eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 11S (Slim) Review | 🇨🇦

The eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 11S is a slimmed-down version of the original RoboVac 11. It’s one of the most affordable robot vacuums eufy has in its arsenal. This little robot is best for maintenance cleaning on hard floors and low-pile carpet.

While it’s not quite as advanced in smart features as some of the higher-priced models, it does what it’s supposed to do, which is cleaning your floors. It has a lot going for it, including the very slim profile that allows it to get under more furniture and other low points than its bigger brothers.

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It also runs for over an hour, has a generously-sized dustbin, and BoostIQ to automatically adjust suction power when needed. No robot vac is perfect, though, and this one is no exception.

Let’s dive into the details so you can decide if this one’s right for you.

The Setup: Simple Enough

It’s pretty easy to get started with the eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 11S. Pull it out of the fairly uninspiring packaging, and all you really need to do is slot in the two brushes, plug it into the charger, and stick a couple of batteries into the remote. Yup, it’s dependent on a remote. Very 1990s, right? I won’t lie—it’s a noticeable downside to the device, albeit one that lends itself to less tech savvy users.

Despite that, I liked how speedy the setup was. While some robotic vacuum cleaners require you to set up sensors around the home, or need some time to map out an area, the eufy is ready to go within seconds. I placed the charging station against a wall in one room of the downstairs of my home, and that was about it—eufy was keen to get started. Probably because its surface had the impressive knack of instantly being dusty and attracting fingerprint marks. Yeah, don’t expect this to ever look as shiny as it does at the start. Its job is to clean up dirt, after all.

Of course, you’re going to need to robot-proof your home. The manual recommends you lift light mats, tuck away any protruding cables or wires (thoughtfully, they included a pack of cable ties to help with this task), and generally look out for anything that the eufy can snag onto. It’s wise to keep an eye on it the first time it wanders around your home just in case.

RoboVac 11S Suction

This slim robot delivers around 1,300 Pa of suction power for super-cleaning your floors and carpets. Compared to what’s out on the market, it doesn’t have the strongest suction power, but it’s more than enough for picking up dust, pet dander, cereal, and other common floor pollutants.

RoboVac 11S Size

The Eufy 11S is the slimmer version of the Eufy RoboVac 11+. The previous model stands 7,8 cm tall, but the 11S is only 7,2 cm. The shortness of this robot vacuum cleaner makes it much more capable of cleaning under your furniture and bed frame. The shorter they are, the better they are at navigating through tough spaces. At 7,8 cm tall, you’ll have a hard time finding a robot standing at a similar height that does what the 11S can do.

RoboVac 11S Cleaning Surfaces

Normally, robot vacuum cleaners have a difficult time switching from hardwood to carpets. Not with this model! The large-sized wheels allow the 11S to finish cleaning your tiles and hardwood floors before climbing onto shaggy carpets and rugs to do a thorough sweep. The wheels even allow the it to roll over obstacles like door ledges to clean every inch of your home.

RoboVac 11S Drop Sensing

One of the worst fears we have is that the robot vacuum will topple down a flight of stairs. The RoboVac 11S comes with drop-sensing technology that detects the heights of the area in front of it. The vacuum will automatically determine whether an obstacle can be rolled over or not. When it detects a possibility of falling, it will tuck tail and run away, resuming its vacuuming tasks elsewhere.

Verdict: Good But Not Great

How much you like eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 11S is really going to be down to how hands-on you want to be. Without that all important smartphone functionality, you won’t be able to get eufy to do stuff while you’re out running errands, nor will you be able to lie in bed treating him like a remote control car. The range on the remote isn’t that great.

Having said that, those same flaws make the eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 11S perfect if you’re looking for a robotic vacuum cleaner for someone that’s less tech savvy, such as an older relative. It’s as easy to operate as a TV remote, after all, and far from complicated. All robotic vacuum cleaners endear themselves to those with mobility issues, and the eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 11S covers all those needs.

As a tech fan, I find myself wanting a little more—like extra smartphone based interaction and the flexibility of IFTT—but then I look at how clean my floors look now and realize that, actually, that’s the most important thing of all. I’ll happily co-exist with this not so bright little robot.

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