Eufy Robot Vacuum Cleaner [BoostIQ] RoboVac 30C Review Rating
An excellent robotic vacuum that allows you to set up scheduling and no worry about it wandering off to other rooms thanks to the boundary strips.
Overall - 85%
Boundary strips offer a cheap alternative to mapping
Scheduling allows me to set and forget
boundary strips have limited placement options due to their size/look
Only good if it is priced appropriately against other eufy vacuums at the time of buying
I have covered several eufy Robvac vacuums, having reviewed the eufy RoboVac G10, RoboVac 11s, and RoboVac 11.
The latest model I have been sent is the RoboVac 30C, this is one of the Wi-Fi models offering scheduling, a remote control and boundary strips allowing to create zones that prevent the RoboVac passing over.
- Wi-Fi, Amazon Alexa, and the Google Assistant-compatibility mean 100% hands-free cleaning.
- Slim 2.85in profile glides under sofas and beds
- Super-strong 1500Pa suction power cleans up dust and fur
- Cleans for up to 100 minutes
- Use the included Boundary Strips to set up “no clean zones”
Eufy Robovac Comparison
There are a lot of Eufy Robovac options on Amazon with 15 items listed for robotic vacuums with the name eufy RoboVac sold by AnkerDirect. These range from the cheapest Robovac 11S at £190 to the most expensive with the recently launched Robovac G30 Edge.
One thing I have noticed with Anker/Eufy is that pricing is all over the place, it depends what offer they have on at the moment, or what product they particularly want to push.
Out of all the Robovac options, there are just four with boundary strips with the Robovac 30C being the cheapest at £230 (but £190 with voucher) then the Robovac 30 which appears to offer the same spec as this, but no Wi-Fi/app control is £260, and for a limited time, you can even get the RoboVac 30C MAX which is the same as this but with stronger suction at 2000Pa for just £210.
There is also the RoboVac L70 Hybrid which offers proper AI mapping, but it is not sold in the UK anymore for some reason.
|RoboVac 30C||RoboVac 30C MAX||RoboVac G30 Edge||RoboVac 30|
|Works with Amazon Alexa||Yes||Yes||Yes||no|
|Works with the Google Assistant||TBC||Yes||Yes||no|
|Navigation Technology||No||No||Smart Dynamic Navigation 2.0||No|
|Max Suction Power||1500Pa||2000Pa||2000Pa||1500Pa|
|BoostIQ Technology||2nd Gen||2nd Gen||2nd Gen||1st Gen|
|Dust Collector Capacity||0.6L||0.6L||0.6L||0.6L|
|Support for Boundary Strip Detection||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Boundary Strip||4 m / 13.2 ft||4 m / 13.2 ft||4 m / 13.2 ft||4 m / 13.2 ft|
|Filter||Unibody Filter||Unibody Filter||Unibody Filter||Unibody Filter|
|Surfaces Suitable for Cleaning||Hard Floors to Medium-Pile Carpets||Hard Floors to Medium-Pile Carpets||Hard Floors to Medium-Pile Carpets||Hard Floors to Medium-Pile Carpets|
|Noise Level (Decibels)*||55dB||55dB||56dB||55dB|
|Climbing Threshold||0.63 in/16mm||0.59 in/15mm||0.59 in/15mm||0.63 in/16mm|
|Cleaning Time||100mins||100 min||TBC||100mins|
|Charge time||300-360mins|| |
|Summer Discount||£189.99||£209.99||None||N/A (was £159.99)|
Set up is simple, you need to download the EufyHome app, sign up/sign in and follow the set up procedure which includes passing over your Wi-Fi password. The app itself doesn't need to be used often, in my opinion, the main thing would be to set up a schedule for your RoboVac. You can use it to manually stop/start and to change the cleaning mode, however, it is easier to use the included remote for this.
In our house, 90% of the usage is in the kitchen so we have hard floors and we do not particularly need the benefits of the high suction power the more expensive models offer. The 1500Pa has been plenty, and even when using it in the lounge with a carpet, it seems vacuum things well.
This lacks the Smart Dynamic Navigation the new G30 series has or the AI mapping the L70 has, so it moves around haphazardly. With our large L shaped kitchen dinner this can sometimes mean it was spending more time in the relatively clean dining area vs the kitchen area, but thanks to its long run time, it always seems to get everything, eventually.
While it does navigate the kitchen randomly, it seems to be a little better et negotiating obstacles better than our older 11 model, that just bashes into things then changes direction. This seems to get close to or gently nudge things then changes direction.
Previously, we had issues with our RoboVac escaping the room and either getting stuck or running out of battery in one of the other rooms. So the boundary strips have come in very useful here, allowing us to stop it going beyond the dining room. This allows the scheduling to work better for us; we don't have to remember to close the dining room door all the time.
However, the strips themselves are thick, ugly and don't have adhesive pre-applied to them. You get a few bits of double-sided stickers but not enough to mark out a lot of your room. With these being magnetic strips, it should be possible to place the strips on the underside of things, to hide them, if it is not too thick they should still work.
With it lacking mapping or much other functionality in the app, it is not always clear what this has or has not cleaned apart from just physically inspecting your room.
Like all robotic vacuums, the dust container is quite small, with our kitchen being high use, this does mean we need to remember to empty it quite frequently.
Price and Competition
I think the most likely alternative options to the RoboVac 30C come from eufy themselves, with options above and below this in terms of pricing. The previously mentioned 30C MAX or the new G30 Edge would be my alternatives out of the eufy range.
Ecovacs Robotics N79S for £169.98 – Cheaper with Wi-Fi but no boundary strips
Bagotte BG600 Robot Vacuum Cleaner for £170 with voucher – Cheaper with Wi-Fi and more cleaning modes, same suction strength but no boundary strips
Bagotte BG800 Robot Vacuum Cleaner for £249.99 (£220 with voucher) – More expensive but has mapping and higher 2200Pa suction.
Most of the robotic vacuums that offer mapping technology instead of boundary strips cost significantly more brands like Roomba can cost up to £1200, and the Dyson 360 Heurist is £799.
The inclusion of boundary strips is a simple but effective way of controlling where your robot vacuum cleaner goes. The combination of these and scheduling with its auto charging mean I can set it and forget it for my kitchen.
It is not without its flaws though; the exclusion strips are thick and wide so in our kitchen, we can't really have the strips permanently located around the dining table, as they are far too ugly would easily catch. It is obviously a far cheaper solution to implement than true mapping, and stopping it going through our doorway works well, which is perhaps the most important thing.
There is not much logic to its movements either, compared to the newer G30 with Smart Dynamic Navigation 2.0, this just aimlessly moves around. This is not too much of an issue for us, the battery last long enough that it always covers our large kitchen without issue, but if you want it to cover a full floor of a house you may want something smarter. It seems less boisterous than the Eufy RoboVac 11 we were previously using in the kitchen, that also lacks logic with its route but then will barge into things and people like an attention-seeking puppy.
Overall though, this is good, Eufy has a wide range of RoboVacs now, most of them are quite affordable so you can easily find something that fits your requirements.
I highlighted earlier that pricing of Eufy products is all over the place, so while the Eufy RoboVac 30C is excellent, I would always advise to see what other options they currently have on offer when you plan to buy.
As I write this, the eufy RoboVac 30C looks to be one of the better deals on at the moment, at just £189.99 after you apply the voucher.
The eufy RoboVac 30C MAX is worth considering being just £20 more (for a limited time) which offers 33% more suction.
On the flip side, the RoboVac 30 looks less appealing being £260 and lacking Wi-Fi.
Last update on 2021-09-19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API