I am not a domestic goddess at all. I like to keep the house reasonably clean but if I can avoid doing something then I usually do. This is probably not ideal as Stuart is the same and Ben helps only creates me extra mess. He did enjoy the previous cleaner I reviewed but the novelty wore off! I guess I am lucky that we don’t have pets to add to the dust and such.
Have you ever used a robot vacuum? I had one about 5 years ago but didn’t think too much of it to be honest. The one I had was expensive but missed bits and just wasn’t very effective. When I was offered the chance to try out and review the Eufy RoboVac 11 I really couldn’t wait. Of course hoping it would be much better than my previous one. Excited also for someone else doing the hoovering without whinging!
What is the Eufy RoboVac 11?
If you want to get out of vacuuming then this really is the gadget for you! It is a vacuum that just gets on with it while you put your feet up, work, go out or just have better things to do. Now I appreciate people say that there will sometimes be areas that a robot vacuum will miss but a bit of dust is unlikely to kill you isn’t it. We have one life and I am sure as hell not spending it vacuuming if I can avoid it!
How does the Eufy RoboVac 11 work?
In the box you get a charging hub which plugs in to a normal electric socket and sits at the side of a room. There is a little slot at the top to hold the remote control. Yes that is right this gadget even has a remote control so you don’t have to move to even press the button on the top! It is there though if you wish to burn off those extra calories!
There are different settings for the RoboVac who Ben has named Roby. One is auto where you just press the button and it goes off on a wander hoovering as it goes. Another setting is the spot cleaning, if you find a bag of sugar has been dropped on the floor then this is the setting for this. It feels odd putting something on the floor deliberately to hoover it up but I did that for you to check it worked – dedication! On the spot cleaning mode you use the remote control to guide the RoboVac to the area. When in position just press the button and it cleans from that point outwards in a circular type motion. Another setting which I think is a total gamechanger is being able to set the vacuum to clean at a certain time.
RoboVac as a time saver
Just think of all the possibilities with a RoboVac, having a bath while the cleaning gets done, shopping while the vacuum does its thing or even going to bed and coming down to a clean house in the morning. Unfortunately the RoboVac only works at floor level and cannot clean shelves, TV’s etc. Give it a few years though and I am sure the technology will be there for that too. In the meantime though who wouldn’t want to avoid hoovering up? The guys at Eufy have promised to let me know just as soon as they have found a way to make a RoboVac that can dust, wash up and iron too so don’t worry I’m on it!
The important bits
So you think this sounds great, right? Well you know what it is! There are some things you need to know though so here are the ins and outs before you buy it!
- The RoboVac has two brushes which need clipping on when you unbox it (easy to do). It also includes spares and more can be bought on their website at £7.99 for 4.
- The RoboVac doesn’t like thick rugs or carpets. I have two rugs in the lounge and the normal one, that is on the above photos, it is happy with. The other is very hairy and Roby gets a little stuck on there.
- RoboVac gets tangled in wires so make sure they are out of the way. It saves you tripping on them too so is common sense really.
- RoboVac has two settings, normal and max, both I would consider to be quieter than the average vacuum.
- The remote control takes two aaa batteries (not provided).
- RoboVac is pretty clever and doesn’t crash often, he can even detect drops like stairs but be careful, if he does have an accident you will be gutted, he is ace!
- He (I decided its a he!) has a 100 minute battery life which I put to the test and it is definitely accurate. If you are lucky enough to live in a house that is too big to clean with RoboVac in an hour then either buy two or clean different areas at different times of day. It may be handy to know that returns to its base to charge automatically when the battery is low. Shame it doesn’t also do the dusting but like I say I’ve got them working on that one!
- RoboVac will never hold as much as a normal vacuum, after all he is only about 30cm wide and a real cutie! He does however have a really easy to empty dust compartment which takes a minute or two to empty so it is easy enough!
Do you want your own RoboVac?
Do remember this is a gadget you will love but no one wants a vacuum if they haven’t asked for one. Don’t buy your woman one for Christmas to “help her out” she wont appreciate it! Instead buy it for you as a family and save yourself some ear ache! Just a top tip for you there!
If you want to buy a RoboVac then pop over to their website to their website. If you order from Eufy directly they currently have 15% off the RoboVac 11 from 11/9/18 to 13/9/18 using code vaptno4
You can also enter their giveaway which can be found here.
Which bit of the cleaning do you hate the most? When is someone going to invent a machine that cleans the bathrooms or washes, dries, irons and puts away all the clothes on it’s own? Hopefully it wont be long until we can get some kind of gadget to do all of that too!