Vacuuming sucks. Literally. My idea of giving our adult sons robot vacuums for Christmas one year was intended to help them with that odious chore.
What a disappointment. I learned much later that both robots got thrown out after only a few months because they were ridiculously noisy, needed constant supervision and just more trouble than they were worth. They were annoying and couldn’t do the job.
But that was then and this is now: There’s a new robot vacuum in town and Eufy RoboVac II+* is his name.
From the same folks who make the Eufy Stick Vac (which we love around here), this robot has renewed my faith that robotic vacuuming is not only possible—it can be amazing.
Eufy RoboVac II+ (about $250) is extremely quiet and works like a champ on hard floors and low-pile carpet (although not suitable for very dark hardwood). It’s programmable, has multiple functions and a killer battery that offers at least a full hour of runtime on maximum suction, the setting I use for my low-pile carpet.
I’ve run it 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 RoboVac II+ I easily navigates over area rugs and isn’t even fazed by tassels or the occasional electrical cord.
This little thing is so smart, it knows when it needs to be recharged and (most of the time) finds its way back “home” to the charging dock for a refill. He is only 3.1 inches tall, which means he can go under furniture and beds. We call him Guffy and while he’s not perfect (now and then he gets stuck), I believe he’s the best inexpensive robot vacuum out there and we love him.
One of my staff members got a Eufy RoboVac II+ 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.
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 up to $900 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 (an offshoot of Anker, which is known for high-end mobile charging accessories) was releasing its own robot vacuum (much cheaper than Roomba), I bit the bullet.
All I can say is WOW. I wish I had this little guy years ago. 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 II+ storage 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 to frequently 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 RoboVac II+ for downstairs—or maybe a whole army of Billy’s!
*Updated Jan. 16, 2017 to reflect the new Eufy RoboVac II+ with Power Boost Technology, upgraded 3-point cleaning system and nigh capacity Li-ion Battery that delivers 100 minutes of constant, powerful suction!