The Best Roborock Robot Vacuums of 2021 [Reviews, Comparisons & Tips]

Sam Harris
written by Sam Harris
part of Robot Vacuums
created on October 31, 2020
updated on November 8, 2020

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Roborock is a brand specialized in the manufacturing and sales of floor robots. Roborock robot vacuums have some of the best cleaning abilities, navigation, build quality, product, and customer support.

Besides mentioning its competitors–and comparing what Roborock does better or worst–today’s update will also reveal some of the best Roborock floor robots to choose from, including which one is ideal for what vacuuming situations and where to find ongoing discounts and authentic parts and accessories. Let’s get started.

Which are the best Roborock robot vacuum cleaners to buy in 2021?

Roborock smart vacuums share similarities in design, hardware, software, and performance therefore emphasis will be on key features and/or the machines’ suitability for specific vacuuming jobs. That is Roborock automatic robots that support (or don’t support) object recognition and avoidance, vacuuming, vacuuming + mopping, mapping/interactive mapping, carpet cleaning, etc. 

That mentioned, here are details about eight of the best Roborock robotic vacuums and how each one’s offerings translate into actual use.

Roborock s6 maxv review

Like most Roborocks, the s6 maxv floor robot excels in navigation, cleaning ability, hardware, and software.

What particularly sets the s6 maxv apart from its predecessors is the Reactive AI feature. Similar to the AIVI of the Ecovacs T8, the Reactive AI of the Roborock is simply two front-facing cameras (the T8 has one) powered by software. The Reactive AI of the s6 maxv allows it to see and avoid objects (kids toys, shoes, power cables, and, yes, dog’s turd) larger than 2.5” wide and 1.1″ tall.

Besides its advanced obstacle recognition and avoidance ability, the Reactive AI of the s6 maxv acts as a home monitoring/surveillance system, and as such, you can see what’s going on with your kids and pets while allowing for a one-way conversation. 

You can set a password (pin) for the camera feature to assure no one else can access the vacuum’s camera unless they also have the pin.

Object recognition and accuracy may vary seeing the system is still a work in progress. As a result, actual icons shown in-app may differ from pictured. Roborock promised more obstacle types and intelligent features will be added in the future. They also claim the AI algorithm self-learns and that nothing is stored or duplicated.

Pricey, but a combination of lidar, mapping, and AI obstacle avoidance makes the Roborock s6 maxv worth it in my opinion. Floors look nice and feel clean; time is saved; peace of mind is guaranteed; plus, the actual cleaning is faster, efficient, and convenient.

See a full video review of the Roborock s6 maxv smart robotic vacuum cleaner from Vacuum Wars:

Get the Roborock s6 maxv if you:

  • Have cluttered setups and pets;
  • Live in a big/multi-level house;
  • Can’t be bothered with pre-cleaning/constant floor tidying/accidental mess.
Pros
  • Strong 2500Pa of suction for deeper brush penetration and improved pickup performance 
  • Reliable mapping (supports up to four-floor maps) and strong mobile device app support for convenient and customized cleaning. 
  • The package comes with extra accessories plus the s6 maxv has app-based virtual barriers which eliminate the need for buying extra accessories or putting up with the unsightly magnetic tapes
  • Multiple cleaning modes for better coverage/increased battery life
  • Methodical and efficient cleaning w/ fewer error prompt and jamming problems
  • Easy-to-maintain brush roll
  • Objects (pet waste, power strips, pedestals, etc.) recognition and avoidance
  • Automatic vacuuming and mopping
  • Auto Top-up
  • Smart Top-up
  • Washable HEPA filters capture up to 95% of home particles for improved air quality
  • Manual remote control
  • Voice and app control
  • S6 maxv supports nondisruptive conversations during the day thanks to its low noise
  • S6 maxv supports cleaning at night thanks to its top-mounted spinning laser that don’t require leaving the lights on plus its adjustable noise levels doesn’t interrupt sleep
  • S6 maxv supports most vacuuming situations including hard floors, pet hair, carpet vacuuming, dust, etc.
  • S6 maxv supports customized vacuuming and mopping. Specific rooms can be selected for cleaning in vacuuming or mopping mode with different suction strength and water flow settings
  • S6 maxv supports vacuuming (up to 180 minutes on a single charge) and mopping (with a high-capacity 297ml electronic water tank) in larger homes (up to 300 square meters)
Cons
  • Pricey
  • Smaller dustbin (460ml)
  • AI feature needs work

Roborock s5 max review

Roborock s5 max is the Roborock s6 maxv WITHOUT the front-facing camera/image recognition feature. 

Watch this video comparison of the Roborock s5 max vs s6 maxv from Cordless Vacuums Guide:

Moving on, the Roborock s5 max smart vacuum has excellent navigation (laser-guided) and intelligent functionalities, including mapping, no-go lines, and no-mop zones for enhanced movement and obstacle negotiation.

The mopping system of the Roborock s5 max is an upgrade to the s5, s6, and s6 pure. Specifically, the s5 max has a bigger, electronically controlled water tank (290ml vs. s5 and s6’s 140ml) suitable for light jobs or heavier messes in larger homes although stubborn stains might be challenging. It’s possible to set water level and suction power for each room depending on high-traffic areas and rooms that might not be as dirty. In small areas, the s5 max turns off the water when it goes over the places it’s already been. When it’s done mopping, the robot shuts off the water leaking to let the mop dry as it returns to the dock.

Watch this video from Vacuum Wars for better insight into the mopping and overall cleaning ability of the Roborock s5 max:

To recap, the s5 max is yours for the taking if you:

  • Have more intensive mopping requirements in bigger spaces 
  • Don’t have a cluttered setup (or don’t mind walking the room beforehand)
  • Need room-specific scheduling
Pros
  • Strong 2000 Pa of suction for deeper brush penetration and improved pickup performance 
  • Reliable mapping (supports up to four-floor maps) and strong mobile device app support for convenient and customized cleaning
  • The package comes with extra accessories to include filters plus the s5 max has app-based virtual barriers which eliminate the need for buying extra accessories or putting up with the unsightly magnetic tapes
  • Multiple cleaning modes for better coverage/increased battery life
  • Methodical and efficient cleaning with few (if any) errors prompt and jamming problems
  • Easy-to-maintain brush roll
  • Automatic vacuuming and mopping
  • Auto Top-up
  • Smart Top-up
  • Washable HEPA filters capture up to 95% of home particles for improved air quality
  • Manual remote control
  • Voice and app control
  • S5 max supports nondisruptive conversations during the day thanks to its low noise
  • S5 max supports cleaning at night thanks to its top-mounted spinning laser that don’t require leaving the lights on plus its adjustable noise levels doesn’t interrupt sleep
  • S5 max supports most vacuuming situations including hard floors, pet hair, carpet vacuuming, dust, etc.
  • S5 max supports customized vacuuming and mopping. Specific rooms can be selected for cleaning in vacuuming or mopping mode with different suction strength and water flow settings.
  • S5 max supports vacuuming (up to 180 minutes on a single charge) and mopping (with a high-capacity 290ml electronic water tank) in larger homes (up to 300 square meters).
Cons
  • Pricey
  • Smaller dustbin (460ml) 

Roborock s6 & s6 pure review

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Roborock s6
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Roborock s6 pure

The Roborock s6 pure vacuuming and mopping robot is essentially a slightly louder Roborock s6 with a smaller dustbin and a larger water tank. In other words, the Roborock s6 is an upgrade of the s6 pure.

Compared to its predecessor the s5, Roborock s6 is quieter with better in-app features. 

While both the s6 and the s6 pure remain powerful, versatile, and intelligent robots much like other Roborocks, they don’t have the stereo camera/object detection technology of the s6 maxv or the advanced mopping system of the s5 max.

Watch this video comparison from Robot Masters of the Roborock s6 and s5 max:

Here’s another video from Cordless Vacuums Guide comparing and contrasting Roborock s6 and the s6 maxv:

Limitations in functions notwithstanding, the Roborock s6 paths logically hence its ability to avoid bumping into walls and furniture plus the laser eye on top helps to optimize coverage while adjusting to changes in its cleaning environments. From the app, adjustments can be made to its course with the ability to define no go zones.

Watch Vacuum Wars review of the Roborock s6 vacuuming and mopping robot:

The Roborock s6/s6 pure is a perfect choice if you:

  • Have light mopping duties
  • Don’t need the camera features of the S6 maxv
  • Don’t have pets or children
  • Want a quiet machine that can run day or night WITHOUT disrupting sleep or conversations
  • Are looking for a reliable, powerful, efficient, and smart robotic vacuum cleaner
  • Need room-specific scheduling
Pros
  • Strong 2000Pa of suction for deeper brush penetration and improved pickup performance 
  • Reliable mapping (supports up to four-floor maps) and strong mobile device app support for convenient and customized cleaning
  • The package comes with extra accessories to include filters plus the s6 has app-based virtual barriers which eliminate the need for buying extra accessories or putting up with the unsightly magnetic tapes
  • Multiple cleaning modes for better coverage/increased battery life
  • Methodical and efficient cleaning w/ few (if any) errors prompt and jamming problems
  • Easy-to-maintain brush roll
  • Automatic vacuuming and mopping
  • Auto Top-up
  • Smart Top-up
  • Washable HEPA filters capture up to 95% of home particles for improved air quality
  • Manual remote control
  • Voice control
  • S6/s6 pure supports nondisruptive conversations during the day thanks to its low noise
  • S6/s6 pure supports cleaning at night thanks to its top-mounted spinning laser that don’t require leaving the lights on plus its adjustable noise levels doesn’t interrupt sleep
  • S6/s6 pure supports most vacuuming situations including hard floors, pet hair, carpet vacuuming, dust, etc.
  • S6/s6 pure customized vacuuming and mopping. Specific rooms can be selected for cleaning in vacuuming or mopping mode with different suction strength and water flow settings.
  • S6/s6 pure supports vacuuming (up to 180 minutes on a single charge) in larger homes (up to 300 square meters).
Cons
  • Pricey
  • Smaller dustbin (480ml for the s6, 460ml for the s6 pure)
  • Smaller tank + manual water control 

Roborock s5 review

The Roborock s5 has been discontinued and is no longer available for purchase.

Roborock s4 & s4 max review 

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Roborock s4
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Roborock s4 max

Roborock s4 smart vacuum is like the Roborock s5 max WITHOUT the mop function.

Roborock s4’s movement powered by laser in combination with the mapping function quickly and accurately maps floors hence its ability to clean in straight, efficient lines. You can get the s4 smart robot to clean specific areas of the house or rooms (or keep off troubled spots) with the option to use on level 2 since it can hold up to three maps. 

Another thing worth mentioning is the s4’s 5200mAh battery which can run up to 180 minutes on balanced mode. The Roborock s4 and s4 max also spot the new brush design with detachable tips.

Check out this video demonstration of the Roborock s4’s navigation and cleaning ability from Vacuum Wars:

For what it’s worth, Roborock s4 has reduced climbing ability which limits its exploits on thick rugs. For that, the s4 max is the s4 WITH improved carpet climbing ability. Specifically, the s4 max has a 20cm climbing height vs. s4’s 15cm. Additionally, the s4 max has Carpet Boost, a slightly bigger dustbin (460 vs. s4’s 420), and supports up to four full-floor maps (vs three backup floor maps of the s4).

Long story short, either version is ideal if you:

  • Need room-specific scheduling
  • Don’t need the mopping feature
  • Don’t have thick carpets
  • Own pets or have long hair or a cluttered setup
  • Live in a large house
  • Live in a multi-level home

The Roborock s4 is most ideal if you have mostly hard floors with thin carpets. 

Check out the s4 max if you have large mid-pile carpeted areas with a mix of tile, hardwood, stone, or laminate floors

Pros
  • Relatively affordable
  • Strong 2000Pa of suction for deeper brush penetration and improved pickup performance 
  • Reliable mapping (supports up to three-floor maps) and strong mobile device app support for convenient and customized cleaning
  • The package comes with extra accessories to include filters plus the s6 has app-based virtual barriers which eliminate the need for buying extra accessories or putting up with the unsightly magnetic tapes
  • Multiple (four) cleaning modes for better coverage/increased battery life
  • Methodical and efficient cleaning w/ zero prompts and jamming problems
  • Automatic vacuuming and mopping
  • Auto Top-up
  • Improved air quality. Washable HEPA filters capture up to 95% of home particles.
  • Manual remote control
  • Voice control
  • Firmware updates support for bug fixes, feature additions/removal, and usability improvements
  • S4/s4 max supports nondisruptive conversations during the day thanks to its low noise
  • S4/s4 max supports cleaning at night thanks to its top-mounted spinning laser that don’t require leaving the lights on plus its adjustable noise levels doesn’t interrupt sleep
  • S4/s4 max supports most vacuuming situations including hard floors, pet hair, carpet vacuuming, dust, etc.
  • S4/s4 max supports customized scheduling
  • S4/s4 max supports vacuuming (up to 150 minutes on a single charge) in larger homes (up to 300 square meters).
Cons
  • No accessories
  • Smaller dustbin (420ml for the s4, 460ml for the s4 max)

Roborock e2, e3 & e4 reviews

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Roborock e3
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Roborock e4

So the Roborocks e2, e3, and e4 vacuuming and mopping robots are few steps behind the S-series Roborock particularly in features and cleaning power. 

Navigation is just about decent–usually a combo of inertial, gyroscope, and optic eye but in any case better than what’s obtained of most items in its category. 

No obstacle detection & avoidance, either. Not only that, the unsightly magnetic strip is the only way to keep the E-series Roborock off unwanted areas, not to mention you CAN’T command the robot to work in particular zones or rooms. 

They do map the house, but mapped floors aren’t available for editing or customization. 

Below is a comparison chart showing similarities and differences between the E- and S-series Roborock:

Features
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Roborock e2
Roborock_e3_robot_vacuum_and_mop
Roborock e3
Roborock_e4_robot_vacuum_and_mop
Roborock e4
Roborock_s4_robot_vacuum
Roborock s4
Roborock_s4_max_robot_vacuum
Roborock s4 max
Roborock_s5_max_robot_vacuum_and_mop
Roborock s5 max
Roborock_s6_robot_vacuum_and_mop
Roborock s6
Roborock_s6_pure_robot_vacuum_and_mop
Roborock s6 pure
Roborock_s6_maxv_robot_vacuum_and_mop
Roborock s6 maxv
All time pricing history (in $) retrieved from Camelcamelcamel.com199.99 - 369.99Check current price on Amazon
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184 - 359.99 Check current price on Amazon188.99 -299.99
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319.99 - 399.99
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429.99 - 499.99
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349.99 - 609.99
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649.99
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459.99 - 599.99
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749.99
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Amazon Alexa/Google Home supportyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
AppMi HomeMi HomeMi HomeMi Home/RoborockRoborockMi Home/RoborockMi Home/RoborockMi Home/RoborockMi Home/Roborock
Battery life (min)100150150180180180150150180
Carpet identificationyesyesyesnoyesyesyesyesyes
Cleaning modessilent, balanced, turbo, maxsilent, balanced, turbo, maxsilent, balanced, turbo, maxsilent, balanced, turbo, maxsilent, balanced, turbo, maxsilent, balanced, turbo, maxsilent, balanced, turbo, maxsilent, balanced, turbo, maxsilent, balanced, turbo, max
Climbing ability (in/cm)0.79/200.79/200.79/200.59/150.79/200.79/200.79/200.79/200.79/20
Different suction & moping mode for each roomsnononononoyesnonoyes
Dustbin capacity (ml)640640640420460460480460460
Electronic water outputnonono__yesnonoyes
Filter typewashable HEPA E11washable HEPA E11washable HEPA E11washable HEPA E11washable HEPA E11washable HEPA E11washable HEPA E11washable HEPA E11washable HEPA E11
Front camera & object recognitionnonononononononoyes
Height of the robot ((in/cm) 3.54/93.54/93.54/93.78/9.63.78/9.63.78/9.63.78/9.63.78/9.63.78/9.6
Map savingnonono3 backups4 full maps4 full maps4 full maps4 full maps4 full maps
Mappingnononoyesyesyesyesyesyes
Moppingyesyesyesnonoyesyesyesyes
Mopping schedulingnonono__yesnonoyes
Navigation systemInertial (Dual Gyroscope)Inertial (Dual Gyroscope)Dual Gyroscope + OpticEyeLDSLDSLDSLDSLDSLDS
No-mop zonenonono__yesyesyesyes
Noise level (dB)5555N/A6868685560N/A
Recharge & resumeyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Release dateJun 2018Jun 2018Apr 2020Sep 2019Oct 2020Sep 2019May 2019Jan 2020Apr 2020
Room recognition/scheduling by roomnononoyesyesyesyesyesyes
Schedulingyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Suction Power (Pa)180020002000200020002000200020002500
Virtual barriersnononoyesyesyesyesyesyes
Water output controlnonono__yesnonoyes
Water tank capacity (ml)140140N/A__290140180297
Zone cleaningnononoyesyesyesyesyesyes

Not feature-rich, however, their suction, utility side, and center brushes are few pointers to their cleaning potential. Roborock e2, e3, and  e4 path logically (albeit with less accuracy and efficiency in comparison with the S-series), holds a charge well, finds its charging station every time while automatically recharging and resuming cleaning jobs. At reasonable prices, too. Not to mention their spacious 640ml dustbins, which helps to reduce the frequency of emptying

Still on the E-series Roborock, and similar to the S6 and the S6 Pure, there are nuanced differences in suction power, run time, etc. Here’s a chart showing the similarities and differences between the e2, e3, and e4:

Features
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Roborock e2
Roborock_e3_robot_vacuum_and_mop
Roborock e3
Roborock_e4_robot_vacuum_and_mop
Roborock e4
All time pricing history (in $) retrieved from Camelcamelcamel.com199.99 - 369.99Check current price on Amazon
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184 - 359.99 Check current price on Amazon188.99 -299.99
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Amazon Alexa/Google Home supportyesyesyes
AppMi HomeMi HomeMi Home
Battery life (min)100150150
Carpet identificationyesyesyes
Cleaning modessilent, balanced, turbo, maxsilent, balanced, turbo, maxsilent, balanced, turbo, max
Climbing ability (in/cm)0.79/200.79/200.79/20
Different suction & moping mode for each roomsnonono
Dustbin capacity (ml)640640640
Electronic water outputnonono
Filter typewashable HEPA E11washable HEPA E11washable HEPA E11
Front camera & object recognitionnonono
Height of the robot ((in/cm) 3.54/93.54/93.54/9
Map savingnonono
Mappingnonono
Moppingyesyesyes
Mopping schedulingnonono
Navigation systemInertial (Dual Gyroscope)Inertial (Dual Gyroscope)Dual Gyroscope + OpticEye
No-mop zonenonono
Noise level (dB)5555N/A
Recharge & resumeyesyesyes
Release dateJun 2018Jun 2018Apr 2020
Room recognition/scheduling by roomnonono
Schedulingyesyesyes
Suction Power (Pa)180020002000
Virtual barriersnonono
Water output controlnonono
Water tank capacity (ml)140140N/A
Zone cleaningnonono

Consider the Roborock e2, e3, or e4 if you:

  • Live in a small house/an apartment (applicable to the E2)
  • Live in a large house (applicable to the E3 & E4)
  • Have pets
  • Have a less complicated layout and fewer obstacles
  • Have low- through medium-pile carpets and hard floors
  • Want mopping feature
  • Want to control water output (applicable to the E4)
  • Are on a budget
Pros
  • Quiet
  • Affordable
  • Bigger dustbins (640ml vs. S-series 460 & 480ml)
  • Mops and sweeps
  • Strong suction
  • Long-lasting batteries
  • Great climbing ability
Cons
  • Less efficient mobility
  • Limited customization options

What are the benefits of buying a Roborock floor robot?

Having highlighted the best use cases for the different Roborock floor robots, it helps to add that there’s more to a robot vacuum than merely meeting your needs. So here are eight perks you can claim when you buy a Roborock.

  1. Roborock robot vacuums are gentle, careful, and precise. They don’t bump into or destroy objects on the floor leading to reduced jamming tendencies.
  2. Being smart and less hands-on, you’d be saving time and energy. 
  3. Their sophisticated cleaning mechanics also means freshly-looking and clean floors, which equals improved air quality especially for people with allergies.
  4. Another reason you might want to get a Roborock is their robots receive regular updates for bug fixes, feature additions/removals, and usability improvements.
  5. And compared to high-end iRobot models, Roborock floor robots are budget-friendly
  6. They’re reliable too, and the hardware is pretty solid.
  7. Even so, parts and accessories are interchangeable (in the S4 and S6, for example), readily available, and quite affordable.
  8. Lastly, consider buying a Roborock robot vacuum cleaner if you care about customer support. Roborock during their open hours respond to queries ASAP (US: support@roborock.com; EUROPE: support@roborock-eu.com) plus their support persons are quite technically sound. Roborock forum and these communities on Facebook and Reddit are few places you can drop your questions for answers in real-time.

Are there limitations to the Roborock floor robot?

May not be a deal-breaker, more like my observations of their floor robot/suggestions to Roborock but here goes…

As earlier mentioned, yes, Roborock actively supports its products. I’d prefer though if they prioritize updates. For example, it took Roborock more than a year to enable room naming despite several requests from customers.

Additionally, Roborock robots may struggle with/refuse to go onto/clean medium or high-pile carpets (including carpets with black stains). Taping the area around the cliff sensor is a fix. This however poses a potential fall risk but then you could use the physical strip to condone the area while marking it as a no-go zone in the app. 

Durability/return policy is another thing worth mentioning. Some users claimed their s5 died under a year and Roborock didn’t impress with replacement/warranty.

Talking about innovation Roborock is lagging behind. Competitors like iRobot, Shark, Ecovacs, and even newcomers such as Proscenic have robots with the self-emptying function, for example. Now almost two years since iRobot released the i7+, Roborock still doesn’t have a clue.

Who are the top Roborock competitors?

What you may have noticed from the foregoing is that Roborock robots have some of the best navigation in the industry, cleans faster, are cheaper, and do an overall great job on hard floors. Roomba, on the other hand, are pricier but perform better on carpets and with the pet and long human hair considering their twin rubber brushes and the optional self-emptying station.

Just so you aren’t limited in your choices and to ensure a bang for your buck, here are competitors’ offerings and how those stood against the Roborock’s.

Roborock vs Roomba

Roborock arrived in 2014 but iRobot, manufacturer of the Roomba, has been in business since 2002. Roborock is a Chinese brand while Roomba is an American. Both Roborock and iRobot manufacture robot vacuums except the former manufacture combos (vacuum + mop) while the latter manufactures standalone mopping robots. Similarly, the two brands have budget (e-series for the Roborock and 614, 650, 652, 675, 860 890, etc. for iRobot) and premium options (s6, s5 max & s6 maxv for the Roborock and the i7 and s9 for the iRobot).

As for the differences, premium Roborocks are guided by lidar (plus cameras as seen in the recently released s6 maxv) while iRobot’s are guided by top-mounted cameras only.

Perhaps you’re trying to make sense of the Roborock s6 and Roomba s9 or want to see a showdown between the Roborock s6 vs. Roomba i7?

Seeing I only compared Roborock and the iRobot at the surface level. Visit this page for a more granular and in-depth comparison of popular products from Roborck and iRobot.

Roborock vs Ecovacs

Roborock shares several similarities with Ecovacs, including both being Chinese brands. They produce lidar-based and lidar + camera robot vacuums and robot vacuum mops. Plus, they have the budget and premium options in their lineup. The Ecovacs is a much older brand, though (commenced operation 20 years ago), and leads in innovation (their newly released t8 features object detection and avoidance, a vibrating mop attachment, and an auto-dirt emptying function). Roborock robots on the other hand are the kings of value, navigation, intuitive app, and excellent product and customer support.

Now maybe you’re trying to make sense of the Roborock s5 max and Deebot 950 or want to see a showdown between the Roborock s6 maxv vs. Deebot t8?

Seeing I only compared Roborock and the Ecovacs at the surface level. Visit this page for a more granular and in-depth comparison of popular products from Roborock and Ecovacs.

Roborock vs Shark

Another battle of Chinese vs. American brand. By no means a newcomer in the cleaning tools market, it wasn’t until a few years ago Shark launched their robot vacuum line of products. Like others that have been mentioned before, Shark sells budget (av751, rv720 & rv871) and premium robots (IQ r1001ae & ai vacmop). 

At the forefront of innovation (first and only bagless self-emptying robot in the market plus latest release the ai vacmop spots the obstacle detection and avoidance feature)–Shark robots are delicately poised for carpets (thick ones even), pets and long human hair; not to mention they’re budget-friendly. Roborock robots though are excellent in navigation, mapping, product, and customer support. 

Perhaps you’re trying to make sense of the Roborock s6 and Shark IQ or want to see a showdown between the Roborock s5 vs. Shark ion r85?

Seeing I only compared Roborock and the Shark at the surface level. Visit this page for a more granular and in-depth comparison of popular products from Roborock and Shark.

Roborock vs Proscenic

Battle of two Chinese brands similar to the Roborock-Ecovacs scenario, except this time both brands, Roborock and Proscenic, kind of even in pricing and years of existence. Another similarity involves robots from both brands running on lidar technology. 

The only thing the Proscenic has on the Roborock is the auto-dirt emptying function. Otherwise Roborock better the Proscenic in navigation, mapping, software, app experience, product, and customer support.

Perhaps you’re trying to make sense of the Roborock s5 and Proscenic m7 or you want to see a showdown between the Roborock s5 vs. Proscenic 811gb?

Seeing I only compared Roborock and the Proscenic at the surface level. Visit this page for a more granular and in-depth comparison of popular products from these two brands.

Where to buy Roborock robot vacuum parts and accessories?

Authentic Roborock robot vacuum parts and accessories are available on the Roborock website and their Amazon store. You’ll receive notifications via the app on when and what parts need to be changed. 

What Roborock updates are being released?

Roborock releases firmware updates on an ongoing basis for bug fixes, usability improvements, and feature addition/removal.

Updates roll out in batches and existing owners would be notified. However, if you’re holding off for particular updates about any Roborock–like some users are impatiently waiting for a fix to the s6 maxv brush problem on carpets–then feel free to enter your email below for as-it-is-happening updates via emails.


Which are the best deals on Roborock robotic vacuum cleaners?

As previously mentioned in the early part of this guide, Roborock models in particular the s6 and s6 maxv are pretty expensive as such may be out of the reach of many homeowners. Or even if you could afford their retail price you sure wouldn’t mind some savings, huh?

The good news is you can save money on some of your favorite Roborock robot vacuums. Right now there are no Roborock robots selling with discounts. This section of the guide will however be updated with new deals as they drop, so you want to keep an eye out or visit this page for deals from other brands. Also, you can visit the Roborock deals page on Amazon. Alternatively, use the form below to subscribe to alerts about price drops.


Conclusion

Roborock bots are a complete set of features, very reliable, and are selling at very attractive prices. Add that to their nice quality look and feel and precise and gentle mobility. Roborock floor robots support most floor types, larger houses, and everyday cleaning. Keep in mind their carpet vacuuming and pet hair limitations. 

Barring defective units, the battery life on any Roborock is as advertised if it’s being used on anything but the highest suction. There are four suction settings to include quiet, balanced, turbo, and max. With medium pile carpets, the battery life of 100 minutes is typical. Resistance is created by rug materials, which forces the robot’s motor to try to work harder, leading to increased noise and battery consumption. Pre-s6 Roborocks will return to the docking station when their battery gets to about 20-25% of its charge. When it charges up to 75%, it will restart from the area it left to finish that area. Roborock s6 robot vacuum models and up have the Top-up function.

As to which Roborock is better or worth it, I’d think this will depend on what’s IMPORTANT to you. Under the Review section, each product’s strong points were clearly highlighted while associating the same to suitable use cases/user types. The Roborock S5 Max if it helps to mention is my favorite given its superior navigation, cleaning ability, stable software, and solid app support. 

Regardless of which model you choose, though, there are upkeep/ongoing expenses on parts. 

You’d have to clean the main brush, wash filters, switch mop pads, refill water tanks and empty the bin of your Roborock (maybe more frequently if you have messy pets or long hair. In which case you should schedule multiple daily or weekly runs.).

Parts as earlier mentioned are available on Roborock’s Amazon store. I’d advise getting your robots from there too. This is because Roborock warranties ONLY apply to products purchased from authorized sellers. 

The mopping function of Roborock e2, e3, e4, s5, s6, s6 pure, s5 max, and s6 maxv–or any floor robot at all, at least for now–don’t compare with a human with a mop so you want to keep that in mind.  Nonetheless, they’re adequate for light spills, dust, and dirt. Heavier, sticky materials can be pre-treated with a squirt of floor cleaner, a Bona maybe?

Based on the other obstacles, the camera vision of the s6 maxv should work well to avoid solid pet waste as advertised. Not sure it would detect or avoid unexpected liquids, unfortunately.

Lastly, the cancer warning on the package of Roborock robot vacuums is in compliance with the laws, as against the product actually containing harmful chemicals. Here’s an excerpt from a Roborock support representative response to the question “Is lidar safe to constantly be exposed to, when this Roborock uses it every time it cleans?” on Amazon: 

California state law stipulates that all products sold in CA must have a sign of P65 warning if it contains any harmful chemicals.

Don’t worry. The robot doesn’t contain any harmful chemical material. But the state doesn’t list all chemical material and the list varies often. In order to guarantee we don’t break the law 100%, we paste the P65 warning label on our robot even if it doesn’t have any harmful chemicals…

Further reading

The best automatic floor robots of 2021

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