Roborock S6 vs.S5 Max vs.S6 Pure vs.S6 MaxV
Which is the best Roborock vacuum to buy in 2020? That’s what this Roborock S6 vs.S5 Max vs.S6 Pure vs.S6 MaxV face to face comparison review is all about.
Some time back, we did a Roborock comparison review, but then, with several new releases from the Chinese brand, we had to do another comparison review to capture the new models.
So, without further ado, let’s get into it but just before that, here is an overview of Roborock.
If you are looking for the best value for money in the robot vacuums scene, Roborock should be on your wish list. The Chinese brand has scaled the heights, and today, it gives top brands such as Roomba a run for their money.
One of the best features of Roborock vacuums is 2-in-1 cleaning. Instead of buying a robot vacuum and a robot mop separately, Roborock combines the two functions in one unit.
Besides, the company has several innovations that have left a mark in the robot vacuums industry. Furthermore, Roborock vacuums are affordable.
The Roborock S6 was introduced in June 2020 and was the replacement of the Roborock S5. It brought on board several new features.
First is the upgraded software, ARM Allwinner R16 Quad-Core, to be precise, which improved every aspect of the robot vacuum, from cleaning efficiency to power management.
Another improvement is the adjustable water supply, which ensures efficiency during mopping.
Talking of mopping, the S6 has no-mop zones, which prevents the robot from mopping carpeted areas, a major problem that the S5 had.
The new S6 also has silicone brushes, a shift from the bristle brushes the S5 comes with.
The Roborock S5 Max is an upgrade of the Roborock S5 and comes with many advanced features.
Unlike the S5, the S5 Max features Roborock’s Adaptive Route Algorithm and has Selective Room Cleaning. It allows suction adjustment per room, as well as mopping water level adjustment for every room.
It also has advanced software which improves cleaning performance by 20%.
Another great feature of the Roborock S5 vs.S5 Max is the larger water tank and no-mop zones, which prevents the robot from mopping carpeted zones.
The Roborock S6 Pure is the immediate successor of the Roborock S6.
The two models are very similar save for three features:
- the operation noise,
- dustbin capacity,
- and water tank size.
The Roborock S6 is much quieter compared to the S6 Pure. In Balance mode, the former runs at 55dB while the latter operates at 59dB.
When it comes to the dust bin size, the S6 Pure has a slightly smaller dust bin and a larger water tank as it is a model that is more inclined to mopping.
While the S6 has a 480Ml dustbin and a 140Ml water tank, the S6 Pure boasts a 460Ml bin and a 180Ml water tank.
The S6 MaxV is the latest addition to the Roborock S6 Series and boasts the latest innovation from the Chinese brand.
One of the best additions to this model is suction power. It delivers a whopping 2500Pa making it the most powerful robot vacuum we have tested so far.
It’s far more powerful than the Roomba S9+, which delivers 2200Pa. The dustbin has a 460Ml capacity while the water tank is 297Ml.
It’s also quieter than the S6 Pure, but unfortunately, the model is available in a single color option. The S6 MaxV also bears several intelligent features that make it fast and efficient when cleaning high traffic rooms.
There you have it, folks, an overview of the four Roborock vacuums in today’s comparison review. So, without wasting more time, let’s get into the main business of the day.
Roborock S6 vs.S5 Max vs.S6 Pure vs.S6 MaxV Face to Face Comparison
To help our readers get the most out of our comparison reviews, we usually assess the models based on the factors buyers consider when choosing the best robot vacuum. We will analyze all the aspects, ranging from the design and aesthetics to the cleaning performance and convenience.
1. Design and Aesthetics
The design and aesthetics of a robot vacuum is an important aspect from two angles. The design determines the reach of the robot vacuum while the aesthetics help buyers identify a particular robot vacuum. Some buyers also have color preferences. So, how do the four Roborock vacuums compare?
- The Roborock S6 is a round-shaped robot vacuum. The diameter is 13.77-inches, and it stands at 3.78-inches. Regarding the weight, it topped 7.7lbs on our kitchen scale. It is available in three color options; white, rose gold, and black. The top interface has a raised turret, just like the previous models.
- The Roborock S6 Pure is not in any way different from the Roborock S6 save for the fact that the former is available in two color options only; black and white. The shape is still round, while the dimensions and weight are exactly the same as the Roborock S6.
- Next up is the Roborock S5 Max, a round-shaped robot vacuum cleaner just like all other Roborock vacuums. The dimensions and weight are also the same except for the color availability. Here again, fans of the rose gold Roborocks have been disappointed as there are only two color options; black and white.
- Last is the Roborock S6 MaxV, the latest Roborock vacuum. It is still a round-shaped robot vacuum. Maybe the Chinese brand will consider a d-shaped model like Neato and iRobot have done. Regarding the dimensions, it is still similar to the rest of the three vacuums, but this time, the MaxV weighed 8.16lbs on our kitchen scale.
2. Cleaning Performance
The cleaning performance of robot vacuums is the single most important consideration when choosing the best Roborock for you. In this section, we will assess the cleaning orientation of the models in this comparison review and the different components that contribute to the overall cleaning performance.
In addition, we are going to share our exclusive cleaning test results to find out which model is the best for different cleaning needs.
(a) Cleaning Orientation
When buying a robot vacuum, it’s really important to find out what the manufacturer recommends it for. There are Roborock vacuums for bare floors, carpets, pet hair, homes with allergy sufferers, and so on.
- The Roborock S6 has been designed to handle all bare floors, from hardwood to tile and linoleum. It’s also a great deal for homes with stains and grime as it tags along with a mopping function.
However, don’t rely on this model if you want selective mopping. It doesn’t come with the No-Mop Zones, a feature that creates boundaries between carpeted areas from non-carpeted areas. It’s also not ideal for high pile carpets, area rugs, and shags.
You can also rely on the S6 to pick up the messy pet hairs and capture pet-related allergens.
- Next up is the Roborock S5 Max, and this is a model that shares a lot with the S6. Just like the S6, it is ideal for all types of bare floors. The S5 Max is also a 2-in-1 cleaner that vacuums and mops simultaneously.
Interestingly, it comes with No-Mop Zones, so unlike the S6, this one is ideal for homes with bare floors and carpets.
You can set limits to prevent it from mopping carpeted areas, so at no time will you find your carpet wet. The S5 Max is also a great deal for pet owners as it can pick up both the long and short pet hair without tangling the brushroll.
- This is the S6 Pure, and here, there is not much to discuss as it is very similar to the S6 save for the fact that this is a model that is specially designed for homes that require frequent mopping, and that’s the reason it boasts a larger water tank.
Otherwise, it is capable of handling all bare floors, as well as pet hair. You can also trust this model if you have carpets, but it lacks the No-Mop Zones function, so you can’t set the boundaries during mopping.
- Last is the Roborock S6 MaxV, the newest kid on the block. The S6 MaxV is an all-round Roborock vacuum that comes with 2-in-1 cleaning just like all the Roborock models in this review. It handles bare floors and all types of carpets efficiently.
Talking of carpets, this is the best Roborock vacuum for carpets, courtesy of the high suction power and No-Mop Zones. It also does an impressive job in homes that have pets.
(b) Suction Power
All vacuums, whether the upright vacuums canisters or the handheld, depend on suction power: robot vacuums are no exception. In this segment, we have analyzed the suction power of the four robot vacuums in this comparison review.
Roborock S5 Max
The Roborock S5 Max is not in any way different from the S6 as it also comes with the same motor and airflow system. This one too puts up 2000 Pa in Max mode and has adjustable speeds as well.
You can choose:
- Quiet mode, which delivers 1200 Pa,
- Balance, which delivers 1400 Pa,
- Turbo mode that delivers 1800 Pa,
- and Max mode that puts up 2000 Pa.
Roborock S6 MaxV
Last is the Roborock S6 MaxV, which comes with much higher suction power courtesy of a new motor behind HyperForce, and an optimized airflow design.
It delivers a whopping 2,500 Pa and has five suction levels as well. These are
- and Max.
(c) Brush System
Just like Roombas, Roborock vacuums have a 3 stage cleaning system. The brush system is responsible for the first stage and second stage: agitation and dirt pickup. In this segment, we will assess the primary and secondary brush that comes with the four Roborock models in this comparison review.
- The Roborock S6 comes with two brush systems. There’s a five-prong side sweeping brush system that sweeps the wall edges and directs dirt to the primary brush roll. It’s complemented by the primary brushroll that is responsible for agitation and dirt pickup.
The brush has intertwined and Ultra-fine DuPont bristles with rubber blades and is fixed on the self-adjusting cleaning head. Worth mentioning is the fact that this is a dense brush that has 250% more bristles and is gentle on floors even when spinning at 1350rpm.
- The Roborock S5 Max is just the same as the S6 in terms of the brush system. Here also, there is a single side sweeping brush and a primary brushroll mounted on a self-adjusting cleaning head that guarantees maximum contact depending on the surface. Worth mentioning is the intertwined bristles and rubber brushes that pick up long and short pet hair without entanglement.
- Next up is the Roborock S6 Pure, which shares the same features as the base model, the S6. We also have a self-adjusting cleaning head with a five-prong side sweeping brush system and a primary brushroll with intertwined bristles and rubber extractors.
- When it comes to the Roborock S6 MaxV, the brush system is still the same. This is a dense primary brushroll that picks up short and long dog hair without tangling and a side sweeping brush system.
The filtration system is all about the filters used in the robot vacuum and the dustbin capacity. Here, these models vary a lot.
- The Roborock S6 comes with washable E11 air filters that offer easy and cost-effective maintenance. Unfortunately, they don’t have the efficiency of HEPA grade filters, which are known to filter down to 0.3 microns. But all the same, they guarantee 99.9% efficiency. Regarding the dust bin capacity, the S6’s dust cup can hold 480Ml.
- Next up is the Roborock S5 Max, which also comes with washable E11 air filters that can capture allergens such as pollen, pet dander, dust mites, and so on. Unfortunately, these are not the best for allergy sufferers. They can’t filter down to 0.3 microns, the way HEPA grade filters do. When it comes to the dust bin capacity, this one has a slightly smaller dustbin with a 460Ml capacity.
- This is the S6 Pure, which is similar to the S5 Max from all angles. The vacuum comes with washable E11 filters and has a dust cup with a 460Ml capacity.
- Last is the Roborock S6 MaxV, which also comes with washable E11 filters despite being a top model from the Chinese brand. The MaxV also comes with a 460Ml dustbin.
(e) Mopping Function
One of the features that snake Roborock vacuums the best value for money is the 2-in-1 cleaning. They can vacuum and mop simultaneously. However, the mopping features vary from one model to the other. It is this evolution of features that will be our focus in this segment.
Worth mentioning is the adjustable water levels to suit different cleaning needs. You can adjust the water levels right from the app, unlike the S6, whose water level adjusters are on the robot.
You can set room-specific mopping schedules, custom tailor water flow by room, and even use No-Mop Zones right from the mobile app. The electronic water tank capacity is 297Ml, which can handle a 200sqm apartment at one go.
(f) Cleaning Test Results
As usual, we put the robot vacuums we review under real testing. In this segment, we have shared how each Roborock vacuum performed in a real household setting. We tested them on different surfaces using daily household dirt. Below are the findings.
3. Battery and Runtime
The battery and runtime of a robot vacuum is essential. It determines the area that can be cleaned on a single charge. In this section, find out the type of battery Roborock used in the four models, the runtime, charging options, and more.
- The Roborock S6 comes with a large 5,200mAh battery that offers an impressive 180 minutes runtime in AQuiet mode. Of course, when running at high-speed modes, the runtime drops significantly. The S6 will recharge and resume automatically, but it doesn’t have the Top Up charging feature.
- Next up is the Roborock S6 Pure, which boasts the same features as the S6. Here again, you get a 5200mAh battery that runs for a cool 180 minutes in Quiet mode. The robot will recharge and resume cleaning automatically. If the S6 Pure’s charge runs out before completing the task, the Top Up feature will come in handy. It will dock for a quick recharge and return to complete the job.
- The S5 Max is also the same as the S6 and S6 Pure in terms of battery capacity. Here also, we have a 5200mAh battery, and the recharge and resume function as well as Top Up charging, which recharges the battery to 80%.
- Last is the Roborock S6 MaxV, which boasts the same battery specifications as the rest of the models. The MaxV comes with a 5200mAh battery, and the robot has the recharge and resume function. It’s complemented by the Top-Up feature, which comes in handy when the robot runs out of charge before completing the cleaning session.
4. Navigation and Mapping
The navigation and mapping system of robot vacuums is just as critical as the cleaning performance. The navigation and mapping determine where the robot vacuum will reach, the cleaning efficiency, and containment. So, how do these four Roborock vacuums compare?
Next is the Roborock S6 Pure, which comes with the same navigation and mapping system as the predecessor, the S6. Here again, the navigation is based on a SLAM LDS Laser Navigation, which incorporates several sensors for 360° navigation.
In terms of floor mapping and scanning, the S6 Pure offers intelligent floor mapping and boasts the same map saving features.
The robot also has two containment features; No-Mop Zones and No-Go Zones, accessible from the app. The S6 Pure also comes with Zone Cleanup.
Last is the Roborock S6 MaxV, which has all the bells and whistles from the Chinese brand, including the new PreciSense Sensor Array and a Qualcomm® APQ8053 processor chip.
While the rest of the Roborock vacuums are SLAM-based, this one is VSLAM (Visual Simultaneous Localization and Mapping)-based and features the PreciSense LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) as well as a front-mounted camera for more precise navigation and obstacle detection. The S6 MaxV has the capability of avoiding obstacles like no other robot vacuum.
In terms of floor mapping, the MaxV is among the most intelligent robot vacuums we have tested and can store up to 4 maps. Here again, the two containment features are intact.
5. Smart Features and Convenience
The last aspect we will be looking at in this Roborock S6 vs.S5 Max vs.S6 Pure vs.S6 MaxV comparison review is the smart features and convenience. Here we will assess features such as scheduling, app features and compatibility, voice assistant compatibility, and more.
Next up is the Roborock S6 Pure, which has the same features as the S6. Here again, the robot works with the mobile app where users can access features such as the scheduling function and more.
The S6 Pure is also compatible with voice assistants and has the Over-The-Air Upgrades and Voice Pack.
Last is the Roborock S6 MaxV, which comes with several smart and convenience features. It features 2.4Ghz WiFi for smartphone operation via both the Mi Home App and Roborock Home App.
You can control the water adjustment on the app, set cleaning and mopping schedules, create boundaries, and so on. Interestingly, the MaxV lets you monitor your home courtesy of the front-mounted cameras.
Which is the Best Roborock Vacuum in 2020?
We have now come to the end of this Roborock S6 vs.S5 Max vs.S6 Pure vs.S6 MaxV comparison review. Now, the big question is, which is the best Roborock to buy in 2020?
- Well, the S6 and S6 Pure are worthy robot vacuums, but in this comparison, they take the third and fourth positions, respectively. That means the battle is between Roborock S5 Max vs.S6 MaxV, and it’s evident that the latter carries the day.
- The Roborock S5 Max comes with several great features that make it superior to the S6 and S6 Pure but compared to the S6 MaxV, there’s still a lot to be desired. The S6 MaxV comes with 25% higher suction making it ideal for deep cleaning carpets, especially the high pile carpets, area rugs, and shags.
- Besides, S6 MaxV is more intelligent in terms of navigation and mapping. It deploys a VSLAM navigation system for more precise navigation and remote home monitoring. In addition, ReactiveAI Obstacle Avoidance makes it the best option for high traffic rooms. Even though it is much more expensive than the S5 Max, it is the best Roborock to buy in 2020.