Which One to Buy: the ECOVACS DEEBOT Ozmo 930 vs. the Roborock S5: Comparison

ECOVACS DEEBOT and Roborock are the new brands on the robot vacuum cleaner market. Their devices can compete with well-known brands because they are cheaper and a better deal given the features and performance they offer. The ECOVACS DEEBOT Ozmo 930 and the Roborock S5 are new flagship robot cleaners that cost less than Roomba's top models. Which one is better: the Ozmo 930 or the Roborock? Let's find out.

ECOVACS DEEBOT Ozmo 930 vs. Roborock S5: Comparison Chart

Features & SpecsECOVACS DEEBOT Ozmo 930Roborock S5
Runtime110 min150 min
Mapping Technologylidarlidar
Automatic Path Buildingyesyes
Cliff Sensorsyesyes
Recharge & Resumeyesyes
Noise Level65 dB60 dB
Dustbin Capactiy450 ml500 ml
Controlvoice + appapp + voice
Amazon Alexa / Google Home supportyesyes
Floor typeslaminate, hardwood floor, tile, marble, linoleum, thin carpetslaminate, hardwood floor, tile, marble, linoleum, thin and medium-pile carpets
Suction Power1,000 Pa2,000 Pa
Virtual Wallsyesyes
Carpet Boostyesyes
Barrier-cross Height16 mm20 mm
Battery Capacity3,200 mAh5,200 mAh
Warranty12 months12 months
Amazon priceCheck the priceCheck the price

Roborock S5

Virtual Walls

None of these machines comes with a physical virtual block. The Mi Home app allows creating virtual boundaries, as many as you want, by simply drawing the area on your smartphone.

The Ozmo's app also offers other options such as customized area and area cleaning mode. You can draw a rectangle where you want your robot to work without distracting it to other places. You can also prioritize high-traffic areas to clean first.

The ECOVACS app can recognize bare floors and a carpeted surface which you can see on the map. It helps the robot to not go on carpets when the mopping mode is on.

What You Can Do With The App

Both apps have similar options such as scheduling, changing the name, switching between cleaning modes, and manually managing the robot's movement. You can also see the cleaning status, where your robot has been, and view the created map.

Although both apps are easy to understand and offer cool features, with ECOVACS app, you can do a little bit more when it comes to virtual walls (see above).

Mopping Option

The wet mopping feature helps keep a bare floor fresh and clean. Both machines come with a water container and mop cloth. The water dripping control keeps the mop as wet as it should be to initiate the function. However, the Ozmo 930 has a bigger water tank, smarter water supply (you can adjust water-dripping speed in the app), the water doesn't leak when the robot is not working (thanks to Dipi for the clarification). The Ecovacs Ozmo 930 can mop 3-4 times bigger area on one water tank refueling.

Remember that this feature is not able to handle stubborn stains, but it helps you to decrease the amount of time you spend on wet mopping manually.

The Ecovacs brings an AMAZING feature with it, which the Roborock does not have (and it's important): when the mopping mode is switched on, the robot avoids carpets which it scans during the mapping process of the given area. This is unique in the market! (thanks Birgit for noticing it)

How Mapping and Smart Navigation Work

Both robots have a similar mapping technology based on a laser. It scans out an interior creating a map that helps the robots to navigate around. A laser is somehow better than a camera sensor: it is more accurate and allows the robots to work in the dark. With a map, a robot actually remembers where it has been, so it will not go clean twice in the same place, thus saving cleaning time for new areas.

Since almost all robots are equipped with cliff sensors that ensure avoiding obstacles and falling down from stairs, the ones with smart navigation build the most efficient way of cleaning while the sensors help it not to bump into anything. This does not mean your robo will not hit furniture at all; it means that the smart navigation decrease chances of constantly bumping.

Recharge & Resume

Almost all robots that have mapping come with continuous cleaning. Because it knows where it has been, the robot can return to the same spot after its battery is juiced up. No need to worry about missing areas during cleaning since the smart navigation helps the cleaner to cover the whole area. Even if its battery runs out before it has done its job, it will finish cleaning after recharging.

How Does the Robot Vacuum Clean?

How Does The ECOVACS DEEBOT Ozmo 930 Vacuum work

The ECOVACS DEEBOT Ozmo 930 has two side sweepers that transfer all the dust to the dustbin. In the box, you will find a suction inlet and a cleaning brush that you can switch, depending on your needs. Along with a suction power, these things suck pet hair and debris into the dustbin. The suction inlet does not have a brush, which means it prevents hair from tangling. However, it is more suitable for a hardwood floor, tile, marble, laminate, linoleum, and other bare floor types. The robot does suck small particulars on a carpet when the inlet is on, but it is not able to deep clean carpeted flooring. A cleaning brush lifts dust and dirt into the dustbin. It works better on thin carpets, providing deep cleaning; but it does get hair wrapped around it. So, when it comes to cleaning performance on a bare floor - use a suction inlet. For carpeting, the surface cleaning brush does a better job. You still can use both on bare floors or carpets, or even use the brush after the suction inlet for better results.

The Roborock S5 comes with a one-side sweeper and a bristle cleaning brush. They work together to catch pet hair, debris, and dust sending it all to the dustbin where 2,000 Pa strong suction power sucks it inside. The Roborock has an anti-tangle design that prevents hair from wrapping all over the cleaning brush and wheels. This does not mean you won’t see tangled hair, but it happens less often.

By the way, if you want a robot cleaner that will not make you fight with tangled hair, have a look at these devices with silicon/rubber brushes. It does not wrap hair but doesn’t performing well on carpeting either since the brush doesn't have bristles to scratch the floor.

How to Control the ECOVACS DEEBOT Ozmo 930 and the Roborock

The ECOVACS DEEBOT Ozmo 930 comes with an IR remote control, so if you are not a big fan of its app, you still can schedule and manage its movements using the remote. You can do the same (and much more) on your smartphone. The app allows creating virtual walls and to watch your robo in real-life. The Ozmo 930 is integrated with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, such that simple voice commands control the cleaner.

The Roborock S5 has an app where you can manually manage its movements, schedule it, and create virtual walls. Now it is compatible with both: Amazon Alexa and Google Home meaning you can control it with your voice.

Carpet Boost

Both the S5 and the DEEBOT have carpet boost. This feature increases suction power to maximum when the robot recognizes a carpet/rug, so you don't need to do it manually when it comes to deep cleaning.

How Noisy are the DEEBOT Ozmo 930 and the Roborock S5?

The Ozmo 930 operates with 65 dB of noise, which is not too loud. At least, all the Roomba robots make more noise when working.

On the other hand, the S5 has a powerful motor but is equipped with a soft sieve on its bumper that makes the robot work quieter producing 60 dB.

Cleaning Performance

Both robots do the job pretty well. Do not expect them to clean thick carpets, though, because no one robot cleaner can do that.

How the DEEBOT performs on a bare floor

Thanks to its suction inlet, the Ozmo 930 performs great on hardwood, tile, laminate, linoleum, and marble picking up pet hair and catching dust and dirt without getting tangled.

How the Roborock performs on a bare floor

The Roborock's suction power handles even the smallest particulars with ease on any type of bare floor. The anti-tangle design makes it ideal for pet owners and those who have long hair.

How DEEBOT performs on a carpet

The ECOVACS DEEBOT Ozmo 930 works great on thin carpets catching everything on its way, but if you have medium or high-pile carpets/rugs in your home, the Ozmo 930 is not for you.

How the Roborock performs on a carpet

With its powerful motor that delivers 2,000 Pa of suction power, the Roborock can deep clean thin and medium-pile carpets and rugs. It also handles pet hair, making it suitable for pet owners.

Pet Hair

The Ozmo 930 and the Roborock have no issues with collecting pet hair on a bare floor and on a thin carpet. The only difference here is the Roborock S5 can catch pet hair on medium carpets as well.

Accessories to Buy

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

Get the accessories for the DEEBOT Ozmo 930 on Amazon.

What is not good about the ECOVACS DEEBOT Ozmo 930 and the Roborock S5?

The Roborock S5 has its issues with connecting to Wi-Fi for some of the US customers (based on consumer reviews).

The ECOVACS app works with 2.4 GHz speed while most of the routers work with 5 GHz. Most consumers claim that the Ozmo 930 loses its data. We have searched around and decided to give some advices on how to make your experience with Deebot smoother.

Price & Where To Buy

*please note that the prices may change

The difference between the Roborock S5 and ECOVACS DEEBOT Ozmo 930

  • The Roborock S5 works 30 minutes longer in one charge
  • The Roborock S5 suitable for medium-pile carpets. The Ozmo 930 does low-pile ones and some thicker rugs
  • The DEEBOT comes with a suction inlet and main cleaning brush. The inlet works better on bare floors and doesn't cause hair tangling
  • The DEEBOT Ozmo 930 can recognize bare floors and carpeted surfaces (you can see in in the app)
  • When working in mopping mode, the Deebot avoids carpets; the Roborock would go over carpets too
  • With the DEEBOT Ozmo 930 app you can prioritize cleaning zones, customize cleaning areas and set forbidden zones. With Mi Home, you can send the robot to a specific area by tapping on the screen. Along with that, the app allows setting virtual walls and zone cleaning
  • The Roborock S5 comes in three color options: white, black, and rose-gold
  • The Roborock S5 is almost $200 cheaper if you buy it on Gearbest, and costs about $50 less on Amazon.

Wrapping It Up

In general, both robots are amazing. They perform similarly on different types of surfaces, and the mapping and navigation are almost on the same level.

The ECOVACS DEEBOT Ozmo 930 is suitable for small and average-sized homes with pets and mostly a bare floor or thin carpets.

The ECOVACS app is amazing; it has a lot of cool features such as virtual walls and the possibility of prioritizing high-traffic areas to clean first. In some ways, the ECOVACS app offers more than the Mi Home app.

The Roborock S5 is better for bigger houses since its battery covers about 250 square meters in one charge lasting for 150 minutes. Because of its anti-tangle design, the Roborock S50 is perfect for pet owners. It performs great on both bare floor and carpeted surfaces (except thick ones).

Its app allows to create virtual walls, manage the robot's movement in real-time, view the created map, etc.

Both robots are the flagship; they have a fair price for the features offered. Mapping is accurate; navigation is almost perfect. The difference is in cleaning time. The Ozmo 930 is more suitable for smaller/medium homes while the Roborock runs longer and covers more in one charge. Also, the S5 is able to clean medium-pile carpets, while the DEEBOT does thin carpets only.

Both devices catch pet hair, and both have wet mopping feature.

You will never regret it if you buy either of these robots. Just do not forget to take care of your robo, making it live longer with you.

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Comments ()

  1. Birgit Fienemann 07 july 2018, 04:41 # 0
    Thank you for this very accurate and interesting report! I do use the roborock s50 2nd gen for a while now and can only confirm your statements — an amazing machine. He is supported by an iRobot Braava Jet 240, because this little helper is great for scrubbing the floor (not only tearing a rag behind it — it goes forward, backwards, forwards again and this in a right/left manner).

    The Ecovacs brings an AMAZING feature with it, which the Roborock does not have (and its important): when the mapping mode is switched on, he avoids carpets which he scans during the mapping process of the given area. This is unique in the market!

    The Roborock will sweep your carpets wet, too (means: it does not make a difference between hard floors and carpets), unless you block it's way by hand, using a virtual wall or use the «zoned cleanup» where you can define certain areas to be cleaned.

    Kind regards, Biggi
    1. Michael 16 july 2018, 09:19 # 0
      Hi Birgit,
      Thank you for sharing your experience. You are right, this ECOVACS feature is amazing! Just updated the article.
    2. dipi 27 august 2018, 06:12 # 0
      Comparing to roborock s50 ozmo 930 has a pump and bigger tank for mopping. You don`t have to start mopping immediately because ozmo 930 will start pumping water when ozmo 930 start work. In roborock s50 regarding pumping water it is made via gravitation so You have to start mopping immediately. In roborock s50 water is enough only for 20-30 square meters. In ozmo 930 I can set how many water should be used (in application). In my example (approximately 70 square meters of mopping floor) if I choose MAX all container is used. If I use MEDIUM a little bit more than half of container of watere is used.
      1. Michael 28 august 2018, 02:50 # 0
        good point, thank you! I've updated the article.
      2. dipi 28 august 2018, 08:58 # 0
        You're welcome. Regarding mopping there is one more important issue. Roborock s50 use only center of mopping pad for mopping. You can see it even when looking at mopping pad picture. As I know xiaomi is a really good vacuum cleaner, cost less than similar robots but if somebody wants to use mopping as well roborock s50 is not the best choice. Maybe next generation.

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