Eufy RoboVac 11
The RoboVac 11 is a wonderful budget-friendly robot vacuum that manages to outperform the competing Roomba 614 in several areas.
- Great cleaning performance
- Above average battery life
- Drop sensors
- Multiple cleaning modes
- Not App Connected
- Long 6-hour charge time
- Bumps into everything
With the Roomba being so ubiquitous, Eufy’s RoboVac 11 may not be the first product you consider for your robotic vacuuming needs, but it should be. Priced similarly to the Roomba 614, it offers even more smart cleaning modes than the Roomba, and superior battery life.
Unfortunately, the Eufy RoboVac 11 is not app-connected, so you can’t navigate it from your phone or remotely. However, one huge upside to that is that its out of the box set-up is very simple. After removing the stickers and attaching the side brushes, just plug it in, bring it to a full charge and use the remote to get it running. There’s no Bluetooth/Wifi pairing necessary.
However, there are some potential problems you need to avoid before RoboVac can get up and running. To that effect, you’ll need to make sure there are no loose cords loitering around for it to get tangled up in. Tuck any rug tassels under the rug. Don’t run the RoboVac 11 over spilt liquids or sharp objects like shattered glass. It may not work on rugs that are high pile (thicker than an inch), and for some reason (probably a sensor issue), Eufy recommends not using it on very very dark colored rugs. Likely for the same reason, if you have very dark wood floors, you may need to block off the stairs to prevent it from falling down them and breaking its little robot body. That said, the RoboVac 11 should handle avoiding the stairs on light colored floors just fine thanks to its drop sensors.
The easiest way to get the RoboVac11 started is to hit the Auto button on the remote control. The Auto feature optimizes which cleaning modes it needs until it completes its task and automatically returns to its charging base before running out of battery. During testing, it thoroughly vacuumed our 1100 square foot apartment for about 90 minutes each day on Auto mode, and we have been very happy with the results. Each session collects an entire reservoir of detritus, which is no small feat when you have a pet who sheds in your home
As the RoboVac11 vacuums, it operates pretty quietly – so much so that we didn’t have to turn up the volume while watching TV to compensate. The loudest noises it makes stems from it bumping into things. The technology that senses where to go is hilariously and aptly named “Bounce Technology,” and bounce it does – off of just about everything. Thud, thunk, and thud again is the name of the game while it learns your room layout each day.
Sometimes you may also hear a beep. You will want to keep the troubleshooting manual handy to learn what the different beeps mean. One beep means a wheel is stuck. Two, the side brush is stuck… etc. Once you get acquainted with all of the RoboVac’s sounds, it’s easy to know what to do and how to come to its aid. It took us about a week to get acquainted with all of its quirks.
The Auto mode is the handiest to use but there are other options you can take of advantage too, like the “BoostIQ” mode that is ideal for use on thicker carpets for increased suction, but the tradeoff is less battery and that it runs a bit noisier. The other modes include Spot Cleaning where it will go in a circle around the spot you place it in for 2 minutes, and Edge Cleaning with 20 minutes of edge only cleaning, Single Room Cleaning with 30 minutes of one single room being cleaned, and finally, there’s a Manual cleaning mode where you direct it where to go with the remote control.
RoboVac 11 vs Roomba 614
The RoboVac 11 edges out the Roomba 614 in several ways. For starters, it comes with a remote, while the Roomba doesn’t. It’s also able to clean an area that is double the size of the Roomba. Finally, the RoboVac 11 offers several smart cleaning modes that the Roomba 614 lacks. All in all, the RoboVac 11 offers a superior value over the Roomba 614.
The Bottom Line
Although not app-connected, the RoboVac 11 is easy to set-up, control, and schedule. Charging is a six-hour process and the runtime is maximum 100 minutes, so this size RoboVac is good for a medium sized house or apartment, but probably not suitable for a huge home.
Overall, the RoboVac 11 is a wonderful budget robot vacuum that offers excellent vacuuming at a comparable price to the Roomba 614, but has the advantage of offering additional cleaning modes and a longer battery life. Eufy’s RoboVac 11 retails for $249.99 at Amazon.