Long assimilated to Xiaomi, Roborock is a Chinese company which mainly manufactures robotic vacuum cleaners. The manufacturer has managed to gain a place in the suction market, in particular thanks to very competitive prices.
However, if one has to address a grievance to Chinese society, it may be its (too) long list of vacuum cleaners with references that are not always simple. What S5 or S6 Max? What are the differences between each range? Which one to choose between V4 and V6? A Roborock manager even confirmed it to us: the ranges are not necessarily easy to understand. “We understand that the figures in the way we name our products do not necessarily follow the model of other manufacturers”, she admits.
First of all, you should know that the entry level of Roborock robotic vacuum cleaners starts with the V4, which focuses exclusively on suction. The S5 range introduces a mop mode which allows deep cleaning of floors. Finally, the S6, the most upscale model, introduces new robotic vacuum cleaners with a more contained sound level. We will start from the highest end model at the entry level.
S6: a contained sound level
The S6 Max V is so far the most upscale – and most expensive – model in the Roborock catalog. It is sold at a price of € 649 (from June). Each letter (and number) in the reference has an explanation. For the S6 Max V, that means …
- The range 6 has the particularity of being quieter than the previous ones, with 66 dB (A) against 72 dB (A)
- Max means that it is the most advanced model in the range. So the S6 Max is the model ultimate from the S6 range
- V for Vision: from now on, all vacuum cleaners with a camera will bear the letter V in their name.
This new model is therefore the first in the range to have two cameras on the front in order to better locate itself in space. Among the other new features of the S6 Max V, we discover more power than on the other models in the range, but also a longer autonomy (3 h). Finally, this robot benefits from an update of the application and is able to map up to four floors.
The S6 Pure is a somewhat improved version of the S6 model. If it is just as quiet, namely 66 dB (A), it is differentiated by its water tank with a larger capacity (180 ml against 140 ml).
In addition, the S6 Pure has an armada of 13 sensors supposed to avoid the slightest obstacle or fall. These sensors will also allow it to detect the vacuumed soil, and therefore activate the automatic mode depending on the surface, which the S6 does not allow.
This model is sold at a price of € 499.
The S6 is therefore the first robot in the range. It gains sound discretion on the S5 by displaying 66 dB (A). Sold around 500 € at resellers, it also has improved suction performance compared to the S5.
S5: the mop function
The S5 range is the first to install mop mode on these robot vacuums. As a result, each model in the S5 and S6 ranges is fitted with a water tank and a mop.
Roborock S5 Max
The S5 Max is the most complete version of the S5 series. Sold around 500 € at certain retailers, this model benefits from very subtle improvements compared to the “classic” S50 model, including a larger water tank capacity and a lower noise level. If this device is the most successful in its category, it is clear that the improvements made to the S50 are so thin that it is absolutely not necessary to trade it against the Max version.
The S50 is sold for around € 400 and is the first Roborock robot vacuum to set up the mop mode, which therefore makes it possible to moisten the floor thanks to the water tray and the soft mop that sticks to the belly of the device.
S4: the basic entry level
The S4 is the most basic robot vacuum cleaner sold by Roborock. Sold 415 € on the manufacturer’s website, this entry-level model is still intelligent. It embeds a laser rangefinder and is connected and connected to an app with which it is possible to launch and turn off the device, or to observe cleaning in real time. Unlike the S5 and S6 series, note that the S4 is not able to pass the mop.
This non-exhaustive list of Roborock robot vacuum cleaner models provides a better understanding of the differences, sometimes too subtle, between the multiple models. Indeed, some developments, such as the S6 Pure on the S6 niche, or the S5 Max on the S5, are so tiny that the price of the upgrade is not always justified. Either way, most Roborock robot vacuums are available at retailers with prices ranging from € 649 to € 400.