Infinuvo Hovo 510

The Good The Infinuvo Hovo 510 surprised us with its cleaning performance, especially on hard surfaces where it earned some of the highest scores we've seen from any machine we've tested. Priced well below $300, it's an attractive value among pricey competitors.

The Bad The Hovo isn't as smart or innovative as some of the competition, and it can't handle pet hair. At all.

The Bottom Line If you have hardwood floors (and no pets), you'll likely be more than happy with just how well the Hovo performs. Just don't expect Roomba-level design or smarts.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 7.0
  • Usability 8.0
  • Design 6.0
  • Features 8.0
7.1 Overall

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Review

Redemption comes cheap with this robot vacuum

Ah, September of 2013. I remember it like it was only five months ago. There was a pleasant autumnal crispness to the air, the leaves were just starting to turn... and the nascent CNET Appliances team was hard at work testing robot vacuums by repeatedly dirtying and cleaning the floors at the boss' house (our testing facility was still under construction back then).

But the best of times can also be the worst of times -- and I'm not talking about the fact that our boss still can't sweep his floors without kicking up five-month-old, sawdust-coated black rice. No, I'm talking about the Infinuvo CleanMate QQ5, the robot vacuum with the dubious distinction of being the first product to truly bomb in our tests. As a relatively low-cost alternative to marquee cleaners from brands like Roomba, Neato, and LG, we had high hopes for Infinuvo's robo-vac, but as my colleague Katie Pilkington quickly found out, the QQ5 suffered from major design flaws and performance shortcomings that rendered it borderline unusable, and certainly not recommendable to anyone, at any price. To this date, it's still the lowest scoring product that the CNET Appliances team has ever reviewed in any category.

2014 is a new year, though, and Infinuvo is back with the Hovo 510, a new robot vacuum that promises better results than anything they've done before. I can't say that we weren't skeptical, but we were happy to give it a fair shot.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $239
  • Brand infinuvo
  • Exterior Color black
  • Cleaner Type robotic
  • Cleaning Method dry
  • Dust Collection bagless
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