Soon, I am moving abroad with my family and, for our new domestic reality, we are betting on several modern and intelligent devices. One of the main ones on our backlog was a robot vacuum cleaner, but I did not intend to spend the figures that the most traditional brand in the industry, iRobot, charges for its products.
That’s when I met the RoboVac line, from eufy (a brand from manufacturer Anker), and I figured it could suit me perfectly. I have been testing the RoboVac 30C model for a few weeks, and in the following paragraphs I will talk a little more about this product and my first experience with an intelligent robot vacuum cleaner.
Design and functions
Apart from small details here and there, all these smart robot vacuum cleaners today look very similar. They are all round, usually in black or gray, and have status indicator LEDs on the top – in the case of RoboVac 30C, covered in tempered glass.
What really impresses about the RoboVac 30C is its height: it is just a little more than 7cm, which gives it the flexibility to even go under many beds and sofas, cleaning areas of our house that we can only reach eventually.
This model has a suction power of 1,500Pa, a value that is not top of the line in the industry but is quite satisfactory and allows it to operate without making much noise – even at its strongest stage among the three available. Of course it is not a silent operation, but it is nowhere near the noise of these conventional vacuum cleaners.
The internal battery is capable of running the RoboVac 30C for about 1h30 uninterrupted and, when it is running out, the robot automatically returns to its base. Hence until it recharges completely, it will take at least 5 hours.
But obviously, as a device smart home, the RoboVac 30C couldn’t work just with its conventional remote control that comes in the box. Yes, it has an app for iOS (and Android) that allows you to control all its functions.
The EufyHome app as a whole is very cute, friendly and well developed. It doesn’t follow the conventional iOS app standard (the interface is identical on Android), but I don’t see it as a problem; it is already translated into Portuguese (from Portugal, in this case).
Through the app, it is possible to add the RoboVac 30C with a few taps and from there, with it already connected to your home’s Wi-Fi network (it cannot be 5GHz), control it from anywhere on the planet. We have directional control, activation of all its modes of operation, programming, battery information and, of course, the possibility to update the robot’s firmware whenever a new one is made available by the manufacturer.
The use of EufyHome is very simple and straightforward; I don’t even have much to comment on here. My only criticism is that, in its current version, it is not possible to choose different operating modes in each of your daily schedules; the RoboVac 30C always uses the last activated mode.
But this modern world is really cool. I couldn’t help but smile when, in the first remote control test of the RoboVac 30C, I was miles away from home, opened one of my monitoring cameras when it was scheduled to operate (with no one at home), and there the bug got out of its base and started cleaning everything by itself. Ah, modernity!
It is worth noting that eufy has only this app for all its smart devices – not just vacuum cleaners, but also lamps, sockets, switches, etc. That’s the advantage of having all of the same brand at home: in a single app, you control your entire smart home life.
EufyHome is also already integrated with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, but no Siri for now, unfortunately.
As I said at the beginning, I never had an intelligent robot vacuum cleaner. I have, however, had portable vacuum cleaners (which are normally used in cars) and conventional vacuum cleaners at home.
The big difference for me with such a product is that it ends up being used for more purposes than an ordinary vacuum cleaner. At least in my house, we used to sweep the whole house, wipe with a damp cloth and use the vacuum cleaner only on rugs / carpets.
With RoboVac 30C, it’s different. In short: I don’t need to sweep my house anymore, he does it for me.
The circular shape of the vacuum cleaner may imply that it cannot reach corners very well, but this is not a problem because at the bottom of the robot there are propellers that go beyond its diameter, so it makes a circular motion so as not to leave no dirty space in the house.
It is obvious that it is not the purpose of a vacuum cleaner like this to clean up dusty dirt with wet soil, but for everyday dust, it is just perfect.
My second major criticism of the product is the fact that it does not have a sensor inside the dust reservoir (of 600ml), that is, the app does not “know” when the reservoir is full. In other words, it is necessary to be attentive and periodically empty it so as not to compromise the functioning of the vacuum cleaner.
One of my first “concerns” with the RoboVac 30C was to see what would or would not be an obstacle for him when it comes to floor differences.
I was not surprised either positively or negatively with his performance. Small steps on the floor, rugs / carpets and the like are absolutely no problem for the robot. The “bug catches”, obviously, when we are talking about steps (it does not go down or up, but neither does it suicidal) or, for example, a sliding door track.
Another very nice thing is that, in the RoboVac 30C box itself, eufy includes some special strips that you can place on the floor to prevent the vacuum cleaner from going to unwanted places (like a child’s room, for example, that is full little things tossed on the floor).
In fact, you need a little attention on that. In one of the rooms here at home, next to the bed, there is a small decorative rug. It is very thin, which is not a problem for the RoboVac 30C, but because it is so small and light, there was a time when the carpet kind of “tangled” in the bottom of the vacuum cleaner. It only happened once.
Price and conclusion
The RoboVac 30C can be purchased on the eufy website for $ 300 but can now be found on American Amazon for $ 242, which is an excellent price considering its entire feature pack.
Although it is quite complete and satisfying me a lot, it is clear that there is still one or the other advanced feature that can make the difference between spending that or, for example, more than $ 1,000 in a top-of-the-line Roomba. What interests me most is being able to map an entire apartment on the robot, but eufy has already said that it is working on it for future models in its line.
There are also other competitors on the market not only with superior suction power, but also with filters and special modes of operation adapted for houses with a lot of dog or cat hair – which, fortunately, is not the case here.
I didn’t find the RoboVac 30C for sale in Brazil, but Pontofrio is selling the inferior model RoboVac 11 for R $ 1,300 to anyone who wants to start playing with smart devices like that.