Roborock S6 robot vacuumSource: Android Central

Best Roborock Vacuums Android Central 2021

Keeping your house clean isn't the easiest thing in the world. You have to find the time between running to work, taking care of family, and scheduling in that much-needed downtime. Something that can help keep your home clean is a reliable robot vacuum. I personally go with Roborock since the company creates quality products, like the Roborock S5 Max, which comes with several convenience features while still being incredibly good at cleaning my home. Roborock also offers several other amazing options. Here are the best Roborock vacuums on the market today.

Best Overall: Roborock S5 Max

Roborock S5 Max robot vacuumSource: Android Central

I've had the chance to test the Roborock S5 Max for over 40 hours. Not only is it a powerful unit that can suck up anything from dirt to pet hair, but it also offers plenty of convenience features. From the Roborock app, I can schedule cleaning times, tell the unit which specific room to clean, or put up a no-go barrier telling it to leave a room alone. I have a Corgi and a gray tabby who are constantly shedding and this vacuum does an amazing job of cleaning up after them. It even runs for up to 150 minutes, which means it's able to clean more of my home in one go.

The suction is strong enough to clean up kitty litter and the dry pet food that my animals drop into the carpet. I really can't tell you how many dustbins full of fur I've thrown in the trash since I got this vacuum. I'm just happy it is reliable enough to suck up so much fur. The dustbin is only 0.46 liters, so you might need to empty it after each cleaning session. It's also got a 0.29-liter water tank, which is good for mopping a 700 square-foot home three times before needing more water. It's also one of the only robot vacuums that allows you to set up no-mop zones to prevent the vacuum from spritzing water on your carpets.

The laser navigation system and internal sensors prevent the vacuum from falling down stairs or crashing into your belongings. You'll still want to pick up cables out of its path, but it's more advanced than many other units out there. I love that it comes with a small safety razor, much like a letter opener, that stores directly on the unit. This allows me to easily cut hair or string off of the brush. You can even remove the brush for cleaning if you're having a hard time getting something off of it. It might be more expensive than some other options out there, but it offers several conveniences that you'll be glad to have without costing a fortune.

Pros:

  • Runs up to 150 minutes
  • Schedule cleaning times
  • Maps your home
  • Works with smart home assistants
  • Can set up no-go and no-mop zones

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Smaller dustbin

Best Overall

Roborock S5 Max

A super convenient robomaid

The Roborock S5 Max maps your home and cleans your floors in an organized fashion. It has good battery life and lets you set up no-go zones from the app.

Best Budget: Roborock E4

Roborock ESource: Roborock

This is the least expensive Roborock currently on the market. It should be noted that this unit can only handle hard floors and low-pile carpets. However, if your home is made up entirely of this kind of flooring, it'll be a perfect match. Unlike other budget units out there, this one still works with an app, allowing you to schedule cleanings. It also vacuums in organized back and forth lines instead of running every which way. I love this because your rooms look tidy after any cleaning session rather than looking like a small robot went on a zigzagging rampage around your home.

The battery lasts for up to 150 minutes, which is one of the longer sides of things. What I love about this unit is that it has an impressive dustbin that can hold up to 0.64 liters of dirt and debris. The dustbin capacity paired with the recharge and resume feature makes it so you don't have to worry about this unit missing spots of your home. Unfortunately, this unit doesn't map your home and you can't set up virtual walls within the app.

It even has a water tank and allows you to attach a mop to the underbelly for mopping your hard floors. You'll just have to keep an eye on it when it's in this mode because it can't tell the difference between hard floors and carpets.

Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • Runs up to 150 minutes
  • Schedule cleaning times
  • Recharge and resume
  • Thorough cleaning
  • Large dustbin

Cons:

  • Doesn't map rooms
  • Can't set up no-go zones
  • No mopping

Best Budget

Roborock E4

A more wallet-friendly option

It has powerful suction to tackle anything from hard floors to medium-pile carpets and is a great choice for anyone looking for an entry-level robot vacuum.

Best Entry-Level Device: Roborock Xiaowa E35

Roborock Vacuum LifestyleSource: Roborock

If you're looking for a powerful-yet-inexpensive robot vacuum, you'll be interested in the E35. This little machine is equipped to tackle anything from hard floors to medium-pile carpets. It has four different carpet cleaning modes — Quiet, Balanced, Turbo, and Max — to help you clean your home the way you want.

This little device has one of the most impressive run times we've seen on a robot vacuum. It can run for up to 150 minutes before needing a recharge. As with more expensive units, this one features a charge and resume feature. So once the battery gets low, it runs to the dock, recharges, and then resumes cleaning in the same spot it was before. It makes it so you don't have to worry about the unit missing sections of your home, unlike some others out there. This unit doesn't have a mopping component, but if that's something you really want, you can pay extra for the Roborock E4 Mop Robot model.

Unfortunately, this unit isn't advanced enough to map your home. It does, however, employ dual gyroscopes and motion tracking to thoroughly vacuum every inch of your floor in an organized fashion. In comparison, other inexpensive units bump around randomly and aren't guaranteed to clean all of your floors. You won't be able to tell the unit to go clean a specific room or to avoid a specific room, but you can set it down in a specific area and tell it to do a Spot cleaning. This makes it so it will map out a 1.2-meter diameter square and clean within it.

Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • Runs up to 150 minutes
  • Schedule cleaning times
  • Recharge and resume
  • Spot cleaning

Cons:

  • Doesn't map rooms
  • Can't set up no-go zones

Best Entry-level Device

Roborock Xiaowa E35

An affordable robot vacuum

This vacuum is stuffed with impressive features at a low cost. You can control it using an app, have it mop your home, and schedule cleanings.

Best Battery Life: Roborock S6

Roborock S6Source: Android Central

When it comes to performance and power, the Roborock S6 is the best model in the lineup. It can run for up to 180 minutes on one charge, which is more than double what most robot vacuums can do. That means that it will be able to run for long stretches to reach every section of your floor promptly. It also features recharge and resumes so if the battery does run low, it will take a moment to recharge before continuing to clean where it left off.

You can control it with Amazon Alexa, the Mi Home App, or the Roborock App. What I love about it is that I can set up no-go zones or tell it to clean a specific area of my home. For instance, I often have it clean the living room so it can pick up all of the fur that comes off my Corgi each day. It maps and remembers your home so it can make an efficient cleaning route. What's more, it always cleans in an organized back and forth motion, so your rooms look beautiful and tidy instead of having random vacuum lines stemming from every direction.

The 0.5-liter dustbin is smaller than I would like, but it is still plenty big enough for the average home. You'll just want to check it and potentially empty it out after each cleaning. One of the reasons why the dustbin is so small is because the unit also has a water tank. You can attach the included mop to the underside of the unit and have it mop your hard floors. You will need to keep an eye on it since the unit won't avoid your carpets while mopping. All in all, this is a powerful robot vacuum that I recommend for any home.

Pros:

  • Runs up to 180 minutes
  • Mop mode
  • Controlled with home assistants
  • Maps your home
  • Supports virtual walls
  • Schedule cleanings

Cons:

  • Smaller dustbin
  • Doesn't detect carpet in mop mode

Best Battery Life

Roborock S6

It'll keep going and going

The S6 has an incredibly long battery life compared to other robot vacuums. It's powerful, reliable, and has a host of smart convenience features.

Best for Hard Floor Homes: Roborock E25

Roborock E25 LifestyleSource: Roborock

This unit is a slight upgrade from the E20. It has the power to clean hard floors and low-pile carpets but isn't suited for anything thicker. As it's cleaning, it detects when it moves from hard flooring to carpets and then increases its suction for a deeper clean. What's more, it has an impressive run time of 100 minutes, so it will be able to cover more ground in one go. Even if the power runs low, this unit returns to its dock, charges back up, and then finishes cleaning exactly where it left off.

Since this unit isn't as smart as others, it doesn't feature mapping or allow you to create virtual barriers. However, as with all the other Roborocks, it features internal gyroscopes and motion sensors that work to make sure it cleans your home in an organized manner. That way you know that it won't miss any sections of your floor, unlike some other inexpensive units out there.

You can control it using the Mi Home App, the Roborock App, or Amazon Alexa. The apps allow you to schedule cleanings and start or stop cleaning at any moment. Additionally, this unit has a 0.64-liter dustbin, which is larger than average, so you won't have to empty it as much as you would some others. Along with the dustbin, this unit also has a water tank and an attachable mop so you can really get your hard floors sparkling. Don't worry. The unit is safe to use on wood flooring since it only lightly moistens your floors instead of getting them sopping wet.

Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • Runs up to 100 minutes
  • Schedule cleaning times
  • Controlled with app
  • Good-sized dustbin

Cons:

  • Doesn't map rooms
  • No virtual walls

Best for Hard Floor Homes

Roborock E25

Great for hard floor homes

It might not be as smart as other Roborocks, but it can spot clean, has recharge and resume, and can even be used to mop your floors.

Best Splurge: Roborock S6 MaxV

Roborock S6 MaxV frontal viewSource: Rebecca Spear / Android Central

The Roborock S6 MaxV is definitely Roborock's premium vacuum. In addition to all of the standard features you expect from this company's vacuums, it also has a dual camera and ReactiveAI software, which allows it to better detect objects on your floors and accurately avoid them. It will even notify you in the app of any obstacles it encounters by placing an icon on a map of your home's layout. While object detection isn't perfect, you definitely don't have to babysit this vacuum like you do with some others.

That vacuum isn't just for object avoidance either. By accessing the Roborock app, you can remotely control the device and view the camera feed. This makes it double as a security camera for when you're away on trips or even allows you to check up on your pets while you're at work. The only thing to be aware of is that the camera doesn't have a camera cover. However, there's a sticker right on the device that reads, "To protect your privacy, images captured by ReactiveAI cameras are processed onboard and immediately deleted."

As far as battery life goes, the MaxV is very impressive being able to run up to 180 minutes, which is a good deal longer than average. Of course, the actual run time will differ depending on the settings you have chosen. Roborock's app is intuitive and allows you to set up scheduled cleaning times, no-go zones, no-mop zones, and virtual barriers to keep the device from going into specific rooms. The dustbin is somewhat small, so if you have pets or lots of people with long hair, you might need to empty it after every session.

Pros:

  • Dual camera & object detection software
  • Doubles as a pet camera or security camera
  • Runs up to 180 minutes
  • Schedule cleaning times
  • Maps your home
  • Works with smart home assistants
  • Can set up no-go and no-mop zones

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Smaller dustbin

Best Splurge

Roborock S6 MaxV

Pet camera and cleaner

With a built-in dual camera and plenty of smart features, this premium vacuum is sure to keep your home conveniently tidy. It can also mop, set cleaning schedules, and allows you to create no-go zones.

Let the robots do the cleaning

There are so many different robot vacuums on the market that it can be hard to find something worth buying. In our experience, we've found that some of the best robot vacuums are created by Roborock. Every Roborock vacuum, whether it be an entry-level unit or a high-end unit, can be controlled via the app. What's more, they all feature technology that makes them vacuum in an organized and efficient back and forth manner.

My personal recommendation is the Roborock S5 Max. This amazing device is powerful enough to pick up AA batteries and you can set up no-go zones or specifically send it to a certain area in your home using the app for a controlled cleaning. It's priced well and is also a good fit for a home with pets since it's able to pick up plenty of fur while making the rounds.

Credits

Rebecca Spear loves keeping up-to-date with the latest and greatest electronics. She is a life-long gamer and a writer who has written hundreds of online articles over the past four years. On any given day you'll find her drawing with her Wacom tablet, playing video games, or reading a good book. Find her on Twitter @rrspear.

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