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Anker eufy RoboVac G20 Hybrid in test

Anker does not only produce consumer electronics at a fair price-performance ratio. In addition to Bluetooth speakers and Qi charging surfaces, Anker also excels in the field of smart household helpers. This is what the subsidiary eufy has stood for since 2016. With the eufy RoboVac G20, the company now wants to make it clear once again that a hybrid vacuum cleaner does not have to cost a lot of money. The entry-level model not only wants to rid your home of dust, but also promises moist cleaning thanks to a special wiping surface.

The packaging is high-quality and compact.

At the same time, some details about the sucker don’t really sound like an entry-level model. Especially in the field of navigation, eufy promises great things. Thanks to the gyro sensors, the vacuum cleaner should be able to find its way around your own four walls much better than models in the same price range. Whether the overall package that sounds attractive on paper can also keep what it promises, we want to take a closer look in our test.

Technical data

Name Anker eufy RoboVac G20
Dimensions Diameter: approx. 32 cm, Height: approx. 7.2 cm
Sensors Gyro sensors for navigation + drop sensors
Suction strength 2,500 Pa
Cleaning Suction and wiping function
Control Power buttons or app for iOS and Android
Cleaning modes Four suction modes and one wipe mode
Price € 288.85 *

Scope of delivery

If you take a look inside the high-quality packaging of the RoboVac G20 Hybrid, you will quickly notice that the subsidiary of Anker includes here, in addition to the squeegee itself, a lot of other accessories.

Eufy includes everything you need to get started
  • Anker eufy RoboVac G20 Hybrid
  • charging station
  • Power adapter
  • Cleaning brush
  • Replacement filter
  • 2x replacement side brushes
  • 5x cable ties
  • Waterproof washer for floor protection
  • Water tank with mop
  • Instruction manual

Workmanship & Design

Not too much can be said about the design of the G20 Hybrid. The vacuum wiper relies on the common circular look that we know from other household robots. This is simply best suited for maneuvering through apartments. Thanks to its chic black color with a glossy look, the G20 is a real eye-catcher. You definitely don’t notice its comparatively low price.

The bronze accents ensure that the G20 Hybrid makes a noble impression. Unfortunately, the high-gloss look also attracts fingerprints almost magically.

On top of that, the squeegee is comparatively flat with a height of just over 7 cm. This means it can also find its way under flat furniture, which prevents ugly dust pools. Compared to my Roborock S7, the eufy has a clear advantage in this respect. Since the latter relies on laser navigation, it cannot do without a small elevation on the device. The G20 Hybrid can do without this “turret” thanks to its gyro sensors.

Commissioning

According to eufy, setting up the G20 Hybrid should be quick and straightforward. After one has assigned the docking station to a place, this comes first to the power supply. Then you let the squeegee charge its battery in the charging station. At the same time, you download the app, which is available for iOS or Android. Unfortunately, there is no way around setting up a user account to be able to set up the squeegee.

The app is available for iOS and Android.

This is annoying, but unfortunately also the rule with almost all other providers. Now you just have to connect the suction wiper to your home WLAN network. What sounds foolproof in theory required a bit of back-and-forth trial and error on my end. After a few unsuccessful attempts, however, I managed to connect the DuoClean to my home network. Once this connection is established, you’re good to go.

Special gyro sensors

The G20 Hybrid’s navigation system is what eufy calls “Smart Dynamic Navigation.” What sounds pompous is actually quite a bit ahead of other hybrid devices in the price range around 300 euros. With the help of its gyro sensors, the G20 Hybrid doesn’t have to wander through your home at random. Instead, it can also plan a route before starting the cleaning and work out the most sensible cleaning paths. This was immediately noticeable in practice. Thanks to its navigation, the squeegee always followed straight paths up and down and was thus able to clean comparatively quickly and, above all, thoroughly – but more on that later.

A total of 13 sensors in the RoboVac G20 Hybrid ensure that the DuoClean is able to orient itself well.

However, not using laser technology also has its drawbacks. For example, the squeegee does not record maps. Consequently, you can’t specify areas where it shouldn’t drive or drive more. One thing that the eufy G20 has in common with other vacuum robots with laser technology is that it also knows where its charging station is. So if it should ever have completed an extensive and battery-sapping cleaning tour, it automatically seeks out its docking station.

Our test conditions

To really see what the eufy RoboVac G20 is capable of, I decided this time not to let it mop up grains of rice or the like at first. Instead, I let the little vacuum robot do my weekly cleaning of the floors without further ado. For this, I let my Roborock S7 rest in its docking station for three days to create the best test conditions. Unlike an “obstacle course” with rice, chips, etc., a conventional cleaning cycle is the best way to see how practical the vacuum cleaner is.

Shock absorbers at the front are gentle on your furniture and protect the robot vacuum

In addition, especially with the G20 with its specially advertised gyro sensors, it definitely makes sense to take a look at the navigation capability. Once the G20 has traversed the apartment, I would like to take a look at the suction strength. Here, the vacuum cleaner is presented with different challenges, such as cat litter and said rice. Let’s see how it does in practice.

The suction power

Let’s move on to the parade discipline of any robot vacuum cleaner – the suction power. And here, the G20 has a lot to offer, at least on paper. A proud 2,500 pa speaks for a lot of power. The power was definitely noticeable in practice. The G20 delivered a really good suction performance. This applied to all wood, tile and carpet surfaces in my apartment. However, the maximum power of 2,500 Pa also has its downsides. The G20 tends to get a bit louder at maximum power. But that’s no different for the high-priced top models.

The main brush on the underside can be easily removed for cleaning.

Those who find the vacuum too noisy can simply opt for a weaker one of the total of four power levels. The G20’s ability to recognize different floor types is really smart. In the so-called “BoostIQ” mode, for example, the vacuum automatically increases its power when it drives onto a carpeted floor. If it then goes back to the parquet, the power is reduced again. This worked really well in practice.

You should be clever when emptying the dirt container, otherwise there is a risk of dumping.

When talking about vacuuming, one should not disregard the subsequent cleaning. And here, unfortunately, we have to complain a bit about the eufy G20. Cleaning can turn out to be a real mess if you’re not careful. Unfortunately, eufy does not have a separate flap for its dirt container. So if you hold the device the wrong way around, the dirt threatens to fall not into, but next to the trash can in the worst case.

Targeted cleaning possible

As mentioned at the beginning, the G20 Hybrid does not have laser navigation, but gyro sensors. While these make the device flatter, they also limit the range of functions a bit. Thus, the vacuum cannot map your apartment. Consequently, you cannot select specific areas for cleaning in the app, for example. But there are two ways around this problem. First, you can use your analog arm strength and simply carry the squeegee to where the dirt is. Alternatively, the app gives you the option of remote control. This way, you can drive the G20 to the location in question like a remote-controlled car. However, experience shows that this is only fun a few times.

A handy underlayment will save your wood floor from potential water damage.

To save time, however, you then prefer to carry the vacuum to the site by hand. Once there, the G20 Hybrid offers you the option of “spot cleaning”. As the name suggests, this is intended for cleaning heavy soiling. If you start this, the squeegee starts cleaning intensively at the highest level in a relatively small radius. Especially in my endurance test with rice and cat litter, the DuoClean was able to deliver good suction performance. This is very practical when things have to go quickly. By the way, both vacuuming and wiping is possible.

The wiping function

At the outset, it should be mentioned that a suction wiper can never replace extensive manual cleaning with a classic mop or even steam cleaner. This is rather a “nice to have”, which makes cleaning by vacuum cleaner even more perfect. This means that light dust residues are quickly wiped up by the mop and do not even threaten to get into the air of the apartment.

Cereal, rice or something else dumped out? The special “stain mode” helps quickly.

Yet eufy is not reinventing the wheel with its G20 Hybrid. The wiping unit is composed of a water container and a mounted mop in the form of a microfiber cloth. If you want to use the wiping function, you fill the container with water and then mount the cloth on the bottom. During the wiping process, the water container permanently moistens the cloth with water through two nozzles to enable wiping.

The water container can be easily removed for infestation.

If one would like to achieve good results, one should pay attention thereby urgently to the fact that the cloth is moistened already before the cleaning beginning. If it is only moistened through the water tank, there is a risk of uneven cleaning with ugly streaks. Since it can be conveniently detached from the holder with Velcro, you can conveniently accomplish this before each cleaning. In practice, it all worked really smoothly and the results were impressive.

The power switch is located on the upper side.

At the same time, the G20 Hybrid neither uses too much, nor too little water. The floor dried surprisingly quickly. Unlike when vacuuming, unfortunately, no power mode can be selected when mopping. This means that the eufy always mops with the same intensity here. That’s a shame, since you need more moisture on tiles, for example, than you do on wooden floors. However, you always have to keep in mind that we are in a price range with G20 Hybrid where a combination solution of vacuuming and mopping is rather rare. Different wiping strengths would be really considerable here.

Conclusion

Of course, you can’t compare the Anker eufy RoboVac G20 Hybrid to flagships like the Roborock S7. But given an MSRP of just under 300 euros, that would also be really unfair. It is certain that Anker’s subsidiary delivers a really good vacuum cleaner that scores especially when it is used on a daily basis. You have to do without a few features due to the lack of laser navigation, but the overall picture is still positive. This is especially due to the special gyro navigation. This ensures a systematic, fast and thorough cleaning of your own four walls. Thanks to its low profile, the G20 Hybrid can even reach corners of your home where many devices with laser navigation simply wouldn’t fit underneath. A really good suction mop at a great price-performance ratio.

Anker eufy RoboVac G20 Hybrid

Workmanship
Hardware
Performance
Value for money

90/100

With the eufy RoboVac G20 Hybrid, Anker delivers a squeegee that delivers great performance despite a comparatively low price.

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Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Bad Segeberg.

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