Vacuuming sucks. Literally. One year, my idea of giving our adult sons robot vacs for Christmas was intended to help them with that odious chore. What a disappointment. I learned much later that both guys used their robot vacs for only a few months.
The Roombas were ridiculously noisy, needed constant supervision because they were so misbehaved, did a lousy job, and just more trouble than they were worth. But that was then and this is now:
Best Inexpensive Robot Vacuum
Years later, there’s a new robot vacuum in town and Eufy Anker RoboVac 30C Max, is its name. This is truly the best robot vacuum and my pick for Best Inexpensive Robovac. It has renewed my faith that robotic vacuuming is not only possible—it can be amazing.
Eufy Anker RoboVac 30C Max is extremely quiet, super slim, and works like a champ on hard floors and low-to-medium pile carpet with its 2000Pa suction—and easily goes from one to the other without supervision. It’s programmable, has multiple functions, and a killer battery that offers up to 40 minutes runtime on maximum suction—the setting I use for my low-pile carpet.
Connected to the EufyHome app, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant voice control services (sounds super complicated, I know, but it’s not!) you can accomplish your vacuuming needs with zero effort from you. I’ve run my Eufy Robot Vac almost daily since I got it. The amount of dirt, dust, hair, popcorn, and you-name-it that it picks up every day freaks me out a little. Eufy Anker Robo Vac 30C Max easily navigates over area rugs and isn’t even fazed by tassels or the occasional electrical cord. Note: Not for very dark-colored floors (robot vacs see that as a drop-off of some kind like a staircase or balcony) or deep-pile carpet.
Eufy Anker Robo Vac 30C Max comes with these boundary strips that I use when I want Guffy to work in a specific area. They remind me of the playpen we used when our boys were toddlers. Boundaries are good and these strips take care of that, which is so awesome!
This little thing is so smart, it knows when it needs to be recharged and finds its way back “home” to the charging dock for a refill. He is only 2.58 inches tall, which means he can go under furniture and beds without getting stuck. We call him Guffy and while he’s not perfect, I believe he’s the best inexpensive robot vacuum out there and we love him.
And here’s a bonus: This robot vacuum cleaner is so smart, it automatically increases suction power within 1.5 seconds when extra vacuuming strength is needed—so you get the best clean. Can you say pet hair? We don’t have pets but I’ve tested it with those who do and yes, excellent results.
This testimonial …
One of my staff members got a Eufy Anker RoboVac 30C Max about the same time I did. You can be sure that we’ve been comparing notes. Before you read his review, let me tell you that Max is not easily impressed. He has high standards and is intolerant of products that promise but cannot deliver.
Best robot vacuum for pet hair
As a homeowner with four cats, my vacuum and I have a very intimate relationship. I used to spend 30-40 minutes every day vacuuming up stray kitty litter, cat hair, and who knows what else.
I’ve always wanted a Roomba to help me with this process, but with them costing $900 and more for the higher end models, it was just out of my price range. I’m also an avid tech-nerd so when I saw that Eufy (by Anker, which is known for high-end mobile charging accessories) has its own robot vacuum (much cheaper than Roomba or Shark IQ), I bit the bullet.
All I can say is WOW. I wish I had this little guy years ago. It is the best robot vacuum for pet hair. Honestly, it has completely changed my life. I value my time immensely. I also have back issues so vacuuming wasn’t the most pleasant experience. Instead of three and a half hours a week of vacuuming upstairs, I spend maybe 10-15 minutes emptying out the Eufy RoboVac debris bin, cleaning the filters, and pulling any stuck hairs on the brushes.
Billy (yes I named it) also gets to places where I can’t, but cats can, like under the bed and sofas. I don’t really understand the method to his madness and navigation but he cleans my entire upstairs (four bedrooms) and gets EVERYTHING including edges of walls and around baseboards—areas I tend frequently to miss.
When Billy’s done making my house look magical, he wanders his way back to the base station and gets himself juiced up to clean the next day at his scheduled time. I just may get another Eufy Anker RoboVac 30C for downstairs—or maybe a whole army of Billy’s!
Because Eufy Anker RoboVac 30C Max is so lightweight and works well on its own, it is an ideal option for anyone with physical limitations, especially for my readers of age, who I hear from quite often asking for a lightweight vacuum that will do well on both hard and carpeted surfaces. This thing is totally amazing and just the ideal solution. It really is life-changing, but especially so for those for whom homekeeping has become challenging.
Here is what you get with RoboVac 30C Max: 13.2 ft boundary strips, remote control (2 AAA batteries included), charging base, AC power adapter, cleaning tool, extra set of high-performance filters, 4 side brushes, 5 cable ties, welcome guide, and worry-free 12-month warranty.
Boundary Strips, while not necessary, give you the option to determine a specific boundary so RoboVac cleans only the areas you want. You are the boss of Eufy!
Replacement parts (filters, side brushes, and roller brushes) are readily available in this accessory kit. While you won’t need to replace these items often, it’s nice to have them on hand so you don’t miss a [vacuuming] beat!
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