Roborocks compared: S7, S6 MaxV, S6, S6 Pure, S5 Max, S5, S4 Max and S4... what's the best Roborock?

What are the best Roborock cleaners and what are the differences?

The best Roborock robot cleaners
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If you're shopping for the best robot vacuum cleaners then the Roborock name is likely to come up: it now has a substantial number of models on the market, and you'd be forgiven for being confused about exactly which devices offer which features.

We're here to explain everything in simple terms, what the differences are between the S6 MaxV, S6, S6 Pure, S5 Max, S4 Max, S5 and S4, how much you can expect to spend, and which Roborock model might be the best pick for you.

Read on for our guide to the best Roborock vacuum cleaners...

Roborock S7

Roborock S7

$649.99 | Roborock

The Roborock S7 was announced at CES 2021, a smart robot vacuum cleaner that is the Roborock's most advanced yet, when it comes to mopping.

In the app you can choose between high-intensity scrub settings from 1,650 times per minute, up to to 3,000 times per minute.

The sonic mopping feature equates to a doubling of the pressure of either the S6 MaxV and the S5 Max.

Roborock's new VibraRise feature, which goes live on the S7 detects that it has left a hard floor area and his landed on a rug, or carpet, and the mopping pad is a lifted up.

As well as the advanced mopping skills, the S7 has all the high-end power we've come to expect from Roborock; including a 2,500Pa suction rating and a whopping 5,200mAh battery.

Read our full Roborock S7 review

Roborock S6 MaxV

Roborock S6 MaxV

$749.99 | Amazon

The Roborock S6 MaxV is the absolute top of the range when it comes to Roborock models: it's the joint quietest (67db), it has the biggest internal battery (5,200 mAh), it covers the most area (250 square meters or 2,690 square feet), has the highest suction power (2,500Pa) and it lasts the longest on a single charge (180 minutes).

It's also the most expensive in the line-up, but you get what you pay for. Apart from the specs we've mentioned, the roving automated cleaner also comes with two cameras for better obstacle avoidance and distance judging, an integrated water tank for mopping, and more suction than any other Roborock model.

It's a superb all-round package – even able to plot an efficient route around small toys and work out where in the house it is, all by itself – and the S6 MaxV is the Roborock to go for if your budget can stretch to it.

Read our full Roborock S6 MaxV review

S6 MaxV v S6 v S6 Pure v S5 Max, S5 and S4 compared

Roborock S6

$649.99 | Amazon

The next step down from the S6 MaxV – a step down saving you around $100 – is the Roborock S6. It's just as quiet (67 db) and has the same size battery (5,200mAh), but it'll only last for 150 minutes between charges and is rated as suitable for covering 200 square meters (2,153 square feet) of room, which to be fair are still very decent specs.

So while it's not the very best robot vacuum in the Roborock range, you've still got yourself a very good deal: it has strong 2,000Pa suction, smart mapping to work out the most efficient way around each of your rooms, and again there is a mopping feature included if you need it.

If you want the ease-of-use of the Roborock app, intuitive room and zone mapping customization options, and a thorough clean for your home without having to pay the very top price tag as well, then the Roborock S6 model is certainly going to appeal.

Read our full Roborock S6 review

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Roborock S6 Pure

$549.99 | Amazon

The S6 Pure is newer than the S6, but it's a step down rather than a step up – it's also less expensive and potentially better value. Most of the specs match, including the 5,200mAh battery, 150-minute runtime and 200 square meters (2,153 square feet) coverage area, though it's very slightly louder.

Compared with the S6, the spot clean button (arguably not that useful anyway) is removed, the dust bin is slightly smaller, and the cleaning bristles are of a lower quality. A mopping function is included – in fact the water tank is a little bigger than it is on the S6.

It's just as smart as the S6 at getting around a room and offers the same 2,000Pa suction levels too, so if you're looking for a good mix of features and price then the S6 Pure might be it – if you don't mind a few corners being cut.

Read our full Roborock S6 Pure review

Roborocks compared

Roborock S5 Max

$599.99 | Amazon

The S5 Max cleans as much space (200 square meters or 2,153 square feet) as the S6 and S6 Pure, has the same sized battery (5,200 mAh), and offers the same 150-minute battery life too. It's rated at the same 69db of loudness as the S6 Pure, a touch louder than the S6.

So what's the catch? Actually, despite the lower number in its name, the S5 Max came out after the S6 (but before the S6 Pure and S6 MaxV – keep up at the back). It's more expensive than the S6 Pure, possibly due to the much larger water tank, which holds 290ml rather than 180ml.

The smarts are very much the same as the S6 and the S6 Pure, so you're guaranteed an efficient, automated clean every time, with Roborock's standard clever room mapping and zone selection so you can be precise about what gets cleaned and when.

Read our full Roborock S5 Max review

The best Roborock robot vacuum cleaners

Roborock S5

$479.99 | Amazon

The oldest Roborock vacuum cleaner in our list, the Roborock S5 doesn't have the adaptive route algorithm tech of the other models, so it's not as smart at getting around obstacles you've left lying around. It's still perfectly capable of mapping a room and planning a path across it of course.

While it's a little louder than the S5 Max and the S6 Pure, it matches them in terms of the distance it can cover, battery size and battery life and it also has a slightly bigger dustbin too. Again, there's a mopping feature included as well.

The S5 is two-thirds the price of the S6 MaxV and almost as smart and as capable. While the tech might be slightly dated, if you want to have a robot cleaning your house for you then this is one of the most affordable places to start.

Read our full Roborock S5 review

roborock s4 max

Roborock S4 Max

$429.99 | Amazon

The newest Roborock vacuum cleaner, the S4 Max is a back-to-basics model that does without the mopping functionality of its siblings.

Despite its lower cost there's been no compromise to the battery on board. The S4 Max's 5200mAh battery will, on Quiet, give you 180 minutes of cleaning.

One feature that it doesn't have compared to the likes of the S5 Max and the S6 Max is that it will not top-up its charge to complete a job - on those more expensive models they return to the dock when they are running out of power, get to 80% and pick up where they left off.

The S4 Max is a superb pound-for-pound option for anyone looking beyond the bargain basement models on offer in the ever expanding world of robot cleaners; it hits the perfect sweet spot of price and performance.

Read our full Roborock S4 Max review

roborock s4

Roborock S4

$399.99 | Amazon

The Roborock S4 ticks a lot of boxes and holds up well against the older S5 and S6 models but for $30 more the S4 Max could put it out of business. The big difference, as with its Max-sibling, is that there's no integral mopping function—if you don't need mopping, this is a very attractive option indeed.

It also has a slightly smaller dustbin than the other entries in this list, but that's nothing major. The S4 was brought into the world after the S6 and S5 Max, as a more budget-friendly alternative to the more expensive options; you can pick up the Roborock S4 for less than $400.

That's an excellent price, as long as you don't need a mop. The cleaner has the super-smart obstacle avoidance, a battery life of 150 minutes from the 5,200mAh battery, a noise rating of 67db, and a coverage area of 200 square meters (2,153 square feet).

Read our full Roborock S4 review

Roborock robot vacuum cleaner comparisons

S6 MaxVS6S6 PureS5 MaxS5S4 MaxS4
Battery5,200mAh 5,200mAh 5,200mAh 5,200mAh 5,200mAh 5,200mAh 5,200mAh
Runtime180 mins 180 mins 180 mins 180 mins 150 mins 180 mins 150 mins
Suction2,500Pa 2,000Pa 2,000Pa 2,000Pa 2,000Pa 2,000Pa 2,000Pa
Area250㎡ + 200㎡ + 200㎡ + 200㎡ + 200㎡ + 200㎡ + 200㎡ +
MoppingYes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Dustbin460ml 480ml 460ml 460ml 480ml 460ml 420ml
ColorsBlack Black, white, pink Black, white Black, white Black, white, pink Black Black
Noise67db 67db 69db 69db 71db 69db 68db

Roborocks auto empty self cleaning charging station

Incoming: Roborock Auto Empty Dock - available June 2021

Roborock is introducing a new self cleaning docking station; the Roborock S7 will be the first compatible model.

The new auto empty charging dock should be available in June. No older models than the S7 will be compatible.

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