Roborock S5

Made by Roborock

Rating:   SRR Score: 155


Roborock S5 Features

  Main Features
Mapping / Path planning yes
Mapping Sensor Type LDS
High-Precision Map yes
Recharge & Resume yes
Automatically Docks and Recharges yes
Noise Level 68 db
LCD Display no
Side Brushes (one or two) 1 pcs
Voice Prompts yes
  Cleaning Features
Suction Power 2000 Pa
Сleaning Area 2691 ft2 / 250 m2
Recommended Home Size medium, big
Cleaning Modes quiet, balanced, turbo, max, zoned cleanup, carpet boost and three mopping modes
Dustbin Capacity 480 ml
Automatic Dirt Disposal no
Wet Mopping yes
Water Tank Capacity 140 ml
Barrier-cross Height 0.79 in / 20 mm
HEPA Filter yes
Washable Filter yes
Сarpet Types low-pile, medium-pile
Bare Floor Types hardwood, tile, laminate, vynil, marble tile, ceramic
Battery Capacity 5200 mAh
Run time 150 min
Charging Time 240 min
Rated Power (Watts) 58 W
Scheduling yes
IR Remote Control no
Wi-Fi / Smartphone App yes
Wi-Fi Frequency Bands 2.4 GHz
Amazon Alexa Support yes
Google Assistant Support yes
Magnetic/Optical Virtual Walls yes
  App Features
Real-time tracking yes
Digital Blocked Area yes
Zoned cleaning yes
Multi-floor maps yes
Manual movement control yes
Selected Room Cleaning yes
Carpet Boost yes
Anti-drop / Cliff Sensor yes
Dirt Detect no
Full Bin Indicator no
Other Specifications
Robot Weight 7.72 lbs / 3.5 kg
Robot Width 13.78 in / 35 cm
Robot Height 3.78 in / 9.6 cm
In the box adapter, charging dock, water tank, mopping pad, English user manual
Release Date Oct 2017
Warranty 12 months

Product Description

You might be confused by the name of the Roborock S5. You might know it as Xiaomi robot vacuum, Xiaomi robot 2, Roborock S50, etc. However, there are no differences between them, except color and plug type, it is the same Roborock S5.

The next number in the name represents colors. For example, the Roborock S50 is the same Roborock S5 in white color; the Roborock S55 is black; S51 - rose gold.

To understand better the difference in the Roborock model line (yes, there are 5 different robot vacuums) read our comparison where we tried to explain everything.

150 minutes of working is an impressive amount of time because the Roborock S5 powerful motor delivers 2,000 Pa of suction power. Along with a laser located on top, the robot is equipped with the SLAM algorithm that helps to create a map of your house and then build the most efficient way of cleaning on its own. This technology allows the machine to work in the dark. The LDS laser creates an accurate plan of cleaning area which makes the Roborock navigation almost perfect.

The Roborock S55 provides deep cleaning on carpets up to 20 mm thick

The Roborock comes equipped with a water tank and mopping attachment. To set the robot in mopping mode, fill the container with water, slide it underneath until it clicks and let the robot go. Even though the water drips from the start, we recommend damping the cloth manually before the robot gets started. In this mode, the Roborock works for about 40-50 minutes until the water container gets dry. You can fill it again and continue cleaning.

The device performs well on carpeted surfaces and bare floors. The tangle-free design prevents hair from wrapping around the main brush and wheels, making the robot perfect for pet and long human hair. It can easily climb obstacles or thresholds up to 20 mm. There is also intelligent carpet identification that turns on maximum suction power once the machine recognizes carpeting, so it is perfect for deep cleaning carpets that are 20 mm of height or less. Thanks to strong suction, carpet boost, and large wheels, the Roborock S5 is one of the best robot vacuums for carpet.

Watch the Roborock S50 building a map in the Mi Home app

The app allows you to track its movements in real-time and create virtual walls - as many as possible. And, with the latest update, the Roborock S5 supports zone cleaning. Draw a rectangle on a created map where you want the cleaner to vacuum. When the Roborock's battery is at 20%, it goes to recharge, juices the battery up to 80% and returns to finish the job from the point it left off.

Overall, owners are satisfied with the Roborock performance. It does its job well on carpets, catching even the smallest particles, pet hair, dust and dirt, leaving the carpet clean. It also performs great on hardwood, tile, marble, etc. The mapping feature is accurate, which makes the cleaning process even more efficient.

Although the Roborock S5 is one of the best robot vacuum cleaners so far, it has its issues connecting to Wi-Fi, and US consumers cannot fully enjoy the app, and they don't get any updates. We have searched the Internet and found the solution.


  • One of the strongest suction power on the market
  • Can identify carpet flooring
  • Mops and sweeps
  • In the app, you can create virtual block offs
  • Supports zoned cleanup
  • Washable HEPA filter lasts longer than a regular one
  • Decent battery life makes the Roborock S5 suitable for big homes
  • Real-time tracking thanks to the processors inside the machine
  • Mapping and smart navigation makes cleaning more efficient
  • Carpet boost, large wheels, and strong suction work together providing great performance on carpets
  • Suitable for both: carpet and hard floor
  • Suitable for pet hair


  • Pricey
  • Small water container

To wrap it up: the Roborock S5 is a decent flagship robot vacuum with long battery life and excellent cleaning performance. The app has some options that even twice more expensive cleaners don't have. If you have pets, carpets, bare floor or a big house, the Roborock S5 is the right cleaner to go with.

Roborock Robot Vacuum Cleaner water tank

Roborock Robot Vacuum Cleaner 2 inside

roborock S5 mapping

Questions and Answers

Question 1: How useful is the mopping feature? How well does it work?

Answer: The mopping feature is nice to have. It will not replace old-fashion manual mopping, but it does an excellent job to keep the floors clean as long as possible. It is able to remove dust since the robot also sweeps and mops at the same time, it also removes bigger particles. If you run it daily, it will help you to do less work when you are mopping manually. However, if you have a big cleaning area, the water container will get dry in about 30 minutes, and you have to refill it with water again. Do not expect it to remove stubborn stains, it wasn’t designed to do such tasks. The Roborock S5 is a vacuum cleaner firstly, and then a mop. Though it is a nice feature that helps to have bare floors clean during the week or between "big" mopping days.

Question 2: Does the Roborock S5 save multiple maps?

Answer: The Roborock S5 stores 1 created map. If you want it to clean the second floor also, it will need to rebuild a new map but no worries, it takes a few seconds for the robot to create a plan of the cleaning area and the vacuum doing it while vacuuming. The Roborock S5 saves one map after it finishes cleaning and automatically docks itself.

Question 3: Can you set virtual walls where you have carpets so that the Roborock S5 doesn't mop them?

Answer: You would need to open a created map and draw a rectangle around the zones where you have carpets, so the Roborock does not mop them. But it will be saved this way, when the next time you want to vacuum the whole place, you need to delete them.

Question 4: Are the Roborock S5 and Roborock S50 the same robot vacuum?

Answer: It is the same model. The second number represents the color, which means the Roborock S50 is white, and the Roborock S55 is black.

Question 5: Does it work with a magnetic wall barrier?

Answer: Yes, it is compatible with a magnetic wall barrier and works just fine.

Question 6: Can I add detergent to water for mopping?

Answer: I think you can add cleaning detergent to water, at least I do use some whenever mop. The worst that can happen is that the filters clog up. You get two replacement pairs of filters with the vacuum, and online replacements are cheap.

Question 7: For how long the Roborock S5 will mop before the tank is empty?

Answer: The manufacturer claims it can work in mopping mode for approximately 40-50 minutes before the tank is empty; however, I need to refill the container in about 30 minutes after started mopping.

Video reviews of the Roborock S5

Comments ()

  1. Vacuum
    #      0
    Is it correct that the roborock s50 has a HEPA filter?

    What I have read it has a washable EPA 11 filter that does not have the same performance as a HEPA filter.
    1. Michael Fisher
      #      0
      you are right, the Roborock has a washable E11 filter.
      E11 means just a class of a HEPA filter. You can read more about HEPA filter types here:

    2. Max
      #      +1
      what is included in the 9.6 cm? Is it from the wheels to the laser protuberance or just the thickness of the side of the machine? I have a gap between floor and furniture of 10 cm. Will it get through?
      1. Michael Fisher
        #      0
        Hi Max, I've measured the robot height, 9.6 cm is a distance from the floor to the highest point of Lidar. So the robot should fit under your furniture.
        1. Philip Andersen
          #      0
          How High is it to the top without the tower measured in?
          I would like it to go under my cubbards in the kitchen!
          1. Michael Fisher
            #      0
            Without the tower it is 8.5 cm tall.
      2. Wolfi
        #      +1
        Hi, I have a gap of 11 cm between floor and furniture. But the lidar recognize a wall and the robot does not go under the furniture :(

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