Eureka Groove Vacuum Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Nov 16, 2020 at 09:26 am
Eureka Groove Picture
5.5
Bare Floor
5.3
Low-Pile Carpet
5.9
High-Pile Carpet
5.0
Pets
5.9
Stairs
5.6
Cars
Vacuum Type
Robot
Bagless
Yes
Cordless
Yes
Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
Yes

The Eureka Groove Robot Vacuum Cleaner is a budget-friendly robot vacuum. It struggles to clear certain types of debris, as pet hair can get caught in its intake while bulky material can jam its brushroll. Like most robot vacuums, it has quite a few parts that need to be serviced or replaced regularly, so recurring costs can add up over time. Thankfully, it's well-built and doesn't require Wi-Fi to function, which is handy if you don't have a reliable internet connection.

Our Verdict

5.5 Bare Floor

The Eureka Groove robot vacuum cleaner is sub-par for bare floors. Bulky material can jam its brushroll while pet hair can get stuck in its intake. While it has a fairly sturdy-feeling design, there are quite a few parts that need to be serviced regularly.

Pros
  • Can be used without an internet connection.
Cons
  • Pet hair can get caught in its brushroll and intake.
  • Demanding maintenance requirements.
  • High recurring costs.
  • Bulky material can jam brushroll.
5.3 Low-Pile Carpet

The Eureka Groove robot vacuum cleaner is disappointing on low-pile carpet. It really struggles with both pet hair, which gets caught in its intake and brushroll, and fine debris like baking soda. Thankfully, it does a better job with coarse material. Recurring costs can be high and it's somewhat demanding in terms of maintenance.

Pros
  • Can be used without an internet connection.
Cons
  • Pet hair can get caught in its brushroll and intake.
  • Demanding maintenance requirements.
  • High recurring costs.
  • Bulky material can jam brushroll.
5.9 High-Pile Carpet

The Eureka Groove robot vacuum cleaner is middling for high-pile carpet. While it's fairly well-built, it struggles with sucking up pet hair as well as fine debris and can have trouble climbing on to it from another type of surface. It has many components that need to be cleaned or even replaced regularly.

Pros
  • Can be used without an internet connection.
Cons
  • Pet hair can get caught in its brushroll and intake.
  • Demanding maintenance requirements.
  • High recurring costs.
  • Bulky material can jam brushroll.
5.0 Pets

The Eureka Groove robot vacuum cleaner is a poor choice for pet owners. Pet hair gets caught in its intake and brushroll and can be pushed around on some surfaces. You also have to clean quite a few components routinely, and recurring costs can be somewhat high, though its brushroll can be removed to clear hair wraps. It also has a HEPA filter to trap allergens as it cleans.

Pros
  • Has an allergen-trapping filter.
  • Can be used without an internet connection.
Cons
  • Pet hair can get caught in its brushroll and intake.
  • Demanding maintenance requirements.
  • High recurring costs.
5.9 Stairs

The Eureka Groove robot vacuum cleaner isn't designed to clean stairs.

5.6 Cars

The Eureka Groove robot vacuum cleaner isn't designed to clean the inside of cars.

  • 5.5 Bare Floor
  • 5.3 Low-Pile Carpet
  • 5.9 High-Pile Carpet
  • 5.0 Pets
  • 5.9 Stairs
  • 5.6 Cars
  1. Updated Nov 18, 2020: Fixed Companion App field input error.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Eureka Groove robot vacuum cleaner is well-built. It has a plastic body with a mix of brushed and matte-finish accents and even includes an on-board storage compartment for its brushroll cleaning tool. It feels reasonably sturdy overall, though parts of it may scratch easily. Other components, like the dust bin and brushroll door cover, feel as though they could crack if they're dropped. Assembly out-of-the-box is a fairly simple process, requiring only that you click its side brush into place and plug in its dock station.

5.0
Design
User Maintenance

The Eureka Groove robot vacuum cleaner is somewhat difficult to maintain due to the high number of parts that require servicing. That said, the vacuum's design makes it easy to access them.

  • Brushroll: The brushroll can be accessed by removing the brushroll compartment door on top of the vacuum. You can remove tangled debris with the included cleaning tool. It should be rinsed under water every three months.
  • Brushroll frame: The brushroll frame can be lifted out of the vacuum. It should be cleaned regularly.
  • Side brush: The side brush can simply be pulled out of its socket and cleaned with the included tool to remove stuck-on debris. It should be rinsed thoroughly under water every three months.
  • Dust cup: The dust cup can be removed by pressing the release button and pulling it out of the vacuum. It should be emptied after every use.
  • HEPA filter: The HEPA filter sits on top of the dust cup and can be pulled out. While you can shake it to remove any dust, you should rinse it under water every three months.
  • Charging pins: The vacuum's charging pins should be cleaned with a dry cloth regularly.
  • Sensors: The sensors should be routinely cleared of dust and debris with a dry cloth.

Any part that can be cleaned with water should be left to dry for at least 24 hours before being reinstalled.

5.0
Design
Recurring Cost
Bag Part Number
No bag
Filter Part Number
R0104
HEPA Filter Part Number
R0104

The Eureka Groove robot vacuum cleaner has quite a few recurring costs.

  • HEPA filter: No replacement interval is specified for the HEPA filter by the manufacturer, but it can be replaced if you notice a drop in performance. The vacuum does come with a replacement.
  • Brushroll: The brushroll should be replaced whenever you observe visible wear, though no replacement interval is specified.
  • Side brush: The side brush should be changed when bent or damaged, but the manufacturer doesn't specify the component's expected service life. A replacement is included with the vacuum.

You can purchase any one of these parts, as well as additional accessories, on Eureka's website.

9.0
Design
Storing
Height
3.94 in (10.0 cm)
Width
12.80 in (32.5 cm)
Depth
14.96 in (38.0 cm)
Cord Storing/Management
Not Needed
On-Board Tool Storage
Not needed
Vacuum Rack/Station
Yes

The Eureka Groove robot vacuum cleaner is exceptionally easy to store. It's quite compact and has a low-profile charging dock that takes up very little room.

6.0
Design
Dirt Compartment
Dirt Compartment Volume
0.08 gal (0.30 L)
Full Dirt Compartment Indicator
No
Bag Included
No Bag Needed

The Eureka Groove robot vacuum cleaner's dirt compartment is passable. It doesn't hold that much debris, and it's even a bit smaller than the ILIFE A4s Pro's dirt compartment, but it's made of clear plastic so you can keep an eye on its current fill status. However, it doesn't have a sensor to automatically notify you when it has reached maximum capacity. If you're looking for a robot vacuum with a bigger dirt compartment, check out the Yeedi K650.

Design
In The Box

  • Eureka Groove robot vacuum cleaner
  • Remote
  • 2x AAA batteries
  • Dust cup
  • 2x HEPA filters
  • Main brushroll
  • Brushroll guard
  • Main brushroll cleaning tool
  • Brushroll frame (in vacuum)
  • 2x Side brushes
  • Charging dock
  • Charging cable
  • User guide

10
Design
Range
Cord Length
N/A
Hose Length
N/A

The Eureka Groove robot vacuum cleaner has an effectively unlimited range, but it can't climb stairs.

8.2
Design
Portability
Total Weight
5.73 lbs (2.60 kg)
Weight In Hand
0.00 lbs (0.00 kg)
Carrying handle
No

This robot vacuum is quite portable. It doesn't weigh that much, but it lacks a carrying handle to make it easier to move around.

8.7
Design
Battery
Minimum Battery Life
65 min.
Maximum Battery Life
113 min.
Recharge Time
276 min.
Recharge Dock
Yes
Battery Life Indicator
Yes
Removable Batteries
Yes

The Eureka Groove robot vacuum cleaner has excellent battery performance. In its most powerful suction mode, it supplies over an hour of continuous runtime. In its power-saving 'Low' power setting, that extends to almost two hours. Unfortunately, it takes over four hours to charge, which is very long. You can keep an eye on its current charge status via an indicator light on its body, which turns from solid white to blinking red when it drops below 20%. For a robot vacuum that can last over two hours on a single charge, consider the iRobot Roomba 694.

Design
Quality Of Life Features
Rotating Head
No
Power Adjustment
Yes
Self-Propelled
Yes
Headlights
No
Easy On/Off
Yes
Surface Type Adjustment
Manual

The Eureka Groove robot vacuum cleaner has a couple of quality of life features. It has two power mode settings: a high-suction 'Max' and power-saving 'Low'. It can also clean in three ways: 'Spot Cleaning' thoroughly cleans a small area in a spiral pattern, 'Edge Cleaning' goes around the perimeter of a room, and 'Auto Cleaning', which is the patternless default mode.

Design
Tools And Brushes
Brushroll
Yes
Brushroll On/Off
No
Removable Brushroll
Yes
Turbo Brush
No
Crevice Tool
No
Upholstery Tool
No
Soft Bristle Brush
No
Hard Bristle Brush
No
Extension Wand
No
Ceiling Fan Tool
No
Pet Grooming Tool
No

This vacuum has a main brushroll as well as a side brush to nudge debris into the middle of its cleaning path. It also has a brushroll cleaning tool with a hook blade and a brush that can be used to remove debris from these components.

Design
Alternative Configuration

The Eureka Groove robot vacuum cleaner has no alternative configurations.

Performance
4.8
Performance
Bare Floor (Hardwood, Laminate, Tiles)
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
40 %
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
32 %
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
19 %
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
95 %
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
92 %
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used Suction Control (max)

The Eureka Groove robot vacuum cleaner has poor performance on bare floors. Pet hair gets caught in its brushroll and intake opening instead of getting sucked up. Larger material like pieces of cereal can get caught in its brushroll and jam its rotation completely. Thankfully, it clears smaller debris like rice without an issue. If you're looking for a robot vacuum that can suck up bulky debris like cereal, you may want to look at the iRobot Roomba 614.

4.4
Performance
Low-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
61 %
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
59 %
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
63 %
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
10 %
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
12 %
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used Suction Control (max)

This vacuum performs poorly on low-pile carpet. Pet hair gets sucked up, but it also gets stuck on its brushroll and caught at the vacuum's debris intake. While it does an alright job with coarse material, such as sand, it struggles significantly with fine material, like baking soda.

5.6
Performance
High-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
56 %
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
46 %
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
40 %
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
16 %
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
17 %
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used Suction Control (max)

This vacuum has sub-par performance on high-pile carpet. Pet hair gets caught in its brushroll and intake and it picks up very little fine material, like baking soda. It does a little better with coarse debris, such as sand.

6.5
Performance
Maneuverability
Under The Couch
Good
Under Low Table
Good
On Furniture
Not Possible
Rug With Tassel
Bad
Electric Cord
Ok

The Eureka Groove robot vacuum cleaner is reasonably maneuverable. It uses random pathing to clean, which isn't especially time-efficient, and occasionally bumps into objects. Thankfully, it's small enough to clean under low-lying furniture like tables and couches and can climb over obstructions like electrical cords, but rug tassels can get caught in its brushroll. It also can struggle to climb onto high-pile carpets or rugs and get stuck.

Automation
7.0
Automation
Automation (Robot Vacuum)
Remote Controller
Yes
Automatic Bag Emptying
No
Automatic Recharging
Yes
Schedule Programming
Yes
Boundary Markers
No
Random Pathing
Yes
Smart Pathing
No
App Name
Eureka Robot

Update 11/18/2020:Fixed input error in the Companion App field. The score has been updated.

This vacuum's automation features are decent. Unfortunately, the Eureka Robot companion app would not allow us to connect the vacuum to Wi-Fi during testing, though this is possibly an issue related to our own internet connection. While we weren't able to evaluate its performance in this respect, its companion app should let you start and pause cleaning tasks, schedule cleaning times, change cleaning modes, adjust suction power, command it to return to its charging dock, and even remote-pilot it. Fortunately, you can control the vacuum without Wi-Fi thanks to the included remote controller, which offers the same functionality as the app.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Eureka Groove robot vacuum cleaner has only one variant: 'Black'. You can see its label here.

If someone comes across a differently-equipped variant, let us know in the discussions so that we can update our review.

Compared To Other Vacuums

The Eureka Groove robot vacuum cleaner is a basic robot vacuum. It struggles to clear pet hair on all surfaces, while large debris can get trapped in the entry to its dirt compartment. However, it's well-built, easy to store, and can be used without an internet connection. If you're considering an alternative, take a look at our list of recommendations of the best robot vacuums for hardwood floors, the best robot vacuums for pet hair, and the best robot vacuums for carpet.

ILIFE A4s Pro

The ILIFE A4s Pro is a better robot vacuum for bare floors than the Eureka Groove. The ILIFE can pick up more large debris and pet hair. It also does a better job on low-pile carpet. However, the Eureka is better-built and easier-to-maintain.

iRobot Roomba 675

The iRobot Roomba 675 is more versatile than the Eureka Groove. The iRobot is better-built, struggles much less with bulky material, and maneuvers more effectively. Conversely, the Eureka cleans more fine material on high-pile carpet, is a little more compact, and doesn't require an internet connection to function.

eufy RoboVac 11S

The eufy RoboVac 11S is a better option for pet owners than the Eureka Groove. The eufy cleans pet hair more effectively on both low and high-pile carpet while struggling much less with bulky debris. Unlike the Eureka, however, it doesn't have an allergen-trapping HEPA filter. The Eureka is also slightly better-built.

Roborock E4

The Roborock E4 is a much better overall robot vacuum than the Eureka Groove. The Roborock is better-built, cleans much more thoroughly across all surface types, and maneuvers more efficiently. It also has a longer battery life while taking less time to charge. Meanwhile, the Eureka is a little bit lighter and takes up fractionally less space.

Samsung POWERbot R7040

The Samsung POWERbot R7040 is better overall than the Eureka Groove. It clears more debris on bare floors and low-pile carpet, maneuvers more effectively, and has a broader range of automation features. The Eureka does a better job on high-pile carpet, weighs much less, and has a longer battery life, though it doesn't charge nearly as quickly as the Samsung.

Yeedi K650

The Yeedi K650 is a better vacuum than the Eureka Groove. The Yeedi performs much better on bare floors and carpets, has a bigger dirt compartment and a longer battery life. On the other hand, the Eureka is equipped with an allergen-trapping HEPA filter and comes with a remote control.

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