By now, you’ve probably heard of robot vacuums that cover your floor all on their own. Brands like Roomba are practically household names.
The downside to many of these options is the expense you have to spend in order to purchase one since some cost as much as $800 for a vacuum.
Sounds a little outlandish, right?
Thanks to advantages in technology and other models now being made, you don’t have to spend an amount anywhere near that much.
The Eufy Robovac 11C is the choice to be had for an inexpensive option that will still do a decent job without much intervention from you.
What is the Eufy Robovac 11C?
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The Eufy Robovac 11C is the latest in Eufy’s product line. It has a decent run time of 1.5 hours and also has a larger bin for dirt and debris. It might not be as effective as the Roomba or the Neato, but you’ll still get the majority of things off the floor.
Additionally, the Robovac 11C also has Wi-Fi connectivity. Other features on this robot vacuum include two side brushes that are designed to work with the main brush to clean floors as well as edges.
Allergy sufferers will be happy to know that there is also an integrated HEPA filtration system in place to keep allergens to a minimum. The tempered glass cover is also scratch resistant which will keep your Robovac 11C aesthetically pleasing.
Get to know the product specifications to decide if this particular robot vacuum is a good choice for you to add to your home.
3 inches tall, 13 inches in diameter
1 hour, 40 minutes
Yes, but it is limited
Yes, on specific models, but not all models
The low profile will let you get to places that are hard to reach, plus you don’t have to be there to watch it clean. The only problem you might face has to do with the infrared not recognizing darker carpeting very well.
On the downside, you may feel like you have to babysit your vacuum because it doesn’t have virtual walls to contain it. The lack of walls means that if you’re vacuuming upstairs, you’re going to have to follow it every so often to make sure it doesn’t fall down the stairs.
With its somewhat limited time, you’re also going to get through a total of maybe 2-3 rooms at the most when it’s on and doing its job.
When you purchase a Robocvac 11C, your robot is backed with Eufy’s 12-month warranty. According to what Eufy covers, they “will take care of all quality-related issues with a REPLACEMENT or FULL REFUND including any return shipping costs. Please note: Any provided shipping labels must be used within 20 days.”
Even if you purchase from another retailer, you may or may not be subject to the retailer’s policies. It is possible that you may not be covered by Eufy’s policy. It is in your best interest to verify which policy you fall under when the time comes to purchase one.
How it Compares
The overall design is simple and circular, but it works. With the push of a button, you will start the twin side brushes and get them working with the main brush to pick up the majority of the dirt that is sitting on your floor.
There are infrared sensors built into the unit to detect any obstacles that your Robovac may encounter along the way.
You can expect to randomly go around the room until it recognizes that the battery is running low. At that point, it will return back to its charging base.
A word of warning to you, though, in terms of having a cleaning area that is too large. If you want your Eufy Robovac 11C to be able to return to its home base successfully, you don’t want to let it run any farther than a couple of rooms. Should you try to expand too far from its home base, you run the risk of it not having enough power to return back and dock.
Additionally, the battery on this model of robot vacuums is actually better equipped than the Roomba 650 if you can believe that. The Roomba uses what is called a Ni-Cad battery that only runs for about an hour. The Eufy Robovac 11C battery will run for up to 1.5 hours, and it takes a shorter amount of time to charge.
When it comes time to empty the dustbin, you’ll find that it’s easy to get to and clean out as necessary. According to PC Magazine, the Robovac pulled up about as much dirt as a Dyson 360 that had previously gone over the same area.
The Remote and How-to Schedule
The remote control is easy to use and lets you decide which cleaning mode you want. You can also select the schedule you prefer. When needed, you can also tell it to go back to its docking station.
Although not all models come with the two needed AAA batteries, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find that the buttons are relatively intuitive.
With the scheduling function, you can choose to schedule the robot in a variety of ways. You can choose to let it clean on its own, every single day. With that choice, you are limited to selecting the same time each day. You can also skip cleanings or program the times to be different as needed.
Keep in mind you have to manually change the times. You can’t set a variable schedule, but you can adjust the cleaning when you need it.
The lack of variability in scheduling is markedly different from several other models out on the market like the Roomba or the Dyson robot vacuums. Those two, among others, do offer the capacity of different times on different days.
Cleaning Modes of the Eufy Robovac 11C
When you purchase the Robovac, you’ll find that there are five different cleaning modes available for you to choose from. Each one has a purpose, too.
The first mode – the default mode – simply makes the Robovac 11C go in random directions until the battery registers as running low.
The second mode – the edge cleaning mode – will tell the Robovac to focus on cleaning the edges around the room. This is great if you want to get a better clean around the edge of the room since dust and dirt seem to accumulate there.
If you have a particularly dirty area, you can select the third mode for spot cleaning. In spot cleaning mode, the Robovac will actually stay in one place and work in a spiral direction. Once the vacuum has finished cleaning the one spot, it will automatically go back to default mode.
Should you have specific places you’d like the vacuum to go, you can choose to select manual mode. Under manual mode, you can direct the vacuum where you’d like it to go courtesy of the buttons on the vacuum’s remote control.
The final mode is single room mode. When in this mode, the Eufy Robovac 11C will be set to clean a specific room before going back to its charging base.
The Performance of the Eufy Robovac 11C
The Robovac performs best on low pile carpeting and on bare floors. The reason it won’t work very well on carpeting is that it lacks significant suction. If you put it on anything more than low-pile carpeting, it won’t pull much up out of the floor.
On the bright side, the Robovac does reach hard to get to places like under your bed quite nicely. You might even say that it gets to that area under the bed better than you could with most other vacuums.
You’ll be happy to know that if you have low-pile rugs sitting on your hardwood floors, it will go over those quite easily, too.
Something you should note is that if you have dark flooring, you should avoid using the Robovac since it uses infrared to clean. Be aware that it does have a tendency to get stuck if you don’t prepare the area before putting it to work.
Pros and Cons
Like everything, there are pros and cons as a result of using the Eufy Robovac 11C. You can see for yourself that there are several more pros than there are cons, but ultimately the decision is up to you.
You’ll find that the Eufy Robovac 11C is whisper quiet and does not make any extra noise at all. You may not even notice it’s running when you’re in the same room.
Of course, because it’s so quiet, you may not notice when it gets stuck, so you’ll have to keep an eye on it. Also, if you have stairs, you’ll need to pay attention to make sure it doesn’t fall down the stairs. The lack of virtual walls keeps it from staying in a single room or section.
The Final Verdict
The Eufy Robovac 11C does not have a complex internal computer, but it is still capable of avoiding most major obstacles in addition to navigating out of most tight spaces. It does still get stuck pretty regularly.
While it’s not the most advanced robot vacuum, it is reliable as an alternative to keeping your floors clean.
You also won’t have to put in too much effort to get the carpet clean, which is a huge plus.
With the 11C, you’ll also have the ability to tell your vacuum what to do from your phone, which is an improvement over other Eufy models.
Thanks to the technology available by way of the Eufy Robovac 11C, you can’t go wrong with selecting the robot vacuum, so long as you keep your expectations realistic.
Remember, don’t use it on high-pile carpet – and you’ll end up loving it.