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

By Michael Fisher·Updated: Apr 15, 2020· 9 min read
Robot vacuums mentioned in the article
Name Price Best Offer
ECOVACS Deebot Ozmo 930 $519.00
Roborock S5 $479.99

ECOVACS DEEBOT and Roborock are the new brands in the robot vacuum cleaner market. Their devices can compete with well-known brands because they are cheaper yet offer many high-end features for the price. The ECOVACS DEEBOT Ozmo 930 and the Roborock S5 are new flagship robot cleaners that cost less than Roomba's top models. Both are based on the LDS laser that creates accurate maps; both can mop, not only sweep; both are featured with a useful app.

Which one is better: the Ozmo 930 or Roborock S5? Let's find out.

ECOVACS DEEBOT Ozmo 930 vs. Roborock S5: Comparison Chart

Features & Specs ECOVACS DEEBOT Ozmo 930 Roborock S5
Runtime 110 min 150 min
Mapping yes yes
Mopping yes yes
Mapping Technology LIDAR LIDAR
Automatic Path Building yes yes
Cliff Sensors yes yes
Recharge & Resume yes yes
Noise Level 65 dB 60 dB
Dustbin Capactiy 450 ml 500 ml
Control app + voice app + voice
Wi-Fi yes yes
Amazon Alexa / Google Home support yes yes
Floor types laminate, hardwood floor, tile, marble, linoleum, thin carpets laminate, hardwood floor, tile, marble, linoleum, thin and medium-pile carpets
Suction Power 1,000 Pa 2,000 Pa
Scheduling yes yes
Virtual Walls yes yes
Filtration HEPA HEPA
Carpet Boost yes yes
Barrier-cross Height 16 mm 20 mm
Battery Capacity 3,200 mAh 5,200 mAh
Warranty 12 months 12 months
Check the price Amazon Amazon

Roborock S5

Virtual Walls

None of these machines comes with a physical virtual block.

In the app, you can set an unlimited amount of restricted areas to prevent the robot from wandering. Also, there is an ability to create zoned cleaning in case you want the vacuum to clean in certain rooms only. Supported by both: Roborock S5 and Deebot Ozmo 930.

Set zoned cleaning to make the robot vacuum work within it

The ECOVACS app also offers other options such as prioritizing high-traffic areas to clean first.

Keep the robots off certain rooms by creating restricted areas in the app

A bunch of sensors is able to recognize bare floor and a carpeted surface which you can see on the map. It makes the DEEBOT to avoid carpets when the mopping mode is on. This is a new feature that is only presented in the Ozmo 930.

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, view the created map, track the robot in real-time.

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

With the ECOVACS app, you can set which room to clean first

Mopping Option

The wet mopping feature helps to keep a bare floor fresh and clean. Both machines come with a water container and mop cloth.

Inside the ECOVACS app, you can set the level of water dripping depending on your cleaning needs

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 until the container gets dry.

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 DEEBOT Ozmo 930 avoids carpets when mopping

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 similar mapping technology based on the LDS laser. It scans out an interior creating a map that helps the robots to navigate around. The laser is 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.

The Xiaomi Roborock S5 is equipped with a wall sensor that keeps the robot at a distance of 10 mm (0.4 in) from an obstacle

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 smart navigation decreases chances of bumping.

Recharge & Resume

Almost all robots that have mapping come with continuous cleaning. Because it knows where it has been, the robot can recognize the same spot that it left before recharging after its battery is juiced up. No need to worry about missing areas during cleaning since smart navigation helps the cleaner to cover the whole area. Even if its battery runs out of energy before the job is done, 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 along with the main brush and powerful motor transfer all the dust to the dustbin.

The DEEBOT comes equipped with a suction inlet for picking up pet hair

In the box, you will find a suction inlet and cleaning brush that you can switch, depending on your needs. The inlet does not have bristles and is tangle-free, it does a superb job on bare flooring. Since the inlet is tangle-free is it perfect for pet hair. The cleaning brush is more suitable for carpet cleaning since it agitates dust and debris from carpet.

When it comes to cleaning performance on a bare floor - use the 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 bush after the suction inlet for better results.

The Roborock S5 comes with the one-side sweeper and bristle cleaning brush. They work together to catch pet hair, debris, and dust channeling them into the suction path where 2,000 Pa strong suction power sucks it inside the dustbox. 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.

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 perform well on carpeting either since the brush doesn't have bristles to agitate debris from the floor.

How to Control the ECOVACS DEEBOT Ozmo 930 and Roborock

The ECOVACS DEEBOT Ozmo 930 comes with an IR remote control, so if you are not a big fan of the 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 watching the unit in real-life. The Ozmo 930 is integrated with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, which means you can control the cleaner by simple voice commands.

Both: the DEEBOT and Roborock are compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Home

The Roborock S5 has an app where you can manually manage its movements, schedule it, create virtual walls and zoned cleaning. 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 DEEBOT have carpet boost. This feature increases suction power to maximum when the robot recognizes 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 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.

The Roborock S5 works quieter than the Ozmo 930

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. They clean both: bare floor and carpet. Please note, the Roborock has a better climbing ability and stronger suction, it works great on thin and medium-pile carpets. The Ozmo 930 is ideal for bare floor and thin carpet flooring.

Do not expect the vacuums to clean thick shaggy carpets, because no one robot cleaner can do that.

How the DEEBOT performs on bare floor

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

How the Roborock S5 performs on 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 the DEEBOT performs on 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.

Can the Roborock S5 clean carpet?

With its powerful motor that delivers 2,000 Pa of suction power, carpet boost, and large wheels the Roborock can deep clean carpets/rugs up to 20 mm thick. 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 bare floor and thin carpet. The only difference here is the Roborock S5 can catch pet hair on medium carpets as well.

Please note, with the suction inlet you don't have to spend time to handle tangled hair. The Roborock S5 gets some hair wrapped around the main brush anyways.

Accessories to Buy

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

Get the accessories for the DEEBOT Ozmo 930 on Amazon.

Things that need improvements in the ECOVACS DEEBOT Ozmo 930 and 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 advice on how to make your experience with Deebot smoother.

Price & Where To Buy

  • The ECOVACS DEEBOT Ozmo 930 is available on Amazon for a price of $519.00.

  • You can find the Roborock S5 on Amazon for $440.

*please note that the prices may change

Wrapping It Up

In general, both robots are fantastic. 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 bare floor or thin carpets. The ECOVACS app is impressive; 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 S5 is perfect for pet owners. It performs excellently on both bare floor and carpeted surfaces (except thick ones). The Mi Home app allows to create virtual walls, manage the robot's movement in real-time, view the generated map, etc.

If you need mopping and your floors are mostly carpet-free - the Ozmo 930 would be ideal: it is intelligent enough to avoid carpeted surface when mopping. If your home is covered with carpets mostly - consider the Roborock S5, it performs flawlessly on carpet.

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

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  1. Birgit Fienemann
    #      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
      #      0
      Hi Birgit,
      Thank you for sharing your experience. You are right, this ECOVACS feature is amazing! Just updated the article.
    2. dipi
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      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
        #      0
        good point, thank you! I've updated the article.
      2. dipi
        #      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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