After releasing an excellent quality / price ratio Roborock S50 in 2018, Xiaomi offers a new version of its robot vacuum cleaner star and unveils the Roborock S60. This version does not mark a fundamental break with previous generations of the device, but corrects some minor flaws of its seniors as it sees an increase in the number of features from the Mi Home application.
The Xiaomi Roborock S60 recovers the rounded shape common to all iRobot voids and incorporates a laser sight on the Neato hood. Unfortunately, this model is at the height of its predecessor. And its 9.65 cm height can prevent cleaning under some low furniture.
The Roborock S60, which is entirely covered with a glossy plastic, still carries the three famous keys on its hood – which have also suffered from a small lifting. The one on the left always starts the "Spot" mode (targeted cleaning), the central one activates suction or pauses it and the one on the right tells the robot to return to its base.
Three buttons for targeted cleaning (left), switching on and off (in the center) and back to the base (right).
At the right time, this new version is always equipped with a "mop" function. By installing a mini-mop (two supplied with the robot) and filling the small water tank, Xiaomi Roborock S60 can moisten the floor. Start cleaning as you do by starting an aspiration cycle. The water is projected on the mop by capillarity. Therefore, floors are not flooded with excessive water flow, they are simply moistened to remove the most stubborn dust. Be careful, however, there is no question here to replace the weekly broom passage, but to remove the small stubborn dust embedded in the ground. This "bonus" function is rather well thought out and effective.
Unlike the iLife V8s robot, this robot vacuum cleaner does not come with a remote control, so you need to connect it to your home Wi-Fi network and go through the app to access all the options.
Connectivity and application
The configuration of the device is necessarily carried out by the Xiaomi Mi Home application (translated into French). After selecting the device, let yourself be guided by the application that accompanies the user step by step in his configuration process.
The Mi Home application is very rich in options. Among the most common features, there is logically the weekly programming of the cleaning cycles, the remote start of the device, the targeted cleaning or a specific area. With each cleaning cycle, the application provides a fairly accurate map of the environment in which the robot has traveled. Virtual mapping is performed in real time as the cleaning cycle proceeds. At the end of each pass, the user can access the summary of the cleaning, which lists the cycle time, the clean area and the remaining battery life. The chronology allows you to see the places privileged or neglected by the robot.
It is also possible to create cleaning zones. To do this, simply draw rectangles in a map so that the robot can go directly to the target area. In use, this feature has proved extremely effective and practical. The small advantage that does not hurt anything: you can multiply the areas to be cleaned during the same cleaning cycle. The robot can go and suck the floor of the room and the kitchen before returning to its base.
The creation of zones also serves to limit its intervention to certain parts. The Roborock S60 is therefore able to create virtual tags from the application. At most, the user can determine 10 areas of intervention, or otherwise prohibited, on a map by drawing rectangles of defined dimensions and orientation. Note, however, that in the Neato application, the number of virtual tags that can be installed is 30.
In the robot parameters, we find 4 cleaning powers: silent, balanced, turbo and max. In the previous generation of Roborock, these different power levels did not affect suction performance, only the sound level. The blow was corrected as we will see later. On the other hand, the "Carpet" mode – which should automatically adapt the suction power when the robot passes over a carpet – does not yet seem very effective to us.
Finally, one of the last particularly valuable features (and also borrowed from iRobot): the one that reflects the state of the various elements of the robot vacuum cleaner. From the "maintenance" tab, the user can consult the wear level of the filter, the main brush and the side brushes, but also the sensors.
The dust collector is still small (0.4 l) and remains accessible by simply lifting the hood. It takes this form that resembles a small box closed by an anti-allergen filter. Small apartment – shared by many robot vacuum cleaners present in our comparison – the collector is not hermetically sealed and here it has a particularly favorable opening to the fall of waste on the ground. He will therefore be particularly careful not to reverse when manipulated.
The collector is not hermetically sealed.
A single main brush that alternates bristles and rubber blades officiates on this vacuum cleaner. It is supported by a side brush to clean the corners. If the brushes are easy to remove, which simplifies cleaning, we prefer the large rubber rollers on the new Roomba iRobot (for example, Roomba e5 and Roomba i7 +). Removing the nylon brushes from the rubber rollers has limited hair and hair accumulation in the brushes.
Like the Neato vacuum cleaners, the Roborock S60 is equipped with a laser sight that allows you to map its environment and orient yourself in space. In the dark or on dark floors, the robot is easy to find and perfectly satisfies its office.
Like its predecessor, the Roborock S60 systematically navigates in a zigzag fashion. Start by cutting the room into zones, not without having toured each room beforehand. This methodical navigation guarantees perfect ground cover; no place is spared. And the good news is that the robot never returns to the same place.
Like many models before him, it is a bit less comfortable in the corners even if the side brush does the maximum. Trapped between 16 feet of chairs, he always ends up getting by without too many problems.
As electrical cables approach, the Roborock S60 is like its first-born, he prefers to avoid them. The raised passages are not a problem for him and this also applies to thick carpets. If he likes to rub the feet of chairs by easily overcoming them, he is necessarily less comfortable with furniture whose height reaches the level of the laser range finder. And it can happen to him to hang below.
We performed our suction tests on the "silent" and "maximum" levels to evaluate the robot's performance on its minimum and maximum powers. On hard ground, performance is ideal in both cases. In fact, the Roborock S60 sets 5 min 8 s set to "silent" and 5 min 5 s on "max" to clean the surface and recover all the waste.
The same goes for fine rugs. If set to "silent" or "max", the robot was able to collect all the test materials in 6 min 10 s (silent) and 5 min 45 s (max). These results are therefore beyond reproach.
On a thick carpet with long bristles, it is not ideal, but it is still much better than the results obtained with the Roborock S50. The S60 managed to collect 66% in 7:35 minutes set to "silent" and, surprisingly, only 44% after 6:27, after which it gently returned to its base, believing it had completed its cleaning. As always, we found most of the waste in the pile of carpets. To date, no robot has managed to do as well as the Vorwerk Kobold V300, which has recovered 94% of the materials on this surface (in 8 minutes and 27 seconds); Never seen!
The "Carpet" mode, which should modulate the suction power of the robot when it passes over a carpet, has proved rather useless as it has not improved suction performance.
The Roborock S60 promises a sound level and the pact is respected. On this criterion, he does better than the second generation Roborock (which had reached a noise level of 62 dB (A) in normal mode and 66 dB (A) in turbo mode) since we recorded 56 dB (A) on "silent" and 59 dB (A) on "max". Therefore, we are not far from the record obtained with the Samsung Navibot Corner Clean whose sound level emits between 56 dB (A) and 58 dB (A).
The Roborock S60 is an indestructible robot, like its old one. Positioned on "silent", it was out of breath after 2 h 25 min of aspiration and after 1 hour and 40 minutes of cleaning on "max". When its battery is low, it automatically rejoins at its base to recharge, then resumes cleaning until it's done. In any case, the Roborock S60 has the ability to easily vacuum larger areas without having to recharge on time. Allow 2 hours and 15 minutes for a full charge.