Roborock S5 vs. S6: Are The Improvements Worth The Money?
Table of Contents
- Roborock S6 vs. Roborock S5 comparison chart
- Roborock S5 & S6 test on carpet
- What the Roborock S5 and S6 have in common?
- What makes the newest Roborock S6 different from the Roborock S5
- Price & Where to buy
- 7 reasons to get the latest Roborock S6
Recently, Roborock has launched a new robot vacuum cleaner called Roborock S6. It has a very similar appearance to the previous S5 model, however, there are a few important improvements which makes the S6 smarter, quieter, more efficient and faster. It also got some advanced app features such as smart room recognition, separate rooms cleaning and scheduling, ability to store up to 3 maps. Cleaning brushes has been improved and now it takes less time to maintain the robot.
With all the improvements, let's look at the differences between the Roborock S5 and Roborock S6. Is there any reason to buy the latest model?
Roborock S6 vs. Roborock S5 comparison chart
|Specs||Roborock S6||Roborock S5|
|Suction Power (Pa)||2,000||2,000|
|CPU||ARM Allwinner R16 Quad-Core||ARM Allwinner R16 Quad-Core|
|Working Time (min)||150||150|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||Li-ion, 5,200||Li-ion, 5,200|
|Rated power, Watts||58||58|
|Noise in min/max mode (dB)||45-60 (50% quieter)||54-67|
|Dust Bin Capacity (ml/oz)||480 / 16.9||480 / 16.9|
|Water Box Capacity (ml)||140||140|
|Amazon Alexa/Google Home Support||yes||yes|
|Adjustable water supply||yes (two modes)||no|
|Mopping attachments||Microfiber mop + 10 disposable wipes||Microfiber mop|
|Central cleaning brush||yes (detachable parts, easy to maintain)||yes|
|Side brush type||silicone||bristle|
|Mapping and smart navigation||yes (LDS + SLAM, improved, ~20% faster cleaning)||yes (LDS + SLAM)|
|Intelligent carpet identification||yes||yes|
|Selected rooms scheduling||yes||no|
|Multi-floor support||up to 3 maps stored||no|
|Automatic Recharge and Resumption||yes||yes|
|Digital customized areas||zoned cleaning, no-go lines, blocked areas||zoned cleaning, no-go lines, blocked areas|
|Number of sensors||14||13|
|App||Mi Home (iOS, Android)||Mi Home (iOS, Android)|
|Filter||Washable E11-grade HEPA||Washable E11-grade HEPA|
|Barrier Height (in/cm)||0.78 / 2||0.78 / 2|
|Weight (lbs/kg)||7.7 / 3.5||7.7 / 3.5|
|Height (in/cm)||3.78 / 9.6||3.78 / 9.6|
|Width (in/cm)||13.77 / 35||13.77 / 35|
|Warranty||2 years||1 year|
|Accessories||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|
Differences between the Roborock S5 and S6
- Side brush. The Roborock S5 has a side brush made of ABS, the Roborock S6 side brush is silicone.
- Main brush. The main brush of the Roborock S6 has detachable parts, which is helpful in terms of cleaning it from hair.
- Buttons. The Roborock S5 and S6 have different buttons on the lid.
- Select room cleaning. When the Roborock S6 finishes cleaning, it divides the map into separate rooms. You can make the robot clean a kitchen directly. The Roborock S5 is not able to recognize rooms.
- Scheduling room cleaning. With the new feature, the Roborock S6 can be scheduled to clean a living room at a specific time by choosing the room you need and setting when it needs to vacuum.
- 20% faster. The Roborock S6 moves in straight parallel lines which you can see in the screenshot of the map down below.
- Water level switch. The Roborock S6 has a water tank with a switch that controls water level dripping. If you need more liquid toggle the switch to the up position.
- Disposable wipes in the box. The Roborock S5 comes equipped with 2 mopping pads, the Roborock S6 also has 10 disposable wipes.
- 3 maps saving. The Roborock S6 saves up to three maps, the Roborock stores one map only.
- Charging dock. The Roborock S6 has a dock with a cable that can be hidden behind.
- Noise. The Roborock S6 makes about 50 dB of noise even in max mode. The Roborock S5 makes ~68 dB of noise.
- Warranty. The latest model has a 2-year warranty.
Roborock S5 & S6 test on carpet
What the Roborock S5 and S6 have in common?
The newest Roborock S6 and S5 share a lot. If you are already familiar with the S5 model, I would recommend going to the section with differences. They both are efficient, provide excellent cleaning performance, smart and are more or less affordable, at least they have a lower price tag than other flagship models with similar features. Let's get into details, what features they share.
- Can do mopping and sweeping at the same time.
- Among the strongest suction power and pick-up ability in the industry.
- Can recognize carpets. When the Roborock is on a carpeted surface, the suction boosted up to its max level.
- Build a very accurate map of your house; you can watch this process in real-time on your iOS or Android phone in the Mi Home app thanks to the three powerful processors housed inside.
- Thanks to the 20 mm (0.78 in) climbing ability, both of them are suitable for thicker carpets and can easily overpass a door threshold (if below 2 cm).
- Support virtual blocked zones which allows you to forbid the robot from going to certain places in your house.
- You can create zoned cleaning to make the robot work within a particular area.
- Thanks to the LIDAR and SLAM technology, the Roborock remembers your floor plan.
- Have the longest-lasting battery (5200mAh) on the market and supports recharge & resumption, making the robot suitable for bigger homes
- Reasonable price for the given features
LDS-based intelligent navigation system
Both models have a «head» where the LDS (laser distance sensor or lidar) is hidden. It scans the surrounding and with the help of a powerful processor and SLAM algorithms creates a detailed house map (layout). Thanks to this technology, the robot always knows its location, where it has already cleaned and where needs to clean. Also, it reduces cleaning time by building the most efficient z-shaped path and preventing the robot to go over the same spots twice.
Unlike robots that don't have mapping and randomly move around until the battery is out of charge, the Roborock navigates efficiently. It moves back-and-forth in straight lines methodically covering the cleaning area based on the map it created.
The robot is equipped with a bunch of sensors that prevent bumping into things, falling and keep it at a distance of 10 mm from walls and furniture.
The Mi Home app allows you to watch how the robot builds a map and works in real-time, switching between cleaning modes, start/stop the machine, schedule it to work at a specific time, etc.
Digital blockers. If there is a room that might not be ready for cleaning or a zone where you have cords, etc., you can set an unlimited amount of digital blocked areas and no-go lines. Once you have done it, the robot would not cross it. You can create a zone by drawing a rectangle or set the tape (no-go line) on a place you don't want the robot to cross.
Zoned cleaning. Let's pretend you need the robot to clean a high-traffic area, some specific room or a part of your house. For these needs, there is a zone cleanup feature. Draw a rectangle on the map to make the vacuum clean within it.
Real-time tracking. You can track how the robot builds a map and cleans your house in real-time.
Manually control it like a radio car. If you need the device to go to a specific spot, you can use the app remote control and manage its movements by sending it where you want to. Also, with the «Target Point» option you can tap on the map, and the robot will go to that place. Much easier than using the remote control.
Both Roborock models have a powerful motor which delivers 2,000 Pa of suction power. It is one of the strongest suctions in the industry; only a few other robot vacuums have the comparable suction power.
Also, the Roborock can climb an obstacle up to 20 mm tall. Carpets that are not thicker than 20 mm is not an issue for the S6 and S5.
The Roborock has sensors that can recognize carpet flooring. Once the vacuum is on carpet, its suction boosted to max level automatically providing deeper cleaning.
The Roborock identifies carpetted surface ensuring deeper cleaning on your carpets
Strong suction power, excellent climbing ability, and carpet boost work together ensuring outstanding cleaning performance on a carpeted surface. The vacuum is able to pick up pet hair, so if you have a dog or cat, the Roborock is ideal for you.
The Roborock S5 and S6 come with a water container and a microfiber mop. The newest model has disposable wipes as well.
Mopping helps with keeping bare floor clean without doing it manually. For sure, it does not handle stubborn stains, but it is a useful feature to have. If you run the cleaner a few times per week, it will decrease the need of mopping manually.
The Roborock S6 has a new water tank that has a switch to adjust the level of water dripping.
To start - fill the water tank with water, attach the mop cloth, slide the container underneath until it clicks and let the robot run. In the mopping mode, the Roborock cleans for about 40-50 minutes until the container gets dry.
Both robots have the same dimensions of 35 cm (13.78 in) in diameter and 9.6 cm (3.78 in) in height. The weight is 3.5 kg (7.94 lbs).
Long lasting battery, recharge & resume
The Roborock has a Li-ion battery with a capacity of 5,200 mAh. It lasts up to 150 minutes which is the longest runtime in the industry. It is enough to cover a cleaning area that is equivalent to 250 square meters (2691 ft2).
The Roborock is ideal for big homes
When the battery is on a 20% level, the vacuum automatically docks itself to recharge up to 80% so it can finish cleaning. When it's done charging, the Roborock resumes the job from the spot it left off.
The Roborock runs up to 150 minutes which is the longest in the business
In case it covered the whole cleaning area, it gets to the charging dock to juice up to 100% with no resumption.
Smart Home support
Both of them are integrated with Alexa-enabled devices and Google Home. If you own any of these, you can control the robot with your voice.
What makes the newest Roborock S6 different from the Roborock S5
Notwithstanding both of them have many things in common, there are some improvements you need to know about. We are here to help you to understand what is different between the two Roborock models.
The newest model has the same glossy finish. The Roborock S5 has three physical buttons on the lid: power, charging and spot cleaning. The newest Roborock S6 houses touch buttons.
Other than that, both cleaners look-alike. Under the lid, you will find a 500 ml dustbin and a cleaning tool under the lid.
The improvements were made with the charging dock as well.
With the new charging dock, you can hide a charging cable inside; it looks sleeker and more minimalist.
Improved mapping technology
Roborock claims that the newest Rock Navigation system is smarter than the previous generation.
The manufacturer promises that the new S6 model improves cleaning efficiency by 20% and in our testing, it was close to the truth. We put both Roborock models (S6 and S5) to a few tests to check if the newest robot vacuum cleans faster than the previous model. As you can see on the screenshot below, the S6 understands rooms layout and builds a more effective lengthways path in corridors and wide rooms which helps to finish the job faster. The Roborock S6 spent 37 minutes cleaning the entire apartment when the Roborock S5 needed 45 minutes to clean the same area. It also means that the Roborock S6 can cover a larger area on one charge.
The Roborock S6 can automatically recognize your rooms. When the Roborock S6 is done cleaning, it divides the map into separate rooms. Then you can choose a particular room to be cleaned at a specific time up to 7 times per week. Also, you can manually merge or divide some areas on the map anytime you want.
The S6 can store multiple maps (up to 3) which makes it a better choice for multi-floor houses. The Roborock S5 is only able to save one map.
The Roborock S6 is perfect for big homes with more than one level
The Roborock S6 app has a minimalist design; it is more intuitive and easy to use.
Detachable main brush and silicone side brush
The S6 has a rubber (or silicone?) side brush that is stiffer and meant to last longer.
Water level control and better mopping performance
The Roborock S5 has a microfiber cloth for mopping; the S6 has 10 disposable wipes and the same microfiber cloth in the box. The Roborock S6 water container has a switch that you can toggle up and down which provides more or less water supply depending on your mopping needs. The disposable wipes are good for those who don’t like to wash the mopping cloth by hands. Once the mopping is done, you can tear it off and throw away. As an alternative, you can use the reusable mopping cloth and clean it under water after using.
The water tank of the Roborock S5 looks the same but lacks the switch that controls water supply.
Upgraded cleaning brush with detachable parts
The Roborock S6 has a new cleaning roller made of an international first-line brand DuPontTM Zytel material. It is a mix of bristles and rubber which makes the brush ideal for multisurface. Its parts are detachable that allows you to remove hair with ease.
Strong suction, carpet boost, climbing ability, and the newest brush make the Robrorock S6 perfect for pet owners.
The Roborock S6 cleaning brush is easier to clean from hair
Reduced noise and new filtration system
Roborock did an excellent job of reducing the operating noise level. They optimized the motor vibration and modified the air flow of the fan. It makes the Roborock S6 works almost 50% quieter than its older brother Roborock S5.
The noise the Roborock S6 makes when working is at about 50 dB level which makes it one of the most quieter on the market with strong suction of 2,000 Pa. We did notice the difference between the two models.
Comparing the noise level of the Roborock S6 and S5
If the Roborock S5 can be a little bit distractive especially when max mode is on, the Roborock S6 allows you to sit in the same room where you are and do whatever you were planning to.
The Roborock S6 has a two-year warranty which is the longest in the industry; the Roborock S5 provides a 1-year warranty.
Price & Where to buy
The Roborock S5 on Amazon: ~$570
The Roborock S5 (white) on GearBest: ~$400
The Roborock S6 on GearBest: ~$600 (use the coupon code GB-APRBS6 for $10 discount)
The Roborock S6 (black) on Aliexpress: ~$600
The Roborock S6 will be available to get on Amazon by August 2019.
7 reasons to get the latest Roborock S6
- If you have a house with more than one level - the Roborock S6 would be perfect for you thanks to the map storing feature.
- Room cleaning is a useful feature. Many users wished the Roborock S5 would have it. With the newest model, you can choose a specific room and schedule the robot to clean it whenever you want.
- Improved water tank and mopping attachments make the mopping more efficiently.
- If any noise distracts you, have a look at the Roborock S6. It might not be the quietest, but let's not forget that it is a powerful machine, it should make noises, right? At least it is not as loud as the Roborock S5.
- The new charging dock is minimalist. The charging cord will not be laying on your floor as it used to be with the S5.
- It cleans your house up to 20% faster than the previous model.
- Last, but not least: with the cleaning roller that has detachable parts, the Roborock S6 is a great choice for pet owners.
As much as we love the Roborock S5, it is a great machine, we couldn't resist the new features of the Roborock S6.
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