In this review, it’s all about one of the best robot vacuum cleaners, that you need to know about. And we’ve tested other robot vacuums this year even at twice the price. Some are nowhere near as good. We were a little bit skeptical, we have to admit, but after using this robot vacuum for over a month now, we are definitely convinced that the Roborock S5 Robotic Vacuum and Mop Cleaner is the best value that’s out there right now, especially when it comes to price and the feature set.
What’s in the Box
There’s a lot to talk about, but we want to focus on what makes Roborock’s second-generation robot vacuum cleaners different from the competition that’s out there. But for people who want to know what comes in the box, here it is. You get quite a bit when you open it up. You get some paperwork and QuickStart guides if you need them. You get the wet mop attachment with the filter, and yes, the Roborock S5 model can both do wet and dry vacuuming which is a huge bonus. They provide two microfiber cloth attachments that can be cleaned and reused. It’s really easy to apply and remove with Velcro.
Of course, you get the robot vacuum itself. A base for charging along with the plastic circular base attachments. If you use the wet mop, and the vacuum returns home, it won’t get your base area floor wet. And finally, you get a washable HEPA filter and a power cord. That’s a lot of stuff.
The first thing we want to talk about are the sensors on the Roborock S5 and how they make a real difference. On the top, there is a laser distance sensor that detects any type of collision. If you’ve used any type of robot vacuum, then you know how annoying that is; when they get stuck underneath the couch or in another piece of furniture.
You wake up the next morning; the job wasn’t completed, then what’s the point of a robot vacuum? And it happened to us a lot with previous robot vacuum models, but we can say after a month, the Roborock S5 never got stuck underneath the couch at all, and the jobs have always been completed when waking up. That sensor works, and it’s pretty interesting to watch when you see the robot go around corners and different pieces of furniture. It’s fascinating to see how agile this robot is with all of the sensors.
The approach to clean up is also different because the S5 uses that laser sensor to kind of scope out the area first. What it does is, the robot goes and maps out the area or the room that it’s in first and it goes back and cleans up. So we noticed that this one definitely doesn’t go back and clean the same sections again as some other robot vacuums do. It’s a lot more efficient.
And the battery life is also really good on this model, 2.5 hours, and we’ve never seen the robot stop in the middle of a cleaning schedule, but we guess it depends on how big your house is. If for some reason, the vacuum doesn’t complete the task, it will go back to the dock, charge up, and finish the cleaning job. So you don’t have to worry about if it’s going to finish the cleaning job or not.
There are also collision sensors on the front with edge detection, and we like the fact that it has a rubber bumper on the front. When it lightly bumps against edges, it won’t stain. We also like how close the vacuum gets to the walls when it cleans.
It has four anti cliff sensors on the bottom so it won’t fall off the stairs. We wanted to do an extreme test on a table, and the Roborock had zero issues. It’s really impressive.
Look and Feel
For the rest of the design, it’s well thought out. The wheels are nice and large and could clear the carpet and rugs at home with no issue, even on shag. There’s one spinning brush on the right-hand side with three buttons at the top: the middle one to start cleaning, the second one to spot clean, and the third one to return home. The main brush on the bottom is easy to remove and clean. There’s even a tool tucked away in the front.
We also like the fact that the dustbin is in the front. It’s really easy to remove, and it can hold a lot of dirt. You will be shocked to see how much the Roborock picks up on the first run. This shows how legit this robot vacuum is.
Where it all ties together, though, is through the Mi home app. It’s available on iOS or Android, and yes, you can control it by voice, so it has Google assistant and Amazon Alexa support. You can tell the S5 to start cleaning and all that stuff through voice, which is great, but there are a lot of features on the app that we want to show you.
The app is simple to use, and it gives you a lot of options. You can find out where your vacuum is if for some reason you lose it. And the most important feature, in our opinion, is zone cleaning.
You can zone out the living room, have the Roborock S5 go in there and clean it up. You can even tell Roborock to clean it two times or even three times, just in case your pet or kids ultra-wreck the floor. But what you will like is that you can make multiple zones. If you don’t want your living room to be cleaned, maybe that night, and you only want the bedrooms, you can zone those rooms out. You will have a good amount of control here.
You can also schedule cleaning times, which we like as well. We have it cleaning at night right for example. And with the Roomba 980, the previously tested robot vacuum, you couldn’t run it at night because it was so loud. It used to wake up everyone, and that’s the one thing that we like about the Roborock S5: It’s very quiet, especially in balance mode. We can’t even hear it upstairs when it’s running downstairs.
You can change the modes in the settings. Even at turbo setting the Roborock S5 is still relatively quiet. There’s a carpet mode as well, so the robot will amp up the suction for carpets. While the spoken commands are great, you may not want to hear this at night, so it’s also good that Roborock gives you a chance to turn it off.
There are a few other notable things like voice packs, depending on your region. You can also look back at your cleaning history, and you can get a live breakdown of hardware. This is handy, for example, when parts need to be cleaned or replaced. It is a nice feature to have. If you just want to control the vacuum, you can do this with the remote control feature.
When it comes to the wet vacuuming, it works the same. We suggest you do a zone clean when you’re choosing the wet mop option. It worked better than we thought it would. It’s really easy to fill the water tank. We like how easy it is to insert the tank into the robot as well.
To sum things up, if you’re looking for the ultimate smart home robot vacuum then look no further. We don’t think you’re going to find anything else out there on the market that does what the Roborock S5 does, especially at this price.
– It does both wet and dry vacuum.
– It’s quiet.
– It has a superb cleaning pattern.
– It has a great app that gives you a lot of function.
– You can tie the vacuum with Amazon Alexa or Google assistant for smart home control.
– It’s easy to get the dustbin out. The maintenance is easy.
– It’s half the price of the Roomba 980.
So if we had to choose one, we would, hands down, pick the Roborock, especially for this price. Now, hopefully, through a software update, they can add a few things, like adding virtual walls. We know that’s possible. And adding multi-floor support. So right now, if we pick up the robotic vacuum and we go upstairs, it can’t remember both of the maps so it just has to remap upstairs again. So hopefully Roborock can add that through a software update.