Roborock S5 Max: Better Cleaning Experience At A Reasonable Price

By Natalie Red·Updated: Nov 12, 2019· 7 min read

Roborock has released the new product Roborock S5 Max at IFA, 2019 in Berlin. What it looks like and why we are excited to see it coming to the market?

Roborock 2019 new model S5 Max
Roborock at IFA 2019 in Berlin

The new model looks similar to its previous sibling - the Roborock S6. It has two buttons on top, instead of three, a soft bumper that reduces the noise level, a similar charging dock to the one that comes with the Roborock S5 and some new smart features.

Roborock S5 Max

I would say the S5 Max is a mix of both: the Roborock S5 and S6. With the same specifications, the new model has an advanced mopping system, a bigger water tank, longer battery life, a new AI-powered resumption, and many other features we are going to talk about later.

Roborock S5 Max vs. Roborock S5 vs. Roborock S6 comparison chart

Specs
Roborock S5 Max
Roborock S6
Roborock S6
Roborock S5
Roborock S5
Suction Power (Pa) 2,000 2,000 2,000
CPU Unknown ARM Allwinner R16 Quad-Core Unknown
Working Time (min) 180 150 150
Battery capacity (mAh) Li-ion 5,200 Li-ion, 5,200 Li-ion, 5,200
Rated power, Watts 58 58 58
Noise in min/max mode (dB) N/A 45-60 (50% quieter than the S5) 54-67
Dust Bin Capacity (ml/oz) 460 / 15.5 480 / 16.9 480 / 16.9
Water Box Capacity (ml) 290 140 140
Amazon Alexa/Google Home Support yes yes yes
Mopping Function yes yes yes
Adjustable water supply yes (in the app) yes (in the water tank) no
Mopping attachments Microfiber mop Microfiber mop + 10 disposable wipes Microfiber mop
Central cleaning brush yes (detachable parts, easy to maintain) yes (detachable parts, easy to maintain) yes (solid)
Side brush type silicone silicone bristle
Infrared Sensor yes yes yes
Mapping and smart navigation yes (LDS + SLAM, improved, ~20% faster cleaning) yes (LDS + SLAM, improved, ~20% faster cleaning) yes (LDS + SLAM)
Intelligent carpet identification yes yes yes
Rooms recognition yes yes no
Selected rooms scheduling yes yes no
Selected rooms scheduling (mopping mode) yes no no
Multi-floor support up to 3 maps stored up to 3 maps stored no
Automatic Recharge and Resumption yes (AI powered) yes yes
Digital customized areas zoned cleaning, no-go lines, no-mop lines, blocked areas zoned cleaning, no-go lines, blocked areas zoned cleaning, no-go lines, blocked areas
Number of sensors 14 types of sensors 14 13
App Roborock (iOS, Android) Mi Home (iOS, Android), Roborock (iOS, Android) Mi Home (iOS, Android)
Filter Washable E11-grade HEPA Washable E11-grade HEPA Washable E11-grade HEPA
Barrier Height (in/cm) 0.78 / 2 0.78 / 2 0.78 / 2
Weight (lbs/kg) 7.7 / 3.5 7.7 / 3.5 7.7 / 3.5
Height (in/cm) 3.78 / 9.6 3.78 / 9.6 3.78 / 9.6
Width (in/cm) 13.77 / 35 13.77 / 35 13.77 / 35
Warranty 1 year 2 years 1 year
Accessories charging dock, power adapter, mop rack, mop, waterproof pad, manual charging dock, power cable, water tank, mop, user manual, warranty card, English manual, 10 x disposable wipes, 2 x micro fiber mops charging dock, charge cable, mopping pad, water tank, cleaning brush, English manual
Price $499 GearBest $599 GearBest $499 Amazon
$429 GearBest

Battery life

The new Roborock S5 Max runs for the whole 180 minutes before needs to recharge. 

When the battery runs out of charge, the robot returns to recharge up to the level it needs to finish the job and then resumes cleaning. While the previous generations needed to recharge up to 80% before resumption, the new Roborock S5 Max calculates how much space remains to be cleaned and returns to the dock to top up enough power to finish saving time on recharging.

Mopping

The biggest improvements in the latest model - mopping. It has a bigger water tank (280 ml) compared to 150 ml the Roborock S5/S6 have.

In mopping mode, the cleaner can go up to three times over the cleaning area covering a 65sqm (700sqft) apartment or a 200sqm (2600sqft) home if it's running once.

Roborock S5 Max cleaning a hardwood floor

In the app, you can control the level of water dripping depending on light of heavy jobs. The Roborock S5 doesn't have any water control, the Roborock S6 has a toggle on a water tank and two levels of water dripping. To switch the toggle, you need to remove the mopping cloth while you can do the same in the app as the Roborock S5 Max mops.

Choose the right water flow via the Roborock app

If the robot cleans small areas, it turns off the water when it goes over the areas it has already mopped. After finishing the job, it shuts off the water allowing the mop to dry before the Roborock returns to the dock.

Many people wanted the Roborock to keep carpets dry when mopping and the manufacturer had heard them! Now you can set no-mop barriers so the carpet will not get wet when the robot is mopping. You can also mix them up with no-go zones when the cleaner is vacuuming. The no-mop zones and barriers disappear once the mopping attachments are off.

Leave your carpets dry while the S5 Max is mopping with the new no-mop zones feature

What is the difference between no-go zones and barriers? No-Go Zones come in a rectangle shape and are limited in terms of changing the shape while no-go barriers are tapes which you can set depending on the shape of the zone you don't want the vacuum to go to.

The video made by herr hieber

Mapping and navigation

Roborock app

The newest Roborock S5 Max is equipped with 14 types of sensors including 4 cliff sensors and Lidar for more precise mapping and navigation. These sensors let you know whether the filter gets clogged or it is in position, and whether the water tank is inserted or not. You will get a notification as well as the robot will tell you by voice if there is something wrong with any of these parts.

Selected room cleaning

Once the robot creates a map, it divides it into separate rooms understanding where the rooms are. These zones can be renamed, merged, or divided the way you want them to be. When the map and rooms are ready, you can schedule the Roborock to work in a particular room. You can also schedule it to mop in a certain room or two. It is helpful when you don't want to clean the whole house. This feature is presented in the Roborock S6 and lacks in the Roborock S5.

Same as the previous Roborock S6, the Roborock S5 Max has an efficient cleaning pattern. It saves battery energy in narrow spaces, thus finishing cleaning about 20% faster.

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Roborock S5 Max

Aside from understanding rooms location, you can also set cleaning zones, the place where the robot should clean, and as we said before, no-mop/no-go zones to keep the machine off some areas.

Cleaning performance

The Roborock S5 Max delivers 2,000 Pa of suction. It climbs an obstacle up to 20 mm (0.8 in) which makes it suitable for thicker carpets. The robot is able to recognize carpets. It boosts suction power once it is stepping on carpet providing the best pickup.

With a disassembled cleaning brush, the S5 Max is ideal for pet owners; the roller is easy to maintain.

Because of the new mopping system and a 290 ml water container, the latest Roborock covers a bigger area and is more suitable for light jobs or heavier messes but do not expect it to remove stubborn stains though it is better at mopping than the previous S6.

Roborock S5 Max climbing on a carpet

Roborock S5 Max cleaning a carpet

When will it be available to buy?

The Roborock S5 Max is already available to buy on GearBest for $499.99. You can get it even cheaper — for $439.99 with the coupon code GBROBOROCKMAX.

You can also get it on Aliexpress for ~$499.

Conclusion

The Roborock S5 and S6 are one of the best robot cleaners in their price range. The company has stepped forward by making the new product better improving the mopping experience for its users, keeping the Roborock S5 Max as powerful and having a user-friendly app. The model meets expectations for those who live in a big house, have pets, many carpets and also some area without carpet since now it is a robot vacuum that is safe for your carpets when mopping. We can't wait for the product to come to the market!


Comments ()

  1. Stas
    #      0
    There are some mistakes in the chart:
    1. Roborock S5 Max has a 280 (not 180) ml water tank.
    2. Roborock S5 Max has 14 (not 13) sensors.
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    1. Natalie Red
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      1. Thanks, has fixed in the chat.
      2. The Roborock S5 Max is equipped with 13 types of sensors including 4 cliff sensors and Lidar.
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      1. Stas
        #      0
        At the Roborock official website, it is claimed that this robot has 14 sensors.
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        1. Natalie Red
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          I have asked and the official Roborock support answered the new model has 13 types of sensors. Besides, I can't find any information about the sensors at the official website.
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          1. Chase
            #      0
            The promo video says 14 sensors youtu.be/SOqefHXXDlA
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      2. nico
        #      +1
        What is difference with this new Xiaomi :Xiaomi Mijia V2 STYJ02YM (2019)?
        The battery is lower but it's seems that is a new model better than S5 max.
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        1. Natalie Red
          #      0
          I am a bit confused here: do you mean the Viomi V2 or Xiaomi MiJia STYJ02YM LDS Edition?

          Our readers complain about the Mi Home app (the Viomi V2 model) which may cause the new Xiaomi as well. It is not stable while the Roborock app is sleek, stable, and complete. The Roborock app also gets updates regularly in case there is a bug that needs to be fixed.

          The difference between the Xiaomi and new Roborock:

          1. The new Roborock has no-mop lines for mopping and no-go lines for sweeping, the Xiaomi supports no-go lines only.
          2. The S5 MAX can be scheduled to mop at a specific time.
          3. The S5 Max is smart enough to power up the battery to the level it needs to finish the job, not to 80% as other models do.
          4. The S5 Max runs longer.
          5. The new Roborock climbs an obstacle up to 20 mm height vs. 15 mm the Xiaomi does which is better for carpets.

          Even though some things might be better in the Xiaomi, the app is still raw which you won't experience with the Roborock app.
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          1. nico
            #      0
            I mean comparing the S5 max and the Xiaomi Mijia STYJ02YM. the both are very recent and similar. The STYJ02YM has a better vaccum power (2100 instead 2000). the STYJ02YM is new ( August 2019)
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      3. Chase
        #      +1
        The promo video says 14 sensors youtu.be/SOqefHXXDlA
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        1. Natalie Red
          #      0
          Thanks for pointing out! Fixed that :)
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        2. João
          #      +1
          I'm a bit confused. What does S6 have better than the S5 Max? Or does S5 Max is really an improvement on the S6?
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          1. Natalie Red
            #      0
            The biggest improvement in the S5 Max over the S6 is its mopping feature.

            1. The S5 MAX has a bigger water tank (280 ml vs. 150 ml).
            2. The newest model follows a Y-shape pattern in mopping mode which is more efficient and better at removing stains.
            3. The S5 MAX has no-mop zones that you can set so the robot avoids carpets and also no-go lines that keep the robot off some other places. Once the mopping attachments are removed, no-mop zones disappear. The S6 only supports no-go lines.
            4. The S5 MAX runs longer (180 min vs. 150 min), more suitable for larger houses.
            5. Now you can control water flowing in the app instead of switching the toggle on the water tank itself.
            6. You can schedule the S5 MAX to mop in a specific room whenever you want which you can't do with the S6.
            7. The new model is more intelligent with the recharge&resume feature. It does not need to charge up to 80% when it's battery runs out of power, the robot calculates how much battery life it needs to finish the job which means you don't have to wait a few hours until it resumes cleaning.

            If you think of switching your S6 to the S5 MAX, it might not be the best idea but if you are looking to get the S6 or the S5 MAX, I would recommend going with the latest model. The mopping feature is really better here. I have tried the Viomi V2 with a similar mopping pattern and it is significantly better than any other 2-in-1 robot vacuum cleaner I have tested.
            If you live in a big house and feel like 150 minutes would not be enough to cover the whole space go with the S5 Max but I feel like 2,5 hours is more than enough for most households.
            But if you don't really need mopping and you will not use it, the S6 is a great choice to go with.
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            1. nico
              #      0
              What is difference with this new Xiaomi :Xiaomi Mijia V2 STYJ02YM (2019)?
              The battery is lower but it's seems that is a new model better than S5 max.
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          2. mike
            #      +2
            looks like deebot 950 water tank exactly
            yes, no mop zone is very useful
            water rate control from the app in deebot also nice
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            1. Wayne
              #      +1
              If the S5 Max is available in the United States why is it selling with a EU plug
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              1. Natalie Red
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                The S5 Max is not available in the US yet so it does not come with a US plug, I believe when it will be on sale in the US, it will have a US plug.
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              2. Billy
                #      +1
                I thought the dustbin was bigger then the s6, I thought the dust bin was like the s4 bigger and could hold more dirt?
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                1. Natalie Red
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                  I believe because of the bigger water tank, it was harder to build a bigger dustbin so we got what we got with the S5 Max.
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                2. Pablo S.
                  #      +1
                  I have read contradictory information on the Internet regarding the ability to save multiple maps on the S5 max, and I cannot see anything related in the official Roborock website. Can you confirm it can save 3 different maps? (I have a two-floor flat). Thanks.
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                  1. Natalie Red
                    #      0
                    This is the response I got from Roborock on the multi mapping thing: «The S5 Max and the S6 would both save up to two manual maps that the users have edited, however it is not the same as saving two separate maps for multi-level (we are working on that).»
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                    1. Pablo S.
                      #      0
                      We will wait then and see if they add this feature. Thanks!!!
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