360 S5 vs. 360 S6 Robot Vacuum Cleaners: What are the main differences?

By Natalie Red·Updated: May 1, 2019· 5 min read

We have owned the 360 S6 for more than six months and decided to explain the differences between it and the newest model - 360 S5.

In short - the 360 S5 took all the best features we loved about the 360 S6 and added some new things such as room division, improved suction power, better clearance, longer battery life, etc. The 360 S5 lacks mopping though. It is a decent robot vacuum cleaner that comes to the market with a reasonable price tag.

Is the newest model worth it? Which one would suit you better? Let's get into the details.

360 S6 vs. 360 S5 Specifications

Specs360 S5360 S6
Suction power2,000 Pa1,800 Pa
Battery life110 min90 min
Climbing ability20 mm17 mm
Battery capacity2,600 mAh3,200 mAh
Mapping technologyLIDARLIDAR
Restricted areasyesyes
Zoned cleaningyesyes
Room divisionyesno
Scheduling by roomsyesno
Spot cleaningyesyes
Height10 cm10 cm
Multiple map storingyesyes
Washable HEPA filteryesyes
Real-time trackingyesyes
Manual movement controlyesyes
Recharge & resumeyesyes
Voice promtyesyes
Dustbin size550 ml400 ml
Amazon Alexa / Google Home supportnono
Intelligent carpet identificationyesyes
Weight7.72 lbs / 3.5 kg7.72 lbs / 3.5 kg
Accessoriescharging station, HEPA, cleaning brush, adaptor, side brushes, dust tank, English manualcharging base, adapter, filter, water tank, mop, cleaning tool, English manual
Warranty12 months12 months

What the 360 S5 and S6 have in common:

  • LIDAR. LDS laser that is hidden inside works to scan a floor layout to make a plan of a cleaning area. The plan helps 360 to know better where it should clean without leaving missing areas or redoing the same spots.
  • Navigation. Both models follow a back-and-forth navigation pattern. They move in straight lines methodically covering a cleaning area.
  • Real-time tracking. There are three processors inside that help to track the robot's movements in real-time. You can see it building a map or where it is cleaning using the 360Smart app.
  • Restricted area. If you don't want the vacuum to clean a certain room, you can set a restricted area in the app. The amount of digital boundaries is unlimited.
  • Zoned cleaning. Some rooms get dirtier faster than others like saying a kitchen. The cleaner can vacuum this specific room if you draw a rectangle in a map. Once you set this zone, the vacuum will clean within it.
  • Carpet identification. A bunch of sensors that the 360 is equipped with can recognize carpet flooring. Once the robot steps on it, its suction gets boosted up to provide deep cleaning. It is useful since you don't have to turn on max power settings manually.
  • Voice prompt. The 360 alerts about everything that's going on using its voice. You can adjust the volume of the voice in the app.
  • Multiple maps storing. Both robots 360 S5 and S6 support multiple maps storing. It makes these cleaners suitable for homes with more than one level. Once the vacuum creates a map, it will be saved in the app.
  • Charging dock has a minimalistic look. It is able to hide a charging cable inside which makes it look even sleeker.
  • HEPA filter. A washable HEPA filter reduces up to 99.9% of pollen and allergen in the air providing safety for those who have an allergy or asthma.
  • Both models are 10 cm tall.

360 S6

360 s6 robot vacuum cleaner features and specifications. It is better than the 360 S5?

Thanks to the water tank and mop attachment, 360 S6 is suitable for homes with bare floor. Please note, mopping is not able to get rid of stubborn stains, but of course, like vacuuming, it's nice not to have to do the mopping yourself.

The 360 S6 can mop and sweep at the same time

Carpet boost, good climbing ability, and strong suction provide great cleaning performance on carpets that are not thicker than 17 mm.

Even though the 360 S6 has strong suction, it might not be enough to pick up pet hair on thick carpets and provide deeper cleaning. On thinner carpets and bare floor it does a superb job.

The 360 S6 is perfect for homes with a mixed surface that is average-sized or big. It is suitable for pets unless you have thick carpets.

360 S5

360 s5 robot vacuum cleaner features and specifications

It has stronger suction; better barrier cross height thus performs better on carpets that the 360 S6. The S5 has a feature where you can divide the map by the rooms to make the robot work in a specific room at a particular time.

The 360 S5 knows the location of your rooms

The vacuum can get a hard floor clean even though it lacks mopping.

With the longer-lasting battery and recharge&resume, the 360 S5 is perfect for big homes.

The 360 S5 is more suitable for homes covered with carpets, pet owners and hard flooring.

Price & where to buy

On Gearbest the 360 S6 costs around $350. You can also get in on Amazon for about $400.

The 360 S5 so far is only available on Gearbest where it has a $350 price tag.

In the end

As much as I love the 360 S6, I think the 360 S5 is definitely worth it.

Firstly, the newest model costs a little bit less than the 360 S6. Yes, it does not have a water container and can not mop, but the S5 has its own advantages.

Why would you want to buy the 360 S6?

  • If you need mopping. Even though the cleaner does a great job on bare flooring when vacuuming, mopping leaves the floors freshly clean.
  • Live in a small/medium size home. Even though the robot vacuum supports resumption, it always takes time for the battery to recharge before it continues cleaning. So the 360 S6 is more suitable for small and average homes.
  • Your home is covered with thin and medium-pile carpets. Since the S6 can cross a 17 mm obstacle and delivers 1,800 Pa on the max suction level, it is more suitable for thin and medium-pile carpets.

Why would you want to pick the newest 360 S5?

  • You live in a bigger home. With longer battery life, the S5 is more suitable for bigger houses.
  • Pet hair. If you have pets, the S5 would be better thanks to the bigger dustbin that holds more pet hair and stronger suction that can pick up hair even on thicker carpets.
  • Medium-pile and thicker carpets. Stronger suction and better climbing ability make the 360 S5 better for homes with carpets that are not thicker than 20 mm.
  • Scheduling by a room. With the S5 you can choose the room you want the vacuum to clean and schedule it to work within it at a specific time.
  • Noise level. Might be not a big deal since the 360 S6 works quieter than all the vacuum cleaners we got to test, but the S5 operates even quieter considering stronger suction.

Would you get the newest 360 S5 or stick with the 360 S6?

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