Roborock Robot Vacuum and Mop, Smart Navigating Robotic Vacuum Cleaner with 2000Pa Strong Suction, Wi-Fi & Alexa Connectivity for Pet Hair, Carpet & All Types of Floor Product
|Controller Type||Voice Control|
|Battery Cell Type||Lithium Ion|
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- Best Navigational Abilities robot vacuum by TechGearLab. Best-in-class technology of smart navigation maps your house, plans route and schedules. It can cross over things lower than 2cm, clean without omission and self-recharge, but avoid falling down the stairs, hitting or scratching your furniture, or being stuck by obstacles. Cancer and reproductive harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov
- Synchronous sweeping and mopping: Sweeping system is designed to increase the wind utilization and draw all the dust into the dust bin with nothing left. Mopping system prevents the hemming, leaving no water streak and water stain at rest. Work once, thorough clean.
- Smart APP control: use the Mi Home App for scheduling, map saving, setting no-go zoned& barrier tape, zoned cleaning, spot cleaning, direction control, real-time monitor and customization. Compatible with Android, IOS, support Alexa voice control. 12-month warranty provided.
- 2000Pa strong suction and multi-mode system: Carpet, Quiet, Mopping, Balanced, Turbo & Max mode, switching among different modes flexibly to meet request of different floor types. Enjoy your cleaning time.
- Ultra-high 5200mAh battery capacity: 150 minutes of constant working, ideal for big house and multi-room, low-pile carpet, hard floor, wood floor and all types of floor. Suggest NOT to use on dark or long-pile carpet. Note: Authentic products in new condition from ROBOROCK TECHNOLOGY CO. LTD enjoy 1-year warranty, Any questions, 24 hours customer service at 1-855-960-4321.
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ROBOROCK S5 The Automated House-Cleaning Robot Vacuum Smart cleaner gets smarter Ideal for a cozy home Sweeping and Mopping: dirt, pet hair and dust nemesis Further Smarter Design - Dynamic variable-speed side push When sweeping along a wall or an obstacle, the side push spins at a high speed of 330RPM and thoroughly clears the edge area. When sweeping in straight line in a Z-shaped path, the side push spins at a low speed of 130RPM, preventing the trash from flying about. - Sweep and mop Roborock S5 features sweeping-mopping capability, work once, double clean. The water tank is designed with the philosophy of botanical biomimetics, and together with the microfiber mopping cloth, they make home cleaning easier. Safety and Harmless - The dock charger is equipped with cover-current, over-voltage and short-circuit protection, and the low-voltage 20VDC power supply is harmless to both humans and pets. - Fall sensor: when the wheels are off ground, the robot will stop working immediately, significantly increasing the safety during handling. Special Size design - 3. 8 inch (9. 65 cm) slim height design, no hiding for dirt, dust and hair under bed, table and chairs. - Crossing obstacles of 2 cm with ease, and obstacle-crossing capability may be decreased when the water tank is installed. - High-capacity of 480 ml dust bin can hold more dust and 140 ml capacity water bank can support for continued mopping of 45-60 minutes. Specification: Battery: 5200mAhSuction: 2000 PaDust bin: 480mlWater tank: 140mlWorking time: 150mMopping time: 45-60mSize: 3. 80*13. 90*13. 78 inch Obstacle-crossing capability: 2 cmIn the box 1* Roborock S5 robotic vacuum 1* US plug1* Dock charger2* Pairs of water tank filter 2* Washable Strainner 1* Water tank 1* Mopping cloth1* Waterproof pad 1* Beak-like cleaning tool1* Service card
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I have had a little time to see how this vacuum performs in a number of situations. There are some good updates, and some not so good. Let's do the not so good first.
Map saving feature in the app is listed as "Beta" and it is clearly beta. It will save the map, but every ~3 to 6 runs, it also seems to shift that map, overwrite parts of it and get confused in the process. The result is, in my case, that I find my vacuum in the kitchen closet, when she thinks she's in my bedroom, across the house. Last night I had to use the remote control to drive her to the dock, and then when I told her to dock, she ignored the dock and tried to drive down the hall to my office closet, where the dock was now "located". So map saving needs work.
The good news is, it can be re-set by simply docking the robot and turning off map saving and then turning it back on, and that they know it's beta so it will get an update or two to fix this problem in the future. The good news is also... map saving is only necessary to use zone cleaning and no-go zones. So some people can get away without even using it, and re-setting it isn't very difficult.
The good news that I have discovered is that this robot is even more versatile than I thought. It turns out the LIDAR tower on top, with which it "sees", is actually a button in and of itself, and when the vacuum tries to go under something it can't fit under, the button gets depressed and she will conclude she can't fit.
Also, I can not only set my vacuum to perform a scheduled cleanup multiple times per day, but I can also schedule them at different suction settings; so, for example, I currently have it set to vacuum once a day every day except Sunday on Balanced mode, and then on Sunday vacuum on Max mode.
I did try the mopping feature, and I was surprised at how useful it actually turns out to be. I followed the advice I was given to have it perform mopping in zones and have it repeat the zone 3x. There was a zone for each room/hall, and it never ran out of water. I did have to re-fill it after each zone was finished, and it took a lot of manually changing water and cleaning the pad, but it works well enough that even my skeptical girlfriend was forced to admit she saw a real difference.
So far the only problem I see is that the app needs updating to correct the map saving feature. Which is going to happen... so I'll maintain my 5 star rating.
I am coming from three years with a Neato brand D80. I named him Dudly Do-Bot as a joke, but it quickly became "Dumba** Dudley" because he was, shall we say, not very intelligent. He managed to destroy a family heirloom in the form of a mirror, and knocked over it's replacement several times, as well as knocking over small tables with glassware on them, etc. In the end, I was constantly having to help him out from under things, out from corners, and put the dustbin back in several times a cleaning with him beeping incessantly at all times of day. In the end, I had to replace him.
But Dudley did do one thing right. When he wasn't beeping and screwing up, he kept the dust down in my house, which is why I bought him; and without him, it quickly became a problem for me to breathe again. My girlfriend works as a housekeeper, so she wasn't exactly keen on coming home and vacuuming, and I have no vacuum otherwise (tile floors). So a replacement was necessary.
I looked at Neato, Roomba and a number of other options. After a lot of consideration, I was planning to get the Xiaomi Mi, based on amazing reviews. Then this one came out and the reviews were even better. That coupled with the improvements and the wet mopping feature sealed the deal. While I had to pay various bills first, I did manage to get it about a month after Dudley bit the dust.
I have only had it about 24 hours as of this writing, but I will be doing this review in sections over time. So this is "part 1" of the review. And I have to say, I am significantly impressed. Maybe not as much as I might have been were I not as well studied on what the options were, but regardless, I am still significantly impressed. Here is why.
First, getting started was not difficult. I just had to pay attention to the instruction booklet and the Mi Home app while it was being connected to the network. It took me about 7 minutes all told.
Second, updating the vacuum's firmware was easy and flawless.
Third, the instruction booklet is better than I expected; it is translated into English well, although you can tell that whomever did it was speaking English as a second language, as there are some minor word choice errors. That is true in the app as well; but in most cases, it still can be figured out, and the errors are rare and minor in almost all cases. It was a nice change of pace from the crazy "English" I have seen in some other Chinese product manuals.
Fourth, the app is very well done. I say that as someone who used to be a programmer. It has a lot of features, and in fact has almost every feature I could think of or want. For example, nobody who has reviewed this vacuum seems to have mentioned that this vacuum has unlimited configurability for when and where. You can set it to vacuum on a schedule of as frequently as once a day, but you can also create multiple schedules - meaning that you can, for example, have it vacuum five times on Monday, once on Tuesday, not on Wednesday, three times on Thursday, and then four times on Friday, while skipping the weekends.
Zone cleaning allows you to set up multiple zones where it should clean and make up to three passes, all during the same cleaning. So you can have it clean the bathroom rug, the floor next to your bed, and the kitchen, for example, and do so 1, 2 or 3 times in a row.
Virtual barriers work to prevent it from going where you don't want it to go, but so far they have been entirely unnecessary: she recognizes and honors the magnetic barriers I placed around my bedroom mirror for Dudley, and has not touched the mirror. But even if she did, it wouldn't matter, as she is so gentle that she doesn't disturb the pipettes I have situated on top of the perfumery components and glassware on even the smallest (folding) table in my perfumery lab. I couldn't have left that table out at all with Dudley, as he would have (did regularly) either gotten stuck and knocked everything off of it or knocked it over. She also doesn't move the shoe I have holding open my bedroom door for her, which Dudley would always plow through, getting himself locked in my bedroom, which of course resulted in endless beeping from him. Dudley was a bull in a china shop. My new vacuum is surprisingly careful, gentle and precise.
Dudley did not intelligently use his side brush, except by always taking a course that would put it closest to the wall. But what good does that do when the brush stopped spinning, and nothing I did would get it to spin again? My Roborock S5 has a very intelligently programmed and used side brush, which spins gently when she is cleaning away from walls so that it sweeps debris into her path, and when she is near the wall, it spins faster to get things out from next to the wall. Both work very well, and you can tell that a lot of consideration was put into that. Furthermore, she will move in small arcs to use that brush to sweep intelligently, not just in a straight line. That makes it much more effective still.
The only time so far that I had to rescue her was when she managed to swallow the old telephone wire I have near the baseboard coming out of my garage in the kitchen, which Dudley never could get to somehow. When she realized she was caught, she moved backward, which brought a folding chair down around her, trapping her. I have also found evidence that she has been intelligently designed to detect tangles and clogs (socks, for example) and will reverse the direction of her brushes to "spit them out". Have not seen this first hand yet (except for the side brush spinning backwards), but I have found socks on the floor in my bedroom where they were not before she vacuumed, and if she wasn't doing that, it should have gotten stuck in her main brush. It didn't.
Dudley could not fit under my bed. To my surprise, she does - and she has cleaned the entire surface under it. The first time she got stuck because my cat had torn up the liner on the bottom of the box spring, but I ripped it off and now she deftly cleans under my bed.
The first time we ran her fully, the house hadn't been vacuumed in a week, and with a cat and two Yorkies, it gets pretty funky by that point. I picked up most of the pine needles they brought in, but I did leave a few 2-3 inch pieces on the ground to see if they would clog her like they did Dudley. Nope, she sucked 'em right up and kept on going.
Another thing I really like is that when she was done with her first complete cleaning, her dust bin was completely full. With Dudley, he would fill it right where the air came in, leaving the sides of the dustbin empty. It required me to tap the dirt down into the sides, or empty it three times as frequently. She fills her dust bin much more efficiently, which should require less effort on my part.
I also was very surprised to see how much she picked up during today's full cleaning, after I emptied the dust bin yesterday. It was 1/3rd full again.
There are a lot of other features I like. It speaks to me in a pleasant female voice, and it was in English by default. If it gets lost, there is a feature in the app for finding your vacuum, which plays music continuously until you press a button on the top of the robot. The software has a volume control, and you can update and change the language packs, although right now there is only one in English. Updating the language pack installed on the vacuum was something I didn't expect them to be doing.
It also includes a remote control for manual control. You have the four different vacuuming modes (quiet, balanced, turbo and max) plus the mopping mode (I haven't used mopping mode yet). It even has a Do Not Disturb mode, where you can set it to not vacuum or make sounds. By default this is set for between 22:00 (10 PM) and 8:00.
You can also request help and give feedback directly through the app. I have not had to request help, so I can't say how that goes.
Overall, the machine and the app are both 5 star. I am very pleased and very impressed. Even my girlfriend likes the new vacuum. She was expecting to hate it as she did Dudley, but was quickly won over by how intelligently it works.
The only downside I can see has to be the reports of some people having trouble when they need customer service, but if this company is competent enough to get everything else right, I am sure they will eventually get that right too.
One thing I notice that Roborock/Xiaomi could improve is the one thing that Neato (Dudley) does better. That is, the cleaning path. Neato makes sure that their vacuums move back and forth along the long side of whatever area they are cleaning; lengthwise. The Roborock cleans in a widthwise pattern, meaning it takes shorter paths and must make more turns. This is not as efficient for time or cleaning. That said, the higher suction on the Roborock and it's obviously higher intelligence more than makes up for the difference.
There's more, but I can't remember it. I'll update this review in a few weeks or months and give you more information. If you're looking for a great robotic vacuum, though, I can (so far) heartily recommend this one. We shall see how well she lasts.
If you are shopping for your first robot vacuum have in mind that most robot vacuums will:
Vacuum your house entirely and return to their base for recharging one way or another.
Vacuum on hard floor or short carpets/rugs
Are very easy to use with one button auto clean
Have some type of spot cleaning option for small messes
Have sensors to avoid drop offs like stairs
Have 1 or 2 spinning brushes to pull dirt from edges and corners into their suction
Have some type of bumpers and/or sensors to avoid obstacles
Can clean around obstacles like table legs and chairs
Have filters to keep the air clean which need to cleaned regularly
Can be blocked from going to certain spots on your floor with magnetic strips or other devices (Roomba)
Will get tangled with small cables, clothes, etc that it finds on it's path
So when shopping for bots you want to focus on additional features based on your needs:
Battery life depending on the size of your house
Level of suction depending on how much carpet cleaning you need or if you own pets that shed hair
Ability to clean on taller carpets/rugs
Height - Based on your furniture height to allow to clean below furniture, beds, etc.
Wifi connectivity for features like remote control, mapping, section cleaning, virtual barriers, scheduling, remote tracking of cleaning, finding your bot, etc.
Mopping capabilities (No robot can do as good as a job of mopping as human being with a mop. What they do is drag a damp cloth through the floor. Mostly for dust or lite stains)
Xiami's Roborock S5 checks all the boxes. With Exceptional battery life, great suction, reliable mapping (More on this later), strong mobile device app support, virtual barriers, multiple cleaning modes for max power or more battery life, manual remote control, Google assistant or Alexa integration, useful mopping capabilities, cleaning history with maps, tracking of usage of replaceable parts to know when to replace, voice response, etc, etc.
The Roborock S5 can clean my entire house of over 3000 sq feet without having to recharge. This is due to it's great mapping and navigating capabilities which makes it very efficient and it's huge 5,200 mAh battery. This one by far can clean for the longest time of any other bot I have owned. The Deebot 901's battery could not last long enough to map my entire house or clean the entire house on one pass. Neither did the Neato Botvac.
With it's 2000 Pa strong suction this thing sucks! (In a good way). The side brush also has variable speeds. Slower speed on hard floors for avoiding the dirt to fly away and faster on carpets which give more resistance. It will pickup small particles as well as larger items like cheerios. I really love how it cleans my rugs and leaves visible straight lines that complements it's cleaning. The Deebot N79S's weak suction did not do great on my rugs and it's random cleaning patterns did not leave aesthetically pleasing lines on them. The Neato Botvac did as well as the Roborock S5 on the rugs.
Again, if your expectation is that this will mop your kitchen floor for you 100% of the time you will be disappointed with this or any “mopping” robot. No tiny robot can apply the level of force human being can apply on a mop nor will it wipe dozens of times on the same spot to clean a hard stain. The way it works is by dragging a microfiber cloth on it's patch while slowly and constantly feeding the cloth more water to keep it damp. First day I was a bit disappointed because while “mopping” it left a 1" line right down the middle of it's path that you could visibly see it was not cleaning. What was happening is that the small wheel on the bottom of the water tank was not allowing the cloth to make contact with the floor. I installed 2 layers of masking tape along the middle of the water tank and that did the trick. Now it “mops” evenly along the length of the cloth. I will include a picture of my modification.
Mapping & Navigation
The Roborock S5 mapped my entire house in one pass and in the 3 weeks I have had it, it has never deleted the map like I have read other bots do. It is so cool to track the route of the bot on the app as it cleaned and mapped the house. The reason I was so impressed by this is because the Deebot 901 had problems mapping my house. Mostly because it could not complete the task in one battery cycle so after going back and charging it has to start again. I am abIe to draw rectangles in the map to have bot clean only in a specific area and automatically go back to it's charging dock afterwards. You can add barriers and no go zones to manipulate where the bot cleans or where not to clean. This is awesome because I like to clean my rugs every day and my hard floors every other day. I discovered that if you did not want to wait for the Roborock S5 to clean the entire house in order to map it you could drive it around the house with the manual controls and it would map the house too. I wish I knew this earlier. Also, the manual controls can help you fix the map if you had issues. For example, one day my son closed the doors of the laundry and the bathroom after I had left the house. The bot went to clean as scheduled but because the doors where closed it adjusted the map as if there were walls there. On the next scheduled clean it would not go in the bathroom or laundry although the doors were open because it had mapped walls instead of doors there. I thought I had to reset the map and re-map the entire house. What I did was manually drive the Roborock S5 into the bathroom and laundry and then back to its base and Walla! The map was fixed without having to remap the entire house. I think this is an unintended feature but it works. One thing very important you need to know is that if you plan to pick the bot up from the floor to untangle or for cleaning the brush or any other reason, you need to make sure the bot is paused and not running. If you pick it up while its actually cleaning without pausing the bot it will delete it's map. You will have to let it remap the house again. In the cleanup menu on the app, if you select “Mop” it will adjust it's cleaning pattern to mop over the same spot twice for better results. In this case, you better vacuum first then mop because it turns the suction to it's minimum. Also, you don't want it to mop on your rugs or carpets so make sure you block them with virtual barriers or no go zones in the app.
One of my rugs has patterns with dark black lines. Initially the robot just turned around when it got to the lines. What was happening was that the drop off sensors where interpreting the lines as a drop off and was turning around. Since my house is one story and I don't have any drop offs, I covered the sensors at the bottom of the robot with masking tape and that did the trick. The Roborock S5 now climbs on top of the rug and does a great job of cleaning. I would not recommend covering the sensors if you use the bot where there are stairs or any other drop offs because your bot will fall and may break.
The only features that I have seen on other much more expensive bots that the Roborock S5 does not have are:
Ability to save multiple maps for house with multiple stories
I am expecting that Xiaomi will add this feature via software update in 2019.
Auto emptying of the dust bin
The most expensive Roomba does this but you have to pay over $900 for it. As I read the reviews a lot of people are saying that half the time it doesn't even work. I think this is a an unnecessary feature since emptying the bin is extremely easy to do and takes very little time.
The Xiaomi Roborock S5 is rock of a robot vacuum (Pun intended). It simply works as intended which is something I would not say about many other bots with Wifi connectivity and navigation. The cleaning power is off the charts! The control of when and where to clean or not to clean is amazing and works flawlessly. If you do not want to use the app it will also work in auto clean with just a press of a button. The mopping is a nice extra that keeps my hardwood floors dust free and helps maintain my ceramic floors clean. It keeps getting better with Software updates. Overall this bot has a complete set of features and is very reliable at a very attractive price range. I would highly recommend this product for any surface type, larger houses and every day cleaning.
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This is probably the best bang for your buck you can get with an 'intelligent' robot cleaner. I am very satisfied 1 month in and would recommend it to anyone.
Es una excelente máquina la recomiendo 10/10 y mi recomendación es que chequen la S5 Max, algunas veces parece bajar de precio, la verdad es que la S5 es perfecta pero al parecer la S5 Max tiene una mayor capacidad tanto en el sistema de agua para trapear como la cabina de basura.
Recuerden darle un buen mantenimiento pues esto le permite una larga vida a su máquina.
A bit over ambitious, and tries to get under things that get it stuck.
But you can use the "barrier tape, and no go", option on the app.
Thst stops it getting stuck a second time.
Batter can vac my place more that two times.