If pushing a vacuum cleaner around the house by hand isn’t your ideal way to spend your evenings or weekends, you might consider investing in a robot vacuum cleaner. And if so, the Eufy Robovac 30 could be the perfect choice for you!
The silent helper
When it comes to the Robovac 30, one of first things you’ll notice – or rather, you won’t notice – is its quiet sound. It’s significantly less noisy than many of its competitors, meaning you won’t need to turn the TV up to full blast while it gets on with its work. The Eufy can even be run at night, allowing you to wake to a beautifully clean floor.
The purpose of a robot vacuum cleaner is to save you time. That means that a critical requirement is that it runs without you having to supervise it. The Eufy does reasonably well on this front.
The model has an infra-red sensor to help it evade obstacles. At only 2.85” in height, it can get under most sofas and armchairs. The Eufy should have no problem navigating between hard surfaces and carpets, even when there is a slight raise to the floor.
The manufacturers have also included a drop-sensor so that it can avoid falls. However, this is not entirely effective, and there have been reports of the model falling downstairs on some occasions.
When not on duty, the Eufy sits on a base plugged into the mains, on which it self-charges its AAA batteries. Once summoned into action, it can last for 100 minutes before needing to return to base. It knows when it’s low on power, and will start making its way home to charge up.
Have things your way
The Eufy comes with a physical remote control, which you can use to program it to several settings. For example, you could set it to operate every day during the afternoon while you are at work and come home to a spotless living room to relax in.
A particularly smart feature of the Eufy is that it comes with boundary strips. These are ribbons of tape that you can lay out on the floor, which the Eufy will know not to cross. This allows you to set ‘no go’ zones for the vacuum.
Finding its way
Despite this intelligent feature, navigation is not quite as good in the Eufy as in top-of-the-range robot vacuums. This is to be expected, given its reasonable price tag. Unlike the high-end versions, which feature lasers or cameras to map out your house, the Eufy finds it way around in more of a ‘trial-and-error’ manner, setting out to explore like a man in the dark.
This means that it may take a little longer than more expensive robot vacuums to cover all the ground you need it to. This is not necessarily an issue in a smaller house. However, given its limited battery life, across a larger floorplan it may need to return to base more than once to power up before it completes its job.
Digging up the dirt
The Eufy has excellent suction for its relatively small size, and performs well compared to its rivals in terms of removing dirt from carpets. Its two side brushes prevent it from blowing dust out of its own path. You might be surprised by just how much dust it can lift!
The dust can be easily taken out – you don’t even need to lift the Robovac 30 from its charging station in order to remove the dust compartment.
All in all, the Eufy Robovac 30 is an excellent product which is probably particularly suited to smaller households. This is because it takes a little longer than some of the top end equivalents to complete its job.
However, you may not be bothered by this issue if you decide to set the vacuum to operate during the day while you’re out. And if you don’t want to shell out for the most expensive model, then the Eufy is a strong option.
A step up
The model preceding this version was the Eufy 11+. Many users reported difficulties in the 11+ getting stuck while moving around the house and failing to find its home base. However, Eufy seem to have fixed these issues and have produced a model that is a marked improvement. By investing in this model, you’ll soon be leave the days of pushing that vacuum cleaner around long behind you.