Our test of the Eufy automatic vacuum cleaners started exactly in February two years ago with RoboVac 11 (199.99 euros), a model that had literally surprised us mainly for the suction power and the precision in cleaning in relation to the sale price especially if you compare it with the giants of the sector.
Just last September the company put its hand back to its jewel by launching RoboVac 11S (219.99 euros), a version that in just 20 euros difference brings numerous and important improvements, starting from the greater power of the aspirator up to adjustments of small details who perfect an already excellent product.
A few months after the release of this model for RoboVac 12, (249.99 euros), an update that we have not tried because, compared to the predecessor, it offered only a slight upgrade to the suction system (at a cost increased by 30 euros) . Instead, we asked the manufacturer to try RoboVac 30C (299.99 euros), the top of the series range. It arrived on the market a few days ago and offers all the improvements of the model 12 with the addition of two goodies for those who love home automation: WiFi for control via app from smartphone and tablet and support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
In the box we find:
- four brushes (two to be installed before use, two for replacement after wear
- Replacement filter (the other already installed in the dust collection tank)
- Cleaning and maintenance tool
- Remote control remote control
- x2 AAA batteries for powering the remote control
- two magnetic coils (these are the boundary strips we will talk about later)
- set of 3M stickers for the boundary strips
- Power cord
- Charging base
- Cable tie set to keep cables tidy
- Manuals and warranty sheet
Eufy RoboVac 30C maintains its brothers' style and design and practically identical to the previous model except for the design printed on the front surface, practically a series of curved lines that in a certain sense remind us of the presence of wireless connectivity.
In this regard, an LED indicator marked with the WiFi symbol has been added, thanks to which it will be possible to know at a glance the connection status of the vacuum cleaner with the home router.
For the rest the materials are the same (glass plate to cover the upper surface, high quality polycarbonate for the rest of the external structure) of the previous models. The brushes are enhanced by some mini-bristles which keeps the most stubborn dirt away from the roller for rotation and the On / Off switch is now protected by a transparent silicone cap that completely protects the button from the possible ingress of dirt and dust.
If you want to deepen the aesthetic analysis, we refer you to the review of the previous model (Chapter 2: Com made), identical to the new one if not for the few clarifications reported above. Here you will also find a detailed description of the various cleaning modes within Chapter 3: How it works in that they are the same, both in terms of type and mode of operation. In addition we find only one mode, called Quick, which activates cleaning for only 30 minutes after which the vacuum cleaner will turn off to save battery. It is an excellent solution to completely clean a single room (taking care to close the doors to prevent it from moving elsewhere).
Remote control operation
If you are not interested in Smart functions, then Eufy RoboVac 30C will not be different from the previous ones. In fact, in the package there is the remote control to control it even without a smartphone. Just insert the batteries, turn on the vacuum cleaner through the switch on the bottom and press the button A (Automatic). The vacuum cleaner will receive the command and start cleaning the floor, self-adjusting the suction power based on the amount of dirt that is detected by the sensors.
We would like to point out the presence of a sort of legend on the back of the remote control, which describes the meaning of the various symbols printed on the buttons and will certainly be of help for those who buy a device of this type for the first time.
There is only one big difference compared to the previous models: the remote control does not have a screen and there is no way to program the daily cleaning without going through the WiFi. But this is a good thing and we will tell you about it very soon.
We finally come to the news of this vacuum cleaner. C WiFi, which means that you can also control with your smartphone directly from the EufyHome app available for free on the App Store for iPhone and iPad and Play Store for Android smartphones and tablets. So if you are on the sofa and you are replying to an email, you will not have to get up and look for the remote control because the robot will respond to your actions typed directly from the app via wireless and therefore there will not even be an infrared limit: it can practically be controlled freely even if there is it is located downstairs and in any case out of sight (as long as it is reached by the router's WiFi signal).
Manual control with the EufyHome app
The application replicates all the functions on the remote control. The user interface is clean and minimal and features the joystick accompanied by the play / pause button in the center of the screen, while on the lower bar there are 4 sections:
- Mode: here you can activate the four different cleaning modes (Auto, Edge, Spot, Quick)
- Base: one click to return the vacuum cleaner to the base
- Find: a click to let the vacuum cleaner emit a series of acoustic sounds that will help us find it if we lose sight of it (because maybe it got stuck under the bed or under a piece of furniture)
- Program: from here it is possible to program automatic cleaning. In practice, you can set a specific time for each day of the week and decide when Eufy RoboVac 30C will have to start cleaning according to your preferences. For example, you can switch on at a pre-established time when you are sure that all the tenants in the house have left to go to school / work and have the floor swept back when they return (with the vacuum cleaner already self-recharged to perhaps start a second manual cleaning) . The programming of the previous models could only be carried out at a pre-established time with no choice of days, while here total control.
As we said, the biggest advantage of the app compared to the remote control given by the WiFi operation, which does not require pointing the phone in the direction of the vacuum cleaner as they communicate through the wireless network. You can control it even at great distances and, for those who never give up the smartphone, you will have control of the device at any time. Only care: the phone must be connected to the same WiFi network to which the vacuum cleaner is connected.
Configure Eufy RoboVac 30C to WiFi very simple as the various steps are explained in detail within the app. In short, it is necessary to enter the WiFi password in the app when requested, then temporarily connect to the WiFi of the vacuum cleaner by selecting the Eufy item (followed by the unique number of the device) in the list of available WiFi networks, then wait for the connection between the vacuum cleaner and the router (generally less than 1 minute).
If you encounter problems during the first configuration (you realize this because the WiFi symbol flashes quickly without being able to hook onto the router) you can reset the vacuum cleaner and start over. In the manual not explained how to do it but we tell you: turn on the vacuum cleaner from the lower switch, then hold down the On / Off button on the upper edge for more than 10 seconds, until it emits an acoustic signal and the WiFi symbol does not return to flash slowly.
Voice commands with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant
Eufy RoboVac 30C can also be controlled via voice commands. It is compatible with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, however when we write this option, it is only active in English. For the record, however, we tried this function and we can say that it works really well.
In the case ofGoogle Assistant, before starting to send commands, the system must speak with the vacuum cleaner (the command: Ok Google, talk to RoboVac). The first time you will be asked to connect to the Eufy account, while afterwards it will be immediately possible to control the vacuum cleaner with only voice commands – for example Ok Google, ask RoboVac to start cleaning to start automatic cleaning (replace start with stop to stop it), Ok Google , ask RoboVac to go home to send the vacuum cleaner to the charging base and Ok Google, ask RoboVac to find my robot to make it ring if you have lost sight of it.
With Amazon Alexa instead just look for the EufyHome – RoboVac skill in the store, then tap the Enable button to activate it. After logging into your account, you can use Amazon voice assistant compatible devices to control the vacuum cleaner with commands similar to the previous ones (just replace Ok Google, talk to RoboVac with Alexa, ask RoboVac. For example, to start cleaning you will need to use the Alexa command, ask RoboVac to start cleaning).
At the moment, as we said, this convenient feature available only in English. We asked the company if and when the Italian language will also be available: we will not fail to update you as soon as we receive an answer.
Who does not know the system invited to read Chapter 4: Impressions of use of the previous model as the quality of cleaning practically the same. The excellent aspiration and, although it has been enhanced, in reality we have not encountered big differences compared to the previous model which, on paper, is less performing. The device cleans very well and does not leave even a speck of dust behind.
A significant upgrade compared to previous models instead offered by the delimitation strips included in the package. They are basically heavy magnetic strips that can be fixed in the points or near the areas from which the vacuum cleaner will have to keep away.
It is a good thing, for example, to fix them under the carpets with tassels to avoid that, in our absence, the vacuum cleaner can get closer, try to climb it and get stuck with the filaments. In fact, these robots are able to overcome light steps and clean carpets no thicker than about 1 centimeter.
Another idea is to place the strips at the entrances of the areas from which you must keep away, such as a closet where several objects are piled up or, if used in public places, away from the entrance area to prevent it from leaving the shop . It can be a good idea especially in case of rain, as it will prevent it from falling over water residues left by dripping coats and umbrellas.
Anyone who has purchased one of the previous ritrover models, in Eufy RoboVac 30C, has the same attention to detail, the same quality of materials and identical cleaning performance. It is a product that over the years we have been able to appreciate day after day and that we consider among the best in the sector especially in relation to the price for which it is proposed.
In the case of Eufy RoboVac 30C the discourse becomes a little different because the price begins to be significant: 299.99 euros are close to the current 329.90 euros of the Roomba 671 of iRobot, a company that is considered among the best manufacturers of vacuum cleaners.
Both models share most of the functions – voice control and via app – and guarantee complete floor cleaning, however Eufy's vacuum cleaner offers the very comfortable delimitation strips that other competitors do not have (for the Roomba c the Virtual Wall, but available only on higher-end models).
A praise therefore to Eufy who with RoboVac 30C managed to guarantee the same quality at a slightly lower price than its more direct competitor. The next step that we expect to see the competitor of Roomba 960, capable of mapping the house and offering even more precise cleaning.
- Top quality
- Control via app via WiFi
- Complete weekly programming
- Alexa and Google support (for now only in English)
- Boundary strips in packaging