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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Eureka Groove robot vacuum cleaner isn't designed to clean stairs.
The Eureka Groove robot vacuum cleaner isn't designed to clean the inside of cars.
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.
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.
Any part that can be cleaned with water should be left to dry for at least 24 hours before being reinstalled.
The Eureka Groove robot vacuum cleaner has quite a few recurring costs.
You can purchase any one of these parts, as well as additional accessories, on Eureka's website.
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.
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.
The Eureka Groove robot vacuum cleaner has an effectively unlimited range, but it can't climb stairs.
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.
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%.
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.
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.
The Eureka Groove robot vacuum cleaner has no alternative configurations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Update 11/18/2020:Fixed input error in the Companion App field. The score has been updated.
This vacuum's automation features are mediocre. 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.
The Eureka Groove robot vacuum cleaner has only one variant: 'Black'. You can see its label here.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.