Wiping away the mess… and your money

Robotic vacuums have been exploding in recognition over the previous few years, and there are many cheap items that get the job achieved. For some, a greater vacuum that saves extra time is value a premium worth, and Roborock is blissful to supply very costly vacuums like the brand new Roborock S7 to these people. The Roborock S7 has all of the bells and whistles you might ever need in a robotic vacuum, like mopping, zone cleansing, and sensible assistant integration. It nails the fundamentals, has loads of smarts, and rolls proper over the competitors with its progressive sonic mop… nevertheless it prices $650. The S7 is a superb vacuum — in case you can afford it and actually hate doing chores.

Design, {hardware}, and what’s within the field

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Name it the Star Trek of robotic vacuums: the Roborock S7 seems to be prefer it belongs in a spaceship. Its giant puck-shaped physique sports activities a shiny end and a flashy LED strip subsequent to the bodily buttons. The white S7 screams futuristic when paired with its vibrant crimson accent colour, however you should buy it in plain black, too.

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Roborock loaded the S7 with premium {hardware} options. As an example, it makes use of a LIDAR sensor on prime that helps it detect partitions and navigate in your home. There’s additionally an ultrasonic sensor left of the entrance wheel that helps it decide if it is on carpet or arduous flooring. The facet brush and important curler ditch the bristles, choosing a finned silicone design. The spotlight a part of the {hardware} is the mop pad and its VibraRise bracket, however extra on that later. Like cheaper robots such because the Deebot N79S, it has sensors throughout its backside edges that preserve it from falling off a ledge.

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There is a lid you’ll be able to carry on the bottom of the vacuum, revealing the big 470mL dustbin and a washable air filter. Whereas the bin is smaller than the S6 MaxV’s 480mL, it’s appropriate with the upcoming auto-empty dock. The bin does not leak mud if you empty it after a full cycle, and it snaps in securely into the S7’s compartment. The water tank is accessible from behind the robotic and is roughly 300mL — sufficient to scrub as much as 2,150 sq. toes.

The S7 ships with a charging station, a facet brush, dustbin, and the anticipated manuals and guarantee card. Sadly, there are not any equipment or spare brushes contained in the field.

App, cleansing, and battery

Establishing the S7 vacuum with the official Roborock app is a largely painless expertise. It detects the robotic shortly, requiring little effort to observe the onboarding setup. Whereas the setup expertise in the present day is an enormous enchancment, it nonetheless suffers from minor hiccups. It is baffling that Roborock does not save the map format by default — it generates a brand new map each clear cycle. Whereas nonetheless in beta, I like to recommend turning on the map saving characteristic earlier than operating the vacuum for the primary time.

A standard trait for autonomous robotic vacuums is their unpredictable first-run cycle — the Roborock S7 isn’t any exception. It took uncommon paths seemingly at random, getting caught in a number of tight areas. In comparison with the Wyze vacuum, the S7’s mapping algorithm might use work. Nonetheless, the map it created was exact, and it aced cleansing the home in subsequent runs.

As soon as the robotic builds a map of the home, you’ll be able to edit rooms, add no-go and no-mop zones, separate or merge areas, and clear a selected room inside the app. It did an excellent job separating the rooms and hallways, requiring solely minor guide tweaks on my finish. The settings web page gives extra granular choices like cleansing historical past, consumable element well being, distant management, scheduled timers, and much more. I want the Roborock app had a rotation button to reorient the map, and darkish theme help could be good, nevertheless it’s a clear, easy-to-use app.

Setting the S7 as much as work with Google Assistant is as straightforward as linking your Roborock account from the Google House app. There’s a variety of voice instructions you are able to do, and so they all work accurately. A notable enchancment since our Roborock S6 assessment is the power to scrub a selected room by voice, which is a big timesaver for me — no extra fumbling with my cellphone after I simply wish to tidy up one room. Roborock additionally helps Amazon Alexa and Apple’s Siri, however you’ll be able to’t use them to ship the S7 again to its charger.

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The S7’s 5200mAh battery is ample sufficient to scrub my carpet-heavy 890 square-foot home, ending in a single cross with 26% battery left. By default, Roborock activates Carpet Enhance, which suggests the vacuum is operating at full power virtually on a regular basis. Disabling the characteristic yielded marginally higher battery life, averaging 40% per cleansing cycle. Regardless of this, my S7 does not get near the marketed 3-hour battery life. I want Roborock lowered the default vary restriction to fifteen% as an alternative of 20% to eke out further cleansing, and the six hours of charging might positively be sooner.

Vacuuming

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As soon as the Roborock S7 builds its map, it does an outstanding job cleansing my flooring. It follows a predictable sample, ranging from the place it is docked within the kitchen, then going to different rooms in an environment friendly order. Due to its highly effective 2,500 Pa motor, it sucked up a substantial quantity of particles, and regardless of missing a digicam array just like the S6 MaxV, its navigation carried out completely. The S7 operates at round 68 decibels in its “balanced” cleansing mode. Whereas it does not roar like a conventional vacuum cleaner, it is not silent, both. There’s a much less highly effective “quiet” mode if the defaults are too noisy for you.

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Roborock redesigned the principle brush on the S7 — a finned rubber brush with out bristles. The corporate says the brand new brush is extra sturdy, agitates dust higher, and wards off hair tangles. In my assessments, the curler swept the espresso grinds, fowl seeds, and dust into the S7’s dustbin with out hassle. However on carpet, it struggled to scoop up canine fur, which my Wyze vacuum’s bristle brush had no hassle with. Regardless of this, not a lot obtained caught or tangled onto the curler, saving me from the headache of eradicating it.

Mopping

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The signature characteristic of the Roborock S7 is its sonic mop, and it is a important step-up from the S6 MaxV. Utilizing the identical idea as an electrical toothbrush, it vibrates the mop bracket as much as 3,000 instances per minute, following a good Z sample. At its highest setting, it did a terrific job wiping dried espresso stains and grease off my kitchen ground. It will not defeat cussed stains like a hand mop, nevertheless it’ll normally depart your flooring glowing with out the guide effort.

The vacuum and mop combo saves me extra time than operating the 2 features individually. If I needed to nitpick, I do not like that the vacuum retains its mop down when cleansing the perimeters of my hallway’s tuck-in carpet. The mop attachment additionally obtained caught on my space rug’s edges a number of instances.

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The S7’s VibraRise know-how raises its mop 5 millimeters off the bottom to maintain carpeted areas dry. Its carpet detection is flawless, and in contrast to the S6 MaxV, it does not depart moist streaks on my ground. Nonetheless, it will not save thick pile rugs and doormats from getting damp. For these areas, I like to recommend including a no-go zone to save lots of your self the hassle of drying them.

Must you purchase it?

Sure, however examine for offers first. For individuals who can afford it, the Roborock S7 is among the most superior autonomous vacuums up to now. It nails the fundamentals with an improved brush design and Google Assistant help, all whereas delivering an distinctive mopping expertise that wipes away its opponents.

Nevertheless, I believe $650 MSRP is simply too dear, and there are many first rate, inexpensive robots just like the Wyze Vacuum that get the job achieved for a fraction of the value. The S7 additionally does not include spare components, which it ought to for this worth.

If worth isn’t any object, this is among the most succesful vacuums available on the market. Paired with Roborock’s upcoming auto-empty bin, it might change into a real set-and-forget housekeeper — and one you need to take into account shopping for.

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Purchase it if…

  • You need an all-in-one cleaner good at vacuuming and mopping.
  • You want a vacuum that gives a variety of customizations.
  • You need sparkly arduous flooring.

Don’t purchase it if…

  • You will have canines that depart a variety of fur round the home.
  • You’re on a funds.

The place to purchase

You should buy the Roborock S7 at choose retailers:

Lengthy-term assessment and Auto-empty Dock testing

The Roborock S7 has been cleansing my home on daily basis for the final 5 months. My opinion holds true — it is probably the most superior autonomous vacuum cash should purchase, delivering strong efficiency with a minimal of problem. Whereas it is not the very best on the carpet, the sonic mop continues to impress, scrubbing the grime and grease off my kitchen ground tiles. Paired with its smarts, the S7 does an general excellent job of cleansing and navigating in my home.

I’ve additionally had an opportunity to check the vacuum’s Auto-Empty Dock following our assessment, and it does the naked minimal. Setting it up is painless — simply screw the ramp into it, swap out the S7’s dustbin with the dock-compatible model, and put the S7 on prime of its charger. Whereas the auto-emptying characteristic is handy, it is not good. Certain, it empties the bin, however the dock sucked solely round 75% of the particles with our intensive runs, sometimes leaving a little bit mess on the bottom. This factor can also be very loud, so I positively would not run the dock when individuals are sleeping or making an attempt to have a dialog close by. You may nonetheless want to exchange the water tank your self, which I discover extra of a problem than emptying the dustbin.

The Roborock S7 and Auto-Empty Dock have loads going for them, however I can not suggest buying the dock. At $300, it does not supply sufficient comfort to justify Roborock’s asking worth, and you will must fork over $18 to exchange its mud bag. It will take an excellent deal to make its buy worthwhile, however for now, it provides minimal worth to the S7’s wonderful usability. The vacuum itself is already $650, which is hard to justify except you need the Cadillac of robotic vacuums. In case you do, then by all means, purchase the Roborock S7.