Roborock S5 Max: Better Cleaning Experience At A Reasonable Price

By Natalie Red·Updated: Sep 9, 2019· 7 min read

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

Roborock releases the new Roborock S5 Max at IFA 2019 in Berlin
Roborock at IFA 2019 in Berlin

Roborock 2019 new model S5 Max

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

We 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 intuitive recharging, and many other features we are going to talk about later.

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

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) 54-67
Dust Bin Capacity (ml/oz) 480 / 16.9 480 / 16.9 480 / 16.9
Water Box Capacity (ml) 280 140 140
Amazon Alexa/Google Home Support yes yes yes
Mopping Function yes yes yes
Adjustable water supply yes (in the app) yes (two modes) 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
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 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 13 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 Unknown 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 Coming soon $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 to recharge.


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 the 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. The toggle is not as convenient as the app control. 

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? Zones come in a rectangle shape and are limited in term of changing the shape while barriers are tapes which you can set depending on the shape of the zone you don't want the vacuum to go to.

Mapping and navigation

Roborock app

The newest Roborock S5 Max is equipped with 13 types of sensors including 4 cliff sensors and Lidar for more precise mapping and navigation. These sensors let you know if the filter gets clogged if the filter 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 carpeted surface. 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.

Roborock S5 Max climbing on a carpet

Roborock S5 Max cleaning a carpet

When will it be available to buy?

The Roborock S5 Max will come available officially at the end of the year, likely in November or December.


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.
    1. Natalie Red
      #      0
      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.
      1. Stas
        #      0
        At the Roborock official website, it is claimed that this robot has 14 sensors.
        1. Natalie Red
          #      0
          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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