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Roborock Q7 Max+ Review: Is the mid-range robot vacuum worth the money?

Last updated: 07.07.2023 Reading time: 12 Min.

Are you looking for an affordable Roborock robot vacuum cleaner, preferably self-emptying? But been put off by the high prices so far?

The Roborock Q7 Max+ could be the right model for you. 💡

Because this robot hoover offers many good features (self-emptying base, mopping ability, app control...), but at a much lower price. 💰

So does this robot vacuum really offer familiar Roborock quality at half the price?

Let's find out together in our detailed review. 👇


  • Very good suction power
  • Good value for money
  • "Quick Mapping" function
  • Water / dust tank is easy to operate
  • Good laser navigation
  • Emptying station


  • Disposable bags in the self-empty station
  • Mopping performance
  • No carpet detection when mopping mode is activated
  • Workmanship of the emptying base is only mediocre

Most important points at a glance

  • Q7 series = mid-range series. Some premium features missing
  • Familiar Roborock quality at a moderate price
  • Simple, independent and reliable robot vacuum-mop
  • Especially impressive on hard floors
  • Mopping ability is a nice bonus

Self-empty base

One of the highlights of the Roborock Q7 Max+ is the emptying base.

Roborock Q7 Max and emptying station can be seen close up.

But what exactly does a "self-empty base" do, and what are the advantages? 🤔

How it works

Make sure the emptying base is placed in your home with enough space to the sides (approx. 50 cm each) and to the front (approx. 1 - 1.5 metres). This will ensure your robot vacuum can safely reach the station.

When cleaning is finished, your little household helper will return to the dock to charge the battery. At the same time, the mobile dust bag is emptied.

The image illustrates how the Roborock Q7 Max+ emptying station works.
© Roborock

The emptying process takes about 15 seconds and is quite loud (70 dB).

The dirt is stored in a 2.5 litre dust bag in the emptying station. Depending on how dirty your home is, you will need to replace it after about 4 weeks.

We find the dust bag quite small. Other models on the market come with larger bags (3 - 4 litres).

The hoover bag is inserted in the Roborock Q7 Max+ emptying station

P.S.: The station uses a disposable bag. This is unfortunate, as it introduces follow-up costs as well as unnecessary waste. 🤨

An indicator on the extraction station informs you (light shines red 🔴) when the dust bag is full and needs to be replaced.

Replacing the bag is a little "unusual" from our point of view:

  • Pull the cover of the station upwards. This is a bit awkward. (With competitor models, you usually have to open a flap).
  • Pull out the old dust bag with the help of a handle (the dust bag "closes" automatically when pulled out). This prevents the dirt from escaping.
  • Insert a new dust bag.
  • Done!
The lid of the Roborock Q7 Max+ Suction Station is removed.
Lifting lid
Disposable dust bag is removed from the Roborock Q7 Max+ suction station.
Removing dust bag

P.S.: Two dust bags are included in the delivery. So you don't need to worry about repurchasing them for at least the first 2 months.

After that, you can buy the dust bags cheaply from Amazon*.

You can decide for yourself how often the mobile dust container is emptied. These options are available in the app:

  • No automatic emptying.
  • Vacuum after each cleaning.

Advantages of an auto-empty dock

Automatic floor cleaning - no more manual dust bag emptying

If your home isn’t particularly small and you have children and/or pets, then your robot’s mobile dust box will have to be partially emptied after each cleaning session.

How big is the Roborock Q7 Max mobile dust bin?

The mobile dust container has a capacity of 470 ml.

Without an emptying station, it must be manually emptied after a few cleaning cycles.

This can be quite annoying...

Thanks to the self-empty base, this task is a thing of the past.

This eliminates the most common maintenance task and almost completely automates floor cleaning.

Do you have allergies? Then the emptying base is a blessing for you!

Emptying the mobile dust box is particularly likely to release dust and harmful allergens into the air.

Inhaling these will lead to the usual allergy symptoms for sufferers. 🤧

But it doesn’t have to be this way!

Thanks to the self-empty base (and its self-closing dust bag), contact with dust is reduced to a minimum.

This means you can avoid inhaling allergens and the annoying allergy symptoms that come with it.

How well does the emptying station work?

The self-empty station works like a charm. In our medium-sized flat (no pets, no children), the dust bin was completely emptied approx. 97 % of the time.

But we wanted to test the emptying ability on a wider variety of dirt and debris. So we filled the dust bin with oats, dog hair, and other everyday dirt.

To be honest, we thought the auto-empty station wouldn't be able to handle it....

... but we were proven wrong. The container was completely emptied. 💪

All in all, we are thrilled with the self-empty station. Once you get used to this luxury, you won’t want to live without it.

Roborock Q7 Max+ vacuuming test

On paper, the Roborock Q7 Max+ brings a whopping 4200 Pa suction power. So we were very curious to see how the small household helper would perform in our vacuuming test.

To do this, we put the robot vacuum up against various types of dirt (lentils, oats and sand) on hard floors and carpets.

Performance on laminate flooring

On the laminate, the result was perfect.

Vacuum test result of Roborock Q7 Max on hard floor is clearly displayed.

Whether oats, sand or lentils - every bit of dirt was completely removed.

The Roborock Q7 Max Plus removes oats from a laminate floor.

The Roborock Q7 Max Plus cleans oats from a laminate floor.

So if you have mostly hard floors, you will be very happy with the cleaning performance.

Roborock Q7 Max - Vacuum performance on carpet

The Roborock Q7 Max is equipped with carpet detection. This means that as soon as it crosses carpet, suction power is automatically switched to "maximum".

In addition, the Roborock Q7 Max has special "teeth" on the underside which really dig into the carpet, loosen the dirt better and make vacuuming easier.

The teeth on the underside of the Roborock Q7 Max can be seen.

Similar to the laminate floor, the vacuum test result on the carpets was impressive. 👍

Roborock Q7 Max vacuuming performance on short-pile carpet is shown.
Short pile carpet
Vacuum test result of the Roborock Q7 Max robot vacuum cleaner on a long pile carpet is shown in a summary table.
High pile carpet

The robotic vacuum cleaner had a hard time with the fine (and heavy) sand.

Our tip: Give the carpet a second cleaning. Then most of the dirt will be cleaned up. 💡

We also noticed that the plastic side brush is not exactly suitable for fluffy surfaces. This is because it bends a little, so fine dirt (such as oats or sand) cannot be optimally loosened.

The side brush of the Roborock Q7 Max Plus bends when cleaning a high pile carpet.

We can see how this side brush would get tangled in very long-pile or shaggy carpets.

In summary: The cleaning performance on the carpeted floors is good.

The Roborock Q7 Max cleans a high-pile carpet in our test.

Roborock Q7 Max removes oat flakes from a carpet.

With standard, day-to-day dirt (and above all regular use), you will be satisfied with the result.

Vacuum performance review - Our conclusion

We’ve already tested numerous models from this brand and they all have one thing in common: Roborock robot vacuums are always among the best in the industry in terms of cleaning performance.

So it's only logical that the Roborock Q7 Max+ is up there too.

The manufacturer hasn’t made any changes to the equipment responsible for this (brushes, arrangement of the main brush, etc.). And Roborock has even upped their game: the suction power has been increased to 4200 Pa.

In short, we are very satisfied with the vacuuming performance. There's not much more we could hope for here!

Roborock Q7 Max+ for pet hair

The brush itself is made of rubber (instead of bristles).

The rubber brush of the Roborock Q7 Max Plus being held up.

Households with a lot of hair will really benefit from this, as hair cannot get tangled in the brush.

And the few hairs that do can easily be removed with a flick of the wrist.

Furthermore, the main brush can be disassembled at both ends. This makes removing any hair that may occasionally get stuck there much easier.

The rubber brush of the Roborock Q7 is disassembled at the two ends.

Unfortunately, the package contents do not include a hair removal tool.

Although hair cannot wrap around the main brush, it can wrap around the side brush.

And for some reason, the side brush cannot simply be unclipped, but must be unscrewed.

Hair wrapped around the side brush of the Roborock Q7 Max can be seen in the close-up view.

A knife or scissors is necessary to remove these hairs. ✂️

It’s also worth mentioning one flaw here: The brush can get damaged by sharp-edged objects, such as broken glass. Make sure to remove debris like this from the floor before letting your Q7 Max robot loose.

If you want to learn more about the best robot vacuums for pet hair, read our comprehensive review.

The emptying station, on the other hand, is a real blessing for households with a "hair problem." Because hair fills up the mobile dirt container very quickly... and you would have to (manually) empty the dust container almost daily. 🤚

Thanks to the self-empty base, this is not necessary. The robot’s dust box is consistently emptied automatically.

Corner and skirting cleaning

Corners are reliably cleaned up:

Roborock Q7 Max is about to clean a corner.

Roborock Q7 Max cleans in a corner.

Better results are only achieved by "D-shaped" vacuum robots. However, as these have other weaknesses (due to the shape), we don’t recommend these models.

Thanks to special wall sensors, Roborock Q7 gets very close to skirting boards and can reliably remove dirt there.

Roborock Q7 Max cleans along a ledge.

How well does the Roborock Q7 Max Plus mop?

The Roborock Q7 Max Plus is a robot vacuum-mop combo. This means that your floors are both vacuumed and mopped... and all at once.

Dust tank / water tank

The Roborock Q7 Max Plus has a split tank consisting of:

  • Dust tank (capacity: 470 ml.)
  • Water tank (capacity: 350 ml.)
After you have finished mopping your home, we recommend emptying the water tank completely and placing it on the windowsill to dry. This keeps the tank clean and prevents mould.

Somewhat "unusual" is the fact that the water tank is located inside the robot. This means that a quick glance isn’t enough to tell whether there is still enough water in the tank.

P.S.: After our 80 m² flat was completely mopped (at the highest water output level), the water tank still had approx. ⅓ left.

The water tank of the Roborock Q7 Max being removed.

The water tank with remaining water is on the floor behind the Roborock Q7 Max.

This makes it clear: Even larger households (> 120 m²) can be mopped on one tank, even with the strongest water flow level.

Mop base included

After mopping, the little household helper returns to its dock to charge the battery.

The base station is designed so that the wet mop does not rest on the floor.

Mop base of the Roborock Q7 Max Plus emptying station can be seen.

Positive: You don’t have to remove the wet mop immediately after cleaning (there is no contact between the wet cloth and your floor).

Mop pad and mop plate

The mop plate (including the attached mop pad) is attached to the robot vacuum cleaner from behind.

Attaching the water tank and the mop plate with mop cloth to the robot vacuum cleaner.

Detaching and reattaching the mop plate is very easy. 👌

The mop itself doesn’t make a very convincing first impression (very thin and rough).

If you take a closer look at a high-quality mop cloth from a competitor, the difference immediately jumps out at you.

The Roborock Q7 Max+ mop lies on the floor next to a mop from a competitor product.

On the positive side, we have to note that the mop extends over the entire width of the robot. This ensures that hardly any area is left unmopped, which is especially noticeable when cleaning skirting boards.

The mop plate of the Roborock Q7 Max together with the attached mop pad can be seen.

Furthermore, additional downward pressure of 300 grams is exerted on the mop, thanks to the spring-loaded mop module.

The springs, which exert additional pressure on the mop, can be seen in the close-up view

The downward pressure is supposed to ensure a better mopping performance. In our experience, however, this is not enough to significantly improve the cleaning result.

Control the water flow rate via the Roborock App

The water output can be chosen in the mobile app. Three levels (low, medium, maximum) are available.

P.S.: Those who want to completely personalise this can even choose from 30 different options.

This sounds good at first, but in practice the settings differ only marginally. The 3 preset levels (Low, Medium, Max) are more than enough.

Water flow can be adjusted in many different levels in the Roborock app.

This is quite a handy feature. It allows you to adjust the water flow rate according to how dirty or sensitive your floors are.

In our flat (laminate, tiles and PVC), we had the best experience on the highest water flow level.

Wet floor after Roborock Q7 Max+ has mopped.

P.S.: We observed during testing that the mop gets wet quite quickly. After approx. 1 minute, it was very well moistened (although it started out dry).

What is the right water setting for your flat?

It is difficult to make a general statement here. We recommend experimenting a little. You will soon find out which amount of water gives you the best results.

Have your floors mopped 2 or 3 times in a row!

With the Roborock Q7 Max+ you can set your floors to be cleaned not just once, but two or three times in a row.

In the Roborock Q7 Max app, you can see the travel paths after a room has been double-mopped.

Your room will be cleaned crosswise once and then lengthwise.

This provides a slightly better mopping result, as each spot is mopped several times.

The kitchen floor can be seen after Roborock Q7 Max has mopped it twice.

No carpet detection

If both the mop plate and the mop cloth are attached, carpets will also be mopped.

The Roborock Q7 Max has no special sensors to prevent this. This is one of the robot’s flaws.

To prevent this, you have the following options:

  • Define a no-mop zone around your carpet. This will then be completely left out during cleaning.
  • If it is a rug, you can put it away before cleaning (this is what we usually do).

Mop cloth is only dragged behind

The Roborock Q7 Max simply pulls the cloth along behind it. The cloth is continuously dampened via the water tank.

  • The mops are not replaced or cleaned at the station during a cleaning session.
  • There are no "scrubbing movements" (“sonic mopping” vibration / rotating mop plate).

So as you can see, this is not really advanced mopping technology. It’s enough for cleaning up light dirt and dust. But stubborn stains will need to be dealt with separately.

If you really value a good mopping function, then take a closer look at our Dreame L10s Ultra review. The rotating mops and cleaning agent ensure your floors are squeaky clean. ✨

Conclusion on the mopping ability

We find that the mop is a useful "bonus", no more and no less.

The Roborock Q7 Max mops the floor in the kitchen.

Roborock Q7 Max mops the floor in the study.

Light dirt and dust are removed, and your home feels cleaner and fresher.

It won’t completely replace manual mopping (self-explanatory). This was and will never be the goal of a robot vacuum-mop hybrid.

We also found the mopping pattern somewhat uneven. Thus, light water spots were occasionally visible after cleaning. However, the following helped:

  • Adding of a special floor cleaner (available at Amazon*).
  • Cleaning the room 2x or 3x in a row. Then the water stains are spread out and removed.

Are you looking for an excellent robot vacuum cleaner with mopping capabilities? You can find the best models in our review. Below is a quick look at the top three options. 👇

Robot vacuum mopping tips

If you want to get even more out of the mop - our 4 tips can improve the mopping performance a little:

  • Have it mopped regularly (every other day). This will maintain a solid level of cleanliness.
  • Put some special cleaner (for sale on Amazon*) into the water tank.
  • Have a room mopped 2x or even 3x in a row. This ensures more cleanliness. 🧽
  • Wet the mop thoroughly before you start cleaning.
  • Always have several fresh mop pads on hand and use a clean one (available from Amazon*) after each session

Map Creation & Storage

During its "maiden voyage," the Roborock Q7 Max+ creates a map of your home. You can follow this process live in the app. 🗺️

Big advantage: The Quick Mapping feature makes map creation very fast.

For our 80 m² flat, the Roborock Q7 Max took just 8 minutes. 🏎️

Roborock Q7 Max map creation process.

The rooms are automatically divided up. If you are not satisfied with how it’s done, you can make changes afterwards (divide rooms / merge rooms).

And this is what the final result looks like: Large objects such as doors (1), table legs (2), cupboards (3) etc. are automatically placed on the map as "obstacles" (or their contours).

Map of the home is displayed in the Roborock Q7 Max App.

Once the map is created, it can be customised according to your wishes. For example, you can set up virtual walls, define cleaning areas, name rooms, etc. We will go into the entire range of possibilities in the chapter "Mobile phone app". 📱

Furthermore, furniture can also be placed in the map. 🪑🛌

You can select the desired furniture with a simple tap in the app and explicitly choose to vacuum underneath it. Cool feature. 🆒

Individual pieces of furniture are placed in the  home map, with the possibility of cleaning around these pieces of furniture by selection.

P.S.: A total of 4 maps can be saved.

So if you live in a multi-storey house, the Roborock Q7 Max+ is a good choice for you.

3D Mapping

You can decide whether the map should be displayed in 2D or 3D view.

3D home map can be seen in the Roborock Q7 Max App.

Apart from the fact that the map looks a bit fancier (but at the same time also more confusing), we could not see any advantages.

From our point of view, this is more of a gimmick. 👶


The Roborock Q7 Max Plus robot vacuum cleaner relies on Precisense Lidar laser navigation. In our experience, Lidar is one of the best methods currently available on the market.

And this pays off. The navigation was very impressive in our testing.

The robot vacuum cleaner navigates precisely and very systematically. This is confirmed by a look at the app.

Systematic navigation is shown on the basis of the routes in the mobile phone app.
Systematic navigation of the Roborock Q7 Max+

The navigation speed is also striking. It took the Roborock Q7 Max+ just 40 minutes to clean our 80 m² flat.

This result makes the robot vacuum cleaner one of the fastest models with laser navigation on the market.

The obstacle avoidance is also fantastic. Larger objects (> 10 cm) are detected by the Laser Distance Sensor (LDS), which is located in the laser tower, and safely avoided.

Occasionally, the bumper is also used. But this is common practice. The object is then gently bumped into, the robot vacuum cleaner registers, "There is an obstacle," and looks for another way.

Flatter objects (< 10 cm) are not identified as obstacles (which was not to be expected with laser navigation).

So we recommend putting away flat objects (socks, charging cables, etc.) before the cleaning session. 🧦 👕

If you want a robot that independently detects even flat objects, you will have to dig much deeper into your wallet and opt for a robotic hoover with the appropriate obstacle detection technology.

In our experience, such a device is only worthwhile if you live in a very large and "chaotic" flat. Otherwise, a robot vacuum cleaner with lidar navigation is usually sufficient.

Examples of models with these skills can be found below: 👇

Crossing thresholds

In our test, the Roborock Q7 Max was able to cross thresholds of up to ~1.9 cm.

Roborock Q7 Max Robot Vacuum Cleaner crosses a doorstep.

Ordinary doorsteps, carpets etc. are therefore no challenge for the robot hoover.

If your door thresholds are higher, you can use a special door threshold ramp (available from Amazon*) to help.

Control and Connectivity: Roborock App Features

You’re spoilt for choice. You can choose from the following control options:

  • Buttons on the device
  • Smartphone app

You will find two buttons on the top of the Roborock Q7 Max+.

  • (1) Back to the charging station
  • (2) Start / pause cleaning
  • (3) Start zone cleaning (or press and hold to activate the child lock).

Roborock Q7 Max+ control buttons on the top of the robot vacuum cleaner.

You will need to use the app to access the full range of functions. 📱

You have two options:

Roborock App

Roborock App in the App Store.

Xiaomi Home App

Xiaomi Home app is available for download in the App Store.

Can't decide between the two apps...?

In terms of functionality, the two are identical.

So far, we’ve had very good experiences with the Roborock App. Updates come through a little quicker here. However, if you have more smart home devices from Xiaomi, then it makes sense to operate them via the same app (i.e. Xiaomi Home App).

P. S.: Both apps have received very good customer ratings in the app stores. ⭐

Setting up the Roborock App

The Roborock app is available for Android and iOS.

Once the download and installation are complete, you will need to register with an email address and password.

Last but not least, the Wi-Fi connection must be established. This is a really smooth process. The individual steps are explained in detail in the app.

As soon as you have connected to the Wi-Fi, the app is ready for use.

Now you can send the Roborock Q7 Max+ on its "maiden voyage". This also creates a map of your home (see chapter: "Home map").

Roborock cannot connect to Wi-Fi: What do I do?

Put your phone in flight mode and enable Wi-Fi on your phone. Now try to go through the process again in the Roborock app.

If this tip does not work, change your router setting from 5 GHZ to 2.4 GHZ. Once the setup is complete, you can undo this change.

Features of the Roborock Q7 Max App

The Roborock App contains many interesting functions.

Your home map is displayed on the start screen.

Roborock Q7 Max App Home Screen

In addition, the most important settings can be adjusted here.

  • (1) Choose how you want your home to be cleaned (clean the entire home, clean a specific room, clean a specific area).
  • (2) You can also determine the suction strength and the water intensity.
  • (3) Should your flat be cleaned 1x, 2x or 3x in a row?
  • (4) Click on "Empty Dustbin" to start the emptying process of the base station.

The kebab menu icon (5) in the right-hand corner brings you to further settings options. The most frequently used features are:

Set no-go zones

If there are areas in your home that you do not want the Q7 Max to clean (e.g. children's play area), you can mark the corresponding place as a No-Go Zone here.

Restricted zones are set up in the Roborock Q7 Max+ App.

Cleaning timer

Set the day of the week, the time and the desired cleaning mode. The Q7 Max then does the rest all by itself. 👍

The cleaning schedule is created in the Roborock Q7 Max+ App.

Live Mapping

You can always follow the cleaning progress in real time on the map

The cleaning journey of the Roborock Q7 Max+ can be followed live in the app.

Area cleaning

You can define areas on the map. You can then select them and have them cleaned separately.

This is a great setting because now you can select certain areas to be mopped/vacuumed twice (or even three times). These areas are then cleaned in a criss-cross pattern.

In the Roborock Q7 Max+ App, individual areas are defined for extra cleaning.

Cleaning history

Data on past cleaning sessions can be viewed here.

Cleaning history can be viewed in the Roborock Q7 Max+ App

Edit Map

Here you can separate rooms, merge rooms and name rooms.

Rooms are named in the Roborock Q7 Max App.
Room naming
A room is divided in the Roborock Q7 Max+ App.
Divide / merge rooms

Tip: You can zoom into the map as far as you like. This makes editing much easier.

2D / 3D map selection

In the app, you can choose how your home map is displayed (2D or 3D).

In the Roborock Q7 Max Plus app, the 3D map view is selected.

Self-empty station options

Choose when and how the robot’s dust box should be emptied:

You can choose between 4 options. These determine how intensive and how long the emptying process is.

The various settings for operating the auto-empty dock can be seen in the Roborock Q7 Max app.

The standard setting ("smart") worked well for us.


In the Roborock Q7 Max+ app, you can always see when and how certain spare parts should be cleaned or replaced.

Maintenance tips are displayed in the Roborock Q7 Max Plus App.

Further settings

Below you will find a list of the other settings in the Roborock Q7 Max+ App:

  • Button illumination: Practical when the robot is in the bedroom, for example.
  • Carpet Boost: We advise to always leave this option activated.
  • Do-Not-Disturb times: Set specific times at which the little household helper should not work.
  • Child lock: The buttons on the robot itself are locked and children (or pets) cannot accidentally change the settings.
  • View operating instructions.
  • Language selection (English, German, French, Russian, ...).
  • Carry out the firmware updates.

Conclusion on the Roborock Q7 Max App

We have little to criticise about the range of functions. Basically, all the important features are available.

The design, user-friendliness and language are also excellent.

Good performance, kudos Roborock. 🎩

There's a good reason that we consider the Roborock app to be one of the best around!

Voice control

The Roborock Q7 Max+ can also be operated with the Amazon voice assistant (Alexa Roborock Skill) or the Google Assistant. 🗨️

Siri shortcuts can also be set in the app. 💡

This lets you fully integrate the device into your smart home.

The Alexa voice commands for the Roborock Q7 Max are clearly displayed.

Cleaning can be started and stopped by voice command. Furthermore, the little household helper will clean specific rooms on command.

We like the option of voice control with Alexa. Even if the range of functions is less extensive than in the Roborock App (see previous chapter).

Battery life

The Roborock Q7 Max+ is equipped with a 5200 mAh battery. This means it can clean your home for up to 280 minutes in one go at the lowest suction setting. 🔋

Our 80 m² flat was completely cleaned on the medium suction level. The battery of the robot vacuum cleaner still had 84% remaining power. That's a great result. 👏

Another advantage is the "recharge and resume" function. If the battery runs out in the middle of a cleaning, the Roborock Q7 Max+ returns to the charging station. As soon as the robotic hoover has enough power again, cleaning is resumed at the previously interrupted location.

Thanks to the powerful battery, the Roborock Q7 Max+ is also well suited for larger homes.


The volume of the Roborock Q7 Max+ depends on the suction mode. Just remember: The stronger the suction power, the higher the volume.

We measured the following decibel values in our test:

  • Level 1 (Quiet): 53 dB
  • Level 2 (Balanced): 57 dB
  • Level 3 (Turbo): 60 dB
  • Level 4 (Max): 67 dB + unpleasant whistle
  • Emptying station: 70 dB

The volume of the Roborock Q7 Max+ is displayed on a decibel scale.

Thus, the robot vacuum cleaner is pretty average in terms of noise level. This is especially true in the medium vacuum levels (which are probably the most frequently used), which are not particularly quiet, but not really loud either.

On suction level Max, we found the noise to be quite loud. In addition, there was also an unpleasant 'whistling' noise.

When you are at home and the little household helper is cleaning your home, use the lowest suction level. This way, the noise level should not really bother you.

If you require more thorough, intensive vacuuming, you can always schedule it for when you are out of the house in the app. This way, you can avoid the bothersome noise.

The emptying process of the self-emptying station is quite loud at 70 dB. However, this is nothing unusual and can be observed in all robot vacuum cleaners with a self-emptying base. Since the emptying process only lasts about 15 seconds, the brief increase in volume is tolerable.

Design, dimensions & build quality of the Roborock Q7 Max

Robot vacuum cleaner

The robot vacuum cleaner comes in the "market standard" round shape. The dimensions are as follows: The height is approx. 9.65 cm and the diameter is 35 cm. The robot weighs 4.7 kg.

The Roborock Q7 Max robot hoover is being measured with a ruler.

This means that the robot vacuum cleaner should have no problem vacuuming under your bed, radiators, etc.

The robot is available in white (high-gloss look) and matt black. So there is something for every taste.

We took a closer look at the white robot vacuum cleaner. The glass lid not only looks cool, but also has a function: fingerprints don’t show up. ☝️

(However, the glass surface seems to magically attract dust).

The Roborock Q7 in white high-gloss finish is being touched.

When it comes to workmanship, the brand falls back on tried and tested materials. In other words: The design is very similar to previous Roborock models.

Roborock Q7 Max Robot Vacuum Cleaner close-up.
Top view
The Roborock Q7 Max can be seen from below.
Bottom view

Significant difference: The dust and water tanks have been combined into a single container. This has advantages:

  • You don’t have to empty two containers one after the other or fill them with water. You only have one work step.
  • Furthermore, the combo bin is much easier to use. Emptying the dust compartment / water tank is easier.

The Roborock Q7 Max combo-bin is on the table.

The dust compartment of the Roborock Q7 Max being manually emptied.

Is the workmanship of the Q7 Max particularly fancy? Not really.

The manufacturer relies on the tried and tested quality and concentrates on the essentials: providing a device that is durable and cleans your home reliably.

And it pays off. We’ve been using Roborock devices for years and they work as well as ever.

Emptying base

The base has the following dimensions: height: 42.5 cm x width: 30 cm x depth: 43 cm.

The emptying station of the Roborock Q7 Max+ is being measured with a ruler.

The self-empty station is also available in two colours: white and black.

The Roborock Q7 Max suction station can be seen in black and white.
© Roborock

A cable management system can be found at the rear. This allows the power cable to be rolled up. 🔌

The power cable from the Roborock Q7 Max+ emptying station is rolled up.

The base isn’t particularly petite. It cannot be "hidden" under a bed or a shoe cupboard, etc.

Nevertheless, the station is somewhat smaller and more compact compared to other models. This is an advantage because it simply takes up less space.

The emptying station of the Roborock Q7 Max Plus stands next to a suction station of a competitor model for comparison purposes.

An LED light on the extraction station informs you when the dust bag is full.

To access the dust bag, you have to lift the lid off.

Opening the lid of the Roborock Q7 Max+ self-emptying base.

We find this approach somewhat unusual and not too practical either.

The lid itself also does not look very well-made. It is merely "stuck on" from above.

⚠️ Attention: If you want to transport the station from A to B, do not grab the lid. It may come loose and the station could fall to the floor.

All in all, we find the workmanship of the emptying station to be mediocre. It looks a bit "rickety". We also didn't really like the construction of the lid removal.

However, it does not affect how well it works. As we have seen in the "Self-empty base" chapter, the self-emptying function works perfectly.

Package contents and setup


Very practical: A quick start guide is included in the package contents.

This describes step by step the necessary measures to get the robot running for the first time. 👣

The Roborock Q7 Max's quick start guide is shown close-up.

After unpacking, just a few steps are necessary before the robot can get cleaning.

First of all, place the self-empty station against a wall. Make sure to leave enough space to the sides (approx. 50 cm.) and to the front (approx. 1 - 1.5 metres).

Then you can unpack the robotic vacuum cleaner and place it on the charging dock. The charging process can take a few hours.

This is a good opportunity to download and set up the Roborock App. You can find the exact steps for this in our App chapter.

The device can be switched on via the power button on the robot vacuum itself. Now you can send the Roborock Q7 Max+ off to clean (provided the battery has enough juice).

Package contents

The package contents are very limited.

The entire package contents of the Roborock Q7 Max+ are laid out on a table.

  • Robot vacuum cleaner itself
  • Auto-empty dock
  • 2 x hoover bags for the dock
  • Mop plate together with attached mop pad
  • Detailed instructions manual (multilingual)
  • Quick start guide

Spare parts such as extra side brushes, filters, mop pads, etc. are not included in the package.

Spare parts can be bought online at Amazon. 👇

Is the Roborock Q7 Max good value?

The great value for money is certainly one of the Roborock Q7 Max's greatest strengths.

For many, the auto-empty dock will be the main motivation for buying this model. Comparable robot hoovers with self-empty bases usually cost considerably more.

Another reason for the purchase: the brand leaves out some luxury features and concentrates on the essentials (excellent cleaning performance and superior navigation). This ensures a very attractive price. 💸

In other words, you get the usual "Roborock quality" at an affordable price. 💎

So if you're looking for an affordable Roborock vacuum cleaner (and you want it to come with an emptying dock), the Roborock Q7 Max is a very good alternative.

Where can I buy the Roborock Q7 Max+ in the UK?

The Q7 Max series was released in 2022 and can now be bought on Amazon UK.

Roborock Q7 Max+ review UK: Our conclusion

We put the Roborock Q7 Max+ through its paces.

We wanted to find out if this product still offered the usual “Roborock quality”, despite the affordable price.

And after our extensive tests, the answer is clear: Yes!

It is by all means a rock-solid cleaning robot.

Its numerous strengths (powerful suction, auto-empty dock, smartphone app) are offset by some minor weaknesses (e.g. mopping performance).

The manufacturer deliberately leaves certain premium features to the side to keep the price affordable.

So if you want the reliability of a Roborock and can live without some top features, the Q7 MaxV is an excellent choice for you.

If budget is not a big issue for you and you are looking for the best robot vacuum cleaner, check out our comprehensive review.

Find out more

  • More about the dust box, water tank and filter:

    The Roborock Q7 Max relies on a combo bin. This means: It is a dust canister and water tank at the same time.

    The mobile dust container is quite small (470 ml). So it quickly fills up with dirt.

    Since you are largely spared the manual emptying of the dust container thanks to the self-empty station, this point is less relevant.

    A HEPA filter is attached to the dust container.

    A HEPA filter is responsible for ensuring that allergens, dust, pollen etc. are not blown back into the room air.

    The HEPA filter of the Roborock Q7 Max is being held.

    P. S.: The handling of the tank has been greatly improved. The manual emptying of the water tank works really well. The water can be emptied without leaving any residue after cleaning. 

    With many other models, some water always remains in the tank.

  • Which model is the predecessor to the Roborock Q7 Max?

    The predecessor of the Roborock Q7 Max is the S5 Max, which is now very much outdated (Click here for the Roborock S5 Max review).

  • Can the Roborock Q7 Max+ also detect cliffs?

    Thanks to fall sensors (located on the underside of the robot vacuum cleaner), cliffs such as stairs are detected and avoided.

  • What is the difference between the Roborock Q7 and Roborock Q7 Max?

    The Q7 and Q7 Max are two different series by Roborock, despite the similar name. There are a few differences between the robots. These mostly relate to the mopping ability. 

    Tip: The “+” in a Roborock model name refers to models including an auto-empty station.

    The Q7 Max has a larger water tank than the Q7. As it is a combo-tank, this means the dust bin of the Q7 is larger.

    The Q7 Max also applies constant pressure to the mops, whereas the Q7 relies on the pressure created by the water tank. This is less effective, as the water tank becomes lighter throughout the cleaning session, reducing the amount of pressure applied to the mops.

    Lastly, the Q7 Max has an electronic water tank, meaning you can control the water output level. The Q7 water tank relies on gravity.


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