One such option is the Eufy RoboVac 11, which is the smart home brand developed by Amazon favourite Anker. Currently priced at £209.99 it is one of the more affordable options on the market, and if you time it right, it can go down as low as £156.
The vacuum includes small sweeping brushes as well as a roller making it suitable for both hard floors and carpet. This RoboVac 11 is also the bottom model from Eufy and omits many of the features you would find on more expensive models. In particular, this model has no Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or any ability to connect to your phone. You control it via the remote. In a world where everything seems to be connected this feels somewhat retro, but it is one less app and one less smart device to have to worry about.
The robot has 1 rolling brush, 2 side brushes, and 1000Pa powerful suction to ensure a thorough clean. Dirt is effectively loosened and extracted from the floor, then vacuumed into the dust collector.
Its low-profile design is only 78mm and slides under furniture to eliminate hidden dirt. Whether it’s coffee tables or couches, RoboVac slips into areas other vacuums can’t reach.
Setting up the RoboVac is a simple process, it is mostly pre-built, you just have to attach the little sweepers to it. You can plug the power cord directly into the RoboVac or use the charging base. To make sure I got a full charge I plugged it in directly to start off with.
To start general cleaning, you just push the Auto button on top of the vacuum or on the remote. The RoboVac quickly activates and scoots off to do its business. There is no logical pattern that the robot takes from what I can tell, it just seems to dart about, but it appears to cover the floor thoroughly.
As there is no room mapping function or AI in this robot, it will keep cleaning until its battery runs low or you tell it to go back to its dock. There is an option for single room cleaning, and it should stop after it has cleaned the specific space.
With the Eufy RoboVac 11 it managed to negotiate around my house with few issues. We are waiting to have our dining room, and kitchen renovated, and there is loose carpet sticking up between the two rooms, that would have caught the Deebot out and it would have got stuck. The RoboVac managed to get itself over this snag with ease.
It only got stuck once under a cabinet; the cabinet was just high enough that the RoboVac could fit partially under it, but not high enough so that it could comfortable clean under it.
With the dining room, there are obviously lots of chairs and a table, it struggled to get through this room and then into the hallway. So then end result meant me having to do the kitchen and dining room, followed by the other rooms downstairs. This was simple enough just by closing the door back into the dining room.
There are a few other useful cleaning options including Max Cleaning which increases the suction in Auto mode. In Spot mode, the RoboVac cleans in a spiral pattern to remove concentrated dirt. And Edge cleaning reduces the RoboVac’s speed so it can thoroughly clean along walls and baseboards.
While having some advanced room mapping features may have helped avoid the few issues the RoboVac faced, I am not entirely sure they would be worth the increased cost. Its erratic movements mean I am not 100% sure it is has cleaned everything but overall, I have been very happy with it.
The fact that it is not app controlled make it extremely simple to use, you just press the start button and away it goes. I don’t think I would trust it to be my only source of cleaning but the beauty of it is that it minimises the daily cleaning. If I am perfectly honest, most weeks I only find time to vacuum around the house once. Some rooms, in particular, the kitchen, can start to look grubby by the end of the week. With this, I can let it do its thing a couple of times a week, and the house can stay relatively clean until I can thoroughly clean floors such as the kitchen and living room.
While it is not the absolute cheapest robot vacuum on the market, it is probably the best reviewed on Amazon, and at £209.99 I think it is well worth it.