Roborock S5 vs. Roomba 980 Comparison Chart

Roborock S50 (White)
iRobot Roomba 980
Model Roborock S50 (White)iRobot Roomba 980
Run time 150 min120 min
Suction Power 2000 Pa1700 Pa
Сleaning Area 250 m2 / 2691 ft2185 m2 / 1991 ft2
Home Size medium, bigmedium, big
Dustbin Capacity 500 ml600 ml
Noise Level 60 db70 db
IR Remote Control
Mapping / Path planning
Mapping Sensor Type LDScamera
Automatically Docks and Recharges
Recharge and Continue
Cleaning Modes quiet, balanced, turbo, max, zoned cleanup, carpet boostauto, spot, carpet boost
Wet mopping
Сarpet Floor Types low-pile, medium-pilelow-pile, medium-pile
Bare Floor Types hardwood, laminate, vynil, marble tile, ceramic tile linoleumhardwood, vynil, marble tile, ceramic tile, laminate, linoleum
HEPA filter
Wi-Fi / Smartphone App
Virtual Wall
LCD display
Amazon Alexa Support
Google Home Support
Voice Prompts
Water Tank Capacity 140 ml-
Battery Capacity 5200 mAh3300 mAh
Rated Power (Watts) 58 W43 W
Charging time 240 min120 min
Barrier-cross height 20 mm / 0.79 in20 mm / 0.79 in
Robot Weight 3.5 kg / 7.72 lbs3.94 kg / 8.69 lbs
Robot Width 35 cm / 13.78 in35.3 cm / 13.90 in
Robot Height 9.6 cm / 3.78 in9.14 cm / 3.60 in
Warranty 12 months12 months
Side Brushes 11
Where to buy GearBest $459.99
Amazon $546.99
Amazon $838.99

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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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