Roborock S5 vs. Roomba 960 Comparison

Roborock S5

Roborock S5

SRR Score: 122

$569.98 Amazon

$399.99 GearBest

iRobot Roomba 960

iRobot Roomba 960

SRR Score: 79

$548.90 Amazon

Comparison Chart

  Main Features Roborock S5 iRobot Roomba 960
Mapping / Path planning yes yes
Mapping Sensor Type LDS camera
Recharge & Resume yes yes
Automatically Docks and Recharges yes yes
Noise Level 60 db 65 db
LCD Display no no
Side Brushes (one or two) 1 pcs 1 pcs
Voice Prompts yes yes
  Cleaning Features
Suction Power 2000 Pa 900 Pa
Сleaning Area 2691 ft2 / 250 m2 1615 ft2 / 150 m2
Home Size medium, big medium, big
Cleaning Modes quiet, balanced, turbo, max, zoned cleanup, carpet boost auto, spot cleaning
Dustbin Capacity 500 ml 600 ml
Wet Mopping yes no
Water Tank Capacity 140 ml -
Barrier-cross Height 0.79 in / 20 mm 0.79 in / 20 mm
HEPA Filter yes yes
Сarpet Floor Types low-pile, medium-pile low-pile, medium-pile
Bare Floor Types hardwood, laminate, vynil, marble tile, ceramic tile linoleum hardwood, vynil, marble tile, ceramic tile, laminate, linoleum
Battery Capacity 5200 mAh 2600 mAh
Runtime 150 min 75 min
Charging Time 240 min 120 min
Rated Power (Watts) 58 W 30 W
Scheduling yes yes
IR Remote Control no no
Wi-Fi / Smartphone App yes yes
Amazon Alexa Support yes yes
Google Assistant Support yes yes
Virtual Wall no yes
  App Features
Digital Blocked Area yes no
Zoned cleaning yes no
Multi-floor maps no no
Manual movement control yes no
Carpet Boost yes no
Anti-drop / Cliff Sensor yes yes
Dirt Detect no yes
Full Bin Indicator no yes
Other Specifications
Robot Weight 7.72 lbs / 3.5 kg 8.38 lbs / 3.8 kg
Robot Width 13.78 in / 35 cm 13.78 in / 35 cm
Robot Height 3.78 in / 9.6 cm 3.50 in / 8.9 cm
In the box adapter, charging dock, water tank, mopping pad, English user manual charging station, line cord, extra filter, cleaning tool, owner’s guide, documentation package, dual-mode virtual wall, extra side brush
Warranty 12 months 12 months

iRobot Roomba 960 vs. Roborock S5: Which one is the best?

  • Rollers. The Roomba has two silicone brushless rollers that are ideal for pet hair.
  • Mapping technology. Roomba uses a camera sensor on top that requires a light on the room where the robot is cleaning. The Roborock has the LDS sensor that builds an accurate plan of the layout, can "see" in the dark. Both robots navigate back-and-forth in efficient straight lines.
  • Runtime. The Roborock lasts 75 minutes longer than Roomba.
  • Interaction with a map. The Roomba's map disappears once the cleaning is done. You can see the created map in the iRobot Home. With a map created by S5, there is an ability of interaction.
  • S5 has a smaller dustbin.
  • Mopping. Roborock S5 can sweep and mop at the same time. The vacuum is able to mop for about 50 minutes until the water container gets dry. Fill it with water again and let the robot run.
  • Real-time tracking. Thanks to three processors houses inside the Roborock, you can track the vacuum in real time using the Mi Home app.
  • Virtual walls and zone cleaning. In the Mi Home app, you can set virtual boundaries to keep the robot from crossing some particular areas. Also, you can create zone cleaning by drawing a rectangle on the map. Roomba has 2 dual virtual wall barriers in the box that creates a zone up to 3 meters in diameter that the robot should not cross.
  • Carpet boost increases air power to max level once the sensors recognize carpet flooring. Roomba 960 lacks this feature.
  • Suction power. Roborock S5 has twice stronger suction.
  • In the app, you can control the Roborock S5 like a radio car. The iRobot Home app does not support it.
  • Roomba has more accessories in the box.
  • Roomba has dirt detect that automatically provides deeper cleaning on high-traffic spots.
  • Full bin indicator shows when the container needs to be emptied.

Which one would suit you better?

The Roomba 960 is one of the best robot vacuums on the market yet we think it is overpriced. If you decided to get the Roomba 960, we would recommend waiting for special deals on Amazon to get it cheaper. The robot is better for smaller homes because of the short runtime. Thanks to the silicone tangle-free rollers, the Roomba 960 is perfect for pet hair. Unfortunately, the vacuum struggles with the smallest particulars on carpet. It does clean thicker carpets though can not provide deeper cleaning. If your home does not have thick carpets and you have a pet, the Roomba 960 is the vacuum you always wished to have.

The Roborock S5 is a two-in-one cleaner that can mop and sweep at the same time. It has one of the strongest suction in the industry and the longest battery life. Thanks to mopping, it is suitable for bare floors. Because of good climbing ability, carpet boost, and strong suction, the Roborock performs great on carpets that are not thicker than 20 mm. The cleaner is perfect for bigger homes. The Mi Home app offers to create virtual block offs, zone cleaning and tracking your robot in real time. Since the Roborock is ideal for both: carpet and bare floor, we would recommend you to have a closer look at the Roborock S5. It might be the best decision you would make.

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