The biggest bang for your buck

Roborock E4

Roborock E4 Versus

A bit of added smarts

Roborock S4

Roborock S4 Reco

The Roborock E4 is not only one of the most affordable robot vacuums on the market, it's also one of the best. With excellent suction and navigation plus integrated mopping, it'll keep your house efficiently clean. The trade-off is that there are no bells and whistles like virtual boundaries or onboard AI.

$270 at Amazon

Pros

  • Incredible price
  • Fast navigation and excellent cleaning performance
  • Huge dustbin for easier upkeep

Cons

  • Lack of smart mapping functionality in the app
  • Mop must be purchased separately
  • No object recognition or onboard AI

The Roborock S4 has a lot in common with the Roborock E4. They both have roughly the same specs, including suction power and runtime. Where the S4 comes out ahead, however, is in its navigational capabilities. With LIDAR sensors and onboard AI, it's a much more intelligent vacuum than the E4 - though the lack of mopping capabilities does sting a little.

$400 at Amazon

Pros

  • Extremely effective on non-carpeted floors
  • Intelligent navigation and high-powered drivetrain to avoid getting stuck
  • Selective room scheduling and virtual barriers

Cons

  • A little bulkier than most robot vacuums
  • No mopping capabilities
  • Not great on carpet

Ultimately, there's no clear winner between the two — it depends what you're looking for. If you want an efficient, affordable combination robot vacuum and mop, and you don't much care about bells and whistles, pick up the Roborock E4. If, however, you want a smarter, more precise vacuum, the Roborock S4 is the better choice.

Power at an unbeatable price: the Roborock E4

Roborock E4 In ActionSource: Roborock

Roborock really came out swinging with the Roborock E4, proving that you don't need to drop an arm and a leg in order to get yourself a decent automatic vacuum cleaner. With 2000Pa of suction, a carpet boost feature, a massive dustbin, and an optional mop attachment. Discounting higher-end robot vacuums, it's also one of the fastest in Roborock's portfolio, capable of vacuuming and mopping up to 2,152 square feet up to 10% faster than previous models.

You can control the Roborock E4 either via the Roborock app, a set of onboard switches, or with voice commands through Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. You have 6 different cleaning modes to choose from, and will automatically return to its station to recharge during longer jobs. There are, of course, a few trade-offs.

At this price, there has to be.

Roborock E4 Roborock S4
Suction Power 2000 Pa 2000 Pa
Dustbin Capacity 640 ml 420 ml
Controls Voice (Assistant/Alexa), app, physical Voice (assistant/Alexa), app, physical
Mop Dual vacuum/mopping (sold separately) No
Mapping Yes Yes
Navigation Dual Gyroscope/OpticEye LDS LIDAR
Runtime 200 minutes 150 minutes
Battery Capacity 5200 mAh 5200 mAh
Scheduling Yes Yes
Cleaning Area 2152 square feet 2690 square feet
Zone Cleaning No Yes
Automatic Recharging Yes Yes
Threshold Height 0.7 inches 0.59 inches
Carpet Detection Yes No
Weight 11.28 lbs 14.42 lbs
Height 3.54 inches 3.78 inches
Room Recognition No Yes
Virtual Barries No Yes
WiFi 2.4 Ghz 2.4 Ghz

The Roborock E4 is more focused on functionality than bells and whistles. As a result, you aren't going to be able to do anything fancy with the app. While the vacuum will still map out your house, you won't be able to set virtual barriers or configure the E4 to do room-specific cleanups

The E4 also falls a little behind the S4 in terms of navigation, as it's only equipped with two gyroscopes and OpticEye motion tracking compared to the S4's LIDAR, fortified by onboard AI. That said, there are things the E4 does better. For one, it's the only vacuum of the two capable of mopping, as the S4 is strictly a vacuum, with a significantly larger dustbin.

Finally, it performs slightly better on carpet than the S4, athough it's edged out by the S4's performance on regular floors.

Smarter, faster cleaning: the Roborock S4

Roborock S4 LifestyleSource: Roborock

Of course, you're not just paying for features like room recognition and virtual barriers if you pick up the S4. For just a bit more than the Roborock E4, the S4 is almost unbelievably precise in its navigation. That said, it has a slightly lower threshold height than the E4, meaning it's a bit more sensitive to things like throw rugs or uneven flooring. In addition, its awkward height means it may be unable to clean under lower furniture.

Still, it makes up for those minor shortcomings with a powerful drivetrain, allowing the S4 an impressive amount of mobility and agility. The S4's battery is the same size as the E4, and both have roughly the same runtime. The S4 still edges out ahead here, if only slightly — owing to its more powerful internals, it's capable of cleaning with a bit more speed than the E4, meaning it can cover a slightly larger area on a single charge.

You aren't likely to notice that, though, as both vacuums have an automatic recharge function that allows them to will see it make a quick return to its dock if it starts running out of juice. The S4 also really shines in its in-app functionality. In addition to room recognition and virtual barriers, you can direct the S4 to clean specific, configurable zones in your home.

How smart do you want your vacuum to be?

At the end of the day, the Roborock E4 and the Roborock S4 share a lot in common. They're both incredibly solid models, and both at a lower price point than most other offerings on the market. What it really comes down to is personal preference.

Do you want a barebones vacuum/mop combo that's nevertheless a cleanliness powerhouse, or do you want to drop a bit more on a slightly fancier pure vacuum with better navigation and more customization and control over your cleaning jobs?

Either way, you can't really go wrong.

An incredible price

Roborock E4 Reco

Roborock E4

A good vacuum needn't break the bank

Available for just $270, the Roborock E4 manages to outperform many automatic vacuums that cost twice that. It's simple, it's easy to use and configure, and its extra-large dustbin means even greater convenience for you.

Smarter. Faster. Stronger.

Roborock S4 Reco

Roborock S4

Better precision, higher price

At $400, the Roborock S4 is slightly faster, and significantly smarter and more precise than the E4. Although it doesn't have mopping functionality, it more than makes up for that with its seamless navigation and the huge array of customization options available within the Roborock app.

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