Robot vacuums are all the rage right now, with new brands popping up left and right looking to cash in on a household technology that’s grown by leaps and bounds over the last few decades.
Today, we want to highlight and compare two of Roborock’s best offerings, the Roborock S5 MAX vs S6 to see how they stack up against one another.
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Roborock is a relative newcomer to the industry for sure but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t already one of the major players in this business. The technology “under the hood” of the Roborock vacuums ranks right up there with the best in the industry, with four different models available for sale right now – and more in the pipeline.
The S5 MAX and the S6 robot vacuum cleaners are universally regarded as the best Roborock has to offer right now, so make sure that you check out all the inside information we highlight for you below.
Let’s dive right in!
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Roborock S5 MAX vs S6 side by side
Roborock S5 MAX
For the most part, both the Roborock S5 MAX and the new model Roborock S6 have the same kind of look and the same kind of aesthetic – which isn’t all that surprising, considering that they come from the exact same company.
The S5 MAX is a little bit on the larger side of things, though, measuring in at 19” x 16” x 17” compared to the S6 that’s a little more slimline with dimensions that measure 13.7” x 13.8” x 3.8”.
The major difference between these two models is that the S5 MAX includes a larger water reservoir so that it can not only sweep and vacuum your space but can also handle extended mopping of hard surfaces, too. The S6 can mop just as well as the S5 MAX, but it isn’t going to be able to mop quite as long before it’s water reservoir needs to be replenished in a side-by-side comparison between the two.
The cleanup capabilities of both these robot vacuum and mop options are spectacular. They feature incredibly strong 2000Pa suction capabilities at the highest possible settings, which doesn’t quite make them the strongest robot vacuums on the market today – but their suction power is certainly high end and will have no problems with carpet or pet hair.
In fact, you’ll be able to suck up AA batteries with these robot vacuums with no trouble whatsoever. That something that a lot of other robot options (more expensive price points, no less) would struggle with. Not that you should necessarily be running your vacuum around floor surfaces with loose AA batteries laying about, though!
Another cool feature that both of these options include is an automatic water shut off component. In fact, all Roborock models now feature this safety solution to guarantee that a leaky water tank or an accidental spill isn’t going to compromise the electronics onboard your robot helper.
Both vacuums do a pretty standup job when it comes to tackling hard surfaces (both vacuum and mop zone configurations). The S5 MAX robot vacuum cleaner does a slightly better job of mopping thanks to that extra reservoir, with the S6 taking things up a notch when it comes to vacuuming carpeted surfaces.
The navigation technology shoehorned into the almost unbelievably compact robot vacuums from Roborock is based entirely off of Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) technology.
This approach allows these vacuums to capitalize on the exact same navigational technology found in popular automated vehicles today, helping your vacuum map out your individual spaces and cover every square inch with thorough room cleaning without you having to follow them up with manual vacuuming to cover spots that they might have missed.
Something else that is a really cool feature on the S6 that the S5 MAX does not have is the ability to save multiple floor layouts. This means if you are manually moving your vacuum between the different floors in your house, it will know what to do. We have a bit more about this feature in our full S6 review.
Both the S5 MAX and the S6 feature advanced drivetrain systems that have been overhauled significantly from the earlier models this company put out into the market. Gone are the “wobbling” that used to plague Roborock options, replaced instead with a stability track system that operates almost like an independent suspension.
This guarantees that you’re going to be able to enjoy consistent cleanup results and specific room cleaning over hard and soft surfaces with a seamless transition between the two on both models.
Because it is a little bit larger and ways a little bit more (and because it has more of a focus on mopping) the S5 MAX model from Roborock only has a runtime of 150 minutes of continuous and nonstop cleaning capabilities before it has to “return home” to its charging station to replenish its batteries.
Now, that still equates to 2 1/2 hours of continuous cleaning that you don’t have to tackle all on your own – which is certainly going to put a dent in your chores. The Return to Base (RTB) signal that kicks in when the battery starts to run low make sure that you don’t have to manually recharge your Roborock S5 MAX, either.
It will find its way back to its charger, hookup, go through the charging process, and then set out to clean things up all over again all on its own.
The Roborock S6 features all of those same capabilities but includes an extra 30 minutes of continuous cleaning power because of its slimmer profile and smaller water tank for mopping. That means you’ll get three hours of continuous cleaning time with the S6 robot vacuum cleaner (system that includes the same RTB self-charging setup you get with the S5 MAX).
Smart Home integration and app controls
Both the S5 MAX and the S6 use the Roborock app for controlling the settings and cleaning of your robot. Via the app, you can have complete control over your robot vacuum cleaner for scheduling, live updates and make tweaks to cleaning routes.
One of the most important parts of the app is the ability to set virtual no mop zones on the interactive map, key to ensuring any rugs placed on your wood or tiled floors don’t accidentally get a wet wash. One of the smart features that I love is that if you remove the vacuum will know it is no longer in mopping mode and the virtual no mop zones will be ignored.
Both the Roborock S6 and the S5 MAX also includes voice commands and integrate with your Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant device. While the commands are still relatively basic, such as “start cleaning” or “go home” once you give your robot vacuum a cool name, it certainly becomes a bit of fun.
Roborock S5 MAX vs S6: final verdict
With any of the new Roborock robot vacuums available on the market today, particularly the two options that we highlighted and compared above.
When you get right down to it, though, those that need mopping features as their home has a lot of hardwood surfaces, tile, stone, or other solid surfaces should probably look to the Roborock S5 MAX. It’s just better suited for those kinds of cleanup tasks.
If you’re going to be cleaning carpets or live on a multi-floor home, though, the odds are pretty good that the S6 is going to be better suited to your specific needs.
At the end of the day, both of these robot vacuums represent fantastic investments that will save you time, energy, and effort and should provide you with years of consistent robot cleaning capabilities. The Roborock brand is a real up and comer thanks to technology like this.