Roborock S5 vs. Roomba 980 Comparison Chart

Roborock S5

Roborock S5

SRR Score: 155

$479.99 Amazon

$365.99 GearBest

iRobot Roomba 980

iRobot Roomba 980

SRR Score: 135

$330.25 Amazon

$999.99 Aliexpress

Comparison Chart

  Main Features Roborock S5 iRobot Roomba 980
Mapping / Path planning yes yes
Mapping Sensor Type LDS camera
High-Precision Map yes yes
Recharge & Resume yes yes
Automatically Docks and Recharges yes yes
Noise Level 68 db 70 db
LCD Display no no
Side Brushes (one or two) 1 pcs 1 pcs
Voice Prompts yes yes
  Cleaning Features
Suction Power 2000 Pa 1700 Pa
–°leaning Area 2691 ft2 / 250 m2 1991 ft2 / 185 m2
Recommended Home Size medium, big medium, big
Cleaning Modes quiet, balanced, turbo, max, zoned cleanup, carpet boost and three mopping modes auto, spot, carpet boost
Dustbin Capacity 480 ml 600 ml
Automatic Dirt Disposal no no
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
Washable Filter yes no
–°arpet Types low-pile, medium-pile low-pile, medium-pile
Bare Floor Types hardwood, tile, laminate, vynil, marble tile, ceramic hardwood, vynil, marble tile, ceramic tile, laminate, linoleum
Battery Capacity 5200 mAh 3300 mAh
Run time 150 min 120 min
Charging Time 240 min 120 min
Rated Power (Watts) 58 W 43 W
Scheduling yes yes
IR Remote Control no no
Wi-Fi / Smartphone App yes yes
Wi-Fi Frequency Bands 2.4 GHz 2.4 GHz
Amazon Alexa Support yes yes
Google Assistant Support yes yes
Magnetic/Optical Virtual Walls yes yes
  App Features
Real-time tracking yes no
Digital Blocked Area yes no
Zoned cleaning yes no
Multi-floor maps yes no
Manual movement control yes no
Selected Room Cleaning yes no
Carpet Boost yes yes
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 8.69 lbs / 3.94 kg
Robot Width 13.78 in / 35 cm 13.90 in / 35.3 cm
Robot Height 3.78 in / 9.6 cm 3.60 in / 9.14 cm
In the box adapter, charging dock, water tank, mopping pad, English user manual charging station, line cord, extra side brush, 2 dual mode virtual wall barriers with batteries, extra filter
Warranty 12 months 12 months

The main differences between the Roborock S5 and Roomba 980

  1. The Roborock S5 costs less than the Roomba 980 (you can buy it on Gearbest for half the price of the Roomba)
  2. The Roborock has three color options: white, black, rose-gold
  3. The Roborock S5 can sweep and mop at the same time. The Roomba 980 only sweeps
  4. The Roomba 980 is equipped with silicone rollers that are perfect for pet hair. The rollers are tangle free and don't tend to get hair wrapped around
  5. The Roomba 980 comes with dirt detect technology. A bunch of sensors is able to recognize the dirtiest spots providing deep cleaning on those areas
  6. The Roborock S5 works quieter than the Roomba
  7. The Roborock mapping technology is based on a laser that is more accurate than a camera that is inside the Roomba. Because of than the Roborock S5 works in the dark when the Roomba doesn't do dark shade carpets
  8. The Roomba 980 bumps into things harsh when the Roborock recognizes obstacles and slows down before slightly touching it
  9. You can interact with the map created by the robot. The robot can be sent to a specific point using the Targeted Point feature. You are also able to set zoned cleanup and turn on spot cleaning. The Roomba 980 map works as a report of where the robot has cleaned. You cannot do anything with it.
  10. In case you want the machine to work on specific areas, there is a zoned cleanup feature in the Mi Home app. Set the block-off area by drawing a rectangle on the map. You can create as many rectangles as you want. The Roomba 980 comes equipped with dual virtual wall barrier that blocks the robot from preventing some areas it shouldn't cross
  11. The Roborock works 30 minutes longer
  12. The S5 has stronger suction
  13. Full bin indicator alerts when the dust bin needs to be emptied in the Roomba. The Roborock stops working when its dust container is full.
  14. Both robots are equipped with HEPA filter. The Roborock has a washable type that lasts longer.

To Sum It Up

  • Both boost suction power up when recognizing carpets.
  • Both robots last long but if the battery life of the Roborock S5 makes the robot better for bigger houses.
  • Each of them resumes cleaning after recharging its battery.
  • The Roomba and the Roborock support Amazon Alexa and Google Home.

Because of mopping, the Roborock is suitable for homes with bare floors.

Thanks to tangle-free rollers, the Roomba 980 is perfect for homeowners. You will not have any issues with tangled hair.

Both robots work great on thin and medium-pile carpets though based on customer reviews, the Roborock is a bit better on medium-pile carpets because of its cleaning brush that scratches the surface ensuring deeper cleaning.

Both robots perform well on any kind of surfaces except thick carpets, you can't go wrong with any of them. The Roomba is great on bare floors yet the Roborock has mopping than makes it a bit better for bare floors. Silicone rollers are perfect for pet hair but not as good on medium-pile carpets.

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