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Check the best-seller lists anywhere that you can buy robot vacuums, and you will see the Eufy RoboVac 30C somewhere near the top of the list. Picking up where the original RoboVac 30 left off, the 30C joins the RoboVac 11C and RoboVac 15C in the latest generation of RoboVacs at the time of this review. Eufy ranks among the most popular names in robot vacuum cleaners, and for good reason. We have every confidence that the 30C will prove to be a hugely impressive model as we put it through its paces in the full review below. It sits at the top of the Eufy range in terms of price, so the main question marks revolve around value for money. Will the 30C prove to be the best Eufy robot vacuum around, or will it be overshadowed by the newer 15C? All will be revealed in our thorough coverage.
- Fantastic suction power at 1,500 Pa, ranking it among the most powerful robot vacuums
- Impressive battery life and dust capacity for multiple cleans per charge
- Includes infra-red remote control
- Full Wi-Fi app support and voice activation through Amazon Alexa and Google Home
- BoostIQ technology to dynamically boost cleaning power as required
- Boundary strips included to seal off areas that do not require frequent cleaning
As an independent robot vacuum website, we always do our best to remain neutral. However, we have gone on record in the past to profess our fandom for Eufy and both generations of its robot vacuum cleaners. The Eufy RoboVac 30C is the high-end model from the manufacturer, coming in at the highest price point. It stands a fantastic chance of impressing if sales figures are anything to go by – check out robot vacuums on Amazon and you will generally find the 30C vying with its little brother, the RoboVac 11C, for bestseller status.
The 30C feels like a luxury model from the moment that it comes out of the box. It feels substantial without being heavy, and relatively luxurious to the touch rather than feeling like cheap plastic. The box contents will be familiar to anyone that has owned a Eufy RoboVac previously, with the main unit being joined by the welcome pack, 12-month warranty, base unit with charging cable and a whole host of accessories.
First up, we have the Eufy remote control, which is a familiar sight with any model and carries over from first-generation automatic vacuums cleaners. All models come with the same control, and while it may feel somewhat redundant given the extensive connectivity options of this unit, we appreciate the foresight. The remote itself is solid and works well, even if an infra-red connection limits it. As noted in our coverage of the Eufy RoboVac 15C, some people that will benefit most from a robot vacuum cleaner may not even have smartphones, let alone Alexa or Google Home. Nevertheless, they would likely prefer not to bend over and hit the button every time they want to clean. In spite of the robustness of the remote, we cannot see it adding much to the overall sale price, so we would prefer it being included than not. The inclusion of batteries to ensure that users are good to go is the icing on the cake.
Eufy has also gone big on the accessories. The 30C comes with cable ties, replacement side brushes and an extra set of filters. Our only slight criticism of these filters is that they are not HEPA rated, and so there are better options out there for allergy sufferers.
This immediately demonstrates bang for your buck, even at the highest price in the range, and the Eufy 30C has one more trick up its sleeve. The box also contains 13 feet of boundary strips. These strips are exclusively supported by Eufy RoboVacs in the 30 series, along with the 11C Pet Edition. Place them on the floor, and they are as good as a wall for keeping the robot vacuum out. They probably won’t match your carpet, but in rooms with trailing cables or high carpets, they can prove very handy – it is a feature that we would much rather be with than without.
With everything set up and ready to clean, we move on to performance. This is another area in which the slight upgrade in cost shows. Admittedly, this is not the most potent Eufy RoboVac around – the honour is reserved for the newer Eufy RoboVac 15C which replaced the 12 – but 1,500 Pa will pick up all but the most stubborn dirt. BoostIQ is on hand as ever to detect areas that require more power, and it is deployed immediately to avoid prolonging the overall cleaning time.
If you are in the market for a robot vacuum, the chances are that you have already sized up the RoboVac 11C. That is also a fantastic machine, but the limitations stem from its inability to cope with anything more than hard floors and thin carpets. If you have gone slightly more luxurious in your choice of floor décor, then the 30C is a natural progression, able to cope with all but the thickest of carpets and rugs. For that, you will have to look outside the Eufy range, as this is as good as it gets currently.
We briefly touched on the connectivity of this device, and you will be hard-pressed to find anything better, regardless of price point. The smart vacuum hooks into your Wi-Fi, and that brings with it a wealth of connectivity options. The app is basic but enables scheduling, and the start of cleaning from basically anywhere and adding the RoboVac 30C to your network will also enable Amazon Alexa and Google Home to enter the mix. This mainly involves voice activation for the time being, but we are sure intrepid applet developers will soon come up with ways to make robot vacuums dance and all sorts.
Run time on a full charge clocks in at 100 minutes, while a full charge takes around 5 hours. Both are pretty standard for Eufy robot vacuums and should be excellent for cleaning small and medium homes daily. The dust box can keep up too with its 0.6-litre capacity.
Eufy RoboVac 30C – Pros and Cons
- Oustanding connectivity between Wi-Fi, smart home products and remote control
- Controllable cleaning patterns with the use of boundary strips
- Quiet cleaning at 55 dB – the same as a standard microwave
- No further control over cleaning patterns beyond boundary strips
- Most expensive Eufy robot vacuum cleaner
- Unsuitable for thicker carpets and rugs
Eufy RoboVac 30C – The Verdict
The Eufy RoboVac 30C is the flagship model in the company’s range. It is the priciest model but does not clock in at a price point that will make you run away in terror. In coming from Anker, veritable masters of Amazon sales, there is usually some kind of special deal on. Even at full price, the 30C feels like a bargain with cleaning power to rival more expensive models and connectivity that cannot be beaten regardless of which price point you decide to go in at. The remote control is a nice touch that will enhance the appeal to those that cannot use the app and Wi-Fi for activating their robot cleaner, while the boundary strips are likely to be a deal-maker for this device for anyone that fancies a tangible upgrade on the haphazard cleaning patterns found so regularly on robot vacuums at this price point. The 12-month warranty is a perk and Eufy, with their Anker relationship, have plenty of goodwill among the customer base to to go around.
Eufy RoboVac 30C Review
The closest competitor to this robot vacuum just so happens to come from elsewhere in the Eufy range in the form of the RoboVac 15C. We have acknowledged before that technology moves fast in the robot cleaning world, and even with just nine months between launches, there have been a few slight improvements on the 15C. It outdoes the 30C in suction power by 500 Pa, although there comes the point where you have enough cleaning power, and we feel that the 30C is there. Otherwise, these models are the same shape, size and weight, while also sharing the same connectivity options. So, what sets them apart? The 30C usually comes in at around £20 more, and for that, you get the boundary strip in the box, as well as the capability to use it. If you need to seal off certain areas of your home from your RoboVac, then the 30C is the way to go. If not, the RoboVac 15C is cheaper, and that is what enables it to score ever so slightly higher.
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