You’ve probably heard of iRobot, Roborock, and ECOVACS robotic vacuum cleaners before, but how about taking a look at something new for a change? Better yet, how about we show you a robot that works like a charm and doesn’t cost you an arm, a leg, and a couple of fingers and toes? If this sounds like something that would interest you, then check out the GOOVI 1600PA Robotic Vacuum, a budget-friendly solution that will let you indulge your laziness without the guilt of leaving postponing your chores.
1,600-Pa Suction Power
As a budget-friendly option, we have to keep our expectations within reason. However, this doesn’t hold true with many aspects of the GOOVI. First of all, the robot is able to produce up to 1,600 Pa of suction power that works admirably well on low- and medium-pile carpeting. As for floorboards, laminate, and tiled floors, forget about it! This robot is something that you could beg to your friends about!
The GOOVI comes with a sizable 2,600-mAh battery that supplies up to 100 minutes of continuous cleaning per charge. Granted, this isn’t the largest battery or longest runtime in the robotic vacuum cleaner world, but this should be more than enough time to clean the floors of multiple rooms’ floors before needing to refuel.
As you can imagine, life with a robotic vacuum cleaner wouldn’t be as joyful if the robot didn’t recharge its batteries on its own. Thankfully, this isn’t an issue you have to worry about with the GOOVI – upon sensing a low battery, it’ll make a beeline straight for its charging dock to refuel.
Sadly, the GOOVI doesn’t have an auto-resume feature, so users need to command the robot to get back to work after recharging. Furthermore, without an auto-resume function, the GOOVI will not pick up where it left off, but instead it restarts its cleaning cycle from the beginning.
But what actually surprised us, and numerous other customers, the most was the GOOVI’s better-than-normal navigation. Budget-friendly robots typically bump into obstacles wherever they go, and some have even been known to throw themselves off cliffs (staircases).
This isn’t the case with the GOOVI; its navigation sensors ensure almost 100% of the time that the GOOVI will not bump into any solid obstructions in its path, and upon detecting cliffs, it’ll tuck tail and head in the opposite direction.
There are two ways you can command the GOOVI to begin and stop its cleaning cycle – either by leaning down and pressing buttons on its control panel or by pressing buttons on the included infrared remote. The vacuum cannot connect to your home’s Wi-Fi so you don’t need to download heavy apps on your smartphone to send instructions to the robot.
On the remote control, you can also set up cleaning schedules for the robot so your floors can always be clean before you get back from work or wake up in the morning.
Side Brushes Too Far Out
The GOOVI isn’t without its faults. The first thing we noticed is that the brushes extend too far outward on each side. Basically, the brush setup causes more dust to scatter than it pulls into the suction inlet. Unfortunately, this ends up becoming more work for the GOOVI to do since, without dust detectors, the only time the GOOVI will ever pick up scattered debris is if its random navigation brings it back.
Even though the GOOVI has smart navigation, it doesn’t always work. It doesn’t always correctly identify obstructions as obstructions. Things like clothes, pet bowls, and shoes are all easily pushed around by the GOOVI, and if it encounters loose cables, you can bet that one of its wheels will become trapped (not tangled, thank goodness).
Hair Easily Tangled in Brushroll
That’s not to say that the robot vacuum doesn’t have tangling issues. If you or your pet leave long strands of hair on the floor, the GOOVI is not reliable enough to pick it all up. The brushroll becomes easily tangled by hair of virtually any size. Those with pets may want to look elsewhere if picking up fallen hair is the main reason for getting a robotic vacuum cleaner.
It’s important to note that the GOOVI is a budget-friendly robot. Does it work as well as Roomba or Roborock flagship robots? Absolutely not, nor is the GOOVI intended to. Instead, it provides an adequate amount of cleaning power with random yet reasonably reliable navigation. If this is your first robotic vacuum cleaner, we’re sure the GOOVI 1600PA Robot Vacuum will impress despite lacking many features that make robot vacs as convenient as can be.