Eufy RoboVac G30 Hybrid review: This robot vacuum won’t break the bank
“This is a nice little robot vacuum that will help you keep your home clean without first cleaning out your wallet.”
- App lets you know when parts need servicing
- Manual remote control for easy cleaning
- Very comprehensive app
- Affordably priced for a 2-in-1
- Questionable brush durability
- Mopping is a little weak
Finding a good robot vacuum is not hard. Finding a good one that won’t break the bank is more difficult. Eufy looks to solve that second problem with its RoboVac G30 Hybrid. I’ve been testing this robot vacuum for two weeks, and I’ve come away very impressed with what the vacuum offers. It has good suction, a very comprehensive app, and it talks to you.
The $379 Eufy RoboVac G30 Hybrid, which our daughter named “Mando” because it looks a little bit like Mandalorian armor, definitely gets the job done as efficiently as possible. This is demonstrated by the precise back-and-forth pattern it follows across the floor. I can appreciate that simplicity. The Bissell Spinwave follows its own algorithms that defy logic. Not this one.
Setting it all up
Setup is similar to most robot vacuums. You find a place that’s clear of obstructions and set the charging mat down and lock in the charging stand. Like other robot vacuums, you are supposed to leave a lot of clearance on both sides. I didn’t, and like other vacuums, it operated just fine. The vacuum can clean my 172-square-foot family room/office in about 34 minutes.
There is a single, three-pronged spin brush on the bottom that sweeps dirt into the path of the vacuum. Based on my two weeks of usage, I’m concerned about the longevity of the spin brush. My office has low-pile carpeting, and the brush is already looking a bit haggard. The Eufy home app, which we’ll discuss more in depth later, has a nifty feature that reminds you when to clean or replace various components. According to the app, I’ll need to replace my side brush in 247 hours. I’m not optimistic it’ll last that long.
The vacuum hardware itself is very attractive and low profile. The top is very shiny plastic with a neat pinstripe pattern on it. At just 2.85 inches in height, the vacuum easily fits below my couch and the kick plates in my kitchen. There is a single side sweeper on the right side and dustbin on the back. The vacuum also comes with an attachable mop accessory that goes below the dustbin.
Mopping falls short
Mopping functionality is just OK. The attachment below the dustbin doesn’t have much room for water, but it covered my kitchen just fine. However, unlike the Bissell Spinwave, the mop head doesn’t move or agitate. It just drags behind the vacuum. The mop is also designed for water only, which is similar to most robot vacuums, but again differs from the Spinwave, which actually ships with mopping detergent in the box. The smaller mop attachment allows the original dustbin to remain in place, so if you have a dusty, dirty floor, you can run the vacuum like normal and pick up the same amount of debris. But honestly, I probably won’t use the mopping function again because on a high-traffic floor like a kitchen, you need more than just water.
This is a good, solid vacuum that cleans your floors and carpets well.
The vacuum also comes with magnetic strips you can use to block off areas where you don’t want the robot to go. This is not really ideal. My office is carpeted, and I really don’t want to lay down adhesive strips across the carpet. In general, putting down tape on the floor to block off certain areas is an eyesore. I’d rather put down a board across the threshold to my son’s room since I can just move it away later.
The vacuum features a speaker and gives verval warnings and status updates, which is nice. Some vacuums use a series of beeps to alert you to trouble. A vacuum that talks to you removes all doubt about what’s wrong. It’s a nice touch.
The app for the vacuum is equally nice. Since I mentioned it above, I’ll start with the fact that the app alerts you when it’s time to replace components or order new parts. In addition to the side brush, it will alert you for the rolling brush, filter, sensors, and the rubber strip. That’s a core function. Robot vacuums run by themselves, so it’s harder to notice when something’s not working the way it should. Frankly, all robot vacuums should have this built into their apps.
You can also schedule cleanings, adjust the suction and voice settings, and even use your phone as a remote control to get the vacuum to go where you want it to. It can also do spot cleans, as well as show you the layout that the vacuum has mapped out for itself, which is not particularly useful data, but fun to look at.
This is a really solid buy at $379. It is one of the least expensive robot vacuums out there, and it comes with a lot of functionality that normally comes at higher price points. The vacuum does a good job on my office carpet, and a slightly better job on my kitchen’s tile floor. Overall, I have no complaints about how it does its job. I’d just like a better option for blocking off certain areas.
Is there a better alternative?
It’s hard to imagine a better alternative at this price point. Higher-end models of robot vacuums like the Roomba s9+ have self-emptying dustbins. For a little bit more money, you can go with something like the Roborock S5, which also comes with mopping attachments and has more advanced sensors.
Will it last?
The build of the overall vacuum is solid. I question the app’s estimate on how long the side brushes will last, but that’s about the only question mark I have when it comes to durability. Side brushes are $10 for a 4-pack, so I’m not too worried about it. Eufy robot vacuums come with a 12-month warranty and a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Should I buy it?
Yes. This is a good solid vacuum that cleans your floors and carpets well. I like the voice and remote capabilities, and maintenance reminders in the app are right up my alley. Now all we need is one to come in green so we can name it Grogu.
- Best cheap robot vacuum deals for April 2021: Roomba, Eufy, Deebot
- The best robot vacuums for 2021
- Dreame Technology is the next robot vacuum maker you should know about
- Best cheap iRobot Roomba deals for April 2021
- Roborock S7 robot vacuum review: Mopping up at sonic speed