Roborock Q5 vs. S7 Comparison Review
This Roborock Q5 vs. S7 face-to-face comparison review is suitable for buyers in a dilemma of which model to go for. Is it the new Roborock Q5 or the older Roborock S7? We have compared all their features to help you make the best purchase decision.
The Roborock Q5 Series and S7 Series are top-of-line models from the Chinese brand. In the Q5 Series lineup, we have two variants, the Q5 and the Q5+. This is the same case with the S7 Series, which has the Roborock S7 and Roborock S7+. In this review, we have compared Roborock Q5+ and S7+, the ceiling models in their respective series.
Roborock Q5+ and S7+ have several similarities, including a vacuuming function, the same battery, and the navigation system. However, there are some differences. Roborock Q5+ is a vacuum-only robot cleaner, that has higher suction and works with the two Roborock brushes (bristle brush / all-rubber brush). On the other hand, Roborock S7 has slightly lower suction but is a vacuum with an integrated mop (2-in-1 cleaning).
For more regarding the performance of the two vacuum cleaners, read along.
Roborock Q5 vs. S7 Face-to-Face Comparison
Roborock Q5+ is a round-shaped robot vacuum with a low-profile design. They can go under most furniture with low clearance and pass between tight spaces.
The dimensions and weight of the robot without the empty station are 13.78×13.78×3.78 inches and 7.05 lbs, respectively. The Q5+ is available in black.
Roborock S7+ is also a round-shaped robot vacuum that boasts a low-profile design. It can go under most low-profile furniture and pass between tight spaces.
The dimensions and weight are 13.9×13.8×3.8 inches and 10.44 lbs, respectively. The S7 is available in two color options, black and white.
As far as design dimensions and aesthetics are concerned, it's hard to call a winner as both models are round-shaped and have a low-profile design. However, the Q5 has a slight edge as it is thinner and lighter.
The Roborock Q5+ is a vacuum-only robot cleaner. It doesn’t come with a mopping function.
When it comes to specialization, it is suitable for vacuuming all hard floors, talk of tile, vinyl, marble, hardwood, concrete; you name it.
Besides bare floors, you can rely on it to thoroughly vacuum carpets, be they low or high pile carpets. Lastly, the Q5+ can handle pet messes such as dog hair, kitty litter, and pet-related allergens.
Roborock S7+ is different in that it can vacuum and mop simultaneously. You don’t need to buy a separate robot mop.
When it comes to specialty, they are also ideal for cleaning all types of hard floors, including hardwood, tile laminate, vinyl, marble, and so on. The duo is also suitable for vacuuming carpets, from low pile carpets to medium and high piles.
If you have pets, the S7 should also be on your wishlist as it picks up all kinds of pet hair and kitty litter and wipes out urine stains and paw marks.
Roborock S7 takes an early lead in this battle, offering 2-in-1 cleaning. It can vacuum and mop simultaneously. But still, you can't rule out Roborock Q5 if you have carpets, as it has higher suction translating to better carpet vacuuming performance.
One of the new additions to the new Roborock lineup is an advanced brushless motor for optimal performance. The Q5+ delivers a whopping 2700pa when firing on all cylinders.
This is enough suction to flush even the finest dirt from deep inside carpet fabric, making it among the best robot vacuums for carpets and rugs. There are four adjustable suction levels; Quiet, Balanced, Turbo and Max.
Roborock S7+, on the other hand, comes with a powerful motor that delivers a maximum of 2500pa, which is also impressive, especially when it comes to carpet vacuuming.
The S7’s motor has variable speed, so you can adjust suction power depending on the cleaning task. There are four suction levels; Quiet, Balanced, Turbo and Max.
Even though it is a close call, the Roborock Q5 is the winner in this round as it has slightly higher suction power than Roborock S7. This will be evident in our exclusive carpet vacuuming test results, which we will share later.
As mentioned earlier, the Roborock Q5 doesn’t have a mopping function. If you want a Q Series with a mopping function, check out the Roborock Q7.
You can also check out our exclusive Roborock Q7 vs. S7 comparison review to find out how the two robot vacuum mop combos stack up against each other.
Roborock S7 comes with a mopping funcion. Under the hood, it packs a 300ml electronic water tank and Sonic Mopping Technology that beats the mop up to 3,000 times/minute, ensuring that all stains and stuck-on dirt are wiped out completely.
If you have carpets, don’t worry, as the robot has been engineered with Ultrasonic Carpet Detection that detects carpets and the VibraRise mop head lifts, preventing carpet wetting.
Here, it's obvious Roborock S7 is the winner as it offers more than just vacuuming. While it's more expensive than the Q5, it is worth every penny now that you won't have to buy a separate robot mop to get the job done.
Roborock Q5+ relies on a SLAM-based navigation system dubbed PreciSense Precision LiDAR Navigation. It uses a set of obstacle detection sensors to avoid hitting obstacles. Even if it hits an obstacle, the retractable bumper comes into play, absorbing the impact to prevent damage.
Besides the obstacle detection sensors, the robot comes with anti-drop sensors that prevent the robot from falling off the stairs.
For the record, the Roboock Q5 doesn’t have a camera. We tried it out in a room with average traffic, and the results were impressive. It managed to avoid all the obstacles with precision. However, in a dimly lit room with high traffic but occasionally bumped into obstacles.
Roborock S7+, despite being a top-of-the-range model, doesn’t come with a camera. Instead, it relies on the same SLAM-based navigation system that the Q5 uses.
This is PreciSense Precision LiDAR Navigation that deploys a Sensient sensor array that consists of obstacle detection sensors and anti-drop sensors. The former prevents the robot from hitting obstacles, while the latter keeps the robot away from the stairs.
The S7 also has a retractable bumper to prevent damage when it hits obstacles. We tested it in a room with average traffic, and it did a great job avoiding obstacles with precision. However, it hit a few obstacles here and there in a high-traffic room but had no problem completing the cleanup.
As far as navigation is concerned, it is a draw. Both robot vacuums use the same SLAM-based navigation, PreciSense Precision LiDAR Navigation. Unfortunately, none of them has a camera.
The Roborock Q5+ is a smart robot vacuums with smart mapping features. The mapping system is based on PreciSense Precision LiDAR Navigation. The Q5 leverages a 32-bit Quadcore processor to create hyper-accurate maps of your home for systematic cleaning instead of random movement.
Interestingly, the Q5 can create maps 6 times faster than average robot vacuums and can store up to 4 maps making it ideal for multistorey homes.
One new addition to this unit is 3D Mapping which allows users to add furniture and other household fittings to the map giving the robot better mapping ability.
Other mapping features include Cleaning Routines, Custom Cleaning Schedules, Zone Clean Up, Automatic Room Recognition, No Go Zones, and Invisible Walls.
Roborock S7 is also an intelligent robot vacuum that can map your home for accurate cleaning.
It also uses PreciSense Precision LiDAR Navigation and a 32-bit Quadcore processor to create hyper-accurate maps of your home 6 times faster than typical robot vacuums and store up to 4 maps.
Unfortunately, the Roborock S7 doesn’t come with 3D Mapping, but still, it ensures entire-level cleaning courtesy of its Adaptive Route Algorithm that enables the robot to clean in a systematic pattern.
Other features include Custom Routines, Custom Cleaning Schedules, Zone Clean Up, Automatic Room Recognition, No Go Zones, and Invisible Walls.
Here, it's hard to call a winner as both vacuums come with almost the same mapping features and can save up to 4 maps. However, Roborock Q5 is the ultimate winner as it comes with 3D Mapping.
The Roborock Q5 maintains the E11-rated filters that Roborock has equipped with all its models. These are not true-HEPA filters as they capture down to 0.6 microns, while true-HEPA filters capture down to 0.3 microns.
Nevertheless, they go a long way in eliminating allergen triggers and other elements that cause bad odor. One advantage is that they are washable, cutting down maintenance costs.
Roborock S7 is not different as it also uses an E11-rated filter, which captures down to 0.6 microns and has a 95% efficiency.
It also does a good job of ensuring your atmosphere is always fresh. The S7’s filter is also washable, so you get to save a few bucks on maintenance.
In this round, again, there is no winner, as both models' filters have the exact specifications.
Roborock Q5+ comes with two brush systems. There’s a primary and secondary brush.
The primary brush is a multidirectional floating bristle brush that self-adjusts to ensure maximum contact with bare floors and carpets.
The robot also works with Roborock’s all-new rubber brush, which picks up small and large debris and is particularly effective in picking up pet hair with reduced tangling.
The secondary brush is a spinning side brush that reaches the deep corners and wall edges.
On the other hand, the Roborock S7+ comes with two brush systems, just like the Q5 Series.
The primary brush is the Roborock all-rubber brush, perfect for picking up small and large debris, including pet hair.
It doesn’t get tangled like the bristled brush. One important thing to note is that the S7 is incompatible with the multidirectional floating bristle brush.
The S7 also has a spinning side brush for the wall edges and deep corners.
Here, the Roborock Q5 is the best choice as it is versatile. It can work with both the bristle and rubber brush.
Roborock Q5+ comes with a large 0.47L onboard bin, enough to hold a busy home’s dirt for several days.
For the record, the base model, the Roborock Q5, is not a self-emptying robot vacuum as it doesn’t come with the Roborock Auto Empty Station, but it is compatible with the Roborock automatic self-emptying technology.
On the other hand, the Roborock Q5+, the model we have focused on in this review, is a self-emptying robot vacuum. Its Empty Station has a 2.5L dust bag that can hold up to 7 weeks of dirt.
Roborock S7+ also comes with a 0.47l onboard bin, so you can relax for a few days before emptying the bin.
The Roborock S7 is not a self-emptying robot vacuum as it doesn’t come with the Roborock Auto Empty Dock.
On the other hand, the S7+ comes with the Roborock Auto Empty Dock with 2 dustbags.
A single dustbag can hold up to 30 days of dirt, so with two, you can forget about dustbag supplies for two months.
Here, it's hard to call a winner as the base models have the same 0.47L onboard bins, and the ceiling models come with automatic self-emptying stations.
The Roborock Q5+ comes with a lithium-ion battery whose 5200mAh capacity allows the robot to run for a cool 180 minutes in Quiet mode. Of course, in high-power modes, the runtime dips.
When it comes to power management, the robot is intelligent enough to dock and recharge automatically, and after recharging, it resumes cleaning without being prompted.
The recharge time is 2-3 hours, but then, you don’t have to wait for the entire charging time courtesy of Top Up Charging which quickly charges the battery to 80% so that the robot can finish the task at hand on time.
Roborock S7 is also equipped with a 5200mAh lithium-ion battery that offers 180 minutes of runtime in Quiet mode.
Just like the Q5, runtime dips when switched to high power modes. The S7 is also intelligent enough to recharge and resume cleaning automatically.
The recharge time is 2-3 hours, but there is a Top Up Charging feature.
In this segment, it's hard to call a winner, as both models use the same battery and offer the same runtime. Power management specifications are similar, so the round ends in a draw.
Roborock Q5 is a smart robot vacuum powered by 2.4GHZ WiFi.
It allows users to schedule cleaning sessions via the Roborock HOME mobile app, available on Android and iOS.
On the app, you can access all controls. Besides app operation, Roborock Q5 syncs with voice assistants, including Amazon’s Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri. There’s also an inbuilt voice control.
Roborock S7 is equally equipped when it comes to smart features.
First, you can set cleaning schedules on the app and access all controls via the Roborock HOME app. The S7 is also compatible with voice assistants, including Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri.
It also comes with an inbuilt voice control function, so you can still control the robot if you don’t have a voice assistant device.
Here, there is no winner, as both models are smart with 2.4GHz compatibility and can sync with voice assistants. They also have an inbuilt voice control function.
Roborock offers a 1-year warranty on the Roborock Q5. You are eligible for repair or replacement if the robot malfunctions within the first year of purchase, but make sure not to void the warranty.
Support is available, so you can always contact the Roborock team for help. Regarding parts and supplies, Roborock has plenty of supplies and replacement parts available at affordable prices.
Roborock S7 also tags along with a 1-year warranty but make sure to read the terms and conditions to avoid inconveniences.
Support is available, and so are replacement parts and supplies.
Again, it's a tie as both models have a 1-year warranty, and parts and supplies are readily available.
The Roborock Q5+ comes with:
- Q5 Robot Vacuum (1)
- Auto-Empty Dock (1)
- Dust Bag (2)
- Power Cable (1)
- Screwdriver (1)
- User Manual (1)
On the other hand, the S7+ comes with the following:
- Roborock S7 Robot Vacuum`
- Auto Empty Dock
- 2 Dustbags
- Power Cable
- User Manual
Cleaning Test Results
Vacuuming Performance on Hardwood
As usual, we test all the robot vacuums we review; the Q5 and S7 were no exceptions. In the first test, we wanted to know their vacuuming performance on hard floors and carpets. So we scattered the common household dirt to see how effectively they picked them up. Below is an illustration of the results.
Vacuuming Performance on Hardwood
- Raw popcorns
- Kitty litter
- Pet hair
- Sand pebbles
Vacuuming Performance on Carpets
Vacuuming Performance on Carpets
- Raw popcorns
- Kitty litter
- Pet hair
- Sand pebbles
In the second test, we wanted to know about mopping performance. But now that the Q5 doesn’t have the mopping function, we compared the mopping performance of the S7 vs. the new Roborock Q7. Below is an illustration that can give you a glimpse of the S7’s mopping capabilities.
- Porridge Stains
- Margarine Smears
- Cooking Oil
- Urine Stains
- Paw Marks
- Honey Smears
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is Roborock S7 made by Xiaomi?
2. Which is better, Xiaomi or Roborock?
3. Is Roborock S7 worth the money?
4. Does the Roborock S7 detect poop?
That’s the end of this Roborock Q5 vs. S7 face-to-face comparison review. So, what are the takeaways? What are the profound differences? Which model should you go for? Well, the S7 is the best choice as it is a vacuum and mop. It may have lower suction, but the 2500pa suction its puts up is enough to vacuum all types of carpets satisfactorily.
Moreso, you don’t have to worry about carpet wetting as it has mechanisms in place to prevent the robot from wetting carpets. The only edge the Q5 has over the S7 is 3D Mapping which we don’t find very practical. The only model in the Q series that can rival the S7 could be the Q7, so check our Roborock Q7 vs. S7 comparison review. All said and done; the S7 beats the Q5!