Cleaning your home has never been more enjoyable now with robot vacuums becoming more and more powerful, equipped with more features, and sports a very budget-friendly price tag.
When robot vacuums were first introduced, they were considered a luxury. Sure, it made life easier and your homes cleaner, but they also made a sizable dent on your wallet.
Over the years, however, the high price tags steadily fell. This is especially true with the entry of Chinese robot vacuums into the market. Suddenly, we have robot vacuums like iLIFE and Anker Electronics‘ Eufy offering full-featured robot vacuums at a fraction of the price of dominant players in the market.
Even market leader iRobot took notice and introduced budget-friendly versions of their very popular Roomba robot vacuums.
One such budget Roomba is the Roomba 690. How does it compare with the Eufy RoboVac 11?
Bottom Line Up Front: If you are in a hurry, I personally prefer the more reliable (and WiFi-app controlled) Roomba 690 available here on sale right now.
That’s not to say the Eufy isn’t competent, if saving the extra $50-100 is important.
Contents (Jump to)
- 1 First Up: Eufy RoboVac 11
- 2 What you would like about the Eufy Robovac 11
- 3 Next Up: Roomba 690
- 4 The Tradeoffs
- 5 Comparing the Roomba 690 and the Eufy RoboVac 11
- 6 Final say: Roomba 690 vs. Eufy RoboVac 11
First Up: Eufy RoboVac 11
The Eufy RoboVac 11 shook things up when it first hit the market. It is a budget robot vacuum that comes from a Chinese manufacturer with a distribution office in Seattle.
It offers the features that people have come to love in a Roomba, without the heavy hit on the pocket. In other words, it cleans like a Roomba, but it costs around a third or a quarter of the Roomba’s price.
The Eufy RoboVac 11 makes use of a rolling brush and two side brushes to loosen, agitate, sweep, and pick up dirt. The debris, dirt, and dust are then picked up by the powerful 1,000pa suction.
This three-point cleaning system helps the Eufy RoboVac 11 deliver a more thorough clean even with just one pass.
Users can choose from any of the Eufy RoboVac 11’s five cleaning modes. The auto mode tells the robot vacuum to create a map of your room and then clean it in a zigzag pattern.
With the auto mode, your robot vacuum knows what type of floor it is cleaning and is able to automatically switch to another cleaning mode that is more efficient in cleaning that particular floor type. The auto mode is recommended for daily cleaning runs.
You can also choose the spot cleaning mode, which focuses on a smaller but dirtier area. The spot cleaning mode is great for cleaning up spillage. Furthermore, you can tell the RoboVac 11 to work harder with the max mode, making carpets easier to clean.
There is also the edge cleaning mode, which tells the RoboVac 11 to go along the walls and edges and give them a more thorough clean. If you want to clean one room, you can choose the single room mode, which tells the robot vacuum to stop when it has already cleaned the room.
Unlike earlier robot vacuums that you have to operate using buttons on the unit itself, the Eufy RoboVac 11 comes with a remote control. You can use the controller to start or stop a cleaning run, create a schedule, and select a cleaning mode.
You can also use the controller to control where your RoboVac 11 should go.
The Eufy RoboVac 11 uses a lithium-ion battery, which can power the robot vacuum for at least 90 minutes.
What you would like about the Eufy Robovac 11
The Eufy RoboVac 11 offers you the same cleaning features of a Roomba for only $220 (For the latest prices and discounts, check here), and that is even cheaper than the cheapest Roomba available on the iRobot online store.
The robot vacuum also has a very low profile, allowing it to go under low-lying furniture. One of the best things about the RoboVac 11 is that you can easily ignore it while it cleans because it vacuums your floors very quietly, so much so that you might not even hear it when you have the TV turned on.
Further, It can charge itself automatically.
The robot vacuum also has a tempered glass cover that is scratch-resistant, making it look more elegant and eye-catching. If you are worried about it bumping into furniture or walls, don’t be as it has infrared sensors that keep it safe from hard bumps.
Some concerns about the Eufy RoboVac 11
The Eufy RoboVac 11 has a problem going over objects that are 10 millimeters thick at a minimum, which means that you will need to spend more time preparing your floor before you can start cleaning by picking up toys and other small objects and clearing away power cords.
There is also a concern with the infrared sensors. These sensors might not work properly if you have very dark floors. Lastly, the rolling brush has bristles and may end up tangled a little too often than you would like.
What’s in the box?
- Eufy RoboVac 11
- Four side brushes
- Remote control
- Charging base
- Extra HEPA-style filter
- Power adapter
- Cleaning tool
- Welcome guide
- Warranty card
Next Up: Roomba 690
With the growing number of competitors coming up with a budget robot vacuum, iRobot finally relented and gave its users the Roomba 690.
The Roomba 690 has the patented AeroVac vacuuming technology and iAdapt navigation technology, as well as a host of other features that you would expect from Series 600 Roombas.
It also has Wi-Fi connectivity, which you can find in all Roomba models that are currently available on iRobot’s online store. The Roomba 690 offers all these for only $375 (For the latest prices and discounts, check here).
The Roomba 690 uses sensors and the iAdapt navigation technology to ensure that it efficiently cleans every millimeter of your floor and to keep it from bumping into walls and other obstacles.
There are several ways to operate your Roomba 690. First, you can use the buttons on the robot vacuum itself. You can also use the Home app to start cleaning runs or perhaps create your cleaning schedules. Lastly, you can use voice commands if you have Google Home or Amazon Alexa speakers.
The mobile app also allows you to control your Roomba 690 even when you are not home.
Three-stage cleaning system. Roomba 690 offers you its own brand of three-stage cleaning, with its counter-rotating main brush and side brush working together to loosen up the dirt and debris so that these could be sucked into the dustbin with its powerful suction.
Auto-Recharge. When the Roomba 690’s lithium-ion battery runs low, the robot vacuum will automatically go back to its charging dock.
What’s in the box?
- Roomba 690
- Charging Station
- Extra AeroVac filter
- Flat cleaning tool
- Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barrier
- AA batteries
- Line cord
- User manual
What the Roomba 690 gets right
If you are one of those people who has always wanted to own a Roomba that you can control using your smartphone or via voice commands, but are turned off by the expensive price, of these robot vacuums, then the Roomba 690 is your best bet.
The Roomba 690 does not only offer you its smarts, but it also gives you thoroughly cleaned floors. It also has a long-lasting lithium-ion battery that can clean a mid-sized room on one charge.
Moreover, the Roomba 690 has a smaller dimension than other Roombas, allowing it to squeeze in between narrower spaces and even under more furniture.
Of course, there are a lot of features that you would find in Series 800 and 900 Roombas that you cannot find on the 690. But these features are not really deal-breakers. For example, the Roomba 690 does not have optical sensors and even an onboard camera to help it find its way around.
But the acoustic sensors on the 690 are enough for it to move around your floors. The 690 also uses the AeroVac filter and not the more powerful filter used by the more advanced Roomba models. This means that more particles and dust circulate back into the air.
Comparing the Roomba 690 and the Eufy RoboVac 11
The Eufy RoboVac 11 and the Roomba 690 give you just about the same level of cleaning. There are some areas where the Eufy RoboVac 11 wins. For one, it is more than $150 cheaper, and comes with a HEPA-style filter. It also has a longer battery run time.
Meanwhile, you need to decide if the ability to control your robot vacuum using the smartphone app is worth the added expense you pay for when you choose the Roomba 690. If you want that functionality, then you should get the Eufy RoboVac 11c, which is basically an updated RoboVac 11 with Wi-Fi connectivity.
What’s more, the 11c is only $70 more expensive than the RoboVac 11, which still makes it cheaper than the Roomba 690.
A side by side comparison of the Eufy RoboVac 11 and the Roomba 690:
|Robot||Eufy RoboVac 11||Roomba 690|
|Dimensions (dxh, inches)||13.0 x 3.0||13.0 x 3.7|
|Lithium ion battery||Yes||Yes|
|Battery life (minutes)||90||60|
|Minimum charging time (minutes)||300||120|
|Filter used||HEPA-style||AeroVac Filter|
|3 stage cleaning||Yes||Yes|
|Price||Check here for the latest prices||Check here for the latest prices|
|Remote control via app||No||Yes|
|Connects to Wi-Fi||No||Yes|
|Compatible with Alexa||No||Yes|
A short aside: the Eufy RoboVac 11+
Aside from the RoboVac 11c, the Eufy RoboVac 11 has recently been upgraded. The updated version, Eufy RoboVac 11+ has roughly the same specs as the RoboVac 11, but it comes with a power boost.
So if you have carpeted floors, you would probably want a RoboVac 11+ as both the RoboVac 11 and the Roomba 690 are not that efficient when it comes to carpets.
Final say: Roomba 690 vs. Eufy RoboVac 11
As far as performance, functionality and cleaning efficiency, it is going to be very difficult to decide between the Eufy RoboVac 11 and the Roomba 690. You can go either way and still enjoy clean floors at home.
Bottom Line: It all boils down to whether you want the Wi-Fi connectivity and the voice command support you get from the Roomba 690, and whether you want it so much that you are willing to pay $150 more for it.