Roborock has established its name for making high-end robot vacuum cleaners and the S7 and S6 MaxV are also no exception. Although they share lots of similarities, they look highly competitive on paper. As a result, often people get confused before making a purchase decision. Honestly say, one’s better for navigation, and another one’s better for mopping. So, which one’s to choose? In this article, we are going to compare both of these smart vacuum cleaners head to head!
Let’s start with the design first. They look almost identical except for a few minor changes. Both have the same dimension with a width of 13.8 inches and a height of 3.8 inches. The S7 comes in two color options including Black and White, and the Roborock S6 MaxV is only available in black. At the top, both have a LIDAR scanner and in front of it, there are three buttons and an LED light indicator. But the similarities end here. The S6 MaxV weighs almost one kilo lighter than the S7 and also houses a front camera at the front for better navigation.
Speaking of navigation, both robots utilize a bevy of sensors to track location and draw maps inside your house. The LIDAR sensor works extremely well to avoid obstacles during cleaning even in dark rooms. However, it’s worth mentioning that, as there’s no camera in the front, sometimes Roborock S7 pushes things when there are too many objects on the floor. In this scenario, the Roborock S6 MaxV performs better. It recognizes objects independently and avoids them without pushing those subjects.
Now let’s talk about the cleaning which these robots have been made for. Both have a suction power of 2500 Pascal which is much higher than their previous models. As a result, they pick up dirt quite easily without leaving anything behind. This applies from pet hairs to large and small debris on both carpets and hard floors. But if we nitpick, the S7 performs slightly better than the S6 MaxV. Mostly due to its upgraded floating brush and housing system that allows for multiple levels of movement. As a result, the brush and the housing create a better seal on the floor.
Next up is mopping, and the S7 has implemented a better mopping construction. You can remove the water tank and mopping plate separately which isn’t possible in the S6 MaxV as these are permanently installed here. The S7 also increased the tank capacity by 10 liters. With 600 Grams of consistent pressure, S7 delivers effective mopping throughout the cleaning process. We did a mopping test with dried-on coffee and ketchup and found out that it picked up those tough dried-on stains really well.
Moreover, the Roborock S7+ auto lifts up its mop to vacuum when it senses a carpet to avoid dampening the carpet. In contrast, the mopping features on the S6 MaxV aren’t that advanced. Although it successfully removes light soiling and last traces of dirt, it’s just that the robot can’t handle stubborn stains.
Auto Empty Bin/ Dock
This isn’t something to compare about but to let you know that the Roborock S7 comes with an Auto Empty Dock which alone makes it the biggest reason to buy. After finishing the cleaning process, the vacuum cleaner drives back to the charging dock. Not just that, it also empties the dust bin into a separate debris bag that can store up to 60 days of dust.
The Roborock S6 MaxV on the other hand doesn’t have an auto-empty dock and there’s no option to buy it later either. Hence, you have to empty the dirt container manually once or twice a week, depending on how dirty your home is. Also, the dirt container on the S6 MaxV is slightly smaller than the S7.
Moving onto their mobile app, both robots share the same Roborock app that’s available for iOS and Android with a bevy of settings and features to fully control the robots. There’s support for Multi-Level Mapping where these robots can remember a total of Four Maps inside your house. You can even draw “No-Go zones” on the map to keep the robots from going places where you don’t want them to go.
Apart from these common features, the Roborock S7 has some unique features in mopping including Sonic mopping, deep cleaning, dealing With carpets, and more. S6 MaxV on the contrary has some exciting features like Obstacle Detection, Voice Messages, and Remote Monitoring to use the robot as a surveillance camera.
As for the battery life, the Roborock S7 and S6 MaxV feature a large 5200 milliampere-hour (5200 mAh) Lithium-Ion battery with a runtime of 180 Minutes. Both have a maximum cleaning area of 250 square meters (250 m²) and a maximum charging time of 6 hours.
Currently, Roborock S7 is available for $650 while the S6 MaxV is going for $700 in their store. The S7+ that comes with the Auto Empty Dock is available for $950. But if you choose to buy the standard S7 and later add the Auto Empty Dock for $300 you have the option for that too.
After putting the Roborock S7 and S6 MaxV side by side, we can definitely say that both these robots are excellent household helpers that can clean your house reliably and satisfactorily. But which model is better for you? It actually depends on what features you would like to add to your smart home.
If you live in a chaotic place with children and pets, the S6 MaxV is an ideal candidate for you with a better navigation system. However, if you want better mopping with the absolute ecstasy of Auto Empty Dock then you’re better served with the latest and greatest Roborock S7.