Roborock S5 Max Review: Easily the Best Robot Vacuum We’ve Used to Date

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We’ve been operating a sequence of Roborock articles over the previous few weeks as the company has been providing some respectable gross sales on their robotic vacuum gadgets. One of these gadgets is the Roborock S5 Max. We’ve partnered with Roborock to convey you a evaluate of their newest robotic vacuum and let you know whether or not or not it is value your funding.

The reality of all of it is that not everybody will need a robotic vacuum and never everybody will have the ability to even use one. There are a number of elements it’s a must to consider earlier than shopping for a robotic vacuum from Roborock or some other producer. The main issue is, the Roborock S5 Max won’t choose up your flooring for you. If you are going to purchase a robotic vacuum, it’s a must to be taught to maintain issues off your flooring to ensure that it to do its job.

Robot vacuums just like the Roborock S5 Max have come a good distance with know-how like LiDAR mapping and no go zones, however they lack the arms to truly choose up objects out of your flooring. So, in the event you’re actually unhealthy at primary choose up, then a robotic vacuum might not be for you. The different issue is, you simply do not suppose a robotic vacuum is value your time. In your case, I’m most likely not going to vary your thoughts, however be happy to learn our full Roborock S5 Max evaluate.

Specifications

The Roborock S5 Max has the next options and specs:

  • Product Size: 353 x 350 x 96.5 mm
  • Package Size: 489 x 403 x 152mm
  • Colors: Black, White
  • Navigation System: Laser Distancing Navigation
  • Max Suction: 2000 Pa
  • Voltage: 58 W
  • Dust Bin Capacity: 460ml
  • Water Tank Capacity: 290ml
  • Weight: About 3.5kg
  • Functions: Sweeping and Mopping
  • Run Time: 150-minutes
  • Battery: 5200mAh
  • Cleaning Area: 250 ㎡
  • Charging Time: <6-hours
  • Obstacle Crossing Ability: Up to 2 cm

What’s In The Box

  • Roborock S5 Max
  • Charging Dock
  • Mopping head
  • Brush to scrub out mud bin and different elements
  • Setup information, guarantee, and documentation
Roborock S5 Max Review: Easily the Best Robot Vacuum We've Used to Date
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Design

The Roborock S5 Max has your typical spherical robotic vacuum look which has solely barely modified through the years. There’s completely nothing mistaken with the design because it has held up and continues to be going robust. Aesthetically, I favor the white model greater than the black model because it hides mud, fingerprints, and grime higher than the black one.

On high of the Roborock S5 Max, you may discover the spinny LiDAR machine. This is the place the center of the LiDAR system are housed, and that is how the S5 Max sees its atmosphere. The house button and energy button are additionally on high of the unit in straightforward view and offering quick access.

The high additionally has a flip-up panel that reveals the mud bin, a cleansing brush, the reset button, and the Wi-Fi indicator. Around the perimeter of the Roborock S5 Max are its sensors, followers, and the water tank, which additionally holds the mopping pad underneath it.

Turning the Roborock S5 Max over, you may discover its sturdy and stout wheels that are very properly made. The third swivel wheel is what the robotic makes use of to pivot and transfer itself about your flooring. There can also be a aspect brush positioned on the underside, although it is extra of a smooth rubber bristle than a traditional brush.

The curler brush and spades are positioned on the underside as properly and are simply accessible for cleansing. The entire unit has an honest weight to it. It’s not heavy by any means, however additionally it is not gentle. It has a stable construct high quality and all the supplies used really feel superb and sturdy, nothing feels low-cost on the Roborock S5 Max.

The included battery charging unit can also be an amazing enchancment over different vacuums I’ve tried. First off, it is slim and doesn’t take up a lot flooring area like some others I’ve used. It stays out of the way in which. The cable is an honest size however not overly thick and has a big, regular plug. The thinness of the unit and measurement of the plug make it very nice to tuck away.

Overall, the Roborock S5 Max has a design that isn’t unfamiliar however can also be nonetheless very a lot present. The design additionally highlights the essential controls and could be very straightforward to handle.

Roborock S5 Max Review: Easily the Best Robot Vacuum We've Used to Date
Inside the S5 Max Techaeris

Ease of Use

Robot vacuums have change into quite simple to make use of through the years and the Roborock S5 Max is without doubt one of the best. You might want to obtain the Mi Home app in your Android or iPhone to attach and get to cleansing. We will go over the app and software program within the subsequent part.

Once you will have the app linked and your new robotic vacuum is cleansing your flooring for you, there’s little else that must be executed. Of course, as we talked about, you may have to make sure to maintain your flooring picked up of obstacles and huge particles. The S5 Max can do numerous issues, however selecting up your soiled garments and youngsters’s toys aren’t inside its capabilities. For it to do its job properly, it’s essential to get issues picked up.

Once you will have the ground cleared, it is so simple as hitting clear, selecting a no-go zone or mopping zone if you are going to mop. After cleansing is finished, you simply open the highest, take away the mud bin by the locking tab, empty and exchange the bin. The rollers underneath the Roborock S5 Max are additionally very straightforward to scrub. The included cleansing brush comes with an built-in razor blade that lets you lower strands of hair or different supplies caught within the rollers.

Overall, the Roborock S5 Max is fairly straightforward to make use of and really straightforward to scrub up. The curler on the underside is really easy to disassemble and reassemble that you do not thoughts in any respect cleansing it after only a few runs.

Software

Update: We are updating this part to mirror that Google Assistant and Alexa integration are solely obtainable utilizing the Roborock app (not the MiHome app) and that Alexa integration is prepared however Google Assistant will not be on-line but.

The Roborock S5 Max is managed by means of the Mi Home app that’s obtainable for each Android and iOS. One factor to notice is that you will want to verify your iPhone or Android is working on a Wi-Fi community that’s on the two.4GHz band. The Roborock S5 Max won’t work on 5GHz networks. If you will have an older router, you are possible simply positive. If you will have a more moderen router, most of them are dual-band routers so you may should be positive you are on the two.4GHz band. If your community is ready to decide on the band itself, it might not work.

When you open the app, you may most likely have to create an account to proceed. Once you will have that executed you may faucet the + button and add a tool. Choose the house equipment tab after which discover the Roborock S5 Max on the checklist and select it. The app will then stroll you thru establishing the S5 Max in your 2.4GHz community. It is necessary that your cellphone is on the community you may be utilizing to attach the robotic too. Once linked, you are prepared to start out utilizing the app.

You may also join Google Assistant and Alexa to your Mi account permitting you to ask Google or Alexa to start out the Roborock S5 Max cleansing or mopping cycles. This is completely elective and doesn’t should be executed for the robotic to work correctly. I did not discover it an excessive amount of of an issue simply grabbing my cellphone, opening the app, and tapping the clear button.

The app lets you set your mop and no-go zones on the LiDAR map that the robotic generates after its first run. I’d advocate letting the S5 Max have a number of runs in vacuum mode to present you a number of maps to work with. The LiDAR map runs in real-time as properly so you may watch the robotic map out the atmosphere and see the place it’s cleansing. It’s truly fairly enjoyable to observe the map populate earlier than your eyes.

Besides the plain features from the app, you additionally get battery ranges in addition to a calculation of space the vacuum has cleaned. It even retains logs of the instances and dates it cleaned and the way lengthy every cleansing took. The first few cleanings will possible be longer than the remainder because the vacuum learns your property’s structure.

Overall, the app is lifeless easy to make use of. The solely factor some customers might have an issue is with the community. Some customers could also be clueless on how to verify they’re utilizing the two.4GHz band and never the 5GHz band. Still, when you’re linked, the app and software program do many of the heavy lifting. Basically, set it and neglect it.

Roborock S5 Max Review: Easily the Best Robot Vacuum We've Used to Date
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Performance

The Roborock S5 Max is hands-down the very best performing robotic vacuum that I’ve reviewed. Its mapping efficiency alone is well worth the worth of admission as this factor actually by no means acquired misplaced underneath chairs or corners. I’ve reviewed different robotic vacuums that appeared to fall right into a black gap after they acquired underneath tables and chairs. The Roborock S5 Max appears to don’t have any points in anyway navigating underneath, round, and out of issues. I solely needed to rescue it a number of instances when it went underneath our Christmas tree and acquired caught on some books underneath the tree.

Another nice function that makes this vacuum value shopping for is its zoning functionality. You can draw a field across the areas of your property you need the robotic to mop and it’ll solely mop in these areas. This is useful when you will have a house that has each hardwood and carpets. It’s good not having to fret about getting your carpets moist. The mopping function is activated while you set up the mop head on the again finish of the Roborock S5 Max. The water tank is sufficiently big to do a number of mopping classes with no drawback.

The mopping zone function additionally works with out the mop head put in. In this case, the Roborock will see the bins you draw as no-go zones and won’t vacuum in these areas. This is tremendous useful for issues like, properly, Christmas timber. To maintain the vacuum from going underneath the tree, simply draw a field across the tree on the map and it’ll not contact that space. Problem solved.

The suction energy of the Roborock S5 Max can also be spectacular. It pulls up grime and mud which our US$400 upright vacuum doesn’t. What’s much more spectacular is that the S5 Max is aware of the distinction between carpet and hardwood. When it senses it’s on the carpet, it will increase the suction energy and reduces on the hardwood.

The Roborock S5 Max additionally has superior fall safety sensors so it is aware of when it is close to steps or a drop-off. The solely time it fell down our stairs was after we by accident left one thing too near the highest step. The Roborock S5 Max caught the sting of the bag we left close to the highest and sucked a number of the bag up, however the weight of the bag introduced the vacuum down. Had we not left that bag there, it could have been simply positive.

Battery life can also be superb on the Roborock S5 Max. We have a break up degree house, and we had Roborock cleansing just one degree, as the opposite degree is the household residing space and we’ve got four children who aren’t all the time environment friendly in retaining their issues picked up. The Roborock S5 Max simply cleaned our one degree in a mean of 40-minutes and had about 60% battery left within the tank. It finds its personal means again to the charger, so that you by no means have to fret about forgetting to cost it.

Now that we’ve got all the highs out of the way in which, there are a number of lows, although I would not name them deal-breaker lows. Here’s the factor. The Roborock S5 Max is designed to keep up your property to a sure extent, nevertheless it’s not supposed to be a deep cleansing machine. You’re nonetheless going to want to brush out the corners of your property and get some edges. I imply, the factor is spherical and never sq., so moving into corners is not a powerful level.

I believe in the event you go into shopping for the Roborock S5 Max figuring out that you just nonetheless should put some effort into sustaining your property, then you definately’ll have a stellar expertise. If you are going in pondering this robotic goes to do all of it for you, then you definately will not be completely happy. There’s nothing in the marketplace that can maintain your flooring clear if you cannot choose up after your self.

Overall, the efficiency of the Roborock S5 Max is the very best I’ve seen on a robotic vacuum interval. Of course, there are many alternate options I’ve not examined, however till I do, the Roborock S5 Max takes the cake.

Price/Value

The MSRP on the Roborock S5 Max robotic vacuum is $599.99 and can be purchased on Google right now. This worth level is a reasonably customary worth for a robotic vacuum, however I believe the S5 Max affords up another nice options and performs higher than many different vacuums. There is definitely numerous worth right here.

Wrap Up

I’ve stated it earlier than, robotic vacuums aren’t for everybody. But for many who are searching for such a tool, the Roborock S5 Max is the very best robotic vacuum we have examined and it offers you an amazing bang in your buck. It’s for that reason the Roborock S5 Max will get a “top pick” from us.

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