In Review: Eufy Robovac X8

Reviewing robovacs sucks. It’s hard to really tell what one does better than the next and the only real test of a unit’s value is its overall longevity. What sucks today may blow tomorrow.

Therefore I moved with trepidation into this Eufy Robovac X8 review and begin with a caveat: your mileage may vary and your house may be cleaner or dirtier than mine. Probably cleaner.

The X8 is a solid machine that hearkens back to the heyday of iRobot’s Roomas. It’s a low-profile vacuum with a small, compact charger and an interesting method to compress and contain dust. It will fit under almost any piece of furniture except maybe a low couch and it has enough laser-guided smarts to make it dangerous in a ground war.

The $599 vacuum is part of Eufy’s Home series and features a wild dark-blue faceplate. It has 2,000 Pa of suction power and can suck up pet hair with its so-called twin turbines. It also has a built-in laser measuring system that senses your room shape and manages it accordingly. It’s important to note that the laser scanning feature doesn’t depend on cameras as some earlier scanning vacs did, which adds a level of privacy. What I especially like is the UltraPack dust compression that reduces the volume of dust considerably, resulting in a hard puck of dirt rather than an amorphous blob. It has a 12-month warranty.

I tested the vacuum in a few rooms and was pleased with the results. It doesn’t have automatic dust collection but I’ve found that feature to be more of a hindrance and buying the little bags needed for the self-cleaning models seems silly and wasteful. This little guy does his business in about half an hour per room and then returns to his charging base. To remove the captured dirt you pull out the container and empty it into the trash.

I was definitely impressed by this robot’s sucking power. The container was full after a single pass of our bedroom even after multiple robots from other providers had taken on the same room. The wayfinding system allowed it to move around the bed legs and other obstacles and I didn’t have to do much helping when the robot got caught in a corner or near some cables.

Generally, this is a great, solid vacuum. Eufy’s home line has been impressive thus far and this is no different. Is it worth $599? If you’re looking at this versus a Roomba, I’d say you should go with the Eufy. The usability and features match iRobots offerings and the dirt collection systems are definitely superior. Again, time will tell if this robot runs down or gets clogged, but as it stands I’m quite happy with our little robotic vacuum overlord.

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John Biggs

John Biggs is an entrepreneur, consultant, writer, and maker. He spent fifteen years as an editor for Gizmodo, CrunchGear, and TechCrunch and has a deep background in hardware startups, 3D printing, and blockchain. His work has appeared in Men’s Health, Wired, and the New York Times.

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