Bumps into furniture
About the Eureka Groove
• Weight: 5.6 pounds • Dimensions: 13" x 13" x 3" (L x W x H) • Warranty: 2-year limited warranty • Battery life: About 100 minutes • Smart features: App, Alexa- and Google Home-compatible
What we like
It gives a strong cleaning performance
The Groove came to our testing floor ready to clean.
On average, it picked up about 11 grams of dirt, which makes it just as powerful as the much more expensive iRobot i7+. We’d suggest you run the Groove every day. Over the course of the week, its cleaning prowess will equal that of a light manual cleaning with a full-sized vacuum.
The edge cleaning mode also stood out. When you combine it with the Groove's powerful suction, and the fact that it’s only three inches tall, you get a robot vacuum capable of thoroughly getting under the toe kicks in your kitchen.
It is able to climb over obstacles
Carpets, throw rugs, and thresholds are some of the most difficult challenges for a robot vacuum to get itself over. Our testing showed that the Groove is the Tenzing Norgay of robot vacuums. It easily hopped over the quarter-inch and two-thirds inch thresholds during our process, and it climbed atop our high-pile throw rug, a feat only a handful of vacuums have done.
What we don’t like
It’s rough on chair legs
After years of testing robot vacuums, we’ve noticed that the automated cleaners strike a balance between being really good at either picking dirt up or avoiding obstacles. The Groove is much more the former. It jams its brushes into every crevice to seek out dirt, but in doing so, it bumps into furniture legs in a rather violent manner.
What users are saying
The Eureka Groove NER300 has moderately positive reviews online. On Amazon, it has a 3.8-star rating out of 5. Users talk about liking the powerful suction. However, there are also complaints about the smart features feeling tacked on. We found the app to be perfectly functional, albeit bare-bones. You can start, stop, schedule, and select modes. Still, it's a far cry in this day and age where the best smart vacuums can clean specified areas and act like mobile security cameras.
Should you buy the Eureka Groove?
Yes, if you’re in the market for an affordable robot vacuum. It’s the perfect model to get if you’re wondering if it will jive with your pets and lifestyle. But don’t be fooled by its low price, this thing packs a punch. It’s definitely one of the top affordable models around, just perhaps not the smartest robot vacuum we've ever tested.
Meet the tester
Senior Manager of Lab Operations@Jonfromthelab1
Jonathan Chan currently serves as the Lab Manager at Reviewed. If you clean with it, it's likely that Jon oversees its testing. Since joining the Reviewed in 2012, Jon has helped launch the company's efforts in reviewing laptops, vacuums, and outdoor gear. He thinks he's a pretty big deal. In the pursuit of data, he's plunged his hands into freezing cold water, consented to be literally dragged through the mud, and watched paint dry. Jon demands you have a nice day.
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