While we found the ideas of a sub-$250 robot vacuum to be quite appealing, the Eufy RoboVac 11+ fared quite poorly in the bulk of our tests. The Eufy does do a good job of avoiding becoming stuck, but it is very sporadic in the areas of your home that it does cover and doesn't even clean the ones that it covers very well, particularly struggling with cleaning up pet hair.
Eufy RoboVac 11+ Review
Pros: Decent at navigating
Cons: No smart features, lackluster at cleaning, awful at picking up pet hair
Our Analysis and Test Results
This robot finished right at the back of the entire group, right behind the Ecovacs Deebot. These robots perform quite similarly, but the Ecovacs has a greatly increased set of smart features and functions for only about $20 more.
To determine the scores for each robot and to see which ones really merit winning an award, we purchased all of the most promising and highly rated robots and rated and scored their performance in a set of head-to-head challenges. The results of the Eufy are shown below, split up into six rating metrics, each weighted based on their overall significance.
For this group of tests, we were looking for robots that could successfully navigate around the various types of furniture and obstacles typically encountered at home without becoming stuck, as well ones that could quickly and efficiently return to their charging base when commanded to. These all combine to account for 30% of the overall score, with the Eufy receiving a 6 out of 10 for its performance.
This model handled our furnished room quite well, though it would take what felt like forever to extricate itself from some of the more cramped areas, bouncing around under the dining room table and chairs for quite some time before stumbling on the way out.
This robot weirdly struggled more than the other semi-random robots at locating its base when it was in the same room as it, but did much better when it was in a different room. It was the only one of these robots to follow some sort of systematic method of driving home, tracking along a wall until it was in direct sight of the base, then heading straight for it. All of the other robots that didn't systematically clean bounced around aimlessly until they spotted their base, then headed towards it.
The Eufy also drives under low furniture without incident — provided it physically fit — and its edge detection sensors never triggered a false-positive when driving over transitions from light to dark colored flooring.
For this metric, accountable for 20% of the total score, we assessed how much of your home each robot actually cleaned, as well as its ability at handling multiple rooms, spot cleans, and if you could delineate no-go zones where you don't want the robot to clean. The Eufy delivered a lackluster set of results, earning it a 4 out of 10.
This robot tended to get stuck in loops in our furnished room tests, extremely overcleaning some areas and entirely omitting others. There is no barrier system included with this robot, so you will have to construct a physical barricade across areas where you don't want the robot to enter.
The spot clean on the Eufy is about average, covering about 12.6 sq. ft. as it spirals in and out from the starting point.
Unfortunately, this robot will only really clean a single room at a time and will not automatically return home and recharge if the battery drops. You can try having it clean multiple rooms, but its semi-random nature means that its sporadic home coverage will become even worse the larger the area it is tasked to clean.
For our Carpet Cleaning metrics, we looked at how near the edges and corners of a room the robot could clean, as well as its proficiency at sucking up all kinds of typical household messes. The Eufy again did below average, earning a 4 out of 10 for this group of tests, which together are responsible for 15% of the total score.
This robot didn't do amazingly well at cleaning close to the boundaries of a room, leaving some of the most leftover mess around the edges and corners of our robot pen.
It also did very poorly at collecting flour, leaving behind plenty of mess.
It did do much better at collecting rice, performing above average on both flat, low-pile carpet and on fluffier, medium-pile carpet. The Eufy only left behind a little less than ⅛ of a teaspoon in both cases. Oat were a bit more of a struggle, with a bit more left behind in the flat carpet test and even more residual on the fluffy carpet.
For the last test, we used mini-wheats to see how each one did with larger particles. The Eufy was hit or miss in terms of performance, but it usually had about a 50% success rate on both types of soft flooring.
Hard Surface Cleaning
The Eufy RoboVac 11+ performed identically in our Hard Surface Cleaning metric, again earning a 4 out of 10 for its less than desirable performance. We used a section of hardwood laminate flooring for these tests, which are also worth 15% of the overall score.
The Eufy actually cleaned a little closer to the edges of our test pen on the hard floors, only leaving a strip of leftover material that measured about 3.5" across.
However, it did much worse at collecting flour, squeegeeing the majority of it around rather than actually collecting any of it. It also isn't powerful enough to get any of the flour in the cracks between the boards.
This robot continued its poor showing when tasked with collecting rice or oats, tending to fling almost as many away as it actually picked up.
Finally, it failed to collect any mini-wheats, lacking the clearance to drive over them and merely plowing them around instead.
Our Pet Hair metric is worth 10% of the overall score, with the Eufy RoboVac delivering an abysmal performance, meriting a 2 out of 10.
We spread out pet hair on both low-pile and medium-pile carpet, with the Eufy only collecting around 7% of the hair we put out on the fluffy carpet and about 6% from the flat carpet.
The Eufy also fared poorly in our final metric, which is responsible for the last 10% of the overall score. The Eufy essentially lacks any sort of smart or networked features, so it earned another 2 out of 10 for its meager showing.
This robot lacks any smart home capabilities and does not have a smartphone app, but it does have a dedicated handheld remote.
You can set a scheduled daily clean with it, but you can't adjust which days it will run or have different times on different days. You can also control the other functions with the remote, such as spot clean, edge clean, return home, or do a full clean. Additionally, there are also a few rudimentary actions that can be initiated directly from the robot, but you are definitely going to be out of luck for many of this robot's features if you happen to lose the remote.
While this robot is inexpensive, it did deliver one of the worst performances of the group, so you get what you pay for.
The Eufy might work if there is only a single room that is only ever lightly-soiled, but will probably disappoint for anything beyond that.
— David Wise and Austin Palmer