Eufy HomeVac Lightweight Review
Pros: Great battery life, quiet
Cons: Subpar at cleaning hard floors, doesn’t clean under furniture well
Our Analysis and Test Results
The lightweight and quiet Eufy HomeVac has one of the longest runtimes out of the models we tested, but falls a little short when it came to cleaning performance. It did a good job on lighter messes but struggled with more difficult ones. It's not awesome, but doesn't cost too much and can sometimes be found at a reduced price. If you want a relatively inexpensive vacuum for light messes and you can find it on sale, then the Eufy might be a solid pick, but is definitely outmatched by our award winners.
We bought the top models of stick vacuums available on the market today, then tested them head-to-head to determine which vacuums came out on top. The Eufy wasn't one of them, but the following sections give more information on how it performed and why it scored what it did. We used four weighted rating metrics to assess performance: Convenience, Hard Surface Leveling, Ease of Use, and Carpet Cleaning, with each metric receiving weight proportional to its significance.
Earning the most weight out of all the other rating metrics, Convenience takes credit for 35% of the final score for each vacuum. This metric consisted of testing how well each vacuum handled cleaning surfaces other than your floor, it weight, battery life, and how it could be stored — whether it could stand upright on its own or if it needed a wall mount. The Eufy gave a decent performance in this metric, earning a 6 out of 10 for its metric.
The Eufy doesn't have any way to easily clean non-floor surfaces, earning it the lowest score of the bunch for this metric. It can't transform into a handheld model and includes no attachments for cleaning non-floor areas. It's about average in terms of weight, measuring in at 5.5 lbs, putting it squarely in the middle of the group, as shown below.
This cordless model did distinguish itself by having one of the longest runtimes at full power of the entire group, as shown in the chart below. It lasted for over 26 minutes.
Unfortunately, this does mean that it takes decently long to charge, only completely recharging after 5.5 hours in our test. This vacuum can stand up on its own or be stored with the included wall mount.
Hard Surface Cleaning
Moving on to assessing the cleaning performance of these products, our Hard Surface Cleaning metric made up 30% of the aggregate score for each vacuum. We used oats, rice, flour, Cheerios, and pet hair as our sample types of debris, evaluating each vacuum on how well it collected each type of debris and how long it took to satisfactorily clean it. The Eufy didn't score particularly well in this metric, earning a 4 out of 10 for its subpar efforts.
This vacuum did an average job at collecting oats, only taking about 1.5 passes to collect everything and only flinging a few oats to the side. It also did a decent job at collecting flour from the hardwood floor, doing a great job at getting flour off the surface of the boards but struggling to extract it from the cracks between boards.
This model delivered an abysmal performance in our cereal collection and rice collection evaluations. This vacuum created a mild disaster when collecting the rice, flinging them around — even when using the low power mode. When it came to collecting Cheerios, this model simply pushed them around, rather than actually collecting them and it was quite difficult to maneuver the vacuum to get it to collect any of them at all. However, the Eufy finished out this test with an alright showing when it came to collecting pet hair, though it did tend to accumulate hair on the brush roll that needed periodic removal.
Ease of Use
Following our Hard Surface Cleaning metric, Ease of Use came next in significance, accounting for 20% of the total score. We compared how loud each vacuum was, the included accessories, how well it cleaned close to edges and corners of a room, under furniture, and the available power options. The Eufy scored reasonably well in this metric, earning a 6 out of 10 for its performance.
This model has a high and low power cleaning mode, but no option to turn off the rotating brush head — much to our dismay, after the explosion of rice in our prior cleaning test. The Eufy also did quite well at cleaning along the edge of the room, even without any dedicated attachment.
It didn't do as well at cleaning under furniture, only reaching about 9.75" under our simulated sofa — a stark comparison to the 37.5" of the top models.
This model is one of the quietest models of the entire group, as shown in the chart below.
This model included no additional accessories and has swivel steering, but it is somewhat limited.
Finishing out our testing process, we assessed how well each stick vacuum did at cleaning carpet, testing on both low-pile and medium-pile carpet. We used the same types of sample messes from our hard floor cleaning tests for this metric, which accounted for the remaining 15% of the total score. The Eufy gave a slightly above average showing, earning it a 6 out of 10 for its efforts.
This model did a great job at cleaning up the rice, doing an average job on the flat carpet and an excellent one on the fluffier carpet, matching the Dyson V8. However, it did relatively poorly at collecting flour, earning one of the lowest scores of the bunch.
This vacuum did do a decent job at collecting Cheerios, though it did leave some residual crushed cereal dust after it had finished. It also would push them around a bit, but would eventually collect the vast majority. It also did quite well at collecting oats, getting all of the debris in 2-4 passes, rivaling the performance of the BLACK+DECKER. It did an alright job at collecting pet hair, though the hair would tend to accumulate on the brush roll and needed to be cleaned periodically, similar to hard floors.
The Eufy is an average stick vacuum at an average price — not a great value if it's not on sale, but definitely not really overpriced.
The Eufy HomeVac Lightweight is an alright stick vacuum, but wasn't one of our favorites. The lack of versatility at cleaning non-floor areas really sets it back, but if you want a simple stick vacuum for light cleanup on carpets and you can find it on sale, then the Eufy would be a decent choice. Otherwise, there are definitely other products out there that would better serve your needs.
— David Wise and Austin Palmer