- Plenty of instructional material
- Easy setup
- Slot on base for storing remote
- Cord slack storage
- Max/Min feature to increase/decrease power
- Alexa and Google Assistant capability
- Can struggle on throw rugs
- Doesn't map out room
- Only sets up with 2.4 GHz, not dual-band
- Only two voice assistant commands
There are many robot vacuum cleaners on the market. They all do mostly the same things, but they all have a few different capabilities or failings. How do you know which one is best for you? This review takes a look at one of the lesser-known robot vacuums, the Kyvol Cybovac E30. Is this vacuum the right one for you?
Setting Up the Cybovac
Like most robot vacuum cleaners, the Kyvol Cybovac E30 comes with a variety of tools needed to effectively clean your floors. It also includes both a user manual and user guide as well as a quick start guide. This is appreciated, as sometimes there isn’t enough information given for setup.
However, the user guide is actually for setting up the Kyvol app and voice assistant. It’s not clearly marked enough, and nothing is mentioned in the user manual, so I initially went through this entire review thinking there was no app or voice assistant pairing available.
Included in the box are:
- Charging base and power adapter
- Remote with two AAA batteries
- Cleaning brush
- Side brush and spare side brush
- Spare HEPA and sponge
- Magnetic strip
- 3M adhesive pads
- User manual for the vacuum
- User guide for setting up the app and voice assistants.
- Quick start guide
There are a few required, easy steps to set up the Kyvol Cybovac E30.
Peel off the sticker and remove the foam protectors from the outside of the vacuum.
Attach the side brush to the bottom of the robot and install the batteries in the remote.
Plug the power adapter into the back of the charging base and tuck the extra length of cord into the storage in the back. That’s a welcome little extra that only some vacuums have, a place to hide the cords.
Choose a location with one meter on either side of the base and two meters in front of it that is free from obstructions. Plug the other end of the cord into a wall socket. A white light will show on the base. Helpfully, the base has a slot on the top to store the remote when not in use.
Charge the vacuum fully before your first use. Turn the vacuum over and flip the on/off switch to on.
Align the contacts on the bottom of the vacuum with those on the charging base. The lights on the top of the vacuum will blink orange to show it’s charging if you have it lined up correctly.
Cleaning with the Cybovac
Once there are solid blue lights on top of the vacuum, it’s ready to use. There are multiple choices for turning it on. You can press the power button on top of the vacuum, press the Auto button on the remote, press the Play button on the app, or through Alexa or Google Assistant.
In the auto mode, the Kyvol Cybovac Robot Vacuum sets about cleaning the entire room/area/floor. I wouldn’t say that it has mapped my home after a few uses, as it cleans it a little differently each time. It starts out being very systematic in straight rows, up and down, but because of the obstacles I have, it seems to do something different every time.
Granted, I have many obstacles on my top floor: Couch, storage cube, table and stools, dog bed, TV stand, China cabinet, hutch, island, kitchen stools, a throw rug, and two dog dishes. And that’s not even including the bathroom and the two bedrooms. Regardless, there were only a few large things left behind that it didn’t pick up, but that’s not unusual with robot vacuums.
Through its cleaning cycle, the first time it went three times around the living room, kitchen, and bathroom. On the third time it showed a low battery and found its way back to the charger. I’ll add that it did that well. Other vacuums have had a difficult time finding the base in all these obstacles, but not the Cybovac.
I only have one carpeted room in my home. The rest is laminate flooring, sheet goods, and tile. The Cybovac handled them all. A nice feature for when it’s on carpeting is a the options for Max and Min on the remote. This allows you to increase and decrease the suction. I could definitely tell when I increased it.
But there is nothing telling you that you have maximized it or that you have reached the highest or lowest suction it will allow. It’s a great feature and something I haven’t had on other vacuums, but it could be better.
The Cybovac has two additional cleaning modes. It can spot clean, which many vacuums do, but this one did so in a systematic spiral design. Set the vacuum in the middle of a spot, and it spirals out cleaning, then spirals back in. It will also edge clean, a function that all robot vacuums have. Interestingly, with only one brush on the bottom, it seemed to handle the job just as well as the vacuums with two brushes.
Cleaning can also be scheduled on the Kyvol Cybovac Vacuum. This was not a feature I could get to work, however. I set the remote to the correct time of 8:09 pm and set the cleaning time for 8:30 pm. However, it never started a cleaning cycle at that time. Instead, it started cleaning at 11:40 pm. I thought perhaps the cleaning cycle was too close to when I had set it, so I tried resetting it the following day hours before, but it still chooses to clean at 11:40 pm. I don’t choose to clean on schedule anyway, as I want to be sure I have extra obstacles off the floor.
The only existing obstacle struggles I have are with my throw rugs. Initially, the vacuum struggled to go over this transition piece into the bathroom. However, after the first time, it never struggled over it again.
This transition it did not struggle over ever. It’s not quite as high, and in addition to that, it has this metal heating/air register embedded in it. Despite that, it wasn’t a struggle for the vacuum to roll right over it.
This is the one obstacle that the Cybovac can never clear. This kitchen rug has a rubber backing and is slick on the top as well. While other vacuums have traversed across it without issue, the Cybovac pitches the rug out to the side and gets a little stuck between the sliding glass door and the rug. I just pick that up in addition to the bathroom rug before I start cleaning.
Like all robot vacuums, the Kyvol Cybovac Robot Vacuum has sensors on the bottom of it that will prevent it from running into other obstacles or going down the stairs. It did well with not running into things other than the chrome legs on the kitchen stools. While it ships with a roll of magnetic stripping to put down as barrier so it doesn’t go down the stairs, I always choose to not use that and to just block off the stairs.
Setting Up the App and Voice Assistants
There are QR codes in the user manual for downloading the app. After setting up your account, going through the steps in the app, you need to pair the Cybovac with your Wi-Fi.
I’ve had a couple of other smart home devices that were like this, and it’s somewhat of a pain. They will only pair in 2.4 GHz and not 5 GHz. Even if you have dual band Wi-Fi, you still have to change it to only work off 2.4GHz.
But I found a workaround, thanks to Google, at least for my network. I have AT&T, which gives me a Home network and a Guest network. I left the Home network as dual band and changed the Guest network to just 2.4 GHz.
I also changed it to a simplified password, mine has symbols in it, and some smart home devices struggle with that as well. After you initiate that connection and set it up, you can then disable the Guest network.
Alternately, you can pair with AP Mode instead by setting up through Kyvol’s Wi-Fi, but this didn’t work for me, I assume this was because of the same dual-band issue.
Once you get that network established with the Cybovac, you can control it through the app. It has all the same functions right there. And it is here that the scheduling worked for me.
With the network connection, it can also be set up with a voice assistant: either Alexa or Google Assistant. To set up via Alexa, make sure you are logged into the Kyvol app and the Alexa app. Search for “Kyvol Home” in the Skills. The user guide says to search for “Smart Life,” but that was the wrong app.
Once you find the correct one, enable it, then sign in to your account with Kyvol. It will ask you to discover devices. Look for the Cybovac and select it.
It’s now ready to use with Alexa. You can say, “Alexa, turn on the E30” to start the vacuum. Unsurprisingly, say, “Alexa, turn off the E30” to get it to return to the charging based. It would be nice if more actions were offered via voice assistant.
Google Assistant will set up similarly.
Care/Cleaning of the Cybovac
The Kyvol Cybovac Robot Vacuum has very detailed instructions for the care and cleaning of it — not that any of it is too difficult. Along with the very detailed manual and user guide are the instructions for each item that needs maintenance, including the brushes and sensors. It also tips you off to how often you should be cleaning each of these.
The dust bin needs to be emptied after each use. It’s easily accessible via the orange notch. Squeezing that in and pulling out pulls the bin out of the vacuum. Opening with a clamshell design, you just empty it in the trash and brush off any added dust on the filter. At this point it’s a good idea to turn the on/off switch on the bottom to off to be sure it’s not accidentally put in use. However, if you’re going to run it the next time via schedule or Alexa, you need to leave it turned on.
The Kyvol Cybovac Robot Vacuum would make a fantastic choice for a first robot vacuum. It has extras, such as the Max/Min buttons, and also has the advantage of shipping with plenty of instructional material. However, those who are deep into the world of using robot vacuums may be looking for something more, such as better mapping and handling of obstacles and more options through a voice assistant.
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