Eufy Robovac X8 Hybrid review: Powerful and smart vacuuming, but not a great robomop

Quick verdict: Eufy's Robovac has a lot of cleaning power, which is ideal in a robot vacuum cleaner. Its mopping system is easy to install and maintain, although it's not quite as good as its core vacuuming function.

Pros

  • Intelligent mapping
  • Good climbing ability over small ledges
  • Mopping system is easy to install
  • Range of map customisation options
Cons

  • Mop flow isn't adjustable or particularly configurable
  • Capable of knocking its own charging station out of position
  • Small dust bin
  • Single rotary brush

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Eufy Robovac X8 Hybrid

Anker is best known for its power and charging accessories, but through its Eufy sub-brand, it also offers a range of home automation devices, including the premium Eufy Robovac X8 Hybrid. It's an intelligent robotic vacuum cleaner that stands out thanks to its powerful suction, although it's somewhat less impressive on the mopping side of the equation.


Design: Modular, but all-in-one approach has its appeal

Eufy Robovac X8 Hybrid review

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There is undeniably a certain kind of sameness to robot vacuum cleaner design, because there's only so many ways you can produce a device designed to comfortably and safely roll around our homes and offices. The Eufy Robovac X8 Hybrid ticks most of the standard boxes, being a round robot measuring in at 345x345x97.2mm.

There's the usual LIDAR bump at the top that means that it'll struggle to get under particularly low furniture, but the trade-off there is that it's not reliant on simple bump mapping to work out where it is or where it's going.

It does at least stand out with prominent Eufy branding and a colour stripe on the top if you like that kind of detail.

The Eufy Robovac X8 Hybrid utilises a single sweeping brush, a feature we've seen on recent models such as the Dreame L10 Pro. I'll generally favour a dual brush system as there's less scope for detritus to get flung outwards across the floor rather than inwards to the vacuum, but to Eufy's credit, you do at least get 2 brushes in the box, so there's a spare for when the first brush wears out.

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The reason why the Eufy Robovac X8 Hybrid gets its Hybrid suffix is because you get a mopping plate in the box as well. On the surface that might not seem that remarkable, because it's a very common inclusion for robot vacuum cleaners. Where the Eufy Robovac X8 Hybrid differs is that the mopping plate isn't the type where you swap it in or out relative to the dust bin. Instead, it attaches as well as the dust bin, so you can set it to vacuum and mop at the same time. More on this later.

The Eufy Robovac X8 Hybrid features 3 top buttons, to cover starting cleaning, telling it to return to the dock or to "spot clean" the area it happens to be in. The idea here is more that you'd pick it up and set it cleaning with the button as needed, although that's nowhere near as much fun as using the supplied app or your voice through either Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.


Performance: A powerful sucker, but not as moist as I'd like

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The other standout feature that Eufy hypes the Eufy Robovac X8 Hybrid around is the power of its vacuuming engines, with a claimed twin turbine engine capable of drawing up to 2,000Pa of suction power.

As with most robot vacuum cleaners, setting up the Eufy Robovac X8 Hybrid involves synchronising it with an Android/iOS app, in this case Eufy Home. You strictly speaking don't have to do this; once the Eufy Robovac X8 Hybrid is sufficiently charged you can set it to do its cleaning tasks with no app control, but you'll miss out on mapping features and firmware updates if you do this.

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The Eufy Home App is also where you can set up its mapping functions, including any virtual walls, no-go zones and no-mopping zones you might happen to need. The latter is quite important, because the Eufy Robovac X8 Hybrid doesn't have any automatic carpet detection. If you don't tell it that the precious rug is indeed precious, it'll trundle straight over it if the mopping plate is installed.

The Eufy Home App also allows you to set the vacuuming level depending on your needs. There's an AI-led mode called BoostIQ that will automatically boost suction depending on floor type, and 4 levels of suction ranging from "Pure", "Power", "Turbo" and "Max".

No, I have no idea what "pure" vacuuming is either.

One noticeable aspect of the Eufy Robovac X8 Hybrid is that the Max setting, which I mostly used because I live in a house with 3 cats who love nothing more than to shed fur absolutely everywhere, is relatively loud, especially on hardwood floors. Your own tolerance and echo factors may differ, and you can of course lower the pressure to dip the volume if needed.

It certainly does a good job of picking up mess from carpets and hardwood floors, including a lot of pet hair. Eufy's claim here is that it's capable of collecting 57.6% more pet hair than prior models. That's a hilariously specific number, really, because every pet, home and shedding situation will vary, but I had few complaints in terms of its actual ability to manage my cats' prodigious shedding abilities.

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The Eufy Robovac X8 Hybrid's mapping is moderately intelligent, but I was notably impressed by its climbing ability. In my test area there's a small raised section of floating floor that has tripped up more than a few robot vacuums in its time, but the Eufy Robovac X8 Hybrid happily trundled up and down small ledges with no problems. Indeed, it's quite keen, being the first model that I've tested that also tried to climb the base of one of my cats' scratching posts as well. That was a rich source of cat fur, of course, so maybe it can sense it, somehow.

The trade-off for the modular mopping system is that the Eufy Robovac X8 Hybrid features a smaller actual dustbin, with just a 400ml capacity. Eufy says this doesn't matter, because it uses a heavy compression setting to really pack in the dust and cat fur, but it does have some drawbacks.

If you're the lazy type (and you're buying a robot vacuum cleaner, so let's not fool ourselves here) you'll find you do have to empty the Eufy Robovac X8 Hybrid more often than other models, even with dust compression in play. It's also a little dicey when you remove it from the base. There's no flip-top lid as is so frequently found on other models, with an easy latch at the "front" of the robot to release it. However, you have to be careful not to tip it when you do if it's noticeably full, because it's all too easy to spill dust and grot out of the rear of the dustbin.

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I've often written that robot vacuum cleaners are generally best at being maintenance cleaning devices, and that's still true for the Eufy Robovac X8 Hybrid, although it did generally collect up a lot of material each time I set it to clean carpets and hardwood floors. Again, I'm going to blame my cats for that.

Less impressive is the mopping function. It's super easy because if you did just want to use the Eufy Robovac X8 Hybrid in a hardwood floor environment you could leave the mopping head on more or less permanently with no change to its vacuuming prowess. However, it's a mop that relies entirely on a gravity-fed water flow, and nothing more.

As such, any mopping is very light at best. The upside there is that your floors don't end up soaked and are easily walkable directly after the Eufy Robovac X8 Hybrid has been through. The downside is that it won't do a whole lot if your floors are particularly grubby.


Battery: Good endurance and smart recharging

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The Eufy Robovac X8 Hybrid is rated for up to 180 minutes of cleaning time between charges, although if you've got an area that needs that level of attention to detail, a robot vacuum cleaner is perhaps not going to cut it. Even setting the Eufy Robovac X8 Hybrid to do a double run around the lower area of my home, a moderately sized 5-bedroom house, didn't come close to 180 minutes of cleaning time.

As with any decent robot vacuum, the Eufy Robovac X8 Hybrid returns to a charging base when it's done, or whenever you tell it to via its top button or the Eufy Home app. Recharging is via an induction plate and predictably not fast, but then this is absolutely a product designed to be set off once or maybe twice a day at most, so it should have plenty of time to top up its battery in between cleaning chores.

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The only problems I encountered with charging the Eufy Robovac X8 Hybrid during my review period were early on. If you're not careful with placement of the charging dock, it's very feasible to have the robot knock it out of place as it starts up. If this happens, quite often it'll complete a clean, head home and then complain that there's no clear route to the charging base. There is, but a small movement difference seems to baffle it. Carefully placing it with a wall at its back so it no longer moved solved for this.

There's even decent intelligence in play if the Eufy Robovac X8 Hybrid gets knocked while it's charging. In one instance one of my cats ran full tilt over the top of it while playing, jarring it off its base. The Eufy Robovac X8 Hybrid sprang into life, making me wonder if my cat had stupidly managed to hit the on button. Instead, it rolled out of its docked area, realigned its position and rolled back in to continue charging. Now that's smart!


Should you buy the Eufy Robovac X8 Hybrid?

  • Buy it if you want a smart and powerful robot vacuum cleaner.
  • Don't buy it if you want a higher intensity mopping solution.
Eufy Robovac X8 Hybrid review

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The Eufy Robovac X8 Hybrid does a good job of its core vacuuming function, even if you're in a larger home with multiple surfaces for it to climb. The inclusion of voice, app or button control means that it's nicely flexible. The way the mop plate attaches is intelligent and could be a godsend for those who don't want to fiddle around with multiple mopping and dustbin parts.

However, it's not inexpensive by robot vacuum cleaner standards, and its mopping functions are only average at best. That's the price you pay for that modularity, it seems.


Pricing and availability

Price

RRP: $1,299

Where to buy


Specifications

Specs

Size of Robot
345mm x 345mm x 99mm
Noise Value
67
Battery Capacity
5200mAh
Charging Time (H)
3
Suction Power
4000 Pa
Dust Bin Capacity (ml)
400

Features

Navigation Type
iPath Laser Navigation
Cleaning Mode
Auto, Area, Custom
Time Scheduling
Yes
Continuous Cleaning
Yes

How we tested

I tested the Eufy Robovac X8 Hybrid in my suburban home for a 2-week period, covering areas including hardwood floors, floating floors, carpets and rugs. Vacuuming and mopping features were tested extensively through both the standard buttons and app control, including setting up multiple maps, virtual walls and no-go/no-mopping zones. Vacuum intensity was tested at all levels and mopping tested on hardwood floors. The model tested was supplied by Eufy for the purposes of review.


Images: Alex Kidman

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