Infinuvo Hovo 780 Review

Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued.

Our Verdict

Despite the occasional slip-up, the Hovo 780 excelled in our carpet cleaning tests and has a few extras that are a nice surprise at its low price.

For

  • The prerecorded error messages help explain what is displayed on the screen.

Against

  • This one got stuck sometimes where there was no visible obstacle.
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The display on the Infinuvo Hovo has a touch panel rather than a small screen like some competitors.

The display on the Infinuvo Hovo has a touch panel rather than a small screen like some competitors.
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We tested the Hovo on carpeting, vinyl and wood flooring in our laboratory.

We tested the Hovo on carpeting, vinyl and wood flooring in our laboratory.
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The Infinuvo Hovo 780 was better at getting pet hair into its dust bin than many competitors, some of which had more hair stuck in their brushes than in their bins.

The Infinuvo Hovo 780 was better at getting pet hair into its dust bin than many competitors, some of which had more hair stuck in their brushes than in their bins.
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Three different brushes on the base of the Hovo help it to bring debris into range of its strongest suction.

Three different brushes on the base of the Hovo help it to bring debris into range of its strongest suction.
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Maintenance on the Hovo involves opening the lid in order to access the dustbin.

Maintenance on the Hovo involves opening the lid in order to access the dustbin.
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The Infinuvo Hovo left a fine layer of flour on our vinyl testing surface and on itself, but that was pretty typical among competitors as well.

The Infinuvo Hovo left a fine layer of flour on our vinyl testing surface and on itself, but that was pretty typical among competitors as well.
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The Hovo collected almost all of the Cheerios in its path during its carpet test in our laboratory.

The Hovo collected almost all of the Cheerios in its path during its carpet test in our laboratory.
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The sawdust tests were one of the Hovo's strongest. It collected more sawdust than more than half of competitors on hard floors and more than all but one competitor on carpets.

The sawdust tests were one of the Hovo's strongest. It collected more sawdust than more than half of competitors on hard floors and more than all but one competitor on carpets.
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The Hovo features a UV light that is designed to kill dust mites.

The Hovo features a UV light that is designed to kill dust mites.
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We used a weight to stabilize the charging base of the Infinuvo Hovo 780 because it sometimes would not stay in place and would even drag its base around, at times.

We used a weight to stabilize the charging base of the Infinuvo Hovo 780 because it sometimes would not stay in place and would even drag its base around, at times.
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The Infinuvo Hovo had some pet hair stuck to it due to static electricity after our tests, but it also collected a fair amount in its bin.

The Infinuvo Hovo had some pet hair stuck to it due to static electricity after our tests, but it also collected a fair amount in its bin.
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The Hovo kicked some of the kitty litter in our testing onto itself, but most competitors did too.

The Hovo kicked some of the kitty litter in our testing onto itself, but most competitors did too.
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The Infinuvo Hovo requires you to remove the filter in order to empty the bin, which is a little annoying.

The Infinuvo Hovo requires you to remove the filter in order to empty the bin, which is a little annoying.

Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.

The Infinuvo Hovo 780 is a peppy robotic vacuum cleaner that cleared some of the obstacles even the best robot vacuum cleaners could not. Inexplicably it got hung up on a few of the easier obstacles, but when it was in motion the Hovo had some impressive suction to offer, especially on carpeting.

This was among the best robot vacs at picking up debris on carpeting; it was second to only one on the sawdust test on carpets in our laboratory. In the home testing it stood out for its prowess on carpeting even more. It actually made the carpets look cleaner. That cannot be said of most competitors that seemed to just lightly sweep the carpeted surfaces, even when they were very good at hard surfaces. The Hovo brushes really got at the carpeting and made it look fresh.

The Infinuvo Hovo 780 is one of very few to offer a mopping feature, and that can be a helpful extra. It also has some extra vacuuming capabilities. It offers HEPA filtration and its dustbin includes a UV light designed to kill dust mites and other creeping crawlies inside its dustbin.

The display on the Hovo is a little old-fashioned compared to some but still miles ahead of the ones that only have a single light on top to let you know what is going on. The Hovo is one of the automatic vacuums that have pre-recorded messages. Those messages combined with the error codes on the digital display make the controls easy to use. When the machine stopped for an imaginary obstacle, we could at least tell why the machine thought it needed to stop.

Even the best robot vacuums are not completely self-sufficient, and this is not the best one. It's good at some things, though, including cleaning carpet. You could really tell where it had been on the carpets in our test home, and the bin was full of stuff you don't want on your carpets. The Infinuvo Hovo 780 was a bit unpredictable in its movements – it got over some huge obstacles but then caught up on some smaller ones – but when it worked it picked up a lot of messes, especially on carpeting. For the relatively low price there is a decent value with the Hovo. You just may need to be nearby while it is making its rounds.