Roborock S6 MaxV robot vacuum cleaner with ReactiveAI and Lidar Navigation review

Roborock S6 MaxV robot vacuum cleaner with ReactiveAI and Lidar Navigation review
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Roborock S6 MaxV robot vacuum cleaner is powered by twin cameras, ReactiveAI allows MaxV to recognize and avoid everyday objects and unknown obstacles*. S6 MaxV is “Easily the smartest robot vac ever made” by T3. Set schedules, clean specific rooms, set water flow, and more from an app. Start cleanups, change modes, and more with Alexa, Siri or Google Home. Reveal more in Roborock S6 MaxV robot vacuum cleaner with ReactiveAI and Lidar Navigation review.

Pros & Cons – Roborock S6 MaxV robot vacuum cleaner with ReactiveAI and Lidar Navigation

PROS

  • Vacuums and mops
  • Strong suction power
  • Large water tank and mopping plate
  • Integrates with Amazon Alexa
  • Allows for scheduled cleanings
  • Supports virtual boundaries

CONS

  • Expensive
  • Lackluster obstacle avoidance technology
  • Doesn’t automatically avoid carpet when mopping

Specification

  • Twin cameras and Reactive AI identify obstacles.
  • 2500 Pa suction for deep cleaning.
  • LiDAR navigation and automatic room recognition.
  • Multi-level mapping.
  • Voice control with Amazon Alexa.
  • 297 ml water tank with water flow control.
  • Programmable no-go and no-mop zones.
  • Recognizes invisible barriers.
  • 180-minute runtime.

Roborock S6 MaxV robot vacuum cleaner – best price for sale

The Roborock S6 MaxV is available to buy now, from Amazon and other retailers – you’ll need to part with around $749 / £659 (around AU$1,030) to get your hands on it. We’d like to see it sold in a few more places, but this isn’t unusual for something from a Chinese manufacturer.

Compared to other robo cleaners in the Roborock line-up, that price-tag makes it far more expensive than the previous flagship, the Roborock S6 ($649.99) and our current favourite robot vacuum, the Roborock S6 Pure ($599.99).

Comparison – Roborock S6 MaxV robot vacuum cleaner vs Roborock S5 Max

 Roborock S6 MaxVRoborock S6Roborock S5 Max
Suction power2,500Pa2,000Pa2,000Pa
Dustbin capacity460ml480ml460ml
Water tank capacity300ml140ml290ml
Battery5,200mAh5,200mAh5,200mAh
Runtime180mins150mins150mins
Rated power66W58W58W
Noise (dB) – Balanced mode67dB67dB69dB
Noise (dB) – Quiet mode64dB64dB67dB
Price$749$649$599

Roborock S6 MaxV robot vacuum cleaner with ReactiveAI and Lidar Navigation review

Build

A raised disc emblazoned with the company symbol which houses the laser navigation system resides just forward of the bot’s center. Three small buttons for spot cleaning, power and docking are placed in front of it. A thin plastic hood lifts to reveal the Wi-Fi connection light, dustbin and onboard storage for the brush cleaning tool. 

Design

Robot vacuum cleaners are necessarily big, and at 48.8 cm x 40.6 cm x 15.6 cm (19.2 inches x 16 inches x 6.1 inches) this one takes up a significant amount of floor space as it trundles round. The Roborock won’t get under every sofa or through every pair of chair legs, but it can make its way up on top of carpets, mats and rugs. It tips the scales at 6.34 kg (13.98 lbs).

Brush

The main brush is 6.5 inches long and maintains direct contact with the surface it’s cleaning. The main brush is fed by one side brush at the front-right of the unit.

Tank

The unit is sleek, well built and robust. The S6 MaxV comes with an additional HEPA filter, 458-milliliter dust bin, 297-ml water tank, mop attachment, mop cloth, and a pad that attaches to the charging dock to protect your floors from prolonged exposure to moisture. 

ReactiveAI

The front edge of the Roborock S6 MaxV houses stereo cameras that capture images at 30 frames per second to help the bot identify and avoid obstacles. The company calls the technology ReactiveAI and says that it’s the first robot vacuum powered by a Qualcomm APQ8053 chip. The cameras even take pictures of objects in the vacuum’s path, should you enable that option. 

Suction

The 2500 Pa suction is impressive, but this number should be taken with a grain of salt since there isn’t a standardized way to measure suction in the robot vacuum industry. Still, during testing, the suction appears to translate to better cleaning — and extra noise

Navigation

Roborock leveragesboth LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) and vSLAM (visual Simultaneous Localization and Mapping) in the S6 MaxV to be able to navigate through your home. In low-light or dark areas, it uses infrared imaging as well. Similar to RADAR, which employs radio waves, LiDAR uses a laser to locate objects or features in a room. vSLAM, on the other hand, uses images from the S6 MaxV’s dual cameras to visually identify objects and features. Together, the two create sophisticated maps that help the unit find the most efficient patterns to vacuum a room.

Camera

 It uses two cameras and on-device artificial intelligence image processing to spot obstacles, estimate their size and location, and automatically navigate around them. The cameras work together to capture detailed images at a maximum speed of at 30fps. The system then uses a convolutional neural network trained on thousands of real-world pictures to process images captured by the robot’s cameras. 

Mopping

The S6 MaxV was just as methodical mopping as it was vacuuming. The suction still ran as it mopped, so that there was less dirt to mop up. In this test we tracked muddy footprints across our 8 x 8-foot laminate floor and then let them dry. We filled the water tank on the robot vac and set it out to mop the room. At first, it didn’t look like it was doing a very good job, leaving some streaks and crumbs of mud, but we left it alone to complete the job. It took multiple passes on its own before it docked, and while the task may have been a bit extreme, there was no trace of the mud on the floor when it was finished.

Battery life

The S6 MaxV has a 5,200mAh battery, which Roborock says allows for up to three hours of continuous cleaning in Quiet mode without the mop system attached. In testing, it vacuumed for 116 minutes in Balanced mode before it got down to 19 percent battery and went back to its charging dock. I tried to run it again to see how much longer it would last, but it said the battery was too low, and it would resume cleaning when it was fully charged. 

Voice assistance

Setting it up to work with Alexa is pretty simple. You just enable the Roborock Plus skill in the Alexa app and sign in using your Roborock account credentials. From there, Alexa will begin searching for new devices. If Alexa doesn’t find it, make sure your phone is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the robot and try again. Once you get it connected to Alexa, you can use your voice to start and stop cleaning jobs. 

Setup – Roborock S6 MaxV robot vacuum cleaner with ReactiveAI and Lidar Navigation

Setting up the S6 MaxV was a fast, seamless job that took about 10 minutes. First, I removed the packaging, plugged in the charging dock, and set the vacuum on the dock to charge. Even if you don’t charge it before your first cleaning session, the vacuum comes with 50% battery power you can use it right away. 

I spent the next five minutes installing and connecting the Roborock app. I created a schedule for the robot to run daily, which proved a little confusing since it’s unintuitively located in the “Timer” section of the menu.

App

We really like the flexibility you get with the bundled Roborock app: you can set areas and rooms you don’t want the droid cleaner to go in, tell it to concentrate on one particular room, and instruct it when to mop and vacuum and when to just vacuum, for example. 

As an added bonus you can start off a cleaning cycle using your voice, if you connect up the Roborock device to Alexa or Google Assistant through your phone first. The app will also alert you to any maintenance tasks that need to be carried out.

There’s no real learning curve – everything is straightforward as soon as you open up the app, and that includes switching between the different cleaning and mopping modes.

Roborock S6 MaxV robot vacuum cleaner with ReactiveAI and Lidar Navigation performance review

I recently tested 16 robot vacuums for our guide, and the S6 MaxV consistently performed well in the battery of tests we put each model through. 

During testing, I poured a tablespoon each of kitty litter, coffee grounds, and flour, and some pet hair on separate 18-inch-square sections of carpeting and hardwood flooring. Next, I run the robot vac on its highest suction setting for two cleaning cycles, compare the before and after photos, and assess how much the unit picked up.

Roborock S6 MaxV robot vacuum cleaner with ReactiveAI and Lidar Navigation review
I tested the Roborock S6 MaxV by seeing how much flour, coffee grinds, kitty litter, and pet hair it can pick up on hardwood floor and carpet. 

The S6 MaxV also did a good job of cleaning in corners. I sprinkled a teaspoon of flour in carpeted and hardwood corners to see how close the unit could get. On the carpeted corner, the S6 MaxV got within an inch and picked up 70% of the flour, which is excellent. The hardwood performance wasn’t as impressive, but it was still good — the vac came within 1.5 inches of the corner and picked up about 50% of the flour.

The S6 MaxV picked up almost everything. On the carpeting, only about 5% of the flour was left after the cleaning cycles, and there were traces of coffee grounds and kitty litter. On the hardwood, about 5% of the flour and kitty litter were left behind, but the coffee grounds were gone. And, on both surfaces, there was no pet hair to be found after running the vac.

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