare extras. These include two side spinners and a HEPA-style filter.
In our opinion, one of the most important features is self-docking and self-charging. When Eufy is nearing the end of its cleaning cycle (which is about 1.5 – 2 hours) it automatically turns off the vacuum to conserve charge and starts looking for ‘home’. Once spotted, it carefully positions itself for docking and starts the charging cycle which can take around 4 – 6 hours.
The Robovac 11 uses a 3 point cleaning system; two side brushes sweep dust from the sides, thereby increasing its footprint without increasing its physical size, a rolling brush in the center which collects all that the side brushes have pushed in front of it and a powerful 1000pa vacuum which sucks all the dust to ensure a thorough cleaning.
Measuring just under 7.8cm (3.1″), the Robovac is capable of getting into places you wouldn’t necessarily be able to with a normal vacuum cleaner.
Apart from being able to perform a scheduled cleaning routine, Eufy has a few distinct cleaning modes which include:
Auto: Robovac calculates the size of the room and optimizes its path by selecting different cleaning modes until cleaning is complete.
Spot Cleaning: Robovac intensively cleans a specific area in a spiral pattern.
Edge Cleaning: Robovac reduces its speed when it detects a wall and then hugs it closely to ensure the edge is cleaned thoroughly.
Eufy is a great device to have around, especially if you have two long haired cats which would win a gold medal in a shedding competition. Our little Eufy seems to have no trouble collecting all the fur.
Eufy is a sister brand of the famous battery, charger and other phone gizmos manufacturer; Anker. The powerpack on this device is a 2600 mAh Anker-produced Li-ion battery.
The collection bin has 0.6L capacity which is plenty for a days cycle – we empty it every evening.
Eufy uses an infra-red technology anti-collision system along with a micro-switch bumper to avoid running into obstacles as it cleans your home and drop sensor on the underside to avoid falling off drops like stairs.
We love Eufy. Maybe more than we love our pets. The market is full of automated robotic cleaners some of which are more complex (and more expensive) than others. The Robovac 11 is a well priced, well designed robotic cleaner that has done a great job of giving our house that continually clean feeling that everyone enjoys. I would most certainly recommend this product to anyone without hesitation. I dithered between buying and not buying one for a few months before taking the plunge – and wish someone had convinced me earlier.
The amount of dust Eufy collects is extremely comforting. We used to vacuum manually regularly but that’s now a thing of the past!
One last observation, which could be positive or negative depending on how you look at it, is that you need to rid your home floors of clutter such as phone charging cables as these easily get dragged around.