July 10, 2020


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Roborock S5 Max hands-on: Superb dust collection from a multi-function robot vacuum Review

The concept of automated mopping even though collecting dust appeals to me, so I was eager to examination the $600 Roborock S5 Max.

I have appeared at the Roborock solution line in the earlier, and have been seriously impressed with its suction capability and silent motors. The Roborock S5 Max usually takes this one particular action additional with an integrated h2o tank and mopping module.

The Roborock S5 Max is a good, attractive robot vacuum with 2000Pa suction and a battery that will clean up for around two hrs. Readily available in black or white, the S5 Max has a navigation method that scans the room and generates a map of the location to be cleaned.

This location can be configured with up to 3 zones in the Roborock application working with two.4GHz Wi-Fi, so you can specify which zones are for mopping only and which zones are for vacuuming. These zones are handy, as the vacuum will very easily get around thresholds of up to about one particular inch, so if there is carpet across the threshold, you would need to have to set the zone.

The dustbin is a affordable measurement — 460ml — and does not need to have emptying generally. A seriously handy addition is that the filter cleansing brush for the S5 Max is beneath the deal with of the vacuum. I like this touch.

The 13 sensors and 4 cliff edge sensors imply that the robot does not crash into hurdles and moves again absent from ledges just before any wheel goes around the edge of the ledge.

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The S5 Max promptly and very easily connects to the Roborock application, which has various handy features. You can set the periods of automated cleansing, choose whether or not the robot improves suction energy when it moves around the carpet, and pick the do not disturb periods.

You can set different periods for different zones and pick places for the robot to go to and begin cleansing.

A seriously handy aspect is that if the robot detects that it does not have more than enough battery remaining for it to complete the area, it will return to its dock, best-up its cost and return to complete the location.

It also can be managed by voice for each zone working with Alexa while I did not use this aspect generally. My cleansing regimen is as palms-off as doable, so I are inclined to set an automated agenda for distinct periods and forget about it.

You can also see facts about how quite a few hrs the brushes and filters have been applied, and how much time is remaining just before the merchandise need to have to be cleaned or changed.

A “obtain my robot” url activates the robot’s onboard voice, so you can identify it if it does not go again to the dock. Throughout the overall examination, the S5 Max did not get shed at all.

The vacuum human body has a h2o tank that feeds the mopping module with clean up h2o for mopping. The mopping module also has a smaller tank and a mopping cloth mounted to the bottom of the tank.

The robot also has a dampness-proof mat for the floor at the docking station to make confident that floors do not get ruined when the robot returns to its foundation.

(Impression: Eileen Brown)

The person guideline suggests to install the mopping module, fill the tank with h2o, and push it together the bottom of the major unit following the alignment mark. It will simply click into place to show it is mounted effectively.

I had sizeable concerns attempting to get the mopping module to connect to the bottom of the h2o tank. It was extremely hard to guideline the mopping module together the bottom of the tank.

I took the h2o tank off the vacuum and tried using to slide the mopping module onto the h2o tank. It was incredibly stiff and would not simply click into place. There are guideline slots on the major h2o tank, and a one particular-way catch to make it possible for the mopping module to simply click into the hole in the h2o tank. In the photograph, the lug (outlined in purple) is supposed to clip into the hole outlined in yellow.

No make any difference how tough I shoved the mopping module down its guideline slots, I could not get the mopping unit to correctly seat beneath its tank.

I broke two nails attempting to get this firmly attached to the tank to no avail.

This indicates that the mopping unit stuck out from less than the human body of the vacuum, which is not right, in accordance to all of the video clips I watched.


(Impression: Eileen Brown)

There is scant facts in the person guideline on how to healthy the mopping tank to the h2o tank.

Without the need of the right seating of the tank, the application displays that the tank is not mounted, which indicates that I could not control the h2o movement.

I assume I might have desired to use a hammer to get the tank into place — a thing I was unwilling to do as I would have in no way been in a position to disconnect the two tanks to refill them yet again.

I was unhappy that I couldn’t get the mopping module sited correctly. Each day mopping would have been a handy addition for me, primarily as I had configured my mopping zones and my carpeted zones.

All in all, this is a seriously potent vacuum cleaner with an simple to use (and hook up to) application and an integrated automated mopping purpose. 

If you can handle to get the mopping tank correctly seated beneath the major tank, then you will have a fantastic multi-purpose robot. I’m unhappy that it did not do the job for me.