With everyday life becoming more hectic than ever, it can be tough to find the time to do everything you need to in the run of a day. Wouldn’t it be great if one of your time-consuming daily chores could be taken care of for you, completely hands-off? With the advancement of technology, it isn’t just a dream anymore. Robot vacuums have existed for a few years now, but many people have yet to make the switch.
We’re at a point in which there are a lot of options available on the market with varying degrees of features and reliability. It’s hard to know which one to go for so today we’re going to take a look at two of the top contenders, the EufyRobovac 11 and the iRobot Roomba 650.
- 3-point cleaning system (2 side brushes, one cylindrical roller brush, and suction)
- Sensors to avoid collisions and falls
- Rubber front bumper
- Automatic cleaning schedule
- 12-month warranty
The EufyRobovac 11 is the cheaper of the two models, and it shows in its features. The most glaring omission isthat no virtual walls are available to keep the robot within a specified area. However, it does come with a remote.
Cheaper doesn’t mean it’s bad by any means. This model performs well on most surfaces and collects a lovely amount of dirt in the process. Its movements can seem a little erratic at times but will eventually find its way around to cover the entire floor surface.
The bumper comes in handy because it doesn’t always recognizethin table or chair legs. The bumper ensures no damage is done to the robot or your furniture on contact. If it does happen to bump into anything it will just turn and continue on its way.
The included remote allows you to program up to seven automatic daily cleaning sessions, one for each day of the week. It can also be used to take direct control of the robot via the directional buttons, which is useful if the robot gets stuck or if you want it to focus more on a particular area.
Most pet hair is quickly dealt with by the Robovac 11, but it can have a little difficulty with larger tufts or longer strands. It comes with a handy cleaning tool for this exact situation, which is nice and works well, but it’s still something of which to take note.
iRobot Roomba 650
- 3-point cleaning system (one side brush, 2 cylindrical roller brushes, and suction)
- Multiple sensors for maximum awareness of surroundings
- Makes automatic adjustments for various surface types
- Automatic cleaning schedule
- 1-year warranty
- Virtual wall included
The Roomba 650 does not come with any method of control other than the buttons on the actual robot. These buttons are mainly used to set predefined cleaning schedules or to start a cleaning cycle immediately. Some might argue that these machines are intended to be used hands-off, and that certainly is true, but it’s nice to have the option to take control.
With that said, the Roomba 650’s navigation capabilities are some of the best in the industry. It uses the patented “iAdapt Navigation” technology to adjust to changes in your floor’s surface. The sensors are so advanced that it even knows which areas have the most dirt and will spend extra time cleaning those spots.
The advanced sensors also allow it to avoid furniture and other obstacles because it scans the environment 60 times in a single second. It’s still not perfect, thinner furniture legs are sometimes not detected, but it does a much better job than the Robovac 11 in this area.
Pet hair is not a problem with the Roomba 650 due to the dual cylindrical brushes guiding the hair to the dirt collection bin, and the AeroVac technology directing the airflow to remove as much hair as possible from the brushes. The same technology ensures even filling of the container, meaning less frequent emptying is needed.
Head to Head: Surface Showdown
Robovac 11 Roomba 650
Hardwood A A
Tile/Laminate/Etc A A
Short Fiber Carpet B A-
Long Fiber Carpet B- B+
Both of these machines have their advantages and disadvantagesbut neither would be a bad decision. These are two of the top devices in their class and price range, and it comes down to if you’re looking for a decent cleaner at an excellent price or an excellent cleaner at a decent price. The Robovac 11 gets the job done, but it can have a little more trouble on long carpets and with certain types of hair.
The Roomba 650 lacks a remote but is smart enough to find where it needs to go and has better suction, especially on carpets and hair. No matter your decision, you can be confident that you’re getting a great piece of technology and will finally have the time to focus on more important things in your life.