Roborock S5 vs. S6: Are The Improvements Worth The Money?

By Natalie Red·Mar 21, 2019· 10 min read

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.

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The design of the Roborock S5 and Roborock S6

We had a chance to review the Roborock S55 and test the Roborock S6 and have something to say about each model.

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
Mopping Function 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
Infrared Sensor yes yes
Mapping and smart navigation yes (LDS + SLAM, improved, ~20% faster cleaning) yes (LDS + SLAM)
Intelligent carpet identification yes yes
Rooms recognition yes no
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

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.

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.

App Features

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.

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Roborock has improved the Mi Home app for the S6 model

Impressive performance

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.

Wet Mopping

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.

Same dimensions

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.

Roborock S5 vs Roborock S6 design

The differnce in design between the Roborock S5 and Roborock S6

Other than that, both cleaners look-alike. Under the lid, you will find a 500 ml dustbin and a cleaning tool under the lid.

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The Roborock S5 and Roborock S6 underneath view

The improvements were made with the charging dock as well.

Roborock S55 and a charging dock

The Roborock S5 charging dock

With the new charging dock, you can hide a charging cable inside; it looks sleeker and more minimalist.

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The charging dock hides a cable inside

The Roborock S6 charging dock adjusts the length of the charging cord for a sleeker look

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.

Roborock S6 finishing the job ~20% faster than the S5

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.

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The Roborock S6 has a rubber side brush

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 Roborock S6 comes with an advanced water tank, microfiber cloths, and 10 disposable wipes

The Roborock S6 water tank & additional accessories

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.

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The Roborock S5 brush (on top) is solid, the Roborock S6 cleaning brush has detachable parts

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.

Extended warranty

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

  1. If you have a house with more than one level - the Roborock S6 would be perfect for you thanks to the map storing feature.
  2. 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.
  3. Improved water tank and mopping attachments make the mopping more efficiently.
  4. 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.
  5. The new charging dock is minimalist. The charging cord will not be laying on your floor as it used to be with the S5.
  6. It cleans your house up to 20% faster than the previous model.
  7. 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.

Where to buy

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Comments ()

  1. Dr.VSS
    02 april 2019, 16:12
    #      +1
    Hey there,
    Its a very nice website that you are running about RoboVacs, please keep up the good work. The website is really very helpful in sharing detailed information about all the robovacs available in the market, specifications etc. Added to it the comparison feature is most useful. It would be better if you can add more functionality to compare more than 2 products at any given time.
    I have a few questions to ask:
    1. How is Roborock S5/50 different from Xiaomi Roborock Mijia and why are they calling it with different names instead of a single name or common nomenclature «Roborock or Xiaomi». This is causing confusion in the psyche of potential buyers. Today I read another review on this website which spoke about «Xiaomi Mijia 1S Robot». Elsewhere also, I read that Xiaomi owns Roborock, then why are they coming with different brand names as Roborock S5/T6 and Xiaomi Mijia 1S Robot instead of Xiaomi S5/T6?
    2. I live in a duplex villa which has two levels. Given your experience with Robovacs and using your good offices & contacts, do you think the Roborock S5 will upgrade/update their existing S5 mobile software app with Multifloor map functionality since this feature is available by default in T6.
    Hope I havent asked too much. Thanks in advance. Have a great day. Cheers!!!
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    1. Michael Fisher
      03 april 2019, 06:31(edited})
      #      0
      Hi,
      thanks for the kind words and your feedback! The ability to compare more than two robot vacuums will be added soon. It's almost done but works not as expected, so we need to improve it.
      Regarding your questions:
      1. There is a lack of info about the Xiaomi Mijia 1S Robot at this moment. Probably it was developed by the same company Roborock as the first Xiaomi Mi Robot and will be presented as a product from Xiaomi (without mention of Roborock). However, I have no idea why they use different names instead of a single name. At the same time, Roborock presented the newest Roborock T6 under their own brand. So far we know that the Xiaomi Mijia 1S has a very similar appearance to the first generation Xiaomi Mi Robot with a few improvements.
      2. Unfortunately, I don't know if they are going to add multifloor map functionality to the Roborock S5.
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    2. Daniel
      17 april 2019, 16:36(edited})
      #      0
      I can't find any info online on when the roborock t6 is going to available to purchase in the USA like in Amazon or big box stores. Do you have any idea? When that will happen?
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      1. Natalie Red
        18 april 2019, 03:32
        #      0
        Hello, Daniel!

        Unfortunately, we don't know when it will be available to purchase in the US. Hope it will be announced by Roborock soon.

        Best regards,
        Natalie
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        1. Saif
          13 june 2019, 10:23
          #      0
          Hi,

          I actually emailed them directly and they said they will be launching the S6 on Amazon around August.
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          1. Natalie Red
            14 june 2019, 02:04
            #      0
            Great news! Thanks for letting me know, will update the article :)
            reply   
        2. Tymiano
          08 may 2019, 19:39
          #      0
          A question about main brush. Would s6 main brush fit s5 model? and the same question about side brush…
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          1. Natalie Red
            09 may 2019, 04:41
            #      0
            Yes, both brushes fit very well, so you can use the S5 brushes with the S6 model, and vice versa.
            S5 and S6 brushes comparison
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            1. Tymiano
              11 may 2019, 17:05
              #      +1
              Ah thats a good news. Thank you for reply
              reply   
          2. Daniel
            15 may 2019, 09:28
            #      0
            Hi,

            Thanks for the really great review!
            Just a few weeks ago I bought the Roborock S50, I just can't believe that just now they have released the next gen!
            I don't think I will buy the S6 since I've just bought the S50, and it seems like the differences between them and the improvements in the S6 are not that worth the hassle. But since I have two cats and a girlfriend with long hair it does take a bit of time to remove the hair from the brushes. So if you can advise me on where I can buy the S6 brushes for my S50 that would be great!

            Thanks!
            Daniel
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            1. Natalie Red
              16 may 2019, 03:12
              #      0
              Hi Daniel,

              You are right, the Roborock S6 has a cleaning brush that would be better in your case, it does take less time to clean the new roller.

              Unfortunately, so far we don't know where you can buy accessories for the Roborock S6 and when it will be available since the robot has been announced not so far ago. Hope, you can buy a brush next week or so.

              Natalie
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            2. Thomas
              16 may 2019, 12:17
              #      0
              Hi,

              Is this Really true in the review?
              ”Also, the Roborock S6 stores multiple maps (up to 3) which makes it ideal for houses with one and more levels. The Robrock S5 is only able to save one map.”

              I mailed roborock support and asked them about this I got this answer.


              Andy (Roborock)
              May 16, 10:50 CST

              Hi Thomas,
              Thanks for your interest on Roborock.
              We are so sorry to tell you the model S5 and S6 could only save one map at present. It will recreate a new map once you move it to another floor.
              For multiple map saving suggestion, we will forward your advice to our developing department and hope they will add this feature in the future.”

              /thomas
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              1. Natalie Red
                17 may 2019, 04:52(edited})
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                Hi Thomas,

                It's strange. I'm sure it can store up to three maps, you can check the screenshot below. Since I have only one floor, I put it on a balcony and to our testing zone, and as you can see it saves all the three maps in the app, I can choose any map anytime before starting cleaning.

                Natalie


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              2. A
                17 may 2019, 13:26
                #      +1
                Hi Again,

                Of course I asked the support once more and got this:


                Lora (Roborock)
                May 17, 15:38 CST

                Hi Thomas,
                Actually, the model S6/T6 could save 3 maps. One is the map first created. One is last time cleaning' map. One is the map which contains barrier and no-go-zone.
                However, you could not choose any specific cleaning map log to save. Besides, you could not name saved maps.

                To sum up, the multiple map saved function of model S6/T6 is not well made at present and could not meet customers' need, which is reason why we don't suggest customer uses it.”

                A little bit confused. Can it be that you draw up a new Map as long as you dont got 3 of them. And IF you dont reset a map, the robot will never draw a new one. That is use one of the stored ones. Then maybe it is suitable for 2 floors?

                Help me out!
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                1. Natalie Red
                  18 may 2019, 03:16
                  #      0
                  If you already have three maps saved and you want to create a new map, the oldest map will be replaced with the new one. So you always have three latest maps.
                  However, according to the support response, if you have a map with virtual barriers, it will not be replaced even if it is the oldest one. At least this is how I understand it, haven't tested it yet.
                  Also, today I updated the app and seems like there are some improvements: now you can manually delete any map (see the screenshot below).
                  Worth to mention, the S6 saves a map only if it has been started from the charging dock and automatically returned to it after cleaning. If you manually interrupt the cleaning process or the robot does not find the charging dock, the map will not be saved. This is how it works so far. So looks like this is what they mean by this: «However, you could not choose any specific cleaning map log to save.»
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