Eufy HomeVac H30 within the check: Versatile, however not excellent
Eufy HomeVac H30
RRP $ 199.99
“The Eufy HomeVac H30 has a strong suction power, but has a somewhat unfriendly design that complicates the attachment process and is not easy on the wrists.”
Strong suction power
Slim and easy to store
Convenient charging station
Infinity comes with wiping accessories
Attachments can be difficult to use
Low battery life
Chaos can manifest itself in the blink of an eye. Maybe you filled up the cereal bowl and some flakes fell on the kitchen floor. Or maybe the cat decided to get creative with the litter spread across the homestead. And let’s not forget the cobwebs on the ceiling that are not part of your Halloween diorama.
While today’s leading upright vacuums are built for the kind of roll-up sleeve that cleans the whole house that many of us take to weekend days off, a cordless handheld vacuum is the perfect solution for the little clutter that pops up out of nowhere – the kind of rubble that simply cannot be avoided until Saturday.
One such wireless companion is the. It is designed for light, fast performance and comes with numerous attachments (some good, some not so good). I was able to put the H30 to the test for several weeks. That’s what we think of Eufy’s bite-sized cleaner.
Out of the box
The HomeVac H30 is available in three different model levels: Venture, Mate and Infinity (our test model). The fundamentals remain the same across the three levels, with appendices being the compromise from unit to unit. The Venture Series ($ 160) comes with a 2-in-1 grout cleaner and multi-surface tool. The Mate ($ 180) adds a motorized brush for removing pet hair. The flagship Infinity ($ 200) comes with everything you get with the Venture and Mate, along with a cane attachment and hard floor head for quick mopping (plus disposable mop heads). All H30 models are available in both black and white.
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When I unpacked the H30 Infinity, I also received a replaceable lithium-ion battery, charging station, and wall-mounting accessories for hanging the charger (not required).
I was immediately impressed with how light the H30 felt. The entire vacuum is designed for one-hand gripping and weighs just 1.78 pounds. In terms of dimensions, the H30 measures 16.7 inches wide, 3.5 inches high and has a depth of 2.9 inches. As for the grip, it honestly took me a minute or two to get used to holding the H30. It’s clear where to reach, but when you point the vacuum cleaner down to vacuum up dirt, the angle in the wrist area feels a little strange. Throwing up a cleaning attachment will help reduce the angle you have to dive into, but it doesn’t completely eliminate the discomfort.
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The controls on the H30 are front and center and easy to understand. There is a power switch, a toggle switch to toggle between Eco and Max suction power (more on this in the next section) and a trash can button that unlocks the trash can. There are also three LED indicators above the power button that show the remaining battery life.
When emptying the H30, be sure to position the vacuum cleaner over your garbage bag. After unlocking the container, you need to slide it all the way forward to release it from its rail. After emptying it can be a little difficult to lock the container back onto the absorbent body, but not overly.
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One of the very first things that caught my eye was how small the trash can actually is. At 250 grams, it is one of the smallest tank sizes that you will find on every cordless vacuum cleaner. Got a discarded bowl of lucky charms to clean up, foremilk? You may need to empty the container once (or twice).
The cleaning attachments all do their jobs well but feel incredibly cheap.
The Infinity comes with a variety of attachments including a 2-in-1 grouting tool, motorized brush head, and an extended handle and cleaning head for reaching ceilings and floors. Although useful, my overall impression of these add-ons isn’t great. Once locked up, they all do their job well, but they feel incredibly cheap and some of them are downright painful to attach to the H30 body. Other than a few box art pictures, there are no instructions to teach you how to connect things.
Eufy’s patented TriPower system is an integral part of every H30 model. It’s a technical innovation that effectively transfers more power from the battery to the vacuum motor and provides more suction power when you need it most. But how can that be transferred to the real world? Pretty seamless.
I also liked the possibility of plugging the power supply unit directly into the battery instead of having to dock the entire vacuum cleaner (with the battery connected) to the charging station.
In Eco mode, the H30 delivers a suction power of up to 12 kPa. With just the 2-in-1 grouting tool attached, the vacuum cleaner pulled dried oats out of my plushy dining room carpet excellently. I actually found that when switching the vacuum to Max mode (for up to 16 kPa suction power) it was more difficult to get the oats. That was until I switched to a new test environment.
With the stick and hard surface attachments locked in place, the H30 worked like a champion in Max mode and in just a few passes sucked up all of the oat flakes that I had placed on the kitchen laminate. The eco mode with the same attachments was also good, but a little weaker.
I’ll be the first to admit that I have hypersensitive hearing and generally have problems with loud devices, but my goodness makes the H30 whine. Even in the eco setting, the noise of the simply running vacuum cleaner is rather high. It’s by no means industrially loud, but it’s certainly not as quiet as I expected (considering its small size).
If you spilled something quickly that needs mopping up, I’d honestly recommend paper towels and your cleaner of choice instead of the H30’s mop head and pads. Yes, it’s a nice consideration, but I found the attachments and pads difficult to work with. In my cleaning test, the H30 cut through some of my deliberately spilled lemonade, but the sticky residue stayed around.
The H30’s 2500 mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery isn’t the most powerful on the market. Built for up to 20 minutes of use in Eco mode and only 10 minutes when set to Max, you want to get your cleaning done quickly.
Low battery capacity is no stranger to the world of handheld vacuum cleaners, but when you consider that it takes up to four hours to fully recharge the battery, the reduced run time can be a nuisance for some users. Fortunately, you can buy extra batteries to swap out while cleaning.
As far as charging is concerned, I also liked the option of plugging the power supply unit directly into the battery instead of having to dock the entire vacuum cleaner (with the battery connected) to the charging station.
The Eufy HomeVac H30 Infinity (the flagship model) typically retails for $ 199 but is currently out of stock. The H30 Venture (includes a 2-in-1 grout tool and a multi-surface tool) is $ 159, and the H30 Mate (2-in-1 grout tool, multi-surface tool, motorized brush attachment) can for $ 179.
As a quick-grip, quick-to-clean cordless vacuum cleaner, the Eufy HomeVac H30 sucks up dirt well for which you don’t want to pull the large stand out of the closet. It’s also perfect for cleaning cars, sofa cushions, ceiling corners, and other hard-to-reach nooks and crannies. From a design standpoint, it’s not the most convenient handheld to wrap your paws around, and some of these add-ons can be quite a chore.
In terms of pricing, I think $ 199 is a bit high for the Infinity, with $ 169 sounding a bit more reasonable to me.
Is there a better alternative?
I think so. thehas a nozzle that can be adjusted by 200 degrees and the 20 volt battery offers unbelievable suction power. As with the HomeVac H30, the charging station can also be used to store all of your attachments.
There are those too. The Wandvac is similar in size and shape to the HomeVac H30, can be easily hung and comes with a multi-surface pet hair tool.
How long it will take?
With the option to buy multiple batteries, I can see that the HomeVac H30 will last for several years. Plus, Eufy’s hassle-free warranty protects your H30 for up to two years.
Should you buy it?
If you desperately need a handheld vacuum and your business has no other choice, I think going home with the Eufy HomeVac H30 wouldn’t be a bad idea. If there were other options I would suggest buying a different model – mainly to save some money (and gain some convenience).