Eufy RoboVac 30 vs 30C vs 30C MAX Robotic Vacuum Cleaners
We love Eufy’s line of 30-model robotic vacuums because they’re reliable, user-friendly and affordable. The RoboVac 30, 30C and 30C MAX are equipped with Eufy’s ingenious BoostIQ automatic suction increase. All of them come with boundary strips and an infrared remote control. Plus, their slim height gives them access to places bigger robotic vacuums can’t go.
The RoboVac 30 offers the must-have basics and a premium remote control. If you want Wi-Fi control options, both the 30C and the 30C MAX work with Eufy’s smartphone app and virtual assistants by Google and Amazon. If suction power and easy maintenance are important to you, you’ll appreciate the 30C MAX’s 2,000-pascal suction and unibody filter.
Integrated into the Eufy RoboVac 30, 30C and 30C MAX are infrared sensors. Some of these sensors look for drop-offs such as stairs while others are dedicated to object detection. Collectively, these three robotic vacuums’ infrared sensors prevent falls and collisions.
With infrared sensors guiding the way, all three RoboVac models move in a random bounce pattern when they’re set to auto-clean or single-room mode (a short-time version of auto clean). However, the pattern switches to a spiral when you engage the spot-clean mode, and edge mode moves the vacuum along the wall lines of the room.
To give you more control over where these robots roam, Eufy includes 13 feet’ worth of boundary strips. The magnetic property of these adhesive strips signals to the robots’ hall sensors to steer clear, keeping the robot out of an area or contained within it. When you remove them from the floor, there is no sticky residue left behind.
Conclusion: As far as navigation goes, Eufy did not deviate from one robot to the next. While infrared sensors aren’t the latest type of robot vac navigation technology, they do get the job done. You’ll appreciate being able to make customized no-go zones with the boundary tape and getting to choose from among four cleaning modes.
Three-Point Brush System
Eufy uses the standard yet effective three-point brush system, which partly consists of two side sweepers. The three-fin side brushes extend past the edges of the robots, pulling in debris toward the suction inlet. They also act as edge and corner sweepers when cleaning along the perimeter of the room.
The other component in these RoboVacs’ three-point brush system is the brushroll. Each robot’s brushroll is affixed with stiff bristles that can lift dirt from carpeted floors. Since the bristles are aligned in a double-helix pattern, the brushroll can collect more debris than a straight-line bristled brushroll.
Conclusion: Overall, the 30, 30C and 30C MAX have a traditional brush setup. Robotic vacuums didn’t always have two side brushes, but that’s now an expected feature. The brushroll is of higher-quality than others in this price range due to the pattern of the bristles.
Suction strength is one of these robot vacuums’ shining features. Eufy integrated its second generation of BoostIQ technology into all three models. BoostIQ is an automatic function that engages when the robots are confronted with heavy-duty messes in auto and single-room mode. When on, BoostIQ increases the suction within seconds.
You also have the option of manually engaging BoostIQ whenever you wish no matter the cleaning mode in which the robots are operating. At top strength, the RoboVac 30 and 30C reach 1,500 pascals of suction while the RoboVac 30C MAX achieves 2,000 pascals. Still, each robot is relatively quiet at 55 decibels.
Conclusion: All of these robots use BoostIQ technology automatically and manually, depending on the setting you choose. This means they are more than capable of handling medium-pile carpet. If you have pets that shed or young children who make messes, the RoboVac 30C MAX’s 2,000-pascal suction will help keep your floors spick-and-span.
Their 2,600 mAh lithium-ion batteries offer reliable performance, and they are able to maintain the robotic vacuums’ suction right down to the last percentage of charge. When each robot needs to recharge, it drives to the dock by itself. Depending on the battery level, it can take 5 to 6 hours for the battery to fully recharge.
If they operate on standard suction for an entire cycle, you can expect 100 minutes’ worth of working time. In BoostIQ mode, the runtimes vary when the robots are vacuuming carpeted floors. The RoboVac 30 lasts for 50 to 60 minutes. The Eufy 30C runs for 40 to 50 minutes, and the 30C MAX cleans for 40 to 60 minutes.
Conclusion: A runtime of 100 minutes is excellent for any robotic vacuum, and the use of a lithium-ion battery prevents suction degradation. The runtime for each vacuum significantly decreases when BoostIQ is activated; however, that’s to be expected.
The controls are where the RoboVac 30 differs the most from the Eufy 30C and the 30C MAX. The Eufy RoboVac 30 comes with a remote control that provides access to all suction and cleaning modes. It also offers manual driving and on-demand docking. Since it has a display screen, you can even set up a daily cleaning schedule.
Although the 30C and the 30C MAX also come with a remote, theirs lacks a display screen, so the functionality is basic. Instead, these robotic vacuums use your home’s Wi-Fi network to let you control everything from the EufyHOME app, including a more detailed scheduling feature, cleaning notifications and the robot locator.
Eufy also made the RoboVac 30C and RoboVac 30C MAX compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant smart speakers. When paired, you can give these two robots instructions through your speaker. The current skills for the robots include start, stop, dock and find.
Conclusion: If you are someone who uses their smartphone for everything, or you’re away from home a lot, you’ll love the EufyHOME app. The 30C and 30C MAX also add value to your life if you have a virtual assistant device. The RoboVac 30 is an excellent choice if you are more comfortable using a regular remote.
Although the pinstripes on the robots differ, the build of their housing is exactly the same. They measure 12.8 inches wide (excluding the side brushes), which is equivalent to the width of a full-size vacuum cleaner. Therefore, the robot vacuums can cover a lot of floor in a single pass.
The height of each RoboVac model measures 2.85 inches. They can fit under furniture like raised bed frames and some sofas. Any height under 3 inches is slim in the robotic vacuum world. Plus, the 30, 30C and 30C MAX have large wheels to help them clear floor transitions.
You may have noticed the glossy finish on these robots. Although the finish makes for impressive aesthetics, it also has a utilitarian purpose. The top of each robot is covered in tempered glass, which resists scratches and dings that come from those little accidents such as bumping into a table leg.
Conclusion: All three robots have a tempered glass top, protecting them from damage. They are also slim in height, which allows them to reach in places taller robotic vacuums cannot access, and they make the most of their runtime with a width of over 12 inches.
Excellent Allergen Filtration
The Eufy RoboVac 30C MAX’s filter setup is unique from the 30 and 30Cs’ configuration. However, both have their own merits. The 30 and 30C contain a dual-layer high-performance/sponge filter, which is protected by a clog-preventing pre-filter. The 30C MAX’s filter is a one-piece unit with angled pleats.
On all of the robots, you can access the filters via the dirt bin. Push a button under the bin’s handle, and the bin pops out. It’s hinged, preventing debris from escaping, and it can hold a lot of debris thanks to a capacity of 20.3 ounces.
Conclusion: Each robot’s main filter is proficient at catching allergens such as dust, and their dirt bins have an impressive capacity, which means less downtime for the robots. However, you’ll find the 30C MAX’s unibody filter easier to clean since it’s an all-in-one media, and the slant of the pleats do a better job of trapping allergens.
Non-Budget Busting Robotic Vacuums
Sometimes, you come across a real gem of a robotic vacuum – one that is low-cost but not a piece of junk. In this case, we found three – the RoboVac 30, 30C and 30C MAX. The brushroll’s double-helix pattern is designed with efficiency in mind, and the BoostIQ technology gives them suctioning superpower when faced with big messes.
They have high-quality batteries and self-docking capability. Their slim height gives them access to hard-to-reach areas while boundary strips keep them contained, and their dirt bins can hold a lot of debris. A tempered glass top and heavy-duty wheels are also great features to have in a robotic vacuum. Plus, you can choose from four cleaning modes.
If you want to access every function from one place, the RoboVac 30 is the right choice with its all-inclusive remote. However, if smartphone and virtual assistant controls are more your speed, the 30C and the 30C MAX are a better fit. Allergy sufferers and pet owners will appreciate the enhanced suction and filtration of the 30C MAX.
|Best of the Best!||Best For Tight Spaces||Budget Pick (< $220)||Vacuum & Mopping||Also Great|
|Continuous||100 min||110 min||150 min||110 min|
|12.2 x 12.2 x 3.5 in||17.8 x 13.7 x 4.8 in||33 x 33 x 7.8 in||13.8 x 13.7 x 3.8 in||12.9 x 12.9 x 3.1 in|
|20 pounds||5.73 pounds||7.05 pounds||7 pounds||6.7 ounces|