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Roborock S5 Max vs. Deebot OZMO 950

Roborock S5 Max vs Deebot OZMO 950 comparison - UK (2022)

Ilia

Last updated: 25.02.2022 5 Min.

Are you ready for another battle? This time, we let the Roborock S5 Max vs. Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 compete against each other.

Both robot vacuum cleaners came out with flying colours in our tests and are among our absolute favourites.

But as we always say: "There is no such thing as the perfect robot vacuum". Both models have their strengths and weaknesses in different areas.

The question is: Which of the two robotic vacuum cleaners fits best to your needs?

In our Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 vs Roborock S5 Max comparison, we meticulously reveal all their differences and similarities so you can see for yourself which one’s the better choice.

The Roborock S5 Max vs Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 side by side in our detailed comparison

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All important facts at a glance

  • Both are excellent robot vacuum/mop hybrids and among our absolute favourites.
  • Both models have a top price-performance ratio.
  • In some areas, the Roborock S5 Max took the lead (e.g. navigation and app).
  • But the OZMO 950 also has great features (e.g. carpet detection function and cleaning performance on carpets)

Roborock S5 Max vs Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950: Which robot vacuum cleans better? Our Review and Comparison.

We checked how well these two premium robot vacuums could cope with our dirty challenges in our cleaning battle of the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 vs. Roborock S5 Max.

The two robotic vacuums have to clean up a specific amount of various dirt types on different surfaces (hard floor and carpet).

We also looked at how both models manage everyday cleaning in our home over a more extended period.

Roborock S5 Max vs Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950: Cleaning Performace

Roborock S5 Max Deebot OZMO 950
Suction power in Pa. 2000 Pa. 1500 Pa.
Vacuuming laminate 96 % 92 %
Vacuuming low pile carpet 84 % 87 %
Vacuuming high pile carpet 88 % 91 %
Carpet detection Yes. It doesn’t mark carpets on the map. Yes. It marks carpets on the map
Pet hair / Long human hair Good cleaning performance. Cleaning tool for hair removal is included. You can easily remove and disassemble the main brush. Good cleaning performance. Cleaning tool for hair removal is included. You can’t disassemble the main brush. Instead, Ecovacs included a “special attachment” for hair.
Cleaning result in corners and along the skirting Good Good
Side brush 1 (made of plastic) 2 (made of bristles). Slightly longer than the S5 Max.
Main brush Made of bristle hair and lamellae Made of bristle hair and lamellae
Power settings 4 (Quiet, Balanced, Turbo, Max) 4 (Quiet, Standard, Maximum and Maximum+)
Size of the dustbin 460 ml 430 ml (with dust retention flap)
HEPA filter Yes Yes

Suction test on hard floors

Both robot vacuums did a great job on hard floors.

But the Roborock S5 Max is slightly ahead of the Deebot OZMO 950 (96% vs 92%).

All in all, if you have laminate floors at home, you'll be thrilled with both vacuums.

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Roborock S5 Max on Laminate

Overview of the suction test result of the Roborock S5 Max on laminate

Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 on Laminate

Overview of the suction test result of the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 on laminate flooring

Suction test on carpet

The two premium robot vacuums were also convincing on the carpet.

Roborock S5 Max Deebot OZMO 950
Low pile carpet 84% 87%
High pile carpet 88% 91%

Both models have a good carpet detection function.

As soon as the robot drives onto the carpet, the suction power automatically increases to the most powerful suction level.

A nice feature: the OZMO 950 not only detect carpets but also marks them on the map. You can see them on the map.

That makes it much easier to define no-go zones on the map or set up spot-cleaning areas for the carpet, for example.

The Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 detects and marks a carpet as an area in the mobile phone app.

Even though the Deebot OZMO 950 has a lower suction power (1500 Pa. vs 2000 Pa.), it achieved a slightly better cleaning result.

We always emphasise that the suction power (in Pa.) is only one of many factors that influence the cleaning result.

Roborock S5 Max on low carpet

Overview of the Roborock S5 Max suction test result on a low carpet

Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 on a low pile carpet

Overview of the suction test result of the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 on a low pile carpet

Roborock S5 Max on a high carpet

Overview of the Roborock S5 Max suction test result on high carpet

Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 on high carpet

Overview of the suction test result of the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 on high carpet

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Everyday floor cleaning

Next, we checked how these two robot vacuums perform during everyday floor cleaning in our flat over a longer period.

Both the Roborock S5 Max and the Deebot OZMO 950 came out with flying colours.

You can choose from 4 different suction modes with both robotic vacuum cleaners, which is very practical.

The “medium cleaning mode” worked best for everyday cleaning. For heavier soiling, we recommend higher suction levels.

The mobile dust bin of the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 is slightly smaller, but it has a practical carrying handle and a dust retention flap.

That makes the container’s removal, transport, and emptying a bit more practical than with the Roborock S5 Max.

The dustbin of Roborock S5 Max and Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 stand next to each other on the floor

The models deal slightly different with pet hair/long human hair.

It’s pretty common for most robot vacuum models that long hairs wrap around the main brush. You have to remove them from time to time.

The Roborock S5 Max has a cleaning tool for this.

It’s also easy to disassemble the main brush, around which the hair usually wraps.

Thus, you can remove hair quickly and reliably.

Disassembling the main brush of the Roborock S5 Max and removing the hair with the included cleaning tool.

The Deebot OZMO 950 also has a cleaning tool.

But you can’t disassemble the main brush at either end, making hair removal a little more cumbersome.

Instead, Ecovacs included a special suction attachment (without cleaning brush).

Attaching the special attachment for hair to the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950

This attachment sucks in the hair immediately, so it can’t wrap around a brush. Good news for pet owners!

If you have very hairy pets at home, this suction attachment might be the way to go. We recommend using this attachment only in "exceptional cases", as the cleaning result (especially on carpets) leaves a lot to be desired without the main brush.

Conclusion on the cleaning test

We were delighted with the outstanding cleaning performance of both robot vacuums.

We had a hard time identifying a clear winner.

If you have many carpets, the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 might be the better choice. It’s slightly ahead of the Roborock S5 Max thanks to the sophisticated carpet detection function and the somewhat better cleaning result on short and long pile carpets.

If you have mostly hard floors at home, you will be more than satisfied with either of these two models.

Deebot OZMO 950 vs Roborock S5 Max: Which robot mops better? Our review!

In the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 vs Roborock S5 Max comparison, we also took a closer look at the two devices’ mopping function.

Roborock S5 Max Deebot OZMO 950
Water tank capacity ~ 300 ml ~ 200 ml
Mopping pad 1 x Reusable Mop 1 x Reusable Mop
Disposable wipes available No Yes
Water flow control App App
Water intensity levels 4 levels 4 levels
Controlling water intensity per room Yes Yes
Maximum covered area 200 m² ~120 m²
Water protection pad for charging station Yes Not included
Carpet detection function No Yes. It avoids carpets.
Improved mopping features Additional 300 grams contact pressure -

Both devices are so-called “mop and vacuum combo” (2-in-1 hybrids). It means that the smart robot vacuum and mop your floors in one go.

It continuously supplies a mop with water via the water tank.

To activate the mopping function, simply fill the water tank and attach the wiping plate (with attached wiping cloth) to the water tank. Then you - or rather, it - can get started.

The water tank of the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 next to the water tank of the Roborock S5 Max for comparison.

You can conveniently set the water intensity via the mobile app (even for each room individually). You can choose from 4 different levels.

You should observe the smart robot closely during its first few mopping trips. Then you’ll see which water flow is necessary for the best cleaning result.

The highest water intensity level worked best in our flat (mainly laminate, PVC and tiles).

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Reusable mop and water tank

The Roborock S5 Max and Deebot OZMO 950 each come with a reusable mop.

The mop cloth of the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 lies next to the mop of the Roborock S5 Max for comparison.

Both mopping pads do their jobs well, but the Deebot OZMO 950’s wipe is a little more fluffy and has a slightly better quality.

The OZMO 950’s mop also extends over the entire width of the mop plate. The mop of the Roborock S5 Max leaves some space uncovered on the left and right. Thus, the mop track of the S5 Max is slightly smaller than that of the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950.

The water tank of Roborock S5 Max is larger than Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950’s water tank (300 ml vs 200 ml). Therefore, Roborock S5 Max can mop a larger area in one go (without refilling the water tank).

The water tank of Roborock S5 Max stands next to the water tank of Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 for comparison

Waterproof protection pad of the Roborock S5 Max

It’s a great plus that the Roborock S5 Max has a protection pad for the charging dock.

Waterproof floor mat for Roborock S5 Max’s charging dock lies on the floor

When the robot vacuum returns to the docking station after mopping, the floor won’t be affected by the wet mop.

Unfortunately, the Deebot OZMO 950 doesn’t come with such a protection mat. You have to place the docking station on a non-sensitive floor (e.g. tiles) or remove the water tank (including wet wipe) directly after cleaning.

But you could also conveniently buy a protection mat online.

The OZMO 950’s carpet detection function

The Deebot OZMO 950 makes up for the missing protection pad with its sophisticated carpet detection function.

It reliably avoids carpets once you activate the mopping function.

This way, it won’t drag the dirty mop across your clean carpet.

The Roborock S5 Max can’t offer that.

If you don't want your Roborock S5 Max to "mop" the carpet, you should create a no-go/no-mop zone for the carpet.

Conclusion

The mopping function of both models is on par.

S5 Max

Roborock S5 Max mops the floor

OZMO 950

Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 mops the floor

With it, the robot vacuum frees your floors from light dirt and dust residues.

The flat will seem even cleaner after mopping.

Then we can get rid of the mop and won’t have to wipe the floor by hand, right?

Unfortunately, not yet.

The robot vacuum’s weight is too low. It can’t put enough pressure on the mop to remove very stubborn stains. But we still think that robotic vacuums with mopping function take a massive burden off your shoulders. If you let the little household helper mop several times a week, you won’t have to clean the floor by hand that often.

We also use the mopping function regularly and don’t want to do without it anymore.

To improve the performance, we recommend using the following two tricks before each mopping:

  • Dampen the mop with water. Then it will leave a damp track from the very beginning (otherwise, it takes a few minutes until the mop is thoroughly soaked with water).
  • Put some detergent in the water tank / on the mop (available* on Amazon UK). That’ll give you a tad more cleanliness.

Tip 1: Dampen the cloth

Dampening the mop of a vacuum-mop robot with water before mopping

Tip 2: Add detergent

Putting special cleaner on the mop

You can find more tips and tricks for improving the mopping performance in our detailed review "Best Robot Vacuum and Mop Combos" -> "Our Tips & Tricks".

Deebot OZMO 950 vs Roborock S5 Max: App

Mobile app

You can control both the Roborock S5 Max and the Ecovacs Deebot (iOS / Android ) OZMO 950 via an app.

Roborock App

Roborock App for download in the Appstore

Ecovacs Home App

Ecovacs Home App for download in the Appstore...

You’re spoilt for choice with 2 apps for the Roborock S5 Max

You can choose between the Roborock App (Android / iOS) and the Xiaomi Home App (Android / iOS).

The apps are almost identical in terms of functionality and design.

The in-house Roborock app worked perfectly fine for us. The manufacturer is very flexible and releases regular updates (bug fixes/new functionalities).

If you have several smart home devices from Xiaomi, the Xiaomi Home App might be more practical. Then you can control all devices via one single mobile app. A slight disadvantage: they release updates with bug fixes and new functions somewhat delayed.

Scope of functions

Both mobile apps (Roborock App and Ecovacs Home App) offer many valuable functions and setting options.

Roborock S5 Max vs Deebot OZMO 950 App: The most important functions

Roborock S5 Max Deebot OZMO 950
App Roborock App or Xiaomi Home App Ecovacs Home App
Systems Android and iOS Android and iOS
Wi-Fi connection needed? Yes Yes
Scope of functions Numerous functions and setting options Numerous functions and setting options
Save multiple maps 4 floors 2 floors
Room separation/merging Yes Yes
Room naming Yes (Yes) Symbol selection only, e.g. bath tub=bathroom, bed=bedroom.
Select power mode 4 levels (Quiet, Balanced, Turbo, Max) 4 levels (Quiet, Standard, Maximum, Maximum+)
Select water intensity 4 levels 4 levels
Setting the water intensity per room Yes Yes
No-go zones (virtual boundaries) Yes Yes
No-mop zones Yes Yes
Spot cleaning Yes Yes
Timer function Yes Yes
Carpet turbo Yes Yes
Marks carpets on the map No Yes
Voice Commands Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant
Remote control No No

The comparison shows that both apps are pretty similar in their range of functions.

They differ in two points only:

  • With Roborock S5 Max, you can save 4 maps (vs 2 maps with the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950).
  • The Ecovacs Home App has a more sophisticated carpet detection function. It detects and marks carpets on the map (vs Roborock S5 Max -> it detects carpets but doesn’t mark them on the map).

The design and logical setup of the apps are also alike.

Both apps are very user-friendly, straightforward and intuitive. Even the "non-technicians" will quickly get the hang of both mobile phone apps.

Overall, we liked the Roborock App a little better. It's a tad faster and more straightforward. But that's complaining at a high level.

Ecovacs Home app has also some minor bugs. These bugs reduce the overall rating of this app.

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Roborock S5 Max vs Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950: Navigation

We definitely can’t leave out “Navigation“ in our Roborock S5 Max vs Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 comparison.

It’s one of the critical ingredients for a good cleaning result.

Similarities and differences in navigation

Roborock S5 Max Deebot OZMO 950
Navigation method Laser navigation (Lidar). Structured navigation. Laser navigation (Lidar). Structured navigation.
Speed Fast (80m² in approx. 38 minutes) Medium (80m² in 41 minutes)
Bumper in the laser tower Yes, but only in the 2020 models. Devices from 2019 don’t have a bumper in the laser tower. Yes
Overcoming thresholds ~ 2 cm (0.8 inches) ~ 1.7 - 1.8 cm (0.7 inches)
Navigation in the dark Yes Yes
Dealing with obstacles Very accurate Accurate
Crash sensors Included Included

Both robotic vacuum cleaners use seamless laser navigation (lidar).

Thanks to the laser detection sensor (LDS) they always know where they want to go next and drive seamlessly through the flat. Neither of these two smart robots will leave out a single spot / room during cleaning.

Roborock S5 Max and the Deebot OZMO 950 are relatively fast. The Roborock S5 Max was a tad faster in our 80m² flat.

Navigation time S5 Max

The time that the Roborock S5 Max took during the navigation test in our home

Navigation time OZMO 950

The time that the Deebot OZMO 950 took during the navigation test in our home

The Ecovacs Deebot 950 also has troubles catching up with the Roborock S5 Max when dealing with obstacles.

Roborock S5 Max handles obstacles very carefully. It only slightly bumps into objects, if it touches them at all.

Ecovac's Deebot OZMO 950 uses the bumper a little more often and moves a bit roughly.

Even with the OZMO 950, the collisions are pretty harmless. Neither the cleaning robot itself nor your furniture will get damaged.

The Roborock S5 Max is more of a climber (2 cm / 0.8 inches) when overcoming obstacles (vs OZMO 950 approx. 1.7 - 1.8 cm (0.7 inches)). However, both premium robots can easily overcome conventional doorsteps.

Long story short: Both robot vacuums have excellent navigation.

We preferred the navigation and driving style of the Roborock S5 Max. It’s a little faster, and the navigation seems a bit smoother and more structured than that of the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950.

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Roborock S5 Max vs Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 - Battery Life – Our Review

Roborock S5 Max Deebot OZMO 950
Battery 5200 mAh lithium-ion battery 5200 mAh lithium-ion battery
Maximum runtime 120 minutes 200 minutes
Maximum cleaning area 200 m² 200 m²
Maximum charging time 5 hours 4-5 hours
Recharge & Resume function Yes Yes

Both models have a powerful 5200 mAh lithium-ion battery.

That makes both the Roborock S5 Max and the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 suitable for larger houses / flats.

Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 vs Roborock S5 Max: Noise Level

You can choose from 4 different power modes with both devices.

The robot vacuum’s volume depends on the selected mode.

Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 vs Roborock S5 Max: Noise Level

Roborock S5 Max Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950
Quiet 50 dB 45 dB
Balanced 55 dB 55 dB
Turbo 60 dB 57 dB
Max 65 dB 60 dB

Both devices run exceptionally quietly.

The Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 is the winner here.

The Deebot OZMO 950 was a tad quieter than the Roborock S5 Max, especially in the higher suction levels.

Overview of the noise level of the Roborock S5 Max and the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 on the decibel scale

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Design, dimensions and weight

Both cleaning robots have almost identical dimensions.

They are slightly different in height, but that doesn’t matter much.

Roborock S5 Max Deebot OZMO 950
Dimensions Height: 9.65 cm (3.8 inches). Diameter: 35 cm (13.8 inches) Height: 9.3 cm (3.6 inches). Diameter: 35 cm (13.8 inches)
Weight 3.5 kg 4.5 kg
Colour Black and white Black

You can get the Roborock S5 Max in the UK in black or white (vs the Deebot OZMO 950 only in black).

The robot vacuums look very similar from above. The Roborock S5 Max has a few more control buttons - (1) Start/Stop, (2) Return to charging station. Since you usually control the smart robot via the mobile app, this isn’t a big deal.

Control buttons on Roborock S5 Max and Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950

It’s pretty similar if you open the lid. You’ll see the mobile dustbin and a safely stored cleaning tool.

Cleaning tool and mobile dustbin of the Roborock S5 Max and the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950

If you flip the robot vacuums around, the two models are also very similar.


Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 and the Roborock S5 Max from below

The Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 has two side brushes (vs Roborock S5 Max: 1 side brush). Otherwise, the sensors, rollers, main cleaning brush and mop are in the same place on both models.

The charging dock also don’t differ much in size.

The Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 and Roborock S5 Max’s charging docks next to each other on the floor.

The advantage of the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 docking station:

It has a cable management system in the back.

The docking station of the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 has a cable management system at the back.

You can roll up the excess power cable so that it won’t lie around in the room.

Both robot vacuums are of high quality. Even after more extended use, we didn’t have any problems with either model.

Delivery scope

When comparing the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 vs Roborock S5 Max’s delivery scope, you’ll quickly see that the OZMO 950 comes with a lot more spare parts and accessories.

Roborock S5 Max

Full delivery scope of the Roborock S5 Max

Deebot OZMO 950

Full delivery scope of the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950

The Roborock S5 Max only has the absolute essentials. The floor protection pad for the charging station is a good feature, though.

The Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950’s delivery scope doesn’t contain a protection mat. But you can buy these mats for little money on Amazon* in the UK.

The Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 comes with a range of spare parts and accessories: 2 x replacement side brushes, disposable wipes, 1x replacement HEPA filter and another special suction attachment for hair.

It’s pretty obvious: The point goes to the Deebot OZMO 950 here.

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Price comparison

Both models are in the mid-range price segment (depending on the offer, even below that).

Thus, both models have an excellent price-performance ratio.

There are hardly any comparable models on the market that offer better value for money.

Roborock S5 Max and Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950: Our Rating

Our test team put the Roborock S5 Max and the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 through their paces - as usual.

We compiled the summary of our test results in the table below:

Roborock S5 Max Deebot OZMO 950
Cleaning performance
Mopping
App and functions
Navigation
Noise Level
Battery life
Design
Delivery scope
Price-performance ratio5 stars

Take a look at our detailed reviews for each model if you want to learn more about them.

Roborock S5 Max vs Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 comparison - Conclusion: Who wins the battle?

The Roborock S5 Max vs Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 comparison pitted two of the most popular robot vacuums in the UK against each other.

And it was a duel of equals.

In some areas, the Roborock S5 Max was slightly ahead:

  • Slightly better cleaning result on hard floors
  • Slightly better navigation
  • We liked the mobile app a little better

And sometimes, the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 was more convincing:

  • Slightly better cleaning result on carpets
  • Excellent carpet detection function
  • Larger delivery scope
  • Less noisy

But it was just nuances that tipped the scale in one direction or the other.

Long story short: We give unreserved recommendations for both robotic vacuum cleaners.

If you can't decide, simply watch out for the better deal.

You will be delighted with either of both models.

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Frequently asked questions

  • Can I buy the Roborock S5 Max and the Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950 on Amazon UK?


    Yes, you can buy both robot vacuums (Roborock S5 Max and Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950) via Amazon in the UK.

Ilia

Robot vacuum cleaners are my passion. These little helpers make cleaning our homes so much easier. That's why it's my personal concern to recommend only the most outstanding products and the best tips and tricks to you. Then you can devote your valuable time to the finer things in life - and as a rule, floor cleaning is not one of them.

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