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Roborock S6 vs S5 Max

Roborock S6 vs. S5 Max comparison - UK (2022)

Ilia

Last updated: 25.02.2022 5 Min.

We let the Roborock S5 Max compete against its brother, the Roborock S6.

Both models have everything you need in a robot vacuum: Good cleaning performance on hard floors and carpets, excellent navigation and a great mobile app. They are also both hybrid models that can vacuum and mop your home in one go.

They may look identical, but they have significant differences.

We meticulously reveal all their similarities and differences in this Roborock S6 vs. S5 Max comparison. In the end, you will know which of the two models fits best to your needs.

Roborock S5 Max vs. S6 robot vacuum comparison

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Roborock S5 Max:

  • You can control the water intensity in 4 levels via the app
  • Set individual water flow per room
  • The water tank of Roborock S5 Max is twice as large, with a 290 ml capacity.
  • The additional contact pressure of 300g improves mopping performance slightly.

Roborock S6:

  • Roborock S6 has more accessories or spare parts included (10 x disposable wipes, 1 x replacement HEPA filter, 1 x replacement mopping pad).
  • The S6’s water-resistant protection mat for the floor is of higher quality.
  • You can wind up excess cable in the back of the Roborock S6 charging station.

All important facts at a glance

  • The Roborock S5 Max is the successor of the Roborock S6. The name might suggest otherwise.
  • Both devices are high-quality „vacuum-mopping robots“ and came out with flying colours in our tests.
  • Roborock improved the mopping function in the S5 Max
  • Both vacuum robots have an excellent price-performance ratio

Roborock S5 Max vs S6: Which one cleans better?

The cleaning duel is the centrepiece of our Roborock S5 Max vs S6 comparison.

After all, excellent navigation or user-friendly apps don’t help much if the robotic vacuum doesn’t have good cleaning performance.

That's why we threw some dirty challenges at these two robot vacuums and checked how they coped in our suction arena. They have to remove different types of dirt on hard floors and carpets.

Of course, we also took a very close look at how well the two household helpers managed with everyday cleaning in our home.

Roborock S6 vs S5 Max: Cleaning Test

Roborock S5 Max Roborock S6
Suction power in Pa. 2000 Pa. 2000 Pa.
Suction result laminate 96 % 92 %
Suction result short pile carpet 84 % 84 %
Suction result long pile carpet 88 % 85 %
Carpet turbo Yes Yes
Pet hair/Long human hair Good cleaning performance. Roborock included a cleaning tool for hair removal. You can easily remove and disassemble the main brush. Good cleaning performance. Roborock included a cleaning tool for hair removal. You can easily remove and disassemble the main brush.
Cleaning result in corners and along the skirtings Good Good
Side brush 1 (made of plastic) 1 (made of plastic)
Main brush Made of bristle hair and lamellae Made of bristle hair and lamellae
Power settings 4 (Quiet, Balanced, Turbo, Max) 4 (Quiet, Balanced, Turbo, Max)
Dustbin capacity 460 ml 480 ml
HEPA filter Yes Yes

Test on hard floors

Both robotic vacuums removed over 90 % of the dirt on the laminate, which is a very satisfactory result.

So if you have hard floors at home, you’ll be pleased with either of these two devices.

Roborock S5 Max on Laminate

Overview of the Roborock S5 Max suction test result on hard floors

Roborock S6 on Laminate

Overview of the Roborock S6 suction test result on hard floors

Suction test on carpets

The Roborock S5 Max and the S6 also do a great job on carpets.

Both robot vacuums switch to the most powerfull cleaning mode (Max) as soon as they drive onto a carpet, thanks to the carpet detection function.

The increased suction power ensures the excellent cleaning result on carpets.

Roborock S5 Max on short pile carpet

Overview of the Roborock S5 Max suction test result on short pile carpet

Roborock S6 on short pile carpet

Overview of the suction test result of the Roborock S6 on short pile carpet

Roborock S5 Max on high pile carpet

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

Roborock S6 on high pile carpet

Overview of the suction test result of the Roborock S6 on high pile carpet

Roborock S5 Max vs. Roborock S6: Everyday cleaning

We tested both Roborock models in our flat for several weeks...

...and we were very impressed.

Since you can choose between 4 different cleaning modes, you always have the right one at hand for any kind of floor cleaning.

The "Balanced" mode is usually sufficient for "normal (everyday)" dirt. If the floor is heavily soiled, you should go with the higher power settings (Turbo, Max).

The dustbin capacity of the Roborock S6 (480 ml) is slightly larger than that of the S5 Max (460 ml). However, that doesn’t make a big difference when your robotic vacuum cleaner is in use.

Conclusion on the suction test

Both robot vacuums scored equally good results.

The minor differences are probably just variances.

Both models are excellent household helpers that’ll clean your home reliably.

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Roborock S5 Max vs. Roborock S6: Which one mops better?

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 Roborock S6
Water tank capacity ~ 300 ml ~ 160 ml
Mop 1 x Recyclable Mop 2 x recyclable mop
Disposable mopping pads available No Yes, 10 pieces
Water flow control Via the app Switch on the water tank
Water intensity levels 4 levels 2 levels
Set up water flow level per room Yes No
Maximum mopping area 200 m² 100 m²
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.

Attaching the Water Tank to Roborock S6 and Roborock S5 Max

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)

Water tank of the Roborock S5 Max

Roborock S6 Water Tank (~160 ml)

Water tank of the Roborock S6

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.

You can choose from 4 different water intensity levels for each room in the Roborock S5 Max App.

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.

Control water intensity on Roborock S6 via a switch on the water tank

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.

Roborock S5 Max spring pressure design for extra mop pressure

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.

Roborock S5 Max mops the floor

It removes the last residues of dirt and dust.

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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".

Water-resistant protective mat for the charging station of Roborock S5 Max and S6

Thanks to a simple "click mechanism", you can easily clamp the plastic mat of the Roborock S6 under the charging station.

Roborock S6 charging station including water-resistant protective mat

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“.

Roborock S6 mops the floor in the kitchen

It removes light dirt and dust residues from the floor with the help of the damp mop.

Conclusion

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.

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Ranking the mopping performance

The mopping function of the "Robot Vacuum and Mop Combos" can’t replace "wiping by hand" yet.

Most of these little household helpers have an average weight of ~ 4 - 5 kg.

That’s far too low to exert enough pressure on the mop.

Thus, it’s pretty clear that they can’t remove stains that have dried for days.

But that’s not the benchmark for the hybrid models.

The mopping feature is an excellent addition to daily floor cleaning.

Mopping the floors removes lighter stains and the last residues of dust and dirt. It’ll provide a tad more cleanliness in your home.

Another plus: Since your little friend will mop the flat much more frequently, you won’t have to reach for the mop yourself that often anymore.

We also use our Roborock S5 Max’s mopping functions almost daily and don’t want to do without it anymore.

Ps. Check out our detailed review "Best Robot Vacuum and Mop Combos" if you want to read more about the practical hybrid models.

In the "Tips & Tricks" section, you can see how you can make the most of the mopping function of your robot vacuum/mop hybrid.

Roborock S6 vs. S5 Max: Control and App

You can control both the Roborock S5 Max and the S6 with the Xiaomi Home App (Android / iOS) or the Roborock App (Android / iOS).

Roborock App

Roborock mobile app for download in the App Store

Xiaomi Mi Home

Xiaomi Mi Home for download in the App Store

Both apps are identical in terms of the range of functions and are equally user-friendly.

We prefer the in-house Roborock app. Here, the manufacturer isn’t bound to Xiaomi's update cycles. It made updates and new functions available much faster in the past.

However, if you use other smart home devices from Xiaomi, you should go with the Xiaomi Home App. This way, you can control all Xiaomi devices via one app, and you don't have to switch back and forth between different apps.

The app's range of functions leaves nothing to be desired.

We summarised the essential functions in the table below.

Roborock S6 vs. S5 Max App: Functionalities

Roborock S5 Max Roborock S6
App Roborock App or Xiaomi Home App Roborock App or Xiaomi Home App
Systems Android and iOS Android and iOS
Wifi connection needed Yes Yes
Scope of functions Numerous functions Numerous functions
Save multiple maps 4 floors 4 floors
Room separation/merging Yes Yes
Cleaning modes Quiet, Balanced, Turbo, Max Quiet, Balanced, Turbo, Max
Water intensity levels 4 levels No
Setting the water intensity per room Yes No
Restricted zones (No-go zones) Yes Yes
No-mop zones Yes Yes
Spot cleaning Yes Yes
Selective room cleaning Yes Yes
Timer function Yes Yes
Carpet turbo Yes Yes
Control with Alexa Yes Yes

The only significant difference is that you can choose between 4 different water intensity levels in the Roborock S5 Max’s App and set it individually per room.

You can set the water flow individually in 4 levels per room via the Roborock App

This is a significant advantage over the Roborock S6. You have even more flexibility and adapt the cleaning to the floor types and degree of soiling in each room.

All in all, the app control for the Roborock S5 Max and S6 is excellent.

We think that the Roborock App is one of the best apps of all robot vacuum cleaners tested so far.

The additional features for the mopping function in the Roborok S5 Max app are significant improvements. They provide even more flexibility in your daily floor cleaning.

Voice Control

You can control your robot vacuum with your voice and get things done. Simply connect the app to Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri and you are good to go.

Here are your voice commands for Amazon’s Alexa (Roborock Home Skill).

Overview of Alexa voice commands for your Roborock robot vacuum cleaner

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Roborock S6 vs S5 Max: Navigation

Roborock S5 Max Roborock S6
Technology Laser navigation (Lidar) Laser navigation (Lidar)
Speed Fast (80 m² in approx. 38 minutes) Fast (80 m² in approx. 43 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) ~ 2 cm (0.8 inches)
Navigation in the dark Yes Yes
Dealing with obstacles Very accurate Very accurate
Crash sensors 4 6
Both robot vacuums use a laser distance sensor (LDS).

Laser navigation is one of the best navigation methods for robotic vacuum cleaners.

You can see that with the Roborock S6 and the S5 Max.

Both devices have excellent driving behaviour.

They cleaned our flat efficiently and in a structured way. They didn’t leave out any areas or rooms.

Laser navigation of the Roborock S5 Max and S6

Both models have super fast navigation. The Roborock S5 Max needed a few minutes less to navigate our 80 m² flat.

They also didn’t have any problems with avoiding obstacles.

Both robot vacuums mark large obstacles (e.g. chair legs, coffee table, sofa, cupboards) on the map. They detect smaller obstacles with impact sensors (in the bumper) on impact and avoid them accordingly.

The "collisions" are completely harmless, so neither your furnishings nor the robot vacuums get damaged.

Our conclusion: The driving behaviour and navigation of both Roborock vacuum-mopping robots are on par. We didn’t notice any significant differences.

Both models are top players on the robot vacuum market in the "navigation and driving behaviour" category. There are hardly any devices that have better performance.

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Roborock S5 Max vs S6: Battery Life

Roborock S5 Max Roborock S6
Battery 5200 mAh lithium-ion battery 5200 mAh lithium-ion battery
Maximum runtime 120 minutes 120 minutes
Maximum cleaning area 200 m² 200 m²
Maximum charging time 5 hours 3-4 hours
Recharge & Resume function Yes Yes

The robot vacuums are pretty similar in terms of battery performance.

They are suitable for larger flats or houses, thanks to the powerful 5200 mAh lithium-ion battery.

Both models also have a recharge & resume function.

If the battery runs out during a cleaning cycle, the robot vacuum automatically returns to the charging dock. But it remembers the exact spot where it had to stop cleaning. The robotic vacuum cleaner returns to that spot and continues cleaning once the battery is full.

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Roborock S6 vs S5 Max - Noise Level – Our Review

The noise level of both models depends on the selected power mode.

You can choose it in the app.

The rule of thumb is “the higher the suction level, the louder the robot vacuum cleaner.”

Roborock S5 Max Roborock S6
Quiet 50 dB 55 dB
Balanced 55 dB 58 dB
Turbo 60 dB 62 dB
Max 65 dB 64 dB

The Roboock S6 is slightly louder than the Roborock S5 Max.

But you can hardly notice that in everyday use.

Overview of the noise level of the Roborock S5 Max and S6 in the decibel scale

Long story short: Both devices operate relatively quietly.

We usually use the "Balanced" or "Turbo" cleaning mode for our flat.

With these, you can still have a conversation in the same room or watch a movie (at a higher volume).

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Design and Dimensions: Our Review

The Roborock S5 Max and Roborock S6 are very similar in design and quality.

Roborock S5 Max Roborock S6
Dimensions Height: 9.65 cm (3.8 inches). Diameter: 35 cm (13.8 inches) Height: 9.65 cm (3.8 inches). Diameter: 35 cm (13.8 inches)
Weight 3.5 kg 3.6 kg
Colour Black and white Black and white

The dimensions of the two devices are identical. The Roborock S6 just weighs about 100 grams more.

The two robot vacuums have almost the same appearance.

The only difference: Roborock S6 Max has one extra control button on the top.

(1) Start/Stop

(2) Back to the charging station

(3) Area cleaning (spot cleaning)

Control buttons of Roborock S5 Max and Roborock S6

You’ll see the same when you open the lid of both devices: The cleaning tools and mobile dust bins.

Roborock S5 Max and Roborock S6 with open lid

Even from below, the two models look confusingly similar. Mop, rollers, side brush, main brush - all components are identical in both devices.

Roborock S5 Max and Roborock S6 from below

Only their backs are slightly different.

Roborock S5 Max

Water tank of the Roborock S5 Max

Roborock S6

Water tank of the Roborock S6

That’s mainly because the water tank of the Roborock S6 is significantly larger.

Another difference: The docking station of the Roborock S6 is much larger than that of the S5 Max.

Roborock S5 Max and Roborock S6 charging station

But you can wind up the excess power cable at the back of the charging station of the S6. That’s not possible with the Roborock S5 Max charging dock.

All in all, we can say that the quality of both devices is equally good.

Roborock UK uses high-quality products from brand manufacturers for the components. Bosch supplies the sensors, and the German premium supplier Covestro adds the rollers. That way, your robot vacuum will help you out for a long time.

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Roborock S5 Max vs S6: Delivery scope and accessories

The Roborock S6 comes with significantly more spare parts.

Roborock S5 Max

Delivery scope and accessories of the Roborock S5 Max

Roborock S6

Delivery scope and accessories of the Roborock S6

The following spare parts are also included in the delivery scope of the Roborock S6:

  • 1 x Replacement HEPA filter

  • 10 x Disposable Wipes

  • 1 x extra moping pad

Spare parts and accessories for Roborock S5 Max and S6 are compatible

You can conveniently buy all the spare parts and accessories online* (on Amazon UK).

Important: The HEPA filter, side brush and main brush are compatible with Roborock models S50 / S55, S6 and S5 Max.

Roborock S6 vs S5 Max: The Price

Now let’s get to the exciting part: Comparing the Roborock S6 vs. S5 Max price.

The Roborock S5 Max is currently available at a lower price in the UK than its predecessor.

It’s rather unusual that the predecessor (S6) has a higher price than its successor (S5 Max).

It may be because of the more extensive delivery scope of Roborock S6.

But the Roborock S5 Max still offers significant improvements (especially in the mopping function).

Our Review of the Roborock S5 Max and Roborock S6

Our team put the Roborock S6 and Roborock S5 Max through the wringer.

You can see an overview of the overall scores in the table below. Our ratings range from 0.5 stars (terrible) to 5 stars (outstanding).

Roborock S5 Max Roborock S6
Cleaning Test
Mopping Performance
Noise Level
Navigation
Battery Life
App and Functions
Delivery Scope
Price-Performance Ratio

Check out our detailed reviews for each model if you want to read more about our experiences. We linked the robot vacuum reviews below.

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Conclusion Roborock S5 Max vs S6 - Which device works best for me?

The Chinese manufacturer already conquered our hearts with the Roborock S6.

Efficient navigation, a decent mopping function and an excellent app convinced many robot vacuum fans out there. The icing on the cake was its fantastic price.

That set the bar pretty high for its successor, the Roborock S5 Max.

The manufacturer focused on the areas where there was still room for improvement.

And they chose the mopping function.

The larger water tank and the possibility to control the water intensity level via the app are significant improvements for the Roborock S5 Max’s mopping feature compared to the S6.

Considering that the Roborock S5 Max is also cheaper, the decision between the two devices is quite clearly in favour of the Roborock S5 Max.

However, if you call a Roborock S6 your own, we wouldn’t recommend buying the Roborock S5 Max. After all, the S6 model is also a good device.

In this case, the few differences between these two models don’t justify the purchase.

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Frequently asked questions

  • Can I buy Roborock S6 and Roborock S5 Max through Amazon UK?


    Good news! Both Roborock S6 and S5 Max are available on Amazon 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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