RoboVac makes a clean sweep of the housework

Most of us would admit that housework is not something we enjoy doing, but thankfully there are some technological solutions that can make our lives just a tad easier.

I have to preface this review by saying that I don’t have any carpets in my home, but for the sake of being thorough, I did use a rug as a substitute for testing. However, the majority of my test floors where either wood or tile.

Robotic vacuum cleaners have been around for over a decade, and the Eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 30C has a few generations of tweaks and improvements that make it a mature and refined device that you can depend on.

The 30C has built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, which allows it to be controlled via smartphone from anywhere and it also supports Alexa. Smartphone apps and virtual assistance might not be your thing, don’t worry, the RoboVac also comes with a remote control. It can’t change the channels on your TV, but it can set the 30C off cleaning your floors.

The 30C has a cylindrical shape with large rubber spring loaded wheels underneath that are powerful and capable of scaling over saddle boards and ridges on floors. It’s just over 7cm tall and it had no trouble going under my couches, which is otherwise a difficult place to get at. The 30C comes with nearly four metres of self-adhesive magnetic strip that can be placed on the floor to section off no-go areas.

In terms of cleaning ability, the 30C uses two edge-cleaning brushes on either side underneath to bring dust and debris towards the centre where there’s a rotating brush that has the vacuum above it sucking everything up into a collection bin. The edge-cleaning brushes work very much like street cleaning machines allowing the 30C to remove dirt from wall edges and even corners.

The powerful suction motors have an impressive 1,500 pascals of suction, which during my testing didn’t struggle to suck up dirt and even heavy debris, but most importantly for me, pet hairs.

The 30C uses brushless motors that have many advantages over brushed motors including power, longevity and less noise. This isn’t to say the 30C is silent, but it was way quieter than I was expecting. Also, using BoostIQ Technology, it will automatically increase suction power within 1.5 seconds when extra vacuuming strength is needed.

The setup using your smartphone is incredibly easy and doesn’t require any serious technological knowledge. Once you install the free EufyHome app onto your smartphone it will walk you through setting up a free account and connect the 30C to your home WiFi. You can use the app like you would the remote control. To do an Auto Clean press the large play button, set schedules, press the locate icon that will emit loud beeping sounds to help you find the RoboVac in your mansion or send it back home to the base station for charging. If you want to turn by control, simply press the directional arrow buttons on the screen.

With my Amazon Alexa, once I enable the Eufy Home skill, I was able to tell the 30C to start a cleaning session or to go home, sending it back to the charging station. Failing all of that, there’s a physical button on the top of the 30C that when pressed will send the robot off on a cleaning session and pressing it again will cause it to pause.

So, how does it know where to go? Well, in Auto Mode, the 30C randomly wanders around the house, bear in mind, it can’t open doors, so you have to leave them open. When it comes to a wall or object that doesn’t move, it bumps off it and redirects itself. There’s also a Single-room mode where it will vacuums the floors in one room by moving back and forth and side-to-side until the floor is clean. If you need to clean a small mess you can set the 30C on that spot and it will move in a spiral pattern to clean up the mess. In Edge Mode, it will drive and vacuum alongside the walls.

One of the things I really love about the 30C is how easy it is to clean and maintain. The bin, where all the dirt is collected, just clips in and is easy to remove. It contains two filters and you get a spare in the box. I found the most efficient way to use the RoboVac 30C was to have it do a daily cleaning session. This way, the floors are always clean with little to no effort on my part other than emptying the bin container each day.

The 30C has no trouble getting around and will clean an entire house if it has access. However, it can’t climb stairs, but thankfully, it can’t fall down stairs either thanks to the integrated drop-sensing technology. The RoboVac 30C uses nine object sensors to avoid most objects without having to bump into them, but a large bumper on the front is also used where the sensors don’t work.

The rechargeable battery will allow the 30C to clean up to 100 minutes, but takes up to five hours to fully charge.

In the box, you’ll find spare filters and edge-cleaning brushes which are easy to replace. The main brushes unclip easily too, which I found great because I had to pluck pet hairs from it regularly. Eufy even throws in cable ties to help you organise cables to avoid them getting stuck in the vacuum. If the RoboVac does get stuck under something or if an object like a plastic bag gets stuck in the roller, it will stop and turn itself off and wait for you to get it unstuck.

The Eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 30C takes the effort out of backbreaking vacuuming. Those who love the hard working involved in vacuuming should steer clear of the RoboVac 30C.

RoboVac 30C is available from at £269.99.

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