Eufy’s RoboVac X8 is easily one of the best robot vacuums on the market. Its ability to perfectly map out entire floorplans and carefully clean them inch by inch is incredible. This detailed Eufy RoboVac X8 review covers all the pros and cons that we’ve unearthed so sit tight if you want to find out all about it.
The X8’s killer features are its powerful twin turbine vacuums, its best-in-class laser navigation, and an app with detailed room mapping and feature galore. It even has support for mapping up to three floors.
Unfortunately, this model doesn’t have an auto-empty waste bin but it does come with an “ultra pack” dust compression that can help you get 2 or 3 days between cleanings.
Eufy’s RoboVac X8 looks mostly like your typical robot vacuum with a few nice details added in. On top of the glossy black top are two colored accents. Despite how it looks in photos, the accents don’t glow and they’re not textured, but they do give the X8 a distinguished flair.
A raised circular laser on top of the X8 is the LiDAR used for mapping and navigating. It’s finished in suave black brushed metal. The unit is slightly larger than average. It weighs 7.7lbs, is 13.6 inches in diameter, and measures 3.85in high. You may want to confirm whether the height is short enough to fit under your beds and tables.
There’s a large waste bin that slides out of the side. This is one feature we preferred on the predecessor, the L70 since it was accessible from the top. The waste bin compacts dirt very well, but the opening is large enough that if tilted it can pour dust onto the floor.
The waste bin has a clam-shell style opening. On one side you have the filter which is where all the hair and dust are well compacted. On the other side, you have larger debris like dirt and cheerios. This is nice for finding things that shouldn’t be thrown out, but it also requires full-sized garbage to empty without making a mess.
You get used to easily sliding the waste container in and out of the X8 without having to pick up the whole vacuum.
Battery life and charging
The battery of the Eufy RoboVac X8 is supposed to last up to 180 minutes, but this depends on suction speed. With the most powerful suction, we get about 90 minutes, and with normal suction, we get close to 3 hours.
If RoboVac X8 doesn’t finish its mapped cleaning it will go charge on its base for a few hours and return to finish. It takes about 4-5 hours to charge from 0 to 100%.
The charging base is fairly minimalistic and provides a couple of metal contacts for the X8 to sit on. The charging base is supposed to sit against a wall and unfortunately requires a lot of clearance: 3 feet on each side and 6 feet from the front.
I’ve found there’s some leeway with clearance. I’ve had to resort to using some double stick tape to keep the charging base stationary. Occasionally the RoboVac pushes it out of place and later can’t figure out how to re-dock.
Eufy’s laser navigation is what really sold us on the L70 and now this X8. The X8 quickly maps out your entire room and cleans it inch-by-inch in a calculated pattern. It delicately navigates obstacles and covers just about every crevice.
You can confirm this in the EufyHome app by observing its detailed cleaning history. It’s beautiful to watch it clean 360 degrees around every chair leg and inhale every cheerio and pet hair in its path. Despite being circular, it can get corners using its side brush.
Another important benefit of laser navigation is that the X8 doesn’t need to bump into anything to know it’s there. It’s careful and quiet around walls and most obstacles. That said, it may push around shoes and anything small.
The most important thing to do before running X8 is to keep cords, strings, and small toys off the floor. The app will tell you when the X8 is stuck, and the unit will also announce it. You can also easily set up no-go zones and virtual walls in the app.
We have X8 skip the playroom every day since it’s full of things to get stuck on. We also add a no-go zone where we have some cords on the floor, and also in the bathroom where it gets stuck on the bath mats.
Eufy offers a range of cleaning and scheduling options. There are 4 different suction levels to choose from and an optional intelligent “boost” that’s supposed to change the intensity if X8 senses it’s necessary.
The different suction levels are a bit confusing and you’ll have to just try them out. You may want the extra suction if you are running mostly on carpets. More suction will be louder and uses more battery.
On the most powerful “Max” suction, X8 lasted about 90 minutes before returning to charge. The normal “power” mode can complete my 1300 sqft floor in just over two hours on a single charge. The area we have Eufy clean is 80% hard floors and 20% carpet so the normal power mode works perfectly for me.
We don’t have the X8 run on the weekends and by Sunday night you can tell what a difference X8 makes by cleaning every day.
You can set up schedules to clean any day and time, at any intensity, and in any room. You can also set up various schedules so that every day and room has a different schedule. There will be times you don’t want to use a schedule and Eufy has those covered too. You can easily have the X8 clean the whole floor, a room, a zone, or a spot.
There’s also a spot cleaning button on the X8 if you want to pick it up and plop it in the middle of a mess. Zone cleaning allows you to draw any area on your map to have the X8 clean — We find this is better than spot cleaning since you know exactly what will be cleaned.
To keep things quick and easy you can also have the X8 clean one or more mapped rooms. We often do an ad-hoc kitchen cleaning. You can control the X8 with Google Home and Alexa, but unfortunately, you can’t yet tell it to clean a specific room; it’s all or nothing.
Like all vacuums, X8 is still noisy. The loudness depends on the suction level used. We’ve tested much noisier robot vacuums, and also find that it’s not as loud as many portable vacuums. It’s quiet enough that being in a room with a closed door makes it mostly inaudible. In our closed bedroom we can sleep while the X8 runs.
RoboVac X8 vs RoboVac Hybrid Mopping X8
Does the Eufy RoboVac X8 mop? Eufy made the X8 with a mopping feature, but after reviewing their L70 hybrid we prefer the X8 without mopping. We found the mopping feature wasn’t worth the hassle or trade-off (and price!). The Hybrid model comes with a 400ml smaller dustbin instead of the X8’s 600ml.
It’s recommended that mopping is not initiated until the floors are clean, and Eufy even recommends 3(!) vacuum runs before using it. It’s also recommended you be home in case it gets stuck while running so that the water doesn’t ruin your floor.
With the L70, we found the mopping was better than nothing, but the vacuum lacks the weight and pressure to clean anything gritty or sticky. Finally, the mopping cloth was one extra thing to have to clean after every run.
Cleaning and maintenance
The Eufy X8 doesn’t have an auto-empty waste bin, but we don’t personally mind this. We never get tired of seeing what the RoboVac was able to clean up each day. The 600ml bin is large enough for 2 or 3 runs if you miss a cleaning day.
The X8 uses “dust compression” to compact whatever it picks up. Eufy recommends you empty the dustbin after each use, clean the filter and rolling brush once a week, and everything else once a month.
This sounds like a lot of work, but it doesn’t need to be. It only takes me about a minute or two each day to empty the tray and shake or vacuum the dust from the filter. It’s also easy to go longer than a week without touching the filter and the X8 still performs reasonably well, just not optimally.
You’re supposed to replace the filter and side brush every 3-6 months, thankfully you get one extra of each. You’re also supposed to replace the rolling brush every 6-12 months. This is suggested and you’ll be able to tell if and when it’s necessary.
Is the Eufy RoboVac X8 worth buying?
Based on current prices, we still really like the Eufy L70 Hybrid ($299) for the money. It offers most of our favorite features. That said, the RoboVac X8 is noticeably more powerful and also didn’t get stuck as much as the L70 on trickier terrain like tall rugs and mats.
The Eufy RoboVac X8 has a spot button and will not get disoriented and erase the map if you start it from a new location. The X8 also has multi-map support so you can run it on multiple floors in your house without having to retrain it each time.
The L70’s laser navigation was also phenomenal, as was the mapping, however, the map didn’t separate rooms despite being able to zone clean and have no-go zones. After daily use with the L70 the battery finally gave out after one year of use, it was easy to replace but still disappointing.
We find it’s worth paying more for the much more powerful suction, the laser navigation, and the incredible app that the RoboVac X8 offers. Plus it’s from a big brand (Anker) and comes with a 1-year warranty. Nevertheless, $600 is still pricey for the RoboVac X8. But in the $300-400 range, it’s a great purchase. Fortunately, the RoboVac X8 is frequently on sale – the RoboVac Eufy X8 is currently available on Amazon for $389.99.