One minute review
Eufy from Anker is known for making some of the best smart home security devices on the market, such as video doorbells and security cameras. However, the company is now also making waves in the floor care world, with its range of robotic and cordless vacuum cleaners, including small handheld models and stick vacuums.
The Eufy HomeVac S11 Infinity is the brand’s premium cordless stick vacuum, which has real potential to compete with some of the best cordless vacuums. However, it comes with a price tag that is affordable compared to many other wireless models on the market. It is not only suitable for floors, but can also be used as a handheld vacuum to, for example, clean your car or clear up cobwebs. It comes with a handy range of attachments including a motorized mini tool, crevice tool, 2-in-1 combination tool and a flexible hose to reach into tricky areas.
A big bonus of this vacuum cleaner is that it comes with two interchangeable batteries, so the second unit can always be charged and ready to use. This minimizes the risk of running out of power, so the vacuum is always ready to deal with sudden spills and messes.
During the test, it demonstrated good dirt collection, but it’s not as powerful as some of the best cordless vacuums out there. Nevertheless, the selection of attachments makes it a good all-rounder for cleaning any surface in your home. It’s ideal for surface dust and grime, but busy families with kids and pets may find themselves using maximum suction mode all the time to get a deep enough clean – which, with even two batteries, would only give you 16 minutes of vacuuming time.
Eufy HomeVac S11 Infinity price and availability
- List Price: $299.99 / £229.99
You can buy the Eufy HomeVac S11 Infinity directly through Eufy in the US and UK, but it is not available in Australia. If you’re happy to forgo the second battery and soft brush roller (for delicate hard floors), then it’s worth looking at the Eufy HomeVac S11 Go, which can be bought for £179.99 / $249.99.
Eufy HomeVac S11 Infinity: Design
- Handy range of cleaning tools
- washable filters
- LED lighting on floor head
The HomeVac S11 Infinity is similar in size to most other vacuum cleaners of this type – with the main nozzle attached, it measures 43.3 x 10 x 9.4 inches / 110 x 25.5 x 24 cm (HxWxD). The handheld unit without attachments weighs only 1.7 kg.
It is quite intuitive to set up and use. All parts and accessories fit together with a satisfying click and stay locked together until released with the button. The dust container offers a decent capacity of 0.65 liters and is emptied directly into the bin by simply pressing the release button.
The main floor head is equipped with a carbon fiber roller brush, but also comes with a soft roller brush which is more suitable for delicate hard floors. And next to the main floor, there’s a mini motorized tool that’s ideal for deep cleaning mattresses and upholstery, as well as tricky areas like stairs.
A crevice tool, 2-in-1 brush attachment and a flexible extension hose make this a versatile vacuum for both hand and overhead cleaning. And almost all accessories except the flexible extension hose and the extra floor roller brush can be stored on the wall mount, should you choose to install it.
The vacuum is operated by a trigger switch on the handle, which must be pressed continuously during use. It always defaults to the middle suction level, but a button on the top of the handheld unit lets you toggle between the three power levels.
Other than cleaning up the dust, maintenance is quite simple. The filters and roller brushes are all washable, so there are no expensive replacements to add to your shopping list.
Eufy HomeVac S11 Infinity: Performance
- Attachments click together easily
- Good suction power on max mode
- Can be messy to empty
Overall, the Eufy HomeVac S11 Infinity’s dust and debris collection turned out to be decent, and, as you’d expect, it’s most effective at maximum suction – we were impressed with the amount of grime it removed from our carpets on this one. high suction setting. But for general everyday dust or for hard floors, the standard mode is sufficient. The headlights effectively illuminated dark corners, resulting in a more thorough cleaning.
When vacuuming oats from hard floors, we noticed that while the Infinity was efficient at collecting the debris when pushed forward, as we pulled it back, some oats were pulled behind the floor head rather than being sucked up . And on the edges of the room, when collecting oats right next to the baseboards, the cleaner was most effective when used head-on, with the floor head pressed against the baseboard; the sides of the floor head were less effective at collecting debris.
As an upright cordless vacuum cleaner, the Infinity is lightweight and easy to maneuver in corners, whether on carpet or on hard floors. On a thick pile rug, the floor wobbled considerably and didn’t feel as firm as we would have liked. Even at maximum suction power, the vacuum failed to remove all the dirt deeper into the carpet fibers.
The trigger switch can get uncomfortable to hold if you’re vacuuming for extended periods of time, but for a quick ride through one or two rooms, it’s fine. We would have preferred the power level adjustment button to be closer to the trigger so you could press it with the same hand holding the vacuum. Yet this is not a big problem.
When used as a handheld vacuum, the Eufy HomeVac S11 Infinity makes vacuuming stairs a breeze. In addition, the range of attachments makes it suitable for almost any job, including car cleaning, where the flexible hose proved useful for getting into tricky places. This isn’t the most compact handheld vacuum, so it can feel a bit clunky in tight spaces.
The point-and-shoot style of dirt removal means it’s easy enough to open the dust container to empty it; but the dust and fluff didn’t always fall straight into the bin. A few times we had to take it out by hand, making it a messier job. However, removing the filters was easy and we like that they are washable. The roller brushes are also washable, and while we found the hair to wrap around them quite quickly, it was easy to remove.
When vacuuming with maximum suction power on hard floors, the Eufy HomeVac S11 Infinity reached 80dB on our sound meter, dropping to 74dB in the standard vacuum mode. On carpet it was a slightly quieter 76dB on max mode, dropping to 66dB on standard.
Eufy HomeVac S11 Infinity: Battery Life
- Two interchangeable batteries
- Up to 40 minutes of run time per battery
- 3.5 hours of charging per battery
Eufy claims the battery lasts 8 minutes in maximum mode, 25 minutes in standard mode, or 40 minutes in lowest power mode. We tested the Eufy HomeVac S11 Infinity at maximum power and the battery lasted exactly eight minutes. The big advantage of having a second battery is that you can always keep one fully charged, so there will rarely be a situation where you run out of power altogether.
The Infinity’s charging cable plugs directly into the battery, allowing it to be removed and charged wherever it is most convenient for you. Or it can be charged while still in the vacuum cleaner, in the wall-mounted dock or wherever you want to store it. During testing, it took just under 3 hours to charge the battery, which is faster than Eufy’s advertised.
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First assessment: May 2022