We didn’t want to miss out on testing the mopping performance in our Roborock S5 Max vs. Roborock S6 comparison, either...
...Since both robot vacuums have a mopping function.
These "hybrid models" can vacuum and mop your home in one go.
||Roborock S5 Max
|Water tank capacity
||~ 300 ml
||~ 160 ml
||1 x Recyclable Mop
||2 x recyclable mop
|Disposable mopping pads available
||Yes, 10 pieces
|Water flow control
||Via the app
||Switch on the water tank
|Water intensity levels
|Set up water flow level per room
|Maximum mopping area
|Water protection pad for charging dock
||Yes. Lower quality.
||Yes. Good quality.
|Improved mopping features
||Extra contact pressure of 300 grams
The mopping function works the same for both robot vacuum / mop hybrids.
It pulls the mopping pad behind itself during the vacuuming process.
Here, the attached water tank supplies the mopping pad with water.
This way, they can mop and vacuum the floor at the same time during the cleaning cycle.
Significantly improved mopping features on Roborock S5 Max
Roborock improved the mopping features of the Roborock S5 Max compared to the previous model (Roborock S6).
They almost doubled the capacity of the water tank, among other things.
Roborock S5 Max Water Tank (~ 300 ml)
Roborock S6 Water Tank (~160 ml)
With this, it can mop areas twice as large as the S6 in one go. The Roborock S5 Max can clean - depending on the water level selected - up to 200 m² of living space with one full water tank (vs. Roborock S6: 100 m²).
Another significant advantage of the Roborock S5 Max vs. S6: You can control the S5 Max’s water flow via the app.
You can choose from 4 levels.
And there’s more to it: You can even set the water intensity level for each room individually with the Roborock S5 Max.
Now you can let it mop rooms with sensitive floors (e.g. laminate in the living room) with a smaller amount of water and non-sensitive surfaces (e.g. tiles in the bathroom) with a lot of water.
Just give it a few tries. Soon you’ll find out which water intensity level provides the best cleaning result. We had excellent experiences in our flat (laminate, PVC and tiles) with the highest water intensity level.
With the Roborock S6, you control the water intensity in a "classic" way via a switch on the water tank instead.
Only 2 water intensity levels (little/much) are at your disposal here.
Last but not least, the Roborock S5 Max has another improvement in stock for the mopping function.
Its spring construction exerts an additional contact pressure of 300 grams on the mop.
That construction presses the mop a little harder against the floor and thus, improves the wiping performance.
All in all, we liked the Roborock S5 Max's mopping function.
It removes the last residues of dirt and dust.
The Roborock S6: Better accessories but worse mopping
The Roborock S6 has better additions for the mopping function compared to the S5 Max.
The model comes with two recyclable wipes (vs. Roborock S5 Max: only one).
You’ll always have a clean wipe at hand.
We recommend washing the mop regularly in the washing machine at 40 degrees.
Furthermore, the water-resistant protective pad of the Roborock S6 is of higher quality than that of the S5 Max.
It’s much more stable, whereas the base of the S5 Max is made of thin plastic and kind of "wobbly".
Thanks to a simple "click mechanism", you can easily clamp the plastic mat of the Roborock S6 under the charging station.
With the Roborock S5 Max, you have to glue the protective mat to the floor instead.
The delivery scope of the Roborock S6 also includes ten disposable wipes.
Since Roborock included 2 washable and recyclable moping pads in the delivery scope already, we don’t see an application area for the disposable mops. They’re somewhat superfluous from a practical and environmental point of view.
The mopping result of Roborock S6 is „ok“.
It removes light dirt and dust residues from the floor with the help of the damp mop.
The Roborock S5 Max is ahead of the S6 regarding the mopping function.
The enlarged water tank and the possibility to control the water intensity level via the mobile app are significant improvements compared to the Roborock S6.