Previous Roborock vacuum cleaners have utilized gravity-fed mopping systems, but the Roborock S5 Max introduces a pumped system that lets you control how much water is used. The results are very impressive, with the robot vacuum cleaner able to maintain a hard floor between deeper cleans. Powerful dust collection and excellent navigation make this the best all-around robot vacuum cleaner and ideal for hard floors.
Design-wise, the Roborock S5 Max doesn’t diverge too much from other models in the range. A round and slim cleaner (350 x 350 x 97mm), the S5 Max will happily slide under a lot of sofas, though it may struggle to maneuver between some dining chair legs. The S5 Max comes in white or black, but both options look equally good, finished in a high-quality gloss plastic. This model surely looks and feels like a premium one. Open the top of the lid, and you get access to the 0.46l bin, which effortlessly lifts out for emptying. There are a handy brush and razor in this compartment, too, designed to cut away hair from the roller brush beneath. This roller brush is easily removed for cleaning. A single side sweeper brush pushes dirt into the path of the vacuum from the edge. It means the robot has to carefully plan its route to get the brush against all sides, but the smart LDS scanner is more than capable of working this out.
Since the microfiber cloth will be wet when the clean is complete, Roborock ships the S5 Max with a plastic floor guard that sticks down around the small charging dock. This is particularly handy if you have wooden floors, as you don’t want to leave something wet sitting on them.
PERFORMANCE AND NAVIGATION
The Roborock S5 Max moved right up against the edges and managed to get most bar a small trace at the end, which is typical of robot cleaners. Nevertheless, the performance was excellent.
Hard floor test: Dirty hard floor (left) vs. Clean hard floor (right)
This proved to be a slightly tougher job in Well-adjusted mode, though. Upping the power to Max mode seemed to do the job, with the vast majority of the dust picked up. Since this was a more significant spill than you’re likely to have at home, the vac performed well, implying it should happily cope with day-to-day cleaning.
Carpet test: Dirty carpet (left) vs. Clean carpet (right)
In Max mode, I finished up with some mopping in my kitchen, which had become dirty from the cats coming in and out. The surface-level dirt and paw prints were easily cleaned away, but tougher stains required a manual mop or a hard floor cleaner instead. However, for maintenance cleaning, the S5 Max works well, where you can keep the floor in a clean enough condition for a week or so before turning to a manual clean.
- Multiple vacuum modes
- Precision water control
- Support for cleaning zones and virtual barriers
- Doesn’t eliminate the need to use a stick mop
Roborock S5 Max is an outstanding robot vacuum/mop hybrid that will give your home’s floors a wide-ranging cleaning. It is accessible on banggood.com at an affordable price.