iRobot Roomba i7+ vs. Roborock S5: Comparison of the Most Powerful Robot Vacuum Cleaners

By Natalie Red·Updated: Dec 11, 2019· 9 min read

Both robot vacuums: the Roborock S5 and iRobot Roomba i7+ are high-end robotic vacuum cleaners that are featured with useful options that will make cleaning easier for you. It is challenging to choose the best; we will try to help you to decide which robot vacuum would be better for your home.

The Roborock S5 vs. Roomba i7+

Features Roborock S5 Roomba i7+
Run Time (min) 150 120
Dustbin size (ml) 500 500
Battery capacity (mAh) 5,200 3,300
Navigation Technology LDS + SLAM iAdapt 3.0 + vSLAM
Clearance (in / mm) 0.79 / 20 0.79 / 20
Spot cleaning yes yes
Virtual Walls Digital block offs Dual virtual wall barrier
Zone cleaning yes yes
Filter Washable HEPA HEPA
Scheduling yes yes
Wi-Fi Support yes yes
Smartphone App Mi Home iRobot Home
Amazon Alexa & Google Assistant support yes yes
Tangle-Free Brush no yes
Recharge and Resume yes yes
Smart carpet identification yes yes
Full Bin Indicator no yes
Mapping sensor lidar (laser distance sensor) camera
Cliff sensors yes yes
Anti-collision sensors yes yes
Warranty 12 months 12 months

Roborock S5

Roborock S5 the best robot vacuum cleaner to buy in 2019

The Roborock S5 is a 2-in-1 vacuum cleaner that can sweep carpets and mop bare floors.

The Roborock S5 not only sweeps, it also can mop

The 100 ml water tank is easy to insert by sliding it underneath until it clicks. 100 ml of water is enough to mop for 50-60 minutes. After the container gets dry, you can fill it up again if there are still untouched areas. Sure mopping won’t replace an actual mop, but if you have somewhat clean floors, it will help you lower that amount of time you spend actually mopping. It’s a nice feature to have.

roborock s5 bottom view

There is a tower on top with a laser inside. It scans surrounding areas to create a plan of the cleaning area, which helps the robot to know where to clean. The laser works fast; it takes a few moments to scan the room; you won't notice when the robot finished creating the map and started cleaning.

LIDAR technology allows the Roborock to work in the dark

Thanks to mapping, the Roborock spends less time to clean a house making navigation more efficient. The robot follows a back-and-forth navigation pattern sticking to the map, thus knowing where it needs to clean. You can see the whole process of plan creating in the app, which is magnificent. The Roborock might also divide a cleaning room into a few zones and work on each until the room is done.

Mapping saves battery life because the S5 does not clean the same zones twice

The vacuum has three processors inside that track its movements in real-time which you can see on your smartphone. Only a few robot vacuums in the industry allow watching it working in real-time.

When its battery is less than 20% of energy, the Roborock S5 navigates back to its base stations, charge up to 80% and then finish cleaning to get the deed done.

Use the Mi Home app to draw restricted areas or set zoned cleaning

Inside the Mi Home app, you can set blocked areas and customize where to clean by drawing a rectangle. The amount of rectangles you can create is unlimited. Other features are standard for almost all the robot cleaners: scheduling, switching between cleaning modes, start/stop the device, etc. When the robot is done working, you can see cleaning history and if you want it to clean a particular room again - create a customized area where it needs to go and press start.

roborock s5 map screenshot

How the Roborock S5 works?

It has a side sweeper that works along walls catching dust and sends it to the main brush. The main brush agitates debris; strong suction power sucks up dust and dirt inside the dustbin.

roborock s5 - how it works

The longest-lasting battery in the industry and resumption makes the Roborock S5 perfect for bigger households

The robot is equipped with a washable HEPA filter that lasts longer than regular filters. It catches up to 99.9% of pollen and allergens in the air.

It also has a bunch of sensors that are able to recognize carpeted flooring, automatically boosting suction power once the robot is on the carpet.

When the dust box gets full, the Roborock stops cleaning.


iRobot Roomba i7+

Is the Roomba i7+ best robot vacuum for carpet?

Everyone knows about the latest robot iRobot released - the Roomba i7+. It is the cleaner that doesn't require you to be involved in the cleaning process.

Once the Roomba i7+ docks itself, debris and dust that are in the dirt box get sucked up into the disposal bag by the charging station. In case the robot is working and gets full, it returns to the base, empty itself and get to cleaning again.

The Roomba i7+ charging dock automatically empties the dustbin that is inside the robot vacuum when it gets full. It holds up to 30 robot bins

The Roomba i7 is the same Roomba i7+ only without the clean base automatic dirt disposal. It has a regular charging dock all the Roombas do.

On the side, you will see a side brush that helps the vacuum cleaner bring the debris to the main brush that then sucks it up to the dustbin. The silicone rollers are tangle-free and are the best for pet hair since they need less maintenance than bristled brushes. If a recharge is required, the Roomba i7+ will top itself off and then pick up where it left off.

irobot roomba i7 aeroforce cleaning system

The Roomba i7+ has a camera sensor on top to map out the cleaning area. It needs light to provide better performance

There is a built-in camera sensor that learns, maps, and adapts to your home. This technology is called Imprint Smart Mapping. The robot remembers where it has cleaned and known where it needs to clean.

irobot roomba i7 map

The Roomba i7+ is equipped with the advanced brushless rollers that are perfect for pet hair

When the map is created, you can divide it into zones, name each zone to make the Roomba i7+ clean each zone separately further. You can also schedule the vacuum to work on a room you've chosen by using the iRobot Home app or voice (if you have Alexa-enabled devices or Google Assistant). Please note, you can name each zone only once. Also, in the app, you can start and stop the machine, schedule it, switch between modes, navigate the robot manually, and see cleaning history.

Divide the created map into cleaning zones to set a specific time so the vacuum cleaner will work within chosen areas

The Roomba i7+ stores up to 10 different floor plans, which makes it suitable for multi-store homes.

In the box with the robot, you will find the dual virtual wall barrier that keeps the cleaner from wandering off.

The Roomba i7+ is suitable for multiple-level homes. It stores up to 10 different floor plans in memory

Dirt detect helps Roomba to recognize the dirtiest areas. The robot will take more time to clean those spots.

To clean carpets better, the Roomba is equipped with smart carpet identification that boosts up air power once it knows the robot is on carpet flooring.

Accessories to buy

You can get additional accessories for the Roborock S5 on Amazon.

Unfortunately, so far accessories for the Roomba i7+ can be bought on the official iRobot website only.

Price and where to buy

The Roborock S5 is on sale on Gearbest for $349 in white color and costs about $359 in black.

On Amazon, buy the Roborock S5 for around $440.

The Roomba i7+ comes with a $999 price tag on Amazon.

Which robot is better the Roborock S5 or Roomba i7+?

Both units are great at cleaning. They show excellent performance and both have similar features. Both are high-end models.

You have a dog or cat (or both) and don't want to spend time to maintain the vacuum? If you are not tight on budget and ready to pay extra, consider buying the Roomba i7+. This is a great robot vacuum that will keep your floors clean.

Please keep in mind, that the Roomba i7+ is not suitable for big homes. Though it can clean bigger households, the robot will have to do a few cleaning cycles to finish the job.

The Roborock S5 has the app that allows doing many things, such as creating virtual boundaries and set where to clean. It can also mop floors, not only sweep. The mapping is accurate, which makes navigation almost perfect. In the app, you will see how the robot is moving around in real-time. Cleaning performance is excellent; the Roborock is suitable for average and big homes and costs half of the Roomba price.

If you have questions about which robot vacuum to buy, please leave a comment down below, and we will try to help you to choose.

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