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The Eufy RoboVac 11c Pet Edition (with Boost IQ) is one of the least expensive WiFi robotic vacuum cleaners you can buy.
But unlike our other favorite budget vacuum, the Housemile, you can control this RoboVac remotely using a smartphone up and link it to your Amazon Echo or Google Home smart speaker.
The Eufy also does a better job cleaning up pet hair than the Housemile.
Our Impression: EufyRoboVac 11c Pet Edition with BoostIQ
The most affordable intelligent robotic vacuum cleaner suitable for a smart home. With Alexa and Google Home integration.
• Low and medium-pile carpet
Most of your floor is covered by thick carpet. Or, you need to clean extra-large areas while you’re gone.
WiFi robot vacuum cleaners are not cheap.
Best-sellers like the Roomba 690 and Neato Botvac typically run $400-$500.
Premium vacuums like the Roomba 980 cost over $700.
In contrast, the Eufy RoboVac 11c is a bargain.
For about $300, you get WiFi connectivity, Alexa, and Google Assistant compatibility, remote app control, self-charging and a power boost feature for carpets.
The RoboVac 11c is a good vacuum cleaner that comes with a lot of convenient features, including 7-day scheduling, a large debris bin, four cleaning modes, triple filtration and power boost for tough floor surfaces.
This vacuum performs especially well in homes with pets. The extra suction power, oversized bin and deep cleaning modes ensure your floor is always clean no matter how much your pet sheds.
Keep reading for more detailed impressions of the RoboVac 11c.
To compare it with other robotic vacuums, see my recently-updated guide to the best robotic vacuum cleaners sold today.
Cool convenience features like Alexa voice control do not make for a better-cleaning robotic vacuum.
So how does the RoboVac 11 perform where it matters most – cleaning your floor?
We agree with the many other customer reviews online: the RoboVac 11c is a great, but not perfect, floor cleaner.
It cleans most kinds of floors and carpet with not problem, picks up pet hair and gets rid of most allergens.
To start with, it has a very high suction power of 1,200 pa (Pascals). This is not as powerful as a full-size stick vacuum cleaner or a top-of-the-line Roomba, but it’s powerful enough to leave your floor spotless.
With its power boost feature, the RoboVac 11c can clean medium-pile carpeting, something many robot vacuum cleaners struggle with.
This is one of the best robotic vacuum cleaners for pet hair, too. The suction power combined with the triple filtration and oversized bin gives the RoboVac an edge over other robot vacuum cleaners.
It’s also great for dust, crumbs, dander and other small debris that accumulates on your floor and hides in corners and along the wall edges.
The RoboVac reaches all hidden crevices and corners with ease thanks to the following features:
- A low profile design. It measures just 3.4 inches high, allowing it to crawl under furniture without getting stuck.
- High-traction wheels that can move easily on a low to the medium-pile carpet. The wheels can climb a threshold of up to 0.59”. It won’t stall trying to climb over the edge of the carpet.
- Counter-rotating side brushes that sweep dust and debris along the wall and in corners.
- A wide rolling brush that picks up fur, hair, dust and other bits of dirt off the floor.
The RoboVac uses a triple filtration system consisting of 2 ordinary filters and a HEPA filter.
This ensures that everything from fine dust to large hair strands and fur get picked up. This is especially beneficial if you or anyone in the house has allergies or a respiratory problem.
The RoboVac gets rid of most of the allergens that accumulate on the floor and get trapped in the carpet fibers. It also reaches under furniture and in hidden corners to provide a thorough cleaning.
The filters are top access, so they are pretty easy to pop out and back in.
The bin is quite large, measuring over half a liter in capacity.
Cleaning Modes and Battery Life
In normal mode, the RoboVac 11c runs for 100 minutes before it returns to the dock for a recharge.
The runtime can be less when you are cleaning a carpeted area, or if you’ve manually activated Max mode. This is because the power boost feature draws energy from the battery faster.
You can choose from several cleaning modes using either the controls on the vacuum cleaner or via the included remote control:
- Auto mode –The vacuum will scan the room and determine the most efficient cleaning path. It’ll change modes as it cleans depending on which area it’s cleaning and what floor surface it is on. For instance, when it senses it’s on a carpet it switches to max cleaning (power boost) automatically. The vacuum always starts in an auto mode.
- Spot cleaning –The vacuum will move in a spiral pattern around a specific area. This mode is useful when there is a concentrated spot of dirt such as when you spill something (non-liquid).
- Edge cleaning –When the vacuum detects a wall a short distance away, it will slow down and then follow a path alongside the wall as it cleans away dust and debris along the edge.
- Single room cleaning –Perfect for cleaning just a single room. Use boundary strips(included with the vacuum) or close the door to keep the RoboVac in the room.
- Max cleaning –This is the power boost mode. The vacuum operates at full suction power. Ideal for carpet cleaning.
- Manual cleaning –You can use the navigation buttons on the remote control to direct the RoboVac to clean a specific area.
The RoboVac 11c has the usual package of obstacle-sensing and anti-drop sensors.
At the front, an infrared sensor senses obstacles in the room like furniture and walls.
Along the bottom, a drop-sensing sensor keeps the vacuum from tumbling down the stairs.
But Eufy still recommends putting a physical obstacle near steep drops, as the sensor can fail to work if dust covers it or the floor surface is too dark.
The upgraded wheels are larger than in most robot vacuums. This allows the RoboVac to climb over higher thresholds such as when it is getting onto the carpet.
The wheels also have increased traction for easier movement on smooth surfaces and carpeting.
The vacuum is heavy at 11.6 lbs, so it doesn’t move as nimbly as a Roomba and takes a few minutes longer to finish cleaning.
If you want to keep it from cleaning a certain area or going out the door, use the provided boundary strips. You can place a strip on the pet feeding area, near the stairs or across the doorway. This will keep the vacuum cleaner from going beyond that point.
When the battery gets low, the RoboVac 11c knows to go back to its charging dock automatically.
Unfortunately, it does not recharge and resume cleaning automatically like some other robotic cleaners.
Once it goes back to base for a recharge, that’s it.
Automation & Scheduling
EufyRoboVac connects to WiFi which means you can control it remotely from its companion app or even link it up to Alexa or Google Home.
Once you connect it to your home WiFi network, download the app and create a user account.
With the app, you can start or stop cleaning, select cleaning mode, check the status of the vacuum and receive notifications.
You can also set a weekly schedule by selecting the specific days and times when you want the vacuum to clean.
Note that scheduling is only available in the app. Also, the schedule is lost if you turn off your vacuum cleaner or the battery dies completely, and you have to create a new one.
If you want to control the vacuum using your Echo speaker, you have to connect your EufyHome account to Alexa.
All you need to do is enable the EufyHome RoboVac skill on the Alexa app and then link it to your EufyHome account. The manual has the full instructions.
After you connect your account to Alexa, you can issue voice commands to your RoboVac, for example:
Alexa, ask RoboVac to start cleaning.
Alexa, Ask RoboVac to stop cleaning.
Alexa, Ask RoboVac to go home (to recharge).
Alexa, Ask RoboVac to find my robot.
What It Misses
It’s not a big deal, but it would have been nice if the RoboVac came with recharge and resume.
This is especially convenient when you are away from home. If the RoboVac isn’t fully charged or if you are cleaning a large area, you might come back to a half-cleaned floor.
Another addition that would have been nice is IFTTT compatibility. This process automation tool is great for smart homeowners who want to integrate the vacuum cleaner within their smart home.
Regarding cleaning, the suction power is not the strongest. It’s enough to take on low and medium-pile carpeting.
If you have a shag carpet, forget about using this RoboVac. It will keep getting stuck.
Maintenance is really easy. There aren’t many parts to clean.
Empty the bin after every cleaning session and wipe it clean. Remove the filters as well and wipe them too.
Eufy also recommends wiping the exterior of the vacuum to get rid of any dust that may cover the sensors and affect them. Also, check the brushes for any hair that may have tangled on the bristles.
Check the manual for recommendations on how often you should replace the wheels, brushes, and filters.
- Great value
- WiFi and smartphone control
- Cleans well
- Weekly scheduling
- Long battery life
- No auto recharge-and-resume
- No IFTTT compatibility
- Struggles with deep pile carpets
Dimensions: 12.8 x 12.8 x 3.4 inches
Running time: 100 minutes
Recharge time: 5 hours
Multi-room navigation: yes
Entire level cleaning: yes
Recharge and resume: no (just recharge)
Remote control: yes