I’ve been really getting into robot vacuums; it’s incredible how far they have come. I’ve also been looking more closely at the eufy models like the 11c Pet Edition.
Since there is so much to take in with these robot vacuums, I wanted to list out some of the common questions I had about it and put it in this guide. Who knows, you might have the same questions, and the answers might help you too.
IS There An App?
Come to find out; the eufy does have an app for your iPhone or Android.
Super simple to set up and you can program it to vacuum certain days of the week at certain times with the app.
When I got my first robot vacuum cleaner, I thought the scheduling was dumb. Why would anyone leave there home with the robot going? Are they not afraid of it damaging something?
I soon learn how wrong I was. The chances of them doing any damage are low.
The real reason you let it run when you’re not home is that they’re annoying. Just being honest.
With a regular vacuum, you’re cleaning for a few minutes, and you’re in the motion of cleaning. But with a robot vacuum, it’s on its own. These things can run for up to an hour or even longer and listening to the same tone for an hour is super annoying.
I’m now a firm believer in letting them run when you’re not home. And it’s wonderful that the eufy RoboVac 11c Pet Edition can be programmed to run on certain days when I’m not home.
Vacuum Every day?
Many people think it’s smart to have robot vacuums clean every day. While this would make sense in the extreme case if you have a lot of pets and have kids that make constant messes. Vacuuming every day was pointless for a small family of 2.
I let the vacuum run twice a week and found that good enough.
Can It Replace My Big Vacuum?
No, robot vacuums are not meant to replace your regular vacuum.
They’re for the in-between cleanings.
- Or if you have a pet that sheds all the time and needs the pet hair to be picked up.
- Or of the kids spilled cereal and you’re busy doing 12 other things right now, so you put the vacuum to work in that area. (The eufy RoboVac 11c works excellent for that!)
The first time you’ll use this robot vacuum you’re going to get a full dustbin. These things are good at finding all the spots you missed over the years with your big vacuum.
Them finding the spots you miss is the biggest reason I recommend robot vacuums.
As for the size of the dustbin, it’s big enough to hold the stuff it cleans up until the battery dies.
BoostIQ Is What?
The BoostIQ is the extra power for sucking up fur and dust from the floors.
Yes, it’s needed especially for the fur.
It just seems hair finds its way under so many things and other odd locations. The ability to go into places like under the bed or right under that lip of the dresser makes this vacuum great for cleaning.
Price and Reviews
Check out the price and reviews here (Amazon Link Ad).
Blocking Off Rooms
I’ve never been a fan of the robot vacuums that use battery-powered IR blockers. The fact they use batteries and the batteries die is a significant issue.
But the eufy RoboVac 11c Pet Edition uses boundary strips. Lay the strip down, and it will void that area like the plague.
These strips work well around the food bowls and water bowls. The robot is for cleaning up not for making messes.
Can The Cat Ride It?
I don’t understand it, but cats love to ride robot vacuums.
But the funny part is that eufy thought about this when making this vacuum. They made the top of the robot scratch resistant from claws.
Yes, you read that right. Haha!
I just have to add a video of a cat riding a robot vacuum [not a eufy vacuum].
Can It Handle The Cables?
It can, but still, robot vacuums have a ways to go to handle them fully.
You’re going to want to hang the cables up and out of the way.
The clever trick is to use hanging clips like these (Amazon Link Ad) to get the cables off the floor and to make it look neater.
Or if you’re like me and have a cord going across the room, I just lay my shoe over the cord to stop the vacuum.
What Floors To Avoid
You want to avoid any floor that is dark or high pile carpets.
Yes, it will stop before going down the stairs.
And no, it won’t clean the stairs.
Hopefully one day someone will make a stair vacuuming robot.
Is It Loud?
As someone who owns a Roomba, I would say this eufy RoboVac 11c Pet Edition is quieter.
But it’s still a vacuum, so you’re going to hear it. And that is why I run them when I’m not home.
It’s not that they’re loud but the same constant noise for an hour I find annoying.
I wish it were smarter.
If you have the money, you can get the more expensive vacuums that really think about the room and map it out in more detail.
There needs to exist a middle ground of dumb and smart robot vacuums. I say this as the ones that move in a random direction clean better because they get to spots the overly smart ones might miss. Plus, the random motion means they clean the same spot many times.
But the overly smart ones are sometimes too smart (and smug) and miss things. One day we’ll have a good compromise, but for now, the eufy RoboVac is one of the closest to this.
Is It A Gimmick?
Yes, and so is your dishwasher.
But on a more serious note, it’s not going to replace your big vacuum. But it does have a purpose.
Vacuuming sucks and the less we can do it the better. This is even truer if you’re busy or have a big family. You need help, and that is what robot vacuums are designed for. They’re your little helper.
Spilled some cereal, put the robot down to spot clean. The dog always shedding? Automate it, so it cleans when you’re away.
Love to have a maid come by but can’t afford it. I know a little robot that’ll help!
Alexa or Google Home
The eufy RoboVac 11c Pet Edition does work with Alexa and Google Assistant.
It’s not hard to set up and is one of those things you got to try out once in your life. What a great time to be alive!