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Roborock vs. Roomba: The Ultimate Comparison

If you’re looking for a top-of-the-line robot vacuum, chances are that you’ve come across Roborock vs. Roomba. Both of these names have quite a foothold in the robot vacuum market, offering a number of different models and various features.

Roborock vs. Roomba comparison review

Roomba tends to have a loyal brand following, while Roborock comes in as the dark horse, headquartered in China with similar features and performance, but at a lower price point.

Which is the better robot vacuum? Find out now!

The Differences

When comparing Roborock vs. Roomba, there are a couple big differences that come to mind.

  1. Origin. Roomba vacuums are manufactured in Bedford, Massachusetts, U.S. Roborock vacuums are headquartered in Beijing, with Research & Development and branch offices in Shanghai and Shenzhen
  2. History. Roomba, under the iRobot name, was founded in 1990 and comes from a long lineup of smarter vacuum cleaners. Roborock was founded in 2014.
  3. Technology. In general, Roomba technology builds a better performing vacuum in terms of suction and raw cleaning power, while Roborock excels in a better navigating vacuum and 2-in-1 vacuums that both vacuum and mop.

With these quick highlights in mind, let’s dive in.

Roborock Robot Vacuums

Roborock vacuum is a Chinese brand that is known for its 2-in-1 cleaners that can vacuum and mop a space simultaneously (not including the S4). In addition, their newer models have exceptional navigation and it’s a nice alternative option compared to the typically higher priced Roomba.

Roborock has two main collections— “S” and “E”. The S Series has a wide range of models at varying price points and different performance capabilities. The E Series is intended to be a budget-conscience robot vacuum collection with a lower price tag and more basic features.

The S Series includes:

The E Series includes:

Here’s a quick overview of the highlights of each model.

Best Roborock Navigation To Date

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Roborock S6 MaxV

The Roborock S6 MaxV takes some big steps in navigation and mapping technology. It comes with twin cameras on the front of the vacuum which help it to detect and avoid obstaces as small as 2″. Run time is up to 180 minutes and it is a 2-in-1 robot vacuum and mop. Cleaning performance on hardwoods was excellent, although carpet still had some problems — 92% overall. Check Price

2-in-1 Robot Vacuum & Mop

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Roborock S6

The Roborock S6 is a step down from the MaxV in terms of price and performance. It lacks some of the obstace detection features, but still did a good job with digital mapping. This vacuum runs up to 150 minutes and doubles as a vacuum and mop. Like the MaxV, this vacuum also struggled with carpets, but excelled on hardwoods — 89% overall. Check Price

A Smarter 2-in-1 Robot Vac and Mop

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Roborock S5 Max

The Roborock S5 Max has the extended 180-minute run time like the MaxV, but lacks the advanced obstacle detection. It has an XL mopping reservoir and good suction, especially good on hardwoods — 91% overall. Check Price

Mid-Range, Tech-Savvy Robot

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Roborock S5

The Roborock S5 is similar to the S5 Max but with a shorter run time and smaller mopping tank. It runs for up to 150 minutes, has all the smart features and app control of other Roborocks. Cleaning performance is consistent with others — 91% overall. Check Price

Smart & Budget-Friendly Robot

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Roborock S4

The Roborock S4 is the only model in the S series that does not double as a mop and a vacuum. Since it lacks mopping features, the price is lower, but that could mean a better value for those looking for a dedicated vacuum. It has smart mapping and impressive cleaning performance — 96% overall.Check Price

Robot Mop & Vacuum Combination

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Roborock E35

The Roborock e35 has an XL dustbin compared to the capacity in the S Series. It still offers a 150-minute run time and has a 140mL capacity mopping tank. Cleaning performance is good, about what we’ve seen above — 92% overall.Check Price

Low to Mid-Range Price; Solid Value for 2-in-1

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Roborock E25

The Roborock E25 has slightly less suction than the E35 (1800 Pa vs. 2000 Pa) but it has the same 150-minute run time, dust bin & mop tank size, and smart mapping. Cleaning performance was good, but not great — 89% overall.Check Price

Compare the Specs

ModelsRoborock S6 MaxVRoborock S6Roborock S5Roborock S5 MaxRoborock S4Roborock E35Roborock E25
Roborock S6 MaxV robot vacuumRoborock S6Roborock S5 robot vacuumroborock s5 max robot vacuumXiaowa Roborock e352 Robot Vacuum ReviewRoborock Xiaowa E2 robot vacuum overall
Smartphone ControlYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
MopsYesYesYesYesNoYesYes
MappingYesYesYesYesYesNoYes
Map SavingYesYesYesYesYesNoNo
Zone CleaningYesYesYesYesYesNoNo
Run Time180 mins.150 mins.150 mins.180 mins.150 mins.150 mins.150 mins.
Battery5,200 mAh5,200 mAh5,200 mAh5,200 mAh5,200 mAh5,200 mAh2,600 mAh
Cleans2,700 sq. ft.2,700 sq. ft.2,600 sq. ft.2,600 sq. ft.2,700 sq. ft.2100 sq. ft.1500 sq. ft.
NavigationLaser / Smart MappingLaser / Smart MappingLaser / Smart MappingLaser / Smart MappingLaser / Smart MappingSensors / Smart MappingSensors / Smart Mapping
Dust Bin460 mL480 ml480 ml460 ml420 ml640 ml640 ml
Mop Tank Capacity300 mL140 mL140 mL290 mLN/A140 mL140 mL
Suction2,500 Pa2,000 Pa2,000 Pa2,000 Pa2,000 Pa2,000 Pa1,800 Pa
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Roomba Robot Vacuums

The first Roomba robot vacuum was released in 2002 with the first robot mop trailing close behind with its release in 2004. Over the years there have been many models come and go.

Roomba S9 cleaning low carpets
Roomba S9+

Currently, Roomba has 5 flagship models, listed below:

  1. Roomba S9 / S9+
  2. Roomba i7 / i7+
  3. Roomba E5
  4. Roomba 960
  5. Roomba 675

D-Shaped Vac with Self-Emptying BinS

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Roomba S9+

The Roomba S9+ is the most advanced robot vacuum currently on the Roomba lineup. It has a D-Shaped body style which allows for an XL brushroll as well as a self-emptying dust bin. The S9+ offers app-based controls and excellent cleaning performance on all floor types — 99% overall.Check Price

Round Vac with Self-Emptying Bin

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Roomba i7+

The Roomba i7+ has the same self-emptying dust bin as the S9+, but has a round body style. The round body means it’s got a shorter brushroll, so cleaning cycles may take a bit longer. But our tests revealed that cleaning performance was still exceptional on all floor types — 99% overall.Check Price

BEST VALUE

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Roomba E5

The Roomba e5 is a great vacuum for value-seekers. It’s moderately priced and has smart features like app-control. There’s no digital mapping, but during our tests that didn’t seem to effect cleaning performance as much. It take a little longer to clean, but got the job done — 99% overall.Check Price

GOOD FOR LARGE AREAS

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Roomba 960

The Roomba 960 is great for cleaning large areas, as it comes with 2 virtual barriers for custom cleaning and it has a 75-minute run time with Recharge & Resume capabilities. Cleaning performance was best on hardwoods and struggled a bit on carpets — 92% overall.Check Price

BEST BUDGET ROOMBA

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Roomba 675

The Roomba 675 is a budget robot with enough power and the right features to make most users happy. It does have the classic zig-zag navigation pattern of an older Roomba, but the sporadic nature, did not negatively effect performance — 95% overall. Check Price

For more information see our best Roomba page here.

Compare the Specs

 Roomba S9+Roomba i7+Roomba e5Roomba 960Roomba 675
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Price$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
Runtime~75 mins.~75 mins.~90 mins.~75 mins~90 mins
Scheduled CleaningsYesYesYesYesYes
Self-ChargingYesYesYesYesYes
Self-EmptyingYesYesNoNoNo
Drop DetectionYesYesYesYesYes
Full Bin IndicatorYesYesYesYesNo
Recharge & ResumeYesYesNoYesNo
Digital Map ReportsYesYesNoYesNo
Digital Keep Out ZonesYesYesNoYesNo
Imprint LinkYesYesNoYesNo
Dirt DetectionAdvancedAdvancedAdvancedAdvancedBasic
TechnologyS Seriesi Seriese SeriesAeroForceAeroVac
Brushroll StyleDual rubberDual rubberDual rubberDual rubberBristle
Brushroll WidthEdge-to-edgeStandardStandardStandardStandard
Wireless ControlSmartphone or voiceSmartphone or voiceSmartphone or voiceSmartphone or voiceSmartphone or voice
NavigationAdvancedAdvancedAdvancedAdvancedBasic
Virtual Walls (included)01110
Score99%98%93%93%94%
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Head-to-Head Match Up

So between Roomba vs. Roborock, that’s a lot of different models to throw on the table all at once. Let’s divide up some of the most popular models above and see how they compare.

If you’re looking for the best robot vacuum for your own needs, you’ll want to start by prioritizing what exactly you’re looking for in a robot vacuum.

What’s most important to you?

Top-of-the-line performance? Best value? Best for large floor plans? Or the best option for those on a budget?

Price, features, performance and all play important roles in deciding which robot vacuum is best for your needs.

Best Overall

Roborock S6 MaxV
  • Cleaning: 92%
  • Runs: 180 mins.
  • Recharge & Resume? Yes
  • Smart Maps: Yes
  • Empties bin? No
Roomba S9+
  • Cleaning: 99%
  • Runs: 75 mins.
  • Recharge & Resume? Yes
  • Smart Maps: Yes
  • Empties bin? Yes

The Difference Makers: Roomba S9+ is a self-emptying robot vacuum with better cleaning performance and Roborock S6 MaxV is a 2-in-1 robot vacuum and robot mop with better navigation for large floor plans.

For the best-of-the-best from each brand, we have the Roborock S6 MaxV as well as the Roomba S9+. Both of these models represent the most advanced robot vacuums to-date with intelligent mapping, improved cleaning performance, and smarter features.

Better Navigation: Roborock

The Roborock S6 MaxV is a 2-in-1 robot vacuum that also operates as a robot mop with an on-board mopping reservoir.

Roborock S6 MaxV docked and charging up before a cleaning cycle
Roborock S6 MaxV docked and charging up before a cleaning cycle

Other smart features include:

  • Digital mapping
  • No-go lines
  • Scheduled cycles (for vacuuming or mopping)
  • Cleaning performance: 92% overall

The S6 MaxV has the ability to detect obstacles less than an 1″ in size. It is able to map these obstacles and intelligently avoid them throughout the entire cleaning process.

Roborock S6 MaxV test poop

To demonstrate this ability, the vacuum even comes with a small pile of artificial dog poop. Place the poo and watch it work.

Better Performance: Roomba S9+

The Roomba S9+ is the most advanced robot vacuum that iRobot currently produces. The self-emptying dust bin with Recharge and Resume technology makes it so this vacuum and keep cleaning until the job is done. It also saves you time from having to manually empty the dust bin after each run.

Roomba S9+ plus robot vacuum
Roomba S9+

Smart features on the S9+include:

  • Self-emptying dust bin
  • Digital mapping
  • “Keep Out” zones
  • Scheduled cycles (for vacuuming or mopping)
  • Cleaning performance: 99% overall

Best Value

Roomba e5
  • Cleaning: 99%
  • Runs: 90 mins.
  • Recharge & Resume? No
  • Smart Maps: No
  • Capacity: 500 mL
Roborock S4
  • Cleaning: 96%
  • Run: 150 mins.
  • Recharge & Resume? No
  • Smart Maps: Yes
  • Capacity: 460 mL

The Difference Makers: The Roomba E5 doesn’t have an on-board camera or digital mapping so navigation isn’t quite as impressive. Also, the S4 can charge up in the middle of a cleaning cycle and then resume cleaning, but the E5 doesn’t have this ability.

If you’re looking for a great value, it’s hard to overlook the Roomba E5 or the Roborock S4. Both of these models are more budget-conscience and nix a few of the more advanced features, but don’t have a lot of loss in terms of overall performance.

Cleaning Performance: Side-by-Side

Roomba E5

99%

Roborock S4

96%

The cleaning performance was comparable between these two models. No significant issue with any specific debris type.

Here’s a quick look at some of the features that may or may not be included with each of these models:

 Roomba E5Roborock S4
Digital MappingNoYes
MoppingNoYes
Recharge & ResumeNoYes
No-Go AreasNoYes
Zoned CleaningNoNo
Maintenance AlertsYesYes

Best Budget

Roomba 675
  • Runtime: 90 mins.
  • Performance: 95%
  • Scheduling: Yes
  • Mops: No
  • Mapping: No
Roborock E35
  • Runtime: 150 mins.
  • Performance: 92%
  • Scheduling: Yes
  • Mops: Yes
  • Mapping: Yes

The Difference Maker: The Roborock E35 is unique in that it doubles as a vacuum and mop as, as well as having digital mapping capabilities. But it struggles with cleaning carpet. The Roomba 675 is better at cleaning all floor types, especially carpet, but lacks digital mapping and doesn’t mop.

Which is right for you?

If performance is most important, the Roomba 675 is the better option. It still has app-based controls for scheduled cleanings and maintencne alerts, etc and the heightened performance on carpet is a real win.

If being able to mop floors is most important as well as having a longer run time (150 minutes vs. 75 minutes), then the Roborock E5 may be better suited to you.

They are priced comparably so it really comes down to what exactly you’re looking for.

Smart Features

Both Roomba and Roborock offers a series of smart features. Here’s how some of the best features compare:

1. Digital Mapping

Roomba and Roborcok produce digital maps while they clean. These maps are generated through the smartphone app and accurately show a map of the space.

Based on graphics alone, the Roborock mapping is advanced and includes more detailed information than the Roomba, in most cases.

With either app, you can see all of the areas that the vacuum has cleaned and identify any trouble spots.

Roomba Mapping

iRobot zone cleaning & keep out zones

Roborock Mapping

Cleaning pattern observed in our obstacle detection test

The apps also allow you to block off areas that you may not want the vacuum to clean.

  • Roomba uses “Keep-out Zones”.
  • Roborock uses a straight No-Go Line.

2. Self-Emptying Dust Bin

Roomba is the only lineup that offers a self-emptying dust bin, between Roborck and Roomba. The S9+ and i7+ have this advanced feature and during our tests, I was really impressed with it.

Roomba S9+ plus robot vacuum
Roomba S9+

How does it work?

The Roomba cleans the area as usual. When it is done (or earlier if it detects a full dust bin), the vacuum will drive itself back to the charging dock and empty the dust bin into a separate debris bag.

Roomba i7+ robot vacuum Clean Base charging station
Diagram of how the CleanBase works

The larger bag back at the charging base can fit up to 30 loads from the vacuum.

With daily vacuum runs, you wouldn’t have to worry about emptying the bin for at least a month.

Roomba S9 Plus dust bag

The bag is disposable, but you could also just empty the contents and reuse if you are trying to keep maintenance costs down.

3. Vacuum & Mop Combos

Both Roomba and Roborock offer their own approach to vacuuming and mopping.

Roborock offers 2-in-1 machines that can do both, simultaneously. They vacuum and mop within a single cleaning cycle and you don’t have to worry about separate robots.

How does it work?

The mopping system is an on-board water reservoir with a microfiber mopping pad. Cleaning solution slowly leaks out the bottom onto the mopping pad and gently scrubs the floor as it cleans.

Roborock S5 mopping attachment pad
Roborock S5 mopping attachment pad

The S6 MaxV allows you to set up custom vacuum and mopping zones within a single cycle making it easy to make sure the cleaning happens exactly how you want it to.

Roborock S6 MaxV digital mapping capabilities
No gone zones, invisible walls, and no mop zones

Roomba uses a different technology called Imprint Link. This technology works to join together traditional Roomba robot vacuums and Braava Jet robot mops.

Note: The only current models that are compatible with Imprint Link are the Roomba i7/+, Roomba S9/+, and the Braava Jet m6 mopping robot.

Braava Jet m6 robot mop

How does it work?

With Roomba, the vacuum will clean the area assigned. When it’s done, it will send a signal to the mopping robot and it will start its cycle. They work together until the job is done, but you only have to assign the cycle to start once.

The Roomba robot mops have a sprayer that squirts water in front of the machine and then it moves forward and backward until the area is clean.

Braava Jet m6 spraying water

Still Not Sure?

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