The question is – which one of these bot vacuums do you need? Eufy 11S or 15C max? Is it worth paying the extra money for an upgraded version, if so what are the differences and why would someone want to pay more.
The first thing that comes up when comparing them is price range. The best-selling robot vacuum in budget category happens to be also on sale right now; its original cost was $299 but this week only get yours at a discounted rate of just $249! That’s not all though because there’s another option: upgrading your cheap single room cleaner into something with multiple cleaning modes including spot clean, edge sweep and side brush roll out features like Eufy Max Jr., priced
The Eufy 11S and the 15C max are similar in design, battery size, airflow strength, & bin size. What sets them apart is that while both models have a suction power of 1100-1200Pa (watt/1000), only the 15C max has Wi-fi capability which means you can use an app to control it from anywhere there’s internet connection.
The cost difference between these two vacuums ranges depending on where you purchase one at but let’s say they’re within 30 bucks or so; then if your main concern with buying this model would be needing wireless connectivity for using apps like Alexa or Google Home voice commands I’d recommend going with the more expensive option because not having those features will
Note: You can check the specs table at the end of the post
Eufy 11S and Eufy 15C max comparison
While comparing the specs the first thing which pops out is that Eufy 15C is Wi-Fi capable. This means in addition to the included physical remote, you can also download the app with 15C max. So you could do all the things which you do with remote like schedule cleaning with the app. With the app you can do all the above things from anywhere in the world.
Another big difference is power. According to Eufy, the new 15C max has 2000 pascals of suction compared to 1300 pascals of suction in Eufy 11S.
We did confirm that 15C max has about 35% more suction than 11s in tests. But suction is just one of the important parameters to measure and determine power. The other parameter to determine the power is airflow.
In the airflow test, both the models have the exact results. Both models have an airflow of 10 CFM in low power and 15 CFM in high power. This value of airflow is pretty good for their price and other budget robot vacuums.
Crevice pickup test | Eufy 15C Max vs Eufy 11S
In the crevice pickup test, Eufy 15C max did much better than Eufy 11C. What was interesting for me was that I always thought important factors in these tests is airflow and a good seal.
But because these both models have near-identical construction and the same amount of airflow the only variable here is the suction power. And so it seems that suction is more important than the airflow in this test.
It is also important to note that other than the crevice pickup test, these robots seem to have the same performance. For example, on the carpet deep clean test, they got almost identical scores after running the test three times each.
The performance of 15C max was just a little bit below Eufy 11C performance in every test. In the deep clean test, 15C max scored 70% whereas 11C has a score of 75%.
So I guess agitation and airflow are more important than suction for deep cleaning carpet.
Navigation with Eufy 11S and Eufy 15C Max
In terms of navigation, both Eufy 11S and 15C max are the same. They both use more and less random algorithms to clean around your home. Both the models were very efficient in small room test. They almost gave 100% coverage in the 25-minute runtime.
Most Eufy robot vacuums have good programming about chair legs and other hard to reach places.
I will give both models, a good score on their coverage and navigation considering their price range.
The physical design of both Eufy 11S and 15C max is similar. Not only these two robots share a similar physical design but in recent years many other companies are starting to copy a similar design. One of the reasons behind this is that this design is so successful for many years.
This extra-slim design at 2.85-inches is almost an inch shorter than the average robot vacuum. Extra-slim design is really good for getting under all kinds of furniture. But this also means that it will have some other drawbacks. For example, it is not good at climbing threshold and picking up larger debris.
Both of the models were excellent in the pickup test of normal size debris. In the test for picking up debris ranging from fine to normal size on the hard floor and the carpet, they both did well.
But when it comes to larger debris of fruit loops size or more, both models were short in performance. They would typically end up picking up only 40% or less of the amount. These kinds of debris would get stuck underneath or pushed aside because of the extra low profile.
In the carpet test, it performs a little bit better than the hard floor. This is not likely to be a big problem in most situations unless you have a lot of extraordinary size mess.
Cons in Eufy 11S and Eufy 15C max
Since both the models have the same brush and brush housing, they share another con equally. Both models have a hair tangle situation but this problem is with most budget robot vacuums.
In comparison to other brands budget robot vacuums, Eufy 11S still gave impressive results in this test. With the one gram of 5-inch hairs, 40% of the hair got tangled in the brush. In the test with one grand of 7-inch hairs, 65% of the hair got tangled.
This result is not as great as compared to more expensive robots, but still better than models of their price range.
Both Eufy 11S and Eufy 15C max has the same 2600 mAh battery. According to the manufacturer, both have the same 100 minutes of runtime on low power. On the high power, 11S has 50 minutes whereas 15C max has 40 minutes because of the more suction power.
The suction power of 15C max is of 2000 pa and 11S is of 1300 pa.
Both models have a third power setting mode which is boost IQ mode. Boost IQ mode is a setting that is low power and automatically boosts to high power when it senses carpet.
Both Eufy 11S and Eufy 15C max has 600 milliliters of the dustbin. This size is bigger than most of the budget price robot vacuums.
Also, it empties well and it is very easy to clean.
So back to the original question is it worth the extra money to go for the Eufy 15C max over 11S?
I would say it depends if you can find the deal and the price difference is within 30 dollars or so on that particular day.
The prices seem to change all the time because of deals and offers and if you can find it then go for it. The only reason I am saying this is because of the Wi-Fi capability. With the app, you can control the robot when you are not at home. You can also get alerts on your phone when it gets stuck or something.
The extra suction is nice but with the same airflow power there is only limited use for that extra suction. The good thing about both models is their design and performance. There is the reason that they have been rated so highly over the years but they also have some limitations.
But generally speaking in budget range those limitations are in most of the other robots.
Specification of Eufy 11S and 15C
|Eufy 15C Max
|Carpet & hard floor
|Carpet & hard floor
|Anti tangle roller
|Active Hair removal
|Alexa google enabled
|Side Edge Brush
|Dirt detect sensor
|Anti cliff sensor
|Auto empty bin
|Max climbing height
|Physical Barriers included