Anker SoundCore Icon Bluetooth Speaker Review

The Anker Soundcore Icon Bluetooth Speaker combines great quality, great sound and great durability!  Quite a lot packed into small size speaker but for the current Amazon price point of £54.99 I really do think this speaker packs in a ton of features that make it perfect for those on the go, inside or outside making it the perfect speaker to take with you on your travelling adventures.

The best adventures always have a killer soundtrack. So when the good times start, take Icon along for the ride.

 

Inside the box you get the Soundcore Icon along with a micro USB charging cable and basic instruction sheet.  For me it’s all about ease of use and set up – I want something I can take out of the box and find fairly simple to work and this is exactly that.

The Icon sits firmly on a solid surface with two small silicone feet on the underside while the touch function buttons are across the top.

Each charge lasts for up to 12 hours which is pretty good going and I’d say that seems pretty accurate, I tend to play music for around 2-3 hours a day and this easily lasted me 4-5 days before I needed to recharge.  Once charged I simply used my phone to pair it up via Bluetooth, it found it immediately and then played my favourite tunes via Spotify.  As well as the on/off button on the top of the speaker there are volume buttons and a play/forward/back button in the centre.

Design & Durability

The Soundcore Icon is a solid but fairly lightweight speaker and one thing I love about it is it’s easy to hold and carry in your hand due to its long, oval, slimline shape making it really portable.  It also has a unique feature of a detachable strap making it perfect for hanging up somewhere or onto something either in the home or out and about.  Again making it the perfect travel companion.

Detachable Strap

So let’s look at bit more at the detachable strap – it is incredibly strong and durable and really doesn’t feel like it will break despite you stretching it and wrapping it around things.  The strap comes off of both sides of the speaker so if you happen to have a different coloured one you can always swap them around. The other benefit of owning two Icons of course is that you can pair them up for stereo sound.

The bonus of this strap is that you don’t have to find a surface to put your speaker on or you can simply carry it with you on your bag, bike etc.

If I can get few minutes peace from the children and it’s a sunny day I do like to sit outside reading a book and instead of burying my speaker among the grass I can simply hang it from a tree!

The strap has many uses such as to aid me to listen to my tunes in the shower or hang it from my kitchen window sill out the way as I cook or I even love hanging it from the bar of my Velux window in my attic to admire the glimpse of the sea I get above the rooftops – one of my peaceful places to hang out at home!

Being perfect for out and about and travelling I can hang the Icon onto my bag or pack it in my case knowing I’ll have great sounds wherever I go!

Ultimately though you don’t need to use the hook, you can simply sit the Soundcore Icon on the side of your bath while you have a soak, because if it did happen to fall in – you know you are safe as it is fully waterproof with an IP67 rating!!  This does also mean it’s protected from dust and dirt so wherever you are you know it’s safe wherever it is.

Final Opinion

For me this is a great speaker to move around or carry around a lot for two reasons, it’s durability and portability.  Soundwise – I personally think it sounds great for the size and compared to another branded portable speaker of similar spec that I own, they sound pretty much the same, although the other speaker cost twice the price of the Icon.  I look forward to taking this away with me on weekend trips and our family Summer adventure in Europe later this year knowing that we can have music wherever we are, whether that be beside the pool, on the beach or having a picnic in the country.  Knowing that the Soundcore Icon will be safe and is tough enough for anything my kids will put it through, makes it the ideal on the go speaker for me and my family!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.

Eufy RoboVac 15C Wi-Fi Connected Robotic Vacuum Cleaner – Review

The idea of a robotic vacuum cleaner is something I’ve been eyeing up for a while, so when the opportunity arose to test out the Eufy RoboVac 15C I jumped at the chance, keen to put it through it’s paces in my family home.

It’s key features being:

  • All-New RoboVac: Wi-Fi-equipped and re-engineered to be the slimmest* RoboVac (2.85″) but with increased suction to 1300Pa.
  • BoostIQ™ Technology: Automatically increases suction power within 1.5 seconds when extra vacuuming strength is needed to get the best clean.
  • High-Capacity Li-ion Battery: Delivers up to 100 minutes** of constant, powerful suction.
  • Premium Features: Anti-scratch tempered glass-top cover for protection, infrared-sensor for evading obstacles, and drop-sensing tech to avoid falls. Automatically recharges so it’s always ready to clean.
  • What You Get: RoboVac 15C, remote control (2 AAA batteries included), charging base, AC power adapter, cleaning tool, extra set of high-performance filters, 4 side brushes, 5 cable ties, welcome guide and our worry-free 12-month warranty

The Eufy Robovac 15C comes with all the required accessories and is super easy to set up and start using, although does require an initial charge of up to 6 hours prior to use.  Two of the side brushes need to be simply attached underneath (the other two are spares), the batteries need to be put into the remote control and then it’s just a case of plugging in the charger and sitting the Eufy on the charging plate.  If it’s flashing orange then it’s currently charging and solid blue means it’s fully charged.

 

 

You do need to keep your RoboVac on charge all the time in order to be able to regularly use it and it does require a fair amount of space round the charging unit to allow itself to manoeuvre and find it’s own way back to the docking station.

 

 

 

I love the way you can sit the remote control on the back of the charging unit so that you always know where it is and it keeps it all together tidily.

 

There are various settings to use when cleaning using the Eufy RoboVac 15C and also multiple ways to control it.  You can simply press the large on/off switch on top of the unit itself.  You also have the remote control which contains buttons for each of the various actions but alternatively you can download the Eufyhome app on your phone or even use Google Home or Alexa to set the RoboVac into action!

Most commonly used is the Auto function which just starts and stops the RoboVac but the 30 minute setting is good as it will clean for this length of time and then return to the docking station to recharge.  You can also spot clean, concentrate on the edges or boost the suction.

Set up is super easy as is controlling the RoboVac – I can honestly say it’s so simple to use and I find both the app and the remote control very user friendly – just what I want and need for a gadget I’ll be using daily and one that will save me time.

Time to see the Eufy RoboVac 15C in action:

So as you can see the RoboVac is an absolute joy to own and something that I think totally fits into the modern lifestyle and helps automate everyday housework.

Here are my carpets freshly vacuumed by the Eufy RoboVac 15C:

Every week or so the Eufy RoboVac 15C does require a little attention as does any vacuum cleaner by checking the underside and unclogging any hair etc from the rollers.

There is also a helpful guide on the underside to troubleshoot any issues it’s having where it will beep or flash to indicate particular problems.  Fortunately I haven’t had to use this yet as it has run perfectly ok for me over the last few weeks.

My key questions!

With a busy family household I did have some concerns as to how the RoboVac would perform so here are some of the thoughts that were running through my head before trying it:

Would it really pick up much dirt and dust and be worthwhile? – It’s been amazing to see how full the dust collector is after each time of using the RoboVac and it’s clear it is really using suction to gather up all the bits of dirt that it can – definitely worth using.

How would it tackle my long hair? – It’s been fine, the main roller brush underneath does collect up my hair and needs cutting off once a week, the same as my manual vacuum cleaner, so no difference there.

How would it clean around the edges? – Better than expected, the side brushes do sweep bits of dirt in towards the dust collector and the RoboVac does buffer itself around the edge of each room during it’s cycle so there is no obvious dirt left around the edges of each room.

Would you be able to use it upstairs without it falling off the top stair? – Oh my – I was petrified the first time I tried this and jumped as it reached the edge but it exceeded my expectations and clearly can tell a sharp decline in floor level and reverses itself.

Would it really reduce the time I needed to use my main vacuum cleaner or is it gimmicky? – Definitely not a gimmick – this really does mean you can leave your manual vacuum cleaner tucked away in the cupboard and only bring it out once a week/fortnight to do the stairs/top of skirting boards and around any tricky furniture, like down the sides of cupboards, behind things etc.

Will it save me time? – Yes, yes, yes!!!  Knowing your RoboVac will do the job for you means you can concentrate on what you want to do – so whether that be put your feet up and read a book or do a family activity with the kids, then you can whilst the cleaning is being done automatically for you.

Will my children get in the way? – Well at first it is such a novelty to watch and the children love to follow it around and jump out of it’s way but now I just tell them I’m putting Eufy on and shut the door to the room they are in and it gets on with the job.  Although now I’m more confident with Eufy I tend to set it to run when I’m home alone or in the evenings when we are watching tv etc.

My Top Tips

Do’s

  • Tidy away any small or dangly items away before letting the RoboVac loose around the house.
  • Block any areas you don’t want it to vacuum, either by shutting a door or putting something in the way.
  • Try and use the RoboVac when you are either out, or busy/chilling in one area so it can get on and do it’s own thing.

Don’ts

  • Don’t sit watching the RoboVac – it is a complete waste of time once you are confident with what it does and the whole object of owning one is to save time!
  • Don’t forget to empty the dust container every few days or so to ensure it isn’t full and keep it efficient – it’s only small so fills up quickly!
  • Don’t turn the switch off at the plug as it continually charges and is always ready for it’s next clean.

Would I recommend the Eufy RoboVac 15C as a great gadget to own in a family household?  – The answer is a big fat yes from me!  At just over £200 this is a very reasonable purchase for a vacuum cleaner and alongside a simple upright model to cover off the stairs, then you are sorted for all your family cleaning needs!

For more information check out Eufy or find the RoboVac 15C on Amazon.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.