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Roborock S5 Max review: Precision water control sets this robot vacuum/mop hybrid apart

Since launching couple of years in the past, Roborock has impressed us with hybrid vacuum/mop robots that carry out on par with the class’s largest manufacturers. The Roborock S5 Max is the corporate’s newest and, we dare say, biggest providing.

Naming conference suggests the S5 Max is the successor to the Roborock S5 that we reviewed greater than a yr in the past. However some new options surpass even the top-of-the-line Roborock S6 Probably the most important is a higher-capacity electrical water tank. The robotic’s mopping operate has change into more and more refined with every mannequin. Whereas the S5 gave the person no management over how a lot water was disbursed throughout every mopping job, the S6 added a easy swap that permit you choose how a lot water dampened the mopping fabric. The S5 Max absolutely integrates mopping with the robotic’s different superior features and permits extra exact water administration within the Mi Residence companion app. The S5 Max additionally provides selective room cleansing, a function beforehand obtainable solely on the S6.

Past these enhancements, the Roborock S5 Max carries over many of the options and design cues from the sooner fashions. That features LiDAR mapping, 2000Pa suction, zone cleansing, and Alexa and Google Assistant voice management.

This overview is a part of TechHive’s protection of one of the best robotic vacuums, the place you’ll discover critiques of competing merchandise, plus a purchaser’s information to the options you need to contemplate when buying.

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The Roborock S5 Max has 5 completely different suction modes from “mild” to “max.”

Setup and utilization

The S5 Max comes with all its brushes assembled, so all that’s left so that you can do is ready up its charging dock. Roborock touts the S5 Max’s “Whole Water Shutoff,” which suggests it shouldn’t drip whereas it’s docked, so you may preserve the mopping module crammed and prepared for its subsequent job. Nonetheless, it has included a plastic moisture-collecting tray to set the robotic on whereas it’s charging. The water tank slots simply underneath the dustbin and, as soon as crammed with faucet water, may be stored there, requiring you solely to connect the cleansing fabric once you need to mop your arduous flooring. The water tank capability has been doubled to 280ml, sufficient to wash a 2,000-square-foot room, in keeping with Roborock.

As soon as that’s all arrange, you need to obtain the Mi Residence app and create or log in to your account. After you add the gadget, the app prompts you thru connecting it to your Wi-Fi community. I had the S5 Max prepared to wash in lower than 10 minutes.

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To start out a cleansing job, you faucet a button with three squares and a plus signal close to the underside of the app to decide on your cleansing mode and water degree. There are 5 suction ranges from “mild” to “max,” and 4 water ranges together with a dry-mop choice. Then you definitely faucet the Clear button to ship the S5 Max on its manner.

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You possibly can add cleansing zones to any room’s map.

Count on the primary cleansing to be the longest and least environment friendly, because the robotic can be studying the format of the room and constructing a map. When its carried out, the app shows the realm the robotic lined and the trail it took via it. Subsequent cleanings get smarter and shorter because the robotic turns into extra acquainted with the room.

With a room map saved, you may inform the robotic to wash solely sure elements of the room and to remain out of others. The primary is finished by including zones to the map: Faucet the Zone button, drag the bounding field to the realm you need cleaned, and resize it. You possibly can create a number of zones by tapping the “add” button. To create digital boundaries, choose No-go Zone and mark these areas on the map.

As with earlier Roborock fashions, I used the S5 Max to wash my downstairs degree, which incorporates areas with each carpet and arduous flooring. Over time it was capable of clear the entire space in about 30 minutes on a single cost so long as I used the “balanced cleansing mode.” I experimented with increased suction, however that drained the battery sooner, requiring the S5 Max to re-dock at the least as soon as and stretching the length of the cleansing. I actually solely wanted the additional energy on the carpeted lounge, although, and the S5 Max is ready to detect carpeting and improve suction on it personal.

I discovered the mopping outcomes have been at the least pretty much as good as with the Roborock S6. My kitchen ground was cleaned evenly with few streaks left behind, and sufficient strain was utilized to even decide up some stains. This was a world away from the floor sponging the older Roborock S5 gave the identical ground. It doesn’t fully eradicate the necessity for stick-mopping, however it ought to cut back the frequency that it must be carried out.

Whereas I used to be snug letting the S5 Max clear comparatively unsupervised as I hovered close by doing different issues, the app permits you kind of management. There’s a digital distant buried within the settings menu that you should utilize to manually direct the robotic’s cleansing. There’s additionally a scheduling function that allows you to set a begin time and cleansing mode and apply them to particular person days of the week.

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In-app notifications warn you when the S5 Max will get into bother.

The Mi Residence app additionally retains a whole cleansing historical past; tracks the lifespan of brushes, the filter, and different consumables; and means that you can share the robotic with different customers in your family.


Roborock’s robotic vacuum/mop hybrid will get higher with every new model. Considerate function upgrades and efficiency enhancements make the S5 Max one of the best but. If your property has a number of ground surfaces, it might probably lighten your cleansing load considerably. It additionally earns our decide for greatest robotic mop/vacuum hybrid, whereas iRobot’s Roomba 960 stays our favourite robotic vacuum general.

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