Today I’m taking a look at the EyeVac, a stationary touchless vacuum that functions as a high-tech dust pan.
Where to Purchase & About
EyeVac is a touchless, stationary vacuum. The official product website is eyevac.com, which was registered back in 2004. EyeVac can be purchased direct from eyevac.com, or on Amazon for the same price of about $130 (as of May 2023). Note that when I purchased it for my review in early 2022, the cost was $114.
Claims & Features
- Fast and powerful
- Perfect for pet owners and parents
- High efficiency filters
- Touchless operation
- The EyeVac Amazon page states that it weighs one pound, but my scale showed it to be 7.5 pounds (3.4 kg).
The EyeVac model I purchased is their flagship model, and the most popular of several models available. To use EyeVac, you simply sweep debris up next to it and infrared sensors activate the vacuum which sucks the debris into the unit. A 1.4-gallon canister holds an ample amount of hair, dust, cat litter, and other debris.
EyeVac’s control panel includes three indicators: AUTO, MANUAL and FULL. When you turn the unit on, it defaults to AUTO but you can switch it to MANUAL by pressing the POWER button twice. EyeVac can be manually activated by pressing the ACTIVATE button on the far right, although this feature only works in manual mode. The FULL indicator alerts you when the canister needs to be emptied.
To empty the front canister, you simply grasp the edge and pull outward. Pulling out the canister will reveal a filter inside. On the front of EyeVac unit, there is a tag that notes, “the sensor detects debris with light sensitivity. Performance may diminish with black or dark bristles or low light conditions.” Although most people don’t find themselves sweeping in lowlight conditions, I did find that brooms with darker bristles were not as easily detected as those with lighter colored bristles.
For my first test session, I tried three different brooms, all with dark colored bristles, sweeping up various debris to see how the EyeVac worked. First, I swept dog food to the unit, and it engaged the vacuum for about 10 seconds. It picked up most of the dog food up, but I noticed a small pile remaining on the right-hand side. I found that using the end of the broom to nudge extra pieces toward the vacuum opening on the left seemed to help. Next, I dispersed cat litter on the floor and swept that next the EyeVac. Once again, the unit picked up most of the cat litter but there was still some cat litter remaining toward the right side. Additional tests with pet hair and dirt yielded similar results.
The two photos below show that the right side tends to leave debris behind, unless nudged to the left with the bottom of your broom. I don’t find this to be an issue, but new users of the product may see this and think there is a problem with the unit.
I brought the EyeVac back to my house where I tested it on a different type of floor and different types of messes. After additional uses of the product, I was starting to notice that different colored bristles did affect when the sensors would engage the unit. I compared the distance required to engage the unit with light bristles vs dark bristles, and there was a difference by a few inches between the two (with the dark bristles needing to be much closer).
Additional tests included coffee grounds and cracker crumbs, which were easily picked up by the unit. After a few uses, it became second nature to just shove the end of the broom under the sensor a couple of times in order to push any leftover debris into the vacuum opening.
For comedic purposes, I was curious what a larger item like a piece of bread would do if tossed into the EyeVac’s range, and the results were rather funny – although definitely not recommended! You can see that video below.
I noticed that when you take the canister out of the EyeVac, the unit shuts off completely. When I removed the filter, I could see remnants of the various types of debris I had tested to that point.
After using the EyeVac for several weeks, I am satisfied with the unit. Although this type of device has been used by hair salons for years, it is becoming more commonplace in regular households. Those of us with back problems appreciate not having to bend over and fuss with a dustpan every time we sweep. Although the price tag seems a bit high, I believe the EyeVac functions as advertised and can be a useful addition to your household, especially if you have any physical limitations.
Be sure to check out my full EyeVac review below. After that is a short video showing a couple of other pet hair solutions I use.
I continue to use the EyeVac several times a week, whenever I sweep my floors. I’ve been happy with it and the “bristle” issue has never really materialized as a problem. I’ve found the canister to hold plenty of debris, and I don’t have to empty it very often. I still recommend it all the time, and I’ll continue to update this space if anything changes.
Have you used the EyeVac or something like it? Tell me what you think in the comments below.
Updated May 2023