The Eufy Robovac 11 and Deebot N79 are among the best low-budget robot vacuum cleaners in the market. Retailing at under $300, they are from two of the fastest growing robot vacuum brands and offer quite some good performance on carpets and pet hair.
But then there has been a lot of conflicting speculation about their performance so it may be a big dilemma choosing one robot between the two. For this reason, we tested both vacuums in two different houses and finally, we have a comparison review of the two models.
But just before we start comparing the two, a short overview of each model will make sure we are all on the same page.
1.Eufy Robovac 11 – Best Budget Robot Vacuum Cleaner
The Eufy RoboVac boasts a low profile design and is among the shortest vacs out there.
But one thing most people don’t mention is that it has varied performance on carpets. On thin carpets, its performance is excellent but on rugs and other thick carpet fabrics, it gets overwhelmed even with the 1000Pa pressure in Max mode. But one thing I liked is the wheels that greatly helped in transitioning from floors onto thick carpet. On rugs, it moves slowly but then I think this is best for a more detailed clean. But then it’s noisy on such fabric but on floors, it is averagely quiet.
I also like the runtime; 90 minutes average on Max mode is quite impressive. This is considering models like the Roomba 890 and even the 960 do lesser; the 890 does 60 minutes while the 960 will average 75. Its navigation is not the best but there are a few things you could do to prevent it from getting stuck.
In terms of performance, this is a reliable robot cleaner that you can rely on for raw power. Its triple-filter system is worth mentioning but not for the best reasons. It still doesn’t meet HEPA standards. This is a HEPA-style filter so if you have allergies, know that it is not the industry’s best. But for the price, it is a great buy considering higher rated robots like the Roomba 650 also don’t have true HEPA filters.
For the Smart Home enthusiasts, there’s some bad news; it lacks Wi-Fi. But fortunately, the remote control comes in handy especially for the elderly and homeowners with mobility issues. You can control it from around 15 feet away.
So, the decision whether you will buy this robot or not will be determined by the question, do you need Wi-Fi? If yes, the N79 is what you should look for.
2.ECOVACS Deebot N79 – The Popular Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi
I really like it because it comes with Wi-Fi, a feature the earlier model the N78, lacked. But then, we were also disappointed to hear that it only comes with vacuuming. This was a rude shock bearing in mind the Deebot N78 was considered great value for money as it could vacuum and mop.
But then, that was it; the Smart Home guys now had a low budget vacuum cleaner.
But how is its performance? Honestly, this is among the areas where the mantra of ‘you get what you pay for’ reigns. I wouldn’t speak volumes about this robot but know that the only good thing about it is the Wi-Fi and the price.
When I bought it, it was the cheapest Wi-Fi robot vacuum and its service was really impressive at the time.
But the first thing I disliked about it, its peers had Wi-Fi and supported Alexa but this one has only Wi-Fi. (The new version, Deebot N79S supports Alexa). I bought it when I was fresh out of college when living in a quite empty apartment. It used to do a good job but as I kept on adding households, the more it begun getting stuck.
The cleaning performance also dipped and after changing filters for several times with no change, I gave up. This was after a year of use.
But the battery performance is awesome. It packs a Li-Ion battery that can run for 100 minutes and has a longer life cycle.
Deebot N79 vs. RoboVac 11 – How they compare
To get a good picture of these two vacuums, we will look at them in light of the major considerations we make when buying vacuum cleaners. So, without further ado, let’s see how these robots compare.
I don’t normally consider design when reviewing robot vacuum cleaners but the huge disparity in aesthetics forces me to do so. One thing I’ll tell you, both vacuum cleaners have low profile designs. They were able to maneuver under most of the household furniture that leaver a 3-inch or more ground clearance.
But the big difference comes in aesthetics, particularly the cover material. The Deebot N79 is just like the ordinary robot vacuums with nothing new to show. But the RoboVac 11 has a premium anti-scratch glass cover. Though it’s very appealing, I’m not sure this is the best material if you have kids and pets. It can easily break. But the good thing, pets will love riding on it; the mirror effect intrigues them so much.
I know this is one area you will be very much interested in. Here, the RoboVac 11 outshines the Deebot N79.
The N79 comes with the main brush, and two side brushes and the suction is via the brush. On the other hand, the RoboVac 11 comes with a side brush and a rolling brush. While they may all seem similar systems, I like the rolling brush; it agitates all dirt in a better fashion than the normal brush.
But what brings the difference? At the end of the day, the brush system won’t bring much help. What makes the difference is the suction power. The N79, like mentioned in many of my reviews has great suction even in Max Mode but then, it ranges between 700 and 850 Pa depending on the surface it’s cleaning; on carpets, it goes up to 850 Pa but strains a lot. On the other hand, RoboVac 11 does up to 1000 Pa which boosts vacuuming on carpets even though it still gets overwhelmed emitting a funny noise.
Regarding filtration, none of the two models have true HEPA filters. The N79 boasts high-efficiency filters while Eufy comes with a triple-filter system with a HEPA-style filter as the primary filter. Though it doesn’t offer the very best filtration of dust and allergens, it is far much better than the N79.
Lastly, we will look at cleaning priority – what are the best uses for these robot vacuum cleaners? I have used the Deebot N79 on hardwood, tile, and ceramic floors and the results were astounding. The RoboVac 11 also performed well on these floor types during our week-long test. But the major difference comes in carpets and pet hair. Though they are all recommended as low budget vacuum cleaners for pet hair and carpets, Eufy is the ultimate king. It has excellent suction power to suck all the dust hiding deep inside carpets as well as pet hair. Besides, the triple filter system boosts filtration and ensures all the pet allergens are caught leaving you with fresh breathable air. But for the record, there are many other better vacuum cleaners that do this job in a better fashion. You can read my review of the best robot vacuum cleaners for carpets.
When comparing the RoboVac 11 and Deebot N79, it’s imperative that we address their navigation and movement. Here, always remember that the more the clutter in your house, the higher the chances of a robot getting stuck. So, what’s the best robot for high traffic rooms between the two?
As you all know, right now we have robot vacuum cleaners that combine sensor technology and VSLAM technology that uses real-time imaging. But for these two cheap robots, they use only sensors. Honestly speaking, I won’t front any of them as the best when it comes to navigation. They all got stuck but when we reduced clutter, they worked quite well. But just to point out, the N79 is not ideal for use on surfaces with dark spots. It comprehends these spots as cliffs and thus, it will avoid them. Also, transitioning on thick carpets is quite a problems for it.
Smart features and convenience
Now, it’s time we look at their Smart features and convenience. In a nutshell, which of the two robots is Smart Home ready?
This is something we have discussed so I won’t spend so much time. The N79 beats the RoboVac 11 because it comes with Wi-Fi. You can control the robot vacuum from anywhere as long as it is connected to your home Wi-Fi. But during my stint with it, it often lost connection but after installing a mesh wire network system, this problem stopped. Unfortunately for the N79, it is not Alexa compatible, something that would put you off if you have a voice assistant like Echo. Fortunately, this has been resolved in the latest version, the N79S.
For remote operation, they all come with remotes with an operating distance of around 12 ft. on average. So, at least with the Eufy, you don’t have to go to where your robot is. They can also be scheduled 7 days a week.
This will be our last area of comparison and an area where at least the N79 shines yet again.
The N79 comes with a Li-Ion battery that can push it for an average of 100 minutes when still in superb condition.
On the other hand, Eufy has one that can power it for around 90 minutes when the unit is still new. There are rumors that the RoboVac 11 has a weak battery so we took it upon ourselves to investigate this.
I hooked up two guys who have it and from what they told me, the battery is just okay but the problem is, its fade is very fast. One of the guys bought it just 3 months ago and now, it averages 70 minutes. The other guy complained about charging but this is something I’m sure the warranty should have taken care of.
What’s the best vacuum? RoboVac 11 vs. Deebot N79
This is very hard to call as both robots have some quite notable pros and cons. Actually, they serve two different sets of customers.
If you want something that you can connect to your Smart Home or at least control it from a Smartphone App, the Deebot N79 is the best. It is also cheaper than Eufy but then, its performance on carpets is questionable.
On the other hand, if your only concern is raw cleaning power, especially on carpets, the RoboVac 11 is a more promising robot vacuum cleaner but then, it’s a little bit expensive and lacks Wi-Fi.