Ecovacs vs. Roborock–The Ultimate Comparison Guide to Help you Make the Right Choice

written by Sam Harris
part of Robot Vacuums
created on December 18, 2020
updated on April 22, 2021

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With dozens of Ecovacs and Roborock products out there, it can be hard to know which one to choose considering they share plenty of similarities in specs, features, and even pricing.

It turns out you’re in the right place if you want to make better decisions while maximizing value on your purchase(s).

Today’s update will do a straight-to-the-point comparison of popular models from Ecovacs and Roborock. Let’s get started.

Deebot T8 (AIVI) vs Roborock S6 MaxV Reactive AI

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For context, there’s a regular Deebot Ozmo t8 and one with the AIVI thing, the difference being the front camera of the latter which is substituted with a 3D sensor in the former. Both systems work for recognition and avoidance of poo, socks, cables, slippers, furniture, and other small objects up to 2″ wide and 1 inch tall. Also, the camera feature of the AIVI version supports live streaming and a one-way conversation.

Away from talks about the Deebot t8 to its comparison with the s6 maxv. Starting with similarities, the t8 AIVI and the Roborock s6 maxv

  • Vacuums and mops;
  • Quickly and accurately maps and saves floor plans;
  • Automatically recharges and resumes;
  • Have obstacle and carpet detection and avoidance;
  • Have advanced settings and controls, including keep-out zones, room cleaning, zone cleaning, and room-specific scheduling; and 
  • Intelligently vacuum hard floors, carpets, animal litter, human hair, dust bunnies, etc. 

With either model, you can expect some hair tangling on the center brush typical of most floor bots. They do come with a cleaning tool, though, plus cutting hair is fairly easy and shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes. Similarly, both the t8 and s6 maxv are under 4″ so should fit quite well under a couch, for instance.

Three-floor maps are allowed in the Deebot t8 AIVI with the Roborock s6 maxv supporting four maps. Both models support live streaming.

Talking of carpets and rugs vacuuming, the Deebot t8 is slightly better given its superior airflow and brush design.

Mopping (vibrating mopping module sold separately), auto dirt emptying (base sold separately), and corner cleaning (two side brushes) are few other areas the Deebot shine.

Still, Deebot is the quieter of the two although you can get a close experience by running the Roborock on low power. 

The Roborock s6 maxv if it helps to mention has better navigation (gentler and more precise) and app, and receives regular software updates

Related: Roborock s6 maxv full review

Because of the higher CFM and the dedicated Carpet sensor for active carpet avoidance in mopping mode, consider the Ozmo t8 AIVI if you have large carpeted areas or are planning on doing a lot of mopping

The Non-AIVI Deebot, the T8, is probably your best bet if you don’t need any of the video features/aren’t comfortable with a robot on camera patrolling your home. It’s cheaper, too, and is just as effective.

If your environment is more complex however with kids and lots of objects on the ground the s6 maxv is a better choice.

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Ecovacs Ozmo T8 (main unit without camera vision)
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Deebot Ozmo T8
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Ecovacs Ozmo T8 AIVI (main unit with camera vision)
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Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI
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Ecovacs Ozmo T8 auto empty station (compatible with the t8 and t8 aivi)
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Auto Empty Station
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Ecovacs Ozmo T8 pro mopping system (compatible with the t8 and t8 aivi)
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Pro Mopping System
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Roborock S6 MaxV
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Roborock S6 MaxV
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Deebot T8 AIVI vs Roborock S6

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Considering much of the information regarding the Deebot t8 AIVI vs Roborock s6 maxv as discussed above also applies in the Deebot t8 AIVI vs Roborock s6, since the Roborock s6 is essentially a Roborock s6 maxv without advanced mopping and front camera). A re-read is therefore recommended (just a few scrolls up). 

Once again, the Ozmo t8 AIVI is ideal if you have large carpeted areas, pets that shed/prone to accidents, or if you’re planning on doing a lot of mopping. Roborock s6 is a better choice if noise and navigation are big factors.

Deebot T8/AIVI vs Roborock S5 Max

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Starting off with similarities, the t8/aivi and the roborock s5 max

  • Vacuums and mops;
  • Quickly and accurately maps and saves floor plans (two in the Deebot vs. four in the Roborock);
  • Automatically recharges and resumes;
  • Have carpet detection (in vacuuming mode) and avoidance (in mopping mode);
  • Have advanced settings and controls, including keep-out zones, room cleaning, zone cleaning, and room-specific scheduling; and 
  • Intelligently vacuum hard floors, carpets, animal litter, human hair, dust bunnies, etc. 

In addition to the laser vision which both models use for pathing and mapping, the T8 family of the Deebot has a front camera (AIVI version) and a 3D sensor (regular version) for real-time avoidance of common obstacles like socks, kids’ toys, stray cord, and slippers. Also, with the t8 there’s an option to add a self-emptying base and vibrating mopping module. 

As for the vibrating head of the t8, in a few tests I have seen, there isn’t much of a difference compared to the onboard mop attachment. 

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Talking about the consistency of operations and usability, there’s no long story about Roborock s5 max’s ability and reliability. Where things get really interesting is the somewhat night and day difference in the performance of the t8 (regular version) and the t8 AIVI even though the two are essentially the same unit, with the only difference being the technology they use for object avoidance (3D sensor in the regular version vs. artificial intelligence for the AIVI version). 

The app of the t8 robovac, while it may occasionally lag or clunk still manages to give a solid, hands-free performance. The app of the t8 AIVI is no better either in this aspect except it gets worse. 

Deebot ozmo t8 AIVI smart vac has trouble with mapping, as such it keeps creating or forcing users to create new maps time after time after time. As a result of its mapping inadequacies, the t8 AIVI bot may struggle to dock correctly while ignoring settings and controls. 

Talking of the AIVI tech, most demonstration of this feature that I have seen–and that you’d likely see–used a fake poo. But then two reviewers on Amazon, supporting their claims with images, noted the object avoidance feature failed poo test in their homes.

Tl;dr: Get one of the Deebot t8 or Roborock s5 max if you have mostly hard floors and live in a large and/or multi-level home. 

The t8 smart automatic cleaner (note: the regular version with the grey appearance and NOT the AIVI one) makes perfect sense if you have mostly carpets in a complex environment with kids, pets, and lots of objects on the ground.

Deebot Ozmo T5 vs Roborock S5 Max

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So the Deebot Ozmo t5 is an advanced model with custom cleaning options, logical pathing, and the ability to recharge and resume cleaning missions while vacuuming and mopping. It has a huge range and battery life (can cover up to 3200 sqft on a single charge). Further, the bristle brush can be engaged for hard floors and rugs, or the brushless one for pet hair vacuuming. And of course, the Deebot t5 supports floor mapping, allowing up to three-floor maps for saving.

There’s a possibility the floor mapping function on the Deebot t5 might be unusable/ineffective, though, resulting in spontaneous behaviors with rooms getting skipped, the bot insisting on cleaning certain spots, or being unable to traverse over doorways that are even less than the 20mm height limit it’s advertised with. On top of that, the app offers limited instructions/help.

Thankfully the Roborock s5 max offers an improved package being a capable and like-for-like alternative to the Deebot t5 floor robot. Besides being multi-functional like the Deebot t5 plus offering advanced controls and settings (no-go zone, no-mop zone, selective room cleaning, room-specific mopping, etc.), Roborock s5 max has major upgrades in navigation and mapping.

Maps don’t disappear, for one. Roborock s5 Max can cross barriers up to 20mm in height and does this quite reliably. It paths in straight efficient lines which helps to reduce jamming problems while improving reach and coverage. Further, Roborock releases timely software updates, has a more responsive app, and helpful customer support.

Related: Roborock s5 max full review

Given its superior cleaning ability, navigation, mapping, and stable operation, clearly, the Roborock S5 Max is a better choice. It’s ideal if you: 

  • Live in a big and/or multi-level house
  • Have hard floors or carpets (low- through medium-pile) with fewer obstacles
  • Have pets or people with short hair
  • Want a robot that cleans in neat rows and is less hands-on. 

Deebot Ozmo 950 vs Roborock S6 MaxV

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Talking about the Deebot Ozmo 950 vs. Roborock S6 MaxV both

  • Can vacuum and mop;
  • Have advanced settings and controls, including but not limited to keep out zones, room cleaning, and zone cleaning; 
  • Intelligently vacuum hard floors, carpets, animal litter, human hair, dust bunnies, etc.;
  • Map the house and save floor plans (three in the Deebot and four in the Roborock); and
  • Automatically recharge and resume cleaning missions.

Mopping result is about the same. The Roborock s6 maxv has a bigger, electronically controlled water tank. It also supports selective room cleaning

S6 maxv is precise and gentle in its movement. It tangles less (thanks to the advanced object recognition and avoidance technology), doesn’t knock off items on the floor, and is better at getting out of difficult situations. Further, the s6 maxv maps quickly and accurately. Mapped floors are available when needed, stable, and are easy to manipulate. 

There have been durability issues associated with the Ozmo 950. Some users have mentioned their devices started acting up as early as five months into the purchase. The Roborock s6 maxv is a new release (released mid-2020) so really no comparison there. Besides its carpet deep cleaning ability, the Ozmo 950 robot vacuum is also better priced.

The Roborock s6 maxv on the other hand is more user-friendly, with impressive threshold climbing and hard floor cleaning abilities. 

Being the ultimate winner, get the Roborock s6 maxv vacuuming and mopping robot if you:

  • Plan to do a lot of mopping
  • Live in a big and/or multi-level house
  • Have hard floors (tile, stone, marble, laminate, wood, etc.)
  • Have pets or people with short hair
  • Want a robot that cleans in neat rows and is less hands-on
  • Have a complex layout with kids and lots of objects on the ground.

Deebot Ozmo 950 vs Roborock S6

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Similar to the Deebot Ozmo 950 vs. S6 MaxV scenario–while smart, feature-rich, advanced in settings and controls, with impressive cleaning abilities–usability remains a drawback on the Deebot 950. The Roborock s6 robotic vacuum cleaner wins here in that it consistently clean in a back and forth pattern without aggressively bumping into objects or missing/skipping spots or rooms. Similarly, the s6 is better at negotiating obstacles and traversing thresholds.

Further, the s6 map floors quickly and accurately without losing connection while also offering an overall better app experience. 

Watch this video from Vacuum Wars highlighting the similarities and differences between the Deebot 950, Roborock s6, and Roomba i7:

Being the obvious winner, get the Roborock s6 vacuuming and mopping robot if you:

  • Live in a big (~2000sqft) and/or multi-level house with fewer obstacles;
  • Have mostly hard floors (wood, tile, stone, laminate) or a mix of hard floors and carpets (low and medium pile);
  • Have pets or people with short hair;
  • Want a robot that cleans in neat rows and is less hands-on;
  • Want a very quiet machine that supports nondisruptive conversations or sleep;
  • Want to clean at night without having the lights on;
  • Are allergic or a clean freak.

Deebot Ozmo 950 vs Roborock S5 Max

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With the mopping function being the major upgrade in the s5 max over the s6. Meaning much of the information that applies in the Ozmo 950 vs. Roborock s6 also applies here. Or in other words, the Roborock s5 max robotic vacuum cleaner paths logically without aggressively bumping into objects or missing/skipping spots or rooms. Also, it’s better at negotiating obstacles and traversing thresholds. The Roborock s5 max map floors quickly and accurately. It doesn’t lose connectivity, while also providing a seamless app experience. 

Watch this video from Robot Masters for further insights into the abilities and limitations of the Deebot 950 and Roborock s5 max:

Being the ultimate winner, get the Roborock s5 max vacuuming and mopping robot if you:

  • Plan to do a lot of mopping
  • Live in a big (~2000sqft) and/or multi-level house with fewer obstacles
  • Have mostly hard floors (wood, tile, stone, laminate) or a mix of hard floors and low and medium-pile carpets
  • Have pets or people with short hair
  • Want a robot that cleans systematically and efficiently and is less hands-on
  • Want a quiet machine that supports nondisruptive conversations or sleep
  • Want to clean at night without having the lights on
  • Are allergic or a clean freak

Deebot Ozmo 950 vs Roborock S5

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While smart, feature-rich, and advanced in settings and controls, with impressive cleaning abilities–usability remains a drawback on the Deebot 950. The Roborock s5 robotic vacuum cleaner wins here in that it consistently clean in a back and forth pattern without aggressively bumping into objects or missing/skipping spots or rooms. Similarly, the s5 is better at negotiating obstacles and traversing thresholds.

Further, the s5 map floors quickly and accurately without losing connection while also offering an overall better app experience.

Being the obvious winner, get the Roborock s5 vacuuming and mopping robot if you:

  • Live in a big (~2000sqft) house with fewer obstacles
  • Have mostly hard floors (wood, tile, stone, laminate) or a mix of hard floors and carpets (low and medium pile)
  • Have pets or people with short hair
  • Want a robot that cleans in neat rows and is less hands-on
  • Want a quiet machine that supports nondisruptive conversations or sleep
  • Want to clean at night without having the lights on
  • Are allergic or a clean freak

Deebot Ozmo 920 vs Roborock S5 Max

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Talking of the Deebot Ozmo 920 and the Roborock s5 max, both

  • Are smart–with speed-sensitive side brushes for proper cleaning along walls and to avoid scattering debris in open areas; plus, the ability to clean in a back and forth pattern while automatically recharging and resuming cleaning missions.
  • Are feature-rich–with the ability to map and save floor plans. Three in each case.
  • Are versatile–with the ability to reach difficult areas including under beds and sofas.
  • Have advanced controls and settings–with the ability to adjust water levels, select rooms for cleaning, or set keep-out zones.
  • Have a mop function.
  • Have Smart Home integration.

The Deebot 920 if it helps to mention actively detects carpets in mopping mode whereas the Roborock s5 max requires creating no-mop zones in the app. Roborock runs longer though (at around 180 minutes on low power) compared to 110 minutes on the Deebot 920.

To put it simply, the Deebot 920 works quite well in all respects except reliability. Top issues include;

  • Ignoring scheduling and keep-out zone settings
  • Getting lost and not finding the home dock
  • Aggressively bumping into objects such as lamp cords and then getting stuck
  • The water tank refusing to drip water
  • Its tendency to the dreaded LDS sensor error which in most cases makes the robot unusable.

Thankfully the Roborock s5 max shines where the Deebot failed–consistent operations. For one, the Roborock s5 max keeps to scheduling routine (also supports room-level scheduling) and will not disregard commands by going into troubled zones/unwanted places. And because it’s intentional in its movement, the Roborock s5 max smart floor robot doesn’t get lost or confused nor mindlessly ram into objects resulting in a decreased tendency of getting stuck and less babysitting. Not only that, the s5 max vacuuming robot finds its dock every time.

What’s more, the mopping function of the s5 max is very well built allowing for intensive mopping. Not to mention its upgraded processor that minimizes errors while allowing for efficient and convenient cleaning

Being the ultimate winner, get the Roborock s5 max vacuuming and mopping robot if you:

  • Plan to do a lot of mopping
  • Live in a big (~2000sqft) and/or multi-level house with fewer obstacles
  • Have mostly hard floors (wood, tile, stone, laminate) or a mix of hard floors and low and medium-pile carpets
  • Have pets or people with short hair
  • Want a robot that cleans systematically and efficiently and is less hands-on
  • Want a quiet machine that supports nondisruptive conversations or sleep
  • Want to clean at night without having the lights on
  • Are allergic or a clean freak

Deebot Ozmo 920 vs Roborock S6

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While smart, feature-rich, advanced in settings and controls, with impressive cleaning abilities–usability remains a drawback on the Deebot 920. The Roborock s6 robotic vacuum cleaner wins here in that it consistently clean in a back and forth pattern without aggressively bumping into objects or missing/skipping spots or rooms. Similarly, the s6 is better at negotiating obstacles and traversing thresholds.

Further, the s6 map floors quickly and accurately without losing connection while also offering an overall better app experience. 

Being the obvious winner, get the Roborock s6 vacuuming and mopping robot if you:

  • Live in a big (~2000sqft) and/or multi-level house with fewer obstacles
  • Have mostly hard floors (wood, tile, stone, laminate) or a mix of hard floors and carpets (low and medium pile)
  • Have pets or people with short hair
  • Want a robot that cleans in neat rows and is less hands-on
  • Want a very quiet machine that supports nondisruptive conversations or sleep
  • Want to clean at night without having the lights on
  • Are allergic or a clean freak

Deebot Ozmo 920 vs Roborock S5

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While smart, feature-rich, and advanced in settings and controls, with impressive cleaning abilities–usability remains a drawback on the Deebot 920 vacuuming and mopping robot. The Roborock s5 robotic vacuum cleaner wins here in that it consistently clean in a back and forth pattern without aggressively bumping into objects or missing/skipping spots or rooms. Similarly, the s5 is better at negotiating obstacles and traversing thresholds.

Further, the s5 map floors quickly and accurately without losing connection while also offering an overall better app experience. 

The Deebot 920 if it helps to mention actively detects carpets in mopping mode whereas the Roborock s5 doesn’t support this feature. Roborock runs longer though (up to 150 minutes on low power) compared to 110 minutes on the Deebot 920.

Being the obvious winner, get the Roborock s5 vacuuming and mopping robot if you:

  • Live in a big (~2000sqft) house with fewer obstacles
  • Have mostly hard floors (wood, tile, stone, laminate) or a mix of hard floors and carpets (low and medium pile)
  • Have pets or people with short hair
  • Want a robot that cleans in neat rows and is less hands-on
  • Want a quiet machine that supports nondisruptive conversations or sleep
  • Want to clean at night without having the lights on
  • Are allergic or a clean freak

Deebot 901 Ozmo vs Roborock S4

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As far as the Deebot Ozmo 901 and the Roborock s4 is concerned, both

  • Are smart–with speed-sensitive side brushes for proper cleaning along walls and to avoid scattering debris in open areas; plus, the ability to clean in a back and forth pattern while automatically recharging and resuming cleaning missions.
  • Are feature-rich–with the ability to map and save floor plans. Three in each case.
  • Are versatile–with the ability to reach difficult areas including under beds and sofas.
  • Have advanced controls and settings with the ability to select rooms for cleaning or set keep-out zones.
  • Have Smart Home integration.

The Deebot 901 vacuums and mops whereas the Roborock s4 only vacuums. Roborock runs longer though (at around 180 minutes on low power), compared to 110 minutes working time on the Deebot 920.

To put it simply, the Deebot 920 works quite well in all respects except reliability. Top issues include 

  • Ignoring keep-out zone settings; 
  • Getting lost and not finding the home dock;
  • Aggressively bumping into objects such as lamp cords and then getting stuck; 
  • Losing floor maps; and
  • Its tendency to stop working after a couple of months.

Thankfully the Roborock s4 shines where the Deebot failed–consistent operations. For one, the Roborock s4 will not disregard commands by going into troubled zones/unwanted places. And because it’s intentional in its movement, the Roborock s4 smart floor robot doesn’t get lost, confused, or mindlessly ram into objects resulting in a decreased tendency of getting stuck and less babysitting. Not only that, the s4 vacuuming robot finds its dock every time.

What’s more, the Roborock s4 robot vacuum is very well built allowing for some years of meaningful useful life. Not to mention its upgraded processor and constantly updated software that minimizes errors while allowing for efficient and convenient cleaning

Related: Roborock s4 robotic vacuum cleaner full review

Being the obvious winner, get the Roborock s4 vacuuming robot if you:

  • Live in a big (~2000sqft) and/or multi-level house with a complicated layout and/or fewer obstacles
  • Have mostly hard floors (wood, tile, stone, laminate) or a mix of hard floors and low and pile carpets
  • Have pets or people with short hair
  • Want a robot that cleans systematically and is less hands-on
  • Want a quiet machine that supports nondisruptive conversations or sleep
  • Want to clean at night without having the lights on
  • Are allergic or a clean freak

Conclusion

There goes a comparison of some of the best robot vacuums from Ecovacs and Roborock. Assuming you missed it, Deebots are solid performers on carpets whereas Roborock is the king of navigation.

Talking about the reviews, I went for brevity. In other words, only key highlights of the featured items were summarized. This is to allow for quick decision-making. That way when you make your choice of a brand or product you may then proceed into reading an in-depth version (links provided & videos attached) where benefits and limitations are discussed in greater detail. 

Ecovacs bots if it helps to mention have software issues that usually don’t get fixed instead a new model will launch. It was the case in the 900 series that got abandoned for the T5 series and now the T5 has been abandoned for the T8 family which, like its predecessors, is also bedeviled with navigation, mapping, and app issues.

Roborock robot vacuums, it turns out, excel in hardware, software, performance, usability, pricing, product, and customer support. If you don’t have a lot of carpets or rugs, and while they aren’t perfect, they’re by far a better choice.

Further reading

Full list of the best Roborock automatic floor cleaners