The RoboVac by eufy is their own take on the modern cleaning machine – the robotic vacuum cleaner. Previously, I have had the opportunity to do a review on the 11S, the 12, 30C, and 35C models, and now I’m following that up with the most recent addition to the family, the 15C Max. The 15C Max is the latest and greatest version of the smaller, more streamlined version of eufy’s robot vacuum cleaner lineup – now available for the lowest introductory price ever, of $219.99. There have been quite a few significant changes to this model! Not to spoil all of the details and excitement, but the 15C Max has more suction power than ever, and it added Wi-Fi connectivity and voice activated controls through Google Assistant or Alexa, which is a first for a series outside of the 30/35C series models. Want to learn more? Let’s take a closer look at the new RoboVac 15C Max.
What’s New? The eufy RoboVac 15C Max is the latest and greatest – and most powerful – RoboVac ever made, and it’s really quiet for a vacuum cleaner. The 15C Max has been bumped up to 2,000pa of suction power, a 500pa increase over the previous generations. Not only does it have more suction power and more ways to control it, but they’ve also decided to include app support VIA the EufyHome app, which can be installed on Android or Apple devices, which allows you to control the RoboVac from your device, as well as setup cleaning schedules for the vacuum. Reigning in at 2.85” of clearance height, you can also fit this guy under just about any piece of furniture with legs on it. Additionally, Eufy is continuing it’s’ excellence in app integration and voice support by once again offering Google Assistant and Alexa support, but this time at the much lower price point of the 15C Max. This means that you can control your RoboVac just be speaking a few words. Simply say “OK Google, tell RoboVac to start cleaning.”, and it will get to work! Or say “Ok Google, tell RoboVac to return to base.” They also increased the battery power to support up to 100 minutes of continuous vacuuming! This means that you get the most cleaning power ever, combined with the longest battery life, which is fantastic!
What Comes in the Box:
- Of course, the RoboVac 15C Max
- An extra high-performance filter
- 2 sets of bristles that attach under the RoboVac and spin while it cleans
- The Remote control (complete with two (s) AAA batteries)
- The instruction manual
- The charging base and cord
- A bristle brush for cleaning the sweeper.
How does it work: The RoboVac 15C Max is controlled in three different ways. You can use the handy dandy physical remote, the virtual remote in the Eufyhome App on Android or Apple devices, or by using Google Assistant or Alexa voice commands. The different available cleaning modes are as follows: spot cleaning, edge cleaning, single-room mode, and auto. Here is a brief description of the modes:
- Spot Cleaning: In this mode, the RoboVac starts at whatever point you start it at and goes around in a slow concentric circle, getting wider as it drives around thoroughly cleaning the designated area. This cycle last for two minutes, and then the RoboVac stops.
- Edge Cleaning: In this mode, the RoboVac drives until it finds the nearest wall-surface, and then it bumps and moves along the edges for 20 minutes, which is more than enough time to clean the corners and edges of pretty much any sized room. Once it’s done the RoboVac automatically heads back to the charging base to dock.
- Single-Room Mode: This is a combination of angles and edges, as the RoboVac drives around from corner to corner, or in various directions for a period of 30 minutes, which is ample for most sized rooms. Once it’s done the RoboVac automatically heads back to the charging base to dock.
- Auto Mode: In Auto Mode, the RoboVac optimizes its cleaning path by selecting different cleaning modes automatically until cleaning is complete.
Additional Control Options:
- Charge Mode: The RoboVac will head back to the base station to charge.
- Fan Speed: The fan speed button allows you to set the amount of suction power that the RoboVac uses. The mode will be indicated by the number of audible beeps when you hit the fan speed button.
o One Beep – Standard Suction
o Two Beeps – BoostIQ mode (automatically adjusts the suction power as needed)
o Three Beeps – Max Suction
What’s New: First and foremost, the RoboVac has voice support now. You can use your Google Assistant or Alexa enabled device to control the RoboVac. All you have to do is say “Ok Google” or “Hey Alexa” followed by “Ask RoboVac to start cleaning”, or “Ask RoboVac to stop cleaning.” – It’s really quite a novel feature that helps make cleaning even that much easier, and it’s really also kind of a pain in the rear end to set it up. However, it is pretty responsive and can even be told to return back to the charging dock by saying “Hey Google, ask RoboVac to return to charging base.” Second, the RoboVac has an app-based controlled now. You can download the EufyHome app on your Apple or Android device, so that you can use it to control the RoboVac. The App also allows you to setup cleaning schedules for your RoboVac. There is an option for each day of the week, where you can preset a time for the RoboVac to start cleaning. However, this is a bit limited because it only allows you to set one time per day, and you can’t preset a mode. It will automatically enter the last cleaning mode that it was used in.
Does it work: Yes! And it works well. The 15C Max has tons of suction power and a wide variety of cleaning options to ensure that your home or office is nice and clean – granted you keep the floor tidy and free of objects and cords. The added suction power of the 15C Max is a great upgrade over the previous generation of RoboVac’s that offered 1500pa of suction power. Of course, it is important to note that the RoboVac can only clean as well as your house is actually cleaned. So, don’t expect to drop this thing in your kids’ room with toys everywhere and then be disappointed that it didn’t pick up all of the Legos. However, if you do your part and keep everything tidy and in order, the RoboVac will help save you time and leg work by doing the vacuuming for you! Not only is it good for routine cleaning and picking up dust and dirt, but it can also do some heavier lifting in the event that you drop small debris, trash, crumbs, etc… on the floor. The suction power and robust BoostIQ mode, has up to 2000a of suction power on demand, which works extremely well in conjunction with the side brushes, that help sweep objects into the suction area for pick-up. As long as you keep your floors relatively clean and use the RoboVac often, it‘s a great option for your home cleaning arsenal! I did recently find that it has some slight mobility options in thick/dense carpet though. On hard surfaces it maneuvers like a champ, but even with it’s raised wheel base and all of it’s power, it can have some difficulty turning around or maneuvering obstacles in heavily carpeted areas. It never got stuck, but it wasn’t as snappy as it was on the hard surface.
Hang-ups and Shortfalls: Probably the biggest shortfall of the RoboVac is that it doesn’t map the room as it cleans it. Sure, it’s not the end of the world, but it a) takes longer, and b) is less thorough than it’s more intelligent counterparts; however, you are saving a bunch of money with the RoboVac. Also, It doesn’t get stuck too often, but it doesn’t like things with ramps like pedestal fans. It also doesn’t’ like cords – actually, I should probably say that it does like cords… it tries to suck them up. So… PSA, make sure your cords are wrapped up and tucked away neatly so the RoboVac doesn’t run over them. Another shortfall with the RoboVac is the setting up the daily schedules. You can set a schedule each day or the RoboVac, but you can’t set the mode, and you can’t set more than one time. You are limited to selecting a single time and the mode that the RoboVac uses will be the last mode the RoboVac was in prior to docking – kind of annoying. Hopefully the next model will allow you to set multiple schedules and specific modes. Last but not least, the Wi-Fi connection only supports up to 2.4Ghz connections, which is pretty common, but still unfortunate. Thankfully my router supports both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz connections (my primary is 5Ghz), which means that if I want to control the RoboVac through the phone app, I have to leave my phone connected to the 2.4Ghz Wi-Fi connection. It’s not the end of the world, but it can be inconvenient if you like to life your life on 5Ghz when you’re at home.
Conclusion: The RoboVac 15C Max is a refreshing new model for 2019. Not only does it cost less than the larger 30/35C models earlier in the year, but it has more suction power, Wi-Fi and app support, and the voice controls really make this a strong contender in a market full of much more expensive robotic vacuum cleaners. The RoboVac lineup has been geared around value and performance, but it also has some of the frills of other higher priced products as well. I feel like the RoboVac 15C Max is a great step in the next iteration of eufy’s robot vacuums, and it takes things up a notch for what I come to expect from the brand. It’s a solid addition to the RoboVac line-up, and it’s a great addition to any home. At $219, this is a no-brainer for me to offer a recommendation.
Interested in picking up one of the EUFY RoboVac 15C Max robotic vacuum cleaners? You can find them on Amazon for the low price of $219.99, and they also qualify for Amazon Prime 2-day shipping, if you’re a Prime member – https://www.amazon.com/eufy-Connected-Super-Thin-Self-Charging-Medium-Pile/dp/B07RGDFZ5Q?tag=androidcentral00-20&ascsubtag=UUacUvbUpU6593283. They are listed on Eufy’s website and come with free shipping, as well as a 30-day money back guarantee. As always, if you have any questions or comments, please leave them down in the comment section.