Eufy RoboVac Review
If you’re looking for a robot vacuum cleaner, but don’t want to break the bank, I highly recommend looking into the Eufy Robovac 11S! It’s a great, affordable robot vacuum – and it’s a great addition to your cleaning schedule! This Eufy Robovac review will help you find all the information you need about this model!
I’m going to go through a lot of different aspects of this robovac, and help you decide if it’s the best one for you!
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Affordable Robot Vacuums
When I was looking into getting a robot vacuum, the reason was all the pet hair in our home! We have two amazing rescue dogs, and it seems like no matter how often we brush them, the hair is all over the place ALL. THE. TIME.
Getting the Eufy Robovac 11S was a huge game changer when it came to managing the pet hair in our home. Since I mention it in that post, I wanted to write up a full Eufy Robovac review to help even more with cleaning!
Price was very important to us. I hadn’t looked into robovacs prior to a few months ago when I started researching things, and I went into it thinking they were going to pretty much be $500 or more. And there are certainly smart vacuums out there in that price range.
But we weren’t looking to spend that kind of money. I wanted to spend under $300.
I was so happy to find that there are quite a few inexpensive and more affordable robot vacuums out there!
The Eufy Anker Robovac 11S was one of those affordable robot vacuums.
I did my diligence in comparing the options, and ultimately decided the Eufy Anker Robovac 11S was the right option for us.
I will give the in-depth review on this vacuum, but I do want to go through a few other things first, such as what kind of features you may want to consider when looking into robot vacuums.
These features will also be described along the way in the review as they specifically relate to the Eufy Anker 11S!
Robot Vacuums: Features to Look For
Some of these features may be important to you, some might not be important to you.
Knowing what types of features are out there for the robot vacuums will help you make a wish list for what you’d like in your new vacuum!
What should I look for when buying a robot vacuum?
Here are the different features and/or things to consider among many different robot vacuums:
- Size of the vacuum
- Size of the dirt and debris holder
- Battery Life
- Remote control and/or phone app
- Room mapping features
- Docking station – and whether or not it can self-dock itself
- Is your home mostly carpet, hard flooring, or an even mix?
- Do you want an even smarter vacuum that pairs with Alexa?
Let’s go through these features one by one and you can make a checklist of what you want in the vacuum.
I’d recommend breaking down your checklist into NEED to have features, and nice to have features. When making a big purchase, breaking it down like this generally helps me save money!
Obviously budget is a concern. While we’ll be looking specifically at the Eufy Anker Robovac 11S, I will go over some other options as well. Here we’ll be illustrating the vast price ranges of robot vacuums out there!
So first up we have the option we went with (and love!) the Eufy Anker Robovac 11S. When you purchase on Amazon, you can sometimes add a coupon which can bring the price down. If you can get it for $200 or less, you can rest assured it’s a good deal for this specific vacuum!
Please keep in mind prices may vary among retailers, coupons, sales, etc!
So just going through a few typical price ranges, here’s some options you’ll find:
$200 – $300 Range
$300 – $500 Range
Here’s where we get to the Ferraris and Lamborghinis of robot vacuums.
There are a handful under $200, but when I was doing my research, I fell in love with the Eufy!
Size of Vacuum
Most of the vacuums are circular, so you’ll want to know the diameter of the vacuum.
It’s also helpful to know the height of the vacuum as well, and to compare that to different furniture throughout your house so you can determine whether or not it will fit underneath different areas (if you want it to).
The Eufy 11S doesn’t fit under our couch – which is totally fine for us because the couch is pretty low anyway and not a whole lot of hair accumulates there. Under the coffee table is a totally different story, and the 11S fits perfectly there!
Size of the Dirt and Debris Holder
This is going to be another thing that really depends on the size of your home, if you have pets, how much dirt you expect it to be picking up, etc.
The larger the compartment for dirt and debris, the less you’ll have to empty it out! It’s definitely a feature worth comparing between models!
When comparing your options, you definitely want to take the potential battery life into consideration, especially if you have a larger home.
We only use the robot vacuum on the first floor of our home, so it wasn’t as huge of a factor for me when looking into my options.
Keep in mind the size of your home or area where you’ll want the vacuum to work the most.
You can also try to think ahead of time how often you’ll run the vacuum. I know this is a bit harder to do until you have it and find a good way to get it integrated into your cleaning schedule.
However, if you plan to run it daily, you may not need it to run as long as you would if you do it every other day. Which would mean you might not need as much battery life for one run.
Just a few different things to consider when it comes to battery life and your potential robot vacuum!
Remote Control and/or Phone App
The Eufy 11S comes with a remote control for everything you need to get the little guy up and running. On the remote you can choose which type of cleaning program you’d like it to run (we’ll get into this more later).
Some robot vacuums come with an app you can download on your phone to direct them where to go.
So the question here is, is the app on your phone more important to you? Do you want another remote around your house? Does it not matter either way?
For us, it didn’t matter either way.
Room Mapping Features
Some robot vacuums will come with room mapping features. This boils down to the vacuum will be able to understand the layout of your house, and you may be able to deploy it to specific rooms instead of a whole house clean.
Double check the specific features of the room mapping and what you get out of it before deciding if its a necessity, or nice to have, for you.
All the robot vacuums I’ve looked at come with docking stations. But not all docking stations are the same.
You will want to take into account where you will put the docking station – it will need to be by an outlet, as this is where the robovac will go to charge.
You’ll also want to consider the size of the docking station to make sure it makes sense for where you’re considering putting it.
In addition, some docking stations are a little larger and some robovacs, such as the Shark IQ, will empty themselves into the docking station. That way, instead of cleaning out the vacuum itself, you can dump the contents of the docking station in the garbage once it’s full.
This feature will save you some time because you won’t need to empty something quite as frequently.
Carpet, Hard Flooring, or Even Mix?
Some vacuums are better on hard flooring than carpets. Some are made for both, and some are better on carpets than others.
It’s important to evaluate the space you’ll want the vacuum to primarily be cleaning to decide which option is best for you.
In our home, we mostly have the Eufy 11S working on hardwood and tile floors, and it works wonderfully!
Pairs with Alexa (and other similar devices)
Some robot vacuums are smarter than others!
If it’s important to you to be able tot ask Alexa (or other similar devices) to run the vacuum, then make sure to check that this is a capability – as it is not offered on all vacuums!
What is Eufy?
If you’ve never hear of Eufy before (which I hadn’t, before getting the vacuum), they offer more than robot vacuums! Their motto is “Smart Home Simplified,” and they also carry cordless stick vacuums, video doorbells, security cameras, baby monitors, and so much more!
I’m really happy that I chose this brand for our robot vacuum, and since I’m so pleased with the results, I’m excited to try other products they offer!
Alright, let’s get down to business and review this specific robot vacuum!
Now that you know the main kinds of features to look for in a robot vacuum, this guide will help you decide if the Eufy 11S is right for you!
Here’s what’s included with the Eufy Robovac 11s:
- The RoboVac
- Charging Dock & Power Cord
- Remote Control – requires two AAA batteries
- Cleaning Tool
- Side Brushes – it comes with 4 brushes, and you only need 2 at a time, so you’ll have two extra!
- Extra filter
Eufy Robovac Review: Set Up
It was SO easy to set up. It literally took minutes.
I decided the most logical place to plug in the charging dock, and then added the little brushes on the bottom of the vacuum. The brushes just click right in.
Next, you just turn the vacuum on, there’s a switch on the bottom, and you’re ready to let it charge!
It’s recommended to charge the vacuum completely before using it, and I wish I could tell you exactly how much time it took, but I let it charge overnight before using it for the first time the next day.
In the manual, it says it can take up to 300 – 360 minutes for charging, which comes out to about 5-6 hours. I’d assume the initial charging could take this full time.
Eufy Robovac 11S Charging Dock
The Eufy 11S charging dock is pretty small and unimposing. It won’t take up a ton of space, and is smaller in width than the vacuum itself.
When it comes to thinking of how much room you’ll need to accommodate the charging dock, you’ll need to ensure that the diameter of the vacuum itself will fit in the space you need.
We’ll get into the size below when we talk about the design!
Eufy Robovac Review: Design
I love the design of the Robovac 11S! It’s very sleek, and comes in black or white. We chose the black option, but I think the pictures of the white look just as cool and sleek!
The vacuum itself is 2.85″ tall, and 12.8″ wide.
According to the manual, it has a cleaning time of 100 minutes, so just under 2 hours, before needing to be recharged.
Eufy Robovac Review – Noise
The Robovac 11S does make some noise when running, as any vacuum will. It is definitely quieter than a traditional vacuum.
I will say, the dogs do not appreciate it!
Eufy 11S Remote Control
The remote control is where you’ll get all the cleaning modes and options! It’s a pretty nice control, and has a small digital display screen.
It takes two AAA batteries.
Eufy RoboVac Review: Cleaning Modes
What is BoostIQ?
The Eufy 11S comes with their BoostIQ technology, which means it automatically senses when it needs to increase suction o clean up a bigger mess.
BoostIQ only works in Auto mode or one room cleaning modes.
All of the cleaning modes are described in more detail in the manual!
Here are all the modes that you can choose from with the Eufy 11S!
This mode will let the Eufy choose different cleaning modes throughout it’s cleaning process. It goes all over the different rooms and figures out when it should use BoostIQ.
This is the cleaning mode I use the most.
The vacuum will clean a specific area by moving in a circle (it kind of reminds me of spirographs from when we were kids!). It will run in this area for 2 minutes.
The vacuum will find the wall and clean along the edges for 20 minutes before returning home to the charging dock.
Single Room Cleaning
The vacuum will run for 30 minutes in a single room during this mode. However, since there isn’t a room mapping feature with the vacuum, you will need to make sure to close a door or find some way to keep it contained to one room only.
You can use the buttons on the remote to direct the Robovac exactly where you want it to clean. I have played around with this a little bit, but it’s not my favorite and I’d rather just let it run and do it’s own thing!
Those are the main 5 cleaning modes, but something I really love is that you can set the Robovac to clean at a specific time!
Even though the Robovac is quiet, our dogs still don’t like it, so sometimes I will have it run overnight so they don’t need to worry about it!
Before Cleaning with Your Robovac
Make sure there is nothing on the floor that could interfere with the robot vacuum during cleaning! This includes blankets, small toys, power cords, etc.
Basically anything you don’t want on the ground when you’re using your regular vacuum should probably be picked up before running the robovac.
Always check the user manual for the suggestions of what to keep out of the way of the robot vacuum before running it! And also make sure it’s not going over water or any wet areas!
Eufy Robovac Review: Battery Life
The manual states that the Robovac can run for up to 100 minutes in a cleaning mode, which is 1 hour and 40 minutes. I have never had it run this long, and I think the longest I’ve had it running for is around 45 minutes.
The run time will all depend on your space and how many rooms or how large of an area you need it to clean!
Is it getting smarter?!
We’ve had the Eufy 11S for about 6 months now, and I can’t verify this, but I think it is getting smarter as we continue to use it.
For a while, when we’d click the home button to send it back to the charging dock, it would take a little bit for it to figure out where it was going.
It would always dock itself, but I’ve been noticing recently it has been taking a less and less time to get where it’s supposed to be.
Eufy RoboVac Review: Cleaning & Maintenance
Cleaning the RoboVac is super easy!
The manual states you should clean out the dust compartment and brush once per week. You may need to empty the dust area more frequently (I do) depending on how much your vacuum is picking up throughout the week.
Emptying the dust and debris is super easy, and probably only takes a minute.
You should also be cleaning the filters once per week.
It’s not a bad idea to wipe off the sensors every so often too, just to make sure it can effectively do it’s job!
Does it work with Alexa?
The Robovac 11S does not use wifi, and does not work with Alexa and Google Assistant.
For me, this was a “nice to have” feature and not something required. I feel that this feature is easily replaced with the ability to set it to run on a timer, or just grabbing the remote control and hitting the “Auto” button.
HOWEVER, if this is important to you, you should absolutely go for a model that is compatible with Alexa or other smart devices!
Eufy 11S Review for Pet Hair
As I said earlier, we have two rescue dogs. The amount of dog hair around the house can get pretty insane.
I specifically got this vacuum to help with pet hair during the week and between regular cleanings. And quite honestly, it has been the perfect addition to my cleaning schedule!
We run the robovac every other day, and it has been working great! I honestly could probably run it daily and it would still pick up plenty of hair.
Running it every other day, I do still need to empty out the debris container after almost every use. In addition, I’ve added cleaning the main brush to my cleaning routine once per week – it’s super easy and comes with a comb to make it even quicker.
Sometimes I do slack on cleaning out the dust compartment, and when that happens the vacuum still runs, but it leaves some things behind.
FAQs About Robot Vacuums in General
Are robot vacuums really worth it?
Robot vacuums are worth it for homes that have a lot of traffic and gather lots of dust, dirt, debris, pet hair, etc. I think they’re especially worth it for homes with pets, especially multiple furry friends.
You have to evaluate the pros and cons of each robot vacuum in your list and determine how often you’ll realistically run the vacuum. Which brings us to…
How often should I run my robot vacuum?
Once again, this comes down to the amount and type of traffic in your home. With two rescue dogs, we run our robot vacuum every other day. Honestly, we probably should be running it daily to really maximize its use.
This will be a little bit of trial and error. If you can schedule it to run on its own (make sure the floor is clear of any other clutter you don’t want to interfere with the cleaning!), and do a kind of “set it and forget it” thing, then you don’t need to worry as much about it.
Once you have your new robot vacuum, you’ll be able to determine what is best for you and your household.
What is the best robot vacuum for the money?
This will definitely vary based on the features you’re looking for, but I personally LOVE the Eufy Robovac 11S. It works amazingly in our home, and the space we need it for.
I can imagine it working well in a bit of a larger space as well without needing to be emptied in the middle of a cleaning.
Can a robot vacuum replace a normal vacuum?
No. The robot vacuum shouldn’t replace your normal vacuum. A regular vacuum will allow you to get a deeper clean and have more control over where you’re cleaning.
As I’ve said a few times, I use my Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal for my regular weekly cleanings.
The robot vacuum has replaced my normal vacuum in the sense that I’m not physically vacuuming every other day. While the Eufy 11S is running, I can be doing dishes, making dinner, or even sleeping!
If you’re still not sure about getting a robot vacuum or not, you can check out this article from Reader’s Digest to see more pros and cons of adding a robot vacuum to your home!
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