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If you’ve visited us here at Robovac before, you’ll know that there’s always a little twinge of excitement when I get to take a new Eufy for a test run, and today it’s the turn of the Eufy RoboVac G30. The G-series is the latest generation from the company at the time of writing (September 2020) and builds on the success of iconic robot vacuums like the RoboVac 15C MAX and the 30C to deliver an even more powerful clean. I had the pleasure recently of reviewing the RoboVac G10 Hybrid, the first robot vacuum we’ve covered on the site designed specifically for hardwood floors. It was a fantastic machine, and if that’s a sign of what’s to come from the G-series, then we’re in for a treat with the G30.
- Impressive suction power in the sweet spot of 2,000 Pa
- Evolutionary navigation for a quicker, smarter clean
- Outstanding connectivity through the mobile app and with voice controls
- Plenty of spares in the box and impressively low-cost replacements
- View a map of the cleaning route in the app once complete
- Advanced drop sensors and return and recharge function
Eufy RoboVac G30 Price and Manufacturer Specs
- Smart Dynamic Navigation 2.0: Navigate faster and better than before. By thoroughly covering your entire house with logical route planning instead of random paths, RoboVac doesn't miss a spot.
- 2000 Pa of Hard-Hitting Suction: The ultra-strong 2000 Pa of suction power ensures more debris is picked up across all surfaces around the house, giving you noticeably cleaner floors.
- Control at Your Fingertips: Take full control of RoboVac from your smartphone. Review cleaning history, set scheduled cleaning, switch modes, and more on the app.
- Get a Boost: Automatically increase suction power with BoostIQ Technology to seamlessly transition from hard floors to carpets.
- What You Get: RoboVac G30, Charging Base, AC Power Adapter, 2 Side Brushes, Additional Unibody Filter, Cleaning Tool, 5 Cable Ties, Welcome Guide, and Our Worry-Free 12-Month Warranty.
Our Eufy RoboVac G30 Robot Vacuum Review
My immediate thought when getting my hands on the Eufy RoboVac G30 was that it represents an evolution rather than a revolution. To the untrained idea, it even looks almost identical to the 15C MAX, save for the addition of more than just a power button on the front. The 15C MAX has sat atop our list of the best robot vacuums for months now, but it has a new challenger from the very same company. I always like to compare specs and what jumped out immediately was the matching suction power between the G30 and the 15C MAX, with both putting out 2,000 Pa of cleaning power. Given that the most powerful robot vacuums that we’ve reviewed to date, the Bagotte BG800 and the Lefant T700, cap out at 2,200 Pa, it’s clear that Eufy wanted to spend less time boosting power, which is already in a sweet spot, and more on improving other features.
Those improvements come primarily from the onboard navigation system. The 15C MAX utilised the same first-generation navigation as the 30C and 11S MAX, which was perfectly adequate but, as evidenced by the G30, there remained room for improvement. In practice, the G30 shows more purpose when cleaning. It doesn’t technically have the same mapping and navigation controls as something like the Roomba 981, but it cuts down on cleaning time while also ensuring a more even coverage of the floor space in your home. There’s more on everything about this robovac as we proceed, so let’s get into some specifics.
In the Box
I love getting my hands on Anker products as they have a knack for luxurious packaging. As the robot vacuum subdivision, Eufy RoboVacs receive the same first-class treatment, and even opening up the G30 for the first time feel like an experience. However, that box will soon end up in the garage or basement, and the most important thing is the contents. As ever, they won’t let you down, and you’ll receive everything you need to start cleaning right away, along with all the spares and extras you might require to keep yourself going for months on end.
The centrepiece is the G30 itself, which is sleek and reassuring tough thanks to high-grade plastics and a reinforced fascia. It’s accompanied by the charging base and power cable, along with spare filters, a couple of extra side brushes and some cable ties to ensure no tangling of the power cord when the unit decides to head back home. You’ll also find a tool to clean the robot itself, which is more important than some might think. If sensors get dirty or moving parts get clogged, you won’t receive the cleaning performance you signed up for, but a once over once each month or so should be sufficient to keep your G30 working at peak capacity.
Cleaning and Capacity
The clean itself is nigh on identical to what you’d receive from the RoboVac 15C MAX, and that’s not a bad thing. While things can change at any moment, as I mentioned in the intro, that 15C MAX sat atop the list of best robot vacuums here at Robovac for several months and remains there as I compile this review. So, if nothing else, you’re getting the same cleaning power as you’d receive on the best robovac around, and that’s nothing to complain about. 2,000 Pa of suction is just short of the most powerful robot vacuums on the market, and unless you have a building site in your home, you won’t need any more than this to get the job done.
The form factor of the robot hasn’t changed all that much either, and the dust box is also interchangeable. At a capacity of 0.6 litres, it may fill itself up on the first run. However, if you then clean daily and stay on top of things, you can get away with emptying the bin once or twice each week.
Battery and Charging
Remember what I said about evolution over revolution? That was the case with cleaning power and capacity, and the same can be said of the battery too. Indeed, the G30 uses the exact same battery as its predecessor, and with equal cleaning power, it comes as no surprise to see that it performs in exactly the same way. That means 100-110 minutes of runtime on a full charge, and between five and six hours to recharge the robot from empty. Neither number is particularly outstanding compared to other manufacturers, as batteries for robot vacuums are much of a muchness. However, unless you live in a mansion or your home is split over four floors, the intelligent navigation on this device will ensure a full clean of all floor space on a single charge.
If the G30 does start to get low on juice when there’s plenty more cleaning to be done, it will automatically save enough power to get itself back to its base to commence recharging, and will then continue cleaning once it’s in a position to do so – unless you tell it otherwise.
Another reason why I’m particularly passionate about Eufy Robovacs is that they’re really quiet compared to most competitors. My older robot vacuum, which now carries out its duties upstairs, puts out about 62 dB and you definitely know it’s there. The Roomba 981, which is otherwise a fantastic cleaning machine, is even louder at about 70 dB. Like all modern Eufy robotic cleaners, the G30 puts them both to shame by putting out 55 dB on average, with a slight noise increase when the BoostIQ power boost comes into effect. If you’re not usually one for decibels, that makes it slightly quieter than an operational microwave.
The Eufy RoboVac G30 utilises a unibody filter, and one of the best things about it is that it’s washable. You don’t need to do anything fancy to get it clean either – simply run it under a tap and let anything clogged up in it wash away quickly, and you’ll be back to peak cleaning performance. It will need replacing eventually if you want to keep the G30 and its cleaning capabilities in tip-top shape, but Eufy has you covered with a spare filter in the box. If you want to stock up on spare filters right away, or have landed on this review because you need one, you can pick up a double pack of official Eufy filters for the princely sum of around £8 here.
In further good news, and potentially reinforcing my belief that this is an evolution of the 15C MAX, if you have older filters from that model or the 11S MAX lying around and plan to upgrade, they’ll fit into this device too!
I remember reviewing a Eufy RoboVac some time ago before this website even existed, and I was thrilled with the remote control. I still believe infrared remotes have a place in the robot vacuuming world, but Eufy has mostly phased them out on their midrange models and above. They favour mobile apps instead, and that’s the case on the G30. There isn’t a remote control with this one, and it doesn’t have the sensors to work with one from a previous device. Fortunately, the Eufy mobile app is among the best around.
You can operate the G30 simply by using the buttons on the unit itself, and you don’t have to connect it to wifi at all if you prefer not to. However, there’s so much functionality in the app that if you have an Apple or Android phone or tablet, I’d definitely recommend it. There’s also the cheap thrill of starting a clean from somewhere other than in the home, but that might just be me. The G30 is fully compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for voice control, and the app enables you to start and stop a clean, schedule cleans for the future and see where your G30 has cleaned and how long it took. It’s the same excellent app implementation that we’ve come to expect from Eufy and works as well on this unit as ever.
So, we’ve come this far, and I’ve basically reviewed the RoboVac 15C MAX all over again, but this is now the G30’s time to shine. Known as Smart Dynamic Navigation 2.0, the nav technology on the G30 embodies what the G series is all about. It uses gyro navigation and a newly implemented path tracking sensor to clean more efficiently than ever. The result, in layman’s terms, is a robot vacuum that will clean more intelligently than the Eufy RoboVacs that came before, and the importance of this cannot be overstated.
Firstly, it enables the G30 to report, via the app, where it has cleaned. If you like to do your cleaning while you’re in bed and out and about, there are no more questions about whether it made it into a certain room. Instead, you just fire up the app and see where it went on it’s most recent job. It also affects the battery, as while the cleaning and charging times are technically the same as on the 15C MAX, the G30 won’t need as long to do the same job. On paper, it doesn’t sound that impressive, but it can make a real difference to how efficiently your home becomes cleaner. While it doesn’t necessarily matter how long the job takes when you’re not doing it yourself, it’s a clear upgrade.
Eufy RoboVac G30 – Pros and Cons
- An outstanding clean every time thanks to high power and excellent navigation
- Utilises one of the best robot vacuum apps for scheduling and reporting
- Supremely quiet, operating in a way that won’t disturb conversations
- Not suitable for high-pile carpets or very dark flooring
- Not possible to set boundaries and no-go areas
- No remote control for those that don’t want to use the app
Eufy RoboVac G30 – The Verdict
I knew all along that the Eufy RoboVac 15C MAX wasn’t going to be the best robot vacuum out there forever, and it makes sense that it would be another Eufy RoboVac would take its crown. By any metric, the G30 is a direct upgrade as it either equals or betters the 15C MAX in every category while being targeted at an identical audience. Power, form factor and even the battery are all the same, but the team at Eufy has clearly put the bulk of their efforts into upgrading the navigation. The most significant consideration, therefore, becomes the price.
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Eufy, through the association with Anker, are masters of selling on Amazon, and they know a thing or two about special offers, vouchers and deals. I don’t always incorporate price comparisons in reviews, but on this occasion, I feel that it wouldn’t be complete without it. At their respective standard retail prices, the G30 is around £50/$65 more expensive than the 15C MAX. However, that’s before we consider lightning deals, daily offers, vouchers and all the other things that can impact on the price. Is the G30 worth that much more than the 15C Max? Possibly, as the upgrades are outstanding, but not essential if your budget doesn’t stretch that far. Previously, the 15C MAX was the best robot vacuum based on price and performance, along with all other factors. The G30 is the same but better. Below, you’ll see the live prices for the UK (and if you click the button, you’ll be taken to your local Amazon store). If the G30 is the same price or cheaper, it’s a no brainer. Even if both are selling for their standard retail price, I feel it’s worth paying slightly more for a newer, more future-proof model.
Eufy RoboVac G30 – Questions and Answers
Does the Eufy RoboVac G30 Move Between Carpets and Hard Floors?
Absolutely. The robust wheels on the device give it around 15mm of clearance from the floor, so standard risers and dividers between rooms won’t be a problem. It also did a great job of getting on and off the welcome mat. Of course, it also includes a drop sensor, so you can leave it unattended upstairs without any risk of it coming crashing down, as it can tell when a drop is too much for it to handle.
Can the Eufy RoboVac G30 Cope with Pet Hair?
Whether you’ve got carpets, hard floors or any other kind of surface in your home, the G30 will blast through pet hair of any kind like it wasn’t there. Indeed, by the time it’s finished, it won’t be!
Does the Eufy RoboVac G30 Work with Amazon Alexa and Google Home?
Yes. Voice control is an absolute breeze on the RoboVac G30 once you’ve hooked your device up to your wifi – just add the skill in your choice of smart speaker’s app, and it will recognise the command when you ask it to tell your RoboVac to begin cleaning.
Does the Eufy RoboVac G30 Store Maps?
The G30 doesn’t store maps but creates a new one as it cleans. It’s not possible to set no-go areas or otherwise interfere with the path – the maps on this device are for reporting back at the end of a clean rather than setting out instructions before it gets started.
Does the Eufy RoboVac G30 Work on Black Carpets?
If you’ve got dark carpets, you might have struggled in the past to find the ideal robot vacuum. The RoboVac G30 isn’t going to make life any easier in that regard, unfortunately. It uses the same infrared sensors as other models to work out where it is and where to go next, and darker colours can absorb that light, leading to errors. For that reason, it isn’t recommended either for high-pile or very dark carpets.
If you have any further questions about the Eufy RoboVac G30, please leave a comment below!
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